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  • (UPLIFTING MUSIC)

  • BOY: (SHOUTS) Read all about it!

  • Read all about Christ's return!

  • Read all about it!

  • I'd like to see the view from up in those clouds.

  • WOMAN: You will soon enough. We all will.

  • BOY: (SHOUTS) Read all about Christ's return!

  • Don't forget your paper!

  • Read all about it!

  • MAN: I'll take a copy, lad.

  • So, people find intrigue in the news of the Lord's return?

  • Well, people want to hear about the end of the world, sir.

  • (TOWNSPEOPLE CHATTER NEARBY)

  • (COINS JINGLE)

  • BOY: Read all about it!

  • Read all about Christ's return!

  • (ARTILLERY FIRE AND EXPLOSIONS ECHO)

  • MAN: (SHOUTS) Captain Miller, sir?!

  • MAN: (SHOUTS) No! No more!

  • (EXPLOSIONS AND SHOUTING CONTINUE)

  • MAN: Captain, we've got no more rounds!

  • Captain?! Captain?!

  • Captain Miller?!

  • (GASPS)

  • (BREATHES RAPIDLY)

  • (GASPS)

  • (READS) “But how conceive a God supremely good,

  • Who heaps his favours on the sons he loves,

  • Yet scatters evil with as large a hand?

  • “A God came down to lift our stricken race -

  • He visited the earth and changed it not.”

  • (PIG GRUNTS)

  • The children have asked for you.

  • Will you take them some bread with butter and cheese?

  • Yes, my dear.

  • (SIGHS) And what are you thinking about today, Mr Miller?

  • Voltaire.

  • Voltaire believes there is a supreme power.

  • But he does not accept that God has anything to do with us personally.

  • I...survived that battle in Plattsburgh, Lucy and...

  • ..I have to know why.

  • And Voltaire's words provide no answers, then?

  • (INDISTINCT CHATTERING)

  • God reached down to the battlefield to...meddle in the lives of men?

  • It goes against reason, William. It's not logical.

  • If you had seen the shells and the blood that day,

  • you'd know the only explanation for our victory

  • was some sort of divine intervention.

  • And what of the men and boys who died around you?

  • Was it the hand of God that put them in the grave?

  • I don't have the answer for that, Abner.

  • All I know is I should be dead and I am not.

  • Perhaps the Bible has an answer.

  • Come now, Mr Miller.

  • The Bible is an ancient fairytale. You have no proof of its validity.

  • WILLIAM: You don't have proof to the contrary.

  • Both views require a leap of faith.

  • Surely one demands as much attention as the other.

  • So, now an ancient text is your authority on all things?

  • It just may have the answers I seek.

  • Well, I'll tell you what I seek.

  • Another pint.

  • William...

  • Hello.

  • We need a minister for today's service...

  • (INDISTINCT CONVERSATION CONTINUES)

  • (CHURCH ORGAN PLAYS)

  • Abner has fallen ill.

  • - Oh. - So, they...

  • They've asked me to read the sermon.

  • And your response was...?

  • This is what I get for speaking in front of Mother.

  • I told her that I would next read the sermon when Elihu was away.

  • She...must have told one of the elders.

  • Indeed, all parental instructions, unless enforced by becoming examples,

  • will expose not only the truths taught,

  • but the parents themselves...”

  • Many remained hardened,

  • thoughtless of God who created them and of Jesus who bled to redeem them.”

  • (MAN COUGHS)

  • Be not deceived, beloved parents.

  • If you would train up your children in the way they should go,

  • you must not merely instruct,

  • but your actions must corres...

  • “..corres...

  • “..your actions must correspond to God's calling on your heart.”

  • (WHISPERED MURMURING)

  • (READS) “For God so loved the world,

  • that he gave his only begotten Son,

  • that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,

  • but have everlasting life.”

  • “I have loved thee with an everlasting love,

  • therefore with loving...”

  • “I am the Lord, your God, your Saviour...”

  • So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many,

  • and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time...”

  • And if I go, I will come again.”

  • Little one...

  • What is it?

  • The baby bird is dead.

  • Oh...

  • My sweet child.

  • There, there.

  • It's going to be alright.

  • No.

  • It's not.

  • Come.

  • Let us lay this gentle creature to rest.

  • Papa...

  • ..I don't want to die.

  • Oh, my precious one.

  • Mmm.

  • You will yet live for many, many years.

  • But...

  • ..each of us must one day pass from this earth.

  • Aren't you afraid of that?

  • No.

  • Not anymore.

  • For I have found a friend in Jesus.

  • August 16th, 1818.

  • Now, after two years of study,

  • “I am satisfied that many of the prophetic promises in the Bible

  • have been fulfilled.

  • “I must wonder, then,

  • why not the promise of his Second Coming?”

  • LUCY: Back to Daniel's vision, are we?

  • Well, speak up, so the whole family can hear.

  • Then I heard one saint speaking...

  • ..“'How long shall the vision

  • “'concerning the sanctuary and the host be trodden under foot?'

  • And he said unto me,

  • “'Unto two thousand and three hundred days -

  • “'then shall the sanctuary be cleansed'.”

  • Hmm, that's a long time to wait in Daniel's day.

  • More than that, I think.

  • The sanctuary here refers to the earth...

  • ..and...

  • The sanctuary refers to the earth

  • and the cleansing

  • must be the...cleansing of the earth

  • after the Second Coming of Christ.

  • If each day represents one year...

  • William, what is it?

  • Christ is coming.

  • The glorious appearing, yes.

  • Some day. Our blessed hope.

  • Lucy, you do not understand.

  • If...

  • ..each of Daniel's days is one year,

  • and...then the 2,300 days

  • will be 2,300 years until the Second Coming of Christ,

  • and the time period begins at 457 BC,

  • as indicated in Daniel 9, and confirmed by historians,

  • then that brings us to...

  • ..1843.

  • Christ is coming.

  • My Saviour from Plattsburgh is coming.

  • 1843.

  • (CLOCK CHIMES)

  • (CLOCK TICKS)

  • William?

  • William, my love?

  • - (GROANS) - Come to bed.

  • (SIGHS)

  • The Bible holds the answer to the timing of our Saviour's return.

  • God's Word has lasted these many centuries.

  • It will still be there in the morning.

  • Can you believe what the Lord has shown us?

  • Indeed.

  • I shall never again doubt the faithfulness of Scripture.

  • Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

  • and a light unto my path.”

  • (HORSE NEIGHS AND SNORTS)

  • MAN: Just...

  • LUCY: What have they hit?

  • I'm unsure.

  • Whatever it is, it will not move.

  • LUCY: Mm.

  • The ground is as stubborn as the man who holds the title.

  • Lucy...

  • I have explained my position.

  • The Baptists, the Methodists, the Presbyterians,

  • they all believe that Christ will return

  • at the end of the millennium foretold in Revelation.

  • As if...we could usher in a thousand years of peace on our own!

  • (SIGHS)

  • If these many years of studying the Bible have shown me anything,

  • it's that Christ will return to cleanse the earth

  • at the beginning of the thousand years, not at their end.

  • This must go beyond just our family.

  • You must tell others, William.

  • I am no theologian.

  • Nor has anyone asked me to be the watchman.

  • Is that so?

  • (SIGHS) Lucy...

  • ..I'm a gentleman farmer.

  • I shall soon be 50. I'm too old to take on such a challenge.

  • AndHow, then, shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

  • And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

  • And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

  • I shall make a covenant with God.

  • I shall speak if I am asked.

  • Well, it's your choice.

  • Are you the rock or are you the plough?

  • And how long will it be before someone steps forward

  • and asks to hear your wisdom?

  • (KNOCK AT DOOR)

  • LUCY: Come in.

  • - Irving. - Aunt Lucy.

  • To what do we owe this unexpected visit?

  • Uh, the pastor of our Baptist church has been called away.

  • So, Mother and Father were hoping you could speak in his place tomorrow.

  • They thought you could minister on the prophesies

  • you've been studying in the Bible.

  • WILLIAM: I'm not a theologian,

  • nor has anyone asked me to be the watchman.

  • LUCY: Are you the rock or are you the plough?

  • And how long must it take before someone...?

  • WILLIAM: I shall make a covenant with God.

  • I will speak if I am asked.

  • No!

  • God! No!

  • I cannot preach!

  • I'm not qualified, nor am I a watchman.

  • I beg You, do not put this burden upon my shoulders!

  • Send someone else!

  • (SOBS)

  • But I made You a promise.

  • How can I do less now?

  • Can I deny the only One who has ever truly forgiven me my failings -

  • who has saved me from myself?

  • (SIGHS) I cannot.

  • As we know, there is much evidence in Daniel's vision

  • that the cleansing of the sanctuary

  • is symbolic of Christ's return to cleanse our suffering earth,

  • which we have ravaged with war and sullied with sin.

  • But the proof is strong that Daniel's vision

  • began 457 years before Christ.

  • Now...

  • ..take 457 from 2,300

  • and you are left with 1,843 years after Christ,

  • when the vision will be fulfilled.

  • The conclusion must be that some time about 1843,

  • our Saviour, Jesus Christ, will come to take us home.

  • (GASPING AND MURMURING)

  • I think your brother-in-law has gone mad.

  • My dear friends and family,

  • are you prepared for this great and important event?

  • Are you ready for Jesus to return?

  • Here...

  • ..here is strong evidence that the time is not far off.

  • Remember the old world?

  • They thought Noah was a maniac, but the flood came.

  • Be warned - fly to the ark,

  • take refuge in the beautiful promise of Jesus Christ,

  • who said, “I will come again.”

  • ..and what I say today,

  • I hope that we can call each other friends.

  • Because I have found a friend in Jesus.

  • (MUSIC PLAYS OVER DIALOGUE)

  • LUCY: Must you really be off again tomorrow?

  • Yes. To Exeter.

  • Hmm.