THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
ZION IN THE HEIGHT OF HER GLORY
TEXT FOR PRAYER
A Battle And A March
We shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," page 203, beginning with the second paragraph.
"The Christian life is a battle and a march. But the victory to be gained is not won by human power. The field of conflict is the domain of the heart.... The old nature, born of blood and of the will of the flesh, can not inherit the kingdom of God. The hereditary tendencies, the former habits must be given up.
"He who determines to enter the spiritual kingdom will find that all the powers and passions of an unregenerate nature, backed by the forces of the kingdom of darkness, are arrayed against him. Selfishness and pride will make a stand against anything that would show them to be sinful. We can not, of ourselves, conquer the evil desires and habits that strive for the mastery. We can not overcome the mighty foe who holds us in his thrall. God alone can give us the victory. He desired us to have the mastery over ourselves, our own will and ways. But He can not work in us without our consent and cooperation. The divine Spirit works through the faculties and powers given to man. Our energies are required to cooperate with God."
The old nature, the nature that we are born with, cannot inherit the Kingdom of
God. According to this reading our need is to pray for ability to surrender our
hearts, our all to God. When we do this, we shall be quite different than what we
are now -
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ZION IN THE HEIGHT OF HER GLORY
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MAY 10, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our study for this afternoon is from the sixtieth chapter of Isaiah. There we read: "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isa. 60:1.
The first thing we need to know in this study is the person whom Inspiration asks
to arise. This chapter being a continuation of the fifty-
"Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified." Isa. 60:21.
This verse does not say that her people are already righteous, but that they shall be righteous. It does not say that they have inherited the land, but that they shall inherit it. His church, therefore, is to be purified and made white by God's doing away with the "tares."
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Since her people have never to this day been all righteous, it is plain to see
that the fulfillment of the prophecy is yet future. And in view of the fact that
our message is announcing the imminent purification of the church, the time in which
the angels are to sift out the hypocrites from among the faithful, the time in which
the net is drawn to shore and the bad fish cast out, the cleansing of the sanctuary
Isa. 60:1 -
Who can truthfully say that our light is not come? that our message is not timely Truth? None who are in contact with It, I am sure. Inspiration is, therefore, inviting God's people, the Denomination, along with us, to arise and shine. The word "shine" is what we must study next that we may know what is required of us.
A black, dirty object never reflects, it consumes all the light to itself. The
moon shines because its surface is of white substance. If it were made of black
substance it could not reflect any light whatever. The same is true with spiritual
light: If we are eager to shine, we must now arise and clean up, put away our black,
filthy garments -
"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous
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man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him;
and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than
the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed
to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall My word be that goeth forth out of
My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I
please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isa. 55:7-
We must clean up our thoughts, our ways, our bodies, our clothes, our homes inside and out. Cleanliness is Godliness; God's government is law and order, peace and righteousness, joy and contentment. Thus we need to be polished by the Spirit of God, be altogether Christians if we are to "shine," if we are ever to reflect the Word of God to those who sit in darkness. If you have taken care of all the things the message teaches, then as your supreme duty and Divine privilege, take what Inspiration says: "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Those who are now sitting down as dark objects, consuming light to themselves, should now embrace the opportunity and welcome the privilege. Today is your opportunity.
Isa. 60:2 -
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The word "behold" connotes that if you look, you can see the signs of darkness already hovering about you. "Gross darkness" means that the people will be at a complete loss to know which way to turn, that they will be entirely confused and perplexed. Now is our opportunity to respond to the Lord's call and to get ready to meet the situation. We should now fully realize that we are in reality called to be the light to the Denomination, and ultimately to the world. Wonderful indeed that we should be the chosen ones from among the great masses of the world! You cannot afford to miss on this privilege. Act now.
Isa. 60:3 -
We are now the most obscure people in the world, but the day is already here in which we shall be best known. Here is the sure promise that if we now arise from sitting down and make the effort to reach God's set goal for us, the result shall be that the Gentiles shall come to our light and the kings to the brightness of our rising. This is the acceptable day for you.
Isa. 60:4 -
Even now if we lift our spiritual eyes, says the Lord, we shall see that all things are now ready. The call, along with the signs of the times is too plain for one to suppose that the day is far off. Our sons and daughters in this message are soon to be gathered unto us from the ends of the earth.
Isa. 60:5 -
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thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee."
When this comes to pass, then the remnant shall plainly see and flow together, the abundance of the wealth of the Gentiles shall be turned over to them.
Our sons and daughters in the faith shall come as a storm by air and by sea. They shall come because the Lord will glorify all His people. The call, "Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Rev. 18:4), shall indeed along with the wealth of the Gentiles bring out "a great multitude which no man can number." Rev. 7:9.
Isa. 60:10 -
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In Ezra and Nehemiah's time the people of God, the Jews, themselves had to build against great odds, but for the church purified, the Gentiles shall gladly build. Not only the common people but even their kings are to minister to the servants of God. Kings are now the bosses, but the day is almost here in which God's servants shall boss the kings, and the kings shall be glad to be bossed by them.
Isa. 60:11 -
Because of our response to God's call and because of our rising to shine for Him,
many people shall say: "...Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk
in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from
Jerusalem." Isa. 2:3. For this very obvious reason the gates as it were, would have
to stay open day and night in order to accommodate the traffic -
Isa. 60:12, 13 -
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The place where the Lord's feet shall then stand is "the valley of the mountains" (Zech. 14:5); it is to be made most glorious.
As babies are admirably treated and nursed, so shall the Gentiles and their kings gladly wait on the saints and from their abundance shall cheerfully feed God's servants.
Isa. 60:17 -
Yes, of better than the best shall the house of God be built.
Isa. 60:18 -
Now when the world needs and longs for peace more than ever before, God, Who only is able to give it is loudly declaring that those who really want peace
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can have it if they but come to Him. This hope and faith in the promises of God is even now to be our only peace of mind if we really believe.
When all God's servants as one "arise and shine," then a little one shall become
a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. Then the Saints will be quickly gathered
and wickedness brought to an end. This is God's way for finishing the gospel work
and we had better abandon our man-
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