“Without a parable spake He not”
Tract No. 3 Supplement
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Copyright 1934 by
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THE ORIGIN OF TRACT 3 SUPPLEMENT
In 1934 while God's Headquarters was in L.A. Calif., Bro. V.T. Houteff printed Tract No. 3 "THE HARVEST." After it moved to Waco Texas in 1935, he reprinted Tract No. 3 in 1942, and renamed it "THE JUDGMENT AND THE HARVEST" but the Bible Numerology, however, was left out, because other material had been added.
This supplement was used to explain the numerology on the chart in Tract 3 page 55.
TRACT 3 (SUPPLEMENT)
NUMERICAL ILLUSTRATION OF INGATHERING
This study will prove that the meaning of God's Word is inexhaustible; Its dimensions
unknown; Its wisdom an infinity -
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study into the subject, the clearer it becomes.
There are two unseen powers that guide the destinies of men and the affairs of the world with a terrible exactness. Though the wicked feel a pressure which they cannot resist, or remove, they see it not and understand it not because the Word alone giveth light and giveth power. "Blessed is the man whose God is the Lord." Is the Word in dark parables to you? Your own answer will tell you of which class you are, and only your relation with God can help you.
If you think Christ remained 40 days after the resurrection undesignedly; if you think the Holy Ghost fell on the 120 just because there happened to be that many; if you think that 12,000 out of each tribe were sealed by chance then you might as well think the fact that 12 times 12,000 equals 144,000 is a mathematical accident. Your own conclusion to this vital question should show you the amount of light there is in you.
Would not the Lord's people realize that God is not a man? "The words that I speak unto you they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63). "Every word of God is pure." (Prov. 30:5). "He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life." (John 5:24). "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away." (Matt. 24:35).
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"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." (Luke 4:4). "If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book,...it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to naught." (Deut. 28:58, 63).
It was during the 40 days of Christ's personal presence with His disciples -
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foundation) of the world, and the good Shepherd in all ages.
The Scriptures often employ mathematical means in defining existence of time,
and number of years from one Biblical event to another. The number of days from the
This subject to some may seem as strange as the thought of the earth revolving on its axis was to the inhabitants of another day. Nevertheless, incredible things often become plain facts. Hence, though we little know of the many Biblical numbers and their secret code of truth at the present time, they are not always to be dark elements to God's people, for they must be there to discover and illuminate to our vision the sign posts on our way to the Holy City.
Shall we not be thankful for every ray of light? Or shall we take a chance in the darkness? I will say in prayer: "O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles." (Ps. 43:3).
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The Number Of The Savior
Shall we not consider why Christ remained with His disciples just 40 days -
Number Of The Pentecost
As our world is about 6,000 years old, then in order to prove that the 40 days of His presence with the disciples were symbolical of His being the Savior of the entire world under sin, we must multiply the number of His name (3) with the symbolical time (40) of gathering His people, which gives the equation 40 x 3 = 120. The number here derived being the exact number of the firstfruits on the day of Pentecost proves that the little group was the product of the true church, the effort of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
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Hence, as number Three is symbolical of the Trinity, the number 120 is symbolical
of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and saints, -
Christ And The Bible
Says John of Christ: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." (1 John 1:1.) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." (John 1:14.) The Bible is the written Word, and Christ is the Word incarnate; that is, the Bible is Christ in the form of words, and Christ is the Bible in the form of man. Since this is true, then as Christ is identified by a number, so must the Bible be and the One must prove the Other.
Number Of The Bible
The parable in the twentieth chapter of Matthew, explains that the Bible contains
five time messages; namely, "early in the morning," "the third hour," "the sixth
hour, and the ninth," "and the eleventh hour," -
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book as far as saving any one after that. (This subject is fully proved in The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 222, 238.) Therefore, the numerical value of the Bible is, Five.
Number Of Bible-
Next, to find the symbolical number of Bible-
Number Of Years Christ A Savior
Let it be remembered that our subject is to prove by numbers that Christ is the Savior of the world in all ages. Therefore, our aim is not to find the number of saints that are to be saved but the number of years He will be a Savior. Again, we must call the reader's attention to the fact that the parabolical calls, or messages of Matthew Twenty, embrace only the part of our world's history; that is, since the Bible began to be written; namely, from the "Exodus" to probation's close. But we must necessarily take into consideration the period before the Bible was written. Therefore, we must have a multiplicand of universal value to show that Christ is the
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Savior of the entire world -
The following reasons will prove that number Ten is the Biblical number of universal
value. The world at the second coming of Christ is universally symbolized by 10 toes
of the great image of Daniel Two. The present kingdoms of the world, before they
became independent of the Roman monarchy, were symbolized by the 10 horns of the
fourth beast of Daniel Seven. The Ten crowned horns of the leopard-
Therefore, our symbolical number of the Bible time, 600, must be multiplied by 10. Thus, 600 x 10 = 6,000 years of probationary time. This proves the length of time Christ will be a Savior for sinners; and that our sinful world will be 6,000 years old when probation closes; and that we are living in the time of the end. It also proves that Christ is the only Savior of the world, in perfect harmony with the word: "For there is none other name under
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heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12.)
Number Of Saints
Having proved Christ the Savior of the world for 6,000 years, now we shall endeavor
to prove the number of saints, of the firstfruits, He is to save. It will be noticed
that the Pentecost after the resurrection did not completely fulfill the Pentecost
in prophecy, for at that time Peter quoted Joel 2:28-
Our attention is called to the fact that the Pentecost after the resurrection is the pillar of the Old and New Testament church, for the names of the twelve apostles, who received the Pentecost, are written in the foundation of the city instead of the names of the twelve Patriarchs or some others.
The church on earth is divided in three periods; namely, the Noatic, the Old Testament, and the Christian. As there is a Pentecost to close the Old Testament period, and also the New, then most certainly there must have been a Pentecost in closing the Noatic period also, otherwise, in not lending the necessary power for Noah's message to shine forth with convincing brightness, God would have unjustly destroyed
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them by the flood. Moreover, it is so stated by the apostle Peter: "For Christ...being
put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which He went and preached
unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering
of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was a preparing. (1 Pet. 3:18-
Inspiration records that the same Spirit Who quickened Christ, preached to the antediluvians while they were imprisoned by the inevitability of the circumstances which they were soon to evolve, and from which there was no escape save through the ark that was "a preparing." Hence, they were left without an excuse.
Plainly then, there are Three Pentecosts to be considered, -
Therefore, in order to include the Old World in the plan of salvation, we must consider the Noatic Pentecost in this numerical study, doubling the figurative number of 120. Thus, 120 x 2 = 240. Hence, the symbolical number of the Two Pentecosts in one, is 240. Now to get the actual number of saints in the Third and last Pentecost, and the only one directly prophesied in the Bible, we must multiply the
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symbolical number of Bible-
O, how marvelous to behold is God's precision. Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matt. 10:30.)
"And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to My holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. (Isa. 66:20.) "And in their mouth was found no guile" (Rev. 14:5), for they have a pure gospel to proclaim to the nations, in the power of the fullness of the Spirit.
Therefore, number Three is the numerical name of Christ, 120 of the Pentecost,
5 of the Bible, 600 of the Bible time, 10 of universal, 6000 of the world under sin,
240 of the two Pentecosts, and 144,000 of the last Pentecost, -
Thus it is remarkable to note how wonderfully God has worked out our salvation by parables, types, symbols, numbers, etc.,
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by which He is able to hide the truth from the enemy and make it known to His saints in the time of need! This does not only reveal to us the great wisdom of God, but also His everlasting love for unworthy sinners like us who so little appreciate His tender care. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16.)
Comparison Of The Two Pentecosts
The comparisons of the two Pentecosts are perfect, the firstfruits only of both
being numbered -
The typical wave-
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Spirit Of Prophecy In Perfect Harmony
Now to prove that Sister White's writings are in perfect harmony with the testimonies
of the prophets, we quote from "The Great Controversy," p. 425, showing that the
purification of the church took place while the investigative judgment of the dead
was going on, and just before the commencement of the "Loud Cry of the Third Angel's
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