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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER THREE – Part XXVIII


All who will stand in the last days need to pay close attention to currents events, judiciously selecting those only that are relevant to the plan of redemption and the true nature of the great controversy, both central parts of the everlasting gospel given in the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14.

Our omnipotent God chose prophecy as the last vehicle to unveil to “every nation, kindred, tongue (language), and people” (Rev. 14: 6-12) the fullest and final revelation of His perfect love, power, grace, long-suffering, mercy, justice, and supreme authority alone over all creation in heaven and earth and throughout the entire unfallen universe.

Hence the last book of the Bible where all the sixty-six books of Holy Writ meet and end is introduced to all as “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it [couched in signs and symbolic language] by His angel to His servant John. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” Rev. 1: 1-3, N.K.J.V.

This can only be done by the promised enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (who, fearfully though not surprisingly is not only increasingly being rejected as the third Person of the Godhead, Christ’s only appointed vicegerent, but His very existence itself is being denied now, constituting the fatal sin of grieving Him away!) and by diligently and systematically examining these and interrelated matters, undistorted by preconceived opinions and pet ideas, under the guiding lights of His “never failing,” “exceedingly great and precious promises” (Josh. 23: 5-15; 2 Pet. 1: 4) and “the more sure word of prophecy” (2 Pet. 1: 19) in order “to make our calling and election sure” (verse 10).

I have been following the thread of Adventist eschatology, which I have personally determined, Berean-like (Acts 17: 10; 11; cf. Isa. 28: 9-13), to be the most Biblically-sound doctrine of last things, as attested to by numerous respected scholars, secular and sacred, and proven historically and prophetically, comparing them to the two more popularly accepted methods of Preterism and Futurism—brainchilds of the two Spanish Jesuit priests, Alcasar and Ribera to counter the works of the Protestant Reformation.

Adventists have a sacred calling, mission, and the most momentous messages ever to be given to the world. This is defined in the following quotes from the pen of Ellen G. White, God’s servant.

In Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, pp. 19, 20, we read:

     “In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.

    “The most solemn truths ever entrusted to mortals have been given us to proclaim to the world. The proclamation of these truths is to be our work. The world is to warned, and God’s people are to be true to the trust committed to them. They are not to engage in speculation, neither are they to enter into business enterprises with unbelievers; for this would hinder them in their God-given work.”

     “Christ says of His people: ‘Ye are the lights of the world.’ Matt. 5: 14. It is not a small matter that the counsels and plans of God have been so clearly opened to us. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to understand the will of God as revealed in the sure word of prophecy. This places on us a heavy responsibility.God expects us to impart to others the knowledge that He has given us. It is His purpose that the divine and human instrumentalities shall unite in the proclamation of the warning message.

     “So far as his opportunities extend, everyone [ordained, laymen, and members] who has received the light of truth is under the same responsibility as was the prophet of Israel to whom came the word: ‘Son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word of My mouth, and warn them from Me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die: if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.’ Ezekiel 33: 7-9, K.J.V. NOTE: This also how and why ultimate salvation is individual. See Phil. 12, 13)

     “Are we to wait until the fulfillment of the prophecies of the end before we say anything concerning them? Of what value will our words be then? Shall we wait until God’s judgments fall upon the transgressors before we tell them how to avoid them? Where is our faith in the word of God? Must we see things foretold come to pass before we will believe what He has said? In clear, distinct rays of light has come to us, showing us that the great day of the Lord is near at hand, ‘even at the doors.’ Let us read and understand before it is too late.” – 9 T 19, 20.

This sacred work as watchmen and light bearers of the last warning to a perishing world includes the serious work of exposing, not ignoring and particularly not justifying or worse, hiding the wickedness of “the man of sin.” Note the following extracts from Testimonies to Ministers, chapter “Unconquerable Forces Waiting.”

     “Those who eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God [study His word and live His life of self-denial and self-sacrifice] will bring from the books of Daniel and Revelation truth that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. They will start into action forces that cannot be repressed. The lips of children will be opened to proclaim the mysteries that have been hidden from the minds of men. We are standing of the threshold of great and solemn events. Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession. Every element of power is about to be set to work. Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life, and peril will beset God’s people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family. It is permeating everything upon the earth . . . Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated . . . We, with all our religious advantages, ought to know far more today than we do know.” Ibid, p. 116

     “The vision that Christ presented to John, presenting the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus [Rev. 14: 12], is to be definitely proclaimed to all nations, people, and tongues. The churches, represented as Babylon, are represented as having fallen from their spiritual state to become a persecuting power against those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ [Rev. 19: 10].

To John this persecuting power is representing as having horns like a lamb, but as speaking like a dragon [see Rev. 13] . . .  As we near the close of time, there will be greater and still greater external parade of heathen power; heathen deities will manifest their signal power, and will exhibit themselves before the cities of the world; and this delineation has already begun to be fulfilled. By a variety of images the Lord Jesus represented to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been distinguished for their persecution of God’s people [in the past].

All need wisdom to carefully search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth’s history . . .In the very time in which we live, the Lord has called His people and has given them a message to bear.  He has called them to expose the wickedness of the man of sin who has made the Sunday law a distinctive power, who has thought to change times and laws, and to oppress the people of God who stand firmly to honor Him by keeping the only true Sabbath, the Sabbath of creation, as holy unto the Lord.”–Ibid, pp. 117, 118.

      “The perils of the last days are upon us, and in our work, we are to warn the people of the danger they are in [not give “peace-and-safety” messages, 1 Thess. 5:3]. Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy has revealed be left untouched. If our people were half-awake, if they realized the nearness of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would be wrought in our churches, and many more would believe the message. We have no time to lose: God calls upon us to watch for souls as they that must give an account.”- Ibid, p. 118.

     “Dig Deeper.  We do not go deep enough in our search for truth. Every soul who believes present truth will be brought where he will be required to give a reason of the hope that is in him [2 Pet. 3: 15, 16]. The people of God will be called upon to stand before kings, princes, rulers, and great men of the earth, and they must know that they do know what is truth [Matt. 10: 16-19]. They must be converted men and women. God can teach you more in one moment by His Holy Spirit than you could learn from the great men of the earth. The universe is looking upon the controversy that is going on upon the earth.”- Review & Herald, Feb. 18, 1890.

The ISIS. (See our column title for today). I had reached conclusions earlier regarding who the ISIS were, how, and why they suddenly emerged and surged to the center of “the war against terrorism.” Those designated as “terrorist organizations” themselves are targets of the ISIS. Indeed, this Biblical perpetually applies: “He who kills by the sword must be killed the sword.” Rev. 13: 9.  I didn’t have all the time to compile the evidences extant to quickly present them here.

But thank God we have one already. Among those that I have  read and heard thus far are either conjecture or theories designed to camouflage the real spiritual conspiracy and confederacy of the great men of the earth (earth’s political powers) with “Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots” (Revelation 17).  This is brought to the public’s view in an interview made by personal acquaintances of mine since the early 1990s: Danny Vierra of Modern Manna Ministries with Bill Hughes of Truth Triumphant Ministries, entitled, “ISIS, CIA AND VATICAN CONNECTION.” You may view this interview in any of the following websites: 

(Continued next week)