THE SHEPHERD’S ROD “NEW SYMBOLIC CODES”
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THE FOLLOWING SHEPHERD’S ROD “NEW SYMBOLIC CODE” VOLUME 12 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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THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AND
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THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AND
EXPLANATION OF SOME ISAIAH CHAPTERS
(The sermon selected for this issue of The Symbolic Code was delivered by Brother V. T. Houteff on March 14 and June 30, 1942.)
PRAYER THOUGHT: "The message we have to bear is not a message that men need cringe to declare. They are not to seek to cover it, to conceal its origin and purpose. Its advocates must be men who will not hold their peace day nor night. As those who have made solemn vows to God, and who have been commissioned as the messengers of Christ, as stewards of the mysteries of the grace of God, we are under obligation to declare faithfully the whole counsel of God. We are not to make less prominent the special truths that have separated us from the world and made us what we are; for they are fraught with eternal interests. God has given us light in regard to the things that are now taking place in the last remnant of time, and with pen and voice we are to proclaim the truth to the world, not in a tame, spiritless way, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. The mightiest conflicts are involved in the furtherance of the message, and the results of its promulgation are of moment to both heaven and earth.
"The controversy between the two great powers
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of good and evil is soon to be ended; but to the time of its close, there will be continual and sharp contests. We should now purpose, as did Daniel and his fellows in Babylon, that we will be true to principle, come what may. The flaming fiery furnace heated seven times hotter than it was wont to be heated, did not cause these faithful servants of God to turn aside from allegiance to the truth. They stood firm in the time of trial, and were cast into the furnace; and they were not forsaken of God. The form of the Fourth was seen walking with them in the flames, and they came forth not having even the smell of fire upon their garments....
"Today the world is full of flatterers and dissemblers; but God forbid that those who claim to be guardians of sacred trusts, shall betray the interests of God's cause through the insinuating suggestions and devices of the enemy of all righteousness.
"There is no time now to range ourselves on the side of the transgressors of God's
law, to see with their eyes, to hear with their ears, and to understand with their
perverted senses. We must press together. We must labor to become a unit, to be
holy in life and pure in character. Let those who profess to be servants of the
living God no longer bow down to the idol of men's opinions, no longer be slaves
to any shameful lust, no longer bring a polluted offering to the Lord, a sin-
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to Ministers, pp. 470, 471.
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Our study for today is taken from several chapters in Isaiah, particularly chapters 12, 13 and 14. Some of these chapters contain prophecies which are illustrated by certain experiences of ancient peoples and nations which at some time were to be repeated. We shall now commence our study with only a brief review of what we have already found in chapters 7 and 8 because our time is limited and you are all more or less familiar with it.
First is mentioned the history of ancient Israel's unsuccessfully confederating with Syria against Judah, for they could not prevail against her. Instead, both were taken by Assyria. Then follows the prophecy of the birth of Immanuel. Since, however, Christ was born long after the kings of Israel and Syria were taken, it is obvious from verse 16 of chapter 7 that a circumstance was to occur at sometime that would be the antitype of the confederacy which took place anciently between Israel and Syria against Judah, and that in this antitypical period both kings represented by Syria and Israel would be taken by a power represented by Assyria before "Immanuel" would know the difference between good and evil.
Since, as has already been pointed out, Christ ("Immanuel") did not live in the time of such a
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confederacy, it must be that not only Israel, Syria, and Assyria are types, but Christ
Himself is also a type. We learned that Immanuel (meaning, "God with us") could
represent only His true followers, the born-
Through these scriptures and historical facts we learned that the antitype of
Israel and Syria's confederacy took place commencing in the first century A.D., when
one part of the Christians (Israel) federated with pagans (Syria) against the other
Christians (Judah), but their combined church-
After Isaiah mentions the ancient historical confederacy and then the sign of Immanuel, which we have just reviewed and applied to the experience of the early Christian church history, Isaiah 8:9 warns against another association of peoples, saying that this confederacy will likewise surely fail and fall to pieces. And for us, this is the main lesson in these chapters. We are instructed as to what to expect and what to do about it.
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The period we are now in is antitypical Assyria. The Assyrian period is about to pass away and the period of Babylon to be ushered in. But there is another thing that is to happen between the setting up of the confederacy of Isaiah 8:9 and the rise of Babylon: it is the setting up of God's Kingdom. God's people are to be taken to their own land and made free.
In outlining the chapters we find this order: The seventh chapter brings the birth
of Christians and the federation against them, the eighth chapter brings in the latter-
Recently, you recall, we studied the tenth chapter of Isaiah and found that this
chapter brings us to the time when the period of antitypical Assyria is to come
to its end. We might naturally expect Babylon to follow next, because that period
comes after the fall of Assyria. But that is not correct, for Christ's Kingdom must
also come in Its proper time. That is the child -
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Now we may ask ourselves why the symbolization of the government of God's Kingdom
as given in Isaiah 11 is in the form of the rod and the Branch and the root? Other
figures might have been used that would be just as fitting, but God chose these.
Isa. 10:33, 34 -
Isa. 11:1 -
The people are illustrated as trees. The Lord is first to take out the people
You see, then, that these chapters are arranged in their correct order, and put in other
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terms, it can be said that when this association of Isaiah 8 is urged, the leopard-
The rest of chapter 11 describes the condition of God's Kingdom and the way His people are brought there, and continuing on with the praise of the righteous in the Kingdom, chapter 12 commences with the word "and." Let us read through this chapter and make a few comments as we proceed.
Isa. 12:1 -
In the church purified, Christ's Kingdom described in the preceding chapter, God's
people will praise Him though He had been angry with them. When was He angry with
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Isa. 12:2 -
This is the testimony God's people will bear in His Kingdom.
Isa. 12:3 -
Now the Lord speaks. When God's people are safely and peacefully situated in the land of promise; when they bear their testimony of faith and trust in God, then God says that they with joy shall draw water (Truth) out of the wells of salvation.
Isa. 12:4 -
The 144,000 will do this very thing when they go to all nations.
Isa. 12:5 -
All the earth is to know of the Lord's excellent things.
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The 144,000 standing on Mt. Zion with the Lamb will cry out and shout for joy.
How plain it is that God is about to do a great thing in the earth that all will know about. Before this message came we were unable to place all of these events, but how clear they are now!
We already learned that with the fall of Assyria God sets up His Kingdom and then Babylon comes on the stage of action. Therefore the burden of Babylon is mentioned in the next chapter, which we shall now study.
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In presenting the burden of Babylon, God first commissions His Own people to lift up a banner, meaning that they are to make known what they have. They are to exalt the voice or message by letting it do for them what it ought to do. God's people, the 144,000, are to do this for those in Babylon who will constitute the great multitude of Revelation 7:9, "that they may go into the gates of the nobles." The Bible declares
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that it is at Mt. Zion where the nobles will be. "Gates" and "nobles" would indicate
territory and rulers, showing that God's Kingdom at that time is in existence and
it is this Kingdom that the sincere will go when they leave Babylon -
Isa. 13:3 -
Two groups are here mentioned: (1) His "sanctified ones" -
Isa. 13:4 -
Joel, speaking of this event, says that the heathen will be brought to the Valley of Jehoshaphat where the Lord is afterward to judge them. When this happens it is the great day of the Lord.
Isa. 13:5 -
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The Lord also comes.
We have seen in these first five verses of this chapter the description of God's army which is to "destroy the whole land."
Isa. 13:6 -
The day of the Lord is at hand. And the Lord is telling you and me to howl even now because of it. People can know only what they are told; therefore the command comes to howl, for certain destruction is coming. It is at hand.
Isa. 13:7, 8 -
A great and sudden surprise is coming to the nations, and all who are unbelievers shall faint, for the great day of God shall suddenly bring trouble and destruction that they are not expecting.
Isa. 13:9 -
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The day of the Lord is at hand to lay the land desolate and to destroy sinners out of it.
Isa. 13:10 -
This verse gives the signs that are to precede the final great day of the Lord.
Isa. 13:11, 12 -
At this time God's people will be without guile and perfect in His sight, and therefore more precious than fine gold.
Isa. 13:13, 14 -
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Every man turning to his own people and fleeing into his own land does not mean that they will migrate to their native land. It shows a separation in which every man must choose whether he will go to the land of the righteous and be with righteous people, or whether he will choose to dwell in Babylon where, according to Zephaniah 5, all wickedness is to be carried.
Isa. 13:15 -
It will indeed be a terrible, a cruel day for those in Babylon.
Isa. 13:16 -
This is the work of wicked men and happens when finally the ten horns of Revelation 17:16 shall destroy Babylon the Great.
Isa. 13:17 -
What happened to ancient Babylon is a type of what is to happen to modern Babylon. The "horns" or heathen nations will destroy her. Her gold and silver will be of no consequence to them.
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Isa. 13:18, 19 -
Babylon will never rise again.
Isa. 13:20 -
If Babylon (the "woman on the beast" of Revelation 17) is to extend over much of the earth, and at her fall is to be left with no inhabitant, it would suggest the period of the millennium. It is true that when the millennium begins the whole world goes down, but that is not in the period of Babylon. The millennium comes after the falling of the plagues, the wrath of God. The verse we are now studying is talking about Babylon. The ancient capital city of Babylon fell in the type and is not in existence today. Therefore, in the antitype whatever modern Babylon is, her capital city is likewise to come down.
Isa. 13:21, 22 -
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full of doleful creatures, and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses and dragons in their pleasant palaces; and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged."
Elsewhere in the message it teaches that Babylon will rule but one hour, and this verse says that her time will not be prolonged.
We have come to the end of the thirteenth chapter, and the next verse starts with the word "for," indicating that it is a continuation of the thirteenth chapter.
Isa. 14:1 -
God is doing this all because of His mercies on Jacob. Of the two kingdoms -
God will have mercy on Jacob and Israel and set them in their own land -
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of the house of Jacob, for that would exclude Abraham and all the righteous who lived
before him. And what "strangers" could be joined to the house of Jacob after the
Isa. 14:2 -
This verse hardly needs explanation, for it plainly tells us that those who will then be taken as captives will be under the rulership of those over whom they formerly ruled.
Isa. 14:3, 4 -
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In the day that Jacob's bondage under the Gentiles is ended, in the day that "strangers" have joined themselves to Jacob, in that day Jacob will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon.
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ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned."
The antitypical king of Babylon is called Lucifer because Babylon is an institution of the Devil.
Isa. 14:21 -
Babylon's expectations of what they will do will fail and reverse the destruction upon themselves just as Haman's gallows at last was the instrument of his own destruction.
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Why is Assyria brought in at this point when all through the chapter it has been talking about Babylon? For the reason, let us read the next verse.
Isa. 14:26 -
God is here telling us that what He will do with Assyria He will also do to Babylon. He declares that He will surely do it and we must not doubt it. Just as God was able to lead His people into their land of promise anciently so He can now also today lead His people back and take from them their yoke and make of them a nation that shall never be given to other people, but which will stand forever.
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Isa. 14:27 -
Who is able to tear down His purpose? His hand already is stretched out to do
it, and none has power to turn it back -
Isa. 14:28 -
This gives the time Isaiah saw this burden.
Isa. 14:29 -
Here the subject again changes, this time to Palestina, the promised land. Anciently the rod that smote Palestina was Israel who came into the land and became a nation of its own. But because of her disobedience Israel was broken down and scattered and has remained so to this day. This verse tells Palestina, however, not to rejoice over Israel's broken condition, because something worse is coming upon Palestina, for we read this in
Isa. 14:30 -
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shall slay thy remnant."
It is the firstborn of the poor that shall feed and live in safety in Palestina, and God says that He will kill with famine the root of the heathen that are now planted there, and the remnant will He slay. He is utterly to clean out the land of all the heathen that are there and give it to His people.
Isa. 14:31 -
Palestina is to be completely dissolved. Through our study of the Bible we have come to expect the heathen to be dissolved out of Palestina in the Assyrian period. "Whole Palestina art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke." Smoke does not creep along the surface of the ground, but travels through the air, and as the smoke comes from the north, the phrase suggests that aerial attack will be waged against her from the north and pass on to the south. It will mean that those who now possess Palestina will lose out. The last phrase, "and none shall be alone in his appointed times," means that they will not be alone, for others will be with it "in his appointed times."
Isa. 14:32 -
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founded Zion, and the poor of His people shall trust in it."
This tells how Zion is going to be founded: the Lord is to accomplish it.
From all appearances it looks as though we are very, very close to the fulfillment of these prophecies. Only one thing hinders it and that is that we have not finished our work. Had we taken the message of warning to the church, this could all have been finished by now, for the nations are all ready. God will hold it until we get our work done. Another thing that is certain is that it is for our good whatever happens and whoever wins, if we are followers of God in Spirit and in Truth.
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WHEN AND HOW THE WORK IS TO BE FINISHED
SIGN POSTS ALONG THE WAY 3
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WHEN AND HOW THE WORK IS TO BE FINISHED.
SIGN POSTS ALONG THE WAY.
(The sermon selected for this issue of The Symbolic Code was delivered by Brother V.T. Houteff on July 20, 1946).
The angel swore that there should be time no longer. I think I understand how
we as Seventh-
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period of the seventh trumpet there will be no mystery yet to be finished, for it is to be finished during the sixth trumpet. The angel, therefore, is to be understood as stating simply that probationary time will extend only through the sounding of the sixth trumpet and that is all, because the mystery of God is to be all finished at the time the seventh angel begins to sound.
Now we wish to ascertain what period we are living in. At the sounding of the sixth trumpet, the four angels are to be let loose and they are then to kill a third part of men; and their army, moreover, is to number 200,000,000 "horsemen" and that many "horses." Since no such thing as this has ever happened, it therefore speaks for itself that the sixth trumpet is yet in the future. It has not yet commenced to sound.
In view of the fact that we are not living in the sixth trumpet, let us ascertain whether we may be in the sounding of the fifth trumpet, or whether it, too, is yet future.
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smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."
We do not know as yet of a man who really wishes to die and yet cannot die, for there are a great number of ways that he can end his life if he so chooses to do it. Since this scripture says that in the fifth trumpet some men will seek death but death will flee from them, we know that we have not yet come to this part of the fifth trumpet. With this fact in mind we may next ask ourselves the question, Has the fifth trumpet even started to sound?
As the fifth angel sounded a star fell from heaven, and the star is called "he." To "him" was given the key to the bottomless pit, and when he opened the pit smoke ascended out of it. I do not think we can understand whether or not the trumpet has already sounded unless we understand what the smoke and the pit are.
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In Revelation 20 we find that the Devil is to be cast into the bottomless pit and he must remain bound there for a thousand years. We as Adventists have been taught that the earth is the bottomless pit, a prison house for the Devil during the millennium and that the angel who has the key to the bottomless pit and who chains the Devil there for a thousand years, is Christ. If Christ is to have the key at the commencement of the millennium then He must have gotten it sometime before. Our subject for today on the trumpets may throw light on that, for Revelation 9 says that locusts came out of the bottomless pit after it was unlocked by the "star" which fell from heaven to earth, and the Bible calls Christ "the bright and morning star."
From our study to this point we may conclude that the star in the fifth trumpet must represent Christ. But let us now further check our interpretation to see if it is correct. The star being designated by the pronouns "he" and "him" and its coming to earth from heaven, clearly identifies the star as a heavenly male being. He also had the key with which to open the bottomless pit. When He opened it smoke and locusts came forth out of the pit, showing also that the pit had been a prison house for the locusts until they were released. The command to the locusts was that they should hurt only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads, which shows that they were friends to God's people. Since it is the Devil's aim to hurt
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God's people, then the locusts having been freed by the star and commanded not to hurt the sealed ones, shows that they were friends of the star and the star was a friend to them and therefore the star could be none other than Christ.
Our next step is to ascertain who the locusts are and when Christ released them from the bottomless pit.
In Revelation 12 we have a description of the dragon at the time Christ was born.
He had seven heads and ten horns, signifying that all the kingdoms (10 horns) of
the world and all religions (7 heads) were serving the dragon. Had he not conquered
the Jewish church, too, he could not have had seven heads. When the dragon conquered
the Jewish church -
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The fifth trumpet, therefore, sounded when Christ came nearly 2,000 years ago. We
find ourselves therefore living in the period of the sounding of the fifth trumpet
But now in this period before the sixth angel sounds his trumpet, some men are to seek death and they will not find it, and would desire to die and death would flee form them. They just could not die, for they would be immune to death. Since we understand that the Lord is going to find a living church besides those righteous who are lying in the graves then from that also we can easily conclude that if these people during the fifth trumpet could not die, then they will live through the sixth trumpet, too, and never die.
To find out what will make these men immune to death, we shall refer to Revelation 7. I doubt that we need to read the chapter, because everyone of us is so well acquainted with it that we can almost quote it verse by verse. You recall that there were four angels stationed on the four corners of the earth, and they were to hold the winds from blowing on the earth and the sea and the trees until the servants the 144,000, are sealed, for when the winds are loosed they will hurt. After they receive the seal, though, the winds will blow but they will not hurt the sealed ones for they have received perfect and absolute protection from all harm. Let us read about a man who long ago received a seal of protection:
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Gen. 4:15 -
Cain slew Abel and therefore he deserved to be slain himself. He did not deserve
life any longer, but God said that if anybody dare kill Cain sevenfold vengeance
would befall him. The Lord put a mark on him for the safety of Cain, and so long
as he had the mark no one should dare kill him. What is the mark? -
In this chapter the Lord called the angels who had charge of the city, showing that they had charge of the city perhaps in a way similar to the charge of the angel over Cain. These six angels who have charge of the city are called to come forth and one among them is seen to have a writer's inkhorn. And he is to set a mark on everyone that sighs and cries for the abominations. When the marking is done, then the five other angels which have the slaughter weapons in their hands are to smite everyone who has not the mark. This indicates that the mark in Ezekiel 9 assures safety from the angels' slaughter.
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John in Revelation 7, says that he saw 144,000 with the seal of God in their foreheads,
and since we understand through Inspiration that this sealing and marking are done
to the same people, let us now see what the seal is. To serve as an illustration,
let us suppose that this book that I now hold up is an envelope. And let us also
suppose that this slip of paper which I have now in my hand is very precious to me
and I want to save it from all manner of defacement and destruction. Is it not reasonable
that you would expect me to put it into this envelope and seal it well to keep the
paper from falling out? Moreover, if you do not want the wrong persons to open your
letters you seal them. When God places His seal upon the 144,000, then nobody can
hurt them. Do you see then that the winds were held by the angels because the
servants of God were not as yet sealed -
Let us read
Eph. 1:13, 14 -
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purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory."
The people spoken of here were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise until the mystery of God is finished, until the sounding of the seventh trumpet. In other words, they did have the promise that they were sealed for the resurrection day. But the 144,000 are not sealed with a promise of the resurrection, they are sealed for some other purpose. They are sealed for protection from the hurting of the winds. That shows that the 144,000 are not sealed for the resurrection day, but for protection from being harmed by everybody and everything. They are alive at the time they are sealed, and the sealing enables them to live on. And since the message that is to seal the 144,000 is here, we believe that we are now living in the period when God is going to seal first the 144,000 and when they are sealed their destination is God, New Jerusalem, not the grave and the resurrection. Having this explanation, let us now reconsider
Rev. 9:6 -
Is it not logical to believe that the reason these men could not die is that they are sealed by God? What else can make men live on and on and no one could kill them? Who, other than God, can give life? And do you suppose that God
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is going to extend the life of the wicked? He promises to do that only for the righteous those having the seal of God in their foreheads. Then these that seek death and cannot find it are God's people. They are to live on and on for eternity. At what time will they be made invulnerable to death? Our study today makes plain that it is during the fifth trumpet and before the sounding of the sixth trumpet. If God is going to do this during the period of the fifth trumpet, then the sealing of the 144,000 must take place in the period of the fifth trumpet and not in the sixth. It is then before the sixth angel sounds that some will have the experience of seeking death and not finding it.
(This is a deep subject. If I am not making it clear to you, then you should ask questions, for it is very important. It is not a doctrine to talk about merely to pass the time.)
To repeat, it is "in those days" in the fifth trumpet that some will seek death and will not find it.
In Daniel's time King Nebuchadnezzar approved a decree forbidding any man to make petition to any god or to anyone except himself for thirty days, and further, that if any should violate this law he would be thrown into the lions' den to be eaten by the angry beasts. Daniel, you recall, prayed to God as usual, and in that respect he was seeking death, for he understood
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that by praying he was violating the law and that the penalty for it would be death.
But when they threw Daniel into the den, what happened to him? -
You remember that just prior to this incident involving Daniel, the King of Babylon made a great image all of gold and gathered all his mighty men and all the people there and decreed that when the trumpet sounded everybody must bow down to his image or be thrown into the fiery furnace to burn to death. Only three Hebrew men in the vast throng refused to bow down, saying that the God whom they served is able to preserve them, but if He chose not to save them they would be willing to die anyway, for they would not worship the image. As a consequence of their disobedience to the king's decree the three youth were thrust into the furnace by men who themselves were consumed by the intense heat, whereas the boys came out of the furnace with not a hair even singed, nor was there the slightest smell of smoke upon them. This was another example of men seeking death and not finding it.
Then we know of another man: the Lord Himself. He knew that He was to be killed. But He did not hesitate to "seek death." In this instance, though, death did not flee from Him, but the resurrection brought Him from the grave. Then you remember that Paul knew that if he went to Jerusalem he would not come back, for the enemies of the Truth would slay him. Nevertheless he went,
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and thus did he, too, seek death. But death did not flee from him, for he was killed.
Throughout the Dark Ages all who dared accept the Gospel were seeking death, and they found it, too. So we see that history in the period of the fifth trumpet discloses that up to this time Revelation 9:6 has not met its fulfillment. But there will yet be a decree before the fifth trumpet ends, that if men dare to disobey, they must face the threatened penalty of death. Those however, who have been sealed when the decree comes will seek death and death will flee from them. God will not let them die. By faith it is not difficult to understand how this could be, for you know that if God wills that you live you simply cannot die. We already saw a demonstration of that in Daniel's time. Men's lives are in the hands of God, and if He chooses to preserve the lives of some there is none who can snuff them out, not even the Devil. A good example of this was furnished when the Lord made it impossible for the Devil to take the life of Job.
In the time of the fifth trumpet the locusts (Christians) were to torment or hurt
only those men which have not the seal of God. And their torment was inflicted by
the sting of their scorpion-
It is not difficult to understand this when we recall that Christ's Own ministry was a torment
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to the wicked. Though He was gentle and though He healed all manner of diseases and made the common people rejoice in His works, there was another class that were made so miserable by His work which was a continual torment to them, that they crucified Him in order to eliminate it. Likewise when the Christians after the crucifixion became numerous, they too, became an intolerable nuisance to this same class. Indeed, throughout the history of the world God's people have always been a torment to the wicked who wanted to stay wicked.
It was the tails of the locusts that did the hurting. Since the tail is that part of the body which follows behind, it would aptly symbolize followers. And if the followers are symbolized by the tails, then God's leaders (ministers) would be symbolized by the heads. It is the followers or converts that hurt the opposers of the Truth. And that tormenting will also be present in the sixth trumpet, for then there is to be those mighty horses having tails of serpents.
People may not be so impressed with locusts, but 200,000,000 horses and horsemen
would be very impressive. Revelation says that they would be present and working
during the sixth trumpet. So what are we approaching? -
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it. They will not only be great, but they will also be invulnerable to death.
We learned that in the fifth trumpet there are only 144,000 sealed ones, but in the sixth trumpet there are to be 200,000,000. Now we want to know what is to cause the increase in number. Let us turn to
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the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand."
The 144,000 are sealed from the twelve tribes of Israel.
Rev. 7:9 -
Now at first impulse you may tell me that I was wrong a few moments ago when I told you that the number of God's army will grow from 144,000 to 200,000,000. You may say it because this verse says that there will be so great a multitude to be converted that they could not be numbered. But you must not fail to remember that Revelation 7:9 includes not only the 200,000,000 "horses" but also their converts which are represented by the tails. When you add to 200,000,000 leaders the number of their followers, you will have a number so great that it would be innumerable. In order to ascertain how we know that there are more than 144,000 leaders, let us turn to
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Isa. 66:12 -
This is talking about the church, Jerusalem, the city.
Isa. 66:13 -
This is a promise which has not yet met its fulfillment. In the next verse we are told that when God does comfort His people, it is to be a sign post.
Isa. 66:14 -
The Christian is really going to be converted and their enemies are going to be tormented.
Isa. 66:15 -
This gives the reason The Lord will come
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with anger and fury.
Isa. 66:16 -
The angels in Revelation 9 were to slay a third part of men. In that way "the slain of the Lord shall be many."
Isa. 66:17 -
Those who pose as Christians but obey not the laws of God shall be consumed.
Isa. 66:18, 19 -
The Lord is going to come and slay many who claim to be sanctified but are not obedient
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to the Truth. Those who escape will go to the nations that have not heard the Truth.
Let us discuss for a few moments what it is that seals God's people as a whole,
as a body. You recall that in the days of Joshua the whole nation fell in defeat
before their enemy. Then Joshua prayed and God revealed to him that there was a
sinner in the camp and that unless he were found and removed, Israel would never
stand before her enemies. This illustrates the fact that it is the removing of the
wicked from the midst of the church that seals it -
Isa. 66:20 -
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Do you not see how the work will be finished? It can be finished in no other way than by a church containing only holy people. In the words of Isaiah, they will bring all their brethren out of all nations in a clean vessel, meaning a clean church. And when they bring in all their brethren, it will result in a great ingathering of souls. That is why there will be 144,000 leaders to start with instead of only 12.
Isa. 66:21 -
Of those that are gathered, God will take some for priests and Levites. That is what will swell the force to 200,000,000 horses. Their riders are the angels. Workmen whom God thus describes would fear nothing, for they, too, will receive the seal of protection that will make them invulnerable to death. Now you should be able to see what a great people God is to have.
Is it displeasing to God for any to urge His people to study the Bible, to obey His Truth that they may become the great People He has pictured them to be? Can it be? If it is not, then shall we be just like walls through which nothing can penetrate? I am sure that if we are God's people we will be responsive to the revelation of His Truth and we will earnestly set ourselves to the business of knowing His will and obeying it, that we may be His people. Men like that will not talk empty, vain things, but their words will instead
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be powerful like fire, smoke, and brimstone. And speaking of fire, where there is
smoke there is also fire. Since smoke ascended out of the bottomless pit, fire
must have been in the pit. And as fire and smoke and brimstone issued forth from
the mouths of the horses, what can it represent but the Spirit of God, the Gospel
of Christ? Is not the Spirit of God a number of times represented by fire? The
smoke fittingly represents a complete sacrifice burned by fire, consumed by the Holy
Spirit. Have we yet made up our mind to sacrifice all -
For our closing thought we should remind ourselves that the 144,000 were without guile in their mouths. And the Bible says that he that overcomes his tongue is a perfect man. Are we ever guilty of uttering statements before checking them for accuracy, for justice, for necessity of telling, for edification? Let us learn to speak the right thing at the right time and in the right place. Having learned that, we will have become heroes, for it is a fact that for at least some people to gain the victory on this point they will have to make what will seem to be the supreme sacrifice. Let us not speak evil of other people. Let us not speak discouraging, disheartening things. Always remember that persons who speak thus invariably betray their own low spiritual condition.
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WHAT WE MAY BE IF WE WORK
WITH GOD AND LET HIM WORK WITH US 3
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WHAT WE MAY BE IF WE WORK WITH GOD
AND LET HIM WORK WITH US
(The sermon selected for this issue of The Symbolic Code was delivered by Brother V.T. Houteff March 18, 1939).
Isa. 62:1 -
This verse denotes that it will take much speaking and effort on God's part before righteousness and salvation will go forth out of Zion and Jerusalem. It is because God's people need a work to be done for them that will cause Him to continue speaking and working until righteousness and salvation are accomplished. We may be certain also that in this process we as a body will win; but some as individuals will lose out because they, like rebellious Israel of old, will not submit themselves to the necessary requirements that God lays before them. They refuse to exchange their ways for His ways and their thoughts for His thoughts.
Isa. 62:2 -
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A new name is to be given to His people as a body, and perhaps even as individuals also just as it was in the cases of Abraham, Sarah, and Jacob. For after our characters are changed God may wish to give us names that would be indicative of that fact if our present names should not then be fitting. God is going to make His people so glorious that kings who now glory in their power will then acknowledge the glory of His people. Consequently, if we are to be among that people, then we are going to be made known in all the world even to all kings at the time when God makes His people known, and our names will be classed forever among the names of the great men of the Scriptures. Do you actually realize that?
Isa. 62:3 -
We are also to be a crown of glory in the hands of God.
Isa. 62:11 -
This glorious announcement is to be made just before we receive our reward. And of what will our reward consist if we are faithful?
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Let us now turn to
Joel 2:1 -
Here a command is given to someone to blow a trumpet and sound an alarm. Why?-
"For the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand."
Joel 2:2 -
In this day of gloominess and thick darkness there is also to be a great and strong
people. If they are to be greater and stronger than any in the past, then they will
exceed in strength even Samson. What is it that will make that people so strong?
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faith. The second is courageous action.
We must continue to believe even in the face of the severe circumstances that will present themselves to challenge our faith. We must realize, therefore, that not a little faith but very much faith is required of any who would be among this great people. Ever remember that the Israelite multitude and later the whole nation completely lost out simply because of their unbelief which led to their rebellion against God's ways until there was no remedy.
As an incidental thought we might mention also that Samson was obedient to a strict diet and a specific injunction concerning his hair; and his strict adherence to these requirements did prove to be the provisions he had to meet in order to possess superior muscular strength. This example teaches us that if God requires of us something which He may even require of no others, the purpose in it can be served in no other way than by our strictly adhering to it. If God, for instance, has given us dietary and other requirements to follow in order to keep us separate from the world so that He can deliver us from the evils in the world, then we must obey them if we would be delivered.
Now let us return our attention to Joel's prophecy by reading
Joel 2:3 -
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behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the Garden of Eden before them and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them."
What will make the land before them as a garden and behind them a desolate wilderness?
Let us turn to
Isa. 33:14 -
Fire is both before and behind, and only those, therefore, who are insulated then with the righteousness of Christ will be able safely to stand between these two fires.
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eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand."
We do not now see the great men joining themselves with God's people, and moreover, God's Truth does not come to us in a deeper speech than we can perceive, neither in a tongue which we cannot understand. God's people will be able to understand and they will also be able to live in the midst of the fire. Besides all this their bread and water will be sure.
Let us reread verses 15 to 19 and include verse 20.
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Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand. Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken."
This is why kings shall at last seek our glory.
Joel 2:4 -
The appearance of horses is that of strength, nobility, and even graceful beauty.
Joel 2:5, 6 -
When the Israelites went out of Egypt, all
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the nations trembled. So will it be with us in the ingathering of the saints.
Joel 2:7, 8 -
This army will act in perfect unity, and each will tend well to his own given part of the work. Moreover, none will suffer harm.
Joel 2:9 -
In the time of the image of the beast when harm will threaten God's army, they will nevertheless fearlessly go out to carry the Gospel everywhere.
Joel 2:10 -
This suggests that His people will have power of the kind which Joshua and Hezekiah and Elijah had.
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Joel 2:11 -
We must be righteous if we would abide it.
Joel 2:12 -
For this reason we should now turn to God with all our hearts, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. This is what God calls for now from each of us individually.
Joel 2:13 -
When we rend our hearts we will in other words be inwardly repentant, and it will be our experience only if we are genuine believers, knowing what we believe, and believing what we know.
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offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord, and give not Thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them; wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
"Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people."
Not the heathen, but God is to rule over His people. Nevertheless, in order to obtain this blessing it will require the most earnest supplication and effort on the part of His people.
Joel 2:19 -
These are God's promises to us.
Micah 4 and Isaiah 2 clearly outline the great blessings God has in store for those who
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choose to serve Him. For our further encouragement today, let us turn to
Mic. 4:1 -
God's Kingdom, which Daniel in his second chapter said would be set up "in the days of these kings," is here referred to as "the mountain."
Mic. 4:2 -
To continue our reading, let us now skip a few verses and read very carefully
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been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will He give them up until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
"And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
"And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine
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adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee and I will destroy thy chariots: and I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: and I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen such as they have not heard."
God has determined that He will cut out all wickedness, and when He does it His people will then be made great through it. In Isaiah chapters 32 and 34 a further description is given of what the Lord has done and will yet do, and then, speaking of His righteous people, we read in
Isa. 35:1, 2 -
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the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God."
His land will yet blossom abundantly and bring forth fruit, and there will also be rejoicing, joy, and singing when the Lord's glory and excellency will be seen.
In the time of the Loud Cry signs and wonders and miracles will follow the believers. All this awaits those who are awake to these facts and who devote their main interests and even their very lives to the furtherance of God's cause, His Kingdom.
David applied himself well to his work, and God saw It and made him king, for in order to be a good king a man must tend well to his business. In God's work as in everything else, men can succeed only if they take real and sustaining interest in the work He gave them to do.
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It would be profitable for each of us to examine ourselves closely for the purpose of determining whether we are in every respect seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness. If we have a clear vision of what God is to do, and if we really want to receive the promised blessings we will in no wise find ourselves guilty of hindering or delaying there which makes possible their fulfillment.
"Often the Christian life is beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform.
The imagination pictures impending ruin before, and bondage or death behind. Yet
the voice of God speaks clearly, 'Go forward.' We should obey this command, even
though our eyes cannot penetrate the darkness, and we feel the cold waves about our
feet. The obstacles that hinder our progress will never disappear before a halting,
doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears,
and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief
whispers, 'Let us wait till the obstructions are removed and we can see our way clearly;'
but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things."
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WHEN DOES THE JUDGMENT
OF THE LIVING COMMENCE?
To those who wish to know when the living in the church will be judged in the
books of heaven we give you the benefit of Brother Houteff's clear-
1. "As to whether this work of separation, or investigation of who has and who has not the 'wedding garment,' is now taking place, I may say that it is not, for the reason that we are now in the marking time of Ezekiel chapter nine, not yet in the time of investigation of who has the mark, and who has it not. The marking itself is not the separation, not a work of the sanctuary in Heaven. It takes place in the church on earth as well as in the home. Each one for himself decides his own case either by sighing and crying for the abominations in the midst there of, or by not so doing. Thus they themselves determine whether to be marked, or to be left without the mark and be cut down by the angel's slaughter weapons. The only judging which the sanctuary in Heaven does in regard to these is to give the right for one class of the dead to arise either in the first resurrection, or in the second resurrection; and to give right for one class of the living to stand on Mount Zion with the Lamb for translation, and for the other to die at the slaughter weapons of the angels, and to arise in the second resurrection.
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"Thus it is seen that the time of the sanctuary judgment among the living first fruits starts at the time of the slaughter, and continues thereafter during the time of the second fruits."
2. "In our conversation I meant to explain that we are not in the sanctuary-
"I tried to explain that we have not advanced far enough in the harvest of the first fruits to have the tares cut down from the ground where they are rooted (the church), or to have the wheat put into the 'barn' (the Kingdom); but that we are in the time when the distinction between the tares and the wheat is becoming more and more apparent while the stocks of wheat are being 'marked' so that when the reapers of the tares pass by they will leave the wheat on its stocks until all the tares are cut out. Then the wheat will be gathered and put into the 'barn' (the Kingdom). The great harvest, the harvest of the second fruits, is to follow after."
3. "The Judgment of the Living on earth commences with Ezekiel 9, but in heaven (in the books) after Ezekiel 9. The Judgment of
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the Living is in two phases: The first phase is a separation that takes away the wicked from among the righteous, Ezekiel 9. The second phase is the book work when the investigation takes place, and when the sins of the righteous and the names of the wicked are blotted out of the records in Heaven. This second phase, the judicial session in heaven, is what commences after Ezekiel 9."
4. "It is true that The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 172, reveals that we are
entering into the time of the Judgment of the Living, but it does not say that we
have entered into it, neither does it say that the Judgment of the Living has already
begun, not that part which we as Seventh-
5. "The reason that you have not been able to ascertain from the publications how we are to know when the Judgment will pass from the dead to the living is that you have failed to study the message in its entirety. The trumpet is even now blowing, but as yet the day has not been announced. We can, however, say that the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 is what marks the Judgment passing from the dead to the living."
6. "Regarding the Judgment, although
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the message of The Shepherd's Rod does announce the Judgment of the Living a number
of times, yet according to The Answerer, Book No. 2, pp. 38-
7. "With regard to your answers to the questions in the Sabbath School Quarterly,
we want you to know that you got along just fine throughout the entire lesson with
the exception of your passing mention that the Judgment of the Living began in 1929.
You will find that the message consistently teaches that the Judgment of the Living
has not yet commenced, that we are still living in the time of the Judgment of the
Dead, and that the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 is what marks the judgment passing from
the dead to the living. Read the White-
8. "The commencement of the Judgment of the Dead was marked by 'lightnings and thunderings and voices' (Revelation 4:5), whereas the commencement of the sanctuary phase of the Judgment of the Living is marked by 'voices, and thunderings, and lightnings and an earthquake' (Rev. 8:5). See The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 220, 221, and Tract No. 15, p. 64."
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9. "As to the time of the commencement of the Judgment of the Living, see The Answerer, Book No. 1, pp. 94, 95, and The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 220 which says: '...when the seal is opened, and the Judgment of the Living begins, we must know it... The date of that glorious event...will be made known at the fulfillment of Revelation 8:5.'"
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WHAT BRINGS SUCCESS?
(The sermon which follows was given by Brother V.T. Houteff, May 6, 1944).
James 4:2, 3 -
There is a class of people who do everything they can in order to enrich themselves in material wealth perhaps even for a good cause, yet they are poor because they attempt to acquire it in their own wisdom and strength and do not ask God either for the riches or His help to obtain them. Because this class did not ask they received not.
There is also another class who ask, but they ask amiss, wanting only to consume it upon themselves, and therefore they, too, receive nothing.
These are but two reasons why even some of God's Own people are poor. James here deals only with these two reasons, but other Bible writers give additional specific reasons such as poor management, indolence, providential
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reverses, and so on.
By inspired testimony we have learned that Abraham and Lot both became so rich that they had to dissolve partnership and occupy separate portions of land. Abraham suggested that Lot should choose first the land he wanted, and Abraham would take what was left. Lot chose all the plains and left the hills for Abraham. Perhaps from a business standpoint Lot's choice was good, but from God's viewpoint it was poor. In making his selection Lot failed to see or take into account the fact that he had been greatly blessed by his having been in partnership with his uncle Abraham. He thought only of his personal, selfish future security. Abraham, nevertheless raised no objections to Lot's choice. He gladly took the hills.
In the process of time Lot moved into the city where he became poorer and poorer.
At last the angel of the Lord had to rescue him, and he came out with nothing. In
striking contrast to Lot's devastating experience, Abraham steadily became richer
and richer and God finally gave him all the land. What was the secret of Abraham's
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When Joseph started out he, too, was very poor. He was sold by his own brothers and later sold again as a slave. All he possessed at that time were his soul and the clothes on his body. But eventually he became the world's richest man. He held the key to all the riches in Egypt, because whatever he did he put real religion into it. Even Pharaoh recognized his outstanding worth and availed himself of it by appointing Joseph to run his government.
The troubles which came to Joseph in his life were actually for his good and prepared him to become an interpreter of dreams, a king, and doubtless the greatest economist the world has ever seen. God had observed that Joseph did everything as if it were his very own, and, moreover, he was constantly sensible to the fact that God was his Master and that nothing could be hidden from Him. It was this conviction that caused Joseph to understand that regardless what men did to him or said about him, God alone had charge of his life. Therefore, in prosperity and fame Joseph maintained his loyalty and integrity; and in adversity Joseph did not waste his time ascribing to others the cause of his troubles. Instead, he set about to behave in a way that would commend himself even to royalty, for it is not likely that the Ishmaelites would have been able to sell him to Potiphar had he not been a superior person.
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"And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the
house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him,
and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found
grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and
all that he had he put into his hand.... And Joseph was a goodly person, and well
favoured." Gen. 39:2-
In the meantime Joseph's brothers kept coming down until finally they were reduced to such poverty that they had to leave their country and come to Joseph for their food and living. We should be able to see in this that although God's people may be disgracefully dealt with by jealous associates, still they will not suffer the wrong forever if God is with them. Joseph followed righteousness and no man could prevent God from blessing him with riches and honor. It matters not what men may say or do against you to put you down, if you have God with you you will in the end be on top and they at the bottom. Jealousy may be as cruel as the grave, but sooner or later righteousness is rewarded.
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How important it is that God's people have their minds constantly employed in serving Him perfectly in everything!
We can indeed make ourselves the poorest of the poor by concerning ourselves wholly with our own needs and wants instead of working toward the goal of producing all we can for the benefit of others. Doing for others is what brings success and alone makes one in demand.
Job, you remember, was a very rich man because he was perhaps God's best friend on earth at that time. At least the Devil grew jealous of him and told the Lord that Job was not as good a man as the Lord thought, and he could prove it if he were allowed to bring enough trouble and hardship to him. And you remember that the Lord allowed the Devil to do anything he wanted to Job, except to take his life. In the midst of the fires of his many and grievous afflictions Job declared, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." Job 13:15. Because Job did not fail, he in the end was many times richer than he was in the beginning. God's people do not become rich in any respect by playing the fool. Nor does it help for them to give themselves over to self pity in the day of adversity. When a person feels sorry for himself he has at least brought himself to a state of stalemate if not outright defeat. None of the men of God, regardless
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how severe were the hardships they were called upon to bear, felt that these sacrifices were too great. Generally speaking, all these men possessed a stabilizing power that is hard to explain other than to say that it is a gift of God which He bestows upon those who are intimately and firmly acquainted and united to Him.
Solomon, too, saw his great personal need, not for his own personal benefit, however,
but for the ultimate benefit of his people. And he longed for the fulfillment of
his need for their sake. That is why he asked God for the right thing -
David was anointed king over Israel because God had daily seen him while he was a shepherd boy faithfully doing all he could to take the very best care of his father's sheep. God knew that if David would give even his life for sheep, he would be the right one to rule the kingdom.
The only lasting fortune man can obtain is gotten through righteousness, through God's way and in His time. The successful life is not that one which gained riches and acquired fame for this life and nothing for the future life. The successful man, on the contrary, insures his eternal riches by daily making straight paths for his feet to walk in, thus
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insuring also his present life's success. God controls the distribution of riches and He does not give them to His people as a blessing if they are selfish. If such people obtain wealth it is invariably a curse to them.
Now let us study Jacob's life for a few minutes this afternoon. You remember that he was the son of Isaac whom God had greatly blessed. And when he grew old Jacob coveted the birthright which according to custom was to be Esau's. In desiring it Jacob was not seeking to become rich, he was after the spiritual blessing that it would bring and which Esau did not esteem highly, until in one way or another Jacob had successfully gotten it for himself. If a man wants spiritual blessings bad enough for the right purpose God will give them to him.
After Jacob obtained the birthright he had to leave home and build his life with practically nothing at his uncle Laban's. There Jacob agreed to work for Laban seven years for his daughter Rachel, whom he wanted to marry. During these seven years Jacob had practically taken the business under his control, and God had greatly blessed his efforts, and through it Laban also was blessed. But Laban deceived him at the end of the seven years and gave him the wrong girl! Jacob again agreed to work another seven years for Rachel. During this time
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Jacob's work was of the same high quality as it has been before, even though he has been treated wrongly by his uncle.
Since God's people in this age are to endure "the time of Jacob's trouble" and receive the blessing which was promised to his posterity in the latter days, it would be time well spent for us to give further attention to the details as they are recorded in the Bible which describe the faithfulness with which Jacob, our type, discharged his daily responsibilities, and compare ourselves with him to see if we are as diligent and careful and trustworthy as he was. Let us read first
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multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also? And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock. I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire. So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me. And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word. And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted and every one that had some white in it and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
"And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them,
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and made the white appear which was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived before the rods and brought forth cattle ringstraked speckled, and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves and put them not unto Laban's cattle. And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses."
When Jacob's fourteen years service to obtain his two wives were over he wanted to move his family and possessions back to his own country whence he came. But Laban knew that he had prospered by having Jacob with him, and for this reason he did not want him to leave. Had Jacob not been enterprising and faithfully producing more than he consumed
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you know that Laban would not have wanted Jacob to stay even as long as he did. The thing that makes anyone valuable in the world is his ability to see and fill a need that exists in the world. The valuable man does not gain this reputation by measuring the good he will do by what he expects to receive in return. He is the valuable man, I repeat, because he saw and filled a need that existed in the world.
Gen. 30:27 -
This is the kind of recommendation the Christian should cause to be said of his religion by those for whom he works. Such a recommendation comes only by putting practical religion and thought into your everyday living and working habits, and by producing more than you consume. The real Christian will never say what I heard a man say one time. He told me that where he was working he was getting only a certain amount per hour which he stipulated in a tone of dissatisfaction, and then he quickly added that that is all the value in work he would give them, too. That is not the way to commend your religion to anyone for whom you intend to continue working. But it is the way to get yourself out the
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door sooner or later.
Let us read again
In drawing up the new labor contract, Jacob said he did not want Laban to give him anything. He wanted to work for Laban on a purely production basis and what God would give him. Laban listened to Jacob's proposal and agreed to it because he expected the spotted lambs to be fewer than the others. Jacob, on the other hand, proposed this kind of contract because he knew that God was with him and would bless him. He seemed to know also
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that there is a natural law that we are blessed only when we put forth exertion and thought, for it took both on Jacob's part to prepare the rods and to separate the feeble from the strong cattle when they came to drink. And God did greatly bless him.
Gen. 31:1 -
Laban's sons said Jacob became rich because of Laban; but it was God who made him rich because of his faithfulness and effort.
Though Jacob was rich he was still on the job.
Gen. 31:5, 6 -
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He served Laban with all his power, and he acknowledged that God had blessed him.
Both of the men charged each other with deceit. In his account to his wives, Jacob recalled that Laban had changed his wages repeatedly, and, furthermore, he pointed out that he could not help it that the cattle came ringstraked and speckled. He had simply put forth his best efforts and God had blessed him.
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speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee."
God revealed to Jacob that He Himself was responsible for Jacob's good fortune.
Had Jacob not been faithful, however, do you think God would have blessed him? God
blesses us only when we keep busy at our given work, whatever it may be. Moreover,
just as God saw all the evil that Laban did toward Jacob, and did not suffer him
to hurt Jacob, so also whatever anyone attempts to do against His faithful people
today, it will in the end fail to accomplish the intended purpose to injure them,
for God will turn it around at last to glorify Himself and to bless His people. And
when God wants to bless, someone, no one -
Laban's daughters, too, recognized the fact that their father was selfish and a grafter.
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They were therefore willing to cooperate with Jacob in whatever God had told him to do.
The fact that Laban was unaware of Jacob's absence until someone informed him of it three days after he left, shows that Jacob had taken care of Laban's work so well that Laban did not have to go every day to check up on Jacob's work.
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overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead. And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters as captives taken with the sword? Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?"
Laban pretended in this, for were he not lying God would not have had to appear to Laban in the dream to warn him to leave Jacob alone.
Gen. 31:28, 29 -
So what could Laban do?
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wouldest take by force thy daughters from me. With whomsoever thou findest thy gods let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent. Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched but found not the images. And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?"
Jacob knew that Laban was not saying and doing all these things for nothing, and he demanded that Laban explain his reason for his behaviour. Jacob continues speaking in
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us both. This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes. Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight."
Jacob had kept the cattle in the best possible way so that there was no loss to Laban. Jacob, himself, had suffered the loss of those which happened to be stolen. He had watched and worked diligently both day and night, tending well to his business. And that is the real reason that Laban was after Jacob now. He knew that Jacob was a valuable worker and that he needed him.
We, too, must be diligent and faithful as was Jacob if we are to enter the Kingdom, for the men that are wanted in God's cause
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are men who are dependable in whatever the Lord gives them to do.
Gen. 31:43 -
Poor Laban! Everything was his, yet there was nothing he could do to possess them!
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and thee. And Laban said to Jacob Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee: this heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm."
Laban finally became convinced that he could do nothing, and being fearful of Jacob, he proposed that they enter into a covenant together for peace.
Laban had gone after Jacob with the intention of cursing him, but he was obliged to bless him instead.
Now we as Christians must be joined to the Lord even as Jacob was and be diligent in the pursuit of that which God had given each
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of us to do if we would be blessed as he was. Diligence and faithfulness characterized all the great men of the world, and it is the only way to gain lasting blessings and be in favor with both God and man. For, says the wise man, "A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him." Prov. 28:20,
May each of us as children of God be aware that He sees all that we do and reads all our thoughts; may our constant motive be that of serving Him and not ourselves; may we live to bless others and not just to seek the means by which we only may exist; may we realize that no man can put us down if God wants us up; and finally, may we realize that it is God from Whom all blessings flow. Thus may we prepare ourselves for the day when God shall separate the saints and the hypocrites and give each his rightful reward.
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A STUDY IN TYPOLOGY 3
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A STUDY IN TYPOLOGY
(The sermon which follows was given by Brother V.T. Houteff, July 15, 1944.)
Our study for this afternoon is based on the statement found in
God is challenging the world not only to predict the future, but to explain also what bearing the past has on the future, that they may show that they are gods. The challenge itself, implies that none but God knows "the latter end" of "the former things." Now let us read
Isa. 41:4 -
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God here propounds the question as to who had foreseen and declared the generations
that were to come from the very beginning even to the very end of time. Then He
answers His own question, -
This scripture plainly shows that God has declared the generations of today from the beginning of time, and that the former things are significant in that they point forward, or are otherwise related, to present or future events or conditions. With the help of this chart I believe we shall be able to see a little of God's work, particularly in respect to how He has pictured the generations of today in the generations of yesterday.
Let us turn now to
Gen. 3:15 -
We cannot possibly misunderstand what woman God meant in this scripture, for there
was only one woman -
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bruise the Devil's head, the serpent's head. Now you know that even if one's leg were to be amputated, one can live on; but when one is decapitated his life immediately ends. God predicted here that there was to be enmity between good and evil all through time. And though the serpent would wound the human family, yet the descendants of Adam and Eve, were finally to bruise Satan's head. "But," you may say, "Christ is to do that." I do not wish to dispute your word, but actually it is Christ through the human family that is to accomplish it. For in Jeremiah 51:20 God Himself declares that Israel is to be His battle ax, His weapon of war; for with Israel will He break in pieces the nations. Then though it is to be accomplished by the will and direction of Christ, yet Christ will do it through His people. In this way His people who have been wounded by Satan, will finally bruise Satan's head.
To represent the period of church history symbolized by Eve, we have assigned to her the first of the three sections on the chart.
Next in the line of typology we have Hagar and Ishmael, and Sarah and Isaac. They,
too are types of the church, as you already know from the fourth chapter of Galatians.
In this chapter, Paul makes it plain that Hagar was a type of the Old Testament
church, the Jewish church -
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the first period symbolized by Eve herself; the second symbolized by Hagar; and the third symbolized by Sarah, we see that church history is divided into three periods.
In the first period -
Gen. 4:25 -
God appointed Seth to stand in Abel's stead, and through the line of Seth was God to carry on His purpose for the human race.
Proceeding on to the next period, we come to Hagar and Ishmael. Providence, you recall, brought Hagar and Ishmael into the home of Abraham. You well know the circumstances which brought it about: God had promised a son to Sarah, but years passed without the promise being fulfilled to her and she grew impatient over the long delay. In order to pacify Sarah, God permitted that Hagar become Abraham's
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wife, and Ishmael was born to them. You can see that this arrangement was not a necessary part of God's plan. In fact, it was Sarah's plan whereby she could at least vicariously have a son, if she were not to have one of her own.
According to Paul in Galatians 4, Hagar typified the Jewish church, and Ishmael
her children. Through it all we see that it was God's plan from the beginning to
have only the church born of the Spirit -
After Isaac was born, trouble came into the home of Abraham, and God instructed him to put away Hagar and her son, for her son was not to be heir with Ishmael. But why did God direct Abraham to do this, if it was not an allegory? I do not believe that God did it because He wanted to be mean to Ishmael. I believe He did it because He was writing both history and also prophecy in this experience.
If it is an allegory, then what is its meaning? -
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born again and become the children of Sarah -
This plainly says that the Jews that failed to accept Christ, and thereby failed to receive the second birth, shall therefore never, never have a part in the Kingdom of God. And if the unconverted Jew cannot inherit the Kingdom, certainly the unconverted Christian and the unconverted Gentile cannot be heirs of the Kingdom of God, either.
Following the Jewish church typified by Ishmael, we have next the church which originated with a people from the same nation but who received the second birth, a birth that is impossible for man to give, just as by nature it was impossible for Isaac to be born to Sarah in her old age. God alone through His Spirit and His promises can give the second birth, just as it was God alone who could make possible Isaac's birth. That is why Isaac represents
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the New testament church or the people of the New Testament church. Sarah typified the church itself. Sarah and Isaac together represented the New Testament church and her children.
We have now discussed three periods: (1) the period represented by Eve, (2) the period represented by Hagar; and (3) the period represented by Sarah. Thus we have covered one part of the typology.
Just as there were three sections or divisions of the church, so also there are three sections of the true priesthood. You know that the priesthood in the time of the Jewish church was the Levitical priesthood, and it was not in existence before Israel left Egypt, and it is not the true priesthood today. Before the Levitical priesthood, there was Melchizedek who had neither father nor mother, neither beginning of days nor end of days, and he was the priest of the Most High God, king of Salem, king of peace. To him Abraham paid his tithes. Then the three sections of the priesthood lines up thus: (1) in the period from Adam and Eve to the time of Israel, we have Melchizedek; (2) to the Christian era, we have the Levitical priesthood; and (3) in the Christian period we have the priesthood of Christ Himself. So much for the priesthood.
We are ready now to study the typology of
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the children of the church. To Eve was born first Cain and Abel. Cain was wicked
and Abel was righteous. In the typology of Abraham's two sons Ishmael and Isaac,
Ishmael, who taunted Isaac, was put aside and Isaac was chosen. Then came Esau and
Jacob, again one being evil and the other good. Thus we see that through the types
there were two classes of children in the history of the church -
In the case of Cain and Abel, Cain who should have led out in true worship since he was the eldest son, chose instead not to worship God according to His commands; whereas Abel was a true worshipper of God. Because God accepted Abel's offering and rejected Cain's, he persecuted and slew Abel. This incident served to demonstrate the actions of church leaders who were determined to lead God's people wrong and even resorted to martyring those who refused to be led wrong.
Next in line came Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was the older, Isaac was the younger. But Ishmael and Hagar were sent away because he persecuted Isaac and Hagar persecuted Sarah. This friction and trouble in Abraham's home foreshadowed the trouble that came later between the converted Jew and the unconverted Jew in the Christian church at the beginning of the Christian dispensation. God's casting away Hagar who persecuted Sarah, and Ishmael who
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persecuted Isaac, typified His casting away the Jewish nation and its people that would not become converted to Christianity.
In the experience of Esau and Jacob we find still another allegory which carries the line of church history still further as we shall see a little later. Of these twins, Esau was the older and Jacob was the younger. It was therefore Esau's privilege to be the spiritual leader of the family, and through Esau the twelve tribes of Israel were to come. Besides this blessing, Christ Himself was to come through Esau's line of posterity. But because he was evil and held in low esteem his birthright privileges, he lost them to his brother Jacob who coveted the spiritual blessings. After the momentous transaction was consummated in which Jacob purchased Esau's birthright for a bowl of pottage, then Esau reflected upon the deal and deeply regretted it. Since there was no way for him to recover his loss as long as Jacob was living, he at once sought to persecute and kill Jacob. This is the circumstance that drove Jacob from his home to another country.
Now if the experience of Jacob and Esau does constitute an allegory, where in church history does it apply? Since Ishmael was a type of the Jewish church and Isaac was a type of the Christian, then we must look sometime in the Christian dispensation for an experience similar to Jacob and Esau's, for they were
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Isaac's sons. Therefore, sometime during the Christian period two classes of people
were to be born to the Christian church -
Before going further in the study of Esau and Jacob's typology we need to spend a few moments on this part of our chart, which shows the line of children (people) born to this line of women representing the church's history in its three divisions. To make up the church there must be the mother (the agency which embodies the Truth), the children (the people brought into the church), and the priesthood. These three constitute the living church on earth.
First in the line of the children of God in the living church is Seth who was appointed to fill Abel's place. After Seth was Isaac whom God chose in preference to Ishmael. After Isaac came Jacob who obtained from Esau the birthright which brought great spiritual blessings. Do you not see that one child from each of the three periods was used to typify the continuance of the children of God in the church?
The living church represented also by the woman of Revelation 12, was in existence
from Eden and will continue to the time the Holy City receives the saints. These
three good children -
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this line of descendants that the kingdom temporal -
But, according to Revelation 12, the church was at sometime to leave the vineyard (the kingdom) and go into the Gentile world. This phase of the church's history is not typified either in Seth's or Isaac's experience. Only in Jacob's life do we find the type for it.
Just as it was Esau's persecution of Jacob that caused Jacob to leave Palestine, so also it was the persecution by the unconverted Jews against the Christians which caused them to leave Palestine and go to the Gentile nations.
It was the line of Seth, and Isaac, and Jacob that made possible the kingdom of Israel in Palestine. But if the trouble that came between the Christian Jew and the unconverted Jew was the actual cause of the woman's leaving the kingdom and going into the Gentile world, who came into the Gentile world? Was it the Isaacites, and Ishmaelites, or the Sethites, or was it some other? It was the Jacobites in the Jacobite period who came to the Gentile world. Therefore we now see that the church is in the Jacobite period. We also are able to see from the further development of Jacob's type that from this Gentile world the living church is to
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return to Palestine, just as the Bible prophesies that it will.
We shall now devote a few moments to the study of Jacob, the type, in relation
to the church in the antitype. When Jacob left his home in Palestine, while he was
on his way to Padanaram, God met him and gave him his promises that He would be with
him, and God fulfilled His promises. Likewise, when the church left the vineyard,
God's Promise was with her that He would not forsake her in the Gentile world. While
Jacob was in Padanaram away from home, he became very rich and his household increased
greatly. Then he was commanded to return home. So it will be today in the antitype.
The time will come when the church is to be multiplied and then return home. But
when Jacob left his father-
We are not now living in the antitypical time of the changed name, Israel, but
we are living in the antitypical "Jacob" time. You might say that Jacob is the fleshly
name, a name that does not spell either prince or saint. Why are we still in the
time portrayed by Jacob's sin-
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started for home. When we start for home as did Jacob, we, too, shall meet with our time of trouble, even Jacob's time of trouble. And at that time we shall become thoroughly converted to God forever, and our name will be changed as is foretold in Isaiah 61:6, and it will be a name that the Lord Himself will give us. When we demonstrate that we are truly converted, then this great promised blessing will come to us. And when our name has been changed it signifies that we are certain candidates for entrance into the Kingdom eternal.
In our study today we have travelled over the road the church has gone through
its long history. Our journey brought us through the patriarchal period and then
the temporal kingdom age and on through the sojourn of the church in the Gentile
nations. It has brought us to the place we find ourselves now -
For the next few minutes we shall depart from the overall application of the allegories to the living church through the ages, and let us also see what lesson there is in it for God's church at this time.
The natural birth that Rebecca gave to her
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From one of these twins is to come the twelve tribes of the children of Israel
When Sister White, the founder of the Seventh-
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the younger all through church history that cherished the spiritual blessings which
the older ones should have possessed for themselves, so it is that the younger children
in the Advent Truth -
But the Jacobites are not yet on Mt. Zion with the Lamb. Instead, they are in
According to the type we are studying, and also prophecy, the Jacobites are about to gather themselves and leave the Gentile nations to return
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to their homeland, Palestine. And on their way they will meet Esau and have their
name changed to Israel. Since Esau, however, did not go to the Gentile nations,
but it was Jacob who left and came here, there must be Esauites also in Palestine.
Is that not correct? Though it is true that we are connected with Edomites in the
It is very apparent, then, that God's people will have much trouble among themselves on the way, and ahead. Trouble is what they face. But God will take care of them today as He did anciently. He has promised that He will remove the Edomites in the church and He has promised also to clear away the Edomites and all of the others that are in the land of
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promise, and give it to His people.
If we had a representation of the Seventh-
Where did we get it? Who is the one that predicted all this? To find our answer, we will read again
Isa. 41:4, 20 -
What effect does all this Truth have upon your heart? Does it not inspire within you the consuming desire to possess the promised spiritual blessings that can be ours? Are you not becoming daily more intimately acquainted with God and becoming hid away in Him, that you may
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be protected in the storm which will soon break upon His people?
Those who prevail with God for His blessing will be delivered and know no defeat.
IN THE HOUR OF TRIAL
In the hour of trial
Father, strengthen me;
Lest by base denial,
I depart from Thee.
When Thou see'st me waver,
With a touch recall,
Nor from Thy dear favor
Suffer me to fall.
With forbidden pleasures
Would this vain world charm,
Or its sordid treasures
Spread to work me harm;
Grant that I may never
Fail Thy hand to see;
Grant that I may ever
Cast my care on Thee. Amen
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BAPTISM WITH WATER, BAPTISM WITH FIRE,
AND THE LORD'S SUPPER 3
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BAPTISM WITH WATER, BAPTISM WITH FIRE, AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
(The following sermon was given by Brother V.T. Houteff April 24, 1943.)
When John the Baptist preached that the Kingdom of God was at hand, he also taught the need for repentance and baptism. The baptism that John performed was itself an object lesson that the people were sinful and unprepared for the Kingdom. We may gather, therefore, that the baptism he gave was to fit the people at that time to meet the Lord and be accepted into the Kingdom of God. Since John was preparing the way of the Lord, then all the saints should have been baptized and ready to meet the Lord by the time He came. But the facts are that when Jesus came He not only also baptized, but He baptized even more persons than John did. And when it was time for Him to ascend into Heaven He commissioned His apostles also to baptize as He had commanded. This commission, moreover, was to extend to the end of probationary time.
If baptism was a significant object lesson pointing forward to one's actually being cleansed and prepared to meet the Lord, then the event itself is still in the future, because the rite of baptism still continues to be performed. We therefore understand that the baptismal ceremony
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which John instituted was not only for the people who were living at that time, but it is also for those who lived after him. Since those persons whom John baptized, and even many that were baptized later, are now dead they will not meet the Lord except they be resurrected, which fact causes us to understand that they were baptized for the resurrection. In other words, had they not performed their duty of baptism they would not rise in the first resurrection nor would they enter the Kingdom of God. We must bear in mind, however, that the Judgment precedes the resurrection. Then prior to the resurrection their cases are taken up in the Judgment and the decision is made which determines that they are worthy to be called forth in the resurrection of the just. After their resurrection they will meet the Lord and will receive welcome into His Kingdom. Their baptism, then, was for the resurrection of the righteous dead.
While John was preaching baptism with water he said in
Matt. 3:11, 12 -
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Jesus, who was to follow after John was to baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire. But the fact is that when He came He, too, baptized with water just as John did. Therefore, we must conclude that the baptism of which John spoke is still future. If it is, when will it come to pass? That is the question before us now. For the answer, let us read again
Matt. 3:12 -
The time that He is to baptize His people with the Holy Ghost and with fire is when He comes to take away the tares and burn them with fire. And our message teaches that the time this purging will take place is at hand (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 80). Yes, the Lord is to come to purge His floor, destroy the chaff and gather the wheat into His Kingdom. Since only the announcement of this most solemn event has been given, and it has not yet come to pass, therefore we still see the chaff and the wheat commingled. In the light of this fact, we must be standing in the same place John and the disciples stood in their time.
John the Baptist found his commission in Isaiah 40:1-
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Isa. 40:1 -
This is the gospel of John the Baptist. He was sent to do this.
Isa. 40:2 -
When we analyze this statement we find that this condition was not true in John's time, for Jerusalem's warfare was not accomplished and her sins were not at that time pardoned. Nor were her trials over. But she was to be comforted by these words. If John's preaching was a type of anything, it must be a type of the message that God wants His servants to preach today just before the Lord comes to baptize and purge His people with fire. If this be true, then this chapter most certainly says that we are in the time when Jerusalem's warfare is to be accomplished and her sins are to be pardoned, the reason being that she has received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. And we understand clearly that Jerusalem cannot mean anything other than God's church, His people.
What specific punishment did the church receive? -
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to be fed 1260 days (Revelation 12). Though some may understand that the church
was to be in the wilderness only for the duration of the prophetic 1260 days, it
should be pointed out that Revelation does not say that. The Revelation only says
that the woman was to be fed in the wilderness 1260 days; it does not say how long
she would be there. Her warfare was to be in the wilderness. By the authority of
other Scripture prophecies in conjunction with Revelation 12, we have learned that
when her warfare is finished she is to journey out of the wilderness and return
to the vineyard (Kingdom) which God is to restore unto her. We believe we are now
approaching that very event when God's people must return and reestablish the vineyard
When John the Baptist came he found the people deeply entrenched in sin, and therefore
not at all prepared for the Kingdom of Christ. And if he and his work are a type
of the message and work today, then it, too, must find the people in the same condition
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the people of God in a sad deception (Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 253).
John the Baptist came and baptized with water. Then Jesus came and He also baptized with water. It was not until the end of His ministry that Christ ordained the Lord's Supper among His disciples. Before they partook of that supper He washed their feet which He said they must let Him do for them if they would have part in the Kingdom. In the evening of this occasion, Jesus told the disciples that they were all clean save one. They were as clean as they could be at that time. The unclean one was Judas who was present among them and who also partook of that ordinance; but he partook of it to his own damnation. Because he allowed the Devil to be in Him he committed treachery against Christ and then hanged himself. This, though, actually was a great blessing to the apostles, because as a result of his own act, they were purified.
When the Lord instituted this ordinance He commissioned His people to celebrate it after His example, but a warning was also given that those who partook unworthily of that bread and wine which symbolize Himself, do so to their own damnation. In compliance with the commission, the apostles performed this ordinance with all who believed. Sometime after the ordinance of humility was given, the Pentecost took place. They were not, however, baptized with fire.
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Since the proper form of baptism is by immersion, then those who are baptized with the Holy Ghost must be covered with the Holy Ghost. Likewise, for a person to be baptized with fire he must go through the fire.
John the Baptist preached repentance and baptism to show that they were in sin and needed to repent and be converted. We do not have the Lord's Supper among us now because we are not ready for it. We are still sinners, not yet clean. But now is the time we are to repent if we ever will, and when we do have the Lord's Supper among us it will denote as much as did John's baptism. But if we are ever to partake of it among ourselves we must first repent, we must be clean. Since we as Adventists have been in the habit of celebrating the Lord's Supper, it is clear that our not having this ordinance among us for the time being signifies that it is a temporary restriction peculiar to us. In order for us to become ready for this ordinance something must take place.
John said that He who would come after him would baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire. That baptism is still future. And if it is still future from John's time, it must be performed sometime before we get into the Kingdom, sometime when the Lord's fan is in His hand. We see, then, that after John's baptism comes the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire; therefore John's baptism must be a symbol of another baptism, that
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of the Holy Ghost and fire. To find out more about what this means, let us turn to
Jesus used this scripture to identify John as being the messenger who was to prepare the way for His coming. In studying these verses we find that there is no difference in the event mentioned here in Malachi and the event mentioned by John himself other than that another symbolism was used in Malachi.
We went through the baptism of water to show that we were sinners and have received forgiveness, but this baptism is a baptism of fire which is to purify us and cause us to emerge as silver and gold. Yes, we have been baptized with water, but when the Lord comes to His temple to baptize us with the purifying fire, who will be able to
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stand? This experience must come to take away the chaff and to save the wheat and to cleanse those who are God's people.
Now let us turn to
Isa. 52:1, 2 -
These verses indicate that from the time the church, Zion, is called to awake and put on her strength, the announcement is also made that the uncircumcised and the unclean are no more to pass through her. At that time the church is asleep and the Lord is calling her to awake; she is weak and the Lord is admonishing her to put on strength. The second verse shows that she is also in the dust and a captive and must be made free from her yoke of captivity.
Isa. 52:7 -
This is the time of the preaching of the
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Kingdom over which God reigns. The good tidings are of salvation, indicating that they are proclaimed in a time when people can still be saved. For a similar statement in another scripture, let us read
Nah. 1:15 -
In our study of this prophecy we learned that this happens when the Assyrian falls,
but the Lord's call to the church in Isaiah 52 to awake comes first. After she awakes
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Now let us turn to
Isa. 4:1 -
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bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by Thy name, to take away our reproach."
To learn the time this is speaking of we will read from the preceding chapter.
Isa. 3:25 -
This verse places the time when the men of Zion shall fall by the sword, and the mighty in the war. Through Nahum we learned that it is the Assyrian war that is being fought in the day these things take place. The preceding verses in this chapter show that Zion is to lose her men and her mighty because her people are following after vanity.
Isa. 3:26 -
Since gates are not able to lament and mourn, they must represent people, those
who let others come in and go out. Therefore they must represent watchmen, ministers.
This verse says they shall lament and mourn. Besides this sad state of affairs,
Zion is described as being desolate. If she at that time is desolate, it would mean
that she is empty -
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day the gates will lament and mourn.
Now we are ready to reread
Isa. 4:1 -
If these scriptures have brought us to the time of the purification of the church,
then today there must be seven women taking hold of one man and wanting nothing but
His name. The seven women in the spiritual realm are symbolical of the seven churches
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Isa. 4:2 -
We know the Branch to be Christ. A branch is a part of a tree, and in this instance
the tree represents the kingdom of David which is to come from the stem of Jesse.
In that day the Branch shall be beautiful and glorious, and through the beauty and
glory of the Branch -
Isa. 4:3 -
Some are to be taken away from Zion and Jerusalem, and all who are left are holy.
Then it is evident that those who were taken away were the unclean and the uncircumcised.
At this time the church will be pure, every member of it being holy. What will
purify them? -
Isa. 4:4 -
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When this verse has been fulfilled all could partake of the Lord's ordinance and bring not damnation to themselves; whereas if; the people should partake of the Lord's Supper before they were washed it would be a curse to them.
Isa. 4:5 -
The holiness of the people constitute the glory. Moreover, there shall be a defence for all Zion's people, for the Lord will defend and deliver them.
Isa. 4:6 -
The admonition in this verse is not given to ancient Israel, but rather it is given to a modern people. We now are to turn to God from Whom the ancient children of Israel have deeply revolted.
Isa. 31:7 -
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If we had no idols then this verse would not be written as it is. What are idols?
From our study today we are able to know and understand that we are in the days when God's people will cast away all their idols. The great question each of us must now settle is this: Are we personally going to be among those who have cast aside every idol? No one can decide this for you, you alone must decide it for yourself.
Isa. 31:8 -
When we cast away our idols then the Assyrian will fall and the Assyrian yoke will be broken.
Isa. 31:9 -
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of the ensign, saith the Lord, Whose fire is in Zion, and His furnace in Jerusalem.
The "ensign" is the object of the Assyrians' fear. After God's elect go through the baptism of fire and come out purified and refined, the ensign or Kingdom is to be set up in Jerusalem for a place of refuge for the others who will afterwards come into It. This is God's schedule.
The important lesson for us to learn is this:
We are approaching the parting of the ways where we must decide whether we will be among the many of whom Daniel spoke that shall be purified, and made white, and tried and understand; or of those who shall do wickedly and not understand. If we would be among the wise and purified ones we had better without delay find out what our idols are and put them away, for that is the factor that will decide which of the two classes we will belong to. Since none of the wicked shall understand in the day of the Lord, it shows that the Truth will become deeper and deeper until finally the wicked will not be able to comprehend It. The point where they first lost out or became blinded, however, was when they met their idol and refused to tear themselves from it. The things we love and esteem more than God's Kingdom are our idols.
"Choose you this day whom ye will serve." -
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but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 18:21. "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matt. 6:24.
JESUS CALLS US
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world's golden store;
From each idol that would keep us
Saying, "Christian, love Me more!"
Jesus calls us! by Thy mercies,
Saviour, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thy obedience
Serve and love Thee best of all.
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(The following sermon was given by Brother V.T. Houteff March 6, 1943.)
We shall spend our allotted time today studying the twenty-
Isa. 28:1 -
The drunkards in this verse are identified as Ephraimites. The kingdom of Ephraim is known as that division of Israel which was made up originally of the ten tribes and was called the house or kingdom of Israel.
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These verses portray the downfall of Ephraim which comes as a result of their sins.
Isa. 28:5 -
Another class of people is brought to view in this verse; namely, the residue of His people. There are, then, the Ephraimites mentioned in Isa. 28:1 and also the residue of His people mentioned in Isa. 28:7.
In the time of the reign of Solomon's son, you recall, the kingdom of Israel was divided into two kingdoms. Ephraim, or the kingdom of Israel, being composed of ten tribes, was the main body or division. The "residue" was the house or kingdom of Judah and was made up of the two remaining tribes, Judah and Benjamin. After the kingdom of Israel was divided into these two kingdoms the tribes in each intermingled, thus causing each kingdom to have within it people from all the twelve tribes. The two kingdoms, however, never merged themselves into one kingdom.
Isa. 28:5, 6 -
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This chapter is a prediction of what was sometime to take place in the house of Ephraim and what was sometime to take place in the house of Judah. History so far does not bear record, however, that this prophecy has yet met its complete fulfillment. Moreover, since this prophecy was made directly for Ephraim and Judah back there, and indirectly for Ephraim and Judah today, therefore, just as the kingdom was divided into two divisions anciently, so also must there be two divisions in modern Israel today. And what happened to the kingdoms of Israel anciently is to be repeated in our day; similarly, what happened to the ancient nations of the world will also happen to their descendants in our day.
According to verses 5 and 6 which we have just read, the Lord must be very close to those for whom He is to be a crown of glory. Let us reread those verses:
Isa. 28:5, 6 -
He is to be all this to "the residue of His people" -
We have learned that it is from the Seventh-
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day Adventist church that the 144,000 are to come and with them will begin the establishment
of the kingdom of Judah, and those of the kingdom of Ephraim are to join the kingdom
of Judah and together they will become one nation. If the 144,000 are in the Seventh-
Isa. 28:7 -
In Isa. 28:1 we are told that Ephraim has been overcome with wine and are therefore
drunkards. And Isa. 28:7 tells us that "they" (the "residue" -
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Isa. 28:8 -
At the time this verse applies the world has no clean place.
Isa. 28:9 -
When the Lord saw that it was time to teach knowledge and to give understanding of doctrine there was no clean place in the world. Hence the question, "Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine?" The implication which this question carries is that it is almost impossible to teach anyone the pure doctrine, the reason being that at that time all the churches were seen drunk on the contaminated doctrines of men.
But the Truth had to come. And this verse says that it could only be given to those weaned from the milk (those who have long been in the faith and are able to take strong meat). It is for this reason that the Rod message has come only to the Adventist church; the Ephraimites would not understand it. It is only those older in the faith (farther advanced in Truth) that can at first understand. The Adventist doctrines, of course, are the most advanced; therefore, it is to the Adventist church that the Lord
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wants first to teach knowledge and make to understand doctrine.
Isa. 28:10 -
There are repetitions spoken here. Our message today covers certain subjects from many angles.
Isa. 28:11 -
In its application to the present descendants of Ephraim and Judah who anciently were broken and scattered, we find that the message which is today being brought to Judah comes not in Hebrew, but in the English language.
Isa. 28:12, 13 -
Those to whom this happens have no excuse.
In His message to Judah, God is to point
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out "the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and...the refreshing." Is not that the very message God has sent us to carry to our Adventist brethren today? But, sadly, they will not hear.
Sister White, in commenting upon these verses has this to say: "...'For with stammering
lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. To whom He said, This is
the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest and this is the refreshing: yet
they would not hear. But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept,
precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there
a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.'
"This means those who have not received instruction, but have cherished their
own wisdom, and have chosen to work themselves according to their own ideas. The
Lord gives these the test, that they shall either take their position to follow His
counsel, or refuse and do according to their own ideas, and then the Lord will leave
them to the sure result...." -
Isa. 28:14 -
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This verse calls those who rule this people in Jerusalem (Judah) "scornful men."
Isa. 28:15 -
They of course will not say this in words, but in their actions they will say this very thing.
Isa. 28:16 -
When Christ was on earth He had nothing to do with Zion. But in His Kingdom which He is soon to set up He is to be the precious corner stone, the sure foundation, and will sit on the throne of David in Zion. Moreover, it is Christ and His people which will constitute the beginning or foundation of the Kingdom symbolized by the stone of Daniel 2 which is to smite the image on the feet and then grow and become a great mountain.
Those who believe shall not make haste,
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meaning that they will follow, think twice, and not run ahead.
Through our study today it is evident that God's people at this time are going through the very same test that the Jews were put through at Christ's first coming. The test is the same but it is coming in a different way. Christ at that time came in person and they heard Him not. Today He sends His Word and they will not hear It. Do you see that?
Isa. 28:17 -
A message is brought which is to plumb and straighten judgment and righteousness. It will correct all our ways. The hail in this verse foretells a destruction, and whatever the waters mean, they will overflow their hiding places.
Isa. 28:18 -
Those who will not heed God's Word must expect these results.
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Isa. 28:19 -
A great and terrible surprise is to overtake them. And when the judgment of God as foretold in Ezekiel 9 commences in the church, it will continue on to the end with any who will be scornful of the Truth.
"And it shall be a vexation only to understand the report." God will cause them to understand the report, or understand the doctrine, and it will be a great vexation to them.
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It was in Perazim that David destroyed the Philistines. And it was in Gibeon that Joshua destroyed the Amorites. Now God is to do something "strange," something new, something that has never been done before. It is called His "strange act."
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Isa. 28:22 -
Since it is the Truth that shall make people free, then the bands being made strong would mean that they would turn away from the Truth and never become free. The consumption is determined upon the whole earth to the end of time.
The plowman plows his land in preparation for sowing the seed. And the reason he does this is that he expects to receive a harvest.
Isa. 28:26 -
Through nature God has instructed the farmer how to prepare his soil and plant his seed.
Isa. 28:27 -
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with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod."
The Lord also instructs here that not all crops are harvested properly in the same way. One kind requires one method and another requires a different method.
Isa. 28:28 -
If corn were to be threshed like cummin a farmer would never get through, and he would ruin it.
Isa. 28:29 -
God has told us how to sow, how to harvest, and how to thresh. In the spiritual
realm, we as Adventists have learned one thing: that the message is to be carried
to the ends of the earth, then probation will close and everything goes down and
we go up into Heaven. It is only now that we are beginning to learn how God does
His harvesting of the various spiritual crops. He is first to harvest the righteous
(the teachable ones) from the Seventh-
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Adventist church (the house of Judah); next, He is to harvest His people from among the Protestants (the house of Israel); and last, He will harvest from the heathen them that will turn and worship Him. Each of these crops He wisely harvests in a different way and in their appointed time of harvest.
In conclusion, let none of us be among those of whom it will be said, "they did not heed the word of the Lord that came unto them" (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 419), but let us rather remember that "it is the submissive, teachable spirit that God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart" (Ibid).
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