Preview of The Gospel, 1844, and Judgment

Sabbath School 3rd Quarter 2006

Fred Bischoff


We are not alone

There is a bigger picture in space and time. There is intelligent life elsewhere, and it existed before us. (Job 1:6 compare Luke 3:38; Job 38:4-7; Eph. 3:10


It's all in a name

The battle between good and evil started before this world was created. We are not the major contestants. Lucifer (aka Devil, Satan) vs. Michael. (Rev. 12:7; Ezek. 28:13-15; Isa. 14:12)


Caught in the middle

The battle was transferred to this world. We became the battlefield, the theater. (Gen. 3:1-6; Rev. 12:8, 9; Rom. 5:12; Luke 4:5-7; Eph. 6:12; 1Cor. 4:9)


Asymmetrical warfare

The issues in the rebellion are simple. The complexity comes from the issues applying to every area of life. How can one side win?--It fights by taking. How can one side lose?--It fights by giving. (Matt. 23:11, 12; see handout Kingdom Overview)







Coded messages

Prophecies were given to show us where we are and what the big picture is. (Dan. 2, 7, 8, 11, 12; Revelation) (See handout Brief Table of Bible History and Prophecy to see where the lessons this quarter fit in the overall picture.)


On the wrong side and don't know it

"Come out of her, My people." (Rev. 18)


An end in sight

The battle will not go on forever. It will come to an end. The pattern for victory has been revealed:  it is judgment. The process of judgment has been tested; it works and will last. The end has begun! (Gen. 3:8-24; Dan. 5; Luke 19:41-48; Dan. 7:9, 10; 8:14)


Your mission, should you choose to accept it

Your mission is global in nature. It will take all your skill and knowledge. Nothing is more challenging or exciting. Don't try being a double agent. (Rev. 14:6-12; Rev. 18:1-8; Phil 1:21; Heb. 11:32 to 12:4; Matt. 6:24)


1. Cosmic Battle

who's involved; what are the issues

2. Role of Judgment

how does it fit in the battle

3. Dan. 2 Dream

the big picture, the key points of remaining world history

4. Dan. 7 Vision

repeat of Dan. 2 with different symbols, more details, especially judgment

5. Dan. 8 Vision

3rd overview, sanctuary focus (instead of kingdom), defile/cleanse

6. Dan. 9 Explanation

Your people, city, temple; judgment & restoration; 70 vs. 2300

7. 70 Weeks

Israel's second chance; Messiah & desolations

8. 1844

anchored by 70 weeks, especially the 70th; vital parallels of the end of 70 & 2300

9. Year-Day

time element in prophecy; non-symbolic (Jeremiah); symbolic (Daniel & Revelation)

10. Rome and Little Horn

pinnacle of self-exaltation; New Testament setting

11. Sanctuary and Little Horn

genuine versus counterfeit; "the daily"

12. Pre-advent Judgment

phase 1 of judgment; context of Rome; center in heavenly sanctuary

13. Gospel and Judgment

Day of Atonement symbols; blood in the Most Holy Place; faith and works; multiple metaphors

14. Judgment Today

justice and vindication; our role and mission