Jacob’s Time of Trouble (Part 2 of 3)

Jacob's time of trouble

This week we’ll look at references from our last prophet, the Elijah to come of Mal. 4:5, Victor T. Houteff. As we look at more references,  more light comes upon this subject. We’ll get a more solid and broader view of this trouble. Hopefully, we can piece it all together for a plausible end-time scenario.

(As always we’ll show Scripture and SOP in blue, and brother Houteff in brown)

We first begin with the following quote–

Isa. 66:5, 6 — “Hear the Word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His Word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to His enemies.”

  “Some have already had the experience of being carried bodily out of the churches for no other reason than for having read “The Shepherd’s Rod,” and for having said, “I believe what It says.”  Of course, it is incredible that men should act like demons.  It is nevertheless so, and God Himself testifies against their demon practice. 

We do not pity ourselves, and are not at all angry at our adversaries, but we are sorry about their spiritual blindness, misery, poverty, and nakedness, for we know that the coming joy is to be ours, and the sorrow and shame and gnashing of teeth, theirs.  This we know as verily as Jacob knew that God was with him in his flight from the face of Esau.

The Esaus of today, though, do not know this.  No, they do not know it any more than Esau of old knew of Jacob’s night vision of the ladder that extended from heaven to Jacob’s dew-soaked bed.” (Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 45 , p.14-15)

This one is VERY revealing! It tells us that Jacob’s time of trouble is happening now. In other word’s, the SDA church is composed of Jacob’s and Esau’s. We see that trouble had come in brother Houteff’s day, and even is now coming from our “Esau”, the unconverted worldly types in the church (especially the leaders).

Recently we showed a YouTube Video where a sister and her children were escorted out of church by police for merely trying to discuss how serious the abortion issue is in our church  hospitals.

Brothers and sisters across the nation and in the world, in our church, are suffering trouble just for standing up for the Elijah message. The leaders are restricting them and in some cases physically abusing them. Conference leaders in some states send out “warning letters” to local churches against those who profess belief in the Shepherd’s Rod. All this is indeed trouble to the anti-typical Jacobs from the anti-typical Esaus.

6.   That the angels’ letting loose the four winds to blow over the four corners of the earth (Rev. 7:1), does not anticipate a world war but rather a world-wide decree enforced throughout Babylon by the image-beast, and that then no one may buy or sell save he who worships “the image.” Rev. 13:15-17.

7.   That subsequently, the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7) for the 144,000, the sons of Jacob, logically develops on their way home (Gen. 32:1, 24) to the land of their fathers (Ezek. 36:28; 37:21, 25).(Timely Greetings, Vol.2, No.10, p.29)

In the Davidian statement of beliefs, they have 15 that are in addition to the SDA fundamental beliefs, which are all believed by the DSDA as well. The above quote is point 6 and 7. We see that the Rod shows that “subsequently” the time of Jacob’s trouble “develops” on their way home. At first glance, we can become confused because we read in the first reference(TG, vol.1 no.45, p.14-15) that this trouble comes now before the time of the world-wide decree (Sunday Law).

But do you notice that brother Houteff says the important word “develops”? That means that even though the time of trouble has it’s start in Bro. Houteff’s day, and we experience it today, it continues until it develops into the clear unmistakable Jacob’s time of trouble. This is the only way we can harmonize those two references.

We see that this time comes AFTER the church judgment of Ezek.9. We know this because the winds aren’t let loose until after the sealing of the 144,000 takes place. And this sealing concludes at the same time as Ezekiel 9 occurs (See Testimonies to Ministers, p.445).

So once the 144,000 are relieved of the tares, how can it be that the “dead” Esaus can cause trouble, since they are gone in the church judgment? Brother Houteff gives us a possible clue with the following reference.

Dan. 12:2 — “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

   “Here we are told that in the time of trouble these arise, some to live forever and some to die again.

   Do you now realize that not only the time of trouble is at the door, but even this special resurrection?  Do you actually see that in the time of trouble, while the living saints are being delivered these dead who rise “to everlasting life,” are also delivered from their graves?  Do you realize that this time of trouble is in “the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” the day which the promised prophet Elijah announces?” (Timely Greetings, Vol.2, No.7, p.11)

Ah, we see that as this trouble appears, some will arise from the dead, the good (raised for everlasting life) and the bad (those who have shame and ever lasting contempt). We know that both Ellen White and Victor Houteff are, by God’s grace, included among the good. But who can be among the bad? Could it be those who fought the Rod in brother Houteff’s day? It sure could be. And could they not be brought up to continue their fight against the Jacob’s attempting to go home?

In VTH’s day there were many , many leaders that fought the message. And their rage against God’s Rod was quite severe. Brother Houteff and numerous believers were physically abused on church grounds. Could it be that with their knowledge brought back, they take up their evil work once more? But this time with the help of the law and even military? We know that Ellen White says that she and her own brethren are to take up the work once more upon resurrection. In other words , not only their life is brought back but their thoughts and beliefs as well.

“Your work, my work, will not cease with this life. For a little while we may rest in the grave, but, when the call comes, we shall, in the kingdom of God, take up our work once more.” (Testimonies, vol. 7, p.17)

By parity of reason the fighters of the message could very well take up their work once more as well. This then could constitute the “Esaus” who come against the Jacobs of the church. The heathen could not logically and anti-typically represent Esau, as they are not from the same anti-typical “mother”, the SDA church.

Some may ask–“How can this anti-type (raising a dead Esau) be the type of the Esau and Jacob experience? Esau did not die prior to his trouble with Jacob.” True, but we must remember that type and anti-type do not always happen exactly the same way, in all details. For example we read, ” “John’s work the type, ours the anti-type” (1 TG, no. 36, p.4).

In other words brother Houteff was the anti-type of John the Baptist and his work, yet he did not fulfill every detail of John’s work and life. John was killed for example (beheaded), brother Houteff died peacefully in his sleep. By the way the anti-type of Elijah is the 144,000 (SRod, vol. 1, p.46-47).

The Elijah message gives us a great clue as to when the trouble (post Ezekiel 9) begins-

“..while the powers of earth are engulfed in a gigantic war, the wicked in the church shall be cut off, no more to pass through her.(Tract 14, p.22)

This shows that during this last world war in Israel, while the nations “powers” of the world are engaged, the church purification occurs. After this short gigantic war, the land is cleared out. There will be, no doubt,  victorious armies assuming that the land is now theirs. At that time the Jacobs of the church, those who survive, will know that the Lord has  done His “strange work”. They will be as a homing pigeon heading for home (Israel).

“They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west.”(Hosea 11:10)

“For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.” (Isaiah 28:21)

At this point, although they are made confident of His power, and now know beyond doubt their mission, they could very well be somewhat fearful as to how they are to take back the land from the powerful armies there with their  modern lazer weapons and all. This could be the anti-type fear that Jacob had in returning home. Yet no matter, they will prevail , praise the Lord!

Next week we’ll finish with part three. We’ll make a final summary of the scenarios that seem plausible. With the final fourth Blood Moon occurring Sept. 28, 2015, this trouble may be closer than we think.


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