ANNUAL COUNCIL: Adventist world church president Robert Pierson addresses Annual Council attendees in the Takoma Park, Maryland, church probably in the late 1970s.The apostle John in Revelation 10:1-10 depicts events that interest Adventists as they look for the prophetic roots, or history, of Adventism. Adventists understand the “little book” mentioned in verses 2, 8, 9, and 10 to refer to the book of Daniel. Although Daniel’s prophecy was primarily a time message, when he asked the meaning of the time that had been revealed to him, he was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end” (Dan. 12:4). The message was not for Daniel to comprehend then, but at the time of the end what for ages had been sealed would be understood.
James R. Nix is director of the White Estate at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.