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MYSTERY OF MYSTERIES EXPOSED!
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Copyright, 1933,1940, 1941
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V. T. HOUTEFF
In the interest of reaching every truth-
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PERSONALLY WATCHING FOR EVERY RAY OF LIGHT.
One who entrusts to another the investigation of a message from the Lord, is making
flesh his arm, and thus is foolishly acting as without a mind of his own. And "the
mind that depends upon the judgment of others is certain, sooner or later, to be
Similarly, one who allows prejudice to bar him from a candid investigation of anything new, coming in the name of the Lord, is unwittingly an infidel.
Likewise he who is satisfied with his present attainments in the Word of God, says in effect: "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing."
All these, in variously acting out the part which provoked the condemnation written
against the Laodiceans, thereby fulfilling the prophecy which they ought not fulfill,
are preparing themselves to be spued out (Rev. 3:14-
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inevitable that when the unfoldment did come, they would treat it in like manner, and consequently toss away their salvation!
Throughout the ages, all who have put their trust in the so-
"...if a message comes that you do not understand, take pains that you may hear
the reasons the messenger may give, comparing scripture with scripture, that you
may know whether or not it is sustained by the word of God." -
Will you not, therefore, Brother, Sister, cease to copy the mistakes of others?
Will you not profit by them? If you will, you are duty-
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The call of Ezekiel to the prophetic office is one of the most interesting experiences of the ancient seers, and the revelation of what he saw by the river Chebar is perhaps of greater importance to heaven and earth at this time than is any other vision on sacred record, because in a remarkable way it reveals That Which unites Heaven with Earth, even as the Dardanelles links two important seas. Thus this study of Ezekiel's vision which brings to light earth's being visited by the Majesty of the Universe, may be aptly termed, "The Dardanelles of the Bible."
The reader who would best comprehend this seemingly most confusing and complicated
of Bible symbolisms, will follow the cover-
The Prophet's Description of the Mysteries Herein Treated.
"And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
"Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and
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every one had four wings. And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went everyone straight forward.
"As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle....
"And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within
it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his
loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness
round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain,
so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of
the likeness of the glory of the Lord And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and
I heard a voice of one that spake." Ezek. 1:4-
"And it came to pass, that when He had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went
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in, and stood beside the wheels." Ezek. 10:6.
To this marvelous scene which Ezekiel saw on the river bank in the land of the Chaldeans, our undivided attention is now called. Being "the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord," obviously, then, it was
The Lord on One of His Thrones.
Besides this divine appearance which Ezekiel saw (Ezek. 1:28), the Bible describes
God enthroned on three other occasions -
(1) "...I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and His
train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with
twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he
did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts:
the whole earth is full of His glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice
of him that cried and the house was filled with smoke." Isa. 6:1-
(2) "And immediately I was in the spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne... And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns
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of gold... and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are
the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto
crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts
full of eyes before and behind." Rev. 4:2, 4-
(3) "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." Rev. 22:1.
Since the throne seen by Isaiah was a "train" (retinue), and since as it entered into the temple, "the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke" (Isa. 6:1, 4), it therefore is a traveling throne, whereas both the one of Revelation 4, having the "sea of glass" before it, and the one of Revelation 22, having the "river...of life" before it, are stationary thrones.
Though the one which Ezekiel saw is similar to the one which Isaiah was shown,
yet they are distinct and separate thrones, for each of the "seraphims" of Isaiah's
vision has six wings, while each of the "cherubims" of Ezekiel's vision has but four.
In the latter, moreover, the cherubims stood under the throne, whereas in the former,
they stood above it. On record, therefore, are four thrones -
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In determining the location of the throne of Revelation 4, and the one of Revelation
22, we note to begin with that the latter, the one from which the "river...of life"
proceeds, is, says the Revelator, "the throne of God and of the Lamb" -
Then, concerning the Father and the Son's moving from the throne of God and of
the Lamb -
Recording the same event as he saw it, Daniel says: "I beheld till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of days did sit,
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Whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Dan. 7:9, 10.
Our greatest interest, however, at this point, is to know the location and the mission of the throne which Ezekiel saw, and concerning which he says: "...I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north." Ezek. 1:4. The fact that the "whirlwind," enveloping the throne, "came," says Ezekiel, shows that this throne, just as with the one of Isaiah 6, is a moving one, and that it came to the banks of the river Chebar.
"This is the living creature," continues Ezekiel, "that I saw under the God of Israel [Who is "above the cherubims"], by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims." "And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight." Ezek. 10:20, 19.
As the chariot's mounting "up from the earth" shows that in this particular throne, God visits the earth and then, when His mission is accomplished, returns to heaven, naturally our uppermost desire is to know the answer to the question,
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When Will This Prophetic Vision Be Fulfilled?
According to Ezekiel 2:3; 3:1, 4, 5, 7, the prophet was to bear his message to the whole "house of Israel" (the term "house of Israel," denoting either all twelve tribes or only the ten tribes as the case might be). Yet he did not understand the meaning of the vision. Had he he would have explained it, rather than declaring: "I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days." Ezek. 3:15.
Since at the time of the vision, the house of Judah, the two-
The Jewish nation, moreover, up to the time of Christ, had no light on this prophecy, and it appeared to them as too complicated to understand, and even unsafe for an ordinary mind to read. "All this chapter appeared so obscure and full of mysteries, to the ancient Hebrews, that, as we learn
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from St. Jerome (Ep. ad Paulin.,) they suffered none to read it before they were thirty years old." Douay Version, footnote to Ezekiel 1:5. And having seen no light in this scripture until the present time, the Christian church has made little or no attempt to explain it.
And finally as no slaughter such as the one described in Ezekiel 9 has ever occurred, its fulfillment is obviously yet future.
Plainly, therefore, the vision was prophetic in Ezekiel's time, and has been prophetic
ever since. And if it is ever to be fulfilled, and not remain a useless and unprofitable
In the clear light of these facts, chapter nine is seen to hold the climactic scene of the vision. Describing the awful work which the Lord is to do when, with the cherubim, He visits the earth, it shows the fearsome consequences to those who reject its message: its blessings missed, the kingdom lost! Tragic, frightful experience, it shall be the fate of all who refuse now to awake and to know about it, but who choose rather to remain in ignorance of its truth, and of
The Object of the Lord's Coming In His Throne.
As the prophet was looking toward the north, he saw a "great cloud" coming like a
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"whirlwind" to earth. Watching with intense interest its drawing nearer and nearer,
finally he saw the "living creatures," the "wheels," and the rest, -
"...And He said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to
a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against Me: they and their fathers have transgressed
against Me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiff-
"And He said unto me," continues the prophet, "Son of man, go, get thee unto the
house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people
of a strange speech and of an hard language,...whose words thou canst not understand."
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These mandatory words (of weighty significance to all) reveal that the message
which the prophet received is only for God's people, and that therefore, by logical
extension, the entire vision, of which it is a part, meets its fulfillment at a time
in which the Lord sends forth the warning that because His church is at a very low
ebb spiritually, -
The Laodicean Church.
The condemnation of Rev. 3:14-
Both vindicate the Spirit of Prophecy's warning that no "greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right, when they are all wrong! The message of the True Witness finds the people of God in a sad deception [instead of in an excellent condition], yet honest in that deception. They know not that their condition is deplorable in the sight of God. While those addressed are flattering themselves
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that they are in an exalted spiritual condition, the message of the True Witness
breaks their security by the startling denunciation of their true condition of spiritual
blindness, poverty, and wretchedness. The testimony, so cutting and severe, cannot
be a mistake, for it is the True Witness who speaks, and His testimony must be correct.
Since the Lord says that "all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted" (Ezek. 3 :7), then, certainly, will each one intent upon being saved, "determine to know the worst of" his "case" (Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 163), and
The Time Of The Church's Low Ebb.
Were God's people to continue self-
"The Lord does not now work," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "to bring many souls
into the truth, because of the church-
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converts? Would they not make of no effect the God-
Having up till this time been holding back because of the unconverted and backslidden members in the church, what will He do now when, as He says, "all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted"? The very fact that He is holding back, is the most portentous evidence that He must do a special work for the church before it can finish His work upon earth.
Face to face with this solemn certainty, each one, therefore, who seeks "an inheritance on high," will maintain the strictest integrity and openness of mind as he studies concerning the special work involved, lest for his Laodicean affliction, he never find
"...While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven,...there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth.... Then the church which our Lord at His coming is to receive to Himself will be 'a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.' Then she will look forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.' " "Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict....she is to go forth into
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all the world, conquering and to conquer." -
Mark the italicized words: "not having spot," "her final conflict," "going forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer." These statements emphasize a pure and triumphant church, perfected by a "special work of purification" which must take place before the work of the gospel is finished in any part of the world.
Showing the church's then fitness for the great work that is committed to her,
Inspiration continues: "Mighty miracles were wrought the sick were healed, and signs
and wonders followed the believers." -
As these mighty works are done in the time of the "Loud Cry of the Third Angel's Message," the purification, therefore, incontrovertibly takes place at the commencement of the "Loud Cry." And from this it follows as a logical necessity that Ezekiel's prophecy of marking and slaying must contain the announcement of the purification of the church.
Continuing to behold in vision the cherubim and the glory of God's throne, the prophet saw the Lord come to the threshold of the house (church), and as He gave charge to His angel who was "clothed with linen" and who "had the writer's inkhorn by his side," Ezekiel heard Him command the man: "Go through the midst of the city,
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through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
"And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And He said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth and slew in the city.
"And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell
upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! Wilt Thou destroy all the residue
of Israel in Thy pouring out of Thy fury upon Jerusalem? Then said He unto me, The
iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full
of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken
the earth, and the Lord seeth not." Ezek. 9:3-
Revealing a complete separation of the wicked from among the just, these verses,
therefore, prophetically forewarn of the imminent purification of the church -
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The fact, furthermore, that the wicked are taken from among the righteous, also
shows that the separation cannot be in the world. Were it there, it would have to
be done in the opposite way -
Remember that the Lord said to Ezekiel: "Son of man, I send thee to the children
of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against Me." "For thou art
not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house
of Israel" (Ezek. 2:3; 3:5) -
The Sealing of the 144,000 -
"This mightiest of angels," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "has in his hand the seal of the living God, or of Him who alone can give life, who can inscribe upon the foreheads the mark...."
"This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in
vision. John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation." -
The sealing (Rev. 7) being the same as the marking (Ezek. 9), -
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Since the purification, or the sealing, came at the commencement of the "Loud
Cry," as we have already seen, the 144,000 are therefore the "first-
The fact therefore that there is an ingathering of two fruits, shows that the
marking or sealing is in two sections -
Two Sealing Reports.
"And behold," says Ezekiel, "the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn
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by his side, reported the matter [while on earth] saying, I have done as Thou hast
commanded me." Ezek. 9:11. Here is the first report, made at the completion of the
sealing in the church -
"I saw," says the servant of the Lord, "...an angel with a writer's inkhorn by
his side returned from the earth, and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and
the saints were numbered and sealed." -
Comparing both reports, each is seen to be of a different event: At the first report, the Lord was on "the threshold of the house" on earth (Ezek. 9:3); at the second, He was in the heavenly sanctuary.
After the angel had made his first report, the Lord commanded him: "Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in my sight." Ezek. 10:2.
But following his second report, "...all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, 'He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
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and he that is holy, let him be holy still.' " -
Were probation to close at the time of the first report (Ezek. 9:11), the Lord must, according to the foregoing statement, be in heaven, then descend to earth to receive His saints, instead of being already on earth, then mounting up in His throne, as He actually does, without His saints (Ezek. 10:19).
Again: the prophet's being left behind when the Lord went up, figuratively shows
that at this particular descent and ascent, the saints are not to be taken to heaven,
but only to be set free from sin and sinners -
At the angel's second report, however, Jesus being in heaven, "moved out of the most holy place" (Early Writings, p. 280) to descend to earth.
This brief comparison brings into primary focus the twofold fact that at the time of the first report, Jesus went into the temple, whereas at the time of the second report, He went out.
Beyond the angel's reporting the matter of the marking and slaying in the church Ezekiel was not given to see. But Isaiah was. He saw
The Escaped Ones Go To All Nations.
"For by fire and by His sword," declares
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the gospel prophet, "will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.... And I will send those that escape of them unto the nations,...to the isles afar off, that have not heard My fame, neither have seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations...to My holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord,...in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord." Isa. 66:16, 19, 20.
Since "those that escape" the slaughter (the 144,000) shall "bring all your brethren
[all those who shall be saved in the time of the 'Loud Cry']...into the house of
the Lord," then it follows that those who escape are the ones who finish the work
The message, moreover, finding them in the church, not in the world, they are
therefore "virgins;" that is, "not defiled with women" (Rev. 14:4) -
Criticizing And Faultfinding.
"...They will question and criticize everything" says the Spirit of Prophecy in forewarning of the purification, "that arises in the unfolding of truth, criticize the work and position of others, criticize
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every branch of the work in which they have not themselves a part. They will feed
upon the errors and mistakes and faults of others, 'until,' said the angel, 'the
Lord Jesus shall rise up from his mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary, and
shall clothe himself with the garments of vengeance, and surprise them at their
unholy feast; and they will find themselves unprepared for the marriage supper of
the Lamb.' " -
These solemn words, may each lay well to heart, and may none let the enemy beguile
them "with good words and fair speeches" on this life-
Let each take heed that he fall not to criticizing the message or messengers, but rather that he "sigh and cry," as the Lord bids, "for all the abominations that be done in the midst [the church]," lest he be found on the wrong side ranged with evildoers, and thus doomed to fall under the angels' slaughter weapons.
"Cry aloud, spare not," is the heartening order, "lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58:1. Take your stand, Brother, Sister, on the right side, and make sure, "having done all, to
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stand," for, no escaping the fact, the Lord has set His hand to separate "the wicked from among the just," as is further seen
In the Light of the Parables.
"And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:... Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 22:11, 13.
This investigating and casting out takes place before probation closes, for the marriage ceremony had not yet been performed at the time that the "king came in to see the guests."
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea,
and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat
down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be
at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among
the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and
gnashing of teeth." Matt. 13:47-
In this scripture, too, is seen the purification of the church, for the bad ones are taken away from among the good, and not the good from among the bad, that is, the
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bad that are in the net (church) are thrown out, and the good ones kept.
This net represents the gospel work up to the time of the purification of the church, for after the church has been purified, only such as "should be saved" will be granted membership: "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion, put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." Isa. 52:1.
This rousing alarm must sound before probation closes, for it could do no good
afterwards, indeed could be but a mockery then. Neither could it apply to the time
of the "Loud Cry," for the church is not then asleep and without the "beautiful garments:"
"Only those," confirms the Spirit of Prophecy, "who have withstood and overcome
temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in
proclaiming this message when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry." -
"And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name." Isa. 62:2. "Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night;
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that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought." Isa. 60:11.
In the purification of the church, "the angels shall...sever the wicked from among the just" (Matt. 13:49), but in the time of the "Loud Cry," they shall gather the just from among the wicked. So it is written: "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.... And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 18:1, 4.
These two distinct separations, each at a different time, occur when (to recapitulate
the facts specifically), in the time of the firstfruits, the wicked are taken from
among the righteous in the church (net), and when, in the time of the second fruits,
the righteous are taken from among the wicked in Babylon. And such a church -
Ezekiel's prophecy revealing itself to be a message for the church today, the prophet, himself, must necessarily, then, represent the messengers who carry the message to the church at the time appointed. And in response to the Lord's command, "Be not
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thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee," Ezekiel's reply, "Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness" (Ezek. 2:8; 3:3), shows that the messengers obey the Lord and love His Word above everything else.
"And I," said the Lord, "will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb,... But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house." Ezek. 3:26, 27.
This positive declaration by the Lord, Himself, manifests that the message be
"If any man," says the Apostle Paul, "think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." 1 Cor. 14:37.
When God speaks through a person, that one, as His mouthpiece, must acknowledge the fact, lest there overtake him a fate similar
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to that which befell Herod, who, "upon a set day...,arrayed in royal apparel, sat
upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying,
It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord
smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave
up the ghost." Acts 12:21-
From this dreadful experience, recorded for our warning, and from the other grave truths brought forth herein, we plainly see that in order for the Lord to prepare His servants for the seal He is setting forth every necessary lesson, even the lesson inherent in
The Way the Message is Derived.
The reader will note that, though the prophet was bidden to go speak to his people, yet instead of being told what to say, he was commanded: "Open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked," says Ezekiel, "behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein.... Moreover he said unto me Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll." Ezek. 2:8, 9; 3:1, 2.
As the words which Ezekiel was to speak to his people were found in the book which he ate, the "book" can be none other than
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the Bible, from which comes the message culminating in
Joy, Mourning, and Woe.
"And, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me; and it was
written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning,
and woe" (Ezek. 2:9, 10) -
And aforetime through His servant Moses, He declared unto His people: "It shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee." Deut. 28:15. "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Deut. 30:19.
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The "book" which Ezekiel ate being "written within and without" (Ezek. 2:10),
the writing "within," therefore, can only be the prophetic Word of God, proclaiming
the curses and the blessings that are written in the Bible; while the writing "without,"
can be nothing else but the sure record of the fulfillment of that within -
The writing "within and without," moreover, signifies also that the message will be in type and antitype.
When Ezekiel ate the "book," it was, as is also to be noted, in his mouth "as honey for sweetness," but not "bitter" in his "belly," as was the one which John ate (Rev. 10:10). Though, therefore, as the Word shows, there will be no disappointment with this message, as there was with the one in 1844 A.D., yet, sadly, it declares that to its warning, the people to whom it is sent
Will Stop Their Ears and Close Their Doors.
"But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto Me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted." Ezek. 3:7. "But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:...and shalt not be to them a reprover:
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for they are a rebellious house." Ezek.3:25, 26.
"In the last solemn work," predicts the Spirit of Prophecy in identical view,
"few great men will be engaged." -
How Will the Message Reach the People?
On account of their refusing to hear, "God will use ways and means," answers the
Spirit of Prophecy, "by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His
own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to
bring about and perfect His work of righteousness." -
"God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock himself.... In this time, the gold will be separated from the dross in the
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church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel
of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy, will then go out in
darkness.... Those who have been timid and self-
Nothing Can Hinder the Lord.
Glancing at the cover-
As Ezekiel viewed the creatures approaching, he saw that they had "the face of
a man" in the front, "the face of an eagle" in the back, "the face of a lion on the
right side," and the "face of an ox on the left side" (Ezek. 1:10) for they four
had "four sides" (Ezek. 1:8); also that they had wings, "two...on this side, and...two...on
that side" (Ezek. 1:23). He saw the living wheels moreover, so arranged that "they
went upon their four sides." Ezek. 1:17. (See cover-
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of the wheels, enables four-
"And their feet" being "straight feet" (Ezek. 1:7), it enabled them to move freely in any direction without turning, so that they "ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning" (Ezek. 1:14). "And the glory of the God of Israel was over them above" (Ezek. 10:19), "and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings." Ezek. 10:21.
As these wheels, making a square formation "ran and returned," and as "over them
above," God was sitting on His throne, it is evident that this marvelous living mechanism
is the vehicle of God -
"As the wheel-
"The history of nations speaks to us today. To every nation and to every individual
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God has assigned a place in His great plan. Today men and nations are being tested
by the plummet in the hand of Him who makes no mistake. All are by their own choice
deciding their destiny, and God is overruling all for the accomplishment of His purposes."
"In Ezekiel's vision, God had His hand beneath the wings of the cherubim. This is to teach His servants that it is divine power that gives them success. He will work with them if they will put away iniquity, and become pure in heart and life.
"The bright light going among the living creatures with the swiftness of lightning represents the speed with which this work will finally go forward to completion" in behalf of His people during the Judgment hour (Testimonies, Vol. 5 p. 754): for the faces of the living creatures are
Figurative of the Saints in Time of Judgment.
The faces of the cherubim being the same as those of the beasts of the Revelation, they both necessarily have complementary significance the key to which John supplies: "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation." Rev. 5:9.
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The very fact that these beasts have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and shall reign upon earth, shows that they are symbolical of the saints, even as the beasts of Daniel are symbolical of the nations. Necessarily, then, the faces of the cherubim, just as with the faces of the beasts standing before the Judgment throne, are figurative of the saints in time of Judgment.
The Lord's being "over them [the cherubim] above," signifies that this is the living chariot in which He, their Saviour, is subsequently to translate the saints.
And "on each side of the cloudy chariot," echoes the Spirit of Prophecy, "were
wings, and beneath it were living wheels; and as the chariot rolled upward, the wheels
cried, 'Holy,' and the wings, as they moved, cried, 'Holy,' and the retinue of holy
angels around the cloud cried, 'Holy holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!' and the saints
in the cloud cried 'Glory! Alleluia!' " -
That the all-
When Will This Chariot Arrive? How Long Will It Stay?
When considered in the light of the four main facts so far established, these
questions are virtually self-
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Lord comes to earth in this chariot; (2) from it He commands Ezekiel to go speak to His people; (3) Ezekiel did not bear the message to the people of his day; (4) he will bear it to the people at the commencement of the "Loud Cry."
Thus it is seen that when the time comes that the church has reached the condition
described by the Lord (Ezek. 3-
The fact, therefore, that from the chariot, the Lord commands the prophet to go
speak, bear the message, to His people, and that the message totals over 1250 pages
of literature published since 1930, unfolding its truth from different angles, solemnly
reveals that the chariot, though invisible to human beings (as to "the young man"
were the chariots which covered the mountains -
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And since it is already here, it must of course be the divine instrumentality through
which, as a sort of base of operations, the Lord is ordering and directing His work,
and through which He shall do so until "this gospel of the kingdom...be preached
in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and...the end come." Matt. 24:14.
"The end" -
The Purpose of the Message.
"And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell
upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt Thou destroy all the residue
of Israel in Thy pouring out of Thy fury upon Jerusalem? Then said He unto me, The
iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great,...and as for Me also,
Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity." Ezek. 9:8-
After the sighing and crying ones were marked (which is not to be understood as being consummated in its entirety worldwide before the slaying follows anywhere), the slaughter completed, and the matter
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reported, the Lord "spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city." Ezek. 10:2.
The scattering of the "coals of fire...over the city" represents absolute purification
of the heart (Gospel Workers, p. 23) effected by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
upon those who receive the "mark" -
Following the completion of the "slaughter," and just preceding the scattering of the "coals of fire" "over the city," "the cherubims stood on the right side of the house,...and the cloud filled the inner court." Ezek. 10:2, 3. Later they "lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight," says the prophet. Ezek. 10:19. Then subsequently he saw them again "lift up their wings" (Ezek. 11:22, 23), showing that though they had departed after the separation took place (Ezek. 10:3, 19), they had later returned, and were now departing for the second time.
With the city thus purged of sin and sinners, and none but the "residue," the righteous, remaining, "I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.... Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be
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joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst
of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee." Zech.
2:5, 10, 11. (For a more ample explanation of these verses, see The Shepherd's Rod,
Vol. 2, pp. 259-
Mark that while He dwells in the midst of His people, "many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day," and that He will be unto them "a wall of fire round about." Here we are graphically reassured that "in that day," in the day that the Lord takes the reins in His Own hands and comes to dwell in the midst of the city, His Presence, His marvelous chariot, shall be a protection round about His people!
Thus it is seen that the Lord has come to purify His people by putting away the wicked from among them, "take charge" of His clean flock, and with them finish His work. In this we see that the church has come to her crisis. She that travaileth "must give birth." And "as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." Isa. 66:8.
Then shall the chariot, being dedicated to the saints, and filled to capacity,
take off for the portals of glory -
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Almighty!' And the saints in the cloud cried, 'Glory! Alleluia!' And the chariot
rolled upward to the holy city." -
In view of this glorious prospect, along with the overawing magnitude and majesty of the work before us, and the exceeding shortness of the time in which to accomplish it, let each hasten to share of
The Responsibility of Those Who Bear the Message.
Since Ezekiel represents those whose hearts the message has reached, then to them the Lord is speaking when He says: "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
"Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and
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his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will
I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous
sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou
hast delivered thy soul." Ezek. 3 :17-
Because of the unfaithfulness of the former watchmen, the Lord makes the antitypical
His Faithful Watchmen to Stand Before the Unfaithful.
"Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent, will not then stand at
the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have
proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last
solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-
"The Lord's servants will be called enthusiasts. Ministers will warn the people
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not to listen to them. Noah received the same treatment while the Spirit of God
was urging him to give the message...." -
The fact that our conferences grant ministerial licenses only to college-
Receive instruction and learn to obey the word of the Lord, for in so doing He
will enable you to do great things in His name. Incline your ear and hear the Lord's
heartening assurance: "Behold I have made thy face strong against their faces and
thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have
I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they
be a rebellious house....all My words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine
heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them...and speak unto them,
and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will
forbear." Ezek. 3:8-
Beyond this, the Spirit-
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the spirit was to go, they [the living creatures] went, thither was their spirit to go and the wheels were lifted up over against them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels." Ezek. 1:20.
"As never before, we should pray not only that laborers may be sent forth into
the great harvest-
Cease From Men.
As you will find yourself under severe trial if you obey your inner convictions and take hold of the truth, you must therefore let the Lord alone be your guide, and Inspiration your only teacher. Do not value your salvation so little as to trust to the wisdom of another. Be wise: obey the word of the Lord, investigate for yourself, and do not delay, for you know not the narrow margin of time between you and heaven! "Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom." Mic. 7:5.
The rulers of ancient Israel -
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perished along with their victims under the condemnation of the laws which were to save them.
"Woe unto you, lawyers ! " therefore said Christ; "for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." Luke 11:52.
This fatal mistake was repeated during the Reformation, also in the preaching
of the First, Second, and Third Angels' messages. Thus each one who accepted the
advancing truth and became a member of the Seventh-
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"The people accept their ministers' explanations of Scripture, and do not investigate
for themselves. Therefore by working through the ministers," says Satan, "I can
control the people according to my will." -
"Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Sam. 15:22.
"And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil." Zeph. 1:12.
"And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Mal. 3:3.
He "Whose fan is in His hand,...will throughly purge His floor, and gather His
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wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matt. 3:12.
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." Dan. 12:3.
"Cry aloud," therefore, and "spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58:1.
"Behold upon the mountains the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off." Nah. 1:15.
"...the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle." Isa. 13:4.
"The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and Who hath appointed it." Mic. 6:9.
"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isa. 55:10, 11.
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"But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people
has been that of depending upon men, and making flesh their arm." -
"For Zion's sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth." Isa. 62:1.
O my ministering brethren, though you have hardened your hearts against the message and have steadfastly refused to "hearken" to it, yet God is still pleading with you to surrender before it is too late. Thus this
Second Appeal And Prayer.
Though you have unrighteously ignored the Lord's written appeal placed in your hands at the General Conference convention in 1930, and have obdurately turned your eyes and your steps away from the additional light of the "Three Angels' Messages," yet even more unrighteously you broadcasted (before the meeting with us by the "Conference investigating committee," on February 19, 1934, at Los Angeles, California) throughout the denomination the false report that you had given us a hearing. But despite this misrepresentation, God still loves you, and we still love you, and He will forgive you and hold nothing against you if you will penitently ask Him to.
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(Before the first edition of this tract was published, they had not given us any hearing. But since then they have. But that it was worse than none at all, is seen from the faithful report in our Tract No. 7 Count the Evidences on Both Sides Before Firing for or Against.)
My words being generally misconstrued, and carrying apparently but little weight with some, my prayer, therefore, shall be from the Scriptures, and my appeal from the Spirit of Prophecy. Surely, my brethren, you will take heed to the Words of God:
"Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thine honour dwelleth." Ps. 26:8. And "...the zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached Thee are fallen upon me." "It was not an enemy that reproached me;...but it was...a man mine equal, my guide,...we... walked unto the house of God in company." Ps. 69:9; 55:12, 13, 14. Therefore "save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to Thy holy name, and glory in Thy praise." 1 Chron. 16:35.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isa. 1: 18. "Anoint thine eyes
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with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." Rev. 3:18.
Your attitude, my brethren, toward the glorious light now shining upon the "Three
Angels' Messages," is but a fulfillment of prophecy: "Because thou sayest, I am rich,
and increased with goods, and have need of nothing," -
"The light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false
light, by those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory." -
"The prophet declares, 'And after these things I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.' Brightness, glory,
and power are to be connected with the third angel's message, and conviction will
follow wherever it is preached in demonstration of the Spirit. How will any of our
brethren know when this light shall come to the people of God?" -
You well know that the Truth, in which we have greatly rejoiced since 1844, has come through God's appointed servant whose writings we call the "Spirit of Prophecy." That voice is now speaking to you, anew, in this urgent appeal:
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"Let no one come to the conclusion that there is no more truth to be revealed."
" 'Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found Him, of whom Moses
in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph. And
Nathanael said unto him: Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?' Prejudice
and unbelief sprang up in the heart of Nathanael, but Philip did not try to combat
it. He said, 'Come and see.' " -
"...if a message comes that you do not understand, take pains that you may hear the reasons the messenger may give,...for your position will not be shaken by coming in contact with error. There is no virtue or manliness in keeping up a continual warfare in the dark, closing your eyes lest you may see, closing your ears lest you may hear, hardening your heart in ignorance and unbelief lest you may have to humble yourselves and acknowledge that you have received light on some points of truth.
"To hold yourselves aloof from an investigation of truth is not the way to carry out the Saviour's injunction to 'search the Scriptures.' Is it digging for hidden
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treasures to call the results of someone's labor a mass of rubbish, and make no critical
examination to see whether or not there are precious jewels of truth in the collection
of thought which you condemn?... Thus it was that the Jews did in the days of Christ,
and we are warned not to do as they did, and be led to choose darkness rather than
light.... No one of those who imagine that they know it all is too old or too intelligent
to learn from the humblest of the messengers of the living God." -
"Precious light is to shine forth from the Word of God and let no one presume
to dictate what shall or what shall not be brought before the people in the messages
of enlightenment that He shall send, and so quench the Spirit of God. Whatever may
be his position of authority, no one has a right to shut away the light from the
people. When a message comes in the name of the Lord to His people, no one may excuse
himself from an investigation of its claims. No one can afford to stand back in
an attitude of indifference and self-
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heaven have not reached them." -
O, Brethren, what excuse will you have if you refuse to hearken to this entreaty also? Will it vindicate your wisdom and save your soul if you find yourselves on the wrong side? If so, surely then you will want to make the most of it. But if not, then do make haste to get on the right side, even though it humble you to the dust to come to the Light. May you not say again: "He has taken the Testimonies out of their setting." May you cease trying to obstruct the way, that the message reach not the people, since you are warned: "Let no one presume to dictate what shall or what shall not be brought before the people in the messages of enlightenment that He shall send, and so quench the Spirit of God." God forbid!
(all italics ours)
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SPIRIT OF PROPHECY INDEX
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Personally Watching For Every Ray Of Light Preface 3,4
The Prophet's Description Of The Mysteries Herein Treated 5-
The Lord On One Of His Thrones 7-
When Will This Prophetic Vision He Fulfilled? 11,12
The Object Of The Lord's Coming In His Throne 12-
The Laodicean Church 14,15
The Time Of The Church's Low Ebb 15,16
The Remedy 16-
The Sealing Of The 144,000-
Two Sealing Reports 20-
The Escaped Ones Go To All Nations 22,23
Criticizing And Fault Finding 23-
In The Light Of The Parables 25-
Pure Message 27,28
Exalt Inspiration 28,29
The Way The Message Is Derived 29,30
Joy, Mourning, And Woe 30,31
Will Stop Their Ears And Close Their Doors 31,32
How Will The Message Reach The People? 32,33
Nothing Can Hinder The Lord 33-
Figurative Of The Saints In Time Of Judgement 35,36
When Will This Chariot Arrive? How Long Will It Stay? 36-
The Purpose Of The Message 38-
The Responsibility Of Those Who Bear The Message 41,42
His Faithful Watchmen To Stand Before The Unfaithful 42-
Cease From Men 44-
Second Appeal And Prayer 48-
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