God’s Revelation and World History
(SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE 6-7 OF 28 FROM 1889)
That prophecy is a part of God’s revelation to man;
(John 14:29; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
that it is included in that Scripture which is profitable for instruction (2 Tim. 3: 16);
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
that it is designed for us and our children (Deut. 29: 29);
(Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 107:1-2; Matthew 10:27)
that so far from being enshrouded in impenetrable mystery, it is that which especially constitutes the word of God a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119: 105; 2 Peter 1:19);
(Psalm 119:105; 2 Peter 1:16-21; 1 Peter 1:10-11)
that a blessing is pronounced upon those who study it (Rev. 1:1-3);
and that, consequently, it is to be understood by the people of God sufficiently to show them their position in the world’s history and the special duties required at their hands.
(Daniel 2; 7)
That the world’s history from specified dates in the past, the rise and fall of empires, and the chronological succession of events down to the setting up of God’s everlasting kingdom is outlined in numerous great chains of prophecy; and that these prophecies are now all fulfilled except for the closing scenes.