SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO 42
THAT WHICH IS TO BE DURING THE TIME OF THE END
THAT WHICH IS TO BE DURING THE TIME OF THE END
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
ADVENTISTS SABBATH, NOVEMBER 27, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
In order to know what takes place during the time of the end, we must first know
where the time of the end begins and ends. We must know both ends if we are to know
what takes place between. Now, to find when "the time of the end" begins, let us
Dan. 11:40 -
In this verse of Scripture there are five clues to be carefully noted: (1) that the war mentioned in this verse is the last conflict between the two kings recorded in the prophecy of Daniel 11; (2) that it is a losing war for the king of the south; (3) that it is fought at the time of the end, not before, in, or after; (4) that the king of the north becomes great while the king of the south declines; and (5) that the statement, "at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him," very obviously marks the beginning of "the time of the end."
If, therefore, we find the year this prophesied war began, we shall have established the beginning of the "time of the end."
Since the king of the south pushes at the king of
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the north, it follows that the king of the south is the aggressor, feels himself
strong to attack. He nevertheless loses out and the king of the north overruns him,
becomes great -
Dan. 11:41 -
Here it is seen that the king of the north grows very great during the time of
the end. He takes "the glorious land" (Palestine), and besides taking many other
countries, he also takes Edom and Moab and Ammon (the Arab countries) which nevertheless
in time "escape out of his hand" -
Dan. 11:42 -
This definitely shows that "in the time of the end" one great power which has been ruling these countries, among which are included Egypt and Palestine, loses them and becomes small, while another power takes them and waxes even greater.
For centuries the Ottoman empire ruled these countries, and history records that the first Turkish reverses on land occurred about 1699. Ever since, Turkey has been declining and the Christian nations gaining, but it is Great Britain in particular that has taken the countries mentioned by name in this prophecy. She is the one who has taken many other countries besides these and has waxed great during the decline of the Ottoman empire.
Obviously, therefore, these historic facts, besides
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others we have not mentioned, prove that rising from the jungles south of Palestine, the Ottoman empire, next after the Ptolemies, holds the title "king of the south"; and the nations north of Palestine, the Christian nations rising from the Roman empire (and now Great Britain in particular) hold the title "king of the north." And since the decline of the Ottoman empire began in 1699, and the growth of the British Empire began during the same time, then the beginning of the eighteenth century is therefore the beginning of the "time of the end."
Finally, since we now see that the wars of the Mohammedans with the Christian nations are mentioned in prophecy with special emphasis that Egypt and Palestine are, during the time of the end, ceded to the king of the north as part of his trophies, these kings are positively identified. And the fall of the one with the growth of the other after the Treaty of Corlowitz in 1699 by which "Mustapha II agreed to renounce his claims upon Transylvania and a large part of Hungary, to give up Marea to Venetians to restore Polalia and the Ukraine to Poland, and to leave Azov to the Russians" (Twentieth Century Cyclopaedia, Vol. 6, pg. 247) certainly establishes the beginning of the time of the end.
Dan. 11:43, 44 -
These verses reveal that after taking Egypt and Palestine, the king of the north enters into another war, not on account of the king of the south, not with Turkey, but rather due to rumors from the east and from the north that trouble him. These cause him to go forth with
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great fury to destroy many. But he conquers nothing worth mentioning, and according to the verse that follows he is afterward threatened with coming to his end. This particular war, therefore, brings the first reverses to the king of the north since the reverses of the king of the south in 1699.
Germany and Russia from the north, also Japan from the east, the rumors which put Great Britain and her allies into World War II, are therefore the "tidings" which brought the war and which, though supposedly the war was won, weakened rather than strengthened the British Empire.
Dan. 11:45 -
The only portion of Daniel 11 yet to be fulfilled is this verse, the last of the chapter, and since these prophecies are made to be understood only when they are being fulfilled or after fulfillment, verse 45 is not as clear as we should like to have it. Consequently concerning the place of his tabernacles and his end, also as to whether another Christian power shall inherit the title "king of the north" before verse 45 is fulfilled, only time itself will positively portray the whole truth.
The thing that Inspiration makes altogether clear is the fact that the king's next stand is his end, while all look and listen, but none come to his help.
Since we have established the time of the beginning of "the time of the end,"
let us now establish the end of "the time of the end." For light on the subject
we turn to-
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war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
"The beast," "the false prophet," and "the remnant" are here mentioned. Who are they?
First the beast and the false prophet and then the remnant, those that are left,
are cast into the lake of fire. Since the "beast" and the "prophet" are special
world entities, the remnant (those that are left) represent the rest of the unrepented
world sympathetic with the beast and the prophet. The destruction of the prophet,
the beast, and the remnant, therefore, is the end of the world -
Besides these verses of Scripture, the twentieth chapter of Revelation reveals
that with this last pre-
Now we have seen that "the time of the end" spans from the commencement of the
decline of the Ottoman Empire, to the end of the world, and that the end of the world
is the end of all people but the Church -
Let us now see what takes place between these two sign posts. We shall continue with Daniel's prophecy through the twelfth chapter.
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Dan. 12:1 -
"And at that time" -
Dan. 12:2 -
Here is projected a resurrection of a mixed multitude, wicked and righteous -
Dan. 12:4 -
The understanding of the book and of the words of it, were to be sealed to the
time of the end. During the time of the end, therefore, the book was to be opened.
Knowledge was also to increase. Moreover, many were to run to and fro; that is,
communication was to speed up greatly. All this we have already seen takes place
during "the time of the end." Thus there is no room for doubt as to the time in
which we are living -
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Here Inspiration itself explains that no one, not even Daniel himself could possibly understand the book before the time of the end. And too, while the wicked were to continue doing wickedly, many were to be purified, made white and tried; that is, the purification of the church, the cleansing of the Sanctuary (Dan. 8:14), was to take place during the time of the end. In the words of the prophet Malachi the cleansing of the Sanctuary is preceded by this announcement:
Rather than say "Sanctuary," Inspiration in this instance says "Temple." And rather than say "cleansing," It uses the terms refining and purifying. The Apostle Peter, though, chooses to call the cleansing of the Sanctuary, "Judgment" in the "house of God":
1 Peter 4:17, 18 -
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Gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
In the parable, however, Jesus explains the cleansing of the Sanctuary thus:
Matt. 13:30 -
Here it is made clear that in this instance the wicked among the righteous are likened to tares, and the time of the cleansing itself, the Judgment, is likened to a "harvest," but that the cleansing itself is likened to a separation of wheat and tares.
Again, in verses 47 and 48 Christ draws a parallel between the Church a "net";
the people he likens to "fish," and the purification to a separation, whereas in
Matthew 25 He calls the purified Church the Kingdom of God, and the people He likens
unto "virgins," and the cleansing He illustrates by a door which lets in the wise
but keeps out the foolish. But His second parable of Matthew 25, the separation,
we are told, is to be like a master who comes to reckon with his servants. Those
who have done nothing good for the advancement of His kingdom (who have not traded
with and increased His talents -
The prophet Ezekiel, however, explains the cleansing of the Sanctuary from still another angle:
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Ezek. 9:1, 2, 4, 7 -
Besides this vivid illustration, Inspiration, through the prophet Daniel reveals
that the Sanctuary is to be cleansed not only from sinners, but from doctrinal error,
too, for one angel inquired,-
Dan. 8:13, 14, 17 -
The daily, the desolation, also the Sanctuary and the host pertain both to the doctrines and the people. Both are to be cleansed. And the angel explained that
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the cleansing of the Sanctuary (cleansing it from both error and hypocrisy) takes place after the 2300 days, during the time of the end.
Moreover, through the prophet Zechariah the Lord makes another remarkable illustration which points out that the saints themselves also are to be cleansed:
While we have already seen that the house of God is to be cleansed from error
and from Hypocrites, here in Zechariah's prophecy we see that the saints themselves
are cleansed from their sins -
And now let me remind you that after the tares are taken away, "the wheat" is not left on the field where it grew (that is, the saints are not left where they were), but it is put into "the barn."
Furthermore, after the "bad fish" (hypocrites) are cast out, the "good fish" (the saints) are then put "into vessels," are not left in the "net" (not left in the place
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where the cleansing occurred). Consequently when the church is thus cleansed, the
saints are removed from their former place and put in a safe place -
Rev. 14:1, 4, 5 -
The cleansed ones you see, are the 144,000, and they are taken to Mount Sion.
Plainly, then, the cleansing is in two sections. The 144,000 guileless saints
who are sealed from among the tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-
Where is Mt. Zion? Let Micah the prophet tell us:
Micah 3:12; 4:1, 2 -
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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."
This is Inspiration's own explanation of the place which the purified church is to occupy. Here we are told that though the ancient kingdom, the Jewish, whose place stood on Mount Zion, was to be demolished from the foundation up, we are nevertheless at the same time promised that the Kingdom will be restored in the last days and that it will be exalted above all other kingdoms, above all "mountains" and "hills."
Again says the Lord:
We are here told that the final cleansing of the saints, the cleansing that removes all the marks of sin, is performed after God takes His people from among the heathen and from all countries, and brings them into their own land.
Ezek. 36:26 -
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When the saints get to the Promised Land, then the sin-
Ezek. 36:27 -
The Spirit of God, moreover, will be freely given to the saints, and thus will they become perfect eternal beings, perfectly capable of walking in God's statutes and His judgments.
Ezek. 36:28 -
They are to dwell, not in some other land, says the Lord, but in their own land, in the land He had anciently given to their fathers. They are to dwell in Palestine.
Now you plainly see that the unconverted Jews who are endeavoring to take the land of Palestine are not the people of whom these passages of Scripture speak. Now you see that Arab, Jew, or Gentile, all will eventually have to move away and give room to God's clean and purified people.
Joel 3:1, 2 -
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nations, and parted My land."
Here you have it stated as plain as it can be that when God brings back the captivity
of His people, then He will gather all nations in the valley of Jehoshaphat and plead
for His people -
Isa. 2:3 -
Joel 3:20, 21 -
Thus will the saints be enabled to live eternally.
Isa. 33:24 -
And what else will be said after the people are gathered and cleansed? Just this:
Rev. 22:11 -
The completion of the cleansing brings probationary time to a close -
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Jer. 8:20 -
The land, moreover, shall be divided among the tribes but not as divided anciently.
Time will not permit me to read the whole account of the division, but, here I have
it reproduced in a map which shows that the land has never yet been thus divided.
Each tribe is to get a full-
ANTITYPICAL LAND ASSIGNMENTS FOR 13 OF THE 14 TRIBES OF ISRAEL. NOTE: THE TRIBE OF JOSEPH IS NOT INCLUDED, HOWEVER HIS TWO SONS, MANASSEH AND EPHRAIM ARE
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Furthermore, the land itself shall be cleansed; for says the Lord:
Ezek. 38:14, 16; 39:4, 7, 9-
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the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search."
Still further, you will now note that all these wonders God does for His people, not because they have been good, or because they are now good, but for God's own great name. Listen to what the Lord Himself says:
According to this, God restores the land to His chosen people, not because they as a people are good, but because he wants to vindicate His own name among the heathen.
As the time approaches for the cleansing to take place a call for spiritual awakening will be made:
Isa. 52:1 -
Inspiration here declares that after this call for revival and reformation, from then on the sinners will not be permitted to have any part among the people that have been cleansed.
The prophet Nahum, too, is a witness of this call
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for Reformation. He writes:
Nah. 1:15 -
Here you see that the announcement of this long-
In our study today we have summarized some of the things which will take place during the time of the end, but the most important thing, so far as you are concerned, is the decision you are now left to make.
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