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Espanol, del Norte

 

Two Studies by Thabo Mtetwa

1) Tidings out of the East.

2) Tidings out of the North.

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1) Tidings out of the East.

Julius Caesar ‐ 1989 Collapse of the Soviet Union

  •  Dan 11:40.
  •  Last dictator of the Roman Republic and the first in the Julio‐Claudian dynasty.

It was the year 44 b. c. when the plans of Julius Caesar were cut short by his untimely death.

 

Republicanism was so far gone that the government fell into the hands of the strongest men,

those who had military support. {1901 SNH, SDP 213.1}

  •  Death of the republic under Julius Caesar typifies the USA coming under Rome in 1989.

 

Augustus Caesar – 1992 Increase of Knowledge

  •  Luke 2:1‐11 Christ birth.
  •  Matthew 2:1 Wise men.

 

Tiberius Caesar – 1996 Formalization

  •  Luke 3:1‐10 – John the Baptist.
  •  Reform/shut door message formalized.

 

John the Baptist was a reformer. To him was committed a great work for the people of his time. And

in preparation for that work, all his habits were carefully regulated, even from his birth. The angel

Gabriel was sent from heaven to instruct the parents of John in the principles of health reform. He

“shall drink neither wine nor strong drink,” said the heavenly messenger; “and he shall be filled with

the Holy Ghost.” [Luke 1:15.] {CTBH 38.4}

 

Caligula – 911

According to Cassius Dio, a financial crisis emerged in AD 39.[43] Suetonius places the beginning of

this crisis in 38.[44]Caligula's political payments for support, generosity and extravagance had

exhausted the state's treasury. Ancient historians state that Caligula began falsely accusing, fining

and even killing individuals for the purpose of seizing their estates…[45]

A brief famine of unknown extent occurred, perhaps caused by this financial crisis, but Suetonius

claims it resulted from Caligula's seizure of public carriages;[45] according to Seneca, grain imports

were disturbed because Caligula repurposed grain boats for a pontoon bridge. ‐ Wikipedia

  •  Famine and Financial Crisis in Caligula’s time.
  •  The East Wind brings Famine and Financial crises.
  •  Exodus 10:13‐15 – East wind brings locusts.
  •  Genesis 41:27, 47:13‐21 – East wind and famine.
  •  Isaiah 23:1, Psalm 48:7, Isaiah 27:8 – Ships of Tarshish broken by the East wind.
  •  Ships‐ Financial system Psalms 107:23, Revelation 18:19
  •  Revelation 8:8 – Genseric 911

 

Claudius – Midnight

“Soon after his arrival at Corinth, Paul found “a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately

come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla.” These were “of the same craft” with himself. Banished by

the decree of Claudius, which commanded all Jews to leave Rome, Aquila and Priscilla had come to

Corinth, where they established a business as manufacturers of tents. Paul made inquiry

concerning them, and learning that they feared God and were seeking to avoid the contaminating

influences with which they were surrounded, “he abode with them, and wrought.... And he

reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” Acts 18:2‐4.” –

{Acts of the Apostles, pg.349.2}

 

After the ascension of Christ, the apostles went everywhere preaching the Word. They bore

witness to Christ’s work as a teacher and healer. Their testimony in Jerusalem, in Rome, and in other

places was positive and powerful. The Jews, who refused to receive the truth, could but

acknowledge that a powerful influence attended Christ’s followers, because the Holy Spirit

accompanied them. This created greater opposition; but notwithstanding the opposition, twenty

years after the crucifixion of Christ there was a live, earnest church in Rome. This church was strong

and zealous, and the Lord worked for it. The envy and rage of the Jews against the Christians knew

no bounds, and the unbelieving residents were constantly stirred up. They made complaints that the

Christian Jews were disorderly, and dangerous to the public good. Constantly they were setting in

motion something that would stir up strife.This caused the Christians to be banished from Rome.

Among those banished, were Aquila and Priscilla, who went to Corinth, and there established a

business as manufacturers of tents. When Paul came to Corinth, he solicited work from Aquila.” –

{Review and Herald, March 6, 1900, par. 6} Ascension of Christ – Acts 1:3‐10

  •  Deportation and immigration issues at Midnight.
  •  Jews (Adventists) will instigate the deportation of the Priests.

 

Immigration issues in prophecy

  • The Dark Ages.

The history of the dark ages is full of the edicts of emperors and princes, and of the decrees of

popes, bishops, and councils, all directed to the one object of establishing the sacredness of Sunday.

Miracles, prodigies, and judgments, were not wanting with which to confirm these edicts and

decrees. Banishment, confiscation of goods, stripes, slavery, the loss of one hand, and then of the

other, and the like, were the penalties by which Sunday observance was, by these edicts, forced

upon the people. One of these miracles is thus given in Francis West’s “Historical and Practical

Discourse on the Lord’s day.” He says: {Sermons on the Sabbath and the Law 151.2}

At what time the Sabbath became the subject of attention in America, we cannot definitely say. The

intolerance of the first settlers of New England was unfavorable to the Sabbath. The poor Christian

who may have been banished to this country for its observance could find no refuge among

the Pilgrim Fathers. The laws of Rhode Island were more tolerant than those of some other States,

and observers of the Sabbath first made their appearance at Newport in 1671. The cause of the

Sabbath has gradually gained ground in this country from that period; but it has found much to

oppose its progress, even in Rhode Island. It was in opposition to the general practice of Christians,

on which account an odium was put upon it, and those who have kept the Sabbath have been

reproached with Judaizing, and classed with Jews. Besides this, they have ever been subjected to

great inconvenience in their occupations, especially in cities and towns. {Refutation of the Claims of

Sunday‐Keeping to Divine Authority 36.2}

 

BAN'ISHMENT, noun The act of a prince or government, compelling a citizen to leave his country,

either for a limited time or forever, as for some crime.

  1. A voluntary forsaking of one's country upon oath, called abjuration. [This practice has now ceased

in G.Britain.]

  1. The state of being banished; exile.
  2. The act of driving away or dispelling; as the banishment of care from the mind. – Noah Webster’s

1828 English Dictionary

  • John banished to Patmos where he had Mareh vision.
  • Emigres during the French Revolution 1791

 

“November 9, 1791 The Legislative Assembly issues a decree ordering the émigrés to return to

France. Those who won’t return by January 1, 1792, will be suspected of conspiracy against France

for which the only answer is the death penalty.” – {https://emersonkent.com/history/

timelines/french_revolution_timeline_1791}

 

CONSPIRACY, n. [L. See Conspire.] 1. A combination of men for an evil purpose; an agreement

between two or more persons, to commit some crime in concert; particularly, a combination to

commit treason, or excite sedition or insurrection against the government of a state; a plot; as a

conspiracy against the life of a king; a conspiracy against the government. More than forty had made

this conspiracy. Acts 23:13. 2. In law, an agreement between two or more persons, falsely and

maliciously to indict, or procure to be indicted, an innocent person of felony. 3. A concurrence; a

general tendency of two or more causes to one event. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of American

English.

 

Satan will arouse indignation against the minority who refuse to accept popular customs and

traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel

against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will COMBINE to cover them with contempt.

Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will CONSPIRE against them. With voice and pen,

by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and

angry appeals, men will STIR UP the passions of the people. Not having a "Thus saith the Scriptures"

to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to

supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for Sunday

laws. But those who fear God, cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the Decalogue.

On this battlefield will be fought the last great conflict in the controversy between truth and error.

And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Today, as in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the Lord

will vindicate His truth and His people. {PK 605.3}

 

Sedition at Midnight

The Saviour contrasted His own manner of work with the methods of His accusers. For months they

had hunted Him, striving to entrap Him and bring Him before a secret tribunal, where they might

obtain by perjury what it was impossible to gain by fair means. Now they were carrying out their

purpose. The midnight seizure by a mob, the mockery and abuse before He was condemned, or

even accused, was their manner of work, not His. Their action was in violation of the law. Their own

rules declared that every man should be treated as innocent until proved guilty. By their own rules

the priests stood condemned. {DA 699.2}

 

There were two charges which the priests desired to maintain. If Jesus could be proved a

blasphemer, He would be condemned by the Jews. If convicted of sedition, it would secure His

condemnation by the Romans. The second charge Annas tried first to establish. He questioned Jesus

concerning His disciples and His doctrines, hoping the prisoner would say something that would give

him material upon which to work. He thought to draw out some statement to prove that He was

seeking to establish a secret society, with the purpose of setting up a new kingdom. Then the priests

could deliver Him to the Romans as a disturber of the peace and a creator of insurrection. {DA

698.3}

 

Prediction Before Midnight

Acts 11:27‐30 KJV

[27] And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. [28] And there stood up one of

them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all

the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. [29] Then the disciples, every man

according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: [30]

Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

 

Agabus

  1. bgx Chagab, khaw‐gawb' Search for 02285 in KJV the same as 2284; locust; Chagab, one of

the Nethinim:‐‐Hagab.

See Hebrew 02284 (chagab)

 

  •  Prediction regarding a worldwide economic crisis at Midnight. This crisis will bear a relation

to the activities of Islam.

 

“In India, China, Russia, and the cities of America, thousands of men and women are dying of

starvation. The monied men, because they have the power, control the market. They purchase at

low rates all they can obtain, and then sell at greatly increased prices. This means starvation to the

poorer classes, and will result in a civil war. There will be a time of trouble such as never was since

there was a nation. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the

children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a

nation, even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be

found written in the book.... Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall

do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”—Manuscript

114, 1899. (General manuscript, untitled, typed August 13, 1899.)” – {Manuscript Releases, vol.5,

pg.305.4 }

 

  •  Centralization of wealth at Midnight is brought to view in Dan 11:23‐29.
  •  Acts 11:29 identifies that the Jews responded to the prediction by making physical

preparation for it.

 

“The time is fast coming when the controlling power of the labor unions will be very oppressive.

Again and again the Lord has instructed that our people are to take their families away from the

cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of

buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us

over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded !9

closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of enemies.—Letter 5, 1904.”

{Country Living, pg.9.5}

 

Acts 21:8‐11 KJV

[8] And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we

entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

[9] And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. [10] And as we tarried there

many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. [11] And when he was

come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy

Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him

into the hands of the Gentiles.

  • Caesarea is Caesarea Philippi – “Fond of horses” – Islam.
  •  “Tarried there many days” – tarrying time commenced at 911.
  •  “Girdle” – righteousness (Isa 11:5).
  •  “Bound” – binding off.
  •  Agabus gives a prediction about the priests being bound off in their righteous characters.

This comes in connection with the Jews (SDA) delivering them into the hands of the civil

authorities (persecution).

 

“At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The

centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the

expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and

claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the world‐wide dissemination of the same

teachings that led to the French Revolution—all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle

similar to that which convulsed France.” – {Education, pg.228.2}

 

Nero – Midnight Cry

  •  Nero in 66AD
  •  Matthew 24:15‐18
  •  Nero burnt down the city of Rome.

From the viewpoint of human judgment, Paul's condemnation before such a judge was certain. But

the apostle felt that so long as he was loyal to God, he had nothing to fear. The One who in the past

had been his protector could shield him still from the malice of the Jews and from the power of

Caesar. {AA 486.2}

 

And God did shield His servant. At Paul's examination the charges against him were not sustained,

and, contrary to the general expectation, and with a regard for justice wholly at variance with his

character, Nero declared the prisoner guiltless. Paul's bonds were removed; he was again a free

man. {AA 486.3}

 

Had his trial been longer deferred, or had he from any cause been detained in Rome until the

following year, he would doubtless have perished in the persecution which then took place. During

Paul's imprisonment the converts to Christianity had become so numerous as to attract the

attention and arouse the enmity of the authorities. The anger of the emperor was especially excited

by the conversion of members of his own household, and he soon found a pretext to make the

Christians the objects of his merciless cruelty. {AA 487.1}

 

About this time a terrible fire occurred in Rome by which nearly one half of the city was burned.

Nero himself, it was rumored, had caused the flames to be kindled, but to avert suspicion he made a

pretense of great generosity by assisting the homeless and destitute. He was, however, accused of

the crime. The people were excited and enraged, and in order to clear himself, and also to rid the

city of a class whom he feared and hated, Nero turned the accusation upon the Christians. His

device succeeded, and thousands of the followers of Christ‐‐men, women, and children‐‐were

cruelly put to death. {AA 487.2}

 

  •  The city was the empire’s sanctuary of strength (Dan 11:31).

The power of the empire was committed to the carrying on of the work before mentioned. “And

they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength,” or Rome. If this applies to the barbarians, it was

literally fulfilled; for Rome was sacked by the Goths, and Vandals, and the imperial power of the

West ceased through the conquest of Rome by Odoacer. Or if it refers to those rulers of the empire

who were working in behalf of the papacy against the pagan and all other opposing religions, it

would signify the removal of the seat of empire from Rome to Constantinople, which contributed its

measure of influence to the downfall of Rome. The passage would then be parallel to Daniel

8:11 and Revelation 13:2. {DAR 254.4}

 

  • America’s sanctuary of strength is the U.S. constitution. The constitution is “burnt” when it is

abrogated at the MC.

 

“And he had two horns like a lamb.” The lamblike horns indicate youth, innocence, and gentleness,

fitly representing the character of the United States when presented to the prophet as “coming up”

in 1798. Among the Christian exiles who first fled to America and sought an asylum from royal

oppression and priestly intolerance were many who determined to establish a government upon the

broad foundation of civil and religious liberty. Their views found place in the Declaration of

Independence, which sets forth the great truth that “all men are created equal” and endowed with

the inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And the Constitution guarantees

to the people the right of self‐government, providing that representatives elected by the popular

vote shall enact and administer the laws. Freedom of religious faith was also granted, every man

being permitted to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. Republicanism and

Protestantism became the fundamental principles of the nation. These principles are the secret of

its power and prosperity. The oppressed and downtrodden throughout Christendom have turned to

this land with interest and hope. Millions have sought its shores, and the United States has risen to a

place among the most powerful nations of the earth. {GC 441.1}

 

  •  The burning of Rome paved the way for Nero to falsely accuse the Christians and

persecute them. The same will take place following the abrogation of the U.S.

Constitution at the Midnight Cry.

  •  Priests persecuted at Midnight and Adventists persecuted at the Midnight Cry (Matt. 7:1‐2, Isa 33:1).

Reign of Four Emperors – SL

  •  70AD; SL.
  • Against Greece ‐ Daniel 11:2‐4.
  •  Four winds – Political Strife.

 

Not long after this, Nero sailed on his infamous expedition to Greece, where he disgraced himself

and his kingdom by contemptible and debasing frivolity. Returning to Rome with great pomp, he

surrounded himself with his courtiers and engaged in scenes of revolting debauchery. In the midst of

this revelry a voice of tumult in the streets was heard. A messenger dispatched to learn the cause,

returned with the appalling news that Galba, at the head of an army, was marching rapidly upon

Rome, that insurrection had already broken out in the city, and that the streets were filled with an

enraged mob, which, threatening death to the emperor and all his supporters, was rapidly

approaching the palace.” – {Acts of the Apostles, pg.496.2, 3}

 

The Year of the Four Emperors was a year in the history of the Roman Empire, AD 69, in which four

emperors ruled in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. The suicide of emperor Nero, in

68, was followed by a brief period of civil war, the first Roman civil war since Mark Antony's death

in 30 BC. Between June of 68 and December of 69, Rome witnessed the successive rise and fall of

Galba, Otho, and Vitellius until the final accession of Vespasian, first of the

Imperial Flavian dynasty, in July 69. The social, military and political upheavals of the period had

Empire‐wide repercussions, which included the outbreak of the Batavian rebellion. ‐ Wikipedia

 

  •  Civil War is marked at the SL as a civil war took place in the year of four emperors.
  •  Civil war also marked at the Midnight Cry as Daniel 11:23‐29 locates the death of Mark Antony at the Midnight Cry.
  •  Vespasian ruled from 69 – 79 AD. He was the emperor whose son (Titus) destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. 

 

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2) Tidings Out Of the North

Seven Thunders Defined:

“The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages.” – {Manuscript Releases, vol. 19, pg.320.3}

“After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the instruction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: “Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered.” These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order.” – {Manuscript Releases, vol.19, pg.320.1} • The seven thunders represent the events of Millerite history, and events of our history. 

 Cyrus - 1989

“Daniel’s prayer had been offered “in the first year of Darius” ( verse 1), the Median monarch whose general, Cyrus, had wrested from Babylonia the scepter of universal rule. The reign of Darius was honored of God. To him was sent the angel Gabriel, “to confirm and to strengthen him.” Daniel 11:1. Upon his death, within about two years of the fall of Babylon, Cyrus succeeded to the throne, and the beginning of his reign marked the completion of the seventy years since the first company of Hebrews had been taken by Nebuchadnezzar from their Judean home to Babylon.

The deliverance of Daniel from the den of lions had been used of God to create a favorable impression upon the mind of Cyrus the Great. The sterling qualities of the man of God as a statesman of farseeing ability led the Persian ruler to show him marked respect and to honor his judgment. And now, just at the time God had said He would cause His temple at Jerusalem to be rebuilt, He moved upon Cyrus as His agent to discern the prophecies concerning himself, with which Daniel was so familiar, and to grant the Jewish people their liberty.” – {Prophets and  Kings, pg.556.4, 557.1}

 “Today the church of God is free to carry forward to completion the divine plan for the salvation of a lost race. For many centuries God’s people suffered a restriction of their liberties. The preaching of the gospel in its purity was prohibited, and the severest of penalties were visited upon those who dared disobey the mandates of men. As a consequence, the Lord’s great moral vineyard was almost wholly unoccupied. The people were deprived of the light of God’s word. The darkness of error and superstition threatened to blot out a knowledge of true religion. God’s church on earth was as verily in captivity during this long period of relentless persecution as were the children of Israel held captive in Babylon during the period of the exile.” – {Prophets and Kings, pg.714.1}

“The “man of sin,” which is also styled “the mystery of iniquity,” “the son of perdition,” and “that wicked,” represents the papacy, which, as foretold in prophecy, was to maintain its supremacy for 1260 years. This period ended in 1798. The coming of Christ could not take place before that time. Paul covers with his caution the whole of the Christian dispensation down to the year 1798. It is this side of that time that the message of Christ’s second coming is to be proclaimed.   No such message has ever been given in past ages. Paul, as we have seen, did not preach it; he pointed his brethren into the then far-distant future for the coming of the Lord. The Reformers did not proclaim it. Martin Luther placed the judgment about three hundred years in the future from his day. But since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, knowledge of the prophecies has increased, and many have proclaimed the solemn message of the judgment near.” – {Great Controversy, pg.356.2}

  • Ascent of Cyrus to the throne marks end of 70 years captivity (ToE).
  • 70 year captivity parallels 1260 which ended in 1798 (ToE).
  • Cyrus experienced an Increase of Knowledge paralleling the opening of the book of Daniel in 1798.

 

Cambyses — IoK (Increase of Knowledge)

“All that heaven could do in behalf of the people of God was done. The victory was finally gained; the forces of the enemy were held in check all the days of Cyrus, and all the days of his son Cambyses, who reigned about seven and a half years. This was a time of wonderful opportunity for the Jews. The highest agencies of heaven were working on the hearts of kings, and it was for the people of God to labor with the utmost activity to carry out the decree of Cyrus. They should have spared no effort to restore the temple and its services, and to reestablish themselves in their Judean homes. But in the day of God’s power many proved unwilling…During the reign of Cambyses the work on the temple progressed slowly.” – {Prophets and Kings, pg.571.2–572.2}

  • Cyrus and Cambyses are tied together by inspiration as ToE and IoK are tied together.
  • During the reign of Cambyses the work progressed slowly.
    • Similarly, when Miller had an increase of knowledge on the prophecies from 1816– 1818, the work for that time was moving at a slow pace.
    • Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the work of this movement progressed slowly, notwithstanding the increase of knowledge on Daniel 11:40–45 which was understood in 1992.

 

False Smerdis — Formalisation of the Message

During the reign of Cambyses the work on the temple progressed slowly. And during the reign of the false Smerdis (called Artaxerxes in Ezra 4:7) the Samaritans induced the unscrupulous impostor to issue a decree forbidding the Jews to rebuild their temple and city.  {PK 572.2} 

 Ezekiel 37:7, 8; Matthew 3:1–12; David’s first anointing.

  • According to Ezekiel’s message, in the time of the first message there is a noise (a voice) and a shaking.
  • John’s message was a voice crying in the wilderness and was met with opposition from the leadership of his day and age.
  • David’s first anointing lines up with the history of 1989–9/11 and confirms the fact that within this history there is a controversy over the first message. This is illustrated by Saul’s response to David after this anointing.
  • The formalised message is the first message of a reform movement, and based on the above lines controversy and opposition are attached to it.
  • In the reign of False Smerdis, we see an opposition to the work committed to the Jews, and in this sense, the events of his history can illustrate the dynamics associated with the formalisation of the message—it is put together and presented within the context of controversy.
  • This was the case with the message of Daniel 11:40–45.

 

Darius Hystapses — 9/11

 Ezra 5:6

 “And now, many years later, the Lord was preparing the way for these thousands who had lingered, to return. A chain of circumstances was rapidly leading to the confirmation of the decree of Cyrus and the issuance of a second decree by Darius Hystaspes.” – {Review and Herald, December 26, 1907, par. 16}

“In the seventh chapter of Ezra the decree is found. Verses 12-26. In its completest form it was issued by Artaxerxes, king of Persia, 457 B.C. But in Ezra 6:14 the house of the Lord at

Jerusalem is said to have been built “according to the commandment [“decree,” margin] of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” These three kings, in originating, reaffirming, and completing the decree, brought it to the perfection required by the prophecy to mark the beginning of the 2300 years. Taking 457 B.C., the time when the decree was completed, as the date of the commandment, every specification of the prophecy concerning the seventy weeks was seen to have been fulfilled.” – {Great Controversy, pg.326.3}

Forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty persons, enough to people quite a respectable city, returned, under the proclamation of Cyrus, to the site of Jerusalem, to rebuild the house of the Lord. And the sacred vessels which had been taken away were also restored. Ezra 5:13-15. Fifty-two years after the complete destruction of the first temple, the foundation of the second was laid by Zerubbabel. The prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, encouraged the builders. Ezra 5:1; 6:14. Hindered fifteen years through the influence of the Samaritans and others, it was at length finished and dedicated in the sixth year of Darius Hystaspes, B.C.515, twenty-one years after its commencement. {1898 UrS, LUJ 79.1}

  • Temple finished under Darius Hystapses paralleling the commencement of the building of the temple at 911 (Exo 40:1-2, 17).

Such were the conditions existing during the early part of the reign of Darius Hystaspes. Spiritually as well as temporally, the Israelites were in a pitiable state. So long had they murmured and doubted; so long had they chosen to make personal interests first, while viewing with apathy the Lord's temple in ruins, that many had lost sight of God's purpose in restoring them to Judea; and these were saying, "The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built." Haggai 1:2.  {PK 573.2}  

For over a year the temple was neglected and well-nigh forsaken. The people dwelt in their homes and strove to attain temporal prosperity, but their situation was deplorable. Work as they might they did not prosper. The very elements of nature seemed to conspire against them. Because they had let the temple lie waste, the Lord sent upon their substance a wasting drought. God had bestowed upon them the fruits of field and garden, the corn and the wine and the oil, as a token of His favor; but because they had used these bountiful gifts so selfishly, the blessings were removed.  {PK 573.1}  

 Such were the conditions existing during the early part of the reign of Darius Hystaspes. Spiritually as well as temporally, the Israelites were in a pitiable state. So long had they murmured and doubted; so long had they chosen to make personal interests first, while viewing with apathy the Lord's temple in ruins, that many had lost sight of God's purpose in restoring them to Judea; and these were saying, "The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built." Haggai 1:2.  {PK 573.2}  

Revelation 3:14-20

  • The Jews were in a Laodicean message in the time of Darius Hystapses.
  • This typifies 911 when the third angel (the Laodicean message) was empowered.

 

Xerxes the Great — Midnight

“Meanwhile conditions in the Medo-Persian realm were rapidly changing. Darius Hystaspes, under whose reign the Jews had been shown marked favor, was succeeded by Xerxes the Great. It was during his reign that those of the Jews who had failed of heeding the message to flee were called upon to face a terrible crisis. Having refused to take advantage of the way of escape God had provided, now they were brought face to face with death.” – {Prophets and Kings, pg.600.1} 

It is in a crisis that character is revealed. When the earnest voice proclaimed at midnight, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him,” and the sleeping virgins were roused from their slumbers, it was seen who had made preparation for the event. Both parties were taken unawares; but one was prepared for the emergency, and the other was found without preparation. So now, a sudden and unlooked-for calamity, something that brings the soul face to face with death, will show whether there is any real faith in the promises of God. It will show whether the soul is sustained by grace. The great final test comes at the close of human probation, when it will be too late for the soul’s need to be supplied.” – {Christ Object Lessons, pg.412.1}

  • Crisis typifying Midnight occurred during the reign of Xerxes the Great (Ahasuerus).

The events that followed in rapid succession,--the appearance of Esther before the king, the marked favor shown her, the banquets of the king and queen with Haman as the only guest, the troubled sleep of the king, the public honor shown Mordecai, and the humiliation and fall of Haman upon the discovery of his wicked plot,--all these are parts of a familiar story. God wrought marvelously for His penitent people; and a counter decree issued by the king, allowing them to fight for their lives, was rapidly communicated to every part of the realm by mounted couriers, who were "hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment." "And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them." Esther 8:14, 17.  {PK 602.1}

The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. Today the enemies of the true church see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment, a Mordecai at the gate. The reverence of God's people for His law is a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and are trampling on His Sabbath.  {PK 605.2}  

Satan will arouse indignation against the minority who refuse to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will COMBINE to cover them with contempt. Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will conspire against them. With voice and pen, by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and angry appeals, men will STIR UP the passions of the people. Not having a "Thus saith the Scriptures" to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for Sunday laws. But those who fear God, cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the Decalogue. On this battlefield will be fought the last great conflict in the controversy between truth and error. And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Today, as in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate His truth and His people.  {PK 605.3}

 

Prediction before Midnight – Tidings out of the North

The prophet is now inspired with an earnest message to the children of Israel who are still in  Babylon, the land of their captivity. At the time the decree of Cyrus was given, nearly a score of years before, only a comparatively small number, a mere "remnant," had returned to Judea. By far the greater portion had failed of discerning the opening providence of God, as revealed in the decree of King Cyrus. They had chosen to remain behind, in a heathen land, rather than to return to Jerusalem.  {RH, December 26, 1907 par. 15}  

“Their [the exiles’] efforts were brought to the notice of Darius Hystaspes, who was the monarch ruling at that time; and he was impressed to issue a second decree, fully as favorable as the one issued by Cyrus over twenty years before. Thus did God, in mercy, provide another wonderful opportunity for the Jews in the Medo-Persian capital, and throughout the provinces,  to return to the land whence they had been carried captive. And the Lord not only wrought a change of feeling in the hearts of men in authority, so that they favored the Jews in their realm; but he also inspired Zechariah, his prophetic messenger, to plead with them most earnestly to flee from their Babylonian surroundings, and return to Jerusalem.” – {Review and Herald, January 23, 1908, par. 6}

 And now, many years later, the Lord was preparing the way for these thousands who had lingered, to return. A chain of circumstances was rapidly leading to the confirmation of the decree of Cyrus and the issuance of a second decree by Darius Hystaspes. The Lord foresaw the troublous times that would soon follow in the reign of Xerxes--the Ahasuerus of the book of Esther. And so, in a time of special favor and opportunity, the message was given through Zechariah: --  {RH, December 26, 1907 par. 16}  

     "Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord. Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. For thus saith the Lord of hosts: After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me."  {RH, December 26, 1907 par. 17}  

Ho, Ho – Out of the cities - out of the cities

Out of the cities; out of the cities!”—this is the message the Lord has been giving me. The earthquakes will come; the floods will come; and we are not to establish ourselves in the wicked cities, where the enemy is served in every way, and where God is so often forgotten. The Lord desires that we shall have clear spiritual eyesight. We must be quick to discern the peril that would attend the establishment of institutions in these wicked cities. We must make wise plans to warn the cities, and at the same time live where we can shield our children and ourselves from the contaminating and demoralizing influences so prevalent in these places.—Life Sketches, 409, 410(1906).” – {Country Living, pg.31.4}

Overflowing Scourge – Papacy

Isaiah 28:15, Revelation 6:8

“Before the overflowing scourge shall come upon the dwellers of the earth, the Lord calls upon all who are Israelites indeed to prepare for that event. To parents He sends the warning cry: Gather your children into your own houses; gather them away from those who are disregarding the commandments of God, who are teaching and practicing evil. Get out of the large cities as fast as possible.” – {Adventist Home, pg.139.5}

The crisis

But erelong there will be such strife and confusion in the cities, that those who wish to leave them will not be able. We must be preparing for these issues. This is the light that is given me.—The General Conference Bulletin, April 6, 1903.” – {Country Living, pg.11.1}

 

Artabanus – Midnight Cry

According to Aristotle , Artabanus was responsible for the death of Crown Prince Darius. He then became afraid that Xerxes would seek revenge and proceeded to assassinate the King. On the other hand, Junianus Justinus reported that Artabanus had personal ambitions for the throne. He first secretly murdered Xerxes and then accused Darius of parricide , resulting in his execution. The order of events remain uncertain but Xerxes and Darius certainly left the throne vacant. Artabanus' course of action is also uncertain. Some accounts have him usurping the throne for himself. Others consider him to have named young Artaxerxes I as King and to have acted as Regent and power behind the throne . This state of affairs would not last more than a few months. Artaxerxes reportedly slew him with his own sword, either in battle or by surprise. Artabanus is occasionally listed among the Kings of the Achaemenid dynasty though he was not related to them.

“Artabanus was in control of the Achaemenid state for seven months and was recognized as king by Egypt. Finally, however, he was betrayed by his fellow conspirator Megabyzus and was killed by Artaxerxes.” – {https://www.britannica.com/biography/Artabanus}

 ASSASSINATE, v.t. 1. To kill or attempt to kill, by surprise or secret assault; to murder by sudden violence. Assassin as a verb is not now used. 2. To way lay; to take by treachery.

Revelation 8:10, 11

“In the interpretation and application of this passage, we are brought to the third important event which resulted in the subversion of the Roman empire. And in finding a historical fulfilment of this third trumpet, we shall be indebted to the Notes of Dr. Albert Barnes for a few extracts. In explaining this scripture, it is necessary, as this commentator says, - {1897 UrS, DAR 484.3}   "That there should be some chieftain or warrior who might be compared to a blazing meteor; whose course would be singularly brilliant; who would appear suddenly LIKE a blazing star, and then disappear like a star whose light was quenched in the waters. That the desolating course of this meteor would be mainly on those portions of the world which abounded with springs of water and running streams; that an effect would be produced as if those streams and fountains were made bitter; that is, that many persons would perish, and that wide desolations would be caused in the vicinity of those rivers and streams, as if  a bitter and baleful star should fall into the waters, and death should spread over lands adjacent to them, and watered by them." - Notes on Revelation 8. {1897 UrS, DAR 484.4} 

It is here premised that this trumpet has allusion to the desolating wars and furious invasions of Attila against the Roman power, which he carried on at the head of his hordes of Huns. Speaking of this warrior, particularly of his personal appearance, Mr. Barnes says:- {1897 UrS, DAR 485.1}   "In the manner of his appearance, he strongly resembled a brilliant meteor flashing in the sky. He came from the East gathering his Huns, and poured them down, as we shall see, with the rapidity of a flashing meteor, suddenly on the empire. He regarded himself also as devoted to Mars, the god of war, and was accustomed to array himself in a peculiarly brilliant manner, so that his appearance, in the language of his flatterers, was such as to dazzle the eyes of beholders." {1897 UrS, DAR 485.2}

  • Artabanus was a usurper who assassinated the king.
  • The characteristic of surprise or sudden violence is associated with Attila the Hun (third trumpet) who can be placed at the MC.
    • Sudden crisis brought on by satanic ruler/despot.

 

Artexerxes – Sunday Law

But it was not until several years later, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes I, the successor of Xerxes the Great,  that any considerable number returned to Jerusalem, under Ezra.  {PK 602.3}  

 

 

 

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