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Studying In the Crucible with Christ in the series Lesson 7, may the Holy Spirit be the speaker to your heart.

The Topic today is: "Habakkuk like you have never seen it before”.

The Opening Hymn will be 229 "Spirit of the Living God"

The Sabbath School Quarterly, downloadable from in the Teacher's Edition is on page 86 and for the laymen edition or Standard Edition, on page 57.

The site allows anyone, anywhere to read the lesson in their own language. Choose your own language to see God speaking also to your heart.

---I wish our Sabbath School Net writers would pay attention to past Sabbath School Quarterlies by great believers in our denomination. Instead of picking up Fortress Press, or Moody Press, or any of these preteristic commentaries of Reformed theologians. Ellen White and other Habakkuk writers in our denomination did connect Habakkuk 2:1-4 to 1844! Download past Sabbath School Quarterlies on Habakkuk or the Prophets at at archive.

---Because Habakkuk lived in the same time as Daniel, he would have been familiar with the material of Daniel. It was his colleague. Ezechiel already finished his book and Jeremiah was far developed in his. Habakkuk do not operate in isolation.

---That is Preterism. They think that it is the Babylonian exile and Habakkuk is focused only on his own immediate history. That is the primary application. But they do allow for pockets where his thinking is thinking of the First coming of the Messiah in future [31 AD] because Hebrews 10:37 cites Habakkuk.

---Note to readers: Below are opinions that is just this writer’s. It is not Classical Adventism. You need to know that. If you get emotional about what is written below, you need to attach your emotion to this writer and not against the Seventh-day Adventist church who never officially said anything like this.

---I once wrote on Second Coming pockets in the Prophets. Just a few prophets. But the same should be done in your reading of Habakkuk.

---Here is the example or template:

Second Coming Sketches from the Prophets

Mic 2:12 “I will surely gather the remnant of Israel together” “I will assemble, O Jacob, all of you.” “As a flock within a stall” [stall is Zion Psalm 46] (Micah 2:12).

Mic 4:7c the Lord shall reign over them on Mount Zion “from now and forever”

Mic 5:2b invisible will join the visible remnant

Mic 5:3 Lord will be great around the world

Mic 5:4 There will be peace around the world

Mic 7”10 The feet of the righteous will step on the evil like mire in the streets

Mic 7:20 Abraham and the faithful received inheritance

Joel 2:1 Darkness and thick clouds  Mountain and a shofar will sound

Joel 2:3 Fire before and after Christ

Joel 2:5 Angels will be like chariots and horses and big sounds will be heard

Joel 2:6 Mountains and the evil people will quake and shake

Joel 2:8 Angels come in order not touching each other

Joel 2:9 Angels climb the walls, houses roofs and windows.

Joel 2:10 Before this time the sun will darken in 1780, the stars will fall in 1833 and the moon will not shine.

Joel 2:11 Voice of God will be great

Isa 2:10 evil wants to hide under rocks

Isa 2:11a Proud is surprised

Isa 2:13a Lebanon the cedars will be shaken

Isa 2:16a-b Tarshish ships will be destroyed

Isa 2:17a-b Pride will be removed

Isa 2:19c earth will tremble

Isa 64:1-2 pray that Second Coming will be earlier – rend the heaven and come down

Isa 64:10c Jerusalem desolate

Isa 64:2 fire and trees will burn

Isa 64:3 mountains will quake

Isa 3:24 remnant will be holy

Isa 3:26a-b evil will be killed by the sword

Isa 5:26b-c God whistles and will come with speed

Isa 5:26a Standard is lifted up.  Christ is that Standard

Isa 5:27a No one with Him is weary or stumbles

Isa 5:27b He does not nap or sleep

Isa 5:27c He does not undo his belt

Isa 5:27d His sandal strap is not broken

Isa 5:28a His arrows are sharp

Isa 5:28b The angels as horses are fast

Isa 5:29a He makes roaring sounds

Isa 5:29b He makes growling sounds

Isa 5:29c He carries off the righteous away from the evil with no one to deliver

Isa 5:30a Christ growl like the roaring of the sea

Isa 60:1a Arise and shine for your light has come

Isa 60:1b for the glory of the Lord is upon you

Isa 60:2a darkness will cover the earth

Isa 60:2b peoples are in deep darkness

Isa 60:3a resurrected remnant is light and nations will come to the light

Isa 60:3b kings (maybe of unfallen worlds will come to see

Isa 60:3-4 Unfallen worlds are coming to see what is happening. The whole universe wants to see.

Isa 60:4c-d sons will come from afar and daughters will be carried in the arms

Isa 60:5a-b Then you will see and be radiant and your heart will thrill and rejoice.

---Let us get back to Habakkuk.

---There are prophetic long periods of time allocated to a year-day principle where one year consists of 360 years. That is how the long period of 490 years ended exactly to the time of Christ, thus foretold and exactly fulfilled in Daniel 9:24-27.

---But there are other exact long periods in prophecy given (Distanzangaben) like 1260 years (Daniel and Revelation) and 2300 years as well as 1290 and 1335 at the end of Daniel.

---They are the “appointed times of God” shown to the prophet of coming events spread out in the corridors of past and future history. Remember these words because Habakkuk is coming below.

---So far Adventists could recognize with a host of Jewish, Christian and Protestant scholars from various denominations (see Le Roy Froom, The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers) this aspect in the history of interpretation. These conclusions cannot be just overlooked and shelved.

---For this reason, the Habakkuk 2 notes written in 2008 initially, has such a contextualization for today that they are presented untouched for others to see how close the understanding of 2008 (below on Habakkuk, then composed) is touching the reality of our day today.

---In 2008, this writer [me] understood from Habakkuk 2 that:

---“God gave Habakkuk a vision for the appointed time of 1798 and when this finished another World-Order of a secular kind will be. "For there shall be another vision for the appointed time" (Habakkuk 2:3). This is 1798.

---"It shall not fail, though it tarry, wait for it, for it shall surely come, it shall not delay". The pope in captivity for the deadly wound in 1798 will be "puffed up his soul is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by faith" (Habakkuk 2:4).

---Then Habakkuk describes the Anglo-American western forces from verse 5, the new World-Order after the Holy Roman Empire: "he whom wine betrays, a haughty man whose dwelling shall not remain, who widened his desire like the netherworld, and he is like death and shall never be sated, and he gathered all the nations to himself and collected to himself all peoples (as one can see in the poem of the Statue of Liberty).

---Daniel expects the USA to fall(?) in Daniel 11:45 last part "and he shall come to his end and no-one for him". A parable will be against them "Woe to him who increases what is not his. How long? And who loads himself with a beam of mud" (Habakkuk 2:6).

---Why mud? Daniel saw in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that the last empire will be a mixture of clay and iron, democratic and autocratic ruler styles mixed. It appears that "those who bite you [USA] arise suddenly and those who startle you awaken". ---"And you shall become plunder for them" (Habakkuk 2:7).

---"Since you have cast away many nations all remaining peoples shall cast you away" (Habakkuk 2:8a).

---The day [I am interpreting in 2008 here] the USA shall reverse its policy of global involvement, the world will think that they are cast away and that will trigger the casting away of the USA.

---USA isolationism or homeland focusing will inaugurate their downfall [written in 2008. What about Afghanistan?].

---The USA will be rejected "because of the blood of man and the violence done to the land, the city, and all its inhabitants" (Habakkuk 2:8).

---The war with East is still ahead and also that northern power of Daniel 11:44. ---A woe is then spoken about the future USA "woe to him who gains evil gains for his house to place his nest on high [space station] to be saved from the hand of an evil one" (Habakkuk 2:9). There are military objectives to the space-station project. [What did Elon Musk say he wants to do about Mars?]

---Isolationism and moving the focus from global interests to homeland interests means "to cut off many peoples" (Habakkuk 2:10).

---"Woe to him who builds a city with blood and establishes a city with injustice" (Habakkuk 2;12).

---Nations shall be restless [written in 2008] with vanity (Habakkuk 2:13). [Ukraine and Russia?]

---Because of the Latter Rain the "earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord" (Habakkuk 2:14). [We have to prepare right now]

---Perverted actions made them a disgrace (Habakkuk 2:15-16). [People need repentance immediately]

---Alcohol was used for the perversion and he became full of disgrace instead of honor (Habakkuk 2:16).

---The cup of the right hand of the Lord shall be turned upon him (Habakkuk 2:16) and disgrace upon his glory. [It comes from the Lord, the events of our time]

---Syria and Lebanon shall be violent and there shall be blood of man and violence in the land, a city, and all its inhabitants (Habakkuk 2:17). [Has it been?]

---What is the value of a graven image (Habakkuk 2:18). The USA will make an image for the first beast says Revelation 13.

---Woe to one who speaks to metals and stone and wood as if it is living (Habakkuk 2:19).

---Icon worship is the downfall.

---The Lord is in his Holy Temple and the whole world is to be silenced before Him (Habakkuk 2:20). [It is the last scenes in the Heavenly Sanctuary of the Most Holy according to the Book of Hebrews]

Note: This is not a standard Adventist interpretation but the private thinking of this writer.