Sabbath: Our Prophetic Message
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Read for This Week’s Study: Revelation 10; Dan. 12:4–9; Revelation 14; 11:17-18; Revelation 13; Gen. 7:11; 11:1–9; Jeremiah 50, 51.

Memory Text: “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea [...]

Disappointment to Discovery!
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1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and while he thought he was finding a short cut to India what he found was a whole “new world.” Now granted, the millions of people already living there already knew about it, and there is evidence of visitors well before Columbus. Still that does not change the point of this story. The fact is that while Columbus’ calculations were off, and his trip a “disappointment” as far as finding a new way to [...]

Inside Story: Stubborn Atheist
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I was an Atheist. I taught physics and astronomy in a secondary school in Bulgaria and was responsible for teaching atheism. Then my brother became an Adventist Christian. I knew nothing about what he had gotten into, but I was sure it was trouble.

My brother told me of a man in his workplace who read his Bible during work breaks. He gave my brother some Bible literature and signed him up for a Bible course. My brother invited me to [...]

Friday: Further Study: The Eschatological Day of Atonement
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, “What Is the Sanctuary?” pp. 409–422; “In the Holy of Holies,” pp. 423–432, in The Great Controversy.

In Daniel 9:24–27, the beginning of the seventy weeks is marked by “the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem” (Dan. 9:25, NASB). The book of Ezra reports on three decrees that concern Jerusalem and the temple, but only the third, reported in Ezra 7:12–26, is the most effective one. The Persian King Artaxerxes I issued the [...]

Thursday: Daniel 8 and 9
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The term for vision (in Hebrew chazon) in the question in Daniel 8:13 refers to the entire vision in Daniel 8:3–11 (see Dan. 8:1-2, 13, 15) and encompasses the time of Media-Persia (ram), Greece (he-goat), and papal Rome (little horn). When the length of the vision is given as “2,300 evenings and mornings,” we should therefore understand it as covering the span from Media-Persia to the End Time. The text repeatedly emphasizes that the vision pertains to the “time of [...]

10: The Eschatological Day of Atonement – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : To be a part of God’s last movement requires an urgent sense of mission to fulfill His call to reach the world with the gospel.

[Teaching plan for The Eschatological Day of Atonement December 2, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Daniel 8:9-13, 23-25.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Do you ever ask the question, how long? Can things get much worse? Are things much better now [...]

10: The Eschatological Day of Atonement – Discussion Starters
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Introduction. You’ll find a lot of unique Adventist theology packed into this week’s lesson. The “little horn,” for example. Even if you don’t agree that papal Rome is the little horn, you can hold on to the doctrine that Jesus is first and last and that He is not pleased when “innovations” from secular or pagan sources replace His the all-powerful, continual ministry in the heavenly sanctuary and in our hearts.

[Thought questions for The Eschatological Day of Atonement December 3, 2013]

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Wednesday: Day of Atonement in Daniel 8
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The target of the horn’s assault is God’s heavenly sanctuary and His people. What does the future hold for them? That is what the question in Daniel 8:13 asks. However, only the Day of Atonement can bring the sanctuary and the people of God back to their rightful state and thus justify God in His dealings. So, the answer in Daniel 8:14 must be a Day of Atonement activity. In fact, the Day of Atonement is the only ritual day [...]

Tuesday: Restoration of the Holy
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Read Daniel 8:14. What happens at the end of the 2,300 “evenings and mornings”?

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The phrase “evenings and mornings” reflects language from the Creation account that signifies a day (Gen. 1:5, 8, et cetera). It implies that God, using His own creative force, will counter the destructive activities of the horn and its host. The Creator causes a change of situation, which is actually called for by the question in Daniel 8:13.

The answer in Daniel [...]

Monday: “How Long?”
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The presumption of the little horn leads to the cry for judgment. As the ram and the he-goat became great and then were broken (Dan. 8:4, 7-8), so the horn power exalts itself (Dan. 8:9–11). Thus, the question comes, How long will the vision be?

What specific issues are prompting the question in Daniel 8:13?

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Although the question singles out a few activities of the horn, perhaps the most horrible ones, it still asks for the [...]