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  •   AIM : To show a range of signs and events that collectively indicate that the coming of Jesus is near. Outline: Take your student to Matthew 24:3 and read the questions that the disciples asked Jesus concerning His Second Coming. “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” Explain that Matt 24 is designed to answer this question. Step through each of the signs listed giving evidence of how each of these signs are being or have been fulfilled in our current day. NOTES: 1. Signs in the Religious World There are many claims being made both in the Christian and non-Christian world about the appearing of Jesus Christ. Cult figures like Jim Jones and David Koresh claimed to be Messiah types that would save their followers. Many Christian churches have signs, wonders and miracles occurring in the churches claiming to be from God. Eastern religions have their gurus and teachers claiming to know the way to God or to be God in human flesh leading the way to life. The rise of the New Age movement also claims to know the way to peace, happiness and eternal life. Deception abounds everywhere in the religious world.   2. Signs in the Political World The world is in constant conflict. Nations are constantly fighting one another. The conflict in the Balkans, Rwanda, Ireland, Afghanistan and Indonesia are just a few of the recent conflicts that indicate that peace is nowhere in sight.   3. Signs in the Physical World Figures are constantly changing, but earthquakes have increased dramatically in the last 30 years. A child dies every few minutes of starvation, drought and famine grip many countries. Tornados and floods are increasing and destroying lives and property on an incredible scale.   4. Signs in the Economic World Many countries now have huge debts that they can’t repay. Stock market instability and fluctuating dollar values have everyone nervous. Many are predicting a total collapse of our current system. The rise of mega mergers of banks and institutions are driving the world to a global economy and making it impossible for small businesses to compete.   5. Signs in the Social World The evidence of moral decay is everywhere. Constant school shootings, violent movies and video games. Pornography and homosexuality are flaunted everywhere. Crime rates are soaring and many are calling and pleading for reformation.  “ The twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew is presented to me again and again as something that is to be brought to the attention of all. We are today living in the time when the predictions of this chapter are fulfilling. Let our ministers and teachers explain these prophecies to those whom they instruct. Let them leave out of their discourses matters of minor consequence, and present the truths that will decide the destiny of souls.” Gospel Workers , page 148.2.   FURTHER STUDY:   Desire of Ages , Chapter 69 – “ On the Mount of Olives ”. Great Controversy , Chapters 36 , 37 and 38 . Truth For These Times Study No. 5.    

    1. 2. PROPHECY: TIME, ORDER, AND SEQUENCE. <ul><li>TIME </li></ul><ul><li>MESSAGE </li></ul><ul><li>JUDGMENT </li></ul><ul><li>PRESENT TRUTH </li></ul>
    3. 4. HISTORICAL SEQUENCE OF TIME <ul><li>Woman & Dragon: REVELATION 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Church prior to Jesus’ birth--REVELATION 12:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Events: Roman Empire domination: </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 12:2-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ triumph at Calvary: REVELATION12:10-12 & JOHN 12:30-33 </li></ul><ul><li>Persecution of God’s church: 538-1798 A.D. </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 12:6, 13-15 </li></ul><ul><li>The United States of America helps God’s church find refuge: REVELATION 12:16 </li></ul><ul><li>God’s end-time last day church: </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 12:17 </li></ul>
    4. 5. TWO IDENTIFYING MARKS: GOD’S END-TIME CHURCH <ul><li>REVELATION 12:17 </li></ul><ul><li>And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed , which keep the commandments of God , and have the testimony of Jesus Christ . </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 14:12 </li></ul><ul><li>Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus . </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 22:14 </li></ul><ul><li>Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life , and may enter in through the gates into the city. </li></ul>
    5. 6. WHAT IS THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS? <ul><li>REVELATION 19:10 </li></ul><ul><li>And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy . </li></ul><ul><li>1 CORINTHIANS 1:6, 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift ; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:... </li></ul>
    6. 7. TESTIMONY OF JESUS: SPIRIT OF PROPHECY? <ul><li>1 PETER 1:10, 11 [Prophets: Witness of Jesus] </li></ul><ul><li>Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit of Prophecy: [1 CORINTHIANS 12:4, 10, 11] </li></ul><ul><li>Now there are diversities of gifts , but the same Spirit . ...But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. </li></ul>
    7. 8. TIME, ORDER, AND SEQUENCE OF PROPHECY . <ul><li>THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST </li></ul><ul><li>First: God </li></ul><ul><li>Second: Time period </li></ul><ul><li>Third: Message given does not apply to the prophet’s day/age/time </li></ul><ul><li>Fourth: God raises up another prophet with the message given to the original prophet </li></ul><ul><li>The original message of the second prophet now becomes present truth for his day/time/age </li></ul>
    8. 9. EXAMPLES: ENOCH & NOAH <ul><li>JUDE 14, 15 [First Bible Prophet] </li></ul><ul><li>And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all , and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. </li></ul><ul><li>Judgment: Pre-flood GENESIS 6:5, 11-13 </li></ul><ul><li>Destruction: Wicked </li></ul>
    9. 10. MESSAGE & TIME PROPHECY <ul><li>Enoch’s message: Time prophecy </li></ul><ul><li>Enoch’s son: Methuselah in GENESIS 5:22, 27 </li></ul><ul><li>Methuselah: Compound words: Muwth [Dies] & Shalach [Send] </li></ul><ul><li>Methuselah means: “When he dies, it will be sent.” </li></ul><ul><li>The flood: Died </li></ul><ul><li>Ten days…Methuselah died </li></ul>
    10. 11. HOW DO WE KNOW THIS? <ul><li>Adam: Seth </li></ul><ul><li>Seth: Enos </li></ul><ul><li>Enos: Cainan </li></ul><ul><li>Cainan: Mahalaleel </li></ul><ul><li>Mahalaleel: Jared </li></ul><ul><li>Jared: Enoch </li></ul><ul><li>Enoch: Methuselah </li></ul><ul><li>Methuselah: Lamech </li></ul><ul><li>Lamech: Noah </li></ul><ul><li>Noah: 600 years before the flood </li></ul><ul><li>130 </li></ul><ul><li>105 </li></ul><ul><li>90 </li></ul><ul><li>70 </li></ul><ul><li>65 </li></ul><ul><li>162 </li></ul><ul><li>65 </li></ul><ul><li>187 </li></ul><ul><li>182 </li></ul><ul><li>600 </li></ul><ul><li>1656 years </li></ul>
    11. 12. WHERE DOES METHUSELAH FIT INTO ALL OF THIS? <ul><li>1656 years: Creation & flood </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 5:27 </li></ul><ul><li>And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died . </li></ul><ul><li>Add: Methuselah’s birth of Lamech 187 </li></ul><ul><li>Lamech’s birth of Noah 182 </li></ul><ul><li>Noah’s longevity before the flood 600 </li></ul><ul><li>969 years </li></ul><ul><li>Enoch son, “Methuselah,” is a time prophecy in person. His name predicted the year of the flood. </li></ul>
    12. 13. AT THE END OF TIME PROPHECY: ANOTHER PROPHET <ul><li>Noah: Enoch’s judgment message became present truth for his generation </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 6:8, 9 </li></ul><ul><li>But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These [are] the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations, [and] Noah walked with God. </li></ul><ul><li>HEBREWS 11:7 </li></ul><ul><li>By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. </li></ul>
    13. 14. <ul><li>2 PETER 2:5 </li></ul><ul><li>And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;... </li></ul>
    14. 15. A REMNANT WAS SAVED... <ul><li>1 PETER 3:20 </li></ul><ul><li>Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. </li></ul><ul><li>Time/Message/Judgment/Present truth </li></ul><ul><li>Thereafter, God raised up the Prophet: Abraham </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 20:7 </li></ul><ul><li> Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore [her] not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that [are] thine. </li></ul>
    15. 16. ISRAEL’S PREDICTION: 400 YEARS <ul><li>Abraham’s Prophecy of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 15:13-16 </li></ul><ul><li>And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age . But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: Was this time prophecy for Abraham’s day? </li></ul>
    16. 17. WHO WOULD DELIVER THE ISRAELITES FROM OUT OF EGYPT? <ul><li>HOSEA 12:13 </li></ul><ul><li>And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham’s Prophecy: Present truth in Moses’ time </li></ul><ul><li>EXODUS 12:40, 41 </li></ul><ul><li>Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, [was] four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. </li></ul>
    17. 18. AFTER MOSES, YET ANOTHER PROPHET WOULD BE RAISED UP… <ul><li>JEREMIAH 1:5 </li></ul><ul><li>Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>JEREMIAH 25:11, 12 </li></ul><ul><li>And this whole land shall be a desolation, [and] an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, [that] I will punish the king of Babylon,…saith the LORD… </li></ul>
    18. 19. GOD JUDGES BABYLON FOR ITS INIQUITY <ul><li>Babylon’s Judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Israel’s deliverance </li></ul><ul><li>JEREMIAH’S MESSAGE [Not Present Truth] </li></ul><ul><li>He died: [Israel was taken captive into Babylon] </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of 70 years of captivity, another prophet was raised up... </li></ul><ul><li>MATTHEW 24:15 </li></ul><ul><li>When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) </li></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li>DANIEL 9:1, 2 </li></ul><ul><li>In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. </li></ul>
    20. 21. JEREMIAH’S PROPHECY: PRESENT TRUTH FOR DANIEL’S DAY <ul><li>2 CHRONICLES 36:22, 23 </li></ul><ul><li>Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD [spoken] by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and [put it] also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah. Who [is there] among you of all his people? </li></ul>
    21. 22. DANIEL’S 70 WEEKS PROPHECY <ul><li>DANIEL 9:24-27 </li></ul><ul><li>Time: Given to the Jewish nation </li></ul><ul><li>Prophecy: Baptism of Christ; his death, and taking the gospel to the gentile world. </li></ul><ul><li>Message: Not Present Truth in Daniel’s day </li></ul><ul><li>490 years would pass: Christ would come </li></ul><ul><li>John the Baptist: [At the end of the 70 weeks, right before the anointing of Jesus at His baptism, God raised up John the Baptist to announce that the last of the 70 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy was about to begin.] </li></ul>
    22. 23. <ul><li>MARK 1:14, 15 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    23. 24. THE GREATEST OF THE PROPHETS.. <ul><li>LUKE 7:26-28 </li></ul><ul><li>But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. </li></ul><ul><li>Message of judgment: (MATTHEW 3:10-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Prophecy: Messiah & the last of the 70 weeks prophecy (MATTHEW 3:11; JOHN 1:6-8, 26, 27, 29, 31-34; LUKE 1:17) </li></ul>
    24. 25. <ul><li>Judgment message prophecy of Daniel: Present Truth for JOHN THE BAPTIST’ generation </li></ul><ul><li>Messiah chooses: Remnant from Israel [Christian Church] </li></ul><ul><li>ROMANS 11:5; 9:6-8; 2:28, 29 </li></ul>
    25. 26. DANIEL AND ELLEN G. WHITE <ul><li>Time prophecy: DANIEL’S 2300 years (DANIEL 8:14) </li></ul><ul><li>Message: Cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary which began October 22, 1844 </li></ul><ul><li>That message: Not for DANIEL’S time (DANIEL 8:26; 12:4, 9, 13) </li></ul><ul><li>Judgment: God would have to raise up another prophet who would explain the 2300 years prophecy of DANIEL 8:14 now being fulfilled as present truth </li></ul><ul><li>Present Truth message: Prophet’s work would prepare a remnant people to preach God’s judgment message </li></ul>
    26. 27. WOULD GOD RAISE UP ANOTHER PROPHET AT THE END OF THE 2300 YEARS PROPHECY? <ul><li>Ellen G. White: December of 1844 </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation: DANIEL 8:14 (2300 years prophecy which began in the heavenly sanctuary) </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen G. White: DANIEL’S prophecy of 2300 years earlier--now became present truth in her time </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen G. White: Explained/expanded/amplified/developed and corrected the misconceptions of the 2300 years prophecy </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen G. White message: Reference guide for God’s remnant church [Keep God’s commandment and have the testimony of Jesus (REVELATION 12:17) </li></ul>
    27. 28. <ul><li>Ellen G. White: Specifically addressed the 2300 years verse issue at the beginning of her ministry. </li></ul>
    28. 29. WHY...? <ul><li>Because she was following God’s order and sequence of time, message, judgment, and present truth time-table. </li></ul><ul><li>Did any other prophets arose around that [1844] period? </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Smith: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). </li></ul><ul><li>Charles . Russell: Jehovah’s witnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Science: Mary Baker Eddy </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritism: Fox sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Pentecostalism: Margaret McDonald </li></ul><ul><li>Evolutionism: Charles Darwin </li></ul>
    29. 30. <ul><li>Marxism: Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels </li></ul><ul><li>Did any of these prophets or movements specifically addressed the issue of 2300 years prophecy of DANIEL 8:14? </li></ul>
    30. 31. NONE, ...EXCEPT ONE: <ul><li>The Millerites </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen G. White </li></ul><ul><li>The Seventh-day Adventist Church </li></ul>
    31. 32. WHAT…S.D.A MOVEMENT TEACH? <ul><li>Time Prophecy: Correctly & Biblically </li></ul><ul><li>Message: Fear God and come out of Babylon </li></ul><ul><li>Judgment: Three phases </li></ul><ul><li>Investigative Judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Millennial Judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Post millennial Judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Present Truth: God’s Commandments (Bible Sabbath) </li></ul><ul><li>Practice: Health reform/Righteousness by faith </li></ul><ul><li>Teach: State of the dead/Atonement </li></ul><ul><li>God’s remnant church: Possess the testimony of Jesus Christ and have the gifts of prophecy </li></ul><ul><li>Look: Second coming of Jesus Christ </li></ul>
    32. 33. GREAT EVENTS: HISTORY <ul><li>First Prophet: flood/Abraham: Exodus: Egypt Babylonian captivity/First coming: Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning: Final judgment/waymarks of sacred history </li></ul><ul><li>Two prophets: beginning and ending speak and address the same issue </li></ul><ul><li>-The first prophet, the message is not present truth. </li></ul><ul><li>-Second prophet, the message is present truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Two prophets message always deals with present truth </li></ul><ul><li>Two prophets message always involves/addresses God’s remnant </li></ul>
    33. 34. <ul><li>REVELATION 10 speaks of the great disappointment in 1844. The anticipation of Jesus' coming in 1844 was sweet. But the aftermath was bitter because Jesus did not come as expected. The remnant must now prophesy again to many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings (REVELATION 10:11). </li></ul>