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brethren in Laodicea, do you know that prophecy positively declares that the
people of God in the Laodicean church are in a critically dangerous condition
and know it not? Well, brethren,
whether or not you realize it, whether or not you believe it, that precisely is
the case. And if you hope to enter
into eternal life, you must believe it, and that without delay.
Whatever else you may believe or disbelieve, this one thing you must,
"for it is the True Witness who speaks, and His testimony must be
correct."--Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 253.
remember that above all people, the Laodiceans should not only be the last but
the least inclined to criticize, for they themselves, says the True Witness, are
"wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked," without so
much as suspecting it, but are indeed even imagining that they are "rich,
and increased with goods, and" in "need of nothing" (Rev. 3:17).
How, then, can they be in a position truly to know anything about others!
brethren, and rouse to life! This
cannot possibly be the voice of an enemy.
remember that the Lord "surprises us by revealing His power through
instruments of His own choice, while He passes by the men to whom we have looked
as those through whom light should come. God
desires us to receive the truth upon its own merits,--because it is
truth."--Testimonies to Ministers, p. 106.
matter by whom light is sent, we should open our hearts to receive it with the
meekness of Christ....We should all know what is being taught among us; for if
it is truth, we need it."--Gospel Workers, p. 301.
beware of rejecting that which is truth. The
great danger with our people has been that of depending upon men, and making
flesh their arm. Those who have not
been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence,
have confidence in the leading men, and accept the decisions they make; and thus
many will reject the very messages God sends to His people, if these leading
brethren do not accept them."--Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 106, 107.
will use men for the accomplishment of His purpose whom some of the brethren
would reject as unfit to engage in the work."--Review and Herald, Feb. 9,
the light of the foregoing statements, will you not, Brother, Sister, take time
carefully and prayerfully to ascertain whether or not God is leading in this
reformatory work? He has promised
to all who will do this, that He will not leave them in darkness but will guide
them into all Truth! So will you
not take Him at His Word, and try Him?
with you to, for already "the agencies of evil are combining their forces,
and consolidating. They are
strengthening for the last great
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Great changes are soon to take place in our world," says
Inspiration, "and the final movements will be rapid ones....The time is
coming when in their fraud and insolence men will reach a point that the Lord
will not permit them to pass, and they will learn that there is a limit to the
forbearance of Jehovah....Those who hold the reins of government are not able to
solve the problem of moral corruption, poverty, pauperism, and increasing crime.
They are struggling in vain to place business operations on a more secure
basis....Soon everything that can be shaken will be shaken, that those things
that can not be shaken may remain....
is impossible to give any idea of the experience of the people of God who shall
be alive upon the earth when celestial glory and a repetition of the
persecutions of the past are blended. They
will walk in the light proceeding from the throne of God. By means of the angels there will be constant communication
between heaven and earth."--Testimonies, Vol. 9, pp. 11, 13, 15, 16.
of these solemn realities even now looming before our eyes, no longer, Brother,
Sister, hide yourself in the darkness. Stand
in the light, lest you stumble and fall and not be found.
Come, take time, and
Laodicean church, the last of the seven churches (Rev. 2, 3), being figurative
of the Christian church in her last period, our time, the message on record to
her is therefore the last message to the church.
So, plainly, if there is any Bible subject essential for the church to
study, the message to the Laodiceans certainly is.
satisfied with their attainments, the Laodiceans who believe and take God at His
Word will not question Him concerning their condition but will, whether they see
it or not, acknowledge that they are in a "sad deception..... wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."
Rev. 3:17. Having honestly
made this acknowledgment, they will, in consequent obedience to the True
Witness's counsel to buy of Him eyesalve which He alone can supply, be enabled
to anoint their eyes with it.
though, who recline in the false security of self-complacence, will pay no
attention to the warning counsel, and will as a result lose everything--be spued
out (verse 16)! Yet how few does
this dread threat alarm! How few
does it impel to find out where the trouble lies and how they stand!
How few, indeed, does it even trouble!
And O how few incline to inquire into it for fear that it may rebuke
their evil course and deprive them of some sinful pleasure which they dearly
cherish! Surprisingly, yet all too
too, there being instilled in them a great fear of false prophets, and not at
all awakened in them the expectation of true ones (although there
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no false where there are no true), they are now therefore almost beyond reach.
their careless attitude is seen the truth that "the pains of duty and the
pleasures of sin are the cords with which Satan binds men in his snares"
(Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 53), while behind the deeply instilled fear of false
prophets, is seen the false watchman's carefulness to keep them from coming in
contact with the messengers whom God has sent to them.
friendly visitor is endeavoring, therefore, to awaken an interest in you, dear
Laodicean, to go to the bottom of the matter, to make sure of your salvation.
So will you not be courteous enough to sit down with it in humble,
impartial, prayerful study which must repay you many, many, times more than what
you put into it?
many as I love," says the Lord, "I rebuke and chasten: be zealous
therefore, and repent. Behold, I
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I
will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as
I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches." Rev. 3:19-22.
a divine law that converts every honest effort into joy, a personal experience
with God, and eternal life. So
awake, my friend, and take note, not of what you think you are or will be, but
of what the Lord says you are and must be.
Begin your investigation with the ensuing
QUESTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION
does the angel represent?
is meant by being wretched and
and poor and blind and naked?
is it to be "lukewarm"?
does God prefer one either cold
rather than lukewarm?
is the eyesalve
Should Laodicea fail to repent, how
her shame be uncovered?
right answers to these seven important questions to every truth-seeking
Christian today will, if understood and heeded, rescue each from the shameful
and dangerous Laodicean condition, and safeguard his salvation.
This it will do ever so soon as he takes to heart
FACTS ON THESE SEVEN QUESTIONS.
Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, describes the condition of each of the seven
churches, the last of which is the Laodicean.
These churches, admittedly, portray the Christian church in seven
different periods; the seventh, Laodicea, depicting her in the period just
before the "harvest," the last in which the "wheat and
tares" are commingled, and
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in which she is to experience the separation
of the bad from among the good (Matt. 13:30, 47-49).
her every section, the church must be true to her name (it alone being her
identification), we shall therefore consider
compounded of the Greek words "lao" and "deci," the one
meaning "people," also "speak," the other meaning
"judgment," the two together meaning people proclaiming judgment, the
name Laodicea, therefore, identifies a church proclaiming the judgment hour
(Dan. 7:9, 10; Rev. 14:6, 7).
S.D.A. church is the only one to proclaim judgment, and as each of the seven
messages is addressed to the angel of the respective churches, the message to
Laodicea is accordingly
TO THE S.D.A. ANGEL
Revelation, chapter 1, the churches are symbolized by seven candlesticks, and
the angels of the churches, by the seven stars (Rev. 1:20).
the attendants of the candlesticks (churches), the angels are thus seen to be
the ministry, whose responsibility is to have the lamps trimmed, filled with
oil, and burning brightly, so that the church may give light to all about her.
the Laodicean angel, him to whom the condemnatory message is sent, is symbolical
of the ministry in Laodicea, he should consequently be the more anxious to
discover where the trouble lies, for he is, says the Lord,
MISERABLE, POOR, BLIND, AND NAKED.
ministry wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, what church (candlestick)
could possibly stay lighted? And
with her light thus gone out or but flickering dimly, how could she lighten the
world as God has set her to do? Through
the eyes of the True Witness, therefore, the tragedy of Laodicea is starkly
seen--"sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people"
(Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 337), while a sin-benighted world plunges on hell-bent
in its darkness! O what a piteous
plight! And yet it is so utterly
both ministry and laity in such a pitiful state of darkness, it is clear to be
seen that though the Laodicean church is the last in the order of the seven, God
cannot lighten the world and prepare His people for the Kingdom with her when
she is in darkness and unprepared herself.
Hence the necessity of a new order, a new ministry, as predicted in
Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 80, and in Zephaniah 3:11, 12.
will come to pass that "only those who have withstood and overcome
temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in
proclaiming this message when it shall have swelled into the Loud
Cry."--Review and Herald, Nov. 19, 1908.
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light of these facts, the prophetic message to the angel of the Laodiceans must
obviously be brought and proclaimed by someone other than the angel himself.
But this, of course, is the very thing that neither the ministry nor the
laity expect or wish to happen. For
the sake of the faithful, nevertheless, it is happening.
God's Word says that the ministry of the Laodicean church is wretched,
miserable, poor, blind, and naked, and that neither they nor the laity are aware
of the fact, it lends heavy underscoring to the statements: "Sleeping
preachers preaching to a sleeping people!" (Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 337);
and "the message of the True Witness finds the people of God in a sad
deception, yet honest in that deception."--Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 253.
they are in this horrible predicament, one which should make them tremble and
fear, and give anything to get out of, yet they continue
COLD NOR HOT.
and about to lose their lives, though as ignorant of their peril as a mouse
before the trap snaps shut, they are satisfied (lukewarm) in the devil's trap,
as they make toward its delectable bait--a false hope of enjoying the feast in
finds himself in a climate which is neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm, a
temperature desired and sought by all, there he basks as a pauper become a
prince! So it is with the
Laodiceans, as represented in prophecy, though their supposed palace is nothing
but a death trap!
rescue one from such a "terrible deception" is a task which calls for
the utmost wisdom not only because the victim is blindly inured to the perilous
condition he is in, while his rescuers are endeavoring to save him from
perishing, but also because he considers them as his enemies, false prophets,
instead of as his friends and deliverers, messengers from God!
life line, the saving message, which they pleadingly hold forth to him, he
recoils. And consequently by his
attitude against them, he shouts: Away, away, I am rich and increased with
goods: I have need of nothing; I have all the truth. "I am satisfied with my position. I have set my stakes, and I will not be moved away from my
position, whatever may come."--Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work, p. 65.
protesting that they are not wretched (not unhappy), not miserable (not
troubled), not poor (not in need of truth), not blind (not benighted or
illiterate), not naked (not without the righteousness of Christ), the Laodiceans
are contradicting the True Witness, rejecting His counsel, and discrediting His
the "salve" (truth) will heal them from their deadly Laodicean malady,
hence if they fail to avail themselves of the cure (to search for truth
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hidden treasure) and to apply it (to repent), they will be spued out. O,
Brother, Sister, will you not call for the "salve"? or will you continue in your wretchedness, miserableness,
poverty, blindness, and nakedness, and thus compel Him to spue you out and to
my brethren, that your shame might not appear, God has not exposed the sins
which you have cherished and kept under cover.
No longer, though, will He bear with you. So for your soul's sake, cease adding sin to sin; repent, and
return to the Lord; argue no longer that you have all the Truth, but come have a
good feast of It. God will just as
gladly accept you and make a feast for you as did the father of the prodigal
accept his son and make a feast for him.
like the Jew. But open your heart;
cast out its pride, its prejudice, and its self-conceit; let them not deprive
you of eternal life at such a late hour as this.
If you repeat the mistake of the Jews, your shame and your loss will be
much greater than theirs--as much greater as are your light and your
opportunities and privileges. Yea,
you not, then, we plead with you, end your long Laodicean sickness and poverty,
and no longer imagine that you are
INCREASED WITH GOODS.
you even so much as intimate that you have all the buildings, all the
institutions, all the money, all the workers, all the converts you need!
Your only boast is of having no need of truth!
This attitude, therefore, God says, is the way in which you are saying,
"I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing."
It is the source of your trouble, and the thing which the Lord expects
you to confess and to repent of.
angel's (the ministry's) false claim of being rich and increased with goods, and
in need of nothing, does not make him a liar, but rather shows him to be a
victim of ignorance and delusion. But
his thinking that he has and knows all the truth, makes his condition even more
perilous than a liar's, for a liar knows that he is lying.
O awake, Brother, Sister, awake! awake!
what? Others also as yourself, rich
and increased with goods, and in need of nothing?
with the excuse that the need to take care of the material things of life
(Luke 14:15-19) forbids their accepting the invitation?
Laodiceans from the streets and lanes--"the poor, and the maimed, and the
halt, and the blind" (Luke 14:21), gladly availing themselves of the
alas, not all who come, remain, for "when any one heareth the word of the
kingdom, and un-
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it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his
heart. This is he which received
seed by the way side." And
others, "when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word,"
are offended. These are they
"that received the seed into stony places."
"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth
the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth,
some an hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty." Matt. 13:19-23.
the "bad" along with the "good" are still coming (for we are
yet in the period in which the wheat and the tares are commingled, the good and
the bad fish are together in the net), you need not be of the tares or of the
"bad fish." Be of the
wheat, do as the "good": lay aside your own thoughts and ways, then
take the Lord's, for He says: "...My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways... For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Isa. 55:8, 9.
finally, never be like a Pharisee who can see the mote in his brother's eye, but
cannot see the beam in his own (Matt. 7:3).
For after all, "Who art thou?" asks the Lord.
Art thou thyself not a Laodicean? How
"judgest" thou "another man's servant? to his own master he
standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall
be holden up: for God is able to make him stand."
mind the other fellow, my lukewarm brethren: you have barely enough time to look
after yourself. And moreover, do
not measure the truth with the rod of man, but with the rod of God: "Hear
ye the rod, and [Him] Who hath appointed it" (Mic. 6:9) urges the Lord.
not take His counsel? If you will,
then without further delay, send your name and address for Present Truth
literature--the feast which, though worth everything, will cost you nothing.
And besides being the only cure for your blindness, it will thrill and
satisfy your hungry soul with something truely rich and extraordinary!
of us together "shall have spiritual eyesight to discern the inner courts
of the celestial temple. We shall
catch the themes of song and thanksgiving of the heavenly choir round about the
throne. When Zion shall arise and
shine, her light will be most penetrating, and precious songs of praise and
thanksgiving will be heard in the assemblies of the saints....As we apply the
golden eye-salve, we shall see the glories beyond. Faith will cut through the heavy shadow of Satan, and we
shall see our Advocate offering up the incense of His own merits in our behalf.
When we see this as it is, as the Lord desires us to see it, we shall be
filled with a sense of the immensity and di-versity of the love of
God."--Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 368. And
then we shall no longer ask:
ADVICE IS TO BE FOLLOWED?
want you to know that we truly appreciate your concern for our spiritual
welfare, as ex-
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in many of your criticisms, and we assure you that we fully realize that, be we
wrong, your advice is surely as valuable to us as, be we right, our advice is to
you. So we are confident that you
will be agreed with us that we must settle the question,
our investigation, it is, necessary, in fairness to both sides, to take into
account the experiential knowledge of each.
of our long experience with the Third Angel's Message in both its first part and
its present addition (Early Writings, p. 277), as brought in The Shepherd's Rod,
and yours in the first part only, we are constrained to believe that the
possibility of your being wrongly led by the angel of the Laodiceans, is greater
than the possibility of our being wrongly led by the Rod.
in a position, such as we are in, to be fully informed in both messages,--in the
one of 1844 and in the one of today,--then the possibility of your being right
and of our being wrong, as against the possibility of your being wrong and of
our being right, would be about equally balanced.
Inasmuch, though, as you are conversant with the former only, it is more
probable that our position carries a greater percentage of possibility of being
correct than does yours.
whether the Rod is right or wrong, "the angel of the church of the
Laodiceans" is, as the Lord Himself has made acutely clear, in a
"sad....fearful," and "terrible" deception"
(Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 253, 254, 260), and about to be spued out.
therefore, of the consequent greater responsibility resting upon us, we could
not be less interested in you than you are in us. And you could not afford to be less mindful of our advice to
you than we could of yours to us.
finally, believing that you are as honest as we are, we are confident that you
will candidly consider the following paragraphs.
being, as you know, unswerving adherents of the Bible and of Sister White's
writings, full-fledged S.D.A.'s, we are sure that both the Bible and Sister
White's writings support the Rod one hundred per cent.
All three, therefore, we see in perfect harmony with one another, with
the Rod giving "power and force" to the message as given since 1844.
(See Early Writings, p. 277.)
of our sustaining this solid conviction, you can readily understand that your
rejecting the Rod on the ground of its being out of harmony with Sister White's
writings, is not at all to us the actuality it seems to you.
too, having every reason to believe that our minds are fully rational, we
accordingly have every reason to believe that we are no less able than others
intelligently to study both the Bible and Sister White's writings. So let us, as Christians who really want to know the truth,
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BOTH YOUR POSITION AND OURS.
with, is it not correct that the Christian's text-book is the Bible?
If your answer to this fundamental question is in the affirmative, then
it compels us to study Sister White's writings in the light of the Bible, not
the Bible in the light of her writings. This,
in fact, she herself plainly says:
those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures, and who have received
the love of the truth, will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes
the world captive. By the Bible
testimony [not by hers], these will detect the deceiver in his disguise....Are
the people of God now so firmly established upon His word that they would not
yield to the evidence of their senses? Would
they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible, and the Bible only?"--The Great
Controversy, p. 625.
therefore, her work must never be interpreted in such a way as to contradict the
Bible, but always to clear it. If
you undeviatingly follow this absolute rule of interpretation, you can never
possibly have any trouble with the Rod or with any message the Lord may ever
interpretations of many of Sister White's writings, most notably, perhaps, those
concerning the Kingdom, being manifestly contradictory to the prophecies of the
Bible, cause the one who accepts her writings, to doubt the Bible, and the one
who holds to the Bible, to be set against her writings, thus bringing in dispute
and schism among the brethren. Such
interpretations, one-sided and division-making, are therefore grievously unfair
not only to the Bible and to Sister White's writings but also to yourself, and
consequently to the cause of Truth.
will, we trust, see that while you are intentionally endeavoring only to prove
the Rod wrong, you are unwittingly endeavoring in reality to prove Sister White
at odds with the Bible--a work which is scattering from Christ rather than
gathering to Him.
your and our doctrinal positions must be in perfect harmony with the Bible, we
are therefore asking you to harmonize your position on the Kingdom with Daniel
2:44; Jeremiah 51:20; Hosea 3:4, 5; Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-6; Isaiah 11:12-16;
Jeremiah 30:18, 21; 31:2-13; 32:37; Ezekiel 37:15-28.
it to be a simple, self-evident truth that as the stone (Dan. 2:34) is
symbolical of the Kingdom, and that as it smites the toes of the image, it
necessarily must be set up before it smites them, just as Daniel said: "In
the days of these kings [toe-kings: the kings of today] shall the God of heaven
set up a kingdom." "In
the days of these kings," cannot mean after their days. And unless the Kingdom is set up (brought into being), it
cannot smite the nations.
moreover, Judah and Israel (both kingdoms) are not gathered together into one
kingdom, as the prophecies say they will be (Ezek. 37:15-28), then
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they be His "battle-ax" (Jer. 51:20)?
And how can the prophecies be fulfilled?
equally as self-evident that the "many days" (Hos. 3:4, 5) are the
long years from the time the kingdom went down until it is set up again.
Wherefore the word "return" cannot mean anything other than
that those dispersed "many days" are to go back to the land whence
they were taken captive.
furthermore, is the only position, consistent with all relevant Bible doctrines,
that gives assurance of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 2 and that of
from Isaiah 11 we see that the Lord is to 'set His hand again the second time to
recover the remnant of His people" (verse 11), and that when He does so, He
will prepare a way for them "like as it was to Israel in the day that he
came up out of the land of Egypt."Verse 16.
Jeremiah testifies that the Lord "will bring again the captivity of Jacob's
tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city shall be builded upon
her own heap...and their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall
proceed from the midst of them." Jer.
Ezekiel, moreover, "thus 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." Ezek. 37:21.
Bible is either right or wrong. If
you believe it is right, take It to heart, and take your stand upon It, at least
upon such open passages as the ones herein quoted, scriptures which need no
certain it is that no one will succeed in excusing himself in trying to
side-step them, so plain and positive as they are.
Neither will he succeed in excusing himself in trying to get away from
God's judgments, by endeavoring on the one hand to dodge through what he thinks
to be loopholes in the Rod, and by endeavoring on the other hand to set up in
Sister White's writings stones to take cover behind.
vain attempts will leave him today no more excusable (in fact, less so) than the
efforts of the Jews yesterday left them in their attempt to discover loopholes
in Christ's work by the use of Moses' writings.
excuse be that the Rod's teachings are not sanctioned by Sister White's
writings, no more will he be excused for rejecting its voice on such grounds
than are the Jews for fighting and rejecting the New Testament Scriptures on the
grounds that they are not found in the writings of the prophets.
are really a sincere and faithful believer in both the Bible and the Spirit of
Prophecy, you will obey this counsel: "If a message comes that you do not
understand, take pains that you may hear the reasons the messenger may
give."--Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work, p. 65.
integrity in renouncing the sealing message, on the ground that it contradicts
Sister White's writings, will be tested by your response
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urging you to reason with the messenger rather than to reason with his enemies.
some of you seems to set the Rod squarely in contradiction to Sister White's
writings, is not half so plausible as is that which to all appearances sets the
Lord's statement in Matthew 10:23 solidly in contradiction to His promises.
"Ye shall not," says the Scripture, "have gone over the
cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come."
But the apostles did go preaching the gospel not only to the cities of
Israel but also to "every creature which is under heaven" (Col. 1:23),
and as yet the Son of man is not "come," though 1900 years have passed
since that time. Christ must have
spoken the truth, but it is not understood, just as many points in connection
with Present Truth are not understood, and hence in most cases are misconstrued.
Moses wrote the first part of the Bible, he was not given the privilege to write
the whole truth which God intended to reveal to His people. Later in the Old Testament period came Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Ezekiel, et al. Then in the New
Testament period came John the Baptist, Christ, the apostles, the reformers,
Miller, and Sister White, each one in turn teaching truths which could not,
however, be maintained by Moses' writings.
This is the divine rule of unfolding truth.
And only to one's own loss will he refuse to acknowledge that it is
operative the same today as ever, even though the message today is derived
entirely from the inspired writers before it.
there is much more to be said on these matters, suffice these lines for the
present, for unless for your life's sake you respond to them, more would be only
a weariness to you and a loss of time to us.
sincere prayer and earnest hope, therefore, is that the valuable and irrevocable
time expended in this effort of good will and deep concern for your souls, will
be the means of bringing you to rejoice in the glorious hope which the Rod sets
before you. May your heart yet be
responsive to the "Lord's voice" which still "crieth unto the
city,...hear ye the rod, and Who hath appointed it."
wish to comply with this injunction, and with one in Testimonies on
Sabbath-School Work, p. 65, to take pains to hear the reason for things, and
thus to ask questions, whether on the Bible or on Sister White's writings, you
may write us, and we shall gladly do our honest best to clear whatever is
as it is clearly seen that the Laodiceans are in dire need of truth, let us go
on from knowledge to knowledge by studying
STEPHEN-SERMON TO THE
brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father
Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, and said unto
him, Get thee out of thy country,
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thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee."
Acts 7:2, 3. "So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto
him" (Gen. 12:4), and went at His lead into Canaan, wherein he dwelt though
the Lord "gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his
foot on: yet He promised that He would give it to him for a possession, and to
his seed after him, when as yet he had no child."
time, the Lord purposed to lead Jacob and his household out of the land of
Canaan, down into Egypt. Knowing,
though, that the sons of Jacob would not go as did Abraham, by His simply
telling them to, He therefore in His providence put into the heart of Jacob a
greater love for Joseph than for his other children.
This begot in them envy and jealousy, which in turn begot hatred and
greed, manifesting itself in their cruel treatment and sale of Joseph, which
resulted in his being carried away a slave into Egypt.
Providence in the whole matter, Joseph said unto his brothers as he "made
himself known" unto them: "Be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve
life...and...to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by
a great deliverance." Gen.
45:1, 5, 7.
Lord providentially exalted Joseph to share the throne of Egypt in order to
predispose Pharaoh to grant Israel permission to enter into the land.
draw them there, He brought thereabouts the seven years of plenty, followed by
the seven years of famine. Whereupon
He sent word to Jacob that Joseph was yet alive.
At the joyous news, there sprang up in the father an irresistible desire
to see his son. This and the
life-taking hunger upon Joseph's brethren, compelled them to remove into
Pharaoh's land of plenty, where they lived like kings.
purposing, however, to leave them there forever, the Lord did not let their
living continue as pleasant as at the first, lest they refuse to take heed to
Moses when he should come with the word that the time had arrived for them to go
back home. But He brought about another saving providence, this time permitting
unbearable hardship to befall them, so that when called, they would respond
gladly. So slaves they had to
become; and still worse, they had to be bereaved of their male children, then
mercilessly driven with cruel lashes upon their backs, to produce ever more
power of the Spirit combined with the horrible suffering from their hard
Egyptian servitude, was an over-powering force compelling them to forsake the
heathen land and to return to their own.
their way back they met with another Providence--their long wilderness sojourn,
forty years in all--which God permitted for the express purpose of separating
from them the unbelieving, unfaithful multitude who accompanied the movement out
of Egypt. These destroyed after the
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was freed from slavery, the survivors miraculously crossed the Jordan (Josh.
3:14-17), just as they had forty years before crossed the Red Sea (Ex.
14:19-31). Their removing from
their midst the one sinner, Achan (Josh. 7:25), who then sprang up among them,
they entered into the promised land and became the most glorious kingdom in
their day (I Kings 10). Slaves
become kings--what a miracle indeed!
one would think that a people whom God had so miraculously freed from slavery,
and of whom He had subsequently just as miraculously made a kingdom, would never
fall now that they were strong. But
losing sight of their Strength, they again fell away into captivity!
In weakness as slaves to Pharaoh, God had brought them to strength over
their Egyptian masters; now in their strength as masters, themselves, over the
nations about them, He brought them down to servitude to those over whom they
had formerly held sway!
miracle, here is proof positive that the Lord built them up, and also tore them
down (2 Chron. 36:13-23), "that they," says the Lord, might "know
from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me.
I am the Lord, and there is none else."
course of time, with the fulfillment of the seventy years of which Jeremiah
prophesied (Jer. 29:10), God once more brought Israel into their own land.
But as the years wore on, replacing the old generations with new ones,
Israel again lost sight of their Strength, this time so completely that when the
long-looked for Messiah finally came, they rejected and crucified and spat on
divine retribution, God turned away His face in anger, and delivered them into
the hand of the oppressor, who destroyed their temple and their city, drove them
from their own land, and left them forsaken, an outcast race without God,
without coin, without country, a people execrated by all nations from that day
however, were thus cast away. A
multitude of them had their eyes opened to the fact that their great men were
falsely accusing the Lord, misapplying the prophecies concerning Him, and
deceiving the people. Through those
who remained faithful, He preserved the seed of Israel.
Accepting Christ and becoming Christians, these faithful sons of Jacob
had their name changed from Jews to Christians, as was foreshadowed in God's
changing their father's name from Jacob to Israel, and their grandfather's, from
Abram to Abraham.
out with 120 Spirit-filled disciples, this Jewish-Christian church converted
3,000 souls on the day of Pentecost by the preaching of one simple, Spirit-indited
sermon, and then "added to the church daily such as should be saved."
great ingathering of souls so angered Satan that he avengingly "persecuted
the woman [the Jewish-Christian church] which brought forth the man child"
(Rev. 12:13), so as to prevent her from making converts, and to prevent those
whom she succeeded in making, from fellowshiping with her.
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rock facts that the woman's child, Christ, Who was "caught up unto
God" (verse 5), was born to the Jewish church, and that the Christian
church emerged from the Jewish, solidly establish the woman as a figure of the
faithful servants of God in both the Old and the New Testament churches.)
result of persecuting the woman, Satan was, ironically, only helping rather than
hindering the divine purpose. Indeed,
the church's field (Matt. 13:38) grew only pure "wheat," the
"net" (verse 47) caught only good "fish," because against
such a persecution, only the faithful dared take their stand for Truth and to
become members of the hated sect. So,
seeing the results of his oppression, he quickly changed his tactics.
the edicts of toleration," says Gibbon, "he [Constantine] removed the
temporal disadvantages which had hitherto retarded the progress of Christianity;
and its active and numerous ministers received a free permission, a liberal
encouragement, to recommend the salutary truths of revelation by every argument
which could affect the reason or piety of mankind.
The exact balance of the two religions [Christian and Pagan] continued
but a moment.... The cities which signalized a forward zeal by the voluntary
destruction of their temples [the Pagan's], were distinguished by municipal
privileges, and rewarded with popular donatives....The salvation of the common
people was purchased at an easy rate, if it be true that, in one year, twelve
thousand men were baptized at Rome, besides a proportionable number of women and
children, and that a white garment, with twenty pieces of gold, had been
promised by the emperor to every convert."
This was "a law of Constantine, which gave freedom to all the slaves
who should embrace Christianity." Gibbon's
Rome, Vol. 2, pp. 273, 274 (Milman Edition).
soon as Satan caused his agents to cease oppressing the Christians, and to start
fellowshipping with them, he beguiled them into thinking him their friend.
Thus being eased of his persecution, they spiritually fell asleep; and
while they slept, he sowed the tares.
made a complete turn-about and even compelled the heathen to join the church,
thereby casting out of his "mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he
might cause her to be carried away of the flood." Rev. 12:15. From
persecuting those who would unite with the church, he turned to persecuting
those who would not, so that she might be flooded with unconverted heathen and
there-by "carried away of the flood." Rev. 12:15.
days of the reformers, in order to keep the multitude in darkness he put his
clamps on them, then opened wide his extinguisher against the burning light, and
when it failed him, he set "sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping
people.' Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 337.
highly successful course he has unremittingly pursued ever since, until as a
result the church today is almost choked with tares.
It is, as it were, infiltrated with a fifth-column.
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night I dreamed," says the servant of the Lord in a remarkable view of this
very condition. "that I was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass
at the door, and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two.
They looked stern and determined. I
knew them well, and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought
I would look again. The scene was
changed. The company now presented
the appearance of a Catholic procession. One
bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And
as they approached, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house,
saying three times, 'This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated.
They have spoken against our holy order.'
Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and
found myself in the midst of a company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not
speak a word to them for fear of being betrayed.
I tried to seek a retired spot where I might weep and pray without
meeting eager, inquisitive eyes wherever I turned.
I repeated frequently, 'If I could only understand this!
If they will tell me what I have said, or what I have done!'
wept and prayed much as I saw our goods confiscated.
I tried to read sympathy or pity for me in the looks of those around me,
and marked the countenances of several whom I thought would speak to me and
comfort me if they did not fear that they would be observed by others.
I made one attempt to escape from the crowd, but seeing that I was
watched, I concealed my intentions. I
commenced weeping aloud, and saying, 'If they would only tell me what I have
done, or what I have said!' My husband, who was sleeping in a bed in the same
room, heard me weeping aloud, and awoke me.
My pillow was wet with tears, and a sad depression of spirits was upon
me."--Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 578.
promise, however, is that the flood of tares will remain therein only until the
harvest, the natural time for their separation--the end of the world.
as Satan can successfully carry on this subversive work of flooding the church,
he will never move a finger to persecute any for joining her, lest thereby he
thwart his own evil design to honeycomb her ranks with his agents--the flood,
the tares. To insure the success of
this insidious work, he casts out those who dare live a consistent Christian
life there among the tares, while he is going about with his extinguisher turned
on, trying, to put out every life-spark of light.
though, as prophecy discloses, the tables are turned, and the long controversy
ends by the Lord's casting out and destroying (Rev. 12:16) Satan's agents, the
"flood" (the tares, the bad fish), and then lighting the earth with
the glory of His angel (Rev. 18:1)!
see that the coming work of making rid of the flood, thereby freeing the church
from the unconverted, is the work of "the harvest" in "the end of
the world." Matt. 13:39.
Next we must ascertain whether the "end of the world" brings
the millennial age of peace or the great time of trouble
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never was. To determine this, we
must consult subsequent events.
is after the earth swallows the flood, that the dragon is to be wroth with the
woman and to go "to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:16,
17), there is no escaping the conclusion that the harvest, in taking away
Satan's flood, his multiplied tares, does not bring the millennium of peace.
Indeed not, but rather it brings his wrath--the time of trouble such as
never was: the time in which God's people in Babylon are called to "come
out of her" and into His purified church--the Kingdom.
harvest, therefore, is a short period of time just before, rather than the
moment at, the appearing of Christ in the clouds.
It is the very last days of probation for earth's kingdoms,--the days and
work which bring the end of the world.
that there is a remnant (that which is left) of the seed of the woman, shows
that her seed is divided into two parts, and that consequently the symbolism
represents three groups of people: (1) the woman; (2) the first part of her
seed--those who in this instance are not the remnant; (3) the second part of her
seed--those who are the remnant.
light of this symbolical representation, the woman, herself, is seen to
symbolize the mother-part of the church--God's appointed and Spirit-filled
ministers who bring in the born-again (John 3:3) converts.
The first part of her seed must, accordingly, be the first fruits, the
144,000, who, separated from the sinners that were among them, are taken to
Mount Sion, there to stand with the Lamb (Rev. 14:1). Hence, "the remnant of her seed" are in this
instance those who are yet in the world when Babylon rides the beast (Rev. 17).
Thus they are the second and last fruits which are to be taken to the
purified church, the kingdom, where there is neither sin nor fear of the plagues
falling (Rev. 18:4).
since in her progression of time, the woman represents each successive ministry,
therefore at the time that the dragon is wroth with her, she necessarily must
represent the last ordained ministry, the 144,000, those who bring all their
brethren from all nations to God's "holy mountain Jerusalem."
this light shining on the subject, the truth is clearly seen that after the
earth swallows the flood, after the angels separate the wicked ("the
tares," the "bad"--"fish") from the righteous (the
"wheat," the "good"--"fish") in the church, and
take the righteous to Mount Sion ("the barn," "the
vessels"--Matt. 13:30, 48), the dragon will then be angry with the woman
(the servants of God), and as a result will war against the remnant (the second
fruits, those who are then to be called out of Babylon--Rev. 18:4).
the last days," says Micah in his forecast of the time in which the first
fruits stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion, and in which the second
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leave Babylon to go to Mount Zion, "it shall come to pass, that the
mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the
mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto
many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the
Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways,
and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word
of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they
shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks:
nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war
any more. But they shall sit every
man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for
the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it." Mic. 4:1-4.
kingdom-church conclusively, therefore, must be "set up" before the
Devil turns upon the remnant, those who are left behind and who are then being
gathered, and against whom he comes to war because they refuse to worship him in
the person of the beast and his image (Rev. 13:15).
cumulative light, one sees never so clearly that though the Lord is to allow
persecution to come anew upon His people in Babylon, He will do so only to serve
His Own end to cause them to get out of her dominion (as He caused His ancient
people to get out of Egypt), and to go into the kingdom-church--the only place
on earth where there shall be no sin and upon which the plagues shall not fall.
(See Rev. 18:4.)
the wrath of man shall praise Thee," O Lord, and "the remainder of
wrath shalt Thou restrain." Ps.
separation of the wicked from among the righteous while sojourning in the
wilderness in Moses' time, before entering the land of promise, was effected not
only for the benefit of the church then (typical Israel) but also for an
ensample to the church today (antitypical Israel), typically pointing to the
forthcoming separation of the bad from among the good (Matt. 13:48), before the
good are taken into the Kingdom, their own land, "the barn." Matt. 13:30. "All
these things," therefore says Paul, "happened unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
come." I Cor. 10:11.
the forewarning, herein, of this imminent providence, the Lord is again pleading
with each Present Truth believer:
shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the
people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon
thee. And the Gentiles shall come
to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they
come to thee:
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shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and
be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all
they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall
shew forth the praises of the Lord. All
the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth
shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on Mine altar, and
I will glorify the house of My glory.
are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
Surely the isles shall wait for Me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to
bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of
the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee.
And the song of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall
minister unto thee: for in My wrath I smote thee, but in My favour have I had
mercy on thee.
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. 60:1-12.
brethren of Laodicea, plain it is that "while 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."--The Great Controversy, p.
"clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon
her final conflict. 'Fair as the
moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,' she is to go
forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer."--Prophets and Kings,
p. 725. At that time "only
those who have withstood and overcome temptation in the strength of the Mighty
One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming this message when it shall
have swelled into the loud cry."--Review and Herald, Nov. 19, 1908.
flaming torch in the blackness of night, stands forth the truth that the time of
trouble such as never was, finds the church free from the flood of tares, free
from the "bad fish," and consequently able not only to withstand the
Devil but also to go forth conquering and to conquer in the mighty power of
Michael, Whose standing up delivers "every one that shall be found written
in the book." Dan. 12:1.
this rehearsal of the long history of God's people, we see that Abraham is the
only one with whom God was not compelled, in order to get the desired results,
to resort to means other than the simple command: "Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house,
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land that I will shew thee." Gen.
unquestioning and unfailing faith and his unhesitating obedience to the Lord's
naked command in every instance, made him a "friend of God," the
"father of the faithful," and a great pillar of living truth, with a
name to be remembered and venerated throughout time and eternity.
faith in the promises of God, and his overmastering desire to work himself into
the Lord's plans and to carry them out, resulted in his becoming the progenitor
of the first fruits or ministry of the kingdom-church--those who stand with the
Lamb on Mt. Zion (Rev. 14:1).
uncompromising fidelity to principle brought him into highest estate, in which
he became the world's greatest provisioner, as a type of Christ, the Great
in his meekness (humbleness) and in his determination "rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
season" (Heb. 11:25), rose to be the greatest general, leader, and
deliverer of all times, and even to stand on the mount of transfiguration.
apostles' sacrifice of life for the sake of Christ and His Truth, won them the
exalted honor of having their names placed in the foundations of the Holy City
fearless and persevering efforts to lift up the down-trodden Truth (Dan. 8:11,
12; 11:31), fathered forth Protestantism.
sending you these few lines to thank you for the tracts which you sent me.
They have been the means of sweetening the bitter feelings I had in my
heart toward our conference men. I
believe that these publications are Heaven-sent, for no carnal mind could in
such a way interpret God's Word. I
feel sure that the Scriptures have been made clear through the Holy Spirit.
I have read every tract with great care, and have passed copies on to
HIM TO INVESTIGATE
time ago, Elder G. gave a sermon here, warning the church against The Shepherd's
Rod literature. Becoming curious to
see what was so bad about it, I began reading.
And I found not only that it contains truth but also that the conference
had misused Scriptures to oppose it.
appreciate the literature very much, and wish to receive it all. Pray for me that I may be sealed with the 144,000.
OF ROD THROUGH DENOMINATIONAL PUBLICATION
noticed the warning against you in the
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Laodicean brethren, none of these singularly glorious estates are greater than
is yours to stand with the Lamb on Mount Sion.
"arise, shine," my lukewarm brethren, "for thy light is
come"! Isa. 60:1.
on the one hand the Lord is pleading that you take hold of His mighty light of
Truth and thereby be separated from sin, that you may escape His vengeance, be
delivered from the coming trouble, and have a part in proclaiming the Loud Cry
of the Three Angels' Messages; and that on the other hand Satan is pleading that
you take hold of his all-exhausted extinguisher; you are brought to the valley
of decision. Now has come the zero
hour to decide whether or not you will, if the Lord be God, follow His mighty
Truth, but if Baal be god, then follow his mighty men (I Kings 18:21).
says the Saviour, "I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he
with Me." Rev. 3:20.
not, then, do as did these faithful men of old, and be God's great men today!
O let nothing, Brother, Sister, longer compromise and neutralize your
efforts to obtain the promise now--the unmatched privilege of being Zion's
priests and kings!
that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith."
Union Outlook, and should like to hear from you.
As no one here wants to give us your name, I am sending this to your
Postmaster at Waco. He may know
certainly think it is time for all Laodiceans to wake up and watch, not thinking
of money only. Surely we cannot
have much time left. We hope that
we may hear from you.
envelope was addressed as follows:
at Waco, Texas. Please hand this
letter to 'The Publishers of Present Truth Series in the Interest of the S.D.A.
TAKE HOLD, BUT NOW HOLDS FAST
a certain sister came to see me, and gave me some of your literature.
I gave it to another sister. Later
I received a tract from you through the mail.
Laying it on the table, I went on with my work.
But as my conscience urged me to look into it, I began to study.
As I read, tears came, for I quickly saw that its revelations are
supported entirely by the Bible and the Testimonies. Pray that we may all walk in the light as He is in the light.
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FROM THE DITCH
received the first Shepherd's Rod tract, I was a backslidden S.D.A.
There was very little in the denomination's magazines that interested me,
and I had become very worried about my spiritual condition.
But I found your tracts so interesting and filled with spiritual food
that I read and reread them (literally wore them out), and thanked God there
were more to be had and that my condition was not altogether hopeless.
Your tracts and Volumes I and 2 are simply the best I ever read.
They are without a doubt the living Word, for just like the Bible, they
reveal more light every time they are read.
asking The Shepherd's Rod people to please pray for me that I will come out of
my Laodicean condition altogether, and receive my first love for the Lord, that
I may be able to serve Him acceptably.
hate to lose out now in the unfolding of prophecy, so please send me every tract
you publish. I hand them to others
to read, for such precious light must not be put under a bushel, but on a
in this war take the stand of conscientious objectors or that of patriots?
taking any other stand than that of a patriot cannot be a true citizen of his
country. A Christian, though, must
ever remember that he is under two governments,--one a spiritual and one a
temporal,--and that he is therefore obliged to serve both, with the result that
there may be times when circumstances may be such as to prevent his giving to
both the fullest support. But
always will he do his best. Such is
the Christian's lot according to God's Book of laws.
Bible plainly teaches that one's disregard of God's statutes is disastrous both
to himself and to his nation, and time has again and again too tragically borne
out its truthfulness. As witness to
it, stands the sad history not only of God's chosen people, the Jews, but also
of the Gentile nations.
one's disobedience to God's commands may work harm upon his nation as well as
upon himself, a Christian therefore bears the double responsibility of doing all
in his power to safeguard the welfare and to promote the success of both the
spiritual and the temporal kingdoms. And
to insure his fully acquitting himself of this weighty twofold responsibility,
he will implicitly obey the Lord's command: "Render to Caesar the things
that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Mark 12:17. "And
I," says the Lord in
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FOUND THE HIDDEN TREASURE
searched the Scriptures night and day, and want to tell my Brothers and Sisters
everywhere of the sealing message (3 T 266, 267), the renewal of the straight
testimony, the latter rain (5 T 214), the great multitude (Rev. 7:9), and the
setting up of the Kingdom (Isa. 2; Mic. 4; Hos. 3).
Symbolic Code is very interesting. I
see that those who really study the Rod, rejoice in its message.
bow before my Saviour and say, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
FOR PRESENT TRUTH
Sabbath, the Spirit worked on my heart, and now God seems very near to me.
How much we have to be thankful for!
And I praise His name for His goodness to me in sending the message of
Present Truth to me and to my family.
be among the 144,000 and to help spread this message,
E.O., age 13
AND ANSWERS RIGHT
to the obedient, "will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that
curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
Israel as a nation and a government were obliged to protect their own property,
people, and families--even by the sword. But
they were not to war against their own brethren. When the ten-tribe kingdom, Israel, confederated with Syria
to war against the two-tribe kingdom, Judah, God's curse rested upon both Syria
and Israel, and each was consequently broken by the king of Assyria. (See Isaiah
persecuted for the gospel's sake, the Christians were instructed as ministers of
the gospel never to retaliate: "I say unto you," says the Lord,
"That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
cheek, turn to him the other also. And
if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy
cloke also. And whosoever shall
compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn
not thou away.
have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine
enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good
to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on
the just and on the unjust." Matt.
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light that is shining from both the, Old and New Testaments, shows that a
Christian, as a loyal citizen of his country, will in time of war serve to
protect it, but if the war involve Christians on both protect sides, as the wars
do today, he, as a citizen of Christ's kingdom, cannot possibly in conscience
engage in shooting his fellow citizens of Christ's kingdom, for "if a
kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand."
Mark 3:24, 25.
though in such a war Christians must not bear arms to kill one another, they are
morally bound to do the humanitarian work performed by the good Samaritan.
(See our declaration of principles, The Symbolic Code, July-December,
1940, pp. 11, 12.)
VOTING BECOMING TO A CHRISTIAN?
right to vote?
franchise to vote is one of the inalienable rights of a free people, there
cannot be any wrong in exercising it if thereby either the law or offices of the
land can be better served. To cast
a vote, though, which will further such an end, requires conscientious study;
failing that, one's vote can only be biased and unintelligent, and thus adverse
rather than conducive to the end of good government.
therefore, who are in no position to devote the time and study necessary to
informing themselves on political issues sufficiently to qualify their voting
intelligently on them, cannot conscientiously cast a vote, for to do so would be
to cast a blind vote, a foolish and a dangerous vote.
ministers of the gospel, with our time completely preoccupied with the spiritual
interests of the people, we ourselves are not able to give attention to their
political interests also, just as the people's political representatives are not
able to give attention to their spiritual needs also.
And therefore rarely, if ever, do we see our way clear to vote.
CHRISTIAN PROTECT HIMSELF AND FAMILY IF ATTACKED?
shall a conscientious objector answer when asked by the conscription board:
"Would you fight to protect your wife and children if brutally
obviously answer that no true Christian would think of attacking or harming
anyone, much less his brother in the faith.
So the minute anyone commits an open act of hostility against the life of
another, then regardless what his profession may be, that one has revealed
himself as a mortal enemy, and should therefore receive the treatment that such
an enemy deserves, not the treatment that a brother Christian deserves.
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ABOUT DEFENSE BONDS?
either Mt. Carmel's workers or the institution itself buying United States
Defense Savings Bonds?
workers in a religious-charitable institution, working in common for a bare
subsistence wage of fifteen cents an hour, the residents here, from the lowest
to the highest, are consequently without margin of buying power for any but the
veriest necessities of life. No
one, therefore, has earning capacity sufficient to enable him to make any kind
of monetary investment.
institution itself, being strictly a charitable organization in its entirety, is
in similar circumstance. Being a
non-profit-making medium through which its members do their appointed work by
contributing to it from their income, that it may feed, house, and clothe its
workers, print religious literature, and disseminate it free of charge
throughout the world, it consequently does not have any funds of its own. So it cannot morally, even if it could financially, make any
investment not put to this constituted purpose, however commendable that
investment in itself might be.
besides bonds and stamps bought by its members abroad, the institution in
carrying on its regular work for the good of others, not to its own profit, is
purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of postage stamps each month.
Thus, though it is not in a position to help directly (through United
States Defense Savings Bonds) in the defense program, it is doing its part
indirectly (through United States postage stamps), its money simply going into
another compartment of the same national till, from which it does not, of
course, receive either interest or principal.
ABOUT DEFENSE SAVINGS STAMPS?
right to buy savings stamps for national defense?
is to make investments, he might better do so in national defense stamps than in
something less important and less substantial.
In fact, money invested in defense stamps is as safe as money deposited
in the bank, even more so, the only difference being that one cannot draw on
stamp savings at will as he can on bank savings.
CHRISTIAN JOIN LABOR UNIONS?
The Shepherd's Rod position on Labor Unions?
light which the Testimonies shed on the issue of Labor Unions is all the
illumination there is on the subject, our position must be governed thereby.
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in their formative years the Unions neither had the power nor exercised the
pressure which they do now, yet even then men were arduously at work to make
them what they now are. So to
safeguard the true believer from becoming compromised by their dictates and thus
involved in their strikes (not to restrain him from paying to them a part of his
wages if they compel him to), the Testimonies forbid his taking part in
furthering their unchristian purpose. (See
Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 84.)
persecuting Jesus and His followers, the Roman and the Jewish governments were
doing a thing as unrighteous as the Unions are doing to day in coercing labor
into their ranks, yet Jesus directed His followers then to pay tax to Caesar.
So we must conclude that if one is required to pay a fee while working at
a trade which permits no "open shop," he therefore has no alternative
to meeting this necessity as one of the shop's requirements, regardless whether
the Union be a good or a bad organization.
Thus, though in order to hold his job in support of himself and his
family, he may pay the fee which the Unions exact for the opportunity to labor,
he will not participate in any of their activities and functions, political,
social, or otherwise. In short, he
will not have any fraternal connection whatsoever with them.
such circumstances, there is no difference in paying Union dues, state tax, or
some other necessary expense fee or cost in order to keep at work.
In view of this, those who follow in the light will pay only as they have
to, and will discontinue paying as soon as possible.
burial insurance come under the heading of life insurance?
right answer to this question must be evolved, not from any opinion on the
subject, but solely from principle. Should
a loyal and true citizen of Christ's kingdom seek help or protection from a
citizen of some other kingdom? Has
the Lord appointed the world or the church to care for His people?
Does He ask His children to sever all relations with the world when they
are well, only to turn them back to it when they are in distress or in need, in
sickness or in death, to have it take care of them?
Is the Christian, in other words, while well to trust in Christ, but when
sick or dying, to trust in the Devil? Has
not the Lord privileged the church to receive a blessing even for giving a drink
of water to one of His little ones (Matt. 10:42)?
are the answers to these and to similar pertinent questions.
Totalled, they give the over-all answer: Never should her members have to
depend upon the world. They should
be able to depend upon her. Milking
and shearing her sheep to the fullest while they are well and have milk and wool
to give, the church is morally bound to care for them when they become sick or
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no more milk or wool to give, and then to bury them when they die.
Thus, for a Christian to carry any kind of worldly insurance policy, is a
disgrace to Christianity and thus a dishonor to Christ.
church, therefore, is under heavy moral obligation not only to carry the
insurance for all her true and faithful followers, but also to look after all
their needs should they themselves at any time become helpless. This duty divinely imposed upon the church, and the
shep-herd's utter disregard of it, also the final outcome, are clearly set forth
by the pen of Ezekiel:
of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them,
Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel
that do feed themselves! should not
the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye
eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye
feed not the flock. The diseased
have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither
have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which
was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and
with cruelty have ye ruled them. And
they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all
the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill:
yea, My flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search
or seek after them.
ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; As I live, saith the Lord God, surely
because My flock became a prey, and My flock became meat to every beast of the
field, because there was no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for My
flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My flock; therefore, O ye
shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am
against the shepherds; and I will require My flock at their hand, and cause them
to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any
more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat
thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek
them out. As a shepherd seeketh out
his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I
seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been
scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And
I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and
will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by
the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel
shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture
shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
will feed My flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven
away, and will bind up that which was broken, and
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strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I
will feed them with judgment.
as for you, O My flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle
and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.
Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but
ye must tread down with your feet the residue your pastures?
and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with
your feet? And as for My flock,
they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye
have fouled with your feet.
thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat
cattle and between the lean cattle. Because
ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with
your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; therefore will I save My flock,
and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even My servant
David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and My servant David a
prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to
cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep
in the woods. And I will make them
and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to
come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the
earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall
know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and
delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast
of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them
I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed
with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
This shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that
they, even the house of Israel, are My people, saith the Lord God.
And ye My flock, the flock of My pasture, are men, and I am your God,
saith the Lord God." Ezek. 34.
not this the fast that I have chosen? to
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the
oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor
that are cast out to thy house? when
thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from
thine own flesh?
shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth
speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord
shall be thy rereward. Then shalt
thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I
am. If thou take away from the
midst of thee the yoke, the putting
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the finger, and speaking vanity;
if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then
shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: and the
Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat
thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters fail not." Isa.
ALL THE TRUTH?
subject involving the Kingdom, Sister White wrote: "'Flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.'
Man in his present state is mortal, corruptible; but the kingdom of God
will be incorruptible, enduring forever. Therefore
man in his present state cannot enter into the kingdom of God. But when Jesus
comes, He confers immortality upon His people; and then He calls them to inherit
the kingdom of which they have hitherto been only heirs.
and other scriptures clearly proved to Miller's mind that the events which were
generally expected to take place before the coming of Christ, such as the
universal reign of peace and the setting up of the kingdom of God upon the
earth, were to be subsequent to the second advent."--The Great Controversy,
statements do not even intimate a beginning of the Kingdom "subsequent to
the second advent," but the Rod so teaches.
Does it not, therefore, contradict The Great Controversy?
are to understand from The Great Controversy statement, used by the questioner,
that the Kingdom incorruptible has no beginning, but comes into being complete
in a moment at Christ's appearing, then we would be setting The Great
Controversy at odds with the Bible, which plainly says that the Kingdom in its
"stone" stage smote the earth's kingdoms and then emerged into its
"great mountain" stage and "filled the whole earth."
continuity of events recorded in Early Writings, pp. 15, 17, must be taken as
absolute, and no other event or events can be sandwiched in, then the questioner
is getting himself into deep trouble, for the chapter in question does not
include in its record of events either the seven last plagues or the millennium.
Giving the appearance that the saints ascend to heaven, then very shortly
return to earth, it excludes the plagues, the millennium, and the judgment
Bible contains many prophecies which the writings of Sister White do not even
mention, let alone treat of, and if the Lord does not now reveal them to meet
the church's need today, she will not be prepared for their fulfillment, but
will be left to perish in her undone, Laodicean condition.
And if these prophecies were not to be revealed, then for what purpose
were they written?
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prophet of God has ever fashioned a complete, prophetic chain with no links
missing. The mind, therefore, which
takes the position that Sister White has done what no prophet either in or out
of the Bible has ever done, does so at the utter disregard not only of the Bible
rule but also of revealed truth.
herself says that "no man, however honored of Heaven, has ever attained to
a full understanding of the great plan of redemption, or even to a perfect
appreciation of the divine purpose in the work for his own time.
Men do not fully understand what God would accomplish by the work which
He gives them to do; they do not comprehend, in all its bearings, the message
which they utter in His name."--The Great Controversy, p. 343.
persons, being of the parrot kind, utter parrot-like statements, never stopping
to think what they say, and seemingly caring not whether their statements stand
or fall. Such are they who say that
no other event or events can come before, between, or after those set forth in
Sister White's writings.
rejected the prophets because what the prophets taught and wrote was not all
found in the teachings of Moses. "We
know," they said, "that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we
know not from whence He is." John
prophet's writings ever predicted the entire truth needed by the church to carry
her clear through to the Kingdom, and as other prophets followed, either
enlarging upon or adding to the prophecies already recorded in the Scriptures,
then for anyone to turn down present Bible truth on the grounds that it goes
beyond Sister White's writings, is for him to take the same inexcusable and
fatal stand as did the Jews. It is
to say, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of
nothing" (Rev. 3:17), and as a result, to be spued out of the Lord's mouth.
SAFE TO CHALLENGE?
are to "prove all things," and to "hold fast that which is
good," and to be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks us a
reason of the hope that is in us, then ought we not challenge those who are
enemies of the Rod to prove it in error?
Truth believers who are fully established in the Truth, who have no doubts as to
its Inspiration, who are settled once for all that The Shepherd's Rod message is
heaven-sent, but who are incapable of defending it in all its aspects, are in no
wise justified in exposing their precious jewel of Truth to the enemy whose only
aim is to take it away from them. Especially
when he is not coming with a promise to give them something in addition to what
they already have, but to take it away, they cannot afford to challenge
themselves to give him a chance to prove as to whether or not he can cheat them
of their treasure. When it is gone,
the proof will be sad consolation!
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placing themselves on Satan's vantage ground will make them guilty of the folly
not only of presumptuousness but of waste of time and of energy as well, and,
last but not least, of a fearful chance-taking with this most precious gift.
It will be but inviting the Devil to rob them of eternity.
We must guard our heavenly treasure with the utmost care, and preserve
our faith in it by studying to give an answer to every man that asks us a reason
of the hope that is in us, but not by inviting the enemy's deceitful questions.
though, for any compelling reason you, dear reader, must assume the risk of
meeting the enemy in this great spiritual warfare, you hold him to answer to the
whole Truth; do not let him make you to answer for a certain point of truth
which, perhaps, no one at the moment could clear.
Do not permit yourself to be pushed up on the line of defense, but rather
keep yourself on the offensive.
not forget that the enemy who seeks your crown is mightier than you, and that
therefore if you are not absolutely settled on the message, then by all means
rather than study with its enemies, you had better first study with its friends.
Not until you have thus done all to prove it right, and cannot, can you
rightly study with the opposition if you want to do all to make sure of not
being cheated of a message from the Lord.
remember that if there is someone ready to refute one truth, there is another
one ready to refute another truth, and so on and on.
In fact, the enemy is ready to refute every truth in existence, even the
Bible Itself, if you but let him. Certain
it is, though, that Satan does not have so good an argument against the Rod's
truths as Sunday keepers have against the Sabbath truth.
for one who is settled in the Truth and is searching for more, voluntarily to
interview a known enemy, is but to put one's sword in the enemy's hand and to
challenge him to cut off one's head.
bear in mind, though, that "the efforts made to retard the progress of
truth will serve to extend it" (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 454), and that your
loss is but your own.
convictions need daily to be re-enforeed by humble, sincere prayer and reading
of the word. While we have an
individuality, while we each should hold our convictions firmly, we must hold
them as God's truth and in the strength which God imparts.
If we do not, they will be wrung from our grasp."--Testimonies, Vol.
6, p. 401.
WITHIN OR WITHOUT?
hand I find your literature teaching its believers not to leave the ranks of the
mother church, while on the other hand I find you causing no end of trouble to
the church. How do you reconcile
your precept with your example? Why
not devote your time to evangelistic efforts to bring erring souls to the
knowledge of the Truth, and let the church alone?
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we believe that this is no time to be pulling apart, but indeed to be pressing
together. And the message which we
are bearing to the church, not only does not contain any doctrine or teaching
which would warrant our leaving her ranks to become a separate cult, but does
contain both which absolutely forbid our doing so.
For these reasons we have from the beginning steadfastly refused, even in
the face of abusive treatment, to leave the mother church.
as we are concerned, therefore, the responsibility for existing controversy and
schism is all the denomination's, and none of ours, for we are only obeying the
Lord's command forbidding one's compromising the Truth. And they themselves admit that we must obey God rather than
men. Upon the denomination,
therefore, rests the heavy guilt of rejecting the message of the hour and of
casting out those who accept it, thus repeating the tragic folly of the Jews in
devoting our time in an effort to evangelize the world to the neglect of the
church, such would be a criminal act, one of highest treason both to God and to
His people: for the church must first be saved from her Laodicean condition of
being "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."
She, not the world, is just about to be spued out.
And she "is the only object on earth on which 'He bestows His
supreme regard."--Testimonies to Ministers, p. 15.
her present deplorable state of blindness and destitution as exposed by the True
Witness (Rev. 3:14-18), she is utterly unfit for the task assigned her, and must
be rescued from her sad deception, before she can be a safe refuge and a saving
influence to those who would join her ranks. If God leaves her in the Laodicean condition in which she now
languishes, not only will she herself be lost but, in consequence, so also will
the whole world along with her. He
must therefore lift her up or else raise up another to do the work which remains
to be done.
though, what an eternal joy it would be for Him to fit her up and use her to His
glory, rather than have to forsake her! So
before raising up another as a last resort, He is trying to save her, and He
will save her, as He promises:
will work his miracles to deceive, he will set up his power as supreme.
The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall.
It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out.
The chaff is separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible
ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.
None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the
word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or
stain of sin, without guile in their mouth.
The remnant that purify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength
from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding
great issue so near at hand will weed out those whom God has not appointed, and
He will have a pure, true, sanctified ministry prepared for the latter
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Lord--Who Himself when upon earth spent all His time in the exclusive endeavor
to save His lost church then--to send us to the world rather than to His lost
church today, He not only would be bringing in the innocent to perish with the
guilty but also would be violating His Own practice and countermanding His Own
orders to His apostles that they preach present truth first to the church (Matt.
and in consistency with afore-established procedure, therefore, He purposed that
"while 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 [His] people upon
earth....Then the church which...at His coming [He] is to receive to Himself
will be 'a glorious church, not having , spot, or wrinkle, or any such
thing.'"--The Great Controversy, p. 425.
her special work.
Lord does not," furthermore says the Spirit of Truth, "now work to
bring many souls into the truth, because of the church-members who have never
been converted, and those who were once converted but who have backslidden.
What influence would these unconsecrated members have on new converts?
Would they not make of no effect the God-given message which His people
are to bear?"--Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 371.
the backslidden and the unconverted, the tares, are taken away, "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.
honest heathen must and will be evangelized, but "the lost sheep of the
house of Israel" (Matt. 10:6) must be sought first. And for this how thankful they ought to be and will be when
they discover that rather than being rich and increased with goods, and in need
of nothing, they are actually wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked'--in need of everything; and that the Lord is waiting to make them what
they ought to be.
these reasons, God says now to work within rather than without.
And what He says, that He means, and we dare not disobey.
PICK THE UNRIPE SECOND
AND LEAVE THE FIRST TO SPOIL?
we, in the Name-ingathering Campaign, send in names and addresses of those
without as well as within the S.D.A. denomination?
publishers of the Present Truth series of books and tracts in the interest of
the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, our duty now is to work only within the
church. Then when we have
accomplished this work (when the "firstfruits" therein have been
sealed), Michael will stand up to deliver every one whose name is found written
in the book (Dan. 12:1)--every one who has the seal: for they
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entering into the time of trouble such as never was.
And while standing, He shall send "this pure, true, sanctified
ministry" (B:55-1886), 144,000 in number, "unto the nations" to
declare His glory among the Gentiles" (Isa. 66:19), and to deliver the rest
of His people.
while Babylon the Great rules the world (represented by her riding the
beast--Rev. 17), these escaped ones "shall bring all [their] brethren for
an offering unto the Lord out of all nations [her vast dominion]...to My holy
mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord." Isa.
66:20. In other words, they shall
bring out all their brethren whom Michael shall deliver from the great
tribulation then in the world,--"a great multitude, which no man could
number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues."
glorious ingathering we shall see in just a little while if we but now follow
the Lord step by step as He leads ahead. But
if we attempt to "run ahead," we will either bring upon ourselves the
time of trouble before we are ready to stand, or waste our time and means, only
in the end to find that we have prematurely picked, and hence ruined, some of
the precious second fruits in Babylon, the Gentile field, while leaving some of
our church brethren, the first ripe fruits, to perish in their Laodicean
Truth believers taking part in the Name-ingathering Campaign are therefore
requested to confine their efforts strictly to within the S.D.A. denomination,
and to renew their zeal in this great and important work.
Brother, Sister, and hasten our going home!
UNITY BE MAINTAINED?
Present Truth teachers and believers, what can we do to avoid bringing in among
ourselves dissension, discord, strife, and division, all of which result in the
disruption rather than the building up and forwarding of the work in unity?
where there is union there is strength and true Christianity, the question is
certainly worthy of the most earnest consideration.
Christians never accuse one another, never communicate other's mistakes,
shortcomings, failures, and troubles, they will find themselves so united that
nothing can dissipate or destroy the love of Christ among them. But such a spirit of oneness can be maintained only by a
people who see eye to eye, and who speak the same thing. And the only way that this can be accomplished is that each
forsake his own ways and thoughts, and in exchange avail himself of the Lord's.
imperative, therefore, that every Present Truth believer teach and practice only
Present Truth; that is, teach nothing more or less than what is published, and
do nothing more or less than what the message calls for.
putting aside your own thoughts and your own ways, and availing yourselves of
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55:8, 9), in exclusive devotion to the Spirit of, Truth, you will see eye to
eye, and speak the same thing. Then
only will you be able to dispel the spirit of confusion and to retain the Spirit
of love and unity.
DO NOT AGREE, HOW CAN THEY WALK TOGETHER?
not The Shepherd's Rod believers and the Reformed S.D.A.'s unite in one?
adherents and the Reformed S.D.A.'s do not unite because, unfortunately, they do
not agree. Being in wide variance
on some doctrinal issues, union under the circumstances is impossible.
doctrinal difference, for instance, is that the Reformed S.D.A.'s teach that the
sins in the mother S.D.A. church make her a part of Babylon, whereas the Rod
teaches that though she is in a bad condition, yet she is not Babylon: for the
sins do not make the name any more than the name makes the sins.
Babylon is not so named because of its sins, nor condemned because of
being named Babylon, but is denounced because of having fallen and because of
having "become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit,
and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird Rev. 18:2.
S.D.A. church may be in even a worse condition,--so bad a condition, in fact,
that she does not even know that she is "wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked" (Rev. 3:17),--yet in spite of it all, she is called
"Laodicea," not Babylon. And
her members stand, not to be called out as do those in Babylon, but rather to be
spued out. The Rod is laboring to
save them from being spued out, whereas the Reform movement is calling them to
believing as they do, and consequently rejecting the Rod's message, make
mutually impossible our uniting with them and their uniting with us.
Lord, moreover, has revealed advanced truth through the Rod, but none through
the Reformed S.D.A.'s, obviously, then, were there to be any such union, they
must necessarily correct their views and then join with us in accepting the
message of the Rod, rather than our throwing overboard its jewels of truth and
then joining with them.
unity," says the Spirit of Prophecy, in expressing the attitude of the
early Christian church, "could be secured only by the compromise of truth
and righteousness, then let there be difference and even war."--The Great
Controversy, p. 45.
are to unify, but not on a platform of error."--Mrs. E.G. White, Series
B:2, p. 47.
may easily see that, though our fervent desire is to fulfil Christ's prayer for
unity, we dare not attempt to do so by sacrificing truth, for then we would not
be one with Christ, even were we one with all others.
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is danger of out being so overzealous to keep out of Babylon," says the
founder of the S.D.A. church, "that we shall commit her most noted
blunder--that of sticking a stake and refusing to pull it up and advance.
When we cease to unlearn errors, we shall fall like those who have gone
before us. We have learned much,
and no doubt there is much more for us to learn. ...It is the 'follow on' and
the 'go through' spirit that will finally land the remnant 'without fault' on
the heavenly Mount Zion. My conclusion is that we should give up no Scripture truth,
but that our false applications and interpretations of Scripture, and consequent
false ideas of order and propriety, should be given up as fast as
possible."--The Review and Herald, May 29, 1860.
THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD?
great and dreadful day of the Lord the same event as the second coming of
from Malachi 4:5, the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes as the result of
the proclamation of the message of Elijah the prophet. Thus rather than being Christ's second appearing, it is
obviously on the one hand His setting His seal upon the forehead of the
righteous (Rev. 14:1; 7:9) and bringing His judgments, "the wrath of the
Lamb," upon the wicked (Rev. 6:15-17); and on the other hand Satan's
warring against the remnant (Rev. 12:17).
conflict between God and Satan brings in the time of trouble such as never was,
at the beginning of which Michael stands to deliver "every one that shall
be found written in the book." Dan.
12:1. It is "the great and
dreadful day of the Lord"--"great" for the righteous,
"dreadful" for the wicked. Once
it begins, it continues, as the Spirit of Prophecy says, without respite to the
end--Christ's second appearing. (see
Testimonies to Ministers, p. 182.)
YEARS WITHOUT NEW LIGHT?
you say that during the forty-year period from 1890 to 1930 there was no new
light given to the S.D.A. church, when so many of Sister White's writings were
published from 1890 to 1915?
many of Sister White's writings were published during the aforestated period of
time, a careful check will reveal that if any new revelation of Bible truth
(doctrine) was published therein, it was revealed to her before.
Testimonies, moreover, rather than being given expressly to reveal Present
Truth, "meat in due season," were given primarily to furnish counsel,
admonition, reproof, and instruction in righteousness in an endeavor to save the
Laodiceans from being spued out. Any
other of her writings remained in their prophetic aspects a mystery until
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forty years expired with the arrival of The Shepherd's Rod.
THREE SEALS AS AGAINST FIVE TRUMPETS?
seals and the trumpets run in a single progression, each seal preceding its
corresponding trumpet, thus bringing a sealing message, then a destruction, how
do you account for only three seals and five trumpets before the cross?
seemingly serious discrepancy in the difference between the number of seals and
the number of trumpets before the cross is in actuality no discrepancy at all,
but rather a deliberate and purposive irregularity due to the fact that the
truths revealed in the third and fifth trumpets are of eternal duration, whereas
the truths revealed in the other five trumpets are of temporal duration: the
star which fell at the sounding of the third trumpet is symbolical of the Bible,
God in the Word, and that which fell at the sounding of the fifth trumpet is
symbolical of Christ, God in the flesh, in both instances the Fountain of Truth,
from which all truth flows, even the truths of the rest of the trumpets, and
also of the seals.
this irregularity, a mark of divine design rather than the result of human
shortsightedness, shows that the Bible and the Lord, the written and the living
Word, are the very source of, every message,--the storehouse of the whole
Truth,--and that therefore rather than being a part of another message, every
other message is a part of It.
though on the surface this irregularity appears to be a damaging error, it
underneath proves to be a great bulwarking truth.
ALL OR A
9:27 says that a remnant of Israel will be saved, but Romans 11:26 says that all
Israel will be saved. I do not
understand this. Can you help me?
9:27 is speaking of Israel as a nation, of which only a remnant will be saved;
whereas Romans 11:26 is referring to the elect of Israel as individuals, all of
whom will be saved.
VOLUNTEERS, THOUGH GOOD, REJECTED?
anyone get into the "net" (Matt. 13:47) after it is drawn to shore?
net is figurative of the gospel in the church, then if there is nothing to keep
one from accepting the message, he can get into the "net" and become a
part of the church any time before the close of probation.
Surely if a good fish should manage to get into the net while it is being
hauled ashore, it will not be thrown out with the bad
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because it did not get in sooner, but rather will be accounted even more
precious because of its own effort expended in getting in, without the help of
LAW MADE VOID?
writes: "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every
day alike. Let very man be fully
persuaded in his own mind. He that
regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the
day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He
that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth
not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks." Rom. 14:5, 6.
light of these two scriptures, is it not true that one is saved by faith no
matter what his doctrinal belief may be in the Sabbath and in the law?
rise to the foregoing question, Paul's writings in this instance also give
answer to it:
we then make void the law through faith? God
forbid: yea, we establish the law." Rom.
3:31. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point,
he is guilty of all." James
2:10. "For this is the love of
God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous."
I John 5:3. "Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,
and may enter in through the gates into the city."
doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?
can faith save him?...Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being
alone....Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also
believe, and tremble. But wilt thou
know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?...For as the body without
the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
James 2:14, 17, 19, 20, 26.
doctrine of faith divorced from works is the very thing that has driven the
world mad today,--has made men lawless and ushered in a reign of godlessness, of
immorality, crime, and terror unequalled in human annals.
justification for breaking the Sabbath, one part of the law, must necessarily
result in equal justification for breaking the other parts of the same law,--for
worshiping false gods and idols, for killing, stealing, committing adultery, and
coveting,--for if one part of the law is not binding, then how can the whole be
binding? Indeed, the Scriptures
plainly state that the violation of one part is a violation of the whole.
finds pleasure in treading down a part of the law, he will naturally find more
pleasure in treading down all of it.
rational person who believes Paul's writings as a part of Holy Writ can honestly
convince himself that Paul would at one moment uplift the law and at the next
moment tread it down. Decidedly,
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one's interpretation of his writings must be such as to make them consistent.
Romans 14:5, 6, Paul is endeavoring to correct unfair criticism by admonishing
the believers that everyone must be persuaded in his own conscience, and that
the duty of a Christian is to keep, speak, and teach the Truth, not to demand
obedience to it; not to despise those who eat or those who do not, or those who
esteem one day above another, but to let all be fully persuaded in their own
minds. Their duty is to be
altogether-Christians, having minds of their own, but ever being ready to forgo
them for the Lord's.
having written, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed" (Gal. 1:8), Paul could not possibly have turned around and
advocated that a man can be saved by a gospel of his own, by what he himself
Sabbath and consequently the law are perpetual, to be kept even hereafter,
anyone can easily see from the statement: "It shall come to pass, that from
one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come
to worship before Me, saith the Lord."
Isa. 66:23. And looking
forward to the time of "the great and dreadful day of the Lord,"
Malachi admonishes the people living at that time: "Remember ye the law of
Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the
statutes and judgments." Mal. 4:4.
therefore not only the Sabbath but also the whole law is to be kept both now and
forever, faith does not do away with the law of God, but rather establishes it
THE SABBATH CALENDAR?
keeping the Sabbath, are we to go by the present calendar?
Sabbath is a weekly, not a monthly, holy day, and as only the seven-day cycle
remains intact from creation, it is the only time cycle in modern use that can
be followed in the observance of the Sabbath or of any other of the Bible weekly
NOT DELIVERED FROM KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS?
law does Galatians 3:13 refer? Does
deliverance from the curse of the law of sin mean deliverance from keeping the
spoken of in Galatians 3:13 is the ten-commandment law (Ex. 20).
But deliverance from the curse of the law, does not mean deliverance from
keeping the law. The Bible teaches that obedience to it brings the manifold
blessings of maintaining one's fidelity to God and of safeguarding his religion
(verses 3-7) if it be the true one; of ever reminding him that God created the
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earth in six working days (verses 8-10); of securing for him the joyous
privilege to worship God by resting on His holy day--the seventh (verse 11); of
teaching the children to honor their parents (verse 12); of preventing one from
murdering (verse 13); of preserving one's chastity (verse 14); of instilling in
one honesty (verse 15); of keeping him from falsehood (verse 16); and of saving
him from covetousness (verse 17).
doctrine, therefore, which countermands strict obedience to the law of God, the
only words written by His Own fingers (Ex. 31:18), is in consequence permitting
worship of other gods, and thereby in effect teaching Christians to dishonor the
God of all creation. It is
disregarding and losing sight of the two doctrines, the six-day creation and the
seventh-day rest (God's holy day), and encouraging dishonor to parents, murder,
immorality, dishonesty, lying, and covetousness,--a tenfold disobedience which
brings curses commensurate with the tenfold blessings for obedience.
Thus, if violated, the law brings a curse; if kept inviolate, it brings a
"the seal of God" upon the foreheads of the 144,000 (Rev. 7:3) ?
Is it the Sabbath seal or some other?
sealed in Christ "with that Holy Spirit of promise," after having
"heard the word of truth" (Eph. 1:13; 4:30), the Christian,
consequently, is sealed by Present Truth.
the Sabbath, the seal of the ten-commandment law, plus the judgment of the dead,
plus all kindred truths since 1844, along with all previously revealed truth, in
addition now to the message of the hour, Present Truth,--all together the whole
Truth,--are the seal today.
seal of the living God," however, by which the 144,000 are sealed (Rev.
7:2), is a special seal, being the same as "the mark" of Ezekiel 9.
(See Testimonies to Ministers, p. 445; Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 267; Id.,
Vol. 5, p. 211.) Demanding one's sighing and crying over the abominations not
only in himself but also in the church (Ezek. 9:4), it is placed upon him just
before the Lord slays the wicked in the church, so that the angels may pass over
them. It is the antitypical
Passover seal--the blood on the door post today. "The angel is to place a mark upon the forehead of all
who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel will follow, to
slay utterly both old and young."--Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 505.
ABOUT TITHING GIFTS?
the Bible teaches that one should tithe all his increase, should not one
therefore pay tithe on gifts?
word "increase," as used in the Scriptures, means "that which is
added to the original
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profits," the return from one's labor, we do not know that it can be
construed to enjoin paying tithe on gifts, and therefore the decision must rest
entirely with the individual.
JERUSALEM BE BUILT UP?
please help harmonize the Bible and The Shepherd's Rod with Sister White's
writings in regard to the setting up of the Kingdom?
The Scriptures consistently teach, as the Rod over and over shows, that
the Kingdom is to be set up before the second advent. But Early Writings, pp. 75, 76, teaches that "Jerusalem
never would be built up." And
The Great Controversy, pp. 322, 323, teaches that "not until the personal
advent of Christ can His people receive the kingdom....But when Jesus comes, He
confers immortality upon His people; and then He calls them to inherit the
kingdom of which they have hitherto been only heirs."
under the lens of Sister White's writings, the doctrine of the Kingdom may not
appear the same as under the lens of the Rod, one dare not thus superficially
reject either, but must studiously compare both views of the doctrine under the
super lens of the Bible. We are
not, accordingly, given license to harmonize the Bible with any other writings,
but are charged to measure all others with It.
all, in order to do justice to the Scriptures, to Sister White's writings, and
to the Rod, each must be viewed in the light of the circumstances calling them
forth. Taking first the statement
in Early Writings, the context reveals that the author's intent is to show that
the Zionist Movement would never take the unconverted Jews to Jerusalem and
rebuild the city in fulfillment of the Scriptures used, or in any connection
with the coming Kingdom. Never,
therefore, will old Jerusalem be rebuilt in accordance with the Zionists'
interpretations. Yet the Bible does
plainly teach that the promised land will be reinhabited by the Lord's converted
people. (See Isaiah 2; Micah 4;
Ezekiel 36, 37; Jeremiah 31-33.)
Sister White's statement in The Great Controversy, she is speaking of the
Kingdom complete, after the dead are raised, at the time that the saints receive
it, the only aspect that was then made known; whereas the Rod is bringing
additional light on the subject: the setting up of the infant Kingdom before the
resurrection of the dead, not of the receiving of the Kingdom complete at
Christ's appearing in the clouds. Having
no light then on the setting up of the Kingdom, the beginning of it, the book
could not possibly have expressed itself then in the terms in which the message
words, any statements incidental to a subject that is still out of sight in the
unrolling of the scroll are made only in terms of truth as it is seen, or as it
is commonly understood, not in terms of truth not seen.
And if the understanding of that be wrong, the writer cannot be
responsible for that which he has necessarily borrowed.
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circumstance is natural and common to every writer treating of present truth,
even to the gospel writers, and will thus continue until every component part of
the Truth is made known.
example, John the Baptist's message was to proclaim, not the setting up of the
Kingdom, but the coming of the King. But
while announcing the one, he incidentally had to make mention of the other.
When speaking of the coming King, he expressed himself in terms of
revealed truth. But when
circumstantially alluding to the coming Kingdom, on which there was no light, he
necessarily expressed himself in terms of the subject as then commonly
when the further unrolling of the scroll revealed that the Kingdom was not to be
set up at that time, then the honest truth-seeking ones did not accuse either
John or Christ, but joyously watched the scroll unfold, and jubilantly marched
on with the Truth. Not so, though,
with the vast majority of the Jews. Their
pride of opinion forbidding them to forgo their errors and to embrace advancing
Truth, they went deeper into error, rather than rising higher in truth!
it was," says the Spirit of Prophecy, "that the Jews did in the days
of Christ, and we are warned not to do as they did, and be led to choose
darkness rather than light, because there was in them an evil heart of unbelief
in departing from the living God."--Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work, p.
Great Controversy and Early Writings do not make the subject any clearer than
the unrolling of the scroll made it when they were written.
The Great Controversy does not fail to make clear that the establishment of the
Kingdom and the inheriting of it are two different events: While the apostles
"were not to behold the coming of the kingdom in their day," it says,
"the fact that Jesus bade them pray for it, is evidence that in God's own
time it will surely come.
kingdom of God's grace is now being established, as day by day hearts that have
been full of sin and rebellion yield to the sovereignty of His love.
But the full establishment of the kingdom of His glory will not take
place until the second coming of Christ to this world.
'The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven,' is to be given to 'the people of the saints of the Most
High.'"--Mount of Blessing, p. 159. (Italics ours.)
Christian should remember that as the Truth is ever advancing, It will not be
found today where It was a hundred years ago, and that therefore Its followers
must advance with It. They will not
follow the example of the Jews and of the Romans.
Moses wrote the first part of the Bible, he was not given light to write the
whole Truth which God intended to reveal to His people through the ages.
With each approaching hour for the Truth to advance came first one
prophet then another in the long succession ending with John the Baptist.
Then came Christ, the apostles, the reformers, and
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White, each one in turn teaching and writing truths which could not be borne out
by the writings of any one predecessor alone.
To find the whole Truth, the writings of all must be collaborated.
example, in setting forth the law of the Passover, and in commanding its
observance, Moses wrote: "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the
first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:, and ye
shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole
assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening."
Ex. 12:5, 6.
reason which Moses assigns for its observance is that it is to commemorate
Israel's coming out of Egypt (Deut. 16:1-3), whereas John the Baptist imputes
its significance to the coming of Christ, "the Lamb of God" (John
1:29), and the apostles, to His crucifixion, "for even Christ our
passover," says Paul, "is sacrificed for us."' 1 Cor. 5:7. And the significance of keeping the Passover, they attach to
the ordinance of the Lord's supper (I Cor. 11: 23-29).
moreover, did not explain that the Levitical priesthood in the earthly sanctuary
(Ex. 40:15) was only a provisional and thus a temporary one, a figure of
Christ's priesthood in the heavenly sanctuary, as the apostles explained (Heb.
6:19; 9:12, 26).
to advance with the advancing Truth, the Jews found fault with the prophets and
the apostles, even with the Son of God Himself, justifying their criminal
actions on the ground that the claims of the prophets, of Christ, and of the
apostles were unfounded in Moses' writings.
And while boasting of his writings, they denied and killed the prophets
who came after him--a solemn warning to us!
lest doing as they did, we meet their fate.
question therefore is, not as to whether Sister White or Moses or this one or
that one wrote the message of today, but rather simply as to whether it is
written in the Bible.
consequently, does not claim that its message is found in the writings of any
one prophet, but rather in the writings of all the prophets.
now, therefore, treacherously use Sister White's writings, as the Jews used
Moses' writings, against the advance of Truth, and to their own eternal hurt.
There is no excuse for anyone. From
every angle approached, the Bible clears the subject of the Kingdom, making
impossible one's erring if he follows precisely what the Word says concerning
teaches, not that Jerusalem is to be rebuilt as the capitol city of the Kingdom,
but that the Kingdom in its beginning is to be set up in the promised land.
And in confirmation of the truth that God's people are again to become a
kingdom, Ezekiel prophesies of
Division of the Land.
prophet presents a division of the land entirely different from that of Joshua's
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to be in strips from the east to the west.
Dan is to have the first portion in the north, and Gad, the last portion
in the south. Between the borders
of these two are to be the portions of the rest of the tribes. The city is to be in the midst of the land, and the
sanctuary, in the midst of the city. (See Ezekiel 48.)
that such a division of the promised land has never been made, shows that it is
yet future. Also the fact that the
sanctuary is to be there, whereas it is not to be in the earth made new (Rev.
21:22), positively proves that this unique set-up is pre-millennial.
addition, the twofold fact that the name of the city is "The Lord Is
There," and that its location, according to the division of the land,
necessarily must in some respects be different from that of old Jerusalem, shows
that Jerusalem proper shall not be rebuilt as a capitol city of the coming
Kingdom. (See our Tract No. 12, pp. 52, 53.)
Bible makes Itself clear on any subject, It certainly does so on the subject of
the Kingdom. And rightly so, for
the Kingdom is the Christian's crowning hope,
Constant Target, The People's
great controversy between heaven and earth is over this crowning hope--the
Kingdom--is seen first from the Lord's repeated instructions in the prophecies,
in the types, and in the parables; second from Satan's repeated effort to keep
the human race out of it; and third from their repeatedly being defeated in
their warfare to become heirs of it.
determinedly from the beginning to plunge the human race into hell, not to lead
it into the Kingdom, Satan succeeded with many of the Jews because they wanted
the Kingdom set up before its appointed time or not at all, and he is succeeding
with many of the Laodiceans today because now, when the time appointed has come,
they want to have it later or not at all! What
a paradox! Indeed, as history
repeats, so does folly!
Bible says: "In the days of these king? [the kings that are symbolized by
the ten toes of the great image], shall the God of heaven set up a Kingdom,
which shall never be destroyed....It shall break in pieces and consume all these
kingdoms." Dan. 2:44.
that "the stone" (the Kingdom) becomes a great mountain after it
smites the image, showing that when the infant Kingdom (the Kingdom
incomplete--before the saved from all ages are resurrected and added to it) is
set up, it smites the nations. Then
at the resurrection, when the saved of all ages are joined to it, it becomes a
great mountain--the Kingdom complete.
face of these clear-cut and repeatedly chronicled prophecies, may no one be so
foolish as to say, as did the Jews in response to Ezekiel's prophecies,
"The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of
the times that are far off" (Ezek. 12:27), thereby bringing upon their
heads the same dreadful doom.
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DWELL ON PROPHECIES?
the Rod taking so much time to teach the doctrines and the prophecies?
Why not spend more time on the love of Jesus--the most important part of
because the Scriptures say, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts." 2 Pet.
prophecies are less essential than other portions of the scriptures, why, then,
did the Lord cause His servants to write so many of them? Obviously, they are as important, especially the symbolical
prophecies; for the entire book of The Revelation, which is addressed directly
to the people who are to be living just before the Lord's coming, is made up of
symbolisms, concerning which the Lord says:
is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."
Rev. 1:3. "Behold, I
come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this
book....For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of
this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the
plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book
of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
book." Rev. 22:7, 18, 19.
the love of Jesus is important, but it alone, without the doctrines and the
prophecies, will profit one nothing, for through the prophecies and the
doctrines one learns of the love of Jesus.
"All scripture," says Paul, "is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim. 3:16, 17.
churches today taught the prophecies and the doctrines to the exclusion of the
love of Jesus, then of course the Rod would have dwelt more extensively on the
love of Jesus than on the prophecies. But
as the opposite is the case, the love of Jesus being magnified to the neglect of
the prophecies, then of course our greatest need is to study the prophecies.
the gospel of love inspires us to love the Lord, the doctrines teach us the
right way to love Him, and the light of the prophecies guides our feet in the
straight and narrow path along the way to the city of God, just as at night the
lights of an automobile show the way home.
Thus while we need the one, we just as much need the other.
The Rod therefore combines both, teaching the love of Jesus through the
doctrines, and the way to the Holy City through the prophecies.
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IDENTIFIES ONE AS AN S.R.S.D.A.?
Shepherd's Rod does not have a formal membership, what evidence can one give to
identify himself as a member of the organization?
And how can he establish the length of time he has been with it?
support of the Rod and his living out its principles (Sabbath observance, the
rest of the ten commandments, vegetarianism, dress reform, total abstinence from
tobacco and alcoholic beverages) are the strongest and the only genuine
certification of one's membership in the S.R.S.D.A. organization. And just the length of time that one has in Christ lived
these principles through the aid of the Rod, just that long has he been a member
January-June, 1941, issue of the Code, page 14, paragraph 2, line 3, should
read: "...page 11 of the July-December, 1940, issue of The Symbolic
sending in names, take special care to insure their correct spelling and
legibility, for inaccurately spelled or written names can rarely be caught, the
result being that duplications of literature are sent to the same address under
pains, too, in making sure of correct address, for the same name with different
addresses leads to another type of duplicated effort, which along with the
former errancies, causes unnecessary and retarding complications and waste of
time in the Circulation Department.
the work of the Correspondence Department will be appreciably expedited if
correspondents will always use the same signature and return name and address;
always place return name and address in upper left hand corner on face of
envelope; and always address the letter to
Universal Publishing Assn.
(Name of the individual, or department, if any, to whom letter may be directed.)
any possess Shepherd's Rod charts which they would care to dispose of, they may
return them to The Universal Publishing Assn., for either cash or credit
sending in first and second tithe together, please designate which is which, so
that the Trea-
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Department may save the time in trying to figure out the amount of each.
when remitting offerings, either separately or along with first or both first
and second tithe, again be careful to state the amount of each, and for what
purpose the offerings are intended.
confident that Present Truth believers will rejoice to know that a
correspondence Teacher's Course on the message is now in preparation, the first
part of which, covering The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, is now available to
full-fledged believers who have an earnest zeal to prepare themselves to teach
the expenses of this course might be carried by free-will offerings, yet an
enrollment fee of $3.00 is required in order to minimize the number of enrollees
who may not value the course and who may not have intentions to carry it
eligibility requirement for enrollment, all enrollees are required herewith to
test their ability in the science of Present Truth, by writing to us what they
believe to be the correct interpretation of the symbols and colors of the
Kingdom flag. (A picture of the flag is found in our Tract No. 13, p. 31.)
giving a one hundred per cent correct answer are entitled to the Teacher's
Course without paying the enrollment fee, and all others taking the test, are
entitled to have deducted from their entrance fee a certain amount according to
the percentage of the answer which is correct.
answers are to be addressed to The Symbolic Code Department, and are to be
submitted not later than April 30, 1942, in accordance with the following rules:
(1) use ink, and write plainly (typewritten papers are preferred); (2) use
standard size unruled bond paper; (3) print plainly your full name and address
in the upper right hand corner of your paper.
are in need of a Bible, we shall be glad to furnish you with any size or
description of Harper's Bible, which we have adopted for both its quality and
readableness. By ordering through
The Symbolic Code Department, you may obtain quality at 20% discount on list
price, and at the same time help the institution to make a modest profit on your
order. Remember that a penny saved
to the cause is a penny earned to the cause; that drops make bucketfuls,
bucketfuls wells, wells rivers, and rivers oceans.
ordering, please give the catalog number of the Bible you want sent to you, or,
if you are unable to ascertain the number, then give an ample description of the
kind you want, and state the approximate price you wish to pay.
Your order will be forwarded to you C.O.D.
UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING ASSN.
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