THE GREAT PARADOX OF THE AGES
Horses at bottom of picture are grizzled horses. Other pair of horses next to chariot are bay horses.
A TIMELY REVELATION
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The Need Of Investigation
"God has precious light to come to His people.... When new light is presented to the church, it is perilous to shut yourself away from it.... To condemn that which you have not heard and do not understand will not exalt your wisdom in the eyes of those who are candid in their investigations of truth. And to speak with contempt of those whom God has sent with a message of truth is folly and madness....
"...for God will glorify His Word, that it may appear in a light in which we have never before beheld it.... Light will come to every earnest seeker for truth, as it came to Nathanael.... There should be liberty given for a frank investigation of truth, that each may know for himself what is the truth.
"...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.... 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
As every important incident, in connection with the church, is preceded by a message, and as every such incident has been
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foretold by the prophets, it is important for each to realize
The Need Of Prophecy.
Never in the annals of the Christian church has there been a shaking the like
of that which is rapidly increasing as a result of the circulation of The Shepherd's
Rod series of books and tracts throughout the rank and file of the Seventh-
Only when the church finds herself grounded on a reef of her own folly, with the
fierce waves of divine retribution beating over her sides, is she in a position to
realize her dreadful danger and her need of everything. And only when thus endangered
and alarmed can she possibly be roused to the absolute necessity of having the gift
of prophecy -
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"For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy." Rev. 19:10. Consequently if she does not now awake to the fact that "where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18), then she never will.
Emphasizing the importance of the gifts of the Spirit, Paul says: "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ." Eph. 4:11,12. "After that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." 1 Cor. 12:28.
But while most of these gifts, especially those of tongues and of governments,
are zealously sought after by the churches, the one that was despised by the Jews
The Jews, while ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers, rejected the living prophets, thus bringing upon themselves the Master's mournful pronouncement:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of
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the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets." Matt. 23:29,30.
By following in this course, they have been led so far in perverting the gifts
that their so-
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and neutralize the piety of the church. In this state of affairs, do the best of
these professed Christians of today seem better than the worst of yesterday's Jews?
Wherefore, O church of God, "Awake, awake"! "Quench not the Spirit. Despise not
prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thess. 5:19, 21.
"Loose thyself from the [man-
As the gift of prophets is, according to the Scriptures, second in order of the gifts to the church, and the gift of governments and that of diversity of tongues are last, obviously, then, those who despise the gift of prophecy but exalt the gift of governments and the gift of tongues, are pulling the cart from its rear end, and are going in the wrong direction. To such, Christ is saying: "Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Rev. 3:17.
"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.
This condition underlies the present church trouble, which along with its outcome is figuratively set forth in Zechariah's prophetic symbolism,
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"And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four
chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; and
in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my
lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the
heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. The black
horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth
after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. And the bay went
forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he
said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro
through the earth. Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these
that go toward the north country have quieted My spirit in the north country." Zech.
These verses contain one of the most remarkable and important pictorial prophecies
recorded in Sacred Writ, and their true interpretation brings a soul-
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The "Mountains of Brass."
Being composed of brass, the two mountains can never, in even the smallest part,
be carried away by wind or flood. Matter not what betide them, they stand immovable.
And as they are symbols of God's holy church (as seen from the scripture: "Thus
saith the Lord;... Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of
the Lord of hosts the holy mountain" -
The facts so far established show God's Dwelling Place in two separate sections, for He has only one church organization at a time. The valley lying between the two mountains (the space through which the chariots come forth), therefore denotes the period between the two holy church organizations which the mountains represent.
This solid foundation promises a sure structure of truth which embraces church
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history culminating in a present-
The Time of the Mountains' Actual Existence.
When ancient Israel marched out of Egypt, "the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night." "And in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents." Ex. 13:21; Num. 9:17. But some years after the Israelitish movement had marched into the "promised land," God withdrew His personal presence from among them, because of their great sin of which they refused to repent.
"Therefore He brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who...burnt the house of God and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia." 2 Chron. 36:17, 19, 20.
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Were it not for the fact that a similar incident occurs in the Christian era, perhaps we would have to conclude without going further that the "two mountains" of "brass" are symbolical of the two sections of the church in Old Testament time. But inasmuch as the Dark Ages, from 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D. (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 12:6, 14), divide the Holy Mountain of God into two separate parts, we are compelled to prove from another angle the time to which these two figurative "mountains of brass" apply.
Never has this symbolical prophecy been understood by any people; and never could it have been fulfilled and not been revealed (for then would its truth have been unavailable to the people in the past and but half efficacious to us now). Necessarily, then, its fulfillment is yet future, sometime in the latter part of the Christian era.
The metal composing the "mountains" must represent that which is to make up what they stand for. Explicitly, the "brass" must disclose the people who are to make up two holy sections of the Christian church.
In the second chapter of Daniel, four empires are symbolized by a great metallic
image of gold, silver, brass, and iron -
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Gold, being first of value in the order of metals, is singularly adapted in symbolizing
the first empire after the flood. Silver, being second to gold, is the number two
metal, and exactly symbolizes the second empire -
So, being of brass, the "mountains" denote that the church which they symbolize
is in period number three. And the fact that there is a third period, presupposes
two preceding periods, making in all, three great divisions of time -
Necessarily, then, the former of the two "mountains" is symbolical of the spirit-
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This cannot be, as some may think, a symbolization of the Holy City, which comes
"down from God out of heaven" (Rev. 21:2), for the celestial city has gates of "one
pearl" (Rev. 21:21), whereas the gates which Isaiah describes are of "carbuncles."
This symbolical language, therefore, can be descriptive only of the people who are
to make up the spiritual house of God. (See Ephesians 2:20-
"In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by Me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake...and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn." Isa. 54:14, 15, 17.
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This symbolically predicted church cannot be the Kingdom in the "New Earth," for then there shall be no wicked to gather against it, whereas against this church gather the wicked, whom she shall "condemn." And if she is to condemn them, then they are not condemned before they gather together against her.
"Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her
final conflict. 'Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with
banners,' she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer." -
"Clad in complete armor of light and righteousness, she enters upon her final
conflict. The dross, the worthless material, will be consumed, and the influence
of the truth testifies to the world of its sanctifying, ennobling character." -
"Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish: yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." Isa. 60:11, 12.
The church described in these passages is obviously not the church in her Laodicean
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about to be spued out (Rev. 3:16). And since the symbolical mountains of brass are both alike, there being no distinction between them, therefore the second "mountain," the soon coming church of God, is to be of no less power and purity than that which characterized the first "mountain," the early Christian church, a glimpse of which is to be caught from the following scriptures:
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost....and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." The Acts 2:1, 4, 41, 47.
"But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
and kept back part of the price.... But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled
thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?...
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost.... And it was about
the space of three hours after, when his wife,...came in. Then Peter said unto her,
How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?... Then fell
she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost." The Acts 5:1-
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Is there any comparison between the church described in The Acts and the one at
the present time? Where is the power of the Holy Ghost in the church today? In
the early church everyone was filled with It! Where do we read of the apostles'
ever trying to raise financial goals? But how often do we hear that many of those
who are brought into the church today, go out. And how few of those who remain are
really converted to the Truth. Why such woeful waste, such pitiful loss? And why
so many tares choking up the wheat? Jesus says: "While men slept, his enemy came
and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." Matt. 13:25. Why? -
Throwing light on this condition, the Spirit of Prophecy says: "What 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, yet honest in that deception... While those addressed are flattering themselves 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
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who speaks, and his testimony must be correct." -
In trumpet tones, these all-
The Church Triumphant!
When will the church really become God's Dwelling Place? By human effort it is as impossible to bring about such a change as it is to dry up the ocean. Only God can do it. But when He does, He will certainly make a clean work of it:
"And I will," He says, "fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy My people, since they return not from their ways." Jer. 15:7.
His "fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matt. 3:12.
"I saw that the Lord was whetting his sword in Heaven to cut them down. Oh,
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that every lukewarm professor could realize the clean work that God is about to make
among His professed people." -
"The Lord will work to purify His church. I tell you in truth, the Lord is about
to turn and overturn in the institutions called by His name. Just how soon this
refining process will begin, I can not say, but it will not be long deferred. He
whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His temple of its moral defilement. He will
thoroughly purge His floor." -
"The time has come for earnest and powerful efforts to rid the church of the slime
and filth which is tarnishing her purity." -
Do not, my Brethren, say: "The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off." For "the days are at hand, and the effect of every vision." Ezek. 12:27, 23. "For Zion's sake will I not hold My peace," says the Lord, "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.
"But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place, we shall be better
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able to measure the strength of Israel.... Those who have trusted to intellect, genius or talent, will not...stand at the head of rank and file" (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 80),
When The Church Is Fitly Represented By The Mountains.
Through the time of this solemn work -
At the instance of Inspiration, the prophet Isaiah wrote: "For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.... And I will send those that escape of them unto the nations,...and they shall bring all your brethren...in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord." Isa. 66:16, 19, 20.
Note that these prophetic words say that those who "escape" being among "the slain of the Lord" are to be sent "unto the nations," and that they "shall declare [His] glory among the Gentiles. And...shall bring all [their] brethren...out of all nations."
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As this great world-
"While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven...there is to be
a special work of purification...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.'
This statement from the Spirit of Prophecy also clearly indicates that the purification takes place before probation closes, or "while the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, "and that then the church, clean and spotless, is to go into all the world conquering and to conquer (Prophets and Kings, p. 725).
Brother, Sister, do not rise up against this message of deliverance, and by so doing join the ranks of the enemy, who sowed the tares in the church, and who is determined to keep them there, for he knows
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that with a purified church, his power will be crushed, and the barriers which he
has erected against it will be smashed to fragments! Indeed, "we need never expect
that when the Lord has light for His people, Satan will stand calmly by and make
no effort to prevent them from receiving it. He will work upon minds to excite distrust
and jealousy and unbelief." -
From the evidences adduced, the fact towers forth that the purification takes
place before the work of the gospel is finished in any part of the world: for those
who "escape" the slaughter are sent to "bring all [their] brethren for an offering
unto the Lord out of all nations." Necessarily therefore, the consummation of this
"special; work of purification" precedes the commencement of "The Loud Cry." Doubly
conclusive proof of this is that the Spirit of Prophecy states that "the true people
of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord,...will always be on the side
of faithful and plain dealing with sins.... Especially in the closing work for the
church, in the sealing time of the One Hundred and Forty-
Ezekiel's vision discloses that those who "sigh and cry for all the abominations that
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be done in the midst thereof" (the church) are marked, or sealed, and that the men
with the "slaughter weapons" then "slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little
children and women" who have not the mark. The purification of the church, therefore,
is a separation of the sinners from the true people of God. At the time of its fulfillment,
the immediate future, the 144,000 receive the seal, or mark, escape the slaughter,
become the "servants of God," and go forth unto the nations to finish the work. This
makes them the "first-
Brethren, we must "sigh and cry" against the sins in the church; not against the message which is to seal us for translation and make us a people fitly symbolized by the mountains of brass. Your sighing and crying for the abominations done in her "midst," makes you eligible for the "mark"; but should you attempt to shield the abominations, you shall fall under the slaughter weapons of the angels. The church is to be purified and made clean and fit to be God's Dwelling Place. In no other way can she be identified as the
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"mountain of brass," the symbol of endurance. This is the church that shall "enter upon her final conflict," and the one with whom the dragon is to be "wroth:" for the symbolical "woman" and "her seed," as a body, keep the commandments of God and have the "testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17.
Having fully cleared the first part of Zechariah's symbolism, we now give attention to
The Valley Between The Mountains.
The truth having been solidly established that the early Christian church is symbolized by one of the "brass mountains," and the church that closes the gospel work, by the other, then it follows as a logical sequence that the valley between, from which come the four chariots, must be symbolical of the period from the one church to the other. The next symbolism, then, to be considered is
The Four Chariots.
Says the prophet Zechariah: "In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD." Zech. 14:20. As symbols to illustrate various lessons, horses are quite prominently employed in the Scriptures, being in every instance perfectly adapted, of course, to the circumstance or situation. In this connection, they represent people, for the sounding of their "bells" is "HOLINESS
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UNTO THE LORD;" whereas "the spasmodic fitful movements of some who claim to be Christians
is well represented by the work of strong but untrained horses. When one pulls forward,
another pulls back." -
These symbolical "horses," therefore, each portray a certain class of people in
connection with the church. And owing to the fact that each team is leading a chariot,
they can denote only a class of church leaders. The chariots, consequently, must
in some way depict the church membership which the symbolical horses are leading.
Moreover, to Zechariah's question, "What are these, my lord?...the angel answered
and said,...These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing
before the Lord of all the earth." Zech. 6:4, 5. Hence these symbolisms stand for
Why Chariot a Symbol of a Church?
The Scriptures symbolize God's church by various earthly objects. To illustrate: "In that day," says the Lord, "will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces." Zech. 12:3. "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord." Isa. 62:3. "And
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the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." Rev. 1:20.
The same object cannot perfectly characterize the church under varying conditions and circumstances or relationships. For example, on the one hand the church that gave birth to Christ (Rev. 12:1, 2) cannot congruously be symbolized by a chariot, but rather only by a woman, while on the other hand the church with which God will break the nations, cannot congruously be likened to a woman, but rather to a "stone" (Dan. 2:45), or an "axe." Jer. 51:20. For a church in its work of gathering souls, the most fitting symbol is a "chariot," and for its leadership, naturally "horses."
As there are, in the symbolization before us, four chariots to be identified, we must therefore consider each one separately, beginning with
The First Chariot.
The consecutive order of the chariots indicates a series of gospel events. "In
the first chariot were red horses." That the color red stands for bloodshed, the
Spirit of Prophecy bears out: "As we were traveling along, we met a company.... I
noticed red as a border on their garments.... I asked Jesus who they were. He said
they were martyrs that had been slain for Him." -
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being emblematic of martyrdom, obviously, then, the red color of the "horses" denotes the martyred leaders of the church before 538 A.D.
In response to Zechariah's question as to who the horses were and where they were going, the angel answered: "The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth." Zech. 6:6, 7. Though the angel's answer discloses the respective directions toward which the black, white, grisled, and bay horses went, it omits to make the slightest mention of the red horses, thus riveting the conclusion that the red horses were martyred and went nowhere so far as their final destination is concerned. This being clear our next step, logically, is to identify
The Second Chariot.
"And in the second chariot [were] black horses." Universally, the figurative significance of "black" is bondage. So as the martyrdom of the early Christian church was followed by the Dark Ages of religion, from 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D., it is very evident that the chariot with the black horses represents the church and its leadership during this long prophetic period in Ecclesiastical Roman bondage. This fact is borne out by the angel's explanation of
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the horses' destination: "The black horses," he said, "...go forth into the north country." And "the north country" is the Biblical term for ancient Babylon, as is quickly seen from the following scriptures:
"...saith the Lord God;...I will bring...Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,...from
the north." Ezek. 26:7. Again: when the Jews were returning from Babylon to Jerusalem,
God spoke through His prophet Zechariah, saying: "Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from
the land of the north" (Zech. 2:6), thus identifying Babylon as "the north country."
But as we are dealing with the fulfillment of prophecy in the New Testament era,
the north country in this connection must be antitypical Babylon -
The Third Chariot.
And there were "in the third chariot white horses." Since black is significant of bondage, then white, being the opposite of black, must denote liberty. Accordingly, the white horses with their chariot must be symbolical of the church, following her 1260 year period of Roman bondage. Said the angel to Zechariah: "The white go forth after" the black horses, to the north country. The white chariot therefore represents
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a free church, carrying a heaven-
"To William Miller and his co-
But though "the white horses" went to the "north country," the Millerites, or
"First Advent Movement," was not in response to the call, "come out of her My people."
This is made clear by Miller's own words: "In all my labors...I never had the desire
or thought to establish any separate interest from that of existing denominations,
or to benefit one at the expense of another. I thought to benefit all." -
The concluding revelation is: "Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted My Spirit in the north country." Zech. 6:8. After the warning message by the Millerite movement had been rejected by the churches, in fulfillment of the words, "have quieted My Spirit in the
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north country," God withdrew His Spirit from them. In evidence of this, "the Second Angel" announced: "Babylon is fallen." Rev. 14:8.
The foregoing chain of facts surrounding the first three symbolical "chariots,"
shows that the series of gospel events which they comprehend terminated with the
Millerite movement in 1844 A.D. And the additional fact that the "white" color of
the "horses" also denotes purity, shows that the "third chariot" is symbolical of
the church which of all the seven churches is the only one that is white, without
The Word of God is full of meaning; its depth unfathomable; and its truth, like
the waves that ever break on the shore-
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"Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His word; Your brethren that hated
you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He
shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed." Isa. 66:5. These heaven-
All seven of these antitypical churches (Rev. 2 and 3) started out well, but sooner or later Satan succeeded in bringing into each one in succession a flood of satanic agencies (figuratively, the "tares") in the garb of professed believers of the Truth. Especially has this been so with the ministry, by whom he has been able to lead entire churches astray. And always some of the members who have refused to follow the leadership of man in the place of that of Christ, have been cast out. Indeed, whenever God has sent a message to His church, the ministry, instead of standing by the messenger and helping get the message to the people, has fought against it, standing, almost as a unit, in its way, so that it not reach the people! Showing how the ministry tried to put an extinguisher on the
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"First Advent Message," and how they persecuted the laity who dared attend Miller's preaching, church history says:
"But as ministers and religious leaders decided against the advent doctrine,
and desired to suppress all agitation of the subject, they not only opposed it from
the pulpit, but denied their members the privilege of attending preaching upon the
second advent, or even of speaking of their hope in the social meetings of the church."
"...therefore it was largely committed to humble laymen. Farmers left their fields,
mechanics their tools, traders their merchandise, professional men their positions;
and yet the number of workers was small in comparison with the work to be accomplished."
"The work did not stand in the wisdom and learning of men, but in the power of
God. It was not the most talented, but the most humble and devoted, who were the
first to hear and obey the call.... Those who had formerly led in the cause were
among the last to join in this movement." -
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and others, though convinced of the truth, dared not confess it, lest they should
be 'put out of the synagogue.' " -
"...The true followers of Christ...do not wait for truth to become popular. Being
convinced of their duty, they deliberately accept the cross." -
"There has ever been a class professing godliness, who, instead of following
on to know the truth, make it their religion to seek some fault of character or error
of faith in those with whom they do not agree. Such are Satan's right-
"All who look for hooks to hang their doubts upon, will find them. And those
who refuse to accept and obey God's word until every objection has been removed,
and there is no longer an opportunity for doubt, will never come to the light."
Of all "the seven churches" (Rev. 2 and 3), only the Philadelphian (the Millerite) church did not run afoul these same satanic practices. Ever true to God, it closed its brief but spotless career in 1844, its
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appointed destination. Having lived its entire life under the personal supervision
of its founder, it was never new-
The Fourth Chariot.
Since the first three "chariots" embrace the history of the church up to 1844
A.D., the fourth one must represent a subsequent church organization -
Amidst the multi-
But even as Satan put forth determined efforts to misapply the name "Philadelphia," and thus to obscure it from view
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and cause it to go unnoticed, so has he confused
The Name of the Last Chariot.
Just as the name "Philadelphia" fits only one church organization, and only one
of the chariots, so the name "Laodiceans" can logically fit only one of the chariots
and only one denomination. The word, itself, is derived from the Greek word, Lego-
In spite of the unenviable record of the Laodicean church, the founder of its
movement, unlike the founders of other movements, honestly states in Testimonies,
Vol. 3, p. 252: "The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation,
and is applicable to the people of God at the present time" -
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"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together," for He hath "magnified [His] Word above all [His] name." Ps. 34:3; 138:2.
Since both the third chariot and the Philadelphian church have been identified
as representing the Millerite movement, and also since the Laodicean church has
been identified as representing the Seventh-
Now if this application of "the chariot" is wrong, the simple and positive proof
is, of course, that it cannot be made congruously to fit the S.D.A. church, but if
it is right, then, by the same token, it cannot be made congruously to fit any other
but the Adventist church: for the divine symbols are devised perfectly to fit only
one object. The final test, therefore, of the interpretation herein given, is the
conclusiveness of the paradoxical part of the symbolism -
The Grisled And The Bay -
And in the "fourth chariot" were "grisled and bay horses." The anomalous part of this symbolical prophecy is, manifestly, that the fourth chariot, unlike the other three, has a double span of horses. But
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most arresting about the whole symbolism is the paradoxical fact that the grisled went "toward the south country, and the bay went forth, and...walked to and fro through the earth". Zech. 6:6, 7. The grisled go one way, and the bay, another way, and yet both are pulling the same chariot!
Obviously, therefore, this strange circumstance must hold a singular present-
The dissimilar teams hitched to the fourth chariot, each pulling in a different direction from the other, show not only that there is a double leadership in the Laodicean church, but also that the one is opposed to the other in character as well as in purpose. This condition being a strange one, the wise will well consider it. Seeing that the Word of God has spoken it, and that the symbolism perfectly describes the contest which, before their very eyes, is taking place, they will tenaciously take hold of the truth.
Now for the explanation of the climactic and enigmatic part of this symbolization, we must go to the past and present record of the Laodicean church. As the
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message to every church is addressed to the "angel" who has charge of the candlestick (the church Rev. 1:20), John was instructed: "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write." Rev. 3:14. But this "angel" cannot be a heavenly angel, for he is at fault: "Neither cold nor hot," but "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" "and knowest not." Rev. 3:16 17. What else could this angel be but the earthly one who is given charge over the "candlestick"? Plainly, therefore, he and the servant "whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season" (Matt. 24:45) are identical, both of whom, clearly, represent the church leadership, not the membership.
Anyone having a reasonable knowledge of the Scriptures, should know that God cannot finish His work on earth with a "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" leadership; and what is worse, one that does not even know its condition. Those who are excusing the overwhelming wickedness everywhere, are not God's true people; they are the "tares," the seed of the Evil One.
"The message God sends through His servants," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "will be scorned and derided by unfaithful shepherds, who tread down with their feet the feed of the pastures, giving the flock as food that which they have defiled. 'Woe
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be unto the Pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord.'
In view of this sad fact, God must have a second leadership to finish His greatest work since the world began. Of this second set of servants, we read: "And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels,...saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Rev. 7:2, 3; 14:5.
Thus by testimony and by symbol, the Word of God brings to view two dissimilar
classes of "servants" -
So important is this subject that the Spirit of Prophecy turns the light on still another aspect of it:
"But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have
a people pure and true.... Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent,
will not then stand at the head of rank and file." -
The fact that our conferences grant ministerial licenses only to college graduates, shows that they are trusting to human wisdom
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"Now I want to say, God has not put any kingly power in our ranks to control this or that branch of the work. The work has been greatly restricted by the efforts to control it in every line. Here is a vineyard presenting its barren places that have received no labor. And if one should start out to till these places in the name of the Lord, unless he should get the permission of the men in a little circle of authority, he would receive no help. God means that His workers shall have help. If a hundred should start out on a mission to destitute fields, crying unto God, He would open the way before them.
"Let me tell you, if your heart is in the work, and you have faith in God, you need not depend upon the sanction of any minister or any people: if you go right to work in the name of the Lord, in a humble way doing what you can to teach the truth, God will vindicate you.
"If the work had not been so restricted
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by an impediment here, and an impediment there, and on the other side an impediment,
it would have gone forward in its majesty. It would have gone in weakness at first;
but the God of heaven lives." -
Not until Paul had forsaken all trust in human wisdom, counting it loss for Christ,
was God able to exalt him in His mighty hand. "And I brethren," says the great apostle,
"...came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony
of God." 1 Cor. 2:1. But unlike the humbled Paul, the great men in the church today
But "the Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness
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of a genuine Christian character will be revealed." -
Thus in their perfect mutual harmony, the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy once
again exalt each other, and clear the paradox of the fourth chariot -
The former say: "He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment" by fulfilling Ezekiel 9 upon them, while the latter sigh and cry for the abominations in the midst thereof. Thus whereas behind the grisled horses there is a crying of God's visitation, there is ahead of the bay, a crying of "peace and safety...from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs, that would not bark," says the founder of the church, "are the
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ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children,
all perish together." -
While on the one hand, therefore, we prophetically behold the failure of the grisled horses to maintain control of the chariot (church) because of their dereliction of duty, on the other hand we see the bay horses both prophetically and actually getting ready to take over the chariot at the appointed time; or, as the angel, speaking in prophetic past, explained: they "sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth." Zech. 6:7.
Unlike in color, the two teams are figurative of two classes of servants unlike
in character. The former class (the grisled) are "men of learning and position,"
This latter class, moreover, have the "pure brightness of a genuine Christian
character," "but, it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior" -
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whom some of the brethren would reject as unfit to engage in the work." -
Though these servants of God, who are to be disclosed to view during the purification
of the church, "have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze"
upon the others, yet it is stated of them: "The most weak and hesitating in the church,
will be as David -
Where else in all Christendom, save in the S.D.A. Denomination (the church of the Laodiceans), is to be found the fulfillment of the prophetic church history unfolded in this study? If this startling revelation of present truth, plain and certain as the conflict itself between Good and Evil, does not reach the Laodicean heart,
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then nothing can ever reach it. O, Brother, Sister, be not fooled: if this does not reach your heart now in time to save you from the evil to come, it will surely overtake you eventually, but then only to destroy, not to save, you. So stay no longer with the grisled horses in Egypt, for to do so will be only to perish there with them while
The Bay Take The Chariot To The Promised Land.
Seeing that the chariot is drawn by both teams each pulling in a different direction from the other, obviously both cannot win out without breaking it in two, thus leaving it ruined and useless. One pair or the other, therefore, must be cut out of the traces. And the fact that the bay (the "strong horses" Zech. 6:3, margin) are the ones who "walk to and fro through the earth" while the grisled remain in Egypt, shows that the bay alone are to possess the chariot and to take it from Egypt to the promised land.
Although this remarkable prophetic symbolization, now opened up fully, was simply
another locked prophecy when The Shepherd's Rod, Vol.1 was published and sent throughout
the S.D.A. denomination in 1930, yet in its momentous message to Laodicea (declaring
that the prophecy of the ninth chapter of Ezekiel is on the verge of fulfillment,
and that those who escape the "slaughter" will comprise the future leadership of
the church), the warning-
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in the singular paradox here revealed was anticipated. Thus we see that from the
very first, The Shepherd's Rod, in projecting a preview of the same critical problem
encountered in the warning-
Though the leaders of the S.D.A. denomination are determined to drive out of the
church all who believe in the message of The Shepherd's Rod, they are trying to make
it appear that the Rod's adherents are pulling out for themselves. The paradoxical
truth, however, shows that they are to posses "the chariot," and their refusing to
leave the church demonstrates in actuality the certainty of the bay horses' alone
taking the chariot to its destination -
The revelation of this warning-
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"Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth." Having thus done our part, it will be said of us: "Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home (church) divided the spoil. Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold." Ps. 68:12,13.
So whereas the bay horses are now getting themselves groomed to go "to and fro through the earth," the grisled are endeavoring to kick the bay away from the chariot and to keep it in
The South Country.
To determine the antitypical significance of the "south country," we consult the Revelation: "And I will give power unto My two Witnesses, and They shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. And when They shall have finished Their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against Them, and shall overcome Them and kill Them. And Their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Rev. 11:3,7,8.
"The two Witnesses," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "represent the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament.... They continued their testimony throughout the entire
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period of 1260 years.... The period when the two Witnesses were to prophesy clothed
in sackcloth, ended in 1798.... It was in 1793 that the decrees which abolished the
Christian religion and set aside the Bible [or killed the 'two Witnesses'], passed
the French Assembly." -
Since, therefore, the atheistic French government in 1793 is called by the Scriptures
"Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified," ancient Egypt -
In remarkable corroboration of this particular phase of the prophecy, the Seventh-
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In further confirmation of this plain and alarming prophetic fact, the Spirit
of Prophecy says: "I am filled with sadness when I think of our condition as a people....
The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader, and is steadily retreating
toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power."
But some with the fabled ostrich-
"I tell you solemnly that there are forces and influences at work which, if unchecked, will render us just as unprepared for the second coming of Christ as was Israel for His first coming. Make no mistake about that. I see those influences at work. The spirit of Sadduceeism is working like leaven, and I want to lift my voice in earnest entreaty that you may see that the door is closed against all such intrusions.... I summon you all to engage in the fight against the spirit of Sadduceeism, the spirit of worldly conformity, the spirit
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which, if allowed to go unchecked, will subvert and change the whole spirit and purpose of this movement.... This question also came to me: Are we, in our defense of these great principles of truth that God has committed to us, allowing the mantle to fall from our own shoulders upon the shoulders of others? Are we going to allow others to step into our places and call the world to a reformation along some of these lines?
"Objective Of Movement In The Balance
"I believe that we ought to bestir ourselves mightily. This is no ordinary time. The times demand something unusual. I want to stand here before you today as one who believes, and believes deeply, seriously, and earnestly, that the whole purpose and objective of this movement today is in the balance. It is for us to turn the scales on the side of right....
"I tell you, my friends, in all seriousness, that today many of our young people are confused and their faith is broken down by what they see and hear. Do you not know this? Is it not the truth? It may be an infallible truth, but many of our young people today do not believe in the Spirit of Prophecy because of the inconsistency that they see in the lives of those who ought to be their leaders. If we want to the young people to believe, we must set them an example in faith and practice.
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"I think the time has come when this setting of a right example should be a challenge to all our people. There is no use of our posing before the world in a certain light, and then shaping our whole course and purpose according to another policy. Oh, may God help us to come back to simplicity and faith, to obedience and right practice. Most of our people know of the standards as taught in the Spirit of Prophecy, and when they see us violating them in our practice they lose faith, not only in the Testimonies, but in our leadership. Let us be consistent leaders. Let us practice what we preach....
"It is not the assaults of our enemies that I fear. No,...what I am afraid of is our own departure from the true course. That is the hardest to deal with ....
"We are the neediest people on earth. My friends, we need something extraordinary done for us. A great procession is moving toward the kingdom. Are we leading the forces of God in the right direction?
"Threatened By Worldly Conformity
"I believe that the spirit of society, the spirit of the world, has in to many instances come in among us. I would not have you think that I am discouraged over the prospect. No, thank God, I know this movement will move forward triumphantly and victoriously. Nevertheless I feel
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I would be remiss if I failed to point out some of the danger signs along the way, and to which I believe we ought to give heed.
"I wish to repeat that many of our parents are distressed over trying to maintain the faith of their sons and daughters because of some things that are taught in some of our classrooms. They come and tell us that some Bible teachers refuse to allow their students to read from 'The Desire of Ages' in a class on the life of Christ. Some come and say the Spirit of Prophecy is discredited in the mind and belief of their sons and daughters through interpretations of history that they receive, that those interpretations often are made to discredit the plain statements of the Spirit of Prophecy.
"There is another thing that I believe needs attention. It has to do with the social life and the activities in our educational institutions. The faculties need to give more care and attention to some of these matters. I believe that we are developing in some of our educational centers a dress aristocracy that embarrasses the parents of some of the children. Faculties permit the young people to adopt a style of dress that sets the standard for all the students, and if they do not conform, parents and students are embarrassed. It often results in merely a parade of worldly fashion and worldly conformity. I want to lift my
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voice against it today, and I appeal to you to stop that trend.
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"Too many of our young people are today being led into worldly conformity by some leaders who are themselves adhering to forms of worldly amusement and pleasure. My friends, I wish our young people could be kept away from all the beach parties and nudity parades and moving picture shows and other questionable places where they ought not to go, but where they are sometimes led by their leaders. I believe it is the duty of every school board and every school faculty to take steps to change things. Just how far can we go in this matter of worldly conformity? Let us be done with the spirit of compromise. Let us not be like those people of old who allowed their religious beliefs to be so poisoned by contacts with the world that they were unable to recognize their own Messiah when He appeared.
"Would the pioneers know this movement today if they should awaken? Would they recognize the movement that they started in this world and handed over to their successors? Would they really recognize it? To me, that is a very appealing and important question. 'Oh,' some may say, 'they were a lot of old fogies! They were out of date. They were entirely behind the times. Today, standards have changed.' That is a favorite expression
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with some, but I do not believe it. I maintain that every right and true and proper standard that has ever prevailed and that is laid down in God's work, is just as vital today as it ever was. I am not one who is willing to admit that standards have changed. That argument suggests that today we have lower standards, and it is used only by those who want lower standards. The nearer we come to the kingdom of God, the higher standards we should have.
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"If Jesus were here today would He recognize us? Indeed, may I say, would we recognize Him? Oh, I trust that the inroads of worldly corruption and poisoning have not prevailed to the place where not even Jesus would recognize us! I feel very solemn and very serious when I think about these things.
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"My friends, really I am concerned about the trends and the tendencies. I confess
a great anxiety about them. Here we are today, a group of leaders, and when we leave
this place, to what are we going back? We are going back to face thousands of our
young people. We are going back to continue to influence and to mold the lives of
thousands of young people, and to lead them -
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"A Revival Needed
"What would Jesus say to us today if He were here? Would He undertake to cleanse
the temples of our hearts and to drive out the spirit of Sadduceeism, of materialism,
of worldly conformity? I believe He would. I believe what we need today, as a group
of educators and leaders, more than anything else, is something that cannot come
to us from any committee on resolutions, and that is a revival of primitive godliness.
Would God that this convention may not close until that something comes to us -
O how dreadfully clear it is from every angle viewed that the grisled horses have
led the chariot into the world instead of out of it! Even the General Conference
President is pleading with these world-
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the denomination, though they continue leading the people away from God and from
the Spirit of Prophecy, and closer to the world and its corrupting influence. And
since they are casting out those who are striving to awaken the Laodiceans, will
not the General Conference President, in his efforts to awaken, too, arouse to the
ironical situation at hand, and instead of longer supporting those self-
And while the grisled horses are bringing the tragedy upon themselves by languishing in "the south country," lukewarm and satisfied with their attainments, the bay horses, have "sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth"; that is, they have been making ready to go, but could not go until told: "Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth." Finally, though, they walk, signifying that they are honored of God by bearing His standard in triumph to the victory!
In this restraining circumstance, is found proof again of the inerrancy of the
Rod, for from the beginning, it has proclaimed that the three angels' messages cannot
go to the ends of the earth until after the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, and after the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit as described in Joel 2:28 -
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Had the present leaders, those who are represented by "the grisled horses," taken
heed to the "Call for Reformation," and "had these been little in their own eyes,"
says the Spirit of Prophecy, and "trusted fully in the Lord, He would have honored
them with bearing His standard in triumph to the victory. But they separated from
God, yielded to the influence of the world, and the Lord rejected them." -
Then will they seek for this "extra oil," but alas too late to profit by any answer to their apprehensive questions: "Are we...allowing the mantle to fall from our own shoulders upon the shoulders of others? Are we going to allow others to step into our places and call the world to a reformation...?"
To be sure, "this movement" (chariot) is destined to go forward triumphantly, but only behind the leadership of the bay horses.
The chain of facts linked herein concerning the church's condition is so solidly forged by prophecy and history that none can break it. Indeed each prophetic link is so manifest that even the General Conference President is alarmed. Yet despite this fact, the servant of the Lord predicts that "the light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false light, by
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those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory." -
"In the manifestation of the power that lightens the earth with its glory, they
will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something
which will arouse their fears and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because
the Lord does not work according to their expectations and ideals, they will oppose
the work. Why, they say, should we not know the Spirit of God, when we have been
in the work so many years?" -
"We need never expect that when the Lord has light for His people, Satan will
stand calmly by, and make no effort to prevent them from receiving it. He will work
upon minds to excite distrust and jealousy and unbelief. Let us beware that we do
not refuse the light God sends, because it does not come in a way to please us. Let
not God's blessing be turned away from us because we know not the time of our visitation.
If there are any who do not see and accept the light themselves, let them not stand
in the way of others. Let it not be said of this highly favored people, as of the
Jews when the good news of the kingdom was preached to them, 'They entered not in
themselves, and them that were entering in they hindered.' " -
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This very sort of thing, we remind our leading brethren, was precisely what occurred
in the impious treatment accorded the message of 1888, when it was "slighted, spoken
against, ridiculed,... rejected," and "denounced as leading to enthusiasm and fanaticism."
"The light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false
light.... We entreat of you who oppose the light of truth, to stand out of the way
of God's people. Let Heaven-
That nothing may be left undone to warn them of this terrible disappointment about to overtake them, we address still another appeal
TO THE LEADING BRETHREN.
Again we plead with you that, even though you despise the source of the plea, you make a through investigation of the
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message that has come to you in the name of the Lord, lest you repeat the history of the Jews. For of all men, you should realize most acutely the dreadful danger of closing your eyes and stopping your ears, even though it be to the words of only some poor "fisherman."
Unless you repent of your present attitude toward the message, "and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart be forgiven thee," then just so surely as your eyes now read these words, your wrong course will bring upon you, and that very shortly, the fulfillment of that fearful pronouncement of the True Witness: "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing [truth or prophets]," "I will spue thee out of My mouth."
Brethren, remember that "there is no pride so dangerous as spiritual pride. -
Foreseeing that the message was to find you full of self-
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that "thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."
Brethren, may these disillusioning words open your eyes that you may see yourselves as you are, so that "the shame of thy nakedness do not appear." The promise is unfailing: "Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." Our prayers are that you fail not, for we love you.
Remember that though the Lord in His great mercy has called you out of darkness to walk in His marvelous light, yet if you walk not therein, your light shall become darkness and your goods a booty.
Says the Lord: "I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare." Ezek. 16:7. But "as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." Rev. 3:19. Or "therefore will I return, and take away My corn in the time thereof, and My wine in the season thereof, and will recover My wool and My flax given to cover her nakedness." Hos. 2:9.
Take heed, Brethren, lest by your willful course you incur God's displeasure and (speaking in the mixed figures of these correlative prophecies) in His awful wrath He strip you naked, and "spue thee out of
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[His] mouth." Then you will be "hot," but to no avail, for it will be forever too late to change and though like Esau you shall weep bitterly the Lord shall not hear you.
No more honest in their deception than are you in yours, yet the Jews at least
gave audience to Christ, where as you have not been that fair. Not-
Increasingly your challenging attitude toward the present revelations from God's Word, is crying out: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord neither will I let Israel go." Ex. 5:2.
The Lord's counsel is: "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." -
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"God means what He says. -
"Men...through selfishness...crowd down the very ones whom God is using to diffuse
the light He has given them...Satan's skill is exercised....He works to restrict
religious liberty....Organizations...will work under Satan's dictation to bring men
under the control of men; and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for
truth and for the advancement of the kingdom of God....such men assume to exercise
the prerogatives of God -
Calling yourselves men of "experience," you say: "If a brother has any light on the Scriptures, let him submit it to us, and if we see no light in it, let him drop it." But, Brethren, how can you see light in anything without looking into it? And how can you discern spiritual things unless you "anoint thine eyes with eyesalve ['revealed truth'], that thou mayest see"? Refusing to do this, how will you ever discern truth?
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Why should we renounce the message in the Rod when you have so utterly failed
to prove it to be in error? Why cast aside precious gems of truth simply because
the majority cannot tell them from paste jewels? You have long been leveling stout
words against the tyrannies of others, but now how about your own! You charge that
our position "puts us in bad company." But you do not realize what you say, and
that we stand in identically the same position today as did John the Baptist, Christ,
the apostles, Luther, and Miller in the yesterdays, and as did the founders of the
S.D.A. denomination; not in the position which you are trying to make us appear to
be in -
Our unfailing concern is that you will take heed to the counsel of the True Witness, and confess your poverty of spiritual things, lest He pronounce upon you the dreadful woe: "Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principle of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel" (Jer. 25:34), and thus be missing when "it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters
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shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My
Spirit." Joel 2:28, 29. Speaking of this time, the Spirit of Prophecy declares:
"Mighty miracles were wrought, the sick were healed, and signs and wonders followed
the believers." -
O what unbounding folly and loss to pursue a wrong course, and lose out in a time like this, when the privilege is being accorded you to choose rather to "sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven"! Matt. 8:11. May you not fail.
Sincerely yours for a humble
spirit and the happy choice,
Your friend and servant.
Though exceedingly burdened for our leading brethren that they lay to heart the Lord's counsel just tendered, we are likewise burdened that the laity also lay well to heart the Lord's counsel to them. Thus, impartially, we now address
A WORD TO THE ELECT OF GOD, THE 144,000!
To you who hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, and who are not known to us by name, but only by prospective number
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(144,000) and office (God's guileless servants, kings, and priests), -
Make haste Brother, Sister; immediately take your stand on the Lord's side, so that He may, because of your "sighing" (repenting) and "crying" (proclaiming the sealing message), without delay disclose "to view" as the "servants of our God," you who shall escape being among the "slain of the Lord," be sent unto the Gentiles, and "bring all your brethren...out of all nations." Isa. 66:16, 19, 20.
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Study the message for yourselves, and forbid that any flesh interfere with your salvation. Make your own decision independently of any man, and know for yourself that God is leading you as He did when you were to become as S.D.A. Accept neither priest nor prelate as your God. "Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee." Ps.32:9. Why should you trip and fall over the same stumbling block which has plunged millions headlong into hell? Look up, Brother, Sister, and avoid the calamity ahead, and help others also to avoid it.
And as for those who are deaf to the voice of the Good Shepherd, "my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore and run down with tears, because the Lord's flock is carried away captive." Jer. 13:17." Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord, that He hath taken against Edom; and His purposes, that He hath purposed against the inhabitants." Jer. 49:20. "And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape." Jer. 25:35.
Now our great desire and hope is that each one of you will communicate with us without delay, so that in accordance with God's Word we may together launch a program for the "siege," and in such a manner
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that we can present to the enemy a united front. Then will God work; then will the barriers which have been erected against the Truth and against His servants who are to "be disclosed to view," fall like the walls of Jericho! "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Rev. 3:22
Yours is "to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn." Isa. 61:1, 2. What an unmatched privilege! God forbid that any forfeit it.
Sincerely yours for implicit trust in
God and for green pasture
for His flock,
Your friend and servant
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