Anchor School of Theology: Prophetic Principles

Learn How to Use the Writings of Ellen G. White, Part 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Stephen Bohr


Series Code: ASTPP

Program Code: ASTPP000029

00:15 Well welcome once again.
00:17 We're going to take a look now at the battle of Armageddon
00:22 from three sources.
00:24 Source number one, Revelation 16.
00:28 Source number two, Exodus 14 and 15.
00:33 And source number three, the spirit of prophecy.
00:37 And my main objective is to illustrate how to discover
00:43 where Ellen White comments on different aspects of
00:47 Bible prophecy even though she does not quote the verses.
00:51 So let's begin at the top of the page.
00:52 The name of the document is, "The Battle of Armageddon;
00:57 The Importance of Literary Structure in the
00:59 Study of Typology."
01:01 How Ellen White interprets biblical typology.
01:07 Now let's go through some tips that we need to take into
01:11 account in order to understand the battle of Armageddon.
01:15 Number one, look for the pattern,
01:19 or the broader picture, and how all of the individual
01:23 pieces fit together.
01:26 Don't merely look for events, but rather for the sequence
01:30 or order of events.
01:32 For example, when you find Elijah passages in Scripture,
01:36 study the entire Elijah story.
01:38 So we're going to have to look at some Old Testament stories
01:40 in their entirety.
01:42 This will become clearer as we go along.
01:45 Secondly, learn the Old Testament story well.
01:50 Because it is the foundation for the typological application.
01:54 Number three, don't assume that Ellen White will
01:59 quote the verses or even necessarily use their language.
02:03 We illustrated that with the twenty-four elders.
02:06 And finally, learn to ask questions about the passage.
02:11 For example, I asked the question:
02:14 Why does Revelation 15 say that the 144,000
02:19 will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb?
02:22 What will the final deliverance have to do with Moses?
02:26 Is it possible that the final deliverance will follow
02:30 the same pattern as the deliverance of Israel
02:33 at the time of the exodus?
02:35 I believe that's the case.
02:38 Now let's introduce the subject by saying that the
02:40 book of Revelation describes seven devastating plagues
02:45 that will fall upon planet earth after the door
02:49 of human probation has closed.
02:53 And of course, that door of probation is described
02:55 in Revelation 15 verses 5 through 8.
03:00 Now these plagues will do much damage.
03:05 In fact, to a great degree they will return the earth
03:09 to the condition it was in before creation week.
03:13 Without form and void, darkness and empty.
03:19 In the present study, I would like us to study the final three
03:23 of these plagues that will decimate and desolate
03:27 planet earth slightly before the second coming of Christ.
03:32 We will study this subject from three different perspectives
03:36 and look for parallels in the thematic structure.
03:41 The first perspective that we're going to look at
03:44 is Revelation 16 verses 10 through 21.
03:49 That's where plagues number five, six, and seven
03:51 are mentioned in Revelation.
03:53 The second source is Exodus 14 and 15.
03:57 Those two chapters have a very close relationship
04:00 with the last three plagues of Revelation.
04:05 And then we're going to look at the book, The Great Controversy,
04:09 pages 635-637, because there is where Ellen White quotes
04:16 and actually comments on plagues number five, six, and seven.
04:22 Now let's go to model number one.
04:26 Revelation chapter 16 verses 10 and 11.
04:30 And you have the verse in your material,
04:32 so let's read that verse.
04:35 "Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne
04:39 of the beast..."
04:40 I have underlined some very important words.
04:43 "The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast,
04:47 and his kingdom became full of darkness;
04:52 and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
04:58 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their
05:01 pains and their..." What?
05:03 "...and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds."
05:08 Now there's several things that we need to take a look at
05:10 in these two verses.
05:12 We need to determine where the throne of the beast is,
05:16 what the kingdom of the beast is,
05:20 why this mentions them, you know, gnawing their tongues
05:25 in pain, and the fact that they did not repent
05:29 even when this plague fell.
05:32 So let's examine some important details about the fifth plague.
05:37 The beast under the sixth plague is the same as the beast
05:41 of Revelation 13.
05:43 In other words, the beast under the sixth and fifth plagues
05:46 is the same as the beast of Revelation 13
05:49 and the little horn of Daniel 7 that spoke blasphemies
05:53 against the Most High, persecuted the saints
05:56 of the Most High, thought it could change times and law,
06:00 and rules for a period of 1260 years.
06:05 In other words, the beast that is mentioned here in this plague
06:10 is the Roman Catholic papacy.
06:12 Because that's what the little horn
06:14 and that's what the beast represents.
06:17 So now we know what the beast represents.
06:20 It is a worldwide system of apostate Christianity.
06:27 Now the question is, where is the throne of the beast?
06:32 We know that the beast is the papacy,
06:33 but where is the throne of the beast?
06:37 Well, the throne is where the center of government is, right?
06:41 So where does this beast rule from?
06:44 The fact is that he rules from Vatican city
06:48 within the confines of the ancient city of Rome.
06:53 So when it speaks about the throne of the beast,
06:58 it's talking particularly about a darkness that falls
07:03 upon the throne of the beast.
07:05 In other words, the plague of darkness.
07:07 However, the darkness spreads.
07:10 It's not only over the throne.
07:12 It's over his entire kingdom.
07:14 And so we have to ask, where is the kingdom
07:17 of this beast that rules from his throne?
07:20 There are several verses that define his kingdom.
07:24 Notice Revelation chapter 13 and verse 3.
07:28 Revelation 13 and verse 3.
07:31 We're going to look at the kingdom of this beast
07:34 that rules from Rome.
07:36 And there are four verses that we're going to take a look at.
07:39 "And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded,
07:44 and his deadly wound was healed.
07:49 And all of Fresno..."
07:52 Fresno too.
07:54 "And all the world marveled and followed the beast."
08:00 So let me ask you, where's the kingdom?
08:01 Over which territory does the beast rule?
08:05 Over the world.
08:07 Notice Revelation chapter 13 and verse 7, the same idea.
08:11 Speaking about the beast, it says, "It was granted to him
08:15 to make war with the saints and to overcome them.
08:18 And authority was given him over every tribe,
08:23 tongue, and nation."
08:25 So there you have the kingdom once again.
08:27 It is a global worldwide kingdom.
08:30 And then you have Revelation 17 and verses 1 and 2.
08:34 Once again, the same idea all over again.
08:37 "Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls
08:41 came and talked with me, saying, 'Come, I will show you
08:45 the judgment of the great harlot who sits...'" Where?
08:49 "...who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the
08:54 earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth
08:58 were made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
09:01 Now what do the waters represent?
09:04 Well we go to Revelation 17 verse 15.
09:06 The very context indicates what the waters represent.
09:10 It says in Revelation chapter 17 and verse 15,
09:13 "Then he said to me, 'The waters which you saw,
09:17 where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes,
09:21 nations, and tongues.'"
09:24 What does the act of sitting represent?
09:28 The act of sitting means that she, what?
09:30 She rules.
09:32 In fact, we find in Revelation 17 verse 18,
09:35 it says that she rules over the kings of the earth.
09:37 It's the city that rules over the kings of the earth.
09:40 In other words, the beast represents the papacy.
09:44 The center of its government, or its throne, is in Rome.
09:48 And its kingdom covers the whole world.
09:51 Are you following me or not?
09:53 In other words, it is a global kingdom.
09:56 And what is the plague that falls upon the throne of the
09:59 beast and spreads across his entire kingdom?
10:03 It is a plague of darkness.
10:06 This is not normal darkness.
10:08 This is a supernatural and global darkness
10:12 that falls upon his entire kingdom.
10:15 Now when the darkness falls upon the throne of the beast system,
10:20 its members gnaw their tongues in pain.
10:24 And God sends them a panic that will lead them
10:28 to kill one another with weapons they intended on using
10:31 to destroy God's people.
10:33 Now for that, we need to go back to the Old Testament.
10:35 Because the Old Testament has the complete passage.
10:38 You know, Revelation has the sores, gnawing the tongue,
10:42 and it has sores on the body.
10:43 But the source for that is found in the Old Testament.
10:47 So we have to go to the book of Zechariah
10:49 chapter 14 and verses 12 and 13 where you find this plague
10:55 amplified or explained.
10:58 It says there in Zechariah 14:12-13,
11:01 "And this shall be the plague with which the Lord
11:06 will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem."
11:11 Now how do we understand Jerusalem here?
11:15 We understand Jerusalem as being God's worldwide church, right?
11:19 In other words, the book of Zechariah says Jerusalem.
11:23 But when this is applied in Revelation,
11:26 it is globalized and spiritualized.
11:29 You understand the principle?
11:31 It's vitally important.
11:32 And we apply it everywhere in Scripture.
11:36 And now notice what the plague is.
11:38 And the plague falls because they have
11:40 fought against Jerusalem,
11:41 they have fought against God's people.
11:43 It says, "Their flesh shall dissolve while they
11:46 stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
11:52 and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths."
11:56 Why do you suppose that it afflicts the tongue?
12:00 Because they use their tongue to utter lies.
12:05 And notice what else.
12:07 It says, "It shall come to pass in that day..."
12:09 Remember this, because we're going to come back to this
12:11 when we read from the spirit of prophecy.
12:13 "It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic
12:17 from the Lord will be among them."
12:21 Were they trying to fight against Jerusalem, yes or no?
12:24 Yeah, they were trying to fight against Jerusalem.
12:26 But lo and behold, something happens here.
12:28 They get sores all over their bodies, they get sores
12:31 in their mouth because they've spoken lies,
12:34 and we're told that God sends them a great panic.
12:38 And we're told in the last part of the verse,
12:40 "Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,
12:43 and raise his hand against his neighbor's hand."
12:47 In other words, they will not use the weapons
12:49 against God's people.
12:50 They will use the weapons against one another.
12:55 By the way, has probation closed at this point?
12:58 Yes.
12:59 Because we are told that when this plague fell,
13:02 they did not repent.
13:04 In other words, they are beyond repentance.
13:08 Now that's plague number five.
13:09 You have plague number five clear in your mind?
13:12 Now let's go to plague number six, plague number six.
13:16 We're not going to read the entire passage,
13:18 Revelation 16 verses 12 through 16.
13:21 It would take us far beyond where we have the time to go.
13:24 But the central themes of Revelation 16
13:28 verses 12 through 16 are the waters of the Euphrates
13:33 drying up to prepare the way for the Chinese
13:36 to come and attack Israel.
13:38 No, no, no.
13:40 You laugh because we've already been through
13:41 all of the principle, no.
13:43 The waters of the Euphrates are dried up to prepare the way
13:47 for the arrival of the kings from the east.
13:51 Incidentally, in the Greek it doesn't say,
13:53 "kings from the east."
13:55 In the Greek it says, "kings from the rising sun."
13:59 In other words, there are two words; anatole, helio.
14:02 In other words, for the kings that come from the sun rising.
14:05 You know, Louis Were has a book that's called,
14:07 The Kings that Come from the Sunrising.
14:09 It's a smaller book.
14:11 So let's read Revelation 16 and verse 12.
14:16 It says, "Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the
14:20 great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up..."
14:25 So the plague falls on the Euphrates
14:28 and the water of the Euphrates is dried up.
14:31 And when the waters dried up, it's to prepare the way,
14:35 it says, for the kings from the east.
14:38 So those are the three main points I want you to remember.
14:41 It falls on the river Euphrates, the water is dried up
14:46 to prepare the way for the coming of the kings of the east.
14:50 Of course, we need to ask the question,
14:53 what is represented by the Euphrates?
14:55 We're not talking about the literal river Euphrates.
14:58 Because in the Old Testament it's the Euphrates.
15:01 But in the New Testament, this is globalized.
15:04 In other words, the Euphrates is a symbolic Euphrates.
15:07 It is not a literal Euphrates.
15:10 And so we need to determine what is represented
15:13 by the Euphrates.
15:16 The second point that we need to determine is, what is meant
15:19 by the drying up of its waters?
15:21 What does the drying up of the Euphrates mean?
15:25 And the third point that we want to take a look at is,
15:28 who are the kings from the east, or from the sun rising?
15:32 And how is the way prepared for their arrival?
15:36 Now the only way that we can answer these questions
15:39 is by going back to an Old Testament story.
15:43 We have to go back to the fall of Babylon in the days
15:47 of King Belshazzar.
15:49 Because that's one of the backgrounds that we find
15:52 to the drying up of the Euphrates and
15:55 the sixth plague of Revelation.
15:58 So in order to answer these questions, we must study
16:00 the story of the fall of ancient Babylon.
16:03 The story is found in Daniel 5, Jeremiah 50 and 51,
16:09 Isaiah 41, and also helpful are the stories given
16:14 by historians Xenophon and Herodotus.
16:19 Now all of these sources put together indicate
16:24 the way in which ancient Babylon, literal Babylon, fell.
16:27 By the way, literal Babylon was on the literal river Euphrates.
16:31 The waters of the river Euphrates literally dried up
16:34 to prepare the way for Cyrus and his armies
16:37 to come from the east.
16:38 You're dealing with literal realities
16:40 in the Old Testament story.
16:43 The Euphrates river in antiquity was the greatest
16:47 asset of Babylon.
16:49 But it was also its greatest potential liability.
16:54 You see, as long as the river flowed and the city was
16:57 seated on the waters, it was an asset.
17:00 But if the waters were ever dried up,
17:03 it would be a great liability.
17:06 Secondly, Babylon was practicing idolatry,
17:10 and false worship, and drinking wine the night of its fall.
17:16 Does that sound familiar?
17:18 Is that going to be happening worldwide at the end of time?
17:21 Absolutely.
17:22 Is there going to be false worship?
17:24 Sure, to the beast and his image.
17:26 Is there going to be idolatry?
17:28 Yeah, we talked, for example, about the counterfeit Sabbath
17:31 that has been created by the hands of man for worship.
17:34 Anything that man makes for worship is an idol,
17:37 because man cannot make anything for worship.
17:39 Only God can make things for worship.
17:42 And is there going to be wine involved at the end of time?
17:46 Oh yeah.
17:47 The harlot is going to be giving wine to all of the nations.
17:52 And so, you know that the story of ancient Babylon
17:54 is going to be repeated on a larger global scale.
17:58 Only that the wine is not Ernest and Julio Gallo.
18:04 The wine is representative.
18:06 It is symbolic.
18:08 It is not wine that you get from a winery.
18:10 It represents something.
18:13 Now the next point is that Cyrus came with his armies
18:16 from the north, but he arrived from the east.
18:20 And he dried up the riverbed of the Euphrates
18:24 by diverting it to the channels that had been
18:27 built outside the city.
18:29 You see, the Babylonians had built channels
18:32 outside the city because sometimes the Euphrates river
18:35 was at flood stage.
18:36 And so it would flood the city.
18:38 So what they did was build channels that went around
18:41 the city so that when there was too much water in the river,
18:44 part of the water would go down the channels
18:46 and it would not flood the city.
18:49 And so what happened is that Cyrus and his armies
18:55 dried up the riverbed of the Euphrates by diverting
18:58 the river into the channels that had been built outside the city.
19:03 And that night, the gates to the city had been left open.
19:08 The Greek historians tell us that.
19:11 And because the gates that went down to the bottom of the river
19:14 that protected Babylon had been left open,
19:20 Cyrus and his armies entered the city, Babylon fell,
19:24 and King Belshazzar was killed that very night.
19:28 And then God's people were delivered and they were able
19:32 to go back to Jerusalem.
19:35 Are you starting to catch an interesting picture?
19:38 Now this scenario is applied symbolically and globally
19:45 in Revelation chapter 17.
19:47 Let's ask some questions about Revelation 17.
19:51 Which of the seven angels speaks to John
19:55 in Revelation 17 verse 1?
19:57 We'll formulate the questions and then we'll
19:58 look for the answers.
20:00 It says there that one of the seven angels who had the
20:03 plagues came back to talk to John.
20:05 The question is, which of the seven came back to talk to John?
20:09 The next question, what does a harlot represent in Scripture?
20:13 Then we need to ask, what does prophecy mean when it says that
20:16 she fornicates with the kings of the earth?
20:20 What is the name of the harlot woman?
20:23 What are the waters upon which the harlot sits?
20:27 And what will the kings end up doing with the harlot?
20:30 The kings that supported her in her endeavor,
20:34 something is going to happen with those kings.
20:36 What are they going to eventually do with the harlot?
20:40 Let's seek for answers to our questions.
20:43 Revelation 17 verses 1 and 2.
20:47 It says there, "Then one of the seven angels who had
20:51 the seven bowls came and talked with me..."
20:54 So it's one of the seven plague angels that comes back
20:57 to talk with John.
20:58 And the question is, which of the seven?
21:01 You say, "How can we find out which of the seven angels it is?
21:04 Is it the angel that poured out the first bowl?
21:07 Is it the angel that poured out the third bowl?
21:09 Is it the angel that poured out the fifth bowl?
21:11 Or the seventh bowl?
21:13 How can we know which of the seven came back
21:15 to talk with John?"
21:16 We can know.
21:18 And you're going to see the reason why.
21:19 So it says, "Then one of the seven angels who had the
21:22 seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,
21:25 'Come, I will show you the judgment of the
21:28 great harlot who...'" What?
21:30 "...who sits on many waters..."
21:33 So the harlot sits on what?
21:35 On many waters.
21:37 And this chapter is about the judgment against her.
21:40 "...with whom the kings of the earth committed..." What?
21:44 "...fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth
21:47 were made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
21:49 What is the wine?
21:51 False doctrine, false doctrine.
21:54 So were all nations contaminated with her doctrines?
21:58 Were they made drunk?
21:59 Yes they were.
22:01 And she sits on many waters.
22:03 Now what are the many waters?
22:05 The many waters are multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples.
22:08 Now what is the name of this harlot?
22:11 Revelation 17 verse 5 tells us what her name is.
22:15 "And on her forehead a name was written:
22:18 Mystery..."
22:20 What is her name now?
22:21 "...Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots
22:25 and of the Abominations of the Earth."
22:28 So what is the name of the harlot?
22:30 Mystery. And then what?
22:32 Babylon.
22:34 The harlot's name is Babylon.
22:36 And where does she sit?
22:38 She sits on many waters.
22:40 And she gives wine to the waters.
22:43 Now what do the waters represent?
22:45 Well, Revelation 17 verse 15
22:48 tells us what the waters represent.
22:51 Let's read that verse, Revelation 17 verse 15.
22:55 "Then he said to me, 'The waters which you saw,
22:58 where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes,
23:02 nations, and tongues.'"
23:05 So now we know what the waters represent.
23:07 So let's get this picture in our minds.
23:10 You have this harlot, and her name is what?
23:15 Babylon.
23:16 She's sitting upon multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples.
23:20 The waters.
23:21 She sits upon the waters.
23:23 And she's giving wine to the multitudes.
23:26 Now let me ask you, what is the name of the waters
23:30 upon which the harlot sits?
23:34 Well it's very simple.
23:36 This is Babylon.
23:38 So where was Babylon seated in Old Testament
23:41 times, as well as today?
23:42 Where was Babylon seated?
23:45 On the Euphrates.
23:46 So let me ask you then, here in Revelation chapter 17
23:53 the harlot is sitting on many waters.
23:55 Which means that she is sitting on the Euphrates.
24:00 Ah, now we know which angel comes back in chapter 17.
24:05 We have to look for the angel who poured out his bowl
24:08 on the Euphrates.
24:11 Are you following me or not?
24:13 Yes, because if she's seated on many waters,
24:15 her name is Babylon, and the waters were the Euphrates,
24:18 then the angel that we have to find in chapter 16
24:22 is the one that poured out his bowl on the Euphrates.
24:25 And which was the angel that poured out his bowl
24:28 on the Euphrates?
24:30 Number six.
24:33 And so chapter 17 is an amplification
24:36 of the sixth plague.
24:38 Are you following me?
24:40 It is an amplification of the sixth plague.
24:43 Now for a while, if you read chapter 17,
24:46 the harlot and the kings are having a jolly good time.
24:50 The kings are supporting her,
24:52 they're doing what she tells them to do.
24:54 The multitudes, they're real happy following
24:57 what the harlot says.
24:59 They enjoy drinking the wine that she gives them.
25:01 But suddenly, something is going to happen.
25:04 Revelation chapter 17 and verse 16.
25:07 Notice this.
25:08 In Revelation 16, you have the drying up of the Euphrates.
25:12 In chapter 17, it is described in a different way.
25:16 It says there, Revelation 17 verse 16,
25:20 The kings will what?
25:24 "The ten horns which you saw on the beast,
25:27 these will hate the harlot, and make her desolate and naked,
25:36 and eat her flesh and burn her with fire."
25:40 That's a way of saying that they're pretty mad at her.
25:44 They are going to be infuriated.
25:46 Suddenly, what do they do?
25:48 They withdraw their support from the harlot.
25:52 Something happens that causes them to say,
25:56 "We're not going to support you anymore."
25:58 And so they withdraw their support.
26:01 That is what is meant by the drying up of the Euphrates.
26:05 You see, if the Euphrates represents multitudes,
26:08 nations, tongues, and peoples, as long as the river flows
26:11 and she sits on the waters, oh, everything goes well.
26:15 But at some point, those waters that she rules over;
26:18 multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples,
26:20 are going to withdraw their support from her.
26:23 And they're going to leave her desolate and naked.
26:26 The kings are going to dry up on her.
26:28 Are you following me?
26:30 That's what is meant by the sixth plague.
26:34 And then you have the seventh plague.
26:36 Revelation 16:17-21, notice the details.
26:39 Are we doing well so far?
26:41 Notice the details.
26:43 "Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air,
26:47 and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven,
26:51 from the throne, saying, 'It is done!'"
26:55 And when that voice speaks,
26:58 in other words, what that voice is saying,
26:59 "The persecution of My people is over.
27:01 That's it.
27:03 I'm going to deliver My people."
27:05 "And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings;
27:10 and there was a great earthquake,
27:12 such a mighty and great earthquake as had not
27:15 occurred since men were on the earth.
27:17 Now the great city was divided into three parts..."
27:22 How many parts does Babylon have?
27:24 It has three.
27:26 The dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
27:29 The kings, the papacy, and apostate Protestantism.
27:33 Was it united before this?
27:34 Were the three united? Yes.
27:37 But suddenly under the sixth and seventh plagues,
27:39 what is going to happen?
27:41 The city is going to be divided.
27:42 And they're all going to fight against each other.
27:46 So it says, "Now the great city was divided into three parts,
27:49 and the cities of the nations fell.
27:51 And great Babylon was remembered before God,
27:53 to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
27:56 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
28:00 Remember these details.
28:01 "And great hail from heaven fell upon men,
28:03 each hailstone about the weight of a talent.
28:05 Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail,
28:08 since that plague was exceedingly great."
28:13 So under the seventh plague you have God's voice speaking,
28:16 you have noises, thundering, lightning,
28:19 an earthquake, and Babylon is divided into three parts.
28:23 Whereas before, the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet
28:26 were on the same page, now the three are divided.
28:29 And then you have islands disappearing,
28:31 and you have mountains disappearing,
28:33 because of the wrath of God that is being poured out.
28:37 So that is the scenario that we find in Revelation chapter 16
28:42 and explanation in chapter 17.
28:44 Now we need to go to our second model
28:46 that helps us understand a little better what we just
28:49 studied about the fall of Babylon.
28:51 There's a second background to this story,
28:53 and it's found in Exodus chapters 14 and 15,
28:57 believe it or not.
28:58 You remember that we said that we need to study
29:00 the Elijah story?
29:03 And we need to study the exodus story?
29:06 And the fall of Babylon story?
29:08 See, these are recurring stories in the book of Revelation,
29:12 as well as in the book of Daniel.
29:14 We have to know these stories backwards and forwards.
29:17 Now, the fall of Babylon in the days of Belshazzar,
29:23 is in the background of the fifth, sixth,
29:26 and seventh plagues.
29:28 But I want to suggest that there is another story
29:31 in the Old Testament that also stands in the background.
29:35 The story of the exodus of Israel from Egypt.
29:39 Now let's review this story.
29:41 I only have the highlights here.
29:43 You need to read chapters 14 and 15 of Exodus.
29:47 Israel was in bondage in Egypt, correct?
29:51 Were God's people in bondage in Babylon too?
29:53 Absolutely.
29:55 Each plague that God poured out upon Egypt enraged Pharaoh
30:00 against God's people.
30:01 Is that true of the first four plagues of Revelation?
30:04 Absolutely.
30:06 God said to Pharaoh what?
30:08 "Let My people go."
30:09 Is that what God is going to say?
30:11 Is that the reason God sends the plagues at the end?
30:13 The purpose is to say, "Let My people go."
30:17 Now listen carefully.
30:18 The captivity was made more difficult when Israel
30:21 attempted to keep the Sabbath.
30:24 Do you know that when Moses said, "Thus says the Lord,
30:27 'Let My people go to the wilderness for three days
30:29 the we might worship the Lord,'" Ellen White explains that
30:32 what they wanted to do was go on Friday and celebrate
30:35 the Sabbath and then come back.
30:38 And Pharaoh complained.
30:40 Pharaoh said, "You make the people shabath."
30:44 That's the word that is used.
30:45 Same word as in Genesis.
30:47 "Moses, you're making the people shabath."
30:49 And so he made their bondage even worse
30:53 because they attempted to keep the Sabbath.
30:56 Now when God's people came out of Egypt,
30:58 the crescendo of Pharaoh's rage reached its climax, right?
31:03 So his rage is increasing and increasing and increasing
31:07 with each plague.
31:08 So Israel escapes from Egypt.
31:11 And after God's people come out of Egypt,
31:13 they're camped at the edge of the Red Sea,
31:16 and Pharaoh proclaims a death decree against them.
31:20 Is there going to be a death decree against God's people?
31:23 Yes there is.
31:24 After the close of probation.
31:26 Actually, the death decree is uttered immediately
31:29 after the second plague.
31:31 And you say, "How do we know that?"
31:33 Because the angel explains that the reason for the
31:35 second plague, which is the fresh waters turned into blood,
31:39 is because they intended on shedding the blood of
31:41 God's people, and God is giving them blood to drink
31:44 because they deserve it.
31:48 I wish we had more time to go through all of these details
31:50 and provide all the documentation.
31:52 So Pharaoh gives a death decree against God's people.
31:56 And Pharaoh, you know, he gathers all of his
31:59 armies together; 600 choice chariots.
32:03 Talk about overkill.
32:05 You know, he's coming against the people that have
32:07 no military strength, no military organization.
32:10 He gets all of his armies together
32:12 and he comes after Israel, and he's going to destroy Israel.
32:17 And Israel is shut in.
32:21 Because basically, the armies are coming from the west,
32:27 and to the south there's a big mountain range,
32:30 to the north there's desert, and to the east there is the sea.
32:35 This, by the way, is the Gulf of Aqaba.
32:38 This is a very deep gulf.
32:40 You know, the traditional place for the crossing of
32:43 the Red Sea is not the correct place.
32:45 And Sinai is not where people tell you Sinai is
32:50 down in the Sinai Peninsula.
32:52 The apostle Paul says that Sinai is in Arabia.
32:56 And so when you cross the Gulf of Aqaba,
32:58 you come to the other side, which is Arabia.
33:01 And that is Midian where Jethro lived.
33:05 So Moses went back afterwards to where Jethro lived.
33:08 In other words, Mount Sinai was actually in Arabia.
33:12 It wasn't on the Sinai Peninsula.
33:14 But that's a subject for another time.
33:16 So Israel is at the Red Sea.
33:19 They're caught in, they're shut in.
33:21 And Pharaoh says, "These people are going to be easy prey.
33:25 I'm going to destroy them."
33:27 And I want you to go back with me now to Exodus.
33:30 Exodus chapter 14.
33:32 And something very interesting happens here.
33:34 Exodus chapter 14.
33:36 When the Egyptians are advancing, and they are
33:40 about to fall upon the Israelites,
33:43 something spectacular happens.
33:45 Notice verse 19.
33:47 "And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel,
33:51 moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud
33:54 went from before them and stood behind them."
33:58 And so basically what happens is, the pillar
34:01 comes from before them and it interposes between
34:05 Israel and the armies of the Egyptians.
34:07 Verse 20, "So it came between the camp of the Egyptians
34:12 and the camp of Israel.
34:13 Thus..." And now listen carefully.
34:15 "Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one..."
34:21 A plague of darkness, right?
34:23 "...darkness to the one,
34:24 and it gave light by night to the other..."
34:28 Darkness on the armies that wanted to destroy Israel;
34:31 light on Israel.
34:33 And it says, " that the one did not come near
34:36 the other all night."
34:39 So I want you to remember, what was the fifth plague?
34:41 Darkness.
34:43 When Israel is at the Red Sea, what do you have?
34:45 Darkness. And then what do you have?
34:48 Next, the waters of the Red Sea are dried up.
34:55 Two terms are used.
34:57 The waters are dried up, and the waters are divided.
35:03 Notice Exodus chapter 14 and verse 21.
35:06 Exodus chapter 14 and verse 21.
35:09 It says, "Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea;
35:13 and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind
35:16 all that night, and made the sea into..." What?
35:19 Dry land.
35:21 Did the sea dry up?
35:22 Did the Euphrates dry up?
35:24 Absolutely.
35:26 And it says, not only does it say that the sea
35:31 was made into a dry land, but it says,
35:34 "...and the waters were..." What?
35:36 Divided.
35:37 Is that the same terminology we found in the book of Revelation?
35:41 Babylon is divided.
35:42 And the Euphrates is dried up.
35:45 See, this is typology, folks.
35:47 And then... You know, the waters dry up.
35:51 And then what happens?
35:52 When the waters dry up, Israel passes through the sea.
35:56 A way is prepared for their escape.
35:59 And then the Egyptians, when they see that the waters
36:01 have been dried up, they come into the sea after Israel.
36:06 And the waters that have dried up now become the
36:09 enemies of the Egyptians.
36:12 And the waters that were an obstacle to the escape
36:15 of God's people now drown the Egyptians.
36:19 Notice Exodus 14 verses 26 through 28.
36:23 Exodus 14 verses 26 to 28.
36:26 "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Stretch out your hand
36:29 over the sea, that the waters may come back upon
36:32 the Egyptians, on their chariots and on their horsemen.'
36:35 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea;
36:37 and when the morning appeared..."
36:39 When did this happen?
36:40 At the sun rising.
36:44 When are the waters dried up?
36:46 At the sun rising.
36:47 Is there something in the sixth plague
36:49 that speaks of a sun rising?
36:52 Yes.
36:54 "...the sea returned to its full strength, while the Egyptians
36:58 were fleeing into it.
36:59 So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians
37:01 in the midst of the sea.
37:03 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots,
37:06 the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came
37:09 into the sea after them.
37:10 Not so much as one of them remained."
37:14 So the waters are dried up,
37:16 and then the waters drown the Egyptians.
37:20 Is it just possible that when the waters of the
37:22 Euphrates dry up, the waters will then drown the harlot?
37:27 Absolutely.
37:29 Now, that's the sixth plague, right?
37:32 Drying up of the waters?
37:33 The dividing of the waters?
37:35 What was the seventh plague?
37:37 The seventh plague were phenomena in nature, right?
37:42 An earthquake, thundering, lightning.
37:45 And you say, "Well, did that happen at the
37:47 edge of the Red Sea?"
37:49 Exodus doesn't say so, but Psalm 77 does.
37:53 Go with me to Psalm 77 and we'll read verses 16 through 20.
37:59 Psalm 77 and verses 16 through 20.
38:03 This is typology at its best.
38:07 Psalm 77.
38:09 See, we need to go all across Scripture.
38:11 When you find thunder, look up thunder in the concordance.
38:14 Look up lightning.
38:15 And then see what connections there are.
38:17 Psalm 77 and beginning with verse 16 says this,
38:22 "The waters saw You, O God;
38:25 the waters saw You, they were afraid;
38:27 the depths also..." What?
38:30 "...trembled.
38:31 The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound..."
38:35 What is that, "sent out a sound"?
38:38 Thunder.
38:39 "...the skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about."
38:44 What are the arrows?
38:45 Lightning.
38:47 "The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
38:50 the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook."
38:55 Is that the same thing as happened
38:56 under the seventh plague?
38:57 Yes.
38:59 And you say, "How do you know this deals with the exodus?"
39:00 Listen, it says, "Your way was in the sea,
39:03 Your path in the great waters,
39:04 and Your footsteps were not known.
39:06 You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron."
39:12 That is the seventh plague.
39:16 Darkness.
39:17 Waters dried up.
39:19 The waters swallow up the Egyptians.
39:21 And in the context of lightning and thunder, an earthquake.
39:26 Noises.
39:28 Are you following me?
39:30 So this story is really an illustration of the end time.
39:34 It's an illustration of the last three plagues.
39:38 Now, do you know that while the Egyptians were in the sea,
39:41 a great panic fell on them?
39:44 Let's go back to Exodus 14.
39:48 Exodus chapter 14 and verses 23 to 25.
39:52 Exodus 14 verses 23 to 25.
39:57 It says, "And the Egyptians pursued and went after them
40:00 into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots,
40:04 and his horsemen.
40:05 Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord
40:07 looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the
40:10 pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled
40:13 the army of the Egyptians."
40:15 Is there a panic that falls upon the wicked at the sixth plague,
40:18 according to what we noticed?
40:20 Absolutely.
40:22 "And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they
40:25 drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said..."
40:28 Now listen here, here's the covenant concept.
40:30 Who is Pharaoh fighting against?
40:32 He was fighting against the people,
40:34 but he was really fighting against God.
40:36 And Pharaoh knew it.
40:38 It says there in verse 25, "And He took off their
40:41 chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty;
40:44 and the Egyptians said, 'Let us flee from the face of Israel,
40:48 for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.'"
40:53 See, God was saying, "You mess with My people,
40:56 you're messing with Me."
40:59 "In that you have done it unto one of these the least,
41:02 My brethren, you have done it unto Me."
41:04 To touch one of God's children is to touch
41:07 the apple of His eye.
41:09 "Saul Saul, why do you persecute Me?"
41:12 He was persecuting the church, but in persecuting the church
41:15 he was persecuting Jesus.
41:18 And so Jesus, in the end time, they're not going to be shooting
41:21 nuclear weapons.
41:23 The wicked are not going to be shooting nuclear
41:25 weapons at Jesus.
41:27 No.
41:29 They're going to try and kill the people.
41:30 And in that way, they're fighting against God.
41:32 And God is going to say,
41:33 "Hey folks, I want you to know something.
41:35 These people, I am their Suzerain.
41:38 I am their Sovereign.
41:39 You're messing with My people.
41:41 They have a covenant with Me.
41:42 And I've committed Myself to protect them.
41:45 They're My sheep, and I'm their Shepherd.
41:47 So I'm going to do to you what David did to the
41:50 lion and to the bear."
41:53 And people say, "How could God destroy the wicked?"
41:57 Well if He doesn't destroy the wicked,
41:58 they'll destroy His people.
42:01 The wicked are not in a covenant with the Lord.
42:04 We have probation to make a covenant with God.
42:07 The covenant of His protection.
42:09 Now we need to advance very quickly here.
42:14 Now notice Exodus 14:17-18.
42:16 Exodus 14 verses 17 and 18.
42:22 Israel was to depend upon God.
42:25 The glory was for God.
42:26 It wasn't for them.
42:28 It says in verse 17, "And I indeed will harden the hearts
42:32 of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them.
42:34 So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army,
42:39 his chariots, and his horsemen."
42:40 God says, "I'm going to get the honor."
42:43 Verse 18, "Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord,
42:48 when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh,
42:52 his chariots, and his horsemen."
42:53 No glory for Israel.
42:56 All the glory is for the Lord.
42:59 And then what did Israel sing?
43:02 The song of Moses.
43:05 Of course, all of this is coincidence.
43:09 No, it's typology.
43:12 It's the key that unlocks Revelation.
43:16 Now we need to go to our third model, the spirit of prophecy,
43:21 to see how Ellen White understands this.
43:26 As I told you, we're going to skip what we did
43:27 on the twenty-four elders.
43:29 That was just an illustration of how to find
43:33 what Ellen White has to say about a passage
43:34 when she doesn't actually quote the verses.
43:36 So we're going to go to page 6 where it says,
43:39 "The fifth and sixth plagues in, Great Controversy, page 635."
43:44 Do you know that Ellen White, in that chapter, does not
43:46 quote Revelation 16:12,
43:50 where it says that the waters of the Euphrates were dried up?
43:52 She doesn't quote the verse.
43:54 So some people say, "See, Ellen White didn't
43:55 have anything to say about the drying up
43:57 of the Euphrates."
43:58 Yes she did.
44:00 She just doesn't use the language.
44:02 But when you look at the sequence of events,
44:04 you know that she's talking about that.
44:05 And when you look at some verse, she does not
44:08 quote Revelation 16:12, but she does quote Revelation 16:17.
44:14 And so you say, "Now wait a minute.
44:16 If she quotes 16:17, let's work our way backwards."
44:21 Let's read it.
44:23 "When the protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from
44:27 those who honor the law of God, there will be,
44:30 in different lands, a simultaneous movement
44:33 for their destruction."
44:34 Is that similar to Pharaoh,
44:37 who was gathering his armies to attack Israel? Yes.
44:40 "As the time appointed in the decree..."
44:43 Incidentally, this comes from Revelation 13:15
44:45 and the story of Esther.
44:47 So it's drawing from several context in Scripture.
44:51 "As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people
44:56 will conspire to root out the hated sect.
45:01 It will be determined to strike in one night a decisive blow,
45:05 which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and reproof."
45:10 "The people of God, some in prison cells, some hidden in
45:14 solitary retreats in the forests and the mountains,
45:17 still plead for divine protection..."
45:20 Like Israel did at the edge of the Red Sea.
45:22 "...while in every quarter companies of armed men,
45:27 urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing
45:30 for the work of death."
45:32 Is there any escape?
45:34 Humanly speaking, any escape?
45:36 Nope.
45:38 Are God's people caught?
45:39 Yes they are.
45:41 Now listen to this.
45:43 "It is now, in the hour of utmost extremity,
45:48 that the God of Israel..."
45:51 Why is He called the God of Israel?
45:53 Which Israel?
45:56 It's God's people.
45:58 But God is called the God of Israel.
46:00 Because this is His spiritual Israel.
46:03 "It is now, in the hour of utmost extremity,
46:05 that the God of Israel will interpose for the
46:08 deliverance of His chosen."
46:11 And now listen to this.
46:13 This is before the fifth plague.
46:16 "With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation,
46:21 throngs of evil men are about to..." What?
46:25 What do you think of when you say, "rush?"
46:29 What rushes?
46:31 Waters.
46:33 And these are peoples rushing.
46:36 That's the Euphrates upon which the harlot sits.
46:40 "With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation,
46:42 throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey,
46:47 when lo, a dense darkness, deeper than the darkness of
46:52 of the night, falls upon the earth."
46:58 Which plague is that?
47:00 Number five.
47:01 Do you remember at the edge of the Red Sea,
47:02 darkness for the Egyptians and light for God's people?
47:04 Now listen to this.
47:06 "Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the
47:09 throne of God, spans the heavens, and seems to
47:12 encircle each praying company."
47:16 And now comes the drying up of the Euphrates.
47:19 "The angry multitudes..."
47:21 Remember, multitudes, nations, tongues, and people; the waters?
47:24 "The angry multitudes are suddenly arrested."
47:29 What does that mean?
47:32 The waters dry up.
47:35 The waters want to rush, and they're arrested.
47:40 "Their mocking cries die away.
47:43 The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten."
47:46 When are God's people delivered?
47:48 At the fifth plague.
47:50 "With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of
47:54 God's covenant, and long to be shielded from its
47:58 overpowering brightness."
48:01 Now in the next chapter, Ellen White further
48:03 describes this moment.
48:06 It's found in, Great Controversy, 655-656.
48:12 How are the people arrested when the darkness falls?
48:17 She says, "The people see that they have been deluded."
48:22 Who deluded them?
48:24 The preachers.
48:28 "The people see that they have been deluded.
48:31 They accuse one another of having led them to destruction;
48:34 but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation
48:37 upon the ministers."
48:41 The daughters of the harlot, folks.
48:43 And the harlot.
48:45 "Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things..."
48:51 This is why the fifth plague afflicts the tongue, by the way.
48:54 "...they have led their hearers to make void the law of God
48:57 and to persecute those who would keep it holy.
49:00 Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the
49:04 world their work of deception.
49:08 The multitudes are filled with fury."
49:10 What's going to happen with the waters now?
49:12 Remember at the edge of the Red Sea?
49:14 The waters not only dried up, but then the waters
49:17 slew the Egyptians.
49:22 And so it says, "The multitudes..."
49:24 Notice, "multitudes."
49:26 The harlot is seated upon multitudes.
49:29 "The multitudes are filled with fury.
49:34 'We are lost,' they cry, 'and you are the cause of our ruin.'
49:37 And they turn upon the false shepherds."
49:40 The waters are going to drown the shepherds.
49:42 "The very ones that once admired them most
49:45 will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them.
49:48 The very hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised
49:52 for their destruction.
49:53 The swords which were to slay God's people are now employed
49:57 to destroy their enemies.
49:58 Everywhere there is strife and bloodshed."
50:03 Are God's people safe at this point?
50:06 At the fifth plague they're safe.
50:08 Once the glory covers them, and the darkness the wicked,
50:11 the jeopardy is over.
50:14 She further amplifies on page 657.
50:17 She quotes Zechariah 14 and says why their
50:20 tongues writhe in pain.
50:22 She says, "And this shall be the plague..."
50:23 She's quoting Zechariah 14.
50:25 "This shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will
50:27 smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem.
50:29 Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon
50:32 their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,
50:35 and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
50:37 And it shall come to pass in that day that a great tumult
50:40 from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold
50:43 everyone on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall
50:45 rise up against the hand of his neighbor."
50:47 Do you see, killing one another?
50:51 And then she comments, "In the mad strife of
50:53 their own fierce passions, and by the awful outpouring
50:55 of God's unmingled wrath, fall the wicked inhabitants
50:58 of the earth; priests, rulers, and people,
51:01 rich and poor, high and low.
51:02 'And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day
51:04 from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
51:07 they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried.'"
51:12 So the multitudes are arrested, and then they turn
51:15 upon the harlot and her daughters.
51:19 But now I want you to notice something very interesting.
51:23 You remember that we just read a few moments ago
51:26 from, Great Controversy, page 635?
51:30 I read only to where it says, "With fearful forebodings
51:34 they gaze upon the symbol of God's covenant,
51:36 and long to be shielded from its overpowering brightness."
51:38 But a little bit further ahead, Ellen White says this,
51:43 "In the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space
51:47 of indescribable glory, whence comes the voice of God
51:51 like the sound of many waters, saying, 'It is done.'
51:54 Revelation 16 verse 17."
51:58 Are you following me?
52:00 So you see, she quotes Revelation 16:17,
52:04 which is the seventh plague.
52:07 And you say, now where would you expect her to
52:09 comment the sixth plague?
52:12 In the previous paragraphs.
52:15 See?
52:16 Don't just assume that because Ellen White doesn't quote
52:19 the verses that she's not commenting on those verses.
52:23 She is.
52:24 But she doesn't use the terminology, and many times
52:27 she won't even give the specific verse.
52:29 But if you see a verse that she uses before that passage
52:32 or after that passage, then you work backwards
52:34 or you work forwards.
52:38 Now notice, you remember that islands disappear
52:41 and mountain ranges disappear?
52:42 She continues saying, "That voice shakes
52:45 the heavens and the earth.
52:47 There is a mighty earthquake, 'such as was not since
52:50 men were upon the earth, so mighty an
52:52 earthquake and so great.'
52:54 The firmament appears to open and shut.
52:56 The glory from the throne of God seems flashing through.
52:59 The mountains shake like a reed in the wind,
53:01 ragged rocks are scattered on every side.
53:04 There is a roar as of a coming tempest.
53:07 The sea is lashed into fury.
53:09 There is heard the shriek of the hurricane,
53:11 like the voice of demons upon a mission of destruction.
53:14 The whole earth heaves and swells
53:16 like the waves of the sea.
53:17 Its surface is breaking up.
53:19 Its very foundations seem to be giving way.
53:21 Mountain chains are sinking.
53:24 Inhabited islands disappear."
53:27 Is she commenting the seventh plague?
53:29 Yes she is.
53:31 "The seaports that have become like Sodom for wickedness
53:34 are swallowed up by the angry waters."
53:36 And then she quotes Revelation 16:19, 21.
53:43 The seventh plague.
53:45 She says, "The seaports that have become like Sodom
53:47 for wickedness are swallowed up by the angry waters.
53:50 Babylon the Great hath come in remembrance before God,
53:53 'to give unto her the cup of the wine of the
53:57 fierceness of his wrath.'
53:58 Great hailstones, every one 'about the weight of a talent,'
54:02 are doing their work of destruction.
54:04 Revelation 16:19, 21."
54:07 So if you know where the seventh plague is,
54:09 would you know where to find number six and number five?
54:11 Yeah.
54:12 So you have darkness, the multitudes arrested,
54:17 And then the seventh plague.
54:19 So does Ellen White have anything to say about the
54:21 battle of Armageddon?
54:23 What is the battle of Armageddon?
54:25 It's when the wicked try to destroy God's people.
54:30 And what is the drying up of the waters?
54:32 It's when God does not allow the peoples to rush upon His people.
54:38 And then after the waters are dried up,
54:41 or divided, then the waters avalanche themselves
54:44 upon the wicked and drown them.
54:45 Like at the edge of the Red Sea.
54:48 And then let me ask you this.
54:50 What will God's people do immediately after
54:54 the seventh plague after they're delivered?
54:58 They will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb.
55:05 So is it important not only to look at the song,
55:09 but everything that happened before the song?
55:12 See, the only reason why in Revelation it mentions
55:16 the song of Moses and the Lamb is because
55:18 it's saying, "Hint, hint."
55:22 It's not only the song that's parallel.
55:25 It is all of the events that lead up to the song
55:29 that you have to study.
55:30 Because all of the pattern of the story from the Old Testament
55:34 is parallel to what's going to happen on a global scale
55:36 with spiritual Israel at the end of time.
55:38 And so don't only study the song.
55:40 Study what comes before the song.
55:44 And when you do that, suddenly a different panorama opens up.
55:51 And you're able to understand end time events.
55:54 It's not a battle...
55:56 Listen folks, how ridiculous to think that
55:58 this is a battle of the Arabs and the Russians
56:01 against the Jews.
56:03 How unspiritual.
56:07 That is a totally unspiritual interpretation
56:11 of Bible prophecy.
56:13 What does it have to do with God's law?
56:14 Nothing.
56:16 What does it have to do with worship?
56:18 Nothing.
56:19 What does it have to do with the Sabbath?
56:20 Nothing.
56:22 The final battle does not deal with economic,
56:25 political, ethnic issues.
56:27 The final battle is a spiritual battle of righteousness
56:30 against wickedness, good against evil,
56:33 true worship verses false worship,
56:35 those who keep the commandments of God and those who don't.
56:39 Those are the issues.
56:41 And that's what the world needs to know.
56:44 And the light that we have, folks, is the light that
56:47 the world needs.
56:48 People need to know where all this is leading.
56:51 People need to know how things are going to develop.
56:54 Because they're oblivious.
56:55 They have this love affair with the papacy.
56:59 Our politicians.
57:02 Oh, and Protestants say, "What a wonderful fellow."
57:05 They're oblivious.
57:07 Because they have lost their prophetic understanding.
57:11 And the only church in the world that has the
57:13 prophetic understanding is this church.
57:15 And woe to us if we just stand up and tell three stories
57:20 and read one verse, and say that's a sermon.
57:24 God wants His people to be instructed.
57:27 And God wants His people to go out and share this
57:30 end time message so that people can have certainty.
57:33 So that people can know that if they make a covenant
57:36 with the Lord, God will be with them, even in the
57:39 valley of the shadow of death.
57:42 Praise the Lord.


Revised 2015-08-27