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ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW WORLD IN THE SIGHT OF THE OLD

November 5, 2022

TEXT FOR PRAYER
The Truth Shall Make You Free
I shall read from “The Mount of Blessing,” page 186, paragraphs one and two.  These paragraphs, you will notice, are based on the scripture which says, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs.”

   M.B., pg. 186 — “Jesus here refers to a class who have no desire to escape from the slavery of sin.  By indulgence in the corrupt and vile, their natures have become so degraded that they cling to the evil, and will not be separated from it.  The servants of Christ should not allow themselves to be hindered by those who would make the gospel only a matter of contention and ridicule.

   “But the Saviour never passed by one soul, however sunken in sin, who was willing to receive the precious truths of heaven.  To publicans and harlots His words were the beginning of a new life…. Beneath an appearance of hatred and contempt, even beneath crime and degradation, may be hidden a soul that the grace of Christ will rescue, to shine as a jewel in the Redeemer’s crown.”

   Here we see that in His statement, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,” Christ instructs His followers to abstain from trying to poke down any Bible truth into those who have no desire to be freed from sin.  Regardless how far one may have fallen in sin, God will not overlook even one soul who is willing to be helped, and willing to accept and practice the Truth.  With this assurance, let us pray for an increased desire to escape from slavery of sin.  Indeed the important thing is not how good or how bad we are or have been, but how susceptible and submissive to present Truth we are now while It unfolds.  The real burden of our prayer, should be that we catch a vision of the Truth that makes free if accepted as the Scroll unrolls.

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ON THE THRESHOLD OF ANEW WORLD IN THE SIGHT OF THE OLDTEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTSSABBATH, FEBRUARY 15, 1947MT. CARMEL CHAPELWACO, TEXAS   This afternoon we are to study the seventh chapter of Micah. This chapter brings to our attention three divisions of time in which three different conditions obtain on the earth.  The first condition is recorded in the first four verses; the second in verses 5-14; and the third, in verse 15 down to the end of the chapter.

   Now let us begin our study with–

Micah 7:1 — “Woe is me!  for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.”

   Something is likened to a vintage after its fruit is gathered in.  What is it?  We will find the answer by reading–

Mic. 7:2-6 — “The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up. The best of them is as a

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brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.”

   The righteous having been taken out of the world and the wicked alone left in it, its condition is depicted by a vintage that has been robbed of its fruit and left in a state of loneliness and fear because of total wickedness.  This sifting takes place in the day God visits His watchmen; that is, in the Judgment day, the day He separates the “wheat” from the tares (Matt. 13:30), the good fish from the bad fish (Matt. 13:47, 48) the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-46).

Mic. 7:7-10 — “Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.  Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.  I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness.  Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God?  Mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.”

   These verses present God’s faithful people, the people to whom these prophecies have been unfolded as having an enemy that bears the feminine designation “she.”  This “she” questions and doubts God’s presence among His people, she mocks them for their faith.

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   Since these prophecies are now for the first time brought to light they constitute the message of the hour; and since upon us has been placed the burden of carrying the message to the church, and since she is our enemy as was the Jewish church to the Christian, Inspiration thus bears witness against her, and pronounces her doom.

   Then it shall come to pass that “the Gentiles shall see” the saints’ righteousness and all kings their glory and they as a people shall “be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.” Isa. 62:2.

Mic. 7:11, 12 — “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.  In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.”

   Since this decree is removed in the day the Kingdom (the church purified) is restored, in the day the saints are fortified, the decree has no effect on them.  In that day, declares Inspiration, there shall be a great gathering from Assyria and from the fortified cities, even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.  This message, therefore, is the one that precedes the harvest of the earth, the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the Judgment for the Living, the day in which all things are to be restored (Mark 9:12).

Mic. 7:13, 14 — “Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.  Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.”

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   Before these promises are fulfilled, though, Inspiration declared the land was to be desolate, the dispersion of the people would first take place.

   This Rod of God not only speaks, but It feeds, too.  And what can It be if not “meat in due season”?  if not the message of the hour?  The people, explains the scripture, are those who dwell solitarily in the woods, in the midst of Carmel.  Prophecy, for this day and hour recommends the message which the Rod contains, and which Carmel puts out, none other.

Mic. 7:15 — “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.”

   We are given the promise that the saints’ experience is to be similar to that of the Exodus movement; that is, just as they were led out of Egypt by the mighty hand of God, and were brought safely into the promised land, so shall it be now.

   “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.  And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isa. 11:11, 12.

Mic. 7:16-18 — “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

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   “They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of Thee.  Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?  He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.”

   “The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.  But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.  And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.” Isa. 11:13-15.

   As great as shall be the day of the Lord for the faithful, just that dreadful will it be for the unfaithful.

Mic. 7:19 — “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

   Our God is wonderful indeed! He retains not His anger.  He delights in mercy.  He remembers not the sins of the penitent, He casts them away where they cannot be found anymore.

Mic. 7:20 — “Thou wilt perform the Truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.”

   Inspiration reaffirms all God’s promises.  They

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never fail.  His prophecies are sure.  We are on the threshold of a new world in the sight of the old — soon there shall be sin no more.

   “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Rev. 7:15-17.

   Even now, says the Lord, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

   “The Lord hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:

   “But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of My holiness.  Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

   “Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.  And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou

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shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” Isa. 62:6-12.

   We are indeed at the threshold of this new world in sight of the old.  Let our works and faith now answer the Lord’s most astounding questions since the world began:

   “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

   “But who may abide the day of his coming?  and who shall stand when he appeareth?  for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ sope: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

   “Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.  And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the Lord of hosts.  For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Mal. 3:1-6.

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Thievery of God’s Tithes

October 22, 2022


God’s Word says —

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Yes indeed! He is active in so many ways. In fact the Word warns us of his desperation now.

“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Rev. 12:12)

         Thus, he shows his artful and even insidious work today, all to bring down souls to his pit. One of those deceptions is in the mishandling or even thievery of God’s money–His Tithes.

Many of you are aware that over the years we have tried to report on “advancing truth” better known as “present truth”. SOP tells how important this is.

“Satan is pressing in on every side, and unless we watch for him, and have our eyes open to his devices and snares, and have on the whole armor of God, the fiery darts of the wicked will hit us. There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is “present truth” that the flock needs now.” (EW, p.63)

With our armor “present truth”. we will be better prepared to withstand his attacks. But sadly, some present truth advocates have been caught in his snare. One of those is “brother E.”. This brother has had his own ministry for over a decade now, and has advocated the final message of Elijah (Mal. 4:5) aka present truth. His method of ministry is largely three websites and a couple YouTube channels.


However, somewhere along the line our adversary had watched him closely and sprang when it was time. Whispering into his ear, he has convinced this brother that the following is what present truth believers can do with their tithes.

1) Set up their own home storehouse complete with a system to print out literature of the present truth from your own printer. 

2) He advises and helps to set up this process

3) He pushes the idea that we are in the “scattering period” based on Zech. 13:7, and Testimonies 7, p.140.

4) He then declares that anyone who publishes the present truth from their own home can collect Tithes. They are “qualified” to do so by the Lord.

5) His whole ministry is largely based on this idea and he produces YouTube videos and Website reports advocating such a system.

There are SO MANY false beliefs and ideas here, we hardly know where to start! But let us show some of them

First, as a Elijah message messenger, we learn one of the beginning most basic tenets of our faith — the Lesson of Zech. 4. Here is a chart that the prophet drew based on that Scripture.

Zechariah 4 | Ceiling lights, Decor, Light

For those who aren’t up to speed on this prophecy, the basic lesson is that this design shows how God dispenses truth (His Word and Prophecy) down to the people. Take a look at the two golden pipes coming from the two olive trees.  The message declares the following about those pipes —

“Let all Present Truth believers carefully study the fourth chapter of Zechariah, and take particular notice of the method there illustrated, which God employs to reveal truth to His people. The diligent Bible student will there see that the candlestick represents the church membership (Rev. 1:20); that the tubes from the golden bowl (the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy) to the candlestick, represent the ministry (“Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 188); that the olive trees are symbolical of the Old and New Testament Scriptures (“The Great Controversy,” p. 267); and that the two golden pipes, which carry the golden oil from the trees to the bowl, are the only two mediums which God has employed since 1844 A.D. to interpret the Scriptures.” (5 SC, no. 1-5, p.3)

Thus we see that ONLY two mediums (two prophets) since 1844 have been authorized to “interpret the Scriptures”. So this lesson is basic to our faith. Yet strangely, brother E ignores or doesn’t care about this method.


How do we know this? We carefully review the Scriptural index to see what the prophet spoke about on Zech. 13:7. We find two references —

“The word “cometh” from Jude 14, with Jude 15, is applied to His second advent, the same as Zechariah 13:6. Verse (6) is applied to Christ’s second coming and verse (7) to His crucifixion.” (2 SRod, p.241)

Zech. 13:6, 7 — “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in Thine hands? Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends. Awake, O sword, against My shepherd, and against the man that is My fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn Mine hand upon the little ones.”

I have no special comments to make on verses 6 and 7, other than what is commonly understood among Christians. It is plain to see, though, that after the Lord’s shepherd is smitten, then it is that the Lord will separate His people.” (1  TG, no.18, p.17)

We see that inspiration declares that Zech. 13.7 applies to Christ’s death and subsequent scattering of His people. No other application is made. 


So where did brother E get this idea that he can now put Zech. 13:7 as a Scriptural basis to support that we are now in the “scattering period” since the death of Victor T. Houteff ( the 2nd and final pipe to our church) in 1955?  NOWHERE but from his own private theory for promotion of his home storehouse tithe collection doctrine. It fits nicely, so he thinks. But there IS one who is laughing all the way to his hell hole pit –Satan.

You see brethren our adversary does not care who he devours, present truth believers or Hitler! Makes no difference to him. 

Now, as to Testimonies, vol 7, p.140 , let us read —

“And in a large degree through our publishing houses is to be accomplished the work of that other angel who comes down from heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with his glory.”

We notice that the publishing of the message of Elijah, aka the fourth angel message, is integral and very important for us today. Yes, extremely important. However, notice the sophistry of the enemy! He whispers to brother E to connect the two! Tell them to publish the message and then take the tithes! They are qualified now. Danger and deception!


How do we know? Again we go back to the inspired prophets and what they say about “home storehouses”. Let us read —

CANNOT MY HOME BE HIS “STOREHOUSE”?

Question No. 97:

Is it Scriptural for one to retain and personally use his tithe and offerings in order to carry on the gospel work in his own community, according to his own plans?

Answer:

Nowhere in the Scriptures do we find permission to use the Lord’s money at our own discretion. The only justification for so doing would be sheer inability, for some reason to send it to the Lord’s “storehouse.” Should one voluntarily, though, engage in such a practice then he would set the wrong example before others. And if following in his lead, others assume the same right, their course must inevitably result in seriously handicapping the Lord’s work, bleeding and subverting His treasury, and thus disorganizing His work and reducing the church to a mere shell, while her members are hiring themselves as laborers in the Lord’s vineyard, helping themselves to the Lord’s money, and running without having been sent! What a Babylon that would be!

Though the Lord commands, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” (Mal. 3: 10), He does not say to bring all the offerings. Thus, He shows that if we would engage in some personal charity or missionary activity, we should sustain it from offerings, not from the tithe.

“Angels keep a faithful record of every man’s work, and as judgment passes upon the house of God, the sentence of each is recorded by his name, and the angel is commissioned to spare not the unfaithful servants, but to cut them down at the time of slaughter….And the crowns they might have worn, had they been faithful, are put upon the heads of those saved by the faithful servants….”Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 198.” (Answerer book, vol. 4, p.44-45)


Look carefully at the question asked of the prophet. Someone was wanting to know if they could use the tithes and offerings to do their own work in spreading the Gospel. The answer was a resounding –NO, as to tithes. However, the offerings could be used for such work. 


“The portion that God has reserved for Himself is not to be diverted to any other purpose than that which He has specified. Let none feel at liberty to retain the tithe to use according to their own judgment. They are not to use it for themselves in an emergency, nor to apply it as they see fit, even in what they may regard as the Lord’s work”(Testimonies, vol.9, p.247)


But brother E teaches, and this is clearly said in his ministry work, that anyone can collect tithes and is “qualified” if they produce and spread the message in purity (originally written by the prophet). 

So who do we believe the inspired prophet of God or a man “whose breath is in his nostrils”(Isa. 2:22)? Satan is hoping you and I get snared by this worker deception.

So let us not be “devoured” by that roaring Lion, stand upon what God’s prophets tell us and we shall avoid our enemy’s many pitfalls! DO NOT keep His tithes by justifying yourself through a very conniving and artful doctrine, rather return them to His storehouse and receive that beautiful promise of Malachi 3:10.

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
and try Me now in this,”Says the Lord of hosts,“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”


“SEVEN WOMEN TAKE HOLD OF ONE MAN”

October 4, 2022


TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, MARCH 1, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
WACO, TEXAS

OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT

I shall read two paragraphs from page 188 of “The Mount of Blessing.” The first paragraph elucidates on the statement, “Seek, and ye shall find,” the second on the words, “Knock, and it shall be opened unto thee.”

“‘Seek.’ Desire not merely His blessing, but Himself. ‘Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.’ Seek, and you shall find. God is seeking you, and the very desire you feel to come to Him, is but the drawing of His Spirit. Yield to that drawing. Christ is pleading the cause of the tempted, the erring, and the faithless. He is seeking to lift them into companionship with Himself. ‘If thou seek Him, He will be found of thee.’

“‘Knock.’ We come to God by special invitation, and He waits to welcome us to His audience-chamber. The first disciples who followed Jesus were not satisfied with a hurried conversation with Him by the way; they said, ‘Rabbi, where dwellest Thou?… They came and saw where He dwelt, and abode with Him that day.’ So we may be admitted into closest intimacy and communion with God. ‘He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’ Let those who desire the blessing of God, knock and wait at the door of mercy with firm assurance, saying, For Thou, O Lord, hast said, Every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Not only that we are invited to seek the Lord but we are assured that our seeking shall not be in vain. Our very desire to come to Him, is the prompting of His Spirit. To this drawing we must yield.

Let us now pray for unwavering faith in His promise that if we seek, we shall find: if we knock, it shall be opened to us

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“SEVEN WOMEN TAKE HOLD OF ONE MAN”

Today we are to continue our study of the book of Isaiah, beginning with the first verse of the fourth chapter.

Isa. 4:1 — “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by Thy name, to take away our reproach.”

The first thing we need to know is the time indicated by the term “in that day.” The antecedent of the words “that day” is found in verses 13 and 14 of the preceding chapters of which the fourth chapter is a continuation. These verses point out that “that day” is the Judgment day, the day in which the sanctuary (the church) is cleansed — the harvest day. So, pointing to the day in which we are now living, to the Judgment day, the scripture figuratively reveals that all (for that is what the Biblical number “seven” indicates) the churches have arrived at the place where by their actions they are in reality saying to the Lord: “We want nothing from you but Your name. Just let us be called Christians is all we want from You. We want Your name because it takes away our reproach; that is, if we be called Christians, then what we do can be blamed on You; You get the credit for it.”

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Accordingly, the world has reached the day when God, in order to save the Church, is finally compelled to do something as great and as revolutionary as brought about by the first Advent of Christ. And what could that be? — The remaining verses of the chapter give the answer.

Isa. 4:2 — “In that day [when seven women take hold of one man] shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.”

This verse shows that the time is now ripe for this glorious revolutionizing of the church and of the world. Let us remember that history repeats, and that a dark cloudy day is always followed by a bright one. So this great apostasy is to be followed not by chaos, but by glorious revival and reformation, by glory and prosperity for all the saints who escape the vengeance of a great God. The faithful shall reap a harvest of souls as did the Apostles on and after the Pentecost.

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days [in the Christian era] Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Jer. 23:5, 6.

This very message, therefore, is the message of “Righteousness by Faith” to them that believe. In the day the “righteous branch” is raised, Judah and Israel shall be saved, and they shall dwell safely.

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Yes, the day is here when God’s vengeance is to fall upon His adversaries, and the once trodden-down kingdoms of Judah and Israel are to rise to prominence and power. “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.” Jer. 23:7, 8.

Plainly this is the final harvest of the earth, the gathering of the people from all countries. It is the day in which to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. This is to be the second and last Exodus Movement. So great will it be that it will entirely eclipse the Movement of Moses’ day. Do we, then, realize that we are on the verge of a new day? — a great day for the faithful and a dreadful one for the unfaithful?

Isa. 4:3 — “And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.”

This verse clearly shows that while none of the wicked in the church will survive the purification, yet none of the righteous will perish. Indeed, all that are left, will be called holy, and will enjoy even greater security than did His ancient people at the time they left Egypt.

“Behold,…the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his

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coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Mal. 3:1-3.

Isa. 4:4-6 — “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”

“For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” Zech. 2:5.

Anyone who knows the Bible can see that all these events are premillennial. So it is that this present apostasy is to bring forth the “Lord’s fruitful branch”; that the wicked who are among God’s people are to be taken out of the way, and the faithful, those that escape, are to be the servants of God and reap a harvest of souls, of “such as should be saved,” that the day of vengeance is already at the threshold of the house; that His faithful ones are to be raised to prominence and power; that the greatness and the glory of the movement is to cause the wonders of the Exodus Movement and of the early Christian church to fade into insignificance.

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Brother, Sister, are you prepared to abide the day of His coming? Will it be to you a great and glorious day? or will it be a dreadful day? Will you find yourself at His right, or at His left? Will it be said to you “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world?” or will it be said unto you, “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels”? Will your garments pass His inspection? or will you find yourself cast into outer darkness, there to gnash your teeth?

These are solemn questions that each of us must now answer to himself. If we do not answer them now, then we will have to answer by standing speechless before an angry God. May every one of us be able in that day to say “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Isa. 25:9.

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THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY– WHEN AND HOW DONE?

September 17, 2022


THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY– WHEN AND HOW DONE?

TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, MARCH 27, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
WACO, TEXAS

TEXT FOR PRAYER

Grow In Grace Or Else Die

This afternoon I shall read from Christ’s Object Lessons, page 65, beginning with the last paragraph.

“The germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life, and the development of the plant is a beautiful figure of Christian growth. As in nature, so in grace; there can be no life without growth. The plant must either grow or die. As its growth is silent and imperceptible, but continuous, so is the development of the Christian life. At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God’s purpose for us is fulfilled, there will be continual advancement. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. As our opportunities multiply, our experience will enlarge, and our knowledge increase. We shall become strong to bear responsibility, and our maturity will be in proportion to our privileges.”

What is our need of prayer this afternoon? — Let us pray to grow in grace for there can be no life without growth; to advance with the truth; to take advantage of all our opportunities; to cooperate with Divine agencies; to be willing to bear responsibilities; to realize that when we do all these, then our responsibilities will increase, and our maturity will be commensurate to our privileges.

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THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY– WHEN AND HOW DONE?

Our text is found in Daniel chapter eight, verse 14. I shall begin with verse 13.

Dan. 8:13, 14 — “Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”

To this question, “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?” came the answer, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” That is, within the 2300 days the daily shall be taken away, the transgression of desolation set up, the sanctuary and the host shall be trodden underfoot. After this the sanctuary is to be cleansed. “Every morning” (margin), denotes 24 hour days — full measure of time. The word “sacrifice” does not belong in the text.

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Dan. 8:16, 17 — “And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.”

Gabriel’s explanation that at the time of the end shall be the vision, shows that the paramount importance of the vision is the cleansing of the sanctuary, and that it takes place not in Daniel’s time, and not before the time of the end, but after the 2300 days, in the time of the end.

Now since the 2300 days began somewhere in the fifth century before Christ (as seen in the following verses), and since the vision was to be for many days, for the time of the end, then obviously the 2300 days must be computed a day for a year as in Ezekiel 4:6. The 2300 days, therefore, are actually 2300 years, in the end of which the sanctuary is cleansed. What signs are to mark the time of the end?–

Dan. 12:4 — “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

The angel explained that at the time of the end many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And the fact that men are now running to and fro and that knowledge has been increased in itself proves that we are now living in the time of the end, that the vision is now to be understood, and that the sanctuary is now to be cleansed.

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Dan. 8:18-21 — “Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.”

Here you see where the prophetic history of this vision begins. It begins with the Medo-Persian empire, and carries us in time through the victories of Alexander the Great.

Dan. 8:23 — “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.”

In the latter end of the Medes and the Greeks, when the transgressors, the Jews, are come to the full, another king or kingdom was to stand up. It was of course none other than Rome, the kingdom which overran the four Grecian divisions.

Dan. 8:26, 27 — “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.”

Daniel here confesses that the meager explanation which Gabriel gave concerning the vision was not sufficient. None could understand it.

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Consequently, as time went on and as he still could not understand the vision although the set time for liberation had come, he graphically said:

Dan. 9:1-3, 22, 23 — “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans. In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:… And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”

Because Gabriel was to begin where he left off (Dan. 8), he counselled Daniel first to consider the vision. Then said Gabriel:

Dan. 9:24 — “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.”

Since Gabriel is here explaining the vision of chapter 8 — the things that were to take place during the 2300 days — the seventy weeks are therefore a part of the 2300 days.

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Let us now study the subject with the aid of this chart.

The seventy weeks are actually 490 years. Mark that during these 490 years, Daniel’s people, the Jews, were to make an end of sin and make reconciliation for their iniquity, or else be hopelessly given up. Next Daniel was told where the 70 weeks begin:

Dan. 9:25 — “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”

From the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem to Messiah the Prince, to Christ, there were to be 7 weeks (49 years), and 62 weeks (434 years) — 69 weeks in all, or 483 years. History shows that the decree to rebuild the ancient city went forth in 457 B.C. Hence 483 years from 457 B.C. bring us to 27 A.D., to the year Christ, the Messiah, was baptized. (This incident, too, proves that the 2300 days are computed a day for a year, and that the seventy weeks are the first block of time from within the 2300 days. Look at the chart.) We should now remember that after cutting off the 69 weeks from the 70 weeks there is yet one week left. What takes place during this week is told in the verses that follow:

Dan. 9:26, 27 — “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the

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end of the war desolations are determined. And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Just what was to take place during the first seven weeks or 49 years I am not prepared to say, but in the end of the next 62 weeks, or 434 years the Messiah was to be cut off, crucified. During the remaining week, the 70th, He was to confirm the covenant with many, and in the midst of it He was to be cut off, crucified; that is, there were to be 3 1/2 years from His baptism to the crucifixion, and 3 1/2 years after the crucifixion in which He was to confirm the covenant. This completes the 70 weeks and brings us to the time to apostles were commanded to go out and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles: One named Cornelius (a Gentile), and Peter (a Jew and an Apostle) were both given a vision: Cornelius was instructed to see Peter and Peter was commanded to meet Cornelius. See Acts, chapter 10. The Jews as a nation failed to make an end of sin and were therefore rejected, given up.

Christ’s own sacrifice at the end of the first 3 1/2 years replaced the sacrificial ceremonial system, and thus He caused the sacrifice to cease in the midst of the week. All this, time and event, you see, took place exactly as Gabriel predicted.

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that was in the vision. But as time went on, and as his burden for the deliverance of his people increased, knowing that the time had come, he prayed for light. His prayer is recorded in the first part of chapter 10, after which the angel appeared and again explained:

Dan. 10:21 — “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.”

Daniel was then promised all the light that could be given, not only on the vision of Daniel 8, but on all that is noted in the scripture of truth in connection with the vision. That which the angel showed him is recorded in Daniel 11 and 12:

Chapter 11, you will see, begins with the vision of Daniel 8, with the kings of Medo-Persia and Grecia as symbolized by the ram and he goat in chapter 8. Then was Daniel told that the explanation at last was sufficient, but that it was impossible for him to understand it all, for the vision was sealed to the time of the end (chapter 12, verses 8, 9).

By this long prophetic history and geography as seen in chapters 11 and 12, the angel brings us up to the time of the end, to the time the cleansing is to take place. And here is the nature of the cleansing according to the angel’s word:

Dan. 12:1 — “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of

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trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”

By delivering the righteous, He thoroughly separates the righteous from among the wicked — He puts the good “fish” in the vessels and casts out the bad (Matt. 13:48). He shall cleanse His people from sin and sinners.

Dan. 12:2, 3 — “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. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

The wicked that arise with the righteous in this mixed resurrection are also to be separated from the righteous. The wicked are to be put to shame and everlasting contempt, but the righteous are to be given eternal life.

Dan. 12:10 — “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”

The living righteous shall be purified, but the wicked shall become even more wicked.

Dan. 12:11, 12 — “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”

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Here another block of time from within the 2300 days is introduced, beginning from the time the daily is abolished and the abomination set up. (The daily represents something which should not have been abolished, and the abominations represent something that should not have been set up. The word “sacrifices” is supplied and does not belong in the text. For light on these read Tract No. 3, The Harvest.)

It should be noticed, however, that the promised blessing (the cleansing) does not begin until after the 1335 days, or years, expire.

Now since the 2300-year period begins in 457 B.C., with the commandment to restore and to rebuild the city Jerusalem, the 2300 days consequently end in 1844, the time the 1335 days end, then the days of the blessings begin. It should now be remembered that this cleansing of the sanctuary includes the cleansing of both those who are to be resurrected and those who are to be living during the cleansing time. Speaking through the prophet Ezekiel of the cleansing among the living, the Lord says:

Ezek. 36:24-29 — “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your

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fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.”

None of the living can actually be cleansed from all their marks of sin while among the Gentile nations, you see. They must first be separated from the hypocrites and Gentiles, then brought into their own land, there to be sprinkled with clean water, cleansed from all their filthiness and from all their idols, when they get to their own land, not before. Even a new heart is to be given them there, and a new spirit also. Thus will the Lord cause them to walk in His statutes and keep His judgments forevermore. Thus shall they return and dwell in the land of their fathers, Palestine, and thus shall they be God’s people eternally. These things, you see, are premillennial.

Let us now examine the cleansing according to the prophets Joel, Malachi, and Jeremiah–

Joel 3:21 — “For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.”

Malachi 3:1-3 — “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ sope: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”

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Jer. 31:31-33 — “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

The old covenant has been to keep the commandments while they are written, not on the heart, but on tables of stone, against the will of the stony heart. But the new covenant is to cleanse them from their stony hearts, and to write the commandments on their hearts of flesh.

Jer. 31:34 — “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

When God’s people are thus cleansed, they shall all know the Lord. Then they shall indeed be His people, His nation. And God’s guarantee is this:

Jer. 31:35, 36 — “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,

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which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is His name: if those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever.”

Does God do this because His people have been good or because He wants to vindicate His name? Let us see:

Ezek. 36:20-24 — “And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned My holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of His land. But I had pity for Mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.”

Plainly, the Word declares that the sanctuary is to be cleansed, that the land also is to be reclaimed, and the Kingdom restored, not by reason of the people’s goodness, but for God’s name’s sake, for His own goodness sake. The heathen, too, will know what God has done for His people, for the Scriptures show that all this shall take place right before their eyes. This same cleansing Christ describes thus:

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Matt. 25:32-34 — “And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Here is truth that the Denomination has overlooked: they think that they are to make a bee line to the throne of God for the Millennium. But according to the scriptures, here you see the people must first be separated from among the heathen, then cleansed from all their filthiness, and thus be enabled to stand in the presence of a pure and eternal God. Thus is the sanctuary among the living cleansed, and thus are the people to be fitted to reign with Christ a thousand years.

Brothers, Sisters, make certain that you be found, not among the goats on His left, but with the sheep on His right if you are to hear the King say, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matt. 25:34).

And remember that we have now been living “in the time of the end” for some years. Moreover, this light has now come because the cleansing of the living members of the church is at hand.

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Looking at Laodiceanism of Rev. 3

September 3, 2022


Our King give each of the seven churches counsel and warnings but the last, the seventh, he gave a stern warning. In fact the most severe warning of the churches. Our study this week will look at the meaning of Laodicea as mentioned in Rev. 3:14-22, and why we as Seventh-day Adventists should take this very seriously, lest we be “vomited out” by the Lord.

“SEVEN QUESTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION

  1. Who is Laodicea?
  2. Whom does the angel represent?
  3. What is meant by being wretched and
    miserable and poor and blind and naked?
  4. What is it to be “lukewarm”?
  5. Why does God prefer one either cold
    or hot rather than lukewarm?
  6. What is the eyesalve?
  7. Should Laodicea fail to repent, how
    would her shame be uncovered?

IN NEED OF NOTHING?

The right answers to these seven important questions to every truth-seeking Christian today will, if understood and heeded, rescue each from the shameful and dangerous Laodicean condition, and safeguard his salvation. This it will do ever so soon as he takes to heart

THE FACTS ON THESE SEVEN QUESTIONS.

The Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, describes the condition of each of the seven churches, the last of which is the Laodicean. These churches, admittedly, portray the Christian church in seven different periods; the seventh, Laodicea, depicting her in the period just before the “harvest,” the last in which the “wheat and tares” are commingled, and the one in which she is to experience the separation of the bad from among the good (Matt. 13:30, 47-49).

Since in her every section, the church must be true to her name (it alone being her identification), we shall therefore consider

THE NAME, LAODICEA.

Being compounded of the Greek words “lao” and “deci,” the one meaning “people,” also “speak,” the other meaning “judgment,” the two together meaning people proclaiming judgment, the name Laodicea, therefore, identifies a church proclaiming the judgment hour (Dan. 7:9, 10; Rev. 14:6, 7).

As the S.D.A. church is the only one to proclaim judgment, and as each of the seven messages is addressed to the angel of the respective churches, the message to Laodicea is accordingly

ADDRESSED TO THE S.D.A. ANGEL.

In The Revelation, chapter 1, the churches are symbolized by seven candlesticks, and the angels of the churches, by the seven stars (Rev. 1:20).

Being the attendants of the candlesticks (churches), the angels are thus seen to be the ministry, whose responsibility is to have the lamps trimmed, filled with oil, and burning brightly, so that the church may give light to all about her.

Hence as the Laodicean angel, him to whom the condemnatory message is sent, is symbolical of the ministry in Laodicea, he should consequently be the more anxious to discover where the trouble lies, for he is, says the Lord,

WRETCHED, MISERABLE, POOR,
BLIND, AND NAKED.

With a ministry wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, what church (candlestick) could possibly stay lighted? And with her light thus gone out or but flickering dimly, how could she lighten the world as God has set her to do? Through the eyes of the True Witness, therefore, the tragedy of Laodicea is starkly seen—“sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people” (Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 337), while a sin-benighted world plunges on hell-bent in its darkness! O what a piteous plight! And yet it is so utterly overlooked!

With both ministry and laity in such a pitiful state of darkness, it is clear to be seen that though the Laodicean church is the last in the order of the seven, God cannot lighten the world and prepare His people for the Kingdom with her when she is in darkness and unprepared herself. Hence the necessity of a new order, a new ministry, as predicted in Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 80, and in Zephaniah 3:11, 12.

Then it will come to pass that “only those who have withstood and overcome temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming this message when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry.”—Review and Herald, Nov. 19, 1908.

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In the light of these facts, the prophetic message to the angel of the Laodiceans must obviously be brought and proclaimed by someone other than the angel himself. But this, of course, is the very thing that neither the ministry nor the laity expect or wish to happen. For the sake of the faithful, nevertheless, it is happening.

So since God’s Word says that the ministry of the Laodicean church is wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, and that neither they nor the laity are aware of the fact, it lends heavy underscoring to the statements: “Sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people!” (Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 337); and “the message of the True Witness finds the people of God in a sad deception, yet honest in that deception.”—Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 253.

Although they are in this horrible predicament, one which should make them tremble and fear, and give anything to get out of, yet they continue

LUKEWARM—NEITHER COLD NOR HOT.

Deceived and about to lose their lives, though as ignorant of their peril as a mouse before the trap snaps shut, they are satisfied (lukewarm) in the devil’s trap, as they make toward its delectable bait—a false hope of enjoying the feast in Paradise!

When one finds himself in a climate which is neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm, a temperature desired and sought by all, there he basks as a pauper become a prince! So it is with the Laodiceans, as represented in prophecy, though their supposed palace is nothing but a death trap!

To rescue one from such a “terrible deception” is a task which calls for the utmost wisdom not only because the victim is blindly inured to the perilous condition he is in, while his rescuers are endeavoring to save him from perishing, but also because he considers them as his enemies, false prophets, instead of as his friends and deliverers, messengers from God!

From the life line, the saving message, which they pleadingly hold forth to him, he recoils. And consequently by his attitude against them, he shouts: Away, away, I am rich and increased with goods: I have need of nothing; I have all the truth. “I am satisfied with my position. I have set my stakes, and I will not be moved away from my position, whatever may come.”—Testimonies on SabbathSchool Work, p. 65.

In protesting that they are not wretched (not unhappy), not miserable (not troubled), not poor (not in need of truth), not blind (not benighted or illiterate), not naked (not without the righteousness of Christ), the Laodiceans are contradicting the True Witness, rejecting His counsel, and discrediting His remedy—

THE EYESALVE.

As only the “salve” (truth) will heal them from their deadly Laodicean malady, hence if they fail to avail themselves of the cure (to search for truth as for hidden treasure) and to apply it (to repent), they will be spued out. O, Brother, Sister, will you not call for the “salve”? or will you continue in your wretchedness, miserableness, poverty, blindness, and nakedness, and thus compel Him to spue you out and to

UNCOVER YOUR SHAME?

So far, my brethren, that your shame might not appear, God has not exposed the sins which you have cherished and kept under cover. No longer, though, will He bear with you. So for your soul’s sake, cease adding sin to sin; repent, and return to the Lord; argue no longer that you have all the Truth, but come have a good feast of It. God will just as gladly accept you and make a feast for you as did the father of the prodigal accept his son and make a feast for him.

Be not like the Jew. But open your heart; cast out its pride, its prejudice, and its self-conceit; let them not deprive you of eternal life at such a late hour as this. If you repeat the mistake of the Jews, your shame and your loss will be much greater than theirs—as much greater as are your light and your opportunities and privileges. Yea, beyond comparison!

So will you not, then, we plead with you, end your long Laodicean sickness and poverty, and no longer imagine that you are

RICH, INCREASED WITH GOODS.

Never do you even so much as intimate that you have all the buildings, all the institutions, all the money, all the workers, all the converts you need! Your only boast is of having no need of truth! This attitude, therefore, God says, is the way in which you are saying, “I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” It is the source of your trouble, and the thing which the Lord expects you to confess and to repent of.

The angel’s (the ministry’s) false claim of being rich and increased with goods, and in need of nothing, does not make him a liar, but rather shows him to be a victim of ignorance and delusion. But his thinking that he has and knows all the truth, makes his condition even more perilous than a liar’s, for a liar knows that he is lying. O awake, Brother, Sister, awake! awake!” (7 SC, no.7-12, p.3-4)

 Summary — We as SDA must realize that there is more Truth to learn and obey and indeed a “message” to our church. It is called the Elijah message as prophesied in Malachi 4:5. The “angel” our leaders,  are shown to fail, by not humbling themselves and accepting this message, let us not join in with them!

Two Brothers discuss the “Love” of Jesus

August 20, 2022

In the very beginning, there was a spiritual war between two brothers (Abel and Cain). We know that one worshipped God in the way the Lord had instructed — by blood sacrifice. The other thought to do it his own way –by fruits of the earth. One accepted, one rejected.

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”( Genesis 4:1-7)

Recently two brothers had a discussion on loving our Lord. Let us pick up the discussion.

Bro B — My brother, how are we to love the Lord? Is there somewhere in the Word that the Lord tells us plainly how to love Him?

Bro. R — We put Jesus first in all things. We base our life upon Him and spread His Gospel

Bro. B — Actually there is a specific place where He tells us “how” to love Him. It is found in John 14:15 and says “If you love Me, keep My Commandments (Entole).”

Bro. R — Listen my brother, Jesus had lots of Commandments, and that means we must obey them, that is all that is saying.

Bro. B — No, the word “Commandment” there in greek is “Entole” which is used to describe the holy 10 Commandments. For instance in Luke 23:56 it says – “And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” The Sabbath here is called an  “Entole”– one of the 10 Commandments. Therefore the Lord is saying in John 14:15 to keep His holy 10 Commandments and they are to be obeyed if we want to show we love Him.

Brother R — Jesus clarified His Commandments and said that they are now just two, read the following —

“Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”(Matt: 22:35-40)

Brother B — If that is so and the Apostles were understanding your belief, then why did they obey the Sabbath right after Jesus died? And why did they hold up the burial Of Jesus for obeying the Sabbath?

Brother R — (no response to the questions) I love you brother

Brother B — Let’s “love” each other in Christ ok? If we truly love Him we love Him as He said, not as we want to. This lesson is told of in the very beginning by Abel and Cain.

Brother R — I will pray for you brother as I see you are under bondage.

Brother B– Bondage? Sorry but you are failing to rightly divide the word of truth. If I am under bondage then Jesus is under bondage as HE said to obey the 10 Commandments.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ( 2 Tim 2:15)

Brother B — Think about it brother, you would not steal, murder, bear false witness, or break the holy 10 Commandments, now that you are a converted Christian, right?  Then why would you think it’s ok to keep 9 of them and be free to break one — the Sabbath? So Jesus came and died on the cross to break us free from one Commandment? That is not “rightly dividing the word of truth”.

Then the discussion ended. Sadly, today we see the old lesson of Abel and Cain repeated. One brother wants to love Jesus as HE said, the other wants to as he thinks right. One will be accepted, one will be rejected.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

A Study guide on the Kingdom

August 6, 2022

The following is a good study guide of the Kingdom, how it begins soon in the Holy Land. This phase of the Kingdom is not well understood among the SDA, yet it is in the Bible.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
KINGDOM OF GLORY
(Outline # 7)
Meditation: COL 76-77


INTRODUCTION: Most SDAs are aware of the establishment of the kingdom of glory
but believe it begins with Christ’s 2nd advent and continues to the
New Earth. Although God’s kingdom of glory includes the millennium
(1,000 years) and the New Earth, the Scriptures clearly reveal that it
will begin partially before the 2nd Advent. The object of this study is to
establish this and show how, why, and where this kingdom will be
established.

  1. The Old Testament Church Expected The Kingdom Of Glory
    Read: Isaiah 9:6,7
    The Jews expected the Messiah to establish the kingdom in their day.
    With the promise of the birth of the Messiah (Christ) also came the
    promise of the establishment of His kingdom.

  2. The Apostles Expected The Kingdom In Their Day
    Read: Acts 1:6,7
    The Lord did not say that the kingdom was not to be established, but
    that it was not for them to know the times or the seasons. The Jews
    and the Apostles had studied these promises and were expecting
    Christ to set up his kingdom of glory at that time. This indicates that
    the kingdom will be established subsequent to the time of the
    Apostles.

  3. The Kingdom Of Glory Established In The Latter Days
    Read: Daniel 2:44

    a. Here we see that the Kingdom is to be established in the days of
    the ten toe kings (our time – 1T 361). We conclude that the
    promise to restore the Kingdom to Israel is to be fulfilled during
    the present world. We must therefore now be looking for its
    establishment. Not Before our present world or After, but IN —
    DURING our present world.

    b. We also note that the stone is the same as the kingdom because
    they both smite the image. The stone —144,000. (See outline on
    Daniel two).

    c. We note that the stone was a kingdom before it smote the
    image. (See verse 44) “…and it [the kingdom] shall destroy all
    these kingdoms…” This proves that the kingdom is established
    before the finishing of the gospel and the 2nd advent.
    Read: PK 19

    The ancient people of God were to extend the borders of their
    kingdom to embrace the whole world. God intended that the earth
    was to be filled with righteousness from border to border.
    GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL TO BE FULFILLED WITH THE SDA
    CHURCH

    Read: PK 713, 714

    Even though ancient Israel did not fulfill this commission, God’s word
    cannot return to Him void. Thus what ancient Israel failed to do, it will
    be accomplished through the Israel of today. All the covenant
    promises made to ancient Israel will finally reach their fulfillment
    through the SDA church—modern or spiritual Israel. (For further proof
    see PK 22, 299).
    Read: Psalm 105:8-11
    This verse describes what the covenant is and definitely reveals that
    God will remember it forever. The covenant states that “unto thee will
    I give the land of Canaan.”—The kingdom established in Palestine.

  4. The Kingdom Established In The Latter Days In The Land Of Canaan
    Read: Jerimiah 30:3,24

    a. Note that this promise of restoration is Unconditional, and that it
    includes the return of ISRAEL and JUDAH (all 12 tribes) to the land
    of their fathers (Canaan/Palestine). We also note that this is to be
    fulfilled in the Latter Days (verse 24).

    b. When Jeremiah was writing only two tribes existed as a nation.
    The ten tribes had been scattered many years before in 721 B.C.
    Up to this day they are completely assimilated among the
    nations. Thus Jeremiah could not have been referring to his time.
    Neither could his prophecy be speaking of the identifiable Jews
    of today found in Palestine and other parts of the world, since
    they too are descendants of the two tribes—Judah. Jeremiah
    refers to all 12 tribes returning to the land of promise.

  5. Who Are The Early Morning Laborers?
    Read: Jeremiah 23: 5-8
    This promise is also Unconditional and refers to all 12 tribes (Israel and
    Judah) in the Latter days.
    Read: Hosea 3:4,5
    Here we see that after many days of obscure wondering, without
    their own government (king, or prince), and without the temple and
    its services (sacrifice, ephod, teraphim, etc), all the tribes (“children of
    Israel”) will return [to the land of their fathers] and establish a
    kingdom.

  6. What Will The Pre-Millennial Kingdom Be Like?
    Read: Isaiah 11:1-12
    This passage could NOT be referring to Heaven during the millennium
    or to the New Earth because:

    a. There will be no gentiles to seek the kingdom.

    b. No such gathering described in verses 11, 12, will take place in
    heaven or the New Earth.

    c. will be No births from the time Christ returns, through th
    1,000 years (millenium) and throughout the New Earth. Hence,
    there will be no children in the earth made new. Therefore, this
    passage unequivocally proves that this event is pre-millennial.
    (See Luke 20:27-36; 1SM 172, 173)

    d. Therefore, Isaiah here must be speaking of a time when there will
    be gentiles seeking to join God’s kingdom, and a great
    gathering from various nations, and when sucking, weaned, and
    little children exist. Thus it must be pre-millennial. It cannot be
    Heaven or the New Earth. We note, too, that there are no
    conditions to this prophecy.

  7. The Kingdom And The New Heart Experience
    Read: Ezekiel 36:17-37
    Here we see that God is to cleanse His people from their sins. Hence
    only those who have embraced the righteousness of Christ will inherit
    the land. The kingdom is to be a witness to the heathen. This is the
    grandest object of the Pre-millennial kingdom.
    Further Proofs: Read: Zech. 8:1-8—There will be no old men and women, or little
    children in the new Jerusalem.
    Read: Ezekiel 48:1-16—This passage describes new and unfulfilled setup of Palestine. Thus it has to be in the pre-millennial phase of the
    kingdom.
    Note, too, that in verse 8 it mentioned a sanctuary or temple, but
    there will be no temple in the New Earth (Rev. 21:22). So, we see
    again that this has to be pre-millennial.
    (Jer. 31:8-12, Amos 1:14,15; 9:9-15, Micah 4:1-4, Hos.l:10,11; 2:18, Ezek.
    34:11-13,15; 37:16-22, Gen 49:10, Zech 2:1-12.)

    CONCLUSION: We have seen that the Kingdom of God has a very small beginning.
    However, it is to grow and extend its borders, just as God had
    intended for ancient Israel. We have also found that internal
    conditions are to be different from those of any previous earthly
    kingdom, because it is based upon the reign of Christ’s righteousness
    in the hearts of His people. It is to be a kingdom of believers and it will
    begin before our Lord returns in the clouds of glory.

The Lesson of the Titanic for the SDA Church

July 23, 2022

We all know the story of the Titanic ship wreck. The “unsinkable” ship, or so they boasted, would

lay at the bottom of the ocean instead of sailing into the sunset, merry and joyful for all. This story tragically has much in common with our SDA church. How? You ask? We’ve made our latest video concerning this subject, please watch as you will see the striking similarities that the two have in common.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl8t4iTnVwQ&t=1560s

Milk or Meat?

July 9, 2022

As babies must live on milk, so too later as they grow they need protein instead of milk. In this truism, we have an analogy with God’s word. Apostle Paul, in fact, warned his fellow brethren in firm language that they were not progressing in God’s word, let us read —

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” ( 1 Cor. 3:1-3)

Here we see that Paul was very disappointed in their advancement in His word. Today, sadly this fact is still among us as Christians.

So what is it to advance, to go further in His word? It is to study prophecy, even the complicated ones!
Thankfully our King did not disappoint in sending an interpreter to help us understand them. Back in brother Houteff’s day, just as today, some question –why prophesy? Just love Jesus and keep His commandments, we’re good to go. Even Apostle Paul said,

“Do not despise prophecies.” (1 Thes. 5:20)

During my ministry, some have said to me, after explaining prophecy, “Brother that is ok, but what about Jesus?” another said, “Let’s just worry about loving the Lord, the other things in Bible will be shown later.”
Etc, etc.

Jesus IS prophecy, the events of HIM.

Here is the answer to this issue, we post this for the inspired and thorough understanding it brings, be blessed —

“WHY PROPHECIES IN PLACE OF LOVE?

Question No. 19:

Why do the Davidians not spend more time teaching the love of Jesus–the most important part of the Bible–instead of teaching the doctrines and the prophecies?

Answer:

The Davidians follow this procedure because of the scripture: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; where unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” 2 Pet. 1:19. The prophecies, therefore create love for God in the heart of the student as nothing else can.

Answerer Book 2, page 26

If, moreover, the prophecies are less essential than other portions of the Scriptures, why then, did the Lord cause His servants to write so many of them? obviously, they are as important. The book of The Revelation, which is addressed directly to the people who are to be living just before the Lord’s coming, is made up of symbolical prophecies, concerning which the Lord says:

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Rev. 1:3. “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book….For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Rev. 22:7, 18, 19.

True, the love of Jesus is the supreme need, but preaching about it to the exclusion of the doctrines and the prophecies, will profit one nothing, for through the prophecies and through the doctrines one learns not only of the love of Jesus but also how to serve Him. “All scripture” says

Answerer Book 2, page 27

Paul, “is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim. 3:16, 17.

Had the churches today taught the prophecies and the doctrines to the exclusion of the love of Jesus, then of course the Davidians would have dwelt even more extensively on the love of Jesus than on the prophecies. But as the opposite is the case, the love of Jesus being magnified to the neglect of the prophecies, then of course our first and supreme need is to study the love of Jesus through the doctrines; afterward, our greatest burden will be thus to teach it.

While the gospel of love inspires us to love the Lord, the doctrines teach us the right way to love Him, and the light of the prophecies guides our feet in the strait and narrow path along the way to the city of God, just as at night the lights of an automobile show us the way home. Without them, we would inevitably soon lose the way, crash, and pile up in the dark– a mass of wreckage and death, perchance. Thus while we need the one, we just as much need the other. The Davidians therefore combine both, teaching the love of Jesus through the doctrines, and the way to the Kingdom through the prophecies.

Answerer Book 2, page 28.”




Update on the Middle East, part 2

July 2, 2022

Once we learn of the Bible prophecies, especially the end time ones, we are intensely observant of the world events and actions taking place. Right now, although Ukraine is the foremost of attention, the middle east is simmering under the radar. With this in mind , we like to invite our readers to our latest post which is an update on the goings on in the middle east. May you be blessed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izxGjvnClxI&t=18s


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