The Story of the
'Understanding Daniel & Revelation' Book
“The Lord showed me that the 1843 chart was directed by his hand, and that no part of it should be altered; that the figures were as he wanted them. That his hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until his hand was removed. “Then I saw in relation to the ‘Daily,’ that the word ‘sacrifice’ was supplied by man’s wisdom, and does not belong to the text; and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the ‘Daily;’ but since 1844, in the confusion, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion has followed.
“The Lord showed me that Time had not been a test since 1844, and that time will never again be a test.” Review and Herald, November 1, 1850.
There has been a departing from the correct pioneer understanding of the Prophecies of Daniel and Revelation among Advent Believers. Confusion has been brought in as old protestant and false catholic interpretations have been adopted as part of the evangelical new theology. These erroneous interpretations tear the foundations from Adventism and emasculate the Prophetic message for our day--making the "LOUD CRY" into a pitiful, confused whimper. There is a NEED right now to RETURN to the TRUE PROPHETIC UNDERSTANDING of the Pioneers AND to carry that message of Daniel & the Revelation to the WORLD!
How this book was written:
P G Temple
From very early childhood I have been fascinated by prophecy. I won an award in grade 5 for presenting the prophecy showing the Antichrist. I read D & R by U. Smith as a earliteen and a bit later I devoured 'The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislopp. I have to give this testimony that as I later became intrigued with worldly things and esp. the world of the occult fiction and later on New Age stuff. There was only one thing that acted as a safety-line holding me back from totally going into New Age circles: what was it? My knowledge of PROPHECY and how God wrote history in advance and gave it to us in Daniel and the Revelation!! If I ever stand among the faithful on that shore--it will be because of the 'more sure word of prophecy'.
A certain amount of confusion was brought in as I read later authors who presented material contrary to the Pioneers and tried--knowingly or not--to rip out the foundations of the Advent Movement; but when God pulled me from the mire and I was born anew a ransomed sinner--I returned with eagerness to the study of the Prophetic word.
I started doing Daniel & Revelation slide shows for my website a few years back and it took many hours to finish them. Then I did Daniel and Revelation for children in the 'TEMKIT' Lesson Papers. After that Harvestime Books was going to do a large copy of Bible Readings; so I put the material together as an appendix for the large Bible Readings book and added Sanctuary material as well. As we hadn't the means to print the large BR book, I put the prophecy and sanctuary material into a smaller Paperback book. It got printed and God has used it mightily to reach souls.
Obeying the SOP Guidelines:
As I prepared the book these references from Ellen White were very much on my mind. You will notice if you research her references to D&R that she was:
1. Saying there was no other book about D&R available--so she recommended Smith's. And it is still an excellent reference for much of the history in it.
2. She was urging the writing of a more simple and smaller book
3. She was pleading for deeper study into D&R but the people were content to follow blindly U. Smith.
4. She said the comments should be minimal and the Bible be able to speak for itself. THIS means that she was not condoning all U. Smith's stuff with a full recommendation, rather, 'It's a helping hand-BUT--we need deeper study!'.
5. She said Haskell's books did NOT meet the purpose.
6. As far as I know, NO-ONE has ever done what she said--and we at Harvestime Books felt we HAD to do it and by God's grace it got printed and was a top seller from the start!
"The books of Daniel and the Revelation should be bound together and published. A few explanations of certain portions might be added, but I am not sure that these would be needed.
"This is the suggestion that I made to Elder Haskell which resulted in the book he published. The need is not filled by this book. It was my idea to have the two books bound together, Revelation following Daniel, as giving fuller light on the subjects dealt with in Daniel. The object is to bring these books together, showing that they both relate to the same subjects." PM 98.
"We do not dwell sufficiently upon the Revelation and the book of Daniel. These books should be published together in pamphlet form, with a few explanations added, and they should be circulated everywhere. The words of inspiration will do their appointed work; for the Holy Spirit will impress hearts in regard to the prophecies given.
"In this pamphlet it should be made plain that a revelation is not a mystery which cannot be understood, but rather a mystery revealed. These two books may be prepared for publication in a pamphlet bound inexpensively, costing but a trifle, and small enough to be carried in the pocket. Printed together, the books of Daniel and the Revelation will speak to the people and tell their own story." 18MR 178
Our book is not actually a pamphlet--but we made it a small as we could and get the important material in there--enough for someone who knows NOTHING about the Bible--to understand. May God bless this poor effort to OBEY the prophetic counsel!!
"The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains. "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy," God declares, "and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival. We do not understand fully the lessons that it teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it." TM 113.
Where has 'The Book' gone and what has it accomplished?
How I wish I could begin to tell you all the wonderful stories and testimonies that I have been told by people who have read and shared this book all over the world! I could tell you about the many people who have expressed their gratitude that finally they could actually understand and enjoy Bible Prophecy.
I can tell you of Ministries and churches that have shared and sold it; colporteurs who have done well selling it; Groups who have had wonderful fellowship studying it together; individuals who have freely handed it out to others. God has placed this book in the hands of people who have prayed and searched for just such a book and their hearts have rejoiced.
Then there is the school age African lad who read it from cover to cover and was able to preach on prophecy from what he had learned. There have been many places where the people were not interested in hearing about the Bible or the Prophetic message, but when some of the books were left with them, later the doors were opened and the people welcomed the teachers of Present Truth.
From the hands of children, to housewives and 'ordinary; folk, to government officials in various countries, 'The Book' had gone on its way, quietly making friends and gladdening hearts world-wide. Truly the Lord has blessed and used it in spite of the fact that there are some very human typos here and there in it.
Only Eternity will tell what this inexpensive little book has by God's grace done.