Third Angel’s Message Terms and Symbols

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The proclamation of The Third Angels Message is based upon the closing Sanctuary work when our High Priest entered at the close of the 2300 days in 1844.

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament; Revelation 11:19

The Time Of The Third Angels Message – Part 1

Question: What four kingdoms are represented in Daniel 2:31-40 and Daniel 7:1-7?

Answer: Babylon – Daniel 2:37, 38

Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

Medo-Persia – Daniel 5:28

Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

Grecia – Daniel 8:20, 21

The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Rome – Luke 2:1

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

Question: What is represented by the ten horns upon the fourth beast?

Answer: Daniel 7:7, 24.

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Question: To what date did the kingdom of Babylon continue?

Answer: B. C. 538

Question: To what date did Medo-Persia continue?

Answer: B. C. 331

Question: Grecia?

Answer: B. C. 168

Question: Rome?

Answer: A. D. 476

Question: When Rome fell, what stood in its place?

Answer: Daniel 7:24, first part.

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Question: What was to arise after them and yet among them ?

Answer: Daniel 7:8, first part, and verse 24, last part.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots:

and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Question: What was the nature of this power as compared with the ten?

Answer: Daniel 7:20, last clause.

even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

Question: What else was peculiar about the horn?

Answer: Daniel 7:8 and 20, last clause of each.

and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

Question: What did he both speak and do?

Answer: Daniel 7:25

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Question: What power of all the earth has done to the greatest extent what is here said?

Answer: The Papacy.

Question: Upon the rise of this horn, what was done with three of the ten?

Answer: Daniel 7:8, 20.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

Question: What three of the ten kingdoms fell?

Answer: The Heruli, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths. See Gibbon, chap. 39, par. 6-8; 41:7-12, 21-28.

Question: At what dates?

Answer: Heruli A. D. 493; Vandals 534; Ostrogoths 538.

Question: What then is the date of the-establishment of the Papacy ?

Answer: A. D. 538 is the date of the establishment of the Papacy.

Question: How long was the Papacy to have power over the saints, times, and laws ?

Answer: Daniel 7:25

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Question: Literally what length of time is this?

Answer: Revelation 12:14, 6; Ezekiel 4:4-6. See Note 1.

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Question: Beginning as it did, in A. D. 538, when should it end?

Answer: A. D. 1798.

Question: What historical event marks the end of the 1260 years of Papal supremacy ?

Answer: The French army under Berthier abolished the Papacy in Rome. Moreover, proclaimed a republic there, A. D. 1798, and carried Pope Pius VI a captive from place to place till he died at Valence, France, August 28, 1799. See Note 2

Notes:

Note 1. Revelation 12:14 uses the same expression as that in Daniel 7:25. It reads – To the women were given two wings of a great eagle, ‘that she might fly into the wilderness, . . . for a time, and times, and half a time; and verse 6 says: The woman fled into the wilderness, . . . that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. These texts make it positive that the words “time, and times, and the dividing of time” signify 1260 days. But as these days are used as symbols, each day signifies a year, because that is the law.

The Lord told Ezekiel that in conducting a symbolical siege against Jerusalem, he should lie on his left side three hundred and ninety days; and on his right side forty days. This was to be a sign to the house of Israel and Judah. The Lord had laid upon him, and by this signified to them, the years of their iniquity according to the number of the days, because, I have appointed thee each day for a year. It is the appointment of God, that when days are used in connection with symbols, each day shall stand for a year.

Note 2. In A. D. 1797, Napoleon was ordered by the French Directory to destroy the Papal Government. The Pope was helpless, but instead of obeying orders, ,Napoleon, on his own responsibility, made peace with him, and returned to France. The words of the history are as follows:

“Bonaparte now invaded the Papal territories and rapidly overran them. He had orders from the Directory to destroy the Papal Government, but, on his own responsibility, he disregarded these instructions, and concluded with the helpless Pontiff the peace of Talentino on the 19th of February, 1797. “Upon the return of Bonaparte from Italy, General Berthier was ordered by the Directory to carry out its instructions respecting the Papal Government, which Bonaparte had declined to execute. The people of the Papal States were thoroughly discontented.

Berthier marched to Rome and was received as a deliverer. He proclaimed the restoration of the Roman Republic ; made Pope Pius VI a prisoner, and stripped him of all his property, . . . and removed him to France, where he was detained in captivity.” Pictorial _History of the World, p. 756. The Pope was just as helpless in 1797 as he was in 1798, but 1797 was too early; the time did not expire till 1798; and “the’ Scriptures cannot be broken.” John 10:35.

The Time Of The Message – Part 2

Question: In this dealing with the Papacy what additional prophecies were fulfilled ?

Answer: Revelation 13:3, first part and Revelation 13:10

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Question: How may we know that this prophecy relates to the same power?

Answer: Compare Daniel 7:4-8 with Revelation 13:1, 2; and Daniel 7:8, 25 with Revelation 13:5-7.

Question: Was this captivity and deadly wound to put a total end to the Papacy?

Answer: Revelation 13:3.

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Question: When was it that this captivity occurred?

Answer: A. D. 1798.

Question: At that time what else did the prophet see?

Answer: Revelation 13:11.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Question: Is it for us to know what this means?

Answer: Deuteronomy 29:29.

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Question: Is this a revelation?

Answer: Revelation 1:1, 3.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Question: What part of the world was represented by the symbol of the leopard?

Answer: Grecia.

Question: What by the bear?

Answer:Media and Persia.

Question: What by the lion?

Answer: Babylonia.

Question:What by the beast and the ten horns?

Answer: Western Europe and North Africa.

Question: Then as the characteristics of all these are found in the first beast of Revelation 13, what

parts of the world are covered by the description of this first beast ?

Answer: The principal parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Question: Where was this other beast seen coming up?

Answer: Revelation 13:11.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Question: Where had the first beast risen?

Answer: Revelation 13:1.

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Question: What is meant by sea when used as a symbol?

Answer: Revelation 17:15.

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Question: What then is represented by a power coming up out of the sea?

Answer:

In his vision of the seventh chapter, Daniel says: “The four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea.” These four great beasts represented the four great kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia, and Rome. Each of these arose by overthrowing the one that had gone before it. And as a symbolic sea represents peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues, it is easy to understand how these great powers came up from the sea.

Question: What then is represented by a power coming out of the earth?

Answer:

It is also plain that a power symbolized as coming up out of the earth would arise from a condition of things the opposite of that represented as the sea; that is, from a place where, before it, there had not been peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.

Question: In 1798, how much of Europe, Asia and Africa, was occupied by peoples, multitudes, and established and organized nations ?

Answer: All the known parts of them.

Question: How long had it been so ?

Answer: For ages.

Question: Where must this other beast arise?

Answer: In the Western Continent.

Question: Did the dominion of the first beast or any of the ten kingdoms extend to any part

of the Western Continent in 1798?

Answer: It did. Spain, France, Portugal, and Britain then owned all except the possessions of what had been the thirteen British colonies, but which then formed the United States of America.

Question: What position then did the Government of the United States occupy in 1798?

Answer: It was the only independent nation then on the earth, which had arisen where there had not formerly been for ages, peoples, multitudes, and established nations.

Question: What then is the inevitable conclusion ?

Answer: That the United States Government is the power signified in the prophecy of Revelation 13:11-17.

Question: What is to be said to the people of this Government?

Answer: Revelation 13:14, last part.

Saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Question: When they shall have made an image to the beast, what will he do?

Answer: Revelation 13:11, 15.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

 


 

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References:

  1. SSL – Third Angel’s Message, 1888 
  2. RH, Sep, 1889; ST, Jul 1906: COL 79; 4SP 273, 284; EW 65; KPC 37 – The Ellen G. White Estate
  3. King James Version (KJV) Bible – BibleGateway

 


 

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