SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 26
A WORLD WIDE STIR, AND ITS RESULTS
OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," beginning on page 183, the last paragraph.
M.B., pg. 183 -
"He who looks often upon the cross of Calvary, remembering that his sins placed
the Saviour there, will never try to estimate the degree of his guilt in comparison
with that of others. He will not climb upon the judgment seat to bring accusation
against another. There can be no spirit of criticism or self-
From this we see that our need is to pray for Christ to abide in us, so that instead
of watching for opportunities to accuse or to condemn others, and to expose their
errors, we shall seek every occasion to help them, to bless them, to save them. We
should pray for a deep realization of our own sins; pray that the spirit of criticism
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A WORLD WIDE STIR, AND ITS RESULTS
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, FEBRUARY 1, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we shall continue our study of the book of Micah. Let us turn to the fifth chapter, and begin with the first verse.
Micah 5:1 -
You will notice that besides introducing a number of pronouns -
Now to gain the vision and the lesson that Inspiration is anxious that we should
from this scripture, it is necessary that we study one subject at a time. And in
order to do this, we must group the verses according to subjects. Since the subject
of verse one is the same as of verses 10-
Mic. 5:1, 10-
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all thy strong holds: and I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard."
These verses present a group of people -
We now come to the last part of Micah 5:1. The antecedent of the pronoun "He"
is found in the preceding verse -
Clear it is that while the Lord with His message of warning and reproofs makes
a siege against His people the adversaries gather together in groups to oppose. Such
has been the case at the introduction of each newly-
The church is logically called "daughter of troops," because her mother the Jewish church at the time of
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the introduction of the gospel of Christ, gathered together in troops, to oppose the Lord.
Moreover being smitten in the face rather than in the back, the Judge of Israel
(Christ) must have been squarely facing them -
Mic. 5:9 -
According to Christ's parables, the time His "adversaries," His enemies of progressive Truth, are cut off is at the commencement of the purification of the church, at the harvest time. Then, according to Ezekiel's prophecy, the Lord commissions the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands, saying, "Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." Ezek. 9:5, 6. The Spirit of Prophecy confirms this by saying:
"Here we see that the church -
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Lord will not do good neither will he do evil. He is too merciful to visit his people
in judgment. Thus peace and safety is the cry from men who will never again lift
up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house
of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs, that would not bark, are the ones who feel
the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children, all perish
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Pet. 4:17.
Mic. 5:2 -
There is no doubt that this verse predicts the birth of Christ, "the Judge of Israel," "Whose goings forth" have been from everlasting.
Mic. 5:3 -
Crucifying Christ and their refusing to return to the Lord, there was nothing that could have been done for the Jews at that time but to give them up "until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth."
The pronoun "she" points to the daughter of Zion
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(Mic. 4:10). She is to bring forth her children while in the field; while in the Gentile lands. Then the time of her sojourning is to end and she is to be delivered. "In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth,...and I will make her that halted a remnant...and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever." Mic. 4:6, 7.
Mic. 5:4, 5 -
When the children of the daughter of Zion return to Mount Zion, they are to abide forever. Never again are they to be cast out among the Gentile nations. Never are they to be given up. The Lord is thus to make Himself "great unto the ends of the earth." When she that travaileth shall have brought forth, then the saints are to raise against the Assyrian "seven shepherds, and eight principal men"; that is, all God's shepherds and all His principal men, including Christ, the eighth.
Mic. 5:6 -
The kingdom of Israel that was destroyed by Assyria, and also the kingdom of Judah that was destroyed by Babylon, even all the twelve tribes of
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Israel are to be delivered.
"And I will," declares the Lord, "make them one nation in the land upon the mountains
of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two
nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither
shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable
things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their
dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be
My people, and I will be their God. And David My servant shall be king over them;
and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe
My statutes, and do them." Ezek. 37:22-
Mic. 5:7 -
After the Judgment in the house of God takes place, then it is that "the remnant," those that are left, are to finish the work of the gospel.
"Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent, will not then stand at
the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have
proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last
solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-
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Then it is that they, the remnant of Jacob, are to be gathered into their homeland, after which they are sent as missionaries to the Gentiles that have not heard of God's name and of His fame. Thus it is that those who escape alive from the Judgment of the Lord, the remnant, shall be as dew from the Lord, as showers upon the grass. They shall wait for none in their missionary work. They shall bring all their brethren out of all nations "for an offering unto the Lord." Isa. 66:15, 16, 20.
Mic. 5:8 -
While God's people are as dew and as showers to the righteous (Mic. 5:7), they are to the wicked as lions among beasts and flocks of sheep. In other words, their gospel will save the penitent, but destroy the impenitent.
These verses can mean only one thing, and that is, that God will thoroughly purge His floor. He will take the fan in His hand and blow out the chaff, He
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will destroy the sinners that are among His people. In thus purifying His church,
He will create a clean people, a united and zeal-
Mic. 5:15 -
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" 1 Peter 4:17, 18.
That we miss no part of the lesson in this study, let us recapitulate the main points.
To begin with, a group of people -
While the Lord with a message of warnings and reproofs makes a siege against His people, the adversaries gather together in groups ("troops") to oppose. Then they are to be cut off. The horses (leaders) shall be cut off (discharged) and the chariots (gathering places) destroyed. God's people are to be thoroughly purged of sin and sinners and only the penitent are to be left. They are the remnant of Jacob who "shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for
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they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid." Zeph. 3:13. They are to be gathered into their homeland, from thence to go as missionaries to the Gentiles. To the penitent they are to be as dew and as showers, but to the impenitent, as lions among beasts and flocks.
So the stir caused by Truth's siege of the church and It's adversaries warring
against It, that is already beginning to arrest the attention of the world, is to
result in the cleansing of the church, "temple." Mal. 3:1-
Thus is the Lord to finish His work on earth, gather His people, destroy the sinners
and the heathen alike. Necessarily, "...the days of purification of the church are
hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true." -
Depth Of Mercy
Depth of mercy! can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God His wrath forbear,
Me, the chief of sinners spare?
I have long withstood His grace,
Long provoked Him to His face,
Would not hearken to His calls,
Grieved Him by a thousand falls.
There for me the Saviour stands,
Shows His wounds and spreads His hands,
God is love! I know, I feel;
Jesus weeps and loves me still.
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