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A Fresh Look at “the Foundation and the Central Pillar of the Advent Faith…Daniel 8:14”

March 2, 2017

Summary: “The day of the LORD” brings destruction to Jerusalem[1] as the first sign Christ gave of His return.[2] A decree to rebuild Jerusalem will fit a double meaning of Daniel 8:14 as suggested by Palmoni, (Wonderful Numberer) in the original Hebrew of Daniel 8:13. 2300 years pointed to “the time of the dead that they should be judged.”[3] 2300 days will span the judgment of the living with life and death issues as Daniel encountered. The 2300-year understanding resulted in great disappointment typified by the bitter belly of John who was told to “prophesy again.” To be the “movement of destiny” endorsed in Revelation 10, we must give the same messages of judgment and Bridegroom’s coming, but with better understanding, because it’s not a rapture. God afflicted Egypt with judgment and took Israel to a covenant, later saying, “I am married to you.”[4] The context of the Judgment in Daniel 7:10 is the ‘great words’ of the horn,  not seen in 1844, but seen on the Day of Atonement at the United Nations in 2015. The destruction of Jerusalem at Passover should signal a ‘midnight cry’ of impending judgment for us and the world.

Pioneers saw Daniel 8:14 as the “central pillar” of advent faith. Central could mean something on both sides, and so it is with Daniel 8. For starters, Advent pioneers in 1844 overlooked the context of the judgment in Daniel 7:10 where “the judgment was set and the books were opened.” The next sentence implies judgment “because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake.”

The horn was understood by Protestant reformers as the papacy that grew out of the 4th beast, the Roman Empire, as it fell. But in 1844, the papacy didn’t have many great words. Napoleon imprisoned the pope and he died in exile. The Vatican land didn’t come until 1929. Not many great words in 1844.

But in 2015, the pope had “great words” when he came to US Congress and it was the Day of Atonement when he also had “great words” for the United Nations. With missing ingredients from 1844 satisfied, we should consider the Angel’s words to “prophesy again” after John’s bitter-belly experience that typified the pioneers.[5]

A second overlooked context from 1844 is the translation of the three Hebrew words “at the time of the end shall be the vision,” in Daniel 8:17. Pioneers believed the 2300 [years, 1844] was “the time of the end,” and maybe they used a Strong’s Concordance, but three other concordances, Englishman’s, BibleWorks and Young’s, all show the vision at the time of the end is not the mareh vision of 2300 days, but the chazown of the ram and goat conflict!

Daniel was sealed until the time of the end[6] and Gabriel’s statement in Daniel 8:17 defines the time of the end as the ram and goat conflict. This means that God gave a lesson in history with a militant ram having two horns, the Medes and Persians, that are now the geographical areas of Iraq and Iran.

Contextual clues fit the end-time application better than Alexander’s Battle of Arbela victory in 331 BC.

  1. Daniel was in the palace at Shushan, but in vision, he was by the River Ulai—700+ miles from Arbela—he couldn’t see Arbela from the Ulai River that reference librarians say is now the Karun River by Kuwait, where US troops deployed against Iraq.
  2. The “goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth.”[7] The US coalition included troops from S. America, Canada, Bosnia, Cyprus, Korea, Australia—the whole earth; not so with Alexander from Grecia.
  3. The goat “touched not the ground.”[8] Alexander didn’t have planes. The victory over Iraq was done in the air before ground troops finished it.
  4. Grecia might also include our focus on an intellectual education while ignoring the trades and manual labor. Our universities have fraternities and sororities named by Greek letters of the alphabet, etc.

All of the above support Ecclesiastes 3:15, NEB—“What is, has been already; what is to come has been already, and God summons each event back in its turn” and we should consider it’s for a wise purpose…

Our amazing God “declares the end from the beginning.”[9] In the book of beginnings, Abraham was tested of his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Muslims say the son that was spared was Ishmael. They celebrate this in their ram sacrifice, Al-Adha. So which is the true holy book?

What is about to happen, supported by President Trump’s ‘State of the Union’ Speech, should convince all Muslims with an open mind that there’s no God like ours, showing that a militant ram (caught by its horns in a Bush) will be sacrificed to spare Isaac’s son, Israel, even as militant Islam wants to wipe out Israel.

This is not a categorical condemnation of Muslims who, in many respects, live well without alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or Hollywood’s crime, sex, violence and perversions that came from the US. They hate us as the “Great Satan” for what they think is Christian western culture. But an Adventist lifestyle would be a natural choice for Muslims who don’t eat pork and who want to honor the Creator who rested on the 7th day.

We said the “central pillar” of Daniel 8:14 implies something on both sides. We looked back at Daniel 7. We’ve seen how Daniel 8 has a deeper meaning that fits our time. We now need to see its relationship to Daniel 9.

Adventists have understood that the 70 weeks of Daniel 9:24 are “cut off” of the previous 2300 days/years by the Hebrew word chathak. Historically, the 69 weeks of Daniel 9:25 pointed to Messiah, anointing as when Christ was baptized and anointed by the Holy Spirit.[10] And those 70 weeks of years began with a decree to restore and build Jerusalem.

F.C. Gilbert, a converted Jew who knew Hebrew offers an explanation that fits a double application for Daniel 8 (and 9). The margin of the KJV in Daniel 8:13 shows the saint who said, “Unto 2300 days…” is Palmoni—Wonderful Numberer.[11] To be full of wonder, we should consider a double meaning–2300 years from the decree to “restore and to build Jerusalem” to 1844 for “the time of the dead that they should be judged”[12] but also 2300 days for a time to judge the living (who face life and death issues as Daniel did), also reckoned from a decree to rebuild Jerusalem after an impending calamity…”prophesy again!”

Behold, the day of the Lord comes…For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity…Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations.”[13] This is not about 70 AD.

  1. The day of the Lord” was signaled in 2015. “The sun shall be darkened…” A rare solar eclipse on the spring equinox, March 20 as the biblical year began had the same timing as Exodus 12:2…
  2. Then “the moon turned to blood.” The blood moon two weeks later on Passover was a memorial of when Israel put blood on their doorpost, These signs in the heavens are “before the day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31. The word for “before” is paniym, It means “facing,” and the events of 2015 are facing end-times.
  3. The day of the Lord comes as a thief…When they say ‘Peace and safety,’ sudden destruction comes…” 1Thess 5:2,3. Seven nations (like Revelation’s sevens?) signed the Iran Nuclear Treaty and Iran has already violated it by testing a rocket, etc.
  4. The day of the Lord” comes without “slack” when 1000 years are as a day,[14] but how would we know when that is? Peter said not to ignore it! This article could be subtitled…

How Papal Visits Signal End-Times to Begin in 2017 popeun

Leviticus 25 describes jubilee as coming every 49 years because the 50th year was the 1st year of the next sabbatical cycle—the years were formatted in sevens like our weeks of days.

A man could not permanently impoverish his family by selling his land. It came back to family ownership at the jubilee, every 49 years.[15] Jubilee was involved in the time prophecy in Daniel 9:24,25. 490 years (10 jubilees) pointed to the Messiah. It began with a decree by Artaxerxes, a Persian king, who gave liberty to Israelites to return to their land in the spring of 456 BC. It was a jubilee event and the 70 weeks of years came to 34-35 AD.

The Jews missed the prophecy of the Messiah (anointing) in the 69th week of years. They felt threatened by a young prophet. If He were coming as a king to give them victory over the Romans, it would have been great, but victory over sin and selfishness wasn’t what they were looking for. They missed the prophetic role echoed first by Abraham that “God will provide Himself a lamb.” Genesis 22:8.

Isaiah 53 also showed this role as a suffering servant and a video by Dr. Hasel shows that Christ fulfilled 300 prophecies

Continuing the jubilee concept, 40 more jubilees, (40 x49 = 1960) from 35 AD bring us to 1995, the 50th jubilee—the Jubilee of Jubilees when Pope John Paul spoke to the UN on the Day of Atonement—the same day that Jubilee was to be proclaimed in Leviticus 25. Huge coincidence?

And another huge coincidence 20 years later when Pope Francis also went to the UN on the Day of Atonement in 2015. WHY a 20-year gap?

Peter tells us not to ignore when “1000 years are as a day.” In that context, “God is not slack…the day of the Lord will come.”[16]

If we integrate the jubilees into the 1000 years, 490 years is 10 jubilees + 490 more = 980. There are 20 years left over–signaled by the pope’s visits at the end!

But that was in 2015, as were the other “day of the Lord” signs. Why 2017? If we divide 1000 by 7, there’s a remainder of 6. 2015 when the pope came was the 6th year in the sabbatical cycle. 2016 was the 7th (sabbatical year). 2017 is the 1st year of a week of years enabling the end-time tribulation period to begin as a unit so that when Christ ceases His mediation in the 7th year, it will coincide with the sabbatical cycles, established in Daniel 9.

The conquest of Jericho supports this. Israel went around the city six times in six days and blew a trumpet each time, but on the 7th day, they went around 7 times. The six days for the six trumpets of Revelation 8 and 9, and the 7th day with 7 trips are like 7 last plagues when the temple is filled with smoke and there’s no mediation.[17] 2017 is a window for end-times to begin. “God is not slack” in the context of 1000 years.

Additional reasons for a 7-year ending include:

#1. 7 years for Joseph’s famine. Pharaoh’s dream “doubled” (cows and corn) fits history and again for the end-times.

#2. Babylon was humbled for 7 years in Daniel 4. Weeks before Trump was elected, a seminar showed Trump as a proud man like Nebuchadnezzar who may be humbled like the great tree was cut down in Daniel 4.

#3. Jericho’s fall was like Babylon in end-times, 7 days/years.

#4. God’s people are scattered, but with power for 3 1/2 years followed by 1290 days of false worship under New World Order.[18]

  • Speaking of our time, Christ said to flee “when you see the abomination…standing where it ought not.”[19] Lying mankind with mankind is an abomination[20] and with Supreme Court approval, it was “standing where it ought not.
  • Early believers understood Christ’s reference to the abomination as military and when the Roman army came to Jerusalem, they fled and were spared the siege by Titus in 70 AD. But US military also stood “where it ought not” with JADE HELM covering the southwest, July 15-Sept 15, 2015. Some said it was a drill in anticipation of martial law when constitutional rights could end.
  • Early Christians saw the idolatrous standard of the Roman army that included emblems of their sun god planted outside Jerusalem as a sign to flee. We saw the pope “standing where [he] ought not” with an appeal that included Sunday as part of the “great words” to the US Congress in the pope’s Laudato Si’, 237, online pdf (Google).

All of this to say that “the day of the Lord”—the biblical end-times—may take a different shape than what a Southern Adventist University professor said 30 years ago—that “Sunday” is the next prophetic event!

God said He “will bring the blind by a way they knew not.”[21] Since a former General Conference president said we are the Laodicean church, we should consider a “blind” problem and be open to truth, represented by Christ at the door.

Christ died as the embodiment of present truth. “In every age there is a new development of truth, a message of God to the people of that generation. The old truths are all essential; new truth is not independent of the old, but an unfolding of it…He who rejects or neglects the new does not really possess the old.”[22]

When pioneers saw the Day of Atonement as a time of judgment, they dropped what they were doing and gave a ‘midnight cry’ that went to the farthest mission station in two months. If Passover (mid-April) brings calamity on Jerusalem, this article is Part I and we “must prophesy again–the Bridegroom comes!” with a better understanding than we now have. The wedding parables imply we don’t understand them.

We are asleep with lights out in Matthew 25; the King’s invitation is scorned in Matthew 22. The 144,000 who are privileged to follow Christ wherever He goes, are “virgins.” They must be the wise virgins that get into the wedding. We can do so if we “prophesy again” with a better understanding and we must if we see judgment beginning in Jerusalem at Passover, like with Titus in 70 AD.

To the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” and not “beaten with many stripes”[23] may God bless our understanding of the messages He endorsed for our time.

[1] Zechariah 14:1,2

[2] Matthew 24:3

[3] Revelation 11:18

[4] Jeremiah 3:14

[5] Revelation 10:10,11 KJV unless specified

[6] Daniel 12:4

[7] Daniel 8:5

[8] Ibid.

[9] Isaiah 46:10

[10] John 1:31,32

[11] Practical Lessons for the Church of Today, FC Gilbert, Review, 1902 p 606-608.

[12] Revelation 11:18

[13] Zechariah 14:1-3

[14] 2Peter 3:8-10

[15] Leviticus 25:9,10

[16] 2Peter 3:8-10

[17] Revelation 15:7,8

[18] Daniel 12:7,11; Revelation 11:3-7; 13:5

[19] Mark 13:14

[20] Leviticus 18:22

[21] Isaiah 42:16

[22] Christ’s Object Lessons, 127

[23] Luke 12:44-48

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