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THE MARRIAGE OF THE KING'S SON
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The Wedding Supper #1 February 22, 1960
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In the parable of Matthew 22 where the figure of the marriage is introduced, the Spirit of Prophecy applies it to the Jewish people, and then to the GENTILES (COL 307). But in Testimonies Vol. 4 p. 307 the parable of the wedding garment is applied to the church when Jesus appears.
In this Testimony is shown many that have called themselves Adventists that have been setting time for Christ to come; this has hurt the message. “…Because the times repeatedly set have passed, the world is in a more decided state of unbelief.”
Although the servant of the Lord shows how “time-setters” in the past have failed, yet on page 308 of Vol. 4 of the Testimonies she shows that “In Noah's day the inhabitants of the old world laughed to scorn what they termed the superstitious fears and forebodings of the preacher of righteousness.… ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man’ … Noah preached to the people of his time that God would give them one hundred and twenty years in which to repent of their sins, and find refuge in the ark; but they refused the gracious invitation … The merciful warning of God was rejected with sneers, with mockery and derision; and they were left in darkness … But their unbelief did not hinder the predicted event. It came, and great was the wrath of God which was seen in the general ruin.”
Since the Loud Cry (Judgment of the Living) has not as yet been given to the world and the 120 years since 1844 is nearly passed we do not anticipate the coming of Christ in the clouds in 1964, the end of a 120 years. Now since there were eight souls saved in the ark and the figure eight prefigures a change, a new order, we do anticipate the setting up of the Kingdom (Eze. 36; 37:22-28) by that time, and the beginning of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel's Message to the world.
Note that the Loud Cry message is given by a pure church (P.K. 725). Therefore if the new order comes at the end of 120 years since the beginning of the Judgment of the dead in 1844, the purification of the church should start before 1964. The church and the Holy Land are both to be cleansed. Logically it appears that the cleansing of the church brings about the cleansing of the Holy Land. Read Isaiah 31:7-9.
Zechariah's message was to the two tribe Judah, and Moses' to the 12 tribes of Israel, and Noah's message to the world. Therefore, “The work of these three movements – Zechariah's (the Branch DSDA 1TGr8-24, 26), Moses' (Davidian SDA 1SRPE 6:2; 69:2; 1TGr 9-11:2; Leviticus of DSDA p. 4), and Noah's (SDA) – therefore, typifies every phase of our work.” 1TGr 9-12:2.
So it is in the parable of Matthew 22, there are three movements recorded in the parable by Christ: (1) Those that were bidden to the marriage (2) The FIRST CALL of those who had previously been bidden, and (3) The SECOND CALL (again other servants Matt. 22:4) after which the King comes in to inspect the wedding guests.
Inspiration's Interpretation of the Parable of Matthew Twenty-Two
I. There are three Prophetic divisions of the Genuine Movement.
"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son." Verse 2.
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“And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.” Matthew 22 verse 3.
II. "AGAIN, he sent forth OTHER servants, saying, tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage." Verse 4.
Therefore, there are two calls (angel's messages, Rev. 14:6-8) to those who were bidden, the church before 1844, and before the beginning of the judgment of the dead. There are likewise two calls (angel's messages Rev. 7:1-8; 18:1) before the judgments of God fall upon the living, which begins at the house of God – the church (1 Pet. 4:17).
"But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his
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merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy." Matt. 22:5-8.
Verses 9, 10, and 14, represent the preaching of the third angel's message to the world since 1844, (G.C. 390:2) and will be applicable again after the purification of the church, when the Loud Cry goes forth from Zion and Jerusalem (Isa. 2). In the last work of the third angel's message, however, only the righteous will be gathered into the Kingdom. Verses 11-13 show that now the initial phase of the judgment, the Judgment of the Dead, (G.C. 390:2) has been preached and only a few, a 144,000 first fruits have on the wedding garment. The tares are cast out.
This coming is what the Lord was talking about when He said: "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:7, 8.
“…What time is here referred to? Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No; but to his return from his ministration in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, when he lays off his priestly attire, and clothes himself with garments of vengeance … This is the TIME of RECKONING with his SERVANTS.” 2T 190-1; S.S. Quarterly Feb. 13, 1960 p. 25
III. "The truth and work of God in this (advent) movement commencing with the labors of … William Miller, and reaching to the close of probation, is illustrated by these three angels (of Revelation 14:6-11)…
"I repeat it. The three messages symbolize the THREE PARTS of the GENUINE
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movement." Life Incidents, p. 306-7; The Midnight Cry, p. 484.
Illustration #1: First vision of three angel's messages: "I was shown three steps – the first, second and third angels’ messages.” E.W. 258, Rev. 4:5. Her second vision of the three messages: “I was AGAIN brought down through these messages (3 voices)…God had led them along step by step.” E.W. 259. Two more steps represent two additional messages. – Rev. 7:1-8 and Rev. 18:1.
Illustration #2: “Feed thy people with thy rod … in the midst of Carmel … Bashan and Gilead.” Micah.7:14 “The verb 'feed' is to be understood as spiritual food, and that food (truth) is found in the 'Rod' … (Feed thy—God's—people). Carmel (DSDA), Bashan (SDA), and Gilead (Branch DSDA) are used as SYMBOLS (three) of good SPIRITUAL pasture.” 1SR 243.
Illustration #3: “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:” Isa. 11:1 “…Jesse, (the father of David), the rod (David), and the Branch (Christ) ...” 8Tr 45
“… Is it necessary for the Lord to come to you with a Rod (Shepherd’s Rod) to show you that you need a higher experience before you can be fitted for connection with the family above?” 8T 69:2
“These verses (Isa. 11:3, 4), I am sure, need no comment save to mention that 'the ROD of His mouth'...must mean God’s Word, His Truth.” 1 TGr 31:4.
Illustration #4: “The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed, and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.” Isa. 33:9.
Here we see that the shaking starts first in Bashan, the SDA church (E.W. 270) Isa. 33:1. The shaking is caused by the message (Rev. 7:1-8) that follows the Adventist message. This is the first call of Matthew 22:3 to those (SDA) who had been spoiling Babylon, the wilderness. The shaking is extended to Carmel, Davidian SDA, by the message (Rev. 18:1) that follows theirs. This is the second call of Matt. 22:4, – the other servants. Therefore Bashan (SDA) and Carmel (DSDA) both lose their fruits to the spoilers, Gilead - the Branch.
Illustration #5: “Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.” Zech. 10:4 “The Lord Himself chooses from Judah the 'corner' stone (founder), the 'nail' (organizer), the 'bow' (the Truth, or instrument by which to gain the victory over the Enemy), and every
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‘oppressor’ (ruler). With these He builds the house of Judah.” 1TGr 17-8.
“Joshua is well instructed that the burden and the ingenuity for building this spiritual temple belongs to Him Whose name is 'the BRANCH.' He is to grow out of His place. To Him be the glory. He alone is to be exalted. He is to build the temple of the Lord.” 1TGr 8-27. “…Here is seen an organization having a Leader and an under leader – the Lord and Joshua.” Id. 26:3
Illustration #6: There are three sealing messages for the 144,000, beginning in 1844. Hence, “…God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name.” E.W. 15; Rev. 3:12; Read also 1 S.R. 32:2.
The glorious STAR containing Jesus' NEW name represents a message of the glorious Truth about His new name – The BRANCH. This is the third division of the genuine movement. Three signifies the number of the Trinity in the church. 8Tr 30.
“A sin-hating God CALLS: upon those who profess to keep his law to depart from all iniquity. Neglect to repent and obey his word will bring as serious consequences upon God's people today as did the same sin upon ancient Israel. There is a LIMIT beyond which he will no longer DELAY his Judgments.” 4T 166-7.
“My accompanying angel cried out with awful solemnity, 'Get ready! get ready! get ready! for the fierce anger of the Lord is SOON to come...' ” E.W. 119.
All things are now ready,
come to the marriage,