SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 17
BRIGHT CLOUDS BRING GENTLE RAIN
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 17, 18
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 17, 18
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BRIGHT CLOUDS BRING GENTLE RAIN
THE END OF HUMAN IDOLS AND
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THOUGHT FOR MEDITATION AND PRAYER
I shall read from "The Mount Of Blessing," beginning with the first paragraph
on page 170. This page is based on the scripture. "Bring us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the Evil one." -
M.B., pg. 170 -
"Satan seeks to bring us into temptation, that the evil of our character may be revealed before men and angels, that he may claim us as his own.... The enemy leads us into sin, and then he accuses us before the heavenly universe as unworthy of the love of God...."
Every temptation resisted, every trial bravely borne, gives us a new experience in character building. The soul that resists temptation through Divine power reveals to the world and to the universe the efficiency of the grace of Christ.
Here is seen that Satan is the great tempter of our souls, that he constantly seeks to make us fall. But he cannot do anything against us if our hearts be right with God, and if we stay within the hedge He has built around us. He can succeed only if we ourselves make it possible. If we willingly yield to sin, we thus voluntarily surrender to Satan. Let us not forget that no one can keep on going his own way and at the same time pray the Lord's prayer without making a liar of himself. But those who wholeheartedly take the Lord at His word and allow Him to direct their steps, they never go wrong. We should pray to be among this latter class.
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BRIGHT CLOUDS BRING GENTLE RAIN
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 30, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we are to study the tenth chapter of Zechariah. To find the time of the fulfilment of its prophecy and of the promises it contains, we need look no further than the first verse of the chapter.
Zech. 10:1 -
These figures of speech, you know, are not used by Inspiration promiscuously, the term "latter rain" must have its special and accurate significance. Inspiration chose to use the term "rain", because rain makes things grow and brings abundant harvest. The term "latter" denotes the last rain before the harvest, the rain that completes maturity and that ripens the grain.
The latter rain of Truth, therefore, is the very last, the one that is to develop
the people of God for the harvest, for the time in which God separates the wheat
from the tares (Matt. 13:30), the wise virgins from the foolish ones (Matt. 25:1-
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Day of Atonement, the day in which the sinners are cut off. This spiritual latter
rain is, therefore, to do to the church just what the natural latter rain does to
the field. Without this latter rain the saints could not develop for the heavenly
garner, neither could the tares for the fire. By the "latter rain," therefore, is
illustrated the last shower of Truth. And, too, this last portion of Truth must
come as freely to every member of the church who lives just prior to the harvest
time as does the rain come to every grass in the field. Just as soon as this final
touch of development is accomplished, the sickle is to be put to the precious golden
grain. But let us remember that it is not left in the field to rot, it is put into
the "barn," (Kingdom) while the tares are burned, so says the Lord (Matt. 13:30).
What is symbolized by the "latter rain? Is it miracle-
"And it shall come to pass afterward [after the former and the latter rain -
Plainly, then, the "latter rain" is miracle-
Obviously "bright clouds" represent agencies conveying Truth which they scatter everywhere in the
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Lord's vineyard -
Literally speaking, dark clouds suggest a very heavy and damaging rain that frightens the beholders. Conversely, bright clouds suggest a gentle rain, the kind that descends in such a way so that the ground can absorb all of it. It does not waste itself.
Spiritually speaking, dark clouds would, therefore, represent a source of dangerous
reading matter and too voluminous for one to welcome or to comprehend. But bright
clouds stand for a source of small, easily comprehended Truth-
Then, too, spiritual "latter rain" must fall as freely and without cost to the
recipients as does literal rain. Thus it is that never before has the world witnessed
so much absolutely free literature scattered away as this literature is. Millions!
So it is that these small comprehensive publications, the bright clouds, laden with
present Truth, are now being scattered as leaves of autumn throughout Laodicea to
every church member, "to every one grass" in the vineyard of the Lord. The final
results? "More than one thousand," attests Inspiration, "will soon be converted
in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our
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And so, Brother, Sister, you need not listen to the voices that urge you to shut yourself in from this gentle rain, or to tuck in under someone's umbrella. Come out and avail yourself of this much needed shower. It is sent to give you the development which you need, and to enable you to survive the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the Judgment for the Living. Delay no longer, get out in the open and let the precious rain fall upon you, let it soak in through and through lest the angels find you unfit for the "barn" and they cast you into the fire along with the tares. Inspiration makes it as clear as can be made that not a soul (not one blade of grass), can be fit for the Kingdom ("barn") if it fails to absorb this rain of Truth.
How important then that you should avail yourselves of it. No, you cannot afford
to stand dry under the umbrellas of Truth-
Zech. 10:2 -
Here is conveyed the thought that this character-
Who could they be if not vain self-
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ministers that are idolized by the laity, false preachers trying to comfort by preaching falsehood.
Revival and reformation therefore must do their work among both ministers and laity. Indeed the sheep are troubled because there is no real shepherd anywhere, they all have gone their own way!
Zech. 10:3 -
This verse discloses that the Lord has visited His people with revealed Truth
preparatory to separating the goats from the sheep whereupon He is to reward the
sheep and punish the goats -
Zech. 10:4 -
The Lord Himself chooses from Judah the "corner" stone (founder), the "nail" (organizer), the "bow" (the Truth, or instrument by which to gain the victory over the Enemy), and every "oppressor" (ruler). With these He builds the house of Judah.
Zech 10:5 -
The victory shall be so complete that even the
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demons who lead our enemies in the conflict, will themselves be confounded.
Zech. 10:6 -
The statements, "I will strengthen," instead of save, "the house of Judah," and "I will save" instead of strengthen "the house of Joseph," imply that the house of Judah is saved before the house of Joseph is, and to save the house of Joseph He strengthens the house of Judah. The second fruits need to be saved, whereas the first fruits need to be fitted for service. Both are gathered into one place, (the "barn," the Kingdom). The Lord extends this favor to both of them because He has mercy upon them and will treat them as though they had never caused Him to cast them out.
Zech. 10:7 -
The fathers shall rejoice and the children shall see it. He shall thus "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers...." Mal. 4:6.
Zech. 10:8 -
"They shall increase," that is, the second fruits
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are to be added to the "firstfruits." (Rev. 7:4, 9).
Zech 10:9 -
Zech. 10:10 -
The elect shall be gathered from everywhere, and shall spread as far as the land of Gilead and Lebanon. But even then, the place shall be too small for them.
Zech. 10:11, 12 -
That is to say, the gathering of the people is to be unobstructed. Every hindrance is to be removed. The reign of sin is to be brought to an end. The nations who have enslaved God's people are to be humbled, and their scepters (thrones) are to be no more.
Be strong in the Lord, walk up and down happy and without fear, saith the Lord.
The work that God has begun in the human heart by Divine light and knowledge, must continually go forward. "...Every individual must realize his own
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necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement, and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain.
"Only those who are living up to the light they have, will receive greater light.
Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues,
we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain.
It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.
Since this Truth is so vitally important do not let any enemy against revealed
Truth confuse you. If he tries to convince you against this Truth, you take him
to task -
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