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Daniel and Revelation
are One

      The books of Daniel and the Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation; one a book sealed, the other a book opened. {7BC 971.5}
      Revelation is a sealed book, but it is also an opened book. I records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth’s history. The teachings of this book are definite, not mystical and unintelligible. In it the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. Some prophecies God has repeated, thus showing that importance must be given to them. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence. {Manuscript 107, 1897, pp. 1,2}
      We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession. Every element of power is about to be set to work. Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life, and peril will beset God’s people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family. It is permeating everything upon the earth. . . .
      Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated . . . . We, with all our religious advantages, ought to know far more today than we do know.
      Angels desire to look into the truths that are revealed to the people who with contrite hearts are searching the word of God and praying for greater lengths and breadths and depths and heights of the knowledge which He alone can give. {TM 116.2-4}
      What kind of “past history will be repeated?” The kind of history that is found in Daniel and Revelation, —prophetic history!
      Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel’s message, the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel. The more fully we accept the light presented by the Holy Spirit through the consecrated servants of God, the deeper and surer, even as the eternal throne, will appear the truths of ancient prophecy; we shall be assured that men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Men must themselves be under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Spirit’s utterances through the prophets. These messages were given, not for those that uttered the prophecies, but for us who are living amid the scenes of their fulfillment. {2SM 114.2}
      The study of the Revelation directs the mind to the prophecies of Daniel, and both present most important instruction, given of God to men, concerning events to take place at the close of this world’s history.
      . . . None need be in darkness in regard to what is coming upon the earth. {GC 341.3,4}
      There are those now living who, in studying the prophecies of Daniel and John, received great light from God as they passed over the ground where special prophecies were in process of fulfillment in their order. They bore the message of time to the people. The truth shone out clearly as the sun at noonday. Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth’s history. The scenes connected with the working of the man of sin are the last features plainly revealed in this earth’s history. The people now have a special message to give to the world, the third angel’s message. Those who, in their experience, have passed over the ground, and acted a part in the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages, are not so liable to be led into false paths as are those who have not had an experimental knowledge of the people of God. (MS 31, 1896) {2SM 102.1}


      The book of Daniel is unsealed in the Revelation to John, and carries us forward to the last scenes of this earth’s history. Will our brethren bear in mind that we are living amid the perils of the last days? Read Revelation in connection with Daniel. Teach these things. {TM 115.4}
      The unfulfilled predictions of the book of Revelation are soon to be fulfilled. This prophecy is now to be studied with diligence by the people of God and should be clearly
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understood. It does not conceal the truth; it clearly forewarns, telling us what will be in the future. (1NL 96,1903) {LDE 15.6}
      The book of Revelation is also replete with warning and instruction for the last generation. The beloved John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, portrays the earful and thrilling scenes connected with the close of earth’s history, and presents the duties and dangers of God’s people. None need remain in ignorance, none need be unprepared for the coming of the day of God. {RH Sept. 25, 1883 par. 6}

Revelation One
      The solemn messages that have been given in their order in the Revelation are to occupy the first place in the minds of God’s people. Nothing else is to be allowed to engross our attention. {8T 302.1}
      As we near the close of this world’s history, the prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our study. The last book of the New Testament scriptures is full of truth that we need to understand. Satan has blinded the minds of many, so that they have been glad of any excuse for not making the Revelation their study. But Christ through His servant John has here declared what shall be in the last days, and He says, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.” Rev. 1:3. {COL 133.2}

Revelation Two & Three
      [Rev. 2:1-5 quoted. —Ephesus] The words fall from the lips of One who cannot lie. The picture reveals eternal vigilance. Christ is in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, walking from church to church, from congregation to congregation, from heart to heart. {7BC 956.2}
      Christ walks in the midst of His churches through the length and breadth of the earth. He looks with intense interest to see whether His people are in such a condition spiritually that they can advance His kingdom. He is present in every assembly of the church. He knows those whose hearts He can fill with the holy oil, that they may impart it to others. Those who faithfully carry forward the work of Christ, representing in word and deed the character of God, fulfill the Lord’s purpose for them, and Christ takes pleasure in them. [Rev. 1:13] (RH May 26, 1903) {7BC 956.3}
      Is it [our sin] the sin of the Nicolaitans, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness? [Rev. 2:6 —Ephesus & Rev. 2:15 —Pergamos] (RH June 7, 1887)
      The doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made the law of God of no effect; that by “believing” we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned. (ST Jan. 2, 1912) {7BC 957.5,6} [The text, [our sin], is in the quote.]
      Christ speaks of the church over which Satan presides as the synagogue of Satan. Its members are the children of disobedience. They are those who choose to sin, who labor to make void the holy law of God. It is Satan’s work to mingle evil with good, and to remove the distinction between good and evil. Christ would have a church that labors to separate the evil from the good, whose members will not willingly tolerate wrong-doing, but will expel it from the heart and life. [Rev. 2:9 —Smyrna] (RH Dec. 4, 1900) {7BC 958.1}
      Listen not a moment to the interpretations that would loosen one pin, remove one pillar, from the platform of truth. Human interpretations, the reception of fables, will spoil your faith, confuse your understanding, and make of none effect your faith in Jesus Christ. Study diligently the third chapter of Revelation. In it is pointed out the danger of losing your hold upon the things that you have heard and learned from the Source of all light. [Rev. 3:3 —Sardis] (Letter 230, July 5, 1906, p. 4) {1MR 54.4}
      When the Saviour pointed out to His followers the signs of His return, He foretold the state of backsliding that would exist just prior to His second advent.
      The condition of the church at this time is pointed out in the Saviour’s words in the Revelation: “Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” And to those who refuse to arouse from their careless security, the solemn warning is addressed: “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Rev. 3:1,3. [—Sardis]
      It was needful that men should be awakened to their danger; that they should be roused to prepare for the solemn events connected with the close of probation. {GC 309.2-310.1}
      John’s testimony is, “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.” [Rev. 11:19] Beneath the mercy-seat, within the ark, were the two tables of stone, containing the law of Jehovah. God’s faithful ones saw the light that shone forth to them from the law, to be given to the world. And now Satan’s intense activity is to close that door of light; but Jesus says that no man can shut it. Men will turn from the light, denounce it, and despise it, but it still shines forth in clear, distinct rays to cheer and bless all who will see it. [Rev. 3:7,8 —Philadelphia] {RH August 25, 1885 par. 10}
      I saw the time of trouble, such as never was. Jesus told me it was the time of Jacob’s trouble, and that we should be delivered out of it by the voice of God. Then I saw the four angels cease to hold the four winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword —nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion. Then we cried to God day and night for deliverance, until we began to hear the bells on Jesus’ garment. And I saw Jesus rise up in the Holiest, and as he came out we heard the tinkling of the bells and knew that our High Priest was coming out. Then we heard the voice of God which shook the heavens and the earth, and gave the 144,000 the day and hour of Jesus coming.
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Then the saints were free, united, and full of the glory of God, for he has turned their captivity. And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood. Then Jesus laid off his priestly garment and put on his Kingly robe, and took his place on the cloud which carried him to the East, where it first appeared to the saints on earth —a small black cloud which was the sign of the Son of Man. While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the East, which took a number of days, the synagogue of Satan worshipped at the saint’s feet. {Broadside1, April 6, 1846 par. 8}
      The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus’ new name. At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another’s feet and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet. {EW 15.1}
      Are the Philadelphians the 144,000? “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” Rev. 3:9
      In the message to the church at Sardis two parties are presented —those who have a name to live, but are dead; and those who are striving to overcome. Study this message, found in the third chapter of Revelation. [Rev. 3:1,2 quoted.] Who are meant by those that are ready to die? and what has made them thus? The explanation is given, “I have not found thy works perfect before God.” [Verses 3-5 quoted. –Sardis]
      To the church of the present day this message is sent. I call upon our church members to read the whole of the third chapter of Revelation, and to make an application of it. The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen. [Verses 14-18 quoted. —Laodicea] (RH Aug. 20, 1903) {7BC 959.4,5}

Revelation Four & Five
      [Revelation 5:1-3 quoted.]
      There in His open hand lay the book, the roll of the history of God’s providences, the prophetic history of nations and the church. Herein was contained the divine utterances, His authority, His commandments, His laws, the whole symbolic counsel of the Eternal, and the history of all ruling powers in the nations. In symbolic language was contained in that roll the influence of every nation, tongue, and people from the beginning of earth’s history to its close.
      This roll was written within and without. John says: [Revelation 5:4,5, 8-14; 6:8-11; 8:1-4 quoted.]
      The same spirit is seen today that is represented in Revelation 6:6-8. [3rd, 4th, & 5th seals] History is to be repeated. That which has been will be again. (Letter 65, August 23, 1898) {9MR 7.1-4}
      Will the sealed book of history in the Father’s hand be unsealed, having a more direct reapplication in the last days?
      Thus the Jewish leaders made their choice. Their decision was registered in the book which John saw in the hand of Him that sat upon the throne, the book which no man could open. In all its vindictiveness this decision will appear before them in the day when this book is unsealed by the Lion of the tribe of Judah. {COL 294.1}
      The fifth chapter of Revelation needs to be closely studied. It is of great importance to those who shall act a part in the work of God for these last days. {9T 267.1}
      Our Leader has all power in heaven and in earth. [Rev. 5:6] He will use men as agents for the accomplishment of his purposes whom some of the brethren would reject as unfit to engage in the work. Heavenly intelligences are combined with human instrumentalities in carrying forward the Lord’s work. Angels have their places assigned them in connection with the human agents on earth. They will work through every person who will submit himself to labor in Heaven’s ways; therefore, not one human being should be cast aside or left with no part to act. {RH July 9, 1895 par. 10}
      In these perilous times, those who profess to be God’s commandment-keeping people should guard against the tendency to lose the spirit of reverence and godly fear. The Scriptures teach men how to approach their Makerwith humility and awe, through faith in a divine Mediator. Let man come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the footstool of mercy. Thus he is to testify that the whole soul, body, and spirit are in subjection to his Creator. {AG 91.3}

Revelation Six
      Four mighty angels are still holding the four winds of the earth. Terrible destruction is forbidden to come in full. The accidents by land and by sea; the loss of life, steadily increasing, by storm, by tempest, by railroad disaster, by conflagration; the terrible floods, the earthquakes, and the winds will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat [Rev. 16:12-16], while the angels hold the four winds, forbidding the terrible power of Satan to be exercised in its fury until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.
      Angels are holding the four winds, which are represented as an angry horse [Rev. 6:1-8, especially verses 3 & 4] seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path.
      A terrible conflict is before us. We are nearing the battle of the great day of God Almighty. That which has been held in control is to be let loose. {ML 308.2-4}
      Four angels; four winds held; four winds loosed; four horses loosed —white, red, black, pale (the first four seals).
      The same spirit is seen today that is represented in Revelation 6:6-8 [Third & fourth seal.] History is to be repeated. That which has been will be again. (Letter 65, August 23, 1898) {9MR 7.4} {Also 4MR 152.1}
      When the fifth seal was opened [Rev. 6:9-11], John the Revelator in vision saw beneath the altar the company that were slain for the Word of God and the testimony of
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Jesus Christ. After this came the scenes described in the eighteenth of Revelation, when those who are faithful and true are called out from Babylon. [Rev. 18: 1-5 quoted.] (MS 39, 1906) {7BC 968.5}
      The latter rain and loud cry of Revelation 18 are obviously future. Could it be that the use of the fifth seal in this paragraph is to show us that great persecution will surround the events of the loud cry of Revelation 18?
      Every individual in our world will be arrayed under one of two banners.
      The two armies will stand distinct and separate, and this distinction will be so marked that many who shall be convinced of truth will come on the side of God’s commandment-keeping people. When this grand work is to take place in the battle, prior to the last closing conflict, many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns, and many will be martyrs for Christ’s sake in standing in defense of the truth. {Mar 199.1,2}
      We are not to have the courage and fortitude of martyrs of old until brought into the position they were in. . . . Should there be a return of persecution there would be grace given to arouse every energy of the soul to show a true heroism. (OHC 125, 1889) {LDE 150.4}
      The strength given to Christ in the hour of bodily suffering and mental anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, has been and will be given to those who suffer for his dear name’s sake. The same grace given to Jesus, the same comfort, the more than mortal steadfastness, will be given to every believing child of God, who is brought into perplexity and suffering, and threatened with imprisonment and death, by Satan’s agents. Never has a soul that trusts in Christ been left to perish. The rack, the stake, the many inventions of cruelty, may kill the body, but they can not touch the life that is hid with Christ in God. {ST June 3, 1897 par. 14}
      The fifth chapter of Revelation needs to be closely studied. It is of great importance to those who shall act a part in the work of God for these last days. There are some who are deceived. They do not realize what is coming on the earth. Those who have permitted their minds to become beclouded in regard to what constitutes sin are fearfully deceived. Unless they make a decided change they will be found wanting when God pronounces judgment upon the children of men. They have transgressed the law and broken the everlasting covenant, and they will receive according to their works.
      [Rev. 6:12-17 quoted, —sixth seal.] {9T 267.1,2}
      December 16, 1848, the Lord gave me a view of the shaking of the powers of the heavens. I saw that when the Lord said “heaven,” in giving the signs recorded by Matthew, Mark, and Luke, He meant heaven, and when He said “earth” He meant earth. The powers of heaven are the sun, moon, and stars. They rule in the heavens. The powers of earth are those that rule on the earth. The powers of heaven will be shaken at the voice of God. Then the sun, moon, and stars will be moved out of their places. They will not pass away, but be shaken by the voice of God. [Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:24,25; Luke 21:25; also in the sixth seal, Rev. 6:12-17]
      Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. The atmosphere parted and rolled back; then we could look up through the open space in Orion, whence came the voice of God. The Holy City will come down through that open space. I saw that the powers of earth are now being shaken and that events come in order. War, and rumors of war, sword, famine, and pestilence are first to shake the powers of earth, then the voice of God will shake the sun, moon, and stars, and this earth also. I saw that the shaking of the powers in Europe is not, as some teach, the shaking of the powers of heaven, but it is the shaking of the angry nations. {EW 41.1,2} [See also EW 34.1]
      Don’t we teach that these signs in the sun, moon, and stars were fulfilled in prophetic history? Yes. [See 5BC 502.2-4; 7BC 779.5-10.] —But in this comment, they are placed in the future.
      The hidden ones have been scattered because of man’s enmity against the law of Jehovah. They have been oppressed by all the powers of the earth. They have been scattered in the dens and caves of the earth through violence of their adversaries, because they are true and obedient to the laws of Jehovah. [Dan. 12:7 —the last scattering.] But deliverance comes to the people of God. [Dan. 12:12] To their enemies God will show himself as a God of just retribution.
      [Rev. 6:9-17 quoted, —fifth & sixth seals.] From the dens and caves of the earth, that have been the secret hiding places of God’s people, they are called forth as his witnesses, true and faithful.
      The people who have braved out their rebellion will fill the description given in Rev. 6:15-17 [sixth seal]. In these very caves and dens they find the very statement of truth in the letters and in the publications as witnesses against them. The shepherd who leads the sheep in false paths will hear the charge made against them, “It was you who made light of the truth. It was you who told us that God’s law was abrogated, that it was a yoke of bondage. It was you who voiced the false doctrines when I was convicted that these Seventh-day Adventists had the truth. The blood of our souls is upon your priestly garments. The persecution brought upon those who kept God’s commandments did not destroy them or their influence. I could not read my Bible with its condemnatory words, and I laid it aside. Now will you pay the ransom for my soul. You said you would stand between my soul and God, but you are now full of anguish yourself. What shall we do who listened to your garbling of the Scriptures and your turning into a lie the truth that if obeyed would have saved us?” {KC 125.2-4}

Revelation Seven
      Oh, how few know the time of their visitation! How few, even among those who claim to believe present truth, understand the signs of the times or what we are to experience before the end! We are today under divine forbearance; but how long will the angels of God continue to hold the winds, that they shall not blow? {6T 426.2}
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      And what a representation is given in Revelation 7 for our consideration and comfort and encouragement! The four angels are commissioned to do a work upon the earth. But One who purchased the world by giving Himself for its ransom has a chosen few. Who? Those who are keeping all of the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. {15MR 221.2}
      While their hands were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father and pleaded with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels and bid them hold until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads. {ML 308.5}
      If such scenes as this are to come, such tremendous judgments on a guilty world, where will be the refuge for Gods people? How will they be sheltered until the indignation be overpast? [Isa. 26:20] John sees the elements of natureearthquake, tempest, and political strife represented as being held by four angels. These winds are under control until God gives the word to let them go. There is the safety of God’s church. The angels of God do His bidding, holding back the winds of the earth, that the winds should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree, until the servants of God should be sealed in their foreheads. The mighty angel is seen ascending from the east (or sunrising). This mightiest of angels has in his hand the seal of the living God, or of Him who alone can give life, who can inscribe upon the foreheads the mark or inscription, to whom shall be granted immortality, eternal life. It is the voice of this highest angel that had authority to command the four angels to keep in check the four winds until this work was performed, and until he should give the summons to let them loose. {TM 444.3}
      The seal of God’s law is found in the fourth commandment. This only, of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows His claim to reverence and worship above all others. Aside from this precept, there is nothing in the Decalogue to show by whose authority the law is given. When the Sabbath was changed by the papal power, the seal was taken from the law. The disciples of Jesus are called upon to restore it by exalting the Sabbath of the fourth commandment to its rightful position as the Creator’s memorial and the sign of His authority. {GC 452.1}
      Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads —it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spirit-ually, so they cannot be moved— just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming. (MS 173, 1902) {4BC 1161.6}
      The Israelites placed over their doors a signature of blood, to show that they were God’s property. So the children of God in this age will bear the signature God has appointed. They will place themselves in harmony with God’s holy law. A mark is placed upon every one of God’s people just as verily as a mark was placed over the doors of the Hebrew dwellings, to preserve the people from the general ruin. God declares, “I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” [Eze. 20:12] (RH Feb. 6, 1900) {7BC 968.14}

Revelation Eight & Nine
      [Rev. 8:3, 4 quoted.] Let the families, the individual Christians, and the churches bear in mind that they are closely allied to heaven. The Lord has a special interest in His church militant here below. The angels who offer the smoke of the fragrant incense are for the praying saints. Then let the evening prayers in every family rise steadily to heaven in the cool sunset hour, speaking before God in our behalf of the merits of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour.
      That blood alone is efficacious. It alone can make propitiation for our sins. It is the blood of the only-begotten Son of God that is of value for us that we may draw nigh unto God, His blood alone that taketh “away the sin of the world.” Morning and evening the heavenly universe behold every household that prays, and the angel with the incense, representing the blood of the atonement, finds access to God. (MS 15, 1897) {7BC 971.1,2}
      Every form of evil is to spring into intense activity. Evil angels unite their powers with evil men, and as they have been in constant conflict and attained an experience in the best modes of deception and battle, and have been strengthening for centuries, they will not yield the last great final contest without a desperate struggle. All the world will be on one side or the other of the question. The battle of Armageddon will be fought, and that day must find none of us sleeping. Wide awake we must be, as wise virgins having oil in our vessels with our lamps. . . .
      The power of the Holy Ghost must be upon us, and the Captain of the Lord’s host will stand at the head of the angels of heaven to direct the battle. Solemn events before us are yet to transpire. Trumpet after trumpet is to be sounded, vial after vial poured out one after another upon the inhabitants of the earth. Scenes of stupendous interest are right upon us. (Letter 112, 1890) {7BC 982.6,7}
      Why are the trumpets in this statement placed in the future with the plagues? Don’t we teach that the first six trumpets have been fulfilled? Yes!
      Josiah Litch preached the fulfillment of the trumpets in 1838-44. He predicted that the fifth and sixth trumpets, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), would come to its end, August 11, 1840. “The event exactly fulfilled the prediction . . . and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement . . . and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.” {GC 335.1}
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      The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the truth for the first time. (RH July 5, 1906) {7BC 979.3}
      Are the seals and trumpets “God’s destructive judgments” before the close of probation, before the plagues, while there is still “mercy for those who have no opportunity to learn what is truth?”
      But there are mercies mixed with judgment. Revelation 7 and 8:3,4. The Lord has a people whom He will preserve. John beheld the “four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree” (Rev. 7:1,3) till the seal of the living God shall be placed upon those who love God and keep His commandments. The elements of nature are to be placed in the power of angels of God. He holdeth the winds in His fists; He gathereth the waters in the hollow of His hand; He maketh the clouds His chariot; “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King forever.” (Prov. 30:4; Isa. 40:12; Ps. 104:3; Ps. 29:10) {15MR 220.2}
      What are the mercies? —Rev. 7 “hurt not . . .”
      What are the judgments? —Rev. 6—Seven Seals & Rev. 8—Seven Trumpets.
      Concerning Rev. 8:3,4, could it be that the fire from the Heavenly Sanctuary censer thrown on the earth is not the close of this world’s probation (Rev. 15:8), but the cleansing of God’s people (Isa. 6:6-13; Eze. 10:2,6-9,19*) which takes place during the sealing time? The verses before and after (Rev. 8:2 & 6) the golden censer scene are both focused on the seven trumpets. Was not the altar of incense used in the daily services and the censer used in the yearly? How would throwing the censer onto the earth relate in the setting of the Antitypical Day of Atonement and the Latter Rain?
      * “Let the minister from the desk [pulpit], with lips touched with a coal from off the altar of heaven; speak the words of life that will burn their way into the heart and soul of those who, although wise in the wisdom of the world, do not comprehend the wisdom that is from above.” {CSW 78.1}
      I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus’ work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgments of God upon them, and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues would then be stayed. {EW 36.2}
      The substitution of the false for the true is the last act in the drama. When this substitution becomes universal, God will reveal Himself. When the laws of men are exalted above the laws of God, when the powers of this earth try to force men to keep the first day of the week, know that the time has come for God to work. He will arise in His majesty, and will shake terribly the earth. He will come out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the world for their iniquity. (RH April 23, 1901) {7BC 980.10}

Revelation Ten
      The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God’s judgment is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the thres-hold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another —fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. . . . {Mar 67.3}

      The following six paragraphs give at least twenty-one clues telling what the seven thunders are and how they will play a major role in the last day events.
      ¶ 1   The mighty angel who instructed John was no less a personage than Jesus Christ. Setting His right foot on the sea, and His left upon the dry land, shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan. This position denotes His supreme power and authority over the whole earth. The controversy has waxed stronger and more determined from age to age, and will continue to do so, to the concluding scenes when the masterly working of the powers of darkness shall reach their height. Satan, united with evil men, will deceive the whole world and the churches who receive not the love of the truth. But the mighty angel demands attention. He cries with a loud voice. He is to show the power and authority of His voice to those who have united with Satan to oppose the truth.
      ¶ 2   After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: “Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered.” These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. John sees the little book unsealed. Then Daniel’s prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time.
      ¶ 3   The books of Daniel and the Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation; one a book sealed, the other a book opened. John heard the mysteries which the thunders uttered, but he was commanded not to write them.
      ¶ 4   The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages. It was not best for the people to know these things, for their faith must necessarily be tested. In the order of God most wonderful and advanced truths would be proclaimed. The first and second angels’ messages were to be proclaimed, but no further light was to be revealed before these messages had done their specific work. This is represented by the angel standing with one foot on the sea, proclaiming with a most solemn oath that time should be no longer.
      ¶ 5   This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will
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not have another message upon definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844.
      ¶ 6   The angel’s position, with one foot on the sea, the other on the land, signifies the wide extent of the proclamation of the message. It will cross the broad waters and be proclaimed in other countries, even to all the world. The comprehension of truth, the glad reception of the message, is represented in the eating of the little book. The truth in regard to the time of the advent of our Lord was a precious message to our souls. (MS 59, 1900) {7BC 971.3-8}
      Also found in:
      ** {1MR 99.1} —Released for use in a Revelation Seminary class.
      ** {1MR 100.1} —Ms 59, 1900, pp. 8, 9. (“Jots and Tittles, II,” August 16, 1900) White Estate Washington, D. C. May 4, 1950
      ** {19MR 319.3-321.1} —MR No. 1409 - Jots and Tittles II

      No doubt, everyone who has read Revelation 10 has wondered what these seven thunders could be. It is not the purpose of this book to show what the seven thunders are and how they will affect our lives, (that is the purpose of the book, An Introduction to The Seven Thunders), but we will list what we see as the clues that are given in these six paragraphs for your study.
Clues in Paragraph one:
      [1] Who
is the Mighty Angel? Jesus!
      [2] When
are the seven thunders to take place? In the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan. The concluding scenes when the masterly working of the powers of darkness shall reach their height. (During the judgment of the living.)
      [3] How will the seven thunders happen? By Jesus’ supreme power and authority. (Mentioned two times.)
      [4] Where will they have their fulfillment? The whole earth.
      [5] Who are the messages of the seven thunders to? The whole world and the churches that have united with Satan to oppose the truth.
      [6] Why are they to have a place in earth’s closing events? Because the world and the apostate churches have not received a love of the truth, and oppose the truth.
      But the Mighty Angel demands attention. He cries with a loud voice as a lion, in the time of judgment. (See Rev. 14:7)
Clues in Paragraph two:
      [7] What
comparison is made between John and Daniel?
      John, “Seal up those things which the thunders uttered, and write them not.” Rev. 10:4
      “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” Dan. 12:9
      [8] What are the seven thunders? They are seven specific events of the near future.
      [9] How will they occur? They will be disclosed in their order. [A specific order; 1–7.]
      [10] Where are the seven thunders to be found? In the little unsealed book of Daniel.
      [11] What happens when the little book of Daniel is unsealed in the Revelation by the Mighty Angel, Jesus Christ, in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan? Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. Daniel’s prophecies will then have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. (Did not the prophecies of Daniel have their complete fulfillment in the past cen-turies ending, for the most part, in 1844?Apparently not!)
      [12] What messages are given in connection with the fulfillment of the seven thundering events of Daniel? The first, second, and third angels’ messages (with the loud cry and latter rain power of the angel of Revelation 18). (The hour of God’s Judgment is come —Judgment of the living.)
      [13] How will we be able to distinguish seven events from the many events recorded in the book of Daniel? “The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time.” The two paragraphs, which we have studied thus far, have pointed us to the future fulfillment of the seven thundering events of Daniel. So then, why are we sent to the past, the “was,” in this last sentence of the second paragraph?
      [14] What “was” the unsealing of the book of Daniel in a message relating to time? The understanding and preaching of the prophetic time lines of Daniel leading up to 1844 was believed to be the unsealing of the little book, —Daniel. Could it be that we are to use the fulfilled time prophecies of Daniel as a template for the same events to be repeated, but in a more direct fulfillment, and that the real sealing and unsealing of Daniel is in knowing how his prophecies (the entire book) are to have an antitype fulfillment (based on prophetic history) in the last days of earth’s history?
Clues in Paragraph three:
      [15] How
are we to study the books of Daniel and Revelation concerning the seven thunders? The books of Daniel and the Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation; one a book sealed, the other a book opened.
      [16] Why was John told not to write the seven thunders? Because they were already written in the little book of Daniel. But the real meaning and fulfillment of the little book was sealed until the last generation came onto the scene. (Matt. 24:34,35)
Clues in Paragraph four:
How are we to regard the study of the seven thunders? They arespecial light,” revealing the plan of salvation in prophecy, past and future, for the last generation.
      [18] What generation was first offered a view of the seven thunders? The generation of 1844!
      Thought Questions:
Why isn’t there a third angel’s message associated with 1844?
      Why was it “not best” for the generation of 1844 to “know” the seven thunders?
      Why was no more light to be given about the seven thunders to the generation of 1844?
      Why was it necessary for them to “be tested?”
      What is the “specific work” of the first and second angels’ messages? Is that work completed yet? When will we know that these angels’ work is done?
      Why is the Mighty Angel only seen standing on the sea for the generation of 1844? What about the other foot on the land?
Clues in Paragraph five:
      [19] What
time” “should be no longer?” Is it the end of this world’s history? —No. Is it the close of probation? —No. This “time” is “prophetic time!”
      [20] What is prophetic time? This “period of time,” the 2300 years is the longest time reckoning in Daniel, and reaches to the autumn of 1844. Prophetic time, the day/year principle, closed in 1844. (See also; LS 57.3,4; EW 244.1; 250.1; GC 681.1; LS80 221.1) “The great test on time was in 1843 and 1844; and all who have set time since then have been deceiving themselves and deceiving others.” {1T 73.1}
Clues in Paragraph six:
      [21] Where and how will these seven thundering events along with the three angels’ messages be preached? It will cross
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the broad waters and be proclaimed in other countries, even to all the world.
      —Note: When the subject comes back to the giving of the seven-event message, the Mighty Angel is again seen standing on the sea and the land!
      Are you ready to receive and teach a message that shows beyond all other messages ever given, that we stand only in the Salvation shining from the Heavenly Sanctuary, —the precious Righteousness of Christ? “It is the third angel’s message in verity.” {LDE 199.4}
      After John (a type of the last generation) is told to eat the little book, the command is given which clearly tells what kind of prophecy is to be given to the world from the little book of Daniel. “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” Rev. 10:11. It is a prophecy, which has already been given, and it is to be specifically repeated! When the appointed time comes, will you be ready and willing to eat the little book?
      Why have I put more notes here than any other place in this compilation? In my study of the prophecies, they all point to the last generation taking the little book out of the Mighty Angel’s hand and making it a part of their lives! What we, as the last generation of earth, do with the knowledge of this little book will show who are wise and who are foolish. It is the testing message that will decide the destiny of our souls! The real “midnight cry” is soon to sound, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

Further statements on Revelation 10:
      Instead of proclaiming the abolition of the law, Calvary’s cross proclaims in thunder tones its immutable and eternal character. Could the law have been abolished, and the government of heaven and earth and the unnumbered worlds of God maintained, Christ need not have died. The death of Christ was to forever settle the question of the validity of the law of Jehovah. {FW 118.2}
      The Lord has given us a message for the time in which we are living. This message is to be given with clear, distinct utterance. To proclaim this message demands all the talents and capabilities that God has given us. {14MR 151.2}
      “And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.” Rev. 10:3
      We feel deeply over the present state of the church whose members have long possessed a knowledge of those events which are to transpire near the close of time in fulfillment of prophetic history. Christ is coming in power and great glory, and the dead are to be “judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works.” The One who has stood as our intercessor; who hears all penitential prayers and confessions; who is represented with a rainbow, the symbol of grace and love, encircling his head, is soon to cease his work in the heavenly sanctuary. Grace and mercy will then descend from the throne, and justice will take their place. He for whom his people have looked will assume his right, —the office of Supreme Judge. “The Father . . . hath committed all judgment unto the Son. . . . And he hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” [John 5:22,27] It was he, says Peter, who was ordained to “judge the quick [the living] and the dead.” [1Peter 4:5] “He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained.” [Acts 17:31] {RH Jan. 1, 1889, par. 1}
      How can “prophetic history” (fulfilled prophecies of the past) have a fulfillment “near the close of time” (future) unless “prophetic history” is to be repeated? Is there need for concern that a church which has received such great understanding of “prophetic history” does not see the purpose of the historical fulfillment and that it points to a reenactment in the near future?
      [Matt. 13:16,17 quoted.] Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844.
      The message was given. And there should be no delay in repeating the message [Rev. 10:6 RSV], for the signs of the times are fulfilling; the closing work must be done. A great work will be done in a short time. A message will soon be given by God’s appointment that will swell into a loud cry. Then Daniel will stand in his lot, to give his testimony. {21MR 437.2,3}
      A rainbow is represented in Heaven round about the throne, also above the head of Christ, as a symbol of God’s mercy encompassing the earth. When man by his great wickedness provokes the wrath of God, Christ, man’s intercessor, pleads for him, and points to the rainbow in the cloud, as evidence of God’s great mercy and compassion for erring man; also the rainbow above the throne and upon his head emblematical of the glory and mercy from God resting there for the benefit of repentant man. {3SG 75.1}
      The message of Revelation 14, proclaiming that the hour of God’s judgment is come, is given in the time of the end; and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, showing that the message will be carried to distant lands, the ocean will be crossed, and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world.
      In Revelation 14 the message is, “the hour of God’s judgment is come.” Revelation 10 points to seven thundering events in the little unsealed book of Daniel. Daniel is the book of judgment and at the appointed time the Heavenly Sanctuary will be cleansed of sin!
      “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” (Rev. 10:5,6) This message announces the end of the prophetic periods. The disappointment of those who expected to see our Lord in 1844 was indeed bitter to those who had so ardently looked for His appearing. It was in the Lord’s order that this disappointment should come, and that hearts should be revealed.
      Not one cloud has fallen upon the church that God has not prepared for; not one opposing force has risen to counterwork the work of God but He has foreseen. All has taken place as He has predicted through His prophets. He has not left His church in darkness, forsaken, but has traced
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in prophetic declarations what would occur, and through His providence, acting in its appointed place in the world’s history, He has brought about that which His Holy Spirit inspired the prophets to foretell. All His purposes will be fulfilled and established. {2SM 107.3-108.2}
      The book that was sealed was not the book of Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel which related to the last days. The Scripture says, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Dan. 12:4) When the book was opened, the proclamation was made, “Time shall be no longer.” (See Revelation 10:6) The book of Daniel is now unsealed, and the revelation made by Christ to John is to come to all the inhabitants of the earth. By the increase of knowledge a people is to be prepared to stand in the latter days. {2SM 105.1}
      What kind of knowledge will prepare a people to stand in the latter days? The prophetic knowledge of the Heavenly Sanctuary!
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