THE MIGHTY STONE AND THE GREAT IMAGE DANIEL 2
The vision reaches its complete fulfillment in our time, and that the message is mainly for those living in the last days, i.e. Dan. 12:4; PK 547, 548 --- for the latter days.
A. Tanhe various parts of the Image.Head:GOLD-- Babylon
Legs:IRON-- RomFeet:Part of IRON and Part of CLAY-- Present World
greatly.C. What is the work of the stone? Dan. 2:45
3. Where Did The Stone Come From ? ----- The Mountain
4. What Does A Mountain Symbolize In Scripture ? ----- People
Read : Dan. 9:16,20.a Daniel in his prayer likens the church (Jerusalem) to a mountain.
5. Exactly What Church Does The Mountain Symbolize? ---SDA
6. Could Not The Mountain Include The Churches Of The World? ---NO
7. What Or Whom Does The Stone Symbolize?
9. Where Else In Scripture Is The Church Represented As A Stone?
Read: Zech. 12:3.a Here the church (Jerusalem) is likened to a burdensome stone.
10. Who Are The People Symbolized By The Stone? --- 144,000
b They are called by John, ‘servants’, indicating that they have a special work of proclaiming the gospel. They are, in other words, messengers of God.
Who are the subjects of the kingdom of God?—all those who do His will. They have righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The members of Christ’s
kingdom are the sons of God, partners in His great firm. The elect of God are a
chosen generation, a peculiar people, a holy nation, to show forth the praises
of Him who hath called them out of darkness into His marvelous light.
11. How Is The Stone Cut Out Of The Mountain? --- Without Hands
Read: TM 46,47Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, Page 46
The church of Christ on earth will be imperfect, but God does not destroy His church because of its imperfection. There have been and will be those who are filled with zeal not
according to knowledge, who would purify the church, and uproot the tares from the midst of the wheat. But Christ has given special light as to how to deal with those who are erring, and with those who are unconverted in the church. There is to be no spasmodic, zealous, hasty action taken by church members in cutting off those they may think defective in character. Tares will appear
among the wheat; but it would do more harm to weed out the tares, unless in God’s appointed way, than to leave them alone. While the Lord brings into the church those who are truly converted, Satan at the same time brings persons who are not converted into its fellowship. While Christ is sowing the good seed, Satan is sowing the tares. There are two opposing influences continually exerted on the members of the church. One influence is working for the purification of the church, and the other for the corrupting of the people of God.
a These references reveal that the wheat and tares are in the church and how they are brought in.
b Page 47:2, reveals that angels will accomplish the separation--not men.
Read: 3T 266, 267
pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those “that sigh and that cry for all the
abominations that be done” in the church. Their love for purity and the honor
and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding
sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing
and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel. But the general slaughter of
all those who do not thus see the wide contrast between sin and righteousness,
and do not feel as those do who stand in the counsel of God and receive the
mark, is described in the order to the five men with slaughter weapons: “Go ye
after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye
pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women:
but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.”
a That the true people of God are those who recognize sin in the church, stay aloof from it, but speak out against the sins.
b The closing work for the church is the sealing of the 144,000. TM 445.
c This work of the sealing of the 144,000 is “forcibly set forth” by the prophet (Ezekiel), when in vision he saw five men (angels) with slaughter weapons and the sixth with a “writer’s inkhorn.”
d Only those who sigh and cry for the wrongs in the church receive the seal.
e Inspiration itself tells us to read Ezekiel chapter nine.
An objection: It is often stated that the slaughter of Ezekiel nine transpires during the plagues and /or at the second coming of Christ, based upon this statement found in 3 T 267:0: “They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked. .
.” This however, could not
be so because:
1. The plagues are very different from the slaughter of Ezekiel nine. See # 14.
2. When the sentence is quoted in full it would read as follows: “They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons.” This tells us that this
“general destruction” is that which destroys the “wicked” in the church (Jerusalem) not the world--They are cut down by the five men (angels)
not by the “vials” of the seven angels in Revelation 16.
3. The words “general destruction” is used in other portions of Sister E.G. White’s writings and does not refer to the plagues. See GC 26:0 (last sentence of the paragraph).
12. Read: Ezekiel 9
a “The higher gate which lieth toward the north” symbolically represents heaven--where God’s throne is located. (See Ps. 48:1, 2, Isa. 14:13).
b Even though Ezekiel calls them “men” they are in fact angels because they are seen coming from the “north” (heaven). See also Daniel 9:21.
c Only those who “sigh and cry” for the wrongs in the church receive the seal.
d The other five angels are sent by the Lord to slay (physically) those in the church who did not receive the seal.
e The Lord brings this slaughter because the sins in the church are “exceedingly great.”
13. Is This A Literal Slaughter? ---Yes
a No such thing as a spiritual slaughter is recorded anywhere in Scripture. Nobody knows what is a spiritual slaughter.
b Verse 7, says “fill the courts with the slain.”
Read: 5 T 211
Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, Page 211
The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with
slaughtering weapons in their hands: “Go ye after him through the city, and
smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and
young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man
upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the
ancient men which were before the house.”
Here we see that the church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people,
had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for
miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times
have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and th