THE SHEPHERD’S ROD “NEW SYMBOLIC CODES”
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THE FOLLOWING SHEPHERD’S ROD “NEW SYMBOLIC CODE” VOLUME 11 IS REFERRED TO AS PART OF THE “NEW CODES” BECAUSE THEY WERE PUBLISHED, BETWEEN 1955 AND 1959, BY HIS WIFE, SISTER FLORENCE HOUTEFF, AND THIS PUBLISHING TOOK PLACE AFTER BROTHER HOUTEFF’S DEATH .
THE ONLY “NEW CODES” INCLUDED IN THE NEW CODE SECTION OF THIS SITE ARE VOLUMES 10, 11, 12, 13. THESE ALL CONTAIN SERMONS BY BROTHER HOUTEFF, WHICH, ACCORDING TO SISTER HOUTEFF, HE MADE DURING HIS LIFETIME AND MINISTRY, AND WHICH WERE STORED IN CARD FILES, AND ARE NOW MADE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PRAYERFUL CONSIDERATION.
SISTER HOUTEFF STATES AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH ONE THAT THEY ARE COPIES OF SERMONS WHICH BROTHER HOUTEFF MADE AND SHE INCLUDES THE DATES OF THE SERMONS. THESE SERMONS HAD BEEN KEPT ON FILE AND SHE THEN REFERRED TO THOSE SERMONS TO MAKE UP THE PORTIONS OF THE NEW CODES WHICH ARE INCLUDED HERE.
SOME DAVIDIAN BRETHREN, TODAY, BELIEVE THEM AND SOME ARE ADAMANTLY AGAINST THEM BECAUSE BROTHER HOUTEFF WAS NOT ALIVE TO VERIFY THEIR AUTHENTICITY.
SOME BELIEVE THE NEW CODES ARE NOT RELIABLE BECAUSE THEY HIGHLY SUSPECT SISTER FLORENCE HOUTEFF ALTERED THE ORIGINAL SERMONS TO SUIT HER PRIVATE BELIEF. IT IS TRUE THAT SHE DID MAKE COMMENTARY OF HER OWN IN THE NEW CODES PUBLISHED FROM 1955 TO 1959, BUT THAT COMMENTARY WAS NOT OBTAINED FROM BROTHER HOUTEFF’S SERMONS, UNLESS SHE STATED SO. THEREFORE, THE NEW CODES THAT CONTAINED ONLY HER COMMENTARY, AND NOT BROTHER HOUTEFF’S, ARE OMITTED FROM THIS SITE.
IN ADDITION, SHE MADE SOME PREDICTIONS, OF HER OWN, BASED UPON THE BIBLE AND THE
SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE, WHICH DID NOT FULFILL AS STATED. SHE THEN LEFT THE MESSAGE
IN 1959 AND DAVIDIA SPLIT UP INTO VARIOUS GROUPS AFTER THAT TIME AND SOME WENT EAST,
SOME NORTH AND SOME WEST AND SOME STAYED IN THE TEXAS AREA. LATER, MORE SPLIT OFFS
FROM THOSE GROUPS OCCURRED SO THAT, PRESENTLY, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 10-
NOW, ONE MIGHT THINK THAT BECAUSE OF ALL THIS CONTROVERSY OVER THESE NEW CODES AND THE SPLITTING UP OF THE MEMBERS, THAT IT WOULD CONSTITUTE A VERY SHAKY AND QUESTIONABLE MOVEMENT. HOWEVER, WHAT ONE MUST REMEMBER IS THAT EACH OF US MUST LOOK AT THE MESSAGE, NOT THE PEOPLE. CHRIST JESUS AND HIS TRUTH, EITHER DIRECTLY THROUGH HIS MOST HOLY SPIRIT, OR THROUGH HIS MOST HOLY SPIRIT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HIS INSPIRED MESSENGER IS OUR ONLY CRITERIA.
AND, FOR THAT MATTER, THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH IS SPLIT INTO SEVERAL GROUPS, THE MOTHER CHURCH, THE CREATIONIST GROUP, THE HISTORIC GROUP, THE PHILADELPHIA GROUP, THE SDA CHURCH REFORMED, THE REFORM MOVEMENT GROUP, THE CELEBRATION GROUP, THE FREE SDA CHURCH GROUP, THE GAY SDA GROUP, AND THERE MAY BE A FEW OTHERS THAT I AM NOT AWARE OF. HENCE, THE SAME PROBLEM EXISTS THERE.
THE THING TO REMEMBER WITH ALL MESSAGES, PURPORTED TO BE FROM THE LORD, IS TO TO PRAY AND READ THEM FOR YOURSELF, IN THE LORD, AND THIS INCLUDES THE NEW CODES, AND LET THE LORD JESUS BE YOUR GUIDE AND FINAL AUTHORITY AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE INSPIRED, AND THUS RELIABLE, OR NOT.
FOR THE RECORD, WE HERE AT THIS “NON GROUP” GROUP BELIEVE IN THE NEW CODES, AS A RESULT OF MUCH PRAYER, STUDY, AND PERSONAL AND INDIVIDUAL STRUGGLE TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION. IN TIME, WE MAY BE PROVEN WRONG, OR VINDICATED IN OUR BELIEF, BY THE LORD. WHICH EVER IS THE CASE WE WILL CERTAINLY MAKE ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS, BUT FOR THE PRESENT, WE BELIEVE THEM.
HOWEVER, AGAIN, I REPEAT, PRAY AND STUDY THEM FOR YOURSELVES AND LET THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE LORD, (NOT ME, OR ANYONE ELSE), BE THE ONE WHO CONVINCES YOU, FOR OR AGAINST,
SHALOM, IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF THE LORD OF GLORY!!!
Brother Randahl and Sister Genelle
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HOWEVER, THERE ARE NO LINKS AT PRESENT TIME TO EACH NO. SECTION. THEREFORE, IT IS NECESSARY TO SCROLL DOWN TO FIND THE DESIRED SELECTION. EACH SECTION IS IN LARGE BOLD FONT TO ENABLE YOU TO SCROLL TO IT EASILY.
ANOTHER WAY OF FINDING A PARTICULAR PART IS TO TYPE THE CTRL KEY AND THE F KEY AT THE SAME TIME. THAT WILL PROVIDE A SEARCH WINDOW. THEN, CUT AND PASTE THE PART YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, FROM THE TABLE OF CONTENTS INTO THE SEARCH WINDOW AND THEN CLICK FIND AND THAT METHOD SHOULD GET YOU TO WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR QUICKLY. BUT SCROLLING IS A GOOD WAY ALSO.
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THE THREE REQUISITES 3
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THE THREE REQUISITES TO VICTORY
From time to time, as the Lord directs, it will be the privilege of The Symbolic Code to publish certain sermons delivered by the late Brother V.T. Houteff through the years before the Timely Greetings series was started. These sermons will be judiciously selected on the basis of their current application to our present needs, from the most complete collection of existing notes on his addresses since 1929. These discourses should prove just as encouraging and helpful and perhaps even more timely in view of the closing phase of the work for the church than they were when they were delivered.
The sermon selected for this issue is the one the servant of the Lord delivered May 13, 1944:
Prayer Thought: "The time had come for the disciples who had been most closely associated with Christ to unite more directly in His work, that these vast throngs might not be left uncared for, as sheep without a shepherd. Some of these disciples had joined themselves to Him at the beginning of His ministry, and nearly all the twelve had been associated together as members of the family of Jesus. Yet they also, misled by the teaching of the
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rabbis, shared the popular expectation of an earthly kingdom. They could not comprehend
the movements of Jesus. Already they had been perplexed and troubled that He made
no effort to strengthen His cause by securing the support of the priests and rabbis,
that He did nothing to establish His authority as an earthly king. A great work
was yet to be accomplished for these disciples before they would be prepared for
the sacred trust that would be theirs when Jesus should ascend to heaven. Yet they
had responded to the love of Christ, and though slow of heart to believe, Jesus saw
in them those whom He could train and discipline for His great work. And now that
they had been long enough with Him to establish, in a measure, their faith in the
divine character of His mission, and the people also had received evidence of His
power which they could not question, the way was prepared for an avowal of the principles
of His kingdom that would help them to comprehend its true nature." -
From this reading we can see what the Christian does before his conversion, and this afternoon we are to study further what the Christian does after his conversion.
Heb. 11:1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20-
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Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.... By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.... By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.... By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received
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the spies with peace."
This is what faith wrought in the instances we just read about, but something else must also be needed besides faith.
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The twelve spies whom Moses sent to investigate Canaan were commanded to be of good courage. Had all the spies shared in the courage Moses all along had possessed, they would not have been tempted by unbelief at this time. And not only the ten disheartened spies, but the whole multitude of Israel except two who were over twenty years of age when they came up out of Egypt, died outside the land of promise because of their lack of courage. What a costly defeat! Here we can also see that it is just as fatal to believe a disheartening report brought by others as it is to make the report. Forty years later Joshua sent two men again to secretly "view" Canaan and this was their report:
Josh. 2:23, 24 -
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them: and they said unto Joshua, Truly the Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us."
This is the report of these two spies. A courageous report it was. God's men knew that God had delivered the land to them when they saw that the people's hearts fainted because of them as is recorded in the testimony of Rahab:
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Yes, the inhabitants of Jericho all lost courage -
In order for Christians to be victorious they must possess (1) faith -
"And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto Me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go
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forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea."
Here we see a picture of all Israel with no courage just at a time when they so
much needed it. To solve their problem did God command them to sit down and pray?
This lesson shows that unfailing faith, courage, and action is the cooperation that is required from the converted Christian every advance step of the way in God's leading, and it always brings success.
The Midianites also lost courage and they were defeated. Yes, discouragement does bring defeat. Discouragement is one of the snares
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of the Devil to bring defeat to God's people if they allow it.
In the days of King Belshazzar there was a war in which the Medes and Persians
wanted to break through the walls of Babylon and subdue her under their rule. You
recall that the Babylonians suddenly lost out because they were over-
To bring this lesson down to our time we find from Holy Writ that the cause of
the Laodiceans' downfall is due to the operation of the same principle that brought
Babylon's defeat -
In warfare you know that each side tries to confuse its enemy and break their morale with the end in view of weakening the enemy and thus making its own victory easier. And when they plan their attacks and invasions they attempt to make them in the places they think their enemy would least suspect.
In the spiritual warfare the Christians' Adversary does not nap. He, too, seeks his
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opportunity to break down their courage and morale and thus make sure to accomplish their defeat as we saw demonstrated in the examples we have cited today. And do not think for a moment that he is not looking for the vulnerable point in us, too, that he might strike and cause our defeat. We could expect his assault upon us to come from the place we least expect it. So, unless we know what our weakest spot is how could we know where the Devil is going to attack us?
The Enemy made Laodiceans believe they have no need of more Truth, that they have all Truth that is necessary to get them through Heaven's portals, although God has declared that they are in need of everything, and are about to be "spued out" (Rev. 3:16).
Now we really are enriched with Truth if we have studied and assimilated what has been given us, for we have had made available to us the "gold that is tried in the fire" that we might be rich, the "eyesalve" that we "might see," and the "raiment" with which we may be covered (Rev. 3), and the "extra oil" that our way might be lighted (Matt. 25). Therefore the Devil is not going to attack us where he attacked Laodiceans, but he will tell us that we are poor in Truth. He will do this in almost any way. The testimonies I heard some give here last night showed just that. Such testimonies would
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not spawn courage in anyone, but they rather would bring nothing but discouragement. For anybody to come to a meeting and manifest discouragement, it is a sure sign of his own personal spiritual bankruptcy, his personal defeat.
And what kind of daily testimony do you give in your associations with others by word or by pen?
There is only one road, but it has two sides to it: On one side are the Laodiceans saying, Fear not, everything is all right. I saw some Davidians last night on the other side of the road discouraged with everything. Neither is right. Neither is trusting in God.
1 Tim. 3:7, 8 -
Yes, the men in God's service must be able to bring a good report of themselves
and must not be doubletongued -
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fallen into the snare.
The only way we can show our faith to others is by our deeds, our works.
What does it mean to confess our faults one to another? -
Rev. 12:10, 11 -
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the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
It is for us to go through with these who shall be given sure and complete victory over the Evil One. Let none, therefore, fall into the snare he has set for us.
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WHAT PRICE THE "EXTRA OIL"? 3
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WHAT PRICE THE "EXTRA OIL"?
(The sermon Brother Houteff delivered November 11, 1944 has been selected for this issue of the Code because it deals with the importance of the Certificate of Fellowship. It is particularly timely since it is now in order for the holders of the Certificate to have theirs renewed, and it explains to new Davidians the significance of being eligible for it.)
Prayer Thought: "God has shown me that at the very time that the signs of the
times are being fulfilled around us, when we hear, as it were, the tread of the hosts
of heaven fulfilling their mission, men of intelligence, men in responsible positions,
will be putting rotten timbers into their character-
At the very time that the signs of the times
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are being fulfilled around us men will be putting rotten timber into their character
instead of improving themselves. Why? -
Two types of servants are here described.
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The servant is the ministry, those appointed to rule over the household, the church.
God's servants, the ministry, are to give meat in due season, present Truth -
Present Truth comes only from God. Man does not know the seasons, and therefore God Himself must appoint the time for present Truth to be revealed.
There is a special blessing promised to those whom He finds giving meat in due season. But what was meat in due season in 1844 most likely would not be meat in due season in 1944. If we do not desire meat in due season, however, He does not give it to us.
Matt. 24:47 -
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This is speaking of him who faithfully gives meat in due season. The "goods" is present Truth. We are told in Malachi that before the great and terrible day of the Lord, Elijah is to come. Then when Elijah appears his message will be present Truth. He is to warn and prepare God's people for the great and dreadful day of the Lord. To be sure his message will be present Truth before the great and dreadful day of the Lord as much as Noah's message was present Truth before the flood. It verily will mean the difference between life and death to God's people to whom it is delivered today as Noah's message meant life or death to the people in his day.
The verses we have been studying this afternoon show that there are two classes of servants: the faithful and the unfaithful.
If the servant says, "My Lord delayeth His
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coming," it would indicate that he had expected the coming of the Lord to occur sooner. The early pioneers among us as Adventists looked for His imminent coming, but now the banners we used to see in our churches foretelling His coming "in this generation" are disappearing. Moreover, we as a people are enjoined to follow a restricted diet, and because the Lord has not come many are eating and drinking with the drunken. The Lord comes to such a servant in an hour he does not expect Him. Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins.
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to buy, the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
Here is represented a church which believes that the Bridegroom is coming, believes in the second coming of Christ. In 1844 the ten virgins went into their place of waiting for His coming, five of whom took no oil with them while the other five took extra oil with them. The lamps aptly symbolize the heart, and it is one's belief in Truth that lights up the heart. Yes, it is Truth which must be indited by the Holy Spirit that gives light.
The message which was meat in due season in 1844 was the Truth Sister White brought
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of the coming of the Bridegroom. And what must this additional Truth be? -
In this parable is seen great confusion when at last the virgins, all ten of them, wake up and learn for a certainty that the Bridegroom is on His way. Now they all find themselves in need of light to illuminate the prevailing darkness about them and to light their way to meet the Bridegroom. But to the utter and painful realization of the five foolish virgins who had failed to procure extra oil (truth of the Judgment for the Living) as the five wise did when it was time to do so are now faced with terrible darkness. Frantically they make their pitiful appeal to the five wise virgins that they share their oil with them.
Now they are fully awake to the fact that they had been mistaken in their belief that the message of the Judgment for the Dead was sufficient Truth to carry them to the end.
Do you not see that the old Spirit of Prophecy should have already been in our hearts (lamps), and in order to go through successfully to the coming of the Bridegroom we must also have in our possession and readily accessible to us the "additional message" mentioned in Early Writings, p. 277, the "extra oil," the truth of
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the Judgment for the Living, the great and dreadful day of the Lord?
Let us say that now we have the extra oil and those represented by the foolish
virgins come to us and plead that we share the oil with them. Would any of us refuse
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Who are those who sell the oil? And why would not the wise give to the foolish?
The wise told the foolish to go and buy oil; therefore the wise must also have had to buy theirs. The extra oil being the "additional message," the message of the Judgment for the Living, must have cost something to those who have it, and they must have paid someone for it. Yes, we had to buy the oil and we could not buy it from everybody.
Many have asked who is eligible to lead in the service of the work? The answer that goes out from Mt. Carmel is that anyone not holding a Certificate of Fellowship cannot be a Davidian teacher. He can listen only. Yet just the granting of a Certificate of Fellowship is a cheap
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thing. That in itself would have no significance. Who receives the Certificate?
We would freely give literature to those who ask for it, but that does not give the light. It is only when one appropriates the oil, the Truth, to his everyday living that the oil becomes transformed into light. It is when one pays this price, and thus becomes eligible to receive a Certificate, signifying he has complied with all the requirements, that he has the light. Hence, though we can freely hand out tracts, we cannot freely hand out the Certificate of Fellowship.
All the parables show different lessons. That is why there are so many parables.
The one of the talents shows that we must work, for we are to double our talents.
Studying and believing alone does not open the door. We must comply with all the
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and the individual alone can determine how soon he can get his Certificate, for it all depends on how soon he pays the price.
We individually must watch and pray and be ready always, for we know not the day and hour of our personal visitation to have bestowed upon us God's mark and seal for eternity. Therefore be ready always.
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HOW IMPORTANT IS TIME 3
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HOW IMPORTANT IS TIME?
(The sermon which was selected for this issue of The Symbolic Code is the one Brother V.T. Houteff delivered May 27, 1944. It is especially timely now as we have already launched into a new year. And it may serve as a guiding thought to "the children of light" who are "not in darkness" as to the lateness and importance of the time in which we now live.)
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PRAYER THOUGHT: "As something strange and new, these words fall upon the ears of the wondering multitude. Such teaching is contrary to all they have ever heard from priest or rabbi. They see in it nothing to flatter their pride or to feed their ambitious hopes. But there is about this new Teacher a power that holds them spellbound. The sweetness of divine love flows from His very presence, as the fragrance from a flower. His words fall like 'rain upon the mown grass; as showers that water the earth.' All feel instinctively that here is One who reads the secrets of the soul, yet who comes near to them with tender compassion. Their hearts open to Him, and, as they listen, the Holy Spirit unfolds to them something of the meaning of that lesson which
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humanity in all ages so needs to learn." -
We see by this that everything strange is not always wrong to teach. The Jews in Christ's time had not learned the things humanity needed then to learn. Let us pray that this afternoon we may learn more about the things we need to learn.
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Whatever duty we are called upon to perform we must do it diligently with 100% of our might in order to get it done right and on time. All of you have heard it said many times that "if a thing is worth doing at all it is worth doing right." Still even though it be done perfectly if it is done late it may never be of any value; and what we leave undone will be undone forever so far as we are concerned.
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Everyone has time. Everyone has chance. The winner of the race is not victorious simply because he was born to be swift, but it is because of the meeting of time and chance in his life. No, it was not just natural for him to win the race. In order for him to win he first had to spend the necessary time to fit himself for the race, and then the chance to run came. The same principle holds true in every field of endeavor. One must first study to fit himself for duty while he has the time in which to do it and then comes his opportunity to demonstrate or use what he has learned. The successful man, then, makes good use of his time and then watches and avails himself of his opportunity to serve when it presents itself. For instance, Abraham Lincoln, in his spare time, learned to be President of this country, and so when his chance came he was ready to fill the office admirably. To make a success in anything one must start out by mastering the most elementary fundamentals and then keep on progressing in advancement step by step.
Honest men who gain wealth do not do it
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because they naturally knew a great deal or were naturally skillful. It was because they used well their time and their chance. They, too, had put forth the necessary effort to equip and train themselves to be successful when their chance came. Those who do not make profitable use of their time cannot possibly live successfully.
Nobody can tell just what electricity is. And what about time? What is time?
In the beginning, "the evening and the morning were the first day." Day is a
measurement of time, and God created it. The day, as you know, is composed of twenty-
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like the years do. Time is given us that we may know what part of eternity man has existed on this earth.
Which do you think is the more important: time or eternity? -
If earth, through its constant movement and change of location in the universe,
represents time, then everything might represent time. Plants represent time, for
you can tell by its size how old a plant is. In another form human beings represent
time. Trees represent time by their growth. The Bible represents time, for it took
time for man to live the history It records, to write It, to print It, to manufacture
the paper on which It is printed and the machinery that prints It, to grow and process
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Through this discussion you can see that
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time is vitally connected with material though it is invisible. It is far more important to save time, for time is priceless; it is just like salvation. But the sad fact is that but few people realize how valuable time is. In view of the great value of time what sin it must be to waste it! Yet to all are given time and chance.
In one hundred years there are about 36,500 days. In a general sense that amount in terms of dollars is not much, for today money is measured by billions of dollars. But a person's lifetime is in reality very short, and composed of three periods: childhood, prime, and old age. It is usually in his prime period of life that man is most productive, and since it is but a part of his lifetime, he should never waste a minute of that time.
We should see that we get 100% value out of every minute we live. To accomplish this we must conserve our energy by eliminating useless and unnecessary effort. In that way our endurance is lengthened and we can actually accomplish more. Since it does take time and effort to talk, for instance, we should avoid useless talk, and learn to make every word count for good only. Lost time can never be recovered regardless how we wasted it. It is gone for eternity. Therefore how valuable time is!
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We should perhaps ask ourselves this question more often than any other: Am I doing something now that I may regret in eternity? And if we are we should at once set about to substitute worthy pursuits for the useless or worthless one. The Christian's great duty is to accomplish the things that God wants done. Doing that makes us rich in one way or another. Should a man then rob us, God will reimburse us. Really, no one can cheat us if we engage ourselves in doing the things God wants done, but the man who tends only his own interests never actually gets very far, especially when his accomplishments are evaluated in the light of eternity. And "there is no limit to the good a man can do if he does not care who gels the credit."
Chance is what brings us eternity. Therefore, if we make use of time and chance, we do not have to worry about eternity.
Are you personally aware that time and chance are given to each of us, and that if we would be successful now and in the hereafter we must as judiciously invest our time as we would our money? Are you a time "spendthrift" or a time wizard? Are you just existing, or are you preparing for your great "chance"? Each must answer this question for himself. Soon that great chance will come to every soul, and when it comes it will prove the faithfulness
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or the unfaithfulness of our stewardship over the time that was given us to prepare for it. As you stand now, are you ready?
"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.
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"...We shall individually be held responsible for doing one jot less than we have ability to do. The Lord measures with exactness every possibility for service. The unused capabilities are as much brought into account as are those that are improved. For all that we might become through the right use of our talents God holds us responsible. We shall be judged according to what we ought to have done, but did not accomplish because we did not use our powers to glorify God. Even if we do not lose our souls, we shall realize in eternity the result of our unused talents. For all the knowledge and ability that we might have gained and did not, there will be an eternal loss.
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"Whatever the line of work in which we engage, the word of God teaches us to be 'not
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slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.' 'Whatsoever thy hand
findeth to do, do it with thy might,' 'knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive
the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.'" -
In the day that we must account for our stewardship WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE A GOOD ACCOUNT OF EVERY OTHER TALENT ENTRUSTED TO US IF WE CAN SHOW THAT WE HAVE MADE THE MOST PROFITABLE USE OF OUR TIME. That is how important time is. May God help each of us to be wise time investors.
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FAITH AND WORK BRING REST 3
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FAITH AND WORK BRING REST
(The sermon selected for this issue of The Symbolic Code was delivered by Brother
V.T. Houteff March 31, 1934 and again on June 16 of the same year. Thus we can
see that double emphasis was given this subject pertaining to the faith and action
needed to permit us to enter into our "rest." Obviously, this study was not to be
lightly received but rather to be taken to heart by all Davidians. Also the very
fact that it is now when the Kingdom is at hand, once again being called to our attention,
only serves to underline the contents of this message as containing valuable "meat
in due season" that we, as a people, are very much in need of. May these needs now
be fully supplied as we carefully and prayerfully study this message and may evidence
of our profiting by it be manifested in our lives by a great and all-
PRAYER THOUGHT: "Elijah had thought that he alone in Israel was a worshiper of the true God. But He who reads the hearts of all, revealed to the prophet that there were many others who through the long years of apostasy, had remained true to Him. 'I have left Me,'
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God said, 'seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.'
"If, under trying circumstances, men of spiritual power, pressed beyond measure,
become discouraged and desponding; if at times they see nothing desirable in life,
that they should choose it, this is nothing strange or new. Let all such remember
that one of the mightiest of the prophets fled for his life before the rage of an
infuriated woman. A fugitive, weary and travel-
"Those who, while spending their life energies in self-
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"It is at the time of greatest weakness that Satan assails the soul with the fiercest
temptations. It was thus that he hoped to prevail over the Son of God; for by this
policy he had gained many victories over man. When the will-
"And so it is to-
"Those who, standing in the forefront of the conflict, are impelled by the Holy Spirit to do a special work, will frequently feel a reaction
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when the pressure is removed. Despondency may shake the most heroic faith, and weaken the most steadfast will. But God understands, and He still pities and loves. He reads the motives and the purposes of the heart. To wait patiently, to trust when everything looks dark, is the lesson that the leaders in God's work need to learn. Heaven will not fail them in their day of adversity. Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible than the soul that feels its nothingness, and relies wholly on God.
"Not alone for men in positions of large responsibility is the lesson of Elijah's experience in learning anew how to trust God in the hour of trial. He who was Elijah's strength is strong to uphold every struggling child of His, no matter how weak. Of every one He expects loyalty, and to every one He grants power according to the need. In his own strength man is strengthless; but in the might of God he may be strong to overcome evil and to help others to overcome. Satan can never gain advantage of him who makes God his defense. 'Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength.'
"Fellow Christian, Satan knows your weakness; therefore cling to Jesus. Abiding in God's love, you may stand every test. The righteousness of Christ alone can give you power to stem the
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tide of evil that is sweeping over the world. Bring faith into your experience. Faith lightens every burden, relieves every weariness. Providences that are now mysterious you may solve by continued trust in God. Walk by faith in the path He marks out. Trials will come; but go forward. This will strengthen your faith, and fit you for service. The records of sacred history are written, not merely that we may read and wonder, but that the same faith which wrought in God's servants of old may work in us. In no less marked manner will the Lord work now, wherever there hearts of faith to be channels of His power.
"In the vision of the prophet Ezekiel there was the appearance of a hand beneath the wings of the cherubim. This is to teach God's servants that it is divine power that gives success. Those whom God employs as His messengers are not to feel that His work is dependent on them. Finite beings are not left to carry this burden of responsibility. He who slumbers not, who is continually at work for the accomplishment of His designs, will carry forward His work. He will thwart the purposes of wicked men, and will bring to confusion the counsels of those who plot mischief against His people. He who is the King, the Lord of hosts, sitteth between the cherubim; and amidst the strife and tumult of nations, He guards His children still. When the strongholds of kings shall he overthrown,
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when the arrows of wrath shall strike through the hearts of His enemies, His people
will be safe in His hands." -
The subject for today is taken from
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There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
In Heb. 4:9 Paul tells us that there remaineth a rest and that to the people of God.
Heb. 4:2 -
The "them" in this verse refers to ancient Israel, and "us" refers to those of the Christian church or to God's people in the Christian dispensation.
A rest was promised to ancient Israel but because of unbelief they failed to receive it. This rest could not be the Sabbath, for they not only received the Sabbath institution but were also promised the rest that Paul speaks of. Nor could the rest be merely peace with God. It is something more.
"Joshua" (Heb. 4:8, margin) led ancient Israel into the promised land, but they did not receive the rest. Neither did God's people in Paul's time have it. Nor do they have it today.
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"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." Heb. 4:9.
If we are the people with the last message, then we must be the ones who are to be among the first to enter into that rest. Since rest comes when one's work is done, it is only when we have done our work that we can have rest. What is our work? the work we must perform before we may have rest?
In verse 4 of this chapter Paul refers back to the time of creation. We shall therefore turn our attention now briefly to Genesis 1 which is a record of creation as you well know. There we are told that the earth and all that is in it was created in six days, and that God rested the seventh day. God rested on the seventh day, and Adam took part in the celebration or commemoration of the completion of God's work. Adam could not rest, for he had not worked. He could only keep the day holy as a memorial of the completion of God's work.
Gen. 1:27, 28 -
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This was the work God gave man to do. He created the earth to be inhabited. It was the duty of Adam and Eve to replenish the earth with saints and to bare rule over all the earth. Obviously this work has not yet been finished, for not all on earth is yet under subjection to man as God intended. The earth was originally created and provided with righteous people, but because Adam sinned all his children were born in sin. Had our first parents been faithful there would have been only righteous inhabitants. Since all born of Adam are sinners, there is therefore need for all to be born again. Then because sin entered all man's work is multiplied, for the additional labor to bring salvation by preaching the Word became necessary.
Gen. 3:16,17 -
God here greatly multiplied sorrow and conception. Woman-
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she would have had sin not entered. So, then, we see that the complete number that God wanted to inhabit the earth would of course have been made up sooner had Adam and Eve not sinned.
God rested the seventh day because His creative work was finished, but man's work
was not yet done. Man's work in reality started where God's sole creative work ended.
Therefore, man joins the Lord in resting on the Sabbath day in commemoration of
the completion of the Lord's work, but the rest that is to be man's will be given
him when his part of the work is finished. When the gospel work has replenished
the earth with born-
The earth today (including the dead) is perhaps inhabited with the number God had intended should inherit the earth. But when all those who will not be saved are eliminated, the complete number may not yet be made up, nor is the gospel work finished. Regardless how great the world's population may be, if the people are not saved the earth is still empty in God's sight.
Adam was to carry on his work of replenishing the earth with saints (which is in reality an extension of creation itself) with the aid of the Trinity. It was the Word which wrought
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creation in the beginning and it is the Word that is to finish the work of the earth. The Word is nothing more or less than the Trinity speaking to us. God's commission to man joins him to the Trinity and shows that God wants us to be colaborers with Him. Man the mouthpiece, and the Bible the Word. Here we can see that God gave man a very great part in the work of creation, and He has given us His Spirit to aid us in doing it.
"After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come." Luke 10:1. The disciples were sent to every place wherever Christ Himself would come, showing that they would have Christ at their side while they were doing their work.
"And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me." Matt. 28:9, 10. All God required of His laborers was that they speak the Word.
"And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matt.
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24:14. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:19, 20. This commission extends down to us in the end of time; likewise also does the promise that He will ever be with us to aid us in our work. Yes, all God requires of us is to speak the Word, and He has pledged Himself to be with us to aid us.
Man was commanded to replenish the earth, to bring forth children. He was to teach his children and convert them as soon as they have sufficient knowledge; and he was to wipe out wickedness. Wicked men do not perish forever from the earth until after the gospel has been preached. There is then a lesson in this that we should not fail to see; namely, that the slower you work in God's service, the greater the sorrow. If the church had been faithful, much labor and means could have been saved. Therefore many others have to be brought into the world to take the place of those lost.
The Trumpets chart proves that man is to replenish the earth with righteous people only, for it was Noah's preaching that brought the flood which saved the righteous and destroyed the wicked antediluvians. It was the church's going out of Egypt that sank the Egyptian host
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in the Red Sea. And it is given to those who are to proclaim the gospel now to gather in the saints and wipe out all the wicked.
"The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and
Israel is the rod of His inheritance: the Lord of hosts is His name. Thou art My
battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations,
and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; and with thee will I break in pieces the horse
and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider; with
thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces
old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid; I
will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will
I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break
in pieces captains and rulers." Jer. 51:19-
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face
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of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw
the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God
called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the
morning were the first day." Gen. 1:1-
There was light before the fourth day when the sun and the moon were created.
Light was the first to be created. At this point it is interesting to notice how
the days of creation and the seven trumpets somewhat coincide: (1) First day -
God finished His work on the sixth day of
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creation, and man will finish his part of the work in the sixth trumpet. Just as
God rested from His work on the seventh day, so man, in the seventh trumpet at the
close of probation when the gospel work is finished, will receive the rest of which
Paul spoke. By this we see that it took God six days to do His work and it is taking
man 6,000 years to do his. Then comes the millennium. All God's people are to keep
Heb. 4:1 -
It is for God's people today to have not just the promise of rest but it is for them to experience it in reality.
Heb. 4:2 -
At this time, the time in which the prophets longed to live, the gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached even more fully than it was to the
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early Christians. But it still will require faith and belief on the part of all who would enter into that rest. Those who do not now possess more faith and belief than our forefathers who could not enter because of their unbelief, will not be profited either.
Heb. 4:6, 7 -
The time is limited to a certain day "in David" -
Heb. 4:8, 9 -
After the close of probation God is to make a memorial forever affirming that we have finished our work. The Sabbath points forward then to the rest which we may enter into forever when we have finished our work as God finished His.
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Are you growing daily in faith? Do you see that the just shall live by faith?
If you are sure that you have sufficient faith, are you mixing it also with corresponding
works? Are you doing all you can to help replenish the earth with saints? Brethren,
these questions are solemn ones, especially when one contemplates the thought that
the only way we can really rejoice in God's creation is to have a part in it. It
was for this very reason borne of God's everlasting love for man that caused Him
to grant to man so great a part in establishing the world after His righteous order,
and the Lord has given us in this day an accurate and reliable blueprint in His eleventh-
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THE NECESSITY FOR THE SEALING
(The sermon which has been selected for this issue of The Symbolic Code is on Isaiah 27. It was given on several occasions in 1936 and the last time Brother Houteff presented it was February 27, 1943. On September 21, 1936 Brother Houteff made the remarks concerning the possibility of trouble coming to the church after the sealing of the saints and before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9, and if so what the results would be and why. Since Revelation 11 has more recently been unfolded before us we should be able to see that it is not just a possibility, but rather both a fact and approaching reality that trouble is coming to the church before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9. None therefore need be ignorant concerning what we must now be doing about it.)
PRAYER THOUGHT: "If those who are headstrong and full of self-
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claim to be right and to have a conscience void of offence; and they will not be
instructed by those who have long borne the burden of the work, and who, they have
reason to know, have been guided by the Lord. Light has been sent to dispel their
darkness, but they are too proud of heart to accept it, and they choose the darkness.
They despise the counsel of God, because it does not coincide with their views
and plans, and favor their wrong traits of character. The work of the Spirit of
God, which would bring them into the right position if they would accept it, has
not come in a way to please them, and to flatter their self-
"The reproofs, the cautions, the corrections of the Lord, have been given to his
church in all ages of the world. These warnings were despised and rejected in Christ's
day by the self-
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needed no such reproofs, and were unjustly dealt with. They would not receive the
word of the Lord through his servants, because it did not please their inclinations.
Should the Lord give a vision right before this class of people in our day, pointing
out their mistakes, rebuking their self-
"If these persons do not humble their hearts before God, if they harbor the suggestions of Satan, doubt and infidelity will take possession of the soul, and they will see everything in a false light. Let the seeds of doubt once be sown in their hearts, and they will have an abundant harvest to reap. They will come to mistrust and disbelieve truths which are plain and full of beauty to others who have not educated themselves in unbelief. Those who train the mind to seize upon everything which they can use as a peg to hang a doubt upon, and suggest these thoughts to other minds, will always find occasion to doubt. They will question and criticize everything that arises in the unfolding of truth, criticize the work and position of others, criticize every branch of the work in which they have not themselves a part. They will feed upon the errors and mistakes and faults of others, 'until,' said the angel, 'the Lord Jesus shall rise up from his mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary, and shall clothe himself with the garments of
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vengeance, and surprise them at their unholy feast; and they will find themselves unprepared for the marriage supper of the Lamb.' Their taste has been so perverted that they would be inclined to criticize even the table of the Lord in his kingdom.
"Has God ever revealed to these self-
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The lesson here is for all who profess to be ministers in the church and also for those who claim to be disciples of Christ. The Pharisees (the ministry) would not heed Christ's Own reproofs and Truth. Neither did Judas (one of His Own disciples), but instead Judas showed his true character in the end: that he was a wicked traitor instead of a disciple, a great benefactor or a friend. May God help us all to understand ourselves and be constantly in right relationship with Him that we fall not into temptation, should be our prayer.
The subject for this afternoon is a continuation of our study of last Sabbath dealing with Early Writings, pp. 36 and 38.
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the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."
You notice here that the angels are not told to hold the winds until Ezekiel 9 has all been fulfilled, but until the servants of God are sealed. Therefore, if there is any intervening time between the close of the sealing and the slaughter of Ezekiel 9, there is a possibility that the winds could start blowing during that time. If the nations had everything ready, it would not necessarily take long to bring the trouble that is represented by the four winds. We do know from this scripture that God will restrain the winds until the sealing is finished, for according to verse 3 of this chapter a message was sent to the four angels instructing them to hold the winds until the sealing of the 144,000 is finished. It shows that the Devil is doing all he can to loose the winds as soon as possible, perhaps even in a day.
How serious it is that right now when God's people should be awake and preparing themselves to receive the seal that they might be protected in that great and dreadful day, the church instead is dead asleep!
If sinners were still among God's people when the winds start to blow the church would fall, for while sinners are among God's people
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the church cannot stand against her enemies. In other words, were trouble to be brought against the church before the abominations are eliminated, before the unrighteous are taken out of her midst, there is a possibility that the whole church would fall, and that God would have to intervene Himself to rescue her. If God's righteous people were separate it would be different. The ninth chapter of Ezekiel, however, tells us that angels are commissioned to go through the city and mark those who sigh and cry for all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof, showing that the wicked and the righteous are not at that time separate, but instead they are commingled.
You recall how God dealt with Israel just before they went into the promised land. Because of that one man (Achan) Israel's army was miserably defeated at Ai. And though sealed ones were in her midst, should the church now meet with trouble while there is, as Sister White says, an Achan in every church and in almost every family (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 157), the entire church would fall! With this startling possibility confronting us, I ask you how can any true professor of present Truth sit calmly in unconcern about his own spiritual condition and do nothing to warn others to get ready? Such grave possibilities on the contrary should cause each of us to be a light bearer indeed, a watchman who will sound the alarm, and warn Israel to cast away her idols and seek the Lord God now
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that we may be hid in the day of His fierce anger which is soon coming.
Let us now turn to Isaiah 27 for the remainder of our time this afternoon:
"Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by Him? In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: He stayeth His rough wind in the day of the east wind. By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones
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of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up. Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof. When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore He that made them will not have mercy on them, and He that formed them will shew them no favour.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye Children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem."
Isa. 27:1 -
The day this is to happen must be found in
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the preceding chapter, for this verse is introduced with the words "in that day." Therefore, to find the time we shall read
Isa. 26:20, 21 -
God's indignation is coming upon the earth, and God's people are invited to take shelter somewhere. These verses place the fulfillment of this prophecy in the time of the end of the world when God will punish the wicked and raise the righteous.
Isa. 27:1 -
From the reading of these verses we clearly see that when God punishes the inhabitants
of the earth and the earth discloses her blood, leviathan will be punished and the
dragon that is in the "sea" is to be slain. Who is the serpent? -
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and slain at the time this chapter applies? For help on this point let us turn to:
"That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at
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thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High."
The king of Babylon in this chapter is connected with Lucifer because whatever Babylon aspires and sets out to do is instigated by Satan himself. Likewise we find the same to be true in the following account of Tyrus.
Ezek. 28:1, 2, 13-
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set thine heart as the heart of God:... Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
You recognize this description as being that of Lucifer; yet the prophecy is addressed to the prince of Tyrus just as Isaiah 14 associated the king of Babylon with Lucifer. By this we are to understand that both "Tyrus" and "Babylon" are instigated by Satan and are set up to do on earth the identical wicked work that Satan did originally in heaven. But we are here told that Satan's defeat in these endeavors will be complete
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Isa. 27:1, 2 -
In the day the dragon is "slain" in the "sea" someone is to sing "A vineyard of
red wine." There is then to be a vineyard of red wine, and there is to be singing
about it because it is a rich vineyard producing good fruit -
Isa. 27:3 -
This obviously is the Lord's vineyard which He is to have at that day and which He is to keep night and day lest any hurt it. If He must so carefully keep it lest any hurt it, the vineyard must therefore exist in a time of danger.
Isa. 27:4, 5 -
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battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. Or let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me."
The implication here is that there are briers and thorns and that if they should be set against Him in battle they would be destroyed together. The briers and thorns must represent people who fight against God by fighting against His Truth. This scripture says that those who fight against Him will surely perish together, but he who takes hold of God's strength for peace will receive peace. In other words, the briers and thorns need not remain such in this case. They can be converted if they would. These verses, therefore clearly present a choice. If there is offered to a people the choice to take hold of God and live or battle against Him and perish, that choice must be coming to them in a message, in Truth. If they take His Truth then they would be taking hold of His strength, and those who choose to fight the Truth will not win, but will perish together.
Anciently God was furious with His people and was tempted to cast them away forever root and branch. But here He says that fury is not in Him. He is longsuffering toward His people, and He is anxious that all should take hold of His strength and be at peace with Him. That very choice is found in the message we bear today. As the message makes its way
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through the ranks of the church we see some take hold of His strength and rejoice in the Truth, and we also painfully see the briers and thorns set in battle against the Lord. Though fury is not in God and though He is not willing that any should perish, yet He declares that those who will not take hold of His strength by accepting His Truth must lose out.
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Those that come of Jacob will take root. It implies that not all are coming, but those that do come will take root. The others will die. Those that take root are of Jacob. We all know that the Scriptures say that the 144,000 are all of Jacob, for they are Israelites. The verse we are now studying says that those that come of Jacob shall take root and "Israel shall blossom and [grow] and fill the face of the world with fruit." These words are so plain they do not need interpretation. Using the analogy that an apple tree bears apples and not plums or something else, we may draw the lesson that the Israelites that take root, the 144,000, will bring forth converts to Israel. These converts will be Israelites either by birth or by being grafted in as Paul describes in Romans 11.
We have learned so far in our study of this
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chapter that when the briers and thorns fight against God it is at that time that those of Jacob shall take root. That could not be after the close of probation, for it is after they take root that they "fill the face of the world with fruit."
Daniel tells us in the second chapter that in the days of the ten-
Isa. 27:7, 8 -
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There are two winds mentioned here: the rough wind and the east wind. At the time when God delivers a message of choice to His people to separate those who make peace with Him and those who do not, and at the time His vineyard shoots forth, there are to be two winds. The rough wind we understand to be God's wind which He stops in the day of the east wind.
Isa. 27:9 -
The rough wind comes to purify His church. When it blows fruit will fall. In the words of Ezekiel those who do not "sigh" and "cry" for the abominations done in the church will be slain, and only those who take hold of God's strength will remain.
If all the stones of the altar become as chalkstones then the altar will crumble to the ground. The altar is not the entire church, but it is a very important part of the church. It is from the altar that the laity are led. The figure used here shows that there is a false leadership and it is to be brought down. "The groves and images will not stand up," showing
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that idolatry is among God's people, and it too will be taken away. It is this purging that must come in order to make the vineyard rich and productive as verses 2 and 3 describe it as being. The briers and thorns must be removed. The message comes preceding this separation in order to prepare God's people to escape the purging rough wind and to be safe from the time of trouble represented by the east wind.
Isa. 27:10, 11 -
This chapter first describe God's vineyard in its beautiful and excellent condition, representing God's church in its future purified state. The verses we are now reading describe the present condition of His church before it is purified How vastly different is the picture! John describes it as being "wretched" and about to be "spued out."
When a man prunes his orchard and he finds dead branches on the trees, he breaks them off
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and stacks them in piles for someone to burn, for they are useless. It is this illustration
Isaiah is using to show what God is to do with His people who are represented by
the dead branches -
Isa. 27:12, 13 -
The children of Israel are to be gathered first one by one, and in that day the great trumpet
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will be sounded to signalize the commencement of the ingathering of the people who
are going to worship in the holy mountain, Jerusalem. In our studies on Isaiah 19
we found that there are to be five cities in "Egypt" that will speak the language
of Canaan, and that there is to be a highway between "Assyria" and "Egypt" and Israel
is to be a third with them, even a blessing in the midst of the land. It is the
great trumpet of the twenty-
This one chapter is made up of only thirteen verses, yet it outlines for us clearly the whole message. Truly God has graciously given us Truth that no others have. That, however, puts a great burden, a great responsibility upon us. When Volume One of The Shepherd's Rod came we saw that the message had to be carried to the church, and the light we have received from God through this chapter is to help us to understand what God expects of us and the magnitude of the work that is to be done not only in the church but also in the world.
We ought to be wise and of an understanding
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heart in the things of God. We ought daily to be living the Truth and making every effort to be at peace with God that we may receive the seal of His protection and approval. Are we getting ready for the great and dreadful days just ahead? We have not a moment to lose if we would be ready on time. All God is waiting for now is for His saints to receive the seal so that His church will not perish from off the earth forever, but will instead "take root" and "fill the face of the world with fruit."
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Vol. 11 The Symbolic Code No. 8
Vol. 11 No. 8
JONAH AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD 3
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JONAH AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD
(The question has frequently come to Mt. Carmel, since the subject of the "forty-
It is true that just as "the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times;
and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming" (Jer.
8:7), God has mercifully made available to His people the knowledge of "the judgment
of the Lord" for this age, if they are willing to know it. He has not, however,
seen fit at this time to make known the day and hour. He has told His people enough
that they certainly need not be caught unawares as one being surprised by an unexpected
thief. God has revealed the forty-
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to lose in setting our own house in order. When God's people need more information for their own good the Lord will not withhold it from them.)
PRAYER THOUGHT: "God's message for the inhabitants of earth today is, 'Be ye also
ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.' The conditions
prevailing in society and especially in the great cities of the nations proclaim
in thunder tones that the hour of God's judgment is come, and that the end of all
things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the
ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another, -
"'Behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.' The storm of God's wrath is gathering; and those only will stand who respond to the invitations of mercy, as did the inhabitants of Nineveh under the preaching of Jonah, and become sanctified through obedience to the laws of the divine Ruler. The righteous alone shall be hid with Christ in God till the desolation be overpast. Let the language of the soul be:
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'Other refuge have I none;
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, O, leave me not alone!
Still support and comfort me.
'Hide me, O my Saviour, hide
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh, receive my soul at last!'" -
There is hardly a doubt that we all know what is contained in the book of Jonah.
You probably are familiar with all the details of Jonah's experience as they are
given in the Bible. You also recall that the sign which was given to the Jews was
the sign of Jonah -
Without the heart nothing lives. It is the
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heart that keeps one alive, and therefore the heart of the earth must be that which keeps the earth alive. Therefore the heart of the earth is God's Truth, His people, and His Spirit. Without all these three components I tell you the world would not now be in existence. The Truth alone is dormant. But when the Truth, the Bible, is combined with people and the Spirit of God, then there is life in the earth. Yes, to repeat, Bible Truth alone is dormant; with people it is active; and when these have also God's Spirit something then can be accomplished. It is the combination of these three that makes up God's church, the heart of the earth.
In our study of the three days and three nights what light did we receive to help
Had Jesus meant that He would be in the "tomb" for three days and three nights He would not have said "heart of the earth." It therefore shows that contrary to appearances, Jesus was actually resting in the power of God those three days and three nights, and therefore He was in a good and a safe place. When Jonah was cast into the sea and swallowed by the fish God had prepared for him it appeared to Jonah to be his end. Likewise in the case of Jesus those last
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three days and three nights before He was resurrected gave the outward appearance of defeat for His righteous ministry. Nevertheless, Jonah's experience brought salvation to Nineveh, and Christ's experience brought salvation to the world.
So much for the sign of Jonah to the Jews in Christ's time. Let us now consider for the remainder of our time the possibility that the rest of Jonah's experience is a type also. If so, what do Jonah, Nineveh, the sea, the fish, and the fish's expelling Jonah after he had partly learned his lesson typify?
Jonah's whole experience could be a type of God's people with a message that they were to proclaim to the world. It could be a type of the duties God gave to His people and they, like Jonah, wanted to put it aside and "let George do it," so to speak.
The purpose of this study is to help us all to see that Jonah's experience is
a sign not only to the Jews in Christ's time but also to you and to me. Whom does
Jonah represent by his running away? -
We shall now briefly mention the high points in Jonah's experience and see what lesson we can get out of it today.
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There arose a great storm at sea where Jonah was, and Jonah was sleeping through
it all. This is a fitting type of a people who knew they were commissioned to carry
a message but were sleepy and wholly indifferent to their responsibility. Then you
remember that the men on board ship discovered Jonah to be the cause of their great
trouble and so they cast him into the sea. The sea, as we have already learned,
is a symbol of the Old Country, the storehouse of waters, peoples. While Jonah was
there in the sea he was swallowed by the fish and realizing that he was in the depths
of the sea and in trouble, he began to pray to God for deliverance. This typified
an experience God's people were to have at some time while they were in the sea -
God had prepared the fish to swallow up Jonah because He was determined that Jonah should be the one to take the message to Nineveh and Jonah, not at all inclined to do it, arranged for his passage to another place than Nineveh. And so the fish swallowed up Jonah to take him where God wanted him to go. The experience Jonah had while he was in the belly of the fish was a good one for him, for it caused him to realize to a degree his need of God. He realized that he was gone without God's immediate help.
Next, Jonah was vomited on shore by the fish. The earth, being the opposite of sea (the Old Country) signifies or typifies God's
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people being brought to the new world. And it was after Jonah came on shore that God met him the second time and told him to take a message to Nineveh. This shows that a message was due to arise sometime in the new world with a prediction concerning Nineveh. And the fish was a type of the providential circumstances which God used to bring His people to the new world. The message Jonah was to bear to Nineveh is a type of our message arising in the new world, America.
It has ever been God's plan that man should have as his kingdom the earth. And when those whom He originally created to subdue and rule the earth failed to do so He commissioned the Jewish people to become a nation that would be the "head" and not the "tail" and to be the "lenders" and not the "borrowers" and to be "exalted very high." But they were asleep to their great privilege and failed; yet they, the Jonah's of the world, were the ones whom God was determined should sometime carry the gospel of the kingdom not only to their own people, but also to the world. They were the depositaries of the oracles of God. And so the descendants of Jacob, failing properly to testify of the kingdom in the land which was given them for that purpose were through necessity expelled from their land and no more had a country of their own. Then they had to go through an experience typified by being assimilated in the sea and then providentially being taken to the new world where
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finally they would be again commissioned to carry a message to Nineveh which would save not only themselves but Nineveh as well. And as Jonah finally did carry his message, so God's people at this time will carry theirs.
Here is proof from another angle: The ten-
Now we may ask when did Jonah's message arrive in America? -
The message in tract No. 14 shows to what age God's people have come: It shows that the church has now grown up in Truth and can become husbandmen, rulers, etc., and that therefore the time has come that the kingdom of
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Christ is to be set up. And the tract contains the message to Nineveh. These two things are all that tract 14 shows.
Our message for the present is in two sections, two divisions: (1) the message to the church and (2) the message to Nineveh. In other words, we have the message of Elijah and also the message of Jonah. After Jonah came on shore following his experience in the sea, his next step was to proclaim a message to Nineveh evidently to save it or there would have been no need for Jonah to be sent. At the end of the given forty days Nineveh stood. At this Jonah should have taken the position of rejoicing that he was a saviour of Nineveh. But instead Jonah was sick and wished he was dead.
Nineveh, you remember, repented and proclaimed a fast. And even the cattle were aware that Nineveh had repented, but Jonah did not know it. Jonah must have been proud and more concerned with bringing his prophecy to pass than he was with the salvation of the city, for he mourned over the withering of the gourd which is just a plant rather than rejoicing over the repentance of Nineveh!
This should be a great object lesson to us. In carrying our message of Elijah we should not be anxious for the execution of Ezekiel 9 in the church, but rather we should be anxious for the souls of the people. Likewise in bearing our
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message of Jonah we should not be anxious for Assyria's fall, but rather for her repentance and salvation.
The message we have from the Scriptures concerning Nineveh says that Nineveh is to be overthrown. In fact all the prophets who speak of Nineveh or Assyria say that she is to be overthrown. Yet the type and other scriptures say she is to be saved.
It is Nahum's prophecy, the message contained in Tract 14, War News Forecast, that is to bring salvation to antitypical Assyria. She will not be saved from the nations not defeating her, for they will. But in her defeat she will be brought to repentance and be reconciled to God and be saved.
On Invasion Day many prayers were prayed by the Christian nations involved in the war, but the prayers were only for military victory, not for salvation. "Nineveh" is today doing the same things that she did a year ago. There is no change. Therefore her downfall is her only way to bring her salvation.
The whole story of Jonah's experience, you see, is more than a record of what happened to him. It is a picture of the experience of God's everliving church.
And not only is antitypical Assyria to be
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saved, but "Egypt" also is at last to be saved according to the "more sure word of prophecy."
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem." Isa. 27:13.
"In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian
shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve
with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria,
even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying,
Blessed be Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance."
Yes, this is the great revival and reformation that we are now praying for, working for, longing for. It is the hope of the world; for in it is the salvation of the world. Let us with hearts enlightened with the sun of Truth, and embued with genuine Christian love for humanity, and fired with zeal borne of God's Spirit allow ourselves to be used of Him to usher in salvation to the world.
So help us God, Oh, our God.
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Vol. 11 The Symbolic Code No. 12
Vol. 11 No. 12
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
LIKENED UNTO TEN VIRGINS 3
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THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN LIKENED UNTO TEN VIRGINS
(The sermon selected for this month's issue of The Symbolic Code was delivered by Brother V. T. Houteff June 8, 1946.)
PRAYER THOUGHT: "It is a law of the mind that it gradually adapts itself to the subjects
upon which it is trained to dwell. If occupied with commonplace matters only, it
will become dwarfed and enfeebled. If never required to grapple with difficult problems,
it will after a time almost lose the power of growth. As an educating power, the
Bible is without a rival. In the word of God the mind finds subject for the deepest
thought, the loftiest aspiration. The Bible is the most instructive history that
men possess. It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and a divine hand
has preserved its purity through all the ages. It lights up the far-
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separates the visible from the invisible world is lifted, and we behold the conflict of the opposing forces of good and evil, from the first entrance of sin, to the final triumph of righteousness and truth: and all is but a revelation of the character of God. In the reverent contemplation of the truths presented in His word, the mind of the student is brought into communion with the infinite mind. Such a study will not only refine and ennoble the character, but it cannot fail to expand and invigorate the mental powers.
"The teaching of the Bible has a vital bearing upon man's prosperity in all the
relations of this life. It unfolds the principles that are the cornerstone of a
nation's prosperity, -
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Brother _____, who is visiting us, has asked me to give a study on the Kingdom. And with God's help I shall endeavor to do my best to bring out certain facts on that subject. Let us turn to
Matt. 24:42, 43 -
These verses convey the idea that no one knows the day and the hour of the Lord's coming, and therefore the Lord admonishes His people to be ready all the time. Then He draws the illustration that if a certain one knew that a thief would attempt to break into his house at a certain time he would certainly watch for him. But the fact is that no one knows exactly when a thief will enter.
Matt. 24:44, 45 -
This implies that there are certain conditions which must be met by those who would be called faithful and wise servants. They must
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be giving meat in due season.
Matt. 24:46 -
We as a denomination, as Seventh-
Matt. 24:45 -
Should not meat in due season be a message from God especially addressed to His people and applicable at that time? Another name for meat in due season is present Truth. So, then, the servant is to give his household present Truth.
Matt. 24:46 -
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If our application is now right that this is speaking to the denomination, the church, just prior to the Lord's coming, then we must understand that God wants His servants to give to His household meat in due season until He comes.
Matt. 24:47 -
This verse implies that God has not as yet made his servant ruler over all His goods. But when he proves true by tending to his business of faithfully giving to His household meat in due season until the Lord comes, then God is going to make him ruler over all His goods. That is the promise.
If no one is to know the day and hour until the Lord comes then how could this servant be aware of the day and the hour? Do you see that one statement seems to contradict the other? No one knows the hour, the day. Therefore, God's people must be ready for the event to occur at almost any time; and if this servant does not faithfully perform his duties, then when
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the Lord is about to come that servant will not be aware of it. Is that not how you understand these two statements? Up to a certain time God's people do not know the day and the hour, but if they continue to receive meat in due season a day will come when this servant is going to be made aware of that hour, of that day.
This illustration was not given to us alone, but to all God's people ever since
it was written, and they were warned to be ready all the time because no one knew
the day and the hour of His coming. But as Truth progresses and the Word of God
unrolls, God's servants in the end are to be aware of the day and the hour. Does
it not say that? That is just what it does say. But what is the danger here? What
caused the servant to begin to eat and drink with the drunkard? -
There were only two occasions in all church history that man complained that the Lord delayed His coming. They were the first or early Christians, who had expected the Lord to come immediately. They thought surely it would not be very long before the Lord would come in like manner as He had gone up. But, lo, almost 2,000 years have passed since the promise was given and the Lord has not come yet. So there was a chance for the earlier Christians to complain that the Lord had delayed His coming.
But we are not dealing with the disappointment
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at the commencement of the Christian church. Rather, we are speaking of the time
when the Lord is really to come -
In the early days our churches used to have a sign hanging inside reading thus: "The Gospel preached to all the world in this generation." Those signs have long since been taken down. One hundred years ago everybody who knew Adventists knew what were our expectations but it is not the case today.
I can also recall that after I became a Seventh-
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when the time passed they became careless. We see, then, that according to our early expectations as Adventists, the Lord apparently has delayed His coming. And inasmuch as no other people in all the Christian world ever expected the Lord to come as the Adventists did, then this lesson is applicable only to us.
Moreover, when at first God's people expected the Lord to come soon, they all
seemed to conform to the diet regulations which were given to the church to keep
them apart from the world. But when God's people thought that the Lord had delayed
his coming, what did they do? -
What will the Lord do about those who became careless because they thought the Lord delayed His coming? Let us read
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there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
What a terrible disappointment it will be to the people that for a time waited for the Lord's coming, once lined up with His program, and then departed from it! To these the Lord comes when they are not expecting Him.
Matt. 25:1 -
This verse begins with the word "then," indicating that it takes place at the
time the Lord comes as spoken of in the preceding verse. In other words, at the
time the Lord comes, the Kingdom shall be likened to something. The Kingdom of
God as a crowned kingdom does not exist today, as you know. Then what is meant here
by the Kingdom? -
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When this happens the church is likened unto ten virgins and the ones that were foolish had their lamps all right, but they did not take with them more oil than what was in the lamps. They therefore had no extra reserve of oil. What does oil stand for? When used in a lamp, it gives light which illuminates your way, does it not? In the spiritual realm it is the understanding of the prophecies of the Bible that alone causes you to know where you are going.
Only five of the virgins have extra oil. They had availed themselves of the extra oil so that they could refill their lamps in case the oil that was in them should be used before they reached their destination.
The light that came in 1844 to lighten the path forward was the truth of the Judgment
of the Dead which began then. Those that received this light called themselves Seventh-
It is true that the Millerites expected the Lord to come to earth for the saints
on a certain date in 1844, and He did not appear. They concluded, therefore, that
they must have made a mistake, and they were no longer known by a name. It was the
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but in a generation, in a certain period of time. Since He did not come, however, they therefore concluded that the Lord delayed His coming.
Matt. 25:5, 6 -
The cry to meet the Bridegroom comes after the time of tarrying.
An announcement is made that the Bridegroom cometh. All the virgins are wakened by it. If the announcement were to come from the General Conference you know that all the members would fill their vessels with oil and all would have it. The facts are, though, that the
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cry does not come from there.
All trimmed their lamps, we are told. What is the implication in that? We may conclude that while the cry goes out the people trim their lamps with the oil that is in them. In other words, they begin to apply their message to the change in circumstances or events. But what happens? The lamps go out. That indicates that what we had expected to happen does not happen; instead, something else takes place.
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Let us now identify the different personalities brought in. Here is a bridegroom. But where is the bride? And who are the virgins? The cry was, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh." This cry was not to the bride but to the virgins. The virgins can only represent the guests. Who is the bride? Let us turn to Revelation 21 for help in identifying who is the bride:
Rev. 21:9, 10 -
The Lamb's wife is the city. John saw the foundations, and the walls and the
buildings of the Holy City; he did not see people. He called the city the Lamb's
wife. If the city is the Lamb's wife, and if the virgins are the ones who are to
meet the Bridegroom, then who is the bride? -
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guests, the Kingdom is the bride, and the Lord is the Groom.
Moreover, in the parable we are studying today, did the Lord come to earth where the ten virgins were? Yes, He did, for He came where both the unworthy and worthy virgins were. If He came to earth and had a door of His own to shut or to open that would indicate that He had a place of His own. Then He will come to His Kingdom, and unless the guests enter on time through the door, they will be disappointed when they knock and the door will not be opened to them.
Since this coming of the Bridegroom is obviously not the visible second coming of Christ to take to heaven His people who shall meet Him in the air, we should be able to find in the Bible something more about it. Let us now turn to
Matt. 25:31, 32 -
Did these verses say that the Son of man is going to come down on a cloud to where
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this coming He will gather all nations before Him and then He will sit down on a throne and separate them. He will put the "goats" on the left and the "sheep" on the right. Moreover He will tell each of the two classes what they have or have not done that caused them to be thus judged and separated.
Do you not see clearly why we need the extra oil -
You cannot say that the Judgment we are reading about in Matthew 25 is the Judgment which is to take place during the millennium because His people are not then among the nations. There is positively no escaping the conclusion that it takes place in the time of the Judgment for the Living when both the righteous and wicked are commingled on the earth. Since, moreover, this work of separation goes on among the people themselves, it is clear that it is not a work to be done in heaven but it is a work to be done on the earth. "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the
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mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." Matt. 24:40, 41. Some call that the "rapture," but it is quite different than what they think it is.
Now we plainly see that Christ in Matthew 25 is talking about the Judgment for the Living. And in connection with this subject we find that Malachi says the very same thing; namely, that after a messenger has prepared the way, the Lord will suddenly come to His temple to purify it (Mal. 3:1). When He comes it is not to judge the dead in the heavenly sanctuary, but to judge the living in the earthly sanctuary. And if the Lord is going to sit on His throne on earth and gather the nations before Him and judge and separate the people, where specifically is the Lord going to sit?
In Daniel 2 we find the description and interpretation of the great image which the king of Babylon saw in a dream. We as Adventists, and for that matter, not only we Adventists, but other Bible students as well recognize that this image represents the nations of the world from Babylon's time down to today. We also understand that the toe kingdoms represent the nations in existence today. Now let us read
Dan. 2:44, 45 -
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and consume all these kingdoms, and It shall stand forever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that It brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
Daniel here describes how the earth's governments come to their end, not how the earth comes to its end. He interpreted the stone to be the Kingdom, and it is God's Kingdom that will smite the nations, not Christ's coming from heaven to take up the saints, as we Adventists have taught. Jeremiah calls the Kingdom God's "battle axe" (Jer. 51:20).
What plainer language could be used to say that the Kingdom is going to be set up before the nations come to their end? The trouble some have believing this is not because of the language the Bible used but the trouble is with our preconceived ideas that were built up throughout the years, and the only way we can drive out our former erroneous ideas is to believe just what the Bible says. Now let us turn to
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uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore I poured My fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: and I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them."
This says that because of the evils of the people God dispersed them throughout the countries.
Ezek. 36:20 -
They profaned His name when it was said of them that they are the people of the Lord gone out of His land. Is it not profaning God's name for the Gentiles to have driven God's people out of their own land and become rulers over them after God had so miraculously brought them there and set them up to be the greatest kingdom, even His Kingdom on earth? Could not the Gentiles feel that they had successfully defeated God's purpose for them? God's people having brought this great curse upon themselves through their disobedience, thus profaned God's holy name in the midst of the heathen whither they went. It has been brought up to me many times that
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the Gentiles took God's people captive because God was not able to defend His own Kingdom, and therefore He was unable to fulfill His promise to Israel. Thus was His name profaned among the heathen, all because of the disobedience of God's own people.
Ezek. 36:21, 22 -
It was because God could no longer tolerate the sins of His people that He through the Gentiles had to disperse them. The heathen did not know that, though. Now God says He will do something about it for His holy name's sake, not because His people are good. The next verses state plainly what He will do.
Ezek. 36:23, 24 -
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To those who ask how God can defend His name now since the heathen have dispersed throughout the nations the ancient kingdom of His people, we need only to read to them what God here says: that He will gather His people back from all countries, and show them and the heathen that He will yet honor His name by sanctifying Himself in them before the heathen.
Since all of this takes place when God gathers His people from among the heathen, then no one can dodge the fact that unless we go into the land where the cleansing will take place, we will not be cleansed and we will not receive the new heart and God's Spirit.
After we have been taken from among the heathen, God will sprinkle clean water upon us to cleanse us. By this we are to understand that until God gathers us from among the heathen we cannot be clean. After He cleanses us we
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will be without spot. The judgment time we must remember, is a cleansing time as well as a separating time. The Judgment for the Living takes place when God cleanses His people from all their filthiness and puts within them His Spirit and hearts of flesh. This work is to be done for His people after God has returned them to their own land.
This chapter tells us that we will never be clean until God gathers us from all the heathen and makes us what we ought to be. The Devil, however, wants to convince us that there is to be neither a land to which God's people are to go, nor a cleansing. Let us read further:
Ezek. 36:28 -
The land that God gave to our fathers is Palestine. Because the children of Israel were dispersed, His name was profaned. And to show that He indeed rules over the earth and the people, He will gather out His people from the nations and set them right back in their own land and sanctify Himself in them.
Ezek. 36:29, 30 -
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that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen."
If the land of our fathers in this chapter means heaven, there would be no heathen in existence to witness any more reproach of famine, and thus the last clause of Ezek. 36:30 would be unnecessary and meaningless.
Ezek. 36:31 -
After God has returned His people to their own land, and changed their hearts and put within them His Spirit, then will they hate their old evil doings. They will be genuinely sorry for them. This is the revival and reformation which God calls for, and which He Himself will work in His people.
Now let us turn to the next chapter:
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to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
"And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in Mine hand.
" And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God. And David My
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servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them."
The ancient kingdoms of Judah and Israel were dispersed. Now, however, the Lord says that He will bring them back to their own land and join them into one kingdom where He will sanctify Himself in them. When God does this with His people, the heathen will learn who God is and what are His purposes in the earth.
I believe that the subject of the Kingdom is one of the plainest of all subjects. In fact, the Scriptures dealing with It actually need no interpretation if we believe what the Bible says, for It plainly states just what It means and is in perfect harmony throughout Its prophecies, parables, and symbols. The only trouble there could be is that we have put an erroneous idea into our minds that there is to be no Kingdom of God on earth before His second coming, and that idea has to be taken out, for it is unscriptural.
Daniel, too, talks of the Kingdom of God saying that It shall not be left to other people but It will stand for ever, and will grow and fill the whole earth.
Though there will be only 144,000 "cut" by God's own might and taken to Mt. Zion, yet they as "servants," and as the first fruits
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If we would be among the wise virgins, we will not fight against God's setting up His Kingdom, but rather we will study about It and thus procure the "extra oil," we will work for it, and we will also certainly with understanding pray as Christ Himself taught us:
"Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth
as it is in heaven."
O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED
O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow
My Master and my Friend.
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"THUS SAITH THE LORD"
"Thus saith the Lord... I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.
"And it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.
"Thus saith the Lord; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for His mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord.
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"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. In the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the Lord.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
"In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to
grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is
the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness." Jer. 33:2, 7-
"God's love runneth faster than our feet
To meet us stealing back to Him and peace,
And kisses dumb our shame; nay, and puts on
The best robe, bidding angels bring it forth."
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"TODAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE
HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS"
"True we are establishing our headquarters on this mount that is found in prophecy, but our stay here shall be very short for `He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.' (Rom. 9:28).
"It might be interesting to Elder G. to know that the naming of our 'camp' 'Mt. Carmel Center' came about in the same way as the naming of our publications `The Shepherd's Rod,' for we did not know before hand that it was in prophecy until after our attention was called to Mic. 7:14 and Amos 1:2. In the prophecy of Amos we read:
"'The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.' Amos 1:2.
"With a few comments on the above scripture, any bible student will recognize at a glance that it applies at the time of the end, as explained by the gospel prophet: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills...for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the
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word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' (Isa. 2:2, 3), which the language of Amos is, 'Utter his voice from Jerusalem. Looking to this same time Joel puts it as follows: 'And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?' (Joel 2:11).
"As Amos says, 'The habitations of the shepherds shall mourn,' it is obvious that
Amos' prophecy is yet future, for the word 'habitations' (places) is in the plural
form which cannot be applied to one shepherd's habitation (denomination) but to
all that be in existence at that time. The term 'shepherds' means, as understood,
the same as 'the ancient men which were before the house' -
"The prophet Jeremiah in the following words explains that this wailing by those who are thus deceived will be at the close of probation. For they shall say 'the harvest is past,
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the summer is ended, and we are not saved.' (Jer. 8:20). That is, after the harvest,
the time in which they could have been saved, they will realize that Probationary
time has closed. Then 'the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top
of Carmel shall wither.' Hence, before that time the top of Carmel must have been
green with much pasture, otherwise there would be nothing to wither; that is, though
Carmel has now plenty of pasture (present truth), when probation closes it shall
be deserted ('wither'), for says the Spirit of Prophecy: 'In the time of trouble
we all fled from the cities and villages.' -
"Thus shall the top of Carmel wither and those who do not take heed to the word, 'To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts,' at length will be alarmed that their opportunity for accepting the truth has slipped away. Then in their hasty, frenzied effort to acquaint themselves with present truth which went forth from the top of Carmel, to their surprise they shall find that Carmel has finished its work, its inhabitants removed, and probation closed, at which time the inhabitants of 'Carmel' can but repeat, 'the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we have nothing for thee.'
"Then it shall come pass that 'They shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find
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it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.... Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.' (Amos 8:12, 13, 11). Oh, what a disappointment that will be!
"'And now 'mine eyes' with the eyes of the lamenting prophet 'do fail with tears,...for the destruction of the daughter of My people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.... Thy prophets [teachers] have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity, but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.' (Lam. 2:11, 14).
"As the Lord has never left His people in darkness, we find the work of the Shepherd's Rod clearly outlined in prophecy throughout the Bible, and the only reason that our leading brethren cannot see the truth in it and do not know 'who hath appointed it' is because they are trying to see it through dollars and cents instead of through the Spirit of Prophecy, the eyes for the church, through which only can they see the truth and the true state of their condition of spiritual blindness, poverty and wretchedness, and a need for 'eyesalve,' 'for what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no
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man, but the Spirit of God.' (1 Cor. 2:11).
"But now as 'the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for
He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak:
and He will shew you things to come.' (John 16:13), for without the Spirit of God
'no man' knoweth the things of God." -
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