Sure Word of Prophecy
The Mystery of God Finished
FOLLOWING his description of the sixth trumpet, what did John see?
"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." Rev. 10:1.
What did he have in his hand?
"And he had in his hand a little book open." Verse 2.
NOTE.-The book of
Daniel, which was to be "sealed," or closed, till the time of the end,
is doubtless referred to here. See Dan. 12:4,9.
What solemn announcement did this angel make?
"And the angel which I saw. . . . lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware
by Him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that
therein are, . . . that there should be time no longer." Rev.
nor probationary time, but prophetic time. The 2300-day period, which ended in
1844, must be alluded to here. See chapter 53. No prophetic period in the Bible
reaches beyond this.
What did the angel say was to be finished when the seventh trumpet was about to
"But in the days of
the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of
God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the
prophets." Verse 7.
of God is the gospel. Eph. 3:1-6; Gal. 1:11,12. The gospel, then, is to be
finished as the seventh trumpet is about to sound.
What was John told to do with the little book?
"Go and take
the little book which is open in the hand of the angel . . . and eat it
up." Verses 8,9.
What was to be the result of the eating of this book?
"It shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth
sweet as honey." Verse 9, last part.
What does the apostle say of his experience in this matter?
"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." Verse 10.
NOTE.-In this is
most strikingly foretold the experience of those who proclaimed the advent and
judgment-hour message of 1843-44. Joyous in the hope that Christ was coming
then, like the early disciples regarding His first advent (Luke 24:21; Acts
1:6,7), they were bitterly disappointed, and found that there was still a work
on earth for them to do, as did the early disciples following the crucifixion,
resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
What words of the angel to John show that both literal and probationary time
were to continue yet for a time, and that God had a still further message for
"And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples,
and nations, and tongues, and kings." Verse 11.
of Revelation 10 is the same as that of Rev. 14:6,7; and the later messages of
Rev. 14:8-12 answer to the instruction, "Thou must prophesy again,"
of Rev. 10:11. But all are last-day messages, and indicate that the end of
all things is near at hand.
How long, O Lord
Wilt Thou remain away?
Our hearts are growing weary
Of Thy so long delay.
O when shall come the moment
When, brighter far than morn,
The sunshine of Thy glory
Shall on Thy people dawn?
How long, O
Wilt Thou Thy household leave?
So long hast Thou now tarried,
Few Thy return believe.
Immersed in sloth and folly,
Thy servants, Lord, we see;
And few of us stand ready
With joy to welcome Thee.
O, wake Thy
Send forth the solemn cry;
Let all the saints repeat it,-
"The Saviour draweth nigh!"
Mayan our lamps be burning,
Our loins well girded be,
Each longing heart preparing
With joy Thy face to see.
Great Lines of
Great Image of Daniel 2. This prophecy, written over twenty-five
hundred years ago, is one of the greatest, briefest, and most comprehensive
prophecies in the Bible. Under the symbol of a great metallic image, the rise
and fall of nations is outlined till the end of time and the setting up of God's
everlasting kingdom. See chapter 48.
Four Beasts of Daniel 7. This line of-prophecy covers the same ground
as that of Daniel 2, but with additional features introduced, especially that
concerning the development and work of the "little horn" power of the
fourth beast, under which God's people were to be oppressed until delivered and
placed in possession of the kingdom "forever and ever." See chapter
2300 Days of Daniel 8. This prophecy, after tracing the course of
empire down through Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome, introduces the longest
prophetic period in the Bible, reaching from the beginning of the movement to
restore and build Jerusalem before Christ's first advent, to a similar work to
be performed by God's people in the last days preparatory to Christ's second
advent. See chapter 53.
Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9. This prophecy fixes the date of the
beginning of the 2300 days, of which the seventy weeks are a part; definitely
marks the time of Christ's first advent; and briefly refers to the
"consummation" and the overthrow of the last of earthly kingdoms. See
Standing Up of Michael-Daniel 11 and 12. A literal prophecy tracing
the rise and fall of kings and kingdoms from the early rulers of Persia in the
sixth century B.C., to the overthrow of Turkey, the "king of the
north," and the "standing up," or reign, of Michael, the Great
Prince, which is Christ. See chapter 65.
Prophecies of the Revelation. These are supplemental to the
prophecies of Daniel. Under the Seven Churches, the Seven Seals, the Seven
Trumpets, the Great Red Dragon, the Leopard Beast, and the Two-Horned Beast, the
history and experience of the church and of earthly kingdoms are traced during
the Christian era, to the end of the age. See chapter 60.
Great Prophecy. Christ's claim to being a prophet, and the greatest
of all prophets, is fully established by His prophecy recorded in Matthew 24,
Mark 13, and Luke 21. In this He depicts minutely the destruction of Jerusalem,
the great tribulation of the Dark Ages, and the signs that were to herald His
second coming. See chapters 68 and 69.
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