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      “The prophecy which seemed most clearly to reveal the time of the second advent was that of Daniel 8:14: “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Following his rule of making Scripture its own interpreter, Miller learned that a day in symbolic prophecy represents a year (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6); he saw that the period of 2300 prophetic days, or literal years, would extend far beyond the close of the Jewish dispensation, hence it could not refer to the sanctuary of that dispensation.” {GC 325.2}  Great Controversy, Ellen White.
      “I, therefore, felt that, in endeavoring to comprehend what God had in his mercy seen fit to reveal to us, I had no right to pass over the prophetic periods. I saw that, as the events predicted to be fulfilled in prophetic days had been extended over about as many literal years; as God, in Num.14:34, and Ezek.4:4-6, had appointed each day for a year; as the seventy weeks to the Messiah were fulfilled in 490 years, and the 1260 prophetic days of the Papal supremacy in 1260 years; and as these prophetical days extending to the advent were given in connection with symbolic prophecy, I could only regard the time as symbolical, and as standing each day for a year, in accordance with the opinions of all the standard Protestant commentators.” {1853 SB, MWM 75.2}  Memoirs of William Miller, Chp. 4, Rules of Interpretation.
      “One thing that gave mighty force to the reasoning of the Adventists was the loss of independence by the Turkish power in August 1840, which was a striking proof that a day when used in symbolic prophecy signified a year of human reckoning, because the time presented in the sixth trumpet of Revelation had been thus accurately fulfilled. As this was thus presented as proof in the reckoning of the 2300 days, they must terminate in our year, 1844, at the close of the Jewish year 1843. Professor Bush of New England, one of the noted men of that time, said, "It is a well established fact with theologians that a day in symbolic prophecy means a year of our reckoning.” {1905 JNL, GSAM 518.1} J.N. Loughborough, The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress.
      “We must now consider that we are in the midst of symbolic prophecy; hence in this measurement the time is not literal, but symbolic. The inquiry then arises, How long a period is denoted by the three years and a half of prophetic time? The principle given us in the Bible is, that when a day is used in symbolic prophecy, it stands for a year. (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34.)” Daniel and Revelation, p. 144.1, Uriah Smith

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Ezekiel 28:6, 12-15, 17; Isaiah 14:13, 14.
      “All heaven had rejoiced to reflect the Creator's glory and to show forth His praise. And while God was thus honored, all had been peace and gladness. But a note of discord now marred the celestial harmonies. The service and exaltation of self, contrary to the Creator's plan, awakened forebodings of evil in minds to whom God's glory was supreme. The heavenly councils pleaded with Lucifer. The Son of God presented before him the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator, and the sacred, unchanging nature of His law. God Himself had established the order of heaven; and in departing from it, Lucifer would dishonor his Maker, and bring ruin upon himself. But the warning, given in infinite love and mercy, only aroused a spirit of resistance. Lucifer allowed jealousy of Christ to prevail, and he became the more determined.  {GC 494.2}
      “Pride in his own glory nourished the desire for supremacy. The high honors conferred upon Lucifer were not appreciated as the gift of God and called forth no gratitude to the Creator. He gloried in his brightness and exaltation, and aspired to be equal with God. He was beloved and reverenced by the heavenly host. Angels delighted to execute his commands, and he was clothed with wisdom and glory above them all. Yet the Son of God was the acknowledged Sovereign of heaven, one in power and authority with the Father. In all the councils of God, Christ was a participant, while Lucifer was not permitted thus to enter into the divine purposes. "Why," questioned this mighty angel, “should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He thus honored above Lucifer?”  {GC 495.1}

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      The following is a few of the books which I have used over the years in my studies of the prophecies and would not hesitate to recommend. Some are out of print, but most of them can be purchased at the Adventist Book Center.
      Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, James Strong
      Daniel and Revelation, Uriah Smith
      Daniel the Prophet, Stephen Haskell
      Seer of Patmos, Stephen Haskell
      The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, 4 volumes, LeRoy Froom
      Beacon Lights of Prophecy, W.A. Spicer
      The Chronology of Ezra 7, Siegfried H. Horn, Lynn H. Wood
      Unveiling Daniel and Revelation, R.A. Anderson
      The Seven Epistles of Christ, Taylor Bunch
      The Greatest of the Prophets, George McCready Price
   Newer Books—
      The Message of Daniel, C. Mervyn Maxwell (Also known as God Cares, Vol. 1)
      The Message of Revelation, C. Mervyn Maxwell (Also known as God Cares, Vol. 2)
      Heaven’s Open Door, Erwin R. Gaine
      The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary on Daniel & Revelation
      A Symposium on Biblical Hermeneutics, Edited by Gordon M. Hyde
      Bible Readings for the Home, Pacific Press —180+ Bible Studies
      The Revelation of Jesus Christ to His People, Verlene Youngberg - Out of print.
      The Lamb Among the Beast, Roy C. Naden
      Jesus is My Judge, (Daniel), Leslie Hardinge
      The Lamb - God’s Greatest Gift, (Revelation), Leslie Hardinge
      Yahweh Shamah - God Is There!, (Ezekiel), Leslie Hardinge
      There is no need to go out and buy all these books. They are a few of the best books in my library which are excellent in explaining prophetic history. When people ask what are the top seven, I would first recommend buying Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and learn to use it well! Then I would suggest Smith, Haskell, Anderson, Maxwell, SDA Com., and Hardinge.

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      “Those who eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God will bring from the books of Daniel and Revelation truth that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. They will start into action forces that cannot be repressed. The lips of children will be opened to proclaim the mysteries that have been hidden from the minds of men.
      “We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession. Every element of power is about to be set to work. Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life, and peril will beset God’s people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family. It is permeating everything upon the earth. . . . [What kind of prophetic history will be repeated?]
      “Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated.... We, with all our religious advantages, ought to know far more today than we do know.
      “Angels desire to look into the truths that are revealed to the people who with contrite hearts are searching the word of God and praying for greater lengths and breadths and depths and heights of the knowledge which He alone can give.
      “As we near the close of this world’s history, the prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our study.” TM 116.1-5.

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H4150 mow`ed (mo-ade') (or moled {mo-ade'} or (feminine) moweadah (2Chron 8:13) noun-masculine.
      1. (properly) an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season
      2. (specifically) a festival

      3. (conventionally) a year
      4. (by implication) an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose)
      5. (technically) the congregation
      6. (by extension) the place of meeting
      7. (also) a signal (as appointed beforehand)
[from H3259]
      KJV: appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn(-ity), synogogue, (set) time (appointed).
Root(s): H3259

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H6116 `atsarah (ats-aw-raw') (or matsereth {ats-eh'-reth}) n-f.
      1. an assembly, especially on a festival or holiday [Holy Day]
[from H6113]
      KJV: (solemn) assembly (meeting).
Root(s): H6113

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