Silence at Midnight!
Page 2 of 5 Pages
Sleeping in the Camp
of the Three Angels!
darkness for Adventists after 1888
3 angels' messages -
reformation affirmed 1847 - 1888
7th day Sabbath - 1847
clearest representation of Saturn, reaping actually happens atomic
bomb - 1945
(not represented in Rev 14)
Trade Center 9-11-2001
6th angels - 1987-1994 (Rapture Trib)
explained on the first page about the "sleeping" in the camp
of the three angels, William Miller built his expectations for the
second coming of Jesus on October 22, 1844 on the shaky foundation that
the whole world was the "sanctuary" to be cleansed "by
fire" at this event. Indeed his first prediction was for 1843
because neither he nor anyone working with him understood that a
day is lost when passing from BC dates to AD dates because there was no
year zero. During this transition, 1 BC was followed immediately by 1
AD. The next error was that March of 1844 was selected because no
one understood the significance of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in
Jewish theology. This brings to mind one of Jesus' prominent parables,
often called the "Wise and the Foolish Builders."
A House Built on Sand
Matthew 7:24 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house
upon a rock. 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was
founded upon a rock.
26 "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house
upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell; AND GREAT WAS THE
FALL OF IT."
William Miller built his "house" (prediction, theology) on various
pieces of junk like the picture on the right above, and the foundation was
the "sand" of a Trinitarian "Gospel" he inherited from
the Baptists. Ellen White and her associates added a little Jewish
theology to the junk in the foundation and even tinkered a bit with
the sand of Trinitarianism, but after 1888 restored whatever sand had been
removed. They could not imagine a human Jesus doing for them
what they really wished to be done, so to Adventists after 1888 he was
"God" again, not really a Jewish high priest.
William Miller inherited the "house" built by the Council of
Nicea in 325 AD, together with the Sunday-keeping also made dogma in the
4th century AD, and although he tried to "watch" for the
Lord's coming, he knew not the hour that the "Thief" would
Matthew 24:42 "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour
your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the
house (built on sand) had known in what WATCH the THIEF would come, he
would have watched, and would not have suffered his (Trinitarian) house
to be broken up."
"Babylon is Fallen"
14:8 "And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is
fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink
of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
original Millerites saw "Babylon" as everyone who refused to
join their revival, confess their sins, and attempt to live righteous
lives for the relatively short period of time, first several years, then
a number of months, then weeks and days before the expected "end of
the world." After the resurrected and living
"saints" (specifically those people expecting Jesus and
emotionally and spiritually "ready to go") were safely up in
the clouds, Christ would some way or another (perhaps by a fiery glance)
ignite a world-wide conflagration that would "cleanse the world
sanctuary" so that once the flames died down and the earth cooled,
"saved" men and women, or angels, or perhaps both in a
cooperative effort, could begin rebuilding a world to God's and their
specifications and preferences. It is generally conceded
that the Millerites had no idea what the message of the "Third
Angel" of Revelation 14 was all about, and it's doubtful that they
even noticed there was a 4th, 5th, and 6th angel in this
chapter. But no 7th angel.
White was inspired to write a lot about the Emperor Constantine, and the
changing of the weekly religious day of rest to Sunday, but she really
didn't write much about Constantine's support of the doctrine of the
Holy Trinity. The latter dogma is just as much a part of
"Babylon" as the Sunday rest day, and
Babylon is fallen.