SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 22
THE GREAT PARADOX OF THE AGES
TEXT FOR PRAYER
Break Up The Fallow Ground
I shall read from page 56 of "Christ's Object Lessons":
"Throughout the parable of the sower, Christ represents the different results
of the sowing as depending upon the soil. In every case the sower and the seed are
the same. Thus He teaches that if the word of God fails of accomplishing its work
in our hearts and lives, the reason is to be found in ourselves. But the result
is not beyond our control. True, we can not change ourselves; but the power of choice
is ours, and it rests with us to determine what we will become. The wayside, the
We shall now kneel and pray that we may ever be awake to the Voice of the Spirit of God; to know that although we cannot change ourselves, yet the power of choice is ours; to ever remember that God has created us free moral agents, that we ourselves are responsible for our hardness of heart; to let Him break up our fallow ground so that we may sow to ourselves righteousness; to know that through prayer and study we can keep awake our desire for spiritual things.
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THE GREAT PARADOX OF THE AGES
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, JANUARY 10, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
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The paradox in this prophetic symbolism is with the fourth chariot, you see: It
is hitched to two teams, the grisled and the bay, one team trying to take it in one
direction (south), and the other in another direction (to and fro through the earth)!
What is to become of the chariot, and which of the teams is likely to take it? That
is the paradox, for they cannot both have it unless they walk together. As this
is a paradoxical symbolism, it has been a mystery ever since the prophet wrote it,
and as it is now disclosed for the first time, Inspiration obviously is forewarning
someone of something very serious that is taking place at this particular time. What
can it be?-
The prophet Zechariah was as anxious to know as we are, for he asked, "What are these, my Lord"? And to his question came the answer, "These are the four Spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of the whole earth."
The angel's answer is positive. The chariots, He declared, are the Spirits of the heavens, Who stand before the Lord, and Who are sent to go to and fro through the earth. Plainly, then, these four teams and chariots symbolize four messages (four Spirits) sent from God's presence. And since all the messages from God are carried to and fro through the earth by the Ministry and the Church, the chariots and their teams, therefore, are seen to symbolize the church at work in four different periods.
The next question is, Where in the stream of time shall we look for this message-
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where they stand in time. And as the chariots came from between the mountains, one standing to their left (in the future) and the other to their right (in the past), it is necessary to locate them first. The Biblical interpretation of a symbolical mountain is as follows: "Jerusalem shall be called a city of Truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain." Zech. 8:3. The mountains in Zechariah's prophecy, therefore, as elsewhere in the Bible, are seen to symbolize two governments, churches, very similar in nature (both of brass) and at two different times (one to the chariot's right and one to their left). Being of brass, a metal that has everlasting qualities, that does not deteriorate, shows that they represent something eternal. Moreover the mountains being of the same symbolical material as that which the feet of Christ (Rev. 1:15) were shown to be (brass), it locates the mountains in the Christian era.
The only such holy governments of God in the Christian era, one in the past and
one in the future between which the path of the chariots lies, are the church of
the Pentecost with the 120 Spirit-
It is well understood that the church of today is made up of all kinds of materials,
not of solid brass -
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ghost as they fell at the apostle's feet (Acts 5:1-
Plainly, the chariots symbolize the church militant at work between the two Pentecosts.
The fourth chariot being the last, it is to be found operating just before the second Pentecost.
Since the chariots are led by horses, the horses themselves must symbolize the chariot's (church's) leadership, and the passengers in the chariots must symbolize the laity.
The symbolism, though, is to disclose the paradoxical situation that exists with the fourth chariot, the last, and hence the Laodicean church with the Judgment message, as her name itself indicates.
The first chariot, you remember, is led by red horses; the second by black horses;
the third by white; and the fourth by two kinds -
This symbolical prophecy is seen to corroborate history. It points out that the Christian Church at first suffered martyrdom, shown by the color, red. Then followed the Dark Ages of religion when the church
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was in captivity (black). Following these came the Protestant period, the period
of religious freedom (white team). And at last comes the fourth chariot with its
bay and grisled teams. The teams are seen to have a controversial struggle over
the chariot. Grisled being an indefinite color -
Since the Church originated in Asia, Jerusalem in particular, the first chariot
is seen to have remained there, for it went nowhere. The "north country," geographically
north of Palestine is where the other chariots went; that is, the countries which
the Christian nations are now inhabiting. The fourth chariot, though, is supposed
to go to and fro through the earth -
God's Spirit having been silenced in the north country, must denote that the messages
of God in the north country were generally rejected, especially the one of the forth
chariot, which caused the Spirit of Truth to turn away and to bring Truth no more
through them -
The double team of horses, and their two kinds of colors, pulling in two different
directions are immediately seen to symbolize a double set of church leaders (the
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prophetic scene, are leading the chariot into Egypt -
The immediate necessity, therefore, is to unhitch (discharge) the one, so that the other can be free to go to and fro through the earth as soon as they are told to "Go." When this happens the paradox will be a paradox no longer.
What put two different kinds of leaders working at cross purposes? -
"...Those who have rendered supreme homage to 'science falsely so-
Obviously, these self-
We shall now read of the leaders whom the bay
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horses depict, the ones that come on the scene last:
"...The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed
to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon
you. But, it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of
a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the daytime we look toward heaven,
but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot
distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine lustre." -
This is exactly what is happening right now: Those who are rejecting the message
that is announcing the Judgment for the Living; those who "did not keep pace with
the light," and are satisfied to stay in antitypical Egypt; the Seventh-
Now let the founder of the Seventh-
"I am filled with sadness when I think of our condition as a people.... The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader, and is steadily
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retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual
power. Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening
our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead
of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God
has spoken to you. Light has been shining from his world and from the testimonies,
and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack
of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us." -
What will unhitch the grisled horses from the chariot? -
Isa. 66:16, 19, 20 -
Here is projected a slaughter, taking place among those who have been instructed to abstain from unclean meats, but among whom many are violating God's command. The disobedient, those whose bellies are their gods, including those who sanctify
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and purify themselves, (the self-
After the transgressors are thus removed, then those who are left, the "remnant,"
the escaped ones, become the servants of God and are sent to all the nations, especially
to those who have not as yet heard either of God's fame or the good news of His Kingdom.
These escaped ones are to bring to the house of the Lord all their brethren, all
that will be converted to Christ -
Thus will the Gospel be finished by those who escape from the Lord's slaying (Isa. 66:15,16) and God's people be quickly gathered from the four corners of the earth, happily brought as an offering to the house of the Lord (Isa. 66:19, 20).
Now is everyone's chance to decide to be either on the one side or on the other,
either to reform and be led by the faithful bay horses, or to cling to the self-
Now is your opportunity to act, and it is my wish and prayer that you, and every member of the Denomination,
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chooses to be on the side which this unveiled paradox of the ages plainly and definitely instructs you to be on. Do not let the grisled horses deceive you any longer. Meet their fair speeches with "Thus saith the Lord." You take them to task on this strictly Biblical Truth.
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