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A New Reason Why SDA Pioneers Got Daniel Wrong and How We Did Too

September 28, 2015


SDA pioneers thought the Judgment in Daniel 7:8-14 was on the Day of Atonement in 1844. but the text twice mentions the “great words” of the little horn and in 1844, the papacy that grew out of the 4th beast, Rome, was NOT speaking “great words.” Napoleon had taken the pope prisoner and he died in exile. Mussolini didn’t give the Vatican land until 1929. Pioneers missed it and were told, “You must prophesy again,” Rev 10:11.

We MISSED IT AGAIN!. This fall, the pope had “great words” as he spoke to the US Congress and it was ON the Day of Atonement. But instead of “prophesy again” (Angel’s words after the “bitter belly” experience in Rev 10:11), instead of doing what pioneers did in 1844 and telling everyone a message that went around the world without phones, faxes, radio, TV or emails. Adventism said nothing of a time of judgment, even though some were.

We are MISUNDERSTANDING the judgment process. We see it as investigative, but judgments are going to fall. “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?” Testimonies for the Church, Vol 9, pg 20.

The implication is that judgment falls on transgressors but they can avoid it by not transgressing. We think that’s about “them, not us,” but the Angel said, “Prophesy again” and we did nothing to address the pope’s “great words.” Are we becoming Catholic like Ellen White’s dream suggested in Testimonies, Vol 1, pg 578?…

“I was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass at the door and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought I would look again. The scene was changed. The company now presented the appearance of a Catholic procession. One bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And as they approached, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times: “This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated. They have spoken against our holy order.” Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word to them for fear of being betrayed.”

By way of staying tuned, let me share the Invitation to be part of Christ’s Bride soon. It’s the left column at If you like it and wish to respond, there are topics of interest to consider this week for the Feast of Tabernacles that begins Wednesday and it’s supported by Ellen White who said it would be well for us to have a Feast of Tabernacles. If you like the Invitation, email a request with Feast in Subject line.

Thank You,
May God bless and guide you,
Richard Ruhling

2 Comments leave one →
  1. adventbiblestudy permalink
    November 11, 2015 8:44 pm

    I’d like to see how you made a scriptural relationship between the wedding and Passover. I’m proof reading a chapter showing links between Levitical laws of purifying with the Gospel stories of the woman Jesus healed. That also showed links between the religious leader in that story and those chapters in Leviticus. Working within 8 chapters may seem difficult but if you look at what they have in common, how they taught lessons with contrasts, then you can move on to looking at their differences. With the Pharisees involved in those stories, you can see how responsibilities given to priests in the Levitical laws was supposed to prepare them for the Messiah, and the associated close inspection.
    The Passover reintroduced the role of the priesthood at the family level. That began a long series of lessons all the way to the end of Deut. Preparing to look for the bridegroom is related on the fact, if we aren’t prepared to watch, we are spiritually sleeping. But how to show that connection in scripture?

    • thebridegroomcomes permalink
      November 12, 2015 3:04 am

      You wanted the connection between the wedding parables and Passover. The midnight cry in Matt 25:6 is first found at Passover in Egypt when God “executed judgment” and took Israel to a covenant (marriage) at Sinai, later saying, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14.
      Luke’s wedding parable has triple Passover imagery. “loins girded,” Luke 12:36 and at Passover in Exod 12:11.
      “Watch” means be awake, also from Passover in Exod 12:10. And Christ said He would gird Himself and serve us like He did at the Last Supper which was Passover. Hope this helps…. I believe you would find this helpful– Also, a free ebook with more on the wedding parables now through Saturday at Please get a copy and if you like it, give it 5-stars as most have and a few words to encourage others….

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