SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 20
THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH
OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," page 174, beginning with the first paragraph. The title of this reading is, "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory."
M.B. p. 174 -
The disciples expected Jerusalem in their time to become the capital of God's great Kingdom. But contrary to their expectations, Jesus proclaimed that Jerusalem would become a desolation, and the temple a ruin! Thus again and again we are led to see that we finite beings never know God's plans. Indeed, we need to pray for His Spirit to lead us on and on, and to point out the right way at every turn as we journey onward to Eternity. Let us now pray that the knowledge of these truths will make us just what we ought to be.
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THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH,
THE SIFTING OF THE NATIONS
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, DECEMBER 21, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Last Sabbath we concluded our study with verse eleven of Zechariah 14, and now in order to connect today's study with last Sabbath's, we shall briefly review the events concerning Jerusalem, as predicted in the first eleven verses of the same chapter.
The first event predicted is a war against Jerusalem, in which all nations participate.
In that war a part of the people in Jerusalem go into captivity, but the rest remain
in the city. Moreover, in that day the Lord's feet stand on the Mount of Olives,
and the mountain cleaves toward the east and toward the west, making a great valley.
Then to this valley of the mountains, to the place where the Lord's feet stand,
the people of God flee as hastily as if from an earthquake. Thus is Jerusalem to
These are some of the things which our last Sabbath's study, the first part of Zechariah chapter 14,
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brought to view, and any Bible student should readily see that they are pre-
Zech. 14:12 -
In one of the preceding verses we are told that the Lord is to fight against all
those who fight against Jerusalem. And now in this verse we are told of the means
which the Lord will employ in that warfare. He is not to use man-
Zech. 14:13 -
Besides the plague, there shall be a great tumult -
Zech. 14:14 -
During this conflict of the nations, the Kingdom of
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Judah is to be restored. She also shall fight at Jerusalem, and shall gather to herself the wealth of the heathen.
Zech. 14:15 -
The plague falls on both men and beast that are found in the tents of the unbelieving.
Zech. 14:16 -
This sentence of Scripture emphatically implies that all who at that decisive moment refuse to be converted to the Lord, shall perish; only those who worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the feast of tabernacles, shall be spared.
Zech. 14:17 -
The "rain" will be withheld from all who do not then worship the King, the Lord of hosts, in order that they may fully realize their mistake. Moreover, not only those who shall fight against Jerusalem, but even all the families of the earth shall be thus sifted.
Zech. 14:18 -
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not up to keep the feast of tabernacles."
If the drought fails to awaken them, then the plague will finally take them. Thus all who have not heard the message will be given opportunity to hear it. If it cannot save them it will eventually destroy them.
Now we see that this event (the Lord's standing on the mount and the saints' fleeting
to the valley) is not only pre-
Zech. 14:19 -
Again we see the necessity of forsaking our preconceptions of the final work of the gospel. No, the Lord will not drop upon the world like a bolt from the sky. He will first magnify His Word, His power, His righteousness and His church or people. He is also to have, as it were, an ark of safety into which to gather His elect and shield them. All these facts, you see, are vividly borne out in this prophecy.
Zech. 14:20 -
Bells on horses serve no other purpose than to help their masters locate them. Thus it will be that only those servants whose "bells" (voices) sound "Holiness unto the Lord" can the Lord locate and gather as His
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Zech. 14:21 -
This verse is self-
So it is seen that with the establishment of the Kingdom of Judah commences the
sifting of the nations. It must be that we are on the verge of witnessing the fulfillment
of these prophecies else the Scroll would not have been unrolled so far as to unseal
them at this time -
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