- Locate the starting point of the prophecy in the stream of history as provided
by the angel, and follow the historical events to the end of the prophetic
history, which often terminate with the Second Coming of Christ.
- Recognize that the length of the prophecy is determined by adopting the principle which the Reformers acknowledged: that a day in prophecy stands for a literal year,
comprising 360 days.
- God has revealed in his law the principles that underlie all true prosperity both of nations and of individuals. The events outlined in these charts must be viewed in light of this Biblical perspective.
These outline prophecies reveal the true philosophy of history: Historians
relate man’s achievements, his victories and his success in climbing to worldly
greatness in such a way that the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires,
appear as dependent primarily on the will and power of men. The shaping of
events seems, to a great degree to be determined by man’s power, ambition,
or caprice. But the strength of nations and of individuals is not found in the
opportunities and facilities that appear to make them invincible; it is not found
in their boasted greatness. That which alone can make men great or strong is
the power and purpose of God. Men and nations, by their attitude toward his
purpose, decide their own destiny.
These principles are made clear in the Word of God which draws back the
curtain on the stage of history, and we witness, behind, above, and through all the
play and counter play of human interests, and power and passions, the agencies
of the all-merciful One, silently and patiently working out the counsels of his will.
Thus the power exercised by every ruler on earth is Heaven-imparted; and upon
his use of the power so bestowed his success depends. To each the word of the
divine Watcher is:
I have girded you though you have not known me. – Isaiah 45:5