Followers of ‘the Way’ (Part 7) In The Most Holy Place – The End of the 2300 Days
In her article entitled, End of the 2300 Days (See Early Writings), Ellen White beheld a vision of the heavenly throne room. She saw two seated upon the throne (Zech 6:13) – the Father and His Son (Rev 4:2; Rev 5:6). Before the throne she beheld the Advent people (those looking forward to the soon return of Jesus as His second Advent) – the church and the world.
One group was intensely interested and praying before the throne, while the other was careless and uninterested. Light passed from the Father to His Son and then to the praying company, but the careless and uninterested resisted the light and did not abide in it. In the end they were left in darkness.
In this light is symbolized the Millerite message, which all the church and the world was permitted to hear preached with a ‘loud cry’ (Rev 14:6-7) in the years leading up to 1844. The message that the end of the 2300 days of Daniel 8:14 had come was sounded all over the world, and it was generally accepted by Christianity that the ‘cleansing of the sanctuary’ meant the earth would be cleansed by the fires of the second coming (2 Pet 3:10). The message went out, pleading with people to repent, be converted and bring forth works in harmony with repentance (Mt 3:7-8). But many scoffed, rejected this light and fought against it. They maligned those who gave the message and when the date passed, they heaped condemnation and insult upon them.
For a while, the people who had been looking for the coming of Jesus – members of nearly every Christian denomination – were confused, heart broken and disappointed (Song of Sol 5:6-8). But as they continued their study of the Word, they discovered the Bible revealed a final judgment must take place before the return of Christ (Dan 7:9-12) and not at His return, for when He returns, His ‘reward is with [Him], to give to every one according to his work’ (Rev 22:12).
They also discovered that prophecy predicted their disappointment beforehand (Rev 10:8-11), and that after ‘eating’ the prophecies of Daniel, the message would be sweet in their mouths as they shared it, but would turn bitter in their stomachs after the time predicted came and passed without apparent fulfillment. But just as the words of Rev 10:11 commanded, they would realize that they had to prophesy again to all nations of the soon coming Savior (Rev 22:7), the importance of keeping the commandments of God including the Sabbath (Rev 22:14; Rev 14:7) and being ready for the judgment (Rev 19:7-8).
The relevance of this message has not changed. For ‘it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed’ (Rom 13:11). We must be able to ‘give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear’ (1 Pet 3:15).
If you have never read The Great Controversy, or it has been a long time since you have, I would encourage you to read it again – or for the first time. I was 23 years old the first time I read it, and it changed my life and drew me into a closer study of the Bible and closer to My Savior. May God help us to awake out of slumber, study His Word, be ready ourselves and help others be ready when He sends His Son to take us home.