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

THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH, THE SIFTING OF THE NATIONS

June 25, 2022

TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, DECEMBER 21, 1946
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
WACO, TEXAS

OPENING PRAYER THOUGHT

I shall read from “The Mount of Blessing,” page 174, beginning with the first paragraph. The title of this reading is, “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.”

M.B. p. 174 — “The last like the first sentence of the Lord’s prayer, points to our Father as above all power and authority and every name that is named… Amid national strife and ruin, the steps of the disciples would be beset with perils, and often their hearts would be oppressed by fear. They were to see Jerusalem a desolation, the temple swept away, its worship forever ended, and Israel scattered to all lands, like wrecks on a desert shore. Jesus said: ‘Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.’ ‘Nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.’ Yet Christ’s followers were not to fear that their hope was lost, or that God had forsaken the earth. The power and the glory belong unto Him whose great purposes would still move on unthwarted toward their consummation. In the prayer that breathes their daily wants, the disciples of Christ were directed to look above all the power and dominion of evil, into the Lord their God, whose kingdom ruleth over all, and who is their Father and everlasting Friend.”

The disciples expected Jerusalem in their time to become the capital of God’s great Kingdom. But contrary to their expectations, Jesus proclaimed that Jerusalem would become a desolation, and the temple a ruin! Thus again and again we are led to see that we finite beings never know God’s plans. Indeed, we need to pray for His Spirit to lead us on and on, and to point out the right way at every turn as we journey onward to Eternity. Let us now pray that the knowledge of these truths will make us just what we ought to be.

Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 20, page 10

THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH, THE SIFTING OF THE NATIONS

Last Sabbath we concluded our study with verse eleven of Zechariah 14, and now in order to connect today’s study with last Sabbath’s, we shall briefly review the events concerning Jerusalem, as predicted in the first eleven verses of the same chapter.

The first event predicted is a war against Jerusalem, in which all nations participate. In that war a part of the people in Jerusalem go into captivity, but the rest remain in the city. Moreover, in that day the Lord’s feet stand on the Mount of Olives, and the mountain cleaves toward the east and toward the west, making a great valley. Then to this valley of the mountains, to the place where the Lord’s feet stand, the people of God flee as hastily as if from an earthquake. Thus is Jerusalem to be re-inhabited by God’s Own people. Evidently those who are not cut off, those who are left in Jerusalem, must be the faithful that are found therein. But those who flee to the valley to where the Lord’s feet stand — flee to Him, not away from Him — must be the faithful from elsewhere. Plainly, Jerusalem is to become the great gathering place for God’s people.

These are some of the things which our last Sabbath’s study, the first part of Zechariah chapter 14,

Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 20, page 11

brought to view, and any Bible student should readily see that they are pre-millennial: The people do not descend from Heaven, but instead they flee into the valley. They could not, therefore, be the wicked, for they flee to Him, not away from Him. Now let us continue with the twelfth verse.

Zech. 14:12 — “And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”

In one of the preceding verses we are told that the Lord is to fight against all those who fight against Jerusalem. And now in this verse we are told of the means which the Lord will employ in that warfare. He is not to use man-made weapons, but a plague.

Zech. 14:13 — “And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.”

Besides the plague, there shall be a great tumult — a confusion and excitement that will turn every man against his neighbor. Thus shall the Lord defeat the enemies of His people.

Zech. 14:14 — “And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.”

During this conflict of the nations, the Kingdom of

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Judah is to be restored. She also shall fight at Jerusalem, and shall gather to herself the wealth of the heathen.

Zech. 14:15 — “And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.”

The plague falls on both men and beast that are found in the tents of the unbelieving.

Zech. 14:16 — “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

This sentence of Scripture emphatically implies that all who at that decisive moment refuse to be converted to the Lord, shall perish; only those who worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the feast of tabernacles, shall be spared.

Zech. 14:17 — “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.”

The “rain” will be withheld from all who do not then worship the King, the Lord of hosts, in order that they may fully realize their mistake. Moreover, not only those who shall fight against Jerusalem, but even all the families of the earth shall be thus sifted.

Zech. 14:18 — “And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come

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not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

If the drought fails to awaken them, then the plague will finally take them. Thus all who have not heard the message will be given opportunity to hear it. If it cannot save them it will eventually destroy them.

Now we see that this event (the Lord’s standing on the mount and the saints’ fleeting to the valley) is not only pre-millennial, but even pre-probationary; that it commences the re-establishment of the house of Judah; that it prepares the way for lightening the earth with the glory of the angel (Rev. 18:1); that it is eventually to bring the end of sinners.

Zech. 14:19 — “This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

Again we see the necessity of forsaking our preconceptions of the final work of the gospel. No, the Lord will not drop upon the world like a bolt from the sky. He will first magnify His Word, His power, His righteousness and His church or people. He is also to have, as it were, an ark of safety into which to gather His elect and shield them. All these facts, you see, are vividly borne out in this prophecy.

Zech. 14:20 — “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.”

Bells on horses serve no other purpose than to help their masters locate them. Thus it will be that only those servants whose “bells” (voices) sound “Holiness unto the Lord” can the Lord locate and gather as His Own.

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Zech. 14:21 — “Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.”

This verse is self-explanatory, it needs no comments.

So it is seen that with the establishment of the Kingdom of Judah commences the sifting of the nations. It must be that we are on the verge of witnessing the fulfillment of these prophecies else the Scroll would not have been unrolled so far as to unseal them at this time — certainly not if the Spirit of Truth alone leads into all Truth, and if the Lord gives “meat in due season.” In view of this, let us wholeheartedly do God’s bidding and sincerely act out our faith in His never-failing Word.

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Audio Prophetic Studies

June 11, 2022

The Bible is such a rich and rewarding book. Because of the great prophetic revelations, we thought it’d be good to provide some helpful audio studies. The following are links to listen to specific prophecies. May you be blessed!

Daniel 2 —

https://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/audio/dan_2.mp3

The 144,000 —

https://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/audio/rev_7.mp3

The Kingdom, part 1 —

http://11th-hourministries.org/audio/kingdom_1.mp3

The Kingdom, part 2 —

http://11th-hourministries.org/audio/kingdom_2.mp3

Revelation chapter 12 —

http://11th-hourministries.org/audio/kingdom_2.mp3

God’s People In Action

May 28, 2022

In the above picture, we see many of the founding members of the religious group called Davidian Seventh-day Adventists. Today this group has grown tremendously and what we’d like to show you is an example of their worship service. Take a good look at their style of worship. Are they respectful and properly dressed as Adventists? Is there order? Do they reflect holy tribute to God in the service? Are the women wearing the proper head coverings? Kneeling while praying?

As Adventists, these people are striving to be among the 144,000 as we are counseled to do in SOP (Review and Herald, March 9, 1905). As many know there exists a BIG difference in Davidian SDA and regular Seventh-day Adventists. When you go to an SDA service, you’ll most likely find it not at all with the same holy reverence as the recent videos below provided of the DSDA service.

Be blessed, and soon by God’s grace you will witness these same people fulfilling the following prophecy —

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.” (Joel 2:1-5)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWFsCo66814

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw3HvdR5kp8



DEMOCRACY, COMMUNISM, CATHOLICISM, OR PROTESTANTISM–WHICH IS NEXT TO RULE THE WORLD?

May 14, 2022


TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, MAY 15, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
WACO, TEXAS

TEXT FOR PRAYER

Christ Reproduced In His People

Christ’s Object Lessons, page 69, beginning with the first paragraph:

“‘When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.’ Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.”

Here is truth that tells when we may expect Christ to come and gather His own: “When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people.”

We should now pray that we put forth the effort to grow as Christians, to love and work for others, to reproduce Christ’s character in us, then this old world will come to an end, and the new world will for us commence.

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DEMOCRACY, COMMUNISM, CATHOLICISM, OR PROTESTANTISM–WHICH IS NEXT TO RULE THE WORLD?

Are the nations from now on to live in two worlds? Man may guess, but he cannot predict. God alone knows the future. And if He does not tell us, then we shall never know ahead of time.

 

Daniel 7; Revelation 13, 17
 
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On this charted symbolism is seen the world in prophecy from the prophet Daniel’s time down to our day, and beyond. In this symbolical prophecy, therefore, we must search to see if there is any information given on the subject in question.

We and the majority in Christendom commonly believe that the lion represents the ancient empire of Babylon, the bear Medo-Persia, the leopard Grecia, and the non-descript beast in his two phases the empires of Pagan and Papal Rome. But as to the leopard-like beast, and the scarlet-colored, we may not hold views alike. And that is why we need to study now as never before if we are to know the Truth.

If the beasts of Daniel, the first four beasts on the chart, represent four periods of time, one following the other, then why should not the last three likewise represent three periods of time, one following the other? — Logically they should. We need not, however, wholly depend upon logic, for the symbols themselves should define the time and the systems they portray.

In contrast to the crownless horns on the non-descript beast (Daniel’s fourth beast) you see the crowned horns on the leopard-like beast of Revelation 13.

Why crowns on the one and no crowns on the other? — The only logical and scriptural answer that can be given is this: The angel explained to Daniel that the horns on the non-descript beast symbolize kings that had no kingdom as yet, that they would someday arise, take up their crowns and reign. (Daniel 7:24). And history records that

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this happened when Pagan Rome fell, and that the kings that then took their crowns, kingdoms, are the kings who reach down to our day. These kings have now almost dwindled away, their thrones are being taken by Fascism, Communism, or by some form of Republicanism.

The leopard-like beast, therefore, having his horns crowned, definitely denotes that he comes into being after the career of the non-descript beast, after the fall of Pagan Rome, and during the time the kings receive their kingdoms, for crowned horns denote crowned kings.

Moreover, the leopard-like beast blasphemed God and His tabernacle forty-two months, which is exactly the same length of time in which the little horn power of the non-descript beast was to speak against the Most High and to wear out the saints. He was to do this for a time (one year), times (two years), and dividing of time (half year) equal to forty-two months (Dan. 7:25). Both the leopard-like and the non-descript beast in the second phase, were against God and His people for the same length of time — forty-two symbolical months.

Plainly, then, the leopard-like beast reigns contemporaneously with the second phase of the non-descript beast.

Still further, the leopard-like beast is a composite beast of all the beasts before it! His mouth of a lion, feet of a bear, body of a leopard, and ten horns are marks which identify him to be a descendant of the four ancient world empires — Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia, and Rome. He is therefore the symbol of the world of today, the fifth symbolical beast.

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Now the fact that the wounded head of the leopard-like was to have his wound healed, and also the fact that the scarlet-colored beast of Revelation 17 is a beast that has the same characteristics as the leopard-like beast, having ten horns and seven heads but no wound on any of them, proves that the latter beast is symbolical of the time after the deadly wound is healed, of a seventh period of time for the two-horn beast comes before the scarlet-colored beast, and he is the one who makes an image of the beast before it.

We are now ready to see by means of this symbolical beast, the seventh, the kind of world we are entering into, — whether Democracy, Communism, Catholicism, or Protestantism, is next to rule. Light on the subject can be seen from the horns, and from the woman that rides, rules, the beast.

Let us first determine whom the woman represents. The first clue is in the widely known fact that Inspiration never symbolizes civil governments by a woman, but It does repeatedly symbolize a religious institution, a church, by a woman, one that brings converts to its creed. The beast, as do all other symbolical beasts, we have seen, represents the world, while the horns represent the rulers. The horns, ten in number are, moreover, significant of universality as are the ten toes on the great image of Daniel 2, and the ten virgins of Matthew 25. The heads, seven in number, also signify completeness, the whole.

Now the fact that the horns have no kingdom as yet, while the woman rides the beast, also the fact that the woman rides it, rules it, is

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evidence enough that the world is next to be ruled by an ecclesiastical body, not purely by Democracy or by Communism.

That the woman riding the beast symbolizes the world in this day and age is evident from the fact that the ten horns, the civil powers that be during the reign of Babylon, hate the woman, the Church. Communism being the only world-wide ruling power since the world began to hate religion, the Church, is itself solid proof that the ten horns are symbolical of Communism, and that the beast represents a period of time in which Communism is about to dominate the world’s seat of government. God is nevertheless to intercept by putting it in their hearts to “give their power and strength unto the beast,” “and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the word of God is fulfilled.”

Thus they receive power one symbolical hour with the beast, they themselves not having a kingdom of their own. And in the end of the “hour” they “make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” Rev. 17:16.

Since the woman is a “mother of harlots” (Rev. 17:5), it is obvious that other sects have sprung from her.

We have now seen that the world is next to be ruled not by Democracy, not by Communism, not by Protestantism, nor by Catholicism. It is to be ruled by a system of religion in which all her daughters participate — a church and state government, which is to be an image or likeness of the leopard-like beast before it received its deadly wound.

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Soon, Brother, Sister, we are to enter into this period of persecution, and how thankful we should be that there is no need to fear, no need to be taken off guard. For with the Light now shining on our pathway we should know what to expect and how to cope with the situation. Truly “unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness.” Ps. 112:4.

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The Lord Is Coming

The Lord is coming! seas, retire!
Ye mountains, melt to liquid fire!
Ye oceans, cease to ebb and flow!
His stately steppings ye should know.

The Lord is coming! Who shall stand?
Who shall be found at His right hand?–
He with the righteous garment on
Which Christ our glorious King hath won.

The Lord is coming! watch and pray!
So shalt thou hasten that glad day;
So shalt thou then escape the snare,
And Christ’s eternal glory share.

–Anon.

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CABINET / On Victor Houteff

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