Gospel Anchor Series
Achoring the Gospel in the foundations and greatest highlight of the Adventist movement. Starting with the Sanctuary message in Daniel 8 and building through the 2300 days and the daily, the series moves towards the 1888 message and how the covenants impact our understanding of the cross and the 1888 message.
Daniel 8 contains the central pillar of the Adventist message. The question of the angel "How long shall be the vision concerning the Daily and the Transgression of desolation to give both the Sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot" brings to us a time period that spans both before and after the cross. Our understanding of what actually is spanning this before and after the cross has implications for how we understand the the gospel and how men are saved before and after the cross.
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The question "How long shall be the vision concerning the daily and the transgression of desolation to give both the Sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot reveals to us the fact that the sanctuary and the host continue to be attacked both before and after the cross. It speaks to the reality of the one everlasting gospel in action in both dispensations of time.
This presentation examines the process of forgiveness in relation to the dispensation of forgiveness in relation to the Mechizedek and Aaronic priesthoods and how their worked together as source and channel elements to bring forgive and the the gift of rest found in the Sabbath that was completed from the foundation of the world. The presentation concludes with detailed analysis of A.T. Jones Sermon 25 1895 showing the everlasting gospel of the Third Angel.
The Present Cross
"Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God." Ed 263
“And they also which pierced Him.” Not only does this apply to those who last saw Christ when He hung on the cross of Calvary, but to those who by wrong words and actions are piercing Him today. Daily He suffers the agonies of crucifixion. Daily men and women are piercing Him by dishonoring Him, by refusing to do His will. 2SAT 214.
This is the understanding of the cross that E.J Waggoner was presenting through his understanding of the Everlasting Covenant. It opened a view into the love of God that is breath taking and is supported by the pen of inspiration.
The teachings of men like Butler and Smith regarding the covenants rendered forgiveness in the the Old Testament as figurative only those creating two plans of salvation and limiting the perception of the suffering of the cross to a single day when Christ manifested the cross for the universe to witness.
"E.J Waggoners message of righteousness by faith was constructed in connection with his understanding of the law and the two covenants. To misunderstand, discount or reject any aspect of this trio would be to distort the 1888 message.The Law in Galatians 3 may never have been a landmark but it was crucial for understanding God's plan of salvation for the ages." Paul Penno, Calvary at Sinai p 71
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The centre of conflict centred around the Law and the Covenants in Galatians. Several leaders tried to shut Waggoner down but Ellen White simply wanted to hear what he had to say.
Waggoner taught that the covenants are a matter of experience and both extend from the beginning of the fall of man to the end of this world as opposed to the traditional view of most pioneer leaders.
In 1890 Ellen White was shown that Waggoner had the truth on the covenant question and that what he presented was vital to a correct understanding of Righteousness by faith