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BRANCH

SABBATH  SCHOOL  LESSONS

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Vol. 2No. 2



Branch Ensign



"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,

and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. Isa. 11:1"





LESSON NO. 2

June 20,1958


Subject:REVIVAL & REFORMATION IN THE LIGHT OF THE 430 YEARS OF ABRAHAM & EZEKIEL 4

Click chart for larger version


PURPOSE:To explain the upper half of the enclosed chart and show –

These two 430 year prophecies are designed to point out the cessation of the prophetic gift in the church and its re-manifestation in corroboration with the angel's message (E.W. 256:2) and now that the 2nd angel is joining "the third angel in a message to be given to the world" T.M. 300, there is to be "delay no longer." Rev. 10:6, R.V. margin, 2 U. T.G. 10, 28:3, 29; Ans. #3, 60:2.


That from the calling of Martin Luther (Revival) to the beginning of the sealing of the 144,000 (Rev. 7:1-8) in the church is 430 years. (1 S.R. 116).


That it is clear there is 430 years from Luther's reformation to the purification of the church (1 S.R. 116).


Prophecy by Ezekiel gives information in detail from Luther's reformation to the marking of Ezekiel 9 and the unrolling of the scroll. (6 Test. 17; 1 S.R. 116)


The typical 430 years of Abraham coincides with our time (1 S.R. 108:2) and runs parallel with the 430 years of Ezekiel 4.


The old prophecy (the type) gives details of the third angel's message to the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 (1 S.R. 116).


The 430 prophetic years applied to Abraham and his seed overlap the 430 years of Eze. 4 and the perfect fulfillment is yet future, going out of Egypt at the antitypical Passover (slaughter of Ezekiel 9; 2 S.R. 275).


GEM THOUGHT:


1."From the crucifixion of Christ to the 'Augsburg Confession',...constituted a period of 1500 years...So at the time appointed (1530), their power, Pagan and Papal, was broken...Therefore, the reformation by Luther falls under the fifth seal;..." 2 S.R. 212:1 and 213:1.

REVIVAL AND REFORMATION: — TWO DIFFERENT THINGS


2.A.Revival – a renewal of spiritual "life under the direction of the Holy Spirit (Amos 3:7; Hosea 12:13)

B."Reformation signifies a reorganization" C.O.R. 121:4.

REFORMATION BLENDING WITH REVIVAL SIGNIFIES REORGANIZATION


'God calls for a spiritual revival and spiritual reformation. Unless this takes place, those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will refuse to acknowledge them as His children.


'A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life,...Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices…and in doing this work they must blend.' C.O.R. 121.


A.Moses started a revival that delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, but ---

B.Organization came at Sinai, 430 years after Abraham's call to leave Ur. (Gal. 3:15-17; P.P. 760:3).

Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958) page 2


1."...a symbol of re-organization of the church, – God Himself takes charge of the flock." 1 S.R. 100:1. The casting out of the antitypical bond woman and her son (Gal. 4:29) and giving of the new covenant. "...after those days (430 years), saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:..." Heb. 8:10.

REVIVAL -- must come before reformation can be established.


3.A.Follow closely the two roads to the kingdom (blue lines) on enclosed chart.
B.Start on top blue horizontal line:

1.Revival by Luther when he found the Bible at Erfurt – 1500 A.D., 1 S.R. 116.
2."...1500 – the time Martin Luther's call came,....the time he started to prepare for the work of Reformation." 2 T.G. 39:18.

Ezekiel 4 Prophecy Divided Into TWO Parts — 390 and 40 years.


A.1500 A.D. + 390 = 1890 – S.D.A. rejects Righteousness by Faith, C.O.R. 42. (follow solid black line under the blue line).
B.1890 + 40 = 1930 – this 40 years was one of the church's wandering in the wilderness of Scriptural speculation, yet the world was receiving light as Sr. White wrote the Conflict Series for the world.

1.1930 date – sealing of the 144,000 – Rev. 7:1-8 starts – a new message begins in the church – the Lord's vineyard.

2.Thus, after 430 years from the first revival (by Luther) God starts another revival..................1930 in the S.D.A. Church.

3.Church is watered (spiritual light) while the world suffers a drought – (as a result of the S.D.A. rejecting the S.R. Message of Righteousness by faith from 1930 – 1955) world fasts 40 years from 1915 to 1955.

4.As a result, deadly wound was healed in 1929. (1 S.R. 217:1, 2; Rev. 13:3).

REFORMATION — brought by a revival.


4.A.Above blue line, find black line starting with 1525 date on chart.

1.Luther's reformation actually began in 1525.
2.1525 – date people at Worms accepted protestantism. See Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopedia, under the subject "Worms".
3.First (civil) historical record (Luther's marriage to Kathryn Von Bora on June 13, 1525) of Luther's reformation.

"This (marriage on June 13, 1525) was the real beginning of the Protestant parsonage, which has showered the world with the choicest blessings. All the world....sat up and took notice." Martin Luther by Dallman, p. 253.


"Dr. Martin shook the foundation of Rome's claims upon his life by two radical steps...writing the Ninety-five theses and taking a wife. His mental break with Romanism came when he placed the theses on the Castle Church door, but it was not until he married that his physical severance became complete." Martin Luther – God's Man of Destiny, by Miller, p. 106.


"Luther felt that God commanded marriage as being right and honorable among all men and to sever forever his relationship with the Roman system he determined to cut short Katie's hood. Why Martin selected Katie a nun for his partner in this venture can well be seen from the fact that for him a former monk to marry a nun would make his testimony against the papal order the more decided and severe and the hostility of his enemies the more bitter." Id., page 110.


Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958), page 3


B.Luther – papist of the straitest sort in 1517, G.C. 128, also 145-170. See Funk & Wagnall's Enc., articles: "Luther" – "Worms".

C.Luther started a revival in 1500 but it was not until 1525, that the reformation started – Protestantism accepted by the people of Worms, then

1525 + 430 = 1955 – GOD BEGINS THE REFORMATION THAT IS TO BRING EVERLASTING PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS!


D.Reformation (Judgment of the Living) now begins first at the house of God (1 Pet. 4:17), with those who have the greatest light.

1."The prophecy by Ezekiel gives the information in detail from the beginning of Luther's reformation to Ezekiel 9; marking of the 144,000, and unrolling of the scroll. ('Not all in regard to this matter is yet understood, nor will it be understood until the unrolling of the scroll' 6 Test. 17)." 1 S.R. 116.

E.This statement tells us that when the marking starts the scroll unrolls.

THEREFORE: – 1525 + 430 = 1955 – Marking of the 144,000 starts and the scroll unrolls.


MARKING TIME IS JUDGMENT TIME: – The time when we are to know more about the mark of the Beast (6 Test. 17).


5.Since 1955 – beginning of marking and the parable of Eze. 24:1-3, we understand more about the mark of the beast.

1."The beast is a man" Rev. 13:18; 2 S.R. 151:1; V.T.H. Jezreel Letter #2:5.
2.Nebuchadnezzar, minus his reason, was a beast (Dan. 4).
3.To follow man's interpretation of Scripture is to receive the mark of the beast (man).
4.The mark of the beast is first in force in the Church and then in the world. V.T.H. Jezreel Letter #2:5.

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5.To receive God's mark (pure truth) is to accept the truth of the marking – Ezekiel 9 – His revealed truth. Even the mark of His Name by the man in Linen.

a.New Name revealed at the beginning of the Judgment (harvest – 1 S.R. 233:3; Isa. 62:2).
b."This time of Judgment is also called the 'time of harvest'." 2 S.R. 164:2.

WE ARE SEALED BY THE TRUTH – 3 Test. 267:0.


6.Three-Fold Seal of Early Writings p. 15 and Revelation 3:12 in prophecy:

1.GOD – Seal in the Law (Isa. 8:16; Rev. 14:6-11) truth of the Three Angel's Messages.

A.God's name found in the 4th commandment.
B.Shows His dominion and authority.
C.Beginning of the three-fold seal pointed out at the end of the 2,300 day prophecy. (Dan. 8:14; Dan. 9:25) – a time prophecy movement showing when the Sanctuary was to be cleansed – Judgment of the Dead.
D.Judgment message to be repeated for the Living. G.C. 383:0.

2.NEW JERUSALEM – Seal – Truth (A.A. 590; Isa. 40:10; Isa. 62:11).

A.Seal is in the message of Angel from the East (Rev. 7:1-8). Has truth about the Kingdom to be established in the East – Palestine.
B.Angel (anti-typical first angel) has second part of three-fold seal for the 144,000 Israelites – 12 tribes. (Rev. 7:1-8).

Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958), page 4.


C.Beginning of second part of the three-fold seal is pointed out by the 430 year prophecy of Eze. 4 – which began at the end of the 430 years – in our time.

1.Note black line below "Kingdom Road" (wide blue horizontal line) on enclosed chart.

2.Start with date 1500 – Revival by Luther when he found the Bible at Erfurt. (1 S.R. 116; 2 T.G. 38:18).

3.ADD:

1500 + 430 = 1930 – time revival (sealing of Rev. 7:1-8) began — shows a time prophecy movement – announcing the Judgment of the Living, (brought by the Shepherd's Rod Message).


3.JESUS' NEW NAME – final seal of 144,000.

A.The third part of three-fold seal – a message revealing Jesus' new name for the 144,000. E.W. 15.

B.The antitypical second angel – Rev. 18:1 (T.M. 59) reveals message with "new name" "Behold, the Bridegroom (Christ – BRANCH) cometh."

C.The beginning of the New Name seal is pointed out by the 430 year prophecy of Ezekiel – in our time.

1.Note heavy black vertical line above "Kingdom Road" (blue line) with date of 1525 at top, see enclosed chart. (1 S.R. 116).

2.Start with date 1525Reformation by Luther (Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopedia, article on "Worms").

3.ADD:

1525 + 430 = 1955 – time the message comes revealing Jesus' new name which marks one for deliverance during the Harvest, first in the church, then in the world.


SHOWING:

a.The Harvest – Judgment has begun in the house of God. (1 Pet. 4:17; 1 S.R. 233:3)

b.Harvest is the Judgment (2 S.R. 164:1).

c.Judgment of the Living (date) made known in prophecy same as the other two parts of the three-fold seal.

SUMMARY: Details of the Third Angel's Message.


ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL'S PROPHECY:….. 390 and 40 years.


7.1525 + 390 = 1915 – death of Sr. White, God's servant, who had a message to give to the world.

1915 + 40 years (light given for the church while world fasted) = 1955 beginning of the movement ..........

The Branch, which is to complete the reformation for the church and proclaim the "Loud Cry" (harvest – Rev. 18:1) – first to the church – then to the world.


ACCORDING TO ABRAHAM'S PROPHECY: …… 400 and 30 years.


8."We have first, a period of 400 years, and then it was extended to 430 years." 1 S.R. 109:2.

".…the old prophecy (the type) only gives the details from the beginning of the third angel's message to the fulfillment of Eze. 9." 1 S.R. 116. You will also note in 1 S.R. 222, "...that one (Ezekiel) overlaps the other (Abraham)." "….that the 430 prophetic years originally applied to Abraham and his seed, OVERLAP the 430 of Ezekiel 4. The 430 years of Ezekiel should terminate in 1929, or 1930, but the perfect fulfillment of


Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958), page 5.


the prophetic period of Abraham in its anti-type is yet in the future (going out of Egypt)." 2 S.R. 275:2.


Take two sticks that are the same length and lay parallel, one on the other, and if the one end OVERLAPS or extends beyond the end of the other, it necessarily would be shorter on the other end. So it is with the two 430 year prophecies — (Ezekiel & Abraham). For Abraham's prophecy (being the same length of time, 430 years), to overlap Ezekiel's, it would have to start at a later date.


"....Ezekiel's prophecy is intended to point forward to the announcement of the predicted reformation, (1525 + 430 = 1955 …. Read 1 T.G.r. 8-24:4)….and the one through Abraham, to its completion (Ezekiel nine)." 2 S.R. 275:2.


The smiting of the first born (the priest) S.D.A. will release modern Israel from the bondage of sin (Egypt).


"The Passover was to be both commemorative and typical, not only pointing back to the deliverance from Egypt, but forward to the greater deliverance.…from the bondage of sin.…We must appropriate to ourselves the virtue of the atoning sacrifice." P.P. 277:1.


"….If it becomes necessary for us to know ahead of time the day and hour of the purification of the church, the antitypical Passover, we will be told." 2 T.G.r. 41-3:3. Read also Isa. 31:5; 41:11; 31:4; Zech. 14:1; Isa. 4:3.


It is evident the Lord wants us to know when Ezekiel 9 (antitypical Passover) is, for through the 430 year prophecies, it is made known by the antitypical second angel Revelation 18:1.


".…The pale horse rider was to have power over a fourth part of the earth. We divide 6,000 into four equal parts, and we have 1500 years. Therefore, the cruel and unjust persecution by Rome was to lose its power at the end of the 1500 years or the fourth part. That is exactly what happened. At that time Martin Luther arose against the papacy and inflicted the deadly wound, by the instrument of truth 'the just shall live by faith'. And the result was that Protestantism came on the stage of action in opposition to the papacy. Up to the beginning of the fifteenth century the papacy reigned supreme as a king of kings, by the iron arm of the state in the garb of so-called spiritual authority; but at that, time her power was broken.


"From the crucifixion of Christ to the 'Augsburg Confession,' a document compiled by Luther, constituted a period of 1500 years. This document was signed by the protestant states and adopted as their creed, and was a protest against the pope. So at the time appointed (1530), their power, Pagan and Papal, was broken...Thus perfectly fulfilling the symbolical prophecy that 'power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth.' Here is a truth that overthrows the idea that the earth has been in existence for longer than 6,000 years.......


"The closing of one seal and the opening of the other consumed a period of thirty years. Thus the fourth seal closed in 1530 A.D., up to which period the pale horse rider was to have power. Therefore, reformation by Luther falls under the fifth seal." 2 S.R. 212:1, 2; 213:1.


CONCLUSION: "Augsburg Confession" – Infliction of' the deadly wound to the Papacy


9.1530 + 430 = 1960………………….. to the purification of the church (Eze. 9, Passover – antitypical Israel, 144,000 going out of antitypical Egypt, according to the oil from the golden "bowl" (Spirit of Prophecy). 2 S.R. 275:2; see also chart on page 270.

Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958), page 6.


The 430 years as it applied to Abraham in the type according to P.P. 760:3 says, "The period of four hundred and thirty years dates from the promise given to Abraham when he was commanded to leave Ur of the Chaldees. The four hundred years of Gen. 15:13 dates from a later period...not only a time of sojourning, but of affliction. This, according to the Scriptures, must be reckoned from thirty years later, about the time when Ishmael, 'he that was born after the flesh, persecuted him (Isaac) that was born after the Spirit'. Gal. 4:29." "We therefore have a 30 year period to deal with first...This coincides with Sarah protesting against Agar and Ishmael when they departed from the house of Abraham, and the assurance of the covenant of promise that was made with Isaac. 1 S.R. 109:2. In the prophecy in its type we have 30 years, (follow enclosed chart in upper left hand corner) and 400 years, or 430 years from the call of Abraham to leave Ur to the Passover.


"These types were fulfilled, not only as to the event, but as to the time. On the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month, the very day and month on which, for fifteen long centuries the Passover lamb had been slain, Christ, having eaten the Passover with His disciples, instituted that feast which was to commemorate His own death." G.C. 399:3. From the Passover in Egypt to the crucifixion is 1500 years.


The antitypical – when Israel by promise (144,000) goes out of modern Egypt, the world.


"From the crucifixion of Christ to the 'Augsburg Confession' (1530), a document compiled by Luther, constituted a period of 1500 years." 2 S.R. 212:1. Antitypical 430 years: "We have first a period of 400 years, and then it was extended to 430 years." 1 S.R. 109:2.


1530 + 400 = 1930………………… to the revival in the church – antitypical Luther, (Righteousness by Faith) V.T.H., prepares for the reformation. (6 Test. 21:1).


1930 + 30 = 1960…………………… antitypical Passover for modern Israel – the church. "We are repeating the history of that people." 5 Test. 160:2.


Fold the chart over at the cross and you will find that type and antitype are perfectly fulfilled. One side of the prophecy, as to years, perfectly matches the other side – one a perfect reflection of the other.


The cross of Christ (see chart) is the dividing line from the call of Abraham to the fulfillment of the promises to him.


The command is: "And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Hab. 2:2, 3.


"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." Isa. 35:8.


"There is a great work to be done, and every effort possible must be made to reveal Christ as the sin pardoning Saviour, Christ as the sin-bearer, Christ as the bright and morning Star; and the Lord will give us favor before the world until our work is done. While the angels hold the four winds, we are to work with all our capabilities. We must bear our message without any delay….Human souls are hanging in the balance. They will either be subjects for the kingdom of God or slaves to the despotism of Satan." 6 Test. 20-21.


Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958), page 7.


The Wise Shall Understand


10.

"We shall advance in true spiritual knowledge, only as we realize our own littleness, and our entire dependence upon God;………………


"It is sometimes the case that men of intellectual ability, improved by education and culture, fail to comprehend certain passages of Scripture, while others who are uneducated, whose understanding seems weak and whose minds are undisciplined, will grasp the meaning, finding strength and comfort in that which the former declare to be mysterious, or pass by as unimportant. Why is this? — It has been explained to me that the latter class do not rely upon their own understanding. They go to the Source of light, the One who has inspired the Scriptures, and with humility of heart ask God for wisdom and they receive it….But our success in finding it, does not depend so much on our intellectual ability as on our humility of heart, and the faith which will lay hold upon divine aid." 5 Test. 704:1, 2.


"Whenever men are not seeking, in word and deed, to be in harmony with God, then, however learned they may be, they are liable to err in their understanding of Scripture, and it is not safe to trust to their explanations. When we are truly seeking to do God's will, the Holy Spirit takes the precepts of his word, and makes them the principles of the life, writing them on the tablets of the soul. And it is only those who are following the light already given that can hope to receive the further illumination of the Spirit. This is plainly stated in the words of Christ, 'If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.'


"Those who look to the Scriptures to find discrepancies, have not spiritual insight. With distorted visions they will see many causes for doubt and unbelief in things that are really plain and simple. But to those who take God's word with reverence, seeking to learn his will that they may obey it, all is changed. They are filled with awe and wonder as they contemplate the purity and exalted excellence of the truths revealed. Like attracts like. Like appreciates like. Holiness allies itself with holiness, faith with faith. To the humble heart and the sincere, inquiring mind, the Bible is full of light and knowledge. Those who come to the Scriptures in this spirit, are brought into fellowship with prophets and apostles. Their spirit assimilates to that of Christ, and they long to become one with him." 5 Test. 705:1, 2.


Yours to understand the PERFECT fulfillment
of the 430 years of Abraham & Ezekiel 4.


Ben. L. Roden


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"Zech. 2:8 - 'For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory (after the church eternal) hath He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye.' In Zechariah's day the Lord did not send anyone to the nations after anything, but in our day, He is to send antitypical Zechariah (interpreter of Zechariah's prophecies) to the nations that are ruling and exploiting His people, and those nations are to become a spoil and shall know that the Lord has sent him. Zech. 2:12 – 'And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the Holy Land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.' When the nations join the Lord in the Holy Land, then it is that He shall inherit Judah and again choose Jerusalem. And, most significant of all, He declares that He is already raised up out of His holy habitation to accomplish all these things." 1 T.G.r. 10:24, para. 1-4.



Lesson 5

PART I --- REVIVAL AND REFORMATION

5-13-67



MEMORY VERSE: "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thess. 5:20, 21.


INTRODUCTION: "God calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation. Unless this takes place, those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will refuse to acknowledge them as His children." Christ Our Righteousness, page 121:3.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 2, June 20, 1958 (attached).


STUDY AIM: "To show that true Revival of the Holy Spirit through an Inspired interpreter – living Spirit of Prophecy – is revived before Reformation – Re-organization." B.L.R.


Questions based on Section 1 of lesson help:


1.How many years were there from the death of Christ to the Augsburg Confession?

2.What happened to Pagan and Papal power at this time (1530)? How?

Note: "From the crucifixion of Christ to the 'Augsburg Confession,' a document compiled by Luther, constituted a period of 1500 years. This document was signed by the protestant states and adopted as their creed, and was a protest against the pope. So at the time appointed, their power, Pagan and Papal, was broken." 2 S.R. 212:1.


Questions based on Section 2 of lesson help:


3.What constitutes revival?

Note: "A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death." Christ Our Righteousness, page 121:4.


4.What is reformation?

Answer: "Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend." Christ Our Righteousness, page 121:4.


5.How does Revival and Reformation come about? Amos 3:7; Hosea 12:13.

Note: "The builders' failure to continue with the work and to bring revival and reformation before Haggai and Zechariah were called to the prophetic office, and their success after God through prophets took over, perfectly demonstrates that without the living Spirit of Prophecy (human agent inspired by the Holy Spirit) in the midst revival and reformation efforts can succeed, and that is why they all heretofore have failed....the sooner we know it the quicker we shall achieve our goal." 1 Revised T.G. 10:27:1, 2. (Paren. and emphases ours) (Haggai and Zechariah – types – Shepherd's Rod and Branch – anititypes. B.L.R.)


6.Who then are we to look for to bring about this Revival and Reformation?

Note: "Obviously, then, as a result of this revival and reformation within the Laodicean church, another church emerges of which Joshua is in charge, not the angel of Laodicea. In it there are to be neither 'tares' (Matt. 13:30), 'bad fish' (Matt. 13:47, 48), or 'goats' (Matt. 25:32). The Laodicean, the seventh, is the last that is commingled with hypocrites, saints and sinners.


"Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change – The BRANCH " 1 Rev. T.G. 8:24:3, 4. See also page 26:5; Zech. 3:1-10.



Lesson 6

PART II --- REVIVAL AND REFORMATION
In The Light of the 430 Years of Abraham and Ezekiel 4

5-20-67



MEMORY VERSE: "And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left,.... like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt." Isaiah 11:16.


INTRODUCTION: "If the exodus movement is a photograph of the true, (Test. Vol. 5:160) then the 430 year period connected with ancient Israel must be considered with the one now." 1 S.R. 108:1. (Paren. ours)


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 2, June 20, 1958; Shepherd's Rod Vol. 1:108-111.


STUDY AIM: To show how the typical 430 years of Abraham coincides with our time.


1.How long did the children of Israel sojourn up until the time they left Egypt? Ex. 12:40, 41.

2.When did this period of time begin? Gen. 17:1-14; Gal. 3:15-17.

Note -- "The 430 year period of sojourning and affliction with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, which dates with Abraham going out of Ur, coincides with our time from the Reformation by Luther, to the sealing of Israel by the promise (the 144,000)." 1 S.R. 108:2.


Questions based on Section 2 of Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958):


3.What was it that Moses started when he delivered Israel from Egypt? See Branch Lesson (1958) page 1.
4.Did Organization come at this time ?
5.If not, then when and where did it come?
6.Of what is Moses' Organization a symbol?

Ans. -- "...Sinai...Here is where the 430 years ended, beginning with Abraham going out of Ur...Here is where Moses organized a church,...The experience at Sinai is a symbol of re-organization of the church,..." 1 S.R. 100:1.


"…after these days (430 years – our time), saith the Lord; I will put my laws (feast days: Passover, Pentecost, Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, New Moons) into their mind, and write them in their hearts:.." Heb. 8:10. (Paren. ours)


7.With whom did Revival start in 1500 A.D.?

Note --- "In the time of Martin Luther we have the exact reproduction of Abraham's experience,...Abraham is a fitting figure of Luther." 1 S.R. 109:0.


Questions based on Section 3 of Branch Lesson No. 2 (1958):


8.Into what two periods is the 430 years of Ezekiel 4 divided? Eze. 4:5, 6.
9.In what year did Luther find the Bible?
10.Add to this date 390 years, and what do we find?

Note --- "...the 390 year period began in about 1500 A.D., (when Luther found the Bible), and ended in 1890 A.D..." 1 S.R. 116:1.


The message of Righteousness by Faith came...at the General Conference...1888...For nearly TWO YEARS (1890) we (Bro. & Sr. White) have been urging the people to come up and accept the light and the truth concerning the righteousness of Christ. They do not let the Saviour in." Review and Herald, March 11, 1890. (Paren. ours)


11.Next add 40 years to 1890, and what do we find?

Note --- "Thus, after 430 years from the first revival (by Luther) God starts another revival...1930 in the S.D.A. Church (Shepherd's Rod Message by V.T. Houteff)." See Branch Lesson No. 2 page 2. (Paren. added)



Lesson 7

PART III --- REVIVAL AND REFORMATION
In The Light of the 430 Years of Abraham and Ezekiel 4

5-27-67



MEMORY VERSE: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." 2 Peter 1:20.


INTRODUCTION: "Dr. Martin shook the foundation of Rome's claims upon his life by two radical steps...writing the Ninety-five theses and taking a wife." Martin Luther – God's Man of Destiny, by Miller, page 106.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 2, June 20, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To show clearly that there is 430 years from Luther's reformation to the purification of the church, the marking of Eze. 9:1-4.


Questions based on Section 4 of lesson help. Also refer to enclosed chart.


1.Did Luther's reformation of the church begin in 1500? If not, when did it actually begin?
2.At what time did the people of the city of Worms accept Protestantism? 2 Branch Lesson, Sec. 4.
3.Name the two radical steps which Luther took? See introduction.

Of the latter we read -- "This (marriage on June 13, 1525) was the real beginning of the Protestant parsonage,..." Martin Luther – Dallman, p. 253.


4.What fact made Luther's testimony against the papal error the more decided and severe?

Note -- "Why Martin selected Katie a nun for his partner...can well be seen from the fact that for him a former monk to marry a nun would make his testimony against the papal order the more decided and severe..." Martin Luther – God's Man of Destiny – Miller, page 106.


5.If we add 430 years to 1525 A.D., what do we have?
6.What do we find beginning at the end of this 430 years?

Remember -- "The prophecy by Ezekiel gives the information in detail from the beginning of Luther's reformation (1525) to Ezekiel 9, marking (Eze. 9:1-4) of the 144,000, and unrolling of the scroll." 1 S.R. 116. (Paren. ours)


7.Ezekiel's prophecy (Eze. 4) begins with what event?
8.When the marking begins what happens?
9.From this prophecy then, when did the scroll unroll?

Note -- "1525+ 430 = 1955 – GOD BEGINS THE REFORMATION THAT IS TO BRING EVERLASTING PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS!


"Reformation (Judgment of the Living) now (1955) begins first at the house of God (1 Pet. 4:17), with those who have the greatest light....


"THEREFORE: – 1525 + 430 = 1955 – marking of the 144,000 starts and the scroll unrolls." 2 Branch Lesson Sec. 4, page 3.


10.Who brings reformation, when the scroll unrolls? Zech. 3:6-9; 6:11-13.

Note -- "Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? – THE BRANCH." 1 Rev. T.G. 8:24:4.


"The work of Christ as man's intercessor (during the Judgment for the Living) is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him 'whose name is the Branch'." G.C. 415.


11.The marking by the man in linen on earth is paralleled by what work in heaven?

Note --- "...the Investigative Judgment of the living....is paralleled on earth by the work of the angel with the 'writer's inkhorn'." 2 Ans. 41:2.


"MARKING TIME IS JUDGMENT TIME: – The time when we are to know more about the mark of the Beast (6 Test. 17)." 2 Branch Lessons, Sec. 4, page 3.



Lesson 8

PART IV --- REVIVAL AND REFORMATION
In The Light of the 430 Years of Abraham and Ezekiel 4

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MEMORY VERSE: "And the Gentiles shall 'see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name." Isa. 62:2.


INTRODUCTION: "Israel, in the time of harvest, will receive a new name by the mouth of the Lord." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, page 233.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 2; June 20, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To distinguish between the mark (3 seals – E.W. 15) of God and the mark of the beast (man).


"Since 1955 – beginning of marking….we understand more about the mark of the Beast." 2 Branch Lesson 3.


Questions based on Section 5 of the lesson help:


1.What is the beast? Rev. 13:18.

Note -- "The TWO-HORNED BEAST is the only one representing a local religio-political government. Therefore, of him alone can it be said, it is 'A MAN'." 2 S.R. 151:2.


2.What does receiving the mark of the beast entail?

Note -- "The beast we are told is a man (Rev. 13:18). The demand to worship, obey the beast's command, therefore, is a demand to worship (obey) man in place of God…those who obey the beast's decree rather than God's message receive the beast's mark." V.T.H. Jezreel Letter, No. 2, page 5.


3.Where is the mark of the beast enforced first? Then where?

Answer -- "The enemies of the Judgment message in the church,...are…imbued with the spirit of the beast...first in the church, then in the world." V.T.H. Jezreel Letter No. 2, page 5.


4.How does one receive the mark of God? Eze. 9:4.
5.What is the mark and what does it contain? Rev. 3:12; E.W. 15.

Note --- "The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name." E.W. 15.


"...the pure mark of truth,..." 3 Test. page 267.


Questions based on Section 6 of the lesson help:


6.What is the first seal that the people of God are to receive? Rev. 3:12.
7.Where is it found? Ex. 20:8-11; Isa. 8:16; Rev. 14:6-11.

Note -- "'The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to God' – because He, is the Creator, and we are His creatures. 'The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine worship,….' History of the Sabbath – J.N. Andrews." G.C. 437.


"The seal of God's law is found in the fourth commandment. This only, of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver." G.C. 452.


8.At the end of what time prophecy did this sealing message come? Dan. 8:14.
9.What was the second seal the people were to receive? E.W. 15; Rev. 3:12.
10.Which angel brings this second seal message? Rev. 7:1-8.
11.What prophecy reveals the start of this second sealing message? Eze.4:1-8.

Lesson 8, page 2


Note ---1.Note black line below "Kingdom Road" (wide blue horizontal line) on enclosed chart.
2.Start with date 1500 – Revival by Luther when he found the Bible...
3.ADD: 1500 + 430 = 1930 – time revival (sealing of Rev. 7:1-8) began...announcing the Judgment of the Living, (brought by the Shepherd's Rod Message). See 2 Branch Lesson, top of page 4.

12.What did the angel from the east of Rev. 7 say? Rev. 7:3.

Note -- "Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we (plural – S. Rod and Branch) have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." Rev. 7:3. (Paren. ours)


13.What is the final seal of the 144,000? E.W. 15; Rev. 3:12; Eze. 9:4.
14.Which angel proclaims the New Name? Rev. 18:1.

Note -- "The second angel's message was to go to Babylon (the churches)... This same message is to be proclaimed the second time." T.M. 59.


"Now you see that every additional timely Truth brings an additional timely name." 2 T.G. 34:25.


15.How will he proclaim it so that we may know it? Deut. 32:1-3.
16.What is the New Name which is revealed? Zech. 3:8; 6:12; Jer. 23:5, 6; Isa. 4:2; 11:1.
17.At what time does this last sealing message come?

Note -- "Start with date 1525Reformation by Luther (Funk & Wagnall's Enc., article on 'Worms').


ADD: 1525 + 430 = 1955 – time the message comes revealing Jesus' new name which marks one for deliverance during the Harvest, first in the church, then in the world." See 2 Branch Lesson. p. 4.


18.At the beginning of what period is Jesus' new name (Branch) revealed? John 15:5, 6.

Ans. -- "Israel the true (the 144,000)…in the time of harvest will receive a new name by the mouth of the Lord. Read Isa. 62:2." 1 S.R. 233:3.


19.What three points does this show?

Ans. ---a.The Harvest–Judgment has begun in the house of God. (1 Pet. 4:17; 1 S.R. 233:3).
b.Harvest is the Judgment (2 S.R. 164:1). See also 2 Ans. p. 42.
Note -- "This time of judgment is also called the 'time of harvest'." 2 S.R. 164. "…the harvest and the Judgment are counterparts,..." 2 Ans. p. 42.
c.Judgment (marking) of the Living (date) made known in prophecy same as the other two parts of the three-fold seal. (first paren. added) See Eze. 4:1-8; 9:1-4.
Note -- "All may for a surety know both 'the day' and the Elijah as he proclaims it, because... no one but Elijah can proclaim the day." "He is to unroll the scroll." G.C.S. 13, 21. (Notes added, see 2 Branch Lesson, page 4, for three points.)

To sum up — At the end of the 430 years (Eze. 4) from Luther's reformation (1525), when the marking time (Judgment of the Living – Harvest) begins, we find the scroll unrolls and reveals the new name of Jesus (Branch) which is the third seal for the 144,000 as shown in E.W. 15. The Branch comes (1955) to bring revival and reformation, among God's people. B.L.R.


Note -- "When this thorough reformation takes place then the cleansing fountain shall be opened to the whole house of David." 2 T.G. 44:48.


"…the judgment of the living begins and the cry is made, 'Behold, the Bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet Him'..." 2 T.G. 11:13.


"This truth, you see, supersedes all truths,...The mile ahead (after Bro. Houteff's death) is indeed the last mile that will take us Home." 2 T.G. 44:51. (Paren. added)


This subject will be continued in next months lessons.



A N N O U N C E M E N T S


The beautiful full moon shone down from a clear star-studded sky on the encampment as the believers at New Mt. Carmel gathered in the Chapel to celebrate the eighth Passover since its restoration in 1960. Believers came from different states across the nation to join in this solemn feast. For many, it was the first time they had kept the Passover at New Mt. Carmel. The ordinance of humility was entered into with sincerity and reverence by both Brethren and Sisters alike, each endeavoring to obey our Lord's command when He said: "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.' John 13:14, 15. The unleavened bread and the unfermented wine not only caused us to look back to our Saviour's sacrifice on the cross, but reminded us of His present work in the sanctuary above, where His blood flows forth afresh for repentant sinners. Believers rejoiced together in the knowledge that the blood had been applied in their behalf.


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The encampment was blessed with good weather throughout the Feast. Migrating birds, scissors-tails, waxwings, yellow-headed blackbirds etc., have been a source of joy to young and old. An abundance of wild-life, especially the baby animals have shown us, once again, the goodness of God. The birth of a beautiful horse-colt to the registered herd at New Mt. Carmel during the Passover week was a delightful and welcome event – the first of the first-fruits.


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Harvesting the produce from the vegetable gardens also freezing and canning the surplus is now underway at New Mt. Carmel. The orchard was enlarged with the planting of twenty-three new fruit trees–peach, pear, plum, and loquat trees. This is just another step in our endeavor to get away from food contaminated with harmful sprays and fertilizers. Only by the return to the Bible method of farming can we expect to enjoy good health.


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In accordance with plans for industry at New Mt. Carmel, a purse factory is being established for the manufacture of attractive, high quality, hand-bags and accessories. These will be marketed throughout the U.S.A. and eventually overseas. These products will bear the New Mt. Carmel name brand. Those interested in becoming field agents throughout the U.S. for the sale of these articles, should make enquiries from the office.


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The new moon for the month of May will be on the 11th, beginning the evening of the 10th. For the month of June the new moon will be on the 9th, beginning at sundown on the 8th.


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The 2nd Passover, which is to be celebrated in the second month (Bible time) at New Mt. Carmel, is for those who were unable to partake at the first Passover and will be held from May 25 to May 31. The first and seventh days are holy, to be observed as Sabbaths. The Lord's Supper will be held the night of the 24th. All who were not able to attend or to partake in the first Passover are welcome to come and celebrate it at this time. Reservations for accommodations should be sent in to the office as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made. We would like to make adequate provision for you, so please make sure that your reservations are sent in as requested.


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Solemn Thought


O solemn thought and can it be

     The hour of Judgment now is come,

Which soon must fix our destiny,

     And seal the sinner's fearful doom?

Yes, it is so; the Judgment hour

     Is swiftly hastening to its close;

Then will the Judge, in mighty power,

     Descend in vengeance on His foes.


He who came down to earth to die,

     An offering for the sins of men,

And then ascended up on high,

     And will ere long return again,

Is standing now before the ark,

     And mercy-seat, and cherubim,

To plead His blood for saints, and make

     The last remembrance of their sin.


The solemn moment is at hand

     When we who have His name confessed

Each in his lot must singly stand,

     And pass the final, searching test.

Jesus ! we hope in Thee alone;

     In mercy now upon us look,

Confess our names before the throne,

     And blot our sins from out Thy book.


O Blessed Saviour ! may we feel

     The full importance of this hour.

Inspire our hearts with holy zeal,

     And aid us by Thy Spirit's power,

That we may, in Thy strength, be strong,

     And brave the conflict valiantly;

Then, on Mount Zion, join the song,

     And swell the notes of victory.


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