SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 19
THE FATE OF JERUSALEM,
THE CALL OF ITS FUTURE INHABITANTS
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 19, 20
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 19, 20
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THE FATE OF JERUSALEM, THE
CALL OF ITS FUTURE INHABITANTS
THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH,
THE SIFTING OF THE NATIONS
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I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," beginning with the second paragraph of page 172.
M.B., pg. 172 -
"Thank God, we are not left alone. He who 'so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,' will not desert us in the battle with the adversary of God and man. 'Behold,' He says, 'I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.'
"Live in contact with the living Christ, and He will hold you firmly by a hand that will never let go. Know and believe the love that God has to us, and you are secure; that love is a fortress impregnable to all the delusions and assaults of Satan. 'The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.'"
We should pray for faith to enable us to know for certain that Christ will never turn away from any of us, and that if we follow Him we shall never fail in our undertakings. We should praise Him for making it possible that though we may, as it were, come upon serpents and scorpions, they cannot hurt us.
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THE FATE OF JERUSALEM,
THE CALL OF ITS FUTURE INHABITANTS
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, DECEMBER 14, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we shall study Zechariah 14.
Zech. 14:1 -
As you know, the subject matter contained in this chapter actually begins in chapter twelve and runs through chapter fourteen. To ascertain who is referred to by the pronoun "thee" in this verse, we must go back to chapter thirteen. There we find that "thee" refers to Jerusalem. It is the spoil of Jerusalem, then, that shall be divided in the midst of her.
Zech. 14:2 -
In view of the fact that Jerusalem is to be protected by a wall of fire (Zech. 2:5) while the house of Judah reigns there, it is definite that the battle here described must be fought before the house of Judah is established. In that battle the nations will defeat the rulers of the Promised Land. Then it is that the
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house of Judah commences to be set up.
As the warring nations besiege the city, and rifle the houses, also ravish the women, they are by no means righteous nations, but since not all the inhabitants go into captivity, and since all are not cut off from the city, it must be that the wicked are taken away and the righteous left in to join the house of Judah.
Zech. 14:3, 4 -
At the time Jerusalem, that now is, falls, the Lord's feet shall stand upon Mount
of Olives and there make a very great valley; that is, remove the obstacles and hindrances,
and thus prepare the land for the returning of His people. Then it is that the prophecy
of Zechariah 10:8 -
Zech. 14:5 -
Having thus opened the way for the re-
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have been informed of it through present Truth, will flee to the valley, to where the Lord's feet stand, as quickly as if they were fleeing from an earthquake; and all the saints thereafter follow after them. There are several facts in this scripture itself which prove that this event is premillenial: (1) Note that the Lord's feet stand on the mount in the day of the war in which Jerusalem is taken by the wicked nations. (2) Those that flee to the valley do not descend from Heaven. (3) They can not be the wicked for they do not flee away from the Lord, but flee to Him, to where His feet stand. (4) All the saints follow after them. "Early Writings," p. 75, makes a double application of this scripture, a post millennial one.
"In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open Mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness." Zech. 12:4. That is, God surprisingly confuses the wicked that they begin to act like mad men. At the time the Lord brings this to pass, He protects the house of Judah.
"In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem." Zech. 12:6.
When the Lord smites the armies of the nations, He also makes the rulers of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood. Thus shall they with the "everlasting gospel" devour all the heathen round about, and thus shall Jerusalem be inhabited safely by God's faithful people.
So it is that "in the days of these kings [not after
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their days] shall the God of heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and It shall stand for ever." Dan. 2:44.
Then it shall come to pass that "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." Mic. 4:2.
Zech. 14:6, 7 -
These verses imply that heretofore varying conditions, "clear" and "dark," have
obtained, but that it shall no longer be so. For the word "clear," in the margin,
you note, gives "precious," and for the word "dark," it gives "thickness," indicating
that the light is not to be alternately sparing and abundant, thick and thin, light
and dark. Instead, it is to be steady, constant. The scripture, of course, is speaking
of spiritual light -
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Zech. 14:8 -
The "living waters" must represent living knowledge, living Truth -
The "mountains" on the north and on the south cause the "waters" to run only east
and west from Jerusalem. Thus shall it be as long as there is summer and winter
Therefore Jerusalem, the place where the feet of the Lord shall stand, will become the great international and spiritual divide for the everlasting gospel. From the Jerusalem in the valley of the mountains will the angel anew proclaim with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His Judgment [for the living] is come: and worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters," Rev. 14:7. Then the gathering of the people begins with the plea:
"Come out of her [Babylon who then rides the beast -
Zech. 14:9 -
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The Lord reigns first over Jerusalem, and finally after the saints are gathered in from the four corners of the earth He reigns over the whole earth.
Zech. 14:10, 11 -
These verses need no comment, save that the old popular idea of the establishment of the Kingdom, as you now see, is not God's idea. We had better take His idea, and forgo ours.
Inasmuch as time will not permit us to cover the entire chapter today, we shall leave the remaining verses for next week, the Lord willing.
Before closing, though, let us in a few words summarize what we have studied this
afternoon. Just before the kingdom of Judah is established in Jerusalem, the city
shall be besieged, the houses shall be rifled and women ravished. Not all, though,
shall go into captivity. The residue are not cut off from the city, they obviously
become a part of the house of Judah. At that time, when Jerusalem has fallen and
the Lord has removed all obstacles and hindrances for the gathering of His people,
then it is that the house of Judah is re-
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Through the prophet Zechariah, God promises to His people in our day adequate and constant spiritual light. From Jerusalem in that day shall flow forth the living Truth. Then it is that "many nations shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord." What a prospect! And what a tragedy if any of us should fail to do our part to usher in that glorious day.
THE LAW OF LOVE
Dig channels for the streams of love,
Where they may broadly run,
And love has overflowing streams,
To fill them every one.
But if at any time thou fail
Such channels to provide,
The very fount of love itself
Will soon be parched and dried;
For thou must share if thou wouldst keep
This good thing from above.
Ceasing to share, we cease to have-
Such is the law of Love.
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