This is an extra Presentation based on chapters 19 to 22 of The Great Controversy. These chapters deal with the rise of the early Advent movement. The slideshow deals with many aspects of the Advent message. The topics covered are:
- A Parallel of the First and Second Advent
- Condition of the World
- The Type of Kingdom Expected
- The Reception of the Announcement
- The Principles of the Kingdom
- Establishing the Kingdom
- Results of Proclaiming the Kingdom
- The 2300-day Prophecy – joining the first and second Advent
- The 2300-day Prophecy – Time Calculation
- A Parallel of the First and Second Disappointments in both Advents
- How to Deal with Disappointments
- What God accomplished through the Disappointment
- How Protestants followed Rome in rejecting the Word
- The False Prophetic interpretations since adopted by Protestants
- The Right and Wrong way to proclaim the Second Advent
- What is a True Adventist?
- The Two Kingdoms (Grace and Glory)
- True and False Kingdoms (Spiritual and Carnal)
- The Relationship of the Kingdoms
- Spiritual and Carnal Interpretations of Prophecy
- Adventists in Name vs. Adventists in Nature
- Prophecy Regarding Time
- False Excitement from Preaching “Time”
- The Disciples after the Resurrection
- What Understanding Did They Get at Pentecost?
- What Should We Understand Today?
- Warnings Against Time-Setting
- Our Strength is in the Gospel
The first section of this presentation shows the close parallel between the First Advent message and time, the meaning of that message, and the reception it was given, to the Second Advent message and time. The first comparison is regarding the condition of the world at the time the message was given.
Just as the Jewish people in Christ’s day wanted ease, comfort, and prosperity, so was there a similar desire among the professed people of God at the time of the Second Advent message:
At the First Advent, numerous prophecies indicated that the time for the Messiah to appear was nigh. There was also the miraculous star appearing in the heavens, and the appearance of the wise men from the East. These preceded the proclamation of the gospel, and should have prepared the people. Likewise at the Second Advent time, various prophecies indicated the “time of the end”, and there were signs in the heavens as well (the “dark day”, the “falling stars”, the “moon turning to blood”). And as well, various people around the world were awakened to the nearness of the time, sometimes from the most unexpected places. But as it was in the First Advent, few were really ready to receive the proclamation.
This slide shows the similarity in the gospel principles proclaimed at the First Advent to those now being proclaimed at the Second Advent. For a more in-depth study into the points mentioned of the Second Advent message, see the following publications: From Bondage to Freedom, Behold Your God, The Seven Angels, Entering into Gods Sabbath Rest, and The Principles of Reform, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.