THE SYMBOLIC CODE
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Inspiration and Its Work —–––––––––––––––––––––––-
Take Heed Lest Ye, Too, fall -
Everybody Knows, But Nobody Acts -
The Church and the Home —–––––––––––––––––––– –-
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS:
Who Has Wandered Away From the Old Landmarks?-
Is the Slaughter of Ezekiel 9 Literal? —––––––––––––––18
Who Identified Planets Seen in Vision? —–––––––––––– 18-
Did The Tower of Babel Precede the Deluge? —––– –––-
Has Has There Been Amalgamation of Man and Beast? — 19
Is All of A Word to the Little Flock Authentic? —–––––-
Yes, the Rod Still Teaches the "Same Things" —––––-
Is the Rod setting Prophetic Dates? —–––––––––––––-
What is Meant by "that Which is Published?" -
Is Evening the Ending or the Beginning of Day? —––––— 20-
Will Gentiles Inherit the Kingdom? —–––––––––––––––-
Are All the Gifts Among Us Now? —––––––––––––––––– 21
True Health Reform— What Is It? —––––––––––––––-
A Personal Testimony —––––––––––––––––––––––––-
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MT. CARMEL CENTER
Lake Waco Texas
Lightening The Earth
INSPIRATION AND ITS WORK
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, 'throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim. 3:16, 17.
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Pet. 1:20, 21.
Affirmatively stated, all Scripture (not merely a part of It) is inspired. Negatively stated, none of It is privately interpreted, for the reason that It did not come of men but of God. And It can be interpreted by men only as and when God's Spirit decrees. Accordingly, every jot and tittle of Scripture and Its interpretation are of Inspiration, and thus wholly profitable to guide the man of God doctrinally, to reprove and to correct him, and righteously to instruct him, unto perfection of faith and works.
Let us therefore covenant with the Lord that from henceforth we shall neither accept nor advance as revealed truth any private interpretation of the Scriptures. And to keep understandingly inviolate this solemn promise to the Lord, we must first, of course, understand
The Phenomenon of Inspiration.
In Its Scriptural sense, Inspiration is defined as "a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul of man" (The New Century Dictionary); in other words, It is a special function of the Spirit of God. It is, therefore, in Its divers manifestations, set in operation, not by the working of the mind itself, but by the power of the Spirit. To get a correct understanding of this process, however, one must necessarily see it in historical perspective, operating in the midst of the human race from its beginning.
In His own image God created Adam, and gave him sovereign "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Gen. 1:26.
Accordingly, as He made Adam the king of earth's first dominion, and all living creatures
the subjects thereof, Adam's natural ability to rule them, and their natural submission
to him, show that all creation, man and beast, fowl and creeping things, were divinely
influenced or endowed-
above and beyond its own. In short, both Adam's and the animals' understanding, came by Inspiration. Inspiration, accordingly, is not limited in Its manifestations, to man alone.
Moreover, sacred history reveals that neither is it limited to visions (Dan. 7:2), or dreams (Gen. 28:12), or indirect communication (Ex. 40: 35; 28:30), or direct face to face conversation (Gen. 18:2) with divine beings, or to any other form of expression. Rather It comes "in divers manners." Thuswise, God "at sundry times... spake in times past unto the fathers." Heb. 1:1.
This fundamental truth was, perhaps, best exemplified in Noah's work, particularly in its climax, when special intelligence was imparted to selected members of the animal creation, so that from near and far they could find their way into the ark and keep peace one with another. (See Genesis 7:1 through 4.)
But having survived the flood, the descendants of Noah's family straightway forgot
the lesson of the ark as the instrument of their salvation. So it came to pass that
In this preternatural event which so radically changed the course of human society,
we see another form of Inspiration revealing that while one individual or a group
of individuals may deliberately work at cross-
Another example of this function is seen in Balaam's evil intent. The Lord so controlled Balaam's tongue that while his mind was bent on cursing Israel, he could pronounce only blessings (Num. 22, 23, 24).
Let these "ensamples" be our constant reminder that anyone who undertakes to work against the Lord's revealed will is doomed to failure and shame.
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In later postdiluvian days, the Lord appeared and said unto Abram: "Unto thy seed will I give this land." Gen. 12:7. Later "three men stood by him, and one of them said to him, Sarah thy wife shall have a son." Gen. 18:2, 10. Thus through divine agency, in some respects different from that which controlled Adam and Noah, was Abraham enabled (inspired) to understand what the future held for him and for his posterity.
Then there was the time when Balaam (who, at the instance of King Balak, was on his
way to Moab) whipped his faithful ass, which there-
It will hence be well, indeed, for every man to give heed to what the Lord says and does regardless how, when, where, or through whom He says or does it.
Later on, God in His providence (Gen. 45:5) permitted Joseph to be sold by his brothers into slavery, and afterwards caused Israel to go into Egypt. This makes inescapable the conclusion that the Lord influenced (inspired) Jacob to make a coat of many colors (Gen. 37:3) and to give it to Joseph. This inspired his brothers to jealousy, and they were doubly fired in their minds by the telling of his dream and their father's interpretation of it (Gen. 37:10). So to prevent his supplanting them in influence or position, they sold him as a slave, to be carried away into Egypt. There the Lord in His own time raised him to the second throne of the realm, then brought the years of plenty, also the years of famine, as the means to remove the whole household of Jacob into Egypt.
In their desperate endeavor to be rid of Joseph so as to avoid being ruled by him,
his brethren succeeded only (by stirring up the ever-
When, as a fugitive from Egypt, Moses was attending his father-
Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar had dreams. Joseph and Daniel interpreted them (Gen. 40:8 through 12; 41:25 through 38; Dan. 11:7; 2:28; 4:20, 24). Daniel, the prophet, John the Revelator, and other holy men of God had visions. Each was the special recipient of Inspiration in a distinctive form, and to a greater or less degree.
From these and many other examples, we see that Inspiration works in several ways
Its wonders to perform. Through man and through beast, in fact through all creation,
Its work is seen in many forms. Some have heard It in audible voice, both through
agents seen (Ex. 34:30-
In all diligence, therefore, give heed to any supernatural manifestation in the church
of God, irrespective of source, whether it be human or brute, small or great, black
or white, rich or poor. Unbiasedly compare its work with the Scriptures, and if it
is in harmony with them, if it finds its foundation and prediction there, makes men
loyal to the law and to the prophets, and adds light to the present truth, accept
it whatever the cost in money, property, position, friends, and relatives, for it
is your very life. He who will prove faithful in this responsibility will receive
We must constantly be on guard if we are to save ourselves from the one unpardonable sin. And this we can do only by prayerfully investigating the spirit that purports to come in the name of the Lord. Failing to do this, we stand in greatest peril of rejecting the pleading of the Holy Ghost (Inspiration), and thus of indifferently tossing away our very life.
"When a message comes in the name of the Lord to His people," says the Spirit of
Truth, "no one may excuse himself from an investigation of its claims. No one can
afford to stand back in an attitude of indifference and self-
Inspiration makes very clear that the Lord's messenger dare not in any way improvise
upon revelation (Rev. 22:18-
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original author of the writings, can clarify whatever is involved. Indeed "if a
message comes," as Inspiration says, "that you do not understand take pains that
you may hear the reasons the messenger may give, comparing scripture with scripture,
that you may know whether or not it is sustained by the Word of God."-
In no case is it a moral and safe procedure to appeal to an opposer of one's writings to illuminate any part of them. A Democrat would not think of appealing to a Republican to illuminate the Democratic platform, or vice versa, if each wished to know the truth. Remember that Eve's placing credence in the Enemy's interpretation of the Lord's Word (an act which lead both her and Adam to their transgression and fall, and to their consequent banishment from Paradise) is what brought the curse of sin and death upon all earthly creation. Rather, it is for us now to avoid this old stumbling block to the pit and thereby make it a stepping stone to the Kingdom.
Remember, too, that the practice of comparing statements stripped of their context is fundamentally disingenuous, and leads today to as many perversions and misapplications of truth as does the deliberate wresting practiced in Satan's challenge to Christ: "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone." Matt. 9:6.
From the points thus far adduced, we see clearly enough that the end-
Still further, there are circumstances in connection with certain aspects of every
message which necessitate clarification. Such clarification, however, can be no
greater than the light which shines at the time. And the light may come solely from
within the message itself, or, again, it may derive from a limited understanding
common to the time "then present"-
Such a case was John the Baptist's. Inspired to declare only the coming of the King,
Christ, John was squarely confronted with the question concerning the setting up
of the kingdom. He answered in keeping with the common understanding which he as
well as the people had of the kingdom-
The ways of Inspiration are constant, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Questions concerning revealed truth must therefore be answered in the same way today as they were in John's time. And thus now as then, the critical, the skeptical, and the doubting will find many hooks upon which to hang their doubts. But likewise now as then, the doubters will be taken in their own craftiness.
Inspiration, moreover, always brings the messengers of God into perfect harmony, never into division. This prime truth is seen beautifully illustrated in the experience of the Apostle Peter, a Jew, with Cornelius, the Roman Centurion, a Gentile. The Lord knew that Peter would never receive a Gentile, and that Cornelius would never present himself to a Jew. So both were given a vision instructing them what to do. (See Acts 10.) And obeying the heavenly vision to which they had mutual respect, they without trouble drew into mutual accord.
Then there is the marvelous experience of Paul. While be was engaged in the unholy work of persecuting the Christians, the Lord met him on the road to Damascus, converted him, and gave him instructions to interview Simon. But knowing that Simon, who knew Paul only as a persecutor of the faithful, would never receive the latter on his own profession of conversion and friendship, the Lord gave Simon a vision likewise, revealing to him Paul's conversion. And thus they, too, like Peter and Cornelius before, were not disobedient to their heavenly vision (Acts 26:19).
In the days of Moses, some rose up claiming that the Lord was speaking through them as well as through Moses (Num. 16:2, 3). Their agitation, however, instead of bringing order and harmony between Moses and them, brought confusion and dissension, with the tragic result that thousands lost their lives (Num. 16:32, 35, 49). Had the Lord spoken to those men, He would certainly have made known the fact to Moses. But the very absence of any such revelation, made clear to Moses that the Lord was not exalting Korah,
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Dathan, and Abiram, as they claimed He was, but that they, as jealous upstarts and impostors, were exalting themselves. Had Moses, as a servant of God, acceded to their demands, he most assuredly would have met with some such retribution as did the "man of God" who, persuaded by the "old prophet" to turn out of the way and eat bread with him, when the Lord had charged him not to do so, was slain by a lion. Solemn lesson! Give no heed to human voice contrary to God's. (See I Kings 13.)
Those, furthermore, whom the Lord promotes, ever shrink from putting themselves forward. Though David, for example, had been anointed by Samuel to be king over Israel, he never attempted to take the throne. As a matter of fact, he did not even so much as make known his elevation. And then at the risk of death at Saul's own hand, he even protected him. In all this beautiful chivalry, David showed forth the love, humility, meekness, and righteousness born (inspired) of the Spirit of God. His was the calm, kind, forbearing patience which comes with the sure knowledge that God is in control. Knowing that the Lord had anointed him to be king, be happily waited until the Lord saw fit to put him on the throne.
From these and many other examples, we see that God not only never delegates one agent to alter, to reset, or to countermand the message with which He has charged another agent, without His first making the matter known to both, but also that He never honors with promotion those who seek to uplift and aggrandize self, but that He exalts in due season those who humble themselves under His mighty hand (1 Pet. 5:6).
As a logical corollary to the foregoing phases of the subject of Inspiration, it is to be recognized that all who become converted and submissive to the Lord are recipients of Divine Illumination. For none but the Holy Spirit can convince one of the Truth, convict him of his sins, give him repentance, and empower him to obey God's laws, His statutes, and His ordinances. Man, himself, can no more effect these transformations than the leopard can change his spots.
"If you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better. How many there
are who think they are not good enough to come to Christ. Do you expect to become
better through your own efforts, 'Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard
his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.' There is
help for us only in God. We must not wait for stronger persuasions, for better opportunities,
or holier tempers. We can do nothing of ourselves. We must come to Christ just
as we are."-
"You cannot atone for your past sins, you cannot change your heart, and make yourself
holy. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ. You believe that
promise. You confess your sins, and give yourself to God. You will to serve him.
Just as surely as you do this, God will fulfil his word to you. If you believe
Thus every true follower of Christ is inspired in his own lot-
So also is every true Christian divinely enabled to suffer or to rejoice. Hence,
whatever betide him, whether it be suffering and sorrow, or well-
"Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Ps. 121:4 through 8.
Be therefore not murmurers as those who "despised the pleasant land, they believed not His Word; but murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord. Therefore He lifted up His hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness." Ps. 106:24 through 26.
But be like the faithful apostle: "Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philip. 4:11 through 13.
But while there flows from the golden bowl (Zech. 4:2) that Inspiration which enables
one to be a true Christian, there flows from the cauldron of hell that opposite inspiration
that works to make one a false Christian. The one saves, the other destroys. Needing
as much as we do to become fully conscious and respectful of the one, the Divine,
we at the same time have equal need to become fully alive to its counterfeit-
Tragically, this Satanic power has invariably throughout the ages been notoriously
successful among the church leaderships. Unwittingly, they have all along the way
been inveigled into follow-
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ing Satan's designs and efforts to tear down (new-
At Christ's first advent, the leaders of the church were so inspired with the spirit
of Satan that, as church history reveals, they at times acted like demons, like men
who had lost their reason. Impervious themselves to the rain of Truth as it fell
in that day, the priests, scribes, and pharisees were naturally imbued with the zeal
to have the people remain in ignorance of the Truth. So it was that they employed
every possible means to pitch an umbrella, as it were, over the heads of the people,
so as to prevent even a drop of the life-
It was in these dark hours of human history, that Truth and error, light and darkness, freedom and bondage were joined in what perhaps was the greatest battle of all time. Up to the Pentecost, only 120 persons out of the millions then living were rescued from the spiritual dearth that covered the land. And not until they were baptized with the Holy Ghost and filled with power on the Pentecost were they enabled to help other thirsty ones to break out of the Satanic circle.
Defeated in this effort to quench the Truth forever, Satan quickly renewed his efforts. Come the Dark Ages, and he is again seen inspiring hostilities against Truth and its adherents. Turning loose all his demons in all their fury upon the church, he brought in the "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." And had those days not been shortened, there would have been no flesh saved, "but for the elect's sake those days" were shortened (Matt. 24:21, 22) by the Reformation. Accordingly, only Divine intervention prevented Satan from silencing the Reformation's voice and dissipating its power. Thus it has always been, is today, and will be to the bitter end.
As a result, despite all the light now shining, multitudes foolishly go on huddling
under Satan's Truth-
Nevertheless the promise stands fast:
"Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Deut. 32:1, 2.
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil....And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." Joel 2:23, 24, 28, 29.
"Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes." Isa. 35:6, 7.
In spite of Satan's striving to canopy all earth with his Truth-
"And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever." Mic. 4: 1 through 5.
TAKE HEED LEST YE, TOO, FALL.
Since that tragic day in Eden when he introduced sin into the world and caused the
fall of man, Satan has cast in the way of each redemptive movement, a different stumbling
block upon which multitudes have tripped and fallen. Most assuredly, therefore,
he must be expected to have some such distinctive danger planted in our way today.
We, though, having in this age the tremendous advantage of knowing the respective
pitfalls which have proved fatal to the multitudes in past movements, shall suffer
a proportionately greater condemnation and punishment if we fail to recognize ours.
And what is more, if we fail, we shall witness thereby to the universe that we are
the weakest of the weak. We must stand-
To find the danger where it really lurks, let us briefly view in retrospect previous snares, by periods in which they occurred, beginning with the first recorded church movement:
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THE NOATIC MOVEMENT was ordained to build the ark both as a warning of the impending deluge and as a refuge from it. The special block of stumbling which Satan cast in the way of the multitudes at that time, he devised from the fact that never in all nature had man seen anything that lent the remotest evidence to the possibility of there ever materializing such a phenomenon as rain. Accordingly, leaning upon their finite knowledge of nature and its potentialities, they scoffed and scorned Noah's science and his warning of doom, and continued their "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." Matt. 24: 38, 39.
Their exalting human science and disregarding divine science, therefore, was the special snare which took the antediluvians. Their fate solemnly warns us carefully to avoid their mistake.
IN THE ABRAHAMIC MOVEMENT, the father of the faithful was called to depart from the cities of the ancient world, in the hope that someday the movement would triumphantly possess the promised land. Fully aware of this fact, Satan worked mightily to sidetrack the movement into the cities of the nations along the way. On this block of stumbling Lot fell, with the result that when the Lord finally snatched him from the destruction of Sodom, as a brand plucked from the burning, he came out the poorest of the poor.
Thus the worldly cities were the quicksands to the first postdiluvians. May we not lose all therein, as did Lot.
THE MOSAIC MOVEMENT was led out of Egypt to possess the land of promise, and there
to become a kingdom. Cunningly suiting his temptations to their predispositions,
Satan inspired those who were of age when they left the land of Pharoah, to continuous
murmuring, complaining, office-
Unbelief, stiffneckedness, distrust of divine leadership, and office seeking, therefore,
were the four-
THE CANAAN MOVEMENT UNDER JOSHUA was ridded of all sinners and commissioned to possess the land, drive out the heathen, and set up an everlasting kingdom. Knowing that its continuance was contingent on their obedience to the Lord's instructions through His prophets, Satan moved upon the people to mock the messengers of God, despise His words, and misuse His prophets, "until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy" (2 Chron. 36:16), and He gave them back to captivity.
Hence to the subjects of the kingdom, the prophets were the great rock of offense-
THE APOSTOLIC MOVEMENT was brought forth to proclaim the transferring of the earthly sanctuary service to the heavenly "tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man" (Heb. 8:2), and to baptize "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 28:19) all who should repent of their sins. But to frustrate its purpose, Satan set to work to fashion another deception, and with the departure of the Apostles he quickly succeeded in causing the church completely to lose sight both of the truth of the priesthood of Christ and the truth of baptism, and to establish in their stead an earthly priestcraft and infant baptism.
Thus being led to disbelieve and disregard the sanctuary services and baptism, their
very salvation, the Christian church fell through Satan's trapdoor into error. And
that door is still set to take the feet of the unwary-
THE PROTESTANT MOVEMENTS were raised up to declare and to exploit the primacy of
the Bible, because thepre-
Being determined, though, to bring the Reformation to naught, Satan has from its
beginning constantly worked to cause every church member to revel in private interpretation
of the Scriptures and in extra-
Thus we see that the Reformation, which, originally under the direction of inspired men, lifted the church out of one morass, later under the
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direction of uninspired men, plunged her into another, wherein she has been floundering ever since. And unless we let the truth extricate us from this fatal bog of confusion, we cannot defeat the enemy of Inspiration in his tireless and powerful efforts to pervert the implements of our salvation into weapons for our destruction.
THE S.D.A. MOVEMENT was appointed to declare the sanctuary message: "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment [the harvest] is come" (Rev. 14:7) upon all the dead who, from Adam's time on, failed to get the extra oil (truth) in their vessels (Matt. 25:4), double their talents (verses 15 through 30), or put on "the wedding garment." Matt. 22:11. These shall have their names blotted from the Lamb's Book of Life.
This proclamation concerning the dead was to prepare the living for their impending judgment. For this reason, Satan has employed his every device to lull Adventists into being merely hearers and preachers but not doers of the Word; into tithing mint and anise and cummin, as it were, but omitting the weightier matters of the law. In short, he has made them to become wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked by failing on the one hand to be faithful themselves in doing what they teach others to do, and by failing on the other hand to keep themselves free from doing what they teach others not to do. And to prevent them from awakening to this "terrible deception" (Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 254), he keeps them lukewarm, complacently dreaming of being rich in truth and of having need of nothing, though in fact they are in misery and in need of everything.
Clearly, then, lukewarmness and the hallucination of being rich are the faults peculiar to the Laodiceans, and are the dangers which if not recognized and removed are finally to result in God's spuing them out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16). Thus again the Lord mercifully pleads with Present Truth believers to walk in the light and shun lukewarmness, lest they fall back into thinking themselves rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, and again become poor and in need of everything.
Indeed, in the very nature of the case, the Eleventh-
"For," declares the Word, "by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all
flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many....And I will send them that escape
of them unto the nations....And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. And
they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations."
"And they [the Gentiles] shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord." Isa 62:12.
"But who may abide the day...? Who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap." Mal. 3:2.
All the more reason, then, that its adherents must be tested and proved worthy. What,
therefore, is the first and gravest danger con-
With the end of the long journey in view, the work was never so great, the time in
which to do it never so short, and the laborers never so few, as now. Self-
Rouse, then, O Present Truth believer! Rise speedily to the task set, and "whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." Eccles. 9:10. No longer let a moment be wasted, for every precious one is vital to the salvation of your own soul and to the souls of others.
Thus with the day already at hand, finding "the last movements rapid ones" (Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 11), to no avail now will be one's zeal, efficiency, and speed unless they match that held up to view in the following warning to
Redeem The Time.
"The day is at hand. For the lessons to be learned, the work to be done, the transformation
of character to be effected, the time remaining is but too brief a span."-
"Every year millions upon millions of human souls are passing into eternity unwarned
and unsaved. From hour to hour in our varied life, opportunities to reach and save
souls are opened to us. These opportunities are continually coming and going. God
desires us to make the most of them. Days, weeks, and months are passing; we have
one day, one week, one month, less in which to do our work. A few more years at
the longest, and the Voice which we cannot refuse to answer will be heard, saying,
'Give an account of thy stewardship.'"-
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"The life of Christ from His earliest years was a life of earnest activity."-
"Our time belongs to God. Every moment is His, and we are under the most solemn obligation to improve it to His glory. Of no talent He has given will He require a more strict account than of our time.
"The value of time is beyond computation. Christ regarded every moment as precious, and it is thus that we should regard it. Life is too short to be trifled away. We have but a few days of probation in which to prepare for eternity. We have no time to waste, no time to devote to selfish pleasure, no time for the indulgence of sin. It is now that we are to form characters for the future, immortal life. It is now that we are to prepare for the searching Judgment.
"The human family have scarcely begun to live when they begin to die, and the world's incessant labor ends in nothingness unless a true knowledge in regard to eternal life is gained. The man who appreciates time as his working day will fit himself for a mansion and for a life that is immortal. It is well that he was born.
"We are admonished to redeem the time. But time squandered can never be recovered.
We can not call back even one moment. The only way in which we can redeem our time
is by making the most of that which remains, by being co-
"In him who does this, a transformation of character takes place. He becomes a son of God, a member of the royal family, a child of the heavenly King. He is fitted to be the companion of the angels.
"Now is our time to labor for the salvation of our fellowmen. There are some who think that if they give money to the cause of Christ, this is all they are required to do; the precious time in which they might do personal service for Him passes unimproved. But it is the privilege and duty of all who have health and strength to render to God active service. All are to labor in winning souls to Christ. Donations of money can not take the place of this.
"Every moment is freighted with eternal consequences. We are to stand as minute
men, ready for service at a moment's notice. The opportunity that is now ours to
speak to some needy soul the word of life may never offer again. God may say to
that one, 'This night thy soul shall be required of thee,' and through our neglect
he may not be ready. In the great Judgment-
"Life is too solemn to be absorbed in temporal and earthly matters, in a treadmill of care and anxiety for the things that are but an atom in comparison with the things of eternal interest. Yet God has called us to serve Him in the temporal affairs of life. Diligence in this work is as much a part of true religion as is devotion. The Bible gives no endorsement to idleness. It is the greatest curse that afflicts our world. Every man and woman who is truly converted will be a diligent worker.
"Upon the right improvement of our time depends our success in acquiring knowledge
and mental culture. The cultivation of the intellect need not be prevented by poverty,
humble origin, or unfavorable surroundings. Only let the moments be treasured. A
few moments here and a few there, that might be frittered away in aimless talk; the
morning hours so often wasted in bed; the time spent in traveling on trains or railway
cars, or waiting at the station; the moments of waiting for meals, waiting for those
who are tardy in keeping an appointment,-
"It is the duty of every Christian to acquire habits of order, thoroughness, and dispatch. There is no excuse for slow bungling at work of any character. When one is always at work, and the work is never done, it is because mind and heart are not put into the labor. The one who is slow, and who works at a disadvantage, should realize that these are faults to be corrected. He needs to exercise his mind in planning how to use the time so as to secure the best results. By tact and method, some will accomplish as much work in five hours as another does in ten. Some who are engaged in domestic labor are always at work, not because they have so much to do, but because they do not plan so as to save time. By their slow, dilatory ways, they make much work out of very little. But all who will, may overcome these fussy, lingering habits. In their work let them have a definite aim. Decide how long a time is required for a given task, and then bend every effort toward accomplishing the work in the given time. The exercise of the will power will make the hands move deftly.
"Through lack of determination to take themselves in hand and reform, persons can become stereotyped in a wrong course of action; or by cultivating their powers they may acquire ability to do the very best of service. Then they will find themselves in demand anywhere and everywhere. They will be appreciated for all that they are worth.
"By many children and youth, time is wasted that might be spent in carrying home-
"It is the very essence of all right faith to do the right thing at the right time."-
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WHICH WAY WILL IT BE?
Setting before His followers the "two ways" for life's "travelers," the Saviour early in His ministry warned: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matt. 7:13, 14.
While viewing their own steps with complacency and perhaps even thinking themselves
securely on the royal road to the Kingdom, the masses in the broad way view with
scorn the handful in the narrow way, regarding them as apostates, fanatically on
the way to perdition. But being thus sadly mistaken, the majority fail to see that
the broad way which begins at the wide gate, leads not to "life" but "to destruction,"
and that the narrow way which begins at the strait gate, and which they scorn, leads
instead "unto life." By this great error, they give full evidence that they are
"The enemy," says the Spirit of Truth, "is preparing for his last campaign against
the church. He has so concealed himself from view that many can hardly believe that
he exists, much less can they be convinced of his amazing activity and power. They
have to a great extent forgotten his past record, and when he makes another advance
move, they will not recognize him as their enemy, that old serpent, but they will
consider him a friend, one who is doing a good work. Boasting of their independence,
they will, under his specious, bewitching influence, obey the worst impulses of the
human heart, and yet believe that God is leading them. Could their eyes be opened
to distinguish their captain, they would see that they are not serving God, but the
enemy of all righteousness. They would see that their boasted independence is one
of the heaviest fetters Satan can rivet on unbalanced minds."-
Knowing Satan's diabolic plans, and his aim to spare no effort to beguile the church into the broad way, the Lord therefore early in her Laodicean period (May 27, 1856) emphasized these "two ways": "These roads are distinct," He declared, "separate, in opposite directions. One leads to eternal life, the other to eternal death. I saw the distinction between these roads, also the distinction between the companies traveling them. The roads are opposite; one is broad and smooth, the other narrow and rugged. So the parties that travel them are opposite in character, in life, in dress, and in conversation.
"Those who travel in the narrow way are talking of the joy and happiness they will have at the end of the journey. Their countenances are often sad, yet often beam with holy, sacred joy. They do not dress like the company in the broad road, nor talk like them, nor act like them. A pattern has been given them. A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief opened that road for them, and traveled it himself. His followers see his footsteps, and are comforted and cheered. He went through safely; so can they, if they follow in his footsteps.
"In the broad road all are occupied with their persons, their dress, and the pleasures in the way. They indulge freely in hilarity and glee, and think not of their journey's end, of the certain destruction at the end of the path. Every day they approach nearer their destruction; yet they madly rush on faster and faster. Oh, how dreadful this looked to me!
"I saw many traveling in this broad road who had the words written upon them, 'Dead
to the world. The end of all things is at hand. Be ye also ready.' They looked
just like all the vain ones around them, except a shade of sadness which I noticed
upon their countenances. Their conversation was just like that of the gay, thoughtless
ones around them; but they would occasionally point with great satisfaction to the
letters on their garments, calling for the others to have the same upon theirs. They
were in the broad way, yet they professed to be of the number who were traveling
the narrow way. Those around them would say, 'There is no distinction between us.
We are alike; we dress, and talk, and act alike.'"-
In spite of this comprehensive statement focusing directly on the church today the
light of the Saviour's warning, multitudes of Laodiceans have, like those before
them, gone in the broad way. So gross has been this heedlessness that the Lord warns
the church that she is "steadily retreating toward Egypt"; that "customs, practices,
and fashions which lead the soul away from God, have been for years gaining ground
in defiance of the warnings and entreaties of the Holy Spirit; until at last their
ways have become right in their own eyes, and the Spirit's voice is scarcely heard."-
"'And because iniquity abounds, the love of many shall wax cold.' The very atmosphere
is polluted with sin. Soon God's people will be tested by fiery trials, and the
great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be
base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats,
and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers."-
With this condition in the church, and with the time arrived when "all things [except
the church] are ready" for the Kingdom to be set up, the Lord in mercy is speaking
anew to His people: "Hear ye the Rod and Who hath appointed it" (Mic. 6:9)-
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Thus, the Lord's voice is crying unto the city, the church, that He shall shortly
purify it by removing all but the few narrow-
Knowing this, Satan has launched his final campaign against the few who are in the
narrow way; and is concentrating upon them the full venom of his Satanic hatred and
wiles, so to slow them down as to prevent their escaping the fast approaching slaughter
in the church, and thus in turn prevent their entering into "the swift-
Well indeed does he know that if he can beguile Present Truth believers into dawdling
"The agonizing ones," declares the Spirit of Prophecy, "are the only ones who will
urge their passage through the strait gate and narrow way that leads to life eternal,
to fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. Those who merely seek to enter in
will never be able. The entire Christian life of many will be spent in no greater
effort than that of seeking, and their only reward will be to find it an utter impossibility
for them to enter in at the strait gate."-
"They may read the Bible, but its threatenings do not alarm or its promises win them.
They approve things that are excellent, yet they follow the way in which God has
forbidden them to go. They know a refuge, but do not avail themselves of it. They
know a remedy for sin, but do not use it. They know the right, but have no relish
for it. All their knowledge will but increase their condemnation. They have never
tasted and learned by experience that the Lord is good."-
Brother, Sister, are you of this "large number" who believe the Truth, but who do
not make the necessary effort and the sacrifice to live it; who know the right way,
but who are not walking there in? "Determine to know the worst of your case. Ascertain
if you have an inheritance on high. Deal truly with your own soul."-
How can this be done? Obviously, by doing the one thing which most of us have all
along failed to do: fully live the Truth-
"A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit.
Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of
spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of the mind and heart, a resurrection
from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas
and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit
of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival
and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must
To the extent that we have so far failed to succeed in this imperative work of exchanging
wrong ideas and theories, habits and practices, for right ones, the cause has largely
been a half-
"Real experience is a variety of careful experiments, made with the mind freed from
prejudice and uncontrolled by previously established opinions and habits. The results
are marked with careful solicitude, and an anxious desire to learn, to improve and
to reform on every habit that is not in harmony with physical and moral laws. The
idea of others gainsaying what you have learned by experience seems to you to be
folly, and even cruelty itself. But there are more errors received and firmly retained
from false ideas of experience than from any other cause, for the reason that what
is generally termed experience is not experience at all; because there has never
been a fair trial by actual experiment and thorough investigation, with a knowledge
of the principle involved in the action."-
"There is a science of Christianity to be mastered,-
Understanding the work of Christianity as the supreme science, the Present Truth Christian will realize that in order to be an overcoming Christian, he must be a scientific Christian, making his every effort to conform to correct principles and methods in every sphere of the soul's activity. Otherwise his experience must inevitably continue to keep him
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among that hapless class of Christians concerning whom the Spirit of Prophecy says:
"You rely upon your good intentions and resolutions, and the principal sum of life
is composed of resolutions made and resolutions broken."-
O wretched men that we are! Who shall deliver unto us
The Key to the Science of Holiness?
"Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the
key in the hand of faith to unlock Heaven's storehouse...?"-
"Those who bring their petitions to God, claiming His promise while they do not comply
with the condition, insult Jehovah."-
How important, then, that prayer meet the conditions laid down-
By way of a beginning, let us make a check of the basic conditions prerequisite to the effectual fervent prayer which is fundamental to the science of spiritual power:
1. "One of the first of these is that we feel our need of help from him."-
2. "If we regard iniquity in our hearts, if we cling to any known sin, the Lord will
not hear us...but the prayer of the penitent, contrite soul is always accepted. When
all known wrongs are righted, we may believe that God will answer our petitions."-
"Many...are conscious of their actions as they perform them, but suffer them to pass
from their memory, and therefore do not reform.... Daily review of our acts, to see
whether conscience approves or condemns, is necessary for all who wish to reach perfection
of Christian character. Many acts which pass for good works, even deeds of benevolence,
will, when closely investigated, be found to be prompted by wrong motives."-
"With fasting and earnest prayer, with deep heart-
"Commune with your own heart, and then commune with God. Unless you do this, your
efforts will be fruitless, made thus by unsanctified hurry and confusion."-
3. "If we have in any way grieved or wounded others, it is our duty to confess our
fault, and seek for reconciliation. This is an essential preparation that we may
come before God in faith, to ask His blessing."-
"He who is unforgiving, cuts off the very channel through which alone he can receive
mercy from God. We should not think that unless those who have injured us confess
the wrong, we are justified in withholding from them our forgiveness. It is their
part, no doubt, to humble their hearts by repentance and confession; but we are to
have a spirit of compassion toward those who have trespassed against us, whether
or not they confess their faults."-
"If there have been difficulties,...if envy, malice, bitterness, evil surmisings,
have existed, confess these sins, not in a general way, but go to your brethren and
sisters personally. Be definite. If you have committed one wrong and they twenty,
confess that one as though you were the chief offender. Take them by the hand, let
your heart soften under the influence of the Spirit of God, and say, 'Will you forgive
me? I have not felt right toward you. I want to make right every wrong, that naught
may stand registered against me in the books of heaven. I must have a clean record.'
Who, think you, would withstand such a movement as this?"-
4. "Perseverance in prayer has been made a condition of receiving. We must pray
always, if we would grow in faith and experience."-
"After the union with Christ has been formed it can be preserved only by earnest
prayer and untiring effort."-
"Seek every opportunity to go where prayer is wont to be made. Those who are really
seeking for communion with God, will be seen in the prayer meeting...to reap all
the benefits they can gain."-
"The prayers offered in public should be short and to the point....A few minutes
is long enough for any ordinary public petition."-
"We should pray in the family circle and above all we must not neglect secret prayer;
for this is the life of the soul."-
5. "There is another matter too often neglected by those who seek the Lord in prayer.
Have you been honest with God?"-
"Prayer offered ever so often and ever so earnestly will never be accepted by God
in the place of our tithe. Prayer will not pay our debts to God."-
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6. "When speaking of divine things, why not speak in distinct tones...? Do not bow
down and cover up your faces as if there were something that you desired to conceal;
but lift up your eyes toward the heavenly sanctuary."-
"While praying, many use careless and irreverent expressions, which grieve the tender
Spirit of the Lord, and cause their petitions to be shut out of heaven."-
"When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do....The repetition of set,
customary phrases, when the heart feels no need of God, is of the same character
as the 'vain repetitions' of the heathen."-
"Some...speak of God as they would of a horse, or of any other commonplace thing."-
"Never should that name be spoken lightly or thoughtlessly. Even in prayer its frequent
or needless repetition should be avoided."-
"The words God Almighty are coupled together and used by some in prayer in a careless,
thoughtless manner, which is displeasing to Him. Said the angel, "Couple them not
together; for fearful is His name....I saw that these things will have to be understood
and corrected before the church can prosper."-
"Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, 'kneeled down, and prayed.' Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too, 'kneeled down, and prayed.' Paul declared, 'I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.' In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt. Daniel 'kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God.'
"True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization
of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed.
The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because God is there; and as reverence
is manifested in attitude and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will he deepened."-
7. "Jesus said, 'Ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray
the Father for you: for the Father himself loveth you.' 'I have chosen you,...that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.' But to pray
in the name of Jesus is something more than a mere mention of that name at the beginning
and the ending of a prayer. It is to pray in the mind and spirit of Jesus, while
we believe his promises, rely upon his grace, and work his works."-
"We must not only pray in Christ's name, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
This explains what is meant when it is said that the Spirit 'maketh intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.' Such prayer God delights to answer.
When with earnestness and intensity we breathe a prayer in the name of Christ, there
is in that very intensity a pledge from God that He is about to answer our prayer
'exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think."-
8. Finally, "guard jealously your hours for prayer, Bible study, and self-
When our prayers are thus inspired, we know that our asking a favor of the Lord is but asking Him to open the way for us to obtain it ourselves, not him to obtain it for us. Then we put forth our supreme efforts to do our part in answering the prayer.
From this limited canvass of the science of prayer, but one phase of the science
of Christianity, we get a clear, close-
EVERYBODY KNOWS BUT NOBODY ACTS!
In this age of so-
By this device, they virtually cancel from the Christian's Bible, the many unfulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament, so that he no longer need
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give a moment's thought to them. This sort of rationalization, the Laodiceans, as Fundamentalists, have always stoutly opposed. But now even they have fallen into the same pernicious process of negation.
Perhaps the most notable case in point is their desperate attempt to throw out of court the many prophetic evidences of the purification of the church by the supernatural slaughter decreed in Ezekiel 9. And though The Shepherd's Rod has already brought from almost unnumbered angles a lavish amount of proof of the absolute certainty that the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 does meet its fulfillment in the imminent purification of the church, and that the "escaped" (Isa. 66:19) will gather all their brethren to the house of the Lord (verse 20), we herewith commend for prayerful evaluation the following passages:
"The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord, and the salvation
of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always
be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people
of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the
one hundred and forty-
"...They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those 'that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done' in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.
"But the general slaughter of all who do not thus see the wide contrast between sin and righteousness, and do not feel as those do who stand in the counsel of God and receive the mark, is described in the order to the five men with slaughter weapons: 'Go ye after him through the city, and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary."—Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 267.
"The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions his messengers, the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands: 'Go ye after him through the city, and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.'
"Here we see that the church-
"This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision.
John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation."-
The threefold fact that (1) the message to the Laodiceans is not to the membership,
the church, but to the angel-
"We have been inclined to think," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "that where there are no faithful ministers, there can be no true Christians; but this is not the case. God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon human instrumentalities. But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place, we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge his floor....Those who
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have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent, will not then stand at the head of
rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves
unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last solemn work few
great men will be engaged. They are self-
Know your own case and the remedy. Will you continue to shun even mentioning the Laodicean condition? or will you lay well to heart the tragic fact: "...our own course of continual backsliding has separated us from God. Pride, covetousness, and love of the world have lived in the heart without fear of banishment or condemnation. Grievous and presumptuous sins have dwelt among us. And yet the general opinion is that the church is flourishing, and that peace and spiritual prosperity are in all her borders.
"The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader, and is steadily retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God has spoken to you. Light has been shining from his word and from the testimonies, and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us."—Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 217.
"We have wandered away from the old land-
If love for the salvation of others means to point out their errors then great is
the moral responsibility to show as much love for the Laodiceans. Indeed, even greater
should be the burden, for Inspiration reveals that there are none so much in need
of loving correction as are the Laodiceans (Rev. 3:14-
Remember that praise stems from flattery, but correction from love.
"Am I therefore become your enemy," asks the Saviour, "because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:16.
Will you not now act like men and women who delight to know the worst of their cases, and correct their course, thus finding favor with the Lord?
THE CHURCH AND THE HOME.
Making the church and the Kingdom the patterns for the home, the Bible thus implicitly reveals that the Christian must carefully study these two divine blue prints in order to model his home exactly after them.
Again, the Scriptures draw a parallel between the Lord and the husband (Hos. 1, 2), and between the church and the wife:
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband
is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the
saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the
wives be to their own husbands in everything." Eph. 5:22-
Clearly, this divine injunction charges the wife to respect her husband as she would the Lord, the husband being the family's temporal Saviour, as the Lord is the church's eternal Saviour. ("Christ...loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." Eph. 5:25, 26.). When she disregards this divine injunction, she insults God.
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church." Eph. 5:25.
Thus just as binding and sacred is the husband's responsibility to his wife. He is to regard his wife as Christ does His church. Whenever he does less than this, he violates the law of the Lord.
Thus, while the church is duty-
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her head, Christ, so likewise the converted wife rejoices in pleasing her head, her husband. In this happy state, both the man and the woman realize that they are, after all, each other's second self.
"But I would have you know," declares Paul, "that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered, dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God." 1 Cor. 11:3 through 5, 11, 12.
This beautiful home-
Naturally, then, she will diligently see that only the most necessary wants of the
home are first cared for, thereby preventing any over-
If, however, the family's earnings are more than just a living, then he and the wife may together more broadly budget their earnings, first caring for necessary current expenses, then banking or investing the rest.
Thus to understand that the husband is not merely the money bag, but is the king
of the home, the "House-
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships, she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it; with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." Prov. 31: 10 through 30.
So while the queenly wife looks after the family's internal problems, the kingly husband looks after the family's external problems.
Furthermore, as the Lord Himself is the "Principal" of His church as a school, and
His "wife" (the church, but especially the ministry-
"To gain a proper understanding of the marriage relation," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "is the work of a lifetime. Those who marry enter a school from which they are never in this life to be graduated.
"In your life-
"Neither husband nor wife is to make a plea for rulership....Both are to cultivate the spirit of kindness, being determined never to grieve or injure the other.
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"Do not try to compel each other to do as you wish. You cannot do this, and retain
each other's love. Manifestations of self-
"Before a man enters a union as close as the marriage relation, he should learn how to control himself and how to deal with others....
"My brother, be kind, patient, forbearing. Remember that your wife accepted you as her husband, not that you might rule over her, but that you might be her helper.
"One victory it is positively essential for you both to gain,-
The great reformatory movement must begin in presenting to fathers and mothers and children the principles of the law of God....Show that obedience to God's Word is our only safeguard against the evils that are sweeping the world to destruction. Parents...by their example and teaching, the eternal destiny of their households will in most cases be decided.
"If parents could be led to trace the results of their action,...many would break the spell of tradition and custom....
"Press home upon the consciences of parents, the conviction of their solemn duties,
so long neglected. This will break up the spirit of Pharisaism and resistance to
the truth as nothing else can. Religion in the home is our great hope, and makes
the prospect bright for the conversion of the whole family to the truth of God."-
Only in such a Christian home is Christ's Kingdom exemplified. And in thus reflecting the Kingdom here, all such homes will, when banded together collectively, make up the Kingdom hereafter. How important, then, that the mother and the father cooperate to the full in conducting the home altogether in Christ's way in order to insure its existence both now and forevermore!
Failure on the part of either, to carry out these principles, will wreck the home and scatter the family not only for the present but also for eternity, whereas careful practice of them will safeguard the family's prosperity and happiness in this world, and insure its eternal continuance in the world to come.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
WHO HAS WANDERED AWAY FROM THE OLD LANDMARKS?
Question No. 249:
The Spirit of Prophecy does indeed so teach, and to be in harmony one hundred per cent with it on this point as on all others, The Shepherd's Rod has stripped this truth of the rubbish with which men have covered it, and have thus restored it to its primitive luster.
Though the number 666 has admittedly long been applied to the leopard-
The "beast," says Elder Geo. W. Holt, writing in the early days of the message, "having
seven heads and ten horns is the one referred to; and I think the image, is the beast
having 'two horns like a lamb,' that 'spake as a dragon.' His number is 666."-
The "last power that treads down the saints," says Elder White, writing at about
the same time, "is brought to view in Rev. 13:11-
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And finally, Sister White in authenticating this position, declared: "I saw all that 'would not receive the mark of the Beast, and of his Image, in their foreheads or in their hands,' could not buy or sell. I saw that the number (666) of the Image Beast was made up; and that it was the beast that changed the Sabbath, and the Image Beast had followed on after, and kept the Pope's, not God's Sabbath."—A word to the little flock, pp. 18, 19. (Note: The number 666 was placed in parenthesis by the editor of A Word to the Little Flock.)
Here we have from the mouth of three witnesses absolute proof that the denomination's
present teaching concerning the number 666 was neither originated nor sanctioned
by its founding fathers; that, in fact, it was not one of the lines of truth, nor
even one of the blocks or pins of the message, which God gave to this people. Moreover,
the Bible puts the number on the two-
This is just one of the many departures from truth, which caused Sister White far
back (1882) to cry out: "The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader,
and is steadily retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed, or astonished at their
want of spiritual power. Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit
of God is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers
who preach self instead of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread
and unappreciated. God has spoken to you. Light has been shining from his word
and from the testimonies, and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result
is apparent in the lack of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us."-
"We have wandered away from the old landmarks. Let us return. If the Lord be God,
serve him; if Baal, serve him. Which side will you be on?"-
IS THE SLAUGHTER OF EZEKIEL
Question No. 250:
The Shepherd's Rod teaches that the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 is literal. Could it
not be a destruction such as is caused by so-
The five destructive agents of the wicked in the church are not forces of nature but men with slaughter weapons in their hands. They are supernatural beings, not natural elements. Hence they cannot fittingly represent earthquakes, famines, or the like.
Neither can they be the seven angels with the seven last plagues, for the plagues are seven in number, not five. Furthermore, these angels do not have "slaughter weapons" in their hands, but vials. Still further, the plagues fall in Babylon (Rev. 18:4), whereas the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 takes place in Judah and Israel (Ezek. 9:9).
Ezekiel 9, whether literal or figurative, effects a separation between the good and the bad, the tares and the wheat, in the church (Judah and Israel), just as the plagues finally do in Babylon (Rev. 18:4). And as the plagues are literal, then how could the slaughter weapons be any less literal?
The angel with the writer's inkhorn is to place a mark upon the forehead of all who
sigh and cry for the abominations, then the destroying angels are to slay both old
and young (Ezek. 9:4-
"The church, the Lord's sanctuary," is "the first to feel the stroke of the wrath
of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light, and who had stood
as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust.
They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestations
of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their
unbelief and they say, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil. He is
too merciful to visit his people in judgment. Thus peace and safety is the cry from
men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people
their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs, that would
not bark, are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens,
and little children, all perish together."-
Only an indirect parallel can be drawn between the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 and the falling of the plagues, because a common end (death befalls both the wicked in the church of Laodicea and the wicked in the churches of Babylon. And only those who say, "We need not look for miracles and the marked manifestations of God's power as in former days," think the slaughter is not literal.
WHO IDENTIFIED PLANETS SEEN
Question No. 251:
In his history of the Advent Movement, Elder Loughborough relates: "In the month
of November, 1846, a conference was held in Topsham, Maine, at which Elder Bates
was present. At that meeting Mrs. White...had a vision which was the cause of Elder
Bates becoming fully satisfied as to their divine origin....Mrs. White, while in
vision, began to talk about the stars, giving a flowing description of rosy-
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scription of belts and rings in their ever-
Our more powerful telescopes and stellar photography have enabled astronomers to discover that Jupiter has nine moons, and Saturn ten. The five additional moons of Jupiter were discovered between the years of 1892 and 1914. The eighth moon of Saturn was discovered in 1848, the ninth in 1899, and the tenth in 1905. Since this vision it has been discovered that Uranus has but four instead of six moons.
In the light of these astronomical facts, how can you contend for the inspiration of Mrs. White's writings?
The book, The Great Second Advent Movement, pp. 257, 258, is not saying that Sister White named the planets but is repeating what was purportedly said by those who were present on the occasion of her having the vision of the planets. It does not, moreover, even intimate that Sister White concurred in the particular designations which Elder Bates (in the light of then current astronomical knowledge) gave to the planets which she then envisaged. It was but natural for him, however, to identify them as he did, for it all did fit nicely into the astronomical teachings of that day. So, simply because he, in a moment of zealous enthusiasm not according to Divine revelation, presumed to identify and label what God identified or labeled not, does not give even a semblance of integrity to the charges which the question prefers against her.
She evidently knew nothing about the names of those planets; Elder Bates knew less; and we today know very little if any more. If and when God sees fit to make known their names, His identification of them will be correct; that we know.
DID THE TOWER OF BABEL PRECEDE THE DELUGE?
Question No. 252:
Sister White says: "The Lord first established the system of sacrificial offerings
with Adam after his fall, which he taught to his descendants. This system was corrupted
before the flood, by those who separated themselves from the faithful followers of
God, and engaged in the building of the Tower of Babel."-
This statement seems to imply that the tower of Babel was built before the flood. Did she not know that it was built after?
Anyone at all familiar with the Bible, ought to know that the tower of Babel was
built after the flood. And as she was as well versed in sacred history as are her
critics, she obviously did not mean to say what the questioner is trying to make
her say by the seeming implication of her language. Even a half-
HAS THERE BEEN AMALGAMATION
OF MAN AND BEAST?
Question No. 253:
"Since the flood," says Mrs. White, "there has been amalgamation of man and beast,
as may be seen in almost endless varieties of species of animals, and in certain
races of men."-
The very fact that the interpretation given Sister White's statement on amalgamation,
does result in a biological absurdity such as only the most ignorant and most foolish
could subscribe to, is the best evidence that her words are grossly perverted. Whatever
one may insist about the grammatical meaning of the phrase, "amalgamation of man
and beast," the fact remains evident in the light of what she writes elsewhere on
the subject, and in the background of common sense, as well as of her wide understanding
of the Bible, along with her early inexperience with words, that she is trying to
show two kinds of amalgamation-
IS ALL OF A WORD TO THE LITTLE
Question No. 254:
The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 151, quotes from A Word to the Little Flock, concerning
the number of the two-
Though the quotation in point is from Elder White's pen, the very fact that A Word to the Little Flock was written jointly by him and his wife,
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shows that she endorsed his articles in the booklet as no less authoritative than her own. Otherwise she would never have permitted his to be published as one with hers. Whatever truth, moreover, he or any of the rest of the pioneers in those days embraced, they originally received through her. In other words, in writing what he did in A Word to the Little Flock, he was only resetting that which was revealed through Sister White. The truth of this is quickly seen from the fact that her statement on the number of the beast, page 19, perfectly corroborates his statement on page 9, the part which the Rod quotes. The acceptance, therefore, of the one's views on the subject is the acceptance of the other's.
YES, THE ROD STILL TEACHES THE
Question No. 255:
In its beginning, The Shepherd's Rod agreed with the Spirit of Prophecy that "the
remnant of her seed are the 144,000 against whom the dragon makes war."-
If one cannot deny that the 144,000, the first fruits, are members of the church,
then one cannot deny that they are of her seed. And as they remain alive from the
slaying of the unfaithful in their midst, they are therefore the "remnant"-
Clearly, therefore, both statements are correct. The only point of difference between them is that when the one in Volume 2 was made, the Rod did not have the additional light which later inspired the one in the Code, and which shows that both the 144,000 and the great multitude are remnants: the former because of escaping from the slaying of the Lord in the church (Isa. 66:19), and the latter because of not being called out of Babylon until after the former have gone to the land of Israel (Isa. 66:20), also because of remaining alive after the wicked, from among whom they are called out, have perished.
IS THE ROD SETTING PROPHETIC
Question No. 256:
How can The Shepherd's Rod set prophetic dates and yet be in harmony with Testimonies to Ministers, p. 55, and Early Writings, p. 75?
Were the Rod guilty of this offense, it of course could not be in harmony with the
Testimonies. But it has never set the date of any future event. It has merely established
the dates of certain prophetic events which have already taken place. Thus the dates
which are treated of in The Shepherd's Rod message are of events after they have
WHAT IS MEANT BY "THAT WHICH
Question No. 257:
The Symbolic Code says: "Teach only that which is published." Will you please explain whether this restriction is intended to include Bible, Spirit of Prophecy, and Shepherd's Rod literature, all together, or just the writings of the Rod alone?
The Bible and the books of the Spirit of Prophecy being the sole source of the Shepherd's
Rod message, therefore when the Rod is taught, the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy
are taught. And since none but the Spirit of Truth, who transmitted the mysteries
of Inspiration, can interpret them, then those who attempt to teach them without
this Inspired interpretational authority, inevitably fall into the forbidden practice
of private interpretation (2 Pet. 1:20)-
As we dare not follow in such a path, we must therefore, as teachers of The Shepherd's Rod (the official publications of the Davidian S.D.A. Association), teach only in the light of the Rod those passages which in one way or another need to be interpreted. Thus only will all Present Truth believers ever become of the same mind, seeing eye to eye and speaking the same things (I Cor. 1:10; 1 Pet. 3:8; Isa. 52:8).
And such as do choose to engage in private interpretation are respectfully asked to desist from teaching in the name of the Rod and at its expense. Let them, like honest men, teach in their own names and at their own expense.
IS EVENING THE ENDING OR THE
BEGINNING OF DAY?
Question No. 258:
Tract No. 10, revised edition, says that the evening is the ending, not the beginning,
of the twenty-
The Code agrees that according to Genesis 5:1 the evening truly is the first part of the day. For example, Friday night is the first part of Saturday,
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and Saturday night the first part of Sunday. This Bible fact was recognized by God's
people all along the way. But from early in Bible time to this very day, the term
"at even" has been used to designate the last part of the day-
WILL GENTILES INHERIT THE KINGDOM?
Question No. 259:
Is spiritual Israel made up of Gentiles? Am I right in saying that the relationship of the Gentiles to Israel is that of adoption?
There is to be but one family tree in the Kingdom, the tree of Jacob, into which the Gentiles are grafted, as is seen from Romans 11.
This is further shown by the holy city wherein is no Gentile gate, but each of whose twelve gates bear one of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Hence, the Gentiles who are saved are grafted into the original olive tree, and thus as naturalized citizens of Israel they inherit the Kingdom.
ARE ALL THE GIFTS AMONG US NOW?
Question No. 260:
From Brother -
"Christ is the same compassionate physician now," declares the Spirit of Prophecy,
"that He was during His earthly ministry. In Him there is healing balm for every
disease, restoring power for every infirmity. His disciples in this time are to
pray for the sick as verily as the disciples of old prayed. And recoveries will
follow; for the 'prayer of faith shall save the sick.'"-
Concerning the gift of teaching, we read: "And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers." Isa. 30:20.
When the church is purified, her teachers will be recipients of a greater Pentecostal power than were even the 120 disciples. This is clearly seen from Joel's prophecy of the latter rain, which comes as a teacher of righteousness (Joel 2:23, margin), then becomes invested with the power (verse 28) finally to proclaim that righteousness throughout the world. (See also Early Writings, pp. 277, 278.)
TRUE HEALTH REFORM-
Question No. 261:
Does not one meet the full demands of "health reform" when he discards from his table all foodstuffs pronounced unclean by the Bible?
The term "health reform" means more than abstaining from the use of such foods as
the Lord pronounces unclean for human consumption (Lev. 11; Isa. 66:16). Abstention
from forbidden foods is but the negative phase of the science. It is the forbidden
tree in the garden of today. In its positive and more important phase, it teaches
intelligent selection of foods-
No one, however, can prescribe a diet to meet the differing needs of all; for as
the countenances of individuals differ, so do their constitutions. Hence, what may
be beneficial to one, may be harmful to another, especially so now in this sin-
In another case, if one's metabolism is too rapid, slowly digesting foods can be used to help establish normalcy, but if one's metabolism is sluggish and retarded, slow digesting foods may aggravate his condition.
Likewise, if a stomach in a weakened condition cannot handle the coarse whole grain
products, they should give place to refined or semi-
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Going further into the remedial side of the subject, some may avoid the use of the harmful purgative drugs by using whey, some by using sauerkraut juice, others condensed milk or hot lemonade, still others the natural hydrogels (such as agar, psyllium seed, and the like), while the majority may get results by the use of any of these.
The sum of the whole matter, then, is that a true health reformer eats, drinks, and
clothes himself for better health, "for strength, and not for drunkenness" (Eccles.
10:17). He constantly studies how to live for better fitness and thus for more efficient
service in the Lord's vineyard, and not for self-
The cause of health reform has been greatly injured, and its advance almost halted, by faddists on the one hand and gluttons on the other. And perhaps the former have done the greater harm of the two. Let us therefore pray for grace and wisdom to strike a balance between these two extremes.
The need for health reform in its proper perspective becomes doubly urgent to us
when we realize that nowhere does the importance of the proper use of our time show
to greater advantage than at our meal periods. To bolt our food on any occasion,
under pressure of time-
It is likewise nothing short of abuse if we eat while under mental stress or nervous tension. Only when the mind is free from anxiety and is surrounded with an atmosphere of cheerfulness, can one realize the full benefit of a meal and sustain no harmful effect.
Amazing indeed are the twisted mental processes of the sinful human mind! For example,
when one should be in haste, he is not; and when he should not be in haste, he is!
Ironically, the former evil is peculiar to the job, and the latter to the table-
The time spent in masticating should be governed by the flow of the saliva. Let
the food be thoroughly salivated, for as we have seen, the result of compelling the
stomach to handle it unsalivated is indigestion. So to eat fast at meals is to deprive
the stomach of its proper chemical action. This delicate balance is easily disturbed
when the food does not receive the right amount of saliva to blend perfectly with
the gastric juices. Ignoring this principle will cause a vicious circle, and a preponderance
of hydrochloric acid, and in turn bring a long train of woeful results: fermentation,
irritation, constipation, abdominal disturbances, belching of gas, bad breath, ulcers,
Again: time spent in catching a few bites here and there, promiscuously between meals, is worse than wasted.
Some will have to muster more than average will-
The human family of this present generation are suffering more and more ill health in direct proportion to their decreasing use of the raw vegetables. Some have already gone so far in this way of wrong living, that even if they would now completely reform and start using all the greens they could eat, they could only with the greatest difficulty compensate for the nutrition lost. The best they could possibly do in such a case would be to utilize these neglected elements in their most concentrated form. This they can do best by availing themselves of the raw vegetable juices. The Health Page of the next issue of the Code will include some featured formulas for the convenient, inexpensive home manufacture of these palatable and vital liquids.
Watch for them!
A PERSONAL TESTIMONY.
SATAN TRIES, BUT THE LORD WINS.
Several years ago my parents, who read themselves into The Shepherd's Rod message,
mailed two tracts to an older sister, who was to read them and pass them on to me.
Before reading them, how-
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ever, she showed them to some Adventist friends, who took them to Elder -
After this, I began attending the meetings, and found that the message spoke according "to the Law and the Testimony." Now I am experiencing real conversion through the Rod, and am spending the happiest years of my life walking in the light of the Lord. Now I see that though Satan through his servants tries with all his might to keep the truth from a person, the Lord gets it to him anyway, thus plainly showing that those who serve Satan will never win. Surely by this time they should have learned the practical truth of Gamaliel's wise counsel.
Recently I returned from a visit in Southern California. While there I attended a number of studies, at which I heard stirring testimonies. It was indeed good to meet with established Present Truth believers who are walking in the light and seeking to be a people in whose mouth is found "no guile," for thus was I able to carry back to our company a number of points of truth not previously grasped.
Sister .......... bore an encouraging testimony of the progress of the Lord's work at Mt. Carmel. She is eagerly looking forward to returning in the spring, the Lord willing.
Members of my family and I spent many hours together, also some time with another person, studying the sealing message. And while trying to help others become established, I learned more than in months of private study, for the Lord fulfilled His promise in bringing back to my remembrance many things previously learned. Do not miss such an opportunity.
Invaluable in clearing up questions were The Symbolic Code, extracts from "The Teacher's Training Course" on The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, including the chart showing "the 1844 movement, the sealing time, and the close of probation" as understood through the Testimonies and the additional light given through the Rod, along with "A Word to the Student" for my personal admonition. If you do not have these helps, you do not know what you are missing.
(Mrs.) E. E. L.
Delays have lost battles, cost lives, toppled crowns! Will you let neglect turn
the battle against you, take your life, and cheat you of the crown laid up for you?
A delay in your receiving the latest issues of Present-
By keeping the publishing office informed in regard to changes of address, you may save yourselves a great disappointment due to delay in receiving the literature. Remember that simply informing your Post Office of your change of address, without informing this publishing office, will not get the literature to you, for third class mail is not forwarded, but is returned to the sender. This results not only in extra expense but also in weeks and not infrequently even in months of delay, and sometimes failure entirely, in our getting to you the Lord's latest message to His people. This loss may mean the loss of your own soul or of another in your family. Be alert to give advanced notice when changing address.
The message invests no one with authority to solicit financial help to carry on either their work or that of The Shepherd's Rod. And all field workers recognized by this Association are furnished with 1943 credentials.
Having repeated need of many of the early S.D.A. publications, especially several old and rare volumes of the writings of Mrs. E.G. White, all long since out of print, our publishing office is sounding a call for donations of such volumes. Particularly desired are Sister White's various old published bulletins, pamphlet series (such as B), and Review and Herald articles, and most especially such volumes as Early Experience and Views, Spiritual Gifts, The Life of Paul, and Captivity and Restoration.
Our Educational Department can make very good use of all the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy in general, and of the Educational works and Conflict of Ages series in particular. Anyone donating any of these will therefore be making a very real and appreciated contribution.
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AFTER TWELVE YEARS.
To keep alive the hope that the brethren as a whole would sooner or later embrace the sealing message, the Divine Author of this "closing work for the church" (Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 266) has hitherto given His messengers no title. Hence the name of their publication, The Shepherd's Rod, has naturally been attached to them.
Having now, though, at the closing of its twelfth year, progressed to the publication
of the "Leviticus," the Association receives from this governmental organ, the name,
"Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more." Zeph. 3:14, 15.
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." Isa. 52:1.
A NEW PUBLICATION FREE.
Send for our forthcoming tract, War-
CONTINUE THE OFFENSIVE.
Are you among those who have with patient zeal faithfully continued in the Name-
Doubtless, there is seldom a week in which the normally-
Some can write letters to members of isolated Sabbath-
Few, if any, have exhausted all the possibilities of procuring names and addresses of our brethren who hunger for truth and righteousness. Always keep with you a notebook expressly for this purpose, and use it well! Resolve that 1943 will see you work as never before to get new names and addresses, and to get them meticulously correct.
Brother, Sister, our brethren are judgment-
VOLUME 2 LESSONS READY.
Those who intend to enroll "sometime" in our Teacher's Training (Correspondence) Course, should send in their applications now. To defray the cost of building and maintaining this extension service, a total charge of $7.00 will be made for the first semester of lessons on The Shepherd's Rod, which include all of Volume 1.
Only those who complete the lessons on Volume 1, will be eligible for the follow-
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