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Has God appointed
the day of judgment?
"Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the
world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath
given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the
dead." Acts 17:31.
To whom has this
event been made known?
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his
secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7.
Where is the
announcement of the judgment made?
"Saying with a loud
voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is
come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
the fountains of waters." Revelation 14:7.
does the angel preach who makes this announcement?
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to
every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people," Revelation 14:6.
By what is this
angel accompanied before his work is accomplished?
"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is
fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of
the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed
them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his
image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand. The same
shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without
mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with
fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence
of the Lamb:" Revelation 14:8-10.
What will be the
effect of the united work of these three messages?
"And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud
voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for
the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is
ripe." Revelation 14:15. (See Matt. 13:39.)
What takes place in
connection with the harvest?
"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one
sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in
his hand a sharp sickle." Revelation 14:14.
What was the
appearance of an angel seen by John, as recorded in chapter ten?
"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed
with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it
were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:" Revelation 10:1.
What did he hold in
"And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his
right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth," Revelation
And what did the
"And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot
upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth. And cried with a loud
voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders
uttered their voices." Revelation 10:2,3.
What was the burden
of this message?
"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 liveth 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." Revelation
The book in the
hand of the angel, from which he proclaimed this time message, was said to
be "open." When was the only sealed book of the Bible, that
contained definite time, to be opened?
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to
the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
increased." Daniel 12:4.
What does the
prophet Daniel say about the judgment?
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient
of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head
like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as
burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him:
thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten
thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were
opened." Daniel 7:9,10.
What did Daniel see
the little horn (Roman Church) do after the judgment opened?
"I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which
the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body
destroyed, and given to the burning flame." Daniel 7:11.
When did the angel
say this judgment work, called the cleansing of the sanctuary would
"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred
days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Daniel 8:14.
What did John do
with the little book given him by the angel? And what effect did it have
"And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate
it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had
eaten it, my belly was bitter." Revelation 10:10.
What was symbolized
by his eating the book?
"Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat
this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel." Ezekiel 3:1.
Were not the
disciples disappointed in their expectations concerning Christ's work at
His first advent?
"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him,
saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to
Israel?" Acts 1:6. (See also Luke 24:19-21).
NOTE. - The
disappointment of the disciples of Christ did not prove His mission false.
As He rode into Jerusalem amid the shouts of "Hosanna!" from the
delighted disciples, who supposed He would then take the throne of David
and commence His reign, the Pharisees asked Him to rebuke the disciples.
But Christ answered: "I tell you that, if these should hold their
peace, the stones would immediately cry out" (Luke 19:40). And why?
Because the prophecies relating to His earthly work had predicted this
entry into Jerusalem (Zech. 9:9), and it must be fulfilled, even should
the stones be caused to fulfill it. Then the Lord in this event suffered
His disciples to be disappointed; and yet they were fulfilling prophecy.
When Israel left Egypt, under the impression that they would in a few
days, at farthest, enter the promised land, they, too, were disappointed.
But that did not disprove the divine call of Moses, nor show that the
departure from Egypt was not ordered by God. In every great movement which
God has inaugurated among His people, He has suffered disappointment to
come, in order to test the faith of those engaged in it. It was so in the
cases of Elijah, Jonah, and others. And so it was in 1844. God suffered
His people to misapprehend the intent of the prophecy, and thus their
faith was tested. The disappointment was due, not to an error in locating
the beginning or the end of the 2300 days, but in the nature of the
event to occur at the end of those days. They supposed the cleansing
of the sanctuary meant the purifying of the earth by fire, at the coming
What did the lord
say should afterward be done?
"And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many
peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:11.
What message was
immediately to follow the proclamation of the judgment?
"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen,
is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the
wine of the wrath of her fornication." Revelation 14:8. For explanation of this message, see the next