THE SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 23
THE FATE OF ASSYRIA AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE CHURCH
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 23, 24
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 23, 24
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THE FATE OF ASSYRIA
AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE CHURCH
IS WORLD WAR II YET TO BE FINISHED,
SAINTS YET TO BE DELIVERED?
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THOUGHT FOR MEDITATION AND PRAYER
We shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," page 180, paragraph one. The reading is based on the scripture which says, "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye?"
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Satan is doing his level best to make us transgress in this respect so that we lose out eternally. God has delegated no one to be policing another. Only God through His prophets is to reprove sin, but never to use force of any kind.
Shall we kneel now, and pray for a realization that our duty is not to criticize others or to magnify their faults, but to speak and practice the Truth? Further than that, Brother, Sister, we need not go. The rest is up to our audiences and associates. Let them decide for themselves what is best for both soul and body. Truth need not be poked down the throat.
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THE FATE OF ASSYRIA,
AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE CHURCH
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, JANUARY 11, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Let us turn to Zephaniah 3, and begin with the first verse.
Zeph. 3:1 -
The antecedent of the pronoun "her" is found in the thirteenth verse of the preceding chapter. In it is seen that the "city" here pointed out is Nineveh, the capital city of ancient Assyria. Now to ascertain whether this Nineveh is actually the capital city of ancient Assyria or of some other Assyria, we shall study the remaining verses of the chapter.
Zeph. 3:2 -
This verse points out the fact that the city and nation here mentioned had the
privilege of hearing the voice of Inspiration, of knowing God's Truth, but has failed
to take heed -
Zeph. 3:3 -
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her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow."
Her princes, being like roaring lions, must be frightful persons who evidently think "might makes right." Her judges are, as it were, evening wolves; that is, they are in business, not to execute judgment, justice, and righteousness, but to catch and tear, to fill their den with prey although they may have more than they know what to do with. "They gnaw not the bones till the morrow."
Zeph. 3:4 -
In the language of today this verse would read, "Her teachers are light-
Thus far is seen that the Assyria of this chapter represents a people who have been well instructed in the things of God, the law and the sanctuary. But instead of obeying the Lord and ruling justly and righteously, they have greatly transgressed, have gone down into sin as deep as any people can possibly go.
Zeph. 3:5 -
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In view of the fact that God is in the midst of them, they must be well informed in the things of God, well aware that in due season He makes known to them His judgment. In view of all these, the only possible conclusion one can come to, is that God's church must be in their midst.
The Lord Himself warns that He has cut off nations, that He has made their towers desolate and their streets waste, that He has destroyed their cities and has left no inhabitants in them. He points out that all this He did as an object lesson for future good, so that they as a nation might fear Him and receive instruction, that their dwellings not be cut off. But in spite of these examples, they rise early and corrupt all their doings. So it is that at long last the Lord arises to the prey, gathers the nations, assembles the kingdoms, and Assyria gets her punishment.
From this we see that the Assyria under discussion exists in the time of the end, the time in which the
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great and dreadful day of the Lord takes place. This Assyria, therefore, is an antitype of ancient Assyria just as the Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 is an antitype of ancient Babylon.
Assyria, charges Inspiration, is a rejoicing city that dwells carelessly, that says in her heart, "I am, and there is none beside me." Zeph. 2:15.
At this point let us pause a moment and summarize the characteristics by which
this modern Assyria is to be identified. (1) As man looks at things, she is so great
that there is none like her. She is well instructed in the things of God. (2) She
is oppressive, a hard ruling nation. (3) She has polluted the sanctuary and has
declared the law of God void. (4) She has piled up wealth by going after it as an
evening wolfe goes after its prey. (5) She harbors the church of God. (6) She exists
in the time the Lord is to manifest His power and destroy all the wicked nations.
(7) She is an Assyria-
There is but one people under the sun that answers to all these descriptions,
and that people is, of course, the English-
God is now saying to Assyria's capital city, "Indeed, you are doing all these abominations, but you will not thus continue long. The time is at hand." Put a stop to your absurdities.
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Zeph. 3:9 -
Inspiration for certainty declares that after Assyria receives her punishment,
and after the wicked are taken out of his church, then will the Gospel be proclaimed
in a pure language (in pure Gospel Truth) that whosoever will, may call upon the
name of the Lord, "to serve Him" with heart and soul. Then it is that "only those
who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will have a right
to proclaim it [Third Angel's Message] when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry."
Zeph. 3:10, 11 -
When the Gospel is proclaimed in "a pure language," then even from the ends of the earth God's people will come with an offering to the Lord.
Having removed all who rejoice in her pride the church shall be haughty no more.
Zeph. 3:12 -
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The fact that He leaves in their midst poor and afflicted people is sufficient evidence in itself that the purification of the church takes place before the Millennium, before Isaiah 33:24 is fulfilled and before He sets up the kingdom mentioned therein.
Zeph. 3:13 -
The remnant, those that are left after the purification takes place, shall sin no more. They shall forever thereafter stand without guile in their mouths.
Zeph. 3:14 -
A great day is coming for the righteous, a dreadful one for the wicked. We, therefore, as children of Zion, are encouraged to sing and shout for joy because we have finally come to the time of God's great deliverance.
Zeph. 3:15 -
Surely these revelations of prophecy should encourage every believer to shout with joy as he realizes that the day in which he shall no more see evil is right at hand, that the Lord is to be his only king.
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Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord."
The Lord wants us to know that when He turns away our captivity He will also make
us a name and a praise among all the people of the earth. This kingdom of Judah
(the church purified and set apart), is therefore, not only pre-
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