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“Naomi’s experience type of the Millerite times & the Advent Movement”

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By
Lang’o Evans Odhiambo
S.O.T.P. Ministry Director/Speaker

A decided connection exists between the proper names of the Bible and its history and doctrines. The meaning of proper names throws much light on the Scriptures. In his “Bible Handbook,” p. 185, Dr. Angus states: “Nearly all the names in Hebrew are significant, and knowledge of their meaning throws a light upon the context.”

Knowledge of the meaning of the name Naomi in the book of Ruth will bring forth an interesting parallel in the life of Naomi,the millerite time period experiences and an illustration of the advent movement

Strong’s concordance definition of Naomi:

“From H5278; pleasant; Noomi, an isralitess:-Naomi.”

Louis Were in his “certainty of the third angels massage” pg 175 says “For instance, in the interpretation of the prophecy of the 2,300 days, or years, of Dan. 8:14; 9:24-27, we need to know the meaning of the word “Messiah.” … The key is in the meaning of the word Messiah, which is given in John 1:41, margin: “We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ, or the Anointed.” At His birth, our Lord was given the name “Jesus.” Matt. 1:21. Jesus did not become “Christ”–”the Messiah,” or “the Anointed” until the time of His baptism in A.D. 27. See Luke 3:21-23. In A.D. 27 Jesus declared: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me.” See Luke 4:1, 14-18. In A.D. 27, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 10:38), and Jesus, referring to the prophecy of Daniel, proclaimed: “the time is fulfilled.” Mark 1:9-15. Thus was fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel, which declared that “the Messiah,” or “the Anointed”–”the Christ” would commence His work of confirming the New Covenant (Dan. 9:27), which, as also prophesied in Dan. 9:27, He ratified by the shedding of His blood 32 years later. The true interpretation of this prophecy, also the proof that Jesus fulfilled it, depends upon the meaning of the word “Messiah.” .

Applying the principle of importance of bible names let’s read Ruth 1:20

“And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me”.

Strong’s concordance definition of the name Mara:

“For H4751; feminine; bitter; Mara, a symbolic name of Naomi.”

We find the name Naomi has two meanings attached to it, Pleasant and bitter. In Naomi’s life we find a pleasant bitter experience. The same parallel is found in the experience of the millerites in explaining the joyful acceptance of the prophecies which they had interpreted as pointing to the coming of Jesus, but when the expected event did not come to pass disappointment fell upon them.

Adventist pioneer John Norton says “The book mentioned in Revelation 10, of which it is said that to the eater it was sweet as honey, but as soon as eaten was “bitter” (or, as some translate, “as soon as I had digested it, in my stomach it was picra” was that book from which the angel announced, on the authority of him who made heaven, earth, and sea, “Time shall be no longer.” Eating this book, then, must represent the joyful acceptance of the time proclamation. The sudden bitterness of the morsel to those who ate it must represent the sad contrast in their experience after the time of the book is expired, and they find themselves sorely disappointed in their expectations. {1905 JNL, GSAM 185.4}”

So we can confidently conclude that Ruth 1:20 “And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me” finds its secondary fulfillment in Revelation 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

The testimony of RUTH 1:12 “Turn again, my daughters, go [your way]; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, [if] I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;” witnesses that they was a desire for a near kinsman/redeemer who is a type of Jesus Christ who came to redeem us from our shame after the first man fell. This finds its fulfillment in the millerites who sought for the second coming of the redeemer Jesus Christ.

A tarrying time,midnight cry, and three angels messages.

RUTH 1:13 “Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me. “

Commenting about the Experience of the millerites Ellen White Writes “They saw that the prophetic periods reached to 1844, and that the same evidence which they had presented to show that the prophetic periods closed in 1843, proved that they would terminate in 1844. Light from the Word of God shone upon their position, and they discovered a tarrying time–“Though it [the vision] tarry, wait for it.” In their love for Christ’s immediate coming, they had overlooked the tarrying of the vision, which was calculated to manifest the true waiting ones. Again they had a point of time. Yet I saw that many of them could not rise above their severe disappointment to possess that degree of zeal and energy which had marked their faith in 1843. {EW 236.1}

By Ruth asking if the daughters would tarry makes us discover a tarrying time in their experience as it was also in the experience of the millerites.The parable of the ten virgins also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people. In the parable we find two classes of worshipers ;the foolish and the wise virgins. The test of the tarrying time will always develop two classes of worshipers. The two classes of worshipers are symbolized by Ruth and Orpah.In bible prophecy a woman symbolizes a church. Having seen that Naomi symbolizes the millerites and advent movement, then the two daughters symbolize the two classes of worshippers in the millerites and the advent movement.

Ruth a symbol of wise virgins and Orpah a symbol of foolish virgins.

Strong’s concordance definition of the name Ruth ;

Probably for H7468; friend; ruth a Moabites: Ruth

Strong’s concordance definition of the name Orpah

Feminine of H6203,

Going to the H6203 it states
The nape or back of the neck: back [stiff],neck [-ed].

From this we conclude that in the tarrying time Ruth [a friend] dint fall away for she desired to meet a friend “What a friend we have in Jesus as the hymn goes”, but orpah [stiff necked] turned back. At the national Sunday law, the characters of Ruth and Orpah will again be manifested. There will be a separation in Adventism as it was in the millerite time period.

In “life sketches of James and Ellen G white” pg 188 we quote “Our hopes now centered on the coming of the Lord in 1844. This was also the time for the message of the second angel, who, flying through the midst of heaven, cried, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city!’ Many left the churches in obedience to the message of the second angel. Near its close the Midnight Cry was given: ‘Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him!’

We find that the midnight cry joined the voice of the second angles massage. Having seen the Midnight cry symbolized in the life of Naomi and since the midnight cry joins the voice of the second angel then we can with certainty find the three angels massage in the life experience of Naomi.

In the book of Ruth three times we find Naomi telling her daughters in-law to turn back

Ruth 1:8And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, and return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

Ruth1:11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? [are] there yet [any more] sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

Ruth1:12 Turn again, my daughters, go [your way]; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, [if] I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

The three times she tested them stand for the test of the three angels massage.

In “Prophets and kings” pg 228 Ellen white writes “Elijah was a type of the saints who will be living on the earth at the time of the second advent of Christ and who will be “changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump,” without tasting of death. 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52. It was as a representative of those who shall be thus translated that Elijah, near the close of Christ’s earthly ministry, was permitted to stand with Moses by the side of the Saviour on the mount of transfiguration.”

According to the study we are doing we have ascertained that Naomi symbolizes the millerite time period and the advent movement. The spirit of prophecy tells us that Elijah is a type of the advent movement then we can also in the life of Elijah find parallels. For Naomi and Elijah are both types of the advent movement.Remember that that the history of the millerites will be repeated.

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2kings 2:2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said [unto him, As] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

2kings 2:4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, [As] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

2kings 2:6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, [As] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

In that account three times Elijah tells Elisha to tarry. Thus the parallels we find are the tarrying time and the three angels massage.For three times represent the three angels massage.

Notice the language of Ruth and Elisha

2 kings 2:2 …And Elisha said [unto him, As] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said,…for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people [shall be] my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth and Elisha were found to be faithful to the call thus all who desire to be found faithfull in the advent/three angels massage movement should do the works that Elisha and Ruth did or rather the character of Ruth and Elisha should be found in them.

What was the character of Ruth?

Deuteronomy 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:
23:4Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.

Note that here the Moabites are said to hold the doctrine of Balaam, the Moabites were children got out of fornication and drunkenness

Genesis 19:32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 19:33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yester night with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, [and] lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 19:35And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19:36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
19:37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same [is] the father of the Moabites unto this day.

Moabites are a type of the children of the papacy [fallen protestant movement] for the papacy is called the mother of harlots.

The papacy and the fallen protestant churches[ antitypical Moabites] uplift Sunday sacredness. Lets read the character of the Moabites in worship

Numbers 25:1And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 25:2And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 25:3And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. 25:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

Note verse 4:

For the wrath of God to be turned away those who joined the Moabites were to be hanged with their heads against the sun .Which means that the wrath of God came because they worshiped with their faces towards the sun. This was rebellion to the sanctuary service order of worship where you entered the sanctuary with your face against the sun.

All those who deny the sanctuary massage will at the Sunday law uplift Sunday sacredness.

We are warned not to hold the doctrine of Balaam

Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

In the massages to the seven churches ;the church of pergamos is followed by the church of thyatira.Thus the evil deeds in pergamos were followed by the darkness in thyatira ,where we find jezebel a type of the papacy. Thus those who don’t separate from the works of the Moabites[type of the fallen protestant movement] like orpah will end up in developing the character of the papacy, and its this class that after having formed the image of the beast will at the Sunday law decree accept the mark of the beast. Ruth accepted the second angels massage to come out of Babylon and touch not the unclean. In the millerite time period there was a separation from the fallen churches, the same history will be repeated.

Ellen white writes “ Our hopes now centered on the coming of the Lord in 1844. This was also the time for the message of the second angel, who, flying through the midst of heaven, cried, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city.” Revelation 14:8. That message was first proclaimed by the servants of God in the summer of 1844. As a result, many left the fallen churches. In connection with this message the “midnight cry” [See Matthew 25:1-13.] was given: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” In every part of the land light was given concerning this message, and the cry aroused thousands. It went from city to city, from village to village, and into the remote country regions. It reached the learned and talented, as well as the obscure and humble. {CET 50.4}

“History repeats itself. The same masterful mind that plotted against the faithful in ages past is now at work to gain control of the fallen churches, that through them he may condemn and put to death all who will not worship the idol Sabbath. We have not to battle with mortals, as it may appear. We war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in high places. But if the people of God will put their trust in Him and by faith rely upon His power, the devices of Satan will be defeated in our time as signally as in the days of Mordecai. {CTr 366.4}

As many left the fallen churches in the millerite time period. In connection with this message the “midnight cry” [See Matthew 25:1-13.] was given: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” So did Ruth leave the land of Moab to come and meet the bridegroom typified by the near kinsman/redeemer.

Those who are going to meet Christ must be like Ruth, remember as she came to meet Boaz the following were found in her deeds

I believe Ruth lay at the feet of Boaz [a type of Christ]

Ruth 3:4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.

According to the testimony of Ephesians 1:20-22,1 Corthians 15:25-27,Christ having all things under him,means all is in subjection to Christ.So by Ruth lying at the feet of Boaz a type of Christ it symbolizes that all those who desire to meet the redeemer at the second time must all surrender under the cross.

Then Boaz spread his skirt over her

Ruth3:9 And he said, Who [art] thou? And she answered, I [am] Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near kinsman.

According to the testimony of Ezekiel 16: 8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time [was] the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

By Boaz spreading the skirt over her it means that it was a time of love between bride and bridegroom and for Ruth to be worthy to enter into that love her nakedness and shame had to be covered, and a covenant be established. The wise virgins who desire to enter the time of love at the coming of Christ must Watch and pray and renew their covenant with the Lord.

Revelation 16:15 says “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

Those who got discouraged after the disappointment in 1843-1844 were the anti typical orpah who turned back, because they were not sanctified by the truth, they held truth in unrighteousness, so will the foolish virgins in Adventism who only hold a theory of the truth turn back at the national Sunday law.

Boaz calls Ruth a virtuous woman

Ruth 3:11And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou [art] a virtuous woman.

According to the testimony of Proverbs 12:14 and Proverbs31:10 a virtuous woman is both a crown of glory and her price is far above rubies

JOB 28:18 says “No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.”

The price of wisdom and the price of virtuous woman are far above rubies thus a virtuous woman is wise, a wise virgin. Remember so was ruth.

Daniel 12:9 says “And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. “

Ruth was virtuous which means she was wise, she understood the prophecies in the little book. The eating of the little book which was bitter in her belly and sweet in her mouth made here receive recommendation from Boaz. Those who don’t eat of the little book or rather those who don’t desire to understand the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation shall not be accepted by Christ. The millerites understood this.

Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 2:8Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Here Christ is typified as crowned with glory and honour,all things are put under him. Ruth was virtuous and according to proverbs 12:8 a virtuous woman is a crown of glory. By being wise to understand the prophecies we give honour and glory to Christ.Ruth lay at the feet of Boaz, when we surrender all to Christ we give him glory and honour.Hebrews says that But now we see not yet all things put under him But we see Jesus. Which means when we understand the prophecies we shall surrender and the cross and those who look at our character will see nothing but Jesus Christ in us the hope of Glory.

Revelation 14:5 says “for they are without fault before the throne of God.”