The Last Countdown

Originally published on Friday, October 28, 2011, 5:56 pm in German at

We all know what the following Bible passage relates to:

And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. (Revelation 10:8-10)

The open book is the last part of the book of Daniel from Chapter 8 onward, which was first opened by William Miller. Anyone can read in the books The Great Controversy and Christ In His Sanctuary, and even in Early Writings, what happened over the years as Miller began to preach. He had studied the Bible in depth for five years and had come to the conclusion that Christ would return in 1843 (1844). “Eating the book” of Daniel symbolized his study, and the sweetness in the mouth of the prophet symbolized the sweet hope of the soon return of Jesus.

Then came the Great Disappointment of 1844, and those who took part in it felt a big stomach ache when they had to swallow the bitter pill that the earth was not to be cleansed by fire, but that the heavenly sanctuary had to go through a cleansing process which would take many more years.

Our Sanctuary Doctrine arose out of this single yet consequential mistake of Miller regarding the interpretation of a specific Bible verse:

And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Daniel 8:14)

After the Great Disappointment, our pioneers rightly recognized that the sanctuary which would be cleansed was not the earthly but the heavenly sanctuary. On October 22, 1844, Jesus had not come, but the heavenly judgment, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur began: The investigative judgment of the dead... which would later end with the judgment of the living.

It was not for them to know how long the Judgment would take, but we who are living at the end of the Judgment have a need to know. In the morning, a person goes to work without worrying about the time because they know that they have all day, but when the end of the day is near, a person glances at the clock first before deciding to tackle the next job. In a similar way, we who are living at the end of the Judgment Day need to know the time so that we can focus our work for God in the proper way during the few “minutes” that remain. Let me share with you how this question took shape in my own experience.

How Long, O Lord?

At the end of 2004, I decided to go to Paraguay to do mission work for God. I had prayed for more than a year in vain and advertised myself as an English teacher or computer scientist in many Adventist missionary groups, but I was rejected everywhere because of my “advanced” age of 45 years. Then God changed my financial situation miraculously, so that after a year of prayer I could open a mission station with my own resources. God had provided for me monthly payments for exactly ten years from an inheritance from my mother, which for 24 years I had thought was lost. That put me in front of a tough decision.

I was living on the beautiful island of Mallorca and worked as an independent IT/computer specialist. My clientele were mostly wealthy Germans, who had built vacation or retirement homes on the island. Some years my business languished going more bad than good, and I often had to live from hand to mouth. I was often on the verge of ending up on the street, especially in the winter time because I had no clients. Almost simultaneously with the reopening of the old inheritance, my business began to flourish after suffering for eight years. Out of the blue, I won a large insurance provider and a world-renowned share broker as clients and the Mallorca airport had come back to me too, because I had a good rapport with them. I don’t want to give any figures, but I suddenly had so much cash on hand that I could have easily rented the Boris Becker Villa for my residence.

Since the inheritance process (which I had not even worked for) was decided in my favor in December of 2004, the end of the monthly payments for the ten years came to December of 2014 and were rather “modest” compared to the income from my now thriving one-man IT Company in Mallorca. But still, I had the choice to live life in high society as a super-rich businessman on the sunny island of Mallorca, or to hold to the covenant I made with God in 1999, in which I had promised Him that my life would belong only to Him. I had already been praying for one year for a way to go to a poor country in mission for God. Now I had the means through the inheritance... but that meant farewell to the company, which after eight of the toughest years of deprivation and poverty had finally taken off.

You all know how I decided. I laid my company as an offering at the Lord’s feet and let go of all my clients. They were terribly disappointed and even offered me more money, but nothing could dissuade me from giving up my financial security and keeping my promise to God. I realized that my company had exploded only because Satan wanted to set a trap.

I still had a problem, though. The monthly disbursements I would receive were in a framework that would not allow me any big jumps. My dream was to build a natural health sanatorium in Paraguay, but I did not know the country and the circumstances. There were alternatives... orphanage, missionary school, Bible school... and much more.

I wanted to know what God’s will was regarding what I should build in Paraguay. And I felt that it would be dependent upon how much time I would have to carry out God’s plan. I went into prayer and asked God what His will was, and how long I would have to do “something” for Him in Paraguay.

The Sanctuary of Ezequiel In this very intense prayer, I received first of all the following advice:

“If you want to know how much time is left, you have to start where the pioneers left off. Begin at Daniel 8:14 and go into the sanctuary.”

This advice can also be found in the Bible, in a prophetic Psalm of King David:

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. (Psalm 73:16-17)

David had wondered how long the wicked would prosper. And the answer to that question was hidden in the sanctuary. Only those who would go into the sanctuary could find the answer to the question of how long the grace period would last.

My prayer was not over yet, and so I asked God what He wanted to say by that. Where in the sanctuary should I find the hidden answer to my question? What did it mean that I would have to begin where the pioneers had left off?

God replied and told me that the answer is in the Bible and stood right where the verse parallel to Daniel 8:14 was written. Daniel 8:14 symbolizes not only the beginning of the investigative judgment but also the Millerite movement, and it is symbolized by the little book of Revelation 10 that would be a bitter disappointment in the stomach.

Prophesying Again

The advent pioneers were blessed with the understanding of the heavenly sanctuary after the Disappointment, and as the Sabbath truth came to light, they soon realized that they had to go on preaching the third angel’s message in accordance with the very next verse:

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

How wonderful it is to walk in the light and be confirmed by the Word of God through victory and disappointment alike! The other Protestant churches, in contrast, dug their own graves by rejecting the 2300 evenings and mornings prophecy. For them, the biggest time prophecy in the whole Bible had failed, leaving nothing but shards. Thus, the Protestant churches, which had once cried “sola scriptura,” lost their basic right to exist; from then on, they regarded the Bible as defective, and they walk in darkness to this day. They also reject the seventh-day Sabbath for the same reason.

Revelation 10:11 confirmed to the early Adventists that their task was to preach the third angel’s message, but they left off fulfilling the prophecy after that verse. The very next verse gives us specific instructions to help us understand how much time would be required to cleanse the sanctuary. Note that the chapter divisions and verse numbers in the Bible are not inspired, and in this case the chapter division falls at an awkward place. Let’s read the verses in continuity:

And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. And there was given me 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 10:11-11:1)

Now let’s follow the instructions of the angel in this verse. First, he says “Rise, and measure the temple of God.” It is implied that we should use the reed given us by the angel to measure with. This reed shows up again in Chapter 21:

And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. (Revelation 21:15-17)

Here we find that the angel gives us two measurements of the New Jerusalem after the millennium. This seems to be valuable information in answer to our quest, so let’s make note of it:

  1. 12,000 furlongs (city)
  2. 144 cubits (wall)

The observant reader might be wondering why we accept measurements pertaining to the “city” when we were instructed to measure the “temple.” This question is answered by James White, who in A Word to the Little Flock explains that the entire city of New Jerusalem, which will have no temple after the millennium, will itself be the temple:


“And the temple of God was opened in heaven and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:” - Rev. 11:19.

The Temple of God in which is the ark of his testament, is in heaven. St. Paul while in vision, was caught up to the third heaven, or paradise which we believe is the New Jerusalem. The word heaven, is applied to other places beside the New Jerusalem, see Gen. 1:8 and 17; Rev. 14:6. But as they do not contain God’s Temple, I must believe that the heaven in which is the Temple of God, is the New Jerusalem. Old Jerusalem, and its Temple were types of the New Jerusalem, and God’s Temple which is in it. The ark containing the tables of stone, on which God wrote the ten commandments with his own finger, were put into the Holiest. When John had a view of the opening of the New Jerusalem Temple, he saw the ark in the same place in the antitype, that it was in the type.

Therefore, it is clear that Old Jerusalem, its Temple, and the furniture of that Temple, have distinct antitypes in Paradise. That Paradise was taken up from the earth after the fall of man, is plain, as there is no such place on the earth which answers the description of it given by Moses. - Gen. 3:23,24. Also, the prophet says: “Behold, the time shall come, that these tokens which I have told thee shall come to pass, and the Bride shall appear, and she coming forth shall be seen, that now is withdrawn from the earth. - 2Esdras, 7:26. The foundations, walls, and gates, of the New Jerusalem, have certainly been formed in Paradise, since Old Jerusalem was built: if not, then the New, is older than the Old. Abraham by faith looked for this City “which hath foundations;” but he did not expect to find it, until the faithful were raised. The Temple of Old Jerusalem was built purposely for the Old Covenant worship. The Temple, or Sanctuary of New Jerusalem, of which Christ is a minister, the Lord pitched and not man, purposely for the New Covenant worship. Therefore, when Christ has finished his ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary, and has redeemed his people, there will be no more use for the New Jerusalem Temple, than there was for the Temple at Old Jerusalem, after Jesus had nailed the ceremonial law to the cross. John had a view of the Holy City when it shall come down, Rev. 21:10, at the close of the 1000 years, Rev. 20:7-9, and said, “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it - Rev. 21:22. He does not tell us what had become of it; but his saying that he saw no Temple therein at that time, indicates that he had seen one there before. The Holy City is called the Tabernacle of God, Rev. 21:3; Isa. 33:20; but it is not called so, until it is situated on the New Earth. The City is also called the Temple of God, Rev. 17:15 [7:15]; but not until the saints are raised, and gathered up into the City, where they will serve God “day and night.” Then the Holy City alone, will be the Tabernacle, or Temple of God.

{A Word to the Little Flock}

However, these are linear dimensions and do not give us anything in the way of time. Could it be that we need to know linear dimensions as well as time? We shall see, but first let us continue to the next part of the instructions of verse 11:1 and measure “the altar.” Where shall we find the measurements of the altar? The angel who measured the Holy City did not tell us anything about the altar. However, he gave us a clue where to look in mentioning that the angel’s cubit is “according to the measure of a man.” There was in fact another man in the Bible who was also given measurements of the temple of God according to a measuring reed:

In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. (Ezekiel 40:2-3)

Ezekiel saw the city of Jerusalem with its temple in vision and was given its many dimensions. This temple was never actually built, and for thousands of years Bible students have wondered what it could mean. The Adventist Bible Commentary postulates that it might have been a conditional prophecy that was never fulfilled. One might even wonder if it was a vision of the New Jerusalem, but that idea is quickly disproven by the fact that Ezekiel saw many abominations committed in it which would not be committed in the heavenly Jerusalem. We will soon find that it is a type for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which speaks volumes in itself. At the moment, we are looking for some very important information that is hidden among its dimensions.

There are many, many measurements given in the following chapters, even for the altar alone. How shall we know which measurement we need? Remember that we are on a quest to find out how long the investigative judgment should last. It is a question of time, and so far the measurements that we found in Revelation are not time measurements. We should be looking for a time measurement, and indeed we find exactly one related to the altar:

Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves. (Ezekiel 43:26)

This verse not only gives us a time measurement, but the measurement that it gives is even specifically relating to the cleansing of the sanctuary which is exactly what we are looking for. Note that during these days, the priests were to consecrate themselves. As a matter of self-examination, Adventists in particular, who have had the charge of the sanctuary doctrine, should ask themselves whether they have been consecrating themselves as priests during this period of time. Even the people who were set apart by God as priests could not serve in the sanctuary services until they had gone through an individual purification process. Have you been consecrating your heart and life for God’s service, so that you can work for Him during these last fleeting moments of time?

Now let’s think for a moment. Which temple takes seven days to purify? The earthly temple does. Remember that the earthly temple is patterned after the heavenly, just like the tabernacle of Moses was made according to the pattern he was shown on the mountain. We also learned from the angel in Revelation that the measurements of the New Jerusalem are “according to the measure of a man” or in other words, according to a plan or pattern. Thus, Ezekiel saw the measurements of the earthly “building plan” or “pattern” of the heavenly sanctuary; he saw its earthly counterpart. This is doubly confirmed by the vision of Ezekiel itself.

Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. (Ezekiel 43:10)

We need to know how long it will take to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary, but we only know that its earthly counterpart took seven days. This is where a little bit of experience as a carpet cleaner could come in handy. If a 100-square-foot room takes 15 minutes to clean, it is easy to figure out how long a 2000-square-foot house would take: 5 hours. Simply calculate 15 minutes times the ratio of 2000 square feet divided by 100 square feet and in this case convert the result from minutes to hours. The cleaning time “scales” according to the amount of cleaning to be done. In this example, the scale factor is 2000 square feet divided by 100 square feet, which equals 20. (The units of square feet cancel each other out, so the ratio or scale is just a plain number without units.) It takes 20 times longer to clean a 2000-square-foot house compared to a 100-square-foot room.

We know that the earthly sanctuary took seven days to purify, but what is the scale factor between the earthly plan and the heavenly sanctuary itself? Remember that we were given two dimensions of the New Jerusalem. If we can find their counterpart in the earthly plan, we can establish the scale factor. Which of the two dimensions should we be looking for? One clue is that the city dimensions in Revelation are given in furlongs, but there are no furlongs used in Ezekiel’s plan and we would have a hard time finding a conversion factor. Furthermore, the angel gives us another clue in his next piece of instruction for us to measure “them that worship therein.”

Jesus is the standard of character for measuring human beings, and all have fallen short of His standard. The measurement of a man is the measure of how much sin separates him from God, which is also a measure of how much cleaning needs to be done in his heart as a matter of sanctification. That is why the above quote of Ezekiel 43:10 speaks of showing the house of Israel (the house of Adventism) their iniquities by measuring the pattern. Thus, our attention is brought to the second measurement we noted from Revelation: the height of the wall that separates sinners from the presence of God. The wall so happens to be the very first measurement that Ezekiel records.

And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. (Ezekiel 40:5)

Here we find that the wall of the “plan” is one reed tall, or six cubits. At this point, we know the height of the separating wall in Ezekiel’s plan and in the New Jerusalem in the same units of measure of cubits. To be meticulous, we should make sure that our units are really the same. Ezekiel notes that the cubit used here is the “cubit and an hand breadth,” or royal cubit. Is this the same cubit that was used in the measurements from Revelation? We can be sure that it was for the following reasons. First, the royal cubit was used in the king’s construction projects, and it makes sense that it would be the unit used by the angel of the Royal New Jerusalem. Second, the angel in Revelation removes all doubt by telling us that his measurements are according to the measure of a man, namely Ezekiel, being the only other man in the Bible having to do with a measuring reed.

Thus, we can calculate the scale factor as follows:

144 cubits ÷ 6 cubits = 24

Now we know it would take 24 times longer to clean the heavenly sanctuary compared to the earthly. Since we know that the earthly sanctuary takes seven days to purify, we can now calculate the purification time of the heavenly sanctuary:

7 days × 24 = 168 days

That, of course, translates to 168 years of prophetic time to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary, which we immediately recognize from the Orion study as corresponding to the oath of the man over the river for the judgment of the dead. The judgment of the living will still require time additional to the 168 years, as indicated by the fact that the seven days of cleansing the altar are not the end of the matter. The priests were to consecrate themselves during the seven days, but afterward the people’s offerings would be accepted. God’s acceptance is promised on the eighth day and thereafter by the continual offerings:

And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 43:27)

Thus, the offerings of the people beginning on the “eighth day” and following correspond to the judgment of the living. This is the time during which martyrs will die and many will be called out of Babylon. The assurance given in this verse is: “I will accept you, saith the Lord God.” The blood of martyrs is precious in His sight.

Coupled with the 2300 day/year prophecy which expired in 1844, we now have not only the answer to how long the cleansing must take, but also another basis for preaching a time message like the midnight cry of William Miller. Dear friends, now we know something that absolutely no one ever knew before. Please don’t just go away only seeing numbers. The heavenly sanctuary is real; it is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. Those who will be among the 144,000 will even have the name “New Jerusalem” written on their foreheads!

The context of Revelation 10:11 is the Great Disappointment, and where it says, “Thou must prophesy again,” it is properly referring to the midnight cry time message which led up to it. It was the prophesying of the Second Coming which had to be prophesied again. In that sense, the preaching of the third angel’s message was not as complete of a fulfillment of the verse as is the preaching of a time message of Christ’s imminent return shortly after the end of the 168-year cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary.

The words that Ezekiel delivered to us have great import now in the context of the “real” midnight cry of the second Miller:

Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 12:22-28)

There are many open questions in our Adventist Bible Commentary regarding Ezekiel’s temple. No one knew what the temple really meant. It was generally understood to be something like a “perfect” design, but it was never built. Our scholars hold the opinion that Ezekiel’s was a conditional prophecy, and that he saw the temple that would have been built if Israel had not crucified Jesus. As we can see now, this prophecy was the hiding place for dimensions that would allow us to know when the judgment of the dead would end. It is a “vessel” containing specific truths that lead quickly into a study equally fantastic as the Orion study.

Again, we’ve solved at least two puzzles about which our Commentary scholars could only grope in the dark. Now we know what it means that the cubit in Revelation is “according to the measure of a man,” and we have a deeper understanding of what the never-built temple of Ezekiel means and how it confirms the Orion formula.

What’s in the Formula?

At first glance, this study seems to simply give the same result as the study of Orion and the oath of Daniel 12, but is that really the case? Let’s take a closer look at the formulas in the various studies.

First, the formula of the man (Jesus) over the river in Daniel 12 is as follows: Jesus (7) swears () to two (2) men (12) on each side of the river (+). The river marks the crucifixion of Jesus and thus separates two time ranges of human history and two groups of mankind from one another: those symbolized by the 12 patriarchs of the tribes of Israel who were looking to the future for a coming Messiah and those symbolized by the 12 apostles who look back to the past and trust in the Savior who had come. The expression is written out as follows:

(12 × 7) + (12 × 7)

Jesus shows His role in the plan of salvation by this expression; namely, that He is the messenger of the New Covenant, and He brought about the justification of both the living and the dead through His sacrifice. (The 144,000 constitute the living.)

Second, the formula of the heavenly courtroom of Revelation 4 gave us the first idea of how the Orion clock would work. In the courtroom, we found the three members of the Divine Council (3) and the four living creatures (4) which make up seven (7) beings. Those are surrounded by twenty-four (24) elders. We identify this arrangement as a 24-hour clock with seven earthly years corresponding to each hour of the clock. Therefore, the formula is:

24 × 7

God the Father is the Supreme Judge of the universe and He was the one who sat down and opened the court session. God the Father gave the Book of Seven Seals (the Orion clock) to Jesus, who opened the first seal in 1846 as our attorney. This formula shows God the Father’s role as Supreme Judge and the ruler of time. That is why only the Father knew the time prior to the investigative judgment. God the Father has the last word in the court, and the glorification of the saints is up to Him.

Third, the formula for the earthly sanctuary which we have been studying in this article once again has a subtle difference in comparison to the first two formulas, although they all equate to the same result of 168. In this study, we found a time measurement of seven (7) days/years multiplied by a scale factor of twenty-four (24). Thus, the formula is a mirror image of the previous one:

7 × 24

The factor of 24 was computed as the ratio of two wall heights which point to the work of the Holy Spirit in us, cleaning us so that we can overcome the wall of sin that separates us from heaven. This is the process of sanctification.

All three formulas harmonize perfectly with each other and, with the beauty of God’s word, show the specific task of each member of the Godhead in the plan of salvation.

There is still another nice comparison. We already saw how the formula for the earthly sanctuary mirrors the formula for the heavenly sanctuary. Since the formula for the heavenly sanctuary was fully deciphered by the Orion clock with its 24 periods of 7 years each, there should also be a study that fully deciphers the earthly sanctuary formula of 7 periods of 24 years each, which would likewise open insights into the history of the Adventist Church and our destiny.

The Orion clock is symbolized by seven stars and indicates not only the past but also the future year of Christ’s return. What do you think the counterpart time study will be symbolized by? What information do you think it will contain? Do you think it might actually give us the actual day of Jesus’ second coming and maybe even the beginning of the time of trouble, the Sunday law in Europe and the U.S., the closing of the door of grace, and more? Do you think heavenly bodies will play a role again? If so, which ones do you think would be appropriate to represent the “earthly” sanctuary, since the stars represented the heavenly sanctuary?

Rejoice with me for the wonderful revelations that are coming from our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, who are giving hope and courage to Their distressed people. Consider the words of the true prophet, who always told the truth and because of her faithfulness will stand with the 144,000 to watch the approach of that long-awaited small cloud.

The word of God is to be our study. We are to educate our children in the truths found therein. It is an inexhaustible treasure; but men fail to find this treasure because they do not search until it is within their possession. Very many are content with a supposition in regard to the truth. They are content with a surface work, taking for granted that they have all that is essential. They take the sayings of others for truth, being too indolent to put themselves to diligent, earnest labor, represented in the word as digging for hidden treasure. But man’s inventions are not only unreliable, they are dangerous; for they place man where God should be. They place the sayings of men where a “Thus saith the Lord” should be. {COL 109.1}

The first man to correctly calculate the beginning of the Judgment was William Miller. He didn’t know the above quote, but he sure lived it. His work was to “eat up the little book” of Revelation 10, as it is recorded there in the Book of books for all time.

According to his own dream (Early Writings, p. 81), another man would receive the honor of being led by the Holy Spirit to find hidden treasures in the Word of God—treasures that would shine ten times brighter than even Miller’s. The greatest treasure that Miller found was the beginning of the heavenly judgment. In 2004/2005, another treasure hunt began when the prophesied second “Miller” picked up where the pioneers left off, and he found what was to be “prophesied again”—the end of the heavenly judgment and imminent return of Jesus. This second treasure hunt was only possible because I left my company, my clients and former lifestyle on the altar of God, and “consecrated” myself to work for Him.

Thus, the second and true midnight cry announcing the Second Coming of Jesus is fulfilling Revelation 10:11 completely, and Revelation 11 indicates that it will not end in disappointment this time. That is why the treasure of the second Miller shines ten times brighter, like the stars of heaven... and just like the Star of Bethlehem led the wise men to the manger of the newborn King, the stars of heaven lead the wise of today to the coming of the King of Glory.

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