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Vol. 3No. 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 6PART VI --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
May 4, 1968

MEMORY GEM: "'Not until this ceremony (offering of barley - wave-sheaf) had been performed was the harvest to be gathered.' Patriarchs and Prophets, page 539:4." The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 5.


STUDY HELP: The Feasts, No. 1, August 27, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To show who it is that makes up the wave-sheaf of the living today.


INTRODUCTION: "…the Lord's feet (wave-sheaf – vanguard)…prepare the land for the returning of His people (army – 144,000)." Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 19:4:3.


1.  What other term is used to designate the 'sheaf of the firstfruits'? Ex. 23:19.

2.  Who is it that lays claim to being the first of the firstfruits? Leviticus of D.S.D.A., page 3.


NOTE --- "This Association shall be known provisionally as The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, the prophetic off-spring of the parent Seventh-day Adventist, the Laodicean, church…it purports itself to be the first of the first fruits of the living, the vanguard from among the present-day descendants of those Jews who composed the Early Christian Church." Leviticus of D.S.D.A., page 3:1, 2.


3.  When must this Davidian wave-sheaf be waved according to the type? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 5.

4.  How may one qualify to be a part of this wave-sheaf? Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 8:28; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 6.


NOTE --- "….if you never give it a thought that you may be slamming your door against a Truth-bearer who may be bringing to you the Lord's 'eyesalve,' and the 'wedding garment' – if you do all these or any part of them, then you must be as good a Laodicean as you can possibly be, not a Davidian. But if you are aware that your garments are filthy…if you realize that you are to walk in God's ways as He directs through the Joshua of today…you either are, or are beginning to be, a Davidian." Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 8:28.


5.  What is God calling His wave-sheaf to do today?


ANSWER -- "'…prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place (Texas, California, Florida, Oregon, Canada, etc.) to another place (Palestine) in their sight;…' Ezekiel 12:3. '…for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel…' Eze. 12:6…Immanuel (wave-sheaf section) 'removes' or journeys back to Palestine 'in their sight' -- everyone in S.D.A. is to have knowledge of this unusual move. As the 'vanguard'…Immanuel -- wave-sheaf -- goes before…as a sign to Judah and Israel. 'Say, I (wave-sheaf -- vanguard) am your sign…' Eze. 12:11…God is now calling for His vanguard, those who are willing to push forward into Palestine so that the army of first-fruits, 144,000, may follow." The Confederacy, Part 2, page 3. (parenthesis belong to quote)


6.  What are we to know when we see this wave-sheaf? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 4, last paragraph.


NOTE --- "With the emergence of this vanguard…the reign of antitypical David begins.' Leviticus of D.S.D.A., page 3:2.


"The crown removed from Israel passed successfully to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. God says, 'It shall be no more, until He come whose right is it; and I will give it Him.' That time is at hand. Today the signs of the times declare that we are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events." Education, page 179:3, 4.


"…at the time that this gospel-proclaiming kingdom is set up, it will be a church without guile…And it shall be fed by 'one shepherd…even My servant David…'…When the Lord thus takes 'the reins in His Own hands'…the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains…'" Tract 8, page 19:0, 1.


"Antitypical David, Joshua, etcetera, is anointed while antitypical Saul (S.D.A. General Conference), ruler of modern Israel, and his son, Jonathan (D.S.D.A.) are yet living." Man On The White Horse, page 29:4.



Lesson 7PART VII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
May 11, 1968

MEMORY VERSE: "Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off." Nahum 1:15.


STUDY HELP: The Feasts, No. 1, August 27, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To show whose publications restore the kingdom by publishing peace – keep the feast – 1 Cor. 5:7, 8.


INTRODUCTION: "Therefore, only as they awake and give heed to the voice of the True Witness, and turn their steps toward the gates of the Kingdom (THE BRANCH), may they ever hope to participate in the divine eventuality: 'O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts…" Tract 14, page 22.


1.  At what time did we learn the wave-sheaf was to be offered? Lev. 23:5-11.

2.  How are we to know when the Lord's Supper (Passover) was to be instituted, that the purported first of the first fruits could be offered? Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 41:3:3; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page. 5.


NOTE --- "It seems logical to say that when God commands us to ordain it anew He will tell us also how and when to observe it properly." Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 3:6:2.


3.  How does God reveal the unknown to His people? Amos 3:7.


NOTE --- "Have you not yet discovered that, whether it be in ancient or in modern times, all Bible truths that men have ever learned, have come only through the inspired channel – the Spirit of Prophecy?" Tract 6, page 43:1.


"As all prophetic truths are timely revealed, it is evident that there can be nothing disclosed by the wisdom of man, no matter how simple it may be…God reveals a portion of His holy Word through one of His chosen instruments…" The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 14.


4.  When will the church have a prophet to tell them when to keep the feast? Rev. 12:16, 17.


NOTE --- "…there is to be a people who will have the Testimony of Jesus Christ at the time the earth swallows up the flood (The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 5)…it shows that there is to be a prophet in the Church…the Spirit of Prophecy is brought to them by a man, a 'fellow servant'…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2. No. 24:2.


"…'this man', as we now see, is the antitypical David (the 'simple means')…" Tract 8, page 71.


"Thus the 'woman' represents a church that keep the 'commandments of God – moral law, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ' – ceremonial law or the plan of salvation revealed in the light of 'The Spirit of Prophecy." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 268.


5.  Who is it therefore that reveals the time of the Lord's Supper? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 5.


NOTE --- "All may for a surety know both 'the day' and the Elijah as he proclaims it…the Laodiceans themselves are if possible to be awakened by the prophet Elijah ('After she awakes she is to behold something and she is to do something. What is she to do? – She is to keep her solemn feasts.' Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, No. 6 & 7:12)…he (Elijah) will point out that all the prophets describe the day and also tell what the Lord would have us do while…we are going through it…no one but Elijah can proclaim the day." General Conference Special, pages 13, 42, 43.


6.  What counsel does Inspiration give regarding God's prophets? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 5.


NOTE --- "…if they will not submit themselves to Inspiration ('accept the message and respect the messenger' Testimonies, Vol. 6, page 420), how will they ever know the Truth? And how will they ever get into the Kingdom?" The Answerer, Book, 3, page 34:1.


7.  What promise is given if we accept the Branch and keep God's Holy Feasts? Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 42:41.


NOTE --- Nah. 1:15. "Here you see that the announcement of this long-expected event is to be made by someone's publications. Moreover, he publishes peace and thus announces the restoration of the Kingdom…Those who keep God's solemn 'feasts' and perform their vows shall have this peace. None others shall." 2 T.G. 42:41:2.



Lesson 8PART VIII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
May 18, 1968

MEMORY VERSE: "I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John 15:1, 2.


STUDY HELP: The Feasts, No. 1, August 27, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To show the Branch message fulfills the antitype (Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, No. 1:5, 6) of Christ's message and thus institutes the Lord's Supper at Passover time according to the type, and that those who advance with this wonderful truth are the only true Davidians.


INTRODUCTION: "If the church will put on the robe of Christ's righteousness (The Branch message), withdrawing from all allegiance with the world, there is before her the dawn of a bright and glorious day." Acts of the Apostles, page 601:1.


1.  What did we learn constitutes being a Davidian? Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 8; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 6.


NOTE --- "Your obeying 'all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments' of the moral law of Moses, you see, is your evidence that you have been born again, that you have been endowed with power from above, that you are enabled to choose the good and to refuse the evil, that you are the children of God. Keeping the commandments and the statutes in the Lord, then, is the light and shield of your life. It is the outward sign that by the life of Christ you have overcome the Enemy of your soul and body. This system of worship, therefore, is truly the righteousness by faith that brings the righteousness of Christ in the people of God." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37:24.


2.  In view of this what must each one realize? Leviticus of D.S.D.A., preface; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 6.


NOTE --- "…this same movement (Davidian) would merge into a greater one." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, page 234.


"…every additional timely Truth brings an additional timely name. And you who have not been baptized in the name of the Church, but in the name of Christ through the Truth of the Spirit, you who are not tied to any man, but to Christ, cannot help going on with the Spirit of Prophecy Who unfolds the Truth and names Its people." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 34:25.


3.  What proof is there that Christ is a type of the work today? Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, No. 1:5, 6; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 6.


NOTE --- "The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him 'whose name is the Branch.'" Great Controversy, page 415:3.


4.  How does the work today fulfill the antitype? John 15:1, 2; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 7.


NOTE --- "Since Christ is a 'type' we are to conclude that the work done in His name, the Branch, is the antitype…Jesus brought a reform among the Jews in His day, and we are bringing a revival and reformation…in Israel, the church today, in His new name, the Branch." The Man On The White Horse, page 50:3.


5.  What do all need to be doing at this time? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 7.


NOTE --- "Let church members bear in mind that the fact that their names are registered on the church books will not save them…Day by day they are to build their characters in accordance with Christ's directions. They are to abide in Him, constantly exercising faith in Him. Thus they will grow up to the full stature of men and women in Christ…led by God into clearer and still clearer light. If this is not their experience, they will be among those whose voices will one day be raised in the bitter lamentation, 'The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!…' '…Every hour, every minute is precious…Go to your rest at night with every sin confessed…Be ye always ready…that when the cry is heard, 'Behold the Bridegroom cometh! go ye out to meet Him,' you may, even though awakened out of sleep, go forth to meet Him with your lamps trimmed and burning." 9 Testimonies, p. 47, 48.



Lesson 9PART IX --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19; Leviticus 23
May 25, 1968

MEMORY VERSE: "…keep my sabbaths…walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments…And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid…" Lev. 26:2, 3, 6.


STUDY HELP: The Feasts, No. 1, August 27, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To review the major points brought to light during our study of the last two months lessons.


INTRODUCTION: "Being typical, these two grain harvests with their three literal sacraments, accordingly foreshadow two soul harvests with three spiritual rites..." Tract 3, page 76:1.


1.  What did the ceremonial rites of the harvest year typify? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.

2.  What had to be done before the grain could be harvested? Lev. 23:9-14; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "Barley was the earliest grain…A sheaf of this grain was waved by the priest before the altar of God…Not until this ceremony had been performed was the harvest to be gathered." Patriarchs and Prophets, page 539:4.


3.  What did the wave-sheaf in Christ's day typify? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "…the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves (in the time of Christ) must have a double application, each to the dead and to the living…" Tract 3, page 83.


4.  Who make up the wave-sheaf today? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "…it (D.S.D.A. Association) purports itself to be the first of the first fruits…" Leviticus of D.S.D.A., page 3.


5.  What must one do to be classed as a true Davidian? Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 8; see The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, pages 5, 8.


NOTE --- "…if you realize that you are to walk in God's ways as He directs through the Joshua of today…then…you either are, or are beginning to be, a Davidian." Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 8:28.


6.  Who has the advancing light today? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.

7.  Who then, are the true Davidians and thus the true wave-sheaf offered? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "It is possible that some of us as individuals may want to be associated with the Davidian organization but refuse to fully imbibe its Truth or live its principles…In that day the Branch shall be beautiful and glorious, and through the beauty and glory of the Branch -- Christ -- the whole Kingdom is also to be beautiful…" Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, Nos. 6 & 7:15.


8.  When is the antitypical wave-sheaf to be offered? Lev. 23:5-11; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.

9.  The time of the Passover is revealed to whom? Amos 3:7; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "All may for a surety know both 'the day' and the Elijah as he proclaims it, because to our surprise he will point out that all the prophets describe the day and also tell what the Lord would have us do while it is approaching and subsequently while we are going through it, and because no one but Elijah can proclaim the day." 1950 General Conference Special, page 13.


10.  At what time is Elijah to be found in the church? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "…at the time the earth swallows up the flood (Passover-separation)…there is to be a prophet in the Church…" Timely Greetings (u), Vol. 2, No. 24:23.


11.  What does Elijah tell the people to do? Nahum 1:15; The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "After she (the church) awakes she is to behold something and she is to do something. What is she to do? -- She is to keep her solemn feasts." Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, Nos. 6 & 7:12.


"…he (Elijah) publishes peace and thus announces the restoration of the Kingdom…Those who keep God's solemn 'feasts'…shall have this peace. None others shall." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 42:41.


Lesson 9, page 2


12.  What is promised to the wave-sheaf if they will keep the feast? The Three Harvest Feasts, No. 1, page 8.


NOTE --- "The Lord's Supper was ordained…to cleanse them from sinners…" Timely Greetings, revised, Vol. 1, No. 3:3.


13.  When is the Kingdom to be set up? Education, page 179.


NOTE --- "The final overthrow of all earthly dominions is plainly foretold in the word of truth. In the prophecy uttered when sentence from God was pronounced upon the last king of Israel is given the message: –


"'Thus said the Lord God: Remove the diadem, and take off the crown;…exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until He comes whose right it is; and I will give it Him.'


"The crown removed from Israel passed successively to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. God says, 'It shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.'


"That time is at hand. To-day the signs of the times declare that we are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events." Education, page 179.


"The Lord, through His servant, tells us that when the prophecy that pertains to the overthrow of the last King of Israel is applied to the message, the time has come for the final overthrow of all earthly Kingdoms. Not only that but the low (humble) are now to be exalted and the high (proud) are to be abased." 11th Hour Extra – Riddle No. 1, pages 1, 2.




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