A Missing Tube?

20 May

Zechariah 4 picture

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One of the long running controversies in Davidia land is the case of the so-called missing tube in the Zechariah Four Chart. And frankly we too were confused and bewildered for a while about this issue. But thankfully our Lord has promised–

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”(John 16:13)

Here we see that if we are in real connection with the Most High we are guided into all truth. Now, let us look at the truth of this tube matter.

First, there is no doubt that several different Charts exist showing several different colors, type styles, and pictorial representations of the Zechariah vision.

Make no mistake the prophet drew the original and that Chart design should and must be used as our teaching Chart.

The above picture is a photo copy of an original Track six. On page 18 we see the Chart. Please click on it to enlarge. Now let us look closely at the Chart.

Notice under the large left pipe you will see that the Golden Bowl outline is interrupted by what is clearly TWO TUBES. When we add those two tubes with the others we get–seven tubes! No doubt about it. So apparently the often mis-diagnosed 5th tube (left to right) coming out of the 5th candlestick curves around in back of the bowl and comes out the opposite side of the bowl.

This mis-understanding and oversight has caused some brothers to insist that “only” six tubes enter into the bowl.

When a brother showed the above original Chart to us on a FB Rod group we were quite astounded. We had to do a double take even triple take. It is not difficult to see this if one closely examines the Chart, especially upon magnification. So this leads us to the question–Why the controversy about this issue?

From what we can gather it stems from a select few brethren (namely from Eric Edstrom of UPA7.org , Why Perish.org and Shepherd’s Rod Speaks.org) who have promoted mis-construed ideas and false assumptions  based on altered Charts. Even some have claimed to show “digitally enhanced” views of Zech. 4 yet they strangely do not clearly show the two tubes under that left pipe as shown above by the original Chart on Tract six. And their “enhancements” deceptively leave out certain markings made by the prophet as shown in the original.

It seems there has been some so-called “enhancements” to the Zech. 4 Chart that for one reason or another deviates from the original two tubes tucked under the left pipe, and in it’s place put a space and/or the bowl outline where there is neither in the original Chart as depicted in Tract six. So much for “enhancements”!

Additionally, we have concrete proof from the words spoken by the prophet himself. Let us look at the Rod and what the prophet said about his Chart. It is found in TG, vol. 1, no.14, p.17–

“Zech. 4:1-4 — “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, and said unto me, What seest thou?  And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and has seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: and two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.  So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my Lord?”

   The illustration here exhibited, you note, is an exact reproduction of Zechariah’s symbolism.  In order that our study be simplified and vivid, we shall study the chapter along with the illustration.” (TG, vol. 1, no. 14, p.17)

The prophet says that the Chart drawn by him is an “exact reproduction of Zechariah’s symbolism.” So there is no doubt that the Chart must and does show seven “pipes” because that is the exact amount of pipes Zechariah says exists upon the “top thereof.”

Unfortunately some in Davidia have added to the original Chart by adding another tube near the top middle of the bowl in their remodeling of the Chart. We know the intentions mean well as it was done for the sake of Mother due to the lack of clarity and often mis-diagnosis of the original. However the original ALREADY shows the seven tubes–we do not need to improve on Inspiration.

Let us now see what the prophet himself says about the  seven tubes in more detail —

The Seven Golden Tubes

“If the “golden bowl” is that which contains the inspired interpretation of the Scriptures or the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy, and the lamps or churches are supplied with oil from the bowl through the seven golden tubes, then the ministry is represented by the tubes, whose duty is to feed the entire church with the inspired Word of God only.

This fact also is proven by the “Spirit of Prophecy,” as we read: “The golden oil represents the Holy Spirit.  With this oil God’s ministers are to be constantly supplied, that they, in turn, may impart it to the church.” — Id.,p. 188.  Note, the seven tubes (Ministry) draw the oil from the golden bowl, not direct from the olive trees (Scriptures).

This divinely illustrated lesson is too plain to be misunderstood, or its meaning misconstrued.” (SRod, vol. 2, p.285)

We see clearly Inspired words– “the lamps or churches are supplied with oil from the bowl through the seven golden tubes.

A timely question to now ask would be– Do we have evidence that brother Houteff took very seriously his work in drawing the Charts? Was he pin point accurate or was his work just kind of a loose composition?

We have the evidence to show he was pin point accurate here–

The next thing to note is the event which caused the Book to be opened.  For a ready comprehension, I have reproduced a pen drawing of the event.  And I may mention that I have been very careful to pen it exactly as John describes it.

Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 12 25

For lack of space, though, the myriads of angels round about the throne are missing in the drawing.  Here is the drawing:..”

We see that the prophet took very serious his work in producing the Charts — “I  have been very careful to pen it exactly as John describes it.” 

Further if all was not to be put into the Chart as it should be done, the prophet made sure to point it out, “the myriad of angels round about the throne are missing in the drawing.”

Logically, a missing tube, which we would argue is more obvious, would be pointed  out just as the missing angels were.

Then we have this as well–
“Any interpretation of symbolical prophecies that do not perfectly fit the explanation given is never to be depended upon.” (SRod, vol. 2, p.30)

Please keep that reference firmly in mind as we look at the following description.

Ok, lastly let us look at unmistakable evidence that the Lord shed plain description of what the symbolism shows–

Let us now summarize the lesson by the aid of the illustration. Here we see a candlestick (a church) all of gold, the finest of all candlesticks (no “tares” in it). It constitutes the remnant (those that are left after the sinners are done away with) which indeed keep the commandments of God, and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 12:17; 19:10).

Before we go further, let us note that the words spoken must match his drawing– by the aid of the illustration.    We know that the following descriptions must match his written illustration.

This fine candlestick is fully trimmed and burning. The two golden pipes (God’s inspired interpreters) store the golden oil in the golden bowl (Spirit of Prophecy publications). And the seven tubes (the entire ministry) convey from the golden bowl the golden oil to the seven golden lamps (to the entire laity).

Under this perfect system of preparing, and dispensing the Word of God, “meat in due season,” to His people, there need be no fear that the reservoir will run dry, or that the lamps will grow dim. This is the only system, moreover, that can make the church perfect, without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing — a people without guile in their mouths, all seeing eye to eye,

Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 14 22

all saying the same thing. Truly “a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like.” Joel 2:2. This beyond doubt is the mighty power that lightens the earth, it is the Loud Cry. Indeed this symbolism reveals the church at the time she is endowed with the Spirit of Prophecy and with the righteousness of Christ.

This fine candlestick is fully trimmed and burning. The two golden pipes (God’s inspired interpreters) store the golden oil in the golden bowl (Spirit of Prophecy publications). And the seven tubes (the entire ministry) convey from the golden bowl the golden oil to the seven golden lamps (to the entire laity).

Under this perfect system of preparing, and dispensing the Word of God, “meat in due season,” to His people, there need be no fear that the reservoir will run dry, or that the lamps will grow dim. This is the only system, moreover, that can make the church perfect, without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing — a people without guile in their mouths, all seeing eye to eye,

Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 14 22

all saying the same thing. Truly “a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like.” Joel 2:2. This beyond doubt is the mighty power that lightens the earth, it is the Loud Cry. Indeed this symbolism reveals the church at the time she is endowed with the Spirit of Prophecy and with the righteousness of Christ.

No doubt about it, this symbolism depicts the “perfect system” in the time of the Loud Cry. Is there to be six tubes coming from the Golden Bowl in the time of the Loud Cry? Absolutely not! Seven is the number of perfection and we must stand firmly upon God’s word and chart as drawn by brother Houteff.

Let us no longer be confused but stand upon the strong foundation of Truth here, my brothers and sisters. People like Eric Edstrom are simply wanting to promote something unique for the sake of a following and to self exalt themselves–don’t be fooled. See beyond their tricks. (see our post- Sad Saga, part 1 and 2)

Time is so short we don’t have time to proclaim confusion and false ideas to one another. Mother is watching let us not forget.

For those who continue to claim that there is only six tubes entering the bowl, let them cease from their unrighteous teachings and come over to the side of Truth before it’s too late.

“..those who advocate error will say, “The Lord saith,” “when the Lord hath not spoken.” They testify to falsehood, and not to truth.” (Testimonies to Ministers, p.43)

“..those who desire to know the truth must carefully mark every word, otherwise they will never comprehend the truth and, as a consequence, they will be driven by the winds as the waves of the sea until the winds cease blowing (probation closes), and they be left to sink down in their sins as do the waves in the sea.” (SC, vol. 2 no.7-8, p.10)

Not only every word but we should mark each and every mark written on the Charts to know the Truth as well. May the Lord bless and guide you into all Truth.

(Special thanks to brother Brian Graham for bringing this original Tract to our attention)

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3 Responses to “A Missing Tube?”

  1. wycliff ochola May 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    Astounded that you can see a pipe tucked under a bigger tube. Not surprised though.

  2. godsloveandlaw May 25, 2016 at 4:14 am #

    How many do you see under that left pipe?

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