THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
THE SERVANTS OF GOD IN THE GATHERING TIME
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 46, 47, 48
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 46, 47, 48
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THE SERVANTS OF GOD
IN THE GATHERING TIME
JACOB'S TIME OF TROUBLE;
JUDAH AND ISRAEL GOING HOME
GOD'S CERTIFICATION TO RESURRECT,
PURIFY, AND CONSOLIDATE JUDAH AND ISRAEL
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Founded Upon A Rock
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," beginning on page 211 -
"The people had been deeply moved by the words of Christ.... His words had struck at the very root of their former ideas and opinions; to obey His teaching would require a change in all their habits of thought and action. It would bring them into collision with their religious teachers...."
Since the teachings of Christ require a change in thought and action, we should not be surprised if that is what His message of today would require of us. Let us conclude today's reading by turning to page 216.
"...He who, like the Jews in Christ's day, builds on the foundation of human ideas and opinions, of forms and ceremonies of man's invention, or on any works that he can do independently of the grace of Christ, is erecting his structure of character upon the shifting sand. The fierce tempests of temptation will sweep away the sandy foundation, and leave his house a wreck on the shores of time."
Let us pray for God to help us make sure that the foundation of our faith is built upon God's Word, the solid Rock; that we might know that anything short of it will sooner or later fall; that we let the Lord have His way in us; that we let Him change our habits and practices from what they are to what they ought to be.
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THE SERVANTS OF GOD
IN THE GATHERING TIME
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, JUNE 21, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
We are to study the forty-
The Spirit of God in the person of Israel, through the prophet Isaiah declares that Israel was born for no other reason than to be God's servant, and urges that this fact must now be made known throughout the world, even to the isles of the sea.
Since Jacob himself was dead long before Isaiah the prophet wrote, the truth clearly stands out that the Spirit of God in this scripture speaks, not personally to Jacob himself, but to his descendants, to those to whom this Truth is made known, and who now bear
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the responsibility to broadcast It far and wide; plainly, then, the people in whom
the Lord is to be glorified, and who again bring Jacob to Him (Isa. 49:3, 5) are
themselves, too, to be made known internationally. They are those who finish the
gospel work -
These are to be His servants during the gathering of the people, the day in which the Lord is glorified. Their being hid, as it were, in His quiver, connotes that their coming into the limelight is to be a complete surprise to all: For the first time the world is to learn that these servants of God are the tail end of Jacob's descendants, His hidden servants, those who are to gather His people even from the isles of the seas.
Again, it is written -
Isa. 49:4 -
At the outset of their labor the results must be such as to bring almost a complete discouragement.
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They nevertheless know that they are appointed by God, and so they leave their judgment, their work and success with Him.
Isa. 49:5 -
For their encouragement they are told that even though Israel be not gathered (he will, however, be gathered), yet they shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord God shall be their strength. Since they are now (not at another time but in the day this prophecy is fulfilled) called to bring Jacob to the Lord again, it shows that Jacob (the people of God in their Jacobite state) must have departed from the Lord. Now they must be brought back to Him by a mighty revival and reformation.
Isa. 49:6 -
This scripture had as its type the time when the Apostles were finally instructed
to preach the gospel to Gentiles as well as to the Jews. Now to raise up the tribes
of Jacob, is first to raise up the first fruits, 144,000 -
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It is our privilege, therefore, not only to bring the light of God to the Denomination
where the "first-
Those who are thus privileged are, as God Himself testifies, the descendants of Jacob, "the lost tribes of Israel" who are now coming to light.
Isa. 49:7 -
The Lord is here seen to speak to a people whom men despise, to them whom the
nation abhors, to servants of rulers -
Isa. 49:8 -
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a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages."
God has heard us in probationary time, a time in which we can be sealed and be
preserved for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to inherit the desolate
Isa. 49:9 -
It matters not where God's people be, nor under what circumstances they be placed,
they shall nevertheless all hear His servants proclaiming the year of final Jubilee,
and all are to be let out free, all are to share this great ever-
Isa. 49:10, 11 -
The Lord here guarantees that now in the gathering time there shall be no obstruction of any kind, that He is master of the situation.
Isa. 49:12 -
God's highway shall be filled and exalted, and a multitude, gathered from the four corners of the earth, shall safely walk therein.
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Isa. 49:13 -
Not that the Lord will comfort His people, but that He has already comforted them, He has filled them with Truth.
Isa. 49:14 -
Before they are sealed, those who are to be the inhabitants of Zion (the 144,000) think God has forsaken them. God's answer to them, though, is this:
Isa. 49:15 -
Even though some, rather than praying for the re-
Isa. 49:16 -
From all natural appearances it seems that God has forgotten Zion, the place of His earthly throne; that He has left His enemies to abuse His people and to deface Zion's exalted hill, but the Lord Himself assures that for Zion's sake and for her people's freedom, was He nailed on the cross.
Isa. 49:17 -
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and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee."
Zion's children shall be anxious to get to her, but her enemies, the sinners will be driven away from her.
Isa. 49:18, 19 -
The word "behold" calls attention to a goodly number of precious souls already preparing to come. In them shall God's servants glory. Moreover, in spite of the great number of unrepentant sinners that are to be taken away, the land shall even then be too narrow because of the great incoming multitude.
Isa. 49:20 -
From this verse we gather that the children which Zion shall lose, are those who refuse to be converted. Her loss, though, is to be replaced with a great number from all nations and thus shall the land become too narrow. The verses that follow, reaffirm this view:
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Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up Mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up My standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me."
Though we may now be either hated or unknown, the day is coming when we shall be comforted. The great men of earth shall then, so to speak, "lick up the dust" of our feet.
Isa. 49:24, 25 -
No power in the world shall any longer be able to hold God's people down in the dust.
Isa. 49:26 -
Our enemies shall kill one another with as great zeal as if they had filled themselves with sweet wine.
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Then those that remain shall recognize that the Lord, the mighty one of Jacob, is our Saviour and Redeemer. Shall we therefore still sleep on? Or shall we arise in the righteousness of Christ and get ready to meet the Lord and to be with Him in His Kingdom? Your opportunity and the time of your decision is now come and cannot be put off. You must take a firm and active stand with this laymen's movement, in this the work of which is first for the church, then for the world.
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