THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
THE YEAR OF HIS REDEEMED
THE SIGN OF THE DAY OF VENGEANCE -
THE YEAR OF HIS REDEEMED-
THE SIGN OF THE DAY OF VENGEANCE
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, MAY 31, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
We are to study the sixty-
The words of the person speaking in behalf of the people who are brought face to face with the revelation of this chapter, reveal that he and his people are unknown to Abraham. Since Abraham well knew of the rise of ancient Israel, but understood practically nothing of the rise of the Christians, then the Christians must be the people of whom he is ignorant. The truth, then, stands out clearly that the chapter finds its fulfillment in the Christian era. Now to find whether it is concerning the early or latter day Christians we
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shall read verses 18 and 19; also Isaiah 64:10, 11, for the subject matter of chapter 64 is but a continuation of chapter 63:
"The people of Thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary. We are thine: Thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by Thy name." Isa. 63:18, 19.
"Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised Thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste." Isa. 64:10, 11.
Here is seen that the longing of the people is for the restoration of the temple, and for their repossession of the promised land. Now the fact that the "temple" and the "land" are still in the hands of Arabs and unbelieving Jews (those who were never called by His name, never called Christians) is proof positive that chapters 63 and 64 are fulfilled in the latter part of the Christian era, the part in which the time of the Gentiles in the promised land is fulfilled. Moreover, that these chapters are now unveiled to us, and also the fact that the message for today has caused us to cry to the Lord for just such a deliverance, the facts are that the time for the fulfillment of the prophecy that is in these chapters is already here.
Since you now positively know that these chapters are concerning you and me, we
are ready to start the study of the chapters, verse by verse-
Isa. 63:1 -
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His apparel, travelling in the greatness of His strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save."
In vision the prophet saw someone with bloodstained garments hastily returning from Edom and Bozrah. To the prophet's question, "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?" came the answer, "I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save."
Who else could this person be but the Lord Himself, the Saviour of the world, the Mighty One to save?
Again the prophet asked,
Isa. 63:2 -
The answer to these questions introduces a series of solemn events, the events recorded in
The statements, "I have trodden the winepress alone," "I looked, and there was none to help; and I
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wondered that there was none to uphold" (all in the past tense) show the Saviour's
zeal and determination to save His misled people at His first advent, though there
was no one with Him to help; that is, all the priests and religious leaders -
Isa. 63:6 -
The Lord's brief explanation of the situation is amplified by the prophet Ezekiel. Says He:
"He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon
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in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth
toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among
them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in,
and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up
from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called
to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and the
Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go
ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye
pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but
come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they
began at the ancient men which were before the house." Ezek. 9:1-
Ezekiel's prophecy plainly reveals that this cleansing work takes place in the
church (in Jerusalem), in the time to separate the unfaithful from among the faithful,
the time to destroy the "tares" (Matt. 13:30), to cast out the bad fish (Matt. 13:47-
"...But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place, we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel.
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The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that his fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor....
"Here we see that the church -
And the apostle Peter adds: "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" 1 Pet. 4:17, 18.
Since God's people of today are not in the land of Edom, south of Palestine, but are scattered throughout the earth, and since the Lord is to slay their enemies in order to free them, the truth is obvious: These are antitypical Edom and Bozrah.
After Esau of old sold his birthright for a mess of
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pottage he was called Edom; and the name Bozrah means "sheepfold." Plainly, then, the Edomites of Isaiah 63:1 are those who in our day have sold their birthright, and who at the same time are persecuting (as did Esau persecute Jacob) those who have bought it, so to speak. Thus it is that as God's people had to be delivered from the Sanhedrin in Christ's day, they must now be delivered from the General Conference, the antitypical Edomite brethren, in order to be led into all Truth, and into their fathers' land.
The words, "the year of My redeemed is come," and "the day of vengeance is in Mine heart," clearly says that the Lord's strange work in Edom and Bozrah is the day of vengeance and a sign of antitypical Israel's (the church purified) returning to the home land.
The testimony of this person reveals that a complete transformation has taken
place in him, that he has caught a vision of the Lord's goodness, of His longsuffering
and of His tender mercy -
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that the Lord will not acquit the guilty. From his testimony is also seen that the
Lord is not a cruel, brutish person, seeking to kill and to destroy, but that He
is kind and merciful, patient and just, that He is worthy to be praised. This person
endeavors to prove this to others by calling attention to the Lord's dealings with
His ancient people, showing that He bore long with them, that only for their own
good did He punish them -
Moreover, the scripture plainly shows that the need of deliverance today is similar to that of Moses' day.
Since there is in prophecy a cry for a similar deliverance as was seen in Moses' time, the facts are obvious: The church has been led into bondage and now needs to be delivered. Years ago Inspiration forewarned:
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"The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader, and is steadily
retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual
power. Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening
our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead
of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God
has spoken to you. Light has been shining from his word and from the testimonies,
and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack
of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us." -
Isa. 63:16, 17 -
The people that are crying deliverance are those whom Abraham did not know, and whom Israel of today (the Denomination) does not acknowledge. That is, as pointed out at the beginning of our study, Abraham was ignorant of the Christians, and the people that cry out for deliverance at the fulfillment of this prophecy are not by antitypical Israel (the Denomination), acknowledged as such. Thus it is that though Abraham of old does not know us, and though the Denomination does not acknowledge us, yet we know that God has given us a message, and that a change has taken place in us: that we are no longer satisfied, lukewarm, and that we are no longer unconscious of our Laodicean wretchedness, misery, poverty,
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blindness, and nakedness. We know that this is the work of God in our hearts, that
we are truly being "born again," born through the Holy Spirit -
Isa. 63:18, 19 -
True, our ancestors were in the land and enjoyed the sanctuary service for a number of years, yet considering that they were to possess it forever, then the statement, "The people of Thy holiness have possessed it but a little while," is altogether true. Arabs and unconverted Jews who now possess the land are not Christians; they are not called by Christ's name, and never have been.
Isa. 63:17 -
Here is one who recognizes that the people of God are in error -
The prayer of chapter sixty-
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throughout chapter sixty-
"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember Thee in Thy ways: behold, Thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee: for Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
"But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our Potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech Thee, we are all Thy people. Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our
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fathers praised Thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. Wilt Thou refrain Thyself for these things, O Lord? wilt Thou hold Thy peace, and afflict us very sore?"
Now is our opportunity; now is our privilege to make this prayer personally our
own. Now we can intelligently say, Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth
as it is in Heaven. Now we can wholeheartedly exclaim: "How shall we sing the Lord's
song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let My right hand forget
her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let My tongue cleave to the roof of My mouth;
if I prefer not Jerusalem above My chief joy. Remember, O Lord, the children of
Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation
thereof." Psa. 137:4-
Now that you plainly see the signs and the time of our redemption and of the day
of God's vengeance against unrepented sinners fast approaching, you are urged to
make ready, to sigh and cry against the abominations, to receive the mark of deliverance,
to be among the firstfruits. Now you can happily and understandingly seek the Kingdom
of Heaven and Its righteousness, and assuredly know that the material things of life
should not predominate over the spiritual, that they shall be added unto you (Matt.
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grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they
have not known My ways. So I sware in My wrath, They shall not enter into My rest.)
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing
from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day [not
yesterday, not the day of Miller or of White]; lest any of you be hardened through
the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning
of our confidence stedfast unto the end; while it is said, To day if ye will hear
His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had
heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom
was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases
fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His
rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because
of unbelief." Heb. 3:7-
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