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1 Prophetic Study Attitudes Rev. 22:10 ASV And he saith unto me, Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand.

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4 Prophetic Study Attitudes Quote from Daniel 12:8-9 Quote from Daniel 12:8-9 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things? And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end, beginning after 1799 or the 1260 years. And he said, Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end, beginning after 1799 or the 1260 years. –During the 19 th Century, the book of Daniel was opened. –In a letter from 1704 which has gone on show in Jerusalems Hebrew University, Isaac Newton uses the Bibles Book of Daniel to calculate the date for the Apocalypse. –He determined from the book of Daniel that the 1260 years from 800 A.D., the date of the Holy Roman Empires beginning, would be fulfilled in 2060 A.D. –William Miller predicted 1844 A.D. as the end of the 1335 days. –Not till CTR would the true 1260, 1290 and 1335 days be understood. 4

5 Prophetic Study Attitudes Quote from CTR about Revelation- R 3572:5 Quote from CTR about Revelation- R 3572:5 At the time the features of the symbolical Revelation shall come to be understood and appreciated by the Lord's people, we may know that the time of the completion is near at hand. Rev. 22:7 Then the Master speaks to all of his Church who have ears to hear, saying, "Behold, I come quickly: Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." The intimation seems to be that the book being symbolical, none can understand it except as its seals are loosed, as its symbolical, none can understand it except as its seals are loosed, as its message opens before the Lord's people; and that when its sayings, its teachings come to be appreciated, it may be recognized by those who do understand it as an evidence that the Lord's second advent and the establishment of his Kingdom are close at hand. 5

6 Prophetic Study Attitudes Quote from B19 Quote from B19 –Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is....And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch." Mark 13:32,33,37. These words of our Lord cannot be understood to mean that none but the Father will ever know of his times and seasons; hence it no more proves that we cannot know those times and seasons now, than that our Lord cannot know them now. And the very fact that the entire outline of our Father's plan, and also his times and seasons, are now clearly discernible, is strong proof that we are now living in the time of the end of the present dominion of evil, and the dawn of the Millennial Day, when knowledge should be increased, and the wise should understand. (Dan. 12:4,10) If prophecy was never designed to be understood, there could have been no reasonable object in giving it. Should we exclude Revelation from this quote? RKC 6

7 Prophetic Study Attitudes Introduction Introduction Our assignment: Proper Attitude for Revelation Study Our assignment: Proper Attitude for Revelation Study But first, a few words about deciding to Study Revelation. But first, a few words about deciding to Study Revelation. Our Class spent four years from start to finish. Our Class spent four years from start to finish. It took a three hour business meeting for the Class to approve. It took a three hour business meeting for the Class to approve. In the end, a compromise to study Volume 1 the first hour on Sunday, and Revelation the second hour was the tie breaker. In the end, a compromise to study Volume 1 the first hour on Sunday, and Revelation the second hour was the tie breaker. Then, the second biggest decision was How do we study Revelation? Then, the second biggest decision was How do we study Revelation? 7 ~

8 Prophetic Study Attitudes Definition of Attitude- Websters Dictionary Definition of Attitude- Websters Dictionary – An attitude is a hypothetical construct that represents an individual's degree of like or dislike for something. Attitudes are generally positive or negative views of a person, place, thing, or event this is often referred to as the attitude object. –I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist. ~ Martin Luther –A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone. ~Robert Frost –Tit 1:12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons. V 13 This testimony is true. ` 8

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11 Prophetic Study Attitudes Some Considerations to Think About Some Considerations to Think About Prerequisites should be considered by the Elders before voting on Revelation. Prerequisites should be considered by the Elders before voting on Revelation. How many of the Class have studied ALL the volumes? How many of the Class have studied ALL the volumes? How many have a good understanding of Volumes 2,3, and 4. Many Bible Students refer to these three as The Prophetic Package of the Bible Students. How many have a good understanding of Volumes 2,3, and 4. Many Bible Students refer to these three as The Prophetic Package of the Bible Students. Volumes 2 and 3 should be studied as a whole before a Revelation Study. For sure, Volume 4 should be studied before Revelation 15-18 are studied. Volumes 2 and 3 should be studied as a whole before a Revelation Study. For sure, Volume 4 should be studied before Revelation 15-18 are studied. Like studying calculus before algebra. Like studying calculus before algebra. Lets say your Ecclesia has 15 regular attendees. Lets say your Ecclesia has 15 regular attendees. There are three Elders who have studied all the Volumes but not Revelation. There are three Elders who have studied all the Volumes but not Revelation. Five of the Fifteen attendees have been consecrated less than five years and not completed even one Volume Study. Five of the Fifteen attendees have been consecrated less than five years and not completed even one Volume Study. Only two, besides the Elders, have studied all the Volumes. Only two, besides the Elders, have studied all the Volumes. Class Revelation Study may not be a wise decision. Class Revelation Study may not be a wise decision. 11

12 Prophetic Study Attitudes Question1- How do Elders discourage Class Rev. Study, if the Class is ill prepared to undertake it? Question1- How do Elders discourage Class Rev. Study, if the Class is ill prepared to undertake it? Elders should not discourage but encourage the Brethren. Elders should not discourage but encourage the Brethren. If after recommending to the Class that a better knowledge of the Volumes and the NT, like Matt. 13, 24-25, should come first and the Class disregards the advice, THEN do the Revelation Study. If after recommending to the Class that a better knowledge of the Volumes and the NT, like Matt. 13, 24-25, should come first and the Class disregards the advice, THEN do the Revelation Study. Why? Elders are servants of the Class not dictators. Why? Elders are servants of the Class not dictators. Some learning will occur because God promised it, Rev 1:3 How blessed is the one who reads aloud and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it, for the time is near! Some learning will occur because God promised it, Rev 1:3 How blessed is the one who reads aloud and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it, for the time is near! EBC He that readeth -- The very reading of it will bring a blessing. A27; R2827:5; OV7:T; Even though they do not understand. R2827:5. EBC He that readeth -- The very reading of it will bring a blessing. A27; R2827:5; OV7:T; Even though they do not understand. R2827:5. To keep means to observe and watch- S 5083 To keep means to observe and watch- S 5083 12

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14 Prophetic Study Attitudes Question 2- How should Elders and participants prepare for the Rev. Study? Question 2- How should Elders and participants prepare for the Rev. Study? Elders should take the lead in preparing materials and informing the Class their plan for covering the section of Revelation under study. Elders should take the lead in preparing materials and informing the Class their plan for covering the section of Revelation under study. Elders should prepare questions ahead of time. Elders should prepare questions ahead of time. Short biographies of the seven messengers- Redeker Short biographies of the seven messengers- Redeker Elders should assign homework ahead of time. This could be available CTR references, other authorities, charts and outlines. Elders should assign homework ahead of time. This could be available CTR references, other authorities, charts and outlines. Handout examples will be on next two slides. Handout examples will be on next two slides. Participants will get out of the study what they put into it. So, they should seriously prepare before the meeting as indicated and ask their questions. Participants will get out of the study what they put into it. So, they should seriously prepare before the meeting as indicated and ask their questions. By the way, I only consider other authorities that I know recognize CTR as 1. 7 th Messenger, 2. Wise and Faithful Servant of Matt. 24, and 3. The man with the Writers Inkhorn of Ezek 9. By the way, I only consider other authorities that I know recognize CTR as 1. 7 th Messenger, 2. Wise and Faithful Servant of Matt. 24, and 3. The man with the Writers Inkhorn of Ezek 9. 14

15 Prophetic Study Attitudes Question 3 How is it best to keep a study on track and not constantly straying off the subject? Question 3 How is it best to keep a study on track and not constantly straying off the subject? Be diplomatic, kind and never embarrass anyone or show contempt. The Leader can just answer or address the point but then say we must get back to the main subject. Be diplomatic, kind and never embarrass anyone or show contempt. The Leader can just answer or address the point but then say we must get back to the main subject. This is true for any type of study. Revelation is not diffferent. This is true for any type of study. Revelation is not diffferent. Stop the meeting and ask the Brethren if they want to divert discussion to the variant topic. Stop the meeting and ask the Brethren if they want to divert discussion to the variant topic. Question 4 How should opposing thoughts be handled. Question 4 How should opposing thoughts be handled. With patient forbearance… Consider next slide. With patient forbearance… Consider next slide. Never embarrass or chastise an individual for their ideas and points. Never embarrass or chastise an individual for their ideas and points. It also depends on what the opposition is: It also depends on what the opposition is: For example are the 7 last plagues in the past, in progress, all future? For example are the 7 last plagues in the past, in progress, all future? Who are the 24 Elders? Who are the 24 Elders? Who is the Angel in Rev. 17:7? Is it CTR? Who is the Angel in Rev. 17:7? Is it CTR? 15

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18 Prophetic Study Attitudes Question 5 How can Leaders make sure that Brethren with differing degrees of knowledge or abilities be blessed and not become lost in details and complexity? Question 5 How can Leaders make sure that Brethren with differing degrees of knowledge or abilities be blessed and not become lost in details and complexity? Ecclesias around the country are groups that usually include newly consecrated, 50 years plus consecrated ones and all the ones in between. So, what do you do so that ALL are blessed? Ecclesias around the country are groups that usually include newly consecrated, 50 years plus consecrated ones and all the ones in between. So, what do you do so that ALL are blessed? Elders must know each member well enough to keep ALL interested. Elders must know each member well enough to keep ALL interested. Question 6 How can we increase the comfort of changing our opinions of both self and others? Question 6 How can we increase the comfort of changing our opinions of both self and others? Romans 12:2 says be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 says be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. All our studies should be change experiences and that includes changes of our opinions. All our studies should be change experiences and that includes changes of our opinions. If all our opinions have not changed since making our consecration, spiritual growth isnt happening. If all our opinions have not changed since making our consecration, spiritual growth isnt happening. Our comfort zone should be expanding as we get older. Our comfort zone should be expanding as we get older. 18

19 Prophetic Study Attitudes Question 7 How can attitudes of respect for others be inculcated? Question 7 How can attitudes of respect for others be inculcated? Webster- To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind; as, Christ inculcates on his followers humility. Webster- To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind; as, Christ inculcates on his followers humility. Webster- Toteachandimpressbyfrequentrepetitionsoradmonitionsto urgeonthemindasChristinculcatesonhisfollowershumility Webster- Toteachandimpressbyfrequentrepetitionsoradmonitionsto urgeonthemindasChristinculcatesonhisfollowershumility Respect (to regard to consider) for others can be reached by being a good listener and prove ALL things by Scripture. Respect (to regard to consider) for others can be reached by being a good listener and prove ALL things by Scripture. It is easy to see whether someones comments are human thoughts or spiritual ones. We should always respect the latter. It is easy to see whether someones comments are human thoughts or spiritual ones. We should always respect the latter. Question 8 If more than one leader will conduct the study, how should it be divided? If more than one Leader will conduct the study, how should it be divided? Question 8 If more than one leader will conduct the study, how should it be divided? If more than one Leader will conduct the study, how should it be divided? If possible, subject matters with natural chapter or topic breaks should be assigned each Leader for the sake of continuity. If possible, subject matters with natural chapter or topic breaks should be assigned each Leader for the sake of continuity. For example, one Leader should cover Church, Trumpet, Seal by Period. So, rotate seven times when covering that material. For example, one Leader should cover Church, Trumpet, Seal by Period. So, rotate seven times when covering that material. If studying Chapter 12, one Leader could cover whole Chapter or divide it into two logical parts- Part 1- verses 1-9; Part II- verses 10-17. If studying Chapter 12, one Leader could cover whole Chapter or divide it into two logical parts- Part 1- verses 1-9; Part II- verses 10-17. 19

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21 Prophetic Study Attitudes Different Attitudes About Prophetic Bible Study Because Revelation is mainly a prophetic book, expect different attitudes about: Because Revelation is mainly a prophetic book, expect different attitudes about: Who are the seven messengers and whats their authority. Who are the seven messengers and whats their authority. The length of the harvest which is covered in chapters 14-19. The length of the harvest which is covered in chapters 14-19. What are the seven last plagues and are they past, present, or future? What are the seven last plagues and are they past, present, or future? When does the Millenium of Revelation 20 begin? In 1874? Or, when Church is Complete? Or, a hybrid of the two? When does the Millenium of Revelation 20 begin? In 1874? Or, when Church is Complete? Or, a hybrid of the two? And, more,,,,,,,,,, And, more,,,,,,,,,, Given our differences our attitudes should be: Given our differences our attitudes should be: Humble, First and Foremost Humble, First and Foremost Tolerant or Patient with Each Other Tolerant or Patient with Each Other Promote Christian Liberty On Prophetic Matters Promote Christian Liberty On Prophetic Matters 21


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