SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 5
A FEAST THAT ROLLS AWAY THE VEIL, OPENS THE GATES,
AND CAUSES DEATH TO FLEE AWAY
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 5, 6
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 5, 6
Copyright, 1948 Reprint
All rights reserved V.T. HOUTEFF
A FEAST THAT ROLLS AWAY THE VEIL, OPENS THE GATES,
AND CAUSES DEATH TO FLEE AWAY
LEWDNESS FLEES AWAY-
REVIVAL AND REFORMATION WIN
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Turn From Debate; Present The Truth
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, beginning on page 40, the last paragraph-
"Instead of discussing erroneous theories, or seeking to combat the opponents
of the gospel, follow the example of Christ. Let fresh truths from God's treasure-
We should pray this afternoon for the ability to follow the example of Christ in teaching. We should also pray that we shall remember that we are instructed not to engage in debate with those who disagree with us; that Christ did not debate, and neither must we if we are to win; that God will supply us with fresh truths to bring to the people; that if such truths do not convince the opposers of the "everlasting gospel," nothing will, even if the dead should arise for a witness against them; that we exalt the Bible above all other books; that we measure all else with the Bible yardstick, and forever break all other measuring sticks.
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A FEAST THAT ROLLS AWAY THE VEIL, OPENS THE GATES, AND CAUSES DEATH TO FLEE AWAY
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-
SABBATH, SEPTEMBER 6, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
The text of our study this afternoon is Isaiah 25 and 26. In order properly to
orientate ourselves to the subject matter, we shall begin with the sixth verse of
Isa. 25:6 -
First of all we should find the truth of this figurative mountain. For this information
we must go to the last verse of the twenty-
Isa. 24:23; 25:6 -
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Here you see that "Mount Zion" is the mountain on which the Lord will prepare a feast for all people, a feast of tempting things. There will the people gather together.
Isa. 25:7 -
When the covering under which the nations now stand, rolls away, then shall they
find themselves in the open -
To make these great events possible, not only the ones who at that time rule the land, but Moab, too, we see, shall be trodden down. And who could Moab be if not the Arabs who now lay heavy claim to the land of Palestine? Soon the world will find that God has not forsaken the earth, and that God is master of the situation.
Isa. 25:11, 12 -
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hands in the midst of them, as He that swimmeth spreadeth forth His hands to swim: and He shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall He bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust."
These verses hold the fact before us that it matters not what kind of fortification men may devise, such shall nevertheless be brought down as a straw when the Lord manifests His power. Having now clearly seen this wonderful Bible Truth, let it be you to say:
Isa. 25:1 -
Here we are shown that as a result of this revealed Truth, some will truly accept the Lord of the Bible as their God, and will pledge to exalt Him and ever to praise His wonderful name because they see that He has done wonderful things. His counsels of old will they not turn down because they will know from experience that His counsels are faithfulness and Truth. They will from personal experience know God's power and say:
Isa. 25:2, 3 -
The city of this verse must be the one first mentioned in Isaiah 24:
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"The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
"They [those who are not shaken down] shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea. Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous [as a result, there shall be converts from the four corners of the earth].
"But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have
dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth." Isa.
The following quotation from the Spirit of Prophecy adds light to these verses:
"I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and
the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials
for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world."
Isa. 26:1 -
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in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks."
The song for the majesty of the Lord is therefore to be sung in the Promised Land, and there will the saints have a city that cannot be shaken down, for it is to have salvation for walls. Then it shall be said:
Isa. 26:2 -
Here is taught that all this takes place in a day of salvation, in a day that the gates can be opened for a righteous nation to enter in. Yes, a whole nation, of such as should be saved, not a sinner among them, shall then respond to the call, "Come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Isa. 26:3, 4 -
Although throughout the years of history nations have developed great power, yet not one has retained that power forever. But we are here reassured that those who trust in the Lord Jehovah shall have eternal peace and everlasting strength.
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the needy. The way of the just is uprightness: Thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. Yea, in the way of Thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for Thee; the desire of our soul is to Thy name, and to the remembrance of Thee. With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord."
These verse plainly tell us that when the judgments of God fall upon the earth, the righteous minded will learn righteousness; but the unrepentant sinners will not learn righteousness regardless what is done for them. And this is why they are to be barred from the congregation of the righteous. The righteous, however, even now feel the Lord's mighty hand and painfully they declare:
Isa. 26:11 -
Indeed, when God's hand is lifted up to deliver His people, the wicked will not
see it. But after the righteous are delivered, the wicked will clearly see and envy,
but it shall be to their shame and too late to do them any good. Even now while
"the latter rain" is falling, the self-
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the open. Thus they learn to say-
Isa. 26:12 -
This can be said only by those who allow the Lord to perform His work in their hearts, so that they may praise Him:
These verses declare that Israel of the promises, not the unbelieving Jew, have increased in number since having been removed from their land, since having been scattered to the ends of the earth. While this chastening (being driven away from their land) is still upon them, they pour out prayer and say:
Isa. 26:17, 18 -
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Here is shown that the eyes of the penitent are to be opened; they are to see themselves as God sees them, and confess that they have heretofore failed in their efforts, that they have travailed, have been in pain, but have brought forth only "wind," as it were, while the impenitent think that they themselves are rich and increased with goods, are doing a great deed, and are in need of nothing.
Yes, the church may now boast of her achievements, or her so-
"In the mighty sifting soon to take place, we shall be better able to measure
the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will
manifest that his fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor." -
Isa. 26:19 -
Not only the living, but the dead also shall be gathered into the "strong city." We already hear the Lord pleading with us all, saying:
Isa. 26:20 -
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This plea shows that we are approaching the time of trouble and that God is anxious to have us under cover. The wise will hear Him and will accept the chambers, the protection He provides for them.
Isa. 26:21 -
All these truths which God is now bringing to our attention, point to one thing:
That the great and terrible day of the Lord is at hand, that He is soon to manifest
His power and shake the earth so that everything that cannot be shaken may stand.
Are you not glad, Brother, Sister, that God is giving you first opportunity to get
ready for the day of God, to hold fast to His ever-
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