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If I Were Told the Future - Lesson 8

Parallels Between the Prophetic Books

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We are glad to welcome you to this lesson! Let’s pray together:
Father,

In the last three lessons, we have studied the organization of the three main prophetic books contained in Your Word.

Please help us now to parallel these three prophetic texts, just like the pieces of a puzzle which, once joined together, will give us a portrait of the future.

We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord.

Amen.
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1 Corinthians 14:32,33 Comments
The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.
For the novice, the Bible’s prophetic books look like a disorganized patchwork, without plan, without logical link... However, a careful analysis shows a totally different picture!

Indeed we have discovered, in our last three lessons, that these books inspired by an orderly God are highly organized and linked one to the other.

Here is a summary of what we found.
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Outline of the book of Daniel
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Next, we discovered that Daniel’s prophecies are parallel:
«He shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.» (Daniel 7:25)

«A king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.» (Daniel 8:23,24)

«And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white (...). And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods.» (Daniel 11:35,36)
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Matthew 24:15 Comments
[Jesus said,]

«When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoever reads, let him understand.»
Then we saw that Jesus Himself referred to the book of Daniel and recommended that we study it.

In addition to being linked to the book of Daniel, we discovered that Jesus’ prophetic discourse, found in chapter 24 of the Gospel according to Matthew, had also been used as a framework for the book of Revelation, as the following table illustrates.

Matthew 24 is thus the link between Daniel and Revelation.
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Outline of Matthew 24, and parallel with the book of Revelation
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Matthew 24:46,47 Comments
Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He comes shall find so doing. Truly I say to you, that He shall make him ruler over all His goods. Just like Matthew chapter 24 and the book of Daniel, Revelation shares the goal of preparing us for the return of Jesus.

And just like them, this famous work is a lot more organized than it seems to be at first glance.
Revelation 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
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Mirrorlike organization of Revelation with a cross-over at the center
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Revelation 22:7 Comments
Blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Therefore, there are close links between the book of Daniel and Matthew chapter 24, and also between Matthew chapter 24 and the book of Revelation.

Can we also draw parallels between the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation? Yes, we can, and those parallels are very solid.

The following examples, that we will study in future lessons, demonstrate this statement in a convincing way.
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An example of striking parallel between Daniel and Revelation
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Another example of striking parallel between Daniel and Revelation
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We parallel the little horn with the beast, subjects of future lessons
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Genesis 41:1,4,5,7,32 Comments
Pharaoh dreamed. (...) The ill favored and skinney cows did eat up the seven well favored and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.

And he slept and dreamed the second time. (...) The seven thin ears [of corn] devoured the seven rank and full ears. (...)

«The dream was doubled to Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.»
We have already seen that the prophecies of the book of Daniel describe the same sequence of events.

This parallelism can be found elsewhere in the Bible (like in Pharaoh’s dreams), and in the book of Revelation.
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Just like in Daniel’s book, the prophecies of Revelation are parallel
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Just like in Daniel’s book, the prophecies of Revelation are parallel
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Just like in Daniel’s book, the prophecies of Revelation are parallel
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Seventh letter: Revelation 3:20,21 Comments
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne.
This seventh parallel doesn’t seem convincing to you? Don’t worry, the lessons on the seven letters and the seven seals will answer your questions.
Seventh seal: Revelation 8:1
When He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
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Diagram of the organization of the prophetic books
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Joshua 4:13 Comments
About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the Lord to battle, to the plains of Jericho. Our next section is entitled «The Toolbox».

It will provide us with everything we need to understand prophecy, as well as to prepare ourselves for the great conflict which will soon take place here on earth.
Romans 13:12
The night is far spent, the day is at hand.

Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
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Let’s thank God for His precious help:
Lord,

Studying the organization of the prophetic books has brought us to discover the close links joining them.

We thank You, Father, for if we better and better understand the prophetic word, it is because You enlighten us by the presence of Your Holy Spirit.

Please continue to guide us, as we seek to deepen our knowledge of Your prophetic word.

In Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen.
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Source of the Pictures of this Lesson
Screen 1: «National Parks - Larkspur.» In: «Deluxe Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia CD - 1998 Edition», Compton’s Home Library, 1997. Screen 2: Picture Collection «Corel Gallery Magic» by Corel, 1997, CD #8, Photo Library 3, 594032.PCD. Screen 3: JUSTINEN, Lars. In: «Questionnaire Adulte de l’Ecole du Sabbat», Pacific Press Publishing Association, First Quarter, 1999, front cover. Table of Screen 3: STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, vol.1» (MAXWELL, C.Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1981, p.201. Screen 4: STEEL, John. In: «The Triumph of God’s Love, volume 1» (WHITE, Ellen G.), Pacific Press Publishing Association and Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1950, p.166. Screen 5: STEEL, John. In: «L’Espoir de l’Humanité, volume 2» (WHITE, Ellen G.), Editions Le Monde Français, Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1972, p.310. Screen 6: In: «The Watchtower» magazine (February 1, 1988), New York, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, p.7. Table of Screen 6: STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, volume 1» (MAXWELL, C. Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1981, p.232. Screen 7: In: «Revelation Seminars», Seminars Unlimited, 1986, lesson #6 («Le Glorieux Enlèvement selon l’Apocalypse»), p.1. Screen 8: SCHLAIKJER, Jes. In: «The Bible Story, volume 10» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.166. Used by permission. Copyright ©1957, 1985 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. Screen 9: STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, vol.1» (MAXWELL, C. Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1981, pp. 201 and 232. SCHLAIKJER, Jes. In: «The Bible Story, vol.10» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.166. Used by permission. Copyright ©1957, 1985 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. Screen 10: BISHOP, Tom. «Angel of Revelation 10». In: «New Pictoral Aid For Bible Study» (BREADEN, Frank), Australian Division of Seventh-Day Adventists, 1970, chart #39. Table of Screen 10: STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, volume 2» (MAXWELL, C. Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1985, p.268. Screen 11: BLAYNEY, William A. (1917-1986). «7 Headed Lion-Beast with 10 Horns Coming Ashore» (1960), Courtesy Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York. In: «Revelation - Art of the Apocalypse» (GRUBB, Nancy), Abeville Press Publishers, 1997, p.59. Table of Screen 11: BISHOP, Tom. «Identification of the little horn». In: «New Pictoral Aid For Bible Study» (BREADEN, Frank), Australian Division of Seventh-Day Adventists, 1970, chart #22. Second picture: «Prophecy Seminars», Seminars Unlimited, 1989, Daniel lesson #24 («The mark of the beast»), p.1. Screen 12: In: «La Révélation - le grand dénouement est proche», New York, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 1988, p.189. Table of Screen 12: BISHOP, Tom. «Identification of the little horn». In: «New Pictoral Aid For Bible Study» (BREADEN, Frank), Australian Division of Seventh-Day Adventists, 1970, chart #22. Second picture: «Prophecy Seminars», Seminars Unlimited, 1989, Daniel lesson #24 («The mark of the beast»), p.1. Screen 13: Composite picture by Cyberspace Ministry. 1. RUDEEN, Herbert. In: «The Bible Story, volume 2» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.58. Used by permission. Copyright ©1954, 1982 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. 2. In: «The Children’s Bible, volume 2», Golden Press, 1981, pp. 96 and 97. Screen 14: MANISCALCO, Joe. In: «Images from the Bible and Sacred History CD», Chosen Works, MLI Software, JM238.BMP. Table of Screen 14: 1. LEE, M. In: «The Bible Story, volume 10» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.40. Used by permission. Copyright ©1957, 1985 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. 2. STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, volume 2» (MAXWELL, C.Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1985, p.174. 3. Unknown source. 4. STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, volume 2» (MAXWELL, C.Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1985, p.175. Screen 15: MANISCALCO, Joe. In: «Images from the Bible and Sacred History CD», Chosen Works, MLI Software, JM238.BMP. Table of Screen 15: 1. In: PADDOCK, Charles L., «Premiers Pas», Éditions le Monde Français, Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1964, p.47. 2. STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, volume 2» (MAXWELL, C.Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1985, p.175. 3. Picture from the «US National Library of Medicine». In: «The Medical Post», (September 23, 1997), p.52. 4. STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, volume 2» (MAXWELL, C.Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1985, p.174. Screen 16: JUSTINEN, Lars. In: «Questionnaire Adulte de l’Ecole du Sabbat», Pacific Press Publishing Association, First Quarter, 2000, front cover. Table of Screen 16: 1. RUDEEN, Herbert. In: «The Bible Story, volume 8» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.146. Used by permission. Copyright ©1956, 1984 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. 2. BISHOP, Tom. «Fifth and sixth seals of Revelation 6». In: «New Pictoral Aid For Bible Study» (BREADEN, Frank), Australian Division of Seventh-Day Adventists, 1970, chart #17. 3. In: «Prophecy Seminars», Seminars Unlimited, 1989, Daniel lesson #23 («The day of deliverance»), p.5. 4. RUDEEN, Herbert. In: «The Bible Story, volume 10» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.186. Used by permission. Copyright ©1957, 1985 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. Screen 17: In: «Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, volume 4» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.131. Used by permission. Copyright ©1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1976 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. Screen 18: STEEL, John. In: «God Cares, vol.1» (MAXWELL, C. Mervyn), Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1981, pp. 201 and 232. SCHLAIKJER, Jes. In: «The Bible Story, vol.10» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), p.166. Used by permission. Copyright ©1957, 1985 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. Table of Screen 18: In: «Votre Bible et Vous» (MAXWELL, Arthur S.), Press Publishing Association, front cover. Used by permission. Copyright ©1959, 1987 by Review and Herald® Publishing Association, USA. All Rights Reserved. Screen 19: Picture from: «Master Clips 500,000» from IMSI, CD #8, Toolbox.wmf. Picture edited by Cyberspace Ministry. Screen 20: «Point Reyes National Seashore.» In: «Deluxe Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia CD - 1998 Edition», Compton’s Home Library, 1997.
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