SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 2
A WORLD GOVERNMENT
AND THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO IT
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 17, 18
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 17, 18
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A WORLD GOVERN MENT AND THE ONLY
PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO IT
THE FINAL WORLD GOVERN MENT
COMMUN ISTIC OR CAPITALISTIC, WHICH?
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
The Deceitfulness Of Riches
This afternoon I shall read on page 52 of Christ's Object Lessons:
"The love of riches has an infatuating, deceptive power. Too often those who possess worldly treasure forget that it is God who gives them power to get wealth. They say, 'My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.' Deut. 8:17. Their riches, instead of awakening gratitude to God, lead to the exaltation of self. They lose the sense of their dependence upon God and their obligation to their fellow men. Instead of regarding wealth as a talent to be employed for the glory of God and the uplifting of humanity, they look upon it as a means of serving themselves. Instead of developing in man the attributes of God, riches thus used are developing in him the attributes of Satan....
"'And the lusts of other things.' These are not necessarily things sinful in themselves, but something that is made first instead of the kingdom of God. Whatever attracts the mind from God, whatever draws the affections away from Christ, is an enemy to the soul."
We should now pray for the realization that God is the One Who gives us the opportunity to obtain our needs, and that He blesses some with riches for no other purpose than for the rich to serve Him in the person of humanity. In this reading we are also commended to pray that we shun serving self, and learn to give God the credit for all our righteous acts, and to charge our sins against the Devil.
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A WORLD GOVERNMENT AND THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO IT
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-
SABBATH, DECEMBER 6, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Daniel 7; Revelation 13, 17
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"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
"And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
"If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
We have here read the description of one
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beast, but the remaining verses bring to our attention another beast.
This second beast arises, not from the sea, but from the earth. And he makes an image, a likeness of the first beast; that is, he revives the governmental principles of the first beast, the principles in force before the first beast received his deadly wound.
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The Bible, we see, places the number "666," not on the first beast, the leopard-
An early denominational publication, entitled A Word To The Little Flock, and
issued by the founders of the denomination, also rightly places the number "666"
on the two-
The Revelation being a complement (Acts of the Apostles, pg. 585) of the book of Daniel, it is necessary that we touch a little on Daniel, chapter seven in particular.
The little horn in the second phase of Daniel's fourth beast, shows a rise of
brutal, tyrannical power, -
Daniel explains that his four beasts symbolize four world empires, one following
the other. And it has long been widely understood that they are Babylon, Medo-
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must therefore represent the world after the fall of the fourth empire, after Pagan Rome.
Moreover, the ten crownless horns of Daniel's fourth beast being symbolical of
kings that were to arise out of the Roman Empire, the crowns on the leopard-
Still further, the leopard-
Now, since the horns of John's beast symbolize the nations, and his wounded head symbolizes a religious organization divorced from a civil power, and since his seven heads are all alike, save for the wound on one of them, it becomes obvious that the heads, seven in number, portray religious bodies, Christendom in its entirety. The horns, though, ten in number, portray the civil governments in their entirety. Both horns and heads therefore represent the world of today just as each of Daniel's four beasts respectively, represented the world in their day.
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The horns and heads all being on the beast at the same time, not coming up one after another, or in like manner falling off as the horns in Daniel chapters 7 and 8, should forever convince every rational mind that the horns and heads symbolize civil and religious bodies, all existing at the same time, not one following the other.
The blasphemy being over the heads, not over the horns, denotes that the religious bodies portrayed therein do not worship God according to Truth, that they are not wholly what they profess to be. The exact interpretation that Inspiration places on the word "blasphemy" is this: "I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not." Rev. 2:9.
It is better for all of us to acknowledge our failures than to evade the Truth, for it is the Truth that shall make us free.
Moreover, since we admit that the Reformation inflicted the deadly blow and brought
forth Protestantism, and since Inspiration says the wound was healed, all these prove
something which if we confess, may save our jeopardized lives, and make us as great
as did the whole-
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"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." Rev. 3:17, 18.
For one to be in such a deplorable condition and at the same time to contend that he has need of nothing, is indeed a blasphemy.
Unlike the first beast, the second beast comes from the earth. The sea and the
earth obviously point to two different locations. We know that the beasts of Daniel
7, and the leopard-
The "earth," then, points to a place away from the "sea" and the opposite of what
sea stands for, -
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to its two political ruling powers -
Here you see that this unification of the world, engendered to bring peace and
harmony out of the present chaos, will instead bring an even greater time of trouble.
And why? -
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bow down to the image of the beast, yet those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will never comply. From this you see that the whole plan is directed by a supernatural power whose aim is to boycott the people of God. They shall nevertheless be delivered.
When the beast's decree is passed that no one can buy or sell, and should be killed
Rev. 13:16, 17 -
This power, you see, is to control the world's markets, too.
This symbolic forecast of the world government to be set up, plainly points out that the coming world government is to be neither the U.N., nor Communism, but an ecclesiastical power. We know that it is not Communism, because Communism is against religion, and the beast is for it.
When this comes to pass, which is no longer
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beyond the horizon, then those whose names are written in the "Book of Life" shall be delivered, but all others will have received the mark of the beast. There will be no middle ground, or middle class.
We should now decide what to do, so that we will not be caught off guard. For this very cause the light of Truth has come to us now.
The world government which is to develop from the "League of Nations" and the "United Nations," is not actually to be absolutely universal, and there are still to be "two worlds," but rather than there being Capitalism and Communism, they are to be those who worship the beast and his image, and those who worship God and have their names written in the Book. The latter are the only people who will not bow down to the future world government.
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How blest are they who always keep
The pure and perfect way;
Who never from the sacred paths
Of God's commandments stray!
How blest, who to his righteous laws
Have still obedient been,
And have with fervent, humble zeal
His favor sought to win!
Thou strictly hast enjoined us, Lord,
To learn Thy sacred will;
And all our diligence employ
Thy statutes to fulfill.
O then that Thy most holy will
Might o'er my ways preside;
And I the course of all my life
By Thy direction guide!
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