THE SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 1 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 47
JACOB'S TIME OF TROUBLE; JUDAH AND ISRAEL GOING HOME
TEXT FOR PRAYER
God's Merciful Plea
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," page 217, beginning with the first
We should pray that we gladly respond to God's merciful plea; that we realize that His aim is to save us from eternal ruin; that we should respond now in the day of salvation; that we know He is pleading for us today as He pled for Jerusalem at the time of His first advent; that the door of our hearts be never closed to Him.
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JACOB'S TIME OF TROUBLE;
JUDAH AND ISRAEL GOING HOME
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, JUNE 28, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
We are now to continue the same subject which we have been studying from the book of Isaiah, but today we shall study it from the book of Jeremiah.
To begin with, we shall notice that the first chapters of the book deal with ancient Judah and Israel, with their sins and stubbornness of heart, and with their resultant dispersion throughout the Gentile nations. The thirtieth chapter, however, deals, not with the scattering of ancient Judah and Israel, but with the gathering of Judah and Israel in our day.
We shall now begin our study with the first three verses-
Note that both Judah and Israel together have the promise of returning to their homeland. As this has
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never yet been realized, the prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.
The cause of the fear here forecast is fundamentally needless and unnecessary, declares the Lord.
Jer. 30:7 -
The people that have come to this antitypical time of trouble are returning to the homeland, are comforted. Apparently it is bad enough to frighten all, but God's encouraging counsel is, "Fear not."
Plainly, the burden of this chapter is concerning the antitypical returning to the homeland. Though terrible the trouble may seem, yet the outcome of it is to be the same as in the type. Right now we may not appreciate this study as we ought to, but the time is soon coming in which we will dig as fast and as hard for it as we would to get out from under an avalanche. Those who have but little faith in the Word of God though, the study will not do them much good. Now is the time to start cultivating the faith we need to have then.
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Jacob, our type, well knew that God had directed his return from Padanaram to the homeland, yet he trembled when he heard that Esau, with four hundred men were on the way to meet him. Besides, he was led to wrestle with the angel all night long. He prevailed only because he would not let the Angel go until He blest him. The final result was that on the morrow, Esau, rather than destroying the whole company, very kindly greeted Jacob with a kiss, and cordially invited him to return home! So when it all worked itself out, Jacob plainly saw that there was no need at all to have ever feared. How encouraging that "all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." 1 Cor. 10:11. That which happened to Jacob is sure to happen to us, and how comforting to know all this ahead of time. Now, if never before we should see that where there is a type there is also an antitype, and that where there is no type, there is no Truth.
Jer. 30:8 -
This verse plainly says that God is to free His people from the Gentile yoke, and that strangers [unconverted] shall no more trouble them.
Jer. 30:9 -
No longer shall the followers of Truth serve others, but they shall serve the Lord, and a king whom God Himself shall provide.
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Jer. 30:10 -
There is therefore no need of fear, but there is a need for faith in the promises of God.
Jer. 30:11 -
The punishment dealt to Israel is their being scattered among the Gentiles as amplified in the verses which follow. The time of freedom has nevertheless come, and for this we should be glad and give God the glory.
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health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small."
After having gone through their captivity, the people shall fully realize God's mercy and His wisdom to save them. They shall be happy forevermore, for He will multiply them in the land of their fathers, and there He will make them great.
Jer. 30:20 -
The Kingdom (the church purified and apart from the world) is to be as natural and as real as was the kingdom of ancient Israel, but there will be no sinners in It.
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Their nobles shall be of themselves; that is, this Kingdom shall be self-
Jer. 30:24 -
The very fact that these truths are now revealed, and also the fact that the things
foretold by the Scriptures are now taking place, plainly show that we are now living
in the latter days, -
How thankful we ought to be that the Lord is feeding us with "meat in due season"! Though people kill one another by the millions in order to free themselves from the yoke of some other nation, Moses freed ancient Israel without a casualty. We should now know that faith removes mountains, while doubt ruins nations. We should no longer be fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have written (Lu. 24:25) "Believe" was Jesus' motto, and it should be ours, too. No doubters will ever enter His Kingdom.
These things are written "that ye might believe...." John 20:31.
There is but one sensible conclusion that you can come to, and that is to whole-
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