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THE TWELVE TRIBES WHICH ARE SCATTERED ABROAD, GREETINGS:"
the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people,
sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those
that suck the breast: let the bridegroom of forth of His chamber, and the bride
out of her closet. Let the priests,
the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them
say, Spare Thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the
heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where
is their God?" (Joel 2:15-17.)
prophecy above quoted must meet its fulfillment in the time when probation's
hours are fast closing, for the Word says, "Let the bridegroom go forth of
His chamber, and the bride out of her closet." The term, "let", means to allow it to be so; and as
the bridegroom is Christ at the time when He is to be crowned or married to the
New Jerusalem--His bride--(Rev. 21:9), this scripture can not meet its
fulfillment at any time other than when this event, to which all heaven and
earth have been looking forward, is about to take place.
Therefore, the Lord is urging us to "blow the trumpet in Zion"
(the church), and to hasten the time of crowning Him King of kings and Lord of
lords--the time in which He closes His mediatorial work,--"goes forth of
His chamber"--the Most Holy place.
command, "Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts," signifies a
complete separation from the world of "old and young, both maids and little
children, and women" "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof" (Ezek. 9:4,6): and being prophetically
made to the church (Zion), this command evidences the fact that when the trumpet
shall blow in fulfillment of this scripture, it will find Zion, His church,
unsanctified and commingled with the world.
There-fore, comes the call for sanctification.
conditions further prove that this scripture meets its fulfillment now, because
the church at the present time has, by her institutions, entangled herself with
the institutions of the world, but we thank the Lord that years ago the
"Spirit of Prophecy" predicted that "somebody was to come in the
spirit and power of Elijah" ("Testimonies to Ministers," p. 475),
and that "God will have men who are true to
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At the right time He sends His faithful messengers to do a work similar
to that of Elijah." ("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p.
foregoing prophecies are now becoming history, and this prophetic organ
"The Symbolic Code," proves to be the mouth piece of the Elijah
message, leading hundreds of S.D.A.'s in the work of helping this message to
restore the defunct and decadent institutes of the Christian religion; for, as
it is written, "Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things"
(Matt. 17:11), and "in the time of the end, ever, divine institution is to
be restored."--"Prophets and Kings," p. 678.)
Zion's sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation
thereof as a lamp that burneth. And
the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou
shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name." (Isa.
the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of
penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a
special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon
earth...Then the church which our Lord at His coming is to receive to Himself
will be 'a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.'
Then she will look forth 'as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the
sun, and terrible as an army with banners'."--"The Great
Controversy," p. 425. Then it
shall be said: "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.'
in this promised restitution of "all things" under the economy of the
Elijah message, it is the privilege of each to help restore, in all the beauty
and perfection of primitive simplicity, the pre-eminently important institute of
the schools of the prophets which, since before the days of Christ, has been a
stranger to the church, as is evidenced by the fact that the denominational
schools, through the accrediting boards of the state universities, are joined
hand in hand with the schools of the world, despite the following solemn
instruction to contrary: "Let us determine that we will not be tied by so
much as a thread to the educational policies of those who do not discern the
voice of God, and who will not hearken to His
commandments."--"Counsels to Teachers, " p. 255.
adopting the worldly standard, 'the church has turned back from following Christ
her Leader ("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 217), and has
become the tail instead of the head--dishonoring Christ.
Lord would now have every idea
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false put away from teachers and students.
We are not at liberty to teach that which shall meet the world's standard
or the standard of the church, simply because it is the custom to do so.
The lessons which Christ taught are to be the standard.
That which the Lord has spoken concerning the instruction to be given in
our schools is to be strictly regarded; for if there is not in some respects an
education of an altogether different character from that which has been carried
on in some of our schools, we need not have gone to the expense of purchasing
lands and erecting school-buildings."--"Testimonies for the
Church," Vol. 6, p. 142.
plan of the schools we shall establish in these closing years of the message is
to be of an entirely different order from those we have
instituted."--"Counsels to Teachers," p. 532.
schools must be more like the schools of the prophets."--"Testimonies
for the Church," Vol. 6, p. 152.
the prophet was urged to write: "The Lord's voice crieth unto the city and
the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed
it. Feed Thy people with Thy rod,
the flock of Thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of
Carmel." (Micah 6:9; 7:14.)
to cry unto and "feed" (educate) the "flock" of God,
"which dwell...in the midst of Carmel," the voice of the Rod is to
effect full restitution of the schools of the prophets, and "The Symbolic
Code" is happy to announce that already a beginning has been made to
establish in the midst of Mt. Carmel Center such an institution as Elijah of old
resurrected from the educational scrap heap of Israel's apostasy ("Prophets
and Kings," pp. 224, 225)--such an institution as the Spirit of Prophecy
calls for in the following statement:
need a school where those who are just entering the ministry may be taught at
least the common branches of education, and where they may also learn more
perfectly the truths of God's word for this time.
In connection with these schools, lectures should be given upon the
prophecies. Those who really have
good abilities such as God will accept to labor in His vineyard, would be very
much benefited by only a few months instruction at such a
school"--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 3, p. 160.
we are happy to announce that Mt. Carmel's Academy is to open on the
twenty-first of September, we are sorry to add that we are not yet equipped to
receive others than those of elementary and academic ages, and furthermore,
that, as we are already crowded beyond capacity, we cannot, for the time being,
accommodate more even of these ages. However,
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prayers and assistance of all Present Truth believers, we expect in time to be
enabled to accommodate not only more both of the lower and academic grades, but
also many of adult years.
Carmel Center is not only doing its part toward resurrecting the institution of
the schools of the prophets, but also toward supporting it, in charging no
tuition, and in promising to room and board each of your children at the Mt.
Carmel Academy for only $10 per month--less than you can do it for at home!
Therefore, we need your earnest prayers and your fullest support in this
time when the Lord is to bind up the breach of His people, and heal the stoke of
their wound. (Isa. 30:26.)
now that we must fully realize this long-waited-for prophetic promise:
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great
and dreadful day of the Lord. And
He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
(Mal. 4:5, 6.)
FOR MT. CARMEL
question as to what are the conditions under which one may come to Mt. Carmel
may arise in the minds of many, and perhaps the best answer available to this
question is found in the following brief passage concerning the call of Elisha:
Elisha asked Elijah what was expected of him,--what would be his work,--he would
have been answered: God knows; He will make it known to you.
If you wait upon the Lord, He will answer your every question.
You may come with me if you have evidence that God has called you. Know for yourself that God stands back of me, and that it is
His voice you hear. If you can
count everything but dross that you may win the favor of God,
come."--"Prophets and Kings," pp. 220-1.
foregoing paragraph is a general statement of what are the conditions upon which
one may come to Mt. Carmel, but to make it more specific, first the individual
must be fully converted to the message of Present Truth; second he must be
willing to sacrifice all in the interest of this work; third he must be fitted
in some way to be a useful adjunct to Mt. Carmel's personnel.
sorry that we are not yet prepared to accommodate the sick, the infirm, and the
aged, and that, due to limited facilities, we must invite for the present time
only single men who understand either carpentering or farming, so as to help
"prepare" the way of the people. (Isa. 62:10.)
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LATEST MESSAGE FROM
greatly surprised when I received "The Symbolic Code" and the first
number of the tracts which you so kindly sent to me, because of the fact that it
was the first time I had heard of this "reformatory movement," and of
the opposition which it surmounts.
read and reread the literature which you sent, believing the message which it
contains, and I am extremely sorry for the existing evils in our churches.
It grieves me to know that a church, while professing to be the
"remnant of her seed," and to keep the commandments of God, should
become a persecution power against those who are striving to depart from sin!
But at this unchristian treatment, I am not at all surprised, for thus it
has been in the past, and thus it must be now.
Nevertheless, God's servants were moved to accomplish something, and
though Satan by his agents repeatedly attempted to thwart the work of God, God's
servants triumphed. Of this truth
we have many examples in the Bible, such as in Sanballat's and his agents'
trying in vain to stop Nehemiah's great work of rebuilding Jerusalem.
The King's cup-bearer simply said to the enemies of His work: "I am
doing a great work and I cannot come down."
Let this be our attitude in the great cause of God.
the reformation, we find Huss, Jerome, Luther, Zwingle, and Melanchthon facing
gigantic opposition and cruel, malicious treatment by the very church they loved
and belonged to. But in spite of
all of this, the reformation came forth victorious, for God was the invisible
Leader who, through these humble instruments, shaped the course of events.
So we have the comforting assurance that we, too, will come out
victorious, if we do not run ahead of the Lord, and plunge into error, as have
many in the past.
in which we live calls for a vigorous and thorough reformation throughout the
rank and file of the Seventh-day Adventist churches.
There are honest souls everywhere, both among the laity and the ministry
who, though only partly seeing the abominations and the consequent need of
reformation, would joyously welcome the light if they did not in many cases lack
the backbone and zeal to resist the opposition.
India, as well as in America, there is a great work to be done in our churches,
to rescue them from their Laodicean, lukewarm, satisfied condition, claiming
that they have all the truth and have need of nothing.
long time I have been looking for
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blessed day, wondering, Oh, when will that glorious day dawn in our own dear
country! Now I hope that the day is
not far hence when the members of our church will humbly harken, without any
prejudices to the call of the hour.
have the confidence that your mission is heaven-born, my brethren, go forward
with unflinching zeal, decidedly surmounting all obstacles, till the sleeping
church of God arises from her slumber, and takes the royal road to holy
want to thank you for your kindness to me, in sending me the literature, and I
humbly request you to continue this good work without fail, and help the cause
in India. I would like to have the
complete volumes of "The Shepherd's Rod," but as I find myself in
straightened circumstances while going to school, I cannot at the present time
possibly help you with any money. Hence,
I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me used copies in the cheapest
bindings of "The Shepherd's Rod"; I am sure they will be a valuable
help to me and to many others in India, who cannot purchase them.
remember me in your earnest prayers.
FROM THOSE WHO ARE, AS
LEARNING THE SONG
NONE BUT THE 144,000
got the last little booklet, I was so happy and thrilled with joy that I sat
right down and read it through.
morning I went to church and after the service, having the little book with me,
I gave it to my former Sabbath School teacher.
At first he refused to take it, but with the help of the Lord I persuaded
him to accept it.
Oh, I am
so glad that the dear Lord led me into this glorious light. There is so much to learn, and so much to forget, in order to
grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.
words of the poet I say,
I'd rather be the least of them,
the Lord's alone,
wear a royal diadem
upon a throne."
E. A., California.
studying the "Shepherd's Rod" message, and am amazed at the truth of
it. Brother and Sister P.S. Alen
are giving me studies. I am
desirous of becoming a deeper student of the message, and would enjoy receiving
your monthly paper, "The Symbolic Code."
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Brethren and Friends in the Message:
with much pleasure that I am able to write these few lines to you this morning,
sending with them the Lord's tithe that He has given me this last month, and
that I can call you brethren.
been studying with Brother -------- for some time, and am convinced of the Truth
for this time, and though I have not yet been cast out of the church, I expect
to be at any time.
--------- has quite a bit of opposition in trying to get the message to the
church, but instead of getting discouraged, he keeps right on trying.
Praise the Lord. I am helping him as much as I can, and expect to enter into
more aggressive work in the near future.
me that I may stand for the truth at all times and, at the end, come off more
than conquerer, and stand with the one hundred and forty-four thousand on Mount
Zion. Praise His holy name, amen.
P. W., Oregon.
Ones in Jesus:
you to know that I have enjoyed "The Symbolic Code."
glad to enroll as a member of the correspondence cooking class.
It is just what we have been looking for some time.
MRS. EVA WILLIAMSON,
God for the precious light shining from the pages of "The Shepherd's
Rod"..., and especially do I enjoy "The Symbolic Code".
In it we have found the food for which we have been starving in our
Mrs. A. R. R., Washington.
Brothers and Sisters in God's
Message to the Church:
and I are so happy in this sealing message; and the devil knows it.
One Sabbath, after the meeting was closed, the German minister came to
me, asking if I was a S.D.A. or a "The Shepherd's Rod" believer, and I
replied, "100 per cent for the Rod."
Then he started in running down "this man Houteff", and after
listening for a few minutes, I said, Bro. -------, tell me how much present
truth did you bring us from the pulpit this morning?
You know that your sermon was nothing but brag and boast, just the sort
of stuff which Sister White says that those who preach self would hand the
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she says that "while those addressed are flattering themselves that they
are in an exalted spiritual condition," they are "in a sad
deception."--"Testimonies for the Church." Vol. 3, p. 253.
said, "She does not say that." I
replied, "You had better read your Testimonies."
Then he said, "That is all I want to know.
You and your wife will be put out of the church.
You do not have to come back any more, for you are a thorn here in this
church." I said, "Yes, I
know I'm a thorn to you, but not to the church."
shepherd of the flock was so full of hatred that the next Sabbath in the Fresno
church, forty miles from here, he said from the pulpit, "Brother Rompel,
his wife, and Sister Mayer will be put out of the church next Tuesday
set date, he put our membership to a vote, but the majority were in our favor,
so he lost out!
long ago this same minister was in my home, and he then put his arm around me
and said, "Brother Rompel, I love you."
But now he shows his love by not allowing me to get inside the church,
which brings to mind these words: "I love thee, I love thee, and that thou
dost know, but how much I love thee my actions will show."
actions open our eyes more and more, and show that "The Shepherd's
Rod" is rescuing some of us from the "sad deception."
Let God have the praise.
two or three years ago, some one gave you my name, and you sent me several
tracts, but I was prejudiced, and to my mind they seemed to contain strange
doctrine. But as I read further, my
prejudice began to leave me, and the more I studied, the more light I saw, and
joy sprang up in my heart to know that God was going to lead the flock away from
summer while I was in Minneapolis, Elder Longacre spoke to us one Sabbath P.M.
on religious liberty. After the
service, I asked him if he had heard whether or not Bro. Houteff had been beaten
upon trying to enter one of our churches. "Yes,"
he said, "I guess he was man-handled, but he caused so much disturbance
that they just had to deal with him."
question came to my mind. "If
this man Houteff disturbed a religious meeting, would not the police land him in
jail? Why, after having him
arrested, did the police officers set him free, and have him taken back to the
very church from where they had picked him up?"
Longacre," I said, "If we expect
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from others, should we not be tolerant of those who differ with us?"...
message is of God, and I believe that it is, then I ask the Lord to allow me
fully to understand it, so that I may be better prepared to explain it to
Geo. W. Saether.
the opposition is setting many against the message, the above letter reveals the
fact that the truth can no more be kept in the darkness than can a needle be
kept in a gunny sack. And as light
shines more brilliantly in the darkness, so the truth stands out more distinctly
when surrounded by falsehoods.
LAWS AND THE CHURCH
the church to be purified before the enforcement of the Sunday law?
Or will the Sunday law be the means of showing who are loyal and who are
not loyal to the truth?"
time of trouble or the anger of the nations, which is caused by the union of
church and state (the image of the beast), takes place in the time of the
judgment of the living, as explained in former publications, the enforcement of
the "Blue Sunday law" must take place after the purification of the
church. The Bible says, "The
dragon...went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus." (Rev. 12:17.)
term, "remnant," in this instance means "those who escape"
from the slaughter. (Isa. 66:16, 19); that is, those who are left after the
slaughter takes place, and who are to be sent "unto the nations" to
"bring all your brethren unto the Lord out of all nations." (Verse
20). As the church as a body is not
now keeping the commandments of God, ("Testimonies to Ministers," p.
373), and as the dragon makes war with the "remnant" (the church that
is left), which keeps the commandments, it is evident that the enforcement of
the Sunday law will take place after the sealing, at a time when the church is
keeping the commandments of God. Moreover,
if it were the Sunday law which is to show who are loyal, and who are not, then
the church would be purified by Satan instead of the Lord, Who "shall
suddenly come to His temple" and "sit as a refiner and purifier of
silver." (Mal. 3:1-3.)
it is Satan's determined pur-
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pollute the church by multiplying instead of reducing the disloyal ones, and if
it be Satan who is to purify the church by his drastic laws, then it would be
neither the Lord of Malachi Three, coming to "purify the sons of
Levi," nor the message of "Early Writings," p. 270, coming to
cause the shaking, which procedure would not only be contrary to all the truth,
but to Satan's own aim also.
DAY DID CHRIST ARISE?
studying the sealing message, I found a point on page 54 of the 'Harvest' tract
that I cannot clear up. You say
that Christ arose on the eighteenth day of the first month, whereas, 'The Desire
of Ages,' p. 756, says that Christ died on the day on which the paschal lamb was
slain. And according to Exodus 12:6
and Leviticus 23:5, the paschal lamb was slain on the fourteenth day of the
first month. Hence, if Christ died
on the fourteenth (Friday), then He must have risen on the sixteenth (Sunday).
Which is right?"
did not die while the paschal lamb of the fourteenth day was being slain, for He
ate that Passover lamb with the apostles on the fifteenth day. (See Lev. 23:5,
6; Matt. 26:17-21.) The
"paschal lamb" which was about to be killed by the priest on the day
that Christ died, and to which the "Desire of Ages" refers, was not
the one sacrificed on the fourteenth day, in the week of the Passover, but
rather that which the priest was to slay on the sixteenth day. Remember that the Passover was celebrated for seven days, and
that there were sacrifices each day. (Lev. 23:8.)
should conclude that Christ died on the fourteenth day of the month, which would
be the day before the Passover "feast," that is, the day on which the
lamb was to be killed,--the day before the first day of the Passover week, we
should be contradicting Matthew 26:17-21; Mark 14:12-18; Luke 22:8-14; John
13:12. For how could Christ eat the
Passover with the twelve at the same time that He was dead and buried in His
ate the Passover with the twelve on the fifteenth day of the first month (in the
end of the fourteenth day), and after being seized by the mob, He was led before
the priests, who spent with Him the entire day of the fifteenth (Thursday), from
early morning until late in the evening. Then
early the following morning, right after midnight, its now being the sixteenth
day, and about the sixth hour ancient time (John 19:14), they brought Him before
Pilate, and after trying Him both before this wicked ruler and Herod, He was
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the Jews, who crucified Him at the third hour (Mark 15:25) same day.
Three hours later, while hanging on the cross, at the sixth hour of the
day (noon, our time), the sun was darkened (Mark 15:33), and at the ninth hour
(Matt. 27:46), six hours after being nailed to the cross, and three hours after
the sun was darkened, Jesus died (Matt. 27:50), and the sun again began to shine
(Mark 15:33, 34), its then being three P.M. our time.
Before sundown that same day, they buried Him (Luke 23:52, 54), and
having rested in His tomb over the Sabbath, He was resurrected early Sunday
morning, the eighteenth day of the first month.
(See Matt. 28:1,2; John 20:1; Mark 16:9, and the illustration in the
December, 1934, Code, p. 6.)
CHURCH OR TO THE WORLD?
put our whole effort for the salvation of the church, what shall we do with the
question of missions, in the interest of those who are not of the faith, is not
as important as our mission to the church, for by enlarging the church
membership now, under the present prevailing, undesirable conditions there would
be no greater benefit to the advancement of the kingdom of Christ than there was
in the days of His first advent, at which time John the Baptist, Christ Himself,
and the Apostles, in their beginning, engaged them-selves solely in the interest
of the church.
the case with the Jews of old, the same departure from Christ exists now with
the church (5 T 217), and as, at Christ's time, increasing the church membership
could not multiply the members in His kingdom, neither can it now, for after
they are brought into the church, they again have to be converted to be saved.
Besides this, it was take much greater
effort to rescue them from their Laodicean "sad deception"
("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 3, p. 253) than from their
heathenism. There is greater risk
of their losing their souls for eternity if they are brought into the church at
this time than if they remain in their present darkness, for by their becoming
members of the church, without first undergoing a real conversion, they are made
to believe that it has secured their salvation, while it has not, and thus they
remain as satisfied as though they had "need of nothing," becoming
prejudiced against even a suggestion of more light.
In other words, if the church herself is not saved ("Testimonies for
the Church," Vol. 3, p. 253)--not following Christ her Leader
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Church," Vol. 5, p. 217)--and "has become an harlot"
("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 8, p. 250), how can she save
others? Therefore, the greatest
need in the church, and in the lives of those outside the church, also in the
advancement of Christ's kingdom, is this "special work of purification, of
putting away of sin, among God's people" ("Great Controversy," p.
425), which is the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the
for the Church," Vol. 3, p. 266.)
that, on one hand, the men and means devoted to mission work for the heathen are
so plenteous as entirely to overshadow the meager facilities consecrated to the
mission of reformation to the church, while, on the other hand, this missionary
work for the church is of so much greater importance than that for the world
that, by comparison, the latter pales into insignificance.
the message contained in "The Shepherd's Rod" does not cut off the
mission work in the interest of those who are outside the church, for while the
sealing message, "the closing work for the church," is by its
advocates being carried to the church, the church herself is working for those
who have never heard of the Third Angel's Message. Thus, in this way, both the mission to the church and the
mission to the world are cared for. But
should we, who have embraced Present Truth, devote our time and money, as does
the church, in the interest of the heathen, then both the entire church and the
world would be plunged into hell. Consequently,
we must seek to save the church from the ruin ahead today, as did John the
Baptist, Christ, and the Apostles, in their day.
after the message is carried to the church and the 144,000, who are to be the
servants of God in the time of the Loud Cry, and who shall be endowed with the
Holy Spirit, as were the Apostles on the day of Pentecost ("Early
Writings," pp. 277, 278), are sealed, at which time our righteousness shall
start forth as brightness, and our salvation as a lamp that burneth, and the
Gentiles shall see our righteousness and all kings our glory (Isa. 62:1,2), then
will begin the real mission work which was shown to Isaiah the prophet, and
described in the following words: "Thy gates shall be open continually;
they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of
the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall
perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." (Isa. 60:11,12.)
Let us, therefore, happily respond to the following urgent exhortation:
and rejoice, O daughter of Zion:
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I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.
And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be My
people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord
of hosts hath sent me unto thee." (Zech. 2:10,11.)
further, as it is not we, but Christ Who "is taking the reins in His own
hands" ("Testimonies to Ministers," p. 300), that directs the
work of God, it is not our duty to figure out which work should be done, and
which should be left undone, for "in this last work," "the Lord
will work," "in a manner very much out of the common order of things,
and in a way that will be contrary to any human
planning."--"Testimonies to Ministers," p. 300.
should not be of the class that "will question and criticize everything
that arise in the unfolding of truth" (Testimonies for the Church,"
Vol. 5, p. 690), but rather "let heaven guide."--"Testimonies to
Ministers," p. 475.
calling in Christ Jesus is to "Cry aloud spare not, lift up thy voice like
a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their
sins." (Isa. 58:1.)
through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast
up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the
daughter of Zion, behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him,
and His work before Him." (Isa. 62:10,11.)
SLAUGHTER OF EZEKIEL
Shepherd's Rod' proves that a great slaughter is to take place among God's
people because of their backslidings. But
is it not possible for the leaders of today to pray His people out of their
Laodicean condition, as when Moses prayed for Ancient Israel, and 'the Lord
repented of the evil which He thought to do unto His people'? (Ex. 32:14.)"
was not one of the backsliding, "stiff-necked" leaders of Israel, as
were Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and those who followed them. In the figurative language of the True Witness, Moses was
"hot"; his prayers were "the effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man [which] availeth much."
Hence, for Moses' sake, "the Lord repented of the evil which He
thought to do unto His people."
love still longs, as in Moses' time,
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repent of executing the fearful evil which hangs ominously over the heads of
"His people," but the prayers of the leaders of the Laodicean church,
who have "betrayed their trust" (5T 211), and who are
"lukewarm," blind, etc. (Rev. 3:15-17; "Acts of the
Apostles," p. 586), could avail nothing and, except they repent, says the
True Witness, He "will spue" them out of his mouth.
Also, through the Spirit of Prophecy He declares that He "cannot
offer up [their] prayers or [their] expressions of love to God.
He cannot endorse [their] teachings of His word or [their] spiritual work
in any wise. He cannot present
[their] religious exercises with the request that grace be given [them]."
("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 6, p. 408.)
they have betrayed their trust, it will take the prayers of some one other than
the leaders to pray God's people out of their Laodicean plight, and we are
encouraged by the Word of the Lord that He will not blot out His people for the
sins of others, but destroy only those who, like in ancient Israel, refuse this
privilege of signing and crying, which God has given to every Present Truth
believer; we should profit by the mistakes of our brethren so that we, too,
betray not our trust, as it is written of "the ancient men, those to whom
God had given great light, and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual
interests of the people," [they] had "betrayed their trust....These
dumb dogs, that would not bark, are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an
offended God. Men, maidens, and
little children, all perish together."--"Testimonies for the
Church," Vol. 5, p. 211.
explain the terms 'Zion' and "Jerusalem' of Isaiah 52:1, and 'Zion' of
Revelation 14:1: 'Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion: put on thy
beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no
more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean."
I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty
and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads."
explanation of the names, "Zion" and Jerusalem", must be obtained
from the facts available about ancient Zion and Jerusalem--the types.
of Isaiah 52:1 represents an animate object, for it would be foolish to say to a
hill, "Awake, awake." Hence, Zion of this scripture is figurative of a
ancient Zion's exalted hill stood the palace of the king, "and the rulers
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dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten
to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other
cities." (Neh. 11:1.)
above paragraph proves that upon Mount Zion lived the king, and in Jerusalem
lived the rulers and the representatives of the nation. Therefore, the call in the antitype (Isa. 52:1), "Awake,
awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O
Jerusalem," is to the 144,000, to those whom John saw standing with the
"Lamb" on anti-typical mount Zion, showing that this call will find
them asleep, with neither strength nor the garments of Christ's righteousness;
that is, it will find them "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,
and naked,"--asleep. Rev.
3:17; Matthew 25:5, 6.--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 3, p. 253.
52:1 is a prophetic call, and is to be sounded to those who are to occupy
responsible positions in the closing work of the gospel, and the last part of
the verse proves that this prophecy is to find its fulfillment at a time when
Christ is purifying His church, for it says:
"For henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised
and the unclean," and as the unclean are still in the church, the words,
"no more," prove that this scripture has not found its fulfillment in
the past, and the words "from henceforth", show that from the time
that Zion puts on her strength," and Jerusalem her "beautiful
garments", the gospel will be carried to completion by a pure and undefiled
ministry, which fact is also supported by the statement:
those who have withstood and overcome temptation in the strength of the Mighty
One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming this message when it shall
have swelled into the Loud Cry."--"Review and Herald," Nov. 19,
condition of the servants of God in the time of the Loud Cry, as described in
the preceding paragraphs, is again brought to our attention in Revelation 14:1,
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with Him an
hundred forty, and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their
foreheads. And in their mouth was
found no guile: and they are without fault before the throne God." (Rev.
glorious event transpires before the close of probation, for Christ is
represented as a lamb, pleading in behalf of His penitent people.
Moreover, while the 144,000 stood on mount Zion, John "heard a voice
from heaven," showing that He, the "Lamb", and the 144,000 were
on the earth, were listening to the "harpers harping with their
harps", and singing "as it were
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song before the throne, and before the four beasts and the elders: and no man
could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were
redeemed from the earth." (Rev. 14:2, 3.)
elders and the beasts stand "before the throne" in heaven, and as at
the same time the "Lamb" and the 144,000 stand on mount Zion upon
earth, it shows that this mount Zion is upon earth, and that this event will
take place while the judgment is in session, before the close of probation.
(For further study of the throne, the elders, and the beast's standing
before the throne while the "Investigative Judgment" is in session,
see "The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, pp. 187-200, 214-219.)
Zion" of Revelation 14:1 represents a particular location upon earth, and
not a people, as does "Zion" of Isaiah 52:1, for John does not say
"Zion," as does Isaiah, but rather "mount Zion."
Revelation 14:1 is not figurative of a people, as is "Zion" of
Isaiah 52:1, because it is not reasonable for the "Lamb" and the
"144,000" to stand upon people. Therefore,
while Isaiah 52:1 represents the 144,000--the kings and priests--Revelation 14:1
defines the location from which shall go forth
the law, and the Word of the Lord." (Isa. 2:3.)
further, as the 144,000 are "the servants of God" (Rev. 7:3), it
proves that the call of Isaiah 52:1 developed this pure ministry of 144,000;
furthermore, as they are seen standing on mount Zion, "before the
throne," it figuratively denotes that these first fruits (Rev.
14:5)--first-born priesthood--are to compose the future priesthood (Mal. 3:3),
and that besides them, there is to be another company of living saints, those
outside of Zion and Jerusalem, who are to make up "Israel and Judah".
saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the
heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring
them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the
mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be
no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at
all: and David My servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one
shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do
them." (Ezek. 37:21, 22, 24.)
words, "a Lamb stood on the mount Zion", prove that Christ had taken
the reins in His own hands ("Testimonies to Ministers," p. 300) before
the proclamation of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel's Message, and that the
144,000 served under His own administration, making the church a theocracy
which, "clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness", "is to
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final conflict. 'Fair as the moon,
clear as the sun, and terrible an army with banners,' she is to go forth into
all the world, conquering and to conquer."--"Prophets and Kings,"
time, "it shall come to pass...that the mountain of the Lord's house (mount
Zion) shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted
above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." (Isa. 2:2.)
1 Cor. 7:2, 7, 29, the questions are asked: "What does Paul mean by saying,
let 'they that have wives be as though they had none'? (verse 29)
Is he teaching that every one should be married (verse 2), or that every
one should be single as himself (verse 7), or what?"
whole problem incident to trying to reconcile these apparently contradictory
scriptures, lies not in any inherently contradictory meaning in the Scriptures
themselves, but solely in the suppositious interpretation placed on 1 Cor. 7:29
which, though it may be hoary with age, is none the less erroneous.
properly to understand the Apostle's doctrine of marriage and celibacy, as set
forth in the scriptures in question, it is necessary first, in order to get a
correct perspective on Paul's aim and on the points which He is discussing, to
view the chapter in its complete setting.
7:1 reveals that Paul was in receipt of a letter, and his answer to it shows
that there was dissatisfaction and lack of understanding upon the marriage
relation among the believers in the Corinthian church.
Some were dissatisfied with their lot of single life; others were tired
of their lot of married life (verse 11); while still others questioned whether
or not they should leave their unbelieving husbands or wives.
as always to be all things to all men, and to avoid if possible any ruptures in
the young church, Paul tactfully and clearly sets forth the benefits both of the
wedded estate and the single estate, weaving through the fabric of his
observations, the golden thread of his philosophy: "I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (Phil. 4:11.)
unmarried and the widows, he says: "It is good for them if they abide even
as I. But if they cannot contain,
let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn." (Verses 8, 9.)
unto the married"--both to those
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each of whom believed in his religion, and to those couples one of whom did
not--he writes: "I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife
depart from her husband:...and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a
wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put
her away. And the woman which hath
an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her
not leave him." (Verses 10-13.)
short discourse, we see that the Apostle does not urge celibacy, but that he
plainly states, in verse 2, that "to avoid fornication, let every man have
his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband"; and that
concerning those who are of the same faith, if they should for any reason
separate, let them not marry another, but try to be reconciled (verse 11); but
happier yet: "Art thou bound unto a wife?
seek not to be loosed. Art
thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife." (verse 27.)
"Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called"
(verse 20), and learn to be content as "I have learned, in whatsoever state
I am, therewith to be content." (Phil. 4:11.)
present state of life being of short duration, he urged them for the time being
to set their affections not on the things of this world, but on the glories of
God--"eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him" (1 Cor.
2:9); therefore let "both they that have wives be as though they had none;
and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice as though
they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not: and they
that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth
away." (1 Cor. 7:29-31.)
in the life hereafter, those that now have wives shall not be any more
advantaged by them then than if they had none, neither shall those who buy now,
possess more than those who buy nothing now, but all--married and single, those
who weep and those who rejoice, those who buy and those who do not--shall be
made alike, and shall put on an equality so that all may rejoice together,
"for the fashion of this world passeth away."
parents he writes: "So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but
he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her
husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the
Lord. But she is happier if she so
abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God."
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appeals to husbands and wives both of whom are believers, that they should try
if possible to live together with each other, and that where only one is a
believer, that one should try to convert the unbelieving member of the family
(verse 11), but if the unbelieving should leave, "a brother or a sister is
not under bondage in such cases". (verse 15.)
here is Paul lending the force of his precept and example to the absolute
preferment of one estate of life above another, or to the abolition of the
sanctified marital privileges and rights guaranteed by the marriage covenant.
Paul's intent, in these scriptures, is beautifully elucidated and pointed
in the light of those profoundly wise and sublime words: "Not that I speak
in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to
be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every
where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both
to abound and to suffer need. I can
do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil. 4:11-13.)
we do not use milk, how can we insure calcium to the body? What substitutes can we use for milk, eggs, and yeast?"
imperative that the body should be supplied with abundance of calcium, because
this element is the most important constituent of bony framework and the teeth.
Mother's teeth often suddenly decay when this element is scantily
supplied in her food, or when disorganized by cooking too long.
During the age of tooth construction, the food should be rich in organic
calcium. Otherwise the teeth will
decay in later years. Organic
calcium is another positive element most useful in the blood to neutralize waste
acids which are the cause of most diseases.
abundance of calcium supply is obtained from vegetables and fruits such as
spinach, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, onions, asparagus, carrots, strawberries,
figs and prunes, hence, from this variety of foods, without the use of milk or
eggs, if so desired, one can obtain all the calcium one's body needs.
WAVE FOR SEPTEMBER
entering into this Health study, we want you to stop right here, and take your
March-April Code, turn to page 13,
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restudy this subject under the title of "Do Not Cheat, Lest You Run
that the Lord says, "scanty ill-cooked food depraves the blood by weakening
the blood-making organs. It
deranges the system, and brings on disease, with its accompaniment of irritable
nerves and bad tempers. The victims
of poor cookery are numbered by thousands and tens of thousands.
Over many graves might be written: 'Died because of poor cooking;' 'Died
of an abused stomach'."--"Ministry of Healing," p. 302.
you have studied about food elements in the previous Code numbers, we need not
repeat how to save the elements from over-cooking.
tops about two inches from the beet, also take off root and any defective part,
but do not peel. Wash clean and
shred using the top as a hand hold. Just
a short while before serving, place the shredded beets with tops, which have
been looked over and washed, into a waterless cooker or any good cooking vessel,
with a very little water. Place
over a slow fire, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes from the time the steam
begins to rise, stirring often to prevent burning.
salt until finished, and after cooking, add a little cream if desired, retaining
the vitamins and iodine with which to satisfy the laws of nature.
this plan of cooking with all other similar vegetables.
develop a taste for living food, you will loathe food that has been cooked until
all the good is destroyed.
cabbage will cook in four or five minutes, and besides retain all the elements
in their natural flavor.
your vegetables are dry or wilted, let them soak in cold water in order to
freshen before cooking. Use the
least amount of water possible when you put them to cook, and use only a slow
fire. Do a little experimenting for
yourself, and you will soon learn how to prepare good palatable, undevitalized,
enough carrots to fill a quart container after they have been run through a food
chopper, using the nut butter burr. Beat
lightly two whole eggs, then add one cup of milk and one-fourth teaspoon of
salt. Pour milk over carrots, and
mix well, turn into an oiled pan, and bake until set.
Cut into desired sized squares, and serve with a well cooked cream sauce.
above two examples may be duplicated with other suitable varieties of
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