There are many who like to paint a very narrow picture of the 2520 by misinformation and distracting side issues. They try to do this is by attempting to paint the 2520 and the 2300 days as antagonistic to each other, making the two time prophecies appear to be at enmity with one another. They seem to think that the seven times weakens, or neuters, the 2300 days. But nothing could be further from the truth! This I want to put down on paper, with hard evidence, to prove as blindness. It is not very difficult to prove by the Bible that the two time prophecies complement each other in ways that people with prejudices cannot see. Such thoughts could only be inspired by satanic angels standing over the shoulders of influential men, urging them in contrast to Gabriel who stood over the shoulders of William Miller, a humble farmer, assisting him in connecting link after link in the chain of truth.
Now am not accusing you if you don’t know how to identify Adventism in the Bible as being prejudicial; but there are those “scholars” who, if they would with humility and a proper King James Version Bible, go through the history of the Three Angel’s Messages and that of Ancient Israel, would without a doubt see strong ties between the 2520 and the 2300 day prophecy. Simply put the two time prophecies, the 2300 days and 2520, are like man and wife. They are practically incomplete without each other if you see the bigger picture.
When I first studied the scattering and the gathering, I accepted it initially as any logical time prophecy without knowing a lot of the deeper truths; this was based on faith, and evidence given. It was a line upon line understanding of all the evidence shown, practically all over the Bible, that I thought was enough for me.
But it amazes me that principles of the scattering and gathering—aka the 2520—seem to be ever growing and never ending, that sealed the deal for me.
It seems that every month you learn, discover, and unearth some evidence that the Bible gives that makes this understanding of the scattering and the gathering bigger and brighter. I believe that at the Sunday law the truth of the 2520 will come to aid us, when we as Seventh-Day Adventists stand in front of magistrates, rulers, and Papal priest to give an answer for the hope that lies within us—I’ll allude to this towards the end of this article.
I mentioned earlier that the 2300 and the 2520 are like husband and wife, one made for the other. What are the ties that bind these two seemingly opposing prophecies? The Sanctuary. “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary.” (see Psalms 77:13), has always had great meaning to me, but its significance to ancient Israel and spiritual Israel never cease to baffle.
The things connected with the sanctuary cannot be separated. These “things“, for want of a better word, are bound together so tightly that no human being can interfere with one aspect without destroying the whole of the sanctuary.
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8
That which binds the 2300 days and 2520 together is Israel, God’s denominated people. The connection between God and His people cannot be overemphasized, it is something we in spiritual Israel don’t understand; and like ancient Israel we take it for granted and count it of little worth.
“And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. 2 And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. 3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.” Deuteronomy 33:1-3
“And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:” Exodus 4:22
“And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:7
“And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12
“The Israelites were a chosen people, separate and distinct from the world. Speaking through Moses, the Lord declared to them, “Thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you,because ye were more in number than any people: for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the house of Pharaoh king of Egypt” [Deuteronomy 7:6-8]” Manuscript Releases, Vol. 19, 39
In the story of Israel, God set up a sanctuary to point them to the perfect Lamb—Christ. He gave them the way to salvation via symbols and types. The slain Lamb was for the sins of the people which typified the plan of salvation. We all know the Christ was or would have been the lamb that taketh away the sins of the world. Note carefully, if there were no people, there would be no sin, no need to slay lambs, no need for figures and types, no need for God to dwell among anyone, and therefore no need for sanctuary.
Thus the sanctuary was primarily for the people of God, His denominated people, and was central to their existence. The sanctuary and the people go together. The sanctuary was not for the Egyptians, neither was it for the children of men, but for those who accepted Jehovah as their God, and the only people at that time which did so were the children of Israel via a blood covenant. God had entered into a blood covenant with Israel, and when the covenant was broken blood was required. In this covenant the Lord gave his people counsel to govern their spiritual and civil life, this He gave through Moses the prophet. When God denominates a people he provides them with the spirit of prophecy.
Now what does all this have to do with the 2300 days and the 2520? Daniel 8:14, the foundation and central pillar of Adventism, deals with the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, but does not in and of itself predict the gathering of, and denominating, a people. You cannot prove from the Bible, using Daniel 8:14, the gathering or denominating a people. There are, however, other scriptures that coincide with the cleansing of the sanctuary, and prove a people being gathered at the very time Daniel 8:14 was fulfilled.
In Daniel 8:14 the Bible speaks of the cleansing of the sanctuary in heaven, but does not gives details of what is happening on earth. Daniel 8:14 clearly shows a change in dispensational work, as Christ our high priest moves from the holy to most holy place in the heavenly tabernacle. This has nothing to do with ancient Israel, nor does the scripture itself speak of a new denominated people or group referred to as spiritual Israel. If we are to authenticate from the Bible alone, the genesis of Adventism, we cannot use Daniel 8:14.
The terminus of the 2520, the gathering after the scattering, is the only prophecy that shows prophetically a people rising up at a specific time in History—1844 to be exact.
Remember there cannot be a sanctuary without a people. The sanctuary and the host, God’s people, go together.
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?” Daniel 8:13
Verse 14 offers only a partial answer. No host, no reason for a sanctuary. After a scattering there is a gathering, if the people humble themselves; that’s one of the principles of the 2520. One more important point to include before I attempt to pull it all together.
The prophets of old, in all the reform movement of sacred history, fall under two class— proclaiming or gathering prophets. A proclaiming prophet declares time, while the gathering prophet is risen up at its terminus to muster a people. For example:
- Abraham proclaimed (400 years), Moses gathered
- Jeremiah proclaimed (70 years), Daniel gathered
- Daniel proclaims(490, 2300), John the Baptist, Paul, John the Revelator, and Ellen Gould Harmon doing the gathering.
Ellen G. White is the prophet for the last generation—spiritual Israel.
The 2300 days and 2520 clearly prove Ellen G. White as the gathering prophet for Gods denominated people before Christ’s return. But the understanding of the 2520 time prophecy, more than any other, authenticates Ellen White as the real instrument to the Seventh-day Adventist church.
- God always has a denominated people on the earth (Ancient Israel was, and now it’s spiritual Israel—SDA).
- God is connected to his denominated people via the sanctuary. No people host, no sanctuary, no sanctuary, no host.
- The 2300 years proves the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary in 1844. If there is a sanctuary being cleansed, the cleansing is in behalf of the sins of a host.
- The 2520—677 B.C. + 2520 years = 1844—shows the beginning of the host being scattered because of their sins, and their gathering because Christ now begins taking care of their sins. Thus 1844 marks the raising up of the host whose sins must be taken care of in the sanctuary.
- Connected to denominating His people (gathering), there must be a gathering prophet. Ellen White was raised up in 1844. The voice of God via the Spirit of Prophecy came on time to guide the people. When He enters into covenant with His chosen body, He appoints divine guidance and divine directions via a prophet.
- The scattering and the gathering was based on the covenant. Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28, etc. Gods people enter into covenant relationship in 1844.
- Daniel 8:14 has nothing to do with a contract, or a people per say. But more so with the sanctuary’s cleansing.
- The 2300 days shows the movements in heaven to cleanse the sanctuary. The 2520 however speaks of the gathering of the host, the church—Gods visible entity on earth.
- Daniel 8:13 asks a two-fold question regarding the sanctuary and the host. This question can only be answered in full by understanding the connection of the 2300 (for the sanctuary) and the 2520 (for the host).
Upon the testimony of two, a thing is established.