SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 13
THE REVIVAL AND REFORMATION
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 13, 14
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 13, 14
Copyright, 1953 Reprint
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THE REVIVAL AND REFORMATION
ISMS, AND THE REMEDY
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OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT
I shall read the last paragraph from The Mount of Blessing, page 163, after which we shall engage in a season of prayer.
M.B., pg. 163 -
The Institution's experience is a good illustration of the fact that those who
bless others, they themselves will also be blessed. You know that this Institution
began to be built in 1935, right in the midst of the depression, and that its work
began with nothing more than a revelation from the Lord. In all respects its beginning
was the smallest of the small and the poorest of the poor. And while countless individuals
and business organizations went bankrupt, it grew and prospered. It was thus blessed
because instead of hoarding its God-
Accordingly we should pray that we be granted an understanding of what it means
to say, "Give us this day our daily bread;" and to know that selfishness leads to
poverty and that management and liberality lead to abundance; that we as Christians
positively know that to take the name of Christ is to do what Christ did -
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THE REVIVAL AND REFORMATION
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 2, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we shall start our study where we left off in our previous study of Haggai's and Zechariah's prophecies. Let us turn to
As it was in the days of building the typical temple so it must be in the days of building the antitypical, in our days. From the type is seen that just as the Word of the Lord was then addressed to the governors, to the high priest, and to the common people, so the Word of the Lord today is to be carried to all the people, regardless of rank or station in life.
The Word of the Lord to all the people in Haggai's and Zechariah's day was that
the builders should consider to their heart-
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Hag. 2:4, 5 -
The Lord assured His people that the love which He has had for them has not diminished, and that His power to deliver and to help was still the same as when He brought their forefathers out of Egypt; as He had not failed His people in those times then He was not to fail them either, and that His spirit was still to be with them.
That the prophecy in these verses is yet to be fulfilled, is very obvious, for in the day this temple is built God is to shake the heavens, the earth, and the nations; that their expectation is then to come and that the temple is to be filled with glory; that the builders are not to worry about finances.
It is true that men control and use the silver and the gold, but it must not be forgotten that it all belongs to God, and that if He has need of it, He is well able to take it and do what He will with it, that the builders
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need not fear a shortage of it if they use it as God would have them use it.
Since it is plain that the ancient temple was typical of a temple to be built in the day God shakes the heavens, the earth, and the nations, the subject becomes absolutely clear that Inspiration is here speaking of an antitypical temple.
Hag. 2:9 -
The promise is that the glory which attended Solomon's temple, shall be far exceeded
by the antitypical one, which is to be built by the church purified, the church during
the harvest time, the time in which God shakes the heaven, the earth, and the nations
Since these promises were not fulfilled in the day of Zerubbabel's temple, the
subject becomes crystal clear: that they are now to be fulfilled, and since these
latter day truths are now revealed to us, we must be the builders of it, the glory
of which is to exceed all the glory of the past. Moreover, the place where this
antitypical temple is to be situated is to have peace, and the way that peace is
completely to be achieved is told in-
Hag. 2:21, 22 -
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come down everyone by the sword of his brother."
Again is seen that in the day the Lord shakes the heavens and the earth, He also destroys the kingdoms of the earth by allowing them to kill one another. No wonder then that the nations are now engaged in an armament race, and the whole world is on the verge of plunging into the bloodiest conflict ever known. It is difficult for anyone to come to any other conclusion than that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is at hand.
In as much as Zerubbabel is a "signet," a symbol or a type of the builders in
the day the Lord shakes the heavens and the earth, then Ezekiel's description of
the mystic temple (chapters 40-
"But," you may ask, "is this idea not contrary to our former belief?" -
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too, had to change their belief. Moreover, since the Hebrews, whom out of slaves God had made kings, had been promised that their kingdom was to stand forever, they were indeed astounded when it went down. And there have been other surprises all along from the dawn of history.
The pioneers of the Seventh-
Years ago we were told that "The workers will be surprised by the simple means
that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness. Those who
are accounted good workers will need to draw nigh to God, they will need the divine
As Inspiration unrolls the Scroll it is, of course, but to be expected that it
will find us surprisingly ignorant of many things -
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it found that it knew very little in comparison to what it knows now, and still I cannot say that I have a sufficient knowledge of the Bible to carry me clear inside the pearly gates. In fact, I know that I have much more to learn.
Should one who bears the holy oracles of God touch a common thing, that thing would still remain common and unfit to bring to God; but should one whose body is defiled touch a holy thing, the thing would become unclean, unfit to be used for the Lord's sacrifice. That is, sanctified man must not bring an unclean thing to the Lord, and unsanctified man must not bring even clean things to Him.
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By this exemplary experience this scripture teaches that trying to make a living
while neglecting to do the Lord's work, poverty rather than prosperity would be one's
lot. It is, therefore absolutely essential that present Truth believers first seek
the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God and His righteousness if they are to prosper.
Hag. 2:18, 19 -
The type teaches that from the day we begin to do the Lord's work, from that very day will the Lord bless us.
Hag. 2:14 -
This verse shows that if we fail to perform our God-
As soon as they were told of their fathers' sins, and of their own, our types
gladly conformed to the Lord's wishes. (See Hag. 1:5-
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These verses tell us that just as soon as all the people gave heed to the messengers of God, just that soon the Spirit of the Lord stirred their energies, and then immediately all went to work. We, too, will have just such an experience if we now settle it in our minds that from this hour on we will pay strict attention to the message of God and serve the Lord our God with whole heart and soul. Let us not put off God's blessings from us.
Hag. 2:20, 21 -
In view of the fact that the Lord is soon to shake the heavens and the earth, is it not imperative that we right now put away hypocrisy? Let us cease inviting "drought," "blasting," and "mildew" upon ourselves. Let us instead yield our hearts to God and thereby insure unto ourselves joy, peace, happiness and eternal life. Unless we do this, we shall certainly be shaken out instead of reformed and revived.
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