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                THE SYMBOLIC CODE

                        VOL. 6 NOS. 1–12 IN - 2 PARTS

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                      THE SYMBOLIC CODE

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                          MT. CARMEL'S PROGRESS

                    VIEWED THROUGH THE CAMERA


Believing that all Present Truth believers would joyfully welcome from Mt. Carmel a report of the progress that she is making, we are therefore, in this issue, bringing to Code readers a composite view of several of the buildings and projects, with some of the scenery.


With our readers, we shall now imagine that we are entering Mt. Carmel's gate No. 1, where we find ourselves on the King's Highway.  Proceeding then along the highway, beyond the farmhouse (building No. 5),










westward through the orchard, and past dam No. 1,


















we come to the administration Center, where we see building No. 8 to the right,


                Picture of Mt. Carmel Center B8 Building











and the water tank ahead.


                Picture of Mt. Carmel Center water tank























Continuing about 200 yards farther westward on the King's Highway, as shown in the photograph,


                           Picture of Mt. Carmel Center

                                     King's Hwy Road


















we next find ourselves on the Academy grounds.  The first structure that we pass is a dwelling to our left--building No. 2.


                           Picture of Mt. Carmel Center

                                           Building 2

























Looking toward the west side of the building, we see on the ground floor the Dispensary on which one of the workmen is putting in the windows,


                 Picture of Mt. Carmel Center Dispensary





































a little to the right, the lavatory, which is to be a three-story building, the first story being constructed of rock quarried from the grounds.


                   Picture of Mt. Carmel Center lavatory































Following in line is one of the dormitories--building No. 4.















Finally at the center of the campus, we find ourselves in front of our temporary dining room,














standing between one of the dormitories (building No. 6, a full, two-story structure which does not appear to advantage in this photo, for a south-north slope obscures the ground floor from this angle)














Pictures of Mt. Carmel Center (buildings) and the Academy (building No. 1),

































while beyond we are met with an inspiring view of Lake Waco, lying at a level about 200 feet lower than the school campus.
















Proceeding from here to our left, we find ourselves on our Scenic Highway (now under construction), which gradually descends toward dam No. 2, and which winds around the hillside just below buildings No. 2 and No. 4.  Going several hundred feet along this new road, we shortly find ourselves before the Scenic Bridge (also under construction), leading to the dam, the bulkhead of which will form a part of












the highway for about 650 feet.  Photographs A, B, C, and D show operations at the dam at different stages of construction.













































Photographs A and D show Lake Meribah (made up by dam No. 2) at two different periods.


The dining room is the first building erected on Mt. Carmel--a temporary structure.  Building No. 1, up to January 1, has been occupied by the General Office, but now, notice the Office has moved to its new location (Building No. 8), houses the Academy.


While the ground floor of Building No. 8 accommodates the General Office, also the publishing office and the Mercantile Assn., the second story provides our general assembly hall.


Building No. 2 ("The Memorial Inn") is a twelve-room house, built by Sister Charboneau.  It overlooks Carmel's artificial Lake Meribah, the source of our water supply.  The ground floor of this building is being used for our medical work and the upper floors for a dwelling place for a number of the workers.


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Building No. 7, which has been our barn, and which stands only a short space from the Administration Center, is to be converted into a wood-work shop and a lumber yard.


                            Mt. Carmel’s Building No. 7














Driving eastward on the State highway No. 67, and over Lake Waco bridge, one may often see Mt. Carmel's Jersey herd contentedly grazing.

                             Mt. Carmel’s Jersey Herd




















And as one approaches Mt. Carmel's gate No. 2, he will be met by the scenery shown in this photograph.


                                    Mt Carmel Gate 2













To the right, just below dam No. 2, is the pump house and the windmill,

                  Picture of Mt. Carmel Center wind mill.




















 

whereas on the highest point in view flies the U. S. Flag.


                  Picture of Mt. Carmel Center flag pole.
















                         



                                          Photograph G shows a load of grain

                             (from Mt. Carmel's harvest) ready to be unloaded.











Passing through the main entrance to the ground floor, our eyes are immediately attracted by a figure of a shepherd's rod pointing away from a figure of a clock,--the insignia of the message,--depicting the power of deliverance, and the parable of Matthew 20, the hours of the five calls for laborers.  (For further explanation see "The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, pp. 224-239).  The symbolism is wrought in concrete, in colors of red, white, and black.


To the right is the General Office, and the offices of the Publishing department and the Bank of Palestina, as seen in photograph H;



                                                             Photograph H

                               Mt. Carmel Center (B8, Mercantile and office).

     


























while to the left is the Mercantile Association, photograph I.


And now our readers may imagine that they are sitting down in this office building with us, while they are studying the remaining pages of this Code, and while we are writing a few words of encouragement to the troubled ones, answering doctrinal questions for souls hungering for truth, wrapping literature for mailing to those who want to investigate the message for themselves, and to those who wish to pass it on to others; perhaps preparing material for the next issue of the Code, and a manuscript for a tract, and attending to almost countless other matters which demand attention during the day.


                                                    Photograph I

                    Picture of Mt. Carmel Center (B8, Mercantile and office)   
















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That the assets, both fixed and current, exceed by several thousands of dollars the amount received from Present Truth believers since the Message began to come in January, 1929, may be seen from both the foregoing Balance sheet and the tithe and offering report.


                     The Financial  Status of Mount Carmel Center, S.R.S.D.A.’S


Having viewed Mt. Carmel's improvements, we feel sure that Present Truth believers will also greatly appreciate a financial report.  We are therefore setting forth the following comparative tithe and offering report, also a Balance Sheet for the years 1930, 1935, 1936, and 1939.

























































The foregoing report represents the total amount of all monies received (including loans) and disbursements made since coming to Mt. Carmel.  It discloses the fact that the total receipts since the work on Mt. Carmel began, are $77,567.20, whereas the assets are $90,728.10, showing that the assets exceed the receipts by $13,160.90.  These figures reveal that we have carried the message and the school for five years, at a profit of $13,160.90.


The school has been the heaviest load that we have had to carry, not only because of lack of co-operation from the parents in disciplining the children, but also because of lack of financial support.  On the one hand, the parents see to it that the children get here, while on the other hand, but few come forward with enough financial support to cover their expenses, with the result that we are placed in the difficult position where it is hard to keep them out and harder to keep them in.  The Receipts and Dis-


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bursements Statement shows that more has been spent on the students than on the workers.  Moreover, whereas $13,970.78 has been spent on the students, only $2,426.15 has been received in second tithe, and $2,356.57 from parents' support, making a total of $4,782.72, and leaving a deficit of $9,188.06


Hence, if our school is to prosper, there are two evils that must be corrected; namely, parents must meet the students' expenses, and must cooperate with the teachers rather than with their unruly children.


Nevertheless, the Balance Sheet shows that while the brethren in the field have faithfully supported the work of spreading the message, Mt. Carmel has, by her strict economy and by the hard work of her faithful crew, been doing fully as much.  For the sixty-five thousand dollars which the brethren have given, Mt. Carmel's personnel and her field workers present, in addition to a large number of Present Truth believers, an institution the net worth of which is over seventy-one thousand dollars.


We thank the Lord that, in spite of the persecution which we have encountered from the denomination, He has made it possible for us to come through thus far and to take such a fast hold--a good root growing a "pleasant plant."  And though the enemies of the message have with all their might tried to close every avenue possible through which the message might reach the people, it is steadily finding its way to the honest in heart--to those who are willing to bear the reproach of Christ; who are willing to suffer affliction with His people, rather than to dwell in the tents of wickedness; who value their eternal life as more precious than fine gold; who are conscious that this wicked and sick world, in comparison with the righteous and everlasting world to come, is as nothing, and is about to pass away.


As the figures in these reports show that we have not lost a dollar of our gifts, but rather have multiplied them, we hope that we have not by neglect lost a soul that could have been saved.  Our hearts are sad, however, when we think of the brethren who are kept in darkness simply because the denominational ministry has barred the sealing message from them, and because contrary to the will of God (Jer. 6:16; 1 John 4:1), they are foolish enough to commit their salvation to mortal men (specifically to the ministry), listening to their tirade against the message, while the ministers themselves, having been forbidden to read Present Truth literature or to listen to Present Truth message-bearers, hardly know anything about it!  Moreover, these shepherds, whose religious liberty is taken away from them, forbid the laity's investigating for themselves.  Hence, as the greater part of both ministry and laity fear either the sacrifice they must make,--departing from all worldlings and worldliness, or the reproach of being cast out,--they are therefore perfectly willing to close their ears to the Voice of Christ while having them wide open to the voice of men, entirely trusting to what the conference presidents say, as though the ministers and the laity were senseless, unable either to think or to reason for themselves.  Thus they are blindly giving consent to suggestions and commands of men, laying down all their God-given ability of judging for themselves, with the consequence that when they hear a voice, they need someone to tell them whether it is the voice of the Good Shepherd, or of the "roaring lion."  What a pity!  May he Lord have mercy on them, and some way, somehow, rescue them from their lukewarm (satisfied) condition, by helping them to see that they are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Laodicean), for they certainly see not their plight.  May they hear the Voice of the True Witness and be healed, is our earnest prayer.


And now as the institution is equipped to care for the Gospel work, we are asking all Present Truth believers to engage themselves heart and soul with us in the spreading of the message, and to scatter our literature far and wide until it shall have reached every member in the denomination.  Then 144,000 strong, shall we stand with the Lamb on Mt. Zion.


Happened For Ensamples.


"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee."  Prov. 22:21.


"That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed."  Luke 1:4.


"I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him."  Eccl. 3:14.


"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." 2 Pet. 1:20. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God." 2 Tim. 3:16.


"Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth."  John 17:17.


The certainty of the Scriptures, and the unchangeableness of their character, are clearly set forth in the quotations above, from the words of Him Who declared himself to be "The Way, the Truth, and the Life."


In both the Old and the New Testaments, there is brought to view a religious movement organized and led by the Author of the Scriptures, the first of which is an "ensample," or type, of the second.  Both of these movements called God's people out of a state of bondage, with specific instruction as to how those comprising the organization might free themselves from slavery, and inherit a land of freedom, peace, and plenty.  "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."  1 Cor. 10:11.


Thus the Exodus Movement (the type) from Egypt to Canaan points forward to a movement which the Lord is to launch by the same method as in the type, and which is to free God's people from all earthly ties--sin and sinners--and lead them to inherit the eternal kingdom.


"And there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that He came up out of the land of Egypt."  Isa. 11:16.


In the annals of church history, after the Exodus movement, the Shepherd's Rod message is the only one which calls for just such a movement as exactly fits the type.  (See our tracts No. 8 and No. 9.)


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by Moses, and the second by Joshua.  It was the last, the purified section (the one after the 40 years wilderness wandering, and after all but two had died that were over 20 years of age when they left Egypt) that possessed the land.  Thus, again, the Shepherd's Rod is the only movement fitting the type--the Israel of Joshua's day; that is, it is the only movement that does not draw its followers from outside the parent movement.  The Shepherd's Rod inherits the S.D.A. movement in its purified state (after the slaughter of Ezekiel Nine), to lead it into "the promised land," there to become the everlasting kingdom; just as in the type, after the murmurers passed away, Joshua took the Exodus movement and led it into the land of Canaan.  (See our tracts No. 8 and No. 9.)  Hence, the period before the Shepherd's Rod came--the period of the S.D.A. denomination--is the one in which are to be found the typical wanderings, doubtings, and murmurings, both against the founder and the dietetic principles ("health reform") of the movement, and the consequent curses and slaughter.


Thus it is that murmuring, complaining, and doubting have blinded the eyes of many in the Advent movement, causing them to turn back from following Christ their Leader, and steadily to retreat toward Egypt; and thus it is that just as Moses wrote the sad experience of the type, so the founder of the S.D.A. denomination wrote the even sadder experience of the anti-type, saying, "Many had lost sight of Jesus" in 1888; and again, "Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere."--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 217.


In other words, just as unbelief on the part of ancient Israel sent them back to wander in the desert until all the guilty ones should die, so in like manner, Seventh-day Adventists turned from the Minneapolis General Conference in 1888 for their wilderness wandering until the guilty ones should either repent or die.  May God grant that we, the children of those who have "repeated the history of that people" (Testimonies for the church, p. 160), be admonished by their mistakes, and heed the call of the Eleventh hour.


Again: just as the Exodus Movement was bereft of their visible leader a short time before they entered the land of Canaan, so also was the Advent Movement bereft of its visible leader as it neared the borders of the heavenly Canaan; and just as Joshua was called then to guide the feet of God's weary pilgrims to their homeland, just so must another arise at this time in fulfillment of the type, to lead home the feet of God's saints today, concerning whom the Spirit of Prophecy says:


"Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say:... 'you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way.'"--"Testimonies to Ministers," pp. 475, 476.


"By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved."  Hos. 12:13.


May every candid mind that makes an unbiased investigation of the Shepherd's Rod message, have the grace and courage to confess that it contains the very call which is sent forth to bring about that "great reformatory movement among God's people" ("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 9, p. 126), and to give "power and force to the Third Angel's Message" ("Early Writings," p. 277), so that, "Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church,....'fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,' may "go into all the world, conquering and to conquer."--"Prophets and Kings," p. 725.


Thus both the type and the testimonies of the prophets, as well as history, identify the Shepherd's Rod message as the only one ordained to lead the church, freed from sin and sinners, into the land of Promise, when "the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).  Also we have the promise: "In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed."  Dan. 2:44.


Questions and Answers.


TAKING THE NAME OF THE LORD.


QUESTION NO. 204:


Did not Abel call upon the name of the Lord (Gen. 4:4) when he offered the sacrifice?  If so, then why does Genesis 4:26 say that after Seth was born, "then began men to call upon the name of the Lord"?


ANSWER:


From the death of Abel until the birth of Seth (Gen. 4:25), Cain was the only living son of Adam, but neither Cain nor the generations that came through him were followers of God.  Hence, Seth and his descendants, who had the spirit of Abel, and who were "born again" (John 3:3), were "the sons of God."  Gen. 6:2.  Thus, as there were two different classes of worshippers (converted and unconverted) in close contact with each other, necessarily, then, to make a distinction between the followers of man, and the followers of God, the descendants of Seth were the first to call "themselves by the name of the Lord" (margin), as we at this day call ourselves by the name of Christ, Christians; whereas the descendants of Cain continued to be called "the sons of men."


The Scriptures bear evidence that the evil and ignorant religious practices which we see today, had their beginning with Cain, and also that as Abel was killed for worshipping precisely as God had commanded, His righteous influence reaches even to this day.  Consequently, there are still in the world the "sons of men" as well as the "sons of God."  Just as the religion of the "sons of men" in those days was such as their father Cain practiced, --not according to God's command, but according to their own choosing,--just so in these days a great many worship in the same manner in which their fathers did, not taking the slightest pains to know for themselves the difference, between right and wrong, but naturally and thoughtlessly dashing along to their doom, as dashed the swine when the devils entered into them (Matt. 8:32).  However, despite the holy name which the sons of Seth took upon themselves in those days, many of them intermingled with the sons of men, in that "the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose."  Gen. 6:2.


As this evil practice speedily multiplied the wickedness of men in those days, "the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty


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years....And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the Lord that He had made men on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.  And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them...And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under Heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die."  Gen. 6:3, 5 through 7, 17.


As Jesus looked forward to our day, He said, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."  Matt. 24:38, 39.  Therefore shall not the sons of God in this generation take heed to the example before them, and keep themselves separate from "the daughters of men"?


These examples teach that every individual should determine to know and to practice the truth without the influence of another if he wishes to escape the enemy's webs that invisibly line the path of his feet. Know your own case if you want to win the crown of eternal life, which is your most precious jewel, and which is the one that you are in the greatest danger of having stolen away by the enemy of your soul.


AT WHICH OF HIS COMINGS FINDS HE LITTLE, OR NO FAITH?


QUESTION NO. 205:


In the light of the statement, "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8), how can the 144,000 stand on Mt. Zion before probation closes?


ANSWER:


In contrast to the statement of Luke 18:8 are the words of Isaiah: "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.  And the Gentiles shall see they righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.  Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.  Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married....And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken."  Isa. 62:1-4, 12.  "And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in My wrath I smote thee, but in My favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought;" Isa. 60:10, 11.


"Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict.  'Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,' she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer."--"Prophets and Kings," p. 725.


As these scriptures, along with others, refute the idea that when Christ comes the second time there will be found hardly any faithful ones, the student of the Word can only conclude that such an inference, derived from Luke 18:8, is a false one.  Hence the statement, "When the Son of man cometh," in order to harmonize with other passages of Scripture, must be applied to a coming other than that to which it is commonly understood to apply.


The coming of Christ referred to in Luke 18:8, is treated of under question No. 206.


Now concerning the time that the 144,000 stand on Mt. Zion, the Revelator says: "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads.  And I heard a voice from Heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."  Rev. 14:1 through 3.


"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, Whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire."  Dan. 7:9.


"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands."  Rev. 5:11.


"And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in Heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, Who liveth for ever and ever.  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled."  Rev. 15:5-8.


The fact that the assembly of the beasts and of the elders, together with the thousands of angels ' (Dan. 7:9, 10; Rev. 5:11), constitute the judgment in session during probationary time, 'proves that they stand on Mt. Zion before the judgment ceases.  Also the fact that with the cessation of the judgment and the close of probation, the judicial throng, especially the beasts and the elders, go out from before the throne (because they are earthly men and thus not allowed to remain in the temple while the seven last plagues are being poured out--Rev. 15:5-8) and the fact that the 144,000 stand on Mt. Zion while the beasts and the elders are yet inside the temple, prove that the 144,000 stand on Mt. Zion before probation closes.


THE TIME TO SEPARATE THE

TARES FROM THE WHEAT


QUESTION NO. 206:


"Christ's Object Lessons," p. 123, says: "When the work of the gospel is completed, then immediately follows the separation between the good and the evil."  Does not the separation here mentioned take place at the second advent?


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ANSWER:


Though the passage quoted above has application to the separation at the second advent of Christ, it finds its primary application before the close of probation.  The separation that takes place when Christ comes the second time, is His taking the saints to Heaven with Him (John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:17), and leaving the wicked dead here on earth (2 Thess. 2:8).  In this way His second coming does bring about a physical separation.  But the separation that takes place before the second advent of Christ is at His invisible coming, when He puts the "sheep" to His right, and the "goats" to His left (Matt. 25:32, 33; 13:30; Rev. 18:4; Matt. 13:48).


In "Early Writings" we read: "I saw the saints leaving the cities and villages, and associating together in companies, and living in the most solitary places.  Angels provided them food and water, while the wicked were suffering from hunger and thirst.  Then I saw the leading men of the earth consulting together, and Satan and his angels busy around them.  I saw a writing, copies of which were scattered in different parts of the land, giving orders that unless the saints should yield their peculiar faith, give up the Sabbath, and observe the first day of the week, the people were at liberty after a certain time, to put them to death.  But in this hour of trial the saints were calm and composed, trusting in God, and leaning upon His promise that a way of escape would be made for them.  In some places, before the time for the decree to be executed, the wicked rushed upon the saints to slay them; but angels in the form of men of war fought for them.  Satan wished to have the privilege of destroying the saints of the Most High; but Jesus bade His angels watch over them.  God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him."--"Early Writings," pp. 282, 283.


The fact that the saints were prophetically seen in companies by themselves before the second coming of Christ, again proves that the separation between saint and sinner takes place before His appearing.  The separation that is effected by Christ's second coming, however, is still greater, in that the saints are taken up to heaven, and the wicked left down on earth.


THE TIME TO LET THE WINDS LOOSE.


QUESTION NO. 207:


If the angel who seals the firstfruits (the 144,000), continues the sealing of the second fruits (the great multitude--Revelation 7:9), will the four angels be holding the four winds (Rev. 7:1) throughout the sealing of both fruits?


ANSWER:


As Revelation 7:14 says that the great multitude (the second fruits) "came out of great tribulation," it is therefore conclusive that the four winds will be held only until the servants of God (the 144,000) are sealed, and that when the winds are loosed and blowing, then will the great multitude be gathered and sealed--thus coming out of "great tribulation," a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time."  Dan. 12:1.


THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.


QUESTION NO. 208:


What is the marriage spoken of in "Christ's Object Lessons," p. 307 and in "The Great Controversy," p. 427?  In one instance, it is said to be "the union of humanity with divinity."  In another instance, it is called "the reception by Christ of His kingdom."  In still another, it is said that "The marriage takes place in heaven, while they are upon the earth," waiting "for their Lord when He will return from the wedding."


Again, the words, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh," are applied to His coming to the temple for the investigative judgment.  Please clear this subject for me.


ANSWER:


Let us remember that these figurative terms are used only as illustrations of our salvation and of our connection with Heaven.  In one instance, for example, the setting up of the kingdom is illustrated by the "harvest"; the subjects of the kingdom, by the "wheat;" and the kingdom itself, by the "barn" Matt. 13:30.  In another instance, the setting up of the kingdom is illustrated by the angels drawing to shore "the net," and then by their sitting down, gathering from it the good (fish), and putting them into "vessels" (Matt. 13:48); the subjects of the kingdom, by the good fish; and the kingdom itself, by the "vessels."


Other such figures are used, but if we forget that they are but illustrations, we may be puzzled as to whether the saints are "wheat," "fish," "plant" (Isa. 5:7), "crown" (Isa. 62:3), "wife" (Isa. 54:6), or something else.


It is true that the marriage of Christ is a "union of humanity with Divinity"; but it is also "the reception by Christ of His Kingdom," because humanity IS The Kingdom.  Therefore, when He receives His kingdom, He unites humanity with Divinity.


The reception of His kingdom takes place in Heaven while the saints are on earth.  This fact was made known to us first by Daniel when he wrote: "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him.  And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" (Dan. 7:13, 14); and second by Jesus when He said of Himself: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return."  Luke 19:12.


The marriage is the coronation of Christ.  It takes place in the heavenly temple when all His subjects are made up,--when the investigative judgement is completed and probation is closed,--before He comes to "receive" the saints unto Himself (John 14:3), and before they meet him "in the air." 1 Thess. 4:16, 17.


In another instance, however, the members of the church are represented as the guests (Rev. 19:9; Matt. 22:9, 10), although the wedding (coronation) takes place in Heaven and the guests are on the earth.  Nevertheless, after the wedding (coronation), Jesus shall descend from Heaven and take the guests unto Himself so that where He is, they may be also (John 14:1-3), and then shall the saints in reality eat of the "marriage supper of the Lamb."--"The Great Controversy," p. 427; Rev. 19:9.  In this instance, while the saints are said to be the guests, the Holy City is said to be "the Bride."  Rev. 21:9, 10.  Again, just before the marriage (coronation), when the saints are still on earth, their righteousness is said to be the bride's (city's) "fine linen."  Rev. 19:8.


The lessons that are taught by these many illustrations become priceless jewels to those who take heed to them.


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A Personal Testimony.


I believe I would be very ungrateful to God and to all Present Truth believers if I did not tell you how happy I am to be counted one of the Shepherd's Rod believers.


I came into the Adventist truth in 1929, and was engaged in colporteur work in Hawaii when this wonderful message came to me.  For some unknown reason, I had never heard of it until a dear sister in Honolulu brought it to me on a Sabbath afternoon in July, 1939, when I heard a voice say to me, This is the True Witness to the Laodiceans.  Great was my surprise to learn that we had had a reform message in our church for ten years.  I believe the Lord brought me into contact with "The Shepherd's Rod" because I had been praying that He would send a message to purify me and the church.  In six weeks time after I had begun to study "The Shepherd's Rod" I was sailing for Mt. Carmel.


I found the people on Mt. Carmel substantially all I expected them to be, and I praise God daily for having this great privilege of being with His people, and for the hope of His soon coming to gather us home.


Though in my work, God has many times spoken to me, saying, Go here or go there, He has never spoken more plainly than when He said, This is the truth, Walk ye in it.  Inexpressibly happy as I am that I obeyed, my great concern and hope now is that my example may be such as to encourage all who have heard His Voice saying, "This is the way walk ye in it" quickly to follow Him and that I may be a channel of light to those who are yet in darkness concerning the call of the hour.


"Behold I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

Rev. 3:11.

--BETTY PLAYER.


THAT IS MT. CARMEL.


Beneath the Southern sun and moon--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Below the clouds that veil the blue--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Under the stars that glimmer through--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Where forest and field look up to God--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Where gates ajar, invite God's own--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Where loved ones come, and loved ones leave--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Where golden oil doth ceaseless flow--

That is Mt. Carmel.

A home where saints do love to dwell--

That is Mt. Carmel.

The Holy joy that angels know--

That is Mt. Carmel.

Striving for Thy kingdom come--

That is Mt. Carmel.


--BETTY PLAYER.



Qualifications For Soul Winning.


A serious reflection on our duty in soul-winning, will not only enlighten us on the principles of Gospel missionary work, but will also stimulate a heart-searching investigation and scrutiny of our lives--past, present, and future.


The Lord says: "So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.  When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."  Ezekiel 33:7-9.


"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."  Mark 16:15.


"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."  Acts 1:8.


These scriptures bring to us a vivid realization of the nature and extent of our duty to all the souls we meet and are associated with.  Both at home and abroad, personally and by proxy, we are to labor to do good unto all humanity, giving the light of the Third Angel's Message, and witnessing to what Jesus our Savior has done for us in delivering us from the guilt and power of sin.


Missionary work may appear to us as a duty, and it may even be burdensome, as duties have a way of being, but if the love of Jesus has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we will ever esteem it our highest and most joyful privilege to win souls for Him.  The love of Christ constrains us to seek for the lost and perishing (2 Cor. 5:14), and to know that we are cooperating with heavenly agencies in saving souls from the darkness of this world (Col. 1:12 through 14; Acts 26:18).


When the Master sent forth the twelve on their first missionary journey, He enunciated the principle, "freely ye have received, freely give."  Matt. 10:8.  He gave them power over the power of the enemy, over disease, and also power to preach the Gospel.  And today it is just as necessary that we have these gifts as it was that the disciples had them.  He says, "Without Me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5; Vol. 5, p. 159.  "I counsel you to tarry at Jerusalem, as did the early disciples, until, like them, you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit."


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It is not hard to see that in these days much of the missionary work done comes far short of exhibiting the power and character that attends this gift.


A great many confine their missionary efforts to the propagation of the doctrines and the prophecies of the Message, while Christ and the Gospel of salvation are either entirely left out, or are only occasionally mentioned as hardly more than matter of history.  The result is that to those who receive such a devitalized message, Christ has not become the Minister of circumcision of the heart (Rom. 15:8; Rom. 2:29), that the body of sin might be destroyed, and that henceforth they should not serve sin in the lusts thereof (Rom. 6:6-8).  Such emasculated missionary work is what brings tares into the church, and of such work the Lord says: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him two-fold more the child of hell than yourselves."  Matt. 23:15.


Every tree bears fruit after his kind; like begets like.  A stream can rise no higher than its source. Likewise they who labor in God's vineyard can raise their converts no higher spiritually than they are themselves.  This is a very solemn thought, and should lead us to deep searching of heart.  When the message is preached by the arguments and wisdom of man without the power and demonstration of the Spirit (1 Cor. 1:17), the hearers of the Word, though intellectually convinced of the arguments, are left unconverted to Christ, with the result that Christ's salvation is useless to them, and that when He calls them, they know not His Voice.


In Romans 3:1, 2 and Rom. 9:3 through 5, Paul places a high estimate on the possession of doctrinal knowledge, but the possessor may be like Nicodemus to whom, though a teacher in Israel, the new birth was a mystery.  And such, Christ said, cannot enter the kingdom of heaven, or even see it.


Today there are many who know all the doctrines of our faith, and who are even able to defend them against any opposition.  They profess to be God's commandment keeping people, but are altogether unacquainted with Jesus Christ.  Many who have been in the church for years have never experienced John 3:16 or Rom. 5:1 through 5.


Regardless how long one's name may have been on the Church record, if he is not born again (justified by faith), he is out of Christ, and is alien to the blessings of the Gospel.


"There is not one in one hundred who understands for himself the Bible truth on this subject (justification by faith) that is so necessary to our present and eternal welfare."--"Christ Our Righteousness," p. 106.


"Some of our brethren are not receiving the message of God upon this subject.  They appear to be anxious that none of our ministers shall depart from their former manner of teaching the good old doctrines.  We inquire, is it not time that fresh light should come to the people of God, to awaken them to greater earnestness and zeal?  The exceeding great and precious promises given us in the Holy Scriptures have been lost sight of to a great extent, just as the enemy of all righteousness designed they should be.  He has cast his own dark shadow between us and our God, that we might not see the true character of God....As a people, we have preached the law until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa, that had neither dew nor rain."--"Christ Our Righteousness," p. 64, 65.


"The watchmen are responsible for the condition of the people,...The very ones who should be most active and vigilant in the hour of peril are neglecting their duty and bringing upon themselves the blood of souls."--"Testimonies," Vol. 5, pp. 235, 234.


"Our doctrines may be correct; we may hate false doctrine; and may not receive those who are not true to principle; we may labor with untiring energy; but even this is not sufficient....A belief in the theory of the truth is not enough; to present this theory to unbelievers does not constitute you a witness for Christ."--"Review and Herald," Feb. 3, 1891; "Christ Our Righteousness," pp. 98, 99.


"How much more power would attend the preaching of the word today, if men dwelt less upon the theories and arguments of men, (1 Cor. 1:17) and far more upon the lessons of Christ, and upon practical godliness."--"Review and Herald," Jan. 7, 1890; "Christ Our Righteousness," p. 99.


"The greatest deception of the human mind in Christ's day was, that a mere assent to the truth constitutes righteousness.  In all human experience a theoretical knowledge of the truth has been proved to be insufficient for the saving of the soul.  It does not bring forth the fruits of righteousness....The same danger still exists.  Many take it for granted that they are Christians, simply because they subscribe to certain theological tenets."--"Christ Our Righteousness," pp. 99, 100.


"The ministers have not presented Christ in His fulness to the people, either in the churches or in the new fields; and the people have not an intelligent faith.  They have not been instructed as they should have been, that Christ is unto them both salvation and righteousness."--"Christ Our Righteousness," p. 111.


"This I do know, that our churches are dying for the want of teaching on the subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and on kindred subjects."--"Christ Our Righteousness," p. 113.


These facts reveal the direct cause of the downfall of Laodicea, and unerringly point to the remedy.


Whenever men and women who have not experienced the new birth, engage in missionary work for others, they can lead them, not to Christ, but only to the theories of the doctrines.  The worker who has not been washed in Jesus' blood is as a blind man trying to lead the blind, or as a leper trying to heal a leper.  Yea, in God's sight, he may be more guilty than the one for whom he is laboring.


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"TO THE TWELVE TRIBES WHICH, ARE SCATTERED ABROAD"


In The Interest of the S.D.A. Denomination.


This little paper is dedicated to the mission of conveying, to Present Truth believers, edifying news items and reformatory activities, and of answering questions on the sealing message of the 144,000 (Rev. 7:1-8) and the great multitude (Rev. 7:9); on the prophecies of Isaiah, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Micah, Hosea, Joel, Daniel, the Revelation, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, etc., but especially on the first eight books above mentioned; on Christ's parables, on types and symbols, also on the writings of Mrs. E.G. White.



However, this monthly visitor promises to answer questions, on such passages of Scripture only as have been divinely revealed and authoritatively proclaimed--bearing the positive mark of truth.  Therefore, it will either give a correct answer to the questions, or else confess its ignorance by saying, "I do not know."


First and foremost, though, its purpose is to reveal the fact that the time has come for the Lord to manifest His power, and to unify and purify His church on earth--calling her to rise up from her dusty bed, and put on her strength and her gift of beautiful garments, because "from henceforth" the unclean shall not come unto her. (Isa. 52:1.)


Therefore, it positively demands that the heralds of "the great and dreadful day of the Lord", who are under its jurisdiction, must strictly comply with all the requirements, instructions, and advice which it bears to them from time to time, adding nothing to or subtracting nothing from the message.  It will not countenance those who ignore its divine authority, for the church is to be the light of the world, "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terribleas an army with banners."  (Is. 62:1-7; "Prophets and Kings," p. 725.)


The symbols on the title page are an objectification of the Revelation chapters Twelve and Nine, and Isaiah 7:21, which symbols are explained in our literature.


This monthly comforter gladly calls on all S.D.A.'s who open their doors and welcome its presence.  It freely gives its time to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, and neither collects fees nor makes charges for its unselfish service; it lives on free-will contributions, burdening none and comforting all.  Its constant prayer is that all its readers shall prosper and be in good health even as their souls prospereth.  (3 John 2.)


Lastly, it asks of you that you make your questions plain and distinct, giving references; and in return it promises to take care of them as soon as their turn in the waiting line comes round.


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CONTENTS.


The Sin Against the Holy Ghost--What is it?


Three Days and Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth (Illustrated)


The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation Contain the World's History (Illustrated)


The Church of God in the Symbol of a Woman (Illustrated)


The Leopard-like Beast-Rev. 13:1-10 (Illustrated)


The Two-horned Beast--Rev. 13:11-19 (Illustrated)


The Scarlet-colored Beast--Revelation 17 (Illustrated)


The Woman Riding on the "Beast," "Heads," And "Waters" (Illustrated)


The Exceeding Great Horn--Daniel 8 (Illustrated)


The Beast (666), the False Prophet, the Mother of Harlots, the Man of Sin--Who Are They? (Illustrated)


The 144,000--Revelation 7 and 14.


At Probation's End, Graves Cease--Revelation 14 and 15


Matthew 24, and the Signs of Christ's Coming.


The Ten Virgins--Matthew 25.


The Seven Seals, and the Sanctuary--Revelation 4-8 (Illustrated)


Wheat and Barley Each For a Penny--Rev. 6:6;

Matt. 20:1-16 (Illustrated)


Why William Miller's Mistake.


Noah's Flood--Type and Anti-type (Illustrated)


The First and Second Temples--Type and Antitype (Illustrated)


Zechariah Four (Illustrated)


The Mighty River--Ezekiel 47 (Illustrated)


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                                                           Vol. 6   Symbolic Code   No. 7 - 12 incl.   (Texas--1940)


Vol. 6 No.7 - 12

January, 1937

MT. CARMEL CENTER

Lake Waco Texas

Lightening The Earth


Not What 1940 May Have Been, But What 1941 May Be


As the year 1940 is now gone, never again to return, may we let it carry to oblivion our sins; and may 1941 bring victory where there has been defeat, and cause our hearts to praise the Lord as never before, for each passing day can carry away our shortcomings.  Though our past be strewn with failures seventy times seven; though we may have gone down the husk-path of disillusionment; and though our sins be as scarlet; still the Father's matchless love and forgiveness woos us again to His presence.  He does not judge today by what we were yesterday, but by what we are today; not by what we have been, but by what we may be.  In sooth, our bad of yesterday would forever be gone from us, if we would but let Him cut us loose from it; and our good of today would forever stay with us, if we would but stay with it.


Let us, therefore, during 1941, avail ourselves of all God's showers of mercy, as does the blade of corn, and appreciatively put them to good use.  For if we fail to make our seasonal spiritual growth, we shall, in the time of harvest, be unfit for the heavenly garner, as immatured corn is unfit for the earthly garner.  To insure normal growth, one needs


Righteousness By Faith.


"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  Heb. 11:1.


Righteousness by faith is, therefore, the doing of deeds which only in faith bear the evidence of righteousness,--the substance sustaining the hope of something which does not now appear.  For example, if, like Abraham, we do without delay all that God has revealed to us, even though we see ourselves unrighteous as did Isaiah when he saw the Lord (Isa. 6:5), then the moment we repent of, and forsake, our evil deeds, we accept, by faith, the unseen reality that the Lord has cleansed us from them.  At that moment, we stand, in His sight, not in ours, "as white as snow."  Isa. 1:18.  This does not mean, however, that we now count ourselves to have reached perfection, and that we are no longer subject to sin, "for a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again."  Prov. 24:16.


To illustrate: there are a man, woman, boy, and girl, who are always well-dressed and immaculately clean.  Not that their clothes do not stain, nor ever wear out; they naturally do.  That is something that cannot be avoided.  Nevertheless, these persons always keep themselves spotless and clean.  But how do they do it?--By simple, ceaseless care: they bathe as often as necessary, wash their clothes as soon as they begin to soil, and mend or replace them without delay.  In like manner is the Christian's faith kept intact.  He studies the Word of God, complies with all its requirements, repents as often as he sins, and arises and keeps in the race.  And if he makes a mistake, he immediately corrects it.  Likewise if he offends, he without delay reconciles the offended one.  He is not prejudiced.  He does not find fault with others, but with himself.  He does not criticize a brother for having a mote in his eye; rather, he pulls the beam out of his own eye (Matt. 7:3 through 5).  He grants liberty of conscience to all, and delights to "let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."  Rom. 14:5.  He does not impose his ideas and his standards of living upon others.  He never demands confession, but is always ready to confess and to forgive.  He "pleases all men in all things, not seeking" his "own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved."  1 Cor. 10:33.  In thus complying with the golden rule (Matt. 7:12), by faith he keeps himself spotless while helping others.  As a result, Christ freely cleanses him "with the washing of the water by the Word," and grafts him into the beautiful vine, the church.  He does this, that He "might present...to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."  Eph. 5:27.


Thus one who lives righteously by faith obtains an eternal reward; whereas "the wicked" falls "into mischief," and like the praying Pharisee, thinking himself to be righteous, characteristically says: "God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican."  Luke 18:11.


We now live the life of Christ by faith; but in the kingdom--the substance of our hope where "the evidence of things" is seen, we shall live by sight, "for now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face."  1 Cor. 13:12.  The life which we now live is a battle and a march; a defeat and a victory; a struggle to overcome.  This daily battle between the Spirit of God and the spirit of man, the apostle Paul sets forth, as follows:


"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto


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the law that it is good.  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am!  who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin."  Rom. 7:15 through 25.


This inner struggle with self is between our carnal and our spiritual natures.


Certain it is that what we by nature want is not what we really need.  Likewise, that which we by nature aim to do, is not what we really need to do.  In obtaining righteousness by faith, therefore, we choose to follow the opposite of our carnal minds and our natural desires and wants.


"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts....ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."  Isa. 55:7 9, 12.


In view of this glorious prospect, no one should neglect the opportunity to become a candidate for


Change of Heart.


Why is the Lord to change our "stony hearts,"  and to give us "hearts of flesh," when we get to the promised land, and not now while we are among the nations (Ezek. 36:24 through 28)?


When Nebuchadnezzar's natural heart was replaced with a beast's heart, he was no longer satisfied to live like a human being, but was contented to live with the cattle of the field.  Dan. 4:16, 33.  But had he, while yet retaining the natural heart, been forced out of his palace, and compelled to feed with the cattle, the trial and humiliation would have been altogether too great for him to endure.  Moreover, as such a life is contrary to human nature, he could not have subsisted on grass, nor could his digestive organs have stood up under such a heavy task.  To make it possible, therefore, for a human being to go through such an unnatural experience, the Lord replaced his heart with a beast's heart, which automatically changed his nature.


Like Nebuchadnezzar during his wild-life experience, we, too, are living in a world that is unnatural to sinless beings.  Consequently, if our hearts and thus our natures were changed now, while we are yet living among the sinful nations, we could no more endure the trial than could Nebuchadnezzar with his human heart have endured the winter exposure, or have enjoyed the company of the beasts, or yet relished grass and straw.  Indeed, the fellowship of sinners, in the environment of sin, would be utterly desolating to a saint with a spiritual heart, upon which is written the law of God.


So to make endurable our days in this life, the Lord mercifully leaves us with our natural, stony hearts, to serve Him according to the provisions of divine grace.  And though it is not convenient to do right even under this provision, it would be still less convenient for a saint with "a new heart" to live in the kingdoms of this world, for in an unrighteous environment his righteous heart would make him miserable.  Neither could he, in the Kingdom of God, with his natural, stony heart, endure its enmity against the law of God, nor enjoy the glory of the Kingdom.  In other words, whereas on the one hand with our spiritual hearts, in the midst of the kingdoms of sin, we would be excruciatingly miserable in beholding crime, accidents, corruption, disease, and suffering; on the other hand with our sinful hearts, in the sinless Kingdom, we would be intolerably unhappy with ourselves, and unable to enjoy the sublime bliss of peace and righteousness.


We are, therefore, for the time present, permitted to serve the Lord with our sinful nature; and our desires to do good, and aims to reach high, that are prompted by our faith in Him, are accounted to us for righteousness.  This righteousness is His righteousness, in us by faith.


We are, therefore, still in the period of conversion and sanctification by faith, looking forward to the time when the Lord will take us to our own land, and there give us new hearts (Ezek. 36:24-28).  Then will we serve Him in holiness (Isa. 62:12).  With such a glorious promise in view, wrapped in love divine, may everyone now exercise the faith of Christ, cultivate His righteousness, and so become eligible for the divine gift of a spiritual heart.


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Lukewarm Laodiceans, Awake Now At The Spirit's Call.


"God now calls upon you to repent, to be zealous in the work.  Your eternal happiness will be determined by the course you now pursue.  Can you reject the invitations of mercy now offered?  Can you choose your own way?  Will you cherish pride and vanity, and lose your soul at last?  The word of God plainly tells us that few will be saved, and that the greater number of those even who are called, will prove themselves unworthy of everlasting life.  They will have no part in Heaven, but will have their portion with Satan, and experience the second death.


"Men and women may escape this doom if they will.  It is true that Satan is the great originator of sin; yet this does not excuse any man for sinning; for he cannot force men to do evil.  He tempts them to it, and makes sin look enticing and pleasant; but he has to leave it to their own wills whether they will do it or not.  He does not force men to become intoxicated, neither does he force them to remain away from religious meetings; but he presents temptations in a manner to allure to evil, and man is a free moral agent to accept or refuse.


"Conversion is a work that most do not appreciate.  It is not a small matter to transform an earthly, sin-loving mind, and bring it to understand the unspeakable love of Christ. the charms of his grace, and the excellency of God, so that the soul shall be imbued with divine love, and captivated with the heavenly mysteries.  When he understands these things, his former life appears disgusting and hateful.  He hates sin, and, breaking his heart before God, he embraces Christ as the life and joy of the soul.  He renounces his former pleasures.  He has a new mind, new affections, new interest, new will; his sorrows, and desires, and love are all new.  The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, which have heretofore been preferred before Christ, are now turned from, and Christ is the charm of his life, the crown of his rejoicing.  Heaven, which once possessed no charms, is now viewed in its riches and glory; and he contemplates it as his future home, where he shall see, love, and praise the One who hath redeemed him by His precious blood.


"The works of holiness, which appeared wearisome, are now his delight.  The word of God, which was dull and uninteresting, is now chosen as his study, the man of his counsel.  It is as a letter written to him from God, bearing the inscription of the Eternal.  His thoughts, his words, and his deeds are brought to this rule and tested.  He trembles at the commands and threatenings which it contains, while he firmly grasps its promises, and strengthens his soul by apropriating them to himself.  The society of the most godly is now chosen by him, and the wicked, whose company he once loved, he no longer delights in.  He weeps over those sins in them at which he once laughed.  Self-love and vanity are renounced, and he lives unto God, and is rich in good works.  This is the sanctification which God requires.  Nothing short of this will He accept.


"I beg of you, my brother, to search your heart diligently and inquire, 'What road am I traveling, and where will it end?' You have reason to rejoice that your life has not been cut off while you have no certain hope of eternal life.  God forbid that you should longer neglect this work, and so perish in your sins.  Do not flatter your soul with false hopes.  You see no way to get hold again, but one so humble that you cannot consent to accept it.  Christ presents to you, even to you, my erring brother, a message of mercy, 'Come, for all things are now ready.'  God is ready to accept you, and to pardon all your transgressions, if you will but come.  Though you have been a prodigal, and have separated from God, and stayed away from him so long, he will meet you even now.  'Yes; the Majesty of Heaven invites you to come to Him, that you may have life.  Christ is ready to cleanse you from sin when you lay hold upon Him.  What profit have you found in serving sin?  What profit in serving the flesh and the devil?  Is it not poor wages you receive?  Oh!  turn ye, turn ye; for why will ye die?


"You have had many convictions, many pangs of conscience.  You have had so many purposes, and made so many promises; and yet you linger, and will not come to Christ that you may have life.  Oh that your heart may be impressed with a sense of this time, that you may now turn and live!  Cannot you hear the voice of the True Shepherd in the message?  How can you disobey?  Trifle not with God, lest he leave you to your own crooked ways.  It is life or death with you.  Which will you choose?  It is a fearful thing to contend with God, and resist his pleadings.  You may have the love of God burning upon the altar of your heart as you once felt it.  You may commune with God as you have done in times past.  If you will make a clean track behind you, you may again experience the riches of his grace, and your countenance again express his love.


"It is not required of you to confess to those who know not your sin and errors.  It is not your duty to publish a confession which will lead unbelievers to triumph; but to those to whom it is proper, who will take no advantage of your wrong, confess according to the word of God, and let them


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pray for you, and God will accept your work, and will heal you.  For your soul's sake, be entreated to make thorough work for eternity.  Lay aside your pride, your vanity, and make straight work. Come back again to the fold.  The Shepherd is waiting to receive you.  Repent, and do your first works, and again come into favor with God."--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 2, pp. 293 through 296.


Greetings From Mt. Carmel And From The Field.


A WORD OF APPRECIATION.


Dear Brethren All:


The institution is taking this opportune time to greet all fellow-believers everywhere.  The largess bestowed upon our workers, personally, by those whom they have visited, has touched us deeply, and will always be a source of inspiration to us, for we well appreciate that it has been the outward expression of an inward devotion to The One Whom we so imperfectly represent.


We are happy to assure you that through God's great mercy, along with your faithful cooperation, the work is steadily advancing.  We are confident, however, that you, like us, are not satisfied to continue at the same pace.  Therefore, we must pray and labor without ceasing, to make 1941 the year of years--ten in one.  This goal ought to engross the whole mind, the whole attention.  And let no one be so foolish as to attempt in any way to silence the heralds of the kingdom, for even should they be silenced, then the very stones would cry out.  As the kingdom shall still "sweeter be" if we now bear one another's burdens, may our example provoke good works in every present believer of Present Truth.


Your fellow-servants

At the Center of the Work.


NOT AN S.D.A. UNTIL S.R.


"I became acquainted with the SRod Message in 1937.  Though I was not a Seventh-day Adventist, I somehow knew the Sabbath was the right day, and after listening to Brother W ------ give the chart studies, I knew the Shepherd's Rod had the truth for this time.  I believe it with all my heart."

Tommy Thompson

Los Angeles, California


AWAKENED, BUT ALMOST FALLEN ASLEEP AGAIN.


"I want to give my personal experience and confess my short-comings.  I can never forget the joy this message brought me in 1930 when we received Vol. 1 of the SRod.  I could hardly wait for the other volume, tracts, and Codes.  I was very much awake for awhile, but sorry to say that at times, since, I have found myself almost going back to sleep.


"Nevertheless, I know this is a message from God to save all who will accept and obey it."

Mrs. R.A. Boynton,

Austell, Georgia.


MY GUIDING LIGHT.


"Upon receiving a study several years ago from Dr. -------- upon 'The Warning Paradox,' I accepted this wonderful Present-Truth message as the light from God, and I have never once doubted it.  Indeed, it has ever since been the guiding light in my life."



Mrs. P.J. Florreich

Los Angeles, California.


IT NEVER GROWS OLD.


"I am writing to tell you that I am still thrilled with this Message.  It never grows old to me to reread one of the tracts or books; it is a real continual revival, and I am always so glad for this, that I ask myself, 'What can I do for the Lord for all he has done for me in sending the: message?'--And then I know that 'Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a tribute far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all.'"


Mrs. Sam Hindman

Sheridan, Wyoming.


KEPT AT IT, AND IT BECAME PLAIN.


"When the SRod truth first came to me through Bro. B. B., I did not understand very much about it.  But I kept studying and it is plain to me now; and The Symbolic Codes are so overwhelming to me, that I can hardly wait for them.


"This precious truth has meant so much to me, that I believe now by God's help I can give up the world and all that it possesses.


"Please pray for me, that my life may measure up one hundred per cent to this sealing message, that I may be one of the 144,000."


Mrs. Howard McTyre

 Marietta, Georgia.


ENJOYING THE FLOOD OF LIGHT.


"Ever since the day at the age of 12, when I first read 2 Chron. 1:9 through 12, which tells of Solomon's asking the Lord to give him wisdom, I thought it a good example for me also.  And today I am more and more convinced that the God of Israel has led me....


"Tract No. 2, foretelling a change in the leadership of His church, convinced me of the very Present Truth (5 T 715), as found in all the volumes


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and tracts of the SRod.  Now I am enjoying the 'flood of light' our people could have had years ago (G.C. 458); now I am experiencing the joy of service that was stinted by the restraining hands of men."


John H. Betz

Garland, Wyoming.


NOTHING ELSE TO LIVE FOR.


"In 1930 I saw a book called SRod, Vol. 1.  I began reading it, and found it to be a message from God.  My heart was stirred.  Then the more I read, the more I was convinced that the Lord was speaking to me.  I am sure there is nothing but this Message to live for, to follow it through to the end.  To me, it is the most wonderful message that ever fell on mortal ears.  I want to praise God for it, for it has caused me to lose all interest in everything of this world.


"I find that my duty is to prepare for the seal of God, and to be ready to help finish the work that the Lord is asking us to do."


W.T. Boynton

Austell, Georgia.


THE SOMETHING BETTER, NOW FOUND.


"When I read in Sister White's writings that the S.D.A. church, because of so much worldliness in it, was going back into Egypt (5 T 217), I left that church and went to the Free S.D.A. church, which did not have so much of 'Egypt' in it.


"Still dissatisfied, though, I was looking for more true light, when I received a little tract from the publishers of this Present Truth message.  (Elder W.L.B. had sent them my name.)  When I read the tract, my heart began to flow with joy, that The Light I was seeking for, had come.  And O!  how I am rejoicing in it!  I want more light each day I live, until I reach perfection in the 'Loud Cry.'  I did not really understand Sister White's writings until I believed the Shepherds Rod."


 Etta J. Amos

Miami, Florida.


WITH THE FIRST FRUITS, HOPES TO ENTER THROUGH THE GATES.


"I can say that there is joy deeply in my heart, that I am, and hope to continue to be, one of those striving to be among the 144,000, who soon shall go walking through the gates of Jerusalem, into The Kingdom.  I ask your prayers that I may be strong in the work of the Lord."


Clara Edens

Hialeah, Florida.


"JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR"


"Praise the Lord for manifesting His great love and tender mercy to His people, by sending this seventh beacon light, the Shepherds Rod message.  Each Code and tract adds to its brightness, as each additional light bulb in a cluster of lights adds to the brightness of a room.


"I had lost my bearings, and was floundering, nearly hopeless, when a fellow-traveler described the Shepherds Rod message, and recognized it as a true beacon light.  I had sighted it previously, but took it to be a false light.  When my fellow-traveler declared he believed it to be true, I started investigating to prove to him that it was false; and to my surprise and astonishment I found it to be true, just what we had been looking for, for several years!


"Now with renewed courage and confidence we are again on our way rejoicing in the blessed hope of winning those crowns of eternal life that Jesus is holding in store for us until we reach the harbor of eternal peace beyond the boundary line of these troubled waters."


C. Sealy

Toledo, Ohio.


PRAYED FOR LIGHT, AND IT CAME.


"As I was so very dissatisfied with myself and the condition of the church, the Message found me praying for light.  I am thankful for the reformation it has wrought in my life, and I want to go on to perfection, that I might be ready for translation when Jesus comes.


"I love the prayer hour at 8:00 (E.S.T.)  on Friday evening, when we mingle our voices and spirits in united prayer to the Father in behalf of the Message and each, other.  I am so glad and so thankful that our Saviour in His great love, has sent the voice of the Rod to lead us out of the Laodicean condition, and into one accord.  May we let Him get us ready for the great Pentecost that is just before us.  I want to be sealed at any cost."


Mrs. Gay Conley

Springfield, Ohio.


"MORE PRECIOUS THAN LIFE"


"The wonderful light that has come to us, is more precious to us than is life.  Our only desire is that we may each day walk humbly before our God, that we may help others, and that we may be found worthy in this great finishing work.  We know that, with the help of the Lord, the good work that He has begun in us, He will finish."


Mr. and Mrs. Paul Georgel

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


ATTEMPTED TO REFUTE IT, FINDS IT THE TRUTH.


"I want to testify to the wonderful love of Jesus in giving me this message in the only way that I would ever have been able to receive it.


"I intended to read only one of the Shepherds Rod tracts, that I might show my mother that I was able to


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refute it by good Seventh-day Adventist doctrine.  There had never been much said in our churches about more Bible truth coming, so we as a people naturally thought that any purported truth must necessarily be error.  I never read any literature unless it had the denominational endorsement.


"The Lord came very near to me while I was reading that tract.  He opened my eyes that I might see, and I accepted His message to me.  I read the other tracts as soon as I could.


"I know now what it means to have a whole-hearted desire to be clean.  May the Lord purify me, even as He is pure."

 Mrs. Ruth Goett

Azusa, California.


ONCE STUBBORNLY OPPOSED, BUT NOW PLEAD THAT ALL TASTE THE

KING'S SUPPER.


"Deeply appreciating this opportunity to bear our testimony, we give glory to our Heavenly Father for revealing to us this message of Present Truth.  We regret very much that while in our Laodicean blindness, we stubbornly opposed these teachings.  The Lord certainly has opened our eyes to our own spiritual condition, and has brought these truths to our understanding, as we have searched them out and weighed the evidences.


"We have found the Shepherds Rod the symbol of God's power and care in our experience.  It has changed our purposes in life, and has taught us that self-denial and self-sacrifice are the surest ways to happiness.


"We plead with our Laodicean brethren to investigate and see how plentiful and wondrous is the King's supper of spiritual food, and not to cheat themselves by making a lame excuse."


Ralph and Lillian Georgel

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


THOUGHT HIMSELF IN NEED OF NOTHING,

FOUND HIMSELF IN NEED OF EVERYTHING.


"The mail had just brought to me in Grand Island, Nebraska, the local Conference paper, and as I was reading the warning against certain people claiming to be S.D.A.'s, giving Bible studies, the door-bell rang, and here were those very people I was reading about!  I asked them in, wondering what study they could give to S.D.A.'s, who were the light of the world, the only people with a 'Thus saith the Lord.'  I had been an S.D.A. in regular attendance, and a reader of the Review, etc., for 35 years, and there I sat and listened to a study concerning things I had never dreamed of!  Afterwards, further to prove their study, they gave me a few tracts which I gladly accepted.


"Then going on an unexpected call to Denver, I came in contact with another one of these supposed S.D.A. workers.  She warned me not to reject light, to which I assured her I never would, of all things.  One of the reasons why I assured her I would not, was that I was satisfied that we already had all the light--and yet I could not understand why I had never before heard some of the things she showed me about the closing work.  But I was so sure that, being the last church, we had the last message these many years; and yet we as a people were more worldly, and more imperfect as Bible students for ourselves, than we were 35 years ago, and we were not perfect then!


"With these questions on my mind, yet still feeling sure we were the people having all the truth, I bowed on my knees and prayed as I never prayed before, except the time I offered my first prayer when but a child.  I had just listened to my first Bible story concerning the antediluvians.  Mother had said: 'they were drowned because they rejected the message God sent them.'  The thought had sent me to a lonely place in the woods, where I bowed on my knees, as I had seen the Lutheran minister do, and asked God that, if He ever had a message for us on this earth, He would let it be known to me.


"A little later, the S.D.A. message came, and has been my sole comfort and still is even now, for I was so sure we were the people, and thank God we are!  But to become 'those who are left in Zion, and remaineth in Jerusalem,' we must have the added Message.


"So it was that again I bowed in prayer and pleaded with God to make these things plain to me.  I studied pro and con, not leaving a word or sentence until I had its full and right meaning.


"A friend to whom I had gone for help at this time, handed me the tract, 'Warning Against Error.'  There seeing a controversy, I at first thought, yes, it is error.  But I was not content.  I had a soul to save.  Then I studied and compared the things in question, and to my surprise saw the insinuations and the ignoring of facts used to smooth over their untenable positions, just as the other churches had done with me 35 years ago.  I wept.  Since, I have tried to impress others with the message, but only to meet with coldness from those that know not and will not investigate for themselves."


Mrs. F.W. Evans

Pomona, California


SURPRISED TO FIND A NEED FOR

REFORMATION.


"I am very happy to say that I am now better prepared than ever before to testify in behalf of the SRod message, for though I never doubted one word of its teachings, yet I had always applied the need for reformation to someone else.


"As to the types and symbols and so forth, they are so clear that a child can understand them.  It is not hard for any of us to prove that this is the


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message for the hour, but oh! it had never dawned upon me until recently, that I was one of the cogs in the machine--one that was not working.  As I began to re-study the Codes, I found that I was so rusty that I was not fit to be in the machine.  Then the Good Shepherd pointed me to the remedy, and (for fear someone else has fallen or will fall into the same hole that I was in) I will pass it on.  So read it for yourself: Vol. 1, Nov. 15, 1934 of the Symbolic Code, par. 7.  It reads like this 'It is one thing to have a message of Theoretical Truth which cannot be gainsaid by the wisest of earth' but it is altogether another thing to have a life that will measure up to it 100%.


"And now I am working on my life to bring it up to the standard, or, in other words, to get in line with the message 100%.  And if I am the only one that is hindering, then the machine will roll on.


"Pray for me as I do my best to adjust my life to the cause, by obeying all--every word--of the truth the Lord has sent me through The Symbolic Code, and the books and tracts, but most especially the Code.  Then as I top the hill, I will see the 'multitude' in the distance.  This will encourage me still more as I see the machine of which I am not a hindering, but a helping, part, moving on in perfect order.  Praise ye the Lord!"

A.D. Oglesby

College Park, Georgia.


THE P.U.R. INTERESTED HIM, S.R. SOLD HIM.


"In the spring of 1938, my attention was called to a series of articles published in Pacific Union Recorder entitied, 'A Revival and Reformation in the Church.'  At the same time, I became interested in the sealing of the 144,000 (Rev. 7).


"At this time, a deep heart-searching revealed to me that God could not 'place His seal upon me.  I became nearly heart-broken over my spiritual condition.  I was troubled night and day, and was impressed to visit a friend and relate to him the experience I was having.  A Present Truth (SRod) believer was staying with him.  We had not spoken many minutes, until I was convinced he had the very message I needed.


"At this point a neighbor entered, and joined the brother in giving me the most interesting Bible and 'Testimony' study I ever listened to.  Afterwards, they gave me a liberal supply of present truth literature, which I read over and over, and which indeed has proved to be sustaining food to my soul."

F.W. Evans

Pomona, California


IT DIAGNOSED MY CASE, NOW I KNOW THERE IS HOPE FOR ME.


"I do thank my precious Saviour that He is showing me my Laodicean condition--'wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked...' and 'deplorable' condition!  I realize my soul is afflicted with a fatal disease, and that only He Who was born into this world to 'save' His people 'from' their sins, can, with my 'yielding' wholly to Him, make me clean.


"When this message found me, I was longing for something, but knew not what it was; and how I thank the Lord for the message of the true Witness Who speaks to my soul, through the SRod.


"Now I shall never be satisfied until I love the Lord with all my heart and soul, body and strength, and my neighbor as myself."


Mrs. Faith Pruett

Sheridan, Wyoming


"IT BROUGHT A CHANGE"


"I found the SRod Message in 1932.  I loved it then, and I love it more now.  It has brought about a wonderful change in my life.  It is my desire so to live that others will want to know from what source my help is coming."

Mrs. Millie Thompson

Los Angeles, California


WARNING AGAINST, AWAKENS THEM TO IT.


"We are but 2 of a group of 7 adults and 2 children who have accepted the blessed truth thus far in Toledo, Ohio.


"God has blessed us in permitting us to witness the displaying of His glorious power.


"As a result of studying the 'Testimonies,' before we ever heard of the SRod message, we were warned not to voice our thoughts, because they sounded like those of SRod followers.  A short time later, a brother told us not to have anything to do with a class of people called SRod, for they would actually show us from the Bible as to what they believed!


"No better way could have been used to prepare us to listen to the 'messenger;' we started to investigate immediately.


"Although there have been times when we could not eat, sleep, or work because of the struggle within and without, these things are as nothing in comparison with the 'butter and honey' we now enjoy.


"It is our sincere desire to use the remainder of our lives for the finishing of the work, because we can say, 'we know in Whom we have believed, and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him against that day."'


Merritt and Ethel Wolfe

Erie, Michigan


FOUND ME ASLEEP, WAKED ME UP.


"I received Vol. 1 of SRod in 1930.  When I read it, I believed it was a message from God to me.  It found me sound asleep, and awakened me to my spiritual condition.  I discovered that I was in need of everything.  I accepted Vol. 1 100%,


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then Vol. 2 came, and that increased my faith in the message; and so with all the tracts following them.  Now I am rejoicing in the Light that this wonderful message has brought to me.  It grows brighter every day, and I thank the Lord for it, for it means everything to me."


R.A. Boynton

Austell, Georgia


INFLUENCED BY ALPHABETICAL FILE.


"As Mothers' Society leader, I often, in the study of the 'Testimonies,' called on Sister R. ------ for references, and from her excellent alphabetical files, she gave me whole studies, which I taught to our group, to their enjoyment.  This convinced me that she, a SRod believer, had light and knowledge that I found nowhere else.  She seemed constantly studying the 'Testimonies,' while we, as Adventists who did not know the SRod message, took only a few minutes a day in the study of the Sabbath-School lesson.  Later, after two studies with the W. ---------'s, my husband, too, accepted the light, and after hearing a public discussion between Brother W. ----- (affirmative) and Elder D. ------ (negative), he became doubly convinced that the SRod has the message and is the truth for this time."


Mrs. Nellie B. Coffey

Los Angeles, California


SEES REDEMPTION MORE CLEARLY.


"Since I have found the SRod, I thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ more than ever for His living mercy in shedding His atoning blood for a vile sinner like me.  O how wonderful the plan of redemption, as we now more clearly see it in this message of truth!  It is my sincere aim to be faithful to the end (Matt. 24:13) because he died for me and has laid up for me a crown of Life."


B.L. Cockram

Meadows of Dan, Virginia


GOD HAS BROUGHT ME SAFELY THROUGH.


"About ten years ago the Spirit of God revealed this glorious Present Truth message to me, and I realized then, as also now, that I must obey 'The Still Small Voice' which speaks to my heart, and points the way.  Although the enemy has cast his shadow across my path many times in the past years, God has brought me safely through, and my heart is filled with joy in the Message.  Pray for me that I may be faithful, and be found worthy to 'stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb."'


Mrs. E. Crawford

Glendale, California


CAST OUT, BUT NOT DOWN.


"Though we of the little company at West Union, S.C., have been persecuted, turned away from the church, and though we are just a few, and live so far apart, yet we are of good courage, and long to get together.


"All of us love Present Truth.  One sister says she would rather give up her life than to give up this Message.  Another sister was begged for an hour not to read the literature.  But she read, and is rejoicing in the Message.  One brother believes this message and even teaches it; pray for him that he will fully take his stand for it.


"Then we have an aged S.D.A.  couple who love the message.  Since the last meeting we had at their home, he says he wants to go with us.  I left him with tears running down his cheeks.  'Yes Sister, I want to go with you,' he said.  Another Brother, I have never heard express himself; but he is faithful.  We praise the Lord for his goodness to us all."


For the company representing

West Union, South Carolina


CONFESSED LAODICEAN, CAST OUT BY LAODICEANS.


"Before I received the SRod in 1931, the Laodicean message had been represented to me as applying to the worldly churches.  Since then, though, I have known that it calls for a reformation in the S.D.A. church.


"The church here knew that I believed it for 5 years, and tried to turn me from it, but as long as I paid my tithe into the church, I was allowed to remain there.  But finally I was 'cast out for the truth's sake.'


Mrs. Edna Diamond

Phoenix, Arizona


TRIPPED ONCE, NOW ON FEET TO STAY.


(See 5 T, pp. 672 [top of] and 675 [bottom of]

"I came in contact with the SRod in 1939, and wholeheartedly believed it as the truth, till I read in Testimonies to Ministers that there would be a people who would come out from the churches, and who would take the 'Testimonies' and twist them around to suit their own theories, etc.  So that threw me off for a while, till I came to California, and started going back to the meetings.  The more I hear the studies, the more I am convinced that the Spirit of Prophecy is again living in the Church, in these last days."


Mrs. Lura Addis

Los Angeles, California


DISFELLOWSHIPPED FROM THE SS, BUT THE SS FOLLOWED THE

DISFELLOWSHIPPED!


Not until 1936, when Bro. and Sr. S. ------ came to Darrington, did I receive any intimation that a message of reformation and revival--reorganization (C.O.R. 154)--was coming to the Church, though I had known and felt for several years that just such a message was sadly needed.


"Early in the summer of 1936, Bro. and Sr. A.G.S came to Darrington, and stayed for nearly two weeks.  The studies we received from them, only whetted our appetites for more.  So, in


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spite of threats of being disfellowshipped, we continued to study.  As we learned how present truth followers were being 'put out' and treated in a spirit that was anything but Christ-like, I realized that the church was in the wrong, and very much in need of a message of rebuke.


"We did not have a local church organization here, but were members of the Conference Church.  We had, however, conducted a Sabbath School for 10 years up to 1938.  When we decided to send our tithes and offerings to Mt. Carmel, the Conference promptly sent a man and his family to take over the S.S., and to convince us of our 'error.'  We tried to get them to study with us, and at first they promised to, but later absolutely refused.  They took complete control of the S.S., appointing them-selves as leader, teachers, and officers.  In this fashion, they continued for nearly two years.


"Calling upon me in September, the teacher, accompanied by the District Leader, informed me that if I didn't pay my tithes into the Church, my name would be taken off the church records.  Now, I am out, as far as I know.  But the members of the S.S. decided to stand by me.  And as the leader didn't come the next Sabbath, we voted to disband the old Sabbath School, and reorganize.  Now we are happy again because we have perfect freedom once more in studying our Bibles and the Message.


"The 'Third Angel's Message,' and the message of 'Justification by Faith,' are wonderful messages in themselves, but The SRod Message makes them even more wonderful yet, as it opens up to our vision glorious truths that we never dreamed of a few years ago (8 T 322, par. 3).  Indeed, as never before, we now realize that 'the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.'


Mrs. R.N. Lowe

Darrington, Washington


"HELPED FIVE SO FAR"


"I am so thankful that the message of present truth found me.  Though so far, I have helped only five, my determination is to live the messages and to help others to see and accept it.


"That God may bless all at Mt. Carmel Center, that the work may soon be finished, is my daily prayer."


Mrs. Rose Lange

Glendora, California


ANXIOUS TO HELP OTHERS.


"God knows that my testimony is true.  My eyes are blurred with tears.  I can hardly see to write, but I do hope I might help save some one in this wide world.  I can't thank the Lord enough for the privilege of testifying of the hope that the message has brought to me."


Mrs. Florence Burgess

Manton, Michigan


WILL LIVE IT AND PASS IT ON TO OTHERS.


"I am so thankful for present truth (SRod.), and am of good courage in the Lord.  This message has done wonders for me.  I am doing my best to live it, and to give it to others."


Willie Wright

Sunbright, Tennessee


THE WHOLE FAMILY AS ONE.


"We became S.D.A.'s in 1924 and rejoiced in the truth then.  The SRod has not changed us except to make us feel more like becoming the likeness of Jesus.  We love truth, especially Present Truth, and the literature we are receiving from Mt. Carmel is wonderful.  We thank the Lord for the way it has opened our eyes.  All six of our family testify as one in Christ, hoping to be lead out by Him into the Promised Land."


John T. Ruffing and Family

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


CONVINCED MUST STUDY FOR THEMSELVES.


"Three years ago we studied and accepted the Present Truth--the promised Elijah message (Mal. 4:5).  It has convicted us that we must thoroughly search our lives and, by God's help, lay aside all our sins.  We feel that the SRod message has brought us great comfort in our trials, and inexpressible joy in the hope of a soon established kingdom of peace."


Frank and Golda Grimm

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin


GOLDEN SILENCE COMES TO AN END.


"...I had to be terribly afflicted before I would even think or admit that the Church might be mistaken about anything.


"I went to church expecting to get spiritual food, then returned home feeling empty and disappointed.  There arose many questions that the Elders did not explain to my satisfaction.  They said: 'Those are "the secret things of the Lord"; we are not supposed to know; and we are not to try to find out any more about the "144,000," for Sister White said, "Silence is golden."'


"But that didn't stop me from studying and praying for hours for the Lord to give, me the meaning of the things I had been reading in Ezekiel, Isaiah, Joel, Jeremiah, Zechariah, and others.  (I felt, desperately, that they were necessary for my salvation, I did not know they were in the SRod.)


"Very soon, Sister F. came to see me for the first time, and I told her of my spiritual condition.  She gave me a short study that day, which I believed at once, and I accepted all the Truth as it was presented to me in the studies that followed.


"My name is still on the church book, although I have not hid my light."


Mrs. May C. Baker

San Bernardino, California


Vol. 6   Symbolic Code   Nos. 7-12. page 10.


SPECIAL NOTICE

For All SRod Members Of Military Conscription Age


THE SHEPHERD'S ROD SEVENTH-DAY

ADVENTISTS' DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES CONCERNING CONSCRIPTION.


(These principles underlie our conscientious objections to signing either Statement A or Statement B, unqualified, under "Claim for Exemption" in "Special Form for Conscientious Objectors.")


PREMISE: A thorough-going fundamentalism, born of the whole-souled conviction of the plenary inspiration of the Bible, morally constrains us, in the solemn consideration of military service, to submit the position herewith sincerely and respectfully set forth; to wit:


PRINCIPLE ONE: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God... Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake....Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; Fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."--Romans 13:1, 7.


This keystone principle is further enforced upon our conscience in the injunction laid upon us by "The Testimonies for the Church" (our interpretational authority): "The people of God will recognize human government as an ordinance of divine appointment, and will teach obedience to it as a sacred duty within its legitimate sphere.'--Vol. 6, p. 402.


PRINCIPLE TWO: "The history of the Old Testament church shows that when, as a Theocracy, all its subjects were of one nation, in their own land,--Palestine,--they were duty-bound to defend their homeland when invaded by enemies, or when they were commanded by God to do so for reasons consistent with His eternal purpose through them in that dispensation."


Therefore, were we in the same position today (with all our Christian brethren in one homeland), we could not be conscientious objectors, but would be bound, Biblically, to defend our country, as did ancient Israel theirs.  However, our Christian believers today, being scattered throughout many nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples, then should this country become embroiled in war with another country, we as Adventists in this country, if not exempted from combatant military service, would be set against Adventists in another country.


PRINCIPLE THREE: Nevertheless, there is another consideration which we, as Christians, dare not ignore: the duty which leads us to emulate the good "Samaritan" (Luke 10:30, 39), in succoring the wounded who fall prey to the "robbers."  In the light of this high Christian duty, we could not conscientiously "pass by on the other side" of wounded compatriots, as did "the priest" and "the Levite," but we, as the Lord's followers, must consent to serve in the capacity of medical missionaries--attendants, nurses, doctors, or chaplains--ministering to the needy, sick, wounded, and dying; or, in a spiritual way, to the able-bodied.


PRINCIPLE FOUR: "Our faith, like Daniel's (Daniel 1:8), imposes upon us a food regimen--a strict vegetarianism"--which, as a long established habit of living, would make it physically as well as morally impossible for us to either subsist on or relish the regular army fare, in the same way as do those who do not have our dietetic compunctions.


PRINCIPLE FIVE: Any noncombatant work, other than that specified under Principle Three, would violate our sense of religious propriety in the sacred matter of weekly Sabbath (Saturday) observance (Exodus 20:8 through 10).


TENTATIVE CONCLUSION: The first two principles lead us to sign Statement A, whereas Principle Three merely restricts the scope of our military activity.


This latter principle (3) allows for the pursuit of occupations, as specified thereinunder, on the Sabbath day, if necessary.  Whereas Principle Five disallows our entering into certain other lines of non-combatant military participation, unless the conscientious objections arising therefrom be met with corresponding concessions.


CONTINGENT CONCLUSION: Should the "Selective Service Regulations" Authorities honor the position herein set forth (vegetarian diet and Sabbath privileges), enjoined upon us by our faith, we then, in all conscience must sign Statement A.


PROVISIONAL (FINAL) CONCLUSION:


Statement A  or

B


NOTE:


Our principles do not permit us to acquiesce in signing Statement B if you can make it possible for us to sign Statement A.  In the light of this explanation, will the Authorities be so kind as to please designate which statement they would prefer us to sign?  We are at a loss to know how to proceed, until we hear from you.


Signed:


THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.


The Government's answer to this appeal is as follows:


Vol. 6   Symbolic Code   Nos. 7-12. page 11.


STATE HEADQUARTERS FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE

AUSTIN, TEXAS.


Headquarters of The Shepherd's Rod December 10, 1940

Seventh Day Adventists

Waco, Texas RE: Conscientious Objectors.


Gentlemen:


Your communications dated December 6th, 1940, have been received by State Headquarters of Selective Service and referred to this department for reply.


Volume Three, paragraphs 363 through 366, inclusive, of Selective Service Regulations set up the procedure to be followed on claims of conscientious objectors and their classification.


A wide discretion is vested in the Local Boards in passing on such claims.  Paragraph 363 provides that "a registrant who claims to be a conscientious objector shall offer information in substantiation of his claim on a special form (Form 47) which when filed shall become a part of his questionnaire.  The local board, upon request, shall furnish any person claiming to be a conscientious objector, a copy of such special form (Form 47).  In the case of any registrant who claims to be a conscientious objector, the local board shall proceed in the ordinary course to classify him upon all other grounds of deferment, and shall investigate and pass upon his claim as a conscientious objector only if, after physical examination, but for such claim, he would have been placed in Class I-A, Class I-B, Class I-D, or Class I-E.  The procedure for appeal from a decision of the local board on a claim for conscientious objection is provided for in paragraph 375."


It would therefore follow from the above Quoted Regulations that each claim depends upon its own merits which must be presented to the local board having jurisdiction over the claim.  It is not possible to issue any blanket rule or regulation which will be applicable to all claims of conscientious objectors.


Further, we can not assume that all members of your sect will feel exactly alike or will assert claims based on the same identical facts, so it is our opinion that all members of your sect who desire to present claims for classification as conscientious objectors shall present them to their respective boards having jurisdiction over their claims and that the local boards act on their Individual claims based on the facts presented by each individual registrant.


In the event any of the Local boards desire an opinion from the Director of Selective Service or this department on any individual registrant's claim, then such board will request of the Director or of this department an opinion in the event one is desired.

For the Director

Signed:

Q. C. Taylor  Major, J. A. G. D.

QCT:zp Legal Devision.


"To The Twelve Tribes Which Are Scattered Abroad"


IN THE INTEREST OF THE S.D.A. DENOMINATION.


This little paper is dedicated to the mission of conveying, to Present Truth believers, edifying new items and reformatory activities, and of answering questions: on the sealing message of the 144,000 (Rev. 7:1 through 8) and the great multitude (Rev. 7:9); on the prophecies of Isaiah, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Micah, Hosea, Joel, Daniel, the Revelation, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, etc., but especially on the first eight of the aforementioned books; on Christ's parables; on types and symbols; also on the writings of Mrs. E.G. White.


However, this visitor promises to answer questions on such passages of Scripture only as have been divinely revealed--bearing the positive mark of truth.  Therefore to every question, it will give either a correct answer or none at all.


First and foremost, though, its purpose is to reveal that the time has come for the Lord to manifest His power, and to unify and purify His church on earth--calling her to rise up from her dusty bed, and to put on her strength, and her gift of beautiful garments, because "from henceforth" the unclean shall not come unto her (Isa. 52:1).


Therefore, it positively demands that the heralds of "the great and dreadful day of the Lord," who are under its jurisdiction, strictly comply with all the requirements, instructions, and advice which it bears to them from time to time, and that they add nothing to or subtract nothing from the message--propagate no private interpretations: they cause strifes and divisions.  It can not countenance those who ignore its divine authority, for the church is to be the light of the world, "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners."  Isa. 62:1 through 7; "Prophets and Kings," p. 725.


The symbols on the title page are an objectification of the Revelation, chapters twelve and nine, also Isaiah 7:21. and are explained in our literature.


This monthly comforter gladly calls on all who open their doors and welcome its presence.  It cheerfully gives its time to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation; it lives on the most nominal support, burdening none and comforting all; and its constant prayer is that all its readers shall prosper and be in good health, even as their souls prospereth (3 John 2).


Lastly, it asks that you plainly and distinctly state your questions, and give references; and in return, it promises to take care of them as soon as their turn comes.


Now if you would like to have this printed friend come to your home regularly, also our free literature, send your name and address to The Universal Publishing Association, Symbolic Code Dept., Mount Carmel Center, Waco, Texas.


BY WAY OF REMEMBRANCE.


To avoid unnecessary inconvenience, let any who are planning on coming to Mt. Carmel, first make reservations with the institution.


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