7 Years in the Pre-millennial Kingdom?

10 Feb

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Quite a few of us present truth believers have repeated the same line “Don’t you know that the pre-mil kingdom will be at least 7 years?” And often the response is “How do you know that?”. They we say, “In Ezekiel 39:9 we know there will be at least 7 years of burning weapons there.”

As we posted in our last post, we should go by the weight of evidence in proclaiming any and all subjects of Bible truth. Of course the aforementioned 7 years is based upon our understanding of Ezek.39:9. But what was the Rod’s position in regard to this reference?

We find 3 places where the message speaks of Ezek. 39:9

  1. Tract 12, p.51  —  simple repeat of the reference, no expounding upon its meaning
  2. 2 TG, no. 4, p.20  — same simple repeat
  3.  2 TG, no.42, p.39-40 — same simple repeat

So what we find is that the Rod does not expound upon it rather it simply shows the reference as it is written.

As we searched  EGW and VTH’s writings , they  are very quiet about explaining this in detail. No support for or against this literal 7 years other than a  simple repeating of the verse. At least we know that the Rod did not confirm it further by commenting in the affirmative as it being 7 literal years of burning.

We found  a possible  clue or key to understanding this “7 years”.  In Tract 5, p.112, we find the following inspired statements from VTH.

“And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted,  and gave glory to the God of heaven.”(Rev. 11:13)

“The “hour,” “the earthquake,” the “tenth part,” “the city,” the “seven thousand”slain, and “the remnant” must, to maintain the integrity of the entire trumpet symbolism, themselves be symbolical.”

When we look at Ezekiel 39:9, we see the symbolic weapons as shields, bucklers, bows and arrows, javelins and spears. No such weapons will be used in the upcoming war. So to say one part of the verse is symbolic and the other is not may not be “maintaining the integrity of the entire symbolism” .

So if God’s word says that “seven thousand” is symbolic, is it unrealistic  to think that “seven years” is also symbolic? Especially when symbolism is used in that same verse?

We all know that 7 represents the completion number. Could it be that instead of a literal 7 years of burning, it represents a symbolic  7 years, or in other words, a time of complete and final burning  of this  earth’s weapons of destruction?

Spirit of prophecy also gives us clear guidelines“The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed. (GC. p.598)  Ezekiel 39:9 certainly qualifies under this application.

So what do we have here? No clear time-table as to length of the pre-mil Kingdom –from Inspiration.

“Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.(Test. for the Church, vol. 9, p.11)

“The commencement of that time of trouble,” here mentioned does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary.” (Early Writings, p.85)

Is seven  years — “final movements will be rapid ones”?

or a “short period” ?

In speaking of final events (Ezek.39:9-13, 25-29) (Joel 3:1,2,9-12) (Matt.25:32-34) brother Houteff said, “These are some of the future events that are soon to follow in quick succession in the ushering in of the kingdom.  Then follows the closing of probation, and the pouring out of the seven last plagues, which shall fall upon those who figuratively stand on His left hand — those who are outside Palestine.  Then while the plagues are falling, the mightiest of all battles will be fought, “the battle of that great day of God Almighty”, — the long expected end of the world, — the Armageddon (Rev. 16:12-16). (Tract 12, p.52)

Seven years is a time of “quick succession”?

“The bright light going among the living creatures with the swiftness of lightning represents the speed with which this work will finally go forward to completion.” Testimonies, Vol. 5 p. 754.

“Thus will the Gospel be finished by those who escape from the Lord’s slaying (Isa.66:15,16) and God’s people be quickly gathered from the four corners of the earth, happily brought as an offering to the house of the Lord (Isa. 66:19,20) (Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 22, page 26)

“Finally the world’s eyes will come open to the situation, and one nation invites another nation, the gospel work will intensely speed up.” (TG, vol.1, no. 5, p.5)

“The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over.” (Early Writings, p.58)

“For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.(Romans 9:28)

However there is one aspect we would like to show. In Zechariah 14:16 we read —

“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

The Rod makes two mentions of this quote in it’s writings.

“This sentence of Scripture emphatically implies that all who at that decisive moment refuse to be converted to the Lord, shall perish; only those who worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the feast of tabernacles, shall be spared.” (TG, vol.1, no. 20, p.13)

The second mention is in the chart of Daniel 8 & 12, but only the quote reference is given, no expounding.

So what are we to gather here? Clearly from the Rod we see that this festival is to be honored in the pre-mil kingdom, and as the Scriptures say “year to year” we must understand it to be at least two years. So it appears that the kingdom will last at least two years.

Summary — In view of the limited time table guidelines, we do not know how long the pre-mil Kingdom will be , Inspiration does not tell us clearly. However to those who “run ahead” and proclaim that the Kingdom will be at least “7 years” we caution to be careful, lest you find yourself as a dipper of your own pipe into the sacred Golden Bowl. Can we say it “may be” ? Of course but let us not declare it “will be” as truth.

Personally speaking we think the time period may be much shorter than 7 years. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

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