SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 43
A DEAD TOP, AN OFFSHOOT OR AN UPSHOOT-
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 43, 44
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 43, 44
Copyright, 1950 Reprint
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A DEAD TOP, AN OFFSHOOT
OR AN UPSHOOT-
THE SIGNS OF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING,
OR THE SIGNS OF THE KINGDOM-
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Fidelity to Principle
For our prayer thought this afternoon, I shall read from Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 43, the first paragraph:
"We have marked illustrations of the sustaining power of firm, religious principle....
The gaping lions' den could not keep Daniel from his daily prayers, nor could the
fiery furnace induce Shadrach and his companions to fall down before the idol which
Nebuchadnezzar set up. Young men who have firm principles, will eschew pleasure,
defy pain, and brave even the lions' den and the heated fiery furnace, rather than
be found untrue to God. Mark the character of Joseph. Virtue was severely tested,
but its triumph was complete. At every point the noble youth endured the test. The
same lofty, unbending principle appeared at every trial. The Lord was with him,
and his word was law." -
Let us now pray that we shall have the religion of David, of Daniel, of Joseph. These men were but youth when they entered upon their respective careers, yet they were as firm in their convictions as the needle to the pole. They did not digress from a single righteous duty or principle, regardless of pressure or circumstances. Their stability of character and zeal to make the world better, persuaded the Lord to make them kings. Now we ought to pray that we be not obstructionists, but that we be builders in the highway of civilization; that rather than merely take up space, we be fruitful vines in God's great vineyard.
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A DEAD TOP, AN OFFSHOOT,
OR AN UPSHOOT-
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
ADVENTISTS SABBATH, JANUARY 1, 1949
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
All people down through the ages that have ever embraced a fresh message from
God, were branded as "offshoots" and considered dangerous -
As you know, we, too, are branded as such and are accused of leaving the Denomination even as much as were the apostles accused of leaving Judaism and taking up Christianity. Actually the apostles had left nothing, for they not only took along with them every truth Judaism had, but they went on with the fresh Truth of God also, whereas Judaism fell back. The apostles, moreover, would have remained in the synagogue if the Jews had not driven them out. For this the apostles were called "offshoots," or the like.
We likewise have not pulled away from the Denomination, but have been cast out
of our respective churches and forced to go by another name, Davidian Seventh-
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embracing the additional Heaven-
Now, if we be "offshoots" for walking in the light which heaven sends from time
to time to lead God's people in the way of Truth and Righteousness, then I should
like to know what our brethren think they themselves are, for by the same token of
logic the Mother Denomination, the Seventh-
Do you, Brother, Sister, see that if it had not been for the "offshoots," for
those who had backbone of their own to stand up for present Truth, for "meat in due
season" (Matt. 24:45), none of us would ever have had a chance to become Christians
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we would have had no Bible religion at all, for the Jews themselves have departed even from what little they had retained of it 2000 years ago. Should we, then, not be thankful for the faithfulness of the offshoots who have gone before us (if such they be) and of whom Christ is the first? I, for one am proud to be called an offshoot with my Lord. I, therefore, like to be an offshoot, but would dislike to be a dead top.
Our hostile brethren, though, are mistakenly calling us "offshoots." Rightly we should be called "upshoots," for that is what additional Truth does to the Church and to anyone who accepts it. A tree that does not put forth an upshoot in the season it should, is either dying or is already dead. Plainly, then, without us "upshoots," the brethren would have no chance to survive the Laodicean malady, and no chance to reach the Kingdom of glory. They will, while dying, forever be dreaming of being rich and increased with goods, though in fact the Lord Himself points out that they are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Rev. 3:17), and know it not. How thankful they ought to be to us who have withstood their fiery darts for the sake of Truth!
In the twentieth chapter of Matthew we find five such upshoots. Would you like to know who these upshoots are? To facilitate the study of them, I have prepared this chart, and now is your opportunity closely to look at it and faithfully to consider it.
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This chart is a reproduction of the parable found in the twentieth chapter of Matthew, the parable in which the Lord points out that the Householder, God, in the course of time hired laborers on five different occasions.
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Let us now read the parable itself:
The first laborers, of course, were the Jews in Moses' day. Now since the next,
the ones that were hired at the third hour were the Christians, it follows that the
day (the twelve allegorical hours of the parable in which the hiring is actually
carried out) is symbolical of a period of time. It is the time in which the written
Word of God, the Bible, appears and shines directly to mankind -
Inasmuch as the first laborers, the Jews, were the ones hired "early" in the day, the day Moses began to write the Bible (the light from God) and caused It to shine upon the world, brought the day, the word "early" therefore implies that the period which preceded the
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appearance of the Bible is the parabolical night, when there was no Bible on earth.
There was no direct spiritual light, but only indirect -
We have now seen that the absence of Bible light before Moses' time caused the time to be symbolized by night, and the presence of the Bible light since Moses' time, caused that period to be called the day.
The first group of laborers being the Jews, and the second the Christians, the
next three calls consequently point to other three groups in the Christian era who
have been commissioned to go into the vineyard. There they are to preach something
as original as was the ceremonial system of worship which Moses preached; and also
as original as the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ which the apostles
preached, for the message of the one must be comparable to the message of the other;
that is, if the first two messages were original, the last three must also be original.
The only such original message given after the preaching of the apostles is the
2300 prophetic days of Daniel 8:14. It being first preached by the First-
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The next call for servants to preach something just as new and as original came
in the year 1844. It was the cleansing of the Sanctuary after the 2300 prophetic
days were passed, and was preached in connection with the seventh-
The ninth parabolic hour, therefore, struck with the rise of the Seventh-
The "market place" where the Master is said to have gone after such employment-
Should we be reminded again and again that in the introduction of each message the Householder was compelled to hire new servants from among the laity? And did not the ministers always stand aloof, doing all they could to prevent others from coming in touch with the messages? What a weighty thought! What a responsibility
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rests upon the brethren who are now shepherding the flock!
The question "Why stand ye all the day idle?" is very definitely saying that those
who are hired are not of those who were already at work, not of the ministry. And
the answer, "Because no man hath hired us," makes it emphatic that the eleventh-
Of this last message Inspiration warned the Denomination by leaving on record the lines which I shall now read:
"I saw," says Sister E.G. White, "angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending
to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some
important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the
earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message....
This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight
cry joined the second angel's message in 1844." -
Again I read:
Let Heaven Guide
"Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says:
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'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the Lord.' Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when
he appears, men may say: 'You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures
in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message.'" -
(If you wish to study the parable in all its details, you may do so by reading
The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 222-
Now you see that the so-
Moreover, since the announcement of the separation of the saints from the sinners
originates with the eleventh-
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keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off." (Nah. 1:15); it follows that without the eleventh hour message and servants, the Church, Zion, would be left sleeping forever, never to behold the feet of him who brings these good tidings, of him who publishes peace, and never to put on her beautiful garments, never to be fitted for the Kingdom.
I say that if left in such an unhappy and unholy state the very elect would forever
remain unclean and unsanctified -
We should, therefore, now proclaim these good tidings of peace even with greater zeal than ever, for commands the Lord:
"Say unto the house of Israel," the church, "Thus saith the Lord God;... I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all counties,
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and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you,
and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I
cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within
you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you
an heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in
My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in
the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your
God." Ezek. 36:22-
It will not do for us lightly to pass over these verses of Scripture as we and the whole Denomination have been doing heretofore. All of us should carefully note that the Lord is to sanctify Himself by taking His elect from among the heathen, and out of all countries, and bring them into their own land, into the land of their fathers. "Then," when they return into their father's land, says the scripture, will He sprinkle clean water upon them, and thus shall they be cleansed from all their filthiness and from all their idols. Then and there they are to be given a new heart, and a new spirit, and be made to walk in God's statutes and to keep His judgments. To this adds the Lord:
"Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord God; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall
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be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
"And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it.
"Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel,
to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock,
as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled
with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Lord." Ezek. 36:32-
No one dares say that these promises have taken place, and no one dares say that
they are post-
Finally, those who cast us out, and who speak evil against us, those who are desperately fighting to keep the message from the people, I am sure you now plainly see, are the very ones who are used by the rebel leader to deceive "even the very elect if possible" (Matt. 24:24). They are those who cast us out of the churches
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which we helped build; those who are threatening the laity, forbidding them to read the literature, and commanding them to consign it to the stove in order to keep them ignorant of God's message for the hour. All their efforts, though, will come to naught as verily as did the efforts of the leading Jews against Christ's first advent.
For this obvious reason the church cannot get along without us "offshoots," or rather "upshoots," and yet be saved for eternity. Let me now read God's promise and encouragement for us all:
"Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His Word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed." (Isa. 66:5)
Are The Davidians, Their Message, And Their
Success In Prophecy?
Now to this question, I say that they must be if God is responsible for their
coming into being. Please turn with me to-
Hos. 1:10 -
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children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land for great shall be the day of Jezreel."
Here you see that the Jews were to be rejected from being God's people, and you well know that this came to pass when the Lord said unto them: "Behold your house is left unto you desolate." Matt. 23:38.
The prophecy nevertheless continues and projects to the gathering time, the time
God's penitent people appoint to themselves one head, a king. These, of course,
are not the unconverted Jews of today, but they are the descendants from among those
who have been assimilated by the nations and by the Christian church, from those
who have lost their identity and who are now "as the sands of the sea" in number,
but who now as Gentiles (gentiles to their own and to the world's short-
Who is the earthly head, king, whom the Scriptures say the people "appoint" at
the gathering time? -
Hos. 3:4, 5 -
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and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days."
In this part of the prophecy, you see, we are told that after they have sojourned among the Gentiles for "many days" without a king, and without any sign of identification (having been entirely lost sight of as a nation and as a people), they shall finally have antitypical David rule over them. This would not be ancient David as he was already dead when this prophecy was made. Neither could this promised David be Christ Himself, for Christ is the son of David (Matt. 22:42), not David himself; and if He shall, moreover, sit on the throne of David (Lu. 1:32), then David must have a throne for Him to sit on.
Furthermore, you will note that Hosea 1:11 promises that great shall be the day
of Jezreel. And who is Jezreel? -
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Obvious it is that God is commanding Jezreel, the first-
The fact that the day of Jezreel is to be great, together
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with the fact that he is a symbol of a prophet, prove that not only the Davidian message itself is in prophecy, but that so also are its success and the need of reformation therein recorded. Here you see that the Enemy's wicked effort to squelch the message and to make Jezreel's work of none effect will come to naught, for "great shall be the day of Jezreel," says the almighty One, while He brings all His people out of the land (Hos. 1:11).
The message to the Laodiceans, too, is directed to the ministry, for says the Lord:
Here, too, the angel (the ministry), who has charge of the church, is again reproved and plainly requested to reform.
Ezekiel also is a witness of this "startling revelation," for he declares that the cleansing begins "at the ancient men which were before the house" (Ezek. 9:6). Let us turn to Ezekiel's prophecy:
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Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon He was, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
"And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
"And He said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city. And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt Thou destroy all the residue of Israel in Thy pouring out of Thy fury upon Jerusalem?
"Then said He unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not. And as for Me also, Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head."
Not in the world, but in Judah and Israel, in the
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church, the iniquity is great, and there the slaughter takes place. Moreover, the multitude that is brewing and fostering the abominations are unconscious that they are acting as if the Lord had forsaken the earth, as if He has left it for them to run it and to do with His people as they please.
Here you see what it means to hear the Rod, and what it means to close your ears to it.
The purification of the Church (the judgment of the living) is, through the prophet
Daniel in chapter 7, verse 10, called the judgment, and in chapter 8, verse 14, is
called the cleansing of the Sanctuary. Christ, though, in one of His parables likens
the cleansing to a harvest in which the tares (sinners) are burned, and the wheat
(the saints) are put into the barn (into the purified Church-
When those who do not receive the mark, and thus not the seal, are put away, then
the church will appear "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army
with banners" (Prophets and Kings, pg. 725), and "only those who have withstood temptation
in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming
it [The Third Angel's Message] when it shall have swelled into the loud cry." -
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Let us now see what takes place after the abomination-
"And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
"Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in Mine hand.
"And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
"And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
"And I will make them one nation in the land upon the
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mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
"Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.
"And David My servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them.
"And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and My servant David shall be their prince for ever.
"Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
"My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
"And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore."
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Here you see that not only will God cleanse His church (Judah and Israel) by taking
away all those who pollute His house of prayer, but that afterwards He will gather
into His purified church all the dispersed who have descended from both the Kingdom
of Israel (the ten tribes) and of the Kingdom of Judah (the two tribes) -
Plainly, you see, the Davidians, their message, and their success are in prophecy.
Is The Shepherd's Rod Literature
Also In Prophecy?
To this question the prophet Micah answers:
Mic. 6:9 -
You have now heard God Himself recommend that you hear the Rod -
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has spoken, the only rod that can be read and listened to. The wise shall see its name, and hear its voice and also Him Who has appointed it. They shall fill their vessels with the extra "oil" (Matt.25:4), says the Lord.
Thus it is seen that not only is the Rod literature in prophecy, but that you are advised to hear it. If you neglect this opportunity, naturally you will be found with the sinners fostering the abominations in the church. But if you now give attention to the Voice of God through the Rod, you will receive God's sealing approval.
What Will The Saints Do After The Separation?
For light on this subject, we turn to Isaiah, the prophet-
Isa. 66:15, 16, 19, 20 -
"And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard My fame, neither have seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.
"And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in
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chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to My holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord."
After the slaying of the sinners who say in their hearts that the Lord delayeth His coming, and who eat and drink with the drunken (Matt. 24:48, 49), then it is that the Lord sends those who escape from the slaying of the Lord on a missionary tour; He sends them, you observe, to the Gentiles, to the nations that as yet know not God and His message. The escaped ones bring to the house of the Lord all their brethren, all that will be saved. Thus is the gospel work finished, and thus are God's people saved and called out of antitypical Babylon (Rev. 18:4) into a clean place where there is no sin and no danger of Babylon's plagues falling on them.
I am sure that you now plainly see why the Davidian Seventh-
You can now intelligently make up your own minds as to what stand you will take. You may either take your stand with the opposers against Truth and reformation, or you may take your stand for God's Truth with His messengers, and by reforming your own lives you may lead others to do the same. Whatever you decide you will know that it is your own choice. God, though, Who really knows what is best for your own interest advises
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you to follow Him to do what Truth instructs. I hope this will be your whole-
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