SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 2
SATAN'S TRIPLE DEFEAT BRINGS THE
"TIME OF TROUBLE SUCH AS NEVER WAS"
TEXT FOR PRAYER
"The Cares Of This World"
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, pg. 51, paragraph two.
"No class is free from the temptation to worldly care. To the poor, toil and deprivation and the fear of want bring perplexities and burdens. To the rich come fear of loss and a multitude of anxious cares. Many of Christ's followers forget the lesson He has bidden us learn from the flowers of the field. They do not trust to His constant care. Christ can not carry their burden, because they do not cast it upon Him. Therefore the cares of life, which should drive them to the Saviour for help and comfort, separate them from Him."
In this reading we are instructed not to carry our own burdens, but to let the Lord carry them for us. Had we horse sense, we should be better off. As you know, horses do not worry about their next meal. Their only aim is to serve their master's will. They leave all the burden for food and shelter to their masters. They know that they are worthy of their hire.
Horses, you see, have more faith in their masters than most Christians have in God.
Now let us kneel and pray that we shall thoroughly realize these things and that we shall place our full trust in our Master. We have a good Master, and we are His sons, not His horses, remember.
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SATAN'S TRIPLE DEFEAT BRINGS THE "TIME OF TROUBLE SUCH AS NEVER WAS"
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 29, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our subject this afternoon is found in Revelation 12, and is illustrated on the
The Dark Shaded Area Above = The Period without The Bible
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We all somewhat agree, I know, that this woman of Revelation 12 is symbolical of the Church; that the Dragon is symbolical of Satan; and that the child represents Christ. But inasmuch as we may not agree as to whether the woman is symbolical of the Old Testament church or of the New or of both, it is essential that we study to see eye to eye.
Now, the questions naturally arise, If Christ is the One Who brought forth the Christian church, then how can she be His mother? And was not Christ born at least thirty years before the Christian church came into being? Is not the egg laid before the chicken is hatched? And finally, is it not true that if we blunder forth on an erroneous premise that we shall find ourselves further and further from the truth on
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the subject? -
We all know that Christ was born, not to the Christian church, but to the Jewish.
This being so, then how can we escape the truth that this twelve-
Moreover, before the child was born, and before the Gospel of Christ came to the Church, she was clothed with the sun, and the moon stood under her feet. There is therefore not the slightest excuse for one to conclude that the woman represents the Church clothed with the Gospel of Christ. And if her sun clothing does not represent the Gospel of Christ, then what does it represent?
Since she was clothed with the sun before Christ's birth, and before the Gospel
came, then her sun-
What is symbolized by the moon under her feet? -
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before Moses, in which the Word of God did not shine directly on the people as It
Though this twelve-
Taking all these points into one common whole, they positively show that the woman is symbolical of God's everliving Church for all times, and that she is His saving Truth, His true wife, the Truth that gave birth to Christ and that gives birth to all His "brethren" (His followers), "the remnant of her seed." Rev. 12:17.
When the promise of the coming Saviour was made, it was then that the dragon learned that the Church was to give birth to the "man child," and from then on he watched her closely, hoping to destroy the world's Redeemer as soon as He was born. This he endeavored to accomplish
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through Herod, when he caused a multitude of little children to be slaughtered. The child Christ, nevertheless escaped, and the Devil met his first defeat in this connection.
Now the Dragon being fortified with seven heads and ten horns, denotes that he controlled all the civil and religious powers in that day (for the symbolical number "ten" denotes universality, just as do the ten toes of Daniel 2, the ten horns of the other Bible beasts, and the ten virgins of Matthew 25).
The horns represent all the civil powers, while the heads represent all the religious
powers, for the Biblical number "seven" denotes completeness. Moreover, the fact
that the Church (the Jews), the only agency through which God worked up to that time,
crucified the Lord, is in itself sufficient proof that the Church had apostatized,
that she had become the Dragon's seventh head, and that thus was the Dragon armed
with ten horns and seven heads, -
Thus it is that the world was lost in that day, and thus it was that Christ came to redeem it. To do all this He started a new church organization. In this light we see Christ, the world's Redeemer, and His mission even more important than we have ever seen it before.
The Dragon's drawing from heaven a third part of the stars (angels, Rev. 12:9) with his tail, not with his claws, denotes that in the beginning of Satan's universal rebellion the angels volunteered to follow the rebel leader,
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and to unite with him in his evil work against the human family.
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commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
The main point to be noticed in these verses is that after the Dragon and his
angels were cast out of Heaven (Satan's second defeat), and after he had persecuted
the Church, and she had taken her flight into the wilderness, the Dragon followed
her there, but rather than persecuting her, he cast "water as a flood after her,"
hoping to cause her to be carried away by it. In other words, after he saw that
he could not stop the growth of the Christian Church by persecuting her followers,
he changed his tactics and instead compelled the Pagans to join her, expecting thereby
to cause her to be paganized -
The Dragon, though, is again to miss the mark, for the earth is to open her mouth
and swallow up the flood; that is, Inspiration definitely forecasts that those who
join the Church for some purpose other than to follow and practice the Truth, shall
be disposed of by a miracle, be swallowed by the earth, as it were. And when this
comes to pass Satan shall have met his third defeat. Summarized, here are his three
defeats: No. 1 -
When he meets his third defeat, when the tares which he sowed are burned (for as a flood they are swallowed by the earth, but as tares they are burned by the angels), then it is that the Church will appear "'Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,' she is to go forth into all the world,
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conquering and to conquer." -
Having met such a mighty defeat, and having seen that the Church is freed from his flood, the Dragon's wrath is to be intensified. He will be wroth with the woman and "make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:17), "the Spirit of Prophecy" (Rev. 19:10).
Obviously, the remnant are those who are left after the earth opens her mouth and swallows up the flood. They as a body keep the commandments of God, and have the living Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit Who dictated the Scriptures, Who has led God's people into all Truth down through the ages, and Who still is. Thus it is that the Dragon's wrath, and the Church's purity, caused by the Dragon's third defeat, are to bring the time of trouble such as never was:
"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." Dan. 12:1.
Nothing in the world is worth as much as having our names written in the book. And therein we may have our names if we choose to follow the Spirit of Truth and to keep the commandments of God. Here we have seen that those who think that the law, the ten commandments, is "abolished," that their lives need not comport with
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the law; and those who think that the Spirit of Prophecy is a thing of the past, that God has left the world to get along as best it can, that He no longer bothers Himself to send a prophet; that all such shall find themselves in league with Babylon the Great, the seat of the Dragon, and rather than having their names written in the Book, they will have the mark of the beast, and have a part in persecuting the remnant which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Now is the time for all to decide either to be swallowed up by the earth -
Let us therefore choose deliverance rather than defeat. "O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer." Psa. 31:23.
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