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"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious... And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." – Isa. 11:6-10,12.
All emphases and parentheses are ours unless otherwise stated throughout the lessons.
Note – "As the white horse [see Rev. 6:2] represents the beginning of our earth in her sinless state, the rider can be none other than Adam himself, with whom the judgment began. The crown is a symbol of kingly authority. 'And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over... all the earth.... The same is expressed in the words, 'And a crown was given Him.' Therefore, the Lord set in motion a perfect world, with a king created by the hand of God, and we are the sons of Royalty.
" 'Behold a white horse: and he that sat on him... went forth conquering and to
conquer.' The symbolical words are the fulfilment of the words spoken by the Creator's lips: 'And God blessed them (Adam and Eve), and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.'.... 'And I saw, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him had a bow.' The bow is an implement used to conquer with (replenish). Therefore, Adam was given a bow (Eve) corresponding with the words: 'And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet.... 'And Adam called his wife's name Eve: because she was the mother of all living.'... Thus Adam conquered (inhabited the earth) with the bow (Eve)." – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 205,206. (Parentheses belong.)
"...the white horse... identifies the world's first state of being – pure and sinless with a Divinely-crowned ruler (rider)... God's crowned king, Adam..." – To The Seven Churches, Tract No. 15, pp. 39,40. (Parenthesis belong.)
Note – "When Satan declared to Christ, The kingdom and glory of the world are delivered unto me, and to whomsoever I will I give it, he stated what was true only in part, and he declared it to serve his own purpose of deception. Satan's dominion was that wrested from Adam, but Adam was the vicegerent of the Creator. His was not an independent rule. The earth is God's, and He has committed all things to His Son. Adam was to reign subject to Christ. When Adam betrayed his sovereignty into Satan's hands, Christ still remained the rightful King. Thus the Lord had said to King Nebuchadnezzar, 'The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.' Dan. 4:17. Satan can exercise his usurped authority only as God permits." – The Desire of Ages, pp. 129,130.
"Not only man but the earth had by sin come under the power of the wicked one, and was to be restored by the plan of redemption. At his creation, Adam was placed in dominion over the earth. But by yielding to temptation, he was brought under the power of Satan. 'Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.' When man became Satan's captive, the dominion which he held, passed to his conqueror. Thus Satan became 'the god of this world.' He had usurped that dominion over the earth which had been originally given to Adam .... When Satan was thrust out of heaven, he determined to make the earth his kingdom. When he tempted and overcame Adam and Eve, he thought that he had gained possession of this world; 'because,' said he, 'they have chosen me as their ruler.' " – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 67,69.
Note – "The sinless pair wore no artificial garments; they were clothed with a covering of light and glory, such as the angels wear. So long as they lived in obedience to God, this robe of light continued to enshroud them .... After his transgression, Adam at first imagined himself entering upon a higher state of existence. But soon the thought of his sin filled him with terror. The air, which had hitherto
been of a mild and uniform temperature, seemed to chill the guilty pair. The love and peace which had been theirs was gone, and in its place they felt a sense of sin, a dread of the future, a nakedness of soul. The robe of light which had enshrouded them, now disappeared, and to supply its place they endeavored to fashion for themselves a covering... Instead of the happy labor heretofore appointed them, anxiety and toil were to be their lot. They would be subject to disappointment, grief, and pain, and finally to death... As they witnessed, in drooping flower and falling leaf, the first signs of decay, Adam and his companion mourned more deeply than men now mourn over their dead. The death of the frail, delicate flowers was indeed a cause of sorrow; but when the goodly trees cast off their leaves, the scene brought vividly to mind the stern fact that death is the portion of every living thing." –Ibid., pp. 45,57,59,62.
"Before the entrance of sin, Adam enjoyed open communion with his Maker; but since man separated himself from God by transgression, the human race has been cut off from this high privilege." – The Great Controversy, p. 7.
"Face-to-face, heart-to-heart communion with his Maker was his high privilege. Had he remained loyal to God, all this would have been his forever.... But by disobedience this was forfeited." – Education, p. 15.
"Often they were visited by His messengers, the holy angels, and from them received counsel and instruction. Often as they walked in the garden in the cool of the day they heard the voice of God, and face to face held communion with the Eternal ....Man lost all because he chose to listen to the deceiver rather than to Him who is Truth. . ." –Ibid., pp. 21,25.
Note – "With the earliest history of man, Satan began his efforts to deceive our race. He who had incited rebellion in heaven desired to bring the inhabitants of the earth to unite with him in his warfare against the government of God. Adam and Eve had been perfectly happy in obedience to the law of God, and this fact was a constant testimony against the claim which Satan had urged in heaven, that God's law was oppressive and opposed to the good of His creatures. And furthermore, Satan's envy was excited as he looked upon the beautiful home prepared for the sinless pair. He determined to cause their fall, that, having separated them from God and brought them under his own power, he might gain possession of the earth and here establish his kingdom in opposition to the Most High." – The Great Controversy, p. 531.
Note – "With Christ, as with the holy pair in Eden, appetite was the ground of the first great temptation. Just where the ruin began, the work of our redemption must begin. As by the indulgence of appetite Adam fell, so by the denial of appetite Christ must overcome." – The Desire of Ages, p. 117.
"By eating of the forbidden fruit, Adam broke the health (food) law, and by so doing he also, indirectly, broke the Ten Commandment Law; for by transgressing God's Word he dishonored Him as a son would dishonor his earthly father by disobedience, and thereby breaking the fifth commandment. (Exodus 20:12.) Therefore, Adam is guilty of violating two laws.... Adam's transgression brought him to the grave (dust); for, after eating of the forbidden fruit, it reacted on his physical being, and thus the evil passed from father to son. But as Lucifer had not transgressed the laws of health, natural death had no power over him." – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 144. (Parentheses belong.)
"All was lost when Adam yielded to the power of appetite." – Selected Messages, Book 1 p 272.
Note – "Now, that we might know what it means to be 'as God,' we must study what God is like. At the outset He did not only create and abundantly fill the earth with every good thing for His creatures, but He also planted a garden (home) for the man .... Even after the holy pair fell in sin God was still interested in them as He was before – so much so, in fact, that He immediately began to teach them how to redeem themselves, and to return to their eternal home. From that day to this He thus continued to teach the human family." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 9 (Revised), pp. 7,8. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"Heavenly angels more fully opened to our first parents the plan that had been devised for their salvation. Adam and his companion were assured that notwithstanding their great sin, they were not to be abandoned to the control of Satan." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 66.
Note – "The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth; for Christ is 'the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world'. . ." – Ibid., p. 63.
"The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of 'the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal.' Rom. 16:25, R.V. It was an unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation of God's throne. From the beginning, God and Christ knew of the apostasy of Satan, and of the fall of man through the deceptive power of the apostate. God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. So great was His love for the world, that He covenanted to give His only-begotten Son,
'that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' " The Desire of Ages, p. 22.
Note – "Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost, and that world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, He is in close converse with His Father. The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. Three times He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came from the Father, His person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and doubt, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. He then made known to the angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that He had been pleading with His Father, and had offered to give His life a ransom, to take the sentence of death upon Himself, that through Him man might find pardon; that through the merits of His blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favor of God, and be brought into the beautiful garden, and eat of the fruit of the tree of life.
"At first the angels could not rejoice; for their Commander concealed nothing from them, but opened before them the plan of salvation. Jesus told them that He would stand between the wrath of His Father and guilty man.... He would leave all His glory in heaven, appear upon earth as a man...that He would die the cruelest of deaths... The weight of the sins of the whole world would be upon Him. He told them He would die and rise again the third day, and would ascend to His Father to intercede for wayward, guilty man.
"The angels prostrated themselves before Him. They offered their lives. Jesus said to them that He would by His death save many, that the life of an angel could not pay the debt. His life alone could be accepted of His Father as a ransom for man. Jesus told them that they would have a part to act, to be with Him and at different times strengthen Him... that they would be witnesses of His humiliation and great sufferings; and that as they would witness His sufferings, and the hatred of men toward Him, they would be stirred... and... would wish to rescue and deliver Him from His murderers; but that they must not interfere to prevent anything they should behold; and that they should act a part in His resurrection; that the plan of salvation was devised, and His Father had accepted the plan." – Early Writings, pp. 149-151.
Note – "The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of
the image of God. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, 'They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads' (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme, – man's uplifting, – the power of God, 'which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 Corinthians 15:57.
"He who grasps this thought has before him an infinite field for study. He has the key that will unlock to him the whole treasure house of God's word.
"The science of redemption is the science of all sciences... the study of the angels and... the unfallen worlds... that engages the attention of our Lord and Saviour... that enters into the purpose brooded in the mind of the Infinite... that will be the study of God's redeemed throughout endless ages. This is the highest study in which it is possible for man to engage." – Education, pp. 125,126.
Note – "To restore in man the image of his Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized, – this was to be the work of redemption. This is the object of education, the great object of life." – Ibid., pp. 15,16.
"But the Son of God proposed to come to this earth to pay the penalty of sin, and thus not only redeem man, but recover the dominion forfeited... the psalmist had in mind the same final restoration of man's original inheritance when he declared, 'The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.' " – Prophets and Kings, p. 682.
"It is of this restoration that Micah prophesied when he said, 'O Tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion.' Micah 4:8. The apostle Paul has referred to it as 'the redemption of the purchased possession.' " – Ibid.
"But the plan of redemption had a yet broader and deeper purpose than the salvation of man. It was not for this alone that Christ came to the earth; it was not merely that the inhabitants of this little world might regard the law of God as it should be regarded; but it was to vindicate the character of God before the universe... The act of Christ in dying for the salvation of man would not only make heaven accessible to men, but before all the universe it would justify God and His Son in their dealing with the rebellion of Satan. It would establish the perpetuity of the law of God and would reveal the nature and the results of sin." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 68,69.
Note – "To do this saving work God sent down the Spirit of Truth, He sent prophets and angels, also His only Son – all teachers of redemption. He Himself descended
to Sinai, and even though they slew nearly all his servants including His Son, His unfailing interest in the human race has continued on to this very day. Notwithstanding our faults, His promise to take us back into Eden there to live with Him if we repent, still stands as sure as does the sun." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 9 (Revised), p. 8.
"When all was lost in Adam, and the shades of night darkened the moral heavens, there soon appeared the star of hope in Christ, and with it was established a means of communication between God and man through the gift of prophecy. In his fallen state, man could not converse face to face with God, and with Christ, and with angels, as when in his Eden purity. But through the ministration of holy angels could the great God speak to him in dreams and in visions....
"The manifestation of the spirit of prophecy was designed for all dispensations. The sacred Record nowhere restricts it to any particular period of time, from the fall to the final restitution. The Bible recognizes its existence alike in the patriarchal, Jewish, and Christian age. Through this medium God communed with holy men of old....
"We have seen that the manifestation of the spirit of prophecy became necessary in consequence of man's being separated from the visible presence of God ....
"When man in Eden stood in all the perfection of his manhood, before the blight of sin had touched anything that God had made for him, and with open face beheld the glory of the Lord, he could have no need of the spirit of prophecy. But when Eden was lost in consequence of transgression, and man was doomed to grope his way from the gates of Paradise, enshrouded in the moral gloom that resulted from the curse and the reign of Satan, he needed this light. And his need in this respect will continue more or less urgent until the restitution, when the redeemed shall walk and talk with God, and with Christ, and with the holy angels, in Eden restored." – Life Sketches, pp. 330,331,336,337 (first edition only).
EZRA had persuaded the king to make abundant provision for the return of all the people of Israel and of the priests and Levites in the Medo-Persian realm, who were minded 'of their own free will to go up to Jerusalem.' Verses 9,13. Thus again the children of the dispersion were given opportunity to return to the land with the possession of which were linked the promises to the house of lsrael. – Prophets and Kings, p. 611.
Note – "The message of God came to Abraham, 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee.' In order that God might qualify him for his great work as the keeper of the sacred oracles, Abraham must be separated from the associations of his early life.... 'By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.' Heb. 11:8. Abraham's unquestioning obedience is one of the most striking evidences of faith to be found in all the Bible. To him, faith was 'the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' Verse 1. Relying upon the divine promise, without the least outward assurance of its fulfillment, he abandoned home and kindred and native land, and went forth, he knew not whither, to follow where God should lead. 'By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise (not heaven) as in a land not his own...' " – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 126.
Note – "Still the patriarch begged for some visible token as a confirmation of his faith and as an evidence to after-generations that God's gracious purposes toward them would be accomplished. The Lord condescended to enter into a covenant with his servant, employing such forms as were customary among men for the ratification of a solemn engagement. By divine direction, Abraham sacrificed... dividing the bodies, and laying the pieces a little distance apart... This being done, he reverently passed between the parts of the sacrifice, making a solemn vow to God of perpetual obedience... About sundown he sank into a deep sleep; and, 'lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.' And the voice of God was heard.... The plan of redemption was here opened to him, in the death of Christ, the great sacrifice, and his coming in glory. Abraham saw also the earth restored to its Eden beauty, to be given him for an everlasting possession, as the final and complete fulfillment of the promise.
"As a pledge of this covenant of God with men, a smoking furnace and a burning lamp, symbols of the divine presence, passed between the severed victims, totally consuming them. And again a voice was heard by Abraham, confirming the gift of the land of Canaan to his descendants, 'from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates (the beginning point of the restoration before the second coming of Jesus).' " – Ibid., p. 137.
Note – "The covenant (agreement) of grace (favor with God) was first made with man in Eden.... To all men this covenant offered pardon and the assisting grace of God for future obedience through faith in Christ. It also promised them eternal
life on condition of fidelity to God's law. Thus the patriarchs received the hope of salvation.
"This same covenant was renewed to Abraham in the promise, 'in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.' Genesis 22:18. This promise pointed to Christ. So Abraham understood it (see Galatians 3:8,16), and he trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. It was this faith that was accounted unto him for righteousness. The covenant with Abraham also maintained the authority of God's law... The testimony of God concerning his faithful servant was, 'Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.' Genesis 26:5. And the Lord declared to him, 'I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.' Genesis 17:7." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 370. (Parenthesis belong.)
Note – "The covenant of grace was first made with man in Eden ...This same covenant was renewed to Abraham in the promise, 'in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.'. . . .'l will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant .... Though this covenant was made with Adam and renewed to Abraham, it could not be ratified (made valid) until the death of Christ .... when ratified by Christ, it is called a new covenant." – Ibid., pp. 370,371.
"That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today... even to His covenant-keeping people.... and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to His ancient people." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 713,714.
"I am instructed to say to you: Move guardedly, doing always that which the Lord commands... He will work in behalf of His covenant-keeping people." – Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 242.
"In the last days of this earth's history, God's covenant with His commandment-keeping people is to be renewed." Prophets and Kings, p. 299.
Note – "The children of Israel were to occupy all the territory which God appointed them... As the numbers of Israel increased they were to enlarge their borders, until their kingdom should embrace the world." – Christ's Object Lessons, p. 290
Note – "Jeremiah, also bearing witness that this promised covenant (restoration to the land and perfect obedience to God's law) has not yet been fulfilled, but that it is to be honored now in the gathering time, declares: 'Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord, and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.' Jer. 30:2,3.
"These verses show vividly that God is to validate the second covenant when He brings His people again from their captivity.... " – Mount Sion At "The Eleventh Hour," Tract No. 8, pp. 79,80.
Note – "... the truth is obvious that the Lord will have a victorious nation - a kingdom through which He will manifest His great power, and which shall be A Kingdom of Peace.
"That a heaven-like safety and peace shall infuse the kingdom at the time that God shall use it as His 'battle ax' with which to smite the nations, is evidenced by the following scriptures.... Isa. 11:6-9." – Ibid., p. 65.
Note – "As in Noah's ark, the type, so in the antitypical ark, the kingdom, nothing shall hurt or destroy: the lion, the wolf, the lamb, the leopard, the calf, and the fatling shall live peaceably together and, like the ox, all shall feed on 'straw.' Thus now, as in Noah's time, God shall preserve a remnant of man and beast out of His whole creation, instead of exterminating every living thing, and then creating them all over again." – Ibid., p. 66.
Note – "Anciently the Lord commanded Moses to write the names of each of the twelve tribes of Israel on a rod (stick) and lay them up before the Lord 'in the tabernacle of witness.' Num. 17:7.
"Here the Lord commands Ezekiel to write on 'one stick' for Judah, the two-tribes or southern kingdom and another 'stick' for Joseph – the stick of Ephraim, the ten northern tribes.
" 'And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.' Eze. 37:17.
"Bible students are familiar with how, shortly after the death of Solomon, the twelve tribes of Israel were divided, making two kingdoms. The sticks representing these two nations were to be joined, making 'one' stick in Ezekiel's hand.
"Consequently, since the sticks were not joined in the hand of Ezekiel of old in the captivity in ancient Babylon, it must be that antitypical Ezekiel is to accomplish the task in our day. Therefore, let us consider what the Bible has to say about the way the literal sticks are joined, which is a figure of joining the two kingdoms of Israel ....
"Speaking of the Jews, God says, 'Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;' Zeph. 2:1.
"The Jewish people are the one nation that is undesired by all nations. Here the Lord tells them to gather together -- in Palestine, of course...
"The Jews have become a nation in fulfillment of God's commanding prophecy....
"We are now better able to understand God's plan to join the two sticks. Here it is plainly seen that the Jews are the first to be gathered to their homeland and made 'one' nation. Then the gathering of the ten tribes will be accomplished. Thus is fulfilled the Lord's promise to Abraham. (Gen. 13:14,15)...
"The meaning of this symbolism is that God will gather the 12 tribes of Israel from among the heathen nations and will bring them into their own land. They are, in that day, to be no longer 'two' divided and scattered nations among the wicked nations, but rather, are to be 'one' nation and 'one' king is to rule over them. Some may contend this Scripture was fulfilled at the gathering of the Jews from ancient Babylon. However, the Bible says, 'they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.' Surely, anyone can see this prophecy has not been fulfilled." – The Man On The White Horse, pp. 6,8,9,12. (Parentheses belong.).
Note – "Here you see that no one can meet God face to face and live with Him eternally (in earth made new) without first having this body-cleansing and heart-changing experience.
"Very evidently none who remain ignorant of these signs of the coming Kingdom will have this experience and consequently shall never enter into it, never be fitted to live and reign with Christ." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 44, p. 46.
"No one dares say that these promises have taken place, and no one dares say that they are post-millennial. Think on them and study them over, Brother, Sister. Do not lightly dismiss them, for they are your life. They mean your salvation, your destiny, your eternity. No one is fit to live and reign with Christ during the thousand years who does not participate in this cleansing." – Ibid., No. 43, p. 14.
"Plain it is to see that before you and I can be ready for translation, we must first be ready to go into the Promised Land, there to be cleansed, there to have our stony hearts removed. Yes, the only way to have this heart operation performed upon us is to let the Lord first gather us from among the heathen and bring us into our own land. For 'then will I,' says the Lord, 'sprinkle clean water upon you,' and 'a new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.'
"In the face of this, I should like to know who could ever live with Christ during the thousand years without having first gone to the land, there to be cleansed and there to receive a new heart?" – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Revised), p. 6.
Note – "It is interesting to envisage the expansion of God's Truth as outlined in this chapter: First, one individual speaks the Truth to another individual. Then one city communicates It to another city. Finally, one strong nation invites another nation to join the Lord. Thus will the harvest continue until the gospel work is finished, until God's faithful people stand on the Lord's right side (in the Kingdom)....
"It is logical to conclude that the ten men who take hold of all the languages of the nations in the time of this great ingathering are figurative of a group of people... These ten men [ten represents universality] will speak all the languages as did the Apostles on the Pentecost." – Ibid., Vol. 1, No. 16 (Revised), pp. 28,29. (Parenthesis belongs, brackets added.)
SATAN knew what he had lost. He now feared that his empire over the world was to be contested, his right disputed, and his power broken. He knew through prophecy, that a Saviour was predicted and that his kingdom would not be established in earthly triumph and with worldly honor and display. He knew that ancient prophecies foretold a kingdom to be established by the Prince of Heaven upon the earth, which he claimed as his dominion. His kingdom would embrace all the kingdoms of the world, and then his power and his glory would cease and he receive his retribution for the sins he had introduced into the world and for the misery he had brought upon man. He knew that everything which concerned hisprosperity was pending upon his success or failure in overcoming Christ with his temptations in the wilderness. He brought to bear upon Christ every artifice and force of his powerful temptations to allure him from his allegiance. – Review and Herald, Mar. 3, 1874.
Note – "In the days of this antitypical David God gathers His flock from all the countries where they have been scattered, and brings them into their own land. God will no longer leave them in the mountains and the hills of the Gentiles. 'Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land; for great shall be the day of Jezreel. Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their
God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.' Hos. 1:11; 3:5." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 17,18.
"The self-centered shepherds against whom the prophet is told to write, are to be replaced by one shepherd, David. When this takes place God's people will then have but one shepherd. This, of course, cannot be Christ Himself, for Inspiration never calls Him David, but rather It calls Him the Son of David. Since God's people have always had, and still do have many shepherds, the truth stands out as clear as crystal that the David of verses 23 and 24 is yet to come (in 1947), and that the shepherds whom Inspiration addresses are in particular those whom David is to succeed.
"Ezekiel, then, was not given a vision of the shepherds in his day, nor of those before his day, but of the shepherds after his day – the day in which God raises up this antitypical David to feed His hungry and neglected flock. God's people shall then no longer serve strangers, 'But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.' Jer. 30:9. Here we see that not only Ezekiel, but Jeremiah also was given a vision of this same truth. Yes, all the prophets." – Ibid., pp. 14,15.
In view of the fact that the Son of the Eternal Father came to earth, lived as a man lives, and gave His life a ransom for the fallen race, the earth in its fullness belongs to Him and He ever lives to reign over it. However, since the third overturning was at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., 40 years after the Messiah had returned to Heaven to sit on the right hand of God in His Father's throne (Heb. 8:1), and by the fact the Messiah's throne is established on the earth (Rev. 3:21), under the whole heaven (Dan. 7:27), in the latter days, before the millennium, according to the mouth of all the holy prophets, the coming of the one whose right it is evidently refers to the antitypical David, the heir to David's throne (Acts 15:15-17), in fulfillment of God's covenant promise with David of old (Jer. 33:17-22). – B.L.R.
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things." – Matt. 17:11.
"Do you see that the prophet appears in a day he can restore all things, everything that was lost through sin, even the Kingdom?" – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 7, p. 11.
"So it is that what a multitude of shepherds have failed to do, one shepherd, even David, will, in God's hands, get done." – Ibid., No. 2 (Revised), p. 17.
Note – "The Word of God, therefore, definitely declares that the subjects of the torn-down kingdoms – Judah and Israel – as Christians, along with the Gentiles that have joined them, will gather together and appoint themselves a king.
"In a similar symbolism, the prophet was told that after many days of obscurity and wandering, 'shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and
David their king [evidently David is the 'one head' whom they appoint], and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.' Hos. 3:5." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 6, p. 17. [Brackets belong.]
"Here we are defintely told that in the latter days, God's saints, without a sinner among them, are to be gathered together from the four corners of the earth, and be organized into a Theocratic government, of which antitypical David is to be the king." – Ibid., No. 21 (Revised), p. 7.
"In this part of the prophecy, you see, we are told that after they have sojourned among the Gentiles for 'many days' without a king, and without any sign of identification (having been entirely lost sight of as a nation and as a people), they shall finally have antitypical David rule over them. This would not be ancient David as he was already dead when the prophecy was made. Neither could this promised David be Christ Himself, for Christ is the son of David (Matt. 22:42), not David himself; and if He shall, moreover, sit on the throne of David (Luke 1:32), then David must have a throne for Him to sit on." – Ibid., No. 43, p. 17. (Parentheses belong.)
Note – "After the restoration of God's people to their homeland they are cleansed from their idols and detestable things wherein they have sinned among the heathen. Therefore, the Loud Cry church (Rev. 14:18; 18:1-4) is a pure, holy church without one sinner in their midst." – The Man On The White Horse, p. 13. (Parenthesis belongs.)
" 'Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. 'Fair as the moon, clear as sun, and terrible as an army with banners,' she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.' P.K. 725:1...
"These words of Inspiration tell the most wonderful story ever spoken by human lips -- the story of God's pure church, soon to be disclosed to view. Therefore, Brother, Sister, and young people, 'Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:' (Phil. 2:5) that your hearts and minds may be purified with the most wonderful promises ever beheld. There is nothing here to lose, and everything to be gained." – Ibid., p. 11. (Parenthesis belongs.)
Note – "In this illustration there are three persons brought to view: Jesse (the father of David), the rod (David), and the Branch (Christ). The relationship shows that David (the rod) is not Christ (the Branch), for the 'rod' sprang from the stem of Jesse, and the Branch from the rod – a fact which is born out in the cry of the multitude when Christ entered Jerusalem. They shouted: 'Hosannah to the Son of David.' Matt. 21:15. Plainly, therefore, the 'rod,' coming from the stem of Jesse, is symbolical of David; and the Branch, coming from the rod, is symbolical of the son
of David – Christ.
"Upon this 'ensign' (Branch and rod) 'the Spirit of the Lord shall rest.... the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.... Isa. 11:2-5.
"So though the 'ensign' emblematizes the connection of three persons (Jesse, the root; David, the rod; and Christ, the Branch), yet the power and wisdom of Christ is its underlying and controlling force. Wherefore says Christ: 'I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star' (Rev. 22:16), bearing out that He is all and in all.
"Since therefore from the 'stem' of Jesse came the 'rod' (David), and from the rod sprang the Branch (Christ), David the visible king and Christ the invisible King of kings shall 'in that day' – in our time – constitute the 'ensign,' and 'to it shall the Gentiles seek: and His rest (or His resting place, – the location where the 'rod' or ensign stands – the kingdom) shall be glorious.' Yea, 'I will make the place of My feet glorious' (Isa. 60:13), saith the Lord....
"Thus His church, or kingdom, is again reflected without 'spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing' (Eph. 5:27), a theocracy of peace, safety, and invincibility, under the rule of one shepherd and a king – David, His servant." – Mount Sion At "The Eleventh Hour," Tract No. 8, pp. 45-47. (Parentheses belong.)
Note – "These verses (Jer. 30:2,3) show vividly that God is to validate the second covenant when He brings His people again from their captivity, while subsequent verses (verses 8,9) fix the time of this liberation or ingathering...
"This prophecy, we observe, did not meet its fulfillment in the return of the Jews from their captivity in ancient Babylon, because at that time God did not 'raise up' David their king. They did not, in fact, have any king at all of their own, but were under Medo-Persian rule. The prophecy, therefore, can be applied to no other time than today, when both 'Israel and Judah' shall be joined into one great kingdom, established in everlasting righteousness. Then 'they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,' says the Lord. Consequently, the fact that there has never been a time from the day that this scripture was written even to the present time, that every one of God's people, as a church or a nation, has known the Lord and kept His commandments, again proves that the fulfillment of the second covenant (of which the exodus movement was a type), is yet future." – Ibid., pp. 80,81. (Last parenthesis belongs.)
" 'It shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou [David] must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever." – Ibid., p. 62. [Brackets belong.]
Note – "Moses saw the chosen people established in Canaan, each of the tribes in its own possession. He had a view of their history after the settlement of the Promised Land; the long, sad story of their apostasy and its punishment was spread out before him. He saw them, because of their sins, dispersed among the heathen, the glory departed from Israel, her beautiful city in ruins, and her people captives in strange lands. He saw them restored to the land of their fathers, and at last brought under the dominion of Rome." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 475.
Note – "When the Israelites first settled in Canaan, they acknowledged the principles of the theocracy, and the nation prospered under the rule of Joshua. But increase of population and intercourse with other nations brought a change. The people adopted many of the customs of their heathen neighbors and thus sacrificed, to a great degree their own peculiar, holy character. Gradually they lost their reverence for God and ceased to prize the honor of being His chosen people." – Ibid., p. 603.
"The days of Israel's greatest prosperity had been those in which they acknowledged Jehovah as their King – when the laws and the government which He had established (covenant with Abraham) were regarded as superior to those of all other nations. Moses had declared to Israel concerning the commandments of the Lord: 'This is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' Deuteronomy 4:6. But by departing from God's law the Hebrews had failed to become the people that God desired to make them, and then all the evils which were the result of their own sin and folly they charged upon the government of God. So completely had they become blinded by sin." – Ibid., p. 605.
Note – "God had designed that His people should be the light of the world. From them was to shine forth the glory of His law as revealed in the life practice. For the carrying out of this design, He had caused the chosen nation to occupy a strategic position among the nations of the earth.
"In the days of Solomon the kingdom of Israel (12 tribes) extended from Hamath on the north to Egypt on the south, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the river Euphrates. Through this territory ran many natural highways of the world's commerce, and caravans from distant lands were constantly passing to and fro. Thus there was given to Solomon and his people opportunity to reveal to men of all nations the character of the King of kings, and to teach them to reverence and obey Him. To all the world this knowledge was to be given. Through the teaching of the
sacrificial offerings, Christ was to be uplifted before the nations, that all who would might live.
"Placed at the head of a nation that had been set as a beacon light to the surrounding nations, Solomon should have used his God-given wisdom and power of influence in organizing and directing a great movement for the enlightenment of those who were ignorant of God and His truth. Thus multitudes would have been won to allegiance to the divine precepts, Israel would have been shielded from the evils practiced by the heathen, and the Lord of glory would have been greatly honored. But Solomon lost sight of this high purpose. He failed of improving his splendid opportunities for enlightening those who were continually passing through his territory or tarrying at the principal cities.
"The missionary spirit that God had implanted in the heart of Solomon and in the hearts of all true Israelites was supplanted by a spirit of commercialism. The opportunities afforded by contact with many nations were used for personal aggrandizement... the countless multitudes who thronged the highways of travel were allowed to remain in ignorance of Jehovah." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 70-73.
Note – "For two centuries and more the rulers of the ten tribes had been sowing the wind; now they were reaping the whirlwind....
"With the severest reproofs, God sought to arouse the impenitent nation to a realization of its imminent danger of utter destruction. Through Hosea and Amos He sent the ten tribes message after message, urging full and complete repentance, and threatening disaster as the result of continued transgression....
"The iniquity in Israel during the last half century before the Assyrian captivity, was like that of the days of Noah, and of every other age when men have rejected God and have given themselves wholly to evil-doing. The exaltation of nature above the God of nature, the worship of the creature instead of the Creator, has always resulted in the grossest of evils. Thus when the people of Israel, in their worship of Baal and Ashtoreth, paid supreme homage to the forces of nature, they severed their connection with all that is uplifting and ennobling, and fell an easy prey to temptation...
" 'In the days of Pekah,' who reigned twenty years, Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, invaded Israel, and carried away with him a multitude of captives from among the tribes living in Galilee.... From this terrible blow the northern kingdom never recovered...
"...Samaria was invested by the hosts of Assyria under Shalmaneser; and in the siege that followed, multitudes perished miserably of hunger and disease as well as by the sword. The city and nation fell, and the broken remnant of the ten tribes were carried away captive, and scattered in the provinces of the Assyrian realm.
"The destruction that befell the northern kingdom was a direct judgment from Heaven. The Assyrians were merely the instruments that God used to carry out His purpose....
" 'So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria,' 'because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed His covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded.' 2 Kings 17:7,11,14-16,20,23; 18:12." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 279,280,281,287,291,292.
Note – "Foremost among those who were rapidly leading the nation to ruin, was Zedekiah their king. Forsaking utterly the counsels of the Lord as given through the prophets, forgetting the debt of gratitude he owed Nebuchadnezzar, violating his solemn oath of allegiance taken in the name of the Lord God of Israel, Judah's king rebelled against the prophets, against his benefactor, and against his God. In the vanity of his own wisdom he turned for help to the ancient enemy of Israel's prosperity, 'sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people.'
" 'Shall he prosper?' the Lord inquired concerning the one who has thus basely betrayed every sacred trust; 'shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant and be delivered? As I live, saith the Lord God, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he break, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die. Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for him in the war:... seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.' Ezekiel 17:15-18.
"To the 'profane wicked prince' had come the day of final reckoning. 'Remove the diadem,' the Lord decreed, 'and take off the crown.' Not until Christ Himself should set up His kingdom, was Judah again to be permitted to have a king. 'I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it,' was the divine edict concerning the throne of the house of David; 'and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.' Ezekiel 21:25-27." – Ibid., pp. 450,451.
Note – "For nearly forty years after the doom of Jerusalem had been pronounced by Christ Himself, the Lord delayed His judgments upon the city and the nation.... Signs and wonders appeared, foreboding disaster and doom. In the midst of the night an unnatural light shone over the temple and the altar. Upon the clouds at sunset were pictured chariots and men of war gathering for battle. The priests ministering by night in the sanctuary were terrified by mysterious sounds; the earth
trembled, and a multitude of voices were heard crying: 'Let us depart hence.' The great eastern gate, which was so heavy that it could hardly be shut by a score of men, and which was secured by immense bars of iron fastened deep in the pavement of solid stone, opened at midnight, without visible agency. – Milman, The History of the Jews, book 13... After the destruction of the temple, the whole city soon fell into the hands of the Romans.... Both the city and the temple were razed to their foundations, and the ground upon which the holy house had stood was 'plowed like a field.' Jeremiah 26:18. In the siege and the slaughter that followed, more than a million of the people perished; the survivors were carried away as captives, sold as slaves, dragged to Rome to grace the conqueror's triumph, thrown to wild beasts in the amphitheaters, or scattered as homeless wanderers throughout the earth." – The Great Controversy, pp. 27,29,30,35.
"The first overturning took place when Assyria overturned the house of Israel, the ten-tribe kingdom; the second overturning took place when the king of Babylon overturned the house of Judah, the two-tribe kingdom; and the third overturning took place when Titus in 70 A.D. destroyed Jerusalem." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 1, p.11.
Note – "As emphatically as all the prophets before him, Micah declares that after the destruction of the Lord's ancient 'mountain,' (the kingdom), comes the reestablishment of it in the last days, and that peoples and nations shall flow unto it because the Law and the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Zion and from Jerusalem." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 (Revised), p. 15. (Paren. belong.)
"Concerning the popular system of interpreting, or misinterpreting, the Scriptures, Wolff wrote: 'The great part of the Christian church have swerved from the plain sense of Scripture, and have turned to the phantomizing system of the Buddhists, who believe... that when they are reading Jews they must understand Gentiles; and when they read Jerusalem, they must understand the church...' " – The Great Controversy, p. 360.
Note – "Once God raised 'horns,' nations, to scatter His people throughout the Gentile nations, but those 'horns' in the restoration of 'all things,' are seen to become 'carpenters,' so that while they as horns at long last cast the Gentiles out from the promised land, they are as carpenters to build for Judah. Thus Zechariah, as do all the prophets before him, prophesies of the restoration of the kingdom of Judah." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 (Revised), p. 18.
"Here we see, first, that the heathen powers in their scattering of God's ancient people, are represented as four horns, and later, in their casting out the Gentiles, they are represented as four carpenters. Thus it is predicted also pictorially that 'Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, [only] until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.' Luke 21:24." – The World Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Tract No. 12, p. 50. [Brackets belong.]
Note – "This illustrated prophecy scarely needs to be interpreted, as it is virtually self-explanatory: showing that the two ancient kingdoms, Judah and Israel, will yet be gathered from among the 'heathen,' among whom they have long been scattered, and that they will become again one great nation – 'a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed.' Dan. 2:44." – Mount Sion At "The Eleventh Hour," Tract No. 8, pp. 16,17.
"In the glad day of restoration the tribes of divided Israel were (are) to be reunited as one people." – Prophets and Kings, p. 474.
"In the time of the end every divine institution is to be restored." – Ibid., p. 678.
Note – "The prophecies of judgment delivered by Amos and Hosea were accompanied by predictions of future glory. To the ten tribes, long rebellious and impenitent, was given no promise of complete restoration to their former power in Palestine. Until the end of time, they were to be 'wanderers among the nations.' But through Hosea was given a prophecy that set before them the privilege of having a part (joined together with Judah) in the final restoration that is to be made to the people of God at the close of earth's history, when Christ shall appear as King of kings and Lord of lords (coming in judgment, Rev. 14:14,16,18). 'Many days,' the prophet declared, the ten tribes were to abide 'without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim.' 'Afterward,' the prophet continued, 'shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.'...
"In the last days of this earth's history, God's covenant ('Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan' Ps. 105:9-11) with His commandment-keeping people is to be renewed." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 298,299.
"These words: 'Afterward shall the children of Israel return and seek the Lord their God.' (verse 5) have special meaning. Nothing could be more emphatic nor easier to understand. Furthermore this will happen 'in the latter days.' It might well be asked, Could 'the children of Israel' return without a homeland to return to?" – All Eyes on Israel, p. 62, by Dr. Roy Allen Anderson, Loma Linda University. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"No prophet has spoken more definitely concerning Israel than Ezekiel. His message for his own generation was unmistakable but his message concerning the future of his people is just as clear. We often spiritualize these chapters or claim that these prophecies are all 'conditional,' depending for their fulfillment upon certain actions by the people. But that leaves much to be desired. Through the years earnest teachers of truth have followed that practice. But are we wise to close our eyes to such positive promises backed up by a clear 'Thus saith the Lord'?" – Ibid., p. 69.
Note – "It is equally self-evident that the 'many days' (Hos. 3:4,5) are the long years from the time the Kingdom went down until It shall finally be set up again. Wherefore the word 'return' cannot mean anything other than that those dispersed 'many days' are to go back to the land whence they were taken captive.
"This, furthermore, is the only position, consistent with all relevant Bible doctrines, that gives assurance of fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah 2 and that of Micah 4.
"Again: from Isaiah 1 1 we see that the Lord is to 'set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people' (verse 11), and that when He does so,
He will prepare a way for them 'like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.' Verse 16." – The Answerer, Book No. 1, pp. 24,25. (Parentheses belong.)
"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 saith 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 come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.' Ezekiel 21:26,27.
"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." – Education, p. 179.
"The Word of God, therefore, definitely declares that the subjects of the torn-down Kingdoms – Judah and Israel – as Christians, along with the Gentiles that have joined them, will gather together and appoint themselves a king.
"In a similar symbolism, the prophet was told that after many days of obscurity and wandering, shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king [evidently David is the 'one head' whom they appoint], and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.' Hos. 3:5." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 6, p. 17. [Brackets belong.]
Note – "Not by any temporary failure of Israel, however, was the plan of the ages for the redemption of mankind ('Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan' Ps. 105:11) to be frustrated. Those to whom the prophet was speaking might not heed the message given, but the purposes of Jehovah were nevertheless to move steadily forward to their complete fulfillment... That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel ('Jerusalem... as the mighty metropolis of the earth. From her walls the dove of peace would have gone forth to all nations. She would have been the world's diadem of glory.' – The Desire of Ages, p. 577), the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today. He has 'let out His vineyard unto other husbandmen,' even to His covenant-keeping people... these witnesses for God are numbered among the spiritual Israel, and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises ('Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan' Ps. 105:11) made by Jehovah to His ancient people." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 705, 706, 713,714.
" 'Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth My servant the Branch.' Verse 8. In the Branch, the Deliverer to come, lay the hope of Israel.... Christ is revealed as the Redeemer and Deliverer of His people... Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel (The Branch) applies with peculiar force to the experience of God's people (Seventh-day Adventists and Davidian Seventh-day Adventists) in the closing scenes of the great day of atonement." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 585,592,587.
"In the day the 'righteous branch' is raised, Judah and Israel shall be saved, and they shall dwell safely. Yes, the day is here when God's vengeance is to fall upon His adversaries, and the once trodden-down kingdoms of Judah and Israel are to rise to prominence and power." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 30, pp. 18,19.
"Since therefore from the 'stem' of Jesse [Isa. 11:1] came the 'rod' (David), and from the rod sprang the Branch (Christ), David the visible king and Christ the invisible King of kings shall 'in that day' – in our time – constitute the 'ensign,' and 'to it shall the Gentiles seek [Hos. 3:5]: and His rest [...kingdom] shall be glorious." – Mount Sion At "The Eleventh Hour," Tract No. 8, p. 47. (Parentheses and last bracket belong, other brackets are ours.)
IF the church of Christ were fulfilling the purpose of our Lord, light would be shed upon all that sit in darkness and in the region and shadow of death. Instead of congregating together and shunning responsibility and cross bearing, the members of the church would scatter into all lands, letting the light of Christ shine out from them, working as He did for the salvation of souls, and this 'gospel of the kingdom' would speedily be carried to all the world. It is thus that God's purpose in calling His people, from Abraham on the plains of Mesopotamia to us in this age, is to reach its fulfillment.... The words of Christ through the gospel prophet, which are but re-echoed in the Sermon on the Mount, are for us in this last generation... - Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 42,43.
Answer – "In the time of the end every divine institution (Kingdom, life without death, etc.) is to be restored... Not by any temporary failure of Israel, however, was the plan of the ages (restoration to own land) for the redemption of mankind to be frustrated.... the purposes of Jehovah were nevertheless to move steadily forward to their complete fulfillment.... That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today.... and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises ('Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan' Ps. 105:11) made by Jehovah to His ancient people." – The Captivity and Restoration of Israel, or Prophets and Kings, pp. 678,705,706,713,714.
Note – "His church is to be a temple built after the divine similitude, and the angelic architect has brought his golden measuring rod (announcement of the Judgment for the Living) from heaven, that every stone may be hewed and squared by the divine measurement and polished to shine as an emblem of heaven, radiating in all directions the bright, clear beams of the Sun of Righteousness." – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 17.
"This prophecy was written by Isaiah, the Gospel prophet, some three hundred years or more after David's time and yet it is written in future tense – 'there shall come forth a rod.' If Isaiah was only prophesying of the coming of the Messiah and was only showing that He would come through the lineage of King David, why did he use Jesse's name in the prophecy? And why did he say rod instead of David? And why did he put shall come before rod when the Messiah was the only one of the three to come after his time? The other two were many years before him. Why did he not then put shall only before BRANCH and make the prophecy read? And there was a rod that came out of the stem of Jesse and a BRANCH shall grow out of his roots.
"To answer these many questions in the shortest way would be to say that this entire symbolism has a definite meaning and fulfillment some time after Isaiah's
time." – The Healing of the Nations, p. 3.
"The rod of His mouth and the sword of His mouth are synonymous terms meaning His Word (Truth). Therefore, the prophetic term, 'There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,' (Isa. 11:1) means a prophetic message (The Shepherd's Rod message). There is no way getting around the fact that the rod is symbolical of a prophetic message. Prophetic messages produce prophetic movements. Jesse, the place from whence the rod sprang, is likewise symbolic of a prophetic message and movement (Seventh-day Adventist church)." – Ibid., p. 4. (First two parentheses belong.)
"Is it necessary for the Lord to come to you with a rod (Shepherd's Rod message) to show you that you need a higher experience before you can be fitted for the connection with the family above?" – Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 69.
Note – "Although the doctrine of the Kingdom may not appear quite so complete under the lens of Sister White's writings as under, the lens of the Rod... in The Great Controversy (pp. 322,323), she is there speaking of the Kingdom complete, after the dead are raised, at the time the saints receive it. This was the only phase of the subject – the consumate phase – that Providence had made known when she wrote. Now as the scroll of prophetic Truth has unrolled further since her day, the Kingdom in reality is seen to have an intermediate, Davidian phase, as well as the final one heretofore known." – The Answerer, Book No. 2, pp. 74,75.
Note – "Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? – The BRANCH... What can all this mean? – Just this: Joshua [or latter-day David, Hosea 3:5] is Heaven's appointed judge, ruler. He himself is crowned [king of Kingdom] as such. And in response to the Lord's own command, Joshua crowns (authorizes) his helpers whom the Lord Himself names. In other words, as members of 'the house of David,' Joshua authorizes them to engage in the work... Here is seen an organization having a Leader [The Branch] and an under leader [David] the Lord and Joshua." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 8 (Revised), pp. 24,26. (Parenthesis belongs, brackets ours.)
"Do you see that the prophet (Elijah) appears in a day he can restore all things, everything that was lost through sin, even the Kingdom?"– Ibid., Vol. 2, No. 7, p. 11.
Note – "...in the day of the Branch (in the Christian period), in the day this family tree (Isa. 11:1) is completed, then it is that the kingdom of peace (the church purified) sprouts, so to speak, from the ground up." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 31, p. 5. (Parentheses belong.)
"Matt. 13:31-33 – The Kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed... Not a blast or a boom, and not a bust either, but the plain, quiet Truth, Brothers, Sisters, is what saves you and brings the Kingdom into being." – Ibid., Vol. 2, No. 44, p. 44.
"Mustard seed being the smallest of all seeds this parable shows that that which is to start the Kingdom will be very insignificant... Matt. 13:33 -- Another parable spake He unto them; The Kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven... The Kingdom is here again shown to start with something small.... What could the leaven be but an unpopular message borne by some insignificant one..." – Ibid., Vol. 2, No. 11, p. 6
Answer – "Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.' Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say: 'You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message." – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 475.
"...its anitypical fulfilment is now not only imminent (Webster: threatening to occur immediately) but that aside from Christ's first advent it is the most important." – Jezreel Letter, No. 9, p. 1. (The last publication by V.T. Houteff before his death in 1955 – Ed.)
"The Rod (Shepherd's Rod message) says the 'BRANCH' brings the great change. 'And according to Isa. 11:1-5, the Branch is the Lord, the Son of David.' 1 TGr 8-24:3. The rod represents David the son of Jesse in the first place and God's word in the second – the Davidian message – a message of David's Kingdom. Therefore, Jesse the stem would represent the father of David and also a message or parent movement – S.D.A.
"Likewise, the 'BRANCH' would represent Christ, the Son of David. Since Jesse and the rod have double applications, then it is obvious that the Branch means a message that reveals Christ and His Truth – the Word of God." – The Family Tree Isaiah 11:1, Branch Lesson No. 6, p. 4.
Note – "You, yourself, can now answer the question as to whether you are a Davidian or still a Laodicean... if you think you have all the Truth, and that you have need of nothing more; if you think that everyone who does not have your stamp of approval on his belief, is a false prophet; and if you are in constant fear that someone is everlastingly trying to deceive you because he teaches something new; if you never give it 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." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 8 (Revised), p. 28.
Note – "Information contained in a portion from the minutes of the Executive Council meetings... explains simply enough, what Mrs. Houteff and her Executive Council were doing after Brother Houteff's death in 1955. For instance, in their minutes you will notice... a motion to dissolve the Davidian Association...
"In a letter from their Executive Council to the field, dated Dec. 12, 1961, they took the stand that the Shepherd's Rod was wrong in its interpretation of the prophecy of Eze. 9, stating that the Bible does not sustain either V.T. Houteff or E.G. White in their latter-day application of Eze. 9.
"Just nineteen days later, Dec. 31, 1961, they voted in Council Meeting to divide among themselves and others (a minority group of 72 Davidians – antitypical Achan's house), according to the canceled check record, the sum of $171,551.25. These precious dollars from the second tithe fund for the care of the aged, the poor, and needy were brought into the true D.S.D.A. Association by Victor T. Houteff's interpretations of Eze. 9 and other kindred doctrines. To soothe their conscience they called him a false prophet." – The Flying Roll, p. 5.
THE disciples of Christ were looking for the immediate coming of the kingdom of His glory, but in giving them this prayer (the Lord's prayer) Jesus taught that the kingdom was not then to be established. They were to pray for its coming as an event yet future. But this, petition was also an assurance to them. While they were not to behold the coming of the kingdom in their day, the fact that Jesus bade them pray for it is evidence that in God's own time it will surely come. – The Mount of Blessing, pp. 107,108
Note – "The action here projected against a backdrop of God's coming judgments upon the land of ancient Israel, because of their rebellion, cannot possibly, in the very reason of things, be limited merely to that land. It simply cannot, in other words, be narrowed down, as some think it can, to mean that only the land of God's people has been or will be made 'void' and left 'desolate' and 'without form', – without light and without bird or beast or inhabitant, – and the rest of the earth be left to enjoy all these blessings. The scripture must, on the contrary, be taken just as it reads, showing that the whole earth is to suffer the same end. In view of this fact, therefore, the term the earth obviously cannot be interpreted, as has been done by some, to mean the 'land' – Palestine only.
"When ancient Israel, moreover, was taken by the nations, the mountains and hills were not made to tremble and to 'move lightly'; the cities were not entirely broken down and left without inhabitant; the birds were not forced to fly away from the land; and the land was not left in darkness. So, obviously, the dispersion of the Jews did not in the least fulfil the prophecy of Jeremiah 4:23-28. The earth, therefore, shall necessarily again be, as in the first day of creation, 'without form, and void.' Gen. 1:2. And just as there was then 'darkness... upon the face of the deep,' so shall there be again." – Behold, I Make All Things New, Tract No. 9, pp. 7,8.
" 'While the earth remaineth,' moreover, promises the Lord, 'seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.' Gen. 8:22. The words, 'while the earth remaineth,' expressly denoting limitation of time, imply that though the earth will not always remain, yet as long as it does, the conditions named will prevail." – Ibid., p. 10.
"Though in these scriptures (Gen. 9:12-17) the Lord has vowed never again to destroy by flood every living creature, He gives no promise not to destroy the wicked in some other way." – Ibid., p. 11.
Note – "At the coming of Christ the wicked are blotted from the face of the whole earth – consumed with the spirit of His mouth and destroyed by the brightness of His glory....
"The whole earth appears like a desolate wilderness. The ruin of cities and villages destroyed by the earthquake, uprooted trees, ragged rocks thrown out by the sea or torn out of the earth itself, are scattered over its surface, while vast caverns mark the spot where the mountains have been rent from their foundations." – The Great Controversy, p. 657.
"Plainly stating that the cities are to be broken down 'at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger' (Jer. 4:23-26); and not by a flood or by the power of the nations, the Bible tightly closes the door to any attempt to construe this prophecy in such a way as to make possible its fulfilment at a time other than that of the Lord's appearing." – Behold, I Make All Things New, Tract No. 9, p. 11. (Parenthesis belong.)
Note – "Christ takes His people to the City of God, and the earth is emptied of its inhabitants. 'Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.... Isaiah 24:1..." – The Great Controversy, p. 657.
"The millennial age of peace is hence, plainly, to be spent, not on the earth, but in the 'mansions' above, for the Lord's promise is: 'I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.' John 14:2,3.
"Thus, at Christ's second appearing, both all the righteous and all the wicked receive their rewards: the righteous dead are raised to life everlasting, and the righteous living are changed to immortality in the twinkling of an eye, and are then with the resurrected taken to heaven (1 Cor. 15:52,53; 1 Thess. 4:15-17) while the wicked living go into their graves (2 Thess. 2:8; Isa. 11:4; Heb. 10:27; Luke 19:27). And since from the resurrection of all the righteous to the resurrection of all the wicked (Rev. 20:5), there stretch a thousand years (the millennium), this period, obviously, then, cannot be a time of receiving rewards, but rather must be a time in which the righteous enjoy in heaven the rewards already received, and in which the wicked rest in their graves." – Behold, I Make All Things New, Tract No. 9, p. 13. (Parentheses belong.)
"If, furthermore, during the millennial age the saints were not to dwell in heaven, then there would be no need of having the 'new Jerusalem' (Rev. 21:2,10) there. And if, still further, the saints then live on earth, the Voice of Prophecy would not say they lived 'with Christ', but rather that Christ lived with them. And finally, if they reign with Him on earth, where they are to live forever, prophecy would not say that they 'reigned with Christ a thousand years,' but rather that they reigned with Him forever." – Ibid., pp. 20,21. (Parenthesis belongs.)
Note – "That the expression 'bottomless pit' represents the earth in a state of confusion and darkness is evident from other scriptures. Concerning the condition of the earth 'in the beginning,' the Bible record says that it 'was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.' Genesis 1:2. Prophecy teaches that it will be brought back, partially at least, to this condition.... the prophet Jeremiah declares: 'I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void.... Jeremiah 4:23....
"Here is to be the home of Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Limited to the earth, he will not have access to other worlds to tempt and annoy those who have never fallen. It is in this sense that he is bound: there are none remaining, upon whom he can exercise his power. He is wholly cut off from the work of deception and ruin which for so many centuries has been his sole delight....
"For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate earth to behold the results of his rebellion against the law of God." – The Great Controversy, pp. 658,659,660.
Note – "Going back to Daniel's prophecy, there we find The Days in Which the Kingdom Is Set Up.
" 'In the days of these kings [not after, but in, the days of the kings who are symbolized by the feet and toes of the great image] shall the God of heaven,' says Daniel, calling attention to the kingdom at its beginning, 'set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it [the kingdom] shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.' Dan. 2:44. Thus we see that while the nations of our age (symbolized by the feet and toes of the great image of Daniel 2:41,42) are yet in existence, the Lord will set up the kingdom with which He will overthrow them....
" 'The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.' Isa. 11:4-9.
"This prophesied era of absolute righteousness, peace, and knowledge of God (in the kingdom) under the reign of the 'rod' (David) and of the 'Branch' (Christ), must begin Before the Close of Probation.
"The Scriptures show that the kingdom is set before, rather than at, the beginning of the millennium, for 'in that day [in the day the kingdom is set up and peace reigns] ... a root of Jesse [the rod and the Branch] ... shall stand for an ensign of the people [of the kingdom],' says Isaiah, and 'to it shall the Gentiles seek.' Isa. 11:10. And as after the close of probation, the doors of the kingdom will be shut to all, the ensign must therefore be set up before probation closes: the only time that the Gentiles will have a chance to be converted to the Lord and to His kingdom...." – Behold I Make All Things New, Tract No. 9, pp. 42,45,46. (Parentheses and brackets belong.)
Note – "As emphatically as all the prophets before him, Micah declares that after the destruction of the Lord's ancient 'mountain,' (the kingdom), comes the
reestablishment of it in the last days, and that peoples and nations shall flow unto it because the Law and the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Zion and from Jerusalem." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 (Revised), p. 15. (Paren. belong.)
"In the time of the end every divine institution is to be restored... God's remnant people... are to co-operate with Him in building up the waste places." – Prophets and Kings, p.678.
"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." – Education, p. 179.
"The crown that passed from Israel's last King, King Zedekiah, to Babylon that was not to be restored to Israel until 'He come whose right it is,' has now come and is being restored 'inch by inch.' (2 TG 11.)" – 11th Hour Extra, Riddle No. 1, p. 2. (Parenthesis belongs.)
Answer – "...the Kingdom is restored in three steps..." - Dear Kingdom-Bound Saints, p. 2.
Note – "The Branch twig planted in the top of the mountains of Israel (Eze. 17:22,23). (The name of the vegetarian village where the Branch twig has been planted in Israel means the top of a tree in Hebrew)." – Ibid., pp. 2,3. (Parentheses belong.)
"The highest (greatest) branch (truth) of the high tree (Shepherd's Rod Message) is the purification of the church and setting up of the Kingdom. The young twigs (truths connected with the 144,000) are cropped from the high tree. A tender one (the bud of the tree) is cropped off of the young twig, then set or grafted back into the base of the tree, causing it to flourish. The tree (church) is never again to be without 'water' – The living voice in her midst – The Spirit of Prophecy. We know this because the Lord says He is going to put His Spirit back into the church and it will become a goodly tree in the height of the mountains of Israel. Under this tree all fowl of every wing shall dwell. Truly this is the picture of the Kingdom Church – 'the time when the Gentiles come bending unto her.'" – J. H. Jezreel, Letter No. 1, pp. 6,7. (Parentheses belong.) (For further information on the prophecy of Ezekiel 17, send for this publication.)
Answer – "For the first time in the history of Zionist organization, an organized
Christian group has been granted official status in Israel as recognized immigrants and land settlers, with all the rights of material and moral aid... five families of Seventh-day Adventists... immigrated to Israel to till the land..." – The Ministry, Sept. 1960.
"There will be political asylum for Sabbath-keepers in Palestine during the great time of trouble. The Branch has opened up the way for you. The twig is planted on the mountains of Israel (Eze. 17:22,23) and there are houses waiting for your occupancy... You may go now and take your possessions. Later, it will be necessary to flee without your belongings. Act fast, the Sunday laws are declared constitutional." – Dear Kingdom-Bound Saints (1962), p. 4 (Parenthesis belongs.)
"Dear little flock, some have already gone to the land God promised Israel to make preparation so that you might likewise come.... For many years some have been spending their strength and means in an all out effort to point out the wonderful prophecies of the kingdom before the millennium (9T 63) which are promises to God's true people. Until now we have only been preaching, but now God says to get your stuff and go into captivity. That is, go before the kingdom of God is actually set up, or while the nation not desired (Zeph. 2:1) is building up the land." – The Stone (1958), p 11. (Parentheses belong.)
"There are homes with a nice plot of ground in Israel awaiting some S.D.A. or Davidian families or individuals to occupy them." – The Branch Field Report (March 6, 1963), p. 8.
"O how wonderful are God's promises toward His people. Friends, will you continue to be a rod, stem, or branch broken off because of unbelief, or will you be a live branch grafted into the olive tree (Rom. 11:24), which is now planted 'upon an high mountain and eminent in the mountain of the height of Israel?' Eze. 17:22, 23." – Ibid., p. 5. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"...our Brethren must be given opportunity to know the aims of the enemy to ensnare God's people and the way of escape that He has provided for them. They need to know that the little twig has been cut from the high tree and planted in the high mountain in Israel and will continue to grow until every fowl of every wing will dwell under the shadow of its branches... We must combine our efforts to tell them it is written that the mountains of Israel shall shoot forth branches and yield fruit. (Eze. 36:8)." – Ibid., p. 2. (Parenthesis belongs.)
Note – "God's people are a rebellious house. They prefer to trust in those that oppress them and say to God's seers to see not, and to the prophets to prophesy not the truth, but to speak smooth things and prophesy lies. (v. 10). Their iniquity is as a breach in a high wall which will fall suddenly at an instant." – The Fall of Assyria, p. 7.
"We lost one entire village over there because the S.D.A.'s and Davidians did not return as the Jews did from ancient Babylon to possess the houses that were ready and waiting for them. Nevertheless, we have been promised another village, and those who wish may write in for applications for a home over there." – The Branch Field Report, p. 8.
"The first all-vegetarian village was established shortly after we went to Israel, and Seventh-day Adventists were invited to move to this village up in the mountains and were assigned homes. The invitation was sent out for other S.D.A.'s to come to that village.
"Our people seem a little reluctant to break up house-keeping in the good old U.S.A., regardless of impending Sunday laws, and disregarding the fact that the antitypical 70 years (Jer. 29:10) beginning in 1890 have passed since 1960, and they refuse to go to a land where the nation as a whole believe in the Sabbath as the 7th day of the week.
"The Lord says though at first the people refuse to go, yet He knows they will go when they have to flee. '...and ye would not, But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee; and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift... at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.' Isa. 30:15-17.
"That the majority will wait till they have to flee, is certain, and perhaps they will be fleeing for their life, since they are being pursued." – Ibid., p. 9.
Note – "Here the Lord says to the people that they have the opportunity to return to their home land while there is peace; but they flatly refuse; they asked to be excused. Rather, they prefer to wait and flee on the swift; so shall they flee. But remember, they that pursue you shall be swift... Although God's people are not interested in returning to the land of their fathers, yet He is a God of patience, longsuffering, and tender, mercy. Therefore, will He wait that He may show mercy unto them (v. 18). The Lord is determined that His people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, and then they shall weep no more. He will be very gracious unto them at the voice of their cry, when He shall hear their weeping He will answer. (v. 19). If they will absolutely not hear the Lord in the time of peace, He will cause the Assyrian to smite them with a rod. (Isa. 10:24). Says He, 'I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.' Eze. 36:37." – The Fall of Assyria, p. 7. (Parentheses belong.)
"Immanuel, 144,000 section, the army of the vanguard, will not return with the Immanuel-wave-sheaf-van-guard section in the time of 'rest', 'quietness' and 'confidence'. They tell the Lord 'No', they want to go when they have to 'flee' – time of war. So the Lord brings the Assyrian's 'rod' (Sunday law) upon him." "Assyria, the 2-horned-beast-U.S. makes an image to the beast and 'smites' God's people, Jacob, with a 'rod' – Sunday law." – The Confederacy, Part 2 (1959), pp. 5,4.
"He gives opportunity to return in time of peace, but they would not enquire. Inspiration says, however, they will enquire (Eze. 36:37). When will this happen? Evidently it is when the Assyrian smites with a rod. (Isa. 10:24). When trial and affliction come upon His people, they will seek for a place of refuge." – The Atonement and Passover Feast, p. 1. (Parentheses belong.)
Note – "...the Kingdom is restored in three steps... 2. The second step, the Lord's feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. (Zech. 14:4)." – Dear Kingdom-Bound Saints, pp. 2,3. (Parenthesis belongs.)
Note – " '...the Lord's feet... prepare the land for the returning of His people (army – 144,000).' 1 TGr 19:4:3." – The Confederacy, Part 2, p. 3. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"Prepare thee [Ezekiel, the Lord's prophet of today] stuff for-removing... in their sight...' Ezekiel 12:3. '...for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel...' Ezekiel 12:6... [Ezekiel} 'removes' or journeys back to Palestine 'in their sight' -- everyone in S.D.A. is to have knowledge of this unusual move." – Ibid.
"...the Lord's 'feet' (prophet) will open the way for the restoration of the Kingdom (Elijah restores "all things" – Matt. 17:11), and for the gathering of the people into it." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 31, p. 7.
"Nah. 1:15 -- Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!... Here you see that the announcement of this longexpected event is to be made by someone's publications. Moreover, he ('Lord's feet,' prophet) publishes peace and thus announces the restoration of the Kingdom." – Ibid., No. 42, p. 41.
Note – "The BRANCH... TRUMPETS a 'special message' of 'hope and joy' to you, dear virgin: AWAKE, AWAKE, MOVE (go out) to Israel – The Branch has arranged for you to be on hand when the law goes forth from Zion!" – The Star and the Trumpet (April 1968), p. 4. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"GO TO ISRAEL! 'Go Ye Out to Meet Him.'– Matt. 25:6...GET READY TO GIVE THE FINAL WARNING FROM JERUSALEM!" – As Birds Flying (June 1969), p. 4.
"...MOVE AWAY FROM WASHINGTON... MOVE, BRETHREN, MOVE!!" Move General Conference to Jerusalem (June 1970). (Special to General Conference Session.)
"...soon no one will be permitted to buy or sell in Takoma Park without receiving the mark of the beast... Therefore, the admonition to Headquarters in Takoma Park is to sell General Conference and move before they are forced to either flee (Isa. 30:15,16) or receive the mark of the beast." – Shock (May 1971), p. 4. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"Tell them we are in the time of the fifth angel, Who is crying 'Go ye out' (Matt. 25) of the land of the two-horned beast, back to the land of Abraham. Yes, brethren, you need not to dissolve or receive the mark of the beast, for the Mighty Angel of Rev. 18:1 invites you to move General Conference to the New Jerusalem --- 'And it shall come to pass in the last days... out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' – Isa. 2:2,3." – New General Conference Building Opens (May 1972), p. 4.
"The number of the beast (666) is not complete (777), indicating his domain is not over ALL THE WORLD, but mainly over the 'earth' – U.S.A., where the image is formed. God prepares a place – 'an Ark of Safety' (as in the days of Noah, Matt. 24:37) from the beast power – in the land of Canaan (whereupon Abraham walked, Gen. 13:15-17) promised to the seed of Abraham, Jerusalem, the capital city, from whence, in the LAST days, shall go forth the LAW ...Brother, Sister, do you have the faith in God's Word to enter in?" – Isaiah 2:2,3 (May 1973), p.4. (Parentheses belong.)
"This is the seventh round, and those who desire to stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb, live forever, never to see death; will be found observing His ordinances, laws, and statutes, including the morning and evening sacred hours of worship, at 9 A.M. and 3 P.M. as restored by the Elijah of today, when Christ our High Priest offers His blood in behalf of all repentant sinners. They will be one of the 144,000 and a part of God's great army to the whole world in this generation." – The 'Daily' Part 1 (June 3, 1976), p. 8.
"THE WAY IS OPENING... This year, 1977, further steps have been made in clearing away the obstacles so that God's people can return to the land of Canaan. Are you interested in helping to rebuild the temple? This requires a major step of faith on the part of all Seventh-day Adventists. The Lord has told us to move, however inconvenient. Are you ready? Remember, the Sunday blue laws are fast approaching." – DELIVERANCE 'In Mount Zion and in Jerusalem... and in The Remnant Whom The Lord Shall Call. 'Joel 2:32 (1977), p. 4.
"Let us all pray, yes, write, wire, and call President Carter (perchance he may be a tool in God's hand like Ahasuerus, who issued a counter-decree of deliverance to save the Jews from death – Esther 8) to help Sabbathkeepers get to Israel and be free from the Catholic-inspired Sunday law hidden in the Kennedy-Ford energy bill. Benjamin L. Roden." – Constantine to Carter (1977), p. 4. (Parenthesis belongs.)
Note – "...the Lord's feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives and there make a very great valley; that is, remove the obstacles and hindrances, and thus prepare the land for the returning of His people." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No.19 (Revised), p. 4.
Note – "...the Lord's feet... prepare the land for the returning of His people (...144,000)." – The Confederacy, Part 2, p. 3.
Note – "Although God's people are not interested in returning to the land of their fathers, yet He is a God of patience, longsuffering, and tender mercy. Therefore, will He wait that He may show mercy upon them. (v. 18). The Lord is determined that His people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, and then they shall weep no more. He will be very gracious unto them at the voice of their cry, when He shall hear their weeping He will answer. (v. 19). If they will absolutely not hear the Lord in the time of peace. He will cause the Assyrian [U.S.-two-horned-beast-dragon phase] to smite them with a rod [Sunday law]. (Isa. 10:24). Says He, 'I will yet for this [deliver Adventists to Israel] be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.' Eze. 36:37." – The Fall of Assyria, p. 7. (Parentheses belong, brackets added)
Note – "The third step, the 144,000 stand with the Lamb on Mt. Sion. (Rev. 14:1)." – Dear Kingdom-Bound Saints, p. 3. (Parenthesis belongs.)
"In the type, on the day of the Feast of Weeks offering (Shavuot) or day of Pentecost, God crowned Moses as His vicegerent, the one who was to receive His laws and represent Him on the earth. Moses was called up into Sinai in the third month on the day of Pentecost to receive the laws of God with which to govern Israel...
"So it was, on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4, Jesus was coronated [in the Sanctuary above] in His mediatorial kingdom. Therefore, on the antitypical day of Pentecost, when God crowns antitypical David over all twelve tribes of Israel (the 144,000), He will pour out His Spirit in such glorious abundance, the like of which, the world has never seen. David will be king over them. They will receive crowns of fire, and as governors they will evangelize the whole world in the Loud Cry of Revelation 18:1-4. At this time, the Lord will be over Jerusalem in a cloud by day and a flaming fire by night (Isa. 4:5) and the original language, lost at the Tower of Babel, will be restored." – The Pentecost, p. 13. (Parentheses belong, brackets added.)
" 'Afterward shall the children of Israel return (to Jerusalem), and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.' – Hos. 3:5.
"This would necessitate the Pentecost being held in Jerusalem, the city of the great king. 'And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee.' - Zech. 3:2. 'Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel applies with peculiar force to the experience of God's people in the closing up of the great day of atonement.' – Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 472." – The Pentecost, p. 15.
"Let none spiritualize away either the throne of David or the kingdom in the land God promised to Abraham. Take heed to Inspiration's warning: 'I have often seen that the spiritual view took away all the glory of heaven, and that in many minds the throne of David and the lovely person of Jesus have been burned up in the fires of Spiritualism.' Early Writings, p. 77." – Ibid.
"The term 'lamb' is of course applicable to Christ. He has many titles, each of which designates the particular duties of His office at the time and event Inspiration takes occasion to unfold the Scroll. His title, in this instance being 'lamb' very obviously unveils the truth that the 144,000 are standing with Him in the Holy Land during a time in which the blood of the Lamb is still atoning for penitent human beings, else His title would not be 'lamb' but rather 'the Lion of the tribe of Judah,' or some other if it is to have a timely significance. The 144,000 then, must stand with Him on Mount Zion during probationary time." – At The 11th Hour, Judgment of the Living, Tract No. 16 , p. 29.
Note – "Having thus rescued the first fruits, and they being His servants thereafter, they are the co-workers with the angel who, after the Lord reaps the earth, also reap with a sharp sickle...
"In these verses two classes are figuratively brought to view – the 'clusters' and the 'vines.' The one class, the 'clusters,' is to be separated from the other, from the vines, for we cannot presume that the angel disobeyed the command: 'Gather the clusters of the vine.'
"The clusters, the good fruit, of course, represent the saints, and the vines along with the bad fruit left on them must represent the wicked, father and son, root and branch. These are cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God. The enormous amount of blood coming out of 'the winepress,' bespeaks that multitudes of wicked are then to yield their lives for not having repented of their evil deeds before the gathering of the fruits is completed at which time they all shall wail 'The harvest is passed, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.' Jer. 8:20.
"Here is proof positive that the harvest of both fruits comes before the close of probation, before the plagues are poured out. Truly, then, 'the harvest is the end of the world' for it terminated the reign of sin, destroys the wicked and safeguards the righteous." – Ibid., pp. 42,43.
*Each Feast day begins at sundown of the night before