1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 5
THAT WHICH SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 5, 6
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 5, 6
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THE WHICH SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS
ZION AND HER DAUGHTERS IN THE LAST DAYS
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OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT
Before engaging in prayer and Bible study, I shall read from The Mount of Blessing, beginning with the first paragraph on page 151. The chapter is based on the Lord's Prayer.
M.B. pp. 151, 152 -
"The hearts of the listening disciples were deeply moved. They had marked how often He spent long hours in solitude, in communion with His Father. His days were passed in ministering to the crowds that pressed upon Him, and in unveiling the treacherous sophistry of the rabbis, and this incessant labor often left Him so utterly wearied that His mother and brothers and even His disciples, had feared that His life would be sacrificed."
What did they fear? They feared that Jesus was doing too much, and that if He thus continued to overtax His strength, He would not live long. They felt sure He would soon take sick and pass away.
Did their expectations come true? -
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THAT WHICH SHALL BE
IN THE LAST DAYS
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, SEPTEMBER 7, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our study for this afternoon is to be from Isaiah, chapter three. But since the story, or prophecy, of this chapter begins in the preceding chapter we cannot profitably study the third chapter independently of the second. No one by beginning to study a subject from the middle, backward or forward, can learn its continuity and know what it is all about. If one is to learn the full truth of a subject, he must study it in its entirety. Dogs and cats, not civilized human beings, start eating the slice of pie from the center out. As intelligent human beings, as God's people, we ought to eat the pie correctly.
How do I know that the prophetic subject of chapter three begins with the second
Isa. 2:1 -
What was Isaiah led to reveal? -
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Judah and Jerusalem, the church. We need to know, though, the exact generation of
that people, because if the prophecy is concerning our generation, then it will have
greater meaning to us. Its teachings will then be especially adaptable to our present
and dire needs -
Isa. 2:2 -
Not a man, not a people or a nation, but the Lord Himself so declares. The prophet
was shown things concerning the Lord's house (church), "in the last days," -
Isa. 2:3 -
Since no such gathering as here predicted has as yet taken place, the subject becomes exceedingly obvious that it is still future.
Some years ago in my interest of Isaiah 2, I interrogated a well-
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an eloquent speaker. He answered as emphatically as he could, by saying, "That will never be fulfilled." At that time I did not know, and his answer to my question did not help me one way or another, but now that the scroll has unrolled God Himself declares that His Word never fails, and Him we must trust, for if this prophecy cannot be fulfilled, then what assurance have we that any of the prophecies will be fulfilled?
Moreover, if this prophecy is not to be fulfilled, then consequently the gospel
work will not be finished either, for this prophecy tells the way the work is to
be finished -
After the judgment work in the house of God (1 Pet. 4:17) is completed and the
144,000 guileless servants of God, the first fruits (Rev. 14:4) take their high and
exalted post with the Lamb on Mt. Zion (Rev. 14:1), then commences the ingathering
of the second fruits. Finally the world's eyes will come open to the situation,
and as one nation invites another nation, the gospel work will intensely speed up.
Many will then say, "Let us go up to the mountains of the house of the Lord, to the
God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we wall walk in His paths." All
the prophets have spoken of this great and marvelous event, but for brevity's sake
I shall quote only from one chapter -
"And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein. For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round
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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 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. And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the Holy
Land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord:
for He is raised up out of His holy habitation." Zechariah 2:4, 5, 10-
Isa. 2:4 -
Not the nations, but Inspiration Itself declares that in the day God judges the
living, then those nations who go to the mountain (Kingdom church purified) of the
Lord "shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks"
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Since Inspiration has dedicated these publications to the announcement of this
most important event in connection with the gospel -
Isa. 2:5 -
Because the church greatly needs this light, the light that now illuminates the Judgment Day, the Lord makes the foregone plea to the antitypical "house of Jacob," the house in which are the 144,000 Jacobites, the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel, who down through the ages became assimilated by the Gentile nations, and thus lost their racial identity.
The Lord's concern, that the church walk in the light of the Lord (in Inspiration's light for today) definitely implies that she is not now walking in His light; and His command, found in the last verse of Isaiah's chapter, clearly reveals that she is walking in the sparks of uninspired men. The Lord, therefore, commands:
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Isa. 2:22 -
The reason that her members should immediately cease from men is told in the verses that follow:
For over a century we as Seventh-
Plainly then, Isaiah 3:1-
Those who have been exalting themselves and who have thus caused His people to follow learned men instead of Inspiration and thus the Lord's advancing
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Truth, are all to be carried away as chaff!
The brethren who for years have been preaching the Judgment for the Dead have
gone spiritually blind and foolish, do not even expect a message of the Judgment
for the Living and are insultingly saying. "These prophecies are never to be fulfilled!"
Now is the hour for them to ponder over this light along with the statement: "In
the last solemn work few great men will be engaged." -
Let us go back to chapter 2.
Isa. 2:6 -
At the time the great ingathering here projected is about to take place, His professed people, He declares, please themselves among the unconverted and are charged with being soothsayers, ably explaining away God's revealed Truth for this time rather than to magnify and to proclaim It.
Isa. 2:7 -
The house of Jacob to which God is here speaking is again identified by the fact that it dwells in a land that is full of silver, of gold, and of chariots, that there is no end to the number of them. Since there
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is no land in all God's world that is as rich with silver, gold and motor vehicular traffic as is this land of the United States of America, very obviously America, the land where the headquarters of the gospel is, is the land to which God refers. He is, therefore, this day, Brother, Sister, in a special way talking to you, to me, to the whole denomination and particularly to the General Conference (the house of Jacob) in newly revealed Truth, and in unmistakable language. Shall you, shall I, gladly comply with the Lord's wishes? is the great question before us. Soon the Judgment will begin and we must make sure that our cases will stand.
Isa. 2:8 -
The land from which the gospel now eminates is also full of idols, He declares, the kind their own hands have made; that is, they are proud of their idolatry, and their accomplishments they worship as if they were their God. Both the mean and the great practice hypocrisy. Forgive them not He exclaims, except they repent.
Isa. 2:10 -
Here we are plainly told that the sinners will eventually find themselves unprepared for the great and dreadful day of the Lord, and when God thus manifests His Power they will indeed be terrified. They will as wild men run to the rocks and the mountains there to hide themselves. The event of this particular verse runs parallel with that of The Revelation:
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"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains,
and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the
dens and in the rocks of the mountains. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall
on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the
wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able
to stand?" Rev. 6:15-
Very evidently Isaiah's prophecy meets its fulfillment in the time of the sixth seal, the time in which the Lord sits on the Throne of His Glory, not on the clouds, the throne before which gather all nations, whereupon the Judgment work begins: the separation takes place, the saints (sheep) are then put to His right and the sinners (goats) to His left (Matt. 25:33). The prophet Joel declares the day in these words:
"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press
is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes
in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the
heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of His people, and
the strength of the children of Israel." Joel 3:13-
It is the time in which shall be said,
"The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously
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and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his
hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth
his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be
the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. And
the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven
their iniquity." Isa. 33:14-
The sinners in Zion are first to cry to the rocks and to the mountains, then will the proclamation of the great and dreadful day of the Lord go forth far and wide saying: "Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge My might." Isa. 33:13.
Now is the time to quit fooling ourselves, to make up our minds to wholeheartedly serve the Lord, and Him alone.
How do I know that the great day of the Lord is almost here? -
And what happens then? -
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Then it shall come to pass that from all nations will the saints flow into it.
"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:
but the Lord shall arise upon thee [upon the church purified, the mountain of the
Lord], and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy
light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about,
and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come
from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and
flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance
of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto
thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall
shew forth the praises of the Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together
unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with
acceptance on Mine altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory. Who are these
that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait
for Me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver
and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One
of Israel, because He hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build
up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in My wrath I smote thee,
but in My favour have I had mercy on thee. 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." Isa. 60:2-
Then it shall come to pass that
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Isa. 2:11 -
Man has long been exalting himself; so much so, in fact, that there are perhaps
only a few Christians in the world that are really following "the light of the Lord."
Most of them are following sparks of men, following uninspired interpretations of
the Scriptures, -
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a prophet hath been among them." Ezek. 33:30-
Isa. 2:12, 13, 15, 16 -
These are of course figurative expressions, referring to proud and self-
What idols are to be abolished? -
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They and their worshipers are;
Isa. 2:21 -
If we do not now voluntarily cast out all our idols, we shall be forced to cast them later, but what good will it do us then?
Isa. 3:1 -
The time is at hand when the sinners in Jerusalem and in Judah -
The signs of the times are to be recognized by the conditions revealed in
Isa. 3:5 -
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child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable."
Since these things are now taking place, we need not be ignorant of the fact that the "great and dreadful day of the Lord" is at hand. The unruly and disrespectful shall not survive the day.
Isa. 3:6 -
To say "come and rule over us because you have clothing," is perhaps equivalent to saying, "If you rule over us you can at least give us something to wear, and this ruin shall be under your control, you can remedy the situation."
The people's way of thinking and acting in this soon-
Isa. 3:7 -
The one that is called to rule, also shares the people's attitude. He declares that he is not able to heal the evil, that he, too, is poor. God, though, makes clear the cause of the trouble: Let us read
Isa. 3:8 -
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because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory."
Not the world, but Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen. Why? -
You know for a fact that there is not one who names himself a Christian that talks outright against God. What professed Christians really do, is say things against God's revealed Truth, without realizing that they are talking and sinning against the "Holy Ghost," and thus against God Himself, too.
Even some present Truth believers now and then drop a word of criticism, saying things by which to bolster their own reputation and down another's or to win someone to their way of thinking at the expense of God's cause! These kinds of sins are the most insidious. And the greater the ability of the one that is engaged in such practices, the greater the damage.
Are these tongues of ours not given to us to glorify God through His Truth, or are they given to us to use God's revealed Truth in a way to exalt self, to get others to think our own way?
Perhaps most destructive of all are the unjust criticisms that are often spoken in the hearing of the
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children and youth, or in the presence of the inexperienced and uninformed. These are damages that can never be altered! Parents on the one hand work hard to save their children, and on the other hand by unwise conversation they drive them away from God and His Truth.
Isa. 3:9 -
The sins that are committed, are not the kind that people as a rule do in secret,
but rather the kind that people are proud of, for they hide them not, they sin openly
and their shamelessness continues to witness against them. The very men who could
have been a great help to Moses, were a great hindrance, creating trouble and discontent.
Even the Lord Himself could not bring them to their senses so the earth opened her
mouth and swallowed them all. (See Num. 16:26-
The time has come for us to get out of our childhood, to be stable men and women
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God Himself cannot rule over the proud, self-
A certain brother said, "I hope the Lord will soon take the reins in His Own hands to deliver Israel." Even after coming to the Red Sea, the multitude did not know that God had taken the reins in His Own hands. They, too, thought everything was in Moses' hands. Though by miracle they passed through the Sea, and though they sang the song of deliverance, and understood that God's hand had delivered them, yet soon after, they forgot, and again began to accuse and to condemn Moses for bringing them into the desert wastes. They bogged even at the borders of the promised land, and as a result had to spend forty years in the desert.
Even the manna coming down to earth daily could not convince the multitude that
God had taken the reins in His Own hands. So it was that their carcases fell in
the desert, but the children whom they thought would never reach their goal possessed
the land (Num. 14:1-
There is a certain element whom even God Himself cannot convince that He has taken the reins in His Own hands. They never take orders from any but themselves. Such independent ones will continue to question and criticize everything in which they themselves have no part. So regardless of their profession, of what they think or say, they are not God's people. His real people, He declares, are able to take orders
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even from women and children.
God's people take orders from anyone whom God appoints because they walk in the light of the Lord, not in the sparks of men. He plainly states that those who now rule over them, are causing His people to err, and are destroying the way of their right path!
Isa. 3:13, 14 -
This scripture emphatically declares that the Lord is pleading while He stands to judge the people, showing that the Judgment of the Living begins after this announcement of it has sounded throughout Laodicea. The charge against the ancient and the princes (leaders and ministers) is that they have eaten up the vineyard, that they have consumed the entire income, and that they have robbed His people to enrich themselves. It is a known fact that not only the tithe (the only lawful allowance for the ministry) but also the offerings (the portion for the poor) and all else are consumed by the ministry, and that they have turned even the Sabbath and the house of worship into institutions of money raising, using all kinds of means and devices in the name of religion by which to make the poor poorer and themselves richer. Not I, but the Lord is the One Who says so. It is no exaggeration, therefore, to say that the house of God is become a house of merchandise, run by thieves, that the dwelling places of the ancients and the princes thereof are used as pack rat nests, and that the Sabbath day has been turned into a market day. "Who can truthfully say, 'Our gold is tried in the fire; our garments are
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unspotted by the world'? I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-
Seeing that nearly all are overcome by the Enemy of souls, we should, therefore, so much the more fear God and walk closer with Him, else we, too, fall into the Devil kidnapping bag. We should be careful and considerate shepherds, not cruel grafters.
You will find that the Devil will fight for life and violently contest this Judgment message, and will try to convince all that these prophecies will not be fulfilled. God's true people, though, will see the importance of their fulfillment at this special time, and will gladly take what God's Word's says.
We are called to be reformers, not deformers, gatherers with God, not scatterers with Satan. Let's be what we profess to be, and thus stand faultless before the Throne of God, without guile in our mouths and eventually without sinners in our midst.
Isa. 3:15 -
What an awful charge for one to be taking advantage of the poor. It is too bad that our brethren have fallen down so low. And still worse it is that they do not
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pay any attention to these Heaven-
May their mistakes become our stepping stones to success. That where they grind the faces of the poor, may we make them happy, and may we realize that to receive one of the least of God's people, is to receive God Himself. How thankful we ought to be for this great privilege.
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