Ninety Per Cent There

In many ways, 1844 Made Simple can be boiled down to a few simple points, mostly built on something as basic and publically accessible as Daniel 2. 

First, as stated in the video, Daniel 2 forms the foundation of pretty much everything that follows.  And Daniel 2 is the sequential rise of these four worldly kingdoms:

  • Babylon 
  • Media Persia
  • Greece
  • Rome

All these are followed by God’s eternal kingdom.

Daniel 7 is, basically a repeat of Daniel 2, though with more details added, including a massive judgment in heaven that leads directly to the establishing of God’s eternal kingdom. Thus, Daniel 7 goes like this:

  • Babylon
  • Media Persia
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Heavenly Judgment

And this heavenly judgment leads direct to the establishment of God’s eternal kingdom.

Daniel 8 follows the same pattern as Daniel 2 and Daniel 7, though it leaves out Babylon and only indirectly refers to God’s final kingdom.  Meanwhile, directly parallel to the judgment scene in Daniel 7 is the cleansing of the sanctuary in Daniel 8. Daniel 8 goes like this

  • Media Persia
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Cleansing of the sanctuary

Though not as explicit as in Daniel 2 or Daniel 7, God’s eternal kingdom is implied by the phrase that the little horn power would be destroyed but “without hand” (Daniel 8:25), a clear reference to Daniel 2:34, which using similar wording talks about the demise of all earthly kingdoms and the establishment of God’s eternal one.

Now, here are two slides from the video:

 

Look at the first slide; it shows the parallels between the three chapters. The crucial point here is that the judgment scene of Daniel 7 is the same thing as the cleaning of the sanctuary in Daniel 8. And because this judgment, as Daniel 7 clearly teaches, leads right to establishment of God's eternal kingdom, then the judgment and the cleansing of the sanctuary--which are the same event--occur near the end of time.  If you can grasp this one point, you are 80 per cent there in understanding the time of the pre-Advent judgment.

Look at the last slide. It puts all three chapters, Daniel 2, 7, and 8 together.  All you need to see here are two other points:1) that the little horn power of Daniel 7 is papal Rome; 2) that the time element of Daniel 7:25 needs the day-year princple. With those two points, you can see that the cleasning of the sanctuary has to occur sometime after that time element (the one depicted in Daniel 7:25) and yet before the Second Coming. That puts the pre-Advent judgment after the late 18th century (or 1798) yet before Jesus returns.

With just these points alone, you are about 90 per cent there for understanding how we get to 1844.  You just need Daniel 9 for the precise date.

 

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