Many of my fellow Seventh-day Adventists believe Uriah Smith’s interpretations of the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation, over what the words themselves say. They often say that putting any of it in the future is “Futurism”, and roundly denounce it. The end result, is that we have a church full of people who think most everything happened in the past, and we are just waiting for the Sunday Law, 7 last plagues, and Jesus’ return in the clouds. And just as the Jews were destroyed for misinterpreting the prophecies for their day, so many of us will be destroyed too, as it is obvious that many things are still to take place before the Great Controversy is ended.
The other day I found this quote of Ellen White, showing clearly that Revelation 13:4-18 will have a final FUTURE fulfillment. Please note that the Revelation quote is as found in the original.
In the last days Satan will appear as an angel of light, with great power and heavenly glory, and claim to be the Lord of the whole earth. He will declare that the Sabbath has been changed from the seventh to the first day of the week; and as lord of the first day of the week he will present this spurious sabbath as a test of loyalty to him. Then will take place the final fulfillment of the Revelator’s prophecy.
Revelation 13:4-18 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
. 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.
. If any man have an ear, let him hear.
. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
In connection with this scripture, the entire fourteenth chapter of Revelation should be studied much by God’s people. Verses nine to eleven bring to view the special message of warning against worshiping the beast and his image, and receiving his mark in the forehead or in the hand. This warning is to be given to the world by those who are mentioned in the twelfth verse as keeping “the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Manuscript Releases Vol.19, No.1403 1902 Ellen White
This makes it VERY CLEAR that there is a 42 month time period at the end, when the false church will basically rule the whole world. Let’s prepare and warn others now!
If any man have an ear, let him hear!!!