Anchor School of Theology: Prophetic Principles

Carefully Consider the Literary Structure

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Participants: Stephen Bohr


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00:15 Well here we are again.
00:17 We want to continue our study of, Daniel's Little Sealed Book.
00:22 And basically, we have been discussing the fact that the
00:26 book of Daniel is composed of two books.
00:29 The first book is Daniel 1 through 7.
00:32 The second book is Daniel 8 through 12.
00:34 Now we have not proved that Daniel 8 through 12
00:37 is the second book.
00:38 But we have discussed Daniel 1 through 7.
00:41 And we noticed that these chapters are interrelated,
00:46 interconnected.
00:47 Daniel 2 and 7 are connected, Daniel 3 and 6 are connected,
00:52 and Daniel 4 and 5 are connected, in terms of theme.
00:56 And Daniel 1 would be the introduction.
00:59 So you have a candelabrum.
01:01 What is called, a chiasm, if you please.
01:04 Now we were also discussing the sequence of powers in Daniel 7.
01:09 And we're going to our material now.
01:12 The sequence of powers was Babylon, Medo-Persia,
01:15 Greece, Rome, Rome divided into ten kingdoms,
01:19 then the little horn, which is papal Rome,
01:21 which rules until 1798.
01:23 And then after 1798, we have the judgment.
01:28 We have the beginning of the judgment.
01:30 And where does that judgment take place?
01:33 It takes place in heaven.
01:35 Does it take place before the second coming of Christ?
01:38 Yes, because the Son of Man goes to the Ancient of Days
01:42 to receive the kingdom before He comes here
01:44 to take over the kingdom.
01:46 He goes to the Ancient of Days to receive the kingdom.
01:49 So the investigative phase of that judgment
01:52 takes place in heaven.
01:53 And then the time comes when Christ and the saints
01:56 take over the kingdom, according to Daniel 7.
01:59 Now, that description of Jesus coming to the Father,
02:03 to the Ancient of Days, is found in Daniel 7
02:06 verses 9-10 and 13-14.
02:09 I'd like to read those verses.
02:11 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
02:13 It is in your material.
02:15 It says here, "I watched till thrones were put in place..."
02:19 This is after the little horn rules for 1260 years.
02:23 "I watched till thrones were put in place,
02:25 and the Ancient of Days was seated.
02:29 His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head
02:32 was like pure wool.
02:33 His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire.
02:38 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him.
02:42 A thousand thousands ministered to Him;
02:44 ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
02:48 The court was seated and the books were opened."
02:52 Where is this judgment being enacted?
02:56 In heaven.
02:58 Now notice verses 13 and 14.
03:00 After the Father moves, then you find this.
03:03 "I was watching in the night visions, and behold,
03:06 one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven.
03:09 He came to the Ancient of Days..."
03:13 Where's the Ancient of Days?
03:16 In heaven.
03:17 We pray, "Our Father which art in heaven."
03:20 The Ancient of Days is in heaven.
03:21 So the Son of Man comes to the Ancient of Days.
03:24 Where is this judgment taking place?
03:26 It's taking place in heaven.
03:28 And so it says, "One like the Son of Man,
03:30 coming with the clouds of heaven.
03:31 He came to the Ancient of Days,
03:33 And they," that is the clouds, the angels,
03:36 "brought Him near before Him."
03:38 And now notice.
03:39 "Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
03:43 that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
03:46 His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
03:48 which shall not pass away, and His kingdom
03:51 the one which shall not be destroyed."
03:54 So Daniel 7 has something very interesting.
03:58 It has the sequence of powers that would rule in the world
04:02 till the time that Jesus takes over the kingdom,
04:05 empirically when He comes to take over the kingdom.
04:08 But there's something in Daniel 7 that was not
04:10 understood until after 1798.
04:15 You see, before 1798, it was believed that when Jesus came,
04:20 He would take over the kingdom, but they did not know,
04:23 they did not realize that a judgment is going to
04:26 take place in heaven before Jesus takes over the kingdom.
04:30 In other words, that's one point that was not
04:32 understood before 1798, the judgment aspect.
04:36 You see, before 1798, basically they believed that the
04:41 judgment is when Jesus comes.
04:44 Somehow even the Millerites did not understand,
04:46 because William Miller used Daniel chapter 7
04:50 to speak of the second coming of Christ, even though
04:53 it says that the Son of Man came to the Ancient of Days.
04:56 They did not fully understand that before Jesus comes
05:00 to empirically take over the kingdom,
05:02 there was going to be a judgment that would declare Jesus,
05:06 "Jesus is right to have the kingdom in the heavenly court."
05:10 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
05:11 So there was one aspect of Daniel chapter 7
05:14 that was not understood before 1798.
05:18 And that was the judgment aspect,
05:20 the heavenly judgment aspect,
05:22 of the taking over of the kingdom.
05:25 Is that point clear?
05:27 Now that is very important for what we're
05:30 going to discuss next.
05:32 Let's discuss now the second book.
05:35 We've already discussed the first book.
05:37 The first book ends by saying that there's going to be
05:40 two phases to the judgment.
05:42 One, a heavenly phase where Jesus will be given the kingdom
05:47 legally in a court of law.
05:49 And then the time when Jesus actually takes over the kingdom
05:51 that He was legally given in the court of law.
05:54 Now let's look at the second book.
05:57 Daniel 12 and verse 4 says, "But you, Daniel,
06:01 shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end;
06:08 many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
06:15 Now the big question here is this,
06:18 which book is Daniel 12 verse 4 referring to?
06:22 Is it referring to the entire book of Daniel?
06:25 Or is it referring to the second book within the book,
06:29 which is Daniel chapter 8 through 12?
06:33 That's what we want to pursue.
06:35 Now it says clearly here that the book would be sealed
06:39 until when?
06:41 It would be sealed until the time of the end.
06:44 But at the time of the end, what would happen?
06:46 The seal would be removed and knowledge would be increased.
06:50 Not scientific knowledge, but knowledge of the book.
06:55 Because at the time of the end, the book would be opened.
06:58 And now people would be able to understand
07:01 what was in the book that had been sealed
07:03 in the days of Daniel.
07:04 Are you following me or not?
07:06 This is very, very important.
07:08 Now, there are five reasons that I want to give you
07:13 that prove that the entire book of Daniel was not sealed
07:17 until the time of the end.
07:20 The only portion of Daniel that was sealed until the
07:23 time of the end was the content of Daniel 8 through 12.
07:28 And so that is the book that was sealed
07:31 until the time of the end.
07:32 It is the book within the book.
07:36 Now let's pursue this so that you understand
07:39 this very important point.
07:42 Reason number one, there is evidence that Daniel
07:47 chapters 1 through 7 was understood, to a great degree,
07:52 long before the time of the end.
07:56 Notice the words of the church father, Hippolytus,
08:00 who wrote in the third century AD.
08:03 Now you tell me if he understood,
08:05 to a great degree, Daniel 7.
08:07 This is what he says, "In speaking of a lioness
08:10 from the sea, Daniel meant the rising of the kingdom
08:14 of Babylon, and that this was the golden head of the image.
08:19 Then after the lioness, he sees a second beast like a bear,
08:22 which signified the Persians.
08:24 For after the Babylonians, the Persians obtained the power.
08:29 And in saying that it had three ribs in its mouth,
08:31 he pointed to the three nations, Persians, Medes,
08:33 and Babylonians, which were expressed in the image
08:36 by the silver after the gold.
08:38 Then comes a third beast, a leopard, which means the Greeks.
08:42 For after the Persians, Alexander of Macedon
08:45 had the power when Darius was overthrown,
08:48 which was also indicated by the brass in the image.
08:51 And in saying that the beast had four wings of a fowl,
08:54 and four heads, he showed most clearly how the kingdom of
08:57 Alexander was parted into four divisions.
09:00 For in speaking of four heads, he meant the four kings that
09:03 arose out of it.
09:05 For Alexander, when dying, divided his kingdom
09:08 into four parts.
09:09 Then he says the fourth beast was dreadful and terrible.
09:12 It had iron teeth and claws of brass.
09:15 Who then are meant by this but the Romans
09:17 whose kingdom, the kingdom that still stands,
09:21 is expressed by the iron.
09:23 For says he, its legs are of iron."
09:27 Did Hippolytus understand Daniel 2 and Daniel 7?
09:30 Oh yeah, to a great degree.
09:33 Now you say, "Ah, but he didn't understand the antichrist."
09:37 Oh yes he did.
09:39 But there's one thing that Hippolytus missed.
09:41 Let's read his second quotation.
09:44 By the way, for those who are interested,
09:45 this is found in LeRoy Edwin Frooms book,
09:49 The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, volume 1, page 272.
09:54 This is what Hippolytus said in the second statement,
09:57 "Let us look at what is before us more carefully
09:59 and scan it, as it were, with open eye.
10:02 The golden head of the image is identical with the lioness,
10:06 by which the Babylonians were represented.
10:09 The golden shoulders and arms of silver are the same
10:12 with the bear, by which the Persians and Medes are meant.
10:15 The belly and thighs of brass are the leopard, by which the
10:18 Greeks who ruled from Alexander onwards are intended.
10:21 The legs of iron are the dreadful and terrible beast,
10:24 by which the Romans who hold the empire now are meant.
10:28 The toes of clay and iron are the ten horns which are to be.
10:33 The one other little horn springing up in their midst
10:36 is the antichrist."
10:38 Interesting.
10:39 Was he right?
10:41 Of course he was.
10:42 "The stone that smites the image and breaks it in pieces
10:46 and that filled the whole earth is Christ
10:50 who comes from heaven and brings judgment on the world."
10:55 What's missing?
10:59 What's missing here in his description?
11:02 For him, when is the judgment?
11:05 When Jesus comes from heaven and brings
11:08 judgment on the world.
11:10 What is he missing?
11:12 He's missing the pre-advent judgment.
11:15 He did not understand the pre-advent judgment.
11:17 But did he understand everything else?
11:21 He understood everything else.
11:22 So was Daniel 7 sealed until the time of the end?
11:25 No, there was one aspect that was sealed
11:27 until the time of the end.
11:29 And that is the investigative judgment phase,
11:32 after which Jesus would take over the kingdom.
11:35 Now the evidence in these quotations indicate
11:39 that Hippolytus understood everything about Daniel 7
11:42 except the investigative pre-advent judgment.
11:46 It should be noted that even some portions,
11:49 this is important also, that even some portions
11:52 of Daniel 8 through 12 that were fulfilled before the
11:56 time of the end could be understood before that time.
12:00 The historical sections of the book
12:03 could certainly be understood.
12:05 The meaning of the ram and the he goat of chapter 8
12:08 were understood before the time of the end.
12:11 Is that correct?
12:13 Of course, because Daniel tells us who these beasts represent,
12:18 the ram and the goat.
12:19 He says the ram represents Medo-Persia,
12:21 and the goat represents Greece.
12:23 You don't have to wait until the time of the end
12:25 to understand that.
12:26 So even some portions of Daniel 8 were understood
12:29 before the time of the end.
12:30 But there's one aspect of Daniel 8 that wasn't.
12:32 Let's continue.
12:34 Much of the earlier portions of Daniel 11 could be understood
12:37 before the time of the end.
12:39 As can be seen by the fact that the pagan philosopher,
12:43 Porphyry, argued to the church father, Tertullian,
12:48 that the first half of Daniel 11 describes so precisely
12:52 Greek and Roman history that it had to have been written
12:55 in the second century rather than in the sixth century.
12:58 So Porphyry said, "This is too detailed.
13:00 This could not have been written 400 years before it happened.
13:03 So somehow Daniel must have been written
13:05 in the year 200 BC."
13:08 So were there portions of Daniel 11 that even the
13:11 pagan philosopher Porphyry could understand?
13:14 Of course.
13:15 But there is one specific element of Daniel 8 through 12
13:19 that could not be understood by anyone
13:22 until the time of the end.
13:24 And that was the message concerning the 2300 days
13:27 and the judgment.
13:29 These things were sealed until the time of the end,
13:33 because only then would it be true that the
13:36 judgment had begun.
13:39 Are you with me?
13:40 I want to make sure that you're following along here.
13:43 What is the only thing that was not understood?
13:47 The 2300 days and the investigative judgment.
13:52 Now let me give you a second reason why you're dealing here
13:56 with two books rather than just one book.
14:00 Now I realize that Daniel is one book,
14:02 but there are two books within it.
14:05 The book of Daniel was written in two different languages.
14:09 Chapter 1, which is the introduction to the entire book,
14:13 was written in Hebrew.
14:15 Chapters 2 through 7 were written in Aramaic.
14:19 Which was, you know, somewhat like Hebrew.
14:22 It's kind of like Portuguese and Spanish.
14:25 Aramaic and Hebrew.
14:27 And so chapters 2 through 7 were written in Aramaic.
14:31 And chapters 8 through 12 were written in Hebrew.
14:35 The difference in language between Daniel 2 through 7
14:38 and Daniel 8 through 12 indicates that
14:42 the book of composed of two units.
14:47 Reason number three, the little old lady.
14:53 Ellen White knew this.
14:56 I never cease to marvel at how Ellen White understood this.
14:59 You know, most people, they say, "Oh, you know, the
15:02 book that was sealed until the time of the end was Daniel."
15:05 Ellen White didn't make that mistake.
15:07 She didn't say it was Daniel.
15:09 Let's read several statements from her writings.
15:12 This is, Acts of the Apostles, page 585.
15:15 "In the Revelation, all the books of the Bible meet and end.
15:21 Here is the complement of the book of Daniel.
15:24 One is a prophecy, the other a revelation.
15:28 The book that was sealed is not the Revelation,
15:31 but that portion..."
15:35 Hmmm.
15:37 What is a portion?
15:40 Part.
15:41 "...but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel
15:45 relating to the last days.
15:49 The angel commanded, 'But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words,
15:52 and seal the book, even to the time of the end.'"
15:56 So is the book that was sealed all of Daniel?
15:59 No, it is that portion having to do with the last days.
16:04 In another statement, Great Controversy, page 355,
16:08 Ellen White explains, "The message of salvation
16:10 has been preached in all ages, but this message..."
16:13 She's talking about the first angel's message that says,
16:15 "The hour of His judgment has come."
16:18 "...but this message is a part of the gospel which could be
16:22 proclaimed only in the last days, for only then
16:25 would it be true that the hour of Judgment had come."
16:30 And now listen to what she says.
16:31 "The prophecies present a succession of events
16:35 leading down to the opening of the Judgment."
16:38 Daniel 7 does that, right?
16:40 Daniel 7 "presents a succession of events
16:43 leading down to the opening of the Judgment.
16:46 This is especially true of the book of Daniel."
16:49 Now listen carefully.
16:50 "But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days,
16:57 Daniel was bidden to close up and seal
17:00 'until the time of the end.'
17:02 Not till we reach this time could a message
17:06 concerning the..." What?
17:07 "...the Judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment
17:11 of these prophecies.
17:12 But at the time of the end, says the prophet,
17:14 'many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.'"
17:19 So in one statement she says, "that portion," was sealed,
17:24 and in the other statement she says, "that part."
17:27 So the book that was sealed was not all of Daniel.
17:31 It was the portion having to do with the 2300 days.
17:34 And that is the central theme of Daniel 8 through 12.
17:36 We're going to study that.
17:38 Desire of Ages, 234.
17:41 "The words of the angel to Daniel relating to the last days
17:47 were to be understood in the time of the end.
17:51 At that time, 'many shall run to and fro,
17:53 and knowledge shall be increased.'
17:55 'The wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked
17:58 shall understand; but the wise shall understand.'"
18:02 Now here's a very interesting statement,
18:04 Manuscript Releases, volume 1, page 99.
18:08 You remember that the seal was taken off the book
18:12 and the book was open in Revelation chapter 10?
18:15 Remember that the angel descends from heaven
18:16 with a book that's open, having been opened?
18:19 Was the seal taken off that book?
18:21 You know what that book is?
18:23 It's this book.
18:25 That portion of Daniel is that book.
18:28 And the angel comes with the book open because
18:30 the seal has been taken off.
18:32 Now listen to what Ellen White says about what the seal was.
18:35 She says, "The unsealing of the little book
18:38 was the message in relation to time."
18:41 Which time?
18:45 "Unto 2300 days, the Sanctuary shall be cleansed."
18:50 So when the 2300 days are preached, what happens
18:54 with the seal?
18:55 The seal is removed, and now people can understand it.
19:00 Are you following me?
19:02 So what is it that was sealed?
19:04 The message in relation to time.
19:06 The 2300 day prophecy.
19:10 Now here's another statement.
19:12 This is, Prophets and Kings, page 547.
19:16 She says, "Honored by men with the responsibilities of state
19:21 and with the secrets of kingdoms bearing universal sway,
19:25 Daniel was honored by God as His ambassador,
19:29 and was given many revelations of the
19:31 mysteries of ages to come.
19:34 His wonderful prophecies, as recorded by him in
19:37 chapters 7 to 12 of the book bearing his name,
19:41 were not fully understood even by the prophet himself;
19:45 but before his life labors closed, he was given the
19:49 blessed assurance that 'at the end of the days,'
19:52 in the closing period of this world's history,
19:56 he would again be permitted to stand in his lot and place."
19:59 That is, through his book, of course.
20:00 Not personally.
20:02 "It was not given him to understand all that God had
20:06 revealed of the divine purpose.
20:08 'Shut up the words, and seal the book,' he was directed
20:10 concerning his prophetic writings;
20:12 these were to be sealed 'even to the time of the end.'
20:16 'Go thy way, Daniel,' the angel once more directed the
20:19 faithful messenger of Jehovah; 'for the words are closed up
20:22 and sealed till the time of the end...
20:25 'Go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest,
20:29 and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.'"
20:34 So what is it that was sealed until the time of the end?
20:38 The entire book of Daniel?
20:40 No, it was the portion of Daniel that has to
20:43 do with the 2300 days.
20:46 That has to do with the beginning of the judgment,
20:48 the chronology of the beginning of the judgment.
20:50 That was sealed.
20:52 Other things could be understood.
20:54 Could they understand the lion?
20:56 Sure. Could they understand the bear?
20:59 Could they understand the leopard?
21:01 Could they understand the dragon beast?
21:03 The ten horns? The little horn?
21:05 Even Martin Luther and the reformers, you know.
21:07 Martin Luther believed that the little horn was Islam,
21:10 but other reformers believed that the little horn
21:12 was the papacy, and the man of sin was the papacy.
21:15 And so these things could be understood.
21:17 Could they understand that the ram represented Medo-Persia?
21:21 Sure. Could they understand that the he goat represented Greece,
21:23 and that Greece would be divided into four kingdoms?
21:26 Absolutely.
21:28 Daniel 11, as we noticed, could be understood.
21:31 At least the portions that didn't have to do with the
21:33 last days, which was the portion that could not be understood.
21:37 Ellen White says that which had to do with the last days.
21:42 With the investigative judgment.
21:43 With the 2300 day prophecy.
21:48 Now let's go to reason number four.
21:51 This is the most important of all.
21:52 And I hope that you're well versed in Daniel 8.
21:56 I hope that you've read Daniel 8
21:57 and you know what the sequence is.
21:59 Because that's going to be very important to understand
22:02 what we're going to go through now.
22:03 What I want to show you now is that the internal evidence
22:08 of Daniel 8 through 12 proves beyond any doubt
22:12 that this little book that was sealed until the time of the end
22:16 is composed of these chapters.
22:21 In fact, we're going to take these chapters one by one,
22:24 beginning with chapter 8, and we're going to see that
22:27 each one of these chapters in some way is related
22:31 to the 2300 day prophecy.
22:34 Now, let's begin with Daniel 8.
22:38 In this chapter, the 2300 day prophecy is introduced.
22:44 The chapter begins in the time of the kingdom of Persia.
22:47 Right?
22:48 There's no symbol for Babylon.
22:50 Why is there no symbol for Babylon?
22:53 Because the 2300 days begin with Persia.
22:57 So if you put in Babylon, you're taking a kingdom,
23:00 the vision would include a kingdom before the 2300 days
23:03 begin their chronological period.
23:07 That's the real reason.
23:10 So notice, the chapter begins in the time of
23:13 the kingdom of Persia, continues with Greece,
23:17 the four divisions of Greece, pagan and papal Rome,
23:21 all the way down to the conclusion of the 2300 days
23:25 when the process of cleansing the Sanctuary will begin.
23:28 Are you acquainted with the broad sweep?
23:32 Yeah, you have the ram; Medo-Persia.
23:34 Then you have the he goat; Greece.
23:36 Then the he goat grows four horns.
23:39 Those are the four heads of the leopard, by the way.
23:41 They grow four horns.
23:43 And then arises the little horn, which at first is pagan Rome.
23:47 It grows horizontally, and then it grows
23:50 vertically towards heaven.
23:51 In other words, Rome morphs from a political power
23:54 into a religious power.
23:57 And then it takes you all the way down to the time
24:00 of the cleansing of the Sanctuary.
24:02 So Daniel 8 gives you the broad sweep
24:04 from the time of Persia till the time when the Sanctuary
24:08 is going to be cleansed.
24:10 2300 days, which we understand as years.
24:16 Now I want you to notice that there are four differences
24:20 between the prophecy of Daniel 8 and those of
24:24 Daniel 2 and Daniel 7.
24:27 They are somewhat parallel, but there are differences.
24:30 First, while in Daniel 2 and 7 the prophetic series begins with
24:36 the kingdom of Babylon, that is the gold and the lion,
24:40 in Daniel 8 there is no symbol for the kingdom of Babylon.
24:46 Interesting.
24:47 The usual argument given for this difference
24:50 is that the kingdom of Babylon was about to pass away.
24:54 But the date given in this chapter indicates that the
24:57 kingdom of Babylon would not pass away for another 12 years.
25:01 So Babylon was still going to rule for 12 years.
25:04 There has to be another reason.
25:05 And the reason is that it had to begin with Persia
25:08 because that's when the 2300 day prophecy begins.
25:13 Second, in contrast to Daniel 7, the beasts of Daniel 8
25:18 are domestic Sanctuary animals.
25:23 What kind of beasts do you have in Daniel 7?
25:28 Carnivorous beasts.
25:31 Wild beasts.
25:33 But in Daniel 8, you have Sanctuary beasts.
25:37 Because the central theme is the Sanctuary.
25:41 The ram was used in the daily service,
25:44 while the he goat was used in the yearly service.
25:49 This strongly hints that the central theme
25:52 of Daniel 8 is the daily.
25:55 Is the daily referred to very clearly there?
25:58 Yeah.
25:59 Leading up to the end of the 2300 days
26:02 you have the little horn taking away what?
26:05 The daily.
26:07 That's the ram.
26:09 But that's not all.
26:11 And the yearly, in which the little horn is what?
26:17 Judged.
26:19 Are you following this?
26:21 In other words, two Sanctuary animals are used to illustrate
26:24 that the papacy was going to take away the daily.
26:27 And as a result, the papacy was going to be judged
26:30 in the yearly service.
26:32 Which is the cleansing of the Sanctuary, or the judgment.
26:36 Third, there is only one symbol in Daniel 8
26:40 for both pagan and papal Rome.
26:42 A little horn.
26:44 The horn first spreads out horizontally,
26:48 that is geographically, to the east, the south,
26:50 and the glorious land.
26:52 And then it extends vertically to heaven.
26:56 That is to say, it first extends politically and geographically,
26:59 and then religiously.
27:02 It is clear that the introduction of another beast
27:05 into Daniel 8 to represent pagan Rome would have spoiled the
27:11 symmetry of the chapter which emphasizes
27:14 the two beasts of the Sanctuary service.
27:17 So if a third beast had been introduced,
27:19 it would ruin the theme of the daily and the yearly;
27:23 the two beasts of the sanctuary.
27:25 Fourth, this is very important, there is no reference
27:30 in Daniel 8 to the establishment of Christ's everlasting kingdom.
27:36 Does Daniel 2 refer to the setting up of
27:38 Christ's everlasting kingdom?
27:40 He will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed.
27:42 That's the culmination of the vision of Daniel 2.
27:45 Does Daniel 7 end with Jesus taking over the kingdom?
27:48 Yes it does.
27:49 But Daniel 8, strangely enough, the chapter ends
27:53 and there's no reference to the everlasting kingdom.
27:56 Which is different than Daniel 2 and Daniel 7.
28:00 Now this was due to the fact that Daniel got sick
28:04 before Gabriel was able to explain the entire vision.
28:08 And you can read that in chapter 8 verses 26 and 27.
28:11 This is the reason why Gabriel came back,
28:16 in Daniel 9 through 12, to explain the things
28:19 that had remained unexplained in chapter 8.
28:23 In other words, if Daniel had not gotten sick,
28:26 Gabriel would have continued giving him
28:28 Daniel 9, 10, 11, and 12.
28:32 But he gave it later.
28:34 Now, what is the central theme of Daniel 8 then?
28:39 What is the central theme of the vision?
28:42 "Unto 2300 days, the Sanctuary shall be cleansed."
28:47 That's the central theme, right?
28:48 The 2300 days and the judgment.
28:52 Now let's go to our next page.
28:57 What is the central theme of Daniel 9?
28:59 Now here we have a problem in Daniel 8.
29:01 What is the problem in Daniel chapter 8?
29:03 The problem is that you have a 2300 day prophecy,
29:06 but you don't know where to start it.
29:11 We want to know when the
29:12 Sanctuary is going to be cleansed.
29:13 2300 years and the Sanctuary will be cleansed.
29:16 The problem is, there's no starting point in Daniel 8.
29:20 So where would you expect to find the starting date?
29:23 How about the next chapter?
29:27 Are you with me or not?
29:30 So in chapter 9...
29:33 Daniel 8 mentions the 2300 day prophecy,
29:36 but does not provide a starting point.
29:38 In chapter 9, the crucial starting point
29:40 for the 2300 days is given.
29:42 The 70 weeks constitute the first 490 years
29:46 of the 2300 day prophecy.
29:48 And those years begin during the kingdom of Persia.
29:52 This is the real reason why the kingdom of Babylon is
29:55 not mentioned in Daniel 8.
29:57 It is because the 2300 days begin during the reign
30:00 of Persia and not during the reign of Babylon.
30:06 So far so good?
30:09 See, there's a reason for all this.
30:10 Is it important to know the literary structure?
30:14 Indispensable.
30:18 So then Daniel 9 gives you the starting point
30:20 for the 2300 days.
30:21 So what is the central purpose of Daniel 9?
30:25 To give you the starting point for the 2300 day prophecy.
30:30 So is Daniel 9 related to Daniel 8?
30:33 Absolutely.
30:34 Now, could the 70 weeks be understood before the
30:37 time of the end?
30:39 Yes.
30:41 Because they were fulfilled before the time of the end.
30:44 But what could not be understood until the time of the end?
30:47 That the remaining 1810 years would take you to the
30:52 investigative judgment.
30:55 So the portions that were fulfilled could be understood.
30:58 What could not be understood is the ending point.
31:03 The cleansing of the Sanctuary.
31:04 The end of the 2300 day prophecy;
31:06 that there was going to be a judgment in heaven
31:10 before Jesus came to take over the kingdom on earth.
31:13 Even the Millerites did not understand it.
31:17 Wow.
31:19 Okay, so let's go to Daniel 10.
31:22 Does Daniel 10 have anything to do with the 2300 day prophecy?
31:26 Of course it does.
31:27 Let's read it.
31:29 In order for the prophecy of the 2300 days to be fulfilled,
31:34 especially the 70 weeks, it was necessary for the kings of
31:38 Persia to give certain decrees for Israel to go back
31:43 to their land to rebuild their temple, city, walls,
31:47 and to restore a functioning Hebrew theocracy.
31:52 It was the command to build and restore Jerusalem.
31:59 Certain decrees had to be given in order for the 2300 day
32:03 prophecy to begin on time.
32:07 Now Satan, the prince of Persia, knew this.
32:14 Do you think the devil could understand the prophecy
32:16 of the 70 weeks and the 2300 days?
32:20 You better believe he could.
32:22 So he says, "If I can skew the starting point,
32:29 I can eliminate the ending point."
32:32 Now notice, Satan knew this.
32:35 And therefore, he worked on the minds of the Persian kings
32:40 to try and prevent them from allowing Israel
32:44 to return to their land.
32:46 Do you know that after Israel returned in 536,
32:50 there was all sorts of opposition.
32:54 Cyrus gave a decree, and then it was revoked.
32:57 And then it was reinstated.
32:59 The people that had remained in the land fought
33:02 those who came back tooth and nail.
33:04 Why do you suppose that was?
33:07 Because the devil was behind it.
33:09 Daniel 10 gives you the reason behind the reason.
33:15 Now notice, I'll continue reading here.
33:19 If the temple, the city, and the walls were not rebuilt,
33:26 if the theocracy was not re-established,
33:29 the prophecy of the 2300 days could not begin to be fulfilled,
33:34 and God's plan would be frustrated.
33:38 But in the end, Michael came to help Gabriel.
33:43 And the prophecy of the 2300 days began right on schedule.
33:49 Is Daniel 10 related to the 2300 days?
33:52 Yeah.
33:53 There's a battle going on in Daniel chapter 10.
33:58 The prince of Persia, who is the devil,
34:00 is struggling with the kings of Persia.
34:04 And what he's doing is, he's trying to convince them
34:06 not to favor the Jewish people.
34:08 And not to give them, to tell them, "You revoke that decree."
34:12 You know, even Artaxerxes gave the decree,
34:15 and then he revoked the decree,
34:17 and then he re-enacted the decree.
34:19 I don't know if you were aware of that.
34:22 But there was huge opposition.
34:24 Because the devil did not want the 2300 day prophecy
34:26 to begin on time.
34:28 Now notice what Ellen White says in, Prophets and Kings,
34:31 page 571 and 572.
34:35 She explains what was going on.
34:37 "While Satan was striving to influence the highest powers
34:41 in the kingdom of Persia to show disfavor to God's people,
34:45 angels worked in behalf of the exiles.
34:49 The controversy was one in which all heaven was interested.
34:53 Through the prophet Daniel we are given a glimpse
34:55 of this mighty struggle between the forces of good
34:58 and the forces of evil.
35:00 For three weeks Gabriel wrestled with the powers of darkness,
35:04 seeking to counteract the influences at work
35:08 on the mind of Cyrus; and before the contest closed,
35:12 Christ Himself came to Gabriel's aid."
35:17 And you know what Michael said after this?
35:19 He says, "I've got to go now, because I've got to
35:22 continue struggling with the kings of Persia."
35:26 So is chapter 10 related to the prophecy of the 2300 days?
35:30 Yes it is.
35:31 This is a book within a book.
35:33 All of the chapters have the same central theme.
35:37 The 2300 day prophecy.
35:40 Now we need to go to chapter 11.
35:45 In chapter 11, what kingdom does this chapter begin with?
35:50 Persia.
35:52 With which kingdom did Daniel 8 begin?
35:55 Persia.
35:56 Do you know what's going to happen now in Daniel 11?
36:00 There is no new vision in Daniel 11.
36:02 Are you aware that there's no new vision in Daniel 11?
36:06 What Gabriel does, he comes back and he now says to Daniel,
36:09 "Daniel, you got sick and I wasn't able to finish.
36:11 Now I'm going to start where I started in Daniel 8,
36:13 but I'm going to take you all the way to the end."
36:19 Is that clear?
36:22 And so, now he's going to go back to where Daniel 8 began,
36:26 and he's going to take Daniel,
36:28 he's going to give Daniel the sweep.
36:30 But he's not only going to take him to the point of the
36:33 ending of the 2300 days.
36:35 He's going to take him beyond that to the final conflict.
36:38 and to the establishment of Christ's everlasting kingdom.
36:42 Which he did not have the kingdom in Daniel 8
36:44 because Daniel got sick.
36:45 So in Daniel 11, Gabriel is going to say,
36:48 "I'm going to show you the whole sweep.
36:50 And I'm going to end with the everlasting kingdom,
36:53 which I did not end with in Daniel 8."
36:55 So let's read this.
36:57 Now that which was begun and not finished in Daniel 8
37:00 will be completed in Daniel 11.
37:03 As in Daniel 8, the vision of Daniel 11 begins during the
37:07 kingdom of Persia, not Babylon.
37:10 It continues with Greece.
37:12 You can read this in Daniel 11. It's clear.
37:15 It continues with its first king
37:17 and the four divisions of Alexander's empire.
37:21 It then describes the dominion of pagan Rome.
37:25 Then it describes papal Rome in both of its stages;
37:31 during the 1260 years and at the end of time.
37:35 Verses 40 to 45 describe the papacy after the
37:38 deadly wound is healed.
37:40 The verses before that, verse 31 through verse 39,
37:45 describes the career of the papacy during the 1260 years.
37:50 But now notice.
37:52 But instead of taking us merely from the time of
37:54 the kingdom of Persia to the end of the 2300 days in 1844...
37:59 Is that where Daniel 8 ended?
38:03 "Unto 2300 days, the Sanctuary shall be cleansed."
38:05 That takes you to 1844.
38:08 But now in Daniel 11, instead of taking Daniel
38:11 only to 1844, he's going to take him all the way
38:15 to the time of the establishment of the everlasting kingdom.
38:18 He's going to take him to the time when the judgment ends,
38:20 and the time of trouble comes, and God's people are delivered,
38:23 and Christ establishes His everlasting kingdom.
38:27 Instead of taking us merely from the time of
38:29 the kingdom of Persia to the end of the 2300 days in 1844
38:33 when the judgment begins, Daniel 11 takes us
38:37 all the way from Persia to the end of that judgment
38:40 and the close of probation when Michael stands up.
38:45 So does Daniel 11 take you far beyond 1844?
38:49 It most certainly does.
38:51 And finally, in Daniel 12 verses 2 and 3,
38:55 you have a description of the climax when God's people
38:58 will resurrect and inherit the everlasting kingdom,
39:02 and the righteous will shine as stars forever and ever.
39:07 Thus, Daniel 11:1 through 12:3 take us full circle from the
39:13 time of Persia till Christ sets up His everlasting kingdom.
39:19 Isn't this incredible?
39:21 So what is the central theme of all of these chapters?
39:25 The central theme, folks, is the 2300 day prophecy.
39:29 The judgment.
39:32 All of the chapters have the same central theme.
39:37 And much of this, the judgment aspect could not be understood
39:40 until the time of the end.
39:41 So is this a book within a book?
39:44 Basically, what it's doing is, Daniel 7 gives you the inkling.
39:48 It introduces it, when it says that the Ancient of Days
39:51 goes in and He sits, and the judgment is set.
39:55 And then the Son of Man comes, He's taken before the
39:58 Ancient of Days, the judgment sits and the books are opened.
40:01 Daniel 7, at the end of the chapter, gives you the
40:03 introduction to the second book;
40:08 the idea that the judgment is going to be in heaven
40:10 and the judgment is going to be before
40:13 the second coming of Christ.
40:16 Now let's go to reason number five.
40:20 And we're going to amplify this one in the next few minutes.
40:24 We don't have a lot of time left in this particular presentation.
40:28 But we are going to deal with Revelation chapter 10
40:32 more extensively in our next session.
40:35 But let's go through the material that we have here.
40:38 The opening of the little book in Revelation 10
40:42 is a clear reference to the unsealing and opening
40:45 of the book that was sealed in Daniel 12 verse 4.
40:50 There is only one book in the Bible that was sealed
40:52 to be opened at the time of the end.
40:55 Notably, the little book of Revelation 10
40:58 is opened in the period of the sixth trumpet
41:02 at the very end of history immediately before Jesus
41:06 takes over the kingdom at the time of the seventh trumpet.
41:11 Are you catching the chronology?
41:14 In other words, the little book is opened during
41:15 the period of the sixth trumpet.
41:17 That's when you have the eating of the book.
41:19 It's sweet in the mouth, bitter in the stomach, you know.
41:21 And then after that, you have the episode
41:27 of Christ taking over the kingdom
41:31 under the seventh trumpet.
41:33 Now, we shall find in our next study that no chapter
41:36 in the Bible explains in a clearer way the origin,
41:39 message, mission, and destiny of God's end time remnant people
41:45 than Revelation 10.
41:48 It is no coincidence that the central theme
41:51 of the Millerites who preached at the beginning of the
41:54 time of the end was drawn
41:58 and Revelation 14:6-7.
42:00 The eating of the little book of Revelation 10
42:04 clearly indicates the judgment hour preaching
42:06 of the Millerite movement and its subsequent disappointment.
42:11 Let me ask you, did the Millerites gobble up
42:14 the little book?
42:15 Oh yeah.
42:17 Was it sweet?
42:19 Ooh it so sweet.
42:20 Why was it sweet?
42:23 They thought Jesus was coming back.
42:25 First in 1843, then they re-adjusted it.
42:30 And then finally they settled on October 22, 1844.
42:33 And Ellen White says that the coming of Jesus
42:37 was something that brought joy to everyone.
42:41 She said that was the happiest year of her life,
42:44 the year that led up to the great disappointment.
42:47 So the experience was sweet.
42:49 These people loved Jesus.
42:51 They wanted to see Jesus come.
42:54 And then when October 22, 1844 ended,
42:57 ooh the bitterness.
42:58 I'm going to read you some statements
43:00 from the pioneers after Jesus didn't come.
43:04 Wow.
43:05 Their hopes were dashed.
43:08 But they didn't totally lose hope.
43:11 Because they went back to studying Scripture.
43:14 And they said, "We missed the fact that the judgment
43:21 is going to have a heavenly phase before Jesus comes
43:24 to take over the kingdom."
43:27 In a parable Jesus says that we are to be individuals
43:31 that wait for the return of the Master from the wedding.
43:34 In other words, the wedding takes place in heaven.
43:36 And we are there in absentia.
43:40 And then Jesus comes to get His people.
43:44 But He determines His kingdom before.
43:46 The Millerites did not understand that.
43:49 So the acid test of what this little book is
43:52 is found in history.
43:55 It was fulfilled in history; in 1844.
44:00 Now interestingly enough, the eating of the little book
44:03 in Revelation 10 clearly describes the judgment
44:06 hour preaching of the Millerite movement
44:08 and its subsequent disappointment.
44:10 After the disappointment, John was told to what?
44:14 Prophesy again.
44:16 Prophesy again from where?
44:20 Where did the prophecy come from the first time?
44:23 From the little book?
44:25 So it says, "You have to prophesy again
44:27 from the little book.
44:28 Because you didn't get it right the first time."
44:32 And he was commanded then to what?
44:35 Wow, to measure the temple.
44:37 And what is the measuring of the temple?
44:39 The investigative judgment.
44:41 See, after the disappointment, in the very next verse
44:47 you have the investigative judgment.
44:49 By the way, when it says, "You must prophesy again,"
44:51 where is the message found in Revelation prophesying again?
44:57 Revelation chapter 14; the three angels' messages.
45:02 In other words, after the disappointment, God's people
45:05 were called upon to present another message
45:07 from the book of Daniel.
45:09 And that message had to do with the measuring of the
45:12 heavenly temple, which is the investigative judgment.
45:16 Concerning the unsealing of the little book,
45:18 Ellen White remarks, "It was the lion of the tribe of Judah
45:23 who unsealed the book and gave to John the revelation
45:27 of what should be in these last days.
45:30 Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony,
45:34 which was sealed until the time of the end,"
45:36 now notice this, "until the time of the end when..." What?
45:41 "...when the first angel's message should be
45:44 proclaimed to our world."
45:45 So what is the unsealing of the book?
45:47 It is preaching what?
45:49 The first angel's message, "The hour of His judgment has come."
45:54 These matters are of infinite importance in these last days.
45:58 But while many shall be purified and made white
46:00 and tried, the wicked shall do wickedly,
46:03 and none of the wicked shall understand.
46:05 The book of Daniel is unsealed in the revelation to John
46:08 and carries us forward to the last scenes
46:12 of this earth's history.
46:15 So as we studied the structure of the book of Daniel,
46:19 we discovered that Daniel is one book composed of two books.
46:25 One book is self contained; Daniel 1 through 7.
46:29 The chapters relate to each other in a chiastic fashion.
46:33 And then Daniel 8 through 12 amplifies the theme of
46:38 the last verses of Daniel 7 in speaking about
46:42 the 2300 days and the investigative judgment.
46:45 Did you understand what we studied?
46:47 It's marvelous, isn't it?
46:48 How important is it to understand the structure?
46:52 It's vital.
46:54 You know, people say, "Well, just love Jesus."
46:57 Well yeah, I think we need to love Jesus.
46:59 That's good.
47:00 So if it's, "Just love Jesus," why don't we have only in
47:03 the Bible, "For God so loved the world that He gave
47:05 His only begotten Son."
47:07 If it's just a matter of loving Jesus,
47:09 just give us one verse.
47:12 The fact is, that as we study these things,
47:14 we love Jesus more and more.
47:18 Because no human mind could have done this.
47:21 No human mind could have devised this unity
47:24 that exists in the book of Daniel.
47:26 And God wants us to be prepared for the coming of Jesus.
47:30 Now let's notice here, we have about 10 minutes left,
47:33 and so we can introduce our next study.
47:37 And then we'll continue after we take a break.
47:41 The origin, identity, mission, and message of the remnant.
47:45 This will absorb the rest of our time.
47:49 There is no passage in Scripture that better describes
47:56 the origin, message, identity, and mission
48:00 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
48:01 than Revelation 10.
48:03 This is a critically important chapter in the self-identity
48:08 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
48:11 Let's read the passage so we have it clear in our minds.
48:16 "I saw still another mighty angel..."
48:21 This is not just an ordinary angel.
48:22 It is a mighty angel.
48:25 "...coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud.
48:29 And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun,
48:35 and his feet like pillars of fire."
48:41 Who do you think this angel is?
48:43 The same description as Jesus in Revelation 1.
48:48 It continues saying, "He had a little book open..."
48:53 That doesn't capture the tense of the verb in Greek.
48:57 The tense of the verb is, "having been opened."
49:01 In other words, at some point previous to the angel
49:03 descending from heaven, the book was closed,
49:06 and it was opened.
49:09 "He had a little book open," or having been opened,
49:13 "in his hand.
49:14 And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot
49:18 on the land, and cried with a loud voice,
49:22 as when a lion roars.
49:25 When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.
49:29 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices,
49:32 I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven
49:36 saying to me, 'Seal up the things which the seven thunders
49:39 uttered, and do not write them.'"
49:43 There's a lot of speculation about the thunders
49:44 in the Adventist church these days.
49:47 Without any reason; there shouldn't be any speculation.
49:49 We'll see.
49:51 "The angel whom I saw standing," this is verse 5.
49:54 "The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land
49:57 raised up his hand to heaven
50:02 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever,
50:07 who created heaven and the things that are in it,
50:09 the earth and the things that are in it,
50:12 and the sea and the things that are in it..."
50:15 Which God is this?
50:17 The Creator God.
50:24 "...that there should be," and this is the New King James,
50:27 "delay no longer..."
50:28 Terrible translation.
50:30 The King James has it right.
50:32 "...that there should be time no longer,
50:39 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel,
50:44 when he is about to sound..."
50:46 Not when he sounds, but when the seventh angel is about to sound.
50:49 "...the mystery of God would be finished..."
50:53 So is the mystery of God going to be finished
50:54 shortly before the seventh trumpet blows?
50:57 Absolutely. Very important.
50:59 We're going to study all these things in detail.
51:04 So once again, verse 7, "...but in the days of the
51:07 sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound,
51:10 the mystery of God would be finished,
51:12 as He declared to His servants the prophets.
51:15 Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again
51:18 and said, 'Go, take the little book which is open in the
51:21 hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.'
51:25 So I went to the angel and said to him,
51:27 'Give me the little book.'
51:29 And he said to me, 'Take it and eat it;
51:33 and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be
51:36 as sweet as honey in your mouth.'"
51:38 You say, "Now wait a minute.
51:39 Why do you have this reversed?
51:41 Why doesn't it say, 'It's sweet in the mouth
51:42 and bitter in the stomach?'
51:43 Why does it say, 'Bitter in your stomach
51:44 and sweet in the mouth?'"
51:46 There's a chiastic reason.
51:47 We're going to see that.
51:49 You need to know the structure.
51:51 Verse 9 again, "So I went to the angel and said to him,
51:55 'Give me the little book.'
51:56 And he said to me, 'Take it and eat it;
51:58 and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be
52:01 as sweet as honey in your mouth.'
52:03 Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it,
52:07 and it was," now you have the right order,
52:08 "and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
52:12 But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter."
52:17 So why do you have this order?
52:20 You know, bitter, sweet. Sweet, bitter.
52:25 There's a structural reason for that.
52:27 We're going to notice it.
52:30 Verse 11, "And he said to me, 'You must prophesy again...'"
52:36 And the New King James says, "...about..."
52:40 The King James says, "to," which I think is better.
52:42 "You must prophesy again to many peoples,
52:47 nations, tongues, and kings.
52:51 Then I was given a reed..."
52:52 And this is verse 1 of chapter 11.
52:57 It's really part of the passage.
52:58 "Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod.
53:02 And the angel stood by, saying..."
53:04 Is it the same angel?
53:07 Yeah, it's the same angel.
53:09 "Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar,
53:13 and those who worship there."
53:16 So do you have the picture clear in your mind?
53:18 Okay, now let's summarize the little book episode.
53:25 Let's look at the sequence of events in this chapter.
53:30 Everything revolves around the angel and the little book.
53:36 First of all, the mighty angel comes down
53:38 from heaven to the earth.
53:40 So I want you to visualize this, okay?
53:44 The angel comes down from heaven to the earth.
53:48 Then next, his physical characteristics are described.
53:53 His face shines like the sun,
53:56 and his feet are like burnished bronze.
54:02 And then he brings in his hand a scroll that is open.
54:08 Which means that it was opened before he came down.
54:11 He places one foot on dry land and then he places the other
54:15 foot on the sea.
54:19 Next, he speaks with the roar of the lion.
54:23 And when he roars like a lion, seven thunders come out.
54:30 He then swears the oath to the Creator,
54:34 and he says that time will be no longer.
54:38 Then he gives the book to John with instructions to eat it.
54:44 After John eats it and it's sweet in the mouth
54:46 and bitter in the stomach, he instructs John
54:49 to prophesy again.
54:51 And after telling him to prophesy again,
54:54 he commands John to measure the temple of God
54:57 and those who worship God.
55:01 And then the last point, which is not in the chronological
55:06 order, but it is the last point in the sequence.
55:11 The mystery of God is finished when the seventh angel
55:16 is about to sound his trumpet.
55:21 Okay, do you have the sequence clear in your mind?
55:24 See, we have to have the sequence clear.
55:26 Now, let's take a look at the messenger
55:29 that descends from heaven.
55:31 The message of Revelation 10 is imparted
55:33 by Jesus Christ Himself.
55:36 So it must be extremely important.
55:39 Jesus is described in the following terms:
55:43 It is a mighty angel, his face is like the sun.
55:48 The same description of Christ in Revelation 1:16.
55:52 He is surrounded by a cloud,
55:54 like Jesus is surrounded by angels.
55:57 His legs are like pillars of fire.
55:59 Same description as Revelation 1.
56:02 He roars like a lion.
56:04 Who is Jesus?
56:05 He's the lion of the tribe of Judah.
56:08 And he has a rainbow over his head.
56:12 Ellen White makes this interesting comment
56:13 about the rainbow.
56:15 She says, "As the bow in the cloud
56:17 results from the union of sunshine and shower,
56:20 so the bow above God's throne represents the union of
56:24 His mercy and His justice.
56:26 To the sinful but repentant soul, God says,
56:29 'Live thou; I have found a ransom.'"
56:33 Ellen White clearly identifies who this angel is.
56:37 In, Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, page 971, she says,
56:41 "The mighty angel who instructed John was no less
56:44 a personage than Jesus Christ."
56:47 And she also says in the, Bible Commentary, volume 7,
56:50 pages 953 and 954, "The instruction to be communicated
56:55 to John was so important that Christ came from heaven
57:00 to give it to His servant, telling him to send it
57:04 to the churches."
57:06 So is this message of Revelation chapter 10
57:10 an extremely important message?
57:12 Yes, because it is not delivered to an angel to be given to us.
57:17 It is delivered by Jesus Christ Himself.
57:21 It must be crucially important if Jesus comes down
57:25 in person to reveal this to His servant John,
57:29 and to us who receive the message of John.
57:32 So, I hope we have this picture clear in our minds.
57:37 We are going to take a look at the rest of the details of
57:40 this chapter in our next session together.
57:43 Don't miss it, because it's going to be exciting.


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