SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 15
THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS -
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 15, 16
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 15, 16
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THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS'
FAITH IN THE PROPHETS
THE EXODUS OF TODAY
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A THOUGHT FOR PRAYER
I shall read from The Mount of Blessing, page 168, beginning where we left off last Sabbath.
"The one thing essential for us in order that we may receive and impart the forgiving love of God is to know and believe the love that He has to us. Satan is working by every deception he can command, in order that we may not discern that love. He will lead us to think that our mistakes and transgressions have been so grievous that the Lord will not have respect unto our prayers, and will not bless and save us. In ourselves we can see nothing but weakness, nothing to recommend us to God, and Satan tells us that it is of no use; we can not remedy our defects of character. When we try to come to God, the enemy will whisper It is of no use for you to pray; did not you do that evil thing? Have you not sinned against God, and violated your own conscience? But we may tell the enemy that 'the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.' When we feel that we have sinned and can not pray, it is then the time to pray. Ashamed we may be, and deeply humbled; but we must pray and believe...."
Here is seen that it is Satan's studied purpose to discourage us, to make us think that God does not love us, and that He cannot save us from our sins. We are therefore to resist the whisperings of the Enemy. When we see ourselves as sinners, then is the very time for us to come to God, and to accept His love and to fully believe in Him.
We should now pray for an absolute realization that God is in business to save sinners, of whom we are chief. That it matters not how deep in sin we may be, if we but depart from evil and choose to do good He will gladly grant us forgiveness.
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THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS'
FAITH IN THE PROPHETS
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 16, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Let us turn to the writings of the gospel prophet whom the Jews so maliciously sawed asunder.
Isa. 1:18, 19 -
With this Divine recommendation for God's professed people, the gospel prophet
was instructed to introduce his book. And now that we are living in the present-
Let us beforehand refresh our minds with the Jews' attitude toward the prophets: Rather than going with the purpose of learning and reasoning, the Jews went to the prophets with prejudiced minds, with malice, with hatred in their hearts, and with instruments of cruelty. (We must not.) This evil spirit was prevalent among the Jews throughout their history. It was manifested even against Moses although for forty
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years he led the Hebrew host with Divine signs and wonders all the way from the brickyards of Egypt to the borders of the promised land.
The remnant finally crossed the Jordan only because they whole-
Ironically, though the prophets that followed after Moses were rejected by the Jewish nation as a whole. Those who survived in the Babylonian captivity did accept the prophets Haggai and Zechariah only because they were the founders of the movement then on foot as was Moses in his day.
The Jews, according to their own way of reasoning, were honest, though blind, in concluding that they had no need of prophets, because as they saw it, Moses' writings were complete, there was nothing lacking in them: They contained both the civil and religious laws. They, therefore, saw no need for greater light and no need of another prophet. Through their unbelief in the prophets, they failed to see that their kingdom was only a type of a greater one to come, they failed to see that God's Truth is progressive and ever unfolding, that each generation has to have added Truth especially adapted to meet their particular needs. Their blindness to this was their basic sin that led them on to ruin.
While the Jews boasted of their faith in Moses'
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writings, Jesus reprehended them by saying: "...had ye believed Moses, ye would have
believed Me: for he wrote of Me." John 5:46. He had reference to-
Deut. 18:15 -
Of the coming Messiah Zechariah also wrote:
Zech. 9:9 -
Though they professed to believe in both Moses and Zechariah yet they gave no heed to any of these passages, and ever since a curse has rested upon them.
In rejecting the prophets the Jews thought they were surely keeping out of deception, and thought that they were thus actually loyal to Moses' writings and consequently to God. This they believed as much in Jesus' day as Israel believed in Elijah's day.
Let us now note that they fell into ruin only because they refused to give heed
to the prophets who were sent to reform their ways, to correct their erroneous interpretations
of Moses's writings and to lighten the path of their feet the rest of the way -
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They felt rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing more. Thus it was that
their perversions of the Scriptures by their uninspired interpretations of them caused
them to lose the way, and finally to reject and even to crucify their own long-
Of Moses's writings the Jews made a mighty weapon against Christ and the prophets of that day. They were, however, at one time or another forced to acknowledge that their dead fathers were guilty of the blood of the prophets. The same is true today. Many admit that sectarianism is thriving on uninspired interpretations of the Scriptures, yet they expect no inspired interpreters for this day. They thus reject the antitypical prophet Elijah even before his appearance though the Scriptures definitely predict his coming before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, before the Judgment of the Living commences.
If we accept Inspiration's counsel and come and reason together while we are examining our own standing with the prophets, then an excellent place to begin is
Gen. 49:10 -
Here Moses wrote that the gathering of the people shall be unto Judah, and that
when Shiloh comes, Judah shall have a king and a lawgiver of her own. Do we as Seventh-
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To examine our standing with the rest of the prophets, we need not depart from the subject which Moses has introduced in the scripture just quoted. Mark that between the writings of Moses and of Isaiah, the Bible contains the records of history, the judges and the kings. Isaiah, then, is the next prophet after Moses that we shall go to.
Isa. 2:1, 2 -
Not to Takoma Park, not to Mt. Carmel Center, not to some other place, but to house of Judah and Jerusalem shall the final converts from all nations flow. Isaiah you plainly see absolutely confirms that the gathering of the people shall be unto Judah. Do you?
Jeremiah being the next prophet to Isaiah, we shall read
Jer. 31:6 -
"Mount Ephraim," you know, is the location of the ancient ten-
Jer. 31:7, 8 -
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for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither."
Jeremiah discloses that the gathering unto Judah shall be from the four corners of the earth. Indeed, Jeremiah, Moses and Isaiah, all three, speak alike on the subject. The question is, Do you believe what they say? If not, are you then better than were the Jews?
Next we are to test our standing with the prophet Ezekiel.
"Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of
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Israel, but for Mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them."
What more could Inspiration say to make the subject clearer? God plainly and
solemnly promised to recreate and to rebuild the ancient kingdom, to set it up in
its own land. This He is to do after Judah and Israel are scattered among the Gentile
nations, and assimilated by them -
Still further, after He gathers them from all countries and brings them into their own land, then it is that He promises to cleanse them eternally from
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their filthiness and from their idolatry -
The 144,000 descendants of Jacob, whose fathers were assimilated by the Gentile nations and who thus down through the centuries lost their racial identity, are the first fruits, the first to be gathered unto Judah. They are those who stand on "Mount Zion with the Lamb." Rev. 14:1. The faithful descendants of the Jews who composed the early Christian church, and who also lost their national identity by naming themselves Christians (Acts 11:26), are also to be gathered from everywhere and brought unto Judah.
Finally, if these prophecies are not to be fulfilled, as the angel of the Laodicean church supposes, and if God's people are not to return to their homeland, then how will they ever be cleansed from their filthiness since the cleansing is to be done there only? How will they ever have their hearts changed? And what is to make them keep His statutes and judgments unless, as promised, beforehand receive His Spirit in the Promised Land? Indeed, if these prophecies fail, then how will God's people ever be able to stand before a pure and holy God? And how will they ever obtain immortality and be on schedule for translation if they do not comply with the prophecies, with His expressed will and plan for His people? And if they ignore these prophecies, the fulfillment of which is during the Judgment for the Living, the harvest, the gathering time, what chance do they then stand to survive that great and dreadful day of the Lord?
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To be more specific, if the denomination fails to recognize and accept these promises, then where are the laity to be led from here on? Certainly not to the Kingdom if their leaders do not believe in It. Do you now believe in Moses, in Isaiah, and Ezekiel? Or do you rather still believe in fables devised by men?
Next to Ezekiel is the prophet Daniel. Incidentally, let us remind ourselves that to begin with, Daniel did not prophesy to the Jews, but to the Chaldeans and to the Medes and Persians. The Jews accepted him as God's servant only as they saw his prophecies fulfilled. The great question before us, however, is, Do we fully believe in the prophet Daniel's writings? Let us see.
Dan. 2:44, 45 -
On Daniel's own word, the stone is symbolical, not of something else, but of the Kingdom, the which in the parable of the wheat and tares Jesus calls "barn," the place into which He is to put the wheat (saints) after it is separated from the tares (Matt. 13:30). Now mark carefully that according to Daniel's interpretation the stone depicts the Kingdom, the which God shall set up not after the days of these kings, but in their days, and that the stone Kingdom Itself, not
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something else, shall break the great image. If our interpretation of the stone contradicts Daniel's interpretation of it, then we do not only reject Daniel's inspiration, but even misconstrue the Word of God! We better not. We now come to the prophet Hosea.
Hosea 1:11; 3:5 -
Can one believe Hosea on the subject of the Kingdom if he does not believe in
the former prophets who taught exactly as he? -
We are now at Joel's prophecies.
Joel 3:1, 2 -
When God frees the antitypical children of Judah and of Jerusalem, the church
of today, and takes them back to their own land, then it is, you note, that He gathers
all nations into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There He is to judge them -
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reject Joel along with the prophets before him, and consequently the message of the Judgment for the Living after having for over a century preached the Judgment for the Dead? Ponder over what the Scriptures say and thus make up your mind to forsake all other voices. And what about your belief in the prophet Amos? Let us read
Since Amos with even greater emphasis bears the same testimony as all the prophets before him, and since the language on the subject is crystal clear as is the language of all the prophets before him, so much so that it needs no comments, what shall we do with him? We are now to read
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In harmony with all the prophets before him, and in perfect clarity, Obadiah,
too, relates that in the day the Lord destroys the heathen, in the day of harvest,
or judgment, otherwise called the cleansing of the Sanctuary (Dan. 8:14) and the
purification of the church (Mal. 3:1-
The prophet Jonah is next in line, but we shall consider his prophecies when we come to the prophet Nahum.
We shall now see what is to be done with the prophet Micah.
Micah 3:12; 4:1, 2 -
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heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest:... But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
As emphatically as all the prophets before him, Micah declares that after the destruction of the Lord's ancient "mountain," (the kingdom), comes the reestablishment of it in the last days, and that peoples and nations shall flow unto it because the Law and the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Zion and from Jerusalem. Shall you now close your ears and eyes against this promise? or do you as servants of God intend to get there with the first fruits? I hope it is the latter. We now come to the prophecy of Nahum:
Nah. 1:12, 13, 15 -
Nahum's burden is concerning the restoration, and the fall of Assyria, the powers
which rule them in the day He restores the latter-
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day He sends His messenger to bear good tidings to His people, tidings of peace while the world is upset with wars. Through His messenger He is urging His people to perform their vows, for He is to take away the wicked from among them. Assyria is to vacate and give room to Judah. "For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod." Isa. 30:31. Now He pleads:
"Turn ye unto Him from Whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. For
in that day [in the day Assyria falls] every man shall cast away his idols of silver,
and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. Then shall
the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean
man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall
be discomfited. And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes
shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, Whose fire is in Zion, and His furnace
in Jerusalem." Isa. 31:6-
The purification (Judgment), here you see, is conducted from Zion and Jerusalem. And through Malachi asks the Spirit, "But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi [the ministry], and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Mal. 3:2, 3. Do you accept Nahum? And since Jonah's prophecy is a counterpart of Nahum's, then if you reject Nahum, you automatically reject Jonah, too.
The prophet Habakkuk was told to "write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run who
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Hab. 2:3 -
Then Habakkuk prayed, saying,
Hab. 3:12, 13 -
Can we in faith pray for the same thing Habakkuk prayed? -
Let us see what Zephaniah has to say concerning the latter day house of Judah
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Since Zephaniah's prophecy is also definite that the Lord is to re-
Zech. 1:20, 21 -
Once God raised "horns," nations, to scatter His people throughout the Gentile nations, but those "horns" in the restoration of "all things," are seen to become "carpenters," so that while they as horns at long last cast the Gentiles out from the promised land, they are as carpenters to build for Judah. Thus Zechariah, as do all the prophets before him, prophesies of the restoration of the kingdom of Judah. Now we shall read from Malachi, the last of the Old Testament prophets.
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If, in the face of the plain and unquestionable teachings of all the prophets,
we as Seventh-
In closing I shall read from Early Writings, in the chapter entitled "The Loud Cry."
"This message [that is the message that makes the Loud Cry] seemed to be an addition
to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message
in 1844." -
The author of these statements makes clear that the Loud Cry is not made by a lot of noise, but by an additional message, and that the third angel's message in the end of the world, not the end itself, selects the wheat from the tares. Who among you would be foolish
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enough to close his eyes and ears to the testimony of the prophets, and at last in consternation cry out, "The harvest is passed, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." Jer. 8:20.
Now, if we as a church do not even so much as expect an additional message, besides rejecting the former prophets, then how much better is our attitude toward God and His prophets of today as well as of yesterday?
The Jews wanted a kingdom of their own, a kingdom of this world (saint and sinner in it). Yes, they wanted a kingdom on earth, but none in Heaven. What is more, they wanted it two thousand years ahead of schedule. Now, ironically, in the time of the restoration of the Kingdom, the Denomination takes an opposite attitude: It wants a kingdom in Heaven, but none on earth. Indeed, it wants to board the "chariot" from Takoma Park. And besides while the Lord says He is to save nations, the Denomination says "He is to save only 144,000 living sons of Jacob," and consequently none of the sons of other nations!
The Jews wanted nothing but what they wanted, and nothing is just what they got.
So it will be with the Denomination if this clear cut and extra Biblical Truth,
and the example of the Jews does not help her see that she has drifted "to sea without
chart or compass." -
Pray tell, what more should one expect to get from partial belief in the prophets, from private human interpretation of the Scriptures, from a system
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of explaining away the Scriptures, of making mysteries of simple passages by the use of unknown manuscripts and sectarian translations? Let us hold to "the book of the Lord" which His mouth hath commanded, and which manuscripts His "Spirit...hath gathered...." Isa. 34:16.
Say anything you wish against the Jews, but my study tells me that we as Seventh-
Moreover, it is now seen that our study of this afternoon is a summary of the message to the Laodiceans, who think that they are rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing more, though they have need of everything. They had better awake to their poverty.
To be sure, the present state of affairs does appear gloomy. Yet seeing that this dark and cloudy day holds forth a future of unsurpassing glory, let us with the prophet Habakkuk say: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." Hab. 3:17, 18. Thus, just as the apostles defeated the enemy of the church in their day, likewise shall we defeat him in our day.
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