Interpretation, Prophecy


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Prophecy is prediction; something spoken by God, which is intended to fulfill at a time future from when it was given.

To test and distinguish the careful reader from the careless, God has hidden the meaning of many elements of prophecy in figures or symbols. And some words connected with these are given in plain language, and should be understood just as they read. That makes reading prophecy like reading something written in two languages mixed together. It is difficult to understand in that form, so before a prophecy can be understood, the symbolic language needs to be translated into its literal meaning by a careful comparison of scripture with scripture. All needs to be interpreted into its plain meaning.

William Miller’s Rules 6 through 12 help us to distinguish the figurative language from the plain language, and shows how to handle the figurative elements.

Once a prophecy is understood in its plain meaning, the fulfillment can be searched for. Although often containing figurative language or symbols, prophecy fulfills literally.


Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

1) according to the letter; primitive; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as the literal meaning of a phrase.

2) following the letter or exact words; not free; as a literal translation.


Prophecy fulfills “according to the letter”; it fulfills literally, as opposed to figuratively. William Miller saw that prophecy fulfills literally.

“He [Miller] saw that the prophecies, so far as they had been fulfilled, had been fulfilled literally; that all the various figures, metaphors, parables, similitudes, etc., were either explained in their immediate connection, or the terms in which they were expressed were defined in other scriptures, and when thus explained, were to be literally understood.” The Great Controversy, GC 320.2

Rule 13 defines how we are to look for a literal fulfillment of prophecy; watching for literal events, as the “letter” of prophecy describes.


To know whether we have the true historical event for the fulfilment of a prophecy. If you find every word of the prophecy (after the figures are understood) is literally fulfilled, then you may know that your history is the true event. But if one word lacks a fulfilment, then you must look for another event, or wait its future development. For God takes care that history and prophecy doth agree, so that the true believing children of God may never be ashamed. Psalm 22:5; Isaiah 45:17-19; 1 Peter 2:6; Revelation 17:17; Acts 3:18.

For they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me. Isaiah 49:23

The Millerite-Adventists recognized that prophecy delineates (puts in line) events expressed in figurative language, and that prophecy fulfills with literal historical events.

Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth’s history.” Selected Messages, book 2, 2SM 102.1

Here are some quotes explaining that prophecy fulfills literally, with literal events.

“The prophecies of Moses were literally fulfilled. The chosen nation was scattered among heathen nations.” The Review and Herald, RH April 25, 1907, par. 10

“‘Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, …thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulcher of thy fathers.’ Verses 18-22.

“This prophecy of doom was soon literally fulfilled. ‘It came to pass, after he had eaten bread…'” Prophets and Kings, PK 106.2-3.

“Three centuries had passed. During the reformation wrought by Josiah, the king found himself in Bethel, where stood this ancient altar. The prophecy uttered so many years before in the presence of Jeroboam, was now to be literally fulfilled.” Prophets and Kings, PK 402.2

“The promise, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it,’ was literally fulfilled. Verse 9. ‘The elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. …’ Ezra 6:14, 15.” Prophets and Kings, PK 596.1

“In the Sermon on the Mount Christ plainly declared His mission. ‘Think not,’ He said, ‘that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil’ (Matthew 5:17). He came to carry out literally every specification concerning which the prophets had borne testimony. He who existed with the Father before the creation of the world, Himself gave the prophecies recorded by holy men—the prophecies that He came afterward to fulfill….” That I May Know Him, TMK 292.3

“The scenes of the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ were a living reality to them. They saw that the prophecies had been literally fulfilled.” The Desire of Ages, DA 667.1

As events foretold have been and will be fulfilled, we can expect to find them written in the pages of history, either in sacred history of Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy, or in the pages of secular history.


“All that prophecy has foretold as coming to pass, until the present time, has been traced on the pages of history, and we may be assured that all which is yet to come will be fulfilled in its order.” Education, Ed 178.3

In the history of nations the student of God’s word may behold the literal fulfillment of divine prophecy.” Conflict and Courage, CC 250.4

Referring to Revelation 11, “This prophecy has received a most exact and striking fulfillment in the history of France.” The Great Controversy, GC 269.4


“There is a study of history that is not to be condemned. Sacred history was one of the studies in the schools of the prophets. In the record of His dealings with the nations were traced the footsteps of Jehovah. So today we are to consider the dealings of God with the nations of the earth. We are to see in history the fulfillment of prophecy, to study the workings of Providence in the great reformatory movements, and to understand the progress of events in the marshaling of the nations for the final conflict of the great controversy.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, CT 379.3


One important reason that prophecy points to literal, real, or tangible events is to help us find our location in time; to be able to know where we are in relation to the end of time. Therefore, if a prophecy does not fulfill with a real event, it fails to fulfill one of its main purposes, to show us our position in history.

“Every child of God should be intelligent in the Scriptures, and able, by tracing the fulfillment of prophecy, to show our position in this world’s history.” Counsels on Sabbath School Work, CSW 23.1

“By a thorough investigation of the prophecies we understand where we are in this world’s history; and we know for a certainty that the second coming of Christ is near.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, 4T 592.1

“The history which the great I AM has marked out in His word, uniting link after link in the prophetic chain, from eternity in the past to eternity in the future, tells us where we are today in the procession of the ages, and what may be expected in the time to come. All that prophecy has foretold as coming to pass, until the present time, has been traced on the pages of history, and we may be assured that all which is yet to come will be fulfilled in its order.” Education, Ed 178.3


Another definition of the word LITERAL is “following the letter or exact words”. When referring to prophecy, it can be said that it fulfills exactly according to what is stated by God. In the Spirit of Prophecy, Ellen White uses the phrases “every particular” or “every specification”, and “to the letter” to say the same thing.

“But they would not believe the message, and they laughed at Noah. They would not turn from their wickedness to obey the commands of God, and as the result the word of God was fulfilled to the letter.” Manuscript 40, 13LtMs, Ms 40, 1898, par. 1

Speaking of the fall of Babylon, “Thus was the prophecy of Isaiah and Jeremiah fulfilled to the letter.” The Signs of the Times, ST December 29, 1890, par. 3

“All the predictions given by Christ concerning the destruction of Jerusalem were fulfilled to the letter.” The Great Controversy, GC 29.2

“Forty years after Christ uttered His prediction respecting Jerusalem and the temple, His words were fulfilled to the letter.” The Signs of the Times, ST December 19, 1900, par. 15

“…as we stand this side of the cross, we see clearly how the predictions of prophets were fulfilled to the letter.” The Signs of the Times, ST July 9, 1896, par. 3

In the next two quotes, notice how Ellen White uses interchangeably “literally fulfilled” with “fulfilled to the very letter”.

“Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled…” Manuscript Releases, vol. 1, 1MR 260.2

“…the time will soon come when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 will be fulfilled; that prophecy should be carefully studied, for it will be fulfilled to the very letter.” 1888 Materials, 1888 1303.1

Prophecies are constructed of specifications; precise requirements which must be fulfilled in the same manner as described. As we saw at the beginning of this study, some of the specifications of prophecy are given in symbols, which point to real events that fulfill in the line of history.

Here are quotes related to fulfillment of prophecy, which speak of the specifications.

“As each related his dream, Joseph made known its import: In three days the butler was to be reinstated in his position, and give the cup into Pharaoh’s hand as before, but the chief baker would be put to death by the king’s command. In both cases the event occurred as foretold.

“…The chief butler saw the dream fulfilled in every particular;” Patriarchs and Prophets, PP 219.1-2

“For forty days Christ remained on the earth, preparing the disciples for the work before them and explaining that which heretofore they had been unable to comprehend. He spoke of the prophecies concerning His advent, His rejection by the Jews, and His death, showing that every specification of these prophecies had been fulfilled.” The Acts of the Apostles, AA 26.2

“Taking 457 B.C., the time when the decree was completed, as the date of the commandment, every specification of the prophecy concerning the seventy weeks was seen to have been fulfilled.” The Great Controversy, GC 326.3

“In the proclamation of the messages, every specification of prophecy has been fulfilled. Those who were privileged to act a part in proclaiming these messages have gained an experience which is of the highest value to them…” Selected Messages, book 2, 2SM 387.3

In Rule 13, William Miller expressed how important it is for every word or specification of prophecy to fulfill as given. He says, “But if one word lacks a fulfillment, then you must look for another event, or wait its future development.”


We can see in this study that even though prophecy is given to us in both figurative language and plain language, we should expect it to be fulfilled through literal events which can be found in the record of sacred or secular history. The purpose of being able to find literal events as the fulfillment is to help us understand where we are in time; to locate us in the line of history. As we search for the fulfillment of prophecy, we can expect that it will fulfill according to the letter; fulfilling every specification as it is given.

“We are to show that the specifications of prophecy have been fulfilled in the history of the world.” The Signs of the Times, ST October 14, 1889, par. 7

We can benefit greatly from a study of how the prophecies have been fulfilled and will continue to fulfill literally throughout the history of this earth.

“A careful study of the working out of God’s purpose in the history of nations and in the revelation of things to come, will help us to estimate at their true value things seen and things unseen, and to learn what is the true aim of life. Thus, viewing the things of time in the light of eternity, we may, like Daniel and his fellows, live for that which is true and noble and enduring. And learning in this life the principles of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, that blessed kingdom which is to endure for ever and ever, we may be prepared at His coming to enter with Him into its possession.” Prophets and Kings, PK 548.2

May our study of history and prophecy be blessed and profitable, as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our understanding.

Bible Verses, Prophecy



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Historical context of Daniel, chapters 10-12: Cyrus co-ruled with Darius the Mede from the fall of Babylon in 538 BC, and ruled alone from 536 BC.

The “third year” of Cyrus was 536 BC (reckoned from the fall of Babylon), when Daniel had his last vision (Daniel 10:1). Simultaneously, 536 BC was the “first year of Cyrus” (ruling alone), when he made his decree to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1). This decree marked the end of the 70 years of captivity in Babylon, assigned to the Jewish people (Jeremiah 29:10). Thus, 536 BC is a time of the end.

(1)  Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede [ 538 BC ], even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. [ 538 BC was the end of the 70 years assigned to Babylon as an empire (Jeremiah 25:12). Thus, 538 BC is also a time of the end. ]

(2)  And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia [ Cambyses, Smerdis, Darius Hystaspes ]; and the fourth [ Xerxes, in 486 BC ] shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.


(3)  And a mighty king [ Alexander the Great ] shall stand up [ in 336 BC ], that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.

(4)  And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken [ he died in 323 BC ], and shall be divided [ in the battle of Ipsus, 301 BC ] toward the four winds of heaven [ between 4 of his generals: Cassander-West, Lysimachus-North, Seleucus-East, Ptolemy-South ]; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.

(5)  And the king of the south [ Ptolemy I – Soter ] shall be strong, and one of his princes [ Seleucus I Nicator ]; and he [ Seleucus ] shall be strong above him [ Ptolemy ], and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion [ In the Battle of Corupedium, 281 BC, Seleucus consolidated the 3 remaining territories, East, West and North, into the kingdom of the north. ] [ Thus, the king of the north ruled from Babylon, and the king of the south from Egypt. ]

  First Syrian War (274 -271 BC) > Antiochus I Soter vs. Ptolemy II.

  Second Syrian War (260 – 253 BC) > Antiochus II Theos vs. Ptolemy II     

(6)  And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king’s [ Ptolemy II – Philadelphus ] daughter of the south [ Berenice ] shall come to the king of the north [Antiochus II – Theos ] to make an agreement [ marriage-treaty, 252 BC. To marry Berenice, Theos repudiated his wife Laodice ]: but she shall not retain the power of the arm [ Theos ]; neither shall he stand, nor his arm [ seed  ]: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her [ or whom she brought for, that is, her son ], and he that strengthened her in these times [ they were murdered by Laodice ].

  Third Syrian War (246 – 241 BC), Laodicean War > Ptolemy III vs. Seleucus II, verses 7-9

(7)  But out of a branch of her [ Berenice ] roots shall one stand up [ her brother, Ptolemy III – Euergetes, Benefactor ] in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress [ the city of Seleucia ] of the king of the north [ Laodice’s son Seleucus II – Callinicus ], and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:

(8)  And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north [ Seleucus Callinicus who died in exile, falling from a horse ].

(9)  So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.

  Fourth Syrian War (219 -217 BC) > Antiochus III Magnus (“the Great”) vs. Ptolemy IV Philopator.

Battle of Raphia (217 BC) Ptolemy IV maintained control over the region of Coele-Syria (which includes the glorious land).

TIME OF THE END [ 219 BC, parallel to 1989, in verse 40b ]

(10)  But his [ Seleucus Callinicus ] sons [ Seleucus Ceraunus and Antiochus III – Magnus  ] shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one

[ Antiochus Magnus, who ascended to the throne in 222 BC after the death of his brother ] shall certainly come [ in 219 BC ], and overflow [ H7857 gush ], and pass through [ H5674 pass over ]: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress [ Egypt ].

(11)  And the king of the south [ Ptolemy IV – Philopater ] shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north [ Antiochus III Magnus ]: and he [ Antiochus ] shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his [ Ptolemy’s ] hand. [ Battle of Raphia, 217 BC ]

(12)  And when he hath taken away the multitude, his [ Ptolemy Philopater ] heart shall be lifted up (H7311, exalted) [ he entered Jerusalem to offer sacrifices in the temple, but was restrained, which made him furious ]; and he shall cast down many ten thousands [ in revenge, killed 40,000 Jews in Alexandria, in his own country ]: but he shall not be strengthened by it. [ Died of his intemperance. ]

(13)  For the king of the north [ Antiochus Magnus ] shall return [ after 14 years of consolidation ], and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches [ against the 4-5 yr. old heir, Ptolemy V – Epiphanes, ruling since 201 BC ].

(14)  And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south [ child, Ptolemy ]: also the robbers of thy people [ Rome ] shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall. [ In 201 BC, guardians asked Rome for protection for child Ptolemy from Magnus and Philip. ]

  Fifth Syrian War (202 – 195 BC) > Antiochus III vs Ptolemy V – Epiphanes.

Battle of Panium (200 BC), near the River Jordan, Antiochus III conquered the port of Sydon and Coele-Syria. The Ptolemaic kingdom never recovered from this defeat and ceased to be an independent great power.

(15)  So the king of the north [ Antiochus Magnus, confederated with Philip of Macedon ] shall come [ to recover Palestine and Coele-Syria from Egyptians, in 203 BC ], and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities [ Sidon, Tyre ]: and the arms of the south [ led by the General Scopas ] shall not withstand, neither his chosen [ select, best ] people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.

Treaty of Apamea (188 BC) between the Roman Republic and Antiochus Magnus after the Roman victories in the Battles of Thermopylae 191 BC, and Magnesia 190 BC.

  Sixth Syrian war (170-168 BC)

League of the Jews: in 158 BC (or possibly 161 BC) the Jews made a league with the Romans, soliciting protection from the Seleucid king Demetrius I Soter.




(16)  But he [ Pompey, representing Rome ] that cometh against him [ Antiochus XIII Asiaticus, until that point the king of the North, in 65 BC ] shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land [ Jerusalem 63 BC, Judea ], which by his hand shall be consumed.

Julius Caesar v. 17-19

(17)  He [ Julius Caesar ] shall also set his face to enter [ into Egypt, after 51 BC ] with the strength of his whole kingdom [ original kingdom of Alexander ], and upright ones

[ Jews, who helped Caesar ] with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the daughter of women [ Cleopatra VII, around 48 BC ], corrupting her: but she [ Cleopatra ] shall not stand on his side, neither be for him [ she later joined Mark Antony ].

(18)  After this shall he [ Caesar ] turn his face unto the isles [ war with Pharnaces, king of Cimmerian Bosporus, in Asia minor ], and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.

(19)  Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land [ Rome ]: but he [ Caesar ] shall stumble and fall [ he was suddenly murdered ], and not be found [ 44 BC ].

Augustus Caesar – Second Triumvirate (Augustus, Mark Antony, Lepidus) to avenge Caesar’s death.

(20)  Then shall stand up in his [ Julius Caesar’s ] estate a raiser of taxes [ Augustus Caesar, see Luke 2:1 ] in the glory of the kingdom [ during the pinnacle of Rome’s greatness ]: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle [ died in his bed at age 76, AD 14 ].

Tiberius Caesar v. 21-22

(21)  And in his estate shall stand up a vile [ tyrannical, hypocritical, debaucherous, and continuously intoxicated ] person [ Tiberius Caesar, 14 AD ], to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries [ at the insistence of his mother, he was finally placed on the throne ].

(22)  And with the arms of a flood [ revolution ] shall they be overflown from before him [ or Tiberius would be overflown ], and shall be broken [ he died of a violent death at age78, in AD 37 ]; yea, also the prince of the covenant [ Christ crucified in AD 31 ]. [ See Luke 3:1-3 ]


League with the Jews v. 23-29, in 158 (or 161) BC

(23)  And after the league [ of the Jews, 158 BC (or possibly 161 BC) ] made with him [ Pagan Rome ] he shall work deceitfully: for he [ Pagan Rome ] shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

(24)  He [ Pagan Rome ] shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers [ acquire territory through peaceful means, such as alliances and treaties ]; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against [ or from ] the strong holds [ Rome ], even for a time [ 360 years, 31 BC – AD 330 ].

Battle of Actium (September 2, 31 BC) > Augustus Caesar (N) vs. Mark Antony and Cleopatra (S).

Beginning of the “time” assigned to Pagan Rome.

(25)  And he [ Augustus Caesar ] shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south [ Mark Antony and Cleopatra ] with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle [ Actium ] with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they [ Pagan Rome ] shall forecast devices against him [ from Rome ].

(26)  Yea, they that feed of the portion of his [ Antony’s ] meat shall destroy him [ desertion of allies and friends ], and his army shall overflow and many shall fall down slain.

(27)  And both these kings’ hearts [ Antony and Augustus ] shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table [ under the garb of friendship they were both aspiring and intriguing for universal dominion ]; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.

(28)  Then shall he [ Augustus ] return into his land with great riches [ after Actium ]; and his [ Vespasian, followed by Titus ] heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits [ destruction of Jerusalem, AD 70 ], and return to his own land [ Rome ].

(29)  At the time appointed [ AD 330 ] he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former [ Egypt ], or as the latter [ Jerusalem ]. [ By removing the seat of the empire to Constantinople, it facilitated  the downfall of Rome ]

Rome afflicted by the first four trumpets

(30)  For the ships of Chittim [ from Carthage, in the Mediterranean coast, the Vandals led by Genseric (428 – 468) ] shall come against him [ Pagan Rome ]: therefore he [ Pagan Rome ] shall be grieved, and return [ to dispossess Genseric ], and have indignation against the holy covenant [ Scriptures ]: so shall he do; he [ Eastern Rome ] shall even return, and have intelligence with them [ the church of Rome ] that forsake the holy covenant. [ In 533, emperor Justinian decreed the pope the head of churches & corrector of heretics. In 538 the Goths were driven out of the city of Rome, leaving the see vacant for the pope. ]


(31)  And arms shall stand on his part, and they [ two possible options: 1. Goths, Vandals or 2. rulers supporting the Papacy ] shall pollute the sanctuary of strength [ Rome ] [ 1. by sacking the city of Rome or 2. by removing the seat of the empire to Constantinople ], and shall take away the daily [ H8548 continuance ] sacrifice [ Paganism, in 508 AD ], and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate [ Papacy, in 538 AD ].

(32)  And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he [ the Papacy ] corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

(33)  And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days [ 1260 years ].

(34)  Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

(35)  And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. [ The time appointed for Papal Rome was 1260 years (538 – 1798). ]

(36)  And the king [ Papal Rome ] shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. [ Compare with Daniel 7:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:5. ]

(37)  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

(38)  But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: [ the romans represented their goddess Diana with a fortress upon her head. This pagan worship to a female deity was converted into veneration of Mary ] and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

(39)  Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god [ veneration of Mary ], whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.



[ Part A: 1798 ]And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [ atheistic France ] push at him [ Papal Rome ]:

[ Part B: 1989 ] and the king of the north [ modern Rome ] shall come against [ retaliation ] him [ king of the South, atheistic Soviet Union ] like a whirlwind [ as a revolution ], with chariots, and with horsemen [ military strength, American ], and with many ships [ economic strength, American ]; and he shall enter into the countries [ of the former Soviet Union ], and shall overflow [ H7857 gush ] and pass over [ H5674 ].

(Parallel to verse 10)

(41)  He [ the papacy ] shall enter also into the glorious [ in the sense of prominence ] land [ the United States of America, through a national Sunday law ], and many countries [ unprepared Adventist ] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon [ those who escape from this false religious system ].

(42)  He [ the papacy ] shall stretch forth his hand [ through the universal Sunday law ] also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt [ the rest of the world, represented by the UN ] shall not escape.

(43)  But he [ the papacy ] shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt [ world economy ]: and the Libyans [ poor countries ] and the Ethiopians [ rich countries ] shall be at his steps. [ See Revelation 13:16 ]

(44)  But tidings out of the east and out of the north [ the loud cry ] shall trouble him: therefore he [ the papacy ] shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

(45)  And he [ the papacy ] shall plant the tabernacles [ religious power ] of his palace [ civil power ] between the seas [ multitudes ] in [ and ] the glorious holy mountain [ the remnant church ]; yet he [ the papacy ] shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

“We have no time to lose. Troublous times are before us. The world is stirred with the spirit of war. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place. The prophecy in the eleventh of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated. In the thirtieth verse a power is spoken of that ‘shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.’ [Verses 31-36, quoted.]

Scenes similar to those described in these words will take place. We see evidence that Satan is fast obtaining the control of human minds who have not the fear of God before them. Let all read and understand the prophecies of this book, for we are now entering upon the time of trouble spoken of: [Daniel 12:1-4, quoted.]” Manuscript Releases, vol. 13, 394

Compilation, Prophecy



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“Those who with humility of heart search the Scriptures with a sincere desire to know and obey the truth, will not be left to walk in darkness. Jesus says, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The whole Bible is a revelation of Christ….” Manuscript Releases, vol. 2, p. 90 par. 1

“In studying the Scriptures we become acquainted with God and are led to understand our relation to Christ, the Sin Bearer, the surety for the fallen race.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 429 par. 1

The prophecies are part of the revelation of Christ, and they too reveal important things about the work of Christ in the earth, and His great purposes for the salvation of souls.

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

“…The Bible is made up of many parts—history, biography, song and praise, prayer, and prophecy. But all is inspired of God, and ‘is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ In the term ‘scripture’ is included the whole treasure house of revelation and knowledge, in whatever form it is given.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 2, p. 91 par. 4 (2 Timothy 3:16 quoted)


“God has called His church in this day, as He called ancient Israel, to stand as a light in the earth. By the mighty cleaver of truth, the messages of the first, second, and third angels, He has separated them from the churches and from the world to bring them into a sacred nearness to Himself. He has made them the depositaries of His law and has committed to them the great truths of prophecy for this time. Like the holy oracles committed to ancient Israel, these are a sacred trust to be communicated to the world. The three angels of Revelation 14 represent the people who accept the light of God’s messages and go forth as His agents to sound the warning throughout the length and breadth of the earth.…” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 455 par. 2

“The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. There cannot be a third without the first and second. These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be.” Selected Messages, book 2, p. 104 par. 3


“Our warfare is aggressive. Tremendous issues are before us, yea, and right upon us. Let our prayers ascend to God that the four angels may still hold the four winds, that they may not blow to injure or destroy until the last warning has been given to the world. Then let us work in harmony with our prayers. Let nothing lessen the force of the truth for this time. The present truth is to be our burden. The third angel’s message must do its work of separating from the churches a people who will take their stand on the platform of eternal truth.

     “Our message is a life-and-death message, and we must let it appear as it is, the great power of God. We are to present it in all its telling force. Then the Lord will make it effectual. It is our privilege to expect large things, even the demonstration of the Spirit of God. This is the power that will convict and convert the soul.

     “The perils of the last days are upon us, and in our work we are to warn the people of the danger they are in. Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy has revealed be left untouched. If our people were half awake, if they realized the nearness of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would be wrought in our churches, and many more would believe the message. We have no time to lose; God calls upon us to watch for souls as they that must give an account. Advance new principles, and crowd in the clear-cut truth. It will be as a sword cutting both ways. But be not too ready to take a controversial attitude. There will be times when we must stand still and see the salvation of God. Let Daniel speak, let the Revelation speak, and tell what is truth. But whatever phase of the subject is presented, uplift Jesus as the center of all hope, ‘the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star.’ Revelation 22:16.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 61 par. 2-4

“But there is a day that God hath appointed for the close of this world’s history. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ Prophecy is fast fulfilling. More, much more, should be said about these tremendously important subjects. The day is at hand when the destiny of every soul will be fixed forever. This day of the Lord hastens on apace. The false watchmen are raising the cry, ‘All is well’; but the day of God is rapidly approaching. … ‘Be ye also ready: for in an such hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.’ People are now settling to rest, imagining themselves secure under the popular churches; but let all beware, lest there is a place left open for the enemy to gain an entrance. Great pains should be taken to keep this subject before the people. The solemn fact is to be kept not only before the people of the world, but before our own churches also, that the day of the Lord will come suddenly, unexpectedly. The fearful warning of the prophecy is addressed to every soul. Let no one feel that he is secure from the danger of being surprised. Let no one’s interpretation of prophecy rob you of the conviction of the knowledge of events which show that this great event is near at hand.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 355 par. 2

“‘A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you.’ I believe with all my heart that the Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world, and those who have had great light and opportunities and have not improved them, will be the first to be left. They have grieved away the Spirit of God. The present activity of Satan in working upon hearts, and upon churches and nations should startle every student of prophecy. The end is near. Let our churches arise. Let the converting power of God be experienced in the heart of the individual members, and then we shall see the deep moving of the Spirit of God. Mere forgiveness of sin is not the sole result of the death of Jesus. He made the infinite sacrifice not only that sin might be removed, but that human nature might be restored, rebeautified, reconstructed from its ruins, and made fit for the presence of God. . . .” Selected Messages, book 3, p. 154 par. 1

Are we to wait until the fulfillment of the prophecies of the end before we say anything concerning them? Of what value will our words be then? Shall we wait until God’s judgments fall upon the transgressor before we tell him how to avoid them? Where is our faith in the word of God? Must we see things foretold come to pass before we will believe what He has said? In clear, distinct rays light has come to us, showing us that the great day of the Lord is near at hand, ‘even at the doors.’ Let us read and understand before it is too late.” Counsels for the Church, p. 64 par. 4


“As a people, we should be earnest students of prophecy; we should not rest until we become intelligent in regard to the subject of the sanctuary, which is brought out in the visions of Daniel and John. This subject sheds great light on our present position and work, and gives us unmistakable proof that God has led us in our past experience.…” Evangelism, p. 222 par. 3

“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy. We must watch with earnestness that we may discern any ray of light which God shall present to us. We are to catch the first gleamings of truth; and through prayerful study clearer light may be obtained, which can be brought before others.

     “When God’s people are at ease and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them. The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God. There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 708 par. 2-3

When the students of prophecy shall set their hearts to know the truths of Revelation, they will realize what an importance is attached to this search. Christ Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Genesis of the Old Testament, and the Revelation of the New. Both meet together in Christ.…” S.D.A. Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1093 par. 1

We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures, that we may trace down the lines of prophecy, and understand the specifications given by the prophets, and by Christ and the apostles; that we may not be ignorant; but be able to see that the day is approaching, so that with increased zeal and effort, we may exhort one another to faithfulness, piety, and holiness.” The Review and Herald, July 31, 1888 par. 6

“…It is essential to have an intelligent knowledge of the truth; for how else could we meet its wily opponents? The Bible must be studied, not alone for the doctrines it teaches, but for its practical lessons. You should never be surprised, you should never be without your armor on. Be prepared for any emergency, for any call of duty. Be waiting, watching for every opportunity to present the truth, familiar with the prophecies, familiar with the lessons of Christ. But do not trust in well-prepared arguments. Argument alone is not enough. God must be sought on your knees; you must go forth to meet the people through the power and influence of His Spirit…” Sons and Daughters of God, p. 279 par. 2

“…Though no man knoweth the day nor the hour of His coming, we are instructed and required to know when it is near. We are further taught that to disregard His warning, and refuse or neglect to know when His advent is near, will be as fatal for us as it was for those who lived in the days of Noah not to know when the flood was coming. And the parable in the same chapter, contrasting the faithful and the unfaithful servant, and giving the doom of him who said in his heart, ‘My Lord delayeth His coming,’ shows in what light Christ will regard and reward those whom He finds watching, and teaching His coming, and those denying it. ‘Watch therefore,’ He says. ‘Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.’ Verses 42, 46. ‘If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.’ Revelation 3:3.” The Great Controversy, p. 370 par. 2

“The secret things which belong to God are to be left with Him; but the things which He has revealed are for us and for our children. We are not now back in Paul’s time. We are nearing the great day of God. The signs are fulfilling. And yet we have no message to tell us of the day and hour of Christ’s appearing.

     “The Lord has wisely concealed this from us, that we may always be in a state of expectancy and preparation for the second appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds of heaven. We are to search the prophecies that point to the roll of fast fulfilling events, and which Christ has plainly told us will take place prior to the end of this earth’s history. We are to watch and pray, wait patiently, and work faithfully to save perishing souls. Time is a most precious talent, and every moment is to be improved in doing our work wisely and well, so that if we are suddenly called to lay off the armor, we may be prepared to give up our account to God.” Letter 28, 1897

Every child of God should be intelligent in the Scriptures, and able, by tracing the fulfillment of prophecy, to show our position in this world’s history. The Bible was written for the common people as well as for scholars, and is within the comprehension of all. The great truths which underlie man’s duty to his fellow men and to his Maker are clearly revealed; and those who really want the truth need make no mistake. The way is not left in uncertainty, as though we were standing where four roads met, not knowing which one to take. The truth is our guide; it is to us like a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

     “The many contradictory opinions in regard to what the Bible teaches do not arise from any obscurity in the book itself, but from blindness and prejudice on the part of interpreters. Men ignore the plain statements of the Bible to follow their own perverted reason. Priding themselves on their intellectual attainments, they overlook the simplicity of truth; they forsake the fountain of living waters to drink of the poisonous stream of error.–Review and Herald, Jan. 27, 1885.” Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 23 par. 1-2

“When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message. The fearful judgments denounced against the worship of the beast and his image (Revelation 14:9-11), should lead all to a diligent study of the prophecies to learn what the mark of the beast is, and how they are to avoid receiving it….” The Great Controversy, p. 594 par. 2

“There is a study of history that is not to be condemned. Sacred history was one of the studies in the schools of the prophets. In the record of His dealings with the nations were traced the footsteps of Jehovah. So today we are to consider the dealings of God with the nations of the earth. We are to see in history the fulfillment of prophecy, to study the workings of Providence in the great reformatory movements, and to understand the progress of events in the marshalling of the nations for the final conflict of the great controversy.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 307 par. 2

We need to:

– see in history the fulfillment of prophecy

– study the workings of Providence in the great reformatory movements

– understand the progress of events in the marshalling of the nations for the final conflict of the great controversy

We need to study the working out of God’s purpose in the history of nations and in the revelation of things to come, that we may estimate at their true value things seen and things unseen; that we may learn what is the true aim of life; that, viewing the things of time in the light of eternity, we may put them to their truest and noblest use.…” Education, p. 184 par. 1

“As a people, we should be earnest students of prophecy; we should not rest until we become intelligent in regard to the subject of the sanctuary, which is brought out in the visions of Daniel and John. This subject sheds great light on our present position and work, and gives us unmistakable proof that God has led us in our past experience.…” Evangelism, p. 222 par. 3


“Much ignorance of Scripture prevails, even among those that preach the Word. Well-educated, intelligent men preach at the Word, and around the Word, but they do not touch the inner meaning of the Word. They do not present truth in its genuine simplicity. These men, considering themselves authority, tell their hearers that they cannot understand either Daniel or Revelation.

     “Many ministers make no effort to explain Revelation. They call it an unprofitable book to study. They regard it as a sealed book, because it contains the record of figures and symbols. But the very name that has been given it, ‘Revelation,’ is a denial of this supposition. Revelation is a sealed book, but it is also an opened book. It records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth’s history. The teachings of this book are definite, not mystical and unintelligible. In it the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. Some prophecies God has repeated, thus showing that importance must be given to them. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence.‑‑Ms 107, 1897, pp. 1, 2.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 8, p. 413 par. 1-2

There are many who do not understand the prophecies relating to these days, and they must be enlightened. It is the duty of both watchmen and laymen to give the trumpet a certain sound. Be in earnest, ‘cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.’” Evangelism, p. 194 par. 4

“Let the watchmen now lift up their voice and give the message which is present truth for this time. Let us show the people where we are in prophetic history…” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 716 par. 2

Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists. The prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be carefully studied, and in connection with them the words, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ [John 1:29.]

     “The twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew is presented to me again and again as something that is to be brought to the attention of all. We are today living in the time when the predictions of this chapter are fulfilling. Let our ministers and teachers explain these prophecies to those whom they instruct. Let them leave out of their discourses matters of minor consequence, and present the truths that will decide the destiny of souls.” Gospel Workers, p. 148 par. 1-2


“Prophecy and history should form a part of the studies in our schools…” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 525 par. 4

In the book of Revelation we read of a special work that God desires to have His people do in these last days. He has revealed His law and shown us the truth for this time. This truth is constantly unfolding, and God designs that we shall be intelligent in regard to it, that we may be able to distinguish between right and wrong, between righteousness and unrighteousness.

     “The third angel’s message, the great testing truth for this time, is to be taught in all our institutions. God designs that through them this special warning shall be given, and bright beams of light shall shine to the world. Time is short. The perils of the last days are upon us, and we should watch and pray, and study and heed the lessons that are given us in the books of Daniel and the Revelation.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 127-128


“This is our work. The light that we have upon the third angel’s message is the true light. The mark of the beast is exactly what it has been proclaimed to be. Not all in regard to this matter is yet understood, and will not be understood until the unrolling of the scroll; but a most solemn work is to be accomplished in our world. The Lord’s command to His servants is, ‘Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.’ Isaiah 58:1. A message that will arouse the churches is to be proclaimed. Every effort is to be made to give the light, not only to our people, but to the world. I have been instructed that the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be printed in small books, with the necessary explanations, and should be sent all over the world. Our own people need to have the light placed before them in clearer lines.” Counsels on Health, p. 520 par. 3

“Let more time be given to the publication and circulation of books containing present truth. Call attention to books dwelling on practical faith and godliness and to those that treat on the prophetic word. The people are to be educated to read the sure word of prophecy in the light of the living oracles. They need to know that the signs of the times are fulfilling.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 158 par. 2


“Bible reading, the critical examination of Bible subjects, essays written upon topics which would improve the mind and impart knowledge, the study of the prophecies or the precious lessons of Christ–these will have an influence to strengthen the mental powers and increase spirituality. A familiar acquaintance with the Scriptures sharpens the discerning powers and fortifies the soul against the attacks of Satan.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 543 par. 3

“Why should not this book–this precious treasure–be exalted and esteemed as a valued friend? This is our chart across the stormy sea of life. It is our guidebook showing us the way to the eternal mansions and the character we must have to inhabit them. There is no book the perusal of which will so elevate and strengthen the mind as the study of the Bible. Here the intellect will find themes of the most elevated character to call out its powers. There is nothing that will so endow with vigor all our faculties as bringing them in contact with the stupendous truths of revelation. The effort to grasp and measure these great thoughts expands the mind. We may dig down deep into the mine of truth and gather precious treasures with which to enrich the soul. Here we may learn the true way to live, the safe way to die.–RH, Jan 4, 1881.” Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 1, p. 97 par. 4

“The prophecies which the great I AM has given in His Word, uniting link after link in the chain of events, from eternity in the past to eternity in the future, tell us where we are today in the procession of the ages, and what may be expected in the time to come. All that prophecy has foretold as coming to pass, until the present time, has been traced on the pages of history, and we may be assured that all which is yet to come will be fulfilled in its order.” Evangelism, p. 193 par. 4

“What is our condition in this fearful and solemn time? Alas, what pride is prevailing in the church, what hypocrisy, what deception, what love of dress, frivolity, and amusement, what desire for the supremacy! All these sins have clouded the mind, so that eternal things have not been discerned. Shall we not search the Scriptures, that we may know where we are in this world’s history? Shall we not become intelligent in regard to the work that is being accomplished for us at this time, and the position that we as sinners should occupy while this work of atonement is going forward? If we have any regard for our souls’ salvation, we must make a decided change. We must seek the Lord with true penitence; we must with deep contrition of soul confess our sins, that they may be blotted out.

     “We must no longer remain upon the enchanted ground. We are fast approaching the close of our probation. Let every soul inquire, How do I stand before God? We know not how soon our names may be taken into the lips of Christ, and our cases be finally decided. What, oh, what will these decisions be! Shall we be counted with the righteous, or shall we be numbered with the wicked?” Selected Messages, book 1, p. 125 par. 2-3


“The close study of Daniel’s visions and warnings is essential.…” Manuscript Releases, vol. 19, p. 166 par. 2

“The book of Daniel is unsealed in the revelation to John, and carries us forward to the last scenes of this earth’s history.” Letter 59, 1896

As we near the close of this world’s history, the prophecies recorded by Daniel demand our special attention, as they relate to the very time in which we are living. With them should be linked the teachings of the last book of the New Testament Scriptures. Satan has led many to believe that the prophetic portions of the writings of Daniel and of John the revelator cannot be understood. But the promise is plain that special blessing will accompany the study of these prophecies. ‘The wise shall understand’ (verse 10), was spoken of the visions of Daniel that were to be unsealed in the latter days; and of the revelation that Christ gave to His servant John for the guidance of God’s people all through the centuries, the promise is, ‘Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.’ Revelation 1:3.

     “From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation, we need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld,–power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring,–how completely has it passed away! As ‘the flower of the grass,’ it has perished. James 1:10. So perished the Medo-Persian kingdom, and the kingdoms of Grecia and Rome. And so perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose, and expresses His character, can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows.

     “A careful study of the working out of God’s purpose in the history of nations and in the revelation of things to come, will help us to estimate at their true value things seen and things unseen, and to learn what is the true aim of life. Thus, viewing the things of time in the light of eternity, we may, like Daniel and his fellows, live for that which is true and noble and enduring. And learning in this life the principles of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, that blessed kingdom which is to endure for ever and ever, we may be prepared at His coming to enter with Him into its possession.” Prophets and Kings, p. 547-548

As we near the close of this world’s history, the prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our study. The last book of the New Testament scriptures is full of truth that we need to understand. Satan has blinded the minds of many, so that they have been glad of any excuse for not making the Revelation their study. But Christ through His servant John has here declared what shall be in the last days, and He says, ‘Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.’ Revelation 1:3.” Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 133 par. 2

“The unfulfilled predictions of the book of Revelation are soon to be fulfilled. This prophecy is now to be studied with diligence by the people of God and should be clearly understood. It does not conceal the truth; it clearly forewarns, telling us what will be in the future.–1NL 96 (1903).” Last Day Events, p. 15 par. 6

“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.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 302 par. 1 (1904)

To the apostle John on the Isle of Patmos were revealed the things which God desired him to give to the people. Study these revelations. Here are themes worthy of our contemplation, large and comprehensive lessons which all the angelic host are now seeking to communicate. Behold the life and character of Christ, and study His mediatorial work. Here is infinite wisdom, infinite love, infinite justice, infinite mercy. Here are depths and heights, lengths and breadths, for our consideration. Numberless pens have been employed in presenting to the world the life, the character, and the mediatorial work of Christ, and yet every mind through which the Holy Spirit has worked has presented these themes in a light that is fresh and new.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 59 par. 1

 “‘And he said unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand.’ Shall we, then, treat this prophecy as if it were sealed? Let us search it carefully, to learn what it says about the very last scenes of this earth’s history.” Manuscript 110, 1905 (Revelation 22:10 quoted)

This book [Revelation] demands close, prayerful study, lest it be interpreted according to the ideas of men, and false construction be given to the sacred Word of the Lord, which in its symbols and figures means so much to us. There is so much that we positively must understand in order that we may shape our course of action so that we shall not receive the plagues which are coming upon the world.

     “In the Revelation the deep things of God are portrayed. Those whose hearts are wholly sanctified to God will be brought nigh to see priceless gems through the telescope of faith. And as they apply the truth to practice, the still deeper mysteries are stamped on the soul. Those thus honored are to communicate to others that which they have received. And as they do this, angels make the impression upon hearts.

     “All who understand the Word of God will realize that the things of minor importance which in the past have occupied their time and consumed their strength have deprived them of an experience and knowledge which they might have obtained had they kept the faith untarnished by selfishness. Had they done this, they would have understood the result of possessing that faith which works by love and purifies the soul.

     “Let none think, because they cannot explain the meaning of every symbol in the Revelation, that it is of no use for them to search this book with deep earnest longing and intense desire to know the meaning of the truths it contains. The One who revealed these mysteries to John can and will give the diligent searcher for truth a foretaste of heavenly things, hereafter to be realized. Rich blessings will come to him who reads and hears the words of this prophecy, and keeps those things which are written therein. Letter 16, 1900, pp. 2, 3.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 1, p. 42 par. 1-4

We are to know more than we do at the present time. We are to comprehend the deep things of God. There are themes to be dwelt upon which are worthy of more than passing notice. Angels have desired to look into the truths which are revealed to the people who are searching God’s word and with contrite hearts praying for wisdom, for greater lengths and breadths and heights of that knowledge which God alone can give.

     “Hundreds of commentaries have been written upon the gospel by men who are called great, and as we near the closing scenes of this earth’s history still more wonderful representations will be made. We need to study the scriptures with humble, contrite hearts. Those who will devote their powers to the study of God’s word, and especially the prophecies referring to these last days, will be rewarded by the discovery of important truths. The last book of the New Testament scriptures is full of truths that need to be understood. Satan has blinded the eyes of men, and they have been glad of any excuse for not making a study of this book. Here Christ has declared through His servant John what shall be in the last days. 

     “Every Bible student should study these prophecies with diligence. As we search the scriptures, the character of Christ will appear in its infinite perfection.…” Bible Training School, January 1, 1913 par. 1-3

There is need of a much closer study of the word of God; especially should Daniel and the Revelation have attention as never before in the history of our work. We may have less to say in some lines, in regard to the Roman power and the papacy; but we should call attention to what the prophets and apostles have written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit has so shaped matters, both in the giving of the prophecy and in the events portrayed, as to teach that the human agent is to be kept out of sight, hid in Christ, and that the Lord God of heaven and His law are to be exalted. Read the book of Daniel. Call up, point by point, the history of the kingdoms there represented. Behold statesmen, councils, powerful armies, and see how God wrought to abase the pride of men, and lay human glory in the dust….

     “The light that Daniel received from God was given especially for these last days. The visions he saw by the banks of the Ulai and the Hiddekel, the great rivers of Shinar, are now in process of fulfillment, and all the events foretold will soon come to pass.

     “Consider the circumstances of the Jewish nation when the prophecies of Daniel were given.

     “Let us give more time to the study of the Bible. We do not understand the word as we should. The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains. ‘Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,’ God declares, ‘and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.’ When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival. We do not understand fully the lessons that it teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 112-113

When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart.

     “The Lord will bless all who will seek humbly and meekly to understand that which is revealed in the Revelation. This book contains so much that is large with immortality and full of glory that all who read and search it earnestly receive the blessing to those ‘that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.’

     “One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation–that the connection between God and His people is close and decided.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 114 par. 3-5

“We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession. Every element of power is about to be set to work. Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life, and peril will beset God’s people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family. It is permeating everything upon the earth. . . .

     “Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated. . . . We, with all our religious advantages, ought to know far more today than we do know.

     “As we near the close of this world’s history, the prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our study. The last book of the New Testament Scriptures is full of truth that we need to understand. …” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 116 par. 2, 3, and 5

“Let us read and study the twelfth chapter of Daniel. It is a warning that we shall all need to understand before the time of the end.–15MR 228 (1903).” Last Day Events, p. 15 par. 4


“As a people and as individuals we need to have a deeper sense of our duty to God and our responsibility to the world. There should be more earnest study of the Scriptures. I have been deeply impressed with the importance of studying the book of Daniel in connection with the smaller prophets, especially Malachi. And we need to give careful attention also to the lessons taught in the building of the tabernacle and the temple, and in the temple service. Through the prophets God has given a delineation of what will come to pass in the last days of this earth’s history, and the Jewish economy is full of instruction for us.” The Review and Herald, November 10, 1896 par. 11

“The last books of the Old Testament show us workers taken from the laborers in the field. Others were men of high ability and extensive learning, but the Lord gave them visions and messages. These men of the Old Testament spoke of things transpiring in their day, and Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned them as present truth, but their sights reached down to the future, and to what should occur in these last days.–Letter 132, 1898.” Selected Messages, book 3, p. 419 par. 5

“This is a time when every soul needs to cling earnestly to God. Those whom the Lord is leading to do his last work in the earth are to stand as Micah and Zephaniah and Zechariah stood in their day, to call to repentance and good works. The writings of these prophets contain warnings and instruction applicable to this time, and should receive our careful study. They should teach us to shun every phase of evil that made such warnings essential to the people of the past. Let every soul arouse and make diligent examination of self, that everything that would separate the people of God from righteousness may be put away.” The Review and Herald, September 16, 1909 par. 4

“…The book of Ezekiel is deeply instructive.” The Review and Herald, February 25, 1896 par. 5

“Let God’s workmen study the sixth chapter of Isaiah, and the first and second chapters of Ezekiel.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 213 par. 2

“Study the ninth chapter of Ezekiel….” Manuscript Releases, vol. 18, p. 236 par. 2

“We are amid the perils of the last days, the time will soon come when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 will be fulfilled; that prophecy should be carefully studied, for it will be fulfilled to the very letter. Study also the tenth chapter which represents the hand of God as at work to bring perfect method and harmonious working into all the operations of his prepared instrumentalities. The eleventh and twelfth chapters also should receive critical, thoughtful attention. Let these prophecies be studied on your knees before God; unless you take up the stumbling-blocks which by your own perverse spirit you have laid in the way of many who have been connected with you, God will turn His face utterly from you and your associates.” The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1303 par. 1

“I ask our people to study the twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel.… (Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 17, p. 30).” S.D.A. Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 1162 par. 8

“Study faithfully the thirty-third chapter of Ezekiel…” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 416 par. 1

“Read and study the thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel. In it we are given most precious encouragement. ‘I will save my flock, and they shall be no more a prey,’ the Lord declares. ‘. . . And I will make with them a covenant of peace. . . .’” God’s Amazing Grace, p. 138 par. 3



“Through the teachings of the sacrificial service, Christ was to be uplifted before all nations, and all who would look to Him should live. Christ was the foundation of the Jewish economy. The whole system of types and symbols was a compacted prophecy of the gospel, a presentation in which were bound up the promises of redemption.” The Acts of the Apostles, p. 14 par. 1


“The burden of Christ’s preaching was, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.’ Thus the gospel message, as given by the Saviour Himself, was based on the prophecies…” The Desire of Ages, p. 233 par. 1

“The time of Christ’s coming, His anointing by the Holy Spirit, His death, and the giving of the gospel to the Gentiles, were definitely pointed out. It was the privilege of the Jewish people to understand these prophecies, and to recognize their fulfillment in the mission of Jesus. Christ urged upon His disciples the importance of prophetic study. Referring to the prophecy given to Daniel in regard to their time, He said, ‘Whoso readeth, let him understand.’ Matthew 24:15. After His resurrection He explained to the disciples in ‘all the prophets’ ‘the things concerning Himself.’ Luke 24:27. The Saviour had spoken through all the prophets. ‘The Spirit of Christ which was in them’ ‘testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.’ 1 Peter 1:11.

     “As the message of Christ’s first advent announced the kingdom of His grace, so the message of His second advent announces the kingdom of His glory. And the second message, like the first, is based on the prophecies. The words of the angel to Daniel relating to the last days were to be understood in the time of the end. At that time, ‘many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ ‘The wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:4, 10. The Saviour Himself has given signs of His coming, and He says, ‘When ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.’ ‘And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.’ ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.’ Luke 21:31, 34, 36.” The Desire of Ages, p. 244 par. 1, 4

“The disciples from Emmaus told over all the circumstances of their meeting with Jesus, and how he was known to them in the breaking of bread. They declared that though their hopes had been buried with Christ, they now believed that he would indeed reign on the throne of David. And while they were uttering these words of faith, Jesus himself stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’ Those hands that were uplifted in blessing, were the same hands that had been pierced upon the cross. He unfolded to their minds the prophecies concerning his life and death and resurrection. He took up the Old Testament and confirmed it by the facts that are now recorded in the New Testament. He proved to the disciples that he was indeed the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.

     “Christ did on this occasion just as he desires us to do now. We are to show that the specifications of prophecy have been fulfilled in the history of the world. In the light of the prophetic word the disciples did not have the least reason for unbelief, for all had come to pass according to the Scriptures. We should take the Old Testament to explain the New Testament, and the New Testament to reflect light into the Old. The typical service pointed forward to Christ, and in him type met antitype. The disciples were to carry on this very work, for they were to go forth to teach all nations that the Messiah had come.” The Signs of the Times, October 14, 1889 par. 6-7