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One No. 3
Interest Of The S.D.A. Denomination
writer, under date of August 6:
two years ago there was enacted a scene in the Charleston Church which is a
direct fulfillment of Hosea 1 and 2. At
that particular time ten of the best members of the little church were
disfellowshipped without the privilege of a word in their own defense until
after the vote was taken. Those who
were being turned out were quiet and calm, and some of them seemed to be under
the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for they read, after the vote was
taken, some very striking things from the Bible and the Testimonies when they
had the opportunity.
mother in Israel who is a firm believer in the 'reformatory movement' that is
taught in the SRod, but who was not included in the list of those
disfellowshipped arose and pleaded with the pastor and the members to study the
Rod for themselves. She further
stated to them that they were taking upon themselves a responsibility without
knowing what they were doing. In
response to her plea the pastor stated that he did not have anything against
those being disfellowshipped and that he had not spoken against the SRod, but
that he received his orders from higher authority, to which this dear sister
replied, 'There is no higher authority than God, Elder.' This mother in Israel explained that the S.D.A. church was
cradled in her home and referring to those who were disfellowshipped said,
'These children are my children.' It
was a pathetic plea.
curtain could have been lifted I believe we would have seen an angel writing
over the door of that little church, 'Ichabod,' for I believe the Lord left the
place desolate after such unChristlike proceedings which took place that night.
were disfellowshipped not because they were commandment breakers, but because
they were following the light that God is so graciously sending to them at this
time, which makes them better S.D.A's than they have ever been.
the persecution, we have new interests who appear very prospective showing that
those who are trying to cry down the SRod are but bringing it to the front in
fulfillment of the words, 'Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the
remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain (Ps. 76:10.)
from that state says that a Conference Committee appeared one night in the
Sheridan Church and disfellowshipped all SRod believers. The Conference president acted as the chairman, and as he
admitted, that evening, of not knowing the name of the author of the SRod, it
proves that without personal investigation he condemned the message and those
who believed in it. And though
having no personal knowledge of what they believe, he gave none a voice in
defense of themselves. The customary procedure and opposition was the order of
Hendricks understands that they are going to re-organize the church and endeavor
to prevent any of the SRod believers from attending the services.
It is hard to believe that the S.D.A. church, which has from its very
infancy advocated religious liberty, would engage in persecuting its own members
for no other reason than for studying the Bible through the eyes of the Spirit
of Prophecy. It was just such a policy which the papacy employed
when they forbade their people to study the Bible for themselves.
sorry that our brethren have allowed themselves to be controlled and lead by the
spirit of the papal tyrant of the dark ages.
Thus our hearts are saddened for those who think they are doing God
service by crowning themselves as "correctors" of
"heretics," and not for
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who are being persecuted, for to them the promise is: "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.
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is
great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the
prophets." (Lu. 6:22, 23.)
the Sheridan sisters composed a letter and sent a copy of it to every member of
seems to be real activity, and let us pray to God that by the faithful efforts
of these sisters, many will awake to search the Scriptures for themselves before
the "door" is "closed."
Interest From Colorado
Butterbaugh, in defense of his church membership, has written a long letter to
the Colorado Conference president under date of Aug. 21 from which we quote the
as advisor, had no authority to disfellowship me....For says the Spirit of
Prophecy, 'A system of human invention, with its multitudinous exactness will
lead its advocates to judge all who come short of the prescribed human
standard....Do not set yourselves up as a standard. Do not make your opinions, your views of duty, your
interpretation of Scripture a criterion for others, and in your heart condemn
them if they do not come up to your ideal....In condemning others, they are
passing sentence upon themselves, and God declares this sentence is just.' (M.B.
it is a self-evident fact that your dealing out an excommunication to me was
based wholly upon 'your interpretation of Scripture as a criterion for others'
in contradiction to mine; and it is perfectly natural that the laity, with but a
limited study of the question, are 'leaning upon the arm of flesh' (T.M. 106)
rather than a personal investigation combined with a knowledge acquired by study
and obedience to the truth."
Worker In Indiana
C.T.___________ under date of Sept. 2 explains his numerous experiences in his
travels through the middle west in the interest of the SRod which, for lack of
space, we cannot enumerate herein, and has been able to interest a number of
families of which several of them have already fully taken their stand on the
side of present truth. Besides his
public and private studies he has scattered much of our free literature.
Our prayers in behalf of his efforts are that God's word shall not return
void unto Him.
Message in Idaho
Sr. Roller, laboring in Couer d'Alene and Spokane, write that interest is on the
increase there, and that they "are studying with a number."
If any readers of the "Symbolic Code" have Adventist
acquaintances or relatives in these localities, we request that you put Bro.
Roller in touch with them by a letter of introduction.
This will greatly assist Bro. Roller in his labors, and he will be very
grateful for all such help received.
Expressions From Converts To The Spirit Of Prophecy
"The Shepherd's Rod"
read both volumes of the SRod and the tracts a number of times with great
interest. The result is that my
belief in the Spirit of Prophecy is fully established.
to know and do the truth, and it makes me happy to have learned the beautiful
truths set before me as I went over the studies of the SRod together with the
Spirit of Prophecy.
prayer is, while endeavoring to bring the message to our brethren in the church
and loved ones, that they will soon come to the knowledge of this saving truth.
Mrs. C. Riehl
truthfully say that the SRod teachings wrought such an effectual work in my
heart that I was lead to purchase the Spirit of Prophecy books. I made them a study night and day. My Christian life is transformed into a new experience for
which I can't even think of exchanging at an cost.
Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson
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question as to which decree of the Medo-Persian kings is to be accredited for
the commencement of the 2300 days of Dan. 8:14 is herein answered:
Great Controversy, page 328, gives 457 B.C. as the date of Artaxerxes' issuing
the decree. From this, also page
326 with Ezra 9:9, is by some understood to be the decree which was to build the
temple at Jerusalem. But a more
careful reading of the above mentioned pages and the Bible will reveal the fact
that the first three decrees which completed the building of the temple (Ezra
6:14, 15), prepared the way for the proclamation to rebuild the city and the
walls is the event which must establish the date of the beginning of the 2300
prophetic years of Dan. 8:14, for the fact that the angel said to Daniel.
"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the
commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem....The streets shall be built
again and the wall, even in troublous times" (Dan. 9:25), and not from the
commandment to build the temple.
Artaxerxes' decree, participating in the building of the temple (Ezra 6:14), is
not the same, for the temple building was finished in the reign of Darius (Ezra
7:15), and Ezra states that "after these things" (Ezra 7:1); that is,
after the finishing of the temple, the king proclaimed: "I, even I
Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the
river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of
heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily."
the decree in 457 B.C., in the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes the king,
which was not issued for the building of the temple, but rather for the city and
the wall, also to beautify the house of God which had been finished some years
before the above decree, and before the expeditions of Ezra and Nehemiah, who
executed the king's commandment, is the date of the beginning of the 2300 days
of Dan. 8:14. See diagram in tract #4, page 20; also "The Symbolic
Code" of August, 1934 issue, page 5.
In The Sanctuary Above And Also In The Church Upon Earth
reference to the question as to how can the work of Christ in the heavenly
sanctuary and the chariot of Ezekiel's vision, according to our tract #1, be
harmonized; that is, how can Christ be in the heavenly sanctuary and at the same
time be upon the earth also is answered as follows:
understood that Christ's work will continue in the heavenly sanctuary up to the
close of probation. But Inspiration
also declares that He will be in the midst of His people_in the church on
earth_during the time of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel's Message, for, saith
the Lord, "I will dwell in the midst of thee," "and many nations
shall be joined to the Lord in that day." (Zech. 2:11.)
"Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy
One of Israel in the midst of thee." (Isa. 12:6.)
Spirit of Prophecy describes in the following quotation the time of His coming
to dwell in the midst of His people:
will question and criticize the work and position of others, criticize every
branch of the work in which they have not themselves a part. They will feed upon the errors and mistakes and faults of
others, 'until,' said the angel, 'the Lord Jesus shall rise up from His
mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary, and shall clothe Himself with the
garments of vengeance, and surprise them at their unholy feast; and they will
find themselves unprepared for the marriage supper of the
Lamb.'"_"Testimonies for the Church," p. 690.
5, page 80, shows that He takes charge of the flock at the time of the
purification of the church, and "Testimonies to Ministers," p. 300
states: "God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is
taking the reins in His own hands. The
workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about
and perfect His work of righteousness."
Therefore, whether we can with our mortal minds fully comprehend God's
ways or not, His Word is true, which in the above shows that though He will
carry on His mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary up to the close of
probation, He will also be, during the time of the Loud Cry, upon earth in the
midst of His people_the church.
following, we shall try to give a meager illustration of how it can be possible
with Him. Let us remember that He
is omnipresent as described by the prophet, saying, "Thus saith the Lord,
The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool."
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was possible for Him to be in the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary
after His resurrection, and at the same time be upon the throne of God away from
the sanctuary (Rev. 22:1; E.W. 55; see tract #3, pp. 21-23), then why would it
be impossible for Him to be in the heavenly sanctuary as well as upon the earth,
seeing that He is omnipresent? We
mortal beings are sometimes apt to draw very narrow conclusions regarding God
and His work, and limit His mysteries by comparing Him to our mortal beings.
angel can make the trip from heaven to earth in less than fifteen minutes (Dan.
9:23), then is it not reasonable that Christ also can do likewise?
His answer to Mary, after His resurrection, "touch Me not; for I am
not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I
ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the
doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came
Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you (John
20:17, 19 ), proves the fact that Christ went to heaven and returned on the same
day. Hence, if it is possible for
our General Conference president to attend his business in Washington, D.C., and
at the same time make a trip to some distant country, which will take him months
to accomplish, is it not much more possible for Christ to attend both places
while He can travel back and forth by an incomprehensibly greater speed than
fact is again attested by the words of Ezekiel, saying, "The cherubims
lifted up their wings, and moved up from the earth in my sight."
(Ezek. 10:19.) And afterwards in chapter 11, verse 24 shows that they again
returned. Let no one suppose that
Christ is like a prisoner in the sanctuary and that He must stay there, but let
us rather remember that His work only is there and at His will He can come and
go more conveniently than a business man can attend his business in his office
and at the same time live at home.
has further illustrated this incident in the parable of Mark 13:34: "For
the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left His house, and gave
authority to His servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter
to watch." "After a long
time [from His ascension to the purification of the church] the Lord of those
servants cometh, and reckoneth with them." (Matt. 25:19.) Consequently,
the period of His absence ends at the purification of the church at which time
He reckons with His servants and, Himself, taketh charge of His flock.
And The "Keys"
Explain Matt. 16:15-19.
saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the
living God. And Jesus answered and
said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not
revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will
build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
(Matt. 16:15-19.) Let us
first note the reason why Jesus said to Peter instead of to some one else of the
disciples. "I will give unto
thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven."
Peter was the only one that gave the right answer to Christ's question,
and Christ declared that "flesh and blood" could not have revealed the
truth to Peter but the "Father" only.
reveals something to a man which he for himself cannot find, the Bible term for
such revelation is, Inspiration. Hence,
Jesus pronounced that Peter was inspired, and the subject of Peter's revelation
was the central theme of man's salvation_Jesus. The essential truth that had to be proclaimed in Peter's time
was that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Consequently,
Peter had a message directly from the Father of which he was a debtor to every
living soul under heaven, and by which every man was to be judged either for
salvation or condemnation.
the "keys" which Christ gave to Peter is the commission of the gospel,
and as long as Peter was carrying this commission, he, and those who joined to
Proclaim the message with him, had the keys of the kingdom by which they could
bind or loose on earth and be sanctioned in heaven. Thus it is evident that a message from heaven, proclaimed by
God's chosen servant, is all-powerful, and by it man's destination concerning
his salvation is decided.
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then, we see that the church is not the key, neither can a man, or set of men,
have the power to loose or bind with heaven's approval, except they do so by a
message directly from God. Moreover, it will be noticed that "different
periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the development of
some special truth adapted to the necessities of God's people at that
time." G.C. 609.
Hence, our attention is called back to the beginning of time.
because Noah, like Peter, had a message, "keys," for the necessities
of God's people in his time that was able to loose or bind, and in evidence of
this, God sent the flood, against which the gates of hell were not able to
prevail. Likewise, Abraham had the
"keys" and thus God said to him: "I will bless them that bless
thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed." (Gen.
12:3.) Thus Sodom and Gomorrah were
was also in the exodus movement, for Moses had a message_"keys" from
God_and by it were God's ancient people's freedom, captivity or destruction
eternally settled. Thus "Moses
said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for
I have not done them of mine own mind. If
these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the
visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me.
But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and
swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into
the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.
And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words,
that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her
mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained
unto Korah, and all their goods." (Num.
the ceremonial system was committed by Moses to God's ancient people, but later,
when they refused to accept God's message, which was especially adapted to the
necessities of His people in the closing of the typical ceremonial system,
Christ took the "keys" from the Jewish leaders and gave them to the
founders of the Christian church.
the example which God made of the Jewish leaders, the successors to the
apostles, as the successors to Moses, by adopting worldly customs and rejecting
Luther's message, they also betrayed their sacred trust.
Hence, the "keys of the kingdom of heaven" were taken away from
the early Christian church (Catholic later) and committed to the Lutheran, and
thus down through the Reformation to the preaching by Wm. Miller.
When the Protestant churches at that time rejected Miller's message,
they, too, unwittingly refused to be any longer the stewards of the sacred keys.
Thus Miller and his associates possessed them until God's next message in
1844, when the keys passed from the Millerite movement to the S.D.A.
denomination. It is obvious then
that the S.D.A. denomination was to have the "keys" during the period
of the judgment of the dead, or for the time prior to the Loud Cry of the Third
Angel's Message_the judgment of the living.
as they are now rejecting the message to the Laodiceans, which in comparison is
as John the Baptist's message to the Jewish church, they are repeating the
history of that people. Hence, as
the Jewish leaders in the rejection of the Baptist's message unconsciously lost
the "keys," just so, the S.D.A. denomination in rejecting the
"counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans," which message is
contained in "The Shepherd's Rod," are blindly giving the possession
of the "keys" to the followers of the Rod. Thus, when the Roman Catholic, also the Greek, and others,
anathematized those who disagreed with them, they only condemned themselves and
were powerless to either loose or bind anything one did that heaven recognized.
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