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FROM THE "FATHER OF LIGHTS"
"Battering Rams" Who Encompass "Mount Zion"
"diligently with much heed." In
order to keep our garments unspotted from the ever flowing flood of errors and
theories of men which have demolished the "old" S.D.A.
"platform" and pulled the "beautiful garments" (Isa. 52:1)
off Zion's "delicate" form, the following rules must be carefully kept
to enable us all to speak the same thing--"raise up the foundations of many
generations;" and be "called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer
of paths to dwell in." (Isa.
the message as it is--add nothing to it, neither take anything from it.
Do not feel that it is your duty to answer everybody's questions, or to
explain the whole Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.
Only a silly person attempts such a thing.
The scroll is not yet unrolled that far.
Do not go beyond what the SRod has explained.
Ask your opponents if they can give an answer to everything that has been
written. Only simpletons feel
capable of so doing. Their supposed
correct answers in the past now, in the unrolling of the scroll, prove to be no
answers at all. There was never a
prophet who claimed to explain everything to his opponents even though the
questions to be answered were concerning his own message.
All those who demanded an explanation on every detail before taking their
stand, fell into the "bottomless pit."
greater evidence in support of our message than the prophets could ever produce
in their times. Satan's determined
effort now is the same as in times past--causing the people to acknowledge the
prophets that bore messages to former generations, but to reject the one who
brings a message to his own generation. If
Satan cannot succeed to cry down the entire message, he is happy if they reject
just enough to cause them to doubt the words of the messenger.
Their occasion for doubt is actuated either because they hate to be
disturbed, or that their motives shall not be restricted.
weave into "The Shepherd's Rod" message your own interpretations of
the Bible and of Sr. White's writings, nor any of your constructions on anything
that is written therein before first submitting your points to this office.
If your claim on a subject, which you may hold as being correct, is found
so and accepted as of value by this office after a careful examination, we can
have it published and distributed throughout our ranks, if that is your desire.
But if we see no light in your verbal presentation or document of your
claims, we shall so inform you as quickly as possible.
Then if you do not feel clear to yield to our judgment, be you pleased to
know that we shall not attempt to block your way of teaching the same, nor
oppose those who wish to read or listen to your discourses.
"Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind" is our
position. (Rom. 14:5.)
any of you are already guilty of teaching something of your own at the SRod's
expense, you will have 30 days from date in which you may, in writing, notify
this office, stating the topic of your doctrine and your intention in reference
to it. If it be your desire to
retract, do so and there shall be nothing held against you.
But if you fail to comply with the conditions herein stated, be you
notified now that you may hand or send in your resignation within the time
specified and we shall relieve you of any future obligations to our message.
violating this command will be dealt with as an unfaithful watchman, as one
giving the trumpet an uncertain sound. See
our tract #4, "The Latest News for Mother," pp. 65, 66.
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be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his
way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was."
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from Sr. Bliven--
rather a hard trip on our way to Colorado as we were so crowded, but we made
good time, arriving in Pueblo on Sept. 5th., and from there to Denver, where
Bro. and Sr. Warden met us on their return from Idaho Springs....We all went to
Golden last Sunday to see some who are interested in present truth....Later we
held a business meeting in which Dr. Butterbaugh was chosen as leader here.
tell you about West Denver church. Our
pastor preached on the Spirit of Prophecy for three consecutive Sabbaths.
The first two sermons were O.K., but in his third one our disappointment
came when he declared that 'the Spirit of Prophecy is not a test of fellowship
in our churches. Whether our
converts accept the Testimonies or not, we do not refuse them membership on that
irony! Is not such an act gathering
into the church two opposing classes, both claiming to be Seventh-day
Adventists? But how could
they be! There is no excuse
for those who leave the laity ignorant as to how and through whom the Three
Angel's messages originated. In not
having instructed the membership in the fact that when they believed the message
they believed in the Spirit of Prophecy, the ministry are doing nothing less
than plagiarizing relative to the Three Angels' Messages.
that minister had preached his Denver sermon in Moses' time, would the earth
have opened under him, or would he have been smitten while preaching?
At which time did God ever excuse any one for not believing His prophets?
"Believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper," saith the Lord. (2
Chron. 1:20.) Let God's people take
notice. Has our church come to such
a place where she can say, It matters not whether the members believe their
prophet or not, and yet have them think that their salvation is secured while
sinning against the Holy Ghost,--committing the unpardonable sin? From whence cometh their authority for such sacrilege?
Though many of the ministers ought to be thankful that at this time God
does not immediately execute His judgments, their sorrow is in reserve.
How long will God bear with this wickedness!
Let us not be misunderstood in the above.
We are hoping to rescue our brother from the "pit" which he is
fast approaching. Will not God's
people hear our cry and join us in prayer that God do something to awaken His
church? or shall we let the enemy
rock us into hell?
Colorado Church On Trial
Skeels describes the event as follows:
Nethery and Lickey, and Brethren John and Brown came to our little church where
they, for nearly two hours, belittled the SRod, and every one who would study
it. We who were on trial read
to them portions from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy stating our position,
but the words read made no more effect upon them than would a snowball tossed
into Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace when at its greatest intensity....
Sisters Powers and Houston expressed a desire to be permitted to study the SRod
further before stating their position concerning it.
This gave them an opportunity to think they could yet split our little
company, so they continued wrangling, and at 10 o'clock P.M. I became sick.
I took my books and went home. After
this they tried to convince Sr. Powers and Sr. Houston to vote the Skeels' and
the Mullenix' out of the church, but that was too rank
and they failed to put it over. They
are now watching us very closely. Elder
Lickey said to some last Wednesday that the conference had decided to let us
alone until next camp meeting, and if there was no change in us by that time
they would have to disband the church!
#4, "The Latest News for Mother," as far as we are concerned has
settled it all. From now on we, as
a church, shall send all our tithes and offerings to the message of the SRod, so
let us watch and pray.--D.S. Skeels,
finds me here in a community where I held an evangelistic effort 15 years ago.
I am being entertained in the same hospitable home that ministered to my
physical necessities at that time. It
is refreshing to see these dear souls drink in the precious messages of present
truth. I can sincerely "thank God and take courage"
because of the fact that I tried in my long past evangelistic effort here to
preach the message straight--holding a high standard for the church, and
teaching them to love the Testimonies. Thus
they are now naturally ready to accept present truth as presented to them in the
SRod series. This truth was first
brought to them by Bro. E.E. Kurtz....
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of the meetings we have those who are not members of the S.D.A. church, but they
seem to drink in present truth even faster than some who are in the advent
faith. This fact is an evidence to
me that Vol. 2 of the SRod should now be sold everywhere, opening the eyes of
the people and laying a foundation for the time of the Loud Cry of the Third
little company of Greenville, S.C. were organized, and you will be hearing from
them from time to time. We will try
to leave the ones here in an organized group before we depart for another field.
R.D. Oglesby sends the following encouraging words from College Park, Ga.:
"Pray for us that we might bring in a goodly number....Do not think that we
won't do all we can to bring the message before the people for we believe that
the message of the SRod will triumph because the Lord is in it."
FROM THE CAROLINAS
just received the second copy of the Symbolic Code for which I am very thankful.
It is very encouraging to hear from those who believe as we do.
We are rejoicing in this most wonderful message, and I might briefly
relate a little of my experience.
been so closely associated with Elder Wilson, I became so utterly disgusted on
account of the unjust treatment he was receiving at the hands of the S.D.A.
church leaders that it caused me to stop paying tithe, and I decided to go out
into the world. But my acceptance
of the teachings of the SRod rescued me from going into the world, caused me to
refuse my old job, and renewed my determination to keep the Sabbath, for which I
thank God many, many times.
sympathized with our brother while Elder Ruskjer, the Union Conf. president,
belittled him before the people that he had formerly preached to, but his
calmness and control of himself was commendable and it has now born fruit in our
little church in which twelve of us are now rejoicing in the message.
lost our church membership but we feel that we have made sure of having our
names in the book of Life for eternity.
from Bro. H.K. Livingstone's letter dated Sept. 18, 1934.
just too wonderful for words to express the joy and happiness I have found in
the study of the SRod message. It
has filled a long felt need. I can
not praise my heavenly Father enough for this great blessing....and it has drawn
me closer to my Saviour and as I once was blind, I now see and praise my Father
for sending me this new light for this time.
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Bingham and Deeter who are laboring in and about San Diego, Calif. report that
they are confident of increasing the San Diego company.
We pray that we shall in the very near future be able to furnish the
readers of the "Code" with a more definite report regarding the
success of the brethren in that locality.
leader is requested to use our "Invitation Cards" to help advertise
his public studies, and to make their efforts successful, we suggest that the
entire company help advertise the meetings by passing a card to all with whom
they come in contact.
before doing anything or starting anywhere, will lead you in the right trail and
help you overcome every obstacle along the way.
The following rules are the sentiments of the Word.
Hold your eyes open and your mouth shut when the Spirit gives no
utterance. Have your mind active
and let not your faith weaken or your courage fail.
Keep your knees in motion and let not opportunities be neglected, for
"the final movements shall be rapid ones."
Thus shall you "walk with God" as Enoch of old, and as he was
translated without tasting death so shall you be.
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"Messenger Of The Covenant"--Who Is It?
explain how to harmonize "The Shepherd's Rod, " Vol. 2, p. 240, par.
2, with "Gospel Workers, " p. 42, par. 2,--subject, "The
Messenger of the Covenant."
surface reader "The Shepherd's Rod" and "Gospel Workers"
appear to be in direct opposition to each other, but when the subject is well
studied, then they will be found to be in perfect agreement. Such apparently conflicting statements are not found only in
these two publications, but in "Gospel Workers" itself, for while
Christ is named the "Messenger of the Covenant" on p. 44, this same
title is applied to Moses on p. 20. Here
follows the comparison:
Moses was chosen as the messenger of the covenant, the word given him was, 'Be
thou for the people to Godward.'"--"Gospel Workers," p. 20.
conclude that "The Shepherd's Rod"
is wrong by saying that the promised Elijah's message of Malachi 4:5 is the
"messenger of the covenant, " and the "Gospel Workers" for
applying the same title to both Christ and Moses, then we might as well infer
that Christ likewise misapplied the same scripture, for "Jesus began to say
unto the multitudes concerning John...But what went ye out for to see?
A prophet? yea, I say unto
you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my
messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come."
(Matt. 11:7, 9, 10, 14.)
see that Jesus applied the message of Malachi Three to that of John the Baptist,
and named him the Elijah that was to come, but when the Jews, priests, and
Levites asked John saying, "Art thou Elias?...he saith, I am not."
(John 1:19, 21.) Shall we here conclude that both Jesus and John violated the
truth? What then?
the "Gospel Workers" applies Malachi 3:1 to Christ's first advent, but
the same author in "The Great Controversy, " p. 424, par. 3, applies
it to Christ's coming to the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary in 1844;
and on p. 425, is applied to the soon expected purification of the church.
Again, on p. 426, the author states that "...Dan. 8:14; the coming
of the Son of man to the Ancient of days, as presented in Dan.
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and the coming of the Lord to His temple, foretold by Malachi, are descriptions
of the same event; and this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom
to the marriage, described by Christ in the parable of the ten virgins, of
one of these applications could be right, then which one should we choose?
When the questioner harmoniously unifies the above scattered periods to
which Malachi 3:1 is applied, then "The Shepherd's Rod" will prove to
him to be in perfect harmony with "The Great Controversy" and
"Gospel Workers." Though
one statement seems to contradict the other, yet we are compelled to conclude
that every one of these inspired applications must be correct.
Says the great apostle, "Shall their unbelief make the faith of God
without effect? God forbid: yea,
let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That Thou mightest be
justified in Thy sayings, and mightest overcome when Thou art judged."
(Rom. 3:3, 4.)
trouble does not lie in the statements themselves, but rather in man's limited
knowledge of the truth therein, which proves that we are in the period of the
Laodiceans,--"wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked." But the worst part of
it all lies in that the Lord is saying to the church of today, "Thou
knowest not" your great ignorance in not understanding rightly the Word of
truth, and she does not believe Him! The
apparent contradictions being discussed in this article are harmonized, in
short, as follows:
Bible student will, without difficulty, perceive at a glance that the perfect
fulfillment of Malachi Three is yet future, and is directly applicable to the
imminent "purification of the church, "--"temple"--for saith
the Lord, "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."
Christ and the "Gospel Workers" apply this scripture to Christ's first
advent, any student of sacred history knows that it did not meet its perfect
fulfillment there, for the Jews did not "delight" in Him as prophesied
in Malachi 3:1, but instead, they hated Him.
Neither did Christ at that time purify His church as described by the
prophet. But by the fact that
Christ applied Malachi Three to John the Baptist's message, and as this
scripture did not meet its fulfillment at that time, it proves that John was a
type of the Elijah that is to come before the coming of the "great and
dreadful day of the Lord" (Malachi 4:5), at which time the prophecy will be
fulfilled in its fullness.
as John was a messenger to God's own people at that time, just so at this time
the Elijah of Malachi's prophecy represents a message which is to be delivered
not to the world, but to the professed people of God. As John was their last prophet, his message was their final
means to fit them for the Messiah's appearing, for which cause said the Master,
"If ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come."
(Matt. 11:14.) Likewise, Elijah's message of today must be to the
professed people of God, and is to be their last means to fit them for Christ's
appearing at this time.
John "...declared that those who claimed to be the chosen people of God
were defiled by sin, and that without purification of heart and life they could
have no part in the Messiah's kingdom" (Desire of Ages, p. 104), just so
the Elijah's message at this time will denounce the denominational
corruptions--"the abominations in the midst thereof" (Eze.
9:4)--rebuke the prevailing sins, and exclaim: "What greater deception can
come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right, when they are all
wrong!...They know not that their condition is deplorable in the sight of
God....The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling
denunciation."--"Testimonies for the Church, " Vol. 3, pp. 252-3.
above proves that the cleansing of the ancient temple in Jerusalem was a type of
the purification of the church, which will take place at a time when the house
of God is made a house of merchandise by selling denominational publications and
raising goals (8 T. 250), for when Christ "had made a scourge of small
cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and
poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them
that sold doves, Take these things hence: make not My Father's house an house of
merchandise." (John 2:15, 16.)
"Great Controversy, " p. 424, applying Malachi Three to Christ's
coming to the heavenly sanctuary in 1844, and on p. 425, to the impending
purification of the church at this present time, to which the parable of the ten
virgins refers to, must now be harmonized.
that Malachi Three is again applied to two different periods,--the one of 1844
and also to the one in which the church is to be purified--proves that Malachi's
prophecy apprehends both the judgment of the dead and the judgment of the
living. Consequently, there are two
such comings of the Lord "to His temple" and two
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cleansing of the temple (sanctuary) from the wicked dead (the investigative
judgment), and second, the purification of the church (temple) from the living
wicked, at which time Malachi 3:1-3 will meet its perfect fulfillment.
The parable of the ten virgins is applicable to the latter.
See "The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, pp. 180-186.
follows the explanation of the "messenger of the covenant."
As Christ was the "Messenger of the covenant" at His first
advent; also Moses, while leading Israel out of Egypt; in like manner, John the
Baptist's message; and the one to the Laodiceans--all four were compared to the
message of Malachi 3:1. Here we see
that the title, "messenger of the covenant," referred to by Malachi,
is applied to more than one person, in the same manner as the promises which
were made to ancient Israel are now applicable to modern Israel--the 144, 000.
Spirit of Prophecy, "...It is necessary now that the minds of God's people
should be open to understand the Scriptures.
To say that a message means just this and nothing more, that you must not
attach any broader meaning to the words of Christ than we have in the past, is
saying that which is not actuated by the Spirit of God."--R. & H., Oct.
word, "covenant," means nothing more or less than an
agreement,--promise. This being
true, Moses was a "messenger of the covenant;" namely, the promise God
made to Abraham that He was to deliver his posterity out of Egypt by a
prophet--messenger. John also came
in fulfillment of prophecy as he himself declared that Esaias had prophesied of
him (John 1:23), and according to Christ's own statement (Matt. 11:7, 9, 10),
Malachi had also prophesied of John.
had made a written covenant with His ancient people that He was to send them the
Messiah, Christ came in fulfillment of that covenant, and having brought a
message by His teachings, He was the "Messenger of the covenant."
But the words of Malachi in chapter three, verse one, make plain that
before the Lord comes "to His temple," He will send a messenger to
prepare the way, at which time He is to purify the sons of Levi,--those who
minister in "His temple"--the church.
As he that "is filthy" at the moment probation closes must
remain "filthy" (Rev. 22:11), it follows that this work of
purification which the Lord is to perform at His coming must be accomplished in
probationary time, and long before the gospel work is finished, for He cannot
finish it with the impure "sons of Levi,"--ministry.
This particular coming of the Lord is also predicted in Vol. 5, pp. 80,
of the fact that Christ at His coming to purify the church will not in person
preach the message as He did before the crucifixion, but send someone other than
himself, how could He at this time be the "messenger of the covenant?"
There is but one answer to this--the one who brings the message must be
the "messenger of the covenant," and when the Lord sends him he will
fulfill the promise of Malachi 4:5. Having
prepared "the way," the Lord will "sit as a refiner and purifier
of silver" (Mal. 3:3), "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; when the Lord shall
have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion."
(Isa. 4:3, 4.)
though the title, "messenger of the covenant," is applied to more than
one messenger, it rightfully belongs to the Holy Spirit, and only for the reason
that the Spirit of God is in them are they designated by that title.
For example, we call the reader's attention to 1 Pet. 3:18-20.
There it is stated that Christ went and preached to the antediluvians by
the same "Spirit" Who "quickened" Him. Being stated that He went by the Spirit and not in person, it
proves that Christ accomplished this by that same Spirit through Noah.
Hence, Christ being the "Messenger of the covenant," and He
being in Noah by the Spirit, compels us to acknowledge that the title,
"messenger of the covenant," belongs not only to those mentioned in
this article, including Noah, but to all God's chosen messengers in whose
message is Christ, by that same Spirit.
for the fact of this union--the Spirit in the messengers that the Word says,
"holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
(2 Pet. 1:21.) Briefly summarized, the words, "messenger of the
covenant," mean nothing more or less than to say, The Holy Spirit in
Heaven's visible representative, or the invisible Christ in the message.
BEAST OF REVELATION 17 MAKE THE
REVELATION 13 BABYLON?
explain: If the beast of Revelation 13:1 represents the papacy (Great
Controversy 439:1), and if the woman of Revelation 17 is Babylon, then is not
the beast of Revelation 13:1 also Babylon, and thus the S.D.A. church?
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the illustration on p. 84 of Vol. 2 of "The Shepherd's Rod" and
concentrate on the symbols as set forth therein. Note how perfectly each symbol defines itself.
For an example, the Word of God explains that the horns on the
non-descript beast are "ten kings that shall arise.
(Dan. 7:24.) That is, the
horns did not have their sovereign power as yet.
Therefore, they were crownless, but the horns on the leopard-like beast
are crowned, showing that it represents the period when those kings (horns)
received their kingdoms.
non-descript beast in its first stage is a representation of the world during
the reign of imperial Rome, and in its second stage depicts the papal despotism.
Though this beast by "the little horn" represented the papacy,
he also prophetically represented the nations of today.
Hence the beast, as a whole, is not the papacy, but the world with its
civil and religious systems. This
same condition exists with the leopard-like beast, for it also has 10 horns (the
civil governments), and seven heads (the religious systems)--the world.
papal phase of the non-descript beast is represented by a symbol composed of two
elements--horn and head. The horn
part depicts a civil power and the head part, a religious system,--the papacy.
This fact is again proven by the symbolism of the leopard-like beast.
The papacy is here described only by the head which was wounded, showing
that the ten crowned horns and the remaining six heads, which had not been
wounded, are not the papacy. Consequently,
neither one of the beasts in their entirety are the papacy, for the papacy is
only a part of them.
who anti-typical Babylon is, and who is not, we shall draw an illustration by
ancient Israel--the church of God. They
were called apart from the world, though in the world. This separation made two great divisions; namely, the church
and the world.
ancient Israel was carried into Babylon they were, as a people, still
Israelites. So it was with the
early Christian church when she fell into the hands of the papacy--anti-typical
Babylon. The church herself was not
Babylon, but was under the subjection of Babylon,--the pope as head of baptized
is true with the Protestant churches. They
in reality are not Babylon and thus far only to a degree have they subjected
themselves to Babylon. Says the
"Great Controversy": "Not until...the union of the church with
the world shall be fully accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of
Babylon be complete. The change is
a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Rev. 14:8 is yet future."
(Great Controversy, p. 390.)
a confederation of the Christian churches, united with civil governments (Great
Controversy, p. 442) will form a likeness of the papacy; namely, church and
state (horn-head). To construct
such a combination is nothing less than to bring to life the spirit of
intolerance and persecution that was manifested by the papacy before receiving
"the wound." (Rev. 13:3.)
Thus the papal broken rock being cemented together by the two-horned
beast (Rev. 13:14) is the formation of the image to the leopard-like beast in
the period when prevailing against the saints of the Most High for 42 months
(Dan. 7:25; Rev. 13:5), to which the Great Controversy, p. 445 is calling our
attention. All who allow themselves
to be put in subjection to this forth-coming religio-political power, which is
nothing less than Babylon the third; that is, ancient Babylon to whom God's
people were placed in subjection for 70 years was the first, the wearing out of
the saints by the papacy for "a times, and times, and the dividing of
time" (Dan. 7:25) was the second; and the "image of the beast"
above mentioned is the third, of which the scarlet colored beast of Rev.
17 is symbolical. This is
the only beast in the Revelation that is called Babylon, of which the S.D.A.
church cannot be a part. (Testimonies
to Ministers, 58, 59.) When Babylon
the third comes into power, she is again to fall as predicted in the Revelation
of the beasts contain a special lesson. The
non-descript, by the little horn, reveals the rise of the papacy. The
leopard-like points to the Reformation by the wound on one of his heads.
But in the second place, the leopard-like also discloses the fact, by the
blasphemy over his heads, that the churches of today have rejected the Word of
God--the messages. The healing of
his wound brings in the world a similar religious condition to that before the
beast was wounded; that is, treading down the truth as it was between the years
of 508 A.D. and 538 A.D.; namely, casting the "truth to the ground"
(Dan. 8:12), which fact brought about the establishment of the papacy and the
commencement of the 1260 year period. See
illustration in "The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, p. 128.
great apostasy at that time prepared the way for setting up the papacy, so the
healing of the wound in 1929 is preparatory for making an image to the
beast,--of the papacy. In order to
protect the "very elect"--the 144,000--from falling a prey to the
image of the beast, God is now getting ready to cut off the wicked from among
the righteous by
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fulfillment of Ezekiel Nine. Thus
God prevents His church from be coming involved in Babylon.
two-horned beast represents the power that is to be instrumental in making the
image, or likeness of the old papal system as above explained. By the scarlet colored beast is depicted a church union,
confederated with the world.
S.D.A. church is symbolized on the leopard-like beast to the extent that it
reveals she, like the rest of the Christian churches, rejected the messages
brought to her in 1888 and 1930. Some
may attempt to question this interpretation of the symbolism, but they cannot
deny the fact that the messages were not accepted.
This being true proves the symbolism correct. The name over the heads of the leopard-like is not
"Babylon" but "blasphemy" instead.
Every message comes by inspiration, for otherwise it would be no message
from God, because the Bible says that "holy men of God (messengers) spake
as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Pet. 1:21.)
Therefore, to reject such a message is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.
(Matt. 12:31.) As all the churches
rejected the messages sent directly to them, the name of blasphemy over the
heads is a most logical symbol. Hence,
there is no ground upon which one can correctly conclude that the symbolism of
the leopard-like makes the church "Babylon."
leopard-like is a composite beast of all the beasts before it. His mouth of a
lion (Babylon), feet of a bear (Medo-Persia), body of a leopard (Grecia), the 10
horns (of the non-descript beast--Rome), the wounded head (Catholicism), the
unharmed ones (Protestantism), and the crowns (the kingdoms of today), again
prove that the leopard-like beast is a symbol
of the whole world. The
S.D.A. church (head) being represented on the beast (world) by a symbol of the
same likeness (head) as the other six churches (heads) would make the S.D.A.
church no more Babylon than it would make her Medo-Persia, or Grecia, or
something else. In fact, it would
have been illogical if all of the seven churches (candlesticks--Rev. 1:20) were
not represented by a symbol of the same likeness as that of the other six
churches (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia) for
they (the early Christian and Protestant churches), too, were once God's chosen
churches as the Laodicean is now.
symbolism is not placing the church in Babylon, but in the world (Egypt), and
the evidence is so plain, both by the symbols and by the church's condition,
that it does not require an angel to recognize this fact.
Though the "Shepherd's Rod" plainly says that the church is in
"Egypt," which point the opponents of the Rod are not trying to
controvert, and while the Rod contends, through and through, that the church is
not Babylon, they accuse it of saying it is! which in comparison means the same
as to call black, white, and white, black.
as the churches are symbolized in "The Revelation" by seven
candlesticks (Rev. 1:20), the symbolism must include the early Christian church,
later the Protestants, and at last the Seventh-day Adventists, or the
Laodiceans. These churches are not
only symbolized by candlesticks of the same likeness, but are also all grouped
together as are the seven heads on the leopard-like beast.
If the assemblage of the candlesticks does not make the Laodiceans
Babylon, why will the heads?
WHICH BEAST DO YOU REFER IN THE SROD THAT IS NOT THE PAPACY?
of the beast in question, the Rod says on p. 151, "The beast spoken of here
is the one with lamb-like horns," which together with the false prophet
(Rev. 19:20), are prophetically cast alive into the lake of fire.
This fact is illustrated on the page opposite to the one from which the
question is asked.
answer, "To which beast do you refer in the following statement?
"The idea that the papacy is called the beast is altogether
wrong--"The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, p. 151.
By this statement the Rod means that the title, "the beast,"
can never, in the fullest sense of the word, be applied to the papacy, for such
term would make "the beast" in its entirety symbolical of the papacy,
not showing that the papacy is only one of its heads, but that the papacy is the
world (the beast), and not just a part of the beast (world).
you HARMONIZE the statement in "THE GREAT CONTROVERSY," p. 445, the
"leopard-like beast of Revelation 13,--the papacy," WITH "THE
SHEPHERD'S ROD" where it states that the leopard-like beast as a whole is
not the papacy? The author of
"The Great Controversy" could not possibly have in mind to imply that
the beast, as a whole, is the papacy, but only that part of the beast to which
she makes direct reference; namely, the enforcement of its worship by the
two-horned beast, as stated in the words: "The 'image to the beast'
represents that form of apostate Protestantism (not the papacy of today revived
but) which will be developed when Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the
civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. The mark of The beast still remains to be defined."
(G.C. 445.) The author of
the above never did advocate that the horns, and the six heads on the
leopard-like beast which were not wounded, were the papacy.
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