SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 36
DEMOCRACY, COMMUNISM, CATHOLICISM, OR PROTESTANTISM– WHICH IS NEXT TO RULE THE WORLD?
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 36, 37
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 36, 37
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DEMOCRACY, COMMUNISM, CATHOLICISM, OR PROTESTANTISM-
HISTORY AND PROPHECY, COMMANDMENTS
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Christ Reproduced In His People
Christ's Object Lessons, page 69, beginning with the first paragraph:
"'When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.' Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain."
Here is truth that tells when we may expect Christ to come and gather His own: "When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people."
We should now pray that we put forth the effort to grow as Christians, to love and work for others, to reproduce Christ's character in us, then this old world will come to an end, and the new world will for us commence.
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DEMOCRACY, COMMUNISM, CATHOLICISM,
TO RULE THE WORLD?
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MAY 15, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Are the nations from now on to live in two worlds? Man may guess, but he cannot predict. God alone knows the future. And if He does not tell us, then we shall never know ahead of time.
Daniel 7; Revelation 13, 17
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On this charted symbolism is seen the world in prophecy from the prophet Daniel's time down to our day, and beyond. In this symbolical prophecy, therefore, we must search to see if there is any information given on the subject in question.
We and the majority in Christendom commonly believe that the lion represents the
ancient empire of Babylon, the bear Medo-
If the beasts of Daniel, the first four beasts on the chart, represent four periods
of time, one following the other, then why should not the last three likewise represent
three periods of time, one following the other? -
In contrast to the crownless horns on the non-
Why crowns on the one and no crowns on the other? -
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this happened when Pagan Rome fell, and that the kings that then took their crowns, kingdoms, are the kings who reach down to our day. These kings have now almost dwindled away, their thrones are being taken by Fascism, Communism, or by some form of Republicanism.
Moreover, the leopard-
Plainly, then, the leopard-
Still further, the leopard-
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Now the fact that the wounded head of the leopard-
We are now ready to see by means of this symbolical beast, the seventh, the kind
of world we are entering into, -
Let us first determine whom the woman represents. The first clue is in the widely known fact that Inspiration never symbolizes civil governments by a woman, but It does repeatedly symbolize a religious institution, a church, by a woman, one that brings converts to its creed. The beast, as do all other symbolical beasts, we have seen, represents the world, while the horns represent the rulers. The horns, ten in number are, moreover, significant of universality as are the ten toes on the great image of Daniel 2, and the ten virgins of Matthew 25. The heads, seven in number, also signify completeness, the whole.
Now the fact that the horns have no kingdom as yet, while the woman rides the beast, also the fact that the woman rides it, rules it, is
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evidence enough that the world is next to be ruled by an ecclesiastical body, not purely by Democracy or by Communism.
That the woman riding the beast symbolizes the world in this day and age is evident
from the fact that the ten horns, the civil powers that be during the reign of Babylon,
hate the woman, the Church. Communism being the only world-
Thus they receive power one symbolical hour with the beast, they themselves not having a kingdom of their own. And in the end of the "hour" they "make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." Rev. 17:16.
Since the woman is a "mother of harlots" (Rev. 17:5), it is obvious that other sects have sprung from her.
We have now seen that the world is next to be ruled not by Democracy, not by Communism,
not by Protestantism, nor by Catholicism. It is to be ruled by a system of religion
in which all her daughters participate -
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Soon, Brother, Sister, we are to enter into this period of persecution, and how thankful we should be that there is no need to fear, no need to be taken off guard. For with the Light now shining on our pathway we should know what to expect and how to cope with the situation. Truly "unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." Ps. 112:4.
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The Lord Is Coming
The Lord is coming! seas, retire!
Ye mountains, melt to liquid fire!
Ye oceans, cease to ebb and flow!
His stately steppings ye should know.
The Lord is coming! Who shall stand?
Who shall be found at His right hand?-
He with the righteous garment on
Which Christ our glorious King hath won.
The Lord is coming! watch and pray!
So shalt thou hasten that glad day;
So shalt thou then escape the snare,
And Christ's eternal glory share.
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