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    [CD-ROM Editor’s Note: actually on unnumbered page between pages 72 and 73.]

    A. D 100. 323. 538. 1798. 1833. 1844. 27. Pure. 73 Years. Bloody. 223 Years. Corrupt. 215 Years. Death. 1260 Years. Lack of Zeal. 35 Years. Love. 11 Years. Lukewarm. To the End. ephesus. smyrna. pergamos. thyatira. sardis. phil-ad el-phia laodicea. First, or Desirable. Myrrh, or Sweet-sm elling Height, or Elevation. Savor of labor, or Sacrifice of contrition. Song of Joy, or that which remains Brothe rly Love. A just people, or judging the people. History in the New Testament. The Saviour prophesie d of this period. Parallel with the history of Balaam. Parallel with the history of Jezebel. History given from Father to Son. Present Generation

    The messages to the seven churches cover the period from the beginning of Christ’s ministry to His second coming. This line of prophecy follows the church from the purity of the first century, until it unites with the state and persecutes the true people of God, and finally emerges from the Dark Ages and separating from the world prepares to meet its Lord and Master in the clouds of heaven.SSP 73.1

    The history of the first period is found in the New Testament, the second was plainly foretold by Christ. During the Pergamos and Thyatira periods the darkness was so dense that the historians of this period are unreliable, therefore the Lord gives the parallel history of the times of Balaam and Jezebel as guides for these periods. The history of the fifth and sixth periods can be received from the preceding generation, while the last period is present time.SSP 73.2

    It is true that freedom was not always granted in those early days; for the very ones who crossed the ocean because of oppression at home, oppressed, in America, those who did not worship God in the prescribed way. Nevertheless, America was destined to be the home of Protestantism; and gradually, the shackles of the Dark Ages were dropped off, and the equal rights of mankind were acknowledged. The Constitution of the United States was the first document ever granting complete freedom of worship, and placing in the hands of the people the sole power of the government. It was a world-wide wonder, not the work of any man, but the culmination of those principles born in Germany in the sixteenth century. The Constitution was adopted in 1789; the sun was darkened in 1780. These events, taking place as they did, were as if God saw the end hastening on, and as a source of encouragement to His followers, placed the sign of His approval in the heavens. A few years later the papal power was completely broken, and then the countries of southern Europe, France, Spain, Italy, and others, were free to choose between the principles of the papacy and those of Protestantism. America responded with its free government. During the fifty years following the adoption of the principles of Protestantism in America, the various branches MarginWhoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. Proverbs 28:10.
    When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase. Proverbs 28:28.
    The anointed of the Lord, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen. Lamentations 4:19, 20.
    Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. Proverbs 21:2.
    I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation 13:11.
    Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3.
    The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. Micah 7:16.
    In those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. Mark 13:24.
    Luke 21:25.
    Genesis 1:14.
    He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:10.
    The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth Revelation 12:16.
    of the Protestant church had their period of probation. One by one the denominations arose, separating farther and farther from t1he physical, intellectual, and spiritual tyranny of the papacy. To each denomination was offered the law of God and the faith of Jesus. The time came when each had an opportunity to accept or reject, as seemed good to them; but the decision then made, decided their eternal destiny.
    SSP 73.3

    In the early days of the nineteenth century God took a man, hitherto unacquainted with the Bible, and opened to him the beauties of the prophecies. As Luther found in Christ a Saviour, MarginLet my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility Daniel 4:27.
    I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:4.
    If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15.
    I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Isaiah 13:12.
    God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6.
    and with the light that entered his mind, attacked the papacy, so William Miller, in 1818, saw light in the books of Daniel and Revelation. He studied with care the twenty-three hundred days, spoken of by Daniel, and became convinced that the second coming of Christ was near at hand. He applied every test, but all pointed forward to the year 1843 as the time when the world must welcome its Saviour. The condition of the people at the first advent of Christ, was now repeated; when the time approached for the message of His second coming, the world lay in ignorance: and not the world only, but the church which bore the name of Christian. Nay, more! the very churches which in their zeal for truth had faced hardship and persecution, in protesting against the errors of the papacy,-these churches were quiet when great changes were right upon them. But unto the church of Sardis, John was bidden write: “These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.”
    SSP 74.1

    He, who walked among His churches, and who sought diligently for signs of life, searching among the seven stars,-the leaders of the churches,-found that, although Sardis claimed to have life, it was dead. Strange condition! So quietly had this life been lost, that, looking back upon the activity of the past, and priding itself upon what great things had been done by Protestantism, this church had allowed the very principles of the papacy to twine about it until its life was choked.SSP 75.1

    There was a time in the history of Pergamos, MarginStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.
    Daniel 8:14.
    Matthew 24:33.
    Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21.
    He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 1:11.
    I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. Ecclesiastes 8:10.
    And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Revelation 3:1.
    Isaiah 1:11-15.
    Matthew 6:5.
    This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:8, 9.
    Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16.
    when Christianity thought Paganism was dead; but in reality, the religion which was apparently vanquished, had conquered. Paganism baptized, stepped into the church. In the days of Sardis this history was repeated. Protestantism thought itself free from the principles of the Dark Ages; but the plant was sturdy and long lived, and although Protestantism reared itself aloft like a mighty oak, the rootlets of the papacy were planted with the oak, and soon the vine encircled the tree, and sapped its very life. Protestantism reared the structure, and the papacy is supported by it. “Be watchful,” says the divine message to Sardis, “and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” There was, at the time this message came, some life still in the oak, but unless haste was made to “strengthen the things which remain,” death would follow.
    SSP 75.2

    “Remember, therefore, how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.” The truths already received were indeed life; but a church, as well as an individual, must make constant progress, or they will suffer spiritual death. MarginHer priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Ezekiel 22:26-28.
    The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us. Micah 3:11.
    Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter. Ezekiel 13:10-12.
    Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Revelation 3:2.
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8.
    Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3.
    SSP 76.1

    For nine years William Miller was convinced that he ought to give his message to the churches; but he waited, hoping that some recognized authority would proclaim the glad news of a soon-coming Saviour. In thus waiting, he but proved the truth of the message; there was a name that they lived, but they were fast dying. In 1831 Miller gave his first discourse on the prophecies. He was a member of the Baptist church, and in 1833, he received from this church, license to preach. This was the very year in which appeared another sign in the heavens,-the third spoken of by the Saviour in Matthew 24:29. In November, 1833, “the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” God was calling to the dying church of Sardis by the voice of man and by signs in the heavens. “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”SSP 77.1

    As the time, which was supposed to be the time of the second advent approached, men of learning and position helped spread the message. The light of this message flashed throughout the world. “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments.” Three years after Miller was convinced of the near coming of Christ, that is, in 1821, Joseph Wolff, known as the “missionary to Asia,” began to give the same message. He visited Egypt, Abyssinia, Palestine, Syria, Persia, Bokhara, and India,-everywhere proclaiming the soon coming of the Messiah. In 1837 he was in America; and after preaching in several large MarginHebrews 2:1 [margin.]
    Quench not the Spirit.
    1 Thessalonians 5:19.
    Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30.
    The remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. Micah 5:7.
    The stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. Revelation 6:13.
    That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9.
    Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4.
    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:19.
    cities, he visited Washington, where, in the presence of all the members of the Congress of the United States, he preached on the personal reign of Christ.
    SSP 77.2

    In England the same message was given by Edward Irving, a minister of the Church of England. South America heard of Christ’s soon coming from the pen of Lacunza, formerly a Spanish Jesuit. Gaussen, finding that many mature minds claimed that prophecy could not be interpreted, gave the message of the soon coming of Christ to the children of Geneva. In Scandinavia, the truth was proclaimed by children; for God used child-preachers, when older persons were restricted by law.SSP 78.1

    In 1838 Josiah Litch and William Miller published an exposition of the ninth chapter of Revelation, in which it was predicted that the Ottoman Empire would fall in 1840. The exact fulfillment of this prophecy on August 11, 1840, when the Turkish government surrendered its independence, and has since been known as “the sick man of the East,” was a startling proof to many that prophecy could be understood, and that men were living in the end of time.SSP 78.2

    This message of the personal appearance of Christ was one of the most world-wide proclamations ever given. Every kindred, nation, and people were suddenly aroused from their lethargy by the cry,-“Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him.” This truth is inseparably connected with the wording of the message to Sardis. “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are MarginThe Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. Acts 9:15.
    How hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
    Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
    Acts 2:8, 11.
    Said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:16.
    Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
    And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. Revelation 9:14, 15.
    Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand. Joel 2:1.
    worthy.” The very sins of idolatry and fornication, which characterized the mother church in the days of Thyatira, were staining the garments of her daughters during the Sardis period. But “he that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.” The white raiment is the righteousness of Christ,-“the fine linen clean and white.” “And I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.” A most precious promise, and a most solemn warning, are combined in these closing words of the message to Sardis. The second coming of the Son of man had been proclaimed to all the world. To him that accepted truth, it was promised that his name should remain in the book of life, and should be confessed in the presence of God. The books of heaven are opened. Christ promises to witness for all who are true to His cause on earth. The church of Sardis lived in the period when Daniel saw MarginWoe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
    And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Matthew 23:29-32.
    Acts 7:52, 53.
    Revelation 19:8.
    Isaiah 61:10.
    He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Revelation 3:5.
    Isaiah 4:3 [margin.]
    Revelation 3:5.
    Luke 9:26.
    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.
    Matthew 10:33.
    Mark 8:34.
    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.
    “One like the Son of man [who] came ...to the Ancient of Days.” It was at the end of the twenty-three hundred days of Daniel 8:14, that Christ was brought in before the Father. He entered the Holy of Holies in the sanctuary above. “The judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Then there came before Him all who had ever named the name of Christ, and to those whose garments were unspotted, was given the fine linen of Christ’s righteousness.
    SSP 78.3

    This great change in the heavenly sanctuary, corresponding to the entering in of the high priest in the earthly, or typical service, on the day of atonement, was made known to the church of Sardis. Those who opened the prophecies where this truth is made known, misinterpreted the cleansing of the sanctuary to be the second coming of Christ. Nevertheless, while mistaken in the event which transpired, they were not mistaken in the time; and the heart cleansing necessary to prepare a people for the beginning of the investigative judgment, which has been going on in heaven since 1844, is the same preparation necessary to welcome the Son of God in the clouds of heaven. Although Christ did not then come to the earth,-the outer court of the heavenly sanctuary,-but entered within the most holy place before the Ancient of Days, to act as mediator in the investigative judgment, the message to prepare for His coming, will continue to the end of time. Some of those who witnessed the signs given to Sardis and listened to the advent message, will see Him when He comes in the clouds of heaven. So near is Sardis to the end. MarginI saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Daniel 7:13, 14.
    For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
    Hebrews 9:24.
    The books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:12.
    Matthew 22:9-14.
    Revelation 6:11.
    Into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people. Hebrews 9:7.
    Hebrews 8:5.
    Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:3.
    2 Peter 1:4.
    Isaiah 25:9.
    Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
    Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 6:19, 20.
    Hebrews 7:24, 25.
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:6.
    SSP 80.1

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