The Jewish Church
A Prophetic Parallel to the SDA Church

Compiled by Bob De La Torre
[Key to reference abbreviations at bottom]

Isaiah 42:24 —
Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.

Isaiah 43:28 —
Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

Hosea 8:2, 14 —
Israel shall cry unto Me, My God, we know Thee .. . For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Hosea 9:10 —
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

I Kings 14:15, 16 —
For the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and He shall root up Israel out of this good land, which He gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the Lord to anger... And He shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.

Isaiah 1:3-7 —
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know. My people doth not consider . . . Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. .. Why should ye be stricken any more? ve will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. .. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment... Your country is desolate, your cities are bumed fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

Isaiah 9:13-16 —
For the people tumeth not unto Him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of Hosts ... Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day .. . The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. .. For the leaders of this people cause them to err: and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Romams 11:2-5 —
God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew. Wot he not what the Scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercessions to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed Thy prophets, and digged down Thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life .. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

AA, 377.02 —
Through unbelief and the rejection of Heaven's purpose for her, Israel as a nation had lost her connection with God.

DA, 582.04 —
The cursing of the fig tree was an acted parable. That barren tree, flaunting its pretentious foliage in the very face of Christ, was a symbol of the Jewish nation.

DA, 709.04 —
When Caiaphas rent his garment, his act was significant of the place that the Jewish nation as a nation would thereafter occupy toward God. The once favored people of God were separating themselves from Him, and were fast becoming a people disowned by Jehovah. When Christ upon the cross cried out, "It is finished" (John 19:30), and the veil of the temple was rent in twain, the Holy Watcher declared that the Jewish people had rejected Him who was the antitype of all their types, the substance of all their shadows. Israel was divorced from God. Well might Caiaphas then rend his official robes, which signified that he claimed to be a representative of the great High Priest; for no longer had they any meaning for him or for the people. Well might the high priest rend his robes in horror for himself and for the nation.

DA, 620.04 —
But Israel as a nation had divorced herself from God. The natural branches of the olive tree were broken off. Looking for the last time upon the interior of the temple, Jesus said with mournful pathos, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord." Hitherto He had called the temple His Father's house; but now, as the Son of God should pass out from those walls, God's presence would be withdrawn forever from the temple built to His glory. Henceforth its ceremonies would be meaningless, its services a mockery.

GC, 615.01 —
When God's presence was finally withdrawn from the Jewish nation, priests and people knew it not. Though under the control of Satan, and swayed by the most horrible and malignant passions, they still regarded themselves as the chosen of God. The ministration in the temple continued; sacrifices were offered upon its polluted altars, and daily the divine blessing was invoked upon a people guilty of the blood of God's dear Son and seeking to slay His ministers and apostles. So when the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced and the destiny of the world has been forever fixed, the inhabitants of the earth will know it not. The forms of religion will be continued by a people from whom the Spirit of God has been finally withdrawn; and the satanic zeal with which the prince of evil will inspire them for the accomplishment of his malignant designs, will bear the semblance of zeal for God.

TM, 75.02
How God bore with the Jewish nation while they were murmuring and rebellious, breaking the Sabbath and every other precept of the law! He repeatedly declared them worse than the heathen. Each generation surpassed the preceding in guilt. The Lord permitted them to go into captivity, but after their deliverance His requirements were forgotten. Everything that He committed to that people to be kept sacred was perverted or displaced by the inventions of rebellious men. Christ said to them in His day, "Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law?" And these were the men who set themselves up as judges and censors over those whom the Holy Spirit was moving to declare the word of God to the people. (See John 7: 19-23, 27, 28; Luke 11:37-52.)

1SM, 406.01 —
We want to understand the time in which we live. We do not half understand it. We do not half take it in. My heart trembles in me when I think of what a foe we have to meet, and how poorly we are prepared to meet him. The trials of the children of Israel, and their attitude just before the first coming of Christ, have been presented before me again and again to illustrate the position of the people of God in their experience before the second coming of Christ-how the enemy sought every occasion to take control of the minds of the Jews, and today he is seeking to blind the minds of God's servants, that they may not be able to discern the precious truth.

GC, 382.02 —
... Babylon is also charged with the sin of unlawful connection with "the kings of the earth." It was by departure from the Lord, and alliance with the heathen, that the Jewish church became a harlot; and Rome, corrupting herself in like manner by seeking the support of worldly powers, receives a like condemnation.

3SM, 417.01—
After speaking of the end of the world, Jesus comes back to Jerusalem, the city then sitting in pride and arrogance, and saying, 'I sit a queen, and shall see no sorrow' (see Rev. 18:7). As His prophetic eye rests upon Jerusalem, He sees that as she was given up to destruction, the world will be given up to its doom. The scenes that transpired at the destruction of Jerusalem will be repeated at the great and terrible day of the Lord, but in a more fearful manner. . . .

RH, May 18, 1897, para. 12 —
The Jewish leaders followed their own standard, working in the light of the sparks of their own kindling and they perished in their delusion . . to be crushed by their own ambition and destroyed by the falsehoods and delusions upon which they had built.

ISM, 229.01—
When the Jews rejected Christ they rejected the foundation of their faith. And, on the other hand, the Christian world of today who claim faith in Christ, but reject the law of God are making a mistake similar to that of the deceived Jews. Those who profess to cling to Christ, centering their hopes on Him, while they pour contempt upon the moral law, and the prophecies, are in no safer position than were the unbelieving Jews. They cannot understandingly call sinners to repentance, for they are unable to properly explain what they are to repent of. The sinner, upon being exhorted to forsake his sins, has a right to ask, What is sin? Those who respect the law of God can answer, Sin is the transgression of the law. In confirmation of this the apostle Paul says, I had not known sin but by the law.

8T, 67.02 —
Jerusalem is a representation of what the church will be if it refuses to walk in the light that God has given. Jerusalem was favored of God as the depositary of sacred trusts. But her people perverted the truth, and despised all entreaties and warnings. They would not respect His counsels. The temple courts were polluted with merchandise and robbery. Selfishness and love of mammon, envy and strife, were cherished. Everyone sought for gain from his quarter. Christ turned from them, saying: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem," how can I give thee up? 'How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!' Matthew 23:37.

5T, 93.03 —
All I can say to you is: Take up the light which God has given you and follow it at any cost to yourselves. This is your only safety. You have a work to do to come into harmony, and may the Lord help you to do it even if self is crucified. Gather up the rays of light that have been slighted and rejected. Gather them up with meekness, with trembling, and with fear. The sin of ancient Israel was in disregarding the expressed will of God and following their own way according to the leadings of unsanctified hearts. Modern Israel are fast following in their footsteps, and the displeasure of the Lord is as surely resting upon them.

4T, 66,67 —
The same danger exists today among the people who profess to be the depositaries of God's law. They are too apt to flatter themselves that the regard in which they hold the commandments will preserve them from the power of divine justice. They refuse to be reproved for evil, and charge God's servants with being too zealous in putting sin out of the camp. A sin-hating God calls upon those who profess to keep His law to depart from all iniquity. Neglect to repent and obey His word will bring as serious consequences upon God's people today as did the same sin upon ancient Israel. There is a limit beyond which He will no longer delay His judgments. The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern Israel, that the corrections given through His chosen instruments cannot be disregarded with impunity.

1T, 609.01 —
Modern Israel are in greater danger of forgetting God and being led into idolatry than were His ancient people. Many idols are worshiped, even by professed Sabbathkeepers.

5T, 75-77. — {paraphrased}
I have been shown that the Spirit of the world is fast leavening the church. You are following the same path as ancient Israel.. vour neglect to follow the light will place you in a more unfavorable position than the Jews upon whom Christ pronounced a woe.. (We are told here that SDAs are greater transgressors than the Jewish church in Christ's day.)

RH, Aug. 1, 1893, para. 05 —
Of those who boast of their light, and yet fail to walk in it, Christ says, "But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodorn, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall he more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee," At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent [in their own estimation], and hast revealed them unto babes. {Oh, what a condemnation! This tells us plainly that SDAs as a whole will be destroyed in hell}

4SP, 46.02 —
After a long and severe conflict, the faithful few decided to dissolve all union with the apostate church if she still refused to free herself from falsehood and idolatry. They saw that separation was an absolute necessity if they would obey the Word of God. They dared not tolerate errors fatal to their own souls and set an example which would imperil the faith of their children and children's children. {Separation from the church, was the only escape for the Jews of old and that is also the only escape for SDAs}

2BC, 1010.04 or ST, Dec. 1, 1881, para. 13 —
As the men of Israel witnessed the corrupt course of the priests, they thought it safer for their families not to come to the appointed place of worship. Many at last determined to offer their sacrifices themselves... {Faithful Jewish people even performed the sacred rites, which was the role of the priest. Likewise for faithful Adventists, the sacred rites of Baptism, the Lord's Supper, etc., may be performed by faithful lay people today when apostasy is running rife in all the churches}

3SP, 356,57 —
The unbelief and malace of the Jews did not turn aside the purpose of God, for a new Israel was being grafted unto the old olive tree. The synagogues were closed against the apostles, but private houses were thrown open for their use and public buildings of the Gentiles were also used in which to preach the Word of God.

DA, 626.05 —
Alas for those who knew not the time of their visitation! Slowly and regretfully Christ left forever the precincts of the temple.

DA, 232.01 —
The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ's message and was bent on His deah; therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law and turned to another class to proclaim His message and gather out those who should carry the Gospel to all nations. As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities, in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Often those who follow in the footsteps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love in order to declare the plain teaching of the Word of God, and are obliged to leave the church of their fathers that they may render obedience.

KC, 153.03 —
When Christ saw in the Jewish people a nation divorced from God. He saw also a professed Christian church united to the world and the Papacy. And as He stood upon Mt. Olivet, weeping over Jerusalem, till the sun sank behind the western hills, so He is watching over and pleading with sinners in these last moments of time. Soon He will say to the angels who are holding the 4 winds, 'Let the plagues loose; let darkness, destruction and death come upon the transgressors of My law.' He will be obliged to5tnoDse who have had great light and great knowledge as He said to the Jews, 'Oh that thou hadst known, even thou in this thv dav. the things which belong unto thy peace..'

PP, 166.03-04 —
Before the destruction of Sodom, God sent a message to Lot, 'Escape for thv life'... The same voice of warning was heard by the disciples of Christ before the destruction of Jerusalem ... There was a coming out, a decided separation from the wicked; an escape for life. So it was in the days of Noah; so with Lot; so with the disciples prior to the destruction of Jerusalem, and so it will be in the last days. Again the voice of God is heard in a message of warning, bidding His people to separate themselves from the prevailing iniquity.

GC, 22.02 —
The great sin of the Jews was their rejection of Christ; the great sin of the Christian world would be their rejection of the law of God, the foundation of His government inheaven and earth.

2SM, 111.01 —
Satan is working that the history of the Jewish nation may be repeated in the experience of those who claim to believe present Truth.

I Cor. 10:11 —
Now all those things happened unto them for ensamples and they were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come.

PK, 416-417 —
The desolation of Jerusalem in the days of Jeremiah is a solemn warning to modern Israel, that the counsels and admonitions given them through chosen instrumentalities cannot be disregarded with impunity.

3SM, 339.01 —
All the great events and solemn transactions of Old Testament history have been and are repeating themselves in the church in these last days . . Each of the ,t ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours so that their *?Si prophesyings are in force for us. (The apostasy of the Jewish church is being repeated in the S.D.A. church.) .

5T, 456.01 —
The same disobedience and failure which were seen in the Jewish church have characterized in a greater degree the people who have had this great light from heaven in the last messages of warning. {Disobedience is greater among SDAs today, than it was among the Jews, in Christ's day}

2SM, 378.03 —
Internal corruption will bring the denunciations of God upon His people as it did upon Jerusalem.

5T, 75,76 —
I have been shown that the spirit of the world is fast leavening the church. You are following the same path as ancient Israel.. your neglect to follow the light will place you in a more unfavorable position than the Jews upon whom Christ pronounced a woe. {God looks with greater disfavor upon SDAs than He did for the Jewish church}


AA - Acts of the Apostles
BC - Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary (1SDABC-7SDABC)
DA - Desire of Ages
GC - Great Controversy {1911}
KC - Kress Collection
PK - Patriarchs and Prophets
PP - Patriarchs & Prophets
RH - Review & Herald (periodical)
SM - Selected Messages (1SM-3SM)
SP - Spirit of Prophecy (1SP-4SP)
ST - Signs of the Times (periodical)
T - Testimonies To The Church (1T-9T)


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Compiler's comments in {brackets}
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