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THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
THE LORD'S ANSWER TO THE INQUIRER OF GOD
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 1, 2
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 1, 2
Copyright, 1954 Reprint
All rights reserved
THE LORD'S ANSWER TO THE INQUIRER OF GOD
ONE SHEPHERD TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT A MULTITUDE OF THEM FAILED TO ACCOMPLISH
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Jesus' Example In Teaching
We shall read from "Christ's Object Lessons," paragraph one, page 21:
"Again, Christ had truths to present which the people were unprepared to accept, or even to understand. For this reason also He taught them in parables. By connecting His teaching with the scenes of life, experience, or nature, He secured their attention and impressed their hearts. Afterward, as they looked upon the objects that illustrated His lessons, they recalled the words of the divine Teacher. To minds that were open to the Holy Spirit, the significance of the Saviour's teaching unfolded more and more. Mysteries grew clear, and that which had been hard to grasp became evident. Jesus sought an avenue to every heart. By using a variety of illustrations, He not only presented truth in its different phases, but appealed to the different hearers.... None who listened to the Saviour could feel that they were neglected or forgotten. The humblest, the most sinful, heard in His teaching a voice that spoke to them in sympathy and tenderness."
As the people in Jesus' time were as the people of today, not anxious to learn
new Truth, He used Nature to arrest their attention. The prophets were led to use
the same method. We, therefore, need to pray for a burning desire to know God's
Truth for today. We need to pray that we do not become self-
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THE LORD'S ANSWER
TO THE INQUIRER OF GOD
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, AUGUST 9, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our subject is found in Ezekiel twenty. This chapter, we will find, contains a prophetic history of the Church from the time of her servitude in Egypt to the time of the sealing of the 144,000.
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I am the Lord your God. But they rebelled against Me, and would not hearken unto Me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out My fury upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt."
In the writings of Moses we do not find a record as to the faithfulness of the
children of Israel in the land of Egypt. Whether they were good or bad, Moses does
not say. But here through Ezekiel we are told what they were. Not all of them,
you note, were God-
Ezek. 20:9, 10 -
We have now read the record of the Hebrew host, -
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judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out My fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them."
Here we see that the deeds of the descendants of Jacob were even less commendable in the wilderness than they were in Egypt.
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heathen, and disperse them through the countries; because they had not executed My judgments; but had despised My statutes, and had polluted My Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols. Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; and I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord. Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed Me, in that they have committed a trespass against Me. For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up Mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings."
They were unfaithful in Egypt, in the wilderness, and in the promised land. We shall now read of the results.
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We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God."
On one hand we see the reasons for elevating the Hebrew host from Pharaoh's slaves to God's priests, prophets, and kings. On the other hand we see their scattering throughout all the nations. Next we behold God's promises of their gathering out of the countries in which they are scattered. This He promises to do with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm.
Ezek. 20:37 -
This verse is somewhat involved and needs to be elucidated with the help of another scripture. Let us turn to Leviticus.
"And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord." Lev. 27:32.
To determine the Lord's part, the tithe, the Lord's lambs, goats, or sheep, were
made to pass under the rod. Each tenth then was taken and set aside for the Lord.
The statement of Ezekiel twenty, verse thirty-
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means to separate His very elect from among the multitude, from among the "tares,"
(Matt. 13:30) or from among the "bad fish" (Matt. 13:47, 48). And being thus separated,
they are counted. So it is that the 144,000 (Rev. 7:3-
Now we see that Ezekiel twenty contains a prophetic history from the time of their sojourn in Egypt to the time of the sealing of the 144,000, and of the gathering of the people.
When God causes His people to thus pass under the rod, He will then bring them
into the bond of "the covenant which He made with Abraham, and of His oath unto Isaac;
and hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting
covenant, saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance."
1 Chron. 16:16-
The promises which they failed to realize, the Lord reassures that He will now let His people have them.
Ezek. 20:38 -
Here we are plainly told that only the elect will He bring "into the bond of the covenant." Them only will He bring into the land of Israel. The sinners (tares, bad fish or goats) that are now among God's people shall be taken out and be no more.
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net, saith the Lord, "that was cast into the sea, and gathered
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of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered
the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world:
the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall
cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Ezek. 20:39 -
God has now made clear His "clean work" which He is to do, both for the penitent
and for the impenitent. It is now up to them to decide whether to serve Him or to
serve their idols -
Ezek. 20:40, 41 -
All these things, you see, take place in the sight of the heathen.
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These things God does for His people, not because they are deserving, but for His name's sake, because His promise cannot fail. The Kingdom of God, you see, does not begin in heaven, but on earth. And the Kingdom, you now see, is not to be made up of ghosts, but of living human beings, of saints, not a sinner among them.
Yes, the Eden that was lost is to be restored. In fact, the Word plainly declares that Elias must first come and restore all things (Mark 9:12). As Eden was a real home at the beginning occupied by real human beings so shall it be again.
The remaining verses of Ezekiel twenty take up another parable. But as time will
not permit us to go into it, we shall bring our study to a close. First, though,
let it be noticed that the remaining verses of this chapter, and also chapter 21
have, with this light on hand, become self-
Ezek. 21:27 -
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is; and I will give it Him."
In these chapters are brought to view both the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In this verse God plainly declares that He was to make three overturnings, and that after that the Kingdom was to be no more until "He comes Whose right it is"; that is, after the three overturnings, He "Whose right it is" shall come and the Kingdom shall be restored.
The first overturning took place when Assyria overturned the house of Israel,
The very fact that Inspiration has now unfolded these prophecies, and has brought them to the attention of the church, leads us to know for a certainty that the time for the restoration of the Kingdom is at hand; that we are now in the sealing time of the 144,000; and that if we are faithful we shall be among them, and stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion.
This, Brother, Sister, is the Lord's Own answer to you.
Your duty is now to accept it if you wish life forevermore. Let not the enemy of Truth bring doubts to your mind, and let no one talk you out of this Truth for the Devil will not stand idly by. He will do all to overthrow you. Check up again and again and see that the Bible teaches this Truth so that you be able
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to hold your own. You cannot afford to lose out this late in the day.
"The Lord abhors indifference and disloyalty in a time of crisis in His work.
The whole universe is watching with inexpressible interest the closing scenes of
the great controversy between good and evil. The people of God are nearing the borders
of the eternal world; what can be of more importance to them than that they be loyal
to the God of heaven? All through the ages, God has had moral heroes; and He has
them now, -
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