Lesson 9 - The Bible’s Longest and Most Amazing Prophecy

A party of Arctic explorers were hopelessly lost in the freezing snow. Their supplies were running low. They had a few meager rations left. They lost all radio contact with their home base. Now they were frantic. In the midst of their despair someone spotted a puff of smoke on the horizon. That one puff of smoke buoyed their spirits. Help was on the way. Someone knew they were lost and was coming to take them home.

Our world is frantically searching for some message of hope. The book of Revelation reveals a “puff of smoke” on the distant horizon. Jesus is on the way. He is coming to take us home. Our lesson today unfolds one of the Bible’s most amazing prophecies. In our last lesson we discovered God’s special message in Revelation, chapter 14—a message to prepare a people for the coming of Jesus. Jesus’ final, last-day message announces, “The hour of [God’s] judgment has come” (Revelation 14:7, NKJV).*

In this lesson we will study where this judgment takes place and when it began. If we are living at the time of the end in God’s judgment hour, it makes all the difference in how we live our lives.

Although Revelation reveals that the hour of God’s judgment has come, it does not tell us when. To discover when the judgment began we must turn to the prophetic book of Daniel. The prophecies of Daniel unlock the mysteries of Revelation. These two Bible books are designed by God to be studied together.
  1. According to the prophet Daniel, where does the judgment take place? Daniel 7:9, 10
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  2. When does this heavenly judgment take place? Daniel 8:14
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  3. What does the prophet Daniel say would happen to the sanctuary at the end of the 2300 prophetic days? Daniel 8:14
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  4. What did the cleansing or restoring of the sanctuary mean to each Israelite? Was it a form of judgment? Leviticus 16:29, 30; 23:27-29
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  5. When does the vision of the 2300 days especially apply to? Daniel 8:16, 17, 19
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  6. Who was Daniel’s guide to explain the vision? Daniel 8:16
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  7. Does Gabriel return to continue the explanation of the vision which was interrupted by Daniel’s fainting? Daniel 9:21-23
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  8. What portion of the prophecy applies directly to Daniel’s people, the Jews? Daniel 9:25
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  9. In Bible prophecy what does one prophetic day equal? Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6
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  10. When does this entire prophetic period begin? Daniel 9:25
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  11. How long would it be from the decree to restore Jerusalem to the anointing of Jesus as the Messiah? Daniel 9:25
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  12. What happened when Jesus was baptized? Luke 3:21, 22; Acts 10:38
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  13. When would Jesus bring all sacrificial offerings to an end with His death on the cross? Daniel 9:27
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  14. What event occurred in the Jewish Temple when Christ was crucified? Matthew 27:51
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    Adding 1810 years to our last date, A.D. 34, brings us to 1844. Just as surely as Christ was baptized in A.D. 27 and crucified in A.D. 31, the judgment began in A.D. 1844.
  15. Does it make any difference in the way we live knowing we are living in the judgment hour? Romans 13:11-14
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  16. What assurance does God give us in the judgment? Hebrews 7:27
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* Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.