I Am the Elijah!

November 28, 2020
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In Malachi 4:5 we read —

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD”

This predicted coming of Elijah the prophet is a controverted subject among Seventh-day Adventists and Davidian Seventh-day Adventists. The former generally does not believe in the literal fulfillment ( a real live male prophet to come) and the latter does. This is one of the BIG differences between the two!

And to make the case even more complicated, our founding prophetess, sister Ellen G. White wrote the following statement —

“Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say: “You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message.” (Testimonies to Ministers, p.475)

So we have the Lord’s Word and His prophetess confirming that a male prophet will be sent by the Lord just before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. It does not take a rocket scientist to see this, elementary such as 1 +1 = 2.

But not only has Satan influenced our SDA leaders to deny the Lord’s promise, and to even teach that it is not really a promise the Lord will keep, Satan has gone much further in his deceptive work, oh MUCH more!


Ok, so what kind of deception of a most serious matter is being employed upon us present truth believers today? A man among us today is really the true Elijah to come as spoken of in Mal. 4:5!

Yes, Satan has got ahold of a most deceiving person, one well familiar with the Lord’s final message of Elijah, to twist and pervert its true message. The Bible’s prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes!

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)

As we have posted before, we know one can only discern the false from the true, AFTER one has thoroughly studied and examined the true. But unfortunately instead of asking the Spirit of Truth to help us KNOW the Truth, we, again, find Bible prophecy fulfilled with sad results.

“This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.(Jeremiah 17:5)

The Spirit of Truth, we are told will not fool us, He will guide us IF we let Him. The promise is sure —

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13)

Ok, so if we have let the Spirit of truth have His way with us, reviewed all the writings of the Lord’s Rod message (AKA Elijah message) found in the Shepherd’s Rod by brother Victor T. Houteff, we know that the message is too clear that indeed the promised Elijah has came and wrote all about the final message to us as Adventists.

But not so fast Satan, knows that, just as one can die from just ONE DROP of poison put into a big glass of water, he can put forth just enough false teachings to blend into the message – to snare and ultimately kill.

That is exactly what we find in real time TODAY. His name is Lennox Sam, His ministry is called different and changing names such as Wave Sheaf Ministries, Davidian Seventh-day Adventists Church, The Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Association, etc.

To those who are active in the Lord’s vineyard today, we are frankly alarmed at the terrible deception being perpetrated upon present truth believers by said man and his group. They have infiltrated the vineyard for a while now (since about 2006) but have become more visible through social media today –Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Websites, etc.

Perhaps the most visible and obvious falsehood put forth today is that Lennox Sam is the “Elijah” today. In other words, the man God used to write out the full message of the Rod, the message the Lord cried out for us to hear (Micah 6:9), brother Houteff, was not really Elijah to come, rather just a previous prophet to prepare the way for Sam! Wow!

“Satan, represented by human beings, is ever busy distracting Present Truth believers, destroying their influence among the people, and thus making the truth of none effect. His great and lasting victories have not been won by opposing the truth, but rather by professing strictly to advocate every precept of it, and by showing great reverence and zeal for its advancement, thus gaining the confidence of the people, and making them believe him to be a zealous minister of God and a friend of His people.

Then, having beguiled them into placing confidence in him, and into being perfectly satisfied that he is leading them on to eternal glory, he easily and quietly leads his victims on to eternal ruin.”(3 Sym. Code, no.3-4, p.13)


You see brethren, the Lord in His all-seeing vision, saw that certain men (and women) would rise up in the last days and claim that their message was from the Rod, yet it is not, let us read —

“..as teachers of The Shepherd’s Rod (the official publications of the Davidian Seventh-day Association), teach only in the light of the Rod those passages which in one way or another need to be interpreted. Thus only will all Present-truth believers ever become of the same mind, seeing eye to eye and speaking the same things (1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Pet. 3:8; Isa. 52:8).

And such as do choose to engage in private interpretation are respectfully asked to desist from teaching in the name of the Rod and at its expense. Let them like honest men, teach in their own names and at their own expense.”(Answerer, vol. 5, p.55-56)

Ok, now that we have laid the groundwork, let us produce the evidence, so that one may see for themselves. The following are two YouTube links with Sam’s own words showing (although deceptively) that “he” is the Elijah to come. NOTE: Sam is not so foolish to say the words “I am the Elijah” but those with ears and know what he teaches can discern he is saying. Sadly, many of his followers are as the following picture shows —

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6PTwFJtzpQ

(Mark 50:30 to 52:42)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXA9m5OAvac

(Mark 2:51:45 to 2:52:10)

In closing my brothers and sisters, the Lord once again warned us the “other voices” would appear to lead us down a false path, let us be very careful to let the Spirit of Truth guide us NOT some Satan agent sent in these last hours to hoodwink and sidetrack us from His kingdom.

“.. one’s only safety will be in the teaching of Elijah, for there will be no other voice of timely Truth and authority to whom one may turn. Any others will lead their victims blind-folded into perdition.” (GCS, p.8)

Satan, represented by human beings, is ever busy distracting Present Truth believers, destroying their influence among the people, and thus making the truth of none effect. His great and lasting victories have not been won by opposing the truth, but rather by professing strictly to advocate every precept of it, and by showing great reverence and zeal for its advancement, thus gaining the confidence of the people, and making them believe him to be a zealous minister of God and a friend of His people. Then, having beguiled them into placing confidence in him, and into being perfectly satisfied that he is leading them on to eternal glory, he easily and quietly leads his victims on to eternal ruin.

Extreme Worry and Fear

November 14, 2020
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Here in the US, we seem to be in a simmering election chaos. Our nation is as polarized as it has ever been. Joe Biden and his team has declared victory, despite reports of rampant voter fraud. And the globalist main stream media is in lockstep with them.

On the other side, President Trump is in the oval office planning out his strategic counter moves to establish, what many people feel is, a much-needed investigation into what happened in this year’s voting process. Dead people alledged to have voted, ballots being duplicated and so on, point to a redrawing up the results, the Trump team says.

But when we step back from this confusion, we find comfort in God’s word, let us read —


“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (Daniel 2:21)

So despite what we see from a very limited understanding, we should rest upon the fact that the Lord knows what is going on, and indeed, He is making it all happen according to His purposes!

Within the last week, we have received several inquiries as to what are we to make of all this. Fear is the primary motive why people are asking questions right now. They sense something is seriously changing in the world and they are right. We are, we beleive , on the cusp of dramatic world changing events.

But we as present truth beleivers are supposed to have great light yes? So it hurts us to see such worry and doubt. Just recently we got this video from a sister. It is popular online and shows much far and wide trouble coming soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfBAHZYE4Sg&feature=share

But this video is a perfect example of what the heathen and false religions of the world worry about. They show that “man” is about to do this bad thing or that bad thing in the world, yet they don’t really know the great “I Am”.

The Word says –


“He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” (Psalms 46:9-11)


Is it not an offense to the great King to show and spread such worry, fear, and doubt? This is what is truly worrisome! The doubt and lack of faith exhibited now by many, even those who should know better.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

The heathen have an excuse, they knoweth not the King, but we do, or at least we who profess His name should know Him. Again our King clears the matter —

“Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind. Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” (John 9: 39-41)

You see brethren, those who have faith shall know that the Lord is just about to reveal His power and this will come through His servants, let us read the very near prophecy —

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” (Joel 2:1-13)

There are 2 big fears right now in the world.

1 — Covid 19 and the so-called “pandemic”. This, as our readers know, is a two edge sword. First, it is the globalists last-ditch effort for world-wide control. The Rothschild’s led world hierarchy is attempting to get their long hoped for one world order finalized and in place. Only trouble is– the Lord has other plans!


Second, the Lord in His ever-loving faithfulness, as we posted as well, has caused the “peace and safety” worship services in the SDA church to largely cease for now. This means there is an opportunity for the church members to look elsewhere (private studies, meetings, online, YouTube, conference calls, etc,) where the Lord’s final message of Elijah is freely discussed. Unlike the hindering and censoring the SDA leaders do to the faithful messengers in the church today. This is the Lord’s vineyard where He is waiting

2 — World unrest and violence. It seems the great trouble of spoken in Daniel 12 is just about ready to be unleashed upon the world. The four winds described in Rev. 7 are to be loosed after the 144,000th faithful one is found in the SDA church
.

So in conclusion, let us not waste time worrying and be fearful of things that really are in the Lord’s hands. He shall execute HIS plans flawlessly and all we have to do is —

“Do not be afraid; only believe..” (Luke 8:50)

Update On Final Events

November 7, 2020

We recently put out part three of our ongoing YouTube series. The following links are the three videos (so far) explaining the final Bible events to come. May you be blessed and enlightened.

Part 1 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrzmwVtl_hs&t=20s

Part 2 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjDTlQOJyyE&t=15s

Part 3 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGkUj75-6cs&t=5s

Sacrifices in the Pre-Millennial Kingdom?

October 31, 2020
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The ancient Israelites, as we know performed many sacrifices as part of the Ceremonial Law and custom. This we also know was the plan by God to point to the Savior. The type was to meet anti-type.

Yet something profound is found in the prophecy
, so profound that, yours truly suggests it is one of the greatest mysteries yet to be revealed.

Before we delve into this, our final message of Elijah, the Lord’s Rod message is clear. The Lesson of Zech. 4 shows that TWO prophets in the Christian dispensation were to go into the Scriptures and bring forth the prophetic Word and give us “meat in due season”. The well known symbolic Chart of this prophecy was made by our last prophet–Victor T. Houteff.

THE GOLDEN BOWL -Zechariah chapter four - Adventist Online

You notice those big pipes taking oil (prophetic Truth) from the two trees (old and new testaments) as described in Zech. 4. This lesson is profound, as it warns us that these prophets are the ONLY ones able to go into the Bible and make interpretations of the prophecies. Yet sadly many, even some so called present truth believers don’t know or care to abide by the lesson!

A recent dialogue between present truth believers showed a perfect example of this. Let us now read the mysterious Scripture —

“And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.

40 And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, were two tables; and on the other side, which was at the porch of the gate, were two tables.

41 Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side, by the side of the gate; eight tables, whereupon they slew their sacrifices.

42 And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and an half long, and a cubit and an half broad, and one cubit high: whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice.

43 And within were hooks, an hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.” (Ezekiel 40:39-43)

And also —

18 And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord God; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.

19 And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord God, a young bullock for a sin offering.

20 And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.

21 Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.

22 And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.

23 When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.

24 And thou shalt offer them before the Lord, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the Lord.

25 Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.

26 Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

27 And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord God.” (Ezek. 43:18-27)

Now why is this so strange? Well obviously it is describing what will take place in the PRE-MILLENIAL KINGDOM — that is why. We know that Jesus was the fulfillment of the blood sacrifices, yet the Word declares it shall begin anew in the soon to be set up Loud Cry Kingdom (?) A true mystery!

Now , what are we do here? Do we say “No Lord, we shall NOT have such things.” Or, “Lord, I do not know what this is about and wait upon your Kingdom to see.” Brethren the only safe course is the latter.

As we remember counsel that we are to take what the INSPIRED prophets get from the Bowl (Inspired interpretations), we, therefore, look to them for answers. Our last prophet, had just a few lines to say about them , let us read —

“..the antitypical temple is to be built (Ezekiel chapters 40-43) and the cities are to be spread abroad.” (Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 11, page 11)

“… Ezekiel’s description of the mystic temple (chapters 40-47) which is yet to be built, could be the blueprint of Zerubbabel’s antitypical temple.” ( 1 TG, no.13, p.6)


Thus we see that Inspiration is silent to a large degree, just reaffirming that the anti-typical Temple shall be built according to the first temple (Zerubbabel). Therefore we have no basis upon which to take a stand –yes or no! The Word stands as it is.

Those who declare that the above prophecies are false based on so and so, are putting their own pipes into the Golden Bowl as it were.

“knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)

Kicking Truth to the Curb

October 24, 2020
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There is an old saying called “Kicked to the curb” meaning something that we simply don’t want or have no use for–we kick it out to the curb as the saying goes.

The Truth is as we know –Christ. For His Word says,


“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

So any time we know Truth we know Christ. Truth is something we are to hold dear, cherish. Again God’s word warns us about rejecting truth —

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”(2 Thes. 2:9-10)

Ah, those who do not “love” the Truth will perish. Let us now give an example of a very high profile case of not loving the Truth –His Word.

Recently Pope Francis just came out and declared that gay “civl unions” are acceptable in our society today. In other words, this same sex marriage arrangement is to be well tolerated among us, an embracing if you will.


“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” the pope said. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it.”

Those of us who are not ignorant of God’s Word cannot sit idly by and condone such misguiding instructions in His Truth. The Word is too clear to ignore —

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”(Lev. 18:22)

“For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:26-28)

Certianly shows a BIG difference between what the Pope thinks on gay unions and what God thinks!

You see brethren the Pope is now setting up the world for the last great deception. SOP tells us about it —

The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp the hands with the Roman power, and under the influence of this three fold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling  on the rights of conscience. “(GC, p.588)

So this deception of what God approves is simply a set up for more proclamations of larger deceptions to come –Spiritualism and Sunday sacredness.

The dead coming to life and speaking to loved ones from Satan’s bag of tricks. And the “holy” Lord’s Day — Sunday. His main man the “false prophet” shall be his main servant
.

“Preliminary to that miracle working power, Protestantism, Catholicism and Spiritualism will have grasped each other’s hand by means of a church federation. The difference of opinion in doctrinal points will be considered of no vital importance to salvation. They will see in that apparently innocent union a great movement for the settlement of differences as well as for the conversion of the world. ” ( 2 SR, p. 158)

So this latest kicking the Truth to the curb is only just beginning. The twistings and deceptions will grow more wide spread until the great Sunday Law will be pronounced. NOW is our time to work to be ready for these solemn and fearful yet exciting times if we are walking with Him!

BRIGHT CLOUDS BRING GENTLE RAIN

October 17, 2020

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TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 30, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
WACO, TEXAS

THOUGHT FOR MEDITATION AND PRAYER

I shall read from “The Mount Of Blessing,” beginning with the first paragraph on page 170. Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 16, page This page is based on the scripture. “Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil.” — R.V.

M.B., pg. 170 — “Temptation is enticement to sin, and this does not proceed from God, butTimely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 16, page from Satan, and from the evil of our own hearts. ‘God can not be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempteth no man.’

“Satan seeks to bring us into temptation, that the evil of our character may be revealed before men and angels, that he may claim us as his own…. The enemy leads us into sin, and then he accuses us before the heavenly universe as unworthy of the love of God….”

Every temptation resisted, every trial bravely borne, gives us a new experience in character building. The soul that resists temptation through Divine power reveals to the world and to the universe the efficiency of the grace of Christ.

Here is seen that Satan is the great tempter of our souls, that he constantly seeks to make us fall. But he cannot do anything against us if our hearts be right with God, and if we stay within the hedge He has built around us. He can succeed only if we ourselves make it possible. If wewillingly yield to sin, we thus voluntarily surrender to Satan. Let us not forget that no one can keep on going his own way and at the same time pray the Lord’s prayer without making a liar ofhimself. But those who wholeheartedly take the Lord at His word and allow Him to direct theirsteps, they never go wrong. We should pray to be among this latter class.

BRIGHT CLOUDS BRING GENTLE RAIN

This afternoon we are to study the tenth chapter of Zechariah. To find the time of the fulfillent of its prophecy and of the promises it contains, we need look no further than the first verse of the chapter.

Zech. 10:1 — “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.”

These figures of speech, you know, are not used by Inspiration promiscuously, the term “latter rain” must have its special and accurate significance. Inspiration chose to use the term “rain” because rain makes things grow and brings abundant harvest. The term “latter” denotes the last rain before the harvest, the rain that completes maturity and that ripens the grain.

The latter rain of Truth, therefore, is the very last, the one that is to develop the people of God for the harvest, for the time in which God separates the wheat from the tares (Matt. 13:30), the wise virgins from the foolish ones (Matt. 25:1-12), the good fish from the bad (Matt. 13:47, 48),and the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:32, 33). In short, the harvest is the day of cleansing, the day of Judgment, the antitypical

Day of Atonement, the day in which the sinners are cut off. This spiritual latter rain is, therefore, to do to the church just what the natural latter rain does to the field. Without this latter rain the saints could not develop for the heavenly garner, neither could the tares for the fire. By the “latterrain,” therefore, is illustrated the last shower of Truth. And, too, this last portion of Truth must come as freely to every member of the church who lives just prior to the harvest time as does the rain come to every grass in the field. Just as soon as this final touch of development is accomplished, the sickle is to be put to the precious golden grain.

But let us remember that it is not left in the field to rot, it is put into the “barn,” (Kingdom) while the tares are burned, so saysTimely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 16, page the Lord (Matt. 13:30). What is symbolized by the “latter rain? Is it miracle-working Truth, or is it miracle-working power? — The prophet Joel explains that the miracle-working power comes after both the “former and the latter rain.” Says he:

“And it shall come to pass afterward [after the former and the latter rain — Joel 2:23], that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.” Joel 2:28, 29.

Plainly, then, the “latter rain” is miracle-working Truth that causes the saints to mature for the harvest of which the 144,000 are the first fruits (Rev. 14:4). Then, in order to quickly gather the second fruits, God pours His Spirit upon every first fruit saint, (upon “every one grass”) old or young, boy or girl — not upon one here and upon another there.

Obviously “bright clouds” represent agencies conveying Truth which they scatter everywhere in the Lord’s vineyard — over every church member — “every one grass,” wheat or tare.

Literally speaking, dark clouds suggest a very heavy and damaging rain that frightens the beholders. Conversely, bright clouds suggest a gentle rain, the kind that descends in such a way so that the ground can absorb all of it. It does not waste itself.

Spiritually speaking, dark clouds would, therefore, represent a source of dangerous reading matter and too voluminous for one to welcome or to comprehend. But bright clouds stand for a source of small, easily comprehended Truth-laden publications packed with “meat in due season,” Truth that comes in portions easy to take in, easy to assimilate all of It, and thus to develop the recipient of It for the “master’s” use and for His service.

Then, too, spiritual “latter rain” must fall as freely and without cost to the recipients as does literal rain. Thus it is that never before has the world witnessed so much absolutely free literature scattered away as this literature is. Millions! So it is that these small comprehensive publications, the bright clouds, laden with present Truth, are now being scattered as leaves of autumn throughout Laodicea to every church member, “to every one grass” in the vineyard of the Lord.

The final results? “More than one thousand,” attests Inspiration, “will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.” — “Review and Herald,” Nov. 10, 1885. Accordingly, along with the world’s dark clouds that now hover over those who are pessimistic about the promises of God, there are these bright clouds that hover over the faithful believing and trusting children of God.

And so, Brother, Sister, you need not listen to the voices that urge you to shut yourself in from this gentle rain, or to tuck in under someone’s umbrella. Come out and avail yourself of this much needed shower. It is sent to give you the development which you need, and to enable you to survive the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the Judgment for the Living.

Delay no longer, get out in the open and let the precious rain fall upon you, let it soak in through and through lest the angels find you unfit for the “barn” and they cast you into the fire along with the tares. Inspiration makes it as clear as can be made that not a soul (not one blade of grass), can be fit for the Kingdom (“barn”) if it fails to absorb this rain of Truth.

How important then that you should avail yourselves of it. No, you cannot afford to stand dry under the umbrellas of Truth-haters. Get out from under their devilish umbrellas lest you lose out eternally, lest you hopelessly cry out, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer. 8:20.

Zech. 10:2 — “For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled because there was no shepherd.”

Here is conveyed the thought that this character-building and wisdom and light-importing “rain” that fits one for the society of Heaven, finds the waiting ones listening to idols speaking “vanity” and to diviners telling false dreams, in vain trying to comfort. Will you not heed Inspiration’s page Voice and turn away from listening to idols?

Who could they be if not vain self-important Truth-hating ministers that are idolized by the laity, false preachers trying to comfort by preaching falsehood.

Revival and reformation therefore must do their work among both ministers and laity. Indeed the sheep are troubled because there is no real shepherd anywhere, they all have gone their own way!

Zech. 10:3 — “Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited His flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as His goodly horse in the battle.”

This verse discloses that the Lord has visited His people with revealed Truth preparatory to separating the goats from the sheep whereupon He is to reward the sheep and punish the goats –the work of the Judgment for the Living. His visit makes His servants as goodly horses in His vineyard.

Zech. 10:4 — “Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.”

The Lord Himself chooses from Judah the “corner” stone (founder), the “nail” (organizer), the “bow” (the Truth, or instrument by which to gain the victory over the Enemy), and every”oppressor” (ruler). With these He builds the house of Judah.

Zech 10:5 — “And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.”

The victory shall be so complete that even the demons who lead our enemies in the conflict, will themselves be confounded.

Zech. 10:6 — “And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.”

The statements, “I will strengthen,” instead of save, “the house of Judah,” and “I will save”instead of strengthen “the house of Joseph,” imply that the house of Judah is saved before the house of Joseph is, and to save the house of Joseph He strengthens the house of Judah. The second fruits need to be saved, whereas the first fruits need to be fitted for service. Both are gathered into one place, (the “barn,” the Kingdom). The Lord extends this favor to both of them because He has mercy upon them and will treat them as though they had never caused Him to cast them out.

Zech. 10:7 — “And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.”

The fathers shall rejoice and the children shall see it. He shall thus “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers….” Mal. 4:6.

Zech. 10:8 — “I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.”

“They shall increase,” that is, the second fruits are to be added to the “firstfruits.” (Rev. 7:4, 9).

Zech 10:9 — “And I will sow [multiply] them among the people: and they shall remember Me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again [to their homeland].”

Zech. 10:10 — “I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them.”

The elect shall be gathered from everywhere, and shall spread as far as the land of Gilead and Lebanon. But even then, the place shall be too small for them.

Zech. 10:11, 12 — “And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in His name, saith the Lord.”

That is to say, the gathering of the people is to be unobstructed. Every hindrance is to be removed. The reign of sin is to be brought to an end. The nations who have enslaved God’s people are to be humbled, and their scepters (thrones) are to be no more.

Be strong in the Lord, walk up and down happy and without fear, saith the Lord.

The work that God has begun in the human heart by Divine light and knowledge, must continually go forward. “…Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement, and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain.

“Only those who are living up to the light they have, will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. — “Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 507.

Since this Truth is so vitally important do not let any enemy against revealed Truth confuse you. If he tries to convince you against this Truth, you take him to task — make him give a more Biblical interpretation of these scriptures. If he cannot give you something better or as good, then tell him to mind his own business and you will mind yours.

(Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 17, page 2-11)

Final Events Bible Timeline

October 3, 2020



Recently we have been a part of several studies with fellow brethren wanting to know the events coming. So with prayer, we started a new YouTube series showing the timeline of the events and what to expect.Be Blessed.

Part 1–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrzmwVtl_hs

Part 2 —

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjDTlQOJyyE

Establishing a Firm Foundation for the Elijah Prophet

September 26, 2020

A firm foundation… – First Pres Joliet

Ok so you have accepted the final message of Elijah from the Lord. You want to share it with other fellow SDA, how do you establish the fact that a real live male prophet came to our church and fulfilled this extremely important prophetic role? Follow with us as we build a good strong foundation to establish this Word of the Lord.

Let’s face it, we as Adventists are already at a BIG disadvantage because Satan has, for the most part, made the Lord’s Rod message a mess! Our SDA leaders have slandered and tore asunder His message. But can we expect anything else? Let us read —

“I would remind you, Brethren, that no prophet of God has ever been welcomed by the church. On the contrary, each in his time was rejected, abused, and most of them were martyred by the ones to whom they were sent — the very ones who were supposed to be serving God! Indeed, the Lord Himself paid the same price. For this very reason we must remember that when the last prophet comes he will have the greatest opposition to meet, for Satan well knows that if he loses now, he loses forever.

What makes Elijah’s work especially hard is that Christendom has long been drilled in the idea that no prophet is to come, that there is no necessity for one, that it has enough revealed Truth to carry it inside the Pearly Gates. It is therefore only to be expected that the predicted Elijah will be denounced as a false prophet, perhaps even as the anti-Christ, offshoot, or what not.

Moreover, the old Devil has already put all his forces to work, piping pleasing tunes to lure Truth seekers to climb aboard his golden bandwagon. Its glittering tinsel of truth is already beguiling many with his wares while his captains and generals are to the top of their voices shouting their “Hallelujahs,” “Holy Ghost,” “gift of healing,” “gift of tongues,” “gift of miracles,” and all the rest, although the entire fanfare is devoid even of a spark of life.

Every wind of doctrine will be blowing, false revivals and reformations will be at their peak. Everything that can be done will be done to distort the Truth and thus distract and dishearten believers and draw their attention to something other than the message of Elijah.” (General Conference Special, page 6-7)

Wow! This is exactly what has, for the most part, taken place! Doubt, unbelief, slander, false revivals, and a whole myriad of false accusations again the Truth!

But God still has His hands out ready to welcome! Ok so let go through some steps we can follow to maybe make our fellow brethren “see the light”.

1 —  Show them the Lord’s promise of a prophet to come.

“Behold  I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Mal. 4:5)

Then point them to what the Lord promises —

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”(Isa. 55:11)

Show them what SOP says —

The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared: “Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.” Mark 12:24.

The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed. Christ has given the promise: “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.” John 7:17. If men would but take the Bible as it reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error. (GC, p.598-599)

The Lord has said from His Word–a male prophet “Elijah” will be sent by Him in the last days.

2 — Show them that SOP has given us several clues to identify this prophet.

“Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah,and when he appears, men may say: “You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message.” (TM. p.475) (Note: This is the original reference (1890) and not the added to version by the SDA leaders many years ago.)

A. Somebody is to come after EGW.
B. The message will be rejected for the most part
C. The Elijah prophet will be known as an interpretive prophet 
D. The false teachers shall discount his message as error and try to substitute their false message

Establish that EGW said a “he” would come, a male prophet as Elijah. Further, the Lord has never called a male prophet by a female name and view versa.

Show them that this message is prophesied to be rejected for the most part —

“There is to be in the churches a wonderful manifestation of the power of God, but it will not move upon those who have not humbled themselves before the Lord, and opened the door of the heart by confession and repentance. In the manifestation of that power which lightens the earth with the glory of God, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears, and they will brace themselves to resist it.

Because the Lord does not work according to their ideas and expectations, they will oppose the work. “Why,” they say, “should not we know the Spirit of God, when we have been in the work so many years?”—Because they did not respond to the warnings, the entreaties of the messages of God, but persistently said, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”(Review and Herald, Dec. 23, 1890)

We see that the angel’s message that is to lighten the earth will first be rejected as “dangerous” by our people. Exactly what has happened with the Lord’s Rod message! The Shepherd’s Rod has indeed been proclaimed –dangerous. Satan would have it no other way right. Just like he did with the movement called “the way” with Christ’s original followers. “Kick em out a bunch of heretics!” the Jewish leaders proclaimed. Nothing new under the sun as Solomon said.

Next point out that there has been only one man throughout our church history that has gained great  notoriety for his interpretations–Victor T. Houteff. The Tracts, the Symbolic newsletters, the Charts, the books (volumes) were filled with end time prophetic interpretations! No other has done this in our church to this worldwide degree.

3 – Open up to them the end time prophecies beginning with the church purification. SOP has a tremendous amount to say about that and you can copy this report or share the link —

https://godsloveandlaw.com/2015/01/31/qualifying-for-the-loud-cry-part-1-of-2/

Then explain why the necessity for the Elijah message to come to the church. The Loud Cry must be proclaimed by a pure church. That the seal in our foreheads MUST be seen by the angels of God as they go through our church. The following post is helpful.

https://godsloveandlaw.com/2014/12/27/a-requirement-for-entrance-to-the-upcoming-kingdom/

The above are good solid steps to take in showing the reason the Lord has an Elijah message to our church. Let us not be shy or negligent and proclaim this message before it’s too late! In closing our Lord spoke through His Elijah  and gave this solemn and helpful council —

“The Responsibility of Those Who Bear the Message.

Since Ezekiel represents those whose hearts the message has reached, then to them the Lord is speaking when He says: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

“Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.” Ezek. 3 :17-21.

Because of the unfaithfulness of the former watchmen, the Lord makes the antitypical Ezekiel — he and she who “sigh and cry for the abominations that be done in the midst thereof” (the church) — a “watchman” (Ezek. 3:17) in their stead. Be careful, therefore, Brother, Sister, lest you also betray your trust and find yourself thrust out. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor. 10:12. Only those who thus humble themselves now, will the Lord exalt in due time to be

His Faithful Watchmen to Stand Before the Unfaithful.” (Tract 1, p.41-42)

The Horror of False Prophecy is Coming

September 19, 2020

It's Time Radio Program - Bible Teaching Program with Mike Kestler

His name is Mike Kestler. He is the owner of a large “Christian” broadcasting network called “CSN” (Christian Satellite Network). They have a nationwide large network of radio stations devoted exclusively to Christian content — sermons, reports, live talk shows, etc.

Over the years I have occasionally listened in, to keep abreast of our Sunday keeping friends and their ideas. But this man stands out as a “false prophesier” extraordinaire. 

The Lord’s word predicts that such as these will call themselves “farmers” when the time comes when all those who have been snagged by their false prophesying come back to them and demand they pay for deceiving them. Let us read —

“And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord; and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am a farmer, for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.” (Zech. 13:3-5)

I remember a few years ago, I was not happy with Mike and his trying to destroy the Lord’s Sabbath. So I decided to call into his live week day Bible discussion show. After presenting my case from Scripture, I remember he went into a semi rage, blasting the thought of keeping the Sabbath instead of the “Lord’s day” –Sunday. Let us not be fooled the Sunday Pastors know all about the Sabbath in Scripture but CHOOSE to ignore God’s law. Afterall, according to them God brought His Son to the earth and He then left all His Commandments, except one, to be obeyed. What folly!

But since the light of the Lord’s Elijah message has come since then, ofcourse I don’t waste time with these people. But we would like to go into the soon to come events that will shock the world and bring the above word of God into fulfillment. 

First, we should understand that men like Kestler are vastly prevelent in the Sunday keeping Christian world. Their ideas are quite varied, even among themsleves as to end time prophetic events.

But one thing is almost universal among them in a certain event, and that is the following.

“The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the LORD.” (Jer. 30:3)

Here they use the Lord’s words to connect this prophetic prediction to the Jews gathering back as a nation in 1948. It is well known as fulfillment of Bible prophesy according to the Sunday keeping Christians.

And as such, they develop their ideas further along these lines. For instance, because God has called His people back (unbelieving Jews in 1948 and those there now), according to them, propechies also connected are as follows.

“On that day the LORD will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the LORD who goes before them!” (Zech. 12:8)

Thus, they say that the unbelieving Jews there today in the Holy Land will be protected no matter what, even the unbelievers and deniers of the King –have His portection!

The premise is that the Lord will magically transform the unbelieving Jews, whether they want Christ or not. Unbelieveable! The Lord FORCES his will upon them. In other words a sort of “holy spell” is put upon them!

Now let us read the truth of the His Word  —

“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” (Matt. 21:42-44)

The Lord was speaking to the Jewish leaders, the unbelieving Jews who did not think for a moment that Christ was indeed the King, the Son of God. So now, we are  to think the Lord decides to welcome them and do a 180 degree turnaround on His word? God forbid! He KNOWS what He says and His Word does not change —

“My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.” (Psalms 89:34)

So what has the Sunday keeping leaders , with Kestler one of the leaders at the helm, feed the flock? That the Bible has predicted that the current nation of Israel was divinely put in place in 1948 and that God will soon destroy all that come against it.

But as the world events start to take shape and be fulfilled, not according to their ideas what will they do? For instance once the following happens —

“Gather together, gather yourselves together, you shameful nation, before the decree takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, before the LORD’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you. Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zeph 2:1-3)

“For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.”(Zech. 14:2-4)

The land of Israel shall soon experience the Lord’s wrath. The imposters have gathered together there and the Lord mocks them “Come on, do it” He says! Then the great world war shall take place over Israel. This is the true prophectic events to happen.

The false prophets shall have their mouths wide open in amazement! What? The land of Israel smashed and destroyed to a large degree? Huh? It is at this point, right after such events that we know that the world, led primarily by the now confused Sunday Christian establishment, that a serious calling together shall begin, the focus on religion will be vast and wide. The great Sunday law is formulated and soon put into place to make the world seem at peace during such confusion.

So instead of the Lord gathering the unbelieving Jews back to His land, Satan’s main men– the King of the North, right now the Great Britain globalists led by the Rothschilds, have done the dastardly deed. Since the Balfour declaration of 1917,  Satan’s main hatchet men have worked to perverse the Lord’s word and timing. Pre-emptively  bringing non believing  people to the land ahead of the real prophetic gathering (144,000).

And after the great middle east war and as if right on cue the Satanic plan of the 666 man/nation and the false prophet will appear to answer all the confusion with lying wonders and false teachings anew. But the Lord’s final “battle-ax”, His great army, will appear as well, the prophesied 144,000!

Being our great Prophesier, the Lord through His final prophet, the Elijah, gave us a most beautiful Chart to know the timeline of final events –

For an enlargement of this Chart, click here —
https://davidiantoday.org/en/document/chart/show/close-of-probation

In speaking of the upcoming mercy upon His long lost people we read —

“Hearing Christ’s teachings, then rejecting them and crucifying Him, the Jewish nation brought upon their heads the doom which God pronounced upon them when through His prophet he declared: “Ye are not My people, and I will not be your God,” though at the same time, in His great mercy, He let the promise be written: “In the place where it was said unto them [ancient Israel], Ye are not My people, there it shall be said unto them [ancient Israel], Ye are the sons of the living God.” (See Romans 9:24-26).

So, happily, the same people, Israel and Judah, who were set aside and scattered, will “in that day” (our time) be reaccepted and “gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land.” Hos. 1:11. (Tract 12, p.8-9)

In closing, Mike Kestler and his band of renown false propheisers, including Jonathan Kahn, Hal Lindsay, Rick Warren, Charles Stanley and many others, shall indeed have their mouths wide open in bewilderment at the coming events. Then later as the 7 last plagues begin to appear, all those who have been snagged by them,   shall turn upon them in utter desperate hopelessness for having been deceived!

“The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”(Rev. 17:16)

Let us beware brethren the coming events will require our deep devotion to God’s TRUE Word as brought by His TRUE prophets, not the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20)

THE END OF YOUR LONG AND TRYING JOURNEY

September 5, 2020

TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, APRIL 19, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
WACO, TEXAS

Our subject for this afternoon is found in the fifty-first chapter of Isaiah, beginning with the first verse.

“Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you….” Isa. 51:1, 2.

In this chapter God is speaking to the descendants of Abraham, to a generation that is following after righteousness. We now need to find in the stream of time the exact generation which Inspiration here addresses.

Is it the people of Moses’ time? of Isaiah’s time? of the Apostles’ time? of our time? or of some other time? If the chapter is addressed to us, then our need of studying it, and our interest in it, will be infinitely greater than it would be otherwise. The information we are seeking is found in verse seventeen–

“Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of His fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.” Isa. 51:17.

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This verse reveals that God is speaking to a people who have gone through all the trials — hardships, captivity and persecution allotted them to go through for their sin and disobedience — they have drunk of the dregs of the cup of trembling and even wrung them out. At long last there are no more dregs left in the cup. This, of course, could not be said to the people in Moses’ time, nor in Isaiah’s time, nor even in the Apostles’ time.

It could not be said to any people at any time but to those who have come to the time of their liberation from want, fear, and insecurity which they have created through their sin and rebellion. Their Divine calling to awake, however, reveals that though the time of deliverance has come, yet they are in deep spiritual sleep — ignorant of these good tidings.

“Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of His people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of My fury; thou shalt no more drink it again.” Isa. 51:22.

God, you see, positively addresses a people who have already taken all the punishment they are to take, and at long last He is pleading their cause. This cannot be said at any time to any people heretofore. How do we know that the time is here and that the Lord is now speaking to us? We know it from the fact that these long concealed prophecies on the subject are now for the first time unfolded and brought to attention. We are now ready to study the chapter verse by verse.

Isa. 51:1, 2 — “Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him

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alone, and blessed him, and increased him.”

God advises His people of today to hearken unto Him. They are those who are endeavoring to obtain righteousness, those who are seeking the Lord, and who are anxious to have a revival and reformation among them. They are now urged to look to the rock whence they are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence they are digged.

We are not to conclude that the Jews are the only descendants of Abraham. Those who are fortunate enough to have this revelation brought to them, are the people. There is no other safe conclusion if God causes the prophecies to be written, sealed, and then unsealed at His will and at the time appointed. The Jews, therefore, are not the only descendants of Abraham.

To find who these seekers of righteousness really are, there are several genealogical facts to consider:

(1) Only the citizens of the kingdom of Judah (the two-tribe kingdom, Judah and Benjamin) received the title Jews.

(2) Those of the ten-tribe kingdom (the kingdom of Israel) were scattered among the nations, and there they completely lost their identity.

(3) The Christian church herself is an upshoot of the Jewish church and nation — the Apostles and her followers, up to about 35 A.D. were all Jews. Then it was that again a multitude of Jews lost their identity by calling themselves “Christians.” Comparatively speaking, only a few Jews, from the Kingdom of Judah, have preserved their national title, Jews.

The descendants of the early Christian Jews and the descendants of the ten tribes, down the stream of time must have increased to a great innumerable multitude, for Abraham’s seed was to be as the sand

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of the sea for multitude. It is, therefore, obvious that the few identified Jews of today are not the only descendants of Abraham’s, but that many of the Gentiles must be of Abraham. Since this mixed up situation exists, hardly any one can really say for sure that he is not one of Abraham’s children. Perhaps many of the nations whom the world calls Gentiles are the children of Abraham. We do not know for sure who is who.

God, however, has kept a perfect genealogical record, for He says: “I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know Me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the Highest Himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.” Psa. 87:4-6.

Furthermore, though one be of Gentile blood, if he truly accepts Christ he by his spiritual birth becomes of the seed of Abraham for says Inspiration, “If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Gal. 3:29. The children of Abraham here addressed, therefore, are not to be sought among the identified unbelieving Jews, but among the Christians.

They are admonished to look to Abraham and Sarah, and to consider that when God called Abraham, though he was alone, he nevertheless obeyed and God blessed him; that in spite of all the apparent impossibilities with both him and Sarah, He increased him. What if you personally and alone were called by His word, as was Abraham, to stand alone for Truth and righteousness, would you be a hero for God as was Abraham, or would you do as did backsliding Judas Iscariot?

If we were not privileged to choose as was Abraham,

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God would not have reminded us of Abraham’s experience. We are plainly told not to lose courage, but to have faith in God, for He intends to bless and increase us, as He blessed and increased our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah. The reason He gives for blessing us as He blessed them, is this:

Isa. 51:3 — “For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”

The focal point of the Scriptures is the rebuilding of Zion, and that is our charge.

Isa. 51:4, 5 — “Hearken unto Me, My people; and give ear unto Me, O My nation: for a law shall proceed from Me, and I will make My judgment to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness is near; My salvation is gone forth, and Mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon Me, and on Mine arm shall they trust.”

We are asked to hearken to the Lord because a law and a judgment are to proceed from Him. These are to be “a light to the people.” Again, says the Lord: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and 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. And He shall judge among the nations,

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and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isa. 2:2-4.

The law is to go forth when the mountain (Kingdom) of the Lord’s house is established on the top of the mountains (kingdoms), and when It is exalted above the hills. Then the “light” shall cause the rebuked nations to flow to the mountain of the Lord. And, too, instead of beating their plowshares into swords, and their pruninghooks into spears (Joel 3:10), they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isa. 2:4.

To say, “My righteousness is near,” and “My salvation is gone forth,” is to say that salvation has been here, but righteousness is about to come. And how true!

What is the Lord’s “arm” that judges the people? This we shall see as we read–

Isa. 51:9-10 — “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?”

How illogical it would be for God to be trying to awake Himself, as though He, or His own arm, is asleep! This verse shows that He calls the Exodus

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Movement His arm. Rightly so, because God does His work with His servants. His servants, therefore, are His arm, and they shall judge (rule) the people, and the people shall trust on them.

Isa. 51:6 — “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but My salvation shall be for ever, and My righteousness shall not be abolished.”

We are necessarily reminded that all else shall perish, but those who obtain God’s salvation and His righteousness shall stand forever.

Isa. 51:7 — “Hearken unto Me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”

Those who know His righteousness, the people to whom this Truth is revealed, and who have His law in their heart, obviously will suffer from reproach and revilings of men, but they are admonished not to fear. And what shall be the end of their adversaries? — Here is the answer:

Isa. 51:8 — “For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but My righteousness shall be for ever, and My salvation from generation to generation.”

Painfully we pity our Laodicean brethren who are so angrily, but blindly, against us.

Isa. 51:9, 10 — “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm

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of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?”

If His people were not asleep, then what need would there be for calling them to awaken? We are glad that God Himself is arousing us and plainly telling us that as our forefathers did great things, we, too, as the Lord’s “arm,” can and shall do even greater things than they.

Isa. 51:11 — “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

Thanks be to God that He is not only to awaken His people and to cause them to sing while marching into Zion, but is also able to remove their sorrows and their mourning forever. He is well able to put everlasting joy upon their heads.

Isa. 51:12 — “I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass.”

In an endeavor to show us how absurd it is to fear men that shall die as does grass under foot, Inspiration in this verse emphasizes the promised comforts of Isa. 51:11. It must be that with some the fear of men is great. Now that we have God’s Word and comfort let us fear Him Who only is to be feared.

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Isa. 51:13 — “And forgettest the Lord thy Maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?”

When we begin to fear man, just that moment we forget God. The question, “Where is the fury of the oppressor?” implies that in reality there is not any, that it is only a bluff.

Isa. 51:14, 15 — “The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is His name.”

Yes, the captives hope for their release, but God does not hope for the sea itself to divide, He divides it at will and causes His people to go through on dry ground.

Isa. 51:16 — “And I have put My words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of Mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art My people.”

Here we have God’s own statement that the words we speak are the words of Truth direct from Him. Moreover, He assures us that His hand, His care and keeping, are around us; that by this means He may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, “Thou art My people.”

Isa. 51:17 — “Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of His fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of

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trembling, and wrung them out.”

Awake, awake, my friend to the fact that our captivity, our sorrow and our mourning are about over; we are never again to go through them. He Who divides the sea can indeed make us free.

Isa. 51:18 — “There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.”

Zion’s past and even present condition is now brought to view for our consideration. What a desolation! What a terrible state for a church to be in after having brought forth many converts! There is not a one to give her a helping hand!

Here we are told that the laity in Laodicea are not of any spiritual help to the mother (the ministry) — no, not even one endeavors to lift his hand to help the ministering brethren, — they are all more or less in agreement to stay “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:17.

Isa. 51:19 — “These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?”

David of old was given to choose one of three things: “…So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land?…” 2 Sam. 24:10-13. Now, in like manner God’s people are asked

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to choose either desolation and destruction, or famine and the sword. Then unlike in David’s day, He Himself solves our problem if we let Him.

These are some of the things which God’s people have gone through, even how some of these things still surround them. Our hope, nevertheless, is in God’s deliverance.

Isa. 51:20-22 — “Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of His people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of My fury; thou shalt no more drink it again.”

Shall we not be thankful to know that everyone whose name is found in the book shall be delivered even from the time of trouble into which we are soon to enter? — Michael shall stand up for His people (Dan. 12:1)? Once He gathers us, he shall never again scatter us.

Isa. 51:23 — “But I will put it [the cup of His fury] into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.”

The tables are turned: What God’s people once had to take from their enemies, their enemies must soon take from them. Let us therefore not neglect to take advantage of God’s plea of deliverance.

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Yes, my friends, since our long and trying journey is at an end let us as God’s “arm” give earnest heed to His awakening call. Now at the end of our long and trying journey, let us allow nothing to hold us back from obtaining the two things that are to make us stand forever — God’s salvation and His righteousness.

We are now asked to choose either to stand on God’s side or on the side of His adversaries (those whom we fear); those who are doing everything to close our eyes to God’s Truth for this time — either to choose God, His Spirit and His revealed Truth, or to choose men, desolation and destruction, the famine and the sword.

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