The Importance of God’s Symbols

 

The Word of God is replete with many symbolic pictures through out its sacred pages. The fascination of the deep and heart-moving displays and pictures really should move any and all sincere lover of the Holy Writ.

The usage of these symbols was extensively shown by His last prophet sent to our SDA church– Victor T. Houteff. This week’s post we’d like to show some of the most deep and awe-inspiring charts that the Lord inspired for us as present truth believers.

The Spirit of Prophecy spoke enlightening words concerning these symbols.

“God Himself employed pictures and symbols to represent to His prophets lessons which He would have them give to the people, and which could thus be better understood than if given in any other way.”(Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, 211, 212.)

“The Old Testament is the gospel in figures and symbols.” (2 Selected Messages, p.104)

“A correct interpretation of the symbols employed is necessary to an understanding of the message.” (G.C. p.439)

“Impressive symbols were employed to unfold the plan of God.” (Youth Instructor, Dec. 13, 1900)

Let us now review some of the precious charts and a brief description of their import.

Our first chart is the one shown above. It is the Daniel 2 vision. This lesson concerns the last proclamation of the gospel. The stone is symbolic of the 144,000 elect of God “cut out” of the mountain (God’s people/church) and symbolically destroying the worldly kingdoms (feet of the great image) in the end time. The lesson shows that soon the Lord must “take the reins into His own hands.”(Testimonies to Ministers, p.300)

For the study outline see this link –http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/outlines/dan_2.pdf

Our second chart is concerning Zechariah 6:1-8, the lesson of different Christian Church movements from the days of the Apostles. This prophecy succinctly describes the four main church movements since Christ. The main lesson concerns the last of the  movements–our SDA church. From the picture you can see the unique chariot that has two sets of horses, unlike the other chariots.

The meaning shows that the horses being symbolic of the leaders, has two different type of leaders (grisled and bay horses), both endeavoring to steer the chariot (laity) in two different directions yet they cannot go in the proper direction because they are hitched. Then in verse 7 the Word says —

“And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.”

The horses are cut loose (church judgement/separation) and the bay horses are free to go to the “north country” in God’s direction. The Bay horses obey God by going out to proclaim the final Gospel proclamation in truth and righteousness.  The grisled are left behind because they wanted to go to the “south country”,  no more to direct the church.

In describing this paradox of two different sets of horses attempting to lead the chariot in two different directions the message says–

“The dissimilar teams hitched to the fourth chariot, each pulling in a different direction from
the other, show not only that there is a double leadership in the Laodicean church, but also
that the one is opposed to the other in character as well as in purpose.  This condition being a
strange one, the wise will well consider it.  Seeing that the Word of God has spoken it, and that
the symbolism perfectly describes the contest which, before their very eyes, is taking place,
they will tenaciously take hold of the truth.” (Tract 2, p. 37)

For the study link on this one , click here — http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/outlines/zech_6.pdf

Have you ever wanted to clear up the confusion of the final hours of our King’s life? There are so many ideas bandied about since the Gospels were written about just when did Jesus die and when did he arise?

Many false ideas are put forth but God in His infinite wisdom sent His restoring prophet to restore to us just what happened and when during those final days. The above chart shows the truth as to when things transpired in the last days of His life. How do we know it’s true? Because when you read the report and then look at the corresponding chart, you will see how it all completely makes sense and lines up clearly with Scripture.

The real key to this understanding as the prophet shows is that we must know the meaning of “the heart of the earth”. Many private interpreters have thought this means–buried in the earth. But we all know Jesus was not buried but rather placed in a tomb laying above ground.

For the report read this Tract– http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/tracts/tract_10.html

In Revelation 4 and 5 we read of the “Seven seals”. The chart portrays what the Scripture pictures as to the seals and their timeline history. No where in all the writings of any writer except from the restoring prophet will one find a most beautiful and clear description of what each of the seals mean. This study will truly bless you once you get into it–I assure you.

For the study of Rev. 4 and 5 see this Tract– http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/tracts/tract_15.html

You see brethren, these symbols are part of God’s plan to reach us today with His final message. Our Lord warns us, the SDA church that we are in need of more truth (Rev. 3:18). He sent us this more truth, and much of it consists of His symbols in order that we may truly grasp the important lessons we need.

The above symbolic studies are but a few of the bountiful supply of lessons He has given us through  the Elijah prophet. Once we endeavor to study these lessons, we draw closer to God because we see His beautiful plans and workings soon to come. Jump aboard while we still have opportunity!

 

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3 Responses to “The Importance of God’s Symbols”

  1. heraldingking Says:

    Sabbath Greetings Brother Rob:

    Thanks for your newly released post. As I was reading through I noticed an interesting concept I had never seen in all my years of teaching this subject, and it concerns the phrase “*quieted *my spirit,” with emphasis on the word “quiet.”

    In today’s release you stated: “The horse are cut loose (church judgement/separation) and the bay horses are free to go to the “north country” in God’s direction and they “*quiet*” God’s Spirit–*they please God* by going out to proclaim the final Gospel proclamation.”

    Here is what I’ve found in the Rod: “The concluding revelation is: “Behold, these that go toward the *north country* have *quieted My Spirit in the north country*.” Zech. 6:8. After the warning message by the Millerite movement had been rejected by the churches, in fulfillment of the words, “*have quieted My Spirit in the **north country*,” God *withdrew *His Spirit from them. In evidence of this, “the Second Angel” announced: “Babylon is *fallen*.” Rev. 14:8.” 2Tr – pages 29-30

    In the spirit of striving to see “eye to eye,” I do not see how you have concluded that the word “quiet” means “to please God.” Can you please explain this new concept?

    As I looked around in various translations of the Bible, I note that this concept is developed in the churches of Babylon. Take for example this commentary–Gills:

    “Behold, these that go toward the north country; meaning the Medes and Persians, which went towards Babylon: have quieted my spirit in the north country; by executing the judgments of God upon the Chaldeans, and by helping, favouring, and delivering the people of the Jews; which were very agreeable to the will of God, and well pleasing in his sight, signified by the quieting or refreshing his Spirit.”

    Here also is the New English Translation (NET Bible ) of the Bible on this passage: “Then he cried out to me, “Look! The ones going to the northland have brought me peace about the northland.”

    This view, you will note, is diametrically opposite to what God has inspired his Last Prophet to the SDA church to teach, so I am wondering if you were intent on making this remark, or if it is a typographical error, or a new revelation.

    I did a quick check with the source you provided for the detailed study, and I found this on their site, which I would call, until corrected by you, the correct view:

    “11. What is the meaning of the phrase “*quieted *my Spirit in the North Country”? a. Since the churches of Miller’s day (Babylon) rejected the first angels message, then Babylon fell and *the Holy Spirit was withdrawn*, thus the Holy Spirit was quieted. (See EW 240)”–Outline #2, p. 3.

    I appreciate your ministry and am praying for its success in preparing a people for the Kingdom of our God, and have read with delight your timely posts, however, I must exercise caution when I see something as conflicting as the point raised in this one. As I said in my note to you last week, WordPress is great, because it allows us to make seamless corrections to our printed work.

    Shabbat shalom.

    In Christian love, and for proclaiming the Rod more fully, I remain your brother and friend,

    Garrick Augustus 770-722-7969

    PS: All doctrinal correspondences are shared with key students/teachers and sympathizers with the Shepherd’s Rod message.

    On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 11:03 PM, Godsloveandlaws Blog wrote:

    > godsloveandlaw posted: ” The Word of God is replete with many symbolic > pictures through out its sacred pages. The fascination of the deep and > heart-moving displays and pictures really should move any and all sincere > lover of the Holy Writ. The usage of these symb” >

  2. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Good morning brother Garrick.

    Those are some good and fair points and questions. To begin with we can look at the Hebrew word for “quieted.” That word is “nuach” pronounced — noo-akh.(H5117)(H853)

    The translation and use of this word is — to rest , settle down or give comfort.

    You are absolutely correct in bringing the Rod references up as we should never proclaim an idea or interpretation without first reviewing the “restoring” prophet’s words concerning it.

    I must get ready for Sabbath services but will delve into that Rod reference and get back with you, in Christ, bro. Rob

    I am back and have time to address this issue. After review I can see that the Rod has indeed interpreted the “quieted My Spirit” words as described in Tract 2 , p.29-30. So I stand corrected brother and will correct this comment. Thanks for this clarification.

  3. rene Says:

    amen.

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