Revelation's Seven Trumpets

Lesson 6 - The Fifth Trumpet Part 2

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00:16 We are going to begin our study on page 141
00:19 in this session.
00:22 Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to cover everything
00:25 in the study notes.
00:28 We're going to skip over some things in the next few pages.
00:33 And I'll tell you exactly which ones we're going to skip.
00:36 But we do want to do what we find on pages 141 through 144.
00:42 So first of all, we're going to look at a summary
00:47 of the three woes.
00:49 You know that there are three woes that are referred to
00:53 in the trumpets.
00:55 The first woe is the fifth trumpet.
00:59 I'm summarizing.
01:00 The second woe is the sixth trumpet.
01:04 And the third woe is the seventh trumpet.
01:07 Okay?
01:09 Very simple.
01:11 Fifth trumpet, first woe; sixth trumpet, second woe;
01:16 seventh trumpet, third woe.
01:18 You say, how do we know that?
01:19 Well, let's take a look at it.
01:22 Revelation 9:1-11...
01:25 We're studying where it says, "Summary of the three woes."
01:30 Revelation 9:1-11 describe the fifth trumpet.
01:38 And then when you get to verse 12,
01:42 after the fifth trumpet, it says, "One woe is..." What?
01:47 " past."
01:49 So what is the first woe?
01:53 Duh.
01:54 The fifth trumpet.
01:57 But then it says, "Behold, still two more woes
02:02 are coming after these things."
02:05 So after the fifth trumpet, which is the first woe,
02:08 there's going to be two more woes.
02:10 And then I want you to notice, we're following here,
02:13 Revelation 11:2-12 is a further expansion
02:19 of the fifth trumpet.
02:23 You need to pay careful attention here.
02:26 Because there is an interlude after the fifth trumpet.
02:34 After the fifth and sixth trumpets
02:36 you have Revelation 10 and 11.
02:38 It breaks the flow.
02:41 So pay close attention to this because it's very important.
02:45 Revelation 11:2-12 is a further expansion
02:50 of the fifth trumpet and the first woe.
02:54 In your spare time this afternoon go over this
02:57 so that it gets clear in your mind.
03:00 Then Revelation 11:13 ends by saying,
03:07 "In the same hour there was a great earthquake..."
03:12 This is describing the French Revolution; France.
03:21 The word, "rest," once again, is, remnant.
03:25 It's the word, "loipos."
03:27 "...and the remnant were afraid..."
03:30 Not a good translation.
03:31 A better translation is, feared.
03:36 In the same way that the first angel's message says,
03:38 "Fear God..."
03:41 Okay?
03:43 So you have enemies in this verse.
03:46 And you also have what?
03:47 The remnant who fears.
03:50 And what do they do?
03:52 They give glory to the God of heaven.
03:55 What is this introducing?
03:58 The first angel's message.
04:00 So you see two groups there?
04:02 The enemies, and those who fear God and give glory to Him,
04:06 which are the remnant.
04:08 Following me?
04:10 Okay. Now Revelation 9:13-21, which is the sixth trumpet,
04:19 is also the second woe.
04:23 Okay?
04:24 So Revelation 9:13-21: the sixth trumpet
04:29 and the second woe.
04:32 Revelation 10:1 through 11:1 is a further expansion
04:37 of the sixth trumpet.
04:41 That's why I said, the book of Revelation
04:43 is a tricky book.
04:45 It's not in chronological order.
04:48 One of the most difficult parts of studying Revelation
04:50 is to decipher how it was organized.
04:55 Because there are cycles, and flashbacks, and foretaste.
04:59 You know, there's a way in which you can decipher it all,
05:02 but it takes serious time to study it.
05:08 So Revelation 9:13-21 is the sixth trumpet
05:11 and the second woe.
05:13 Revelation 10:1 through 11:1 is an expansion of the
05:20 sixth trumpet and the second woe.
05:24 Then, Revelation 11:15-17 is the seventh trumpet
05:30 and the third woe.
05:33 When this trumpet blows, probation closes,
05:36 the plagues fall, and the second coming of Jesus occurs.
05:41 This is further amplified in Revelation chapters 15-19.
05:48 Do you have the picture in your mind?
05:51 I'm dedicating a lot of time to this because
05:53 this is critically important for what we're going to study
05:56 in the future.
05:59 So what is the first woe?
06:02 The fifth trumpet. What is the second woe?
06:05 Sixth trumpet. What is the third woe?
06:08 The seventh trumpet.
06:11 What is an expansion of the fifth trumpet?
06:15 Revelation 11:2-12.
06:17 What is the expansion of the sixth trumpet?
06:20 Revelation 10:1 through 11:1.
06:23 11:1 really belongs with chapter 10.
06:25 We'll notice that.
06:27 And then where is the seventh trumpet expanded?
06:32 In Revelation chapters 15-19; the close of probation,
06:36 and the plagues, and the second coming of Christ.
06:39 Now what is the meaning of the word, "woe"?
06:43 It's also translated, "alas".
06:47 A word that we never use.
06:51 The Greek word, "ouai," not Hawaii, "ouai,"
06:57 is an exclamatory interjection that portends...
07:03 In other words, it announces.
07:05 ...pain, calamity, suffering, and sorrow.
07:11 In fact, the Septuagint, the Greek translation
07:13 of the Old Testament and the New, uses the word to describe
07:20 the retribution that falls upon those who are
07:23 not faithful to the covenant.
07:27 And so, let's look at several uses in the Septuagint,
07:31 in the Greek translation of the Old Testament.
07:34 Isaiah 3:11 is an oracle against Jerusalem.
07:38 It's a woe against Jerusalem.
07:41 The same is true of Jeremiah 4:13, Jeremiah 10:19.
07:48 All are woes upon Jerusalem.
07:52 It's the same word, "ouai," that is found in the New Testament
07:56 in the Greek Old Testament.
07:58 In Jeremiah 50:27 you have a woe or an oracle against Babylon.
08:05 Ezekiel 2:10 you have a woe or an oracle against Jerusalem.
08:11 In Nahum 3:1-4 there is a woe upon Nineveh.
08:17 And in Zephaniah 3:1-4 you have a woe upon Jerusalem.
08:21 And then you find a description of the destruction
08:25 and the chaos that comes as a result.
08:28 Finally, Zechariah 11:7 from the LXX, or the Septuagint,
08:35 is an oracle against, or a woe against the false shepherds.
08:40 How is the word used in the New Testament,
08:43 the word, "ouai"?
08:45 The word is used in Matthew 18:7, woe to he
08:49 who mistreats a child.
08:52 It's like tying a great big rock around your neck
08:55 and being thrown into the sea.
09:00 In Matthew 23 you have the woes on the scribes and Pharisees.
09:04 "Woe to you scribes and Pharisees..."
09:07 And then He says, "Who's going to deliver you from hell?"
09:10 So, "woe," is something very serious is going to come.
09:15 Matthew 24:19 says, woe to those who
09:18 are alive in the final tribulation.
09:21 Matthew 26:24, woe to the one who betrays the Son of man.
09:28 Revelation 12:12, woe to those who are on the earth.
09:31 The dragon has come down with great wrath,
09:34 knowing that he has but a short time.
09:38 And of course, Revelation 18:10, 16-19,
09:44 you have the woes upon Babylon.
09:48 You know, the word, "woe," is used in Revelation 18;
09:50 woe, woe, woe.
09:52 And you can read there, it's like collapse of the
09:54 world economy, basically.
09:57 So basically, the last three trumpets are three woes,
10:02 which means horrendous calamities
10:04 that are going to take place.
10:07 Now let's look at the textual location of the three woes.
10:12 And we're going to look at this carefully.
10:15 Let's read Revelation 8:12-13.
10:20 "The fourth angel sounded..." This is the fourth trumpet.
10:37 So which trumpet is this?
10:39 This is the fourth trumpet, right?
10:41 Which we studied yesterday.
10:44 What does it describe? What period of history?
10:47 The period of the Roman Catholic papacy's dominion
10:51 when it eclipsed Christ, it eclipsed the Scriptures,
10:54 and it persecuted the stars so that they would not shine.
10:58 People, in other words.
10:59 And then immediately after the fourth trumpet,
11:04 it says in verse 13...
11:10 "Woe, woe, woe..."
11:14 How many? Three.
11:29 What are the three woes?
11:32 Trumpets five, six, and seven. Right?
11:38 A student from primary elementary school
11:41 can understand that.
11:46 Now Revelation 9...
11:48 We just read verse 12, That's the fourth trumpet.
11:51 Revelation 8:13 introduces three woes,
11:56 which are the three following trumpets.
11:59 Then Revelation 9:1-11 has the first woe and the fifth trumpet.
12:05 You say, how do we know that?
12:07 Well, because the Bible says so.
12:09 Notice Revelation 9:12, after the fifth trumpet.
12:14 "One woe is past."
12:17 The fifth trumpet has just sounded.
12:19 "One woe is past.
12:21 Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things."
12:26 So what were the two that were still lacking?
12:31 Duh. Six and seven, right?
12:34 Now, Revelation 9:13-21 has the sixth trumpet.
12:40 Now don't miss this point. This is a critical point.
12:43 Revelation 9:13-21 describes the sixth trumpet,
12:47 which is which woe?
12:50 The second woe.
12:52 But here is the interesting thing.
12:55 When the sixth trumpet ends, there is not a verse that says,
13:00 "The second woe is past."
13:06 Are you with me or not?
13:10 You have to wait till after chapters 10 and 11
13:17 for the second woe to pass.
13:20 What does that mean?
13:23 Is simply means that Revelation 10 and 11
13:26 are part of what?
13:28 Of the sixth trumpet.
13:31 They are an interlude in the sixth trumpet.
13:34 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
13:36 And we're going to find in the course of our study
13:40 that there are two views in Revelation 10 and 11.
13:44 In Revelation 10 you have the side of the remnant.
13:48 And in Revelation 11 you have the side of the
13:51 enemies of the remnant.
13:53 Now we'll come to that in a moment.
13:55 So let's go to the bottom of page 142.
13:59 Revelation 9:13-21 is a description
14:01 of the sixth trumpet.
14:03 When this trumpet concludes in verse 21, there is no reference
14:07 to the second woe passing.
14:10 This seems to indicate that chapters 10 and 11
14:13 will have what?
14:15 More to say about the period of the sixth trumpet.
14:20 So let's go to the next page.
14:23 Revelation 10:1 through 11:13, which is the interlude,
14:31 further amplifies certain aspects of the
14:34 fourth, fifth, and sixth trumpets.
14:37 So the interlude is going to add details about
14:40 trumpet four, five, and six.
14:44 And now notice the bullet points under this,
14:47 because it's an amplification of what are the contents of
14:50 Revelation 10:1 through 11:13.
14:53 In Revelation 11:2-6, it takes up back to the 1260 years.
15:03 Are you following me?
15:04 We'll go slow.
15:05 Because the structure is of critical importance.
15:09 It describes the two witnesses witnessing in sackcloth
15:13 for 1260 years.
15:15 What trumpet is that?
15:17 That's the fourth trumpet.
15:19 Then Revelation 11:7-10 describes what?
15:25 The French Revolution.
15:28 What trumpet would that be?
15:31 That will be the fifth trumpet. Right?
15:34 And we're going to prove that from Scripture.
15:37 When the two witnesses were killed, this was 1793 to 1797.
15:43 And the fifth trumpet is the first what?
15:46 The first woe.
15:48 Then Revelation 11:11-12 describes the resurrection
15:53 of the two witnesses.
15:55 What are the two witnesses?
15:58 The Bible; the Old and New Testament.
16:00 So what happens after the two witnesses are killed
16:03 in the French Revolution?
16:05 Ah, verses 11 and 12 say that they what?
16:10 They resurrect.
16:11 In other words, people are going to now what?
16:14 Study the Scriptures.
16:17 By the way, because the little book of
16:18 Revelation 10 has been opened.
16:21 The book that was sealed, in the time of the end
16:24 it's now opened.
16:27 So Revelation 11:11-12 describes the resurrection
16:31 of the two witnesses after the French Revolution.
16:34 They no longer testify how?
16:37 In sackcloth, but rather enjoy great power and prestige.
16:43 The miraculous resurrection of the Bible
16:47 not only describes the establishment of multiple
16:50 Bible societies in the aftermath of the French Revolution,
16:57 it also portrays the great advent awakening
17:01 and the renewed study of Bible prophecy
17:04 because the little book of Daniel was opened
17:07 at the time of the end.
17:08 When does the time of the end begin?
17:11 1798 when the French Revolution ends.
17:16 Are you seeing the importance of studying the structure?
17:19 Not only symbols; the structure.
17:23 Then Revelation 11:13 introduces the two groups
17:29 that will exist at the end of time.
17:33 What are those two groups?
17:35 The first group are the what?
17:38 The enemies of the two witnesses.
17:41 The enemies where how many?
17:44 In the previous verses, how many were the enemies?
17:47 Two.
17:49 The previous context identifies the first enemy as the what?
17:54 The Gentiles.
17:56 Now you say, "Now what does that mean, the Gentiles?"
17:59 It simply means the Roman Catholic papacy.
18:03 We're going to notice that.
18:08 Were the Gentiles the one that trampled the holy city
18:10 and persecuted the saints during the 1260 years?
18:14 Absolutely.
18:15 But it was people who claimed to be Christians,
18:18 but were really not Christians.
18:22 And the second enemy in the previous context is what?
18:27 The beast from the bottomless pit.
18:31 In other words, the French Revolution
18:32 that warred against the Bible.
18:34 So you have two enemies that are opposed to the Bible.
18:37 Who are they?
18:39 The papacy and the spirit of the French Revolution.
18:45 Now here is the interesting point.
18:48 Revelation uses the word, "enemies," only twice.
18:53 And in both references, both of those references
18:56 are in chapter 11.
19:00 Verse 5 and verse 12.
19:03 In the first instance, the enemies obscured
19:07 the two witnesses by forbidding the Bible
19:12 during the 1260 years.
19:15 In the second instance, the enemies, what did they do?
19:19 They killed the two witnesses.
19:22 So the first enemy obscures the two witnesses.
19:26 The second one kills the two witnesses
19:30 in the French Revolution.
19:32 Are you with me so far?
19:35 Yes or no?
19:36 Good.
19:38 But there's a second group that is mentioned
19:40 in Revelation 11:13.
19:43 That group is the loipos, the remnant.
19:48 I don't know why versions translate it, the rest.
19:52 It's the remnant.
19:55 The word, loipos. The remnant of her seed.
19:57 The same word that is used in Revelation 12:17.
20:02 So the remnant, what do the remnant do?
20:05 Ah, they fear God, and what?
20:10 And give Him glory.
20:12 Is that introducing the following section of Revelation,
20:16 particularly the three angels' messages?
20:18 Absolutely.
20:20 And then in Revelation 11:14, now don't miss this point,
20:24 11:14, then the second woe comes to an end.
20:31 Notice verse 14.
20:33 It says in 11:14, "The second woe is past..."
20:44 Are Revelation 10 and 11 part of the sixth trumpet?
20:50 Are they part of the second woe?
20:53 Yes.
20:54 It's an interlude that explains events that take place
20:58 primarily during the fifth and sixth trumpets.
21:02 I hope you're understanding what I'm saying.
21:05 Vitally important to understand what we're studying.
21:09 Now the next page.
21:13 The sixth trumpet presents the negative side.
21:19 It amplifies the negative side of the sixth trumpet...
21:22 Which is the perspective of whom?
21:25 The enemies.
21:28 ...of end time events.
21:30 And Revelation 10 presents what?
21:34 The positive side of the end time events.
21:38 The perspective of the remnant.
21:42 I hope you're following this.
21:47 The sixth trumpet presents the negative side of the enemies.
21:51 Revelation 10 presents the positive side;
21:55 the perspective of the remnant.
21:58 Expressed another way, the sixth trumpet describes
22:02 the attitude of the enemies of the two witnesses
22:05 in the end time, while Revelation 10 describes
22:08 the attitude of the faithful remnant during the same period.
22:12 The enemies are against Scripture,
22:15 whereas the remnant fears God and gives Him glory.
22:21 Finally, the sixth trumpet carries us from 1844
22:25 all the way to the close of probation when the
22:28 mystery of God is finished.
22:32 This occurs when the seventh trumpet is about to sound.
22:36 When the seventh trumpet sounds, Jesus takes over the kingdoms
22:40 of the world at His coming.
22:43 And then the blast of the seventh trumpet is what?
22:48 The third woe.
22:51 You don't have to be a rocket scientist
22:56 to figure out that the third woe is the seventh trumpet,
22:59 even though there's not a text that says
23:01 the third woe is finished.
23:02 Because the seventh trumpet is the end.
23:06 But you know that the seventh trumpet is the third woe.
23:11 Now we are going to skip...
23:13 I wish we had time to do this, but we don't.
23:15 I'm going to skip from page 144 through page 147.
23:26 I hope that you will study those.
23:29 That you will study those pages.
23:31 Don't just file the study notes in your bookcase.
23:38 Read what we're not able to cover.
23:42 Now I am going to deal very briefly with
23:47 pages 148 through 159.
23:56 We're going to go very quickly.
23:58 Because I want to get to the fifth trumpet now.
24:02 What we have in these pages that I'm going to
24:05 pretty much skip, what I want you to see is
24:09 that the book, The Great Controversy,
24:11 follows the exact order of the trumpets.
24:16 Okay?
24:18 That's what these pages contain.
24:21 So let's go to page 148, the first trumpet.
24:27 Great Controversy, which pages in, The Great Controversy?
24:31 17 to 38.
24:33 The title of the chapter?
24:36 "The Destruction of Jerusalem."
24:38 Well, well.
24:42 The second trumpet, pages 39 to 49.
24:47 Guess what the title is.
24:49 "Persecution in the Early Centuries."
24:51 It's speaking about the persecutions
24:53 of the Roman Empire against the Christians.
24:58 Are you following me?
25:02 Ellen White here describes the persecution of Christians
25:04 by the Roman Empire,
25:06 and then briefly describes the removal
25:09 of its restraining influence.
25:13 "The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained
25:16 for a time by the fierce persecutions
25:18 which the church endured under paganism."
25:22 So the manifestation of the man of sin was being what?
25:25 Restrained as long as Rome, pagan Rome was ruling.
25:31 Let me ask you, would the second trumpet
25:33 certainly include the incursion of the barbarian tribes
25:37 and the removal of the restrainer?
25:40 Of course.
25:42 Now it's noteworthy that Uriah Smith dedicated the first four
25:45 trumpets to the barbarian invasions and even mentions
25:50 some of the barbarian leaders by name.
25:54 However, Ellen White never mentions the barbarian invasions
25:57 directly in, The Great Controversy.
26:00 If the invasions merited four trumpets,
26:03 why did she not mention them directly even once?
26:07 However, she was aware of the break-up of the Roman Empire,
26:12 as we can see from this quotation here,
26:14 "The vast empire of Rome crumbled to pieces,
26:18 and from its ruins..."
26:21 This is now the third and fourth trumpet, right?
26:24 "...from its ruins rose that mighty power,
26:28 the Roman Catholic Church.
26:30 This church boasts her infallibility
26:34 and her hereditary religion."
26:38 The third trumpet, Ellen White describes
26:43 in, Great Controversy, page 49 through page 60.
26:49 What is the title?
26:51 "An Era of Spiritual Darkness."
26:56 Interesting, huh?
27:00 Well, we can't go through all of this material.
27:04 Then she describes the fourth trumpet,
27:08 this is the middle of page 149,
27:11 the fourth trumpet in, Great Controversy,
27:14 pages 55 to 264.
27:18 So you have to go to, Great Controversy,
27:19 and see if what I'm telling you is true.
27:24 Because, you know, I can't go through all of this.
27:26 We just don't have the time. It's frustrating.
27:29 Maybe we need to have two weeks of Anchor.
27:33 Oh, there's three or four of you that would like that.
27:37 So Ellen White, what does she comment here?
27:40 "The apostasy under the third trumpet
27:43 intensified as the Dark Ages transpired."
27:48 Under the fourth trumpet, you remember,
27:50 the sun, the moon, and the stars experienced a partial eclipse.
27:54 As we have already noted, the sun represents Jesus,
27:58 the moon represents the Bible,
27:59 and the stars symbolize God's people.
28:03 Notice Ellen White's comment on page 55.
28:06 "The accession of the Roman church to power
28:08 marked the beginning of the..." What?
28:10 "...Dark Ages.
28:11 As her power increased, the darkness deepened."
28:15 And you know, if you read pages 55 to 264,
28:19 look up in those pages the word, "light,"
28:21 and the word, "darkness."
28:25 Time and again Ellen White refers to darkness,
28:28 and darkness, and darkness, and darkness, and obscurity
28:31 during this period.
28:33 Why? Because it's the fourth trumpet.
28:36 The sun, moon, and stars have been eclipsed.
28:39 Are you with me?
28:40 Let's read some of those.
28:42 The bottom of page 149.
28:44 "In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men,
28:47 and establish the authority of the papal usurper,
28:50 he must keep them in ignorance of..." What?
28:53 "...of the Scriptures.
28:55 The Bible would exalt God and place finite men
28:59 in their true position; therefore its sacred truths
29:02 must be..." What?
29:04 "...concealed..." And what else?
29:06 "...suppressed."
29:07 Did the papacy kill the Bible?
29:11 No, it didn't kill the Bible. What did it do?
29:12 It suppressed the Bible.
29:15 Concealed the Bible.
29:17 Who killed the Bible?
29:19 The French Revolution killed it.
29:21 She continues, "The Roman church adopted this policy.
29:24 For hundreds of years the circulation of
29:26 the Bible was prohibited."
29:29 It wasn't burned, it was prohibited.
29:31 The people were forbidden to read it
29:34 or to have it in their houses,
29:36 and unprincipled priests and relates interpreted
29:39 its teachings to sustain their pretensions.
29:42 Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged
29:46 as the vicegerent of God on earth,
29:48 endowed with authority over church and state."
29:54 It's interesting that after this quotation
29:57 Ellen White describes all of the errors and heresies that
30:00 enter the church during the period of the Dark Ages.
30:03 So what is the darkness?
30:06 The heresies and the errors that were taught.
30:10 It bears noting that the eclipse of the Scriptures
30:14 and the work of Christ during this period was partial,
30:19 as indicated by the expression, what?
30:21 One third.
30:23 Let's read some of those statements where Ellen White
30:25 refers to light and darkness in the following pages.
30:29 Let's skip the one from, Counsels on Education.
30:31 Let's go to the one that says, "Satan had urged
30:36 on the papal priests and prelates..." To do what?
30:41 " bury the Word of truth beneath the rubbish of error,
30:45 heresy, and superstition, but in a most wonderful manner
30:50 it was preserved uncorrupted
30:52 through all the ages of darkness."
30:59 Great Controversy, page 72, "As the light illuminated
31:02 their understanding and made glad their hearts..."
31:05 This is the Waldenses.
31:07 "...they longed to shed its..." What?
31:11 "...its beams upon those who were in
31:14 darkness of papal error."
31:17 See, because the heavenly bodies had been what?
31:19 Eclipsed.
31:22 Great Controversy, page 61, "Amid the gloom that settled
31:28 upon the earth during the long period of papal supremacy,
31:30 the light of truth..."
31:32 Now here comes the one-third idea.
31:34 "...the light of truth could not be wholly extinguished..."
31:41 Only what?
31:42 Partially extinguished.
31:46 "In every age, there were witnesses for God;
31:49 men who cherished faith in Christ as the only mediator
31:53 between God and man, who held the Bible
31:56 as the only rule of life, and who hallowed the true Sabbath."
32:00 Let's go to the next quotation. Great Controversy, pages 65-66.
32:04 "Behind the lofty bulwarks of the mountains,
32:07 in all ages the refuge of the persecuted and oppressed,
32:10 the Waldenses found..." Where? "...a hiding place.
32:15 Here, the light of truth was kept..." What?
32:18 "...burning amid the darkness of the Middle Ages.
32:22 Here, for a thousand years, witnesses for the truth
32:25 maintained the ancient faith."
32:28 Were the sun and moon totally eclipsed?
32:32 Was the testimony of the stars, God's people, totally eclipsed?
32:36 No.
32:38 The next statement, "In the schools whither they went,"
32:42 speaking about the Waldenses,
32:43 "they were not to make confidants of any.
32:46 Their garments were so prepared as to conceal
32:48 their greatest treasure;
32:49 the precious manuscripts of the Scriptures."
32:53 See, the Scriptures are giving their witness,
32:55 but they're doing it in sackcloth.
32:57 In obscurity.
33:00 Let's jump down to the one from, Great Controversy, pages 73-74.
33:06 Particularly the highlighted portions.
33:08 "Thus, the light of truth penetrated many a..." What?
33:13 "...darkened mind, rolling back the cloud of..." What?
33:17 "...gloom, until the Sun of Righteousness shone
33:21 into the heart with healing in His beams."
33:27 Let's go to the next page. Let's talk about John Wycliffe.
33:30 Notice the theme of light and darkness again.
33:33 "Except among the Waldenses,
33:35 the word of God had for ages been..." What?
33:38 Notice, it's not killing the two witnesses.
33:42 Locked up, suppressed, concealed, hidden.
33:45 "Except among the Waldenses, the word of God had for ages
33:48 been locked up in languages known only to the learned;
33:52 but the time has come for the Scriptures to be translated
33:55 and given to the people of different lands
33:57 in their native tongue.
33:59 The world..."
34:00 She's talking about now the Protestant Reformation rising.
34:03 "The world had passed its..." What?
34:06 "...midnight."
34:08 By the way, is it still dark after midnight?
34:12 But the midnight is the deepest darkness.
34:14 So now the Protestant Reformation,
34:16 the light is beginning to what?
34:18 The light is going to soon appear.
34:20 "The world has passed its midnight.
34:22 The hours of darkness were..." What?
34:25 "...wearing away, and in many lands appears tokens
34:29 of the coming dawn."
34:31 Why? Because now the Scriptures were going to
34:34 be brought to light.
34:36 The next chapter on Huss and Jerome.
34:40 Notice once again the idea of light and darkness.
34:43 Are you understanding the fourth trumpet
34:44 in the light of this?
34:46 Ellen White is commenting on the fourth trumpet.
34:49 "God permitted great light to shine upon the minds
34:53 of these chosen men..."
34:55 That is, Huss and Jerome.
34:56 "...revealing to them many of the errors of Rome,
34:59 but they did not receive all the..." What?
35:02 "...all the light that was to be given to the world.
35:05 Through these, His servants, God was leading His people..." What?
35:09 There it is, "...out of darkness of Romanism.
35:12 But there were many and great obstacles for them to meet,
35:16 and He led them on step by step as they could bear it.
35:20 They were not prepared to receive..." What?
35:23 "...all the light at once.
35:25 Like the full glory of the noontide sun to those who have
35:30 long dwelt..." What?
35:32 " darkness, it would, if presented,
35:36 have caused them to turn away."
35:39 Then Ellen White talks about Martin Luther.
35:41 These are all the following pages that, you know,
35:43 Great Controversy, the fourth trumpet,
35:45 where does she comment the fourth trumpet?
35:47 She comments it in, Great Controversy, pages 55-264.
35:51 All of these are from those pages.
35:54 Notice what she has to say about Martin Luther,
35:56 at the bottom of page 152.
35:59 "Foremost among those who were called
36:01 to lead the church from..." What?
36:03 "...the darkness of popery into..." What?
36:06 "...the light of a purer faith stood Martin Luther.
36:10 Zealous, ardent, and devoted, knowing no fear
36:13 but the fear of God, and acknowledging no foundation
36:15 for religious faith but by the..." What?
36:18 "...Holy Scriptures, Luther was the man for his time.
36:22 Through him, God accomplished a great work for the reformation
36:25 of the church and the enlightenment of the world."
36:32 Are you catching the point?
36:34 You'll find many other references.
36:36 This is just a sampling of the passages that
36:40 deal with light and darkness.
36:43 And then, interestingly enough, after describing this period
36:46 of darkness, and that the light was about to dawn
36:50 in the Protestant reformation, I bet you can't guess
36:54 what the next chapter is.
36:56 "The French Revolution."
36:58 Hello.
37:01 What trumpet would that be?
37:04 That would be trumpet number five.
37:06 And we're going to see it clearly as we study along.
37:10 So the next one is the French Revolution,
37:14 which is the fifth trumpet and the first what?
37:17 And the first woe.
37:19 Then, listen up, the sixth trumpet and the second woe
37:25 is described on pages 299-612.
37:32 Because you'll notice in the book of Revelation
37:34 the fifth and sixth trumpets are the longest.
37:38 So then Ellen White has to make it the longest too.
37:43 Now the sixth trumpet and the second woe
37:45 give us a view of the righteous and a view of whom?
37:48 Of the wicked.
37:49 Now here's the interesting point.
37:52 Pages 299-491, Ellen White presents the emphasis upon
37:58 the righteous and God's gathering message.
38:02 Pages 500-612, she emphasis the wicked
38:06 and Satan gathering the wicked.
38:10 Does that fit with the interlude?
38:14 Did Ellen White sit down and figure this out?
38:16 She says, "Well, you know, I need to put the interlude here
38:18 because the interlude is in Revelation."
38:21 No!
38:23 God, the same Spirit that guided John in composing Revelation
38:29 is the same Spirit that inspired Ellen G. White.
38:32 She's following the same sequence.
38:38 Now let's continue.
38:39 Immediately after the chapter on the French Revolution,
38:42 this is a very interesting detail,
38:45 Ellen White goes back to 1620.
38:51 What date was the French Revolution?
38:54 1793 to 17... Uh... It ended in 1797.
39:00 Right?
39:02 And the pope was taken captive the next year.
39:05 Which is really the culmination of the spirit
39:07 of the French Revolution.
39:09 But in the very next chapter after the one on the
39:12 French Revolution, Ellen White goes back in time
39:16 to the arrival of the pilgrims in 1620.
39:20 See, she also has flashbacks in her writings.
39:23 But you're going to notice that this is extraordinary.
39:28 She describes the arrival of the pilgrim fathers in America
39:31 searching for civil and religious liberty.
39:35 This prepared a place for what?
39:37 For the preaching of the three angels' messages
39:40 with power to the world.
39:41 And thus, gathering God's people.
39:46 Notably, Revelation 12 describes how the dragon was spewing
39:51 waters out of his mouth during the 1260 years.
39:55 Remember that the dragon was spewing water out of
39:57 his mouth to try and drown the woman.
40:01 However, the text tells us that the earth came to her what?
40:06 Came to her rescue,
40:08 and swallowed up the waters of persecution.
40:13 The earth here represents what?
40:16 Not the United States.
40:19 The territory of the United States.
40:22 There was no United States in 1620.
40:26 There were only colonies that belonged to England.
40:31 That's why is says the...
40:32 It doesn't say that the beast with two horns helped the woman.
40:35 It says the earth helped the woman
40:37 from where the beast with two horns will later rise.
40:44 So the earth comes to her rescue,
40:47 swallows up the waters of persecution.
40:49 The earth represents the territory of the United States
40:52 that provided refuge for those who were
40:54 suffering persecution in Europe.
40:58 The United States became the beacon for other western nations
41:02 to establish secular governments.
41:06 You know, this is an interesting statement
41:09 by James Madison in 1822.
41:13 When was the Declaration of Independence uttered?
41:17 1776. And the Constitution?
41:20 1787.
41:21 And the Bill of Rights? 1791.
41:26 So by 1822 the experiment had had a few years.
41:31 And notice what Madison said.
41:33 "We are teaching the world..."
41:36 Who are we teaching?
41:37 Who is the United States teaching?
41:40 We're teaching them the right thing now, but soon
41:42 the United States is going to teach it the wrong thing.
41:46 Because at first it has two horns like a lamb,
41:47 but then it speaks like a dragon.
41:49 By the way, it doesn't speak like a dragon
41:51 while it has the two horns.
41:52 This is a case, once again, where the introductory verse
41:55 has the beginning and ending.
41:58 When it rises, it had two horns like a lamb,
42:00 but at the end it speaks like a dragon.
42:03 Are you with me?
42:06 So, he wrote this, "We are teaching the world
42:12 the great truth that governments do better without
42:16 kings and nobles than with them."
42:20 So in other words, he's saying, we are teaching
42:22 the world that they should establish
42:24 republican governments.
42:27 Not the Republican party.
42:31 Republics.
42:33 Where the power flows from the people up
42:36 rather than from a king down.
42:39 But then he says, "The merit will be doubled by the
42:43 other lesson, that religion flourishes in greater purity
42:48 without than with the aid of government."
42:54 This is republicanism and Protestantism.
42:57 Separation of church and state.
43:00 Civil and religious liberty.
43:05 Next page.
43:07 It is remarkable...
43:10 This is another indication that Ellen White was right on target.
43:14 The same Spirit was inspiring her
43:16 as the book of Revelation.
43:18 It is remarkable that both Revelation 12
43:22 and Ellen White describe the 1260 years,
43:28 the French Revolution, and then go back in time
43:33 to describe the arrival of the pilgrims.
43:40 You say, "How's that?"
43:42 Well, in Revelation 12, it says that the woman flees
43:46 to the wilderness for how long?
43:50 1260 years.
43:52 But then it says the earth helped the woman.
43:56 Did that take place before the 1260 years ended?
44:00 Yes.
44:02 The United States, the territory, provided refuge
44:05 for those who were being persecuted.
44:06 So in Revelation 12, it speaks about the dragon
44:11 persecuting the church for 1260 years,
44:15 but then it says the earth helps the woman,
44:17 which takes you back to the pilgrims coming
44:20 and the United States providing refuge.
44:22 Is that what Ellen White does?
44:24 After describing the French Revolution, what does she do?
44:27 The 1260 years and the French Revolution,
44:29 she goes back and she speaks about
44:32 the arrival of the pilgrims.
44:34 Amazing.
44:36 Beginners luck.
44:41 No!
44:44 In the following chapters, Ellen White wrote about the Great
44:48 Second Advent Awakening after 1798,
44:52 the Millerite movement, the Great Disappointment,
44:56 the opening of the heavenly temple for the judgment.
44:59 Let me ask you, what is the center of focus here;
45:02 the enemies or the remnant?
45:05 The remnant.
45:09 The following chapters describe the resurrection
45:11 of the two witnesses,
45:13 and the opening of the little book of Daniel in Revelation 10.
45:17 This is the positive side of the sixth trumpet.
45:22 God musters His forces with three angels' messages
45:25 to gather His remnant on His side.
45:29 Notice the titles of the chapters.
45:31 "Heralds of the Morning"
45:34 This is the signs in the sun, moon, and stars
45:37 as an announcement of the coming message of judgment.
45:41 "An American Reformer"
45:43 It's a chapter about William Miller.
45:46 "Light Through the Darkness"
45:47 The disciples' misunderstanding of the prophecies concerning
45:50 the first coming sets the stage for their misunderstanding
45:54 of the prophecy of the 2300 days.
45:58 "A Great Religious Awakening"
45:59 She described Joseph Wolff, Anglican ministers,
46:02 Emmanuel Lacunza, Johann Albrecht Bengel,
46:05 Francois Samuel Robert Louis Gaussen,
46:08 child preachers, William Miller,
46:10 proclaiming the judgment hour message.
46:12 Is that what Revelation 10 is all about?
46:16 Then you have, "A Warning Rejected".
46:18 This is the proclamation by the Millerites
46:20 of the second angel's message, that Protestantism has fallen,
46:24 and calling people to come out.
46:28 "Prophecies Fulfilled"
46:30 It describes a series of prophecies that pointed to the
46:33 great advent awakening.
46:36 "What is the Sanctuary?"
46:37 It introduces the idea of the investigative judgment.
46:40 "In the Holy of Holies"
46:42 The Most Holy ministry of Christ.
46:45 "God's Law Immutable"
46:46 The remnant understood the importance of the law
46:48 when the Most Holy Place opened.
46:50 "A Work of Reform"
46:51 That's the need to restore the Sabbath to its proper place.
46:55 And then, "Modern Revivals", which distinguish a genuine
47:00 revival from a counterfeit revival.
47:02 And finally, "Facing Life's Record", which is a description
47:05 of the investigative judgment.
47:08 What is the center of focus of all of these chapters?
47:12 It's what we have in Revelation 10.
47:15 The opening of the little book.
47:18 The beginning of the investigative judgment.
47:19 The cleansing of the Sanctuary.
47:21 The measuring of the temple.
47:24 So in the context of the sixth trumpet,
47:26 she is describing what is in Revelation 10.
47:29 That's the view of the righteous.
47:33 But now here comes the amazing thing.
47:36 This is on page 156.
47:39 We can also make a strong argument that the following
47:43 chapters in, The Great Controversy,
47:44 all describe the period of the sixth trumpet.
47:47 The sixth trumpet here is described as a view of the
47:50 wicked which were introduced in Revelation 9:13-21.
47:57 What are the following chapters?
47:59 What are the titles of the following chapters?
48:02 "The Origin of Evil"
48:04 "Enmity Between God and Satan"
48:07 "The Agency of Evil Spirits"
48:10 "Snares of Satan"
48:13 "The First Great Deception"
48:16 "Can Our Dead Speak to Us?"
48:18 What is the focus here?
48:21 Oh, the focus is on how Satan is trying to gather whom?
48:25 The wicked.
48:27 "Liberty of Conscience Threatened"
48:30 "The Impending Conflict"
48:31 "The Scriptures a Safeguard"
48:33 "The Final Warning"
48:35 The focus is on how Satan is gathering the wicked
48:38 on his side for the final controversy
48:41 between good and evil.
48:43 Between the righteous and the unrighteous.
48:46 Regarding the gathering of the righteous and the wicked
48:49 in Revelation 10, Ellen White wrote the following:
48:54 Let's read v7, Bible Commentary, page 971.
48:59 "The mighty angel who instructed John was no less
49:02 a personage than Jesus Christ.
49:04 Setting His right foot on the sea and His left on the dry land
49:08 shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes
49:12 of the great controversy with Satan.
49:15 This position denotes His supreme power and authority
49:19 over the whole earth.
49:20 The controversy had waxed stronger and more determined
49:24 from age to age, and will continue to do so,
49:28 to the concluding scenes when the masterly working
49:31 of the powers of darkness shall reach their height.
49:35 Satan, united with..." What?
49:38 "...with evil men, will deceive the whole world and the churches
49:43 who receive not the love of the truth.
49:46 However, the mighty angel demands attention.
49:50 He cries with a loud voice.
49:52 He is to show the power and authority of His voice
49:55 to those who have united with Satan to oppose the truth."
50:00 So the mighty angel of Revelation 10
50:02 is going to call those on the devil's side to come over.
50:06 And Satan on the other hand, the enemies are going to be working
50:10 to gather people on the devil's side.
50:13 So this is the perspective of the interlude that we find
50:17 in Revelation 10 and Revelation 11.
50:22 And then let's go to page 159.
50:28 Then Ellen White describes the seventh trumpet.
50:33 When does the mystery of God come to an end?
50:38 Right before what?
50:40 The seventh angel blows his trumpet.
50:43 What is the finishing of the mystery of God?
50:47 It's the close of probation.
50:49 The mystery of God is the preaching of the gospel.
50:53 We're going to see that when we study
50:56 about the little book.
50:57 So the mystery of God is the preaching of the gospel.
51:01 So what is the ending of the mystery of God?
51:04 It's the finishing of the preaching of the gospel.
51:08 So when the seventh trumpet is about to sound,
51:11 probation closes, and then you have the plagues,
51:16 and eventually the second coming of Christ,
51:19 which is the seventh trumpet.
51:21 Now page 613, do you know what chapter that is?
51:27 It's called, "The Time of Trouble".
51:30 And do you know with what verse Ellen White begins that chapter?
51:34 "At that time, Michael shall stand up..."
51:39 Which is the close of probation.
51:41 "...and there will be a time of trouble such as never was."
51:44 See, that's the finishing of the mystery of God,
51:46 when the seventh trumpet is about to sound.
51:48 And then you move on all the way to page 661
51:53 and you're going to find the second coming,
51:56 the millennium, the post millennium,
51:58 and the new heavens and the new earth.
52:01 Are you following me?
52:03 Amazing how Ellen White follows the exact order
52:07 of the seven trumpets,
52:08 beginning with the destruction of Jerusalem.
52:11 Not with the four trumpets applying
52:13 to the barbarian invasions.
52:15 It's a distraction.
52:18 What it does is it takes the eyes away from the
52:20 flow of history, how God has been guiding
52:23 history with His hand.
52:26 Now we only have like five minutes left for this segment,
52:30 so let's go to page 160.
52:35 I was hoping to be able to finish this the next session,
52:37 but we might have to take part of session number four
52:42 today to finish this.
52:46 Let's go to Revelation chapter 9,
52:53 and let's read about the fifth, probably we'll just
52:58 read the passage now, and then we'll go
53:01 to page 160 in our next segment.
53:04 But I want to read the fifth trumpet so that we have
53:08 the details clear in our minds.
53:10 It says in verse 1...
53:20 Notice, he didn't see a star fall from heaven to the earth.
53:23 Actually, we're going to notice that really it says,
53:27 "that had fallen from heaven to the earth."
53:30 It fell before the fifth trumpet.
53:32 But anyway, it says...
53:43 So what is this being going to do?
53:46 He's going to open the bottomless pit.
53:49 And all hell is going to break loose.
53:52 Verse 2...
54:21 So we have locusts, and the locusts are scorpions.
55:00 So it's a period of great anx, isn't it?
55:04 Great anxiety.
55:27 And by the way, they're coming up from hell,
55:29 because it continues saying...
55:51 Oh, so they have a general. Right?
55:54 And who is the general?
55:56 The angel of the bottomless pit.
56:10 Which means the destroyer.
56:15 So this is quite a vivid description, isn't it?
56:20 We're going to find in our next segment that this is describing
56:24 a new manifestation of Satan's power from the bottomless pit
56:29 in the French Revolution.
56:33 Now you say, "How do you know that?"
56:35 Because in the fifth trumpet these scorpions which are
56:40 also referred to as having characteristics of lions,
56:44 and tails that sting, and they arise from the bottomless pit,
56:49 that's in the fifth trumpet.
56:52 Where does the beast of Revelation 11 rise from,
56:55 which represents the French Revolution?
56:58 It rises from the bottomless pit.
57:02 And I'm going to give you statements from Ellen White
57:04 where she clearly applies this symbolic language
57:07 to the rise of atheism during the French Revolution.
57:14 So in our next segment we are going to take a look
57:19 at what it means when is says that the angel
57:26 of the bottomless pit is unbound,
57:29 and this coming up, all of these demonic powers,
57:33 what specific event of human history
57:36 this is referring to.
57:38 So let me ask, have you understood
57:41 what we've studied so far?
57:42 I try to go as slow as we can.
57:45 And now we're going to talk more about
57:48 the fifth trumpet during our next segment
57:51 after we enjoy a delicious lunch.


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