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The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that Daniel 11:40-45 is the present truth. It is to Seventh-Day Adventists at the end of the world what Daniel 8:14 was to the Millerites. These verses present the events connected with the close of probation, and they must be understood if God’s people will be prepared to stand through the closing scenes of this world’s history.
It is important that God’s people have a thorough understanding of the Biblical and historical evidence establishing the 2520; that they may correctly instruct seeking souls, and show as darkness the wisdom of those who would turn the truth of God into a lie. But just as important as the historical evidence are the spiritual themes illuminated by this prophecy. Themes which include God’s law, His mercy and grace, the conditionality of His promises, the plan of salvation, and the gathering of the remnant that will give the Loud Cry.
It is the duty of every Christian to study the scriptures to show themselves approved unto God (Proverbs 15:28). Speculation or man’s opinion should never form the basis of a Christian’s beliefs as they rob the individual of the experience they may gain through the study of God’s word. Not only that – they are thus prepared to accept false positions that would turn them out of the way to eternal life.
William Miller’s dream is a vivid representation of the history of the Advent Movement – Its humble beginnings, its growth and progress, the present state of backsliding and apostasy, the rejection of the foundational truths and their glorious restoration under the movement of the Loud Cry are all presented. This dream was given more for us today than it was for Brother Miller.1 My prayer for the reader is that you may find the peace of Christ through the understanding that He has told us these things before they came to pass (John 13:19). And these things have been given to strengthen our faith against the evil day
The “rest” and “refreshing” spoken of in the 28th chapter of Isaiah is the loud cry message of the third angel (Isaiah 28:9-12; EW277.1); and according to the same passage of scripture, this message is intricately linked to the hermeneutic (or method of interpreting the Bible) through which it is established.Inspiration identifies this hermeneutic as that used by William Miller in the early Advent Movement.
Many in Adventism discount the past experience of God’s people. As they recall their history, the churches early conflicts and the disappointment they experienced in 1844, they find something of which to be ashamed. It seems fashionable and progressive to belittle the experience of those who God used at the beginning of the work; and to cavil at their writings and views on scripture. But God led these men and women into a true experience and to them were committed truths the depths of which are only faintly being understood today. One such point of truth is the commencement of the chain of truth given to William Miller. In these commencements can be seen the three angels messages and the phases of Christian experience through which all must pass if they will be saved.
The latter rain is a most important subject now at the end of the world. But few in Adventism have a clear understanding of what it is, when it is given, and God’s purpose in giving it. The latter rain must be recognized by those who will receive it (Testimonies to Ministers pg. 507). But erroneous ideas on this subject are preparing many to fail to recognize and ultimately reject it. The rejection of the latter rain will leave them unprepared to stand through the closing scenes of this world’s history, and a recipient of the Mark of the Beast. But those who prepare their hearts by obedience to the truth will recognize, and receive, the latter rain. They will receive the seal of God, and partake of the special honour of being part of the remnant God will use to call his children out of Babylon.