The Seven Times-2520 Years: 6

THE COVENANT; THE SCATTERING & THE GATHERING - PART TWO

Deuteronomy 28:45-58: 45 "Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

"The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: "And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:

54 "So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.

56 "The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.

58 "If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;"

Now in Great Controversy chapter 1, the Fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 is referred to as the fulfillment of this prophecy of Moses in Deuteronomy 28. Moses understood that when they would break the covenant, one of these scourges would be Rome. Rome would come upon God’s people and trample the sanctuary. We can show from the Bible that this refers to Rome. Notice the similarities between what Moses said and what Daniel said.

Daniel 8:23-25 "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand."

This is Rome, the Roman language was Latin and the majority of the world at that time did not know that language. It was a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; A nation of fierce countenance; (Moses) a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, (Daniel) They came from ‘afar’ because according to where Jerusalem was, they were further away than the nations. They would come and besiege and destroy the city.

When Moses was speaking of this particular power he was dealing with the scattering and trampling down of God’s people. Daniel 5 gave us a greater understanding of these things. How the message on the wall stood for 2520 and meant the scattering.

Daniel 5:25,26 "And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it."

We can connect chapter 5 with what we are shown in chapter 9

Daniel 9:24 "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy."

They were given time, their kingdom was numbered. Then in verse 27 of Daniel 5:

Daniel 5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

And again this is what happened to Israel. In Daniel 9 verses 25-26

"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined."

This is referring to what would happen when their kingdom was numbered, at the end they were weighed in the balances and found wanting. They did not do what they were supposed to do.

Daniel 5:28 "PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians."

Daniel 9:27 "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

At the end of this time Israel was destroyed, scattered, divided, done, divorced from God. Daniel was showing what would transpire during the scattering, the trampling down.

***Hiram Edson wrote of this time as the Great Indignation, the scattering of God’s people.

We are going to look at more evidence in the Bible that ties these things together. Usually we prove the importance of the 1844 date by using the 2300 day prophecy. Now by using the 2520 we can show TWO WITNESSES to the importance of this date in Prophecy in even a more spectacular way.

BOTH KINGDOMS WERE SCATTERED FOR 2520 YEARS, BUT ONE (NORTHERN) REPRESENTS THE TRAMPLING DOWN

WHILE THE OTHER (SOUTHERN), ALSO TRAMPLED DOWN, HAS THE GATHERING AT THE END.

Luke 21:20-24: 20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE GENTILES WOULD TROD DOWN GOD’S PEOPLE UNTIL THE TIME OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED.

WHAT IS THE TIME OF THE GENTILES?

ANSWER: REVELATION 11:1, 2 "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months."

Forty and two months are 1260 prophetic days, or literal years. So the trampling down by the gentiles of the court of the sanctuary was for 1260 years.

What is the "forty and two months" referring to? The trampling down for 1260 years of God’s people by the papacy.

Go back to Luke 21,

Jesus in verse 24 says Jerusalem "would be trodden down of the Gentiles" for 1260 years. Now whose time prophecy is this referring to? Daniel’s time prophecy and the 1260 refers to The papacy.

Jerusalem in verse 24 is spiritual Jerusalem, not literal.

BUT NOTICE WHAT JESUS IS DOING HERE IN LUKE:

Luke 21:20-2: And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; …

Jesus taught this same truth in Matthew 24: We are going to look at a principle of how Jesus taught prophecy: What Jesus taught, Daniel taught because it was actually Jesus that gave the message to Daniel and He would not contradict Himself.

Matthew 24:15-16: 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Luke says "compassed with armies" is a sign to flee into the mountains. (Pagan Rome’s armies, literal)

Matthew says: "abomination of desolation" is a sign to flee into the mountains. (Papal Rome, literal and spiritual)

There is a principle we are applying here:

We are going to see that Jesus Christ himself taught that there were TWO desolating powers, paganism and papalism, and we are applying it to the scattering time period of the northern kingdom.

Notice in GREAT CONTROVERSY page 25:

"When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning sign should be seen, those who would escape must make no delay. Throughout the land of Judea, as well as in Jerusalem itself, the signal for flight must be immediately obeyed. He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down into his house, even to save his most valued treasures. Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction." {GC 25.4}

It was the Roman army that was referred to as coming around Jerusalem at this particular point. And when Christ was speaking of the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet he is teaching us a principle.

Daniel 11:31: "And arms would stand on his part" and they would pollute the sanctuary of strength, and that they "the daily" would place the abomination that maketh desolate" ( the papacy). And who is the daily? Paganism. So Paganism would place the Papacy but the papacy is referred to as the "abomination of desolation."

In Daniel 12:11, the daily would set up the abomination of desolation, the papacy.

Ellen White says Matthew 24 is pagan Rome, whereas Daniel says it is papal Rome. Is there more to be seen?

Was Christ being contradictive, or is Matthew 24 a future event? Christ was speaking shortly before his crucifixion in 31AD by pagan Rome. The abomination of desolation isn’t set up until 538 AD!

We will see that there are TWO desolating Powers.

Jesus Christ himself taught that there were TWO desolating powerspaganism and papalism,  and we are applying it  to the scattering time period of the northern kingdom.