Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lesson 15 - Revelation Unseals Daniel's Prophecy

"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. " Daniel 8:14.

1. To what time did the 2300-day prophecy point?
Daniel 8:17. ___________________________________

"Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the
time appointed the end shall be." Daniel 8:19.

2. How long was the book of Daniel to be closed up?
Daniel 12:9 ___________________________________

3. Revelation pictures a mighty angel with what in his hand?
Revelation 10:1,2 ________________________________

Revelation 10 makes unmistakable reference to the book of Daniel:

Daniel 12:5-7. "Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half : and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished."

Revelation 10:5-7. "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that livith for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein , that there should be time no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."

4. The mystery would soon be finished as God had declared to whom?
Revelation 10:7 _____________________________________

5. Where were the angel's feet?
Revelation 10:2 _____________________________________

"And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called the Seas."
Genesis 1:10

6. In Bible prophecy, what do waters symbolize?
Revelation 17:15 ___________________________________

"Upon the sea and upon the earth." Revelation 10:5. The book of Daniel was to be opened in an area occupied by many nations, and also in a sparsely-populated land.
In 1800 Daniel was a closed book. In 1812 the study of prophecy began in England. It soon took hold throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Soon more than a hundred writers from a wide variety of denominations were interpreting Bible prophecy. Loosed by the hand of the prophetic clock, scores of men, representing over a dozen nations on four different continents, independently and simultaneously began predicting the fulfillment of the 2300-day prophecy.

In the united States, the most noted expositor of Daniel 8:14 was a Baptist, William Miller. He and 43 ministers of 13 denominations unleashed perhaps the greatest prophetic awakening in American history. By a through study of the 2300-day prophecy, they discovered that the 2300-days would expire on October 22, 1844.

7. When the book of Daniel was still in their mouths, what would it be like?
Revelation 10:8-10 _____________________________________

"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart." Jeremiah 15:16

"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalm 119:103.

8. But after it was swallowed, what would happen?
Revelation 10:9-10 _____________________________________

It was commonly believed that the ear was the sanctuary to be cleansed, and that Jesus would come at the end of the 2300-day period. No message could have been sweeter. Many gladly gave up their jobs and spent their life's savings to spread the wonderful news. But when the date passed by and Jesus did not return, they experienced the most bitter disappointment of their lives.

9. Those who had experienced the bitter disappointment were told they must do what again?
Revelation 1o:11 __________________________________

10. What was to be measured?
Revelation 11:1 _____________________________________

11. Where was the temple of God opened?
Revelation 11:19 ___________________________________

12. What does the apostle call the temple of God in heaven?
Hebrews 8:2 _____________________________________

13. The earthly tabernacle, being true to its pattern, served as an example and shadow of what?
Hebrews 8:5 _______________________________________

14. How is the heavenly tabernacle rated, compared to the earthly?
Hebrews 9:11 _______________________________________

15. Who is the High Priest of the heavenly sanctuary?
Hebrews 9:11 ______________________________________

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Hebrews 3:1.

16. What two apartments of the earthly tabernacle did the veil divide?
Exodus 26:33 _________________________________________

17. What is another name for the most holy place?
Hebrews 9:3 ______________________________________

18. How often did the earthly high priest go into that apartment?
Hebrews 9:7 _______________________________________

19. What was the purpose of the blood which he took in with him?
Hebrews 9:7 ________________________________________

The earthly Day of Atonement which occurred "once every year" is described in Leviticus 16. It symbolized the word Jesus would begin in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary in 1844.

20. What were all the people to do on that day?
Leviticus 16:29 __________________________________________

To the Jews the Day of Atonement was a solemn day of judgment. The Jewish encyclopedia describes it as follows: "God, seated on His throne to judge the the Book of Records; it is read, every man's signature being found therein. The great trumpet is sounded; a still, small voice is heard; the angels shudder, saying, this is the day of judgment... On the Day of Atonement it is sealed who shall live and who are to die."

21. What would this atonement do for the people?
Leviticus 16:30 ___________________________________

22. What would this make for the holy sanctuary and for the tabernacle?
Leviticus 16:33 ___________________________________

23. Why did the sanctuary need an atonement?
Leviticus 16:16 ______________________________________

24. It was necessary also that the patterns and heavenly things themselves should be what?
Hebrews 9:23 _______________________________________

25. In one word, what was to be done to the sanctuary at the end of the "2300 days?"
Daniel 8:14 ________________________________________

For further study on this subject see information Booklet "D" entitled, The Gospel in the Old Testament. See pages above.

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that the Old Testament sanctuary services illustrated Christ's work in the plan of salvation.
  • I understand, that, just as the Old Testament Passover service illustrated Christ's sacrifice on the cross, so the old "Day of Atonement" illustrated the great atonement our High Priest is now making for us in the heavenly sanctuary.

Next Lesson: The Cleansing of the Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Follow On to Know the Lord

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. Hosea 6:3

We may think we understand something about the truth and the Bible, but the revelation of truth is much beyond anything that our finite vision can comprehend. Christ leads us. When we are caught up to meet Him , and enter through the pearly gates into the city of God, He leads us by the living waters, and all the time He is educating and talking with us about things that He would have opened to our understanding upon the earth if we could have borne it. But we do not walk fast enough. We take too many back steps. We do not advance heavenward; therefore the light that would have come in glorious rays, could not come to us because we were not prepared for it. We take a step back into the world, to the gratifications of earth, and then we take a step toward heaven, and then we take a step back, and then we take a step toward heaven.

If you follow on to know the Lord, you shall know that His going forth are prepared as the morning. You know the morning light first breaks upon us in a very dim light, and then increases and increases in brightness until the king of the day marches in the heavens in all his glory, in all his beauty...Now if God's glory were to shine first upon us as He wants to let it shine, we could not endure it...That is just why Christ came to humanity. We could not have borne Him if He had come in all His glory...

Now if we will follow on, and if we will not backslide a step or two every now and then, and have to gather up our forces and go on... it is better to gather up our forces than to remain in a backslidden condition and keep on backsliding, but I wish that we did not lose so much time and so much strength... we may know more of God and more of heaven, and become better acquainted with the precious truth and the rich blessings that God has for us if we will only comprehend them. He has prepared wonderful things for us. OHC

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lesson 14 - The World's Greatest Time Pophecy

You are about to study the longest and most significant time prophecy in the Bible. Given more than 500 years before the death of Christ, it accurately pinpoints the time of His sacrifice. And at the only place in the Old Testament that speaks of a coming "Messiah" by that term, it makes the top of all Messianic prophecies. Yet this Prophecy, found in the eighth and ninth chapters of the book of Daniel, movies beyond the earthly ministry of Christ to provide a panorama of His present work for us in the courts of heaven.
We will cover the prophecy in three lessons. In the first we will concentrate on establishing the time elements involved. The next two lessons will take us into the throne room of God,opening to our understanding the special work of Jesus for us in these last days.
You will remember from lesson 2 that the prophecy of Daniel 8 begins with a man and a goat. After discussing the goat's horns, the vision then turns to the activities of the little horn, which magnifies itself to defy heaven, casting truth to the ground and trampling upon the sanctuary and the host.

1. How long would the sanctuary and the host be trodden upon?
Daniel 8:13, 14 ______________________________________

2. Who was commissioned to make Daniel understand the vision?
Daniel 8:16 ________________________________________
The angel began to explain the vision. He told Daniel that the ram represented Medo-Persia; the goat and its horns represented Greece. He enlarged a little on the activities of the little horn, but said nothing more about the time factor involved.

3. When Gabriel stopped short of a full explanation, what happened to David?
Daniel 8:27 ______________________________________
"Afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it." Daniel 8:27

4. When Gabriel finally returned to explain the time portion of the vision, how much of the 2300 days did he say was designated for the Jewish people?
Daniel 9:21 - 24 __________________________________

Seventy weeks is 490 days, Subtract that from the total 2,300 days, and 1,810 days of the prophecy are left.

5. In Bible prophecy, God has appointed a short unit of time to represent a longer time period. What scale does He use?
Ezekiel 4:6 ____________________________________

"Each day for a year." Numbers 14:34
Applying this rule, 2,300 prophetic days is actually 2,300 literal years, the first 490 of which pertained to the Jews.

6. The time period would begin when what command went forth?
Daniel 9:25 _____________________________________

7. In fulfilling God's command, what three kings of Persia would need to make decrees regarding the rebuilding of Jerusalem?
Ezra 6:14 ______________________________________

The final decree, that of Artaxerxes, is recorded in Ezra 7, and went into effect in the autumn of 457 B.C.

8. Who would appear after seven weeks and sixty-two weeks?
Daniel 9:25 _____________________________________

Sixty-nine weeks is 483 prophetic days. From the autumn of 457 B.C., 483 years takes us to the autumn of A.D. 27. According to the prophecy, that is when the Messiah would appear."Messiah" is the Hebrew word for "Anointed one". The Bible tells us that "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power." Acts 10:38.
That anointing took place at His baptism (John 1:32). Jesus was baptized in the autumn of A.D. 27, the precise time foretold in Daniel's prophecy.

9. After Jesus was baptized, what did Andrew tell his brother Simon?
John 1:41 _____________________________________

10. As Jesus began His public ministry, what did He say that reveals His awareness of His prophetic dateline?
Mark 1:15 _____________________________________

11. Indicating that Jesus came right on schedule, when did Paul say the Saviour appeared?
Galatians 4:4 ______________________________________

12. What would Jesus cause to cease in the midst of the seventieth week?
Daniel 9:27 ______________________________________

That "week" would be the last seven years of the "70-week" portion of the prophecy. It extended from the autumn of A.D. 27 to the autumn of A.D. 34.
In the spring of A.D. 31, exactly half way through that seven-year period, Jesus brought to an end the whole system of sacrifices and oblations by offering Himself as the Lamb of God, to whom the whole sacrificial system had pointed.

13. What happened in the temple in Jerusalem when Jesus died which signified that its ritual services would never again have any meaning?
Matthew 27:51 _________________________________

14. Seventy weeks were determined upon the Jewish people to do what?
Daniel 9:24 to finish the __________________________
to make an end of ______________________
to make reconciliation for _________________
to bring in ___________________________
to seal up ____________________________
and to ______________________________
The "seventy-week" portion of the 2,300 years ended in A.D. 34. In that year Israel's probationary time ceased, and they sealed their rejection of Christ by stoning Stephen. With the Jews no longer God's chosen people, the gospel began to be proclaimed to the Gentiles, and the Christian church inherited all the privileges promised to the descendants of Abraham (Daniel 9:26, 27; Mark 13:14).

(A prophetic chart will be offered at the end of all the studies)

15. The vision of the 2300 days pointed to what period of earth's history?
Daniel 8:17 ________________________________

From the autumn of A.D. 34, 1,810 years of the prophecy remained. Add 1,810 to 34 and it brings us to the autumn of the year 1844, which the prophecy refers to as "the time of the end".

16. What does the Bible say would happen at the end of the "2,300-day" period?
Daniel 8:14 _______________________________

17. What instructions did the angel give which show that the vision was not given for Daniel's day?
Daniel 8:26 ______________________________

18. When would knowledge of the prophecies of Daniel finally be increased?
Daniel 12:4 __________________________________

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that the 70-week portion of the 2300-day prophecy was accurately fulfilled in the earthly ministry and sacrifice of Jesus.
  • I understand that the 1,810 remaining years of the prophecy point to an important cleansing work which was to take place near the end of time.

Next Lesson: Revelation Unseals Daniel's Prophecy

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Come Unto Me

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

Many who hear this invitation, while sighing for rest, yet press on the rugged path, hugging their burdens close to their heart. Jesus loves them, and longs to bear their burdens and themselves also in His strong arms. He would remove the fears and uncertainties that rob them of peace and rest; but they must first come to Him, and tell Him the secret wores of their heart..

Sometimes we pour our troubles into human ears, and tell our affictions to those who cannot help us, and neglect to confide all to Jesus, who is able to change the sorrowful way to paths of joy and peace...

He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with me, and I will fill thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of Heaven, proposes to elevate to companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their weaknesses, and their cares..

His invitation to us is a call to a pure, holy, and happy life - a life of peace and rest, of liberty and love- and to a rich inheritance in the future, immortal life... It is our privilege to have daily a calm, close, happy walk with Jesus.

Rest is found when all self-justification, all reasoning from a selfish standpoint, is put away. Entire self-surrender and acceptance of His ways, is the secret of perfect rest in His love... Do just what He told you to do, and be assured that God will do all that He has said He would do... Have you come to Him, renouncing all your makeshifts, all your unbelief, all your self-righteousness? Come just as you are, weak, helpless, and ready to die. OHC

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lesson 13 - The Mystery of Godliness

1. Jesus referred to Himself as whom?
John 3:18 ________________________________________

2. How did the apostle John in his gospel introduce Jesus?
John 1:1 _________________________________________

3. What dwells in Jesus?
Colossians 2:9 _____________________________________

4. What is Jesus to His Father?
Hebrews 1:3 ______________________________________

5. How long has Jesus been around?
Micah 5:2 ________________________________________

6. What names are given to Jesus?
Isaiah 9:6 ________________________________________

7.What did Thomas call Jesus?
John 20:28 _______________________________________

8. What is the meaning of the name Emmanuel?
Matthew 1:23 ____________________________________

9. What is, without controversy, the great mystery of godliness?
1 Timothy 3:16 _____________________________________

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as
of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14.

10. Jesus took upon Himself what nature?
Hebrews 2:14 _____________________________________

"God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." "Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren."
Romans 8:3, Hebrews 2:17.

11. He took the human nature of whose seed?
Hebrews 2:16 ______________________________________

"Made of the seed of David according to the flesh." Romans 1:3

12. Did Jesus have to face the infirmities and fierce temptations which come to us?
Hebrews 4:15 _____________________________________

"Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he
himself also is compassed with infirmity." Hebrews 5:2

"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Hebrews 2:18.

"And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." John 2:25

13. What was one of the things He had to endure?
Hebrews 12:3 ______________________________________________

14. How did He handle personal abuse?
1 Peter 2:23 _______________________________________________

15. In His personal life, how much room did Jesus leave for Satan?
John 14:30.

16. What thought did Jesus say will cheer us in the midst of tribulations?
John 16:33.

17. At the culmination of a life of victory, what did Jesus do?
1 Peter 2:24 ______________________________________

"Christ died for our sins." 1 Corinthians 15:3.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Philippians 2:5-8.

18. What did He say on the cross which reveals an even greater anguish He had to endure?
Matthew 27:46. __________________________________________

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21.

19. Christ did all this for us who are what type of people?
Romans 5:7,8 _________________________________________

20. What was the whole purpose of His life on earth?
Matthew 20:28 ________________________________________

For an inspiring prophecy of Christ's mission, read Isaiah 53.

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that Jesus went through all that I experience and much more, yet without sin, so that I might be freed from sin.
  • I desire for my life to be compelled by love of Christ who went through so much for me.

Next Lesson: The World's Greatest Time Prophecy