Daniel 11 and the Seventh-day Adventist Church
According to Daniel 11: and the rest of the Bible, there is a storm heading directly for the Seventh-day Adventist church worldwide. The majority of the membership knows the storm is coming. The question is, when will it happen?
The Major Problem in the Adventist Church and all Protestant Churches
The Protestant church has always preached and taught that when interpreting the Bible, we use the Bible and Bible only. This method has been handed down to us from the Protestant Reformation. Gerhard F. Hassel writes in his book, “Biblical Interpretation Today.” Page 3. The dominant figures of the sixteenth century Reformation such as Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and many of the Anabaptist radical reformers, broke with the medieval allegorical method of interpretation. Martin Luther´s call for sola scriptura (scripture alone) was part of his struggle against the authority of Rome that superimposed itself upon scripture. For Luther, scripture was its own interpreter.
Our theologians in the church are in danger of drifting away from this method sola scriptura, and taking short cuts to save time. We are using theological studies within and without the church to substitute the method that “scripture is its own interpreter.”
For example if we want to know the meaning for a Bible text like Colossians 2:14-17, we read a few commentaries because we do not have the time to do our own exegesis. Therefore we are substituting theological studies on a given text done by someone you have absolute reliable trust in. The greater the learned theologian is, the more confidence you have in him. This takes the place of the “Bible is its own interpreter.”
This allows for false teachings to enter the church: double views on women´s ordination, double views on music in the church, double views on lay activities in the church, and why 10% of the church are doing missionary work and 90% are encouraging the 10% to carry on.
The Bible does not go in for two interpretations on how to do Biblical exegesis: the first is the Bible and Bible only method, and the second is using quotes from well known theologians as a substitute to thorough Bible study. What is the solution to such a problem? The writer Tony Butenko explains that through the use of a correct exegesis of the Bible, the church can avoid the approaching storm described in Daniel chapter 11. Through the use of a correct exegesis of Daniel 11: and explaining the prophesies from the Bible only, we can see how we got ourselves into this mess and how we can get out of it.
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About the Writer
The writer of this study is Tony Butenko, a minister in the Seventh-day Adventist church Denmark. He has studied at Avondale College, Australia; Newbold College, England and Andrews University, Michigan, USA. He is married with four children and five grandchildren. His hobbies are walking in the bird nature reserve around his home, manipulating atoms in metals and experimenting with electricity in rays from the atmosphere.
A comment from a very well known theologian in the SDA church (Name witheld)
Looks interesting. I have only had time to read the first part, but I agree with you that exegesis is the key. I would add that hermeneutics is also a key ingredient, and another tsunami about to hit us.