THE SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 30
“SEVEN WOMEN TAKE HOLD OF ONE MAN”
OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT
I shall read two paragraphs from page 188 of "The Mount of Blessing." The first paragraph elucidates on the statement, "Seek, and ye shall find," the second on the words, "Knock, and it shall be opened unto thee."
"'Seek.' Desire not merely His blessing, but Himself. 'Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.' Seek, and you shall find. God is seeking you, and the very desire you feel to come to Him, is but the drawing of His Spirit. Yield to that drawing. Christ is pleading the cause of the tempted, the erring, and the faithless. He is seeking to lift them into companionship with Himself. 'If thou seek Him, He will be found of thee.'
"'Knock.' We come to God by special invitation, and He waits to welcome us to
Not only that we are invited to seek the Lord but we are assured that our seeking shall not be in vain. Our very desire to come to Him, is the prompting of His Spirit. To this drawing we must yield.
Let us now pray for unwavering faith in His promise that if we seek, we shall find: if we knock, it shall be opened to us
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"SEVEN WOMEN TAKE HOLD OF ONE MAN"
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MARCH 1, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Today we are to continue our study of the book of Isaiah, beginning with the first verse of the fourth chapter.
Isa. 4:1 -
The first thing we need to know is the time indicated by the term "in that day."
The antecedent of the words "that day" is found in verses 13 and 14 of the preceding
chapters of which the fourth chapter is a continuation. These verses point out that
"that day" is the Judgment day, the day in which the sanctuary (the church) is cleansed
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Accordingly, the world has reached the day when God, in order to save the Church,
is finally compelled to do something as great and as revolutionary as brought about
by the first Advent of Christ. And what could that be? -
Isa. 4:2 -
This verse shows that the time is now ripe for this glorious revolutionizing of the church and of the world. Let us remember that history repeats, and that a dark cloudy day is always followed by a bright one. So this great apostasy is to be followed not by chaos, but by glorious revival and reformation, by glory and prosperity for all the saints who escape the vengeance of a great God. The faithful shall reap a harvest of souls as did the Apostles on and after the Pentecost.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days [in the Christian era] Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Jer. 23:5, 6.
This very message, therefore, is the message of "Righteousness by Faith" to them that believe. In the day the "righteous branch" is raised, Judah and Israel shall be saved, and they shall dwell safely.
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Yes, the day is here when God's vengeance is to fall upon His adversaries, and the
Plainly this is the final harvest of the earth, the gathering of the people from
all countries. It is the day in which to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. This
is to be the second and last Exodus Movement. So great will it be that it will entirely
eclipse the Movement of Moses' day. Do we, then, realize that we are on the verge
of a new day? -
Isa. 4:3 -
This verse clearly shows that while none of the wicked in the church will survive the purification, yet none of the righteous will perish. Indeed, all that are left, will be called holy, and will enjoy even greater security than did His ancient people at the time they left Egypt.
"Behold,...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
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coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire,
and like fullers' soap: 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." Mal. 3:1-
"For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her." Zech. 2:5.
Anyone who knows the Bible can see that all these events are premillennial. So it is that this present apostasy is to bring forth the "Lord's fruitful branch"; that the wicked who are among God's people are to be taken out of the way, and the faithful, those that escape, are to be the servants of God and reap a harvest of souls, of "such as should be saved," that the day of vengeance is already at the threshold of the house; that His faithful ones are to be raised to prominence and power; that the greatness and the glory of the movement is to cause the wonders of the Exodus Movement and of the early Christian church to fade into insignificance.
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Brother, Sister, are you prepared to abide the day of His coming? Will it be to you a great and glorious day? or will it be a dreadful day? Will you find yourself at His right, or at His left? Will it be said to you "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world?" or will it be said unto you, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels"? Will your garments pass His inspection? or will you find yourself cast into outer darkness, there to gnash your teeth?
These are solemn questions that each of us must now answer to himself. If we do not answer them now, then we will have to answer by standing speechless before an angry God. May every one of us be able in that day to say "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." Isa. 25:9.
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