Preface

The purpose of this work is to draw attention to the everlasting Gospel in the books of Daniel and Revelation. "John to the seven churches which are in Asia:" is the way God addresses the book of Revelation. The target audience for this underlining of the gospel in its prophetic setting in the books of Daniel and Revelation, is the world church of believers in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. The motivation for showing the gospel in these books is the love of God. It will mean everything to us, after a life of love and obedience to God by faith on earth, to hear the words of commendation, "Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant:" (Matthew 25:21). It will be worth it all not to hear the fateful words from my Savior, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7: 23). If only one person is led to hear the words of commendation who would otherwise hear from the lips of God, that He never knew him or her, this publication will be worth it. It is sobering to realize that the whole world will hear one or the other words from Jesus.

A book is a low-cost and freely available means of sharing ideas. A book is non-threatening! A book lends itself to personal study of the subject presented. Writing a book is following the example of Jesus who told John, "What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the seven churches" Revelation 1:11. Having seen things

 

 

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in the books of Daniel and Revelation, I believe that it is pleasing to Jesus for me to share what I have seen here.

God has told us that at the end of the world, people will be zealously religious. There will be two camps on earth. There will be those from the one world government and religion who are killing the dissenters, and those being killed. What is most interesting is that God tells us the motive of those doing the killing. Only God can be trusted to be correct with this kind of information. God tells us in clear, easy to understand language: "These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." John 16:1,2 It is the understanding of God’s will as expressed in the gospel that motivates both groups of people. Obviously they cannot both have the true gospel! God has tried to prepare those who are privileged to be among the last generation on earth to be in the correct group. These two books of Daniel and Revelation are written specifically for this purpose. To draw attention to this fact is what this work is about. God is so good and so gracious that He does everything He can to let us experience the true God, and Jesus Christ His Son.

God’s special intervention in human history did not end with the death of the apostles of Jesus. While none of the writings since then have been included in the Bible, God has inspired with His Spirit all who will believe and receive Him. God has also spoken to all who will listen through nature, and in the circumstances of everyday life. As we read the writing of one who claims to be inspired by God, the Holy Spirit impresses or enlightens our minds to the fact that what we are reading is, or is not, in harmony with Scripture. Please use this test to evaluate what is here written. If the Spirit of God endorses it to you, believe it. If the Spirit of God does not endorse it to you, do not believe it! I quote from whom I believe is a writer inspired by God, Ellen White, whose statements are, in my mind, endorsed by the Holy Spirit. Test these quotations by the Holy Spirit’s speaking to you as well. To obtain more data about the writings of Ellen White, visit online

 

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http://www.whiteestate.org.

2 Peter 1:20 states: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." The next verse tells us what this means.

2 Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost." My current understanding is that this means that the same Holy Spirit that inspired the prophets to write, inspires us to understand the prophecies. Without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit—what I understand when I read the prophecy is my private interpretation. What the Holy Spirit inspires me to understand when I read the prophecy is not any private interpretation—but a message from God. I pray that God will send His Holy Spirit to inspire us both to read Daniel and Revelation, and to understand God’s message for us at the end of the world.

I was moved to write out the understanding of Daniel and Revelation that is shared in this work after reading what Chester Jarrett of College Place, Washington wrote. The point that put everything together in my mind was Chester Jarrett’s suggestion that the trumpets follow the close of probation. After studying it for myself, I currently believe that the trumpets announce the transition of the judgment from the dead to the living. The judgment of the living leads up to the close of probation. The close of probation is a process. During this process the trumpets sound, giving the final warning to the inhabitants of the earth. The evidence that Chester gives (as I understand them) for his understanding that the trumpets follow the close of probation is as follows:

1. The scenes and messages of Revelation appear in their order. "The solemn messages that have been given in their order in the Revelation are to occupy the first place in the minds of God’s people. Nothing else is to be allowed to engross our attention." {8T 302.1}

2. Prophecy is to be understood (interpreted) in the context of

 

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those living during its fulfillment—NOT the context of the prophet. "Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel’s message, the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel. The more fully we accept the light presented by the Holy Spirit through the consecrated servants of God, the deeper and surer, even as the eternal throne, will appear the truths of ancient prophecy; we shall be assured that men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Men must themselves be under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Spirit’s utterances through the prophets. These messages were given, not for those that uttered the prophecies, but for us who are living amid the scenes of their fulfillment." {2SM 114.2} [emphasis mine]

3. The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy (writings of Ellen White) must agree and be understood strictly in context. For example, concerning the trumpets, God tells us through the writings of Ellen White, "The power of the Holy Ghost must be upon us, and the Captain of the Lord’s host will stand at the head of the angels of heaven to direct the battle. Solemn events before us are yet to transpire. Trumpet after trumpet is to be sounded, vial after vial poured out one after another upon the inhabitants of the earth. Scenes of stupendous interest are right upon us." (Letter 112, 1890) {7BC 982.7} [emphasis mine]

4. Spiritual theses are supported by "snippets" of Scripture taken in context. "For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:" Isaiah 28:10. The above four points from what Chester wrote influenced me to study further and share what I currently see as truth. I respect the concept that Scripture focuses on and was written especially for our time; this is what 1 Corinthians 10:11 says: "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition,

 

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upon whom the ends of the world are come." Two other texts together with 1 Corinthians 10:11 give additional light. We can understand that the basis of what is recorded in all of Scripture (not only what happened to the Israelites in the Wilderness of Sin while they were on their way from Egypt to Canaan) is that which has type value for the last generation. "Type value" means what was recorded is a type or an illustration of what is going to be again (either repeated or at least of special instructional value) in the final generation on earth. The first of the other two texts is John 5:13: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." John was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what would inspire in us saving belief about the character (name) of the Son of God (John 20:31). The other text is the last John wrote in the gospel that is named for him. John 21:25: "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." My current understanding is that if the world could not contain the account of everything Jesus did on earth, then what was the basis or criteria for that which was recorded and that which was not recorded? 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that what was recorded is for an example (has type value) for us upon whom "the ends of the world are come." While it has been true for every generation that they were living in the "end of the world" —this is especially true of our generation because the time has come that God wants to end this world as we now know it. In our generation, God wants to do what He has promised in Revelation 21:5: "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."

These four points led to my further study. I appreciate this perspective and motivation to further study. If what is written here

 

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motivates you to further study, the object of this work will have been accomplished.

While I present this as Holy Ghost inspired truth of no "private interpretation" from the books of Daniel and Revelation, it is presented with the desire that you ask God whether these things are true or not. If the Holy Spirit endorses what is presented to you—believe it! If the Holy Spirit does not endorse it in your heart, then do not believe it! Watch to see if what is suggested here may yet prove to be true! This is the most exciting time to be alive! If there is any period of time that we could choose to live—it is now. We are living in a time when we may be alive to see the final fulfillment of prophecy and Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven. One of the most frightening truths is that most people believe error is truth! Jesus said, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13,14

I have tried to interrupt the flow of thought in Daniel and Revelation as little as possible to give reasons for my current understanding where it has been requested. The basis of my current understanding on the point questioned is footnoted and reference is made to the appendix where brief reasons and evidence is given for the truth that is asserted. I would be happy to get feedback. It is the negative feedback that can help most with my personal growth in truth!

Is it not time for God’s people to hold Bible Conferences again as our church members did in the beginning? We need to know what we believe and we need to be able to "[be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you" Context: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"1 Peter 3:15. The reason we need Bible Conferences again is that no one person is likely to come up with all the right ideas. We need each other!