SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 30
THE RESTORATION AND THE TIME
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 31, 32
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 31, 32
Copyright, 1948 Reprint
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THE RESTORATION AND THE TIME
IF A MAN DIES HOW SHALL HE LIVE AGAIN?
AND WHAT SHALL HE BE LIKE?
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Do Your Work; Leave The Results To God
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, page 64, beginning with the last paragraph:
"The work of the sower is a work of faith. The mystery of the germination and
growth of the seed he can not understand. But he has confidence in the agencies
by which God causes vegetation to flourish. In casting his seed into the ground,
he is apparently throwing away the precious grain that might furnish bread for his
family. But he is only giving up a present good for a larger return. He casts the
seed away, expecting to gather it many-
Let us pray for faith, and then go cheerfully into the vineyard and sow the seed the Lord has so graciously provided, remembering His promise that His Work shall not return unto Him void, but that it shall prosper in the thing whereto He sends it. We must remember, too, that faith is the first rung of the ladder to salvation, and that without faith we cannot please God.
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THE RESTORATION AND THE TIME
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-
SABBATH, MARCH 13, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our text is found in the third chapter of Acts:
Here we are told that the heavens must receive the Lord, not forever, but until the times "of restitution of all things." He is, therefore, at the time of restitution to return to earth.
Shall this returning be unexpected? or shall the Lord first send someone to prepare
His way? And if someone is to precede His coming, who will it be? -
Mal. 3:1; 4:5 -
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temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.... Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord."
Here the Scriptures point out that someone in the spirit and power of Elijah the prophet is first to appear, and will not only prepare the way, but will also restore all things. Plainly, the message of Elijah shall restore all things in the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the day of restitution, the day the Lord comes to His temple, the Church. The spirit of Elijah was a spirit against idolatry, and his power was a power to destroy those who led in idolatry, and to bring about purity.
Mal. 3:2, 3 -
At this coming He is not to take His saints to the mansions above, but He is to
purify the sons of Levi -
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fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
So it was in Eden, and so it must be again if all things are to be restored, and if these prophecies are to be fulfilled.
Isa. 11:10 -
"In that day" -
"Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.... But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above
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the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Mic. 3:12; 4:1, 2.
Clear it is that after the dispersion of the Jews, and after the destruction of Old Jerusalem, in the Christian era, the last days, then it is that the restoration of all things takes place; and the fact that many people shall then join the Lord, the restoration therefore takes place in probationary time, in the great and dreadful day. The "ensign," too, shall then stand and to it shall the Gentiles seek. The day is to be great for the righteous, and dreadful for the sinners.
Zech 14:4, 5 -
"In that day." In what day? -
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the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, there shall be a very great
valley; "and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward
the south." Zech. 14:4. The Lord's post-
The servants of God shall then flee to the valley of the mountains, where the Lord's feet shall stand, and all the saints with them; that is, the Lord's "feet" will open the way for the restoration of the Kingdom, and for the gathering of the people into it.
Here we see that there is to be peace in "the valley of the mountains" -
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Judah. Judah and Ephraim are nevertheless to be in conflict with the countries surrounding the land, for they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines, and lay hand upon Edom and Moab. The Ammonites, though, shall obey them.
Isa. 11:15 -
Yes, the Lord will open the way for the gathering of His people. The Exodus of today, therefore, shall be as the Exodus of yesterday, only on a greater scale. God's people in these last days shall be gathered from every land, not from the land of Egypt.
Isa. 11:16 -
Thus shall the kingdom of Judah and Israel be restored, and be given peace and plenty.
Micah 4:4 -
And now this is God's light, and this is His plea:
Isa. 2:5 -
The message of Elijah that restores all
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things is indeed an addition to the Third Angel's Message, and it shall certainly
swell into a loud cry. It shall gather God's people from the four corners of the
earth, and bring them out of Babylon as the earth is lightened with the glory of
the angel (Rev. 18:1-
As Noah's ark preserved every living thing that was to inhabit the earth after the flood, in like manner the restored Kingdom of Judah and Israel is to gather and preserve from the plagues every living thing that is to inhabit the new earth; the Kingdom restored is to be the ark in our day, and her people shall live and reign a thousand years with Christ (Rev. 20:4), and finally return when the earth is made new.
Isa. 65:17, 18, 25 -
Obviously those who seek to enter into this ark of safety shall live and reign
with Christ during the thousand years, and those who spurn it shall lie breathless
in the "bottomless pit" until the post-
How important, then, that we be not napping, but that we arise and put on the wedding garment
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now lest we find ourselves weeping and gnashing our teeth, even worse than did the
We have now seen that the restoration "of all things" begins with the gathering of the people unto Judah, and that the Kingdom is complete when the earth is made new. Let us therefore do what we can to help build the ark now and to enter into it with as many souls as possible, for Inspiration's own revelation of this Truth shows that we are approaching the day of restitution of all things, that this is the message of the hour.
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O solemn thought! and can it be
The hour of Judgment now is come,
Which soon must fix our destiny,
And seal the sinner's fearful doom?
Yes, it is so; the Judgment hour
Is swiftly hastening to its close;
Then will the Judge, in mighty power,
Descend in vengeance on His foes.
He who came down to earth to die,
An offering for the sins of men,
And then ascended up on high,
And will ere long return again,
Is standing now before the ark,
To plead His blood for saints, and make
The last remembrance of their sin.
The solemn moment is at hand
When we who have his name confessed,
Each in his lot must singly stand,
And pass the final, searching test.
Jesus! we hope in Thee alone;
In mercy now upon us look,
Confess our names before the throne,
And blot our sins from out Thy book.
O Blessed Saviour! may we feel
The full importance of this hour.
Inspire our hearts with holy zeal,
And aid us by Thy Spirit's power,
That we may, in Thy strength, be strong,
And brave the conflict valiantly;
Then, on Mount Zion, join the song,
And swell the notes of victory.
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