Study Guide: Last Day Events

By: Ellen G. White

Study Guide Index


Chapter 1

pages 11-17

1. Ellen White uses several phrases on page 11:

"Something great and decisive is about to take place"
"The world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis"
"Great changes are soon to take place in our world"
"The final movements will be rapid ones"
Was the end really near in Ellen White's lifetime?

2. Note some of the things Ellen White predicted as yet future: "spirit of war," "lawlessness," "perplexities," "judgments of God--fire, flood, earthquake, war." How many are yet future now? (12)


3. Review some Bible experiences when human beings responded to God's warnings of coming judgment. Lot and Noah are examples. (13:2)


4. Why were Jesus' disciples unprepared for His death? What lesson is there for us at the present? (13:3)


5. What two Bible books should have our special attention today? (15:3)


6. What chapter in Daniel is especially important now? (15:4)


7. When will the end come? (16:4)


8. What are we counseled about dwelling on the time of trouble ahead of time? Why? (17:4)


Chapter 2

pages 18-31

1. Read Matthew 24.

2. Of what is the destruction of Jerusalem a prophetic type? (18:1)

3. What is our safeguard against the deceptions taught by false prophets? (20:3)

4. In what way are the last days similar to the days of Noah? (23:2)

5. How are we to understand the statements that wars are a sign of Jesus' soon return when the world is now entering a period of peace, a sense of global community, and a new world order? (24:1, 2)

6. Are the natural disasters taking place now a fulfillment of the predictions given on pages 25:2-26:3, or are we to expect calamities that are more disastrous?

7. Why does God permit the several natural calamities predicted by Ellen White? (28:2, 3)

8. On the basis of 29:5-30:0, develop a Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of history.


Chapter 3

pages 32-42

1. EGW declares unequivocally, repeatedly, that the last date in historical time that

can be established from any Bible prophecy is:___________________. (35:3-36:2)

2. SDAs are told NOT to attempt to supply "day and date" for the occurrence of ANY as-

yet "___________________ " (35:2); three particular events are especially singled out as examples:

a. ___________________ (33:0, 1, 3, 4; 34:1)

b. The outpouring of the ___________________(33:1)

c. The close of ___________________ (35:3)

3. EGW bluntly characterized the time-setters of her day (as well as ours) as:

a. "___________________ " because of their "many successive failures." (34:1)

b. "___________________. " (34:1)

c. "___________________ ones" (35:0); participants in "___________________ and ___________________ movements." (35:2)

d. "They were in "___________________" (35:3), and were "doing the work of ___________________ of ___________________." (35:3)

4. What is the implication of these two statements concerning time-setters:

a. They "called themselves Seventh-day Adventists" (32:3) (Emphasis supplied)


b. SDAs "who claim to be led of God" (35:2) (Emphasis supplied)


5. What negative results did EGW identify as following in the wake of time-setting?

a. Among worldings:

(1) "In a ___________________ state of ___________________ than before." (34:3)

(2) They view time-setters with "___________________." (34:3)

(3) "They turn away from the truth" that "the ___________________ of all ___________________ is at hand. (34:3)

b. Within the remnant church:

(1) They lead into "false lines," thus causing "___________________ and ___________________." (35:2)

(2) They create an unhealthy "excitement" which, in turn, ___________________ Holy Spirit. (35:0)

c. With Satan:

The enemy is ___________________. (35:2)

6. In assigning various reasons for the delay of Christ's return, EGW identified:

a. Specific sins (many of which delayed Israel's entrance into Canaan by 40 years):

(1) ___________________

(2) ___________________

(3) ___________________

(4) ___________________

(5) ___________________

(6) ___________________ (38:1)

(7) ___________________ (39:1)

b. The "___________________ " of "___________________ " must be "___________________" reproduced in Christ's people before "He will come to claim them as His own." (39:2)

c. The gospel must be given to the ___________________ before Christ can return to earth. (38:2; 39:4; 37:5)

d. The "image to the beast" (Rev. 13:14-17; 14:9-11) must be formed before Jesus comes. This fills the national "cup of iniquity," and will take the form of a legislative enactment (law) that requires Christians to abstain from work and to engage in religious worship on ___________________. (40:1)

7. Christ could have come in the 19th century (indeed, EGW expected it in her own lifetime); but it has been postponed to our time (for reasons listed above in #6); but it is abundantly clear that the delay was not caused by a failure in the ___________________ of God. (38:1)

8. Christians actively preparing for the second coming of Christ will educate themselves to be "___________________ and ___________________ upon the scenes of the [final] ___________________" of this world. (41:5) The Christian will "___________________ with God" daily, in an attitude of "___________________ and ___________________" (42:5).

"Jesus would have us keep ever before" our minds "an awareness of the ___________________ time," for "the is ___________________ near." (42:6)

THOUGHT QUESTIONS as you reflect upon Chapter 3 as a whole:

1. Peter declares that Christians may actually "hasten" (or, by implication, also "hinder") the return of Jesus (2 Peter 3:12); while Paul declares that God has already "appointed a day" for the final judgment of the world (Acts 17:31). EGW also sets forth both motifs--which, for many, seem contradictory, mutually exclusive. Can you harmonize this seeming discrepancy? If so, how?



2. According to EGW, both the promises and threatenings of God are alike conditional (38:3), and the time for the 2nd Coming was conditional (36-38). What assurance do you find in Nahum 1:9 that the fact of the 2nd Coming is not conditional?



Chapter 4

pages 43-62

1. According to John the Revelator, God will have a "remnant" people in the last days who will be identified by these characteristics:

a. They "keep" ___________________. (Rev. 12:17; 14:12)

b. They have the ___________________ of the saints and the ___________________ of Jesus. (Rev. 14:12)

c. They also "have" ___________________ (Rev. 12:17), which he subsequently defines as "the Spirit." (Rev. 19:10, KJV)

2. What two interesting and highly significant metaphors does EGW employ to describe the function/role of the remnant in the work of God? "___________________" and "___________________." (45:2)

3. In addition to fulfilling Isa. 58:12 (43:2), their unique task is characterized as:

a. Vindicating the ___________________ of God. (43:3)

b. Proclaiming "the most ___________________ and ___________________ warnings ever sent by God to man" (45:2)--the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ___________________ of Rev. 14:8-12. "There is no ___________________ of so great importance," and "they are to allow ___________________ to absorb their attention." (46:0)

4. In addition to the doctrine of Christ's second advent, which Bible doctrines did EGW especially single out as significant, important "landmark" doctrines?

a. The heavenly ___________________ and its ___________________.

b. The ___________________ messages of Rev. 14.

c. The ___________________ of God, especially the ___________________ commandment.

d. The ___________________ of the wicked (and of all others, as well!) (44:4; 45:0)

5. In the earliest days of the advent movement it became increasingly "evident" that

"___________________ form of ___________________" would be necessary if they were to avoid two undesirable consequences:

a. "Great ___________________" and

b. The inability to carry forward the work "___________________ ." (46:1)

6. EGW used three related terms to describe how things are done in heaven, which should also characterize God's work (and workers) on the earth:

a. "___________________"

b. Thorough "___________________"

c."___________________" (46:2)

6. Five reasons, offered by EGW, as to why the early SDA church needed to organize are:

a. "To provide for the ___________________ of the ___________________."

b. To carry forward God's "work in ___________________ fields."

c. To protect both churches and ministry from "___________________ ."

d. To enable them to hold legal title to "___________________ ."

e. To enable them to legally own and operate institutions, especially ___________________. (46:1)

8. In 1875 EGW wrote "that which can be said of men under certain circumstances cannot be said of them under other circumstances" (3T 470; 5T 670); and concerning her own inspired writings she added in 1911, "Nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered" (1SM 57). In other words, some things may be true at one time and not true at another, depending upon changed circumstances. This is well illustrated in the matter of decisions of the General Conference--in world session assembled (55:4; 56:0)--being respected by church leaders and members as "the voice of God" on earth, as it relates to the work of the gospel.

a. In 1875 she wrote:

(1) "God has invested His church with special ____________ and ___________ which no one can be justified in ________________and _______________, for in so doing he despises the ___________ of ____________." (47:4)

(2) "God has bestowed the power under heaven upon His church.

It is the ____________ of God in His united people in church capacity which is to be _________________." (47:5; 48:0)

b. But in the 1890s a change came which caused her no longer to consider the actions and decisions of the General Conference as "the voice of God" (50, 51). Two problems in particular surfaced among top GC leaders:

(1) "Altogether too many ___________________ were given to a ___________________"; and

(2) "Some" of these leaders were unconverted and did "not make God their ___________________." (49:5)

c. But a change came at the 1901 GC Session (54, 55), and even though some leaders still did not change their ways and remained unconverted (57, 58), probably the majority of those elected and re-elected were consecrated, and EGW again reverted to her prior 1875 position.

(1) In 1909 she wrote, "God has ordained that the representatives of His church from all parts of the earth, when assembled in a General Conference [session], shall have ________________. (56:1)

(2) And in 1911 the words she chose (in M 164, cited in 56:2) are almost identical to her original words in 1875 (in 3T 417, cited in 47:4)!

9. EGW predicted that as we near the end of time, "more and more" SDAs will be led "astray" by men and women arising and claiming they had the same gift she had and were receiving visions from God as she did. This will happen not only in North America but also in other countries. And she gave a two-word test that must be applied before such are accepted as authentic and genuine:

"When God gives you ___________________ that the vision is from Him, you may accept it, but do not accept it on any other evidence. . . ." (44:3)

Chapter 5

pages 63-74

1. What twofold life should every Christian live? (63:2)

2. You should "pray as though the ___________________ and were all due to God, and ___________________ as though ___________________ were all your own." (63:3)

3. What is suggested as the topic of a "thoughtful hour each day"? (64:4)

4. How might we keep the Spirit from abiding with us? (65:4)

5. How only will we be able to stand through the last great conflict? (66:3)

6. What are some of the values of committing Scripture to memory? (66-68)

7. The three angels' messages are a "___________________ chain of ___________________," and "an ___________________ to the people of God." (68:2)

8. What are the dangers of doubting "where there is any chance to be disbelieving"? (68:3-64:0)

9. The servants of Christ "are to prepare no set speech" for future trials. What are they to do instead? (69:2)

10. What is often a consequence of controversy? (70:1)

11. Is it enough to be able to give a reason for our faith? Explain. (70:2)

12. If we don't preoccupy our minds with sacred and eternal things, what will they likely cherish? (70:3)

13. How did Enoch walk with God? (71:1,2)

14. Who is Enoch a representative of? (71:3)

15. For what reasons might we have "fear for the future"? (72:1)

16. "Every one of us should be ___________________ in reference to the ___________________ which is soon to come upon us." (73:2)


Chapter 6

pages 75-93

1. Develop a philosophy of life that will meet the challenges of everyday life yet allow for a state of preparedness for Jesus' soon return. (75:1-77:3)

2. How does true Sabbath observance preserve a knowledge of God among men? (77:4-78:2)

3. What is the relationship between paying tithe and offerings and a fitness for heaven? (78:3-79:3)

4. Define true temperance. (81:2)

5. Why is temperance important? (81:4; 82:1)

6. On the basis of the instruction given on page 82:2, 3, what menu would you plan for a day set aside for fasting and prayer?

7. What are the extremes to be avoided in our association with the world? (84:3-85:0)

8. What is to be done with new doctrines and interpretations of Scripture? Why? (91:3)

9. What experience is to be avoid in our worship services? (93:1-3)

Chapter 7

pages 94-108

1. EGW's message "for this time" (1901) was "___________________ " (95 2); and get out "as ___________________ as ___________________." (95:1; cf. also 97:1; 100:0; 106:2)

2. Which two chapters of the Bible did EGW especially single out as detailing the potential dangers posed for those who remain living in the cities in the last days?

a. ___________________

b. ___________________ (95:4)

3. Even though vacated by the righteous, the cities are not to be neglected, left unworked, and abandoned:

a. "As did Enoch, we must ___________________ in the cities but not ___________________ in them." (96:2)

b. "The cities are to be worked from ___________________." (96:3)

c. "For the present, ___________________ will be obliged to labor in Chicago [and other large cities], but these should be preparing ___________________ in rural districts from which to work the city." (96:6-97:0)

4. When was the "now" when SDAs should "begin to heed" EGW's repeated counsels to leave the cities in favor of "rural districts"? ____________________. (100:0)

5. In relocating SDA institutions in more rural areas, care must be taken not to go too far out and away from the cities, lest:

a. "They cannot be ___________________ with them [city-dwellers], to them good, [and] to let light shine." (101:1)

b. Institutional workers be so distanced they are not "near enough" to church offices (still in the city) to be able "to ___________________ with the workers there." (105:2)

6. EGW approved of the transfer of our publishing house from Battle Creek, Mich., to Takoma Park, MD, at the turn of the century; but with an eye on possible changing conditions, she also recognized that another move to a more rural area might be necessary: "If, after a time ___________________, ___________________" from the greater Washington area. (105:1)

7. DISADVANTAGES to living in the cities:

a. Personal/Physical Safety:

(1) Very soon God will rain "___________________ and ___________________" upon these cities. (95:3)

(2) The general "___________________ and ___________________" in the cities, plus "conditions brought about by the ___________________ and ___________________ would prove a great hindrance to our work." (96:4)

(3) In the cities there would more likely be "___________________ of enemies." (100:0)

b. Conditions Particularly Unfavorable to Youth:

(1) During school hours: "Every phase of ___________________ is waiting to ___________________ and ___________________ them," making character-building ___________________ harder for both parents and children. (98:1)

(2) After school hours: Children, with nothing to do,"obtain a ___________________" from which "they acquire habits of ___________________ and ___________________." (97:3; cf. also 98:2,3; 106:2)

c. Health Considerations:

(1) "The whole system is ___________________ by the ___________________, ___________________, and ___________________" of the city (98:5)--particularly by the "___________________ and ___________________" of noise created by public and private transportation. (98:4)

(2) The "peril to health" and "many evils to be met" from city-living include: "the ___________________ liability to contact with ___________________, the prevalence of ___________________ air, ___________________ water, ___________________ food, the crowded, dark, unhealthful ___________________. " (99:2; cf. also 100:0; 103:0; 104:1; 106:0; 108:2)

8. ADVANTAGES of Country Living:

a. Financial:

(1) Availability of land/houses, "without a ___________________ of ___________________." (101:4; cf. also 105:3)

(2) Often one may "also find ___________________" (101:4), as well as a lower cost of living and lower institutional operating expense. (106:0)

(3) A garden enables one to provide food, especially in the future time of trouble when "the problem of ___________________ and ___________________ will be a very serious one." (99:4-100:0; cf. also 95:1; 99:3)

b. Health Concerns:

Apart from a rural environment aiding the achievement and maintenance of good health, we find here "the most favorable conditions for ___________________ of ___________________." (103:2)

c. Educational Benefits:

(1) A rural setting may facilitate ___________________ being "educated in the ___________________ of the ___________________" (103:0) "and the ___________________ of ___________________." (102:2)

(2) Equally important is "___________________" (102:2) and the learning of building construction techniques "in a ___________________ manner." (108:1)

d. Spiritual Benefits:

Our priority in lifework is "to seek for ___________________" (97:2); a rural setting enables us to "be alone with God, to learn His ___________________ and ___________________" (97:1) in "lessons of ___________________ and ___________________." (95:1)

Chapter 8

pages 109-122

1. The Bible notes that the first builders of cities were people who chose to live in rebellion against God. What is a possible reason for this? (109:1, 2)

2. What is to be the condition of cities just prior to Jesus' return? Have they reached this condition yet? (110:3)

3. Draw a mental picture of the judgments coming upon the cities of earth. (110:5-111:5)

4. What will determine the extent of the judgment for each city? (111:3)

5. What is in store for:

a. New York City (112:3-113:2)

b. Chicago and Los Angeles (113:3-114:0)

c. San Francisco and Oakland (114:1-3)

d. Other great cities (115:2)

6. What will be the impact of labor unions upon Adventists at the end of time? (116:3-117:3)

7. What does God require from us on behalf of the cities? (117:4-118:3)

8. What plan has God presented for the work in cities and the work of the church in general? (120:1)

9. What is the signal to move out of the large cities? (121:1)

Chapter 9

pages 123-142

1. What is the "fornication" of Babylon? (123:2)


2. Why does Satan make the fourth commandment the object of his special attack? (123:3)


3. How does the fourth commandment identify God, the Lawgiver? (124:1)


4. In the 1880s, the time had not "fully come" for liberties to be restricted. Why would the winds of strife be held back? (125:1, 2)


5. Did the leaders in the Sunday movement of the 1880s all understand what they were doing? Will later leaders all understand? (125:3)


6. What are we to do with the few more years of grace we have? (126:3)


7. If we make no effort to do the work God has given us, what will be the result? (127:3)


8. What are two arguments that will be made by Sunday law advocates for these laws? (129:4, 5)


9. Who will change when there is a union between Protestants and Catholics? (130:2)


10. Upon what will the leading churches unite? (131:1)


11. What threefold union of powers can we expect? (131:4)


12. What door are Protestants opening for the papacy in America? (132:3)


13. What was the sign of the impending destruction of Jerusalem? What is the sign that God's forbearance is reached in the last days? (133:1)


14. How widespread will Sunday legislation be? (135)


15. What will be the theater of the last great and decisive actions? (136:4)


16. Into what two classes will all Christendom be divided? (137:2)


17. What cautions are given for those who expect Sunday restrictions? (138:2)


18. For what reasons should we try to avoid Sunday work? (138, 139)


19. "Whenever it is ___________________, let ___________________ services be held on ___________________." (140:2)

20. "It is better to ___________________ than to ___________________; better to ___________________ than to ___________________, better to ___________________ than to ___________________." (142:2)


Chapter 10

pages 143-154

1. List two things that will occur during the short time of trouble that immediately precedes the close of probation:

a. (143:1)

b. (143:2)

2. In the crisis awaiting Seventh-day Adventists, what is at the center of the battle they will have to fight? (144:2, 3)

3. When brought before judges because of the conflict over God's Sabbath and Sunday legislation, what is to be our attitude toward our personal civil rights? (146:1)

4. What can God's people anticipate as they stand firm for His law? (147:1)





5. How intense will be the persecution of Sabbathkeepers in the last days? (147:2)

6. What will you do when 148:4 becomes a reality?

7. What are the odds that some of our brothers and sisters will be martyrs? (149:5-150:5)

8. Why does God permit His people to suffer persecution?

a. (152:3-153:1)

b. (153:3-154:1)


Chapter 11

pages 155-171

1. Why does Satan practice last-day deceptions under the garb of Christianity? (155:1)


2. What is the strongest bulwark of vice in our world? (156:1)


3. Why are the greatest hindrances for the church found WITHIN it rather than outside? Discuss. (156:2)


4. Why is it especially important for us to understand the state of the dead as portrayed in Scripture? (157:0)


5. Through what two great errors will Satan bring people under his deceptions in the last days? (157:2)


6. Who are the "nominal Adventists" Ellen White speaks about? (158:1)


7. How would you define "primitive godliness"? (158:2)


8. How might we avoid the emotional excitement and the mingling of true and false in false revivals? (158:3)


9. How will Satan make music a snare for us? (159:2)


10. What effect will false happiness in meetings have on us? Why? (160:0)


11. Both Satan's angels and God's angels will appear as ___________________ during the last days. Why? (160:3, 4; 161:1)


12. What is Satan's most successful and fascinating delusion? (161:3)


13. Why will Satan personate Christ in the last days? (162)


14. The personation of Christ will be Satan's ___________________ deception. (163:2)

15. What will Satan claim when he personates Christ? (164:0)


16. What will Satan NOT be able to counterfeit? Discuss. (165:2)


17. When Satan imitates Christ, on what point will there be a marked distinction? (166:1)


18. Why will Satan work miracles? (166:2-4; 167:1)


19. Can Satan REALLY work miracles, or do they just seem so? (168:1)


20. Why are we not now to work miracles as Christ did? (169:2)


21. Do miracles supersede the Bible? Discuss (170:1)


Chapter 12

pages 172-182

A. The Reason for Being Shaken Out of the Church

1. Related to the Christian lifestyle: Those who "possess no more ___________________ and ___________________ than do the nominal churches." (172:2)

2. Related to the extremes: " ___________________ on the one hand and ___________________ on the other." (175:0)

3. Related to doctrines: Those who "will give heed to ___________________ and ___________________ of ___________________ will depart from the faith." (177:2)

4. Related to the Testimonies: "When the Testimonies . . . are ___________________ and ___________________, Satan . . . launches them into ___________________, which becomes incurable." (178:2)

B. The Extent of the Shaking

5. "A ___________________ than we now anticipate." (174:2)

6. "The ___________________ of those who now appear to be genuine and true." (180:3)

7. "As the storm approaches, a ___________________ who have professed faith . . . abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition." (180:6; 181:0)

8. Among Church leaders: " ___________________ be the apostasies of men who have occupied responsible positions." (179:1)

C. Good News in the Midst of Trouble

9. The Church will not fall. (180:5)

10. The true Christian "will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter. . . ." (181:3)

11. Large numbers will enter to the Church. (182:2)

Chapter 13

pages 183-196

1. What is accomplished by:

a. Early rain (183:1, 2)


b. Latter rain (183:1, 2)


2. At what point in the disciples' personal experience did the early rain come upon them? (184:3)

3. What was the results of the early rain given on the Day of Pentecost? (185:4)

4. Historically when will the latter rain come? (186:1)

5. What will be the results of the latter rain? (186:4-187:0)

6. At what point does the early rain come to us today as individuals? (187:1)

7. What are the conditions upon which God has promised His blessings under the power of His Spirit? (189:1)

8. How do 184:3 and your answer to question #2 relate to 190:1, 2?

9. Who will fail to receive the latter rain? (195:1-196:1)

Chapter 14

pages 197-214

1. In light of the fact that there are good people in all churches, what caution should be observed? (197, 198)


2. When will the fall of Babylon be complete? (198:2-4)


3. What is the last message that will be given to the world? (199:1)


4. The message of justification by faith is the _______________ message in verity. (199:4-200:0)


5. How are the children of God to give the last message of mercy to the world? (200:4-201:0)


6. According to Ellen White, what is the "loud voice" giving the third angel's message? (201:3)


7. Compare the power and strength of the last message to that of the midnight cry in 1844. (202:2)


8. What are some of the comparisons between the time of the Day of Pentecost and the final preaching of the truth? (202:3-203:2)


9. What are some of the agencies that God will use to finish the work that will surprise us? (203:3-204:2)


10. In the last solemn work God will manifest that "He is not dependent on ___________________, ___________________ mortals." (204:3)

11. What are more important to God's work than brilliant talent, tact, or knowledge? (205:1)


12. "When divine ___________________ is combined with human ___________________, the work will spread like fire in the ___________________." (207:3)

13. For what special reason should we study the Word of God now? (209:2)


14. Will the great majority of those who hear the last message accept it? What are some reasons? (210:2-211:0)


15. Name some of the groups that will answer the call out of the world. (211:1:212:0)


16. In the final gospel call how many will be converted in a day? (212:1-3)


17. At what time will the larger number of readers of The Great Controversy take their position with the church? (214:1)


18. To a large degree the work of the angel of Revelation 18:1 will be done through what agency? (214:2)


Chapter 15

pages 215-226

1. On whose side of the great controversy is the person sitting on the fence? (215:2)

2. What principle forms the basis for judging each individual? (216:3-217:2)

3. How is it possible for someone to be saved who knows very little about God's law? (218:4-219:1)

4. How are God's people sealed? (219:4-220:0) Is this different from the Sabbath being the seal of God?

5. Who from among God's people will be sealed? (221:2, 4, 5)

6. What is the mark of the beast? (224:1, 2)

7. When is the mark of the beast received? (224:6-225:0; 225:4-226:0)

8. What constitutes the worship of the beast and his image? (226:1)

Chapter 16

pages 227-237

A. Events Preceding the Close of Probation

1. The "image to the beast" is formed. "The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed ___________________ probation closes." (227:3)

2. The sealing of the righteous is completed. "An angel . . . reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were ___________________ and ___________________." (229:1)

3. Jesus' intercession ceases in the sanctuary. After the saints are sealed, "Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lift His hands, and with a loud voice says, 'It is done.'" (229:3)

B. The Time For the Close of Probation

4. Not revealed by God. "God has not revealed to us the time when this message will close or when probation will have an end." (227:1)

5. Unknown for everybody. "The righteous and wicked will still be living upon the earth . . . all ___________________ that the final, irrevocable decision has been pronounced. . . ." (231:1)

6. Unexpected even for God's people. "When probation ends, it will come ___________________, ___________________--at a time when we are least expecting it." (230:1)

7. God's people will be still doing business as usual. (231:4)

8. The wicked and the professed people of God will be still looking forward to forbidden pleasures. (232:3)

C. Now is the Time To Be Ready

9. We can have the assurance of salvation today: "When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly. . . . But we can have a ___________________ in heaven today, and ___________________ that God accepts us." (230:1)

10. Now is the time for character's transformation and fitness for heaven. (236:2, 3)

Chapter 17

pages 238-252

This chapter and the next divide up the consideration of the seven last plagues and their effect, first on the wicked, then the righteous.

1. Note the actions of God's angels in holding events back:

They hold back ____________________________ (238:3)

They restrain ________________________ (239:1)

They hold in check ___________________________ (239:3)

2. The glory of God is shown in His ___________________ and His ___________________. (240:1)

3. At the present time Jesus is our ___________________, but when the judgment is complete He will become ___________________. (240:3)

4. In no government can lawbreakers determine their own ___________________. (241:1)

5. "Law that has no ___________________ is of no ___________________." (241:1)

6. What actions would God NOT allow Noah or Lot to take? (241:2)

7. Under what circumstances does God remove His protection from us? (242:1)

8. Give some examples from the Bible of the destructive power of God's angels. (243)

9. "The same destructive ___________________ exercised by ___________________ angels when God commands, will be exercised by ___________________ angels when He ___________________." (244:0)

10. Consider the cumulative effect of the seven last plagues if they were to be universal.

1. Grievous sores

2. The seas turned to blood

3. Rivers and fountains of waters turned to blood

4. Scorching sun

5. Darkness

6. Gathering for the battle of God Almighty

7. The battle of Armageddon and great hail


11. What saves the wicked world from total destruction by the plagues? (246:1)

12. What special class do those who are lost condemn? (247:3)

13. Is the battle of Armageddon a literal or spiritual conflict? (250:2; 251:4)

Chapter 18

pages 253-270

This chapter deals with the plagues and their effect on the righteous.

1. When will the atoning blood of Christ be of no more value? (253:1)

2. Will the trouble ahead be worse, less, or about the same as expected? (254:3)

3. Why will some of the righteous be laid in their graves before the time of trouble? (255:2, 3)

4. Why will Satan especially stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God? (256:1)

5. When calamities come, what charge will be made against Sabbathkeepers? (256:3)

6. What argument will be used to convince the people that God's people should be destroyed? (257:1)

7. What universal decree will finally be made against Sabbathkeepers? (258:1)

8. What will be our responsibility regarding our property before probation closes? (261:1, 2)

9. If we have unconfessed sins, what effect will this have on us in the time of trouble? (263:1)

10. Why will no righteous be killed after probation closes? (264:2)

11. Why should we not make provision for our temporal wants in the time of trouble?

12. What is promised to the remnant in the time of trouble? (265:3)

13. When the righteous have no Intercessor during the time of trouble, how will they be sustained? (266:0, 1)

14. Is there any stopping place in the process of sanctification? (267:3)

15. Do we know who the 144,000 are? (268:4)

16. Review the experience of the righteous when threatened with death during the time of trouble. (269,270)

Chapter 19

pages 271-282

1. Who are brought up in a special resurrection to witness the second advent of Jesus? (271:2-272:0)





2. As God speaks from heaven before Jesus appears in the clouds, what will His people hear?

a. (272:2)

b. (272:3)

3. When the wicked see Jesus, what do they regret? (274:0)

4. In the description of Jesus' return to earth (274:1-3), which event impresses you the most?

5. How does the resurrection of God's faithful people affect you? (276-278)

6. Why does God not take the sinner to heaven? (279:3)

7. Who fixes the destiny of the wicked? (279:3)

8. Why will everyone who is saved have at least one star in his/her crown? (282:3)



Chapter 20

Pages 283-306

1. Where are both our title and fitness for heaven to be found? (283:2) 2. What thoughts will be a shield against Satan, our enemy? (284:2)



3. List several "mighty incentives" for giving loving service to our Creator. (285:1)



4. Heaven will be our home where the wicked cease from ______________ and the weary are at ______________.



5. Why did heaven cease to be indefinite space to the disciples? (286:1)



6. If we could see heaven's city just once, what would we never want to do again? (287:4)



7. How is the tree of life described? (288:0)



8. How are the following to be different from what they are now? (288:1-3) Streams Beasts Woods



9. How will the righteous be different from each other at the resurrection? How will this change later? (289:3)



10. At his creation Adam had _____________times as much vital force as we have today. How has this affected us all? (289:4)



11. In heaven, "we shall ever feel the _____________ of the morning, and shall be far from its _______________." (290:1)



12. When we are tempted to speculate about the conditions in heaven we are assured that God "has made every _______________for our _______________ in the future life." (290:5)



13. Does it encourage you that infants and even imbeciles will be resurrected to go to heaven? (293:1-4)



14. What special recognition will be given to mothers? (294:2,3)



15. In heaven there will be no. . . (296,297)



16. What will we learn from a special angel? (298:2)



17. What testimony will only the redeemed be able to give? (299:2)



18. What song will the ransomed sing? (300:2)



19. What eternal reminder will we have of the cruel work of sin? (302:3)



20. Review some of the activities of heaven as presented in this chapter.



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