THE SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 28
ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW WORLD
IN THE SIGHT OF THE OLD
TEXT FOR PRAYER
The Truth Shall Make You Free
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," page 186, paragraphs one and two. These paragraphs, you will notice, are based on the scripture which says, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs."
M.B., pg. 186 -
"But the Saviour never passed by one soul, however sunken in sin, who was willing to receive the precious truths of heaven. To publicans and harlots His words were the beginning of a new life.... Beneath an appearance of hatred and contempt, even beneath crime and degradation, may be hidden a soul that the grace of Christ will rescue, to shine as a jewel in the Redeemer's crown."
Here we see that in His statement, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs," Christ instructs His followers to abstain from trying to poke down any Bible truth into those who have no desire to be freed from sin. Regardless how far one may have fallen in sin, God will not overlook even one soul who is willing to be helped, and willing to accept and practice the Truth. With this assurance, let us pray for an increased desire to escape from slavery of sin. Indeed the important thing is not how good or how bad we are or have been, but how susceptible and submissive to present Truth we are now while It unfolds. The real burden of our prayer, should be that we catch a vision of the Truth that makes free if accepted as the Scroll unrolls.
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ON THE THRESHOLD OF A
NEW WORLD IN THE SIGHT OF THE OLD
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, FEBRUARY 15, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we are to study the seventh chapter of Micah. This chapter brings
to our attention three divisions of time in which three different conditions obtain
on the earth. The first condition is recorded in the first four verses; the second
in verses 5-
Now let us begin our study with-
Micah 7:1 -
Something is likened to a vintage after its fruit is gathered in. What is it?
We will find the answer by reading-
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brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom."
The righteous having been taken out of the world and the wicked alone left in
it, its condition is depicted by a vintage that has been robbed of its fruit and
left in a state of loneliness and fear because of total wickedness. This sifting
takes place in the day God visits His watchmen; that is, in the Judgment day, the
day He separates the "wheat" from the tares (Matt. 13:30), the good fish from the
bad fish (Matt. 13:47, 48) the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-
These verses present God's faithful people, the people to whom these prophecies have been unfolded as having an enemy that bears the feminine designation "she." This "she" questions and doubts God's presence among His people, she mocks them for their faith.
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Since these prophecies are now for the first time brought to light they constitute the message of the hour; and since upon us has been placed the burden of carrying the message to the church, and since she is our enemy as was the Jewish church to the Christian, Inspiration thus bears witness against her, and pronounces her doom.
Then it shall come to pass that "the Gentiles shall see" the saints' righteousness and all kings their glory and they as a people shall "be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name." Isa. 62:2.
Mic. 7:11, 12 -
Since this decree is removed in the day the Kingdom (the church purified) is restored, in the day the saints are fortified, the decree has no effect on them. In that day, declares Inspiration, there shall be a great gathering from Assyria and from the fortified cities, even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain. This message, therefore, is the one that precedes the harvest of the earth, the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the Judgment for the Living, the day in which all things are to be restored (Mark 9:12).
Mic. 7:13, 14 -
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Before these promises are fulfilled, though, Inspiration declared the land was to be desolate, the dispersion of the people would first take place.
This Rod of God not only speaks, but It feeds, too. And what can It be if not "meat in due season"? if not the message of the hour? The people, explains the scripture, are those who dwell solitarily in the woods, in the midst of Carmel. Prophecy, for this day and hour recommends the message which the Rod contains, and which Carmel puts out, none other.
Mic. 7:15 -
We are given the promise that the saints' experience is to be similar to that of the Exodus movement; that is, just as they were led out of Egypt by the mighty hand of God, and were brought safely into the promised land, so shall it be now.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." Isa. 11:11, 12.
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"They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of Thee. Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy."
"The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be
cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they
shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil
them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the
children of Ammon shall obey them. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue
of the Egyptian sea; and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river,
and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod." Isa. 11:13-
As great as shall be the day of the Lord for the faithful, just that dreadful will it be for the unfaithful.
Mic. 7:19 -
Our God is wonderful indeed! He retains not His anger. He delights in mercy. He remembers not the sins of the penitent, He casts them away where they cannot be found anymore.
Mic. 7:20 -
Inspiration reaffirms all God's promises. They
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never fail. His prophecies are sure. We are on the threshold of a new world in
the sight of the old -
"Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His
temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger
no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead
them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes." Rev. 7:15-
Even now, says the Lord, "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
"The Lord hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
"But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of My holiness. Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
"Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou
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shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken." Isa. 62:6-
We are indeed at the threshold of this new world in sight of the old. Let our works and faith now answer the Lord's most astounding questions since the world began:
"Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
"But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
"Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as
in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment;
and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers,
and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages,
the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and
fear not Me, saith the Lord of hosts. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore
ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Mal. 3:1-
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