The Last Countdown

In my previous article, I shared with you an important astronomy vision that Ellen White saw. That vision confirmed the Orion message in many ways. It even contained the Orion formula. When the number of moons (4, 7, 6) that Ellen White saw on her journey to Orion are multiplied together, the result (168) is the number of years duration from the beginning (1844) to the end (2012) of the Judgment of the Dead. In this article, I will show you that the Bible itself contains the same message.

Before we begin, let us evaluate the accuracy of the predictions of the previous article. We are Bible students, not prophets, and we are candid about our successes and failures of interpretation. In the previous article, we carefully considered the timing of the astronomy vision and the life circumstances that surrounded it. We could not pin-point an exact date, but we did find that the events culminated in the month of November. We expected a union to happen, similar to how Joseph Bates united his efforts with James and Ellen White. We expected a union of that kind because the 168th anniversary of their coming together was this past November. The Orion Clock made one full circle since its first seal opened in 1846. The Sabbath truth was united with the Spirit of Prophecy, and the pure gospel went forth. 168 years later, it is 2014. Did history repeat as we expected it would? Let’s see.

The biggest event we were looking for was a union of two religious movements. Wishfully, we thought this would involve our movement, to bring additional power to our message. That is where we were wrong. Where we were right is that a very big religious union did take place. The headlines were quick to blare it out on November 30: Pope Francis ends Turkey trip with show of Christian unity. The timing was perfect, and indeed it would be impossible to have a bigger union of religions than what actually happened. But that is not all.

We expected this union to involve something like the Sabbath truth, which corresponds to the message of the third angel of Revelation 14:9-11. Our wishful thinking had our “High Sabbath” truths in mind, but it didn’t happen that way. Instead, it was something like the reverse: the religions of the world united under the man whose mark of authority is the sacredness of Sunday! What we are seeing in the religious world is a union against what happened in 1846. What is happening now at the end of the clock cycle in 2014 is not a re-establishment or strengthening of the truth that began in 1846, but rather the consolidating and strengthening of the counterfeit. This event means that the time allotted for God’s remnant church—the Adventist church—has come to an end!

On the other side of the union, we expected something like the Spirit of Prophecy to be embraced. Again, we got the counterfeit, which is spiritualism. Spiritualism is well represented by the Protestant denominations as well as the eastern religions that showed their unity with Pope Francis on that day. Spiritualism is a major element in the big denominations—especially the mega-church movements—which are heavily involved with things like spiritual formation. One of the most famous mega-church pastors, Rick Warren, says Pope Francis is the pope of all Christians worldwide. This is a striking completion of the unity that Tony Palmer worked to forge. This should be the most solemn and startling wake-up call to Adventists.

United in whiteI cannot leave the topic of unity without mentioning the visual messages in the media. Important religious figures have started appearing in white with the pope. The ecumenical message seems to be that there is no longer a difference between East and West, Protestant and Catholic, or heathen and Christian. They are all united in white now. In former times, only the queens of Catholic states were allowed to meet the pope with white clothes! The message seems to be that these representatives dressed in white are now accepted and in full harmony as loyal “queens” (or prostitute daughters) of the Great Whore of Babylon.

Besides the unity of the movements in 1846, there was also a marriage union that took place. Ellen White received the astronomy vision not long after she got married to James White. Their marriage was a lawful one, and a noble one. Ellen Harmon had frail health and little education, and James White took her under his protection. In contrast to their lawful and honorable marriage, another marriage of an unlawful and ignoble nature took place on the world stage. In November, shortly before the pope’s union with other religions, there was a marriage between Church and State. In this context, the woman in the marriage illustration represents the church as the weaker party, and the man represents the powerful state.

Frail womanOn November 25, the pope addressed the European Parliament, and urged Europe to stay true to its roots. Again, the picture is worth a thousand words. The pope, who even admits to his own frailty, stands in the center—admired, guarded, and protected by the leading men of Europe. Like a lonely woman, the pope pleads for “family time.” Isn’t it remarkable! The very next day, a German court ruled in favor of Sunday protection in a decision that has implications for the whole country. Ironically, that happened on the birthday of the very prophetess, Ellen White, who prophesied the Sunday Law. If that were not enough, the ACK (an alliance of denominational churches in Germany) welcomed the decision of the court. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany is an official guest member of that alliance. Therefore, it shares in welcoming the decision in favor of Sunday protection!

Yes, you read that right. They would be obliged to make an official statement to say the contrary, but we have not seen anything of the sort.

In governmental dealings with secular companies, when one representative of a company has received information, the government considers that the company as a whole possesses the information and is responsible for it. In other words, it is required that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing within the company. If we hold God’s church at least as accountable as a secular corporation, then the entire General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is accountable for the German arm of the World Church.

Don’t hold your breath; they won’t make an official statement against the Sunday Law. They cannot, because the pressure exerted by the ecumenical movement is enormous. If they were to speak against it, they would be thrust out and demonized, which is exactly what the leaders of the organization have been trying to avoid ever since they were first accused of being a cult.

In summary, the way the pure gospel started in 1846 is repeating now in 2014 with the counterfeit gospel. The evidence is enough for an honest reader to judge whether or not we could learn anything important from “17 moons and a white horse.” Now I would like to turn to the Holy Scriptures, where we will see that these events have an even greater meaning.

In 1838, a man by the name of Josiah Litch published a book entitled The Probability of the Second Coming of Christ About A.D. 1843. He wrote and published the book primarily because William Miller’s book was scarce, and because he believed the subject was of great importance. In the preface to his book, Litch wrote among other things some very nice words to put his material in the proper light. He could have written this for us, because it is all applicable:

All pretensions to a spirit of prophecy, or to infallibility in the interpretation of prophecy, are utterly disclaimed. It has often been asked, If the event does not come out as you believe, what will you then think? will it not destroy your confidence in the Bible? To this it is replied, Not at all; the writer has, in the course of his research on this subject, seen so much which has been literally fulfilled as predicted, that although all he has written on this subject should prove to have been founded in ignorance, he cannot doubt but the prophecies have a meaning, and that they were written by the unerring Spirit of the Holy One, and will, in due time, be fulfilled. But, at the same time, he must be permitted to express his firm conviction, that these calculations are founded in truth, and will stand the ordeal they must very soon pass—the unerring test of time. In conclusion, a candid examination of the subject is requested of the reader, before judgment is rendered; he is then at perfect liberty to receive or reject, as the strength of the evidence will dictate. For the purity of his motive in presenting to the public the following, the writer must appeal to that day, of which he writes. He believes that those, even, who do not accord with the peculiar views herein maintained, will find themselves amply compensated, for their pains, in giving the book an attentive perusal.

To God, and the word of his grace, the author would now commend himself, his work, and all who may read; praying that the spirit of wisdom and of a sound mind may be granted us, to lead us into all truth. The exhortation of the king of Judah (2 Chron. xx. 20) may perhaps be appropriate on this occasion. "Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; believe the Lord your God, so shall ye be established believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper."

J. L. May 30, 1838.

I have to say of Litch’s entire book the same thing that he said of Miller—that although his views may not be correct on every point, there is a part that is irrefutable. The part of Litch’s work that is irrefutable is his calculation of the date of the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

I will let Litch relate the history:

The sixth trumpet sounded; and a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, said to the sixth angel which had the trumpet-"Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates." And the four angels were loosed which were prepared for an hour, a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. The four angels denote ministers of judgment. They refer to the four nations of the Seljukan Turks of which the Ottoman empire was composed, located near the river Euphrates, at Aleppo, Iconium, Damascus and Bagdat. Up to the period of 1449, they had indeed tormented the Christian empire, but could not subject it. When the sixth trumpet sounded, [in 1449] God seems to have overawed the Greek emperor, and all power of independence seems, as in a moment, to have fled. He, in the most strange and unaccountable manner, voluntarily acknowledged that he reigned by the permission of the Turkish sultan. The Turks very soon after this addressed themselves to the work of reducing Constantinople. This they effected, A. D. 1453, four years after the emperor obtained permission to ascend the throne. The last third of the ancient Roman empire was now reduced by Turkish arms...

A little later, he makes his famous prediction:

But when will this power be overthrown? According to the calculations already made, that the five months [of the fifth trumpet] ended 1449, the hour, fifteen days, the day, one year, the month, thirty years, and the year, three hundred and sixty years; in all, three hundred and ninety-one years and fifteen days, will end in A. D. 1840, some time in the month of August. The prophecy is the most remarkable and definite, (even descending to the days) of any in the Bible, relating to these great events. It is as singular as the record of the time when the empire rose. The facts are now before the reader, and he must make what disposition of them he thinks best...

Year-day chiasmLitch simply calculated the total amount of time in prophetic days or literal years:

Litch's calculations

It is significant that he pointed out the precision of this prophecy, and the fact that it “descends into the days.” He recognized that this time prophecy crossed the boundary from counting years into counting days. I suppose that was a strong hint to the Millerites that they could know the exact day to expect Christ in 1843 (later corrected to 1844). It should also be a hint to anyone who thinks that the prophecies do not have a day-for-day application.

This is where it begins to get interesting. In our article entitled The Time of Trouble, I explained that the day-for-year prophecies of Daniel 12 have a present-day application in literal days. I loosely depicted that as a chiasm with year-based fulfillment ascending up the left side from Christ’s first advent to the pinnacle at the top, and day-based applications descending down the right side to Christ’s great Second Advent.

The mirror line of that chiasm points to October 27, 2012 at the top: the sevenfold high Sabbath. We gave one of our strongest warnings to the SDA church for that date. We believed that since the Judgment of the Dead was ending on that day, it would be The End of the SDA Church. I am mentioning these things so that it will be fresh in your mind when I explain the new application of Revelation 9:15. What Litch said back then is true today: that prophecy is remarkable and definite and “descends” into the final era of literal-day prophecy.

We had recognized ISIS as the player in the fifth trumpet some time ago (when beheadings of people like James Foley were becoming international news) but we didn’t recognize the five-month period until it ended recently, right in the middle of the pope’s trip to Turkey.

As it turns out, ISIS declared itself to be a caliphate on June 29, 2014 (!).

That date is encoded in the signet of the year of St. Paul. That was the specific accomplishment that the signet was pointing to! For those of you who don’t know, Islam is a creation of the Jesuits (don’t take my word for it—research it!), and through the signet of the year of St. Paul, the powers in the Vatican were communicating their secret plans to establish the caliphate on that very day. The burning question is: what is a caliphate? Is it comparable to other forms of government?

A “caliph” is “a successor or vicar; the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state” (according to the Collaborative International Dictionary of English). Note that a caliph has both “civil and religious” authority, just like the papacy claims for itself. Another dictionary (WordNet) defines a caliph as follows:

caliph

n 1: the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth; “many radical Muslims believe a Khalifah will unite all Islamic lands and people and subjugate the rest of the world

Again, note the similarity to the goals of Catholicism! A caliph is the ruler over not just one country or state, but over many countries and states wherever Islam prevails—on a quest to conquer the world!

In that light, the declaration of the caliphate on June 29, 2014 is comparable to President Obama announcing that from now on, he intends to be President of the World, and not just the United States! Such a declaration would be tantamount to a declaration of war against all other countries of the world. In the religious context, the declaration of the caliphate is essentially just that—a declaration of war against the entire non-Muslim world. The war started this year on June 29, which is celebrated every year in the Catholic Church as the day of St. Paul. Do you see how “Saul the Persecutor” (later Paul) is the perfect man to symbolize what the Vatican is doing through Islam?

It takes two to tangle, however. A war has two sides, and we must ask ourselves if the Christian world is also formally involved in this war. This is where the five months come in. If we count with Hebrew prophetic months of 30 days each (150 days total), we come to November 25 (inclusive) which was the date of the pope’s address to Parliament! That should really say “uh, oh!” to Adventists, especially since we used Hebrew counting and Adventists are “spiritual Israel”, but what if we count the five months as Gregorian months instead of 150 days? Months are a rare measure of prophetic time, and they allow us some possibilities for interpretation. We are dealing with a war involving the papacy on both sides, so it is reasonable to interpret the five months according to the papal (Gregorian) calendar that most of the world knows and uses. Counting the five months takes us from June to November, from the 29th to the 29th. Did anything happen on November 29 that could be the non-Muslim counterpart to the declaration of the caliphate five months earlier? It was all over the headlines:

November 29, 2014: Pope condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State

In the news articles, they even mention the “self-declared caliphate” in connection with the persecution of Christians—including Adventists, by the way, like in the Kenya bus massacre. I am compelled to deviate for a moment to address the gimmick of a deceased SDA Union President by the name of Dr. Robert Darnell. A small set of his sermons has been circulating among Adventists, promoted by such wolves in sheep’s clothing as Dwight Nelson. The relevant point here is that he asserts that SDAs will be protected during Islamic war based on passages of the Koran and Revelation 9:4:

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. (Revelation 9:4)

The fact that Adventists are already dying to ISIS reveals that Darnell’s teaching is not true. The irony is that with his view, reality obliges one to admit that Seventh-day Adventists don’t really have the seal!

Coming back to the topic, if we calculate with all exactness, the last day of the fifth month was November 28. That was the day that the pope actually spoke. It is a perfect five-month window of time from the day ISIS “declared war” on Christianity to the day Christianity “declared war” on ISIS in return! These were the five months during which ISIS “tormented” the world unchecked:

And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. (Revelation 9:5)

Now that the pope has raised his voice, the five months are over and we have entered a new phase of full-on religious war. Friends, this is the start of World War III as Albert Pike described it. Dignitaries even say it: Jordan’s King Abdullah: Battling ISIS Is ‘Our Third World War’. It is all part of the plan to bring in the false Christ. It is the rise of the phoenix.

On the very first day of full-out war, November 29, Pope Francis paid a visit to a very important place: the Blue Mosque. This mosque was originally built as a cathedral, but was converted to a mosque when the Turks conquered Constantinople (now Istanbul). They converted it into a mosque, and today it serves as a museum. This mosque (formerly cathedral) was the center of the Eastern Church, and is now the center of Islam! This is where East meets West—where Europe meets Asia. Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) is also a city of seven hills, and in that respect it serves as the second seat of the first beast of Revelation 17. As it was once the seat of the eastern pope, now it represents the seat of Islam.

Islam is something like a mercenary for the pope. At its core, the Islamic religion is the same as Catholicism—complete with the worship of saints, relics, etc. Islam was founded by the Jesuits because the pope couldn’t keep killing Sabbath-keepers and maintain a good image at the same time; he needed someone to do the dirty work for him.

Islam is just a tool to put into effect the Hegelian dialectic: thesis—antithesis—synthesis. Try to recognize how the Hegelian dialectic is used in Pike’s plan for the third world war. Ultimately they want Christianity and Islam to mutually destruct (along with all other “-isms”) leaving a void which the false Christ can rush in to fill as the solution to the world’s problems: the One World Religion—order out of chaos.

To say it another way: today there is Catholicism, but it is “imperfect” because not everyone is Catholic. Therefore, they need ISIS to exacerbate the problem until everyone is so fed-up and exhausted that they are ready to accept a solution, namely the One World Religion with Lucifer (the false Christ) at the top.

Ironically, ISIS even carried out attacks on an international scale for the first time—involving Turkey no less—on the same day that the pope prayed in the Blue Mosque! What a headline: Pope Prays In “Blue Mosque” Turkey as ISIS Attacks From Turkey

In Josiah Litch’s studies, the very next thing after the five months was the period of the “hour, day, month, and year” which gave the duration of time until the fall of the Ottoman Empire. That prediction was published far and wide, and garnered a lot of attention from skeptics and believers alike. When it fulfilled, it gave great impetus to the Millerite movement.

We have interpreted the five months for our day, so we are now ready to interpret the “hour, day, month, and year.” What it means for our time must be different than what it meant for the Millerites, though. We are living in the time of the “final rapid movements.” We don’t have 391 years or even 391 days after the end of our five months! We have to understand the text a little bit differently. This is where Litch’s observation comes into play, about the transition from a precision of years to a precision of days in biblical time prophecy.

We already saw that some kind of transition happened, which resulted in the sevenfold high Sabbath of October 27, 2012 becoming like a mirror between year prophecies and day prophecies. If you measure the number of days from October 27, 2012 until the end of November 2014 (the end of the five months), you get a meaningful number: 764 days! From our study of the 17 moons in the previous article, one can recognize that this number also encodes the duration of the judgment, for 7 × 6 × 4 = 168. That was already a clue that something important should happen at the end of November, which turned out to be the pope’s visit to Turkey as we saw.

But what does that have to do with the “hour, day, month and year” prophecy? We know that we had “year” prophecies before October 27, 2012, and that something allows us to have “day” prophecies after that, but what is it? What allows us to have literal-day prophecies now?

Remember the oath in Revelation with one hand raised:

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: (Revelation 10:6)

This scene is explained in detail in the article entitled The Power of the Father. It says “Jesus does not swear to the group which represents the Judgment of the Living for 3½ years ‘that there should be time no more.’ That means by implication, that the time proclamation is released again.” In the primary sense, this means that time prophecy comes into force again. In a secondary sense, it means that the time has come for the prophecies to have a literal-day fulfillment. Since the oath was sworn to the representative of those under the Judgment of the Dead, it must be that literal-day prophecy resumes after the Judgment of the Dead ends.

The transition to literal-day prophecy at the expiration of the oath has something to do with the “hour, day, month and year” of the sixth trumpet as Litch noted, because that prophecy “descends into the days.”

The reference point is clearly the sevenfold High Sabbath of October 27, 2012, where we have years on one side and days on the other. However, there is a problem with assigning that date as the transition date. At that time, we still did not have a clear revelation of any day-for-day time prophecies. We only had the Orion clock (which points to years) and the HSL (which points to years). We had a few isolated dates that we could infer from the feast days on the Hebrew calendar, and we could fit together the timelines of Daniel based on that, but up until now we have not had a strong and conclusive principle of interpretation like what Litch used to predict the August 11, 1840 date of the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

We already suspect a relationship between October 27, 2012 and the end of the five months of the fifth trumpet, because we saw that exactly 764 days are spanned there. Nevertheless, we still need a biblical argument to back up that relationship. Taking the 764-day observation as a hint, we could start counting the hour, day, month and year from October 27, 2012 to see what we would find. The evidence of our 2012 studies clearly pointed to the destruction of the SDA Church on October 27 that year, but it was held back by the fourfold “Hold!” and the fourfold cry “My blood!” Therefore it is perfectly logical that the hour, day, month and year of waiting time began on that day.

The oath expires

Since we are dealing with a transition from day-for-year prophecy to day-for-day prophecy, we begin with the assumption that on October 27, 2012 we were still under the day-for-year principle of interpretation. Thus, the first unit of time—an hour—translates to 15 days as it did for Josiah Litch. That takes us from October 27, 2012 to November 10, 2012 (inclusive) as the last of the 15 days. The next unit to add—a day—translates to a year or 360 days. That takes us to November 5, 2013 (inclusive) as the last of the 360 days. Next, we have a month, but a month would be 30 years or 10800 days with the day-for-year principle! Obviously, we don’t have that much time!

Now we have to ask the question: is this the point in time where we should transition to the day-for-day principle of interpretation? Consider the circumstances. One noteworthy thing happened on that day, namely the publication of Moving Forward Together! In our timelines of the relocation of the court (Change of Venue article) this was during the Father’s figurative movement from Jerusalem to Paraguay. He had already descended from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere, and now He was moving across time zones from the eastern hemisphere to the western hemisphere.

The movement across time zones hints toward the fact that we are dealing with a change in how time is to be reckoned. This was also the last leg of the relocation, after which the judgment reconvened in Paraguay. And what was the first action of the Heavenly Court in Paraguay? During the first week after the relocation, we received the great light on the trumpet and plague cycles of the Orion Clock—which are prophecies with a daily resolution! That was the topic of John’s Friday-night sermon on January 31, 2014. That was the eve of February 1, 2014, which coincided with the sounding of the first trumpet of the newly-discovered trumpet cycle of the Orion Clock. We indeed received the authority to “prophesy” coming events according to the day-for-day principle. The oath given with one hand had expired.

November 5, 2013 was not an eventful day, but it was the second possibility of the Day of Trumpets. That has meaning, because the Millerite movement itself was the fulfillment of the Day of Trumpets in traditional Adventist thinking. Therefore, it is appropriate that second possible Day of Trumpets would mark the transition point to our day-for-day understanding of the end-end-time prophecies.

Continuing from our November 5, 2013 position within the hour, day, month and year calculation, the next thing we need to add is the month, but now we will add it according to the literal day rule, which means 30 days. That brings us to December 5 (inclusive) as the last of the 30 days. Finally, adding the year (360 days) according to the literal day principle brings us to November 30, 2014 (!) as the last day of the entire sequence. In summary:

New calculations

Notice the total! We have 765 days—just one more than the 764 Orion number—to reach all the way to the end of the pope’s historic visit to Turkey!

What we have is:

November 28 – This is the last day of the five months and the end of the fifth trumpet of the judgment cycle. It marks the beginning of the papal visit, and is the actual day of the pope’s speech against ISIS.

November 29 – The 764th day marks the first day of the “Word War III” religious war.

November 30 – The 765th day marks the union of world religions and the start of the sixth trumpet of the judgment cycle.

On the Adventist front, the women’s ordination issue seems to run through this timeline like a scarlet thread, just like the red timeline of Figure 3 in Change of Venue. The recent escalation of the issue began in 2012 as I explained in that article, and it reached a critical point exactly a year later to the day. That relates to the beginning of our “hour, day, month and year” timeline. Then we saw that Moving Forward Together was published on November 5, 2013, right at the transition from years to days. Finally, just before the end of the timeline, a new book was published on November 29, 2014 with a title that smacks of the infamous QoD: Questions and Answers About Women’s Ordination! Clearly, this timeline is meant to be a warning to the church, like Litch’s prediction was in his day.

It is significant that the pope chose Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) as the venue for his reunion with the patriarch of the Eastern Church, which had its seat in that city once upon a time. The news reports spoke of several “ecumenical” meetings during the trip. Just as that city was the fulcrum of change in 1840, so it is today.

When believers and skeptics alike learned that the Ottoman Empire indeed lost its power on August 11, 1840, they were aroused to heed the Millerite message. It was their last call to prepare for the imminent end of the world. Josiah Litch urged:

Reader, are you prepared for that event? Have you on a wedding garment? Have you your lamp trimmed and oil in your vessel? O be wise now, for then the master will have shut the door.

What the fall of the Ottoman Empire was to the Millerites, the union of world religions is to Adventists. We don’t “set” the time, we just read it. The “last call” was made for Adventists who had been intoxicating themselves with the doctrines of the drunkards of Ephraim, and we urged them once more to order pure water of the Holy Spirit with our Autumn Warning and Trident Series. Ellen White makes it painfully clear that the threefold union is the last sign before the Sunday Law (see Maranatha, p. 191), and every Adventist should know that their probation will be over by the time they see the Sunday Law.

I hope that you were wise and really prepared, because the next article might shock you.

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