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A Light in a Dark Place

We have also a more sure word of prophecy:  whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 2 Peter 1:19

The bible likens prophecy to a light that shines in a dark place. The very word "prophecy" denotes that which is in the future or what lies ahead. With  the "light" of prophecy we can know assuredly what lies ahead.  As "Seventh-day Adventist" we are called to be students of prophecy.  From the pen of inspiration we read: "As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy. We must watch with earnestness that we may discern any ray of light which God shall present to us. We are to catch the first gleamings of truth; and through prayerful study clearer light may be obtained, which can be brought before others. {5T 708.2}  From the book evangelism we read: "Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists.  The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation should be carefully studied, and in connection with them the words, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." {Ev 196.2}  In order to understand prophecy and put it in it's correct timed sequence, we must of necessity understand the "sanctuary" and it's types. Again from the pen of inspiration we read.: As a people, we should be earnest students of prophecy; we should not rest until we become intelligent in regard to the subject of the sanctuary, which is brought out in the visions of Daniel and John. This subject sheds great light on our present position and work, and gives us unmistakable proof that God has led us in our past experience.  It explains our disappointment in 1844, showing us that the sanctuary to be cleansed was not the earth, as we had supposed, but that Christ then entered into the most holy apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, and is there performing the closing work of His priestly office, in fulfillment of the words of the angel to the prophet Daniel, "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." {Ev 222.3}