For all of church history everyone has thought they lived in the “last days.” However when one actually looks at this phrase in the Text, it really doesn’t mean what we think it means.
The “last days” verse are used over and over without their context to fortify the idea that we are in the “last days” of our time. However if one carefully examines them in their context, they are not speaking to”our times” at all.
‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Acts 2:17
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. 2 Tim. 3:1
. . . but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Heb. 1:2
Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. James 5:3
First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions 2Pet. 3:3
Written by Guest Author
Marshall Warren Ackerman
As a person who used to believe all of the Seventh Day Adventists theology including 1844 as the beginning of the day of atonement and the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary. I write the following article for non-SDA historicists in order to deal with SDA’s. SDA’s make many assumptions about their theology, but namely they are never wrong, because they have a prophet. This assumption lock in any error they have and it must be dealt with before the SDA will even consider a different view. There are 2 ways to do this 1. Is to go directly after the prophet. This is only effective if a person is well studied in the History and Myth surrounding her. This is how I first had doubts. The Second is to go after the core teaching that She endorsed, if it is not true, then she is not true, because he endorsed it. That is what I will do here. A side-note. The Prophet Ellen G. White, did not actually write any of the SDA doctrine, She came along and put her/God’s endorsement of the teaching. In the SDA mind because Sister White, as she is called, endorsed a teaching while claiming to be in vision, the doctrine is automatically true and cannot change. It is with this in mind I will write about the 2300 days/1844 teaching and address the assumption held by SDA’s in their interpretation of the passage. It is not intended to be an interpretation of the passage. Continue reading
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:34 NASB
Eternally etched into our memories, the image of Jesus lifted up on the cross at Calvary demands our consideration.
And it should rightfully draw all of us to him. His claims to be I am, God Almighty, do not go unnoticed. Believers are drawn to his death which provides grace and mercy. Others dismiss his claims as blaspheme, or those of a lunatic.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58 NASB
Perhaps the clearest explanation of the dilemma of “what to believe about Jesus” is before us as we contemplate the three crosses. Jesus of Nazareth, condemned for claiming to be God, was placed in the middle of two men who were found guilty of theft.
What should we “see” when we look at the two thieves?
Isaiah 9 was a Harbinger for Israel
not The United States of America
A harbinger is a warning given ahead of time. Jonathan Cahn, A self styled Messianic Rabbi, published his out of context theory in 2012, eleven years after it supposedly took place. So, it is hardly a real harbinger.
There is also no hermeneutical reason for Mr. Cahn claiming that Isaiah 9-12 is a prophecy about The United States of America. These Isaiah warnings were clearly a prophecy given to Jacob.
The view that reflects this kind of thinking is a much disparaged, ego-centric hermeneutic. Insert your time, your people or your place on the basis that you feel that you are too important not to be in the Bible. Cahn’s making it about America, because a few trees died on 9-11, is absurd.
We can draw a general typology from the Old Testament, in that the ancient people of Israel were unfaithful to God and were judged. Therefore, the church, that has also largely been unfaithful to God, will also face judgment. Continue reading