The Last Countdown

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him [Christ] the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

When with agonizing pressure, the terrible weight of the guilt of all humanity throughout the ages forced drops of blood from Jesus’ brow,[1] His humanity shrank from paying the high price that was demanded by the principles of His character—His law. Yet He was completely surrendered to God. Taking three of His closest disciples with Him, He sought support from them in prayer:

Jesus in Gethsemane

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:38-39)

And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Mark 14:41)

Jesus knew the time of His visitation, and having made the decision to drink the cup, He submitted Himself “into the hands of sinners,” or in other words, to the desire or heart of those of the earth. For three days and three nights, from His decision in Geth­se­ma­ne (Thursday night) to drink the cup, until He ascended to His Father (Sunday morning) and received the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted and sufficient, He was enshrouded in the darkness of not having evidence of His Father’s approbation.

His willing submission, even unto death—that sacrificial display of the infinite love of the Son of God—is the focal point of all history, both earthly and heavenly. It was the greatest demonstration of love that the Universe could witness and humanity could experience and feel. It was when God sealed His covenant with man by the blood of Jesus. It is this sacrifice that is the central, uniting theme of God’s Timekeepers. His calendar is based on it; His Clock in Orion is centered on it; the High Sabbath List is focused on it. It is the grand reference point for all things of divine origin and will be a source of inspiration and praise for all eternity.

The Reformation from Sin

The cross of Jesus represents salvation from sin—the reformation of character. This reform from sin is the theme of the entire Bible, which begins with the beauty and perfection of Creation and ends with the re-creation of the earth with added richness, glory, and depth. It relates the fall into sin and the consequent curse, and the rise of a generation of 144,000 as the first fruits of complete salvation, who are willing to give themselves to perfect obedience, no matter the cost. But the vast majority of the Bible’s content is dedicated to revealing the effects of sin, God’s abundant provision of grace for it through Jesus, and man’s application of that provision through faith—all in order to bring about the promised restoration.

Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death. As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. {DA 652.2}[2]

The sacrifice of Jesus was not given at any haphazard time, but was in perfect step with the divine schedule. As is described in The Key of David, the events of Creation laid out a pattern during the first seven days, with clear divisions at four days, two days, and the last day. The completion of the earthly environment was accomplished in four days. Two additional days were used to populate the earth with fish, birds, land animals and finally man. The week concluded with the Sabbath, when God and man enjoyed communion together with His creation.

Creation Week

This 4-2-1 pattern is repeated in many biblical timelines, not the least of which is the grand 7000-year cycle of time allotted for sin and the recovery from it. Four thousand years of sin passed until Jesus’ sacrifice, then 2000 years were allotted for the gospel work to be accomplished, and this is capped with the seventh millennium—the Sabbath of rest, during which time, Jesus will be united with His people in Heaven.

Great Week of History

Speaking with Precision

The relationship between the seven millennia and the seven days of the week is nothing new. Many have recognized this from Peter’s declaration that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”[3] The concept is further supported by the description in Revelation of a millennium, during which the devil is to be bound and God’s people are to have rest. The seventh-day Sabbath is a type for that rest, and is regarded as holy until that millennium of peace in Heaven.

The question is, how precise are these millennial days? Are they merely approximations, or is there an exactness in them as is characteristic of the divine example? Let us explore a little and see whether any such exactness is discernable.

Many Bible scholars understand that Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy points to Jesus’ three-and-a-half year ministry culminating in His crucifixion in AD 31. In Full Moon at Geth­se­ma­ne, we give a solid defense for that year as the year of His crucifixion, answering the many voices who deny that it could have been in that year. Thus, if we take AD 31 as the reference point, and add two millennia, we come to AD 2031 as the end of the sixth millennium. This has led many to conclude that Jesus may come in that year.

Besides the fact that given the rapid pace of current events, that year seems like an eternity in the future, there is another factor that must be considered: Jesus clearly indicated that it would be necessary to shorten the time:

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:22)

Those who include this principle with their understanding of the allotment of 2000 years, consider 2031 to be an upper limit, recognizing that Jesus must come before that date, so that the days would be shortened from that reference.

God: The Revealer of Secrets

There is an important point here that shouldn’t be overlooked. Those who denounce time-setting as unbiblical should ask themselves how those days could be shortened, except that there must be an appointed time for them to end, and the actual end comes sooner! A timespan without a known end cannot be shortened, for its end will still come at an unknown time! And if you suppose that there is an appointed time, but that it is a secret of the Father, then how do you reconcile that with the promise God gave through Amos?

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

The context of this statement is that of executing judgment. In other words, God is telling us that He will not execute judgment without first revealing His secret. And what judgment is greater or more important than the judgment of the whole world in the Day of Wrath?! Yes, surely the Lord has revealed His secret concerning that day.

In fact, the day itself may be known with a proper understanding of the Biblical calendar. After explaining how the types of the spring Passover feast “were fulfilled, not only as to the event, but as to the time [in AD 31],” Ellen White said that “in like manner the types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service.[4] The Autumn feasts point to His Second Advent, and with the knowledge of the true calendar that brings clarity to the timing of events surrounding the crucifixion, we can know when those feast days will occur in any given year.

The last feast of the year was Tabernacles. During the 8 days of this feast, the people camped in temporary booths, representing their wilderness wandering, and enjoyed sweet fellowship after their disagreements were settled and their sins were purged a few days earlier on the Day of Atonement. The Bible scholar, M.L. Andreasen noted that

It was altogether the most happy occasion of the year, when friends and neighbors renewed communion and dwelt together in love and harmony. In this respect it was prophetic of the time when the great ingathering of God’s people shall take place...[5]

The last great day of the feast—a declared Sabbath—is a fitting type for the Second Coming, which follows a time when His people once again wander without a home during the great trouble on earth. The Orion Message fits this with perfect harmony into a schedule that is indeed shortened from the 2031 limit. But there is even a biblical definition for the amount of time that is cut off in the shortening.

The Shortening of Time

One of the great reformations in Judah began when Hezekiah became king. Immediately upon taking office, He began his reforms by reopening the temple, which had been closed due to former apostasy. He even called all Israel together to hold the first Passover service in about two and a half centuries![6] But an illness threatened to shorten his life and bring to an end the reformations that he had begun.

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. (Isaiah 38:1-3)

With a noticeable taint of pride, Hezekiah pled with God to consider how much he had done for Him, and how great his reforms were. Therefore, the Lord sought to use the opportunity to test and refine the king on this point, and sent Isaiah back with the answer that his life would not be cut short, and prescribed a simple natural remedy utilizing figs to heal him. Through Isaiah, God informed him of how much his life would have been shortened if he were deprived of the rest of his years.

Fig tree

Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. (Isaiah 38:5)

Not long after saying the time would be shortened, Jesus utilized the fig in an illustration when He spoke of the nearness of the end:

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it [the heat of tribulation] is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation [the one seeing these things] shall not pass, till all these things be done. (Mark 13:28 -30)

Notice how He refers to the shortness of the time, saying that when you begin to see the signs, you know that the persecuting heat of summer is near, and it will all come to pass within the same generation. In my last article, I showed how the last seven generations are delineated,[7] and it is clear that an extension until 2031 would come well into a new generation.

If we take Hezekiah’s measure for “shortened” time and apply it here, we see that a perfect harmony is achieved between this 1000-year-millennium timeline and Orion’s 1008-year-millennium timeline,[8] as the latter timeline ends in 2016, exactly fifteen years sooner than the 2031 end of the former timeline!

The Balm of Life

It would be wise, however, to obtain some confirmation that it is legitimate to make this application. As the story continues, we find the desired confirmation. God permitted a disproportionately generous sign to be given, that he would be healed:

Sundial

And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. (Isaiah 38:7-8)

The grand scale of this sign suggests that the healing of Hezekiah was a type for something of much greater significance than his personal health! Indeed, the fig balm that was given to Hezekiah represents “a very small remnant” who were entrusted with a healing message that treats the life-threatening illness of the sin in the church. It is about reformation of the character of His people, to prepare them for heaven. This is the culmination of salvation! God needs a people who will love Him more than anything, and would faithfully serve Him even if there were no future reward. The Reformation that began with Adam will not be completed until a generation rises that will take hold of God’s promises of victory by faith and will stand for Him by the Holy Spirit.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy... (Jude 24)

This is the salvation that Jesus came to bring for His bride:

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

The thought of living without sin typically brings up thoughts of self-righteous extremists who think they are holier than everyone else. And this is certainly a danger. In fact, it was Hezekiah’s fault as well, which we saw in his prayer when he pointed out all his good deeds to God. And God, wanting to reveal what was in his heart, gave him a tremendous sign, which didn’t go unnoticed by those in a far country:

Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. (2 Chronicles 32:31)

But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 32:25)

Hezekiah’s reforms were good, but they didn’t go far enough, and they were to be cut off in a premature death. He needed a reform of character, and this would require a hard lesson. The remedy that brought healing was something only the Creator could produce: figs—a summer fruit of Israel. By this means, he was given the opportunity to be tested on his weak point, and in the experience of failure, he found humility:

Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah. (2 Chronicles 32:26)

Only those individuals like Hezekiah, who regard the voice of God, and receive His healing balm in the message from Orion giving the day and the hour, will live to see Jesus return without seeing death. It is a message that like the fig, only the Creator could give, for it is written in the very heavens, and the experience that that message brings about is calculated to chisel and polish the character, point by point, until the beautiful reflection of Jesus is fully revealed in the jewel. They are tried in the fire.

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. (Malachi 4:1- 2)

Those who fear His name receive that healing when Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness rises upon them. He is the heavenly luminary that dispels the shadows of darkness. Matthew records that when He went into Galilee, light sprung up upon those who “sat in the region and shadow of death.”[9]

The Church in Time

In every age of history, God has had His church. This is illustrated in the letters to the seven churches of Revelation, which trace a geographical mail route, such that each successive church would receive their letter after the previous one. In addition to their literal delivery, the letters are prophetic of a sequence of time spans over the duration of Christianity, and describe the general attitude and relevant counsel appropriate for their respective periods. In addition to representing spans of time, the first four churches illustrate the stages of decline from pure doctrine that are found among His people, while the last three churches represent the prevailing attitudes in the church.

The middle of the three last churches of the mail route was Philadelphia, meaning “brotherly love,” and of this church, no word of reproof is given; only encouragement to continue overcoming. This church represents the faithful to whom Jesus says, “thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” They are not strong, but by faith, they stand steadfast for Jesus. The 144,000 are of this church, and they are preserved alive through the hour of trial that comes upon the earth.

Map of the seven churches

Next to this church on the one hand is Sardis, meaning “that which remains” and on the other hand is Laodicea, meaning “the judgment people.” These two churches are both given sharp rebukes, and it is evident that not many are worthy in them, for Jesus refers to the “few names even in Sardis,”[10] and calls out to Laodicea, looking for individuals here and there, “if any man hear my voice.”[11] The few from Sardis and Laodicea who respond to His call, by taking heed to His warnings, join the church of Philadelphia, which stands for Jesus by faith.

These two rebuked churches each suffer from different wrong attitudes. Jesus warns Laodicea that He will vomit them out of His mouth,

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Revelation 3:17)

And to Sardis, He warns that their incomplete reformation will prevent them from knowing the hour, such that He comes on them as a thief. He instructs them to watch, so that they might learn the time.

I have not found thy works perfect [complete] before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:2-3)

The period of Christianity represented by Laodicea began in 1844 when the Great Advent Awakening came to its disappointing end at the beginning of the ongoing Day of Judgment when the heavenly court was seated. The Adventists that grew out of that experience were abundantly blessed by God, but like Hezekiah, that blessing became their downfall, as their pride led them to feel that they had need of nothing. Sadly, precious few among them have received the fig balm that was offered to them.

Sardis, being earlier in the mail route, represented an earlier period, beginning with the events that would support the Protestant Reformation of the Dark Ages. However, as the meaning of their name suggests (“that which remains”), there was something incomplete about their works. The Reformation never went far enough. It lingered in the shadows of anti-timesetting and never saw the light of the seventh-day Sabbath. Now is the time to come into the light! It’s time for time.

Over the last five years, God has given an extensive and detailed message for the people of judgment (Laodicea)—one proportionate to the blessings they had received—so they could find their way to Philadelphia. But like those who were bidden to the wedding in Jesus’ parable, “they made light of it, and went their ways.”[12] But just days ago, the Lord has given a much simpler message for those who have not had such great light, that they may be quickly brought to the wedding to fill the vacancies! The Lord has chosen a unique medium on which to convey His last messages: time! Together with the clocks that have already been revealed, this new message brings the total to seven clocks that have been identified, each with their own purpose and significance. Just in time for the end, the series is complete.

Lighting the World with Reformation

The sign that Hezekiah would be healed and live out his remaining fifteen years was shown in a change of 10 degrees of the shadow around the sundial that his father had built. God gave him the option of whether the shadow should go forward or backward, but the amount was fixed at 10 degrees.

Thus, a relationship is established that a shadow movement of 10 degrees corresponds to 15 years of life. Herein lies the beautiful and simple message. It is a message for those who sit in the shadows of the failed Reformation, unable to receive the full light of the Fourth Angel’s Message of Revelation 18. But if we “Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning,”[13] we will expose ourselves to His light, which will complete the reformation that fell short in our lives. And symbolically speaking, in order for the whole earth to be lightened with the glory of the Sun of Righteousness, it must pass through a full 360-degree rotation. The shortening of the time for reformation by 15 years (from 2031 to 2016) therefore corresponds to a reduction of ten degrees from a full revolution.

Notice, however, that this also leads us to the beginning of the symbolic lightening of the dark earth of the Middle Ages by using the same scale for the remaining 350 degrees. This simple calculation gives a revealing result. Fifteen years for every ten degrees is equivalent to one and a half years per degree, and extending this over the 350 remaining degrees gives us 525 years for the shortened cycle, ending in 2016. Thus, with inclusive counting, we calculate the beginning as follows:

2016 – 525 + 1 (because it is inclusive of the last year) = 1492

The shortening of time

Many books on world history explain that the roots of our modern world reach back to that pivotal year of AD 1492![14] That is the year that Christopher Columbus found the Americas, which eventually opened the way for Europeans to escape the religious oppression of their homeland. In that year, by authority of the Spanish Inquisition, the 200,000 Jews living in Spain were expelled from the nation after it became united under Christian rule.[15]

Christopher Columbus

The New World is identified in prophecy as “earth” for its lack of waters, which represent large populations.[16] And just as the Bible describes the earth as being a refuge for those persecuted by the church during the long period of papal reign,[17] so the New World became a safe haven in later years for those who were able to escape the religious persecution that Protestants faced in Europe.

The discovery of America opened the way for Protestants—the fruit of Martin Luther’s Reformation—to peacefully live according to their consciences. The process of restoration of Christianity to its former purity was given a great impetus as a result. Luther’s famous 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences (what we might call “excuses for sin” today) is a fitting symbol for the overarching reformation and recovery from sin that God was bringing to fruition as typified by the fig balm that healed King Hezekiah’s terminal illness.

To Reform or Not to Reform

Be sure that the devil does not remain idle in the face of reformation from sin! A counter-reformation was implemented by the Catholic Church not long after the Protestant Reformation had begun. One religious order known as the Society of Jesus was a major service to this purpose. It was founded by Ignatius Loyola, who was born on October 23, 1491, not long after Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), which in Jewish reckoning, places it in the very year that the Reformation timeline began! He was a nobleman with a military background whose “devotion to the Catholic Church was characterized by absolute obedience to the Pope.”[18]

Ignatius of Loyola

The Jesuits, as members of this order are known, are strongly committed to this absolute obedience to the Pope and their superiors, such that they liken themselves to mere corpses, having no will of their own contrary to their superiors. Consider, then, what it means that the current pope is a Jesuit! Who is the superior to whom he gives absolute obedience, rendering his body as a corpse in possession of that superior? The answer is clear if you are willing to hear it.

Pope Francis has united all religions under himself, including the Waldensians and Adventists, and this month, he will have all nations united under him as he addresses the UN General Assembly and inaugurates the New World Order. Don’t wait for a Sunday Law, because it will be too late if you do. National apostasy has already been accomplished through the twin institution since June 26! Satan’s counter to the Reformation timeline began with the birth of Loyola, was executed most effectively by his order of the Jesuits, and is in these last moments of shortened time, successfully concluded by Satan himself, in person using the corpse of Bergoglio, which was offered to him through the Jesuit oath.

The Reformation timeline showing the fifteen-year shortening reveals that there is indeed a characteristic exactness in God’s word, and it harmonizes the Orion timelines with the 7000-year timeline of sin. It shows how modern history leads to the lightening of the whole earth with God’s glory. That lightening is from the Fourth Angel’s Message.

The Wisdom to Understand the Number 666

The astute student may recognize that the beginning of the Orion timeline is different than the 7000-year timeline and question how they harmonize at the beginning. The answer is in what they point to. In Christmas 2.0, we talk about its beginning at Creation, while the beginning of the 7000-year timeline is not creation, but the entrance of sin! As quoted earlier,

He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies [beginning with the first sacrifices that clothed Adam and Eve] that for four thousand years had pointed to His death.

The beginning of sin was 4000 years before the crucifixion of Jesus in the spring of AD 31, while Creation was 4032 years before His birth in the autumn of 5 BC. That places Creation in the autumn of 4037 BC and the entrance of sin in the spring of 3970 BC. Adam, therefore, would have been 66 years and 6 months old. And now we understand the number of the man:

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13:18)

666

The man is Adam (whose name in its original Hebrew, means “man”), and his number is 666, because it represents the time when sin first gained the ascendancy over man. It is described as “the number of his name”[19] because that number represents the power of sin over man, which describes the character (or name) of the beast. It is the antithesis of salvation, for in Christ, we have victory over sin, such that it has no more power over us. But those who do not experience victory, have the number of the beast. May the message of the Fourth Angel serve as your fig balm, as you massage it into your wounds and let it complete the reformation from sin in your life in short order.

Will you be among the 144,000 (as mentioned in the very next verse, Revelation 14:1) who have the wisdom to understand that Adam's age of 66 years and 6 months ultimately confirms the Orion Clock and that the End of Time has arrived? Will you be among the wise (mentioned in Daniel 12:3) who “shall shine as the brightness of the firmament” and “turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever”?

The LastCountdown is one of many ministries and organizations who claim to have the light of the Fourth Angel or the fellowship of the 144,000, but as the table in Appendix A indicates, the others do not fulfill all of the criteria. We have not set ourselves up in this position, but everyone involved in this ministry serves because at some point, they realized that this message is indeed the true message of the Fourth Angel, and they took action on that belief. Will you, too, come out of the shadows and allow yourself to be lightened with His glory?

 

Appendix A: Comparison of groups claiming to be the 144,000 of Revelation

This table and associated explanatory remarks are intended as a starting point and a guide to help the reader to understand how to identify those who are spreading the true message of the Fourth Angel. The marks provided are just a small set of examples, but the table is designed to allow the reader to fill in the blanks with the appropriate marks and add entries for other ministries or personalities that are of interest to him/her.

Download in Excel format: Ministry_Comparison.xlsx

References for the criteria are provided in the first section of Appendix B.

Comparison table

Appendix B: Explanatory remarks for table in Appendix A

LastCountdown.org fulfills the criteria for bearing the Fourth Angel’s message as follows:

  1. It comes from heaven. (Rev. 18:1) {EW 277.1} The message literally comes from heaven because the seven stars of Orion are in the heavens (sky), and it is even the part of the sky where Heaven itself is located (where God is). This is a clearer fulfillment than any other claim to a message of heavenly origin, such as dreams, visions, or miracles—which are largely unverifiable.

  2. It comes to unite in voice with the third angel’s message. {EW 277.1} It came to unite with the third angel’s message as preached by Adventism.

  3. It gives power and force to the third angel’s message. {EW 277.1} It re-examines the third angel’s message in detail, proving the points in question and amplifying the message in light of present world events.

  4. It repeats the message of the fall of Babylon. (Rev. 18:2) {EW 277.1} See Babylon Is Fallen!

  5. It includes the corruptions that have entered the churches since 1844. {EW 277.1} The Orion Clock and the Vessel of Time both point out the corruptions that have entered since 1844.

  6. It prepares the people of God to stand in the hour of temptation. {EW 277.1} The message does this by alerting to the dangers that exist and meeting the challenges with the word of God.

  7. It seems to be an addition to the third angel’s message. {EW 277.2} It adds many, many new insights into the old truths, thus it seems to be an addition. Seeming to be an addition means that it is not all contained in the existing writings of the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. This is fulfilled by drawing upon additional books that were written by God (the Book of Seven Seals and the Book of Seven Thunders).

  8. It must be a time message including the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. {EW 14.1} See Miller’s Mistake.

  9. It is the message of the latter rain, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. {EW 14.1} This is evidenced by the fact that the Holy Spirit, which guides into all truth and shows things to come, has bestowed so much light that it has required thousands of pages just to share it, without being exhaustive (because it is inexhaustible!).

  10. It causes faces to light up and shine with the glory of God. {EW 14.1} This has been demonstrated in the followers of the movement, who have been inspired with a depth of love for God that exceeds any earthly ties or sacrifices.

  11. It must be the sealing message of the 144,000. {EW 15.1} High Sabbath Adventists who are sealed in the message of the LastCountdown ministry can understand and decipher the special seal of the 144,000 (Revelation 3:12).

  12. It must have something to do with the New Jerusalem. {EW 15.1} High Sabbath Adventists understand a special characteristic of the New Jerusalem.

  13. It must have something to do with the new name of Jesus. {EW 15.1} The new name of Jesus is explained in the Orion presentation, slide 162.

  14. It is the refreshing from the presence of the Lord. {EW 279.1} This message is the refreshing, because it revitalizes the old truths of Adventism, and it comes from the presence of the Lord literally, from Orion.

  15. It is the loud cry of the third angel. {RH November 22, 1892, par. 7} The Orion message includes the third angel’s message, but “louder.”

  16. It began with the righteousness of Christ in 1888. {1888 1073.7} The message of Jones and Waggoner at the Minneapolis GC Session in 1888 was the beginning with the righteousness that the 144,000 must have, later augmented by the Last Generation Theology of M.L. Andreasen that showed the duty of the 144,000, and completed now with an understanding of the consequences that would result if the 144,000 would not perform that duty.

  17. It is no soft, smooth message. {1888 1015.3} Quite the contrary, it points out the sins in the church and in the individual; it is a message of rebuke and chastisement (as the message to Laodicea) which nobody wants to hear.

  18. Its words are calculated to stir hearts to their very depths. {1888 1015.3} It reaches the depth of the heart by touching the most valuable thing any heart could ever cherish: eternal life, which Jesus willingly yielded as part of His spotless character, and as the 144,000 must also be willing to do for others if necessary.

  19. It fulfills William Miller’s dream. {EW 48.2} See William Miller’s Treasure.

  20. Souls die for want of it. {EW 49.1} Time and time again, we receive e-mails from people expressing their sadness that their local churches are not teaching this message, and are prevented from studying it by their local pastors, who censor and denounce it.

  21. It is present truth. {EW 49.1} It could hardly be more present, as it takes into account the most important events that are presently transpiring in the world.

  22. It is to be supported with God’s own money (the tithe). {EW 49.3} Since this ministry meets all the criteria, tithes should be given to it, according to the angel in this particular vision of Ellen White.

  23. Those who withhold from supporting it will not be in heaven. {EW 50.1} This message is salvational for this generation—for the 144,000—who must keep all the commandments. If one believes the message, then withholding tithe from its messengers would be robbing God, which would be breaking the commandments and that person would lose salvation.

  24. It is the mighty shaking. {EW 50.3} By its testing truths, it shakes every one whom it comes in contact with. A person will either reject the truth and is thus shaken out of God’s true church, or they will accept it and be refined (cleansed) by it and become members of God’s true church. This process happens more than once for the same person, as they encounter more points of truth.

  25. It involves freewill sacrifice. {EW 50.3} Indeed, it requires sacrificing all (as the angel in Ellen White’s vision indicated, by alluding to the parable of the treasure in the field). The sacrifice is the willingness to offer one’s eternal life, not to mention this earthly life or anything in it, if necessary.

  26. It is the straight testimony. {EW 270.2} It is straight, meaning direct, coming straight from Jesus in Orion, from a book of God’s creation that is unadulterated by human hands.

  27. It is called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. {EW 270.2} The True Witness is Jesus, who is in Orion, and His counsel to Laodicea was to buy gold tried in the fire, eye-salve, etc. These precious things are to be purchased from Jesus Himself. All of the “gold” of the Orion Message was purchased (obtained) from Jesus whose image is represented by Orion.

  28. It comes as suddenly as the midnight cry. {1EGWLM 333.1} The LastCountdown message is urgent and time-sensitive, like the midnight cry, and appeared suddenly (thousands of pages of intensive material since 2010).

  29. It comes with ten times the power. {1EGWLM 333.1} The midnight cry was about a single date for a single event. The Orion Message is so much more extensive in its scope and depth that “ten times” is really an understatement (but it is stated so in reference to William Miller’s dream). Ten is also the number of the Law of God, which alludes to the 144,000 who will keep it, and to this message which specifically deals with the Law (see Babylon Is Fallen! – Part II).

  30. It goes forth in the spirit and power of Elijah. {EW 155.1} See Fire at Mount Carmel.

  31. It heralds the day of wrath and the second advent of Jesus. {EW 155.1} The two biggest dates that we have been proclaiming are October 25, 2015 for the Wrath of God, and October 24, 2016 for the second advent of Jesus. This ministry literally heralds the “day” (or date) of these events.

  32. It will be contrary to human planning. {LDE 203.3} This is strikingly accurate, as you can see by how the message has developed over time. Nobody could have planned for the message to develop in the way it did, and it has been positively contrary to how humans would plan. For one example, human nature is to avoid setting dates in order to avoid disappointment, yet this movement has set many dates and has grown in faith instead.

  33. It will be in an unusual manner. {LDE 203.3} The way the message is brought out of clocks in the heavens is indeed unusual.

  34. It will be by simple means. {LDE 203.3} The means of LastCountdown.org has been very simple: articles on a web page, shared via social media.

The Catholic Church...

  • ...repeats the message of the fall of Babylon? To the contrary, it is certainly not announcing its own first fall, much less any second fall.

Muhammad’s message (Islam):

  • ...came from heaven? He supposedly received revelations from God, but there is no evidence to support the claim, which means the message might have just as well come from the demons of hell instead of an angel from heaven. Comparing the Quran with the Bible readily reveals that the message did not come from heaven.

The teachings of Judaism:

  • ...came from heaven? In the sense that God appeared to Israel on Mt. Sinai and established his covenant with them and showed them many signs and wonders, it could be said that their message was of heavenly origin. However, they rejected the Bread of Life (the true manna from heaven, Jesus Christ).

  • ...prepare the people of God to stand in the hour of temptation? The fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. is proof that Judaism (without Christ) could not prepare the people of God to stand the trials they were faced with.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have a message that...

  • ...comes from heaven? To the contrary, they claim to base their beliefs solely on the Bible.[20] While the Bible is the inspired Word of God, it was written by holy men of God on earth. They do not claim a message from heaven any more than any other Bible-based church does.

  • ...is the sealing message of the 144,000? They are known for their doctrines concerning the 144,000.[21] Unfortunately, their teachings are not all correct, most basically that they believe the 144,000 experience death and do not necessarily belong to the last generation of mankind.

  • ...involves freewill sacrifice? They teach that the requirement for obtaining the heavenly hope is to remain faithful until death. That is a basic expectation of all Christians, and does not constitute any special sacrifice.

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, had a message that...

  • ...came from heaven? He supposedly received golden plates from an angel, which he supposedly translated to English. There is no evidence to support this, which means the message might have just as well come from the demons of hell instead of an angel from heaven.

  • ...was the sealing message of the 144,000? He had no such sealing message, but Mormons are known for their practice of “sealing” spouses and children in the belief that doing so preserves their relationship into the afterlife. That idea contradicts the sayings of Jesus in Matthew 22:23-30. Although Mormons are known for their family values, the practice of polygamy (for which Joseph Smith was killed) still betrays the impurity of their faith. Mormons today still practice sealing to multiple partners, meaning that they not only believe there will be marriage in the afterlife, but that polygamy (for men and women) will be possible in the afterlife as well. That has nothing in common with the sealing message of the 144,000.

Worldwide Church of God and founder Herbert W. Armstrong has a message that...

  • ...comes to unite in voice with the third angel’s message? Quite the contrary, after its founder’s death, this church gave up Sabbath-keeping (one element of the third angel’s message) and was decimated under successive leadership.

  • ...is the message of the latter rain, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? He taught that the Church of God was the result of the Holy Spirit’s leading, yet in the wake of his death the church was scattered. That shows that the unifying factor was not the Holy Spirit, but the personality of its founder. Despite the fact that he taught many correct things, one of the clearest arguments that he lacked the Holy Spirit is the fact that he personally chose his successor, who destroyed his church.

  • ...is the sealing message of the 144,000? He reasoned that the name of God on the forehead was a reference to the name “Church of God” and that the 144,000 were literal descendants of Israel.[22] That is a false idea known as British Israelism, which teaches that people of Western and Northern European descent are part of the ten lost tribes of Israel.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a message that...

  • ...comes to unite in voice with the third angel’s message? It claims to be spreading the third angel’s message, which would mean it cannot be uniting with it as if it were a separate message.

  • ...repeats the message of the fall of Babylon? Ever since it united with the ecumenical movement, it has not officially been preaching about the fall of Babylon at all. When it did preach it, it was only continuing to preach the same second angel’s message that began in the 1840’s, and not a new repetition of it.

  • ...causes faces to light up and shine with the glory of God? Sadly, after being inspired by the truth and led to the church, sincere converts are often disappointed to find that the church is in a fallen condition. That has the opposite effect of causing their faces to shine.

  • ...must be the sealing message of the 144,000? It holds that the Sabbath is the seal of God, but does not recognize any other seal especially for the 144,000. Furthermore, it betrays God by desecrating God’s order in the institution of marriage, which it teaches is twin to the Sabbath, by appointing women as pastors.

  • ...is to be supported with God’s own money (the tithe)? It claims to be the only “storehouse” for God’s tithe, but it misuses the tithe. Each person is individually responsible to make sure their tithe is used correctly.

  • ...is called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans? It proudly claims to be the last church of Revelation, Laodicea, which means it cannot be the one bearing the message to itself. Only those who were called forth (or called out) of the Laodicean condition could bear the message.

  • ...came as suddenly as the midnight cry? It has been over 168 years in the making, not coming suddenly.

Ellen G. White’s message...

  • ...came from heaven? She received visions and was a prophetess according to the Biblical tests, so it could at least be said that her message came from heaven in that sense.

  • ...gives power and force to the third angel’s message? Her role as the Spirit of Prophecy was understood to be the reason why the power and strength of a time message was not needed.[23]

  • ...was a time message including the day and hour of Jesus’ coming? She saw in vision that a time message would come, but as mentioned in the above point and in the associated footnote, she herself had no time message.

President of the SDA Church, Ted Wilson’s message of Revival and Reformation...

  • ...seems to be an addition to the third angel’s message? It does not go beyond the third angel’s message. In fact, it only does lip service, and even takes away from the third angel’s message (for example, in the promulgation of the Great Hope).

  • ...is the message of the latter rain, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Ted Wilson’s programs clearly claim to be soliciting the latter rain, but the evidence speaks for itself. Since he took office, the church has become strongly polarized and nearly split over the issue of women’s ordination, yet there is absolutely no resolution in sight. That is not unity in the Spirit.

  • ...is no soft, smooth message? Quite the contrary...it is all soft and smooth! Ted Wilson’s lamb-like demeanor and careful word choices keep him in favor with conservatives while he works to facilitate his hidden wolves’ agendas. His mouth is the epitome of those whitewashed sepulchers that Jesus said look good outwardly, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones.

  • ...is the straight testimony? He can weasel his way out of offending anyone with his words no matter what the situation is (for example, how he slithered through the sexuality summit in 2014). That is the opposite of speaking a straight, direct message like Jesus does.

  • ...is contrary to human planning? His programs are very much in line with human (and even worldly) planning. For example, closing the Review & Herald printing facility was very much a human business planning decision.

Doug Batchelor’s Amazing Facts ministry sends a message that...

  • ...includes the corruptions that have entered the churches since 1844? Like many others, Amazing Facts does not speak critically of the church. It tries to fulfill its self-description as “a Christian media ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and the three angels’ message of Revelation 14” without mentioning the corruptions that have entered the churches since 1844.

Walter Veith’s Amazing Discoveries ministry sends a message that...

  • ...repeats the message of the fall of Babylon? Quite the contrary. His advice is to glue one’s bottom to the church pews of Laodicea, no matter how bad it has gotten. That is the opposite of a call to come out of Babylon.

  • ...is present truth? In the unique time when a Jesuit has ascended to the so-called throne of St. Peter, Walter Veith plays down present-day fulfillment of prophecy. He does exactly what he says that the Jesuits do: he puts the fulfillment of prophecy either in the past or future, but not in the present.

Stephen Bohr’s Secrets Unsealed ministry sends a message that...

  • ...is the mighty shaking? He does not even claim to be preaching the Fourth Angel’s message, and therefore like other ministries which only spread the third angel’s message, its effect falls short of anything that could be considered a mighty shaking.

Three Angels Broadcasting Network sends a message that...

  • ...is by simple means? It involves expensive broadcasting equipment and satellite contracts.

The Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement sends a message that...

  • ...repeats the message of the fall of Babylon? Until recently, they held that the “big church” had fallen and they were the new remnant from whom the rest of the 144,000 would come. However, they have recently mended their relationship with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which means they are no longer officially criticizing them.

  • ...began with the righteousness of Christ in 1888? It teaches that the 144,000 include Adventists throughout their entire lineage as a church from the time the Sabbath was recognized in 1846 onward. Their message did not begin in 1888.

  • ...comes with ten times the power? Not in any respect.

Andrew Henriquez (Saved To Serve) has a message that...

  • ...is a time message including the day and hour of Jesus’ coming? He is against time-setting.

  • ...heralds the day of wrath and the second advent of Jesus? Although he speaks about these two events sometimes, he cannot herald those events because he does not know when they will happen, since he does not have a time message.

Hugo Gambetta has a message that...

  • ...came in an unusual manner? Like many other good preachers, his message has not come in any unusual manner.

Bill Hughes has a message that...

  • ...souls die for want of it? Like many preachers who preach some amount of truth, the message they have is not uniquely salvational. In other words, the message is available from other sources.

Ernie & Becky Knoll (For My People) has a message that...

  • ...comes from heaven? On the one hand, his dreams do come partly from God which would meet the criterion of coming from heaven in that sense, but unfortunately his dreams are also contaminated with human revisions (documented) in addition to what is likely to be input from satanic sources (for example, that God can do whatever he wants including restore the powers to Jesus that He sacrificed when He was incarnated).

  • ...comes to unite in voice with the third angel’s message?

  • ...gives power and force to the third angel’s message? Clearly not. Things have not happened the way he dreamt they would, and therefore his credibility as a prophet is slim and his ministry adds very little power and force to the third angel’s message, if any.

  • ...includes the corruptions that have entered the churches since 1844? That is the theme of his video series, Apostasy In Our Midst.

  • ...is a time message including the day and hour of Jesus’ coming? They are strictly against time-setting (even though one of his dreams deals with time).

  • ...has something to do with the new name of Jesus? Ernie speaks frequently about his own new name, but does not reveal the new name of Jesus.

  • ...goes forth in the spirit and power of Elijah? The dreams make reference to Elijah’s drought, but nothing notable happened at the end of the three and a half years that were specified, and their message still did not “go forth” in power after that.

Jeff Pippenger (and the 2520 movement in general) has a message that...

  • ...fulfills William Miller’s dream? He claims to follow in Miller’s footsteps, but the emphasis is strongly on the old paths, and in many hours he brings very little new light to the table. If Miller’s dream had been a description of the 2520 movement, it would have depicted the man with the dirt brush restoring the original casket of jewels instead of bringing a new, much larger casket.

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1.
See Luke 22:44. 
3.
2 Peter 3:8 
5.
M.L. Andreasen, The Sanctuary Service, p. 79 
6.
Based on 2 Chronicles 30:26 and the length of the reign of the kings between Solomon and Hezekiah as recorded in 2 Chronicles 12 – 29. 
7.
See the sections near the end titled “The Third and Fourth Generation” and “Hope Deferred.” 
8.
Orion measures the millennia in terms of the 2016 years between the birth of Christ and the end of the Judgment of the Dead in 2012, which results in 1008 years per millennium. See Christmas 2.0 for more information. 
9.
Matthew 4:16 
10.
Revelation 3:4 
11.
Revelation 3:20 
12.
See Matthew 22:2-14 
13.
Amos 5:8 
14.
See for example, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, 1492: The Year Our World Began (Bloomsbury, 2013) 
16.
Revelation 17:15 
17.
Revelation 12:13-16 
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19.
Revelation 13:17 
20.
Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY, Jehovah’s Witnesses: Definition 
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