Time Setting !
Testimony of Jesus is the source of various historical events and their times at which all times set are derived
The Meaning of "Time Setting"
Time setting is an act of fixing the time of something to come. The time can be the hours, the days, the weeks, the months, or the years. There is a time, which the Lord God will not authorize anyone to freely set for those events to come, for He himself will set them, and then proclaim them in moments of His own choosing. What is meant by that particular time, can be clearly followed from the quotations of the words below:
From the Bible:
- "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." - Matthew 25 : 13.
- "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." “The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of.” -- Matthew 24 : 36, 50.
In the days of the apostles the books of Daniel and the Revelation were not as yet interpreted and revealed. The SPIRIT OF PROPHECY prophesied in Revelation 19 : 10 is not as yet known. Therefore, the coming of Jesus to stand on the Mount Sion with the elected saints of those 144.000 of God would by no means known.
Thus, the time spoken of by the apostle Matthew above is none other than the "day and hour" of Jesus' second coming. Every one of us who is already familiar with the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10 would have understood, that only the knowledge of the day and hour of Jesus' second coming that would be kept away from us, whereas the year and the month of the coming would inevitably be known the more the closer we are to the time of the end.
From the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY:
Since from the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY the end of the time of probation can already be known to fall in 2031, with the exception of the month, then since the whole period of the seven wraths of God to be poured out to the earth after the end of probation will take 15 months, then those living until the upcoming year 2031 would no longer be ignorant of the month and the year of Jesus' second coming. So it is appropriate to say that only the d a y and the h o u r of the arrival will be announced by the Father of the second coming. Because "no one knows it, not even the angels of heaven, except my Father alone," says Jesus.
How the year 2031 as the end of probation is to be found.
Mrs. White said:
Four thousand years Christ worked for human uplifting
"Satan led men into sin, and the plan of redemption was put in operation. For 4000 years Christ was working for man’s uplifting, and Satan for his ruin and degradation. And the heavenly universe beheld it all.” --- The Desire of Ages, p. 759.
''In the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” In AD 31, three and a half years after His baptism, our Lord was crucified. With the great sacrifice offered upon Calvary, ended that system of offerings which for four thousand years had pointed forward to the Lamb of God. The ceremonies of the offerings which had been celebrated for three thousand years were pointing forward to the Lamb of God. Type had met antitype, and all the sacrifices and oblations of the ceremonial system were there to cease.” -- The Great Controversy, pp. 327, 328.
Since the four thousand years end in 31, the beginning of the fall of Adam and Eve in sin can be calculated to fall on (4000 - 31) = 3.969 years BC.
Six thousand years of probation
Mrs. White said:
"Satan’s work of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his will, filling the earth with woe and causing grief throughout the universe. The whole creation has groaned and travailed together in pain. Now God’s creatures are forever delivered from his presence and temptations. ...... And a shout of praise and triumph ascends from the whole loyal universe. "The voice of a great multitude as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, is heard saying : Alleluia : for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19 : 6. -- Great Controversy, p. 673.
Probation is a period God provides for all the inhabitants of the earth of men and women to repent. That is why, the time of probation begins with the fall of Adam and Eve in sin, and will end at the end of the 6000 years. Brother Houteff says:
"Therefore, the number of our symbolic numbers about the time of the Bible, 600, should be multiplied by 10. Thus, 600 x 10 = 6,000 years of probation, this proves the time of Christ to be the Savior of sinners, and that the world we who are sinful will be 6,000 years old when the time of probation is over, and that we are living in the time of the end." - The Harvest, Parabolic - Ceremonial, p. 71.
Since the fall of Adam and Eve is known to be in 3969 BC, the end of the future time of probation will fall in the year 6000 - 3969 = the year 2031 to come.
How to find the year 2027 as the year of
the establishment of the Kingdom in Palestine
Mrs. White said:
"The church of Christ’s day was determined to have the kingdom set up then, when not all was yet ready for it ; the church of today is determined not to have it now, when “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4 : 7) – when the time is fully come ! - The Jews wanted back the kingdom which they had lost --- a kingdom of sin and sinners. They were eager to be freed from Roman bondage only, instead of from sin and sinners also.” -- Mount of Sion on the Eleventh Hour, p. 73 (English).
"The apostles positively believed that Christ was to set up His kingdom at His first advent, but they, too, had to change their believe." - 1 Timely Greetings, No. 13, pp. 6, 7.
"The Jews wanted a kingdom of their own, a kingdom of this world (saints and sinners in it). Yes, they wanted a kingdom on earth, but none in Heaven. What is more, they wanted it two thousand years ahead of schedule. Now, ironically, in the time of the restoration of the Kingdom, the Denomination takes an opposite attitude : It wants a kingdom in Heaven, but none on earth.” -- Timely Greetings, vol. 1, No. 15, p. 20.
As planned in the schedule of the Lord Himself, the coming kingdom should have to be established 2,000 years after Christ's first advent. When should we begin to calculate: from the year of his birth or from the year of his baptism in the year 27. We should be aware that we are discussing a legal matter of God's kingdom, then the related legal matter that should be considered. Thus, the year of his baptism must be taken to begin the counting. It was precisely in that year that John the baptist had proclaimed Jesus to the Jews to be their King. And that year has also been marked by the Jews staging demonstrations in the streets to welcome Jesus as their King. The Servant of God Mrs. Ellen G. White wrote it as follows:
"When the Son of man rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, they (the Jews) expected Him to be crowned king. The people flocked from all the region about, and cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” Matthew 21 : 9. -- Life Sketches, p. 62. (In brackets are added)
It is according to the schedule of God Himself that the coming kingdom shall stand in Palestine in the year 2.027, that is 2,000 years after the Jews wanted Jesus to be their king, after He was baptized by John in the year 27 AD.
You can now ask me why did Houteff say : "I wish that I could tell you all you want to know, but I cannot say how soon the separation, the purification of the church (Testimonies, vol. 5, pg. 80) will take place. God alone knows the time." - 2 TG, No. 41 p. 3. Is it not better for him to tell them that the Lord God has his own plan, that the separation, the cleansing of the church, and the establishment of the kingdom will have to be accomplished in the year 2.027, which is 2,000 years from the time the Jews wanted Jesus to be their King after his baptism in the year 27 ?
Here again is clearly seen how consistent these two humble servants of God (Ellen G. White and Victor T. Houteff) in defending the words of their utterance as the voice of God. Both are honestly quite aware that, although the years of the events to come were already told to both of them, however, the time in the sense of the "date" and the "day and hour" of the two main events (the establishment of the kingdom and the second advent of Jesus), "only GOD the Father, who knows the the time.
How to find the year 2033 as
the year of Jesus' second coming
We should understand that as soon as probation closes in 2031, the seven wraths of God will be poured out on earth for a period of 15 months or a year and three months. The period of 1 year and 3 months is also known by the period of the seven last plagues to be poured upon all the wicked, who fail to repent up to the last minute of the time of probation in 2031. After the end of this period which is to fall in the year 2033 Jesus will come in all his greatness accompanied by ten thousands of thousands of his angels. The glory and greatness of His coming would have killed all the sinners who remain on all the face of the earth. And here after the end of all the plagues to be poured out, then is the beginning of the 1000 years of millennium to be counted. The calculation to get the year of the second coming of the Lord Jesus will be as follows : year 2031 + 1 year + 3 months = year 2032 + 1 month, i.e. year 2033 to come.
In discovering the timing of some of the great events described above, we prefer to use the term "times found" rather than "time-setting." For the historical events and their respective times are already available in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10, provided us by the servants of God Mrs. White and Bro. Victor T. Houteff. So whomsoever want to find the great events of the future by digging deeper into the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, they too would have found the same results of the coming world events and their times respectively, namely: (1) The Kingdom of the end-times Israelite of the 144,000 will be established in Palestine in the year 2027 to come, (2) The time of probation will end in 2031, and 15 months later after the 2031 (3) the second coming of the Lord Jesus will come true in the year 2033.
Satan has used his agents to accuse all the servants of God who dig deeper into the mines of truth in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. Beware of Satan's accusing agents. After having found the eventual truths and their times in the matters of days, months and years, we would have been accused and branded as “time setter.” Whereas, in reality, we are only “the discoverer” of the times and events, as those taught in the message by the servants of the Lord themselves. Those times are actually prepared by the servants of God in the SPIRIT OF THE PROPHECY.
And then when the result of our digging deep into the message is found unchallengeable related to time, which is the day, the month, and the year, I again will be accused of being implicated in sin of adding to or subtracting from the message as those prohibited in the Revelation 22 : 18, 19 here below :
"For I testify unto everyone that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written In this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." - Revelation 22 : 18, 19.
C o n c l u d e d
Many important events along with their times discussed above are actually the result of mine own painstaking effort to dig deep into the message of the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. We should have understood that all of those events and their times respectively are already available in the SPIRIT OF THE PROPHECY. Due to the importance of those events and the times for us end-time people to make preparation for the great and dreadful day of the Lord to come, I have revealed them to the surface without the slightest fear of committing any sin. Especially after so many accusations received without any one having the ability to prove me wrong against the law and the testimony. Isaiah 8 : 20.
Hopefully this article of writing will be satisfying to all my SPIRIT OF PROPHECY loving brethren, then for the next review you are kindly invited to visit my website : www.bible-prophecies.org to find for yourselves the more advanced article entitled:
"Formulation of time setting in
The Light of the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. Who is to blame?"