Archive | July, 2013

One “Last” Prophet, Who is it?

7 Jul

As we begin this most important topic of the “last” prophet, let’s first look at Inspiration and what it says about the very basics of understanding the pure straight and simple word. Inspired statements are in bold. Author is in regular setting.

Here we see that the plain things are never to become doubtful.

“Study with desire to know everything but never allow the hidden things to cause doubts about the things that are made plain.”  (Symbolic Code, Vol. 2, no. 5-6)

“Hold not to what fabricated ideas seem to make the Scriptures say, but grip tenaciously to what the Word, in simplicity, plainly says.”(Tract 10, p.13)

Notice that the words “simplicity” and “plainly” are used to bring home the point that we must hold on ever so tight to the “Word” in all it’s plainness and simplicity. The minute we throw out the plain simple meaning of an Inspired statement, we can truly go down a  path of deception.

“The language of the Bible should be explained according to it’s obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed.”(The Great Controversy, p.598-599)

The key words in the above is–“obvious meaning”. When something is said that can only mean what it obviously says, we must hold to that without any second guessing. In other words, we can never say that what it plainly says is not what we are to believe. This would constitute violence done to His word!

Ok now that we’ve shown clear simple to understand inspired instructions to how we are to trust in the plain and simple meanings of His words, as brought by the prophets, let’s look at our subject matter.

As Davidians, we are well familiar with the controversial topic of –“Who is the last prophet?” There appears two camps in this dispute. One camp believes that Victor T. Houteff was the last prophet to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. The other camp believes that someone else or even many others were to come after Victor T. Houteff. But strangely, almost all of the people in the second camp say that Victor T. Houteff  WAS A PROPHET!

Ok if that is the case, then we see that BOTH camps truly believe that Victor T. Houteff was a prophet of God. So it stands to reason that we should look to this mutually undeniable prophet of God and see what he said about our subject.

As we Davidians know,  the specific subject matter is covered in the “General Conference Special.” Let us now look at this tract and see what Inspiration has to say. We shall start at the beginning of the tract and show each quote that has reference to our subject matter. To clear up any doubt as to whether Victor T. Houteff was the last prophet to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, or not. After all if he was not we definitely should know about it , right?

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Mal. 4:5, 6.

   In the light which this prophecy sheds on the subject, no one can possibly escape the conclusion that a prophet — a person — is to be sent “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” and that thus only can there be a group of people in connection with Elijah’s message.  The Scriptures make definite and sure the promise, the time, and the work, also the way to our security in the great and dreadful day, “lest,” as says the Lord, “I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Mal. 4:6.

Ok what do we find in this inspired quote? We find that  “a person” is to be sent. Notice VTH does not say “persons” is to come, correct? And we see that after this person comes then other people come that are in “connection” with Elijah’s message. In other words they help spread this message.

 However, I would remind you, Brethren, that no prophet of God has ever been welcomed by the church.  On the contrary, each in his time was rejected, abused, and most of them were martyred by the ones to whom they were sent — the very ones who were supposed to be serving God!  Indeed, the Lord Himself paid the same price.  For this very reason we must remember that when the LAST PROPHET comes he will have the greatest opposition to meet, for Satan well knows that if he loses now, he loses forever.  What makes Elijah’s work especially hard is that Christendom has long been drilled in the idea that no prophet is to come, that there is no necessity for one, that it has enough revealed Truth to carry it inside the Pearly Gates.”(GCS, p.6)

In the above we find VTH making reference in describing himself as the — “last prophet”. This statement is indeed plain and simple, no difficulty in understanding it.

Thus will be the Devil’s deal while the day of God is approaching, and while Elijah is making the announcement of it as the scroll unrolls and while the prophecies concerning the day of God are being unsealed.   His work and his interpretation of the prophecies for the great day will identify him as the promised Elijah the prophet (“Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 475), and this will enrage the Devil as never before.  Nevertheless, one’s only safety will be in the teaching of Elijah, for there will be NO OTHER VOICE OF TIMELY TRUTH AND AUTHORITY TO WHOM ONE MAY TURN.  Any others will lead their victims blind-folded into perdition. (GCS, P.7-8)

This is one powerful statement. Look at the straight fact that “no other” voice can we turn to before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. The people in the second camp clearly must sweep away these plain and simple words of Inspiration. For they say that “another” has been sent by the Lord. Another voice has a more clear, timely and updated message from the Lord. In other words this “Elijah”, Victor T. Houteff was not the last prophet!  Violence is done to the plain and simple words of Inspiration.

“Finally, for what other purpose could any right thinking minds suppose the Lord would send His prophet if not for them to give ear to him, that they might thereby survive the great and dreadful day of the Lord?   For what else, indeed, could the Lord have made a record of prophecy and promise of His last-day prophet?  Ponder this, Brethren; think it through.” (GCS, P.9)

Notice that the Lord would send “His prophet”. Does it say “The Lord would send His prophets”? Of course not. One prophet is to be sent in order to survive the great and dreadful day of the Lord, not more than one. “…promise of His last-day prophet.”–singular.  Certainly we know we are in the “last days” so if Inspiration intended for more than one, it would have said–“last day prophets”.- plural.

“To re-emphasize the fact, let it be said again that BEING THE LAST OF THE PROPHETS ELIJAH IS, therefore, the only one who can open to our understanding all the prophecies of the Scriptures pertaining to the great and dreadful day of the Lord — prophecies which heretofore have been only mysteries to all.  Thus he is, as the Scriptures say, to blow the trumpet in Zion, and to sound an alarm in God’s holy mountain, in the church.”(GCS, P.19)

Here it is quite plain, direct and simple. Elijah is the last of the prophets. No one else is to come as a “prophet” of God. As we learned earlier, there will be other “Elijah messengers” which help to proclaim the Elijah message, but no other prophet except brother Houteff.  Any one who throw outs this clear and unmistaken word, is making shipwreck of faith because the plain and straightforward word of God cannot be trusted, very sad indeed!

“Since the promised Elijah is to be the last prophet to the church today, as John the Baptist was the last prophet to the church in his day, and since the last work on earth is the Judgment for the Living, the truth stands forth like the light of day that  Elijah’s message is the message of the Judgment for the Living, the last, which in the very nature of the gospel is of far more importance and consequence than any other message ever borne to a people.”(GCS p.23)

We see that Inspiration now becomes even more clear. That the Elijah prophet is the last prophet to the “church today.” So who do the so-called prophets of camp two claim to be a member of? You got it–the SDA church! We can’t have it both ways. We must accept one of two scenarios. Either VTH wasn’t inspired and there is additional prophets to come to our church, or these rank imposters are violently throwing down the word of God and exalting themselves to a position which is not explicitly stated  by the word of God.

As if the above is not enough, let’s look at further considerations. In (Hosea 3:7) we read, “Surely the Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His prophets.”

Ok, if the Lord has to reveal a BIG secret like a prophet is to come after the Elijah prophet, does it exist in Scripture  and SOP, to tell us of this great fact?  No it does not. In fact the following confirms only ONE to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

SOP- “Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say: “You do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way, let me tell you how to teach your message.” (Test. to Ministers, p.475-76). What do we see? A “somebody” singular, not “somebodies”. And a “he” not “they”.This is the only clear reference Ellen White was inspired to make from the Lord,  to show us that a singular prophet was to come after her.

Scripture- “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord”. (Mal. 4:5).  Notice one man–“Elijah” and one prophet–“the prophet”. How much more obvious and clear can it get?  Go and search Scripture and SOP and see if you find ANY secret from the Lord through His prophets spoken word, that another prophet is to come after the Elijah prophet. You will never find such a thing. Case closed! The clear plain simple instructions of the Lord stand solid.

In looking at this situation from another angle, many of us SDA and DSDA are well familiar with our arguments with the Sunday keepers. There are many Scriptures that we marvel how the Sunday keepers cannot see the plain word of God. For example in (John 14:15) we read, “If you love me, keep my Commandments.”  But this straight forward simple word of God doesn’t mean what it says to the Sunday keepers. They ignore it’s simple plain instructions. So the same spirit of twisting, doubting and ignoring  is in them both. The DSDA in camp two, and the Sunday keepers!

You see the devils care not how they get you to make shipwreck of your faith. And one of the ol tried and true ways, is to deny what the straight word of God says.

In closing, we’d like to point out what our great Teacher did in regards to the straight truth. In speaking of His great sermon of the Sermon on the Mount, Ellen White explains, “...The language is plain, and the thoughts and sentiments are marked with the greatest simplicity. The poor, the unlearned, the most simple-minded, can understand them…All should copy the Pattern as closely as possible.” (Test. for the Church, vol.5, p.254).

We have seen that beyond doubt, the straight testimony is that only one prophet is to come to the SDA church before the great and dreadful day. To believe otherwise is to throw out the clear inspired word. Some have done just that and to continue their course they put Scripture, SOP and VTH writings out of context to support themselves. Let us steer clear of such fables and be on the side of our Lord. The side that believes as a child the plain, simple, straight words of the Lord. Let us not destroy the clear word–last. Scripture and Inspired writings were written for the humble in heart, the ones who can take to the bank, spiritually speaking, what His word plainly says.