Part 5, An Analysis of Jeff Pippenger’s Principles of Prophetic Interpretation, by Norman McNulty, MD

 

An Analysis of Jeff Pippenger’s Principles of Prophetic Interpretation With Respect to September 11, 2001, the Seven Trumpets and Three Woes of Revelation, Islam, the 2520, and the Loud Cry Message

By Norman McNulty, MD

PART FIVE (of 5): The Loud Cry Message and Conclusion

Jeff Pippenger believes he is giving the loud cry message on the basis of his understanding of the 2520 “prophecy,” the role of Islam, and his belief that the third woe and the Latter Rain began on September 11, 2001. He rightly points out that A.T. Jones and E.J. Waggoner were aware that the message that they began to give in 1888 was the loud cry. In the same manner, he believes that he is presently giving the loud cry message, more complete in its totality than the past message. However, one key difference is that Sunday legislation was being advocated in 1888 through the Blair Bill. Thus, the key elements were in place for the loud cry to be given in 1888.

In order to evaluate if the loud cry message is being given today, we should take a brief look at the message that Ellen White said constituted the loud cry.

Notice how Ellen White characterizes the loud cry message that came to our church in 1888.

The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 91).

This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory (Manuscript 15, 1888).

That is certainly the language of the loud cry of the third angel’s message. Continuing on inTestimonies to Ministers, pp. 91, 92, Ellen White says,

This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.

There will be no difference in the substance of the message of the loud cry that began in 1888 from what will be given when the Latter Rain is poured out. The statement from Manuscript 15, 1888, is still an unfulfilled prophecy. Consider a few snapshots about this message:

In all of our Christian experience we have left little loopholes along here and there for sin. We have never dared to come to that place where we would believe that the Christian life should be a sinless life. We have not dared to believe it or preach it. But in that case we cannot preach the law of God fully. Why not? Because we do not understand the power of justification by faith (E. J. Waggoner, General Conference Bulletin, 1891, pp. 156, 159).

Christ is to be in us, just as God was in Him, and His character is to be in us, just as God was in Him. . . It is the cooperation of the divine and the human—the mystery of God in you and me—. . . that is the third angel’s message (A.T. Jones, General Conference Bulletin, 1893, p. 207).

In Jesus Christ as He was in sinful flesh, God has demonstrated before the universe that He can so take possession of sinful flesh as to manifest His own presence, His power, and His glory, instead of sin manifesting itself. . . Then God will so take us, and so use us, that our sinful selves shall not appear to influence or affect anybody; but God will manifest His righteous self, His glory, before men, in spite of all ourselves and our sinfulness. . . And that is the mystery of God, ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory,’—God manifest in sinful flesh (A.T. Jones, General Conference Bulletin, 1895, p. 303).

Perfection, perfection of character, is the Christian goal—perfection attained in human flesh in this world. Christ attained it in human flesh in this world, and thus made and consecrated a way by which, in Him, every believer can attain it (A.T. Jones, The Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection, p. 84).

But before probation ends, there will be a people so complete in Him that in spite of their sinful flesh, they will live sinless lives. They will live sinless lives in mortal flesh, because He who has demonstrated that He has power over all flesh lives in them—lived a sinless life in sinful flesh (E.J. Waggoner, General Conference Bulletin, 1901, p. 146).

First, we must ask ourselves how prevalent this message is today. The above quotes from Jones and Waggoner form a brief outline of this message that Ellen White endorsed as the loud cry. In recent decades, it has been denounced in some circles of Adventism as perfectionism, legalism, or even the theology that led to the alpha crisis of pantheism, and it is claimed that the acceptance of this theology will lead to the “Omega of apostasy” today. Yet this received divine support through Ellen White as being the loud cry message. Its emphasis was clearly on righteousness by faith and the power of the indwelling Christ. This message is identical to the concept discussed in part two of this series, regarding the interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets. In part two we quoted from Review and Herald, April 21, 1891. We offer this again to show the connection between the loud cry message that Jones and Waggoner began to give in 1888, and Ellen White’ statement in 1891.

The latter rain is to fall upon the people of God. A mighty angel is to come down from heaven, and the whole earth is to be lighted with his glory. Are we ready to take part in the glorious work of the third angel? Are our vessels ready to receive the heavenly dew? Have we defilement and sin in the heart? If so, let us cleanse the soul temple, and prepare for the showers of the latter rain. The refreshing from the presence of the Lord will never come to hearts filled with impurity. May God help us to die to self, that Christ, the hope of glory, may be formed within!

Again, the emphasis in what Ellen White defines as the Latter Rain/loud cry message, is the concept of Christ being formed within so that His character can be reproduced in the lives of His people. This is the message that will lighten the earth with God’s glory—not an intellectual theory concerning Islam. It will be an extremely powerful message. Ellen White speaks of its power:

As the third angel’s message swells into a loud cry, great power and glory will attend its proclamation. The faces of God’s people will shine with the light of heaven (Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 17).

The power which stirred the people so mightily in the 1844 movement will again be revealed. The third angel’s message will go forth, not in whispered tones, but with a loud voice (Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 252).

I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry (Early Writings, p. 278).

At this point in this article series, it should be clear that the loud cry did not begin on September 11, 2001, and that the loud cry was not initiated by Islam striking America “quickly, unexpectedly, with explosives,” followed by a “restraint” placed on the “east wind of Islam.” It is equally clear that the so-called 2520 prophecy has nothing to do with the loud cry.

The loud cry message will be precipitated by the finishing of the mystery of God in the lives of the remnant church through a living demonstration of the gospel proclaimed with great power. When Christ is fully formed within, the servants of God will be sealed. They will receive Latter Rain power to give the loud cry that will lighten the earth with the glory of God’s character through the proclamation of the righteousness of Christ.

This will be paralleled by legislation to enact Sunday laws, beginning in America and then round the world. At this time the Lord will arise to terribly shake the earth. We will then see terrible scenes in the cities of the world, including New York. The persecution of God’s people who are giving the last message of warning and mercy during this time will increase until it climaxes with the death decree and close of probation for the world. Then Jacob’s time of trouble will begin, coinciding with the seven last plagues. At the end of the seven last plagues, Jesus will return in the clouds.

We all long for the outpouring of the Latter Rain and for the Second Coming of Christ. However, we must be careful to not bring the end-time truths into disrepute by claiming that a crucial event has begun, when in reality it has not. Those who are making this claim we expect are honest and sincere. However, we should urge them to consider the Bible passages and Spirit of Prophecy statements presented in this series, and reconsider their position.

False excitement and a fanatical movement is detrimental to the work of God, has been developing from the idea that the loud cry began on September 11, 2001, and that the 2520 is a legitimate prophecy. This is what Ellen White warned about in Review and Herald, July 5, 1903. Notice also this key statement by Ellen White in Manuscript Releases, vol. 9, p. 27 (from Letter 20, 1884):

God is raising up a class to give the loud cry of the third angel’s message. ‘Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them’ (Acts 20:30). It is Satan’s object now to get up new theories to divert the mind from the true work and genuine message for this time. He stirs up minds to give false interpretation of Scripture, a spurious loud cry, that the real message may not have its effect when it does come. This is one of the greatest evidences that the loud cry will soon be heard and the earth will be lightened with the glory of God [emphasis supplied].

This clear statement from the pen of Inspiration should awaken us to the fact that we are on the verge of the loud cry being given again. As we see a false theory regarding the loud cry, its relationship to September 11, 2001, and the 2520 “prophecy” going out among a certain class of Seventh-day Adventists, we see a fulfillment to Ellen White’s statement from 1884. This suggests that we are on the verge of the authentic loud cry, that began to be given in 1888, being given again with great power. Unfortunately, those who are looking for the Latter Rain and loud cry in Islam and the 2520, are preparing themselves to be deceived about the true message when it does come!

Notice also what Ellen White says in Selected Messages, Vol. 2, p. 13:

The ministers should not feel that they have some wonderful advanced ideas, and unless all receive these, they will be shaken out, and a people will arise to go forward and upward to the victory. Satan’s object is accomplished just as surely when men run ahead of Christ and do the work he has never entrusted to their hands, as when they remain in the Laodicean state, lukewarm, feeling rich and increased with goods, and in need of nothing. The two classes are equally stumbling blocks.

It is never right to run ahead of Christ. It is true that the Laodicean condition is the most prevalent problem among Seventh-day Adventists. However, Satan is pleased when he can persuade well-meaning Adventists to fall into the other ditch, running ahead of God with a work that He has not entrusted us to do. Unfortunately, this appears to be the case with those who are advocating that the loud cry began on September 11, 2001, and their advocating the necessity of accepting their ideas about Islam and the 2520 “prophecy,” in order to receive the seal of God.

While their error may stem from a sincere desire to promote the last-day truths from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, this does not negate the fact that their teachings are false and are leading to confusion, fanaticism, and unnecessary division among some Seventh-day Adventists.

Some of their more recent claims are tending toward an understanding contrary to the most basic teachings of the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy with respect to when the loud cry begins—in itself, one of the most striking evidences that the authentic loud cry is about to be given. Their work has also led to unnecessary divisions within churches which is the last thing that should be happening among Seventh-day Adventists preparing for the coming of Jesus.

This analysis of their position is intended to come in sincerity and Christian love, so that a clearer understanding of our message for the last days will be seen. We also hope that an understanding of what the loud cry message really is, will lead to a revival and reformation in the lives of God’s people. They must be ready to proclaim the message when it is ready to be given. It is the cleansing from sin in the lives of God’s people, through the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and through the surrender of our lives each day to Him, allowing Christ to be “formed within,” that will lead to the outpouring of the Latter Rain.

Series Summary and Conclusion

In part one we looked at a general overview of the seven trumpets so that we could see where Pippenger and others have gone off track.

In part two we concluded that the third woe, as described in Revelation 11:15-19, did not begin on September 11, but rather on October 22, 1844. We also saw that Islam is not the fulfillment of the angering of the nations, and we saw that Pippenger uses illogical methods of Scripture interpretation to try to make Islam important prophetically.

In part three we concluded that Pippenger uses a flawed model in describing the repetition of Millerite history at the end of the world. While it is true that the parable of the bridegroom was fulfilled in the Millerite movement, and will be fulfilled again in the future, Pippenger’s attempt to use Islam’s attack on 9/11 as the starting point for the repetition of history does not add up. For example, he parallels 9/11 with the fall of the Ottomans in 1840. Those events were opposite in nature with respect to Islam, so that makes no sense. Furthermore, he places the beginning of Revelation 18:1 at 9/11, and says the judgment of the living began on 9/11. This makes no sense, as the loud cry of Revelation 18:1 will parallel the midnight cry which occurred in 1844, toward the end of the Millerite movement, not at the beginning. We also saw that Pippenger misuses Ellen White’s quote from Review and Herald, July 5, 1906 about the destruction of the great buildings of New York, and how the loud cry will begin at that time. We saw that this statement will reach its fulfillment when the National Sunday Law is passed.

In part four we concluded that the so-called 2520 prophecy is not an actual time prophecy at all. It is a deception to believe that you must accept this teaching, or the idea that a restraint has been placed on Islam in order to be eligible to receive the seal of God.

In part five, we concluded that the real message of the loud cry will receive power as the question of the National Sunday Law is agitated, and we saw that this message has to do with the righteousness of Christ—not Islam or the 2520 “prophecy.” We also saw that false loud cry messages are one of the great evidences that the real loud cry message is about to sound, and thus Pippenger has unwittingly become a fulfillment of prophecy. It is time for Seventh-day Adventists to focus on the message that will usher in the final moments of earth’s history.

May Seventh-day Adventists learn to rightly divide the Word of truth, and surrender our lives to God every day. We eanestly hope that the mystery of God will be finished in our lives while the seventh trumpet is sounding, so that it can be said of us that the character of Christ has been perfectly reproduced in us.

 

March 01 2012 08:34 am | Jeff Pippenger

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