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BRANCH
SABBATH  SCHOOL  LESSONS

MONTHLY

Vol. 2No. 11
Branch Ensign

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. Isa. 11:1"


LESSON NO. 7May 25, 1958
(Revised – 1968)

Subject: THE BRANCH – Revelation 18; 14:16-20; Ezekiel 9:1-4.


Purpose: To show that Rev. 18:1; 14:14, 16, 17:


1.  Comes to the church before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9:5, 6; Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 211.

2.  Is first to the church, then to the world.

3.  Incurs "mark of beast," first in the church.

4.  Same as Rev. 18:2 and antitypical second angel of Rev. 14:8.

5.  Antitypical third angel's message of Rev. 14:9 is presented by the second angel of Rev. 18:4.

6.  Is the BRANCH -- a time prophecy movement.


Gem Thought:


"These messages were represented to me as a anchor to the people of God. Those who understood and receive them will be kept from being swept away by the many delusions of Satan." Early Writings, p. 256.


"The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received." Early Writings, pages 258-259.


I.     Revelation 18; 14:14, 16, 17 comes to the church before the slaughter.


To this the Spirit of Prophecy attests:


A.  "In 1888 in the General Conference held at Minneapolis, Minn., the angel of Revelation 18 came down to do his work, and was ridiculed, criticized, and rejected and when the message he brings again will swell into a loud cry, it will be ridiculed, and spoken against, and rejected by the majority." E.G.W. "In taking up a Reproach."

There are 3 main factors to consider in this statement:


1.  Revelation 18 was rejected in 1888.

2.  Rejected by the majority when he returns.

3.  The message of Revelation 18 comes and swells to a loud cry.


"The Kingdom is here again shown to start with something small, but that little thing is to be like yeast in a loaf of bread. What could the leaven be but an unpopular message…put into the Church, the loaf." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 11:6:2. (2 T.G. 44:44)


Kingdom…..starts…..with…..leaven….......rising…......in loaf.

Kingdom…..starts…..with…..Rev. 18:1…..swelling…..in church.


Consider the typical Ceremonial Harvest:


Two loaves of bread baked with leaven were presented before the Lord in the Sanctuary, signaling the completion and close of the first-fruit harvest.. (Lev. 23:17; Tract No. 3, pages 75-77)


Antitypically:  Revelation 18:1 (leaven) prepares Judah and Israel (two loaves of bread).


Leaven prepares bread to "stand."


"Then I saw another mighty angel…descend to the earth,…The work of this angel comes in at the right time...And the people of God are


Branch Lesson No. 7 (1958), page 2


thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation,…" Early Writings, page 277.


Revelation 18 prepares the 144,000 to stand without an intercessor.


Speaking of the finished product, the 144,000 (produced by the "leaven" that Sr. White said, "will swell") Inspiration describes them as:


"…only those who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One, will be permitted to act in proclaiming it when it shall have swelled into the loud cry." Review and Herald, Nov. 19, 1908.


1.  Will swell: time of first-fruit harvest -- Rev. 18, first in the church.

2.  Shall have swelled: ready for second-fruit harvest, Rev. 18 for the world.

"With the completed judgment message during the eleventh hour, the angels are to separate the people of God from the people of the world." White House Recruiter, page 34:2.


NO REJECTORS IN THE CHURCH AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


B.  "The prophet declares, 'And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.'…God has light for His people, and all who accept it will see the sinfulness of remaining in a lukewarm condition." Review and Herald, April 1, 1890.

Revelation 18 brings light to AWAKEN the sleepers -- Laodiceans.


"…the Laodiceans themselves are if possible to be awakened by the prophet Elijah,…" General Conference Special, pages 42-43 (1950 edition).


"…without his message we would die in our ignorance and in our sins…" General Conference Special, page 22.


NO AWAKENING IN CHURCH AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


C.  "In the manifestation of the power that lightens the earth with its glory, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous,…and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because the Lord does not work according to their expectations and ideals, they will oppose the work. Why, they say, should we not know the Spirit of God, when we have been in the work so many years?" Review and Herald, Nov. 7, 1918, Reprint.

It is obvious that those spoken of are the "ancient men." Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 211:2.


1.  "They will oppose the work." Work: Revelation 18.

"…scoffed at, laughed at, ridiculed and scorned by men…it is certainly expected that the new message and messengers, too, will be received and treated no better but even worse." S.R. Jezreel Letter #2:1:7.


NO OPPOSITION FROM "ANCIENT MEN" AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


D.  Now follows a picture of the church swept by Reformation: Revelation 18.

"In visions of the night representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God. THE SICK WERE HEALED, and OTHER MIRACLES were wrought. A spirit of intercession was seen, EVEN AS WAS MANIFEST BEFORE the great day of Pentecost. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families, and opening before them the work of God…On every side doors were thrown open to the proclamation of the truth…and there seemed to be a reformation such as we witnessed in 1844." Testimonies, Vol. 9, page 126.


Branch Lesson No. 7 (1958), page 3


1.  A great reformatory movement.

"…'revival and reformation'…is…'purifying time…'" Tract No. 7, page 76.
"…harvest is…the purification…" S.R. Jezreel Letter #3:1:5.


Therefore: Revival and Reformation is Harvest:
    "…eleventh hour…is…(2) the harvest,…" White House Recruiter, page 40:1.


Likewise:  Revival and Reformation is Revelation 18.
    "The eleventh hour message is none other than Revelation 18…" 2 S.R. 230-231.


Hence:     Revival and Reformation is Revelation 18.

Conclusion: This movement is Revelation 18 and is


2.  "…even as was manifest BEFORE the great day of Pentecost." 9 T 126.
Before Loud Cry to the World.


3.  Many were seen studying with families.

"…that while the church, Jerusalem and Zion, is asleep and naked…an awakening cry, a message, comes urging her to arise…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 44:43.

"…the eleventh-hour call finds its laborers 'standing idle' in the market place (the church),…" White House Recruiter, page 46:3.

"…the first fruits are to be gathered 'one by one'…" 1 T.G.r. 9:11.


NO REVIVAL AND REFORMATION AMONG LAODICEANS AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


E.  "…when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work in righteousness." Testimonies to Ministers, page 300.

1.  Rev. 18 joins the third angel of 1844 and directs and perfects the work.

2.  God takes the reins from the workers -- ancient men, and gives them to

3.  "…the antitypical David (the 'simple means'),…" Tract 8, page 71.


NO SURPRISED WORKERS AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


F.  "While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification,…among God's people upon earth." The Great Controversy, page 425:1.


    "The harvest is…the purification…" S.R. Jezreel Letter #3:1:5.


Thus:   Purification is Harvest.

          "…eleventh hour…is….the harvest…" White House Recruiter, page 40:1.


Thus:   Purification brought by Revelation 18.


NO PUTTING AWAY OF SIN AMONG GOD'S PEOPLE AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


The "Shepherd's Rod" also places Revelation 18 before the slaughter:


A.  "The eleventh hour message is none other than Revelation 18 -- the loud cry of the Third angel." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pages 230, 231.

"…only those who give ear to the eleventh-hour call are to be spared in the separation,..." W.H.R., 37


Branch Lesson No. 7 (1958), page 4


The facts are plain:


1.  Rev. 18 is the 11th Hour Call.

2.  Only those who listen to it are to be saved from death.


NO CHANCE TO BE SPARED IF REV. 18 COMES ONLY AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


B.  "…the announcement of the separation of the saints from the sinners originates with the eleventh-hour servants,…they are to cry aloud and say, 'Awake, awake;…O Zion;…'" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 43:11.


Yes, more plain facts:


1.  No "Awake, awake O Zion" after the slaughter.

2.  Rev. 18 – 11th Hour Call (2 S.R. 230) imperative, lest the church go on sleeping forever.


NO SLEEPING CHURCH AFTER THE SLAUGHTER TO GIVE REVELATION 18 TO!


C.  "…the eleventh-hour call finds its laborers 'standing idle' 'in the market place' (the church), doing nothing,…" White House Recruiter, page 46.


1.  Would the servants be 'doing nothing' after the slaughter?

2.  After the slaughter the servants are the church.

i.e., Those left are the wheat only: Pure – Church Triumphant.


3.  Before the slaughter the laborers are in the church.

i.e., Hidden remnant, wheat mixed with tares: Church Militant.


Conclusion:

11th Hour -- Rev. 18 (2 S.R. 230) finds laborers (144,000) in Church (mixed with tares).


NO IDLERS AFTER THE SLAUGHTER!


D.  "Since all ten had oil in the lamps, but only half of them had the oil in the vessels, the symbolism clearly discloses that, as always, the whole church membership did not accept the message of the Judgment for the Living…Finally, after the necessity for It became imperative, they began to search for It (before the slaughter)…they were too late…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 21:7.


1.  Extra Oil -- Judgment of the Living message.


Judgment is 11th Hour (White House Recruiter, page 40).

11th Hour is Revelation 18 (The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 230).


2.  Thus, when it was too late, the five foolish began to search for the message of Rev. 18.


The question is: Will the five foolish virgins be searching for the oil -- Rev. 18 -- after the slaying?


The answer is obviously NO.


WHILE STILL LIVING THE TARES SEARCH FOR REVELATION 18


Conclusion:


Clear and blazing as a summer sun's light is the fact that the Judgment of the Living -- 11th Hour Call, Rev. 18, must be appropriated by the "virgins" -- the servants, before


Branch Lesson No. 7 (1958), page 5


the slaughter, lest "Zion…be left sleeping forever…" Yes, Rev. 18 must be appropriated before the slaughter, before the 7th seal opens:


"…the SIXTH SEAL, the time in which the Lord sits on the Throne of His Glory,…whereupon the Judgment work begins (to church):…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 5:11:1.


"And the four beasts had each of them six wings….They are to point out the seal under which the judgment began – the sixth seal – therefore six wings." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pages 195:2 and 196:0.


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II.    Revelation 18 is first to the church, then to the world. (1 Pet. 4:17)


A.  "The message of Elijah that restores all things is indeed an addition to the Third Angel's Message, and it shall certainly swell into a loud cry. It shall gather God's people from the four corners of the earth, AND bring them out of Babylon as the earth is lightened with the glory of the angel (Rev. 18:1-4). (See Early Writings, page 277.)" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 31:8-9.

Elijah's message is Rev. 18, the addition. It gathers God's people:


1.  The remnant, 144,000 first fruit virgins of the church on Mt. "Sion". Rev. 14:1-4.

2.  A great multitude (Rev. 7:9) of second fruits from the four corners of the earth, all nations, Babylon the Great.


B.  "…the time of harvest…the period in which the earth is lightened with the glory of the angel (Rev. 18),…It commences in the church and ends in Babylon." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 44:32, 33.

Rev. 18 ----

Commences: with 144,000 and ends with Great Multitude.


C.  "…the Eleventh-hour Movement must triumph, for, being the last, the one to garner in the harvest, then should it fail, everyone in the world today would forever remain lost." The Answerer, Book 1, page 68.


Everyone:1.  144,000 of Israel (the church – Rev. 7:1-8).
2.  Great Multitude of Babylon the Great of all nations (Rev. 7:9).

III.    Rev. 18: incurs "mark of beast", first in church:


A.  "The enemies of the Judgment message in the church, and the enemies of the Judgment message in the world are both imbued with the spirit of the beastboth doing the same kind of work against God's people, first in the church then in the world." S.R. Jezreel Letter #2:5:5.


B.  "…the same satanic power NOW working…will soon fully manifest itself, in consolidation with the beast, within the churches in Babylon, there to oppose the marking of the second fruits as it is now in Laodicea opposing the marking of the first fruits." Tract No. 9, pages 63, 64.


C.  "…the surest way of erring and losing out is to give ear to the voice of men (or women) in the place of the voice of God." White House Recruiter, page 46:2.


God: 1. Elijah's voice of truth the ONLY ONE now to save. (G.C.S., page 8) or

Men: 2. Sanballats, Shemaniahs, Korahs "chiming in" to corrupt.


Branch Lesson No. 7 (1958), page 6


D.  "The beast we are told is a man…The demand to worship, obey the beast's command, therefore, is a demand to worship (obey) man in place of God. Both marks are for no other purpose but for to define who is who -- who is for God and who is for the beast." S.R. Jezreel Letter #2:5.


Whose mark do you have?


Sanballat's? Shemaniah's? Koran's? MEN: Beasts.

or The God of Elijah's?


Where does the beast go?…..Perdition!


"Nevertheless, one's only safety will be in the teaching of Elijah, for there will be no other voice of timely Truth and authority to whom one may turn. Any others will lead their victims blind-folded into perdition." General Conference Special, page 8.


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Note: The second half of Branch Lesson No. 7 will be included in the April issue of the Sabbath School Lessons.


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"The trying experiences that came to God's people in the days of Esther were not peculiar to that age alone. The revelator, looking down the ages to the close of time, has declared, "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17. Some who today are living on the earth will see these words fulfilled. The same spirit that in ages past led men to persecute the true church, will in the future lead to the pursuance of a similar course toward those who maintain their loyalty to God. Even now preparations are being made for this last great conflict.


"The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. Today the enemies of the true church see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment, a Mordecai at the gate. The reverence of God's people for His law is a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and are trampling on His Sabbath.


Satan will arouse indignation against the minority who refuse to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will combine to cover them with contempt.


"Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will conspire against them. With voice and pen, by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and angry appeals, men will stir up the passions of the people. Not having a "Thus saith the Scriptures" to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for Sunday laws. But those who fear God, cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the Decalogue. On this battlefield will be fought the last great conflict in the controversy between truth and error. And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Today, as in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate His truth and His people." Prophets and Kings, pages 605, 606.


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Lesson 43PART I --- THE BRANCH --- REVELATION 18:12-03-68

MEMORY VERSE: "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." Rev. 18:1.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 7, May 25, 1958 (attached).


STUDY AIM: To prove from the writings of Ellen G. White that the angel of Rev. 18:1 comes to the church before the executive judgment – the slaughter of Eze. 9:5, 6.


INTRODUCTION: "…when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness." Testimonies to Ministers, page 300.


1.  In previous lessons what did we learn concerning angels in prophecy? See Branch Lesson No. 5.


Note -- "…all five of the angels brought to view in this chapter (Rev. 14), represent five distinct messages, prior to the advent, or we are left without a rule to interpret this chapter…The last two angels are messages…" Word to the Little Flock, page 11.


2.  Does the angel of Rev. 18:1 have a message? Early Writings, page 277.


Note --- "I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message…This message seemed to be an addition to the third message,…" Early Writings, page, 277.


3.  Has the message of this angel ever been presented in the past? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 1.


Note --- "The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggonner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour (The Lamb of God in the Ceremonial Law), the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God." Testimonies to Ministers, pages 91, 92. (parenthesis added)


4.  How was it received? See 'Taking up a Reproach,' quoted in Branch Lesson No. 7, page 1.

5.  What three points stand out in this statement? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 1.


Note --- Sr. White tells us in 'Taking up a Reproach' that the message of Rev. 18:1 is to come again to the church, and that it will be rejected by the majority of the members, just as it was in 1888. This message therefore, must come before the slaughter because all those who persistently reject God's messages will not be alive after the slaughter to reject and ridicule it should it come after this time. See Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 211; Testimonies, Vol. 3, page 267.


6.  To what has the Kingdom been likened? Matt 13:33; Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 11:6:2; Branch Lesson No. 7, page 1.

7.  What is implied by the word 'swells'? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 1.


Note --- The word swells would indicate that like the leaven (message of the Kingdom) rising (swelling) in the dough to make a loaf, just so the unpopular message (leaven) of Rev. 18:1 (see 'Taking up a Reproach' by Ellen G. White), when put into the church swells until the truth of the Kingdom fills the whole earth (Dan. 2:44).


8.  In the typical harvest what did the two loaves baken with leaven represent? Lev. 23:17.


Note --- "On Pentecost, fifty days after the typical sheaf was offered, all Israel were to offer 'a new meat offering unto the Lord…(two wave-loaves 'baken with leaven')…the wave-loaves, being a finished product, signified fruits previously gathered." 3 Tract, 77,78.



Lesson 44PART II --- THE BRANCH --- REVELATION 18:12-10-68

MEMORY VERSE: "The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet." Early Writings, page 277.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 7, May 25, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To continue our study of Sr. White's writings in proving that the message of Revelation 18 comes before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9:5, 6.


INTRODUCTION: "Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement…In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review." "Those who are lviing upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator." "But the people were (are) not yet ready to meet their Lord. There was (is) still a work of preparation to be accomplished for them. Light was (is) to be given, directing their minds to the temple of God in heaven,…Another message of warning and instruction was (is) to be given to the church (to prepare them to stand – Early Writings, page 277)." The Great Controversy, pages 490, 425, 424, 425. (parenthesis added)


1.  Whose message comes to awaken the sleeping Laodiceans? General Conference Special, pages 42, 43 (1950 edition); Branch Lesson No. 7, page 2.


Note --- Elijah, the last prophet to the church (G.C.S, pages 21, 25, 26, 1950 edition) brings the message of Rev. 18:1 to the sleeping Laodiceans to arouse them to see the sinfulness of their lukewarm condition (Review and Herald, April 1, 1890). He undoubtedly must come before the slaughter, otherwise, his message of warning would be too late.


2.  Why do some oppose the message of Rev. 18:1? Review and Herald, Nov. 7, 1918; Branch Lesson No. 7, page 2.

3.  Will the 'ancient men' be able to oppose the work if it's after the slaughter? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 2.


Note --- "The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light, and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust…These…are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God…Their wicked course He will tolerate no longer, and in His wrath He deals with them without mercy." Testimonies, Vol. 5, pages 211, 212.


4.  At what time does the reformation spoken by Sr. White (Testimonies, Vol. 9, page 126) take place? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 2.


Note --- The 'revival and reformation' is none other than the 'purifying time' (Tract No. 7, page 76). The purification takes place during the harvest (3 S.R. Jezreel Letter No. 1:5) separating the good from the bad, and is brought about by the message of the 11th hour (White House Recruiter, page 40), the message of Rev. 18:1 (Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pages 230, 231). This awakening message (Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 44:43) of revival and reformation therefore, comes before the great day of Pentecost. (Testimonies, Vol. 9, page 126)


5.  What will cause some to be surprised when this message comes? Testimonies to Ministers, page 300; Branch Lesson No. 7, page 3.

6.  What is the simple means that is used? Tract 8, page 71; Branch Lesson No. 7, page 3.

7.  What is to take place among God's people during the investigative judgment? The Great Controversy, page 425.


Note --- "While the investigative judgment is going forward in Heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth." The Great Controversy, page 425.


8.  Who brings this purification? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 3.


Note --- Once more we see that the message of Rev. 18:1 which brings the purification among the people of God must come before the slaughter, because those that are left after the slaughter are already pure, "not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;…holy and without blemish." Eph. 5:27. After the slaughter there can be no putting away of sin for the sinners in the church are no more. Probation has closed for them.


9.  What are the major points learned from this lesson? Branch Lesson #7, pp. 1-3.



Lesson 45PART III --- THE BRANCH --- REVELATION 18:12-17-68

MEMORY VERSE: "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut…Watch therefore; for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Matt. 25:10, 13.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 7, May 25, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To show that the writings of Bro. V.T. Houteff also foretell the coming of the message of Rev. 18:1 before the slaughter of Ezekiel 9.


INTRODUCTION: "The Seventh-day Adventist denomination,…has long professed to believe the Spirit of Prophecy, particularly in that special message which in the latter part of the last century made clear that the angel of Rev. 18:1, who is to lighten the earth with his glory, was still future (Early Writings, page 277),…In her Laodicean attitude, however, that she is 'rich, and increased with goods,' and has 'need of nothing,' neither truth nor prophets, she manifests the spirit which led the Jewish leaders to kill God's messengers, and which as caused nearly all Christendom to set aside the prophets,…" Tract No. 4, page 55.


1.  Which angel's message is represented by the 11th hour call in Matt. 20:6? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.


Note --- "Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message…'…What is the message? The eleventh hour message is none other than Rev. 18:1 – the loud cry of the Third Angel." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pages 229-231.


2.  Why do the Laodiceans need the message of Rev. 18:1? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.


Note --- "How does this Truth find the Laodiceans, the last of the 'seven churches' in which are commingled the wheat and the tares,…Alas, in an attitude of self-complacency, imagining themselves rich and in need of nothing, whereas in tragic truth the Lord emphatically declares that they are…in need of everything:…They are even destitute of the knowledge that the judgment of the living, not of the dead, is the last message, and that only those who give ear to the eleventh-hour call (the message of Rev. 18:1) are to be spared in the separation,…" White House Recruiter, page 36, 37.


3.  What chance would the Laodiceans have if the message did not come until after the slaughter? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.

4.  What is the work of the eleventh hour servants? Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 43:11; Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.


Note --- "…the announcement of the separation of the saints from the sinners originates with the eleventh-hour servants, and…they are to cry loud and say, 'Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion;…'" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 43:12.


5.  Who is Zion spoken of in the preceeding statement? Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, NO. 43:12.


Note --- "…it follows that without the eleventh hour message and servants, the Church, Zion, would be left sleeping forever,…" Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 43:12.


6.  What does it mean "the announcement of the separation"?


Note --- Webster's definition of the word announce is: To publish; to proclaim; to give notice or first notice of. For the servants to give the announcement of the separation they must proclaim or publish their message before the slaughter takes place in order for it to be of any use to those asleep in Zion – Laodicea – the church.


7.  Where does the eleventh hour call find its laborers, and what are they doing? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.

8.  Would the servants be "doing nothing" after the slaughter? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.



Lesson 46PART IV --- THE BRANCH --- REVELATION 18:12-24-68

MEMORY VERSE: "The oil, a substance which lightens ahead one's path, obviously is figurative of prophetic Truth, Truth that lightens the heart by unveiling the future." Timely Greetings, Revised, Vol. 1, No. 21:6.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 7, May 25, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To show when the Judgment takes place.


INTRODUCTION: "Since all ten had oil in the lamps, but only half of them had the oil in the vessels, the symbolism clearly discloses that, as always, the whole church membership did not accept the message of the Judgment of the Living. The foolish virgins were satisfied with the Truth they had acquired while joining the church that bore the message of the Judgment of the Dead, but failed to acquaint themselves with the additional message (Rev. 18:1 – Early Writings, page 277) – the message of the Judgement of the Living. Finally, after the necessity for It became imperative, they began to search for It but it did them no good, they were too late getting It." Timely Greetings, Revised, Vol. 1, No. 21:7.


1.  What lesson is taught in the parable of the virgins? Matt. 25:1-13; See introduction.

2.  Will the foolish virgins be searching for the oil, after the slaying? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 4.

3.  When was the Judgment work for the church to take place? Branch Lesson No. 7, page 5.

4.  When is the slaughter to take place? The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 215, 216.


Note --- "The silence in heaven for about half an hour (following the opening of the 7th seal, Rev. 8:1) cannot be the second coming of Christ, as some have thought,…A day in prophetic time stands for a year. (Ezek. 4:6) One hour is a twenty-fourth part of a prophetic year, and figuring thirty days to a month, it would be about two weeks. Half an hour would be half of two weeks; therefore, seven literal days. Seven days were used for purification. (See Ex. 29:35, 37; Lev. 12:2; 13:4, 5; 1, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 21, etc.) From these references we conclude that the 'half an hour' or seven literal days stand for the purification of the church,…the separation of the tares from the wheat – the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 (verses 5, 6)." The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pages 215, 216.


5.  Does the message of Rev. 18:1 come before the slaughter?


Ans. --- The message of the Investigative Judgment of the Living (Rev. 18:1) comes to the church in the time of the sixth seal. The slaughter, the Executive Judgment however, comes in the time of the seventh seal, during the silence of half an hour (seven days). Therefore, the answer to the foregoing question must be in the affirmative. No other answer can be arrived at by the sincere searcher of Truth. The very nature of the message suggests that it must come before the slaughter, the prophets of old have each predicted it, and Inspiration today no only agrees with them, but is even now presenting the message that enables each person a chance to be saved from the destruction awaiting the wicked.


6.  What privilege is offered to all those who will hear the message of Rev. 18:1? Tract No. 12, pages 37, 38.


Note --- "The light on this subject will spread as fire in stubble until it finally illuminates the whole earth (Rev. 18:1), and all who walk in its blaze will have their names placed in the Lamb's Book of Life. They will find deliverance from the Enemy's last determined effort to plunge the world into the bottomless pit of eternal ruin. For them, said the angel, 'shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people…and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.' Dan. 12:1." Tract No. 12, pages 37, 38.


Continued next month.



"The Lord foresaw the troublous times that were to follow (for His people) during the reign of Xerxes, – the Ahasuerus of the book of Esther, – and He not only wrought a change of feeling in the hearts of men in authority, but also inspired Zechariah to plead with the exiles to return.


'Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north,' was the message given the scattered tribes of Israel who had become settled in many lands far from their former home. 'I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord. Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me.'


It was still the Lord's purpose, as it had been from the beginning, that His people should be a praise in the earth, to the glory of His name. During the long years of their exile He had given them many opportunities to return to their allegiance to Him. Some had chosen to listen and to learn; some had found salvation in the midst of affliction. Many of these were to be numbered among the remnant that should return. They were likened by Inspiration to 'the highest branch of the high cedar,' which was to be planted 'upon an high mountain and eminent: in the mountain of the height of Israel.'" Prophets and Kings, pp. 598-599.


"That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today...to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to His ancient people." Prophets and Kings, 713-714.


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





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