-contrary to popular SDA Church belief and practice, the mandate of Matt 24:14 will not be fulfilled merely by e.g., handing out worldwide 1 Billion invitations to an SDA Evangelistic Seminar, for the same reason that “hearsay” is not considered an acceptable testimony or witness in a court of law. Just hearing about something does not mean you “witnessed it” or else anyone who heard about a case on the news can walk into the court room and present themselves as a witness. Using a Biblical illustration, the World Harvest of Revelation 14:14-15, even including God’s vineyard (Rev 14:17-20; cf. Isa 5:1-7) will not become ripe until the earth is, not merely “sowed”, but also “cultivated.” (See 9T 28-29). And that is going to take much more significant and tangible, outreaching work. And, at the very least, technically, (though actually, most exegetically so), Matt 24:14's “Gospel of the Kingdom” (=Matt 4:23; 9:35 -literally, merely: ‘the good news of/about the Kingdom’), may be an applicational-extent step up from simply the “Gospel/good news of Christ (=the Messiah)” (e.g., Rom 1:16; 2 Cor 10:14; 2 Thess 1:8; Gal 1:17; Phil 1:27). In other words, when Jesus first came on the scene, He more extensively had that ‘good news (from God) in regards to the Kingdom that could have been seamlessly set up in Israel then.’ (=Mar 1:14-15; Matt 4:17; cf. Matt 3:2). However, when He was being systematically rejected (see the Matt 10:23ff ‘sealing of the prior ‘John 6:15, 26ff, 66 (DA 383.1) "turning point"'’); the message downgraded from a more temporal/kingdom one to a more religious/ecclesiastical one which now focused on the “Church” (= ‘the assembly of called out ones’) which He would have to instead set up. (Cf. Matt 16:13-20, 21 -i.e., priorly, Jesus had no problem publicly proclaiming the “Kingdom message”, but not so with this different “Christ (= “Messiah”) message”, which He was from then on going to “build upon” (Matt 16:16-18). Yet both this temporal “Kingdom Gospel” and the religious “Messiah Gospel” are two successive, but distinct, parts of the overall/general: “Gospel of God” (Mar 1:14; cf. Rom 1:1; Rom 15:16; 1 Thess 2:2; 1 Pet 4:17). Jesus was first preaching the “Kingdom Gospel” (Mar 1:15). And the actual final mandate and work of Christ’s Church, as in the current prolonged-time circumstances, revolves around the pre-advent, Temporal proclamation & sealing (Rev 7:1-8), global gathering (Rev 7:8-17) and living testimony (Rev 14:1-5, 6-13ff) of that Seven-Last-Plagues-surviving Church Triumphant, Zion Kingdom (Rev 15:1-16:1ff).
-Also, it was commonly claimed before, that because the ratio of SDA to World Population was steadily dropping from, e.g., 1:646 in 1995 to 1:519 in 2000 to 1:450 in 2005, due to the higher (net) growth rate of SDA’s vs. that of the world, it must be stressed, in those times, that very soon SDA’s would literally “take over the world.” Well apparently someone has realized the false parameters used in making this calculative conclusion, for there are several other Christian Denominations/Megablocs, and also World Religions that also have a faster growth rate than the global population. Therefore SDA’s would only continue to share a part, though increasing, of the growing world population, and not “overtake it” as if it was alone in this category. Furthermore the SDA growth is faith-based and thus subjective and less ascertainable in the future as several subjective factors can easily affect it, while world population growth is naturally-based and much more steady. Also, while a major factor that affects global population growth can also affect SDA’s, the converse is not likely to ever occur. Furthermore, the concrete numbers translating from these ratios/percentages are probably much more determinative here for, for every 1 new accession to the SDA faith there are over 80 new additions to the world population (i.e, ca. 1,000,000 to 80,000,000 annually). It should also be taken seriously that for every 3 people who are baptized to the SDA faith 1 baptized member leaves the Church, resulting in ca. 1300 daily such (non-death) “decessions.” It is surprising that much more is neither said, nor done, about this outrightly high number of willful “decessions” for it is clearly symptomatic of a much deeper problem that is encountered once these people have initially believed that the teachings of the Church are Biblical. It more than likely has to do with the, effectively, patent “3-sided” facade approach that is used in Evangelistic efforts, and even weekly Church Services, which has an ever-present gaping, missing back wall in this building of Truth. This “structural” void is tangibly seen in non-resolved Theological/Doctrinal/Exegetical issues, various non-practical application of Faith and Beliefs, on top of currently entrenched institutional, organizational and unity deficiencies and dysfunction (e.g., 83% pastoral under staffing). Therefore, it is only ‘persisting in an apologetic Denominational denial’ to think, say and act as if ‘all is going and progressing as well as it could.’ As the SOP repeatedly says: ‘this Church is judged by what she can do in the light of the great Spiritual privileges that has been bestowed on it, and not by what she has done, or is doing, in comparison with others.’ (8T 247 - see more on this in this post).
Still, even with many of the world’s population that can access these various SDA broadcasts, the dilemma that still remains is: Do they have a compelling reason to find them out from among all of the other choices they also have available to them?
Furthermore, the prophesied “Final Events” will not begin to unravel as foreseen ‘until/so that (Greek Subjunctive mood) the would-be bond-servants of God are/may be sealed in their foreheads’ (Rev 7:1-3); and, in reality, there is only one way to accomplish/ascertain this.
SDA Panel on Second Coming Delay
It was overshadowingly quite comical to hear the ASI 2013 Panel here made up of Ted Wilson, Mark Finley, C. D. Brooks, Lewis Walton, Ed Reid, Andi Hunsaker, and moderated by Don Mackintosh, try to variously explain ‘why the Second Coming had not yet occurred’. While during that discussion the most correct point/answer was made by Ted Wilson, and that most naturally because he has rightly begun to tangibly espoused the Full Gospel mandate of Christ, and thus is most naturally beginning to “see the light”, namely the “light” for/about this “past Midnight Cry” (as concealedly most pivotally involved within this prophetic revelation) (=Matt 25:1-13) delay, which indeed, as he rightly, essentially said [at 35:37-37:42] all revolves around ‘truly reflecting the Character of Christ in ministering to the needs of others as unequivocally stipulated in Isa 58 (=RH, February 11, 1896 par. 6; COL 69.1), and not merely on the verbal proclamation of the Gospel/Three Angels’ Message. As referenced in here, Don Mackintosh also rightly has that Biblical understanding, and it was probably because he was here merely the moderator, that he himself did not also express this answer, probably not seeing a need to add anything to what Ted Wilson had correctly said. (Also similarly expressed by Mark Finley [21:10-22:37] and Andi Hunsaker [17:47-20:13]; cf. Lewis Walton’s related point on the “Spirit of ASI” at [24:04-24:41]).
And that is indeed, as it was with the Jews in the First Century AD (cf. Luke 10:30-37) the thin line veil that restricts one from being able to clearly and illuminatingly look into the prefect Law/Will of God and fully understanding what God’s Gospel Truth is all about. (=2 Cor 3:7-18). And once that veil is removed, pointedly revealing that God is, pointedly in this Eschatological age not at all dependent on “set times” [cf. Finley’s 7BC 971.7-capped more than less accurate mini-exposition [at 01:22:50-01:26:42] on this issue], then should, if humbly not pridefully resisted, naturally also come other pivotal Theological understandings, pointedly about ‘God and the Future’ (Isa 46:9-11) which clearly shows that God does implement His Jer 18:1-10 principle at will and is not restricted by either any promise, or even condemnation, which He had said He would justly effectuate based on passed warranting circumstances. For one thing, this Biblical understanding would have avoided that Panel from expressing the various smug, quasi-heretical, Bible and SOP dismissive, and Theologically dissonant statements which they did for the most part of the Panel, including the mystically Pharisaical vacuous call by Andi Hunsaker to ‘“repent(??)” for what happened back in 1888’ [50:52-52:25]. As discussed here, that message has actually not only since long been heeded by SDA’s, i.e., as it was then ideologically known and understood by A.T. Jones and E.J. Waggoner (LDE 200.1-2), But it has actually since further advanced, developed and fully bloomed into its Full, now also practical (LDE 218.3), second part, which is what completes the revelation of the Christ to the world, being, i.e. His tangibly great good works also the tangible reason why He was put on the Cross. (John 11:45-53; RH, January 7, 1902 par. 11 = 16MR 34.1). So the actual “repentance” that now needs to be done is in present relation to not heeding this message as it now fully applies.
So, specifically, what all these more advanced and Biblically accurate understanding would have avoid that panel is, as most emblematically seen from the very first question, from that first section of questions [at 17:54-28:23] of: ‘why Paul (involving Col 1:23), and many times the SOP [see Walton’s citations at 22:37-25:40], could claim/state that the Second Coming could have occurred at prior times before our day.’ Succinctly said here, as discussed within this post, it indeed should have occurred during the First Century AD, but as emblematically reflected in the 7 Letters to the 7 Churches, most of the congregations of the Christian Church then had several pivotal faulting issues...and so in His mercy God did not effectuate then, which would have been shortly after the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem. In objection, Ed Reid doubles down on his pet “booked” theory that ‘God was dependent on a “Great Week in Time’ which would necessitate that the Second Coming can only occur upon 6000 years having passed since the Fall/Creation, and moreover that ‘God will not come late’, (which thus, according to his theory, all claims that the Second Coming will occur in 2031), and he also cites EGW in GC 356.1 that says that the end could not have occurred prior to the 1260 years having elapsed, thus by 1798...(and I guess one would then have to likewise actually say: ‘not prior to the 2300 days which ended in 1844’), but all this is Theologically and Biblically resolved by the fact that in what pivotally took place in Rev 5, God actually then charted an new course for the prolonged time that occurred then upon the failure of the First Century Christian Church in them not being ready (cf. EW 38.1-2|Rev 7:1-3). So Christ Prophetic Olivet discourse was then expanded into the book/prophecies of Revelation now covering what would be over 1800 years of “Church History”. As it was succinctly presented here, all Daniel/OT prophecies involving the Antichrist would have been fulfilled in the First Century, as they did not necessarily have to be reckoned according to a Day-Year principle. That only became the applicable principle when time was prolonged by the events of Rev 5 which transpired (actually again, with the first being at Christ ascension in 31 AD and focusing on the damage which had been done by the failing Jewish nation, pointedly sealed in 34 AD), in ca. 90-95 AD. And that prophetic event has since had a couple more fulfillments, indeed each major time when the Second Coming could have occurred. Another one around 1844 with the Millerite/Adventist movement failure, which then led to the charting of an advancing course in the prophecies given to EGW, and then as EGW saw, for another future time, (discussed within here) when again ‘the “everlasting” [i.e., final work =Rev 14:6ff] covenant was broken, -through the shirking/skirting/dereliction of duties’ (as e.g., here) (9T 267.1), and a further course (cf. here on Dan 11) would again have to be charted for now a resetting Eschatological age which replaces the halted Historical one. (See in this post & this one) (cf. 15MR 292.3-4).
So what was really involved in what EGW said in GC 356.1-2, was all within the context of the post 90-95 AD started Historical age. Those Daniel/OT prophecies were indeed “sealed” but that was pointedly in regards to their time for Paul surely fully understood what would, events wise, be involved in their fulfillment. (2 Thess 2:1-6, 7-12; cf. within here) And their now also time-based unsealing occurred during the “unsealing” of the Rev 5 Scroll (=Rev 6)And, indeed during that age, God then, for reasons of faith evidencing, restricted Himself to set times for now day-year applied times in Biblical prophecies. But that was not applicable in the prior Local/Literal era of 31-70-95 A.D. when all things could, and should have wrapped up.
Relatedly C.D. Brooks most subjectively claims [at 28:24-29:50] (actually indifferently caveatly sidestepping the quite manifest deliberate “setting up” point in that question directed to him as he, as documented in here, is ‘one of those who are in favor of racial “factions” in the Church’ (=Jude 1:19)), that: ‘Christ could not have come around 1844 because Black people then were slaves.’ Well the objective Biblical Truth on that issue is that, as fully discussed here for the Bible-echoing SOP, God revealed in EW 276.1 that ‘only slaves who were raised worst than brutish animals and actually did abominable things all because they only feared the whip of their master, would/could not be saved.’ As I understand U.S. Slavery history, that was actually the conditions with a very minimal amount of slave owners as most slave owners were, (most ironically/oxymoronically enough) devote Christians and they more than less treated their slaves humanely and even instructed them Biblically. They just, as referenced/discussed in here, wrongly believed that they had a Biblical “Curse of Ham/Canaan” imperative to enslave Black Africans. So if Jesus had come back then, probably most righteously acting slaves would still have been saved. It would just have been the ones who decided to not resist the whip of their master and do what they innately knew was evil/abominable instead of suffering who would have been lost, and actually mercifully spared Hell’s Judgement by God. And fact is, there were then millions of other “People” in the world , e.g. in China/Asia, India, Middle East, etc who then, and mostly now still do not, know of the saving message of the Gospel. So Christ most likely postponed the Second Coming for their sake, more for African-American salves who were for the most part actually (really most likely self-servingly for the order/discipline-seeking slave owners, forcefully) converted to “Christianity”.
C.D. Brooks later [at 31:41-31:59] tries to generalize that claim by saying that ‘it was good for, effectively, our ever/present existence case that Jesus did not return before.’ That somewhat almost encroaches on the outrightly unbiblical claim that this was because God actually wanted further generations to be born. But the realistic fact is that if we, or any other people since 1844 had not been born...they just would not have ever had any notion of this. To echo what the Angel said to EGW in EW 276.1: ‘they would have continued to be as they had always never been.’ And this actually pointedly speaks about this issue of Finishing the Work. God actually realistically is only in “present time” relationship with people. He does not know who will exist in the future, and not what they will do, though He certainly has the brain power to compute a myriad of genetic/DNA inputs from an alive group of people to forecast scenarios of, at least what future people could look like. However in terms of what they will be like character-wise, as this squarely depends on the decisions they will make (See this sermon by David Asscherick), that in itself would be an even more complex computing ordeal which I think God just does not bother to “speculatively” do. He has much more important Creative and Sustaining things to constructively do with His Divine Energy.
So all this to soberingly say that no one is ‘indispensable’ to God, to the point where he would delay the Second Coming so that a person can be born in the future. Life entirely is a gift and not a cosmic right, meaning that it just happens that people are born and not that they have an Eternal right to be born. The future is created by every passing second and does not actually exist. So, and also in relation to Finishing the Work, it always will be what we make it to be by our present decisions. And relatedly, if one is presently involved in doing such Work, it is not self-importantly because they were always meant to be, and were thus “indispensable to God’ but because, when it happened, through the passing of, since the First Century AD, “bonus” time, they were step by step obedient to the leading of God who had “electingly” cast His vote of confidence and trust on them to do a specific task that He needed/needs to be done in His overall Redemptive Work. So at best, one can only thank God for the “bonus” which is their life/existence, and this chance that they have “to also be”, -which is why all conceived life should be honored and protected.
This is all not simple to spell out, but tersely said “Life is what we make it to be” and not what it was always supposed to be...so we all have this imperative to “Live Well” and make our existence count for the best. No one is doing, even “prophetically” so, ‘what they were always supposed to do’ but merely what they have chosen and decided to do. And when one grasps all of that, they then “reality checkly” realize the great opportunity they presently have, and that they should literally ‘“seize the day”’s Divine duty’ (Heb 4:6-11ff) pointedly as the Bible and SOP are clear that Final Events are on an action-reaction basis...I.e., God’s Righteous people act and the unrighteous, spuriously claiming “national security” and “peace” react (=2 Tim 3:12 (cf. this sermon), see on the Second Seal’s Horseman (Rev 6:3-4) in here), and God increasingly duly adjudges, including with the releasing of the 4 Winds...when then all “Hell” will literally break lose. So those who have an “awaiting of a set time/event” (i.e., Sunday Laws, or (Ed Reid’s misconstruingly erroneously, spuriously attributed&claimed) 2031 limit or Financial Collapse[53:48-55:16-56:17]) mentality and won’t do anything until they will see these things occur are just shooting themselves in the foot, actually “head”, since they are then actually assuring their death as the Second Coming will not occur until God’s testifying Work is done. And now there is the whole further issue as to what the prophetic/Spiritual issues actually have Eschatologically advanced to be today....
 Similarly, as another case in point, it was seriously asked in a Signs of the Times TV program, ‘how come the news of 9/11 attacks spread around the World in a matter of minutes, but the Church cannot do the same with its own message, and thus fulfill Matt 24:14.’ Well, for one thing, you can do a 9/11-style terrorist attack to achieve the same instant notoriety! And two, though the news of the 9/11 attacks indeed became known by many/most people in the World, and that instantly, while many became quite sympathetic to America, even putting aside a prior spitefulness of it, this probably did not convince most of them to absolutely want to do all that they can to seek to become American Citizens, and immigrate to the United States. So similarly, it will first take a compelling attractive Church, living up to all of the great light of Biblical Truth, for any global message, or even newsflash, to be significant and successful and not, spiritually, correspondingly, speaking, just a “flash-in-the-pan, grand miracle”.
 Cf. this sermon and this one by David Asscherick emphasizing this most pivotal spiritual fact, even ‘necessity’.
 And if abortion was outlawed globally as the crime against people/humanity that it factually is, then this ratio would almost be steadily doubled, at least for the next ca. 15-20 years until these born children would, at least become of an age where baptism to the SDA faith could possibly (i.e., with cognition and relative parental/family independence) begin to occur. (However with abortion so intricately tied to various aspects of the economy, such a global ban is not likely to occur, for the Economy is the most revered and obeyed, Chief god of this World, even when it demands, ala. “Molech” of old (not coincidentally enough from the Semitic word for “King” = melek), that one sacrifices their children. (See starting from in this forum discussion post and its responses starting in here for more on the Molech & Abortion comparison.)).
 However, effectively conversely, in this September 1, 2012 sermon [e.g., 16:39-21:38ff] Nelson makes a claim which can be succinctly, summarily captioned as: ‘Jesus will come soon...no matter what.’ And along this rationale he claims that ‘the soon Second Coming is the only hope of deliverance for, e.g., the 80,000 starving to death each day, the 46 million Americans on food stamps, the 1,000,000 worldwide who are annually committing suicide, the many who are sexually assaulted,’ etc.. He then ends by saying that: ‘in the light of all this, it is not selfish to hope for a soon Second Coming...it is actually human.’ Indeed... ‘humanly selfish’ (=DA 20.2) for a soon Second Coming will not automatically be a “deliverance” for any of those groups, but for most, if they are not by then fully aware of the saving and testing Gospel truths for the end, will just be a doom and eternal death for them; -especially as it typically is the variously poor and/or “depressed” who mostly engage in criminal and/or sinful activity. (And even, currently all, SDAs likewise would fail God’s actual/full End Time Test).
 And I seem to recall a tall, slim, young man, visibly slightly older than me, who, I now see, looked very much like Mark Howard (who would later pastor that Burlington, Michigan SDA Church), who, along with several other people (e.g., the elder I then had this brief exchange with), went out of their way, to greet me after the sermon (as I was in a fog of being perturbed with that sudden “impressed” decision that this would be my final practicum sermon), and had immediately struck me as a potential pastor, which I intimated to him. (As related also there, at the very least, that Church needed to have regular lay preachers who could hold its worship services at normative times, as this would be much more conducive to evangelism, than that present 8:30-ca.11:00 A.M. scheduling in their pastor sharing scheme). And, along these lines, in my parting “pastoral counsels”, I went on to also intimate to a couple of elders that ‘they needed to do something about the especially shoddy and dilapidated exterior look of the Church [which they have done by now], and also the Church’s fellowship basement which frankly gave me the creepy-crawly (albeit merely from my external entrance consideration), starting with pressing the conference for better socialistic wealth sharing in the conference... starting with taking more from the millions which the Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University obtained and were just splurging on, e.g., courtyard stone gardens and $75,000 bronze statues!!’
 See similar “laity ministry” calls in e.g.: this 04-06-13 Church sermon by Mark Finley on Isa 6 [esp. at 37:31ff ]; and this 07-13-13 sermon by Chris Buttery entitled “Our Moment, Our Opportunity” prior to the Sacramento Central Church Ministry Fair.
 And these are those who adamantly profess that they believe that, e.g., ‘in EGW’s visions and prophesying, God had, (contrary to what the Bible actually teaches), revealed the future exactly as He had seen/knows it will occur,’ yet they have absolutely no qualm to usurpingly substitute their own “economic crisis-initiating scenario”. And that is all because, they actually do believe that God is both not “All Mighty” (i.e., even over all Earth powers/systems and ‘gods’ = Rev 16:14) and in ultimate control of Time & Events (contra. Rev 7:1-3): e.g., they preach: “we do not have decades now, but years” and/or ‘we only have months left’, etc. Yet the actual work that they have to first do is outrightly neglected and/or inadequately done (i.e., attempted) due to their various worshipful reasons.... (contra. Psa 119:36 = EW 266.1-268.2)
Relatedly, by the way, FYI: proper “testing studies/analysis” show that this “The Amusement Park” Dream by Ernie Knoll fulfills the revealed plans of Satan to have a special subtle snare for SDA in that EW 266.1-268.2 SOP “Covetousness” vision. I.e., it is that ‘other subtle manner’ (than the one used in EW 262.1-265.2 “Spiritualism” for the rest of the world. Hint: ‘young woman with fruit’ = depiction of a converted “Eve-type” in Eden with, now, the Fruit of Life (see more here)) by which Satan would (and indeed has) trap/ped SDAs!!)
 Relatedly, and thus most tellingly, enough, as seen in the “lack of financial resources” claim of Dwayne Lemon discussed above, even when the SOP revelation of natural disasters is somewhat maintain in an SDA Eschatological claim, it is nonetheless still twisted to tacitly/inherently/sequiturly imply that: ‘it will be because of “the terrorizing fear” due to great economic losses caused by natural disasters that Mark of the Beast Final Developments will come to begin and unravel,’ whereas the SOP straightly states that the fear will directly come from those super-natural disasters which will be deemed to be the direct judgements of God (for pointedly nationally condoned Sunday desecration.)
 No doubt the typical SDA mindless/vacuous/knee jerk retort here at this Biblically and SOP-substantiated denunciation that they have a pseudo-eschatology (i.e., one which subjectively has replaced the actual “endtime vision” given to EGW about final events, -and that all out of their sustainedly innate and/or inculcated wholesale worshipful view of the economy, even in/for/over God’s affairs/duties (=Ezek 8:16-17's: ‘violence-resulting, backs to God’s Temple and worshipping of the Sun.’ See in here)), their vexatious retort here/now no doubt is: how can I condemn them for that (indeed “hellish-borne”) alternate/divergent prophetical view, when in my own prophetical views presented throughout this blog (see e.g., here, here, and here, and see more in the eschatological prophetic index here), I have prophetic interpretations which are (surfacely) not as what the SOP has stated?
(See also more related comments on this overall “wedge eschatological issue” here).