European Unity & Bible Prophecy, Part 1

I was 18 and remember the moment well.  I had recently made my decision to serve God and was poring over a Bible study lesson on the second chapter of Daniel.  Each verse I read engaged me as I learned about an ancient Babylonian king who was given a description and explanation of a troubling dream a God-fearing Hebrew youth had.  The details of this dream and its interpretation are impressive and important!

King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of a great image that had a head of fine gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet and toes of iron mixed with clay.  It was an imposing statue, which brought pride to the king when he realized his kingdom was symbolized by the head of gold.  But he became disappointed when he discovered that this prophecy described successive kingdoms that would rule after Babylon.  History confirms that the joint kingdom of Medo-Persia, pictured by the arms of silver, conquered Babylon in 538 BC.  Medo-Persia fell to Alexander the Great and his Greco-Macedonian Empire in 331 BC, depicted by the belly and thighs of brass.  But the Greeks were overthrown by the iron monarchy of Rome, which occurred in 168 BC.

Daniel’s prophecy didn’t end there ...

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This Week (May 22 to 28): 

• Tuesday @ 10:00 AM – Women’s Bible Study

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Seymour Morgan (John 19:1-18)

• Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting

• Various L.I.F.E. groups (in-home small group Bible studies) take place across Sacramento. To locate one near you contact our small groups’ coordinator, Richard Anger @ (916) 681-3990

• Friday @ 6:00 PM – Youth Vespers

• Sabbath @ 9:00 AM – Morning Manna – Jeremy Klopfenstein

• Sabbath @ 9:30 AM – Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike Thompson + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

• Sabbath @ 10:50 AM – Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Guest Fellowship Lunch

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – LIFE Groups Luncheon

• Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – DU Light Sacramento!

• Sabbath @ 4:00 PM – Sacred Concert

Upcoming Events

Light Sacramento! continues Sabbath, May 21. Bring a change of clothes, walking shoes, and a dish to share for fellowship lunch, and join us in the Camellia Room afterwards for a short presentation on practical evangelism before lighting Sacramento!

Sacred Concert: South African born, Pierre Van Der Westhuizen is a dynamic and committed music artist who is planning to bring his inspirational music to Sacramento Central Church. Pierre has held concerts all over the world, and has often been seen on 3ABN and HOPE Channel. You don’t want to miss this concert, to be held on Sabbath, May 28 at 4 PM in the sanctuary.

Youth Rush Coming! We are excited to announce the arrival of up to 20 young literature evangelist missionaries who will be staying at and ministering around our church starting June 5 through the first week of July. They will need your prayers, and if you are able, food donations to help offset their living expenses. Thank you for making them feel welcome when they come.

Ministry Opportunities

Your Help Needed: Central’s thrift store ministry is now closed and that means it’s time to empty out the store and clean it up for the next tenant. If you have some time to stop by and help us sort and clean up any day this week from 9 AM to 3 PM it would be truly appreciated. The address is 6700 Folsom Blvd., off 65th Street. Please remember that we will not be receiving any donations at this time.

Family Matters

Welcome! We warmly welcome the following individuals as members to Sacramento Central: Jessica Correa, Daniel & Linda Peters and Ben Arbenit Rrustemaj and his wife Nickling St. Fleur-Rrustemaj. We’re so glad you are a part of our church family.  We also welcome Leticia Karn as new Pathfinder Director, and Rea-Nae Callender as new assistant clerk. A special thank you to Stacey Earnest and Chrystal White who previous filled these positions!

New Pictorial Directory is coming soon. Photos of members/families need to be taken right away. Sign-up sheets to have your photo taken are at the Hostess Desk in the church foyer, or contact Jan Nichols at jangreywolf1@yahoo.com

Tent Site Available. The following came in to the office: "Unfortunately, unable to go this year to Redwood Campmeeting!  My tent site is near rest rooms and meeting tents, but can be relocated to another area.  Call or email me if interested in helping me refund my investment.  I'd appreciate it.  Kathy @ klzeka@gmail.com or 916-380-1427"

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Watch us Live Stream! Every Sabbath we live stream our Sabbath School class (Central Study Hour) and worship service. If you live in a different time zone or can’t make it to your local church, go to www.saccentral.org, click on the “Live Stream” button in the middle of the screen and join us at 9:35 AM for an uplifting, Christ-centered experience!

Watch Us on Television! Enjoy viewing Central’s flagship programs, Central Study Hour, every Friday night at 8 PM and Sabbath morning at 6 AM (PST) on 3ABN Proclaim! Also enjoy our Receiving the Word, 30-minute programs weekly on Sunday at 11 AM, Tuesday at 11:30 AM (NEW TIME), Wednesday at 8:30 PM, and Thursday at 9 PM (NEW TIME) on Sacramento Faith TV (Comcast – 20; CCI – 19; AT&T – 14). These can also be viewed on our website (www.saccentral.org) and our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/thecentralconnection). Let everyone know where they can receive timely Bible messages!

Podcasts Available! If you didn't know, every Central Study Hour and worship service can be viewed and downloaded by going to our website (https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/sermons). This is an easy way for you to invite friends and family to listen to important Bible messages coming from Central church. The podcasts are uploaded a week after the live presentation.




Voice of Prophecy officially launched its new flagship broadcast, Disclosure, which features discussion, special guests, and issues currently in the news. Disclosure is talk radio with an emphasis on Bible study and prophecy. To learn more click here.

The Last Day in Prophecy DVD Set. This extraordinary, seven-part DVD series presented by Pastor Doug Batchelor will teach you everything you want to know about the Sabbath day—its creation, history, future, and more—and it will change your life in ways you never could imagine! (7 sermons on 3 DVDs). Click here to order yours.

Be Inspired 

From Buddhism to Adventism: Kok Tho Yip was a Zen meditator until he was 37 years old when he became a Seventh-day Adventist. Listen to his inspiring story here.

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