God’s everliving Hope

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Apostle Paul continued to write about the hope in our King —

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.” (1 Thes. 1:2-4)

Down through the ages, this has been our Christian belief –that hope is everliving and God delivers those who love Him.  Apostle Paul was certainly one of the most prominent of God’s servants who expressed this hope, in fact, the following Scriptures make it clear of his everliving hope.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thes, 4:16-17)

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. “ (1 Cor. 15:50-52)

Knowing these Scriptures from our view today we know that the Apostle was speaking more for a future time in the prophetic timeline. But as we read them it shows that the servant had hope that he would remain alive and be changed in a twinkling of an eye.

Yet the unfaithful and weak of faith, surely could have used those words as proof that he was a false prophet. They could spread word that his whole movement was false because Paul did indeed die. He lied in other words.

They failed to see that God did not remove His people’s hope. A similar example is a time when the Lord was about to descend to the Father. Let us read —

“Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:6-7)

The Apostles had the hope that they would see the long hoped for Kingdom prophesied in the Old Testament Scriptures. We notice the Lord did not say “No, I will not.” They were keenly aware of the pre-millennial kingdom, the one described throughout Scripture  In Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc. But their hope was to remain, not taken away.

Fast forward to the Lord’s last prophet predicted in Malachi 4:5-6. Did he also have this everliving hope? Let us see.

Recently we have had a very intense spiritual battle with the spirits of darkness. Not with Satan himself or his angels but rather through their human agents. These agents have been around for many years, doing much private interpretations and thereby doing private construction of God’s word. In other words, they teach strange fire doctrines. Let us tell of a specific issue.

They are known as “Wave Sheaf Ministry”. This label is most likely made because one of their primary teachings being that current present truth believers, aka. Davidian  Seventh-day Adventists, will be the “first of the first fruits” of the living and the first to survive what is known by them as the “day of reckoning”. The Lord, according to them, is to “suddenly come to His temple” and purify Davidian SDA.

And then after this DSDA judgment, the remaining servants go out and bring in the remained (balance of the 144,000) from the SDA church. Thus they are the final Loud Cry servants of Rev. 7:1-4, who bring in the Great Mulititude (Rev. 7:9).

In doing this teaching, in effect, they are taking the servants of God’s attention from our most important task–spreading the message of Elijah to the Seventh-day Adventist church! To us, it is surely  “strange fire doctrine”. Praise the Lord not many DSDA are snagged.

So let us break down this deception and provide clarity of the issue. 

In the Tract know as “The Levitcus of the DSDA” it reads —

“The name, Davidian, deriving from the name of the king of Ancient Israel, accrues to this Association by reason of its following aspects: First, it is dedicated to the work of announcing and bringing forth the restoration (as predicted in Hosea 1:11; 3:5) of David’s kingdom in antitype, upon the throne of which Christ, “the son of David,” is to sit.

Second, it purports itself to be the first of the first fruits of the living, the vanguard from among the present-day descendants of those Jews who composed the Early Christian Church. With the emergence of this vanguard and its army, the first fruits, from which are elected the 12,000 out of each of the twelve tribes of Jacob, “the 144,000″ (Rev. 14:1; 7:2-8) who stand on Mount Zion with the Lamb (Rev. 14:1; 7:2-8), the reign of antitypical David begins.” (page 3)

Three other references  —

“The Lord wants us to know that when He turns away our captivity He will also make us a name and a praise among all the people of the earth. This kingdom of Judah (the church purified and set apart), is therefore, not only pre-millennial, but also probationary. And how glad we ought to be for the privilege to be among the first of the first fruits.” (1 TG, no.23, p.9)

 

“…Everyone who is well informed in the message that Mt. Carmel is proclaiming, knows that Mt. Carmel is in no way endeavoring to take any institutions, but rather is endeavoring to bring about that reformatory movement long-foretold by Sister White in ‘Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 126. However, it is true that we expect ‘a 144,000’ members from the SDA denomination to join us, after which a GREAT MULTITUDE from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people is to swell our membership so greatly that ‘no man could number’ it.” ( 3 SC no. 11,  p.2)

When we see these words penned by brother Houteff, what do we see? We see his everliving hope. The prophet expressed hope that he, along with his group, would indeed be the first of the first fruits, the vanguard that will lead out the movement to the kingdom. God did not take that hope away just as He did not do with the Apostles. But just like with brother Paul, brother Victor spoke more for our time than  theirs.

Looking at these words we know, just as in Paul’s writings,  that they are to be applied today. We as present truth believers are indeed leading out, the vanguard as it were. Our movement is still known as Davidian Seventh-day Adventists.

Yet the great twister of the Word knows how to hook and snare, especially with those who have a desire to exalt themselves. Instead of following the Rod counsel in trying to understand the above references, the Wave Sheaf group puts a whole different view upon them.


“The most common cause of doctrinal confusion among Bible students lies in their so very frequently failing to view a subject in full perspective from the writer’s point of view, — a failing which results in their seeing it from some foreign standpoint so narrowing their view that instead of gaining the writer’s idea on the subject, they gain a false idea on it. And if the idea be to their liking, they magnify and zealously promote it as truth, whereas if it be not to their liking, they vigorously oppose it, and then lay it to the responsibility of the writer!” (Tract 3, p.91)

In the Lev. Tract quote they have made a whole doctrine of the subject “first of the first fruits”. They inject the meaning of that reference to mean that we as Davidians are to be the wave sheaf of the living! In other words upon the day of reckoning, the purification of Davidians, there will be a small number of servants that survive and are to be presented before the Father as the living wave sheaf of the living. The first of the first fruits of the Harvest for the living.

But if we are grounded upon the Rod(Micah 6:9) , the Lord’s final message of Elijah we cannot be snared. The Rod is too clear to misunderstand this subject —

 

“Just as Christ and those whom He raised and took with Him became the prototypical sheaf, betokening the ingathering of the first fruits (the 120) of those who are to be resurrected, so also when He entered upon His priestly ministration in the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, and presented Himself and His trophies before His Father, they became the antitypical sheaf, betokening the ingathering of the first fruits of those who are to be translated (the 144,000 living saints). In the light of this parallel, the spiritual condition of the 120 before the apostolic Pentecost is clearly seen to typify the spiritual condition of the 144,000 before the future Pentecost.” (Tract 3, p.85-86)

 

“Just as Christ arose on the very day the sheaf was to be offered, likewise the Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 disciples on the very day the wave-loaves were to be presented before the Lord. The apostolic Pentecost was accordingly the prototype of the ceremonial Pentecost (the day the wave-loaves were offered). And since the wave-sheaf was a figure of Christ and of those who arose with Him as the first of the first fruits of the dead, hence the wave-loaves were a figure on the 120 Spirit-filled disciples who were the full complement of first fruits of the dead, and who were gathered in after the resurrection.

From these facts it can more clearly be seen that those whom Christ took with Him were the living wave-sheaf and the only one that has been offered in the heavenly sanctuary; and that as ones raised from the dead, they are the first fruits of the dead, whereas as ones everliving before the Father, they are the living wave-sheaf of the first fruits of the living, the 144,000 servants of God, who sequentially precede The Second Fruits And The Feast Of Tabernacles.”(Tract 3, p.79-80)

Thus we see that there is no need to be confused. The message says Christ our King and those who arose with Him are the “living wave sheaf” of the 144,000.

The deceiver and his agents try hard, though, the deceive with cunningly devised fables. If we are not well-read and thorough students, we may be snared. So we MUST do as counseled–

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ( 2 Tim. 2:15)

When we step back and look at this issue we see that God’s everliving hope is alive and shown through His prophets. It is only Satan and his agents that mis-construe God’s Word. How thankful we should be that we are promised the “Spirit of Truth” and that He guides us into “all Truth” –Amen!

“However when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” (John 16:13)

Color Code — Orange — Our King speaking, Blue — Scripture/ Spirit of Prophecy, Brown –Victor Houteff (Rod message), Red— important highlights

One Response to “God’s everliving Hope”

  1. Rene Reyes Says:

    Amen..

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