Archive | October, 2013

Professing the Rod with Better Results

27 Oct

Serpent and dove              As those of us know, the Lord’s Elijah message aka the Shepherd’s Rod message, is a two edge sword. On the one side we know it’s power and it’s life-giving message. On the other we know it’s ability to harm if used in the wrong way. For instance, which of us would want to sit down with someone who has new interest and start off with the slaughter and only 144,000 will survive of the approx. 20,000,000 Adventists? Most would probably be highly skeptical and in fact build an immediate defense and possibly an unshakable prejudice.

We must as the Bible states, ” ..be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”(Matt.10:16). Build our case one truth at a time and then when the time has come and the confidence is secured with our student, then we can let them know the solemn things of the Elijah message.

Ellen White describes this tactful approach, “The truths that we hold in common should be dwelt upon first and the confidence of the hearers obtained; then, as the people can be brought along, we can advance slowly the matter presented. great wisdom is needed to present unpopular truth before a prejudiced people in the most cautious manner, that access may be gained to their hearts.” (Testimonies for the Church, vol.3, p.426)

Of course if you are dealing with a more sophisticated individual, perhaps one who is already “teaching” what he thinks is God’s truth, then we may find our discourse should be more straight forward and  the main points of the message brought out.

One thing to keep in mind we must be very cautious not to let our precious jewels of truth  be thrown before the very ones who are professed adversaries of the Lord’s message. Again our prophetess has some great words of advice.

“Angels weep to see the precious truth of heavenly origin cast before swine, to be seized by them and trampled with the mire and dirt.” (Ibid. p. 425-426)

So with these thoughts in mind let us look at a plan approved by brother Houteff on an approach to deliver the sealing message. We suggest that you copy this for future reference and as a guide, remember it’s got the prophet’s stamp of approval.

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..In regard to laboring most successfully, there are a few general principles which, if closely followed, will tend to minimize prejudice and accomplish the greatest results. These of course must be flexible so as to meet the individual circumstances and condition. Following is a straight enumeration of those points which seem most important.

  (1)   First, if necessary, open up to the prospective believer the subject of investigating purported truth. There is no use in trying to adduce evidence in support of something if the mind in question is every step of the way being cluttered up by thoughts which are continually falling from the preconception that we either need not or should not investigate into any unknown messages. We must first remove this fallacious conception before we can get anywhere with our presentation of the truth.

To this end we should always have at command the ensuing group of statements which will always compel the honest mind that believes in the Spirit of Prophecy to lay aside the implements of warfare until it has come and given a fair hearing to what you have to present. “Testimonies on Sabbath School Work,” (abbreviated TSSW, a little book which, if you have not, you ought by all means procure as soon as possible from your Book and Bible House), page 59: “Listen with candor…; p. 60, “When new light…; p. 65, “Precious light…; p. 65, “If a message comes…; p. 66 (complete page); T.M. 69-70 “Preaching Contrary to Established Doctrines.” 5T:728 (full page); T.M. 106-7 “But beware of rejecting…; T.M., pp. 108-10; G.W. 300-1, 303-4; T.M. 476 “Brethren, we must…; M. to Y. P.. 260; C.T. 463; R. & H., March 25, 1890 and May 28, 1890; T.M. 30 “We have many lessons…; T.M. 119 “When a message…; 2T:130 “Men, women, and youth…; 4T:361; “We are on dangerous ground when we cannot meet together like Christians, and courteously examine controverted points. I feel like fleeing from the place lest I receive the mold of those who cannot candidly investigate the doctrines of the Bible. Those who cannot impartially examine the evidences of a position that differs from theirs, are not fit to teach in any department of God’s work.” — R. & H., Vol. 67, No. 7, February 18, 1890. See also tract #4, pp. 80-84,

(2)   Second, prove that there is a message due the church and that it is to be borne in the spirit and power of Elijah. References: 5T:254; E.W. 155; 5T:709; 8T:332; T.M. 117. (Couple 3T:252-3 with 5T:254) ; E.W. 277, past par.

   (3)   Next show that the message will be rejected. References: Ezekiel 2 and 3; The Review and Herald references quoted on pages 45 and 46 of the tract, “Warning Paradox”; and the following which is also from R. & H.: “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of Justification by Faith is the Third Angel’s Message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.’ The prophet declares, ‘And after these things I saw an angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lighten with his glory.’ Brightness, glory, and power are to be connected with the third angel’s message, and conviction will follow wherever it is preached in demonstration of the Spirit. HOW WILL ANY OF OUR BRETHREN KNOW WHEN THIS LIGHT SHALL COME TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD? As yet we have certainly not seen the light that answers to this description, God has light for His people, and all who accept it will see the sinfulness of remaining in a lukewarm condition.” R. & H., Oct. 7, 1890, p. 609; G.W. 303, last par. and T.M. 106, last par.

Vol. 1 Symbolic Code No. 5  pg. 7

(4)   Take the main subjects treated of in the Rod, i.e., the sealing of the 144,000, Ezek. 9, purification of church, sealing of great multitude, judgment of living, and present them as forcibly as possible. Clear these main points so they stand out like mighty beacon lights that cannot be escaped. Then when this is done, read one or two statements such as the following: G.C. 527 “While God…; G.C. 528 “There is…; 5T 690 “Those who…; 5T 68-9 “If you…; 3T 255 “The True Witness…; 3T 258 “The word…; P.P. 290 “We should obey…; 5T 729 “It is…; 5T 486 “Has the Lord…; 5T 94 “Gather up…; 1T 262 “We must walk…Having done this, you leave the individual without a vestige of footing upon which to stand and cavil over inconsequentials and recondite points which one needs much discernment to understand.

(5)   Do not entertain subjects which are only partly clear unless constrained to do so. Cleave strictly to the great truths that no candid mind can dispute. The failure to do this will constitute a constant impediment, giving rise to needless disputes and controversies which will invariably leave the mind of the individual more prejudiced than before.

   (6)   In order to allay as much as possible the prejudice caused to some by the strong condemnation voiced in all the publications, I refer you to 3T 252-3; 8T 249; 5T 72; C.O.R. 150; 5T 217; 8T 146; T.M. 397; T.M. 174-5; 2T 124, and many, many others of similar tenor, all of which either explicitly state or imply the necessity of denouncing the abominations in our midst.

   (7)   If it be said that those bearing the message are too strong in word and deed, point them to T.M. 475; T.M. 410; T.M. 408; D.A. 468; T.M. 165; T.M. 411; T.M. 412, 413; G.C. 606, etc.

(8)   Avoid the subject of tithe until the individual believes that the SRod is true and is the message for the hour. To bring it up prematurely is to make crooked paths for his feet and to cast a stumbling-block before him. When you see, however, that he believes the message, then show him that the tithe belongs where present truth is. Read to him G.C. 609 where the Lord says “Who dare refuse to publish?” and observe the fact that if one dare not refuse to publish, one dare not then refuse to take the tithe to help support the work.

Also you may present the matter from still other angles. Jesus and the apostles were Jews and members of the organized church at that time, yet they had a treasurer of their own. Moreover the apostles received everything that was brought and laid at their feet — tithe, offering, and principal. Acts 4:34, 35. This gives us the finest apostolic precedent one might wish, for the apostles were also bearing a special message to the church, just as we are today, and not to the world.

Then you may present the matter yet from this angle if necessary: We are sent “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” and it “is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.” (Matt. 15:24, 26.) God has not sent us “into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans,” but to the church, and He has commanded: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house.” The storehouse Is where present truth is, and as we bear present truth — meat In due season — then the Rod must be the storehouse, and the Lord says “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.”

Then too, you might well reason with the individual along this wise: “Suppose we should all feel that our tithes must go to the treasury at Tacoma Park, then how would the message ever reach the endangered souls in our churches? God is not desirous at this time to bring the unconverted into the church to meet the fearful slaughter of Ezekiel Nine, but is exceedingly anxious to save His church.

Let only those who do not yet have light on the sealing of the 144,000 support the church in its present activities, — in its round of formalities, goal getting, devisings, etc., and those who have the light let them “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” There is the past message and the fresh message. “God does not want any man to think that no other message is to be heard but that which he may have given. We want the past message and the fresh message.” R. & H., March 18, 1890. Let each side follow the course of supporting that which they believe present truth (after all, the inevitable course), then the interests neither of the one nor the other will suffer.

“Moreover,” we might continue to reason, “what success do you suppose we could hope for in getting the sealing message to the church if we should support that side which is rising against us like the waves of the sea? No, my Brother, if we should continue paying our tithe to them, we would not only be weakening our power against the enemy, but also our position with the message we bear, for then they would think, and justly so, that if we had something vital to their salvation, we would dare not before heaven do other than place our gifts to the advancement

Vol. 1 Symbolic Code No. 5  pg. 8

of the present message and not the past message. To do the latter would, instead of winning the sheep, not only drive them away, but also would strengthen the forces of the enemy and weaken God’s, for no man can fight his adversaries by lending them his weapons with which to stand strong against him.”

The instruction in the SRod, Vol. 1, p. 251, regarding tithe, proves that we have payed our honest part all the way. It says that the tithe should be paid to the old S.D.A organization. But now since the leading part of the denomination has rejected the sealing message of the 144,000 and is passing on to the people a pseudo refutation of its subject matter to justify their actions, doing all they can to prevent the people from coming in contact with the message, the action of the SRod in calling not only for the tithe but also for the offerings to be brought in for the support of the message of present truth is Divinely approved and justified, for present truth has always constituted God’s “storehouse.”

(9)   Avail yourself of charts as soon as possible, as they aid inestimably both in learning the message and presenting it to others. (Signed) M.J. Bingham

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Can we bypass the Last Prophet and live?

12 Oct

Recently I had a 3 week online study with a “Mark” whom I happened to meet while surfing the internet doing research on the “seal of God”. What I found was quite good. Mark had put together a “Seal  of God” post on his web-site. Many of the Scriptural and SOP references were there. He laid out the foundation that only the 144,000 will be sealed from the SDA and there will be a church purification to come very soon.

We as Davidians, know that what Mark is teaching is spot on. So I naturally was inspired to contact him to see how far along he was in the Elijah message. So I left him a message to contact me. We corresponded after a few days. I let him know that the post he made was true and thought the Lord was guiding him in this matter. I then began to inquire if he’d be willing to have some studies on the “Elijah message”.

He responded that he would. So I wanted to clear the fact that he was grounded first, in the church purification. He seemed quite informed in this area, so we concluded we were on the same page here. Then I brought up the  subject of the prophesied Elijah to come (Test. to Min. p. 475, Mal.4:5). He looked everything over then responded that he was in agreement with the well-known asterisk placed by the SDA leaders on that p.475 statement . He concurred that EGW was talking of herself. As I felt that this wasn’t going the way it should, I told him we’d revisit this later.

On to the next study we went. It was on the pre-millennial kingdom. I spared nothing here. Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, I showed it all. But again, Mark continually countered the interpretations. He stood fast in rejecting this earthly kingdom. After a week of this back and forth, we finally had to call it quits.

But this situation is certainly not unique, for we Elijah messengers encounter this shortsightedness and blindness frequently among our brethren. But it got me thinking–how is it that one can be guided to know the truth clearly in one area of the message and then be blinded in another? Is the “Spirit of Truth” working part time? Only the Lord knows why this is occurring with this man, but regardless, He HAS sent us our final prophet  and as such we must refer to his writings to clear His truth for us today– the “present” truth.

Here’s brother Houteff’s writings on what happens when we reject a prophet sent to His people.

Now, suppose that we have a vision and also an interpreter, but do not have faith.  Then what? — If such be our case, then I believe that in such an unhappy state of mind we would be better off if we had neither vision nor interpreter, because if we had both a vision and an interpreter, but no faith we would be held responsible for rejecting both, and thus doubly sin against the Holy Ghost.  Then we would find ourselves in an even more unenviable position than were the Jews.

   There is no forgiveness for sinning against the Holy Ghost, against Inspiration, because once rejected there is nothing else by which a sinner can be brought to Christ.  Consequently there is no more hope for such a one, for there is nothing more that Heaven can do to awaken him to his poverty, and hence no more remedy, no forgiveness of sin.

   But one may say, “I do have faith in the Bible, in the Word of God.”  We may have even more faith in the Bible than had the Jews, but if such one-sided faith was a detriment to the Jews, then what would it be to others?  No, the Jews were not condemned for lack of faith in the Bible, but for having no faith in the messengers of God, no faith in the prophets and their interpretations of the Scriptures. 

Moreover, faith in the Bible without faith in the Interpreter Who dictated the Bible is as good as to admit that bread is indeed the staff of life, but to refuse to take a bite of it!  Let us see what the Bible itself has to say concerning such unfortunates:

2 Chron. 36:14-17 — “Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord which He had hallowed in Jerusalem.  And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by His messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling place: but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 

Therefore He brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: He gave them all into his hand.”

   The transgressors herein mentioned, you see, were not left to the slaughter simply because they were great sinners; God had compassion on them while sinning, and sent messengers to correct and to enlighten them.  But after they rejected His messages, and slew His Spirit-filled messengers, they sinned against the Holy Ghost, then there was nothing more that He could do but to let their enemies destroy them.

   Let us consider another example, this one in Jesus’ time.  The Jews in His time had even greater faith in the Scriptures than any before them.  With the Scriptures they accused, tried, and crucified the Lord.  The thing in which they had no faith was Jesus’ interpretations of the Scriptures.  As a result, some years later their city was destroyed, and every one that was found in it burned as rats, only because they failed to heed Jesus’ instructions:

Luke 21:20-22 — “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”

   Without vision, you see, the people perish.  And also without an interpreter and without faith they likewise perish.  And this is why “the Spirit of Prophecy” is an absolute necessity to the people of God in all generations.

   Laodiceanism today, you know, is in a worse situation than any people at any other time, for by protesting that there is no need of prophets, no need of more truth, they have already rejected them, yes, actually killed them.  If they expect no more truth and if Jesus Christ Himself should come with more truth would they not crucify Him also?  I know that I am not making a rash statement, not exaggerating either, and I also know that the Bible will sustain me in what I am saying, else I would not say it.

   We have now already seen that the Scriptures are not of private interpretation, and that Christendom as a whole has no inspired, Divinely-appointed interpreter, does not even claim to have one, and that the people are as confused as were the foolish Babel tower-buildings when their language was replaced with diversified languages.

   Now, then, if it is Truth that makes anyone free, and if It comes only through Inspiration, and if Christendom fails to recognize this and thus give God no chance to save it, then what is to be its fate, and also the fate of the Church itself?  You know the answer.

   The root of this blundering, though, springs from the heart of the church that professes to be the light of the world, for she feels rich and increased with goods, in need of neither Truth nor prophets in spite of the fact that the Lord Himself tells her that she is wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, about to be spued out, and in need of everything (Rev. 3:14-18.)

To overlook this charge and still to say we have need of nothing is to insult the Lord, and to charge God with having forsaken the earth, the Church, and the people, and leaving them all to do the best they can in their confusion and carnal security, expecting to lift themselves out of their deception by the straps of their boots!

   There is but one thing that her people have been taught to look for, and that is to look out for false prophets, and as the people do not realize that there can be no false where there is no true, can you not see their inconsistency? 

And what terrible self-deception for a people to think themselves right when they are all wrong! — Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 3, pg. 253.  I say terrible, and I mean terrible, because if they keep on imagining that they are rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing, while they are destitute of everything, they will certainly be “spued out.”

   If they do awake to their poverty, it will be the greatest miracle since the beginning of the world.  I say it will be the greatest, because they feel no need of God’s help through Inspiration, expect none, are prejudiced, suspicious, and fearful of everyone that disagrees with their preconceived idea.  They are therefore even harder to reach with the saving Truth for today than were the Jews of yesterday.

   Will the Church forever remain in her self-deception, or will she awake to her great need?  We shall have these questions answered if we turn to the Revelation:

   “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ…for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” Rev. 12:16, 17; 19:10.

   Here is the Bible’s own answer, which says that there is to be a people who will have the Testimony of Jesus Christ at the time the earth swallows up the flood, the hypocrites.  And since this incident is yet future, it shows that there is to be a prophet in the Church, for the Bible’s own interpretation of “the Testimony of Jesus Christ,” is “the Spirit of Prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). 

The first part of chapter 19 you will note explains that the Spirit of Prophecy is brought to them by a man, a “fellow servant,” and that those who receive him feel like worshiping him, but he directs them to worship God, not a man.

   The remnant that are left, the saints who were not swallowed by the Dragon’s flood as the earth opened her mouth, you note have the “testimony of Jesus Christ,” the living Spirit of Prophecy active in their midst.  The Church therefore will not sleep forever, the true people of God will awake to their poverty, they will profit at this rousing call, but the Dragon’s flood will fill the bowels of the earth.

   Let now no one deceive himself by thinking that the Bible Itself is the active Spirit of Prophecy.  Let us be God’s real people, logical thinkers, not bait hunters.  The Bible, you know, without the human channel, is as inactive as though It were but ink and paper.  Moreover, the Spirit, too, apart from man, is also inactive:

He, too, works through the human agent.  Hence, without an inspired interpreter the concealed prophecies and the Spirit that unfolds them are inactive.  Moreover, how could it be said of one particular group having the Spirit of Prophecy, when all the sects in Christendom have the Bible?

   The remnant, who have the Spirit of Prophecy among them are directed to keep the commandments of God, while the rest of the world, through the influence of the Dragon, persecute them.  In this light, you again see that a remnant will escape from the present self-deception that has befuddled the whole Christian world.(Timely Greetings, Vol.2, no.24, 18-23)

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(Please pray for this brother Mark, that the Lord may open his eyes and bring a spirit of contriteness to his spirit, that he may no longer feel he is “increased with goods and in need of nothing”(Rev. 3:17) 

Let us solve the Headquarters dilemma–The Lord’s way

5 Oct

A while back I was given a 5 part DVD set , concerning a meeting,  that took place several years ago between the two big organizations–Mt. Dale and Waco. The conference meeting centered on the main topic–where should God’s headquarters be today?

As I watched, many of the brethren from both sides got up and gave their heartfelt reasons for why their particular location should be God’s headquarters for the Elijah message. One side presented good sound reasons and then the other side did the same. They had charts, diagrams, and of course the Scriptures, Tracts, TG’s and Codes.

It became clear as the meeting progressed that although they tried very hard to convince the other side that their particular position was the Lord’s position , the opposite side was grounded just as deep as they were. In other words, it would take the wisdom from on High ONLY to settle this stalemate.

Then as the days went by the Lord occurred an  answer to this situation. and it was shown in true simplicity how this could be resolved. It’s the old tried and true plan--ASK THE LORD!  That’s right. When all else fails read the instructions of our Maker.

Brother Houteff gives us an example of squaring a difference or disagreement between His people.

“Inspiration, moreover, always brings the messengers of God into perfect harmony, never into division.  This prime truth is seen beautifully illustrated in the experience of the Apostle Peter, a Jew, with Cornelius, the Roman Centurion, a Gentile.  The Lord knew that Peter would never receive a Gentile, and that Cornelius would never present himself to a Jew.  So both were given a vision instructing them what to do.  (See Acts 10.)  And obeying the heavenly vision to which they had mutual respect, they without trouble drew into mutual accord.”(Symbolic Code, Vol.8, no.1-12)

Do we as  the light-bearers of His end time Elijah message believe that He can give us the same visions to our dilemma? We should and we must, If we are to finally break through in this long time problem.

Let them call together a chosen person of each group and go before the Lord together as one in kneeling prayer to ask for the answer to this very important question and then let them be on wait from the Lord.

David exhorts, ” Wait on the LORD, be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart, wait I say on the LORD!” (Psalms 27:14)

Just as He did with Peter and Cornelius, He is well able to give the clear answer to both. Do we believe that? Our Lord said, “Do not be afraid, only believe.”(Mark 5:36) I know this is very simplistic but it’s the only way , at this point, to find out the answer  from the Almighty and All-seeing One. How able and willing He is my brethren!

Let us consider this Biblical plan of God to resolve this Headquarters dilemma. Then after the answer comes, the two organizations shall be as ONE, ready to give that last momentous 11th hour message to Mother and the laity. They are in desperate condition and we,  as Davidians, should reach out as one team. If the two organizations join as one, I believe there will be  great force and power in the Lord’s final work!

In closing let us look at some applicable Inspired words.

“The day is at hand. For the lessons to be learned, the work to be done, the transformation of character to be effected, the time remaining is but too brief a span.” (Education, p.184)

“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”(1 John 5:14-15)

“Is Christ divided?–No. Christ abiding in a soul will not quarrel with Christ in another soul. If we are at variance with those around us, we may know that it is because self has not been crucified. He whom Christ makes free is free indeed. And we are not free unless we love one another as Christ has loved us. Our characters must be molded in harmony with Christ’s character; our wills must be surrendered to His will. Then we shall sit together in heavenly places with Him. Then we shall work together, without a thought of collision.

Little differences, dwelt upon, lead to actions that destroy Christian fellowship. Let us not allow the enemy thus to gain the advantage over us. Let us keep drawing nearer to God and to one another. Then we shall be as trees of righteousness, planted by the Lord, and watered with the river of life. And how fruitful we shall be! Did not Christ say, “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit”? (Pacific Union Record, March 26, 1903)