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Doomed in the ’Dome!

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Adventists Bring Down the House!

At its 60th General Conference Session, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has no choice but to give up the ghost. It can no longer resist the legislative pressure of the State, which is demanding full equality for women and LGBT persons. That’s right—it’s the State, not the Spirit, driving the agenda. If the church votes in favor of women’s ordination to comply with state and national laws in support of the U.N.’s Human Rights goals, it will face the wrath of God—and if the church votes against it, it will die at the hands of the State.

It’s a lot like the predicament that Samson fell into:

God’s providential care had been over Samson [like the Laodicean church], that he might be prepared to accomplish the work which he was called to do [much as the SDA Church was called to do a work]. At the very outset of life he was surrounded with favorable conditions for physical strength, intellectual vigor, and moral purity [like the SDA Church in the early years]. But under the influence of wicked associates he let go that hold upon God which is man’s only safeguard, and he was swept away by the tide of evil. Those who in the way of duty are brought into trial may be sure that God will preserve them; but if men willfully place themselves under the power of temptation, they will fall sooner or later. {AH 460.2}

For the SDA Church, the end has come. Satan, who now spins the world on his finger, would have had a mighty adversary in the SDA Church if it had remained faithful to God. Sadly, like Samson, its love for the world has similarly blinded, stripped, impoverished and weakened it.

Samson’s Last Decision

Samson landed in a Philistine prison house after having lost his eyesight and strength and having become completely useless toward his divine calling. In that state of affairs, we pick up his last story:

Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. (Judges 16:23-25)

If the blind judge, Samson, stands for the blind “judgment people” who make up Laodicea, then this story has serious implications. First of all, we see who is calling the General Conference Session—the lords of the Philistines, representing the papist leaders within the church. And what is their motive for convening the Session? “For to offer a great sacrifice unto their god.” In other words, it was not just an ordinary party—it was a big worship service.

The Bible gives us many clues to identify this event. It says they wanted to make “sport” of Samson, or in casual English, they wanted to make fun of him. They came together for sport, for fun. That’s where we get the modern term “sports,” which refers to games—especially athletic games. Where do people come together for athletic games, for great sporting events? They come to a stadium!

But Samson wasn’t brought to just any stadium. He was brought to a stadium with a very specific construction design. It had pillars, and they set him between the pillars. This particular building was designed so that its roof was supported by pillars:

And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. (Judges 16:26-27)

In this way, the Bible describes not only the type of building (a sports stadium) but also the type of construction. It had pillars which supported the roof. Does the story of Samson accurately typify the venue for the GC Session in San Antonio? Take a closer look:

The Alamodome has four great pillars which support the roof. The delegates of the blind, lukewarm church, like Samson, will be set between the pillars. The church will make its last decision in this setting, which is a conference convened in honor of Dagon, the fish god, “the protector of the sea,” namely the pope, who wears the fish hat, and whose red cappello we already saw hanging over the Session.

God’s promise that through Samson He would “begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” was fulfilled; but how dark and terrible the record of that life which might have been a praise to God and a glory to the nation! Had Samson been true to his divine calling, the purpose of God could have been accomplished in his honor and exaltation. But he yielded to temptation and proved untrue to his trust, and his mission was fulfilled in defeat, bondage, and death. {PP 567.2}

Samson’s last act—the last act in his drama—was to pull down the pillars and die with the Philistines.

An ancient pagan altar unearthed at Beersheba c. 1975.

The Altar of Baal

The story of Samson is not the only Bible story that has something to do with the Alamodome building. The church is officially praying—like never before—for the latter rain to fall in this GC Session. Unfortunately, the GC-led prayer campaign appeals to the powers of spiritualism, not to God. By the end of the three-and-a-half-year drought, King Ahab and all Israel were also undoubtedly praying desperately for rain, and also to the wrong gods. The drought ended with the challenge at Mt. Carmel.

As Brother John explained in Fire at Mount Carmel, the Orion formula is encoded in the procedure that Elijah followed prior to praying for divine confirmation. The Orion Clock is perfectly symbolized by the altar, the trench, and all the associated symbolism. The imagery points to a specific time on the Orion Clock: July 8, 2015—the sixth trumpet. It is not by accident that God points out that specific date within the General Conference Session as the culmination of the challenge.

The altar symbolism is also reflected in the architecture of the Alamodome, showing just how implicated the GC really is. There are a couple of specific elements in the design of the Alamodome that correspond to the construction of the altar:

  • The four horns of the altar symbolize the four pillars of the Alamodome.

  • The twelve stones that were used to construct the altar symbolize the 12 wall segments around the stadium.

We must keep in mind that the challenge at Mt. Carmel had two possible outcomes. There were two altars, and two kinds of prayer. The measures of seed associated with the trench around God’s altar stand for martyrs, but the victory of fire from heaven resulted in the slaying of the priests of Baal and Asherah, who were heathens, not martyrs. It was an act of cleansing in Israel. Like in the case of Samson, the sacrifice of the enemy was thwarted by God, and the enemy was slain. The choice to hold the GC Session in the Alamodome shows that the GC is involved in Elijah’s challenge, whether the planners acknowledge it or not, and whether they intend it or not. Prophecy confirms it.

The Loosing of the Four Angels

The four horns of the altar symbolize the four hand and foot stars of the Orion Clock:

And his brightness was as the light; he had horns[or rays]coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. (Habakkuk 3:4)

The power of Jesus is hidden in His sacrificial act, which Habakkuk described as rays of light emanating from His (pierced) hand. This is a vivid illustration of Jesus in the Orion constellation, where the hand and foot stars mark the nail prints. The way in which dates are found on the clock is precisely by drawing rays pointing outward from the center of the clock through the hand and foot stars. In the biblical language, “ray” and “horn” are both the same Hebrew word. Both concepts are represented in the Alamodome construction: the pillars protrude like horns as well as emanate rays of light at night.

The Clock of God in Orion was constructed when the stars were placed in the heavens, and has pointed to important events in the history of mankind down through the ages. The stars of Orion mark the time of the sixth trumpet on His clock as July 8, 2015. This date is not an invention of John Scotram—it has been written by the finger of God in Orion since the foundation of the world. On that day, the following prophecy will surely fulfill:

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God... (Revelation 9:13)

This is speaking primarily of the heavenly sanctuary in reference to the four horns of the altar, but it also relates directly to the Alamodome, where the four horns of the altar are symbolized by the four great pillars. The corporate voice of the church will utter decisions that day in the Alamodome. The voice from the horns of the altar speaks to the trumpet angel:

Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. (Revelation 9:14)

In terms of the heavenly sanctuary, it is speaking of the four beasts or living creatures which are represented by the four hand and foot stars of the Orion Clock—all symbolized by the four horns of the altar. It speaks of the four angels which are bound, meaning that something has been binding up the message and keeping it from spreading the way it should—namely the existing leadership of the church:

If it were possible, the enemy would clog the wheels of progress, and prevent the truths of the gospel from being circulated everywhere. With this object he leads men to feel that it is their privilege to control the consciences of their fellow-men according to their own perverted ideas. They dismiss the Holy Spirit from their counsels, and then, under the power and name of the General Conference, they invent regulations through which they compel men to be ruled by their own ideas and not by the Holy Spirit. {1888 1527.2}

While the Clock of God keeps ticking, the wheels of progress have been clogged by General Conference counsels that have no Holy Spirit. This, too, is symbolized in the physical construction of the stadium: there are cables binding the four pillars to the roof and anchoring them to the ground.

The message of the voice that comes from the stadium gives the command to let the messenger angels loose. These four messenger angels are even called out by the “Final Four” graphics on the corners of the stadium in the picture that the Adventist Review chose to include in their publication of the Session agenda (see the close-up photograph of the window graphics under the pillar, at right). That means something will happen at the stadium that day which will unbind the message of the four angels.

And the four angels were loosed[], which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand[200,000,000]: and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 9:15-16)

It’s hard to study this verse—especially with Samson in mind—without considering that if the pillars were unbound from the roof, the roof would collapse and the stadium itself would serve as the killer horsemen, which number 200 million as a figure representative of the nearly $200 million cost of the structure. That might seem impossible, but when an Act of God is factored into the equation, the prophetic evidence becomes quite compelling.

I will hasten to say that we are non-violent people, as all Seventh-day Adventists should be. This is a study to be undertaken with fear and trembling, knowing that God discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart. Terrorism and other acts of violence are against what the Orion Clock teaches, despite what accusations might be hurled by other professed saints. Just have a look at the caliber of Doug Batchelor’s secretary, Eugene Prewitt, who messaged us:

[From Eugene Prewitt on May 17, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.]

John, if you or your followers use violence on July 8 would that constitute a fulfillment of your prediction? Or would the absence of supernatural intervention be proof that you were offbase despite the human-accomplished violence? Are you personally committed to non-violence?

[John Scotram’s reply:]

Why not read the article. I answer exactly this there?!? Why attack without reading? Is this “Love”?

You faked to have studied Orion when I sent it to you in 2010! You should know that even partaking in military service is an abomination for God written with His own finger in the heavens! How would I support violence!? Are you nuts?

To show you, how superficially you read and study, I quote from the article: “[Note: One way or another, the blame for these events will be put on us! Let no one come to the foolish idea of wanting to help out! It must be a visible judgment from God without any human intervention! We are not fanatics who threaten anyone with death. We ask God to intervene, because we ourselves are impotent. And if He is with us, He will fight for us while we hide!38]” (The footnote goes to Isaiah 26:20) Hope you repent your accusing mail (for your own sake).

He did not respond further. Is that the behavior of a leader of God’s people, making false accusations without apology? Ironically, this brief exchange took place on the verge of the sixth commandment-month (which we are presently in), when the people of God are being especially tested on the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” By the end of this article, you will see who stands in breach of the sixth commandment, and it isn’t a minority.

In any case, this topic of the roof collapsing is only the beginning of what the Bible has to say about this GC Session! It gives a crystal clear picture, and we’ve only begun to examine it.

Josiah Litch prophesied the August 1840 fall of the Ottoman Empire based on this same text, which gave the prophetic hour, day, month, and year of the event. We previously interpreted this verse in a transitional way, partly under the day-for-year principle and partly under the day-for-day principle, to prophesy the formal union of all major world religions on November 30, 2014. There is a third and final application, applying the literal sum of 391 days.

In his June 12, 2014 interview, Pope Francis divulged the key points of his agenda. Notable among them was his intention to fight fundamentalism, which he asserts is violent by nature. Exactly 391 days later, prepared for an hour, day, month, and year, the sixth trumpet will sound on July 8, 2015 with the cumulative force of all the previous trumpets, which have been restrained till this time. This will signal the onset of his furious attack.

Thou must prophesy again...

Revelation 11 is the story of our movement—the movement of the Fourth Angel. Everything started in 2004 when “John” (Scotram, not the Revelator) was given the golden reed:

And there was given me[John]a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. (Revelation 11:1)

This story is recorded in detail in the article entitled Prophesy Again. It is about a comparison of the height of the wall of New Jerusalem, 144 cubits, with the height of the wall of the earthly blueprint, which was one reed of six cubits. That is a size ratio of 144:6 or simply 24:1 between the real heavenly sanctuary and the blueprint. To find out how long it would take to cleanse the real thing, the factor of 24 was multiplied by the 7 days it took to cleanse the altar in the blueprint. That yields the duration of the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, which is 24 × 7 = 168 years. That is all detailed in the article.

These words (Revelation 11:1) come right after the Great Disappointment of the little book that was bitter for William Miller (Revelation 10:10). The interpretation of the little book that was bitter in the belly rests on firm ground, confirmed by Ellen G. White. The little book of Revelation 10:10 was Miller’s discovery of the meaning of Daniel 8:14—the 2300 evenings and mornings. He arrived at the beginning of the judgment, not the second coming of Christ. Then there was the tarrying time in the parable of the bridegroom, from the time when the virgins went forth to meet the bridegroom until the cry was made at midnight and the bridegroom came.

Thus, there are two “Millers.” To the second Miller, it is said to prophesy again:

And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (Revelation 10:11)

The first Miller did not fulfill that verse. Every word in this prophecy has significance. We need to understand why it says to prophesy before “many peoples, nations, and tongues, and kings.” We are talking about the end of the judgment, which was a time period that the first Miller didn’t have. What he found was the time of the beginning of the judgment of the dead, but we have the whole judgment of the dead and the living, because that is what we found in Daniel 12 in the oath of the man over the river, in pictorial form. The scene in Daniel 12 covers the whole duration of both parts of the judgment, each expressed by a number, and we logically deduced how they overlap.

We can see, therefore, that Revelation 10:11 rightfully belongs to chapter 11. (The chapter divisions and verse numbers are not part of the original text; they were added later.) But what does it mean to prophesy again before “many peoples, nations, and tongues, and kings?” Where is the key to understanding that expression?

The Content of the Prophecy

The Hebrew word for “before” in 10:11 is a rather loose word that can be used various ways, and in Bibles it is in fact translated variously as “about” “to” or “before.” It is a little bit ambiguous. That certainly allows us to interpret it as being a command to prophesy “about” peoples, nations, tongues and kings.

In the video about the Book of Seven Seals, we quote Sister White to say very clearly that the Book of Seven Seals is about the history of nations, the church, ruling powers and the influence of every nation, tongue and people for all time, etc., and exactly that video is in the Fire on Mount Carmel article, which defines the Mt. Carmel Challenge. One cannot prophesy about July 8 without having the Book of Seven Seals, because it’s a time prophecy. Ellen White defines the book of Seven Seals as containing the whole history of the world, and it does that with the four cycles of the Orion Clock. The blood of Jesus in Orion shows the sacrifice of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, all the way back to when the first animals were sacrificed to clothe Adam and Eve.

However, we could not find any event in Bible history that corresponds to the first set of throne lines in the first Great Cycle of the Orion Clock. There is a reason for that. Only one of the clocks of God was ticking at that time. The second set of throne lines, however, points to the second clock which began ticking when the children of Israel kept the first Passover in Canaan.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you...And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. (Exodus 12:23, 25)

The firstfruits of the land were needed for the spring feasts, and the maturity of the barley in particular was used in combination with the spring equinox to determine the beginning of the festal year. Thus, the first High Sabbaths were possible only when the children of Israel had crossed over Jordan to enter Canaan, and not before. That is when the High Sabbath clock began to tick, and from that time on, the “bread” and “wine” clocks were ticking together.

As we know it, the HSL is just a fraction of the High Sabbath combinations with seventh-day Sabbaths that have occurred since the conquest of Canaan. That is because the Book of Seven Thunders, which is the HSL, is about the judgment time and does not extend back to ancient Canaan. These two books were unknown until John Scotram came along.

The Book of Seven Seals prophesies about peoples, nations, tongues and kings, from the beginning of the world. However, there is something similar in Revelation 17:15 in regards to the waters, which are “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” This verse is talking about the great whore, which shows that the clocks of God, which prophesy about multitudes, peoples, nations, etc. are also the key to identifying who Satan is today, appearing as the false Christ. They are the key to understanding the eighth king of Revelation 17:11.

In both respects, the message of the Fourth Angel fulfills as never before the command to prophesy again about “many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” Going into chapter 11, John the Revelator thus stands for John Scotram.

Measuring the Worshipers

John receives the reed like a rod in verse 1, and is commanded to rise and measure. Who rose and measured? John Scotram. He measured the temple and the wall and the altar, as already mentioned.

However, the verse also speaks about measuring the worshipers therein. How did he measure the worshipers? Measuring people is about judgment. If you measure a man, you measure how far away he is in stature from the blueprint of Jesus. It is related to the height of the wall of the temple. You have to measure up to the character of Jesus to pass the wall through the pearly gates. John has been measuring the people by comparing them to the standard of Jesus’ character as expressed in the Orion and HSL clocks. They are not just about time, but about doctrines, beliefs, and behavior—even the Ten Commandments.

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (1 Corinthians 6:2)

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:20)

This is one of the characteristics of the message of the Fourth Angel, which sets it miles apart from other pure-time-setting studies that do nothing to improve character.

The New Testament says that the law is a mirror. For example, a person can look at the clocks and ask himself, “Do I believe in the Trinity as three separate Persons?” “Am I against the false teachings of QoD?” etc. Even women’s ordination and LGBT equality are addressed by Orion and the HSL, and they are in Revelation 11 too.

John had to measure “them that worship therein” with these tools—the measuring reeds that can measure the stature of a person’s character. Many have failed to measure up, who might have liked the message, but not the measuring man (or men). As we study with others, we are constantly measuring people. The throne room of the judgment of the living is about judges and judgment, but it is not we who judge. Jesus Christ, who is represented in the clocks, is the One who judges by virtue of who He is. The message was given to bring about repentance, which never feels good, and where there is no repentance, the sinner feels the condemnation that Jesus’ righteous example heaps upon him.

The first Miller in chapter 10 just ate the little book, but he didn’t measure anything. He ate the little book and it was first sweet and then bitter. Eating the little book means studying it, and the little book represents chapters 8-10 of Daniel, or perhaps also chapter 11. Chapter 12, however, was reserved for the second Miller. The first Miller ate, but didn’t measure. Measuring is something that belongs to the judgment time.

The Courtyard Outside the Temple

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (Revelation 11:2)

The court (or courtyard) is always outside the temple, so why doesn’t the text just say “the court”? Why does it explicitly say “the court which is outside the temple”? The temple, or heavenly sanctuary, is represented by the Orion Clock, which is the Book of Seven Seals. This book was written on the inside, and on the outside. The inside of the book is the part that has been deciphered with the Orion Clock representation of the heavenly sanctuary (or temple), and was not opened until our time, but the outside of the book represents the Christian era when the seals had their classical fulfillment. That period does not have a corresponding Orion cycle; the measurement instruments (clocks) that God gave do not measure that part, because verse 2 says not to measure the court outside the temple.

In fact, the Latin origin of the English word “temple” has a root that means “spans of time.” If you combine that concept with the “EL” sound, which means God in Hebrew, then “temp-el” would mean something like “God’s time.” Thus the words “outside the temple” could be understood to refer to the era that is “outside of God’s clocks,” even just from the sound of it.

That era was given to the Gentiles, or in other words, to the Catholics. During that time they figuratively treaded the holy city under foot for 42 months, which corresponds to the classical period of papal supremacy in Europe for 1260 years from 538 to 1798.

The very next verse speaks of a 1260-day period using different language:

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Revelation 11:3)

The unit of days used in verse 3 is a contrast to the unit of months used in verse 2, showing that these are meant to refer to different periods of time. This is also clear from the context given to each period. In verse 2, it was referring to a time that was given to the Gentiles, but in verse 3 it refers to power given to the two witnesses, which are contrasting (and almost conflicting) concepts. Furthermore, verse 2 includes a command to not measure the time, whereas in verse 3 the two witnesses prophesy. Those are also contrasting and conflicting concepts.

In Ellen White’s time, they believed that these periods were the same (and they were the same in the classical day-for-year fulfillment), but today the prophecies have a more perfect fulfillment. Verse 2 uses months—a larger unit of time—to refer to the classical 1260 years, whereas the days can be taken as a literal period in our time. This compares well with the book of Daniel, which uses the same period to refer to the years of papal supremacy in Daniel 7:25 as well as the days of the judgment of the living in Daniel 12:7. Daniel and Revelation are to be studied together. Thus the 42 months of the courtyard refer to the 1260 years, whereas the 1260 days refer to the literal 1260 days of the judgment of the living, which began on May 6, 2012.

Ellen G. White and the pioneers did not have this level of understanding because the measuring reed had not been given yet. The reed would be given in 2004, when John started the studies covered in the Prophesy Again article. It had to be after their time, because the power had not been given yet either. The Power of the Father article explains how time prophecy had been prohibited during their time, until the authority would be given again. We had to approach the time of Jesus’ second coming before the measuring reed (and the power) would be given.

Twice Daniel inquired, How long shall it be to the end of time? ... And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.... the wise shall understand... {18MR 15.1}

The measuring reed and the power are also two different things. The measuring reed was given in 2004, when John rose up to measure the temple, but the power was given at the beginning of the 1260 days. Every word in Revelation 11 has a meaning.

William Miller studied Daniel 7-10, which pertained to the time of the Gentiles. The second Miller studied the time of the judgment of the dead and living. Over and over we see this compare-and-contrast activity between the two Millers. One did what the other didn’t do, and the other did what the one didn’t do.

The Two Witnesses

The two witnesses get the power. If you think that the two witnesses are the 144,000 and the martyrs, then you are supporting the pre-tribulation rapture, because there’s no other solution in that case—since they rise up to heaven. It’s hard to blame people who believe in the pre-tribulation rapture if they study Revelation 11 without the proper perspective!

The man with the measuring reed is one thing, but the two witnesses are something completely different. The two witnesses are killed and raised in the sixth trumpet, because the second woe (sixth trumpet) is mentioned at the end of this passage. They die for three and a half days, then they are raptured. Therefore, the witnesses cannot be living people. They must be symbolic since the pre-tribulation rapture is unscriptural. Furthermore, John saw the 144,000 standing on the sea of glass only at the beginning of the plagues, so even if you interpret their standing on the sea of glass literally, it would be hard to reconcile that with their rapture in the sixth trumpet.

Thus the two witnesses must be something entirely different. In the Fire at Mount Carmel article, the two witnesses are mentioned as being the Orion Clock and the Vessel of Time. Those two messages prophesy, as the verse says. They prophesy throughout the whole time period of the 1260 days of the judgment of the living. These two witnesses are covered in sackcloth, symbolizing the mourning during this period.

The two witnesses prophesy the end of the judgment, and the second coming of Jesus. These are the two things that Ellen White associated with John for precisely this time:

I was pointed down to the last days and saw that John represented those who should go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah [Carmel challenge] to herald the day of wrath and the second advent of Jesus. {EW 155.1}

It’s not only people that herald the day, but also clocks. In fact, the people could not do it without the clocks! The Book of Seven Seals (Orion) and the Book of Seven Thunders (HSL) herald the days, together, as two witnesses. In fact, Ellen White also wrote about the “witnessing” of the Fourth Angel’s message:

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God’s people. {EW 270.2}

Jesus Christ, whose wounds and blood are shown in Orion and the HSL, is the True Witness, and His two witnesses are those two messages, which are a standard lifted up, by which men can measure their character.

I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance; all who truly receive it will obey it and be purified. {EW 270.3}

Look how she describes the messages:

Said the angel, “List [] ye!” Soon I heard a voice like many musical instruments all sounding in perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever heard, seeming to be full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy joy. It thrilled through my whole being. Said the angel, “Look ye!” My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying in agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, now shone with the light and glory of heaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude and holy, sacred joy. {EW 270.4}

The two clocks are the body and blood of Jesus; that’s how the True Witness (Jesus Christ) is the two witnesses. That is why they re-trace His experience of dying and rising again, and ascending to heaven. It is highly symbolic, but it is easy to understand by our movement. Nobody else can decipher it this way.

Ellen White wrote a lot of things in her books that she was pressured to change in later editions. One thing in particular, which is heavily attacked today, is her interpretation of Revelation 11. The three-and-a-half-year period in particular is heavily criticized because of the lack of historical evidence for the decrees at the beginning and end of the period:

It was in 1793 that the decrees which abolished the Christian religion and set aside the Bible passed the French Assembly. Three years and a half later a resolution rescinding these decrees, thus granting toleration to the Scriptures, was adopted by the same body. {GC 287.1}

There is a whole chapter in the official biography dealing with the changes regarding the French Revolution. They spent months researching in libraries (without tools like the Internet in those days). You can read that chapter as your homework. Ellen White was standing on thin ice on that point. It is probably one of the most difficult-to-prove prophetic interpretations in all of Adventism.

So why didn’t she take it out or change it completely in the 1911 edition of the Great Controversy? She just changed the wording very slightly to be less attackable, but she kept the three-and-a-half years beginning in 1793. Even though it was controversial, she kept it.

That chapter was considered “a very important one,” and indeed it is. It lays the foundation for our present-day interpretation of Revelation 11. She affirmed that the two witnesses stood for the Old and New Testaments. They were the two scriptural Testimonies or witnesses.

If we follow that line of interpretation, then today they must also represent a scriptural authority equal to the Bible, namely the Orion and HSL messages, which were written by the finger of God in the heavens. The only other part of the Bible that was written by the finger of God, is the Ten Commandments. These are not an addition to the Bible like what Revelation 22:18 talks about, but rather they are two books of the Bible which had not been discovered till recently. Our canon Bible has 66 books, so Orion and the HSL could rightfully be considered the 67th and 68th books of the Bible.

In the time of John the Revelator, the celestial bodies had not even scribed their paths to define the HSL yet. The sun, moon, and earth had not yet traced out their orbits. Orion, however, was already in place. John could see the outside of the book, and that is what the prophecies of Revelation are talking about—he wrote the whole Apocalypse, which is the basis for the classical interpretation of the book of seven seals, but he just couldn’t look inside the book to the Orion Clock that we have today. The seven thunders, as I mentioned however, hadn’t been written yet. Therefore he could not even write them down. The voices in heaven (the heavenly bodies themselves) forbade it.

So the two witnesses are Scripture, like the Old and New Testaments. Orion is like the Old Testament, which has been ticking since the Creation with the Great Orion Cycle, proclaiming when Jesus Christ was to be born. His roots—the creation of Adam—are the beginning of the Bible, and if you want to get back to your original roots, you have to study the Book of Seven Seals. It is like Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, which prophesied of Him. The three references to Orion by name are also in the Old Testament, as well as the symbolism of the flying roll in Zechariah 5.

The HSL, on the other hand, is like the New Testament. It is the time of the judgment just before Jesus’ return. The feast days are the pen with which the Book of Seven Thunders is written, and the pen started to write in 1841. The definition of the High Sabbath in John 19:31 belongs to the New Testament.

Of course both concepts bleed into both Testaments, just as both Testaments are interconnected, but we are speaking about where the emphasis is, to show how this understanding of the two witnesses today builds upon the foundation laid by Ellen White.

The two witnesses are clothed in sackcloth because people read the messages, but they aren’t sure about it. They worry that nothing will happen. Sackcloth is a sign of shame and humiliation, reflecting how the message is received. But it is a temporary state, which is about to change.

Overcome and Killed

The two witnesses, Orion and the HSL, will be figuratively killed:

And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:7)

We are immediately faced with an apparent problem because it is after “when they have finished their testimony” that they are killed. This would place the three and a half days after the judgment of the living, after the close of probation! That doesn’t make sense, and this is where Ellen White helps us out with her insistence to keep the three and a half years beginning in 1793 despite the lack of solid historical proof.

The end of papal authority and the captivity of the pope in 1798 marked the end of the 1260 years. Similarly, by the end of the 1260 days of the judgment of the living, the 144,000 will have been found and the plagues will begin. That is when Pope Francis will lose the game, and the world will begin to feel the executive judgment—the wrath of God in the plagues—for about a year until his reign is completely destroyed.

Her interpretation places the three and a half years inside of the 1260 years, which ended in 1798. This is how it is for us too; our three and a half days are inside the 1260 days of the judgment of the living. The year 1793 + 3.5 years bring us to 1796.5, which leaves 1.5 years to spare before the end of the 1260 years. Similarly, our 3.5 days leave some time to spare before the end of the 1260 days.

The whole difficulty disappears, however, when we realize that the verse is in fact a faulty translation. This is reflected in the Great Controversy, where the correct meaning is made very clear:

“When they shall have finished [are finishing] their testimony.” The period when the two witnesses were to prophesy clothed in sackcloth, ended in 1798. As they were approaching the termination of their work in obscurity, war was to be made upon them by the power represented as “the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit.” {GC 268.3}

The faulty translation has not gone unnoticed. The biblical scholar and lecturer of the Greek language, Joseph Mede, clarified the issue in the 1600’s:

But let us throw light on the text. “When,” says he, “they shall be finishing their testimony,” (for so ὅτ αν τελέ σωσι should be translated, not by the preterite, when they have finished,) “the beast who ascends out of the abyss, shall make war upon them and shall kill them.”

Other eminent commentators agree. Thus, our three and a half days begin towards the end of the judgment of the living. It will be at a specific time when something will happen that will figuratively kill, set aside, or burn the Orion and HSL “Scriptures.” Then after three and a half days, something will happen that will be celebrated by the people, who will send gifts one to another. They will be happy about the killing, burning, or setting aside that took place, similarly to what happened in the French Revolution.

We will crystalize this in a moment.

Sodom and Egypt

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Revelation 11:8)

Ellen White explains what Sodom means:

France presented also the characteristics which especially distinguished Sodom. During the Revolution there was manifest a state of moral debasement and corruption similar to that which brought destruction upon the cities of the plain. And the historian presents together the atheism and the licentiousness of France, as given in the prophecy: “Intimately connected with these laws affecting religion, was that which reduced the union of marriage—the most sacred engagement which human beings can form, and the permanence of which leads most strongly to the consolidation of society—to the state of a mere civil contract of a transitory character, which any two persons might engage in and cast loose at pleasure.... If fiends had set themselves to work to discover a mode of most effectually destroying whatever is venerable, graceful, or permanent in domestic life, and of obtaining at the same time an assurance that the mischief which it was their object to create should be perpetuated from one generation to another, they could not have invented a more effectual plan than the degradation of marriage.... Sophie Arnoult, an actress famous for the witty things she said, described the republican marriage as ‘the sacrament of adultery.’”—Scott, vol. 1, ch. 17. {GC 270.1}

The three and a half days relate to Sodom and Egypt. Sodom represents the taking away of God’s design for marriage, which is being accomplished both in the world and in the church today.

Egypt, on the other hand, represents disregard for God (atheism). Egypt demonstrated this most strikingly when Pharaoh defiantly asked, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice?” That was at the time when the warning of plagues hung over him, just as it is today. So Egypt accurately represents the Human Rights movement, as promoted by the United Nations and adopted by the nations of the world. This atheistic principle is also being accomplished both in the world and in the church—yes, even the church—when it sets aside doctrine (the way we learn about God) and uplifts Human Rights (which are atheistic). Thus the literal three and a half days relate very much to our time.

Suffice it to quote Ellen White in regards to verse 5, which explains the consequences of adopting the policies of Sodom and Egypt, since the interpretation extends to us:

“And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.” Revelation 11:5. Men cannot with impunity trample upon the word of God. The meaning of this fearful denunciation is set forth in the closing chapter of the Revelation: “I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18, 19. {GC 268.1}

Such are the warnings which God has given to guard men against changing in any manner that which He has revealed or commanded. These solemn denunciations apply to all who by their influence lead men to regard lightly the law of God. They should cause those to fear and tremble who flippantly declare it a matter of little consequence whether we obey God’s law or not. All who exalt their own opinions above divine revelation, all who would change the plain meaning of Scripture to suit their own convenience, or for the sake of conforming to the world, are taking upon themselves a fearful responsibility. The written word, the law of God, will measure the character of every man and condemn all whom this unerring test shall declare wanting. {GC 268.2}

The Grand Celebration

And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. (Revelation 11:9-10)

We know that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling that would effectively set aside God’s institution of marriage at the end of June. The influential Volokh Conspiracy legal and political blog “speculates” on the timing as follows:

This year, decisions will be issued on Monday, June 22, and Thursday, June 25, 2015. And then there’s one last possible decision day. It’s not much more than a hunch, and it’s subject to about a thousand different contingencies, but you might want to plan on tuning in to your favorite 24-hour news channel at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, June 29, 2015.

That is a familiar date, which seems to be a favorite for the powers that be. But even after the decision is made, it will take a couple of days until homosexual couples can actually get married, as was the case in 2013 when the Supreme Court overturned DOMA. Following that example, let’s just say the law will go into effect two days after the decision is announced. That would take us from the morning of June 29 to the morning of July 1. The beginning of the month would be a logical day for the ruling to go into effect, and no doubt there will be a queue of homosexuals ready to make the headlines by getting “married” at that first opportunity. That would make it something like a Gregorian version of the Jewish “Day of Trumpets” on the first day of the seventh month, July.

There is no question that major parties will be taking place to celebrate this new freedom from the restraint of God’s law. In fact, gay rights activists have already made their plans to celebrate the outcome...to rejoice, make merry, and send gifts, as the verse says. If we count three and a half days from the probable effectivity date of July 1, we come to the evening of Saturday, July 4! What better day is there for a homosexual to celebrate independence from God, than on Independence Day!?

Among the many parties that have been planned is the 2015 Pride “Bigger Than Texas” event in San Antonio, just a couple of miles from the Alamodome, where Seventh-day Adventists will be deliberating on whether to welcome Pride—commonly considered the original and most serious of the seven cardinal sins—into the church in the form of the precursor to LGBT acceptance and equality, which is women’s ordination. This comes on the 50th anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, which will be celebrating a half century of progress toward full LGBT equality—no accident, I’m sure. Celebrations are planned around the globe. How will the SDA Church maintain its stand against sodomy when days before the Session, national U.S. law would already require them to perform LGBT marriages? Can the ordination of women alone solve their dilemma with the State?

License they mean, when Liberty they cry...

Regarding the icon of U.S. liberty, Wikipedia relates:

The Statue of Liberty...was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata(a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

The statue was brought to America to symbolize the freedom that Satan would one day bring with his homosexual torch, taking away the divine rights that come from God and replacing them with Human Rights, symbolized by the Roman “tablet evoking the law” in her hand. The broken chain at her feet also represents freedom from God, and is reminiscent of the Chain of Satan, which is directly linked to the June 29 date. In fact, the date inscribed on the tablet says exactly when this freedom would be celebrated: July 4, in a very specific year.

The tablet gives the year as 1776 (in Roman numerals), which is an encoding of the actual target year. The Masons add 4000 years, making it 5776, which is the height in inches that the great pyramid in Egypt would measure if completed. For them, it symbolizes the accomplishment of the purpose, they say, for which the United States was founded, as pictured by the pyramid and all-seeing eye on the Great Seal (and dollar bill). The year 5776 on the modern Jewish calendar, which the Masons use to interpret the date, corresponds to this year: 2015.

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