Sure Word of Prophecy
The Judgment-Hour Message
WHAT prophetic view of the judgment was given Daniel?
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down [placed], and the Ancient
of days did sit: . . . thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten
thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the
books were opened." Dan. 7:9,10.
What assurance has God given of the 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.
What message announces the judgment-hour come?
"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, 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." Rev. 14:6,7.
In view of the judgment-hour, what is proclaimed anew?
"The everlasting gospel." Verse 6, first part.
How extensively is this message to be proclaimed?
"To every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and
people." Verse 6, last part.
What is the whole world called upon to do?
"Fear God, and give glory to Him." Verse
What special reason is given for this?
"For the hour of His judgment is come." Same verse.
Whom are all called upon to worship?
"Him that made heaven, and earth." Same verse.
is only one gospel (Rom. 1:16,17. Gal. 1:8), first announced in Eden (Gen.
3:15), preached to Abraham (Gal. 3:8) and to the children of Israel (Heb.
4:1,2), and proclaimed anew in every generation. In Its development, the
gospel meets the needs of every crisis in the world's history. John the
Baptist in his preaching announced the kingdom of heaven at hand (Matt.
3:1,2), and prepared the way for the first advent. John 1:22,23. Christ
Himself in His preaching of the gospel announced the fulfillment of a
definite-time prophecy (the sixty-nine weeks, or 483 years, of Dan. 9:25),
and called the people to repentance, in view of the coming of the predicted
Messiah. Mark 1:14,15. So when the time of the judgment comes, and Christ's
second advent is near, a world-wide announcement of these events is to be
made in the preaching of the everlasting gospel adapted to meet the need of
What prophetic period extends to the time of the cleansing of the sanctuary,
or the investigative judgment?
"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then
shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Dan. 8:14.
When did this long period expire?
In A. D. 1844. See reading in chapter 53.
Lord based His preaching of the gospel upon the fulfillment of the first
part of the 2300 days, or years (Mark 1:14,15), a prophecy which determined
the time of the first advent. The whole period extends to the time of the
judgment, just preceding the second advent, and at its expiration a special
gospel message is sent to all the world proclaiming the judgment-hour at
hand, and calling upon all to worship the Creator. The facts of history
answer to this interpretation of the prophecy: for at this very time (1844)
just such a message was being proclaimed in various parts of the world. This
was the beginning of the great second advent message which is now being
proclaimed throughout the world.
How is the true God distinguished from all false gods?
"Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made
the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth. . .
. He [the true God] hath made the earth by His power, He hath established
the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by His
discretion." Jer. 10:11,12.
For what reason is worship justly due to God?
"For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. . . .
The sea is His, and He made it: and His hands formed the
dry land. O come,
let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker."
Why do the inhabitants of heaven worship God?
"The four and twenty elders fall down before Him, saying, Thou art
worthy; O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast
created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were
created." Rev. 4:10,11.
What memorial did God establish of His creative power?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. For in
six days the Lord
made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and
rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and
hallowed it." Ex. 20:8-11.
What place has the Sabbath in the work of salvation?
"Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between
Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them."
How many are concerned in the judgment?
"For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of
Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Cor. 5:10.
What will be the standard in the judgment?
"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,
he is guilty of all. For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do
not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become
a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be
judged by the law of liberty." James 2:10-12.
In view of the judgment, what exhortation is given?
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep
His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring
every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or
whether it be evil." Eccl. 12:13,14.
comparison of Rev. 14:7 with Eccl. 12:13,14, suggests that the way to give
glory to God is to keep His commandments and that in giving the
judgment-hour message, the duty of keeping the commandments would be
emphasized. This is plainly shown in the description given of the people who
are gathered out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people as the result
of the preaching of this message, in connection with the other messages
which immediately follow and accompany it. Of this people it is said,
"Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of
Jesus." Rev. 14:12.
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