THE SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 33
THE DISPERSION, THE TIME, AND THE DELIVERANCE
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 33, 34, 35
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 33, 34, 35
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THE DISPERSION, THE TIME,
AND THE DELIVERANCE
THE SPOILER'S SPOILS TAKEN BY
THE LAME AND THE WEAK
NATIONS SEE EDOM PERISH, DESERT
BLOSSOM, AND A HIGHWAY TO ZION
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Our Necessities Supplied
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," p. 190, the paragraph beginning in the middle of the page:
M.B., pg. 190 -
Let us now summarize what we should pray for this afternoon. We need to pray for solid faith in the assurance that regardless what spiritual and temporal blessings we may need, it is our privilege to go to the Lord with the simplicity of a child and claim these blessings in the name of Jesus. We need to pray for help to take God at His word; pray for a realization that He means just what He says when He promises to honor the name of Jesus and to supply our necessities from His immeasurable riches.
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THE DISPERSION, THE TIME,
AND THE DELIVERANCE
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MARCH 22, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we are to study Isaiah, chapters 31 and 32. In these chapters we shall see the cause of Zion's captivity by the Gentiles, their time limit, and antitypical Israel's deliverance:
Though the Lord permitted His ancient kingdom
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to be taken by the Gentiles, this scripture shows that He will soon deliver it. Not only will He deliver His people and Mount Zion, but He will defend them, too.
Isa. 31:5, 6 -
Having now come to the time of their deliverance, the Lord is pleading with His
people to turn to Him -
Isa. 31:7 -
To turn to Him, He explains, is to cast away every idol. When such great revival and reformation takes place among God's people, He continues:
Isa. 31:8, 9 -
Because of idolatry, the Assyrian was permitted to take God's ancient people and
their pleasant land. And certain it is that the Assyrian will control the land just
so long as God's people continue in idolatry. But, just as soon as all idols are
cast aside, -
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in the hearts of the people, -
"The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand."
Turning again to his ancient people, Inspiration declared, that though their kingdom was doomed to fall, yet one day a King shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment; that in that day a Man shall be as an hiding place, as water in a dry place, and as a shadow of a great rock in a weary land (Isa. 32:2); that though the people were spiritually blind and could not see, yet there is a day coming
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when those who have eyes shall clearly see, and those who have ears shall plainly hear; that the heart of the rash shall then understand knowledge and the tongue of the stammerer be ready to speak plainly; that the vile person shall then be recognized as vile, and the churl shall no more be called bountiful; that the vile persons and hypocrites shall be known as those who speak error against the Lord and who endeavor to cheat the spiritually hungry and thirsty soul; that, on the other hand, the churl will be seen to be those who devise wicked means by which to make the poor ever poorer (Isa. 32:7).
"They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. Upon the land of My people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks."
The "women" here referred to are doubtless "Aholah" and "Aholibah" (Ezek. 23), the figurative names of Judah and Israel. Here is described their dispersion among the Gentiles, the punishment which they were to bear.
Isa. 32:15 -
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on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest."
Here we are told that the people are to be among the Gentiles, and the land remain desolate until the Spirit be poured upon them from on high. Then will they return.
We have now already seen the reason for the dispersion and that the pouring of
the Spirit marks the people's deliverance. Yes, then no longer will their land be
in captivity, no longer will their houses be desolate. Even the wilderness shall
become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be counted for a forest -
Now what have we learned from these two chapters of Isaiah? Actually we have had a summary of the subject which the previous chapters treated. Now even more vividly than before we see that ancient Israel's idolatry forced God to permit them to be ruled by the Assyrians. He is, however, well able to deliver them when His people hear His plea and lay aside their idols; when they turn again unto the Lord, when this great revival and reformation called for in this chapter is finally effected. Thus it is that
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"through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod." Isa. 30:31. Hence forth a King shall reign in righteousness. Then the vile persons and hypocrites shall be treated as such. In that day shall there be a great and glorious harvest of souls. Now that we have plainly seen the time, the need, and the deliverance, let us Brother, Sister, bring that day closer by parting with all our idols, and turning our hearts fully and unreservedly unto our God.
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