SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 16
THE EXODUS OF TODAY
THE EXODUS OF TODAY
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 23, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we shall study Zechariah 8. The first thing we need to know in the study of this chapter is whether its promises are made to the people of Zechariah's time or to the people of our time. To find this out, it is necessary for us to read a few scattered verses. We shall begin with
Zech. 8:7, 8 -
In these verses we see that God is promising to save His people not from the land
of ancient Babylon, where Zechariah then was, but from the east and from the west,
and to bring them to Jerusalem. They are to be His people, not by virtue of their
ancestry, or by some other, but in Truth and righteousness. Now, since the promise
in these verses did not meet its fulfillment in Zechariah's day, nor at any time
thereafter, it stands to reason that it must meet its fulfillment sometime in the
future. Let us read-
Zech. 8:13 -
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house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong."
Besides promising to save His people from the east and from the west, the Lord
promises to save also the house of Judah and the house of Israel, both of the scattered
ancient kingdoms. You are well acquainted with the fact that the ten-
Since we know that no nation aside from the Jewish nation in Zechariah's day went to seek the Lord and to pray before Him in Jerusalem, there is no alternative but again to admit that the promises of Zechariah 8 belong to the people in the time of the final harvests, in the gathering time.
Having completed our analysis of the time this chapter meets its fulfillment, we can, I am sure, now study the prophecy itself with much greater interest than we could have otherwise. Let us begin with
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Yes, wonderful things are spoken of Zion and Jerusalem. At one time the Lord
forsook the city and scattered the people. But at the time these scriptures are being
revealed, He is to return, to gather His elect, and to bring them to Zion and Jerusalem.
When this great work shall have been accomplished Jerusalem will then be called
"a city of Truth,...the holy mountain" -
Zech. 8:4, 5 -
Jerusalem shall be a city of joy, too. There shall
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be no fear or accident; even the children shall safely play in the streets. There shall be no "long faces," and no worried looks. So shall it be for both young and old.
Zech. 8:6 -
Just because the fulfillment of this prophecy might seem too marvelous and impossible,
must it necessarily seem impossible to the Lord, also? -
Zech. 8:7, 8 -
Zechariah predicts the gathering of the saints out of all nations into God's purified
Zech. 8:9 -
God here counsels us to let our hands be strong, and stable.
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We, too, should hear the words of the prophets and though we be not building the temple which they were building, yet that is the only way that our work can prosper. We cannot afford to close our ears to what the prophets say, or to sit down in an unconcerned attitude.
How thankful and glad we ought to be that the days of our affliction are almost at the end, that now if we hear His prophets, and brace ourselves for the work, the Lord assures us of peace and prosperity. This may soon be ours if we but steadfastly cling to the Truth, and thus to the Lord.
Zech. 8:13 -
Though we have been great sinners and a great curse among the heathen, yet even far greater will our blessings be if we let Him give them to us. Our hands, should be strong to hasten that glad day.
Zech. 8:14, 15 -
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thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked Me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not: so again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not."
Again and again we are assured that as great as has been His people's punishment, just that great shall be their joy and comfort now in the gathering time.
Zech. 8:16 -
Everyone one of us is admonished to teach the Truth to his neighbour, to do whatever he finds close to his hand. We are to execute judgment of Truth rather than waste breath and time talking about the sins of others lest we fail to see the knotty "beam" in our own eye. Let us, as this scripture instructs, speak the Truth, execute judgment and peace in our homes and in our midst. Never should we busy ourselves with other people's concerns. We should do well if we manage our own.
Zech. 8:17 -
Of all the things Christians need to learn, this one thing is most urgent: That
they be honest with themselves and with others, that they always speak the truth,
that they cease imagining evil against one another. Remember, when you repeat hear-
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are things which the Lord hates.
Zech. 8:18, 19 -
These ancient and typical fasts shall turn to be antitypical feasts of joy and gladness.
Zech. 8:22 -
It is interesting to envisage the expansion of God's Truth as outlined in this chapter: First, one individual speaks the Truth to another individual. Then one city communicates It to another city. Finally, one strong nation invites another nation to join the Lord. Thus will the harvest continue until the gospel work is finished, until God's faithful people stand on the Lord's right side (in the Kingdom), and the hypocrites with the heathen stand on His left side (in the condemned Gentile world that is ready to perish).
Zech. 8:23 -
It is logical to conclude that the ten men who take hold of all the languages of the nations in the time of this great ingathering are figurative of a group of people (the church freed from tares in the harvest
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time), just as the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1) are figurative of the church while the tares are still commingled with wheat. The ten servants (Luke 19:13), and the ten horns (Rev. 12:3; 17:3) are numbers of universality. These ten men will speak all the languages as did the Apostles on the Pentecost.
Obviously, the "Jew" whose skirt the people will take hold of must be the one
through whom the Lord is working to reveal Himself and His Truth to the people. Having
discovered this fact, naturally they will say, "We will go with you: for we have
heard that God is with you." This particular Jew, of course, is not of the present-
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign
of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And
it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second
time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and
from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and
from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for
the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed
of Judah from the four corners of the earth.... And there shall be an highway for
the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel
in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt." Isa. 11:10-
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Thus shall the gathering of the people be in the final exodus of today.
This ends the eighth chapter of Zechariah, and now we shall in a brief summary consider some of the things which we have learned in this study:
First and most important of all, we have learned that the promises contained in
Zechariah's prophecy are to be fulfilled in our day, and that very shortly wonderful
things are to happen; that at one time the Lord had to forsake Jerusalem and scatter
His people throughout the world, but now He is to return and gather His elect from
the four corners of the earth; that Jerusalem is to be called a city of Truth and
of joy -
I agree with you that these promises do seem incredible and even fantastic. But the more they so appear, the brighter the prospect, for God does not do what seems possible to man, but He does the things that seem altogether impossible to them. Think of God's marvelous work in the Exodus Movement: He led them out of Egypt, while they marched through the Red Sea, through the desert, and through the Jordan. He brought down manna from heaven, and continued to do so for forty long years. Visualize, if you can,
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Pharaoh's brick slaves becoming prophets, priests, and kings! The three Hebrews comfortably standing in the midst of the fiery furnace; and of Daniel in the lion's den; of Mordecai's victory over Haman; of David's victory over the giant; of Joseph feeding the world; of Moses surviving the Nile; of Samson pulling down the temple by bare hands. Countless are the wonders of God's mighty power all through the ages. All these deliverances, and many others were absolutely impossible with men, but very much possible with God. These mighty miracles bring us face to face with the fact that God is in the business of making "possibles" out of discordant "impossibles." Therefore, "let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words" of the Lord.
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