The Eastern Question – Islam in Prophecy

The Eastern Question relating to Daniel 11 and how Islam fits into biblical prophecy, is one of the most controversial prophecies in Adventism… at least it is if you hold my view (currently the minority view).
I have seen people yelled at, ridiculed and even special meetings held to ensure my view was “clarified away”.  So, needless to say, this isn’t a view that will make you friends.  I do believe however, it holds merit, and seems to be increasingly fitting current events in the middle east.  It was also the view of many of the prominent pioneers in EGWs time (this isn’t a guarantee of truth, it is simply interesting).

The two options are basically this:
Option 1: The literal reading of Daniel 11, or
Option 2: the literal reading of Daniel 11:1-40 and spiritual reading of Daniel 11:40-45. This speaker argues for the option 1, and to me it seems the more reasonable view, especially in the light of current events.

audio: mp3
Daniel & The Revelation by Uriah Smith (1897 EGW estate version): pdf, buy book (also available for free in EGW 2 app on IOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone)

Doug Bachelor’s Thoughts on Pope’s visit to the US in September 2015

Doug Bachelor gives a run down of the Pope’s visit to the US in the next few weeks, and what it is all about.

If you still don’t understand the significance of the pope in Biblical Prophecy, it is well worth checking out this high quality documentary produced by Doug Bachelor (well worth the watch) Revelation – The Bride, The Beast & Babylon (thank you to them for releasing it for free for a limited time):

Interesting abc tv in the US:

2300 Year Prophecy Vindicated

Of all the prophecies that William Miller and the 1844 movement preached, this one has to be one of the most controversial.  The main reason: it is often reduced to an argument and often a poorly supported one.  This series of videos strips it back to the basics, lays down the 4 options (2300 years, 2300 days, 1150 days, 23 days) and shows very clearly how Miller and the hundreds of preachers of his time all over the world (including young children in Sweden), were preaching God inspired truth.  Herb Kersten takes us through a indepth study of the original hebrew of the text, and compares it within Daniel, without resorting to external proofs of the year day principle.
If you believe you have heard it all before on the 2300 days, prepare to be enlightened.

The series is split into 4 sections:
1. The time (all covering the 2300 days only) – note presentation starts at 6:30 into the first video
2. questions about this section (many very good questions asked)
3. The Event (what was the “cleansing of the sanctuary”.. and have we even got that translation entirely wrong!)
4. Questions about the event.

Outstanding series.


Significant moves of the Papacy in 2014

Last year was possibly one of the most significant pushes the Catholic Church has made for many years.  Pope Francis has become the go to man to fix international tensions.  Surely this can only be a good thing??
Following is a quick run-down of the many significant things the papacy has done in 2014 and why they are prophetically significant.

Should Christians go to war?

Christians believe that the bible is God’s word and that sin is a transgression of God’s law. God’s law is the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20). The 6th Commandment tells us that as Christians we will not kill, and thus the challenge for Christians during war time is born. Historically SDAs have been known as “conscientious objectors”, opposed to killing, war and violence. Some members take this stance further to include not “bearing arms” (not carrying a gun or other weapon of war), to avoid the possible temptation of killing. Others go further still to say that being in the war effort at all (even without a weapon, keeping all of the Commandments) is supporting wrong and is a sin. Debate has arisen over the past 150 years and still continues today, as to whether or not a Christian can choose to join the army, navy or air force, either of his / her own free will or if forced with conscription. Is it biblical to choose prison or death over compliance if conscripted? These moral dilemmas have been faced by many faithful Christians, and it is my prayer that this article may lead you to more prayerful study about this heavily debated topic. The following is an historical account of the German SDA church’s response to World War 1 and the split that followed.

I will start by saying, if you are not an Adventist, the church politics on this matter are basically irrelevant to you, which is why I will only very briefly cover this (feel free to skip down to the Testimony 1 and 2 links).  I believe the links I give after will help both Adventists and non-Adventists alike to understand the dilemmas brought about in war time, also to show some amazing testimonies of faithful individuals who were helped by God during World War 2.

For Adventists who wish to have a clear understanding of this issue, I recommend continuing through the resources posted after.

To begin, it is important to understand my reasons for posting this article.  I personally believe that the SDA church badly needs help, and I believe that help can come from members of the SDARM / IMSSDARM rejoining the fight for truth in the church.  I don’t necessarily agree with all the doctrines of either the SDARM or IMSSDARM, however I believe they and the SDA church are in unity on vital doctrines. In my opinion the SDA church needs more conscientious individuals to help spread the message of truth across the world.  I believe many have been discouraged and driven into the Reform or Independent movements. My hope is that this division will end, so we can all get back to work spreading the 3 angels’ messages to the world.  It seems an impossible dream to fulfil, however Christ prayed a similar prayer. I believe His power to bring unity and reform will prevail.

I am not in favour of ecumenism, however I believe there are insignificant differences between the SDA, SDARM, IMSSDARM and Independent SDA groups to justify separation.   One of these differences (sometimes the only difference some people see) is the matter of whether Christians should go to war.

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