SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 41
CURRENT EVENTS, THE PALESTINE SITUATION,
AND HOW CLOSE THE SEPARATION?
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 41, 42
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 41, 42
Copyright, 1949 Reprint
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CURRENT EVENTS, THE PALESTINE SITUATION, AND HOW CLOSE THE SEPARATION?
THAT WHICH IS TO BE DURING THE
TIME OF THE END
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, beginning on page 130 with the second paragraph:
"This experience gives every teacher of truth the very qualifications that will make him a representative of Christ. The spirit of Christ's teaching will give a force and directness to his communications and to his prayers. His witness to Christ will not be a narrow, lifeless testimony. The minister will not preach over and over the same set discourses. His mind will be open to the constant illumination of the Holy Spirit....
"When we eat Christ's flesh and drink His blood, the element of eternal life will
be found in the ministry. There will not be a fund of stale, oft-
Here we are told that old truths will be presented in new life; also that Bible symbolism will be revealed. This is the very thing we have now seen with our own eyes. We should pray that God's people be able to recognize that the old truth is now set in a new light and that new life is being given to it.
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CURRENT EVENTS, THE PALESTINE SITUATION,
AND HOW CLOSE THE SEPARATION?
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 6, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
I have been asked to give a study on current events, on the Palestine situation, and on the separation caused by the slaughter that is forecast in Ezekiel's vision.
I wish that I could tell you all you want to know, but I cannot say how soon the
separation, the purification of the church, (Testimonies, Vol. 5, pg. 80), will take
place. God alone knows the time. All I know is that it cannot take place before
we prepare the way, before our God-
I am, however, certain that God will not keep us ignorant of the things we ought to know. If it becomes necessary for us to know ahead of time the day and hour of the purification of the church, the antitypical Passover, we will be told. Yes, we shall know at least as much in advance as Moses knew about the Passover in his day. He did not know months ahead the day and hour of the events that were then to take place, but he was instructed of his and of the people's duties and of what to expect from day to day. Neither did he know beforehand that they were to come up against the Red Sea, but as the cloud led them there, and as the Egyptians followed close behind, he was then told what to
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do. Moreover, at the time they crossed the Sea he did not know that they were to
spend forty years in the desert nor that the grown-
Thus must it be today, because "the secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law." Deut. 29:29. God knows how to lead and how to save. I cannot, therefore, give you light beyond what inspiration makes known. I can only speak of the things that are revealed.
The most exciting current event that we know of is the presidential election which stands only two days in the future. As the nation sees it, this is now the biggest thing in the world, even though many will not get what they want, for each one of the different parties has named its own nominee on the presidential ballot, but only one president is to be elected.
All seem to think that peace and prosperity depend upon the man they put in the White House. Upon the authority of the Word, though, I stand to tell you that regardless who is put in office there will be no peace and desirable lasting prosperity, for God is left out of the plans which have been devised although He alone can give what we are after. And now how may we know that God is not taken into partnership? The clue that gives the answer is this:
If the church members themselves leave God out of consideration and go to men for counsel instead of to God, then how can one expect the world to go to Him? I have in my possession hundreds of letters from our own Denomination which prove this very thing! They give me this information by saying:
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"I never read your literature, and never will; our ministers have investigated your teachings and they have found them to be false. We have all the Truth; we need nothing more. Take my name off your mailing list."
Practically all of these brethren that are trapped by the Laodicean "having need of nothing" idea attempt to refute the message of present Truth by quoting from Sister White's writings, in spite of the fact that their quotations are irrelevant to the subject and misconstrued in their own minds. All quote passages which the leading brethren have cunningly passed on to them in their brochures against us, and all of them sing the same Laodicean song which the leading brethren have put into their mouths.
These things again and again prove that instead of using their own God-
Let me now read these simple and to the point lines of inspired Writ which need no comments:
"Introduce nothing that will cause dissension, without clear evidence that in it God is giving a special message for this time.
"But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people has been that of depending upon men, and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men, and accept the decisions they make; and thus many will reject the very messages God sends to His people, if these leading brethren do not accept them.
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"No one should claim that he has all the light there is for God's people. The
Lord will not tolerate this." -
"We must study the truth for ourselves. No man should be relied upon to think
for us. No matter who he is, or in what position he may be placed, we are not to
look upon any man as a criterion for us. We are to counsel together, and to be subject
one to another; but at the same time we are to exercise the ability God has given
us, in order to learn what is truth. Each one of us must look to God for divine
enlightenment. We must individually develop a character that will stand the test
in the day of God. We must not become set in our ideas, and think that no one should
interfere with our opinions." -
"God wants us to depend upon Him, and not upon man. He desires us to have a new
heart; He would give us revealings of light from the throne of God." -
"...Whatever may be his position of authority, no one has a right to shut away
the light from the people. When a message comes in the name of the Lord to His people,
no one may excuse himself from an investigation of its claims." -
Does not the Denomination's perverted trend in finding Heaven-
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is it to go for advice to one who is already against that which you expect him to approve or disapprove. If God can teach the cattle individually to seek water in the lower lands, not on the top of the mountains and hills, and to search for a place of warmth where the wind does not strike, then why can he not personally show us what is Truth and what is error?
Were the founders of the church directed into Truth by the counsel of the priests
and rabbis, or by the Spirit of God in their hearts? Are we not individually told:
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit
of God: Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of
God." 1 John 4:1, 2." Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all
things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thess. 5:19-
Moreover, Amos by the eye of Inspiration looked down through the centuries, deep into the Christian era, and declared:
Amos 1:2 -
This scripture, you see, reflects the tragedy which took place on the top of Carmel
in the days of Elijah. Here we are given the hint that there is to be another show-
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better! The truth is, though, that if there ever was a need for inspired interpreters of the Scriptures, it is today while many winds of doctrines are blowing from all directions, bringing in confusion, dissension, and disaster everywhere. No one sees eye to eye!
Of this sad condition the Spirit of Prophecy warns:
"Those who allow prejudice to bar the mind against the reception of truth can
not receive the divine enlightenment. Yet, when a view of Scripture is presented,
many do not ask, Is it true, -
"The Lord often works where we least expect Him; He surprises us by revealing
His power through instruments of His own choice, while He passes by the men to whom
we have looked as those through whom light should come. God desires us to receive
the truth upon its own merits, -
The world has never seen a more religious group, nor a more praying and pious people than were the priests, scribes, and Pharisees in Christ's day. Yet they were the very ones who protested against Christ's teachings, who spread prejudice and confusion among the people and who kept them in darkness! Yes, they deceived a whole nation. Finally, if the Jewish Sanhedrin was not to be trusted at Christ's first advent, then how do we know that the Christian's Sanhedrin at Christ's second advent is to be unquestionably correct? It was the Sanhedrins of the middle ages and down to this day that have fought against any Divinely led
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Reformation. And let me read to you of that which took place in the pioneering days of the Denomination:
"But the churches generally did not accept the warning. Their ministers, who
as 'watchmen unto the house of Israel,' should have been the first to discern the
tokens of Jesus' coming, had failed to learn the truth, either from the testimony
of the prophets or from the signs of the times. As worldly hopes and ambitions filled
the heart, love for God and faith in His word had grown cold; and when the advent
doctrine was presented, it only aroused their prejudice and unbelief. The fact that
the message was, to a great extent, preached by laymen, was urged as an argument
against it. As of old, the plain testimony of God's word was met with the inquiry,
'Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed?' And finding how difficult
a task it was to refute the arguments drawn from the prophetic periods, many discouraged
the study of the prophecies, teaching that the prophetic books were sealed, and were
not to be understood. Multitudes, trusting implicitly to their pastors refused to
listen to the warning; an others, though convinced of the truth, dared not confess
it, lest they should be 'put out of the synagogue.' The message which God had sent
for the testing and purification of the church, revealed all too surely how great
was the number who had set their affections on this world rather than upon Christ.
The ties which bound them to earth were stronger than the attractions heavenward.
They chose to listen to the voice of worldly wisdom, and turned away from the heart-
If such has been the experience of the past, and if we all had to make up our own minds for or against the Advent truth in opposition to the decisions of the priests and ministers in our former churches, and if this was the only method of finding Truth then, why should it not be so now? Have we now become less capable than we
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were before becoming Adventists? Are our prayers now failing to bring results? Has the Spirit left us? or have we turned away from Him? There is but one honest answer that can be given:
The church is drifting with the world and she, too, is expecting the world's great men, not the Spirit of God, to tell her what is Truth and what is error, whom to put in office and whom not to. "Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord." Lam. 3:40.
The idea that we, as Seventh-
These are some of the current events which show that humanity is drifting farther and farther away from God and drawing closer and closer to individual self. If we take God into partnership, we will have peace, security, and prosperity. But as it is now, we as a nation and as a people are headed for trouble and uncertainly at home, and for war abroad, while the church sleeps on.
Now as to what I think about the Palestine situation itself: I think the Jews need to have a place to go
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to, but I do not think God is leading them. If God drove the Jews from His land because of their wickedness, because He no longer could tolerate them, then it is certain that He is not leading them back to it now while they are of the same mind and just as hostile against His only Son as they were two thousand years ago. The Jews, therefore, are taking the land on their own responsibility, and when the "times" of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24) end, the new State of Israel, as they call themselves, will then vacate the land much faster than they can now take, it, unless they take God into the land with them.
God is nevertheless to have a people there, but they will be the kind He tells of in the Scriptures, some of which I shall now read:
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ye, and say, O Lord, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the Word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.... And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
Hos. 3:4, 5 -
"Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days."
God will have a people in the land all right, but they all shall know the Lord. Those, therefore, who are now trying to establish themselves in Palestine are not that people. To learn who the people are that will inherit the land, read Tract No. 8, Mount Zion At The Eleventh Hour.
But, you say, is there no prophecy concerning what the Jews are doing today in Palestine? Of course there must be a prophecy. Let me read it to you:
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These verses of Scripture, you note, are to meet fulfillment just before the "day
pass as the chaff," before the fierce anger of the Lord breaks upon the nation not
desired. And while this undesired nation is gathering together, then it is that
all the meek of the earth, those who have borne the Lord's message "before the great
and dreadful day of the Lord" (the church), are counselled to still seek meekness.
There are, therefore, two peoples brought to view in these verses -
Now in view of the fact that there is but one such undesired nation, the Jewish,
and none other, that is hated by all nations, this scripture cannot possibly apply
to another people. Also the fact that now while we are broadcasting the message
of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the day before the day of the Lord's anger,
the undesired Jews world over are gathering together in Palestine -
How are they to get there, and who is to open the way? -
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Zech. 14:4, 5 -
The Lord Himself, you see, is to open the way for the returning of His people.
Isa. 11:11, 12, 16 -
Isa. 27:12, 13 -
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The Lord opens the way, and the Lord gathers His people.
Now about the war as it stands today. Tract No. 14, War News Forecast, which
came out several years ago, tells the truth concerning World War No. 2 and its outcome.
The Tract gets its light from Nahum's prophecy. The war there predicted, the prophet
declares, is fought in the day of the automobile, in the day men "run to and fro,"
while the "chariots...rage in the streets,...justle one against another in the broad
ways...while [running] like the lightnings," -
Hitler caused his worthies to stumble by waging war against Russia while in war with Great Britain, and by going after Greece and Egypt rather than crossing the English channel when England, unknown to him, was almost to give up. Thus his worthies stumbled and never rose again. Finally, Hitler disappeared and hostilities ceased. But according to Nahum's prophecy, and also according to current events as broadcast by news reports everywhere, the war is still on; it has not actually ceased, but is only making a turn for the worse, yes, and it is only a matter of time before it will become even hotter than it was previous to Hitler's disappearance.
Moreover, there has been no official declaration as yet that the war is over. No complete settlement with
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the powers which fought in the war has as yet been reached. Anyone can see that
the world is fast getting ready to resume the war with a mightier and final blow
if possible. Anyone can see, too, that the war was not won for the good of Great
Britain, but for Russia, and that following the cessation of hostilities conditions
have caused the world to consolidate into two great and hostile blocks, -
And now while the cold war between the east and west is on, the churches, too,
by the Amsterdam confederacy, are enlarging the size of each block. Both radio broadcasts
and newspapers declare that all the churches except the Roman and the Russian orthodox
churches did send representatives to the Amsterdam assembly. The Russian orthodox
church, you know, is the Greek orthodox church. And why do you suppose the church
that is in Greece joined the confederacy, but the church that is in Russia did not?
Only because of fearing the "block" they are in. The churches, too, are taking
sides with their respective block -
Does it not look to you as though the world is getting ready for a church and
state government? I have repeatedly pointed out that the world is unwittingly making
a mighty effort to saddle the scarlet-
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Nations thereafter. So it is seen that the world in its attempt to overcome the obstacles with which it is confronted, is as it were jumping out of the fire and falling into the frying pan, only because it is not taking God into partnership.
The world sees communism as a hydra-
God, therefore, for the sake of His own will puts in the hearts of the communists,
Now, the statement to "give their kingdom" implies that they have a kingdom to give. In verse 12, however, we are told that they "have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." When both statements are put together then the statements say that communism could have a kingdom, could rule the world, but "God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." They, therefore, only receive power as kings one hour with the beast, after which they destroy the woman, the church and state system, and take the kingdom to themselves (Rev. 17:17). (For a detailed exposition of the seventeenth chapter of Revelation, read Tract no. 12,
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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, pp. 30-
Just how this is to come about, I do not know; but I do know that the greatest of all wars is to be fought about the holy land; "Behold," says the Lord, "the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city." Zechariah 14:1, 2.
This prophetic statement, "God hath put in their hearts...to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast," proves true what I tried to say awhile ago: That when any nation became great and on its own, without God, built a gigantic war machine for defense and aggression, then it was that that nation came to naught. The tranquility and prosperity of any nation and people, therefore, depends on their stand with God, not on their military strength.
Let me now remind you what Inspiration has to say of the association of nations
and peoples according to current events. For light on the subject we turn to the
eighth chapter of Isaiah's prophecy. Time will not permit me to re-
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I shall now read to you what God Himself thinks of it:
According to St. Matthew, chapter 1, verse 23, the name Immanuel belongs to Christ, and by interpretation it means "God with us." Plainly, then, the exclamation "O Immanuel," shows that Inspiration is speaking to Christ. And since He could not be thus addressed before He was born of a woman and received the name Immanuel, it is obvious that this association of peoples is to be found in the Christian era, in the era in which Immanuel lives.
Now the statement "Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the
word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us," plainly says what I tried to tell
From these scriptures it is seen that the current events brought about by the two opposing blocks, the east and the west, are not going to work out according to human planning, that the plans made by the confederation
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of nations and people are to come to naught except they consult God and take Him into partnership.
Let us now hear what the Lord would have us do, the stand He would have His people take:
Isa. 8:11, 12 -
The fear which the people fear is not to be our fear; neither are their plans
to be our plans. Our duty is to-
Isa. 8:13 -
To sanctify the Lord is to be all for Him, to have no one else in His stead, to put your entire trust in Him, not making flesh your arm, for He alone is able to see you through. And though you should be the only one in all the world to take such a stand, He will not fail you. If such be your case, you will then become Heaven's greatest hero.
Isa. 8:14 -
This truth, you note, will now, just as has any Divinely-
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ninth chapter, we shall read-
Isa. 9:20, 21 -
Such will be the results of rejecting God and His counsel. All who take their
stand with the multitude against God's people will find themselves in the same predicament
as the Midianites found themselves in Gideon's time -
Isa. 8:15 -
According to this scripture many of them will find "the rapture" not to their liking and not according to their teaching of it. The Lord's command is:
Isa. 8:16 -
A "disciple" is one who follows Christ on and on in Divinely-
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among them is to have the law authorized and fortified by Truth, to have them see
the necessity of keeping it, and to have them calmly say-
Isa. 8:17 -
Isa. 8:18 -
Soon it will be seen that those who take a firm stand on the side of Truth will be for signs and wonders.
Isa. 8:19 -
Here the world is shown to give greater attention to Spiritualism than to a "thus saith the Lord."
Isa. 8:20 -
God's people will know that those who take a stand other than the one which Truth here sets forth, are so doing because the Spirit of Truth is not dwelling in their hearts. And let us remember that to make flesh your arm, to consult man when God should be consulted, is every bit as bad as to consult the spirits of Darkness.
"Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of
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great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil." Joel 2:12, 13.
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