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  1. 1. 1 THAT NOW IT IS HIGH TIME TO AWAKE OUT OF SLEEP: FOR NOW IS OUR SALVATION NEARER THAT WHEN WE BELIEVED {ROMAN 13;11} ANSWER: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ GIVE THE REASON FOR YOUR ANSWER: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Satan's snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people.”--T., No. 31, p. 156.{HL-280} Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, … And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. {Mark :14-15} “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. {DA-233} QUESTION: The preaching of Jesus was based on what prophecy ? ________________________________________ The "time" which He declared to be fulfilled was the period made known by the angel Gabriel to Daniel. "Seventy weeks," said the angel, "are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vi- sion and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy." Daniel 9:24. {DA-233} “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusa- lem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. {Dan. 9:25} ANSWER______________________________________________________________________________________ GIVE THE REASON FOR YOUR ANSWER ______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. 2. 2 “The trials of the children of Israel, and their attitude just before the first coming of Christ, illustrate the posi- tion of the people of God in their experience before the second coming of Christ.-- R. and H., 1890, No. 7. {HL- 280} QUESTION: Who is Jesus and what does He represent? ANSWER: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Please read 1Peter 1:18-21 NOTE: Jesus is the lamb slain before the foundation of the world and therefore Jesus represents the whole plan of salvation. Jesus is the “Seed” of Genesis 3:15 and His crucifixion was actually a crucifixion of the “Truth” as re- vealed in “THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION.” QUESTION: What is that “truth” and what is the “plan of redemption ??? NOTE: This is a big question that must be fully understood. Please read 2 Tim. 3:15-16 “The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of the image of God. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, "They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads" (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfold- ing of this wondrous theme,--man's uplifting,--the power of God, "which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57. {Ed 125.2} He who grasps this thought has before him an infinite field for study. He has the key that will unlock to him the whole treasure house of God's word. {Ed 126.1} NOTE: Please see Sanctuary chart. “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God?” {Psalm 77:13} “I saw the necessity of the messengers, especially, watching and checking all fanaticism wherever they might see it rise. Satan is pressing in on every side, and unless we watch for him, and have our eyes open to his devices and snares, and have on the whole armor of God, the fiery darts of the wicked will hit us. There are many precious truths con- tained in the Word of God, but it is "present truth" that the flock needs now. I have seen the danger of the messengers running off from the important points of present truth, to dwell upon subjects that are not calculated to unite the flock and sanctify the soul. Satan will here take every possible advantage to injure the cause. {EW 63.1} But such subjects as the sanctuary, in connection with the 2300 days, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, are perfectly calculated to explain the past Advent movement and show what our present position is, establish the faith of the doubting, and give certainty to the glorious future. These, I have frequently seen, were the principal subjects on which the messengers should dwell.” {EW 63.2} NOTE: Please notice that there are seven {7} events connected to the “sanctuary service” QUESTION: What are these events?________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ What do the prophet say concerning these events? “The slaying of the Passover lamb was a shadow of the death of Christ. Says Paul: "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." 1 Corinthians 5:7. The sheaf of first fruits, which at the time of the Passover was waved before the Lord, was typi-
  3. 3. 3 cal of the resurrection of Christ. Paul says, in speaking of the resurrection of the Lord and of all His people: "Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." 1 Corinthians 15:23. Like the wave sheaf, which was the first ripe grain gathered before the harvest, Christ is the first fruits of that immortal harvest of redeemed ones that at the future resurrection shall be gathered into the garner of God. {GC 399.2} These types were fulfilled, not only as to the event, but as to the time. On the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month, the very day and month on which for fifteen long centuries the Passover lamb had been slain, Christ, having eaten the Passover with His disciples, instituted that feast which was to commemorate His own death as "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." That same night He was taken by wicked hands to be crucified and slain. And as the antitype of the wave sheaf our Lord was raised from the dead on the third day, "the first fruits of them that slept," a sample of all the resurrected just, whose "vile body" shall be changed, and "fashioned like unto His glorious body." Verse 20; Philippians 3:21. In like manner the types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service. {GC:399-400} “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. It ex- plains our disappointment in 1844, showing us that the sanctuary to be cleansed was not the earth, as we had supposed, but that Christ then entered into the most holy apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, and is there performing the closing work of His priestly office, in fulfillment of the words of the angel to the prophet Daniel, "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." {Ev 222.3} QUESTION: How does a knowledge of the subject of the sanctuary help us to understand prophecy? ANSWER: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. … And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. … And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. {Gen. 2:1-3} NOTE: “finish” from the Hebrew word “Kalah” which means “complete” or to bring to perfection. Thus the number “Seven” {7} in the Bible before sin and after sin represents a “complete, finished, and perfect work.” As we shall see the number “7” is a key that will help us to understand where we are in Bible prophecy and what we should be doing, therefore the number “7” would have to be tied directly to the study of the sanctuary. NOTE: Now read Leviticus 25:1-24 QUESTION: How many churches are there in the book of Revelation chapters 2:1 through 3:22 ANSWER: _____________________________ Name these churches and give a time for there prophetic existence. QUESTION: What church are we in today? ANSWER:_______________________________________________ QUESTION: How many seals are in the book of Revelation? ANSWER: ___________________________________________________________________________________
  4. 4. 4 Name these seals and give a time for their prophetic existence. QUESTION: What seal are we in today? ANSWER___________________________________________________ QUESTION: What happens under the seventh {7th} seal” ANSWER: ____________________________________ And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: … With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabi- tants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. … So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. {Rev. 17:1-3} QUESTION: How many heads are on the beast of Revelation the 17 chapter? ANSWER:_____________________ QUESTION: How many heads had fallen when Johns sees the beast in vision? ANSWER: _____________________ QUESTION: At what time in history is John seeing this beast in vision? ANSWER: __________________________ QUESTION: What head is on the scene when John sees the beast in vision? ANSWER:________________________ QUESTION: Who is the woman riding the beast? ANSWER:_____________________________________________ QUESTION: Gods church of Rev chapter 12 was in the “wilderness” from_________ to __________. HOW MANY TRUMPETS ARE IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION? ANSWER: ___________________________________ QUESTION: What “trumpet” number are we living in today and when did it start? Read Revelation chapter 9:13-21. “In the year 1840, another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman empire, and specifying not only the year but the very day on which this would take place. According to this exposition, which was purely a matter of calculation on the prophetic periods of Scripture, the Turkish government would surrender its independence on the eleventh day of August, 1840. The prediction was widely published, and thousands watched the course of events with eager interest. {GC88 334.4} At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the Advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rap-
  5. 5. 5 idly extended. {GC88 334.5} "In the year 1840 another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman Empire. According to his calculations, this power was to be overthrown "in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;" and only a few days previous to its accom- plishment he wrote: "Allowing the first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days, commenced at the close of the first period, it will end on the 11th of August, 1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. And this, I believe, will be found to be the case."--Josiah Litch, in Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, Aug. 1, 1840. {GC 1911 Edition} “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” {2 Peter 1:19} “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” {John 14:29} “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” {Isaiah 42:9} “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” { Amos 3:7} “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 con- sider 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 mar- shalling of the nations for the final conflict of the great controversy.” {8T-307} “One saying of the Saviour must not be made to destroy another. 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.” {GC-371} Question: When is it near? “ By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect her- self fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. “ {5T 451.1} QUESTION: What is the institution of the papacy?
  6. 6. 6 ANSWER: ___________________________________________________________________________________ T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18,1884. "I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic Church says: 'No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.' And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church." Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174. "Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? "Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her-she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority." “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world won- dered after the beast.” QUESTION: When will the deadly wound be healed? ANSWER:_________________________________________________________ Read Revelation chapter 13:11-18 “There are many, even of those engaged in this movement for Sunday enforcement, who are blinded to the results which will follow this action. They do not see that they are striking directly against religious liberty. There are many who have never understood the claims of the Bible Sabbath and the false foundation upon which the Sunday institution rests. Any movement in favor of religious legislation is really an act of concession to the papacy, which for so many ages has steadily warred against liberty of conscience. Sunday observance owes its existence as a so-called Christian institution to "the mystery of iniquity;" and its enforcement will be a virtual recognition of the principles which are the very cor- nerstone of Romanism. When our nation shall so abjure the principles of its government as to enact a Sunday law, Protestantism will in this act join hands with popery; it will be nothing else than giving life to the tyranny which has long been eagerly watching its opportunity to spring again into active despotism. ” {5T 711.-712} QUESTION: What is the test that will determine our eternal destiny? ANSWER: _____________________________________________________________________________________ “The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed before probation closes; for it is to be the great test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny will be decided. . . . [Revelation 13:11-17 quoted.] . . . {7BC 976.2} This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed. All who proved their loyalty to God by observing His law, and refusing to accept a spurious Sabbath, will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the seal of the living God. Those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and accept the Sunday sabbath, will receive the mark of the beast (Letter 11, 1890). {7BC-976}
  7. 7. 7 “The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. While the observance of the false sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God's law, is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast, the other choosing the token of allegiance to divine author- ity, receive the seal of God. “ {GC 605.2} QUESTION: What is the purpose that God prophetically brought the Seventh-day Adventist church and it institution into existence for? QUESTION: When did the investigative judgment start? ________ QUESTION: What class of people did it start with? ______________ QUESTION: When will the investigative judgment move to the cases of the living?_________________________________________ Please read Great Controversy Pages 479-491 QUESTION: When the “investigative judgment” moves to the living, what group of people will it start with? ANSWER: _____________________________________________________________________________________ “For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? “ {1Peter 4:17} QUESTION: What group of people represents the “house of God” today? ANSWER __________________________ QUESTION: What are the qualifications for receiving the “seal of God “and the “latter rain.” ANSWER:______________________________________________________________________________________ “Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.” {5T 214.2} Read John 10:16-27, John 18:33-38 and Revelation chapter 18;1-8 QUESTION: Who are the other sheep not of this fold? ANSWER_________________________________________ QUESTION: What is the purpose of the “latter Rain” ? ANSWER: _______________________________________ QUESTION: What is the purpose of the “Loud Cry”? ANSWER: ________________________________________ Please read “Early Writing” pages 269-273