Upholding the official beliefs and doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and spreading the three angels' message of Revelation 14:6-12
Note 1. - In A.D. 60 Paul carried the Gospel to Rome. In A.D. 64 he wrote of the "saints" in the emperor's household (Phil. 4:22); and the same year he said that the Gospel had been "preached to every creature which is under heaven." Col. 1:23. In October, A.D. 66, Cestius began to besiege Jerusalem. In a mysterious manner he suddenly withdrew from the siege, and the Christians fled, believing that this was the sign given by Christ. Three and a half years later Titus laid siege to the city, overwhelming it in A.D. 70, and during the five months of the siege 1,100,000 Jews perished.
Note 2. - The early persecutions against Christians were waged by pagan Rome. For nearly three centuries the church was terribly harassed, Christians being given to wild beasts, smeared with pitch and lashed to poles to serve as torches for the arena, and martyred in other ways till 3,000,000 perished. This was followed by the more terrible persecutions during the time of papal supremacy, extending from about A.D. 538 to 1776, and exacting a toll of more than 100,000,000 lives. (see Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5-7.)
Note 3. - "I refer to the dark day of A.D. 1780, May 19. That was a day of supernatural darkness. It was not an eclipse of the sun; for the moon was nearly at the full; it was not owing to a thickness of the atmosphere; for the starts were seen. The darkness began about 9 a.m. and continued through the day. Such was the darkness that work was suspended in the field and shop; beasts and fowl retired to their rest; and the houses were illuminated at dinner time. The sun was supernaturally darkened." - Josiah Litch in "Prophetic Expositor."
"On the night of November 12-13, 1833, a tempest of falling stars broke over the earth. North America bore the brunt of its pelting. From the Gulf of Mexico to Halifax, until daylight with some difficulty put an end to the display, the sky was scored in every direction with shining tracks and illuminated with majestic fireballs." - Agnes M. Clerke in "History of Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century."
Note 4. - "This is an age of great spiritual crisis," asserts Lord Hugh Cecil. "All around can be seen the marks of great anxiety, with, in some countries, great apostasy. . . . We see the beginnings and in some countries the full realization of great tribulation, and may people feel that this is now the time foreshadowed in the New Testament."
Note: This quiz is based on "Fundamentals of the Seventh-day Adventist Faith", 1941, British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Watford, Bible Study No. 9, "Signs of Christ's Coming".
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