The Last Countdown

In the previous two articles of this series, I presented two different stories, each told by a two-part timeline of events which the Holy Spirit highlighted in our studies.

The first article told the two-part story of God the Father’s preparation for trial: the first part was the plan that should have led directly into the trial had the church been ready, and the second part was what had to be put into effect as a back-up plan.

The second article told the story of earthly preparations for the final conflict, again in two parts: the first part showing the preparations of the inward character for the people of God, and the second part showing the preparations of the enemy in beautifying the exterior only.

Both parts of both timelines share a common structure and common characteristics. They all have a length of 7 units, broken into 4 and 3, with the latter further broken into 2 and 1. The overall pattern is 4 + 2 + 1 with significant events delineating each segment. These segments correspond to warnings of increasing intensity and events of increasing frequency. In mathematical terms, the increase in the frequency of events is exponential, which means that there is a limit to how long these trends can continue. This pattern shows that the final rapid movements of Earth’s history are accelerating toward a point of crisis.

Those timelines dealt with recent developments. We are living in the end of the “end times.” To bring this into its full perspective, I promised to take you two more steps back in this article—first will be to what Adventists generally accept as the beginning of the end times: the 1840’s, which were the culminating years of the Great Advent Awakening.

During those years, the fledging Advent Movement began to carry the three angels’ messages into the world. The three angels are described in Revelation 14 as preaching the everlasting gospel, calling God’s people out of Babylon, and warning of the time of the plagues and the second coming of Christ. Note that a time message was involved at the beginning, and a time message is involved here at the end. As a reality check for those who are glued to the pews of your favorite church which you think is going through to the end, ask yourself if your church is preaching all of those topics today.

We need to understand that time prophecies can be applied in two ways. We have noted this principle many times: a time prophecy can have a day-for-year application, and a day-for-day application. Both of the timelines of the previous articles operated on the “day” principle, which simply means that we were counting days (not years) between events.

As we step back to view the entire history of the end times, we are stepping back into the “year” principle where we count whole years instead of days.

Did you notice that the events of the previous article all happened on Sabbaths? That shows that for the “day” principle, God’s schedule runs from Sabbath to Sabbath, like a continuous heartbeat. So when we study events according to the “year” principle, it is natural that the timelines are aligned to the yearly Sabbaths.

The yearly Sabbaths, called sabbatical years, come every 7 years. Additionally, there is a Jubilee year every 49 years on the 50th year. The counting of these special years began with Israel’s conquest of Canaan. The sabbatical cycle serves as a prophetic yard stick to measure from the conquest of Canaan all the way down through the corridors of time to the Second Advent Movement.

Rhythm of Sabbaticals (blue) and Jubilees (white) throughout the HSLFigure 1 – Rhythm of Sabbaticals (blue) and Jubilees (white) throughout the HSL*
(* Refer to The Vessel of Time and The Gene of Life for a full explanation of the HSL.)

Notice that the first triplet of the HSL begins with a sabbatical year, and includes the 69th Jubilee. This is significant because it shows that God wanted to finish the good work that He had begun by the 70th Jubilee of 1890. That would have been just two years after the famous 1888 Minneapolis Session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, as Ellen G. White prophesied when she said: “...then commenced the Jubilee.” That is one of many important subjects that you should study more deeply, but it is not the topic of this article.

Doors, Locks, Times, and Clocks

What I want you to see here is that another instance of the 4 + 2 + 1 pattern exists across the HSL, and the sabbatical cycle helps us align the pattern. As these studies were progressing in our forum, one of our members had a dream about “locks” which spurred on the deciphering of these timelines. For that reason, these timelines which all exhibit the 4 + 2 + 1 pattern became known as “locks” in our study group. In English, the word “lock” is one letter away from “clock” which is fitting because these locks have to do with time. They are “time locks,” which is difficult not to misread as “time clocks” in English!

The HSL is a reflection of the 168-year Orion clock, so for the purposes of studying the 4 + 2 + 1 lock pattern in the HSL, we can consider the entire “lock” to span 168 years, perfectly divided into a 96-year segment, a 48-year segment, and a 24-year segment.

Ellen G. White describes the waymarks on the pathway to heaven as follows:

We then thought of those who had not accustomed themselves to privations and hardships. Where were such now? They were not in the company. At every change some were left behind, and those only remained who had accustomed themselves to endure hardships. The privations of the way only made these more eager to press on to the end. {2T 595.2}

The “changes” where people were left behind represent the triplets of the HSL. They are also the tumblers of the lock, which all have to be held in the correct position by a key for the lock to open. All of the key doctrines as we explored in the previous article must be properly held for a person to be able to go through the door.

Jesus—or Orion—is the Door. Those people who stumble at any of the “tumblers” (true doctrines) are those who were left behind in the dream above. If you want to see what company you are in, all you have to do is take a survey to see which of your friends believe all of the truths that are highlighted by the triplets. Are you among “friends” that are being left behind, or with the company that is entering the door!?

Jesus said to Laodicea:

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

Jesus knocks, but the person inside must open the door. They must hold the key doctrines that mold their character into His likeness, and in so doing they unlock the door to receive Him. Those who hold the points of truth in word and in deed are the ones in Ellen G. White’s dream who remained and were eager to press on to the end. They are the true church that will go through to the end, in contrast to those who have spiritually died in the wilderness.

Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. {WLF 14.2}

The others lost the light and fell off into the darkness. The church is comprised of those who have the light, not those who are in darkness. The church is constituted by those who hear the voice of God like many waters, and that voice is a symbol for the Orion message and all that it entails.

The last two triplets stand back-to-back, spanning the 6 years from 2010 to 2015 of the last sabbatical “week” in Figure 1. The 7th year is 2016, the sabbatical year, the year of plagues, when nobody will be planting or tending crops. These are grouped together in the symbolism of the voice of God like many waters, because the Orion message spans all these seven years.

If you will, they are the “seven days” ascending to the sea of glass, during which Jesus takes us on a tour of the seven stars of Orion to teach us the lessons of character that permeate the created universe. These seven years of studying Orion here on earth are the precursor to the literal seven-day journey that the saints will travel with Jesus.

Going back to the 4 + 2 + 1 lock pattern in the HSL, let’s look at the events along the way. The first period ends with the fifth triplet in 1937 (while 1938 begins the second period). In that triplet, a man received new light. M. L. Andreasen was the man, and the Last Generation Theology was the new light. Andreasen did not publish this new light to the general public, but the information became available within the church. This is the same principle we saw in the previous article regarding the discovery of the HSL itself in our study group. It was completed in our forum, but not yet made public. You can see just when Andreasen’s light was made available from the following reference to its publication:

Copyright of Andreasen's Book

Notice that Andreasen’s book was copyrighted in 1937, but published for the 1938 “ministerial reading course” of Seventh-day Adventists. It was not made widely available to the public yet, but even so, this exact point in time is marked by the 4 + 2 + 1 lock. The fact that this date of this triplet is marked by the lock pattern once again emphasizes its importance as a key doctrine, which I explained in the previous article.

The next and more intense phase did not wait for everyone in the church to have time to study the material, or for it to be translated into other languages. God knows individual cases, and if a person needs extra time then He will ensure that the person has an opportunity to know the message earlier if needed, but the great heavenly time clock doesn’t stop ticking.

This is similar to how it was when Jesus was born. The “great clock of time” pointed to the hour of His birth, when the information became available that the Savior had come. It was not widely known, and people didn’t feel the effects of this change until He began His public ministry, but the clock had nevertheless struck the hour, and the leaders in the “ministerial courses” of Jewry should have been the first to recognize it instead of the wise men of another country.

Moving forward to the next waypoint along the lock pattern, 1986, we find that it’s about the Holy Spirit vs. the unholy spirit of ecumenism and compromise with the world. At the corresponding point in the timelines of the previous article, we saw the birthdays of Jesus and the sun pinpointed and contrasted. It is about whom you choose to follow. The choice appears in the HSL in terms of the Holy Spirit. It is a choice between following the true Holy Spirit, or the “strange fire” that is kindled by the “drunkards of Ephraim” who are drunk on the wine of false doctrine.

Much more could be said about that triplet. The trademarking of the church’s God-given name was a bad omen of cooperation with the state, exercise of kingly power, and misuse of the Lord’s money all at once! Thus the warning level increased again for that last period of 24 years.

After those first seven periods of the HSL, the Orion message came to usher in the second part of the lock, with the lock pattern applying once again to the seven years of the Orion message. The first four years from 2010 to 2013 consisted of the relatively mild warning of the Orion message itself. Then the warning level increased dramatically in 2014 when we entered the time of the seven last trumpets, which will continue into 2015. Then the seven last plagues will fill 2016.

That was the third lock pair that shares the same structure and characteristics of the 4 + 2 + 1 pattern. (We can only refer to the years loosely in this timeline because we’ve stepped back into the year-principle with which the HSL lock operates.)

Double-Lock Ratios

Have you wondered why the two sides of each lock pair are different in length from each other, and why each pair seems to have an arbitrary difference between the length of the first part and the length of the second part? We’ve already seen some meaning in the numbers, but now that we’ve covered all three timelines we can investigate this further.

It was especially clear in the last article that the timelines were about a cleansing process. The entire “end time” that we looked at above is also about cleansing a people to stand for God. In fact, the time of the end began with the prophecy “…then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”

In the study that was preliminary to the HSL (Prophesy Again...), the duration of the cleansing process involved a ratio in the Scriptures. Do you think we might take that as a clue to look for a meaning in the ratios of the double locks? Let’s try and see.

The movements of the Father have a 9:1 ratio.Figure 2(a) – The movements of the Father have a 9:1 ratio.

The preparations of the two armies have a 4:1 ratio.Figure 2(b) – The preparations of the two armies have a 4:1 ratio.

The end times have a 24:1 ratio. Figure 2(c) – The end times have a 24:1 ratio.

The number 9 in the 9:1 ratio of the Father’s movements (a) can be expressed as 3 × 3. When the back-up plan had to be put into action forming the second part of the lock, it was the last of the last resorts.

Since the approach of the Jubilee c. 1888, God tried three times to bestow His light upon the church. He tried in 1888, but the light was put out by human agencies. He tried again in 1938 with the Last Generation Theology of Andreasen as the next Jubilee was approaching, but was again rejected. Now He is making His third and last attempt through the Orion message. (There was no heavenly light at the Jubilee ending the 1980s.)

Thus we see the Godhead (3) trying three times (× 3) to open His heart to the church: Each attempt represents one member of the Divine Council: Jesus in 1888, the Father in Andreasen’s LGT, and the Holy Spirit today. The back-up plan in the timeline of the Father’s movements shows that this is the end of the end. The back-up plan is the last effort of the last opportunity, so take heed!

The 4:1 ratio of timeline (b) is a reference to the earth, as in the four corners of the earth, the four winds, etc. As we saw by looking at the events of that timeline, all of the events were earthly events. Thus the timeline has the number 4 in the ratio of 4:1.

This is the timeline that ended precisely on January 31, 2014 and ushered in the trumpets the following day, February 1 (which will be followed by the plagues). The number 4 emphasizes that the trumpets and plagues are and will be visible earthly events: first the trumpet warnings mingled with grace, showing what will happen to you if you refuse God, then the plagues which will be poured out without mercy upon those who will have ultimately refused Him. Again, take heed!

The ratio of the end-time lock is 24:1. The number 24 has special significance in the Bible, especially in Revelation, as the number of the elders that surround the throne of God. We wrote about that topic in our article simply titled The 24 Elders. This ratio reflects very well the idea presented in the article that 12 of the 24 elders represent the pioneers of Seventh-day Adventism and the other 12 represent the present-day heads of the tribes of the 144,000. This fits especially well since the lock spans from the beginning of the Advent Movement to the end.

Another topic that we broached in the 24 Elders article was the topic of the Key of David. Little did we know then! Yet today I will show you just how inspired our group experiences are, and I hope you will see that the things we write are not merely the words of man. We are just men, but the Lord has given us an experience in His message that counts as inspired for your sakes.

Ellen G. White wrote many times of the importance of an “experimental knowledge,” which is referring to a kind of knowledge gained through actual experience in the subject matter. In the context of personal Christianity, it means something more than just a resemblance to Christ or Christlikeness. It means being “in” Christ (and Christ in you). It means experiencing what Christ experienced, walking in His shoes, partaking of His life.

There is no education to be gained higher than that given to the early disciples, and which is revealed to us through the word of God. To gain the higher education means to follow this word implicitly; it means to walk in the footsteps of Christ, to practice His virtues. It means to give up selfishness and to devote the life to the service of God. Higher education calls for something greater, something more divine, than the knowledge to be obtained merely from books. It means a personal, experimental knowledge of Christ; it means emancipation from ideas, from habits and practices, that have been gained in the school of the prince of darkness, and which are opposed to loyalty to God. It means to overcome stubbornness, pride, selfishness, worldly ambition, and unbelief. It is the message of deliverance from sin. {Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, CT 11.2}

Notice that this “experimental knowledge” means freedom from everything that is opposed to loyalty to God. This is what the 144,000 must have. They must walk in the footsteps of Christ—that includes Gethsemane. They must practice His virtues—that means selflessly drinking the cup. They must be loyal to God—though apparently forsaken by Him. And they must experience deliverance from sin—to live without an intercessor.

If that paragraph was not powerful enough, the one preceding it is:

Higher education is an experimental knowledge of the plan of salvation, and this knowledge is secured by earnest and diligent study of the Scriptures. Such an education will renew the mind and transform the character, restoring the image of God in the soul. It will fortify the mind against the deceptive whisperings of the adversary, and enable us to understand the voice of God. It will teach the learner to become a co-worker with Jesus Christ, to dispel the moral darkness about him, and bring light and knowledge to men. It is the simplicity of true godliness—our passport from the preparatory school of earth to the higher school above. {Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, CT 11.1}

Do you know what it means to share Christ’s experience in the plan of salvation? Has your character been transformed and restored into the image of God? Do you understand what it means to share Jesus’ workload as a co-worker?

What our group has experienced personally is for the benefit and education of the Advent people at large, just as the experiences of the Advent people are recorded in the heavens as a lesson book for all Christians. And once further, the experiences of Christians serve as a testimony to the heathen world. Each in their order are to bear witness to the truth, thus expanding Christ’s kingdom until every soul has finally picked his side in the conflict.

I am the vine, ye are the branches… (John 15:5)

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)

Of course Jesus was lifted up on the cross, but now He is lifted up even higher in Orion.

Once again, I urge you to “take heed,” because we really are at the end of the time of the end, and already more than half-way through the last seven years!

The Key of David

With all of this talk about “time locks” following the 4 + 2 + 1 pattern, it is natural to wonder what key opens these locks. There are not many keys mentioned in the Bible, and only one key is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments:

And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. (Isaiah 22:22)

Revelation makes it clear that the man who was given this key was Jesus Himself:

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; (Revelation 3:7)

Jesus Himself holds the key of David. That, by the way, dispels the myth of papal authority over the church. In fact, we would do well to examine the scriptural record more carefully in regard to the keys given to Peter and his successors.

First, Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ:

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:17)

Then Jesus declares that Peter’s testimony was divinely inspired:

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (v. 17)

Then Jesus adds:

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (v. 18)

Note carefully the flow of the conversation here. The subject is His Messiahship through and through. So when He says to Peter “this rock,” He means that the rock is the truth that He was the Christ. That truth is the foundation of all Christian religion, and has little to do with Peter himself or a supposed Petrine Office. Continuing:

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (v. 19)

Jesus made a promise. It is written in the future tense, meaning that He did not give the keys at that time. Naturally we would ask: Did Jesus ever fulfill the promise? If so, when?

Searching the scriptures, we find the link as follows:

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:23)

In this account of Jesus’ appearance to His disciples after His resurrection, very similar language to binding and loosing is associated with the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Papists might rest their arguments there, but let’s be more careful. Jesus spoke to “them” plural, not just to Peter. But was there any mention of any keys? No.

There is another familiar passage of scripture that also uses similar language:

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (Revelation 22:11)

That verse describes the close of probation for the world. We call that the closing of the door of mercy for humanity. There is still no reference to a key, but we can at least infer that a door is being closed, and it will not open again. That means it is closed with a key; it is locked. And that brings us full-circle to the church that goes through that door, and the key involved in closing that door:

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; (Revelation 3:7)

As an eschatological symbol, Philadelphia represents the church of the 144,000 at the end of time that will go through the door. Philadelphia will consist of those who will have been refreshed by the latter rain. They will have received the Holy Spirit. They are the culmination of the chain of events we followed in relation to the keys—first Jesus promised the key to Peter singularly in the presence of the other disciples as representative of all who would confess Him as the Christ. Then Jesus affirmed the promise to the disciples after His resurrection, again emphasizing that it extends to all who build upon the rock (and not only to Peter or his supposed successors). Finally, Jesus addresses His end-time faithful church (Philadelphia), and this is where the key is finally seen again.

We need to understand something about keys and the delegation of authority. When Jesus gives His keys of authority to someone, He does not yield His own authority in so doing. He is always the Head, and He can revoke authority as well as confer it. We read that very principle in the context of the key of David:

And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 22:22-25)

A new symbol is introduced here, a nail fastened in a sure place. We will come back to that.

At first glance, one might think that the same nail is referenced twice in that passage. However, the Bible Commentary gives us a better explanation:

25. Cut down, and fall. This verse has given rise to much discussion. Some think it applies to Eliakim, who, in spite of all the gracious things thus far said concerning him, will ultimately prove unworthy, like his predecessor, and be removed from his position of trust and honor. Others think this prediction cannot apply to Eliakim, for it seems inappropriate that a prediction of shame should follow so closely upon one of honor, without explanation. This verse provides the climax to a solemn message against Judah and Jerusalem (see on v. 1). Here, it may refer to the nation as such, and not to Eliakim as an individual. That peg would be removed, the burden fastened to it would fall, and the end would be disgrace and ruin. Such was indeed the fate of Jerusalem and Judah, and of those against whose riotous revelry this “burden” was directed. {SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 192}

That is additional evidence to indicate that the key as a prophetic symbol should apply at the end of time. Jerusalem represents the SDA Church. So not only do we have Revelation pointing to Philadelphia as the time when the key of David would be important, but we see that it is also linked to the fall and ruin of the SDA Church.

The entire scope of the time of the end is encapsulated here, but we need to understand the symbolism of the nail fastened in a sure place. Its sureness and capacity to bear a burden strongly resembles the imagery given to Peter of a “rock” which is also secure and able to bear burdens. If the Rock represents Jesus, or specifically the truth that Jesus was the Messiah, then what else could the nail represent than His death on the cross?

The first nail was removed (v. 25) and the second nail replaced it (v. 23). There are many levels of application of this prophecy, but I want to offer as an example the first nail as representing the promise of the Messiah and its removal indicating the fate of Jerusalem for rejecting Christ in the flesh. Those who accepted Christ in the flesh (the Christian church) were represented as hanging on the new nail.

In comparison to that example, we can say that the removal of the first nail today represents the fate of the SDA Church after it rejected Christ in Orion. Those who accept Christ in Orion (the High Sabbath Adventists) are those who are secured by the new nail. It is a perfect parallel.

Now we can understand how the whole scope of the end times is represented in those few verses of Isaiah—the significance of the nail is that Jesus was “nailed” to the cross at the exact time prophesied by Daniel. The 70-week prophecy of Daniel as taught by Adventists pegs the date of the crucifixion securely to AD 31, and that prophecy is part of the 2300-day prophecy that points to 1844. Thus God’s end-time people have been identified with the nail in a sure place ever since 1844.

The entire history and doctrine of the SDA Church hangs on that one secure nail of the year of Christ’s death. Think about the challenge presented and met in the Gethsemane articles! Adventists have always known the year of Christ’s crucifixion, but now we know the day too. Once again, the year-day principle comes into play. At the beginning of the judgment in 1844, the year was nailed. Now at the end of the judgment, the day is nailed.

By now the symbolism should be clear that the cross is the key to the door of heaven. To explain how the cross is the key, I want to lead you through a couple of tricky questions.

First, when was the Lamb slain? It is safe to let the Bible answer:

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)

That wasn’t so hard, but the next question is a bit harder: When will the Lamb stop being slain—or better, when will His life be safe again? I reworded the question carefully to remind you that even though He is in heaven now, His future is not yet safe and will not be until the great controversy is forever settled. Not until every knee shall bow and every evil is eradicated will the Lamb, the Father and the universe as a whole be secure from the ravages of sin and death.

Thus the cross—in its capacity as a key—spans from the Creation to the great Consummation.

The Key of DavidFigure 3 – The Key of David

This brings us to our widest view of the entire big picture: the 7000-year plan of salvation.

Once again we have a two-part lock. First there was the literal 7-day week of creation, followed by the ≈7000 years allotted for the plan of salvation.

The Two Parts of the Grand LockFigure 4 – The Two Parts of the Grand Lock

Once again the ratio of the two parts of the door lock is significant. It is fitting that Peter who was promised the key is the one who reminds us of the words of the prayer of Moses:

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Peter 3:8)

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past… (Psalm 90:4)

The beautiful prayer of Moses goes on:

Return, O Lord, how long?... (Psalm 90:13)

Animation – Unlocking the Events of Time

Now it becomes clear:

  • Why the Last Generation Theology came in 1938, and why the HSL was revealed exactly when it was—that was the place marked by the cross.

  • Why Jesus’ birthday on October 27, 2012 is the pinnacle of the chiasm of time—it reflects the pinnacle of creation and the breathing of life into Adam.

  • Why the Orion message and HSL culminated with Jesus’ birthday, and why the enemy’s preparations culminated with the birth of the sun—again reflecting the birth of Adam.

  • Why at the end of the preparatory timelines of this article series, on Sabbath eve, January 31, 2014, the last remaining gap was closed in the historic and prophetic record of time in scripture. The entire timeline was unlocked by One who holds the key of David.

Only through the Orion message and all that it entails have we been able to find these harmonies. In the Christmas 2.0 article we learned the precise date of the pinnacle of the creation act, and in so doing we found that the “great cycles” of the clock are 2016 years in duration, or two biblical millennia. By extension, we know the precise duration of the entire plan of salvation to be exactly 7056 years, or:

7 × 144 × 7

It is not hard to recognize the meaning in those numbers. Jesus is and always will be the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. However, at the center of the plan of salvation are the 144,000 whose great work still lies before them.

Lucifer’s rebellion threatened to bar God’s loving rule and enslave the universe with the shackles of iniquity. In Their wisdom, the Godhead divided eternity past from eternity future to create a window of time—a doorway, if you will. It was a time to experiment with sin—a time that once it is over must shut the door against sin forever, while opening the gates of eternity to all who will enter. At the center of the plan of salvation is the cross, the key.

The Lord is placing the key in your hand. He has indeed answered the question of how long, but there is more to the song of Moses than meets the eye. Brother John will conclude the next article series by communicating the full weight of what it must mean for the 144,000 to fulfill these words of our Lord:

…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

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