THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
NATIONS SEE EDOM PERISH, DESERT BLOSSOM,
AND A HIGHWAY TO ZION
TEXT FOR PRAYER
"Do Ye Even So To Them"
Our reading this afternoon is found on pages 192 and 193 of "The Mount of Blessing"-
"On the assurance of the love of God toward us, Jesus enjoins love to one another, in one comprehensive principle covering all the relations of human fellowship.
"The Jews had been concerned about what they should receive; the burden of their anxiety was to secure what they thought their due of power and respect and service. But Christ teaches that our anxiety should not be, How much are we to receive? but, How much can we give? The standard of our obligation to others is found in what we ourselves would regard as their obligation to us.
"Every one who has been made a steward of the manifold grace of God, is called upon to impart to souls in ignorance and darkness, even as, were he in their place, he would desire them to impart to him....
"So also with the gifts and blessings of this life: whatever you may possess above your fellows, places you in debt, to that degree, to all who are less favored."
What shall we pray for this afternoon? -
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NATIONS SEE EDOM PERISH, DESERT BLOSSOM, AND A HIGHWAY TO ZION
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, APRIL 5, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our subject for this afternoon is found in Isaiah 34 and 35. Last week, you recall,
we studied the thirty-
Why does God invite the nations of all the earth to draw near and to hear? -
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what to expect when His Judgment spreads out among all nations; that they might know
what to expect when His refining work begins among them; that they might therefore
beforehand count the cost. His judgment, He declares, is already pronounced upon
the armies of the world -
Isa. 34:4 -
While verse 3 points out that the solemn events of this chapter take place in
a day of gigantic world-
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streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and He shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness."
The immediate curse, we see, rests upon Idumea. Antitypically speaking, it is
the land of the antitypical Esauites -
Isa. 34:12 -
Evidently after the destruction falls upon Idumea, none of her so-
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[the Third Angel's Message] when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry." -
God does not forsake the earth. He does not forgo His power nor His interest in Truth and righteousness. He does not let the world go into oblivion. What He does do, though, is make examples of some in order to save many others, for when the judgments of God are upon the earth, the inhabitants will learn righteousness. (Isa. 26:9.)
Is it armament then that the nations of today need for peace and security? Is
atomic war to be their fear? -
Isa. 34:16 -
God here counsels us to search the Bible and to implicitly
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believe that not one of Its prophecies shall fail, -
Isa. 34:17 -
Regardless whether we take this verse to say that the wild beasts "shall possess it forever," or whether we take it to say that those who seek "out of the book of the Lord" "shall possess it forever," our greatest concern must be to personally acquaint ourselves with the Lord and His Truth if we would gain His favor and find a shelter in this time of trouble.
"Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a Man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." Isa. 32:1, 2.
Now we shall go on into the thirty-
Isa. 35:1 -
What a difference when God manifests His power and purifies His church! Then the lands of the Gentiles (the wilderness) and the land of the heathen (the solitary
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place) shall both be glad to see God's holy people. Finally as God's Truth for this time penetrates throughout the lands where there are no Christians at all, the desert places shall blossom as the rose, so to speak, and thus yield an abundant harvest of souls.
This great commission and opportunity to proclaim God's soon coming vengeance are ours. We must not fail to take advantage of these privileges. With the mighty message for this time we must strengthen the weak; we must make firm the knees that are giving out. Those who are unable to stand up and to hold their own must be strengthened. We must reassure the fearful that God is to come with vengeance against the unbelieving and with recompence for the faithful.
Isa. 35:5, 6 -
When these things take place, then it will be just as natural for the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to leap, and the dumb to sing, yes, as natural as blossoms are followed with fruit. God's Truth for this time is to spread everywhere and reap a great harvest of souls.
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"I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places
and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were
memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout
the world." -
Isa. 35:7 -
There shall be fruitage, you see, even where the dragons lie.
Isa. 35:8 -
None shall be left in the "wilderness," for there shall be a highway for all the followers of God's Truth. Matters not what the faithful be, illiterate or otherwise, they shall not err therein. Indeed, all the "wheat" shall be gathered and put into the "barn," the Kingdom. (See Tract No. 3, "The Judgment and the Harvest.")
Isa. 35:9 -
Once the hypocrites are taken out, they shall not
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be allowed to return and to endanger the peace of God's people. Only the redeemed
shall walk on the Highway of Holiness. And where does the Highway lead? -
Isa. 35:10 -
Yes, the Highway leads to Zion. With songs and everlasting joy shall the redeemed enter therein, never more to sorrow or to sigh. "For He cometh, to judge the earth; He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His Truth." Ps. 96:13.
Brother, Sister, the sacrifices we may be called to make are as nothing in comparison
to the privilege of heading for Zion via the Highway of Holiness. Ponder upon this,
then act. Let nothing deter you from complying with God's Truth for this time -
"We all went under the tree and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when
Brethren Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom
God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed
through while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they
looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
that surrounded us that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out, 'Alleluia,
heaven is cheap enough!' and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches
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