The Time of the End (Lesson 1)
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.“Luke21:28
1. Why has the great controversy between Christ and Satan been allowed to go on for so long? Ephesians3:10, Philippians 2:10,11.
“For what was the great controversy permitted to continue throughout the ages? Why was it that Satan’s existence was not cut short at the out set of his rebellion? It was that the universe might be convinced of God’s justice in His dealing with evil; that sin might receive eternal condemnation." Education p.308
“Evil must be permitted to come to maturity. For the good of the entire universe through ceaseless ages Satan must more fully develop his principles, that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light by all created beings, that the justice and mercy of God and the immutability of His law might forever be placed beyond all question." GC p.499
“It was God’s purpose to place things on an eternal basis of security, and in the councils of heaven it was decided that time must be given for Satan to develop the principles which were the foundation of his system of government. He had claimed that these were superior to God’s principles. Time was given for the working of Satan’s principles, that they might be seen by the heavenly universe.“ DA p.759
2. What date marked the beginning of the ‘Time of the end’ foretold in Daniel 12:4&9? Revelation13:5, Daniel7:25
“But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‘to the time of the end.’ Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of the end, says the prophet, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4
The apostle Paul warned the church not to look for the coming of Christ in his day. ‘That day shall not come, ’he says, ‘except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Not till after the great apostasy, and the long period of the reign of the ‘man of sin,’ can we look for the advent of our Lord. The ‘man of sin,’ which is also styled ‘the mystery of iniquity,’ ‘the son of perdition,’ and ‘that wicked,’ represents the papacy, which, as foretold in prophecy, was to maintain its supremacy for 1260 years. This period ended in 1798.“ GC p.356 Note:The time of the end began in 1798 A.D.
3. What happened in 1798 A.D. that has given freedom to carry the gospel to all parts of the globe? Revelation13:3.
“Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. ”And, says the prophet, ‘I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.’ And again: ‘He that leadeth in to captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.’ The forty and two months are the same as the ‘time and times and the dividing of time, ’three years and a half, or 1260days, of Daniel 7 -- the time during which the papal power was to oppress God’s people. This period, as stated in preceding chapters, began with the supremacy of the papacy, A.D. 538, and terminated in 1798. At that time the pope was made captive by the French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, ‘He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.’“ GC p.439
4. When did the last of the time prophecies come to completion? Daniel 8:14, Revelation 10:5,6
“This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will not have another message upon definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844.“ 7 BC p.971 Note:This means all prophecies based on time, whether prophetic or literal. There is to be no second application of the prophecies. “Some will take the truth applicable to their time, and place it in the future. Events in the train of prophecy that had their fulfillment away in the past are made future, and thus by these theories the faith of some is undermined.
From the light that the Lord has been pleased to give me, you are in danger of doing the same work, presenting before others truths which have had their place and done their specific work for the time, in the history of the faith of the people of God. You recognize these facts in Bible history as true, but apply them to the future. They have their force still in their proper place, in the chain of events that have made us as a people what we are today, and as such, they are to be presented to those who are in the darkness of error.“ 2 SM p.102-103
5. What significant event began in 1844 indicating that Christ had begun His final work to prepare His people for His second coming to earth? Revelation 14:6,7, 1 Peter 4:17
“Attended by heavenly angels, our great High Priest enters the holy of holies and there appears in the presence of God to engage in the last acts of His ministration in behalf of man — to perform the work of investigative judgment and to make an atonement for all who are shown to be entitled to its benefits.“ GC p.480
“Instead of the prophecy of Daniel 8:14 referring to the purifying of the earth, it was now plain that it pointed to the closing work of our High Priest in heaven, the finishing of the atonement, and the preparing of the people to abide the day of His coming.“ 1 T p.58
“The passing of the time in 1844 was a period of great events, opening to our astonished eyes the cleansing of the sanctuary transpiring in heaven, and having decided relation to God’s people upon the earth.“ CWE p.30
“Jesus has left us word: ‘Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. ’We are waiting and watching for the return of the Master, who is to bring the morning, lest coming suddenly He find us sleeping. What time is here referred to? Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No; but to His return from His ministration in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, when He lays off His priestly attire and clothes Himself with garments of vengeance, and when the mandate goes forth: ‘He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.’“ 1 T p.190
(Article taken from https://mysteryfinished.wordpress.com by Floyed Sayler)