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One Waco, Texas
& 12 May--June,
Interest Of The S.D.A. Denomination
removal of our headquarters to the new location has made it necessary to combine
the May and June numbers of the "Symbolic Code" into one issue.
"MOUNT CARMEL CENTER"
it was at first thought that the office should remain in its original location
for a month or two longer, circumstances called for its immediate removal, and
it is with praises that we make this happy announcement of our arrival at the
new headquarters location, and we feel certain that all who are standing in the
light of present truth will, with the pioneers of this central location for our
future work in behalf of our S.D.A. brethren, raise their voices in thanksgiving
to our heavenly Father.
of our Los Angeles business meetings a call was made for volunteers who would
like to play the part of Caleb and Joshua, saying, "We are well able to
take the land." After being
promised free transportation to Mt. Carmel Center, board themselves, and work
for nothing, at the appointed day, May 19, we were to meet in San Diego,
California, and to our surprise it was discovered that there were twelve in the
company representing seven families which, as usual, proved that the hand of God
was in operation in the same manner as when He chose the twelve patriarchs, the
twelve tribes of fleshly Israel, the twelve spies of the land, the twelve
apostles, and the twelve tribes of spiritual Israel, twelve thousand out of each
tribe; namely, the 144,000.
plain to see why God chose twelve in each instance:--The twelve patriarchs were
the fathers of the founders of the twelve tribes; the twelve tribes were the
founders of the two kingdoms (Judah and Israel); the twelve spies represented
all the tribes; the twelve apostles founded the Christian church; and the
144,000 (12, 000 out of each tribe) are to establish the church that shall be
translated, which facts prove that the number "twelve" in each
instance denotes the foundation of a spiritual government.
Hence, "the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the
names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
company being composed of twelve members signifies that it is to represent the
foundation of this central headquarters location of the last and everlasting
spiritual government. And as number
"seven" denotes completeness, the seven families are to represent all
the families that are to make up the everlasting kingdom of Christ.
Hence, we see the hand of God moving in the same mysterious way even now.
attention is called to Luke 14:17-24: "And sent His servant at supper time
to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
And they all with one consent began to make excuse.
The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must
needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove
them: I pray thee have me excused. And
another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
So that servant came, and shewed his Lord these things.
Then the Master of the house being angry said to His servant, Go out
quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor,
and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as Thou hast commanded, and yet
there is room. And the Lord said
unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come
in, that My house may be filled. For
I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of My
above parable must find its fulfillment in the end of the world, for the fact
that the call came at "supper time," and just before the marriage of
the king's son (Matt. 22:2) when it can be truly said, "all things are now
ready," that is, at the time when Christ is to be crowned as King of Kings
and Lord of Lords, which is to take
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the close of probation. See
"The Great Controversy," p. 428, par. 1.
that the call came first to the ones who were well known and well to do--the
foremost in the city--for one had "bought a piece of ground," another
"five yoke of oxen," and the other had "married a wife."
The fact that the "servant" was sent to re-invite those that
had been "bidden" before, proves that the call of this parable is not
to come first to a people who know not of Christ and His wedding but to His
church. It also proves that they
believed, for they did not argue the facts concerning the wedding but excused
themselves because they were more interested in the things of this world than in
the kingdom of Christ. Therefore,
those who "with one consent began to make excuse" must represent a
class of church members and the ones whom the very last message found "in a
sad deception" ("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 3, pp. 252-3),
yet believing that they were ready to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Hence, this call does not represent the 1844 message, when all things
began to be ready, but rather at a later time when all things are ready.
parable shows that as the class whom the message reached first excused
themselves, and as the "Master of the house being angry said... none of
those men which were bidden shall taste of My supper," it shows that their
probation closed when they rejected the call, and that it is to be before the
final close of probation for, after they excused themselves, others were bidden
from the "city" and also from the "highways and hedges," and
when the house was "furnished with guests," and before the wedding
took place, probation closed for all who did not respond to the call.
Hence, two consecutive closings of probation.
the more prominent ones in the "city" (church), who stand in the
forefront and who naturally are easily reached by the message, rejected the
call, "then the Master of the house being angry said to the servant, Go out
quickly into the streets and the lanes of the city church and bring in thither
the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind;" that is, those
often considered by the foremost in the church to be the offscouring of the
"streets and of the lanes" of whom the church in her Laodicean state
feels no great need in her midst.
those whom the message first reached excused themselves, the latter class (the
laity) responded to the call, and as "the servant said, Lord it is done as
Thou hast commanded, and yet there is room," shows that after the message
shall first be delivered to the church, and gather one group of guests, it is
then to go to the "highways and hedges"--the world, or outside of the
church--and bring a second group. The
144,000 being the "firstfruits" (Rev. 14:4), it proves that those who
came from the "highways and hedges" are the second fruits of Rev. 7:9.
fulfillment of this parable, it was found among our governmental number, who
left California on May 19th and arrived on the 24th at the new location that we
were not only poor but also badly crippled.
Four of us have the use of one hand only--two with permanent
injury--besides other deformities and afflictions over the entire caravan. Yet our faith has never failed, for we are constantly
trusting in the One Who is "taking the reins in His own
hands."--"Testimonies for the Church," p. 80.
Hence it is said, "Who hath despised the day of small things?"
sorry that our leading brethren who first received the call have with one
consent excused themselves, but we hope that some may yet join with those of the
"streets" and the "lanes."
automobiles and two home made trailers composed the caravan--1924 Durant, 1926
Chevrolet, and 1932 Ford. The first
two were in bad repair and, as we were able to make only about 100 miles for the
first 8 hours, it appeared impossible to make the journey, but the One Who is
"taking charge of the flock" ("Testimonies to Ministers," p.
300) and Who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4) led us safely with no
trouble at all save two or three minor repairs and three flats on one of the
sixteen wheels that carried the caravan.
significant number, seven days almost to the hour, we arrived on the very spot
where, with the help of the Lord we are now endeavoring to erect the
"camp" of Ezek. 4:2, from which the burden of the work is to be
carried for the church in all the world, as explained in the April
"Code." It was on this
sacred spot that we ate our lunch at about 1 P.M. Friday, praising God for His
tender care over the group on the entire journey.
was one ordained minister in the company, also one who has never professed the
Adventist faith but believes that we have a message,
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symbolically proves that not only the poor, and the sick from the "streets
and lanes" are represented by the company of twelve, but the ministry as
well, and also the heathen from the "highways and hedges."
So again we thank the Lord that, by a significant object lesson in the
founders of "Mt. Carmel Center," He expresses His desire to save the
laity as well as the ministry and the heathen who may respond to the eleventh
hour call which is to be heralded from this central location.
solicit the prayers of God's faithful people that we may do nothing that would
dishonor Him, retard His work, or cause any to stumble.
May we all be faithful in this sacred trust that is committed unto us and
keep "Mt. Carmel Center" as sacred a place as when Mt. Sinai shook at
the presence of the Lord and as it was proven on ancient Mt. Carmel that the
Lord was God and not Baal, and as then the Lord rid Israel of the false prophets
(teachers), may He now by "Mt. Carmel Center" do as much and more so,
for the Lord wants this place to be a refuge for all who make no
"excuse"--for "the poor, the maimed, and the halt, and the
blind" of the "city," and of the "highways and hedges"
who feel their need of Him.
names of the members that composed the company of twelve are as follows:
and Mr. C.E. Charboneau
and Sr. J. Berolinger
John Knippel, Sr.
LIGHT OF REVELATION EIGHTEEN
from Shreveport, La. states that, "For more than twenty-seven years I was a
loyal Seventh-day Adventist, educated in the schools of this denomination, and
always a devoted lover of the truths of this people.
years ago I reconsecrated myself, under the Spirit of God, to live it as never
before. Then my eyes were opened,
and I began to see the light. Since,
I have suffered the most severe persecution by my brethren, and in consequence
my sons and I quit going to church but still devotedly keeping Sabbath,
maintaining family prayer, and other devotions.
twenty-seven years I have attended services, camp meetings, and read the
denominational literature. Not one
iota of new light have I heard in these meetings.
The same sermons that brought me into the S.D.A. truth are now preached
with less spiritual power than then, thus fulfilling the prophecy in Jer. 23:30.
a year ago, a colporteur from California came here to the Shreveport church, and
was invited to review the Sabbath School lesson. After becoming acquainted, he began to reprove the people for
their conduct at the services. They
reported him to the conference, and had him removed. Later, a warning was issued in this conference that no one
should be permitted to speak to a S.D.A. congregation without credentials from
the conference office. I grasped
the meaning that they had locked out Christ for He would never go to any group
of men for credentials to speak to the people.
If He should come now they will, like the rulers of ancient Israel, ask
Him to tell who gave Him authority to teach.
a year ago I saw in our church literature articles against the SRod.
I wondered what the SRod could be and determined to read it.
paid my tithe devotedly until eight months ago.
But having obtained the books, in my study of Ezekiel 9 I came to the
conclusion that to support the ministry while they are fighting against the
message I would identify myself as one of them in upholding the fostered
abominations among us as a people. Hence,
as the angels slew all who did not 'sigh and cry, ' I am determined to make sure
that I receive the seal and escape the ruin.
have always abhorred that 'holier than thou' (Isa. 65:5) attitude of our people,
who seem to keep their specific sins in their circle as if God will think less
of S.D.A. sins than others."
Mrs. J.A. Harren
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yet have I seen such a stir as in Denver at the present time. The entire conference force, including the church elders,
have taken to the field. Even the
conference president is going from house to house to head off our work.
Instead of going in "two's," they are going by
in four churches in Denver yesterday, the entire hour was given to the SRod.
We attended the church at Arvada and sat under a withering blast of
falsehoods and accusations. But in
spite of it all, twenty adults and seven children met with us at 2:30 P.M.
The strong opposition has overthrown a few, but practically all who have
studied the message are standing unshaken.
were made in all the churches yesterday that a symposium against the SRod would
be held in one of the large churches next Friday night.
Surely they are greatly alarmed and are putting forth every effort to
stop us. This will no doubt make
our work more difficult, requiring us to make many visits to obtain a hearing,
but we are rejoicing in what the Lord is doing, and it seems certain that a nice
little company will be organized here. But
as many are getting one study per week, the work is surely slow.
April 28, 1935 (Signed) H.G. Warden
NEWS FROM REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA
Perry Jones, who has been spending a few months in Redlands, Calif. sends the
following good word for the Code: "Sixteen of the best members of the
Redlands church have recently investigated the message of the SRod, and are
rejoicing in it. Many more of the
thirty-two who have purchased the books are studying and attending the meetings
which are being held from time to time."
Hendricks, Bro. Jone's sister, has recently joined him in the work at this
place, and doubtless others of God's honest children will investigate this
beautiful "present truth" message, and accept it in spite of all the
opposition that the dear brethren are blindly bringing to bear against it, for
the promise of God to cause the "wrath of man" to "praise
Him" still holds good.
Hendricks will be remembered by the readers of the Code as the one who started
the work in Sheridan, Wyoming, and has suffered quite a bit of persecution at
the hands of those who did not understand her work.
present address of these workers is 121 E. Olive Ave., Redlands, Calif.
OF THE WANDERING SHEEP HEARD
twelve years ago, through the efforts of an isolated sister and a young
canvasser, our entire family accepted the truth as taught by the Bible and the
Spirit of Prophecy.
the canvasser came to the Walla Walla Valley to teach, and we moved out there to
put our children in the church schools.
first we seemed to be not in harmony with the "work" as carried on and
lived out in the lives of the S.D.A. people, and in trying to be in harmony with
the church, we were led to drift father and farther away from the fundamental
truths until one by one the family dropped out, and now I am the only one left
that hold church membership.
three weeks ago Brother and Sister Boyes brought me some tracts and Volume One
of the SRod. Now I am again finding
the message in all its purity and beauty, and I feel that my feet are once more
being planted upon solid ground. I
am now reading Vol. 2 of the Rod, and from what I have found so far, I stand
with it one hundred per cent.
sincerely yours for present truth,
is the time when we should closely connect with God, that we may be hid when the
fierceness of His wrath is poured upon the sons of men.
We have wandered away from the old landmarks.
Let us return. If the Lord
be God, serve Him; if Baal, serve him. Which
side will you be on?"--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p.
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OF THE WANDERING SHEEP HEARD
brother from Trussville, Ala. says: "I am very much interested in the
message you are carrying. I have
been waiting for just such. I felt
like Elijah until I learned of you people.
He thought he was alone until the Lord told him of the seven thousand who
had not bowed a knee to Baal.
C. Richard Waldron
brother says: "Since reading the SRod several times the Bible is much
clearer, and we see that the Lord is now talking to the 144,000".
Yes, it does seem that the whole Book was written for the "servants
of God" who shall go forth "conquering and to conquer" during the
Loud Cry. Rev. 7:3; P.K. 725.
THE GOSPEL OF LOVE
said that the milk of human kindness has about lost its force in the world
today, and many people are stumbling over the lack of this beautiful attribute
of Christ among His professed followers. This
failure is not confined to the laity, however.
Neither is it prevalent alone in the larger denominations, for this
writer was an eye witness recently to the result of a kind of preaching that
seemed to make men act like demons instead of Christians, and worst of all,
these discourses were delivered in Seventh-day Adventist churches.
our privilege a few weeks ago to attend a service conducted by a field secretary
of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in one of our city churches,
at the close of which, Bro. Houteff, the author of the SRod, who was also in
attendance, was asking the speaker of the evening a question on some point
discussed from the pulpit in opposition to the teachings of the Rod.
Without any warning or conversation of any kind, a man approached Bro.
Houteff from the rear, taking him by the neck and shoulders, and thrust
him out of the building. The man
was not a member of the church, and his mother said he was not even a Christian.
What incited this poor man to act like this?
There was no excitement whatever on the part of either of the conversants
prior to this shameful act.
time after this, in company with Bro. Houteff, I attended a Sabbath service in
another one of our churches, and this time the President of the conference spoke
in opposition to the SRod, making it very clear to his hearers that anyone
believing the message of the Rod could not remain a member of the S.D.A. church,
and that we who had accepted the messages contained in the SRod series were not
Seventh-day Adventists; neither were we worthy to receive the blessings to be
enjoyed in our churches.
close of this service, while standing in front of the building with a number of
others, a lady approached Bro. Houteff and spoke to him, and before he had time
to reply to her, a young man rushed up to Bro. Houteff, and rolling up his
sleeves, demanded that he stop talking to his mother, and threatening to smash
the glasses off his face. But some
one led him away, and he too said he was not an Adventist.
What put such hatred in the heart of this young man?
Was it not what he heard from the pulpit that Sabbath morning?
incident very similar to the ones mentioned above came to my attention, all
within a period of four weeks. This
time the President of the Union Conference had called a large congregation
together on Sabbath afternoon to hear him refute the SRod, during which time he
conducted himself in such a way as to create hatred in the hearts of his hearers
against the author of the messages contained in the SRod series of books and
tracts. After the meeting closed,
and a group of young people were gathered around Bro. Houteff outside the church
near an embankment, when a young man rushed up to the crowd, pushed the person
nearest himself as hard as he could in an endeavor to thrust Bro.
Houteff over the embankment, and would have done so had he not been quick
enough to catch himself in time to avoid a headlong fall over the decline.
may well inquire, What put such hatred into the hearts of these young men?
The answer is clear, for it was nothing else than
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sermon they had heard in the church. May
God forgive these dear men for this wicked thing.
0, consistency, thou are a jewel!
attacks against the advocates of the truth will wax more bitter and determined
to the very close of time. As in
Christ's day the chief priests and rulers stirred up the people against Him, so
today the religious leaders will excite bitterness and prejudice against the
truth for this time. The people
will be led to acts of violence and opposition which they would never have
thought of had they not been imbued with the animosity of professed Christians
against the truth."--"Gospel Workers," p. 324.
not we do well to profit by those experiences, and see to it that no root of
bitterness be allowed to enter our hearts, and, no matter what others may do,
ought not we, who claim to be sighing and crying against the "abominations
that be done in the midst thereof," maintain that unfeigned love of the
brethren, and thus walk in the footsteps of Him Who, when He was reviled,
reviled not again?
FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE
Faith Pruett of Sheridan, Wyoming, speaking of the hatred which has been sown in
the hearts of many of the members of the S.D.A. church against those who have
accepted the message contained in the SRod, telling how the doors of the church
have been closed against them, and the longing in her heart to worship in the
little church of her choice, says in part:
had been so cold to be sitting out side that none of us attended the Wednesday
evening prayer meeting for a few weeks. But
last Wednesday night, although I knew none of the other believers in the SRod
message would be there, I felt I should go.
It was snowing very hard, but not so cold. Before reaching the church the thought came to me that
perhaps they would not be expecting me on account of the heavy snow, and that
the door would not be guarded as formerly, and I got so nervous thinking I might
get in that I could hardly breathe, but I asked the Lord to give me strength in
case I should gain admittance.
enough, when I arrived the choir was practicing and no one at the door, so I
went in and sat down in the rear of the building, with all eyes staring at me,
but I remembered Ezekiel, chapters 2 and 3.
One sister arose and rushed back and forth through the building, and then
met the elder and told him that I was inside. A deacon said in my hearing, 'So this is her church.'
The elder entered in, walked to the front of the auditorium, and all
seemed to know what to do, for he opened the door to another room and all
marched in. Then I knew it meant
for me to remain where I was as a former experience had taught me when Sr.
Walters was put out leaving her in the cold, and Sr. Hendricks and I were
treated in the same way, except that the lights were turned off, and we were
left in the main auditorium, and as soon as we left, they returned for their
meeting where it was warm.
time I decided that I would sit by the fire and have my prayer meeting by
myself, and they could now have theirs in the cold.
About this time, the deacon and elder came and told me that they were to
turn out the lights and lock the door, and that I had better get out, but I sat
still and said nothing. So, true to
their word, the lights went off, the door was locked, and they passed into the
back room. Although I was locked in
the dark, it was cozy and warm and 'the angel of the Lord' who 'encampeth round
about them that fear Him' was my companion.
So I spent the hour praying for each one of them.
they were through they came back, turned on the lights, unlocked the door, and I
went out. Poor souls, I don't see
how we can ever reach them! How I
do thank the Lord for the showers of truth that He is sending. O, I long for more faith in the power of God to save me from
WE LOOK TO OTHER FOLK?
every body in the world, including Seventh-day Adventists, are concerned with
the above question, and most of us spend some time, at least, trying to avoid
offense by carefulness in our outward appearance, but the Bible tells us that
only man looks at the outside, while God sees the heart, so shall we not turn
the searchlight of His word inward for a frequent checkup, lest we neutralize
our efforts for good
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the striking statements concerning our influence, and one which emphasizes the
fact that we are indeed a "spectacle to the world, to angels, and to
men" is found on page 23 of Vol. 9 of the "Testimonies for the
church," and reads as follows: "The world is watching Seventh-day
Adventists, because it knows something of their profession of faith, and of
their high standard, and when it sees those who do not live up to their
profession, it points at them with scorn."
the above quotation refers to the church as a whole, we are concerned here with
the question of how we, who profess to be giving a special message to the
church, appear to our own dear brethren who have not yet accepted the message
which is so precious to us, and for whom we are to labor, knowing that their
blood will be upon us if we fail to do, by word and act, all that we can.
Hence it becomes evident that we are not only a "spectacle to the
world, to angels, and to men," but to our S.D.A. brethren as well, for they
are scrutinizing all our movements, and we should be glad to have them do so,
and see to it that nothing unbecoming a genuine Christian can truthfully be said
inspired to write these lines because of observations made here and there, and
it is hoped that none will take offense at what may be said, for this writer has
only the good of all at heart, and what is contained herein applies to him as
well as those who shall read the article.
concretely, may I call attention to what a very refined lady, a member of the
Adventist church said to me confidentially, as an illustration of how we appear
to others, and emphasizes how careful we should be at all times?
The lady referred to said substantially this: "I love to attend your
meetings, while I have not fully made up my mind to declare myself as being in
full harmony with the message of the SRod, for, as I view it, there would never
have been any need for the SRod series to be written had we studied and
practiced what is found in the Testimonies.
I love my church, and cherish dearly membership in same, and I wish folk
would not laugh when something is said about defective members of the S.D.A.
church. I would not want to lose my
membership in the church and become identified with those who indulge in this
uncalled-for, and rude practice."
humble opinion, she has called our attention to something for which all of us
should be thankful, and at the same time determine that we will not be among
those who give occasion for offense along this line.
friendly criticism comes to us relative to the length of our meetings, and the
length and character of our prayers and testimonies, which we do well to think
about. These are all closely
associated, and improvement in the last two items will help remedy the first, so
we shall deal with the last first, and the first last.
believe our testimonies should be to magnify the Lord, and tell what great
things He has done for us, but very brief and to the point, and seldom should we
ask for the floor the second time, for there are others who are more timid, and
by so doing we may altogether deny them the privilege of speaking.
It is always perfectly proper to request special prayer for one's self
and for those in whom you are interested at the time a testimony is borne.
manner, prayers should be brief, for the Lord has given specific instruction
about public prayers being short, yet we seem to forget this admonition all too
often. So shall we not determine to
improve in these two points and thus help to make the Sabbath meetings more
interesting, and at the same time keep them within the appointed hours?
of the abundance of light the Lord is sending us at this time, we are liable to
overlook the fact that the mind, like the stomach, can only handle so much food,
and, in our zeal to give the flock good measure we over-feed, and the people are
not able to digest all they get. The
servant of the Lord has not left us without instruction on this point, but tells
us that the discourses of some are too long, making so many points in one sermon
that most of them are covered up until the hearers cannot get any of them.
Furthermore, we are having an increasing number of young people and
children who are attending our services, and who are desirous of helping to give
the message to the church, and be one of those who shall receive the seal and
become a part of the "servants of God," and they, too, are watching
Lord help each one of us to remember that we are standing in the presence of a
Holy God every moment of our lives.
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POWER OF GOD'S WORD, SPOKEN IN LOVE
Ida Miner, of Montrose, Colo., who is spending some time at the Boulder
Sanitarium, passes on the following experience with one of the officials of this
large institution who had taken her to task for what he thought was causing
trouble among the workers in the sanitarium: "When the San ________ told me
he didn't want me to be causing trouble, I said I had no such desire, but, Bro.
Blank, if I fail to sound the warning, and you perish in your sins, your blood
shall be required at my hand."
but if I reject?' he said. 'Then
you are free.' Soon after, I never
saw a man look so. His face turned
red, perspiration came down thickly, then he stood up suddenly with both hands
over his face, brushed them down and over again, and again sat down quickly.
Please remember him at the throne of grace."
YE HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE
recent communication, one of our sisters, a member of the Keene, Texas church,
tells of her burden for the minister who brought the message to her and her
husband about ten years ago in the following language:
communication to the former pastor, this sister reminded him of how earnestly he
had prayed that they would not allow a Government job to stand in their way of
accepting the Sabbath, and how much they appreciated his prayers in their behalf
at that crucial hour of their experience. Then she told him that she and her husband were now praying
earnestly that he would not allow a conference job to stand in his way of
accepting the added light which God is sending to His people at this time, and
pleaded with him to make an honest and unbiased investigation of the message
contained in the SRod series of books and tracts.
not emulate the good example of this sister, and thus fulfill the command of our
Lord when He said, "Freely ye have received; freely give"?
IN THE MESSAGE OF PRESENT TRUTH
Hogan of Los Angeles, Calif., sends in the following encouraging words: "I
am thankful to the Lord for bringing me in contact with the SRod.
My courage is good in the present truth message, and when I read the
Spirit of Prophecy it establishes my confidence more firmly in the message for
this time. For example, in 'A WORD
TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, ' p. 5, we read: 'God approved of the proclamation of 1843,
and the 10th day of the 7th month, 1844: by the pouring out of the Holy Ghost.
Since the 7th month 1844, the "rebellious house" of Israel,
have been removing the "landmarks," and writing, and proclaiming false
visions; but we all know that it has been the work of man, and not of God.
These flattering divinings, have cheered on the "rebellious
house" of Israel to some extent; but the work has not had the holy,
sanctifying influence, as when God's hand was in the work on time."
for the return of Mother"
hold as a correct philosophy that no man ever need defend himself, yet it is
sometimes necessary to make explanations, and answer a question in the minds of
several through the columns of a publication such as the Symbolic Code at the
often asked if the SRod teaches that misfortunes, such as bodily affliction,
sickness, and even death itself befalls those who oppose the teachings of the
above mentioned publication and the work it advocates, and we are happy to state
emphatically that not only the author of the SRod, but all who believe the
truths contained therein, give no countenance whatever to any such idea that the
slaughter weapons of Ezekiel Nine are being visited upon anyone for either
believing or disbelieving anything they choose.
not wish, however, to fall under the condemnation of those who shall give a
"peace and safety" message, saying, "He is too merciful to visit
His people in judgment," for by so doing, the Lord says emphatically that
"the just vengeance of an offended God" comes upon such, and that
"men, maidens, and little children all perish together."
"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 211.
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sorry indeed that it seemed necessary to occupy any space in this important
little paper in an honest endeavor to clarify the minds of our dear people who
have become confused by the enemy of the truth on the above mentioned points,
but we are sure that many will be glad for the explanation, judging from the
questions that have come to us from all parts of the field. Let it be distinctly understood by all that we are not
responsible for what anyone else may say, but we are wholly accountable for what
we ourselves say and do.--Editor.
"Having read the SRod series, learned, and believe what the message
teaches, would you advise me to join the S.D.A. denomination?"
After having accepted the whole truth it is our privilege to join the
church and we should apply for membership by complying with the ordinance of
baptism. However, having studied
the message through the medium of the SRod, and as it is opposed by the
denominational ministry, your application for baptism and membership may not be
accepted by the leading body of the church.
Nevertheless, having done all you can, if they should deny you of such a
privilege, they alone will be held responsible.
having one's name on the church books does not assure any one of being saved.
Having your name written in the books of heaven is what counts.
Your acceptance of the truth and a desire to comply with all the
requirements which the message provides, is what secures your membership in the
church of the redeemed.
you be permitted to join the church by baptism or not, we are told in the
scriptures not to hide our light under a bushel; we must follow the instruction
as found in Ezek. 2:1-8,--whether they will hear or whether they will forbear we
must carry the message to the church. As
you witness for Christ, they will oppose you and disfellowship you if you are a
member of the church, but we must never allow that to discourage us.
See Luke 6:22. Many were afraid to speak well of Christ for fear of being
put out of the synagogue, but Jesus says: "For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's,
the same shall save it." (Mk.
8:35.) "Blessed are ye, when
men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and
shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's
sake." (Lu. 6:22.)
"Will those who are now accepting the S.D.A. faith during this
sealing time be among the 144,000, or fall in the slaughter of Ezekiel 9?"
All that are found members of the church at the fulfillment of Ezekiel
Nine will either receive the seal and be of the 144,000, or else be left without
and fall under the "slaughter weapons" of the "five men."
Only those who "sigh and cry for all the abominations" in the
church will escape from the destruction.
"Would God lay away any one who may be in danger of rejecting the
We do not believe God will lay away any one because of being in danger of
rejecting the light He sends. However,
He may do so for some other reason. Those
who do not hear the Good Shepherd's voice now, neither will they hear it in the
resurrection of the just. Nevertheless,
we can not judge, for we do not know the conditions and circumstances under
which one may pass away.
"How can I prove to a brother that the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 is
First call his attention to the fact that the Lord was at the threshold
of the earthly house where and when prophetically the slaughter took place.
Get these points from tract #1, "The Dardanelles of the Bible."
refer him to "Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 211, where it
says: "Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to
feel the stroke of the wrath of God."
Moreover, the Spirit of Prophecy predicts that when the message of
Ezekiel Nine is proclaimed to the church, some will deny its literal
fulfillment, for they say: "He is too merciful to visit His people in
judgment." "They had
taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked
manifestation of God's power as in former days.
Times have changed."
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saying the slaughter of Ezekiel Nine is not literal is to say, "We need not
look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former
remind him of Isaiah 66:16, 19, 20. The
slaying mentioned in verse 16 is to be literal, for those that shall escape of
them are to be sent to all the nations to proclaim His glory and His fame.
This slaughter is in the church only, for those who "escape of
them" are God's servants whom, after the slaughter, He shall send to the
Gentiles; and if the slaughter is not literal then what will they
"escape" from?" Moreover, Ezekiel saw them literally slain.
"How do you harmonize the seven kings of Rev. 17:10 with the beast
that 'was, and is not, and yet is'? The
SRod, Vol. 2, p. 118 on this subject is not clear to me."
Do not try to harmonize the seven kings with the seven beasts, but only
with the periods which are symbolized by the four metals of the great image of
Dan. 2. To these periods add the
period before the flood and the one after the millennium as illustrated in the
SRod, Vol. 2, p. 84, and you will have a perfect harmony.
seven kings embrace the entire world's history from creation to the earth made
new. The antediluvian world is
symbolized by the first "king." The
empire of ancient Babylon by the second. The
Medo-Persian by the third. The
Grecian by the fourth and the Roman monarchy by the fifth. Of these it is said "five are fallen."
The king which "is" is symbolical of the period from the fall
of the Roman monarchy to the second coming of Christ; that is, the period which
now is; namely, Rome in her broken state. The
seventh king which "must continue a short space" is symbolical of the
wicked world after the millennium. Thus,
there are seven kings; five are fallen (the antediluvian, the Babylonian, the
Medo-Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman), but the present world which now
"is" comprises the sixth, and the one that is to come after the
millennium who is to "continue a short space" will be the seventh and
"Why are the three symbolical beasts of the Old Testament period
numbered by wings and ribs, and those of the New are left unnumbered?"
They are all numbered, but in order to mark the division between the Old
and New Testament periods there is a break in the manner of numeration which
break is again noticed by the fact that the beasts symbolizing the Old Testament
are hornless. Moreover, as the
numeration of the Old Testament beasts calls our attention to the period before
the flood, so the numeration of the New Testament beasts calls our attention to
the Old Testament period because of the fact that the numbering of the New
Testament beasts includes the Old Testament period as the numbering of the Old
Testament beasts includes the period before the flood.
(See SRod, Vol. 2, pp. 41, 42.) Thus
as the three periods (the antediluvian, the Old and the New) comprise the entire
world's history before the millennium, seven beasts are used to indicate
completeness. (See illustration in
SRod, Vol. 2, p. 84.)
the non-descript beast of Daniel's seven being the 4th, the leopard-like (Rev.
13:1-10) the 5th, the two-horned that followed in the vision the 6th, and as the
scarlet-colored was seen after these, he constitutes a 7th beast.
Hence, the beast on the other side of the millennium (see illustration in
SRod, Vol. 2, p. 84) which, in reality, is the 7th (the scarlet-colored) in his
second stage and, being symbolical of this same world while on the stage of
action the second time, becomes the 8th. Consequently,
it is said of him he is the "eighth, and is of the seven."
(Rev. 17:11.) So at last
they are all numbered in a most perfect way.
Money Orders or checks are to be payable, as in the past, to Mrs. F. Charboneau,
Mt. Carmel Center, Waco, Texas.
all members at our new location in care of The Universal Publishing Assn., Mt.
Carmel Center, Waco, Texas.
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