I somehow came across a social media post that linked to a rebuttal on behalf of Walter Veith of Amazing Discovery evangelistic ministries against accusations from Adventist Today, a news ministry service.
I have been familiar with Walter Veith and his ministry, but less familiar with the work of Adventist Today. I can’t say that either draw any positive or negative emotions out of me. When it comes to news sources, I do follow and like Fulcrum7 but that is about the extent of my intentional Adventist news gathering.
You can read the whole article at the Amazing Discovery website, but I simply found one of the responses to an “accusation” of date setting fascinating. And I don’t mean fascinating as in a sarcastic sense, but truly interesting.
I am not a date setter nor am I interested in advocating for one. In this particular response, Walter Veith’s team denied that they he was setting a date, but simply pointing out a calculation based on Ellen White’s writings and it is this calculation that I find most fascination.
Here is the response…
“Regarding the date 2027, he merely took a number of statements in the Spirit of Prophecy where she specifically stated that from the time of the fall of Adam in Eden, to the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, was 4000 years. In another statement she confirms the same time period in different wording – from the promise made in Eden that the Saviour would bruise Satan’s head, to the banks of Jordan at the baptism of Jesus.
“Christ, in the wilderness of temptation, stood in Adam’s place to bear the test he failed to endure. Here Christ overcame in the sinner’s behalf, four thousand years after Adam turned his back upon the light of his home.” Con 32.1
“On Jordan’s banks the voice from heaven, attended by the manifestation from the excellent glory, proclaimed Christ to be the Son of the Eternal. Satan was to personally encounter the Head of the kingdom which he came to overthrow. If he failed he knew that he was lost. Therefore the power of his temptations was in accordance with the greatness of the object which he would lose or gain. For four thousand years, ever since the declaration was made to Adam that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head, he had been planning his manner of attack.” Con 78.2
In his presentation Walter Veith constantly reiterated that he was not “time setting” but that the 6000 years could very possibly be over in the year 2027, if calculating the definite Biblical time of the experience of Christ in the wilderness as 27 AD and adding the 2000 following years.”
I must admit that I have no clue what the abbreviation “Con” stands for, but for what I find so fascinating with this calculation is that this puts the return of Jesus around the corner and at a time when the political situation of America could be ripe or at least fully consumed in tribulation and global governance seen in Revelation 13.
It’s possible. Even if we give or take a few years or decades, it’s possible.