Today, the site crosses the 5,000 page mark with the addition of the first few chapters of The Story of the Seer of Patmos. The book of Revelation pronounces a blessing upon everyone who “reads” or even “hears” it read. Yet, many treat it as a mysterious book that should not be read and cannot be understood. S. N. Haskell has opened the book of Revelation up in an easily read style that explains it and its relation to our day. This book, originally printed in 1905, makes an excellent study book for young and old.
From the creation of the world to the present time, the one outstanding purpose of Heaven has been to make known to man the character and work of our Creator and Redeemer. To accomplish this, God has given three books to the human family: first, the book of creation, His word in nature; second, the sanctuary, His word visualized in an object lesson; and third, the Bib1e the written Word. The grand central theme of each of these books is the plan of salvation. To study any one of them with any other object in view than to understand God’s character and His plan for us is to miss His purpose entirely.
This phrase, which the Millerites used to describe their message to the world, is adapted from the words of Christ’s parable regarding the wise and foolish virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom to come forth that they might go “with him to the marriage.” During the long wait they “all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.” The wise virgins had taken oil in their lamps. All arose when the cry went forth at midnight. The foolish went to buy Oil; the wise went in with the bridegroom to the marriage celebration, and “the door was shut.” The lesson Christ drew was this: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.” Matthew 25:1-13. The language of this parable is woven all through Millerite literature. They believed they fulfilled this parable.
The subject of the Sanctuary and the investigative judgement should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise, it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time, or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. . . . The Sanctuary in heaven is the very centre of Christ’s work in behalf of men. It concerns every soul living upon the earth. It opens to view the plan of redemption, bringing us down to the very close of time, and revealing the triumphant issue of the contest between righteousness and sin. It is of the utmost importance that all should thoroughly investigate these subjects, and be able to give an answer to everyone that asketh them a reason of the hope that is in them” (GC 488, 489).