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  1. This is a very powerful lesson which needs due consideration even from us as Adventists. We have a message to preach; God is counting on us!

  2. The three angels message will only prepare the people for the second coming when it shall a swell into the loud cry. Now it only prepares us for an event recorded in Revelation 7 and in Ezekiel 9. TM and GW page 445.

  3. Revelation 11 talks about the area of the courtyard that should not be measured . It's quite fitting that this is the time period we are living in. Could someone share something on this timeline

    • Ronald, Rev 11 is one of those areas where our traditional interpretation of the sanctuary doesn’t help much. In order to understand Rev 11:1-2 we must see the sanctuary from a spatial point of view rather than a ministerial one. There are Bible Students that view the sanctuary as split between Heaven and earth. To them the court with the altar of burnt offering and the laver are symbolical of earth while the tent and everything in it represents Heaven.

      Jesus was crucified and cleansed here on earth (represented by the courtyard) then went to Heaven to minister before the Father as our High Priest. That ministry takes place first in the Holy Place then in 1844 changed to the Most Holy Place. We generally don’t consider His ministry in the Heavenly sanctuary to be taking place in the courtyard because the sacrifice was already completed before the ascension. If we can see the sanctuary in this way then Rev 11 makes sense.

      John wrote that he was to, “leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev 11:2 NKJV). That time period is the same as the one for the beast that, “was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months” (Rev 13:5 NKJV). That is also the time period for the little horn where, “the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time (Dan 7:25 NKJV; 3 ½ years = 42 months). “He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down” (Dan 8:11 NKJV). One only needs to connect some dots as it were and the whole puzzle fits together.

      In other words John was told to judge the kingdom of God by measuring it which is represented by the sanctuary tent for the judgment always begins with the professed righteous, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Pet 4:17 NKJV). The in depth judgment of the wicked really doesn’t start until after the Second Advent so the court is left out of the measurement but until the Second Advent those who profess to be God’s people must be judged in order for Rev 22:12 to be true, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (NKJV; see also Mat 16:27).


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