The Seven Times-2520 Years: 8

THE GATHERING TIME

William Miller believed that Nebuchadnezzar being chastised seven times in Daniel 4:22-37 is an ALLEGORY of the 2520, the chastisement of the southern kingdom and that when Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was gathered back to him and not only given back, but when it was given back it was given with excellent majesty, and that the excellent majesty was the second coming of Christ in the kingdom of glory. But we will see very clearly that the excellent majesty added after 1844 deals particularly with the new covenanted people of God.

Notice Daniel 4:33-36: "The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.

34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation.

35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

At the end of this time period, the kingdom which had been taken from him was returned to him and in addition ‘excellent majesty was added’.

Now William Miller believed that the excellent majesty was to be the coming of Christ in the kingdom of glory, but we can see now that it referred to 1844 and the beginning of the Advent movement. And the EXCELLENT EXCELLENCE OF MAJESTY is to be added when the LATTER RAIN is poured out on GOD’S PEOPLE, and that STONE that is in preparation now, that 144,000 in which Christ places His very CHARACTER in their hearts. Christ our Righteousness!

In Leviticus it teaches the scattering and the gathering—both principles—this scattering-gathering principle is not just something we put together, the Spirit of Prophecy referred to it, it is all throughout the scriptures and in the very chapter where we get the 2520, it is mentioned.

Leviticus: 26:40-45 "If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; 41 And [that] I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I [am] the LORD their God. 45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I [am] the LORD."

REMEMBER how Daniel prayed in Daniel 9:5?

"We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:…"

Daniel was praying and humbling himself and saying: "we have sinned." He was fulfilling what was written in Leviticus 26. Daniel represents you and me, God’s people at the end of the world.

October 22, 1844 God has a NEW denominated people. Was there ever a time in the history of these people that they realized that God’s Law had been broken and they humbled themselves with fasting, confession, and prayer as they saw they had been breaking God’s covenant which was based on His Law and to be God’s denominated people the Law must be reestablished?

"The temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament." [REV. 11:19.] The ark of God's testament is in the holy of holies, the second apartment of the sanctuary. In the ministration of the earthly tabernacle, which served "unto the example and shadow of heavenly things," this apartment was opened only upon the great day of atonement, for the cleansing of the sanctuary. Therefore the announcement that the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and the ark of his testament was seen, points to the opening of the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, in 1844, as Christ entered there to perform the closing work of the atonement. Those who by faith followed their great High Priest, as he entered upon his ministry in the most holy place, beheld the ark of his testament. As they had studied the subject of the sanctuary, they had come to understand the Saviour's change of ministration, and they saw that he was now officiating before the ark of God, pleading his blood in behalf of sinners. {GC88 433.1}

The ark in the tabernacle on earth contained the two tables of stone, upon which were inscribed the precepts of the law of God. The ark was merely a receptacle for the tables of the law, and the presence of these divine precepts gave to it its value and sacredness. When the temple of God was opened in Heaven, the ark of his testament was seen. Within the holy of holies, in the sanctuary in Heaven, the divine law is sacredly enshrined,--the law that was spoken by God himself amid the thunders of Sinai, and written with his own finger on the tables of stone. {GC88 433.2}

The law of God in the sanctuary in Heaven is the great original, of which the precepts inscribed upon the tables of stone, and recorded by Moses in the Pentateuch, were an unerring transcript. Those who arrived at an understanding of this important point, were thus led to see the sacred, unchanging character of the divine law. They saw, as never before, the force of the Saviour's words, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law." [MATT. 5:18.] The law of God, being a revelation of his will, a transcript of his character, must forever endure, "as a faithful witness in Heaven." Not one command has been annulled; not a jot or tittle has been changed. Says the psalmist: "Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in Heaven." "All his commandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever." [PS. 119:89; 111:7, 8.] {GC88 434.1}

In the very bosom of the decalogue is the fourth commandment, as it was first proclaimed: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 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.] {GC88 434.2}

The Spirit of God impressed the hearts of those students of his Word. The conviction was urged upon them, that they had ignorantly transgressed this precept by disregarding the Creator's rest-day. They began to examine the reasons for observing the first day of the week instead of the day which God had sanctified. They could find no evidence in the Scriptures that the fourth commandment had been abolished, or that the Sabbath had been changed; the blessing which first hallowed the seventh day had never been removed. They had been honestly seeking to know and to do God's will; now, as they saw themselves transgressors of his law, sorrow filled their hearts, and they manifested their loyalty to God by keeping his Sabbath holy. {GC88 434.3}

In this period of time, God brought illumination and shortly after 1844, they saw the importance of the Sabbath in the Law of God. Why did God have to do this? Why for this long period of time had the Law of God largely been lost and trampled on but then all of a sudden God brought illumination upon his sacred precepts again. In 34 AD he had been divorced from His covenanted people.

We saw that Israel had been incorporated as a church and nation at Sinai.

"Soon after the encampment at Sinai, Moses was called up into the mountain to meet with God. . . . Israel was now to be taken into a close and peculiar relation to the Most High--to be incorporated as a church and a nation under the government of God. The message to Moses for the people was: ". . . if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people; for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" (Ex. 19:4-6). {PP 303}

But they broke that covenant and finally at 34 AD they were cut off. For a while the Law of God was still kept, but as the apostles began dying off and ‘grievous wolves’ began to enter the church, it was largely lost sight of.

After October 22, 1844 it was realized the covenant had been broken, the law had not been kept. The fourth commandment was shown me as a golden link which God designed should serve as a bond of union uniting man to man and connecting earth to heaven and finite man to the infinite God. {7MR 111.4}

"Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. . . .Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed." Exodus 31:13-17.

The ‘perpetual covenant has been established in the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST people since 1844. There will come a time when all sin and iniquity is purged from a particular group of people. God will have 144,000 in number who will perfectly have the character of Christ, therefore they will perfectly keep every law and precept. Satan will not be able to say there has never been a people able to keep the law of God. No, there will be a people.

Excellent majesty will be given to the church….

PUTTING THE OTHER LINES IN PLACE

The 2300 days began in 457 BC. It ended in 1844. In 457 Artaxerxes gave the decree, but there were two other decrees prior to this one. 457 was the third decree.

AN INTERESTING NOTE:

How long was the temple in building? In Daniel 9 it talks about "seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." Now if you figure out the seven weeks – that comes to 49 years.

John 2:20-21 "Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body."

Here it says 46 years and Daniel says 49—So is there a contradiction? The Bible answers this itself: 9:25 "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."

It took 49 years, 3 extra years to build the streets and the wall, but the temple, and you can find this in history, was finished in 46 years.

The time between the start of the 2520 on the Northern Kingdom and the time of the start on the Southern Kingdom is 46 years.

John 2:18-21 "Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body."

We know this also had a literal application to his resurrection from the dead, but there is another application—The spiritual application at the end of the world is that in 3 days, in 3 decrees, He would raise up His spiritual body—His body is His church!

1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."

Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:…"

The body of Christ is His church.

In the beginning it took three decrees before the literal temple was completed. Here at the end of the world we see that it takes three decrees, or the three angels messages before the "church or temple" is built.

Between 1798 and 1844 is also 46 years—"46 years this temple was in building."

There were three decrees to build the temple. The last decree is when the walls and streets were built. It took three extra years to finish the streets and walls. The temple was finished in 46 years. From 1798 to 1844 is 46 years. Every one of these scriptures ties this whole prophecy together with exactness.

Isaiah prophesied when the southern kingdom would be broken: Isaiah 7:8,9

Isaiah, in the year 742 prophesied: "For the head of Syria [is] Damascus, and the head of Damascus [is] Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established."

19 years later in 723 BC the northern kingdom (Ephraim) was broken when Hoshea taken prisoner.

 

Isaiah prophesied this in 742 BC

742 BC

and 19 years later

 - 19 years

Hoshea was taken prisoner in 723 BC = 723 BC
then 46 years later - 46 years
Manasseth was taken prisoner in 677 BC = 677 BC
Within threescore and five years both kingdoms were broken 19 + 46 = 65 years total

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