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THE FOLLOWING SHEPHERD’S ROD “NEW SYMBOLIC CODE” VOLUME 13 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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WORLD CONDITIONS WHEN GOD'S PEOPLE DELIVERED
(This study was given by V.T. Houteff April 3, 1943 and June 15, 1945.)
Our study for this afternoon is based on texts that are somewhat scattered throughout the Bible. It is in reality a review of the studies we have had the last several weeks, or you might say that it is the conclusion of them.
You remember through our study of the eleventh chapter of Daniel and Isaiah chapters seven and eight and onward, they bring to view a war and the deliverance of God's people in a time of great distress. That is a point that I am to emphasize this afternoon. We will read first
Zech. 1:18, 19 -
The prophet saw four horns, and the angel that talked with him made him to understand
that these horns were symbolical of the Gentile nations which had scattered Judah
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kingdom), and Israel (the ten-
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The prophet first saw four horns which perfectly symbolize those Gentile nations which scattered God's people, for horns are used to push and scatter. Afterwards though, he saw four carpenters, thus lending the impression that they have come to build; for that is the business of carpenters. When the prophet saw the carpenters he wanted to know the purpose of their presence. In his answer, the angel first told him that these carpenters are none other than the four horns (Gentile nations) which had scattered Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem. And these same horns that scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem have now returned as carpenters to cast out the Gentiles and thus free God's people. It therefore becomes obvious
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that the four horns which Zechariah first saw point back to the time when Israel and Judah were scattered, and the symbolism of the four carpenters must point forward, to a time years later when God is to restore and rebuild the kingdom. Briefly, then the symbolism of the horns looks back to the destruction of the kingdom, whereas the other, the carpenters, looks forward to the repairing of it.
The question we ought next to consider is whether the fulfillment of the work of the carpenters took place in the time when the Jews returned from Babylon after their 70 years captivity, or whether it refers to some other time; for you remember that the Jews were scattered, and their land was taken, and they went into captivity under Babylon for the 70 years of Jeremiah's prophecy, after which they returned and the city was rebuilt.
Zechariah says there were four horns which would include all the nations that had a part in scattering God's people. And, moreover, if this prediction met its fulfillment in Nehemiah and Haggai's time, all the Gentiles should have been driven out forever. But they were not. Besides, the horns were those nations that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem, and now they have returned to free them and repair the kingdom, and in chapter two of Zechariah's prophecy, God declared
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that not only would His people's kingdom be restored, but many nations would join themselves to the Lord. Since both Israel and Judah did not return, and since other nations did not join themselves to the Lord and His people when the Jews returned from Babylon, we cannot say that this prophecy met its fulfillment in the return of the Jews from Babylon. And since this prophecy has never been fulfilled, it must take place at some future time.
Through it all we see in Zechariah's prophecy a prediction that one day Gentile nations would be engaged in rebuilding the Israelitish kingdom in Palestine that was once destroyed. We see also that there is to be a world war in which Gentiles outside of Palestine and the Gentiles within will be involved. In that war God's people, Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem, are to be delivered and made free and the kingdom will be rebuilt. That is as plain as anything I have ever seen.
In Luke 21:24 we find these words: "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword,
and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down
of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." It is at the time
Zechariah's prophecy is fulfilled -
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Then the Jews are to return and possess the land. Isaiah, Daniel, and Nahum also bear prophetic testimony to the fact that there is to be war and trouble and deliverance of God's people at the time His Kingdom is restored on earth. Let us now consider Jeremiah's prophecy.
Jeremiah, chapters twenty through thirty is one long account, or book, if you
please, containing both history and prophecy. It deals with the wickedness of the
Jews, and how God would deal with them if they did not repent. And the Lord tried
every possible way to lead them to repentance, but they would not respond. In the
Jer. 30:1, 2 -
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The Lord commands the prophet to write in a book all the words that He had spoken in the preceding chapters.
Jer. 30:3 -
All that God had said about the destruction of Israel and Judah was to be carefully written in a book, because sometime He is to deliver them both, and He did not want that fact to be forgotten.
I am positive upon Bible authority that the kingdom restored is not to be made
up in heaven above. It is to be made up in the very land where God's people lived
until they were driven out because of their sins. Yes, the Bible teaches that all
the twelve tribes some day will return and possess that land -
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We heard a noise of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
We do not have to ask whether a man travails with child, for we know that he does not. What, then, is the reason for suggesting the question? It indicates that something is to happen that never happened before. It will be something as strange as if a man were to travail with child. A time of great and unusual trouble and fear is to overtake the people. It is to bring great distress and anxiety upon them.
Jer. 30:7 -
Though it is designated as the time of Jacob's trouble, yet there is no trouble like it in the respect that none is so great. In this prophecy God is revealing that before God's people return to their father's land there shall be a
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time of trouble that will turn all faces pale. It will be a time of trembling, of fear, and of trouble such as never was.
Trouble is coming. It is not going to be a small trouble. Why is it called Jacob's time of trouble? Jacob met his trouble while he was returning to the promised land. Now Jacob is to return again to the Promised Land with all his household, and again he is to meet with great trouble. That is why it is called the time of Jacob's trouble. The trouble is to be exceedingly great.
Some of us may think we have hardship now, but the fact is that we do not know
what hardship is. We cannot now comprehend or even imagine how great the trouble
will be. "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the
time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." The trouble actually
is what saves him. Then the time of trouble is coming for the good of the latter-
We have learned that in that great time of trouble those represented by Jacob will be delivered. Daniel calls it a time of trouble such as never was, and he also foretells that Michael
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shall stand up and deliver everyone whose name is written in the book. Why did both prophets write about it? Jeremiah perhaps deals more directly with the deliverance of the people and makes plain the time God is to accomplish the deliverance.
Jer. 30:8 -
To break one's yoke and bonds means to make one free. It is from the Assyrian yoke that Jacob is going to be made free.
Jer. 30:9 -
Now we will read the last part of Jer. 30:8 again: "...and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him." The reason there will be no strangers is that no one will serve himself there. In the religious realm, strangers serve themselves rather than the Lord and their king. But in the Kingdom all will serve the Lord their God and David their king. If I am a minister of the gospel for what I can get out of it, then I am serving none but myself; but if I am serving for the good of God's people, then I am serving God. There are many people today dying for their country. Should
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not a Christian be willing to die, if necessary, for the cause of Christ? There shall be no more strangers among Jacob that will serve themselves, "but they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them."
There are two principals brought to light in this statement: One is religious and the other is civil. The one religious is none other than the Lord their God; and the one civil is David their king. If He is to raise David to them then it must be that they are going to have a theocratic form of government as they had in David's time.
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Jacob should not fear, because he shall be saved out of his trouble. God is going to deliver him by a miracle. If it were not a fearfully troublous time they would not need to be told to fear not nor be dismayed. It is to be a terrible time of trouble just before Jacob is delivered. Certainly, then, the statement that there is a silver lining behind every cloud is true in this case.
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God's people are to receive punishment but it is only going to be in measure. The incurable bruise and grievous wound is the kingdom lost. Though the bruise is incurable, yet they are to be delivered. Only a miracle can heal an incurable bruise. Just before God's people are delivered they will be painfully aware that there is no possible way for them to be delivered. But a miracle is to take place. Then all will know that God alone wrought their deliverance.
Jer. 30:14, 15 -
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things unto thee."
God's people suffered the loss of their kingdom because of their sins.
Jer. 30:16 -
This is to begin to be fulfilled when the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled.
Jer. 30:17 -
The adversaries will make sport of Zion because apparently no one will be looking
after them, and they will have no following or friends -
Jer. 30:18 -
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The city shall be rebuilt and the palace shall remain.
Jer. 30:19 -
They are going to multiply and be a great people.
Jer. 30:20 -
Their oppressors are still there.
Jer. 30:21 -
The nobles shall not be of the Gentiles, for they shall have their own government.
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continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until He have done it, and until He have performed the intents of His heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it."
To find what the whirlwind is, let us turn to
It made Judah a curse. Jerusalem was first among the nations to take this curse.
Jer. 25:19 -
Egypt was next.
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The Lord here declares that He commenced His punishment with His own people and He is not going to excuse other people from punishment. All the nations to whom He sent it were to drink of the curse, and what He did to punish His people is a sample of what He will do to the nations, because He will not allow them to go unpunished.
Jer. 25:30, 31 -
The wicked will be destroyed.
Jer. 25:32 -
Evil will go forth from nation to nation, for God will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth. It means war.
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Jer. 25:33 -
This verse is not describing the conditions that will prevail as a result of the coming of the brightness of the Lord when He comes in the clouds. This is a slaughter from the great whirlwind of Jer. 25:32. It is from war: Why should the Lord first bring this on Judah and Jerusalem and then to the nations? Because they had the greatest light and therefore they had the least reason to be wicked. Then when this war starts in the time of the deliverance of God's people, the most enlightened people will suffer first. Please return now to
Jer. 30:23 -
This whirlwind is warfare which does not arrive and then quickly die out. It stays long. It is to start in the latter end of the time God's people are scattered among the Gentiles just before His people are delivered.
Jer. 31:1 -
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The people that were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness, the Gentile world, showing that the sword fell while the people were still in the Gentile nations. Those that were left will be restored to their own land. It is in the time when the true ones in Israel are left and find grace with God.
Jer. 31:3, 4 -
She will again be a kingdom as she once was.
Jer. 31:5, 6 -
Judah is in Zion; Ephraim refers to the kingdom of Israel (the ten-
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Jer. 31:7 -
There are people yet to be saved.
Jer. 31:8 -
A great company shall return.
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An announcement is to be made to the nations informing them of the good things the Lord will do for Israel.
Jer. 31:11, 12 -
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Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all."
Let us now turn to Isaiah 30 and read another prophet's prediction of the very same prophecy we have just read about this afternoon.
Isaiah chapter thirty describes the wickedness of Judah and Israel, and sets forth God's intention to destroy their kingdoms. Let us now read
Isa. 30:18 -
In the previous verses the Lord sets forth the determination of His people to go their own way which will lead to loss and shame. But in this verse He declares that He will wait for a time in mercy for the true ones among them, those who w.l. wait for Him. Thus will He be exalted. And a special blessing is in store for
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those who do wait for Him.
Isa. 30:19 -
They shall dwell in Zion and Jerusalem, not in some other place.
Isa. 30:20 -
Though the kingdom was to be broken up, yet in the time of restoration their teachers would be seen of the people.
Isa. 30:21 -
When the horse comes to the forks in the road, he wonders which road you want him to take. All he wants is but a gentle touch of the reins by the driver to indicate the road he is to follow. So with God's people. The still small voice will clearly direct them in the right way if they will follow it.
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There shall be prosperity.
Isa. 30:25, 26 -
The day when the Lord binds the breach of His people and heals the stroke of their wound is in the day of restoration. It is the day the kingdom is returned to God's people. At that time the moon and the sun will shine many
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times brighter. This of course is symbolical language, the sun signifying Bible Truth. If the sun is to shine seven times brighter it would indicate that the Truth would become clearer and brighter. Since it is even now growing brighter and brighter we see in it another evidence that the time this prophecy is to meet its fulfillment is almost here.
Isa. 30:27 -
The sun shines seven times brighter in the day that the name of the Lord cometh. This is speaking of the day of the Lord. And according to Malachi, the Lord was to send the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord should come.
Isa. 30:28 -
He shall come to sift the nations with vanity, for He knows that vanity appeals to them. Through it they will be led where God wants all to go who follow after vanity. They will err in their ways through specially designed
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vanity which God shall send them, because they follow vain things.
Isa. 30:29 -
That is the way you are going to feel if you follow the Lord in Truth.
Isa. 30:30, 31 -
Speaking of this event, Nahum said the fir trees shall be terribly shaken, and the trees will fall. What is happening in the shaking that has already commenced in today's world? Some great men have fallen, and it is likely that the reason the woman Babylon will be put to rule the world will be due to the trees (rulers) having fallen in the shaking that is now only commencing.
The next chapter of Isaiah, like the preceding chapter, starts with the subject of the fall of Judah, and it also brings in a promise of restoration. We are told that the reason Judah fell was that they trusted in Egypt rather than obey God. Let us continue by reading
Isa. 31:4 -
The Lord is not going to be afraid; He is going to come down to fight for Mount
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That is what happened anciently to Israel and Judah. But what is to happen at the last?
Isa. 2:2 -
The hill of the Lord then is the kingdom restored. Let us continue with
Isa. 31:5, 6 -
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God is calling for reformation in a people other than the children of Israel who have deeply revolted against God.
Isa. 31:7, 8 -
Isa. 31:8 -
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men shall be discomfited."
The Assyrian will fall by a sword which God Himself shall send. Assyria will not fall by a mean man. His fall will come under circumstances that will clearly show that God caused it to happen. When ancient Israel fell it was God who brought it, it was God who was responsible for it. So it will be also with Assyria unless she, too, turns to God. Moreover, it is a vain thing for them to look to some other nation for help. None can stay God's punishment. Only God can help at such a time.
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At the time God's purifying fire is in Zion and His purifying furnace is in Jerusalem
the Assyrian will pass over to his stronghold for fear, and his princes shall be
afraid of the ensign. From this we can see that Nineveh will not lose out completely
when she loses in Palestine. She is to lose out in Palestine first and then flee
to her stronghold. This has reference to the time when the Kingdom is set up before
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before she loses her stronghold. The Kingdom, then, is to be established before the complete fall of Assyria takes place.
The Kingdom is going to be established, moreover, in Zion and Jerusalem, not in Washington or Mt. Carmel. And many peoples and nations shall flow unto It. It will happen just as soon as "every man" casts away his idols. It is useless to expect it before. As soon as that happens Assyria will fall in the land. The coming of the Kingdom then is not waiting for anyone but God's own people.
Let us return to Jeremiah and read a few more verses from the chapter we were studying earlier.
Jer. 31:13 -
Both old and young will rejoice together.
Jer. 31:14 -
All will be satisfied.
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Jer. 31:15, 16 -
This includes all God's people living and dead.
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How different is Ephraim at the time of his deliverance compared with what he was like when he was taken captive! Once he was like a wild bullock; but now he is tame.
We have read a number of Scriptures here today. Now let us very briefly summarize what we learned from it. We learned
(1) What is the time of Jacob's trouble;
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(2) The Kingdom will be set up in a time of war;
(3) The whirlwind and sword (war) is the evil, the curse that is to be sent to all the nations to whom the Lord will send it;
(4) The evil (war) is to go from nation to nation and is not to be of short duration;
(5) God's people will be delivered in a time of great trouble;
(6) They must cast away all idolatry as a prerequisite to being delivered;
(7) The Gentiles will have their trouble when they are called out of Babylon. Today's study dealt mainly with Jacob's own trouble and about his being delivered from the Assyrian yoke.
The great and dreadful day of the Lord is fast coming. Let us each be ready for it on time lest we lose out altogether.
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(This study was given by V.T. Houteff September 30, 1939 and June 22, 1940.)
Through the prophecy of Isaiah 7 and 8 we plainly see that God's people are approaching a time that will demand of them great faith to believe implicitly in God's Word only.
Since the experiences which are recorded in the Bible were written for ensamples or object lessons for God's people today (1 Cor. 10:11), let us read a few verses from Isaiah 7 and then Isaiah 8, and glean the lesson there may be hidden there for us.
Isa. 7:1 -
This verse in conjunction with the verses which follow it reveal that God favored
Judah (the two-
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Through this experience we should gain the lesson as Christians that God will not bless the endeavors of any of His people when they join heathen forces in order to gain strength in their effort to overcome their brethren in Christ whom for some reason they wish to have put out of their way. Such an alliance cannot prosper.
Isa. 7:2 -
The people of Judah were afraid.
How would we feel if a like experience should befall us now? What would sustain
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Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established."
God was here telling Judah that they should not fear this alliance because He was not sponsoring it. Israel and Syria were dependent on nothing greater than their kings and the capitals of their nations. Judah was instructed to depend on God's Word which declared that these allied powers would fail to overcome them. Moreover, Judah was told, "If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established." In other words, Judah was told that if they did not believe what God was telling them they would lose out. Their survival, therefore, was wholly conditional on their complete belief in God's promise only that the alliance formed against them would fail.
The day is coming when you and I, too, must
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depend entirely on God's Word. But unless we know what God's Word is it is impossible for us to believe Him.
Isa. 8:9 -
God here is challenging a move toward a federation of nations.
With World War I we began to hear serious proposals for the associating of nations into a single league. Today the proposal is revived, and efforts are being made toward forming a strong and workable union of nations. Indeed, not only is the idea of international federation growing more and more prevalent, but in the minds of many great men, there is the positive conviction that the successful continuance of their nation's way of life is utterly dependent upon the closest association and cooperation of all those nations which share their way of life.
The warning given in this chapter to nations and peoples is not to associate and gird themselves or take counsel together, as it would only come to naught. There may be some significance in the repetitions of the warning. If so, it would indicate that either two or possibly three attempts would be made among nations
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to associate and gird themselves, and it would only end in complete failure. If there should yet be another attempt and there be involved a war against Judah, then Judah, having no adequate means of defense among themselves, will have to let God be their means of deliverance.
Isa. 8:10 -
God's people take a strong and independent attitude because they believe that
God is with them. Most human beings are somewhat like Peter. We have great faith
until we meet face to face a trial. When the trial here prophesied comes, though,
God's people must know that God is with them, and they must firmly stand on His side.
Through this verse we are made to understand the real reason for the certain failure
of the nations in their attempt to obviate the fulfillment of their fears. God is
not with them. It becomes distinctly apparent, therefore, that it is the pressing
duty of every God-
Isa. 8:11, 12 -
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to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid."
God's people are not only commanded not to participate in the confederacy, but they are to oppose it "to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy."
"Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid." It is upon the root of some fear that the confederacy is formed. But that which constitutes their fear is not to constitute the fear of God's people.
Isa. 8:13 -
God alone is to be revered; God alone is to be feared and dreaded. If there were no possibility for fear at the fulfillment of this chapter, there would be no need for this reassurance and instruction. It is indicative of the fact that God's People will see themselves absolutely helpless, and they will appear helpless to all others. Then they will receive deliverance from God, and all will behold it.
If God's people are approaching the time when they must either confederate or sacrifice their lives, they must be developing that faith which will cause them to believe that "in those
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days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." Rev. 9:6.
Isa. 8:14 -
A sanctuary is a place of refuge. Besides being a place of refuge to God's faithful
ones, He is also to be a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel -
Isa. 8:15 -
This prophecy declares that the confederacy will be a snare -
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In Isaiah 24 we are told that there would be a shaking as of an olive tree and but few men would be left.
The confederacy that we are studying this afternoon commences before the Loud Cry and before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9. It is not the Image of the Beast, for this association precedes the Image of the Beast, and the confederacy is formed when the nations are girding themselves for war. Put another way, the confederacy will commence after the sealing and perhaps just before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9. Moreover, it is in the time when the Christian nations are united that the woman "Babylon" will sit on the seven "heads" (Rev. 17:9), depicting also the union of the churches under Babylon.
All those who are not expecting the confederacy, but instead are expecting next the reassertion of Roman church supremacy or the battle of Armageddon or something else are going to fall into this snare, for it will appear to them harmless and perhaps even a good thing. But it will be their trap.
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Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in Mount Zion."
Someone will have faith. God does not mean by this that He is keeping His blessings away from Jacob, but it shows that though we cannot see His face, we can witness His power.
Isa. 8:19 -
This shows that the world is going spiritualistic.
Isa. 8:20 -
This does not mean that they are devils, but rather they are in darkness. When they learn the Truth, then they shall speak according to the law and the testimony of Jesus.
Isa. 8:21, 22 -
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shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness."
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THE OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH 3
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THE OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH
"The Sabbath is a golden clasp that unites God and His people. But the Sabbath
command has been broken. God's holy day has been desecrated. The Sabbath has been
torn from its place by the man of sin, and a common working-
"The Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict in which all the world
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will act a part. Men have honored Satan's principles above the principles that rule
in the heavens. They have accepted the spurious Sabbath, which Satan has exalted
as the sign of his authority. But God has set His seal upon His royal requirement.
Each Sabbath institution bears the name of its author, an ineffaceable mark that
shows the authority of each. It is our work to lead the people to understand this.
We are to show them that it is of vital consequence whether they bear the mark of
God's kingdom or the mark of the kingdom of rebellion, for they acknowledge themselves
subjects of the kingdom whose mark they bear. God has called us to uplift the standard
of His down-
From time to time questions have come into this Office regarding various important
aspects of the Sabbath. Before his death, Brother Houteff prepared material in question-
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WHAT IS IT? WHEN IS IT?
FOR WHOM IS IT?
STRICTLY BIBLICAL REPLY."
Searching examination by Heaven's all-
"And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation
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of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: and the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
"Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: and in the morning then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that He heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against Him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.
"And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel,
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Come near before the Lord: for He hath heard your murmurings. And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children
of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning
ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God." Ex.
On these verses the Friday-
"We are also given the divine connection, or the true relationship of God's days
and God's months in the 16th chapter of Exodus. God proved to the children of Israel
which each day of the week was by 'the falling of the manna.' The first manna fell
on the 16th day of the second month, the day after the 15th, see Ex. 16:1-
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Tuesday, the 5th day is called Wednesday the 6th day or 'Preparation Day.' is called
Thursday; and the 7th day on which no manna fell is now called Friday. This same
relationship was maintained from Creation for we see there that the first time the
moon ever registered time, which would be the first day of the month, was on the
5th day of the week. Gen. 1:14-
"Now carefully read in review about the departure of the children of Israel out
of the land of Egypt. (Exo. 12). You will find that they were instructed to keep
the passover (Abib 14) in Egypt and then leave on the following day (Abib 15). Lev.
"We can understand the wisdom of God in giving the children of Israel His True Time for He was showing them important feast days to keep and, as we will soon see. He was going to give them His laws to keep.
"According to Num. 33:2-
"It was in the wanderings of the children of Israel that God performed one of the greatest of all Bible miracles: the falling of the manna. Have you passed this scripture over as being only a miraculous feeding of the children of Israel to keep them from starving to death? God had a deeper purpose. According to Exodus 16:3,
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God purposes to prove 'whether they will walk in my law or no.'
"There is an outstanding date given in Exodus.
"Exo. 16:1: And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt."
"Two and one-
"But on that same 15th day God made a promise through Moses, saying:
"Exo. 16:12: I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.
"Now the first morning after the 15th would
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be the morning of the 16th: the first day that manna fell in the wilderness. It is declared to us clearly that this is the first day of the week, for Exodus 16:22 says they gathered it every morning for six days. Also see Ex. 16:26.
"So let us count: Manna fell first on the 16th day of the second month (Zif) or
the first day of the Bible week; 17th -
Day of week: .... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Month of Zif: ... 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
"God's Seventh Day Sabbath Is Called Friday On Roman Gregorian Calendar.
"Referring once more to the calendar, we use the 'key week' and find that we can trace forward or backward. Tracing backward, we find that the 1st day of the 1st month of the 1st year of a 3 year cycle comes on the 5th day of God's week.
"This new moon showing the first day of
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the first year of the cycle always comes in on the day which the Roman calendar calls Wednesday. Actually God's day begins on the previous evening (i.e. Tuesday evening, Roman time) according to scripture. Gen. 1:23.
"Since Wednesday is the day of the new moon, and the new moon comes on the 5th day of God's week then we can safely say that the 6th day falls on Thursday and the 7th day Sabbath of God's Week is called Friday, Roman time.
"A Bible day is from sunset to sunset. Thursday sunset to Friday sunset is actually
God's Sabbath." -
These comments by the Friday-
Close analysis of the Scriptural record (Exodus 16)
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under consideration reveals that the only day of the month Inspiration names is the fifteenth, the day of the Exodus' arrival in the wilderness of Sin (Ex. 16:1). The scripture does not name the day or the month upon which Israel murmured; and it does not name the month or the day upon which the manna first fell, nor the day upon which the quail came up.
These facts became absolutely evident when it is noted that not all the time elements of Exodus 16:2 to 12 are chronological or immediately connected with those of Exodus 16:1, the verse which deals with the day of Israel's arrival in the wilderness of Sin. Verses 2 to 12 and on to 35 briefly recount only the most significant aspects of the most significant experiences which befell them during their forty years' sojourn in the wilderness.
Too, these verses make it equally evident that none of the events they recount took place on the days immediately following the Exodus' arrival in the wilderness of Sin. Any careful comparison of the records will bear out that the events in point cover a considerable period of time, and that there is a gap in time between Exodus 16:1 and Exodus 16:2; also that, chronologically, even the events of Exodus 17 come between the events of Exodus 16, verses 1 and 2.
The fact is, that aside from stating the day of the month the Exodus arrived in the wilderness
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to be the fifteenth, the record does not name any other day at all in connection with either the falling of the manna or the coming of the quail, but simply points out that the one came in the evening (of an unrecorded day), and the other in the morning (of an unrecorded day). Furthermore, and again contrary to the theory, the manna came first and the quail came days later, as we shall now see.
Since the book of Numbers, chapter 11, records the manna and the quail events in greater detail than does Exodus 16, we shall briefly examine the account as given there:
"We remember the fish which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: but now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." Num. 11:5, 6.
Being displeased with their murmurings over the manna, the Lord commanded Moses:
"...say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and ye shall
eat flesh:... Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten
days, nor twenty days; but even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils,
and it be loathsome unto you...." Num. 11:18-
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These and the preceding verses of the chapter definitely disclose that the quail
came after the Israelites murmured against the manna; and that after they lost taste
for it they became the more querulous because of their unbelief in the Lord's ability
to provide flesh food for such a great multitude. To their surprise, though "...there
went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall
by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey
on the other side round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face
of the earth. And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all
the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers:
and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. And while the
flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled
against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague." Num.
These verses of Scripture bring forth the firm fact that the quail did not come
ahead of the manna (Num. 11:1-
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supposes it to be.
It is surprising, too, that he has failed to note that it was not in God's purpose to feed His people with flesh at all during the forty years; no one could imagine that He was capricious to give them meat to eat right at the start, then abruptly to take it away from them and to put them on manna instead. Moreover had such been the case, then such, rather than the contrary, would have been the record.
Also, it is understandable that just as soon as they saw that there was no way
of making a living in the wilderness, they faithlessly envisaged themselves reduced
to want, poverty, starvation, and death, and straightway began to recriminate Moses
over their fear-
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"Yea," solemnly affirms the Psalmist, "they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out and the streams overflowed; can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people?" Ps. 78:19, 20.
The logic of the events in the sequence thus established by the Psalmist, gives
corroborative evidence: (1) that the "bread" (the manna) came down quite some time
after the fifteenth day; (2) that it came after their second advance into the wilderness
of Sin -
Failing to see and to reckon with these truly key facts, the Friday-
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events recorded there cover a period of time (all the days of their wanderings in
the wilderness of Sin) rather than simply a few days following their arrival in the
wilderness of Sin. The events of the chapter include even the spying out of the
land, also the giving of the "Testimony" of the Lord (the law) from Sinai, as well
as the building of the tabernacle and the furnishing of it (Ex. 16:33-
"Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:...and ye shall keep it up until
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the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening." Ex. 12:3,6.
Carefully mark, the command specifically exacts that the sacrificial lamb be separated
from the flock on the tenth day of the first month, kept alive but up to the fourteenth,
not up to the thirteenth, then killed in the evening of the same day, that is, the
lamb was to be killed toward the end of the fourteenth not at the beginning of it.
The margin places the time of killing the lamb "between the two evenings." Biblically
and traditionally the one "evening" is the time after the noon sun begins to decline
Thus Israel made all these preparations during the fourteenth day then ate the sacrifice during the night of the fifteenth day (Ex. 12:18; Lev. 23:6), the very night of the season in which, as the Bible plainly states, they not only ate the Passover but also left Egypt (Num. 33:3; Lev. 23:6). To make this important fact graphically clear, we subjoin the following diagram.
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Just how, therefore, in view of these clear-
*The dark part ahead of the light part of the day.
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and resurrection, and with his "quail-
It will now be observed that in order to prop up the Friday-
He does this shifting of events even in the face of the Scriptural facts that
Jesus spent the Passover day, the fourteenth, with His disciples (Mark 14:12-
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with them the Passover feast on the fifteenth, Wednesday night (Mark 14:18); that
He was arrested that same night immediately after the Passover celebration, then
tried by Annas and by Pilate, and crucified and buried at about sundown (Mark 15:42-
In a desperate endeavor to substantiate their three-
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day, and "Sabbath"!
Take next the "wave sheaf" which is typical of the resurrection of Christ. Having
to be offered during the Passover week and on no other day but "on the morrow after
the Sabbath" (Lev. 23:11) -
Further, the Sanctuary law demanding "seven sabbaths" from the day of the sheaf
offering to the Pentecost (Lev. 23:15), absolutely eliminates the possibility of
any day other than the seventh-
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resurrection) on Sunday.
In spite, though, of all the light on the subject, there is scant hope that these perverters will stop arguing themselves out of the Sabbath blessing!
Tragedy indeed that they will not open their eyes to see that the Bible makes
unmistakably clear that they misinterpret the heart of the earth, that Jesus by it
did not mean the grave, that He was not three days and three nights in the grave,
also that His trials crucifixion, and burial consumed more than one day. They seem
bewitchedly oblivious that the Book records the hour of each event, as follows: (a)
at about the sixth hour (either noon or midnight according to ancient time-
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during the dark part of the day, (4) that it was at the sixth hour during the light
part of the day that darkness covered the earth while Jesus was hanging on the cross
(Matt. 27:45), (5) and that since the sixth hour in which He was led into Pilate's
Judgment Hall was before the crucifixion, then it inescapably follows that the sixth
hour before the crucifixion was either Thursday noon or midnight the sixth hour in
the night between Thursday sunset and Friday sunrise. Why could they have brought
Him to Pilate by night? For the same reason that they had Him arrested and brought
to Annas and Caiaphas by night -
The fact that Jesus' captors first led Him to Annas (John 18:13-
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days and three nights.
This is the Bible's own hour-
As the time thus consumed in this sequence of events (from the time Christ appeared before Annas to the time He arose from the dead) is absolutely Biblical, aggregating as predicted exactly three full days and three full nights, then there is no Scripturally and logically admissible conclusion other than that Christ definitely did not intend His utterance, "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth," to mean merely from the time He was to be put
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into the grave to the time He was to arise from it. Rather, He meant from the time the Sanhedrin was to take Him into custody, to the time the stone was to roll away from the tomb in order for Him to arise therefrom (Luke 24:7). Moreover, since the Sanhedrin was the headquarters, the heart of the church, thus the heart of the earth in its time, and since Christ was in its custody three days and three nights (for the Sanhedrin set a watch over His body even while It rested in the tomb), then the Sanhedrin, the church, is what He termed "the heart of the earth." And who can honestly deny the correctness of the figure, considering that, as the Scriptures teach, the earth still stands only because the church, the heart of the earth (the transmitter of spiritual life), is still functioning in an effort to impart eternal life to it?
The church (with Christ in it), not the grave, is in every spiritual sense the heart and the life of the earth. Indeed, no understanding mind could ever regard the grave to be "the heart of the earth", much less, then, could the Lord so regard it. The enlightened mind well knows, too, that the grave is not the generator of life, but the container of death, and therefore can never be called the heart of the earth, no, no more than can a man's carcass be called his soul.
Since Jonah's ordeal is a type of Christ's ordeal, we shall now look unto it. The whale,
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being a living creature that safely transported Jonah's life through the deep, must be figurative of something living, not of a grave, an inanimate thing, that itself is figurative of eternal hell! What, then, could the whale possibly be figurative but of the old ship Zion on voyage over the savage sea of sin, to the City Eternal! O, how plain, how sure, how stirring!
The whale's failing to do away with Jonah, but rather taking him safely to shore
so that Nineveh perish not, typifies the Satan-
Here also is seen the fact that as the ship and its crew would never have survived the storm, nor Nineveh the judgment that was about to befall her, save by Jonah's ordeal in and survival of the briny deep, in like manner the church and the world would never have escaped Satan's hold upon them, save by Christ's voluntary sufferings and by His triumphant
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Since in the belly of a hunger-
And so it is that Jonah's voluntarily allowing himself to be plunged into the fiercest of sea tempests for the sake of the ship and its crew, and thus for Nineveh is the type; and that Christ's voluntarily permitting Himself
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to be plunged into the fiercest of sin tempests, there to be mocked, nailed to a cross and put into a tomb, for the sake of the Church and the captive members, and thus for the world, is the antitype.
Christ's descending to earth to save its inhabitants at a time when Satan had
taken complete control not only of the world but of the Church too, and thus expected
therein to forever make rid of the only Saviour as soon as He should appear; also
Christ's breaking through Satan's defense lines, re-
These are the lessons which the Lord wanted to convey to the Jews through the
It is now clearly seen, too, that to construe Christ's statement, "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth," to mean His going into the grave, is calculated not only to do away with the Holy Sabbath but also to exclude the significance of His trials and sufferings, to cover up the lesson which the Inspired figure, "the heart of the earth," teaches.
Thus the frail and flimsy pebble structure
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of the Friday-
"This new moon showing the first day of the first year of the cycle always comes in on the day which the Roman calendar calls Wednesday. Actually God's day begins on the previous evening (i.e. Tuesday evening Roman time) according to scripture. Gen. 1:23.
"Since Wednesday is the day of the new moon, and the new moon comes on the 5th day of God's week, then we can safely say that the 6th day falls on Thursday and the 7th day Sabbath of God's Week is called Friday, Roman Time." God's Calendar, p. 7.
Though these statements may sound impressive, their substance is the stuff of
tinsel. The new moon of the first day of the first year in the three-
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year the pattern he fancies it follows.
With the subject in question now alight like "the burning bush," it is our devout
hope that both the author of the Friday-
May you, Brethren, who have been trapped by the Friday-
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You now see, I am sure, that the so-
Since through the Rod (Mic. 6:9; 7:14), Inspiration has at this very time amassed
unparalleled prophetic proof of the onrushing approach of "the great and dreadful
day of the Lord" (Mal. 4:5), what, then, could be more inevitable and more certain
than that Satan would unleash upon Christendom his most vicious pack of Bible perversions?
It is therefore not surprising to hear the loud barking of "greedy dogs,...shepherds
that cannot understand" (Isa. 56:11), endeavoring to draw away attention from the
most weighty concern ever to confront mankind -
Because the momentous message in connection with the day of the Lord (Mal. 4:5,
6), is to lift aloft "the law of Moses" which God "commanded unto him in Horeb" (verse
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if possible. But the Spirit of God works, too revealing Truth to expose falsehood, so as to safeguard the faithful who want to know the truth at any price, and who want to obey It regardless of consequences.
In the next issue of the Code, there will appear two questions and their answers. One question will pertain to Sabbath observance at the International Date Line; the other will pertain to the question of whether the Sabbath is governed by the lunar month or by a independent weekly cycle.
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Vol. 13 Nos. 7, 8
QUESTION ANSWERED ON SABBATH OBSERVANCE
INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE IN EDEN 3
DOES LUNAR CALENDAR OR
WEEKLY CYCLE GOVERN SABBATH? 9
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QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON
INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE IN EDEN 3
DOES LUNAR CALENDAR OR WEEKLY CYCLE GOVERN SABBATH? 9
By V.T. Houteff
"I have read Pastor N's book," writes another Truth-
INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE IN EDEN."
With all respect to everyone's religious beliefs, it must be recognized that Pastor N's contention that Sunday is the true Sabbath in Australia, although Saturday in America, is as true as to declare that the year 1952 in Australia is 1951 in America. He so confounds knowledge with words as to create an illusion of truth. But an illusion, a mere mirage, is all it is. His theory that one's cruising the earth westward would lose him a day in time while his cruising eastward would gain him a day, logically constrains the false conclusion the one's flying at the same rate of speed as that at which the earth revolves on her axis, practically 1000 miles per hour, would lose him as many days, weeks, months and years as he should keep on flying. For at that rate of speed he would keep up with the sun, and,
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unless he should stop, he would never see the end of the day if he should start out in the daytime, or would never see the end of the night if he should start out at nighttime.
Then, too, N's proposed location of an International date line in Eden (Palestine,
or thereabouts), instead of the natural one in the Pacific Ocean, is obviously illogical
and impracticable besides un-
When Pastor N. takes all these facts into consideration, then, he, too, will know
that just as Eden saw the first sunrise (the beginning of the first solar daylight
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the seventh day, began in Eden (Jerusalem) as the sun there sank out of sight about ten hours after the third sunset occurred at the Date Line in the Pacific ocean.
Moreover, the fact that N's Eden date line would have to pass through densely
inhabited areas, whereas God's date line in the Pacific passes through no habitation
at all, is another good and sufficient evidence that the date line in the Pacific
is God's created date line. The difference which an Eden (Palestine) date line would
make is this: Momentarily Pastor N could step aside from where Saturday commences
and could spend a day on the side where Sunday begins. Thus his Eden date line would
enable him entirely to avoid Saturday Sabbath-
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Thus we see that sharp minds, destitute of the Spirit of Truth, can devise sharp schemes but likewise Spiritless. But thanks be to God, they are not able to put over all schemes they launch. Marvelous indeed that Pastor N discovered the Palestine or Eden date line, and neither Christ the Creator, nor His holy prophets ever knew a thing about it! O, the wonderful spiritless wisdom of Spiritless men!
Pastor N's computation may, depending on the speed at which he travels, lose him a day or days if he goes westward, or gain him a day or days if he goes eastward whereas God's week and His Sabbath are invariably constant, never losing or gaining, regardless what direction one travels.
It is simple to see that in cruising the earth either westward or eastward we
either lose or gain time on the timepiece, not because of the Date line, nor because
of time itself, but simply because of our going either in the opposite direction
from which the earth revolves -
A comparison may bring this fact clearer. Picture your climbing a hill of sand over which for every yard you move upward, your feet slide back an inch, your efforts thus resulting in your losing one yard in every 36 yards of climbing. Actually therefore you would be walking 37 yards but moving up only 36 yards. Whereas in going downhill, your feet would,
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on the contrary, slide ahead an inch for every yard you walked, your efforts thus resulting in your gaining one yard in every 35 yards or 36 yards for only 35 yards walked.
So it is that in cruising westward, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, you would have to set back your timepiece four times (4 hours) in order to keep the same time as do the people where you would find yourself. And in cruising eastward from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, you would have to push ahead your timepiece four times (4 hours).
Let us suppose again that you reside where the evening star stands (let it be
stationary for our purpose here) directly overhead at the time the sun goes down
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"But how," it may be asked, "could one on the Sabbath sail westward from the western
(American) side to the eastern side to the eastern (Asiatic) side without ending
Let us suppose that not only one but all the passengers, including the crew, are
All these considerations translate themselves into absolute proof that the Sabbath
necessarily begins on Friday at sunset, but about eight hours earlier in Australia
then in Jerusalem. The simple, never-
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why He emphatically commands us to keep It holy from "even to even." Lev. 23:32.
We now turn our attention to another Sabbath theory and ism, concerning which
Assuming that the seventh-
THE BROCHURE SAYS:
"Yes, all Christendom, with the exception of some Saturday keepers, keep a heathen
day of the Sun. But the Saturday keepers also keep, and honor a day of heathen origin
"Exodus 12:1, 2: 'And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month [moon] of the year to you.' The moon was made to measure the months. Compare 1 Samuel 20, verses 5, 18, 24, 27, 34. And also to mark the seasons
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(Gen. 1:14 and Psa. 104:19). The moon and the sun and the stars is God's calendar in the firmament that all men can see and mark God's times together with the earth....
"The Sabbath of the Bible, therefore, is the Sabbath upon which the Passover comes
every year. The Lord has purposely placed the Passover celebration upon the second
Sabbath of the first Moon (Abib), every year, for a reminder of the Sabbath every
year (Ex. 20:8). It is the second Sabbath of the first month, by reason of the Passover
being upon the fourteenth of that month, which is the first full moon after the Vernal
equinox when spring begins." -
To the exponents of the aforequoted Sabbath reckoning
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH GIVES
In the preceding quoted paragraphs, the well-
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the fourteenth, the twenty-
It is true that the names of the months and the days of the week are of mythological
origin, but the cycle of the week, as we shall see is from time immemorial. True,
the Lord said to Moses, "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it
shall be the first month of the year to you." Ex. 12:2. But He did not say, It shall
also be the beginning of weeks to you. Thus the question, "How readest thou?" sharply
confronts the lunar-
Had He intended the moon to fix the time of the holy Sabbath, He would have made it complete its revolution around the earth once either in exactly four weeks or in exactly one week. But since the moon does not do so, it cannot be taken as the Divine regulator of the weekly holy Sabbath day. Moreover, Sabbath begins at "even," whereas the new moon may appear at any hour of day or night.
The following paragraphs briefly bring forth solar, lunar, and Biblical facts, not implications, that the weekly cycle never has been and never can be controlled by any lunar or solar calendar, and that the church under God's
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direction has never either in the Old or in the New Testament kept a lunar Sabbath.
The Sabbath which the Lord hallowed was celebrated on exactly the seventh day
after the creation of the earth began, not on the seventh day after the creation
of the moon began (Gen. 2:2). So the weekly cycle which God set in motion, and the
Sabbath which He Himself celebrated, were not measured by the revolutions of the
moon, but by the revolutions of the earth. Had the Lord blessed and observed a Sabbath
that is governed by the moon, then the Sabbath hours could not have fallen on the
seventh day from the beginning of creation, but rather must have fallen within the
tenth day, for the moon was not created and set in motion until after the fourth
day of creation. (See Genesis 1:14-
As creation week was three days older than both the sun and the moon, the fact
conclusively follows, therefore, that neither of these heavenly luminaries could
have ever regulated the week of creation. Moreover, such a solar-
Furthermore, were we to standardize the seventh, the fourteenth, the twenty-
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All these significant facts completely invalidate the idea of the weeks being
dependent upon the monthly orbit of the moon, and should therefore render unnecessary
any further discussion of the subject. But since the lunar-
"The use of the week was introduced into the Roman Empire about the 1st or 2nd
century of the Christian era from Egypt, and had been recognized independently of
Christianity before the Emperor Constantine confirmed it by enjoining the observance
of the Christian Sabbath. With the Mohammedans the week has also a religious character,
Friday being observed by them as a Sabbath." -
"The period of seven days...was used by the Brahmins in India with the same denominations
employed by us, and was alike found in the calendars of the Jews, Egyptians, Arabs
and Assyrians." -
"The week is a period of seven days, having
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no reference whatever to the celestial motions, -
There is history's testimony. Plainly, it no more supports the lunar-
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QUESTION ANSWERED ON SABBATH OBSERVANCE
DOES LUNAR CALENDAR OR WEEKLY
CYCLE GOVERN SABBATH? (CONT.) 3
ONE THOUSAND YEARS SABBATH! 8
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QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON
SABBATH OBSERVANCE PART 3
DOES LUNAR CALENDAR OR WEEKLY CYCLE GOVERN SABBATH?
(Cont.) Part 3
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As for a lunar calendar, let us not lose sight of the fact that Moses and the
people that he led out of Egypt were all born and raised in Egypt; that they knew
of no other than the Egyptian calendar. And what was it? -
"We know from the Latin writer Censorinus that the first day of the Egyptian calendar year coincided with the rising of Sothis in A.D. 139 and it must therefore have done the same thing 1460 solar years earlier and so on, i.e. in 1321 B.C., 2781 B.C., 4241 B.C., 5701 B.C. etc. ...Egyptologists consequently date the introduction of the calendar to 4241 B.C. or to 2781 B.C. according as they believe the Pyramids to be earlier or later than the latter date. A still higher date, e.g., 5701 B.C., is hardly likely.
"...Twelve nominal months of 30 days each gave 360 days, and the missing 5 days were added on at the end under the name of 'days additional to the year.' The months were
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grouped into three sets of four, the first four forming the inundation season, the
second four the winter or sowing-
While history points out that the Egyptian month consisted of thirty days, Moses reveals in his writings that the Noatic month likewise was thirty days long. (See Gen. 7:11 and 8:3, 4). The only change God made in the Egyptian calendar was: "This month [Abib] shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you." Ex. 12:1, 2.
Since Moses and the people whom he led out knew of no other than the Noatic and
Egyptian calendars, and since God corrected only the time in which the year was to
begin, He thus revealed that, aside from the time in which the new year was to commence
Egypt's measuring time was to be theirs too. He even approved of the Egyptian names
of the months as it is seen from the fact that "the month Abib" (Egypt's name of
the month), the day it began and the day it ended), was chosen to be their first
month of the year (Ex. 12:2; 13:4). Moreover, the Jews also used in their calendar
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for the second, Sivan for the third, and so on four of which are recorded in the
Bible. They are: Abib (Ex. 13:4), Zif (1 Kings 6:1), Ethanim (1 Kings 8:2), Bul
(1 Kings 6:38). The Jews could not have used the Egyptian and the Medo-
Still further, the calendar which the prophets used in both the Old and New Testaments
was not lunar, but solar: For example, in Noah's time 150 days equaled five months,
30 days to a month, (Gen. 7:11; 8:3,4). In Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, also in Revelation
12:14, "time times, and the dividing of time," -
When God created the moon He appointed it to rule the night (Gen. 1:14-
It is in 1 Samuel 20:5, in King Saul's day
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that the Bible first mentions celebrating new-
Celebrating a new-
Some take 1 Samuel 20:27 as proof that the months began with each new moon, but
when one stops and thinks, he discovers that if the months had begun with the celebration
of the new-
Bible commentators generally hold that sometime after the Hebrews went out of Egypt they began to use lunar time, but no one knows
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exactly when and by whom it was commanded. Suppose it is true that the Jews kept
lunar time. It is no sign that we should follow their un-
Finally, since Moses and the prophets after him are entirely silent about a lunar calendar, then why should we to our own damnation add strange sparks, sparks of our own devising, to the light of God?
"Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine." Job 18:5. "Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of His servant that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of Mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow." Isa. 50:10, 11.
Since this is the only light which the Bible sheds on the subject, the lunar calendar theory, therefore, appears to be only conjectural, and not at all Biblical. Consequently, "it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord" (Lam. 3:26), not to run ahead of Him. We can thus avoid presenting
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strange fires before Him. Nadab and Abihu were unmindful of God's command not to
meddle with His statutes, "and there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them,..."
Take your hands off the ark of God; the ark is to be supported by only Him Who knows how, when, and by Whom.
And now we come to still another ism, to the illusion of a
ONE THOUSAND YEAR SABBATH!
There is no more fantastic a Sabbath theory than that which holds its victims
captive in the belief that the Sabbath is 1,000 years long, erecting its wildly fanciful
claims upon the bald assumption that the seven days of creation were each a period
of 1,000 years! Absurd as the theory is, yet it goes on and on, when but scarcely
more than a glance through the record of creation is needed to convince any objective
reader that those days of creation were 24 hours long. The record, "And the evening
and the morning were the first day" (Gen. 1:5), dissipates any possibility other
than that the day was in two parts -
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the morning," was repeated with each succeeding day of creation, Inspiration thereby
definitely certifies that each day in the week of creation was 24 hours long -
If these seventh-
As this theory is wholly contrary to Scripture, the Devil has therefore of necessity
put his hammer of pseudo science into the hands of this particular class of Sabbath
dodgers to help them drive their canopy stakes into falsehood. For he well knows
that all evaders of Truth prefer to place greater confidence in so-
But do these millennium-
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theorists appeal to no Bible at all in support of their way of reasoning? O, yes! They, too, have their Bible test, and here it is:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Pet. 3:8.
They construe this scripture as proof that where the Bible says a day It means a thousand years, and that therefore each of the seven days of creation were of a thousand years duration, and the complete work of creation seven millenniums long! last of which is supposed to have been the seventh millennium, the Sabbath.
What! Do they mean to say that the Lord was 3,000 years in the heart of the earth instead of three days and three nights (Matt. 12:40)? Evidently according to their logic that is what they must say.
Now let us study this scripture to determine what it actually says and means.
Note that it does not say that a day is one thousand years, but rather that a day
is "as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day." Plainly, it does not either
say or mean that one day is a thousand years long -
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but is simply illustrating that with eternal God one thousand years are as short
a period of time as is one day with us mortals. Why is this illustration used?
Because scoffers were to arise saying: "...Where is the promise of His coming? for
since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning
of the creation" (2 Peter 3:4) and still He has not come. Over against this short-
Inspiration thus reveals that Sabbath-
The fact is now fully evidenced that Satan has something to suit the taste of everyone who does not himself dig down deep into the wells of salvation, does wickedly and does not believe exactly what the Bible says.
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QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON SABBATH OBSERVANCE
IS THE SABBATH ON SUNDAY? OR ON SATURDAY? 3
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QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON SABBATH OBSERVANCE
IS THE SABBATH ON SUNDAY? OR ON SATURDAY?
"I wish," writes still another Truth-
Every Bible student knows that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath; that
It alone is holy, and commemorative of God's creation (Gen. 2:3). Then, too, the
whole civilized world knows that Sunday is the first day of the week, and not a few
know that it was originally a pagan festal day in honor of the mythical god of the
sun. The fact thus follows that the day preceding it, Saturday, is the seventh day
It must also be remembered that the only part of the Bible that God ever wrote
with His own fingers is the ten-
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Decalogue but also personally came down to deliver It to mankind amid the most awful, awesome, and solemn demonstration of all time. (See Exodus 19 and 20.) Think of it! God in person descended to the top of Mount Sinai, spoke the ten precepts of the law, and "ADDED NO MORE." Deut. 5:22.
Who can with eyes and ears opened whole-
In this day of increased knowledge, all this adds up to the stark reality that to attempt to set up another day for the Sabbath is in itself supreme idolatry, blasphemy, and contempt directly against the Most Holy Himself.
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In view of these awful considerations of Truth, no better off are those who declare
Sabbath to be for the Jew only. They seem utterly to scorn the simple fact that
there was no Jew when God created and Himself set the example of Sabbath keeping.
The Saviour, too, declared that "the Sabbath was made for man" (Mark 2:27) -
Furthermore, just as God commanded the Jews to keep the Sabbath holy, so He likewise commanded the Gentile, saying:
"Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting It, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger [the Gentile], that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from His people: neither let the eunuch [Gentile] say, Behold I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep My Sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant; even unto them will I give in Mine house and within My walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger [Gentile], that
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join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be
his servants, every one [Jew or Gentile] that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting
it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and
make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
shall be accepted upon Mine altar; for Mine house shall be called an house of prayer
for all people. The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet
will I gather others to Him, beside those that are gathered unto Him." Isa. 56:1-
And if it must still be argued that the Sabbath is only for the Jews, then so much the more that It must also be for the Christians, because a "born again" (John 3:3) Gentile is no longer a Gentile. His second birth, says the scripture, has caused him to become a Jew, "for...if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Gal. 3:28, 29).
Having thus been cut off from the "wild" (Gentile) olive tree, and having thus been grafted to the "good" (Jewish) olive tree, such a one has become a member of the Jewish eternal family tree, says Romans 11:24; and Christ reaffirms that "Salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22), and that "unto him [Judah] shall the gathering of the people be." Gen. 49:10.
So it is that the Kingdom of Christ is made
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up of Spirit-
Moreover, the founders of the Christian church were all Jews by blood. And the
thousands of converts that were added to the church on and after the Pentecost -
Though we are plainly told that the 144,000 guileless servants of God, the first
fruits are made up of the twelve tribes of Israel -
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second birth after the Spirit, yet God can and will identify them all: "I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know Me:" says the Lord, "behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her." Ps. 87:4, 5.
Thus it is that all through the prophecies which point to this day and age God
addresses the church not as Christian or as Gentile, but as Judah, Israel, Zion,
Jerusalem and so on. Furthermore, all the covenants and all the promises are made
to the descendants of Jacob. Aside from a privilege to join the Jews -
You who want to be in Christ's Kingdom whether you be Jew or Gentile in the flesh
had better now become full fledged Jews in the Spirit by accepting not only Christ,
but also His Holy Sabbath, otherwise you shall certainly find yourselves outside
of the City. God forbid "For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers,
and murderers, and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Rev. 22:15)
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the days of Cain. It will be heart breaking and soul terrifying to find yourselves
in a crowd that is doomed to suffer the second death -
As we have now actually come to the time in which the church is to be purified
and unified (the tares taken out of it and burned up), the House of God made white
and clean, no unrepentant sinner left in it, God beforehand makes it known to His
people. "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His
servants the prophets." Amos 3:7. This is the very reason for which this and other
companion publications are not announcing that the great and dreadful day of the
Lord (the Judgment -
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk [present Truth] without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread [not inspired by the Spirit of God]? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me [to Inspiration], and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isa. 55:1, 2. (Your soul rather than your bones or flesh, denotes that the food that is offered free of
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"Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty." Isa. 13:6.
"But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi [the ministry], and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Mal. 3:2, 3.
The scripture implies that their "offering" (labour) heretofore has not been in
righteousness, but that after the cleansing it will be in righteousness. "...For
there shall be no more any vain vision [false, uninspired] nor flattering divination
[no bragging of spiritual achievements] within the house of Israel. For I am the
Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall
be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word,
and will perform it, saith the Lord God." Ezek. 12:23-
Let us now understandingly listen to God's
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voice as He presently pleads through Isaiah's long concealed prophecies that are now unsealed for the first time and for our special good, saying:
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength [faith in the Word of God], O Zion [the rulers
of the denomination]; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem [the under rulers],
the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised
and the unclean [the sinner be put away forever]. Shake thyself from the dust, arise,
and sit down [on thy God-
"...the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners [the uncircumcised and the unclean] in the congregation of the righteous." Ps. 1:5.
"And it shall come to pass that he that is left ['the remnant' -
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church], and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the
spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And [after this purification takes
place then it is that] the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion,
and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire
by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle
for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge and for a covert
from storm and from rain." Isa. 4:3-
Brethren, you cannot afford to miss this future glory now at the eleventh hour
And as to those who are trying to make the world believe that Christ nailed the
Ten Commandments to the cross of Calvary, they are either dishonest in what they
say, or else are ignorant of what the Scriptures teach. The Bible teaches that the
law is "holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good" (Rom. 7:12); that sin
is "the transgression of the Law" (1 John 3:4), that "the wages of sin is death"
(Rom. 6:23), and that men ought to repent of sinning -
Since the fundamental aim of Christ is to
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impel men to repent of sinning, of breaking the law, thereby to lift them to the
Divine level of morality and keep them free from sinning, it is as absurd as it is
blasphemous to conclude that He could even breathe the thought of ever abrogating
the law. In fact had Christ destroyed the law, then from that moment onward there
could never have been any more sin, and, therefore, never anything more to be forgiven
of, and hence never need of Him any more! If this be so, then what a supremely wicked
Book the Bible, and what a supremely cruel Being, God! And by contrast, what a hero
Satan! O the foolishness of men -
Since in both Old and the New Testaments, the Bible still forbids (1) having other gods, (2) making images and bowing to them, (3) taking God's name in vain, (4) still demands children having respect for their parents, (5) still condemns killings, (6) committing adultery, (7) stealing, (8) lying, and since finally It still makes positive that (10) to break one of the commandments is to break all of
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them (James 2:10), the conclusion is therefore sure and inescapable that all the ten commandments of the law are still in force, and that the Bible still demands our keeping them.
Who then could have done away with the law? Certainly not the Lord, not the prophets,
and not the apostles, for they all kept and taught the ten-
Let everyone know once for all that the
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only law which God did do away with is the law of the sacrificial ordinances (Eph.
2:15; Col. 2:14; Heb. 7:18-
In Paul's time as now there were troublemakers over the law. Especially troublesome were those who held to the rite of circumcision. They had succeeded in confusing some of the Galatians. Whereupon Paul wrote to the latter as follows: "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the Truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?...Stand fast therefore in the liberty
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wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you
nothing....I would they were even cut off which trouble you." Gal. 3:1-
That in the foregoing words the Apostle is in no wise teaching the abrogation of the ten commandment law is made evident by His words in the following verses:
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God." Gal. 5:19-
"(For not the hearers of the law [the ten commandment law] are just before God but the doers of the law shall be justified)." Rom. 2:13.
Then Paul goes on to explain that no one is actually justified by the keeping of the law (the decalogue) itself, but that it points out the
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sinner's transgression, pronounces his doom, then sends him condemned to Christ His Saviour Who alone, through the merits of His atoning blood which He shed in behalf of all sinners, can forgive him, justify him, then go on to sanctify him. Thus the Apostle writes:
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:
for by the law is the knowledge of sin [not the forgiveness of it]. But now the
righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and
the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto
all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus....Do we then make void the law through faith?
God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Rom. 3:20-
(The reason that Paul's readers not infrequently encounter difficulty in understanding his epistles is that they read them as books instead of as letters. Hence, all who would understand them now, will keep in view the fact that he wrote them to groups with whom he had previous acquaintance and correspondence, of whose troubles and queries he had previous knowledge. It was in that vein that he wrote to them, so he knew what to say to them, and they well understood what he meant. Consequently,
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if we are to understand his letters, we must first become conversant with the conditions which called forth the letters. To do this one must, by studying each letter, endeavor to find out what were the recipients' problems that he has tried to solve. Otherwise there can only follow confusion as to what Paul is talking about. Read them in this fashion, and you will discover that they are not so difficult to understand as they seem to be).
And let none deceive you with their gross self-
No one who abides in the love of Christ will ever turn a deaf ear to His Word, whether revealed through Himself, through His apostles, or through His prophets. Such a one cannot possibly lose out, for should he, after being "born again," stumble into sin (not deliberately walk into it), then he has Jesus Christ, his advocate
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in Heaven, to plead his case, atone for his sin and cleanse him from the guilt of it for ever (1 John 2:1; 1:9).
Accordingly, the salvation of the faithful today as in all ages, has been eternally secured by Christ's sacrifice of Himself for all, in payment of the penalty of death upon all for their transgression of the law of God. This "so great salvation" did He secure, not by making the law valid for one age and void for another! God forbid. He secured it by the atoning blood of Christ for penitent sinners of all ages. "By grace through faith" in the wondrous efficacy of that blood, every penitent, pardoned soul is eternally freed from the condemnation of the broken law. O amazing mercy that leaves no mortal a chance for losing out if he wants to win!
Also seriously consider what wicked discrimination, what destructive confusion, what dreadful injustice;...What kind of a god do most Christians serve! Is it not the god of lawlessness for him to charge the God of love and justice to have demanded from His chosen people perfect obedience to His law and to have commanded the Gentiles entire disobedience to it!
The God of law and order in heaven and earth counsels us to "remember the Sabbath day, to keep It holy" (Ex. 20:8) and also to
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"remember the Law" which He "commanded unto [Moses] in Horeb for all Israel, with
the statutes and judgments" -
If there is no law, then there is no sin, and there should be no death, and therefore no need for either a Bible or a Saviour.
Remember, too, that when the rich young ruler asked what he must do to have eternal life, Jesus' answer was: "Keep the commandments." And His answer today is the same. (See Rev. 22:14) When the ruler inquired which commandments he should keep, the Lord plainly told him: "Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Matt. 19:18, 19.
Here you see that the moral "law" and the "commandment" are synonymous. "Think not," He declared, "that I am come to destroy [or to put away] the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill [the prophecies concerning Me and My work]. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth
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pass [and they still stand], one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the
law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom
of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great
in the Kingdom of Heaven....Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou
shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the Judgment: but
I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be
in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother Raca, shall be
in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger
of hell fire." Matt. 5:17-
"For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make, shall remain before Me saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord." Isa. 66:22, 23.
The prophets (the Old Testament), including Jesus (the New Testament), positively
magnify and perpetuate the ten-
The whole "law is holy, and the commandment
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holy, and just, and good" (Rom. 7:12). David is in rapt Inspiration, too, declares,
"Thy law is the Truth...all Thy commandments are Truth." Ps. 119:142, 151. And Paul
concludes: "We know that the law is spiritual...." Rom. 7:14. Hence James' all-
"Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Rev. 22:14, 15.
When the Lord was asked: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus
said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets." Matt. 22:36-
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Let us note carefully that the commandments were written by God Himself on two
tables of stone. The first one contained the first four commandments -
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Eccles. 12:13, 14.
This is what the Bible teaches concerning the ten-
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have a place in the Kingdom of God.
And now as the Truth on the law, particularly on the Sabbath, is ablaze like the burning bush on Horeb, and as its penetrating light exposes the subtle heresies that are trying everyone's faith to the limit, the voice of Inspiration admonishingly and challengingly asks: "...How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him...." 1 Kings 18:21.
How did Sunday, the first day of the week instead of Saturday, the seventh day, come to be observed as the Sabbath? For your answer, read history, article Sunday.
The fact that every prominent heresy ever taught came through men who were held
in high esteem and respect as ministers of God, should in itself be the greatest
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"peace....which passeth all understanding...." Phil. 4:7.
Why are ministers led to devise heresies? -
The condemnation which Christ, "The True Witness," last pronounces is against "the angel [the ministry] of the church of the Laodiceans," not against the church itself, and
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not against the laity. (See Revelation 3:14-
Moreover since The True Witness Himself openly declares that they are the ones
who feel in need of nothing more, that they are the lukewarm (satisfied and contented
in their delusion) and determined to stay poor and blind, thus to be spued out, then
what hope is there that they will ever arouse the laity to see and to accept freshly
revealed Truth with which to heal the Laodicean malady? None whatever -
To know which day God blessed, hallowed and set aside for mankind to keep is indeed commendable, but this knowledge alone is insufficient. To know how to keep It holy, and to really keep It, is of far greater importance. We
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should, therefore, not neglect to look into it.
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep It holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do
all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in It thou
shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy
maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six
days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested
the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath lay, and hallowed It." Ex.
The word "remember" would not have been included if men were not apt to forget the Sabbath, We are, says Inspiration, to keep holy not a Sabbath, but "the Sabbath." We are to keep It holy because It alone God blessed and hallowed. Now follow the examples of how to keep It holy:
"And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye w.l. seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it
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up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm
therein. And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a Sabbath unto the Lord:
to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the
seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in It there shall be none. And it came to pass,
that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they
found none. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep My commandments
and My laws? See, for that the Lord hath given you the Sabbath, therefore He giveth
you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let
no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh
day." Ex. 16:22-
"And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and
said unto them, These are the words which the Lord hath commanded, that ye should
do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you
an holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be
put to death. Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the Sabbath
day." Ex. 35:1-
Here, God's unfailing care over His people is demonstrated in type. If there is no food (manna) to be found tomorrow, He sends us a double portion today, and its preservation
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He makes sure. So it is that by keeping His Sabbath holy we cannot possibly be losing.
He Himself in one way or another makes up the deficiency. The type therefore proves
that the search for manna (livelihood) on the Sabbath is a wasted and fruitless sport,
and that cooking and food preparations should be made on the day before the Sabbath.
That needless work, such as building fire for the sole purpose of cooking on the
Sabbath day, is prohibited. The type, moreover, shows that the penalty for deliberate
Sabbath breaking is death -
Since if one is passing through a field, a garden or an orchard on the Sabbath day while hungry he may pick food and eat (Matt. 12:1) but not carrying any of it out of the field (Deut. 23:24, 25), and since the sick, human or animal must be watched and cared for on the Sabbath (Luke 14:5), it is understandable that if one is living in the frigid zones, where and when it is cold, he can have artificial means for keeping warm. Building fire for such cause is therefore permissible. Then too, we should remember in our Sabbath keeping program that "the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." Mark 2:27; that Sabbath
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keeping brings blessing not a curse, tyranny or poverty; that It brings joy over
what God has enabled us to accomplish during the six working days. It enables us
to rejoice and to look back upon our deeds and wholeheartedly and honestly be able
to say "My work and deeds are faultless, they are very good." God reviewed His creative
work on the Sabbath day and rejoiced over it. Then too, six days of honest work
should bring all our work up to date rather than leaving part of it for another day
"If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord, and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." Isa. 58:13, 14.
Thus is the Divine surety that God's Truth-
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God. In short, they know that "though Noah, Daniel, and Job" be in the land, they shall deliver but their own souls...." Ezek. 14:20.
"If the law could be changed, man might have been saved without the sacrifice
of Christ; but the fact that it was necessary for Christ to give His life for the
fallen race, proves that the law of God will not release the sinner from its claims
upon him. It is demonstrated that the wages of sin is death. When Christ died,
the destruction of Satan was made certain. But if the law was abolished at the
cross, as many claim, then the agony and death of God's dear Son were endured only
to give to Satan just what he asked; then the prince of evil triumphed, his charges
against the divine government were sustained. The very fact that Christ bore the
penalty of Man's transgression, is a mighty argument to all created intelligences,
that the law is changeless; that God is righteous, merciful, and self-
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