This material is from the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ compilation produced by Ron Wyatt.
THE ARK OF THE COVENANT AND THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY
THE TABLES OF STONE PRESENTED 3 TIMES
We believe Sister White speaks of three separate times in which the Tab les of Stone are to be produced in the future.
Once are the earthly tables of stone referred to, with the other 2 times referring to the heavenly tablets. The following quotes,
We believe, refer to those 3 separate occasions.
The Earthly Tables of Stone - their fate and presentation to the world prior to the close of probation
1 Among the righteous still in Jerusalem to whom had been made plain the divine purpose, were some who determined to place
beyond the reach of ruthless hands the sacred ark containing the tables of stone, on which had been traced the precepts of
Decalogue. This they did. With mourning and sadness they secreted the ark in a cave, where it was to be hidden from the people of
Israel and Judah because of their sins, and was to no more be restored to them. This sacred ark is yet hidden, It has never been
disturbed since it was secreted. PK 453 (1915)
2 Before the temple was destroyed, God made known to a few of His faithful servants the fate of the temple, which was the pride of Israel, and which they regarded with idolatry, while they were sinning against God. He also revealed to them the captivity of Israel. These righteous men, just before the destruction of the temple, removed the sacred ark containing the tables of stone and with
mourning and sadness, secreted it in a cave where it was to be hid from the people of Israel because of their sins, and was to be no more restored to them. That sacred ark is still hid, it has never been disturbed since it was secreted.
SG5 114,115 (first section) (1864)
3 And He (Christ) gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communicating with him upon Mt. Sinai, two tables of
testimony, tables of stone, written by the finger of God. Nothing written on those tables could be blotted out. The precious record
of the law was placed in the ark of the testament and is still there, safely hidden from the human family. But in God's appointed
time He will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to all the world against the disregard of His commandments
and against the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath. When the judgment shall sit, and the books shall be opened, and every man shall be judged according to the things written the books, then the tables of stone, hidden by God until that day, will be presented before the world as the standard of righteousness Then men and women will see that the prerequisite of their salvation is obedience to the perfect law of God. None will find excuse for sin. By the righteous principles of that law, men will receive their sentence of life or of death. 111C P 1109
Notice should be made here of several points- in the last paragraph of the above quote (# 3), Sister White opens with statement, "When the judgment shall sit... and every man shall be judged,... " The use of the word "every" clearly includes the righteous as well as the wicked, and indicates that probation has not closed at this time. To further show that the time of reference is not after the close of probation, she writes in the next line that “ then” people "will" see that the “prerequisite " of their salvation "is " obedience to the perfect law of God. Her use of the present and future tense of the verbs- "is" and "will” indicate actions which occur during and after the tables of stone are brought forth. This indicates that people will STILL have an opportunity to make a decision to accept God's Law since they will be without "excuse for sin We can rightfully understand that those who "will see" the '~prerequisite of their salvation... " will include only those who are alive upon the earth since the dead cannot see She doesn't say "all men and women will see", which would be the case if this were referring to the time when the wicked are resurrected. Finally, in the last sentence, she writes that it is by "the righteous principles of that law" that men receive their sentence of life or death" Were probation closed, no one could receive "life" eternal anymore- it would be too late. Therefore
this clearly refers to a time prior to the close of probation.
4 With His own finger God wrote His commandments on two tables of stone. These tables were not left in the keeping of men,
but were placed in the ark; and in the great day when every case is decided, these tables, inscribed with the commandments, will be
placed so that all the world will see and understand. The witness against them will be unanswerable. And upon those who have taken upon them the work of shepherds of the flock, will be visited the heaviest judgments, because they have presented to the people fables instead of truth. Children will rise up and curse their parents. Church members, who have seen the light and been convicted, but who have trusted the salvation of their souls to the minister, will learn in the day of God that no other soul can pay the ransom for their transgression. A terrible cry will be raised, "I am lost, eternally lost." Men will feel as though they could rend in pieces the ministers who have preached falsehoods and condemned the truth. The pure truth for this time requires a reformation in the life, but they separate themselves from the love of the truth, and of them it can be said, "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself." The Lord sends a message to the people, "Set a trurnpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed My covenant and trespassed against My law." 19MR, yes. 265,266.
The above quote, in our opinion, is speaking of the heavenly originals which will be presented in the heavens, and which are spoken about in the next quotes. '~
The Heavenly Tables seen prior to Christ's second advent, but after probation closes:
(Please read GC pages 636 through 639 in order to clearly understand that the time spoken of in this following quote is referring to the time just prior to the return of Christ. Probation is closed- the earth begins to shake mightily as the 7th plague the great earthquake- begins. The living saints are still on the earth, as are the remainder of the wicked who have not been slain by the previous plagues.)
5 ... The glory of the celestial city streams from the gates ajar. Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of
stone folded together .... The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the precepts of the Decalogue, traced as with a pen of fire.
Finally, the Heavenly Tables of Stone are in Christ's Hands at His Coronation at the end of the Millennium
6 As if entranced, the wicked have looked upon the coronation of the Son of God. They see in His hands the tables of the divine law, the statutes which they have despised and transgressed. They witness the outburst of wonder and rapture and adoration from The saved. GC 668
The entire world- all who have ever lived- receive their sentence at the end of the millennium after the coronation of Christ 77ie righteous receive no sentence since their sins have been forgiven. Therefore, this next statement applies to the end of the 1000 years:
God will not break His covenant nor alter the thing that has gone out of His lips. His word will stand fast forever as unalterable
His throne. At the judgment this covenant will be brought forth, plainly written with the finger of God, and the world will be arraigned before the bar of Infinite Justice to receive sentence. PK 187
WHY WOULD GOD REVEAL THE EARTHLY TABLES OF STONE BEFORE PROBATION CLOSES?
The Lord has often made manifest in His providence that nothing less than revealed truth, the Word of God, can reclaim man from sin or keep him from transgression. TM 80
In His treatment of Thomas, Jesus gave a lesson for His followers .... Jesus did not overwhelm Thomas with reproach, nor did
He enter into controversy with him. He revealed Himself to the doubting one. Thomas has been most unreasonable in dictating
conditions of his faith, but Jesus, by His generous love and consideration, broke down all barriers. Unbelief is seldom overcome
by controversy. DA 808
The Word of God in His law is binding upon every intelligent mind. The truth for this time, the third angel's message in its clear, definite terms is to be made the prominent warning; all that it comprehends is to be made intelligible to the reasoning minds of today. Letter 121, 1900, ip 5
GOD'S LAW TO BE EXALTED BEFORE CHRIST COMES
11 "In the closing work of God in the earth, the standard of His law will be again exalted. False religion may prevail, iniquity
may abound, the love of many may wax cold, the cross of Calvary may be lost sight of and darkness like a pall of death may spread
over the world; plot after plot may be formed to overthrow the people of God; but in the hours of greatest peril, the God of Elijah
will raise up human instrumentalities to bear a message that will not be silenced. In the populous cities of the land, and in places
where men have gone to the greatest length in speaking against the most High, the voice of stem rebuke will be heard. Boldly will
men of God's appointment denounce the union of the church with the world. Earnestly will they call upon men and women to turn
from the observance of a man-made institution to the observance of the true Sabbath." PK 186-7
A SPECIAL Revelation of Truth During the LAST Generations
12 When the time shall come, in the providence of God, for the world to be tested upon the truth for that time, minds will exercised by the Spirit to search the Scriptures, even with fasting and prayer, until link after link is searched out and united in a perfect chain. Every fact which immediately concerns the salvation of souls will be made so clear that none need err, or walk in darkness.
The time for the unfolding of special truth in relation to the closing scenes of earth's history, is during the last generations that shall live upon the earth.... John saw in holy vision a class of people whose attention was arrested, and were looking with reverential awe at the ark, which contained the law of God. 2T 692-3
13 All heaven is waiting to hear us vindicate God's law, declaring it to be holy, just and good. Where are those who will do this
work? God calls upon His people to gain a deeper insight into His plans and His law. 'RH 4/16/1901
TYPE MET ANTITYPE- Christ Represented EVERY Sacrifice of the Sacrificial System
14 The rebellion of Israel against the law and authority of God, caused their destruction. The honor God had given them of being
thus conducted by his Son, increased their sin. The charges of the Jews that Christ did not regard the law of Moses, was without the
least foundation. Christ was a Jew, and, to the hour of his death upon the cross, observed the law binding upon the Jews. But when
type met antitype, at the death of Christ, then the offering of the blood of beasts became valueless. Christ made the one great
offering in giving his own life, which all their former offerings had foreshadowed, which terminated the value of all the sacrificial
offerings of the Jewish law. RH, 04-29-75, para. 2
15 Important truths concerning the atonement arc taught by the typical service. A substitute was accepted in the sinners stead
but the sin was not canceled by the blood of the victim. A means was thus provided by which it was transferred to the sanctuary
By the offering of blood the sinner acknowledged the authority of the law, confessed his guilt in transgression, and expressed his
desire for pardon through faith in a Redeemer to come; but he was not yet entirely released from the condemnation of the law. On
the Day of Atonement the high priest, having taken an offering from the congregation, went into the most holy place with the blood
of this offering, and sprinkled it upon the mercy seat, directly over the law, to make satisfaction for its claims. Then in his character of mediator, he took the sins upon himself and bore them from the sanctuary. Placing his hands upon the head of the
scapegoat, he confessed over him all these sins, thus in figure transferring them from himself to the goat. The goat then bore them
away, and they were regarded as forever separated from the people. GC, pg 420
E very sacrifice made represented the ultimate sacrifice of Christ's Own Life. In one offering, He fulfilled both the typical
daily sacrifice and the atonement sacrifice. In order tofulfill all types, His Blood Fell "upon the mercy seat, directly over the law to make satisfaction for its claims ". The means was made thereby, in His One Sacrifice, by which past, present and future sins were "transferred to the sanctuary ", which is in heaven.
16 Since the Saviour shed His blood for the remission of sins, and ascended to heaven "to appear in the presence of God for us" (Hebrews 9:24), light has been streaming from the cross of Calvary and from the holy places of the sanctuary above. But the clearer light granted us should not cause us to despise that which in earlier times was received through the types pointing to the coming Saviour. The gospel of Christ sheds light upon the Jewish economy and gives significance to the ceremonial law. As new truths are revealed, and that which has been known from the beginning is brought into dearer light, the character and purposes of God
are made manifest in His dealings with His chosen people. Every additional ray of light that we receive gives us a clearer understanding of the plan of redemption, which is the working out of the divine will in the salvation of man. We see new beauty and force in the inspired word, and we study its pages with a deeper and more absorbing interest. PP 367 & 368
CHRIST'S BLOOD ON THE MERCY SEAT
17 When Christ came to this earth the first time, he came in lowliness and obscurity, and his life here was one of suffering and poverty. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Men hid as it were their faces from him, and at the last they crucified Him. Still bearing humanity he asc6nded to heaven, triumphant and victorious. He has taken the blood of the atonement, sprinkled it upon the mercy-seat and his own garments, and blessed the people. Soon he will appear the second time to declare that there is no more sacrifice for sin. RH, 11 -13-13, para. 11
18 Christ fulfilled still another feature of the type . "His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; so shall He sprinkle many nations. " In the Temple service, when the animal brought as a sacrifice was slain, the high priest, clothed in white robes, caught in his hand the blood that gushed forth, and cast it in the direction of the tabernacle or Temple. This was done seven times, as an expression of perfection. So Christ, the great antitype, Himself both high priest and victim, clothed with His own spotless robes of righteousness, after giving His life for the world, CAST THE VIRTUE OF HIS OFFERING, A CRIMSON CURRENT, IN THE DIRECTION OF THE HOLY PLACE, reconciling man to God through the blood of the cross.-- Ms 101, 1897, pp. 11, 12. ("The True High Priest," September, 1897.)
DAN 9:24- the ANOINTING OF "THE MOST HOLY"
(Christ's Baptism was NOT the Anointing of "the most holy")
Sister White, in this next quote, does NOT say that the baptism of Christ was the fulfillment of the phrase "to anoint the most
holy" in Dan. 9:24. She states that this was the fulfillment of the beginning of the last week, the end of the 483rdyear of the 490,
given in verse 25. NOT24: DAN 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment
to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two
weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
19 The burden of Christ's preaching was, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel." Thus the gospel message, as given by the Saviour Himself, was based on the prophecies. The "time" which He declared to be fulfilled was the period made known by the angel Gabriel to Daniel. "Seventy weeks," said the angel, "are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy." Dan. 9:24. A day in prophecy stands for a year. See Num. 14:34; Ezek. 4:6. The seventy weeks, or four hundred and ninety days, represent four hundred and ninety years.
A starting point for this period is given: "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks," sixty-nine weeks, or four hundred and eighty-three years. Dan. 9:25. The commandment to restore and build Jerusalem, as completed by the decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus (see Ezra 6:14; 7:1, 9, margin), went into effect in the autumn of B. C. 457. From this time four hundred and eighty-three years extend to the autumn of A. D. 27. According to the prophecy, this period was to reach to the Messiah, the Anointed One. In A.D. 27, Jesus at His baptism received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and soon afterward began His ministry. Then the message was proclaimed. "The time is fulfilled."
Then, said the angel, "He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [seven years]." For seven years after the Saviour entered on His ministry, the gospel was to be preached especially to the Jews; for three and a half years by Christ Himself; and afterward by the apostles. "In the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." Dan. 9:27. In the spring of A. D. 3 1, Christ the true sacrifice was offered on Calvary. Then the veil of the temple was rent in twain, showing that the sacredness and significance of the sacrificial service had departed. The time had come for the earthly sacrifice and oblation to cease.
The one week-seven years-ended in A. D. 34. Then by the stoning of Stephen the Jews finally sealed their rejection of the gospel; the disciples who were scattered abroad by persecution "went everywhere preaching the word" (Acts 8:4); and shortly after, Saul the persecutor was converted, and became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. DA, p 233.