SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 6
LEWDNESS FLEES AWAY AT CHILDREN'S PROTEST!
REVIVAL AND REFORMATION WIN
TEXT FOR PRAYER
How To Secure Imperishable Knowledge
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, beginning on page 41, paragraph three-
"In turning from God's word to feed on the writings of uninspired men, the mind
becomes dwarfed and cheapened.... The understanding adapts itself to the comprehension
of the things with which it is familiar, and in this devotion to finite things it
is weakened, its power is contracted, and after a time it becomes unable to expand.
All this is false education. The work of every teacher should be to fasten the
mind of the youth upon the grand truths of the word of Inspiration. This is the
education essential for this life and for the life to come. And let it not be thought
that this will prevent the study of the sciences, or cause a lower standard in education.
The knowledge of God is as high as heaven and as broad as the universe.... Let the
youth seek to grasp these God-
What a lesson not only for the youth but for the adults as well! Let us pray that we might realize the importance of studying inspired Truth; that we might realize it does not eliminate the study of true science; that to devote our lives to the Word of God is to obtain a great treasure of wisdom; that thus is the image of God restored in the soul.
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LEWDNESS FLEES AWAY AT CHILDREN'S PROTEST!-
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, SEPTEMBER 13, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our subject is found in the first and second chapters of Hosea. We shall begin
Hos. 1:2 -
We immediately see that this wife and these children symbolize God's people departing from Him, and that such a wicked act, He calls whoredom.
Hos. 1:3, 4 -
God's reason for thus naming Hosea's first visionary son, was to signify that in a little while He was to avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, who was then the king of Israel. Then declared the Lord:
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Hos. 1:5 -
To break the bow would mean to break the nation's military strength. The history of this is recorded in 2 Kings 10, 11.
Hos. 1:6 -
This child's name was to denote the complete destruction of the house of Israel,
Hos. 1:7 -
The Lord promised to spare the house of Judah from the invasion of the king of
Assyria. The history of this incident is recorded in 2 Kings 19:35 -
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Hos. 1:8, 9 -
The name of the third child was to signify that though Israel and Judah were God's chosen people, the day was fast approaching in which they would no longer be called His people. The fulfillment of this phase of the prophecy brings us to the Christian era.
Hos. 1:10 -
In spite of the calamities that were to overtake the children of Israel, they
were to become very numerous. And when they are thus greatly multiplied, they are
again to be called the sons of God. And so here we see a prophecy of the rebellion
of God's people and God's rejection of them, as well as their repentance and re-
Let us here for a moment discuss the titles "Judah" and "Israel." When superficially
read these titles are as a rule misconstrued and made to mean the identified Jews.
But we must not be superficial readers and thinkers. Let us be deep Bible students.
Now, everyone knows that the identified Jews of today are but a handful -
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identified Jews of today are not the descendants of the ten-
We must not overlook the fact that the Gospel of Christ divided the house of Judah
into two sects -
These descendants of Jacob, who were assimilated by the Gentile nations, therefore, were to multiply as the sand of the sea. They are the ones who, after becoming Christians, are again called the sons of the living God.
Of those who first embraced the Christian faith, the Apostle Peter speaks thus: "Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." 1 Pet. 2:10.
And the Apostle John says: "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the
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sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12.
Now we see that the prophecy of Hosea 1 begins with the house of Israel and Judah,
and brings us down through the stream of time to the Christian era. For light on
the church in the Christian period, we turn to-
Hos. 1:11 -
The Word of God, therefore, definitely declares that the subjects of the torn-
In a similar symbolism, the prophet was told that after many days of obscurity and wandering, "shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king [evidently David is the "one head" whom they appoint], and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days." Hos. 3:5.
Continuing with the same family illustration, and pointing to the Christian era, the Lord commands:
Hos. 2:1 -
Here we see that the names of the two children of chapter 1 are again mentioned, but the first two letters of each name have been dropped:
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Now, what is it all about? -
Hos. 2:2 -
The fact that God Himself calls the prophet Hosea's visionary wife His own wife, reveals that she represents the church, that Hosea represents God, and that while Jezreel represents the mouthpiece of God, Ammi and Ruhamah represent the church membership. In childhood (Hosea 1), they represent the Old Testament church, the Hebrews, but in their youth, having their names altered, (Hosea 2), they represent the New Testament church, the Christians.
Now that the laity, at the command of God are through a prophet to plead with the church, therefore, the reformation here called forth is sponsored by Inspiration and carried out by the laity. It is the long expected revival and reformation to the Laodiceans, and hence a layman's
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movement called forth by the revived Spirit of Prophecy.
From this prophecy, you see, the Denomination is by God Himself charged with "whoredom," with having illicit connections with the world. This lewdness she must give up if she is to obtain favor with God.
These are not man's words, you understand, but God's. And should we not be grateful that He is doing everything He can to save us? The church must repent, says the Lord:
Hos. 2:3 -
The Denomination often boasts of gain in membership (children), but God charges that those whom she brings in are illegitimate children! And how could it be otherwise if the church herself is corrupted with the world? What else could her converts be? What would free them from the worldly influences, if she (the ministry), is herself tainted with the practices of the world? Indeed her converts cannot be lawful children.
Hos. 2:5 -
The church has gone after the world because she mistakenly thinks that her support comes from worldlings, from her "lovers."
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Hos. 2:6 -
Here we see that the church proposes, but that God disposes; her plans do not
work out as expected -
Hos. 2:7 -
Again we see that trials and adverse circumstances are for our good, for thus is the church brought to her right senses.
From these verses we see that it was just such a departure from God that caused the church in her early Christian era to lose her path and all
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her possessions, including her feast days, her new moons, her Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
This is exactly what happened when the "Dark Ages" of religion began. The Pagans in whose clutches the church fell were no more to blame for the church's going into darkness than were the Chaldeans of destroying Judah and her temple. The real blame falls on the church herself. And this should be a lasting lesson to each of us, that we should never again have illicit connection with the world, should never depart from the Lord.
Now, let us read what other experiences the church was to go through:
Hos. 2:13, 14 -
Notice that the Lord visits the church not when she is in good spiritual standing with Him, but when she is in her greatest idolatry. Indeed, He could not visit her at a more opportune time, because only when she is in greatest darkness can she possibly discern light. And her condition, you know, can never improve unless He should call on her. Thus it was in John the Baptist's day, also when the Protestant reformation came, and thus it is today. God knows how to save. Saving is His chief concern.
"God requires certain things of His people;
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if they say, I will not give up my heart to do this thing, the Lord lets them go
on in their supposed wise judgment without heavenly wisdom, until this scripture
[Isa. 28:13] is fulfilled. You are not to say, I will follow the Lord's guidance
up to a certain point that is in harmony with my judgment, and then hold fast to
your own ideas, refusing to be molded after the Lord's similitude. Let the question
be asked, Is this the will of the Lord? if not, Is this the opinion or judgment
of __________?" -
And what is God's promise now to His church?
Hos. 2:15 -
As a result of her vineyards' being restored, and also of her being given the
valley of Achor for a door of hope, the church is to sing as in the days of her youth,
as when she came up out of Egypt and lodged in the Promised Land. What could her
vineyard be but her own land? And if the valley of Achor is for a door of hope to
her, what can it be but what it was in Joshua's time -
"The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with
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slaughtering weapons in their hands: 'Go ye after him through the city, and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.'
"Here we see that the church -
Hos. 2:16 -
So it is that after the hypocrites and sinners are taken out of the way, the church shall no longer call the Saviour Baali (Lord), but she shall call him Ishi (Husband). The significance is that then He will truly be her husband, whereas now He is to her as it were only some great personality.
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Hos. 2:18 -
Here is peace, the only peace that one can have today if he so desires. This is peace overflowing with safety. The saints, after the sinners have been removed from among them, need not fear beasts, fowls or creeping things of the ground, neither gun nor sword; they shall lie down in confidence and assurance that nothing shall hurt them, for He "Whose fan is in His hand,...will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matt. 3:12.
In saying that the Lord will hear the heavens, and the heavens the earth, Inspiration actually says that when these things take place on earth, the Lord is to be in the midst of His people, that He is to speak from earth and His subjects in heaven shall hear Him.
Hos. 2:22 -
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the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel."
To hear the corn, the wine, and the oil is to hear them speak, and since real
corn, wine, and oil cannot speak, they must be figurative of spiritual food and drink
Let us now review our study of today by following this graphic illustration:
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Here we see Jezreel, Lo-
Then we see that the letters "Lo" are dropped from the names Ruhamah and Ammi,
denoting a change of names -
The family as little children representing the people of the Old Testament church, and as youth representing the New Testament church, show that spiritual growth has been made through the stream of time, that they are now grown, able to take "strong meat," and truly to be the reformers to the church, and the missionaries to the world.
We also see that the same mother and the same father, along with the same children, represent both the Old and New Testament churches; that the descendants of Jacob in reality are the old olive tree (Rom. 11:24), that the only way the Gentiles can get into the kingdom is for them to be grafted into the old olive tree. Jew or Gentile, all must join it if they are to be in the kingdom. This can be done only by our own consent and action now while the Spirit is pleading with us, and while the Lord stands ready to do the work. No one need be excluded. No one need remain a lukewarm Laodicean unless he so chooses. My hope is that all will choose life
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rather than death.
Next we see that the church as a whole, as a family, is composed of a father, a mother, and of sons and a daughter, that the father is God; that the wife is the ministry (those who bring in converts); that the children are the laity. We see also that the church (woman) was married to the Lord in her youth, in the day she came out of Egypt; that although the ministry as a whole never advanced from one truth to another, the church (wife) continued by being replaced by new and successive ministers time and again. And now that she is deep in whoredom, obviously she is again to be replaced by a new ministry, and thus will she become faithful to our Father; that this will be accomplished by taking away the sinners from her midst. Then will she be given her vineyards, and then will she and all her children live in peace and safety.
Clearly, then, lewdness shall actually flee away, and this revival and reformation brought forth by this layman's movement shall accomplish its given work. And so, you see that as a result of the childrens' protest, the whole family of God shall live happily in peace and safety forevermore.
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