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SABBATH  SCHOOL  LESSONS

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Vol. 2No. 6
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 22PART IX --- DETAILS OF THE 430 YEAR PROPHECY
ACCORDING TO ABRAHAM & EZE. 4 – IN THREE STEPS
9-9-1967

MEMORY VERSE: "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." Zech. 3:8.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 3, July 10, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To review the three periods of 430 years of Ezekiel and Abraham and the important events which came at the end of each.


INTRODUCTION: "Obviously, then, as a result of this revival and reformation within the Laodicean church, another church emerges of which Joshua is in charge, not the angel of Laodicea." 1 T.G. 8:24.


Questions based on page 9 of the lesson help:


1.  What was to take place in the church at the end of Ezekiel's 430 years? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:2.

2.  When did the 430 years connected with revival begin and end? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:2.

3.  What message of revival came at the end of this time? Rev. 7:1-8; Micah 6:9.

4.  When did the 430 years connected with reformation begin and end? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:2.

5.  What message did we learn came at the end of this 430 years? Rev. 18:1; Zech. 6:12-15.


NOTE ---
"...1955 – GOD BEGINS THE REFORMATION THAT IS TO BRING EVERLASTING PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS!" Branch Lesson #2, p. 3.
"...1955 – Marking of the 144,000 starts and the scroll unrolls." Id. p. 3.
"...1955 – time the message comes revealing Jesus' new name which marks one for deliverance during the Harvest, first in the church, then in the world." Id. p. 4.
"...1955 – beginning of the movement…of the Branch, which is to complete the reformation for the church and proclaim the 'Loud Cry' (harvest – Rev. 18:1) – first to the church – then to the world." Id. p. 4.


6.  What proofs are given in the lesson to show that the 430 years given to Abraham are separate from and reach beyond those given to Ezekiel? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:2.

7.  When did the 430 years given to Abraham begin and end? Branch Lesson #3, p. 3.

8.  What was instituted at the end of this time? Matt. 26:17-30; The Three Harvest Feasts, #1, page 6.

9.  The year 1960 saw what other important event take place?


Answer --- "John F. Kennedy buried the notion a Roman Catholic could not be elected president of the United States." The Arm of the Lord, Part 1, p. 3:7.


10.  What did this show had taken place? See chart; Rev. 13:3.


NOTE --- "In 1958, the Branch chart of Lesson No. 3 shows that the wound would be healed in 1960 in the United States, but the General Conference must first drop their Sword of Truth (see last months lessons), the Third Angel's Message, before the wound could be healed. And this they did, when they studied with the Evangelical publishers and then published the book 'Questions and Answers on Doctrine' which contradicts the basic fundamental truths of the Advent message." Dear Kingdom Bound Saints, May 14, 1962, page 4, under the heading 'The Branch Predictions Fulfilled', No. 4.


"...in 1960, the religious power that believes the church should rule the state, the 666 took over the U.S. Government." Session Report, August 21, 1964, page 4:1.



Lesson 23PART X --- DETAILS OF THE 430 YEAR PROPHECY
ACCORDING TO ABRAHAM & EZE. 4 – IN THREE STEPS
9-16-1967

MEMORY VERSE: "And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered." Amos 4:7.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 3, July 10, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To study the teachings of the Davidian Council after the death of Bro. Houteff, in order to understand the reason for their mistake and benefit from it.


INTRODUCTION: "...no matter how hard men try to bring about revival and reformation among God's people, their efforts are doomed to failure even before they start if God does not Himself through His prophets take charge of the work." 1 T.G.r. 10:21:1.


Questions based on pages 9 and 10 of the lesson help:


1.  What constituted the ceasing of the latter rain? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:4.

2.  How did Davidians attempt to show that there would be no more prophets or messages after Bro. Houteff's death? Symbolic Code, Vol. 11:5:6; Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:4.

3.  By doing this what type do we find them fulfilling? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:5.

4.  Regarding the closing of the door what does the Lord have to say? G.C. 429; Rev. 3:7, 8.

5.  What did they fail to take into consideration by doing this? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:5.

6.  If the 42 months started in 1955 and were literal what was obvious by mid-1958? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:6.

7.  What if they were not literal? Branch Lesson #3, p. 9:6.

8.  What does God tell us He will always do? Amos 3:7.

9.  What is to come in the time called harvest? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:1; Zech. 6:12, 13; 1 T.G. 8:26, 27.


NOTE --- "…Israel, in the time of harvest, will receive a new name..." 1 S.R. 233.


10.  What three movements typify the work in our day? 1 T.G.r. 9:12:2.

11.  What do each of them represent? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:1.


NOTE --- SR. WHITE'S MESSAGE THE SAME AS NOAH'S:–


"…Christ declares, 'As it was in the days of Noah...' '…before the Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the Flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be'. To just such a pass will the world come in rejecting the law of God. 'And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God..." T.M. 132:3, 4.


SHEPHERD'S ROD MESSAGE THE SAME AS MOSES' :–


"In whom do we find....a parallel? – In no others than those who left Egypt and started for the promised land. No, in none others. They are our only type." 1 T.G.r. 7:3:3.


"The Association's literature, The Shepherd's Rod Series, draws its title from the rod of Moses the shepherd of Midian." The Leviticus of D.S.D.A., p. 4:2.


THE BRANCH MESSAGE THE SAME AS ZECHARIAH'S :–


"…a work and movement similar to those of Zechariah's day is successfully to bring revival and reformation among God's people of today." 1 T.G.r. 10:27.


"Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? – The BRANCH. 1 T.G.r. 8:24.


"The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him 'whose name is THE BRANCH'." G.C. 415.


"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." 5 Testimonies, 472:2.


"Zechariah, looking forward to the time of the spiritual temple (the last section of the church) and its construction, says: 'Behold the man whose name is the branch;'..." 2 S.R. 260.


Lesson 24PART XI --- DETAILS OF THE 430 YEAR PROPHECY
ACCORDING TO ABRAHAM & EZE. 4 – IN THREE STEPS
9-23-1967

MEMORY VERSE: "And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them." Eze. 33:33.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No. 3, July 10, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To continue our study of the Davidian Council's teaching since 1955.


INTRODUCTION: "Inspiration insists that it is absolutely impossible for one to privately (without the Spirit of Truth) interpret the sealed prophecies. And let us remember that no revealed Truth ever came, nor ever will come through the halls of learning." 1 T.G.r. 12:17:3.


Questions based on pages 10 and 11 of the lesson help:


1.  What did the Davidian Council teach regarding the 1260 days and the 42 months? Symbolic Code, Vol. 11, #5:6; Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:2.

2.  What does the Bible and Inspiration have to say? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:2.

3.  If the 42 months began in 1955 as Davidians asserted, what took place at the beginning and at the end of this time according to Inspiration? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:2.

4.  If the 1260 days were to reach to Ezekiel 9 (Passover–1960), when would they have had to start from? Branch Lesson #3, p.10:2.

5.  What did we learn happened at this time? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:2.

6.  What must we remember about Elijah – John the Baptist and Elijah the Tishbite? Matt. 3:1-6; 1 Kings 17:1; Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3.

7.  To whom did the Shepherd's Rod message go? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3.


NOTE --- "Provisional in set up as well as in name, the Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Association exists solely to accomplish a divinely appointed work within the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, wherein it therefore strictly confines its activities." The Leviticus of D.S.D.A. – Preface.


8.  How was the type of John the Baptist fulfilled in this case? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3.


NOTE --- "Therefore the truth stands out boldly that the direct fulfillment of this chapter (Isa. 40) is found in our time, thus making John's work an ensample of our work – John's work the type, ours the antitype." 1 T.G.r. 36:4:1. (Paren. added)


9.  Who did John say would follow him? Mark 1:7; John 1:29, 30; 3:30.

10.  Who did the Rod teach would come? 1 T.G.r. 8:24; 30:18.


NOTE --- "Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? – The BRANCH. And according to Isaiah 11:1-5, the Branch is the Lord, the Son of David." 1 T.G.r. 8:24.


"This very message (Shepherd's Rod), therefore, is the message of 'Righteousness by Faith' to them that believe. In the day the 'righteous branch' is raised, Judah and Israel shall be saved, and they shall dwell safely." 1 T.G.r. 30:18. (Paren. ours)


11.  How did the Branch fulfill the types of Christ and Elijah? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3.

12.  When the Rod came what did it cause in the church? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3.

13.  Where are the 144,000 to come from? Rev. 7:4; Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3.


NOTE --- "...the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God,..." 3 Testimonies, p. 266.


14.  What similarity is there between Christ and the Two Witnesses? Branch Lesson #3, p. 10:3, 4.

15.  What counsel should we take to heart at this time? Luke 21:34-36.


Lesson 25PART XII --- DETAILS OF THE 430 YEAR PROPHECY
ACCORDING TO ABRAHAM & EZE. 4 – IN THREE STEPS
9-30-1967

MEMORY VERSE: "For we wrestle: not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12.


STUDY HELP: Branch Lesson No 3, July 10, 1958.


STUDY AIM: To see the message God has sent for this time and to take the warnings set down in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy that we may not go the way of our forefathers in rejecting 'Christ in the messenger He sends'." C.O.L. 79.


INTRODUCTION: "The enemy is preparing for his last campaign against the church. He has so concealed himself from view that many can hardly believe that he exists, much less can they be convinced of his amazing activity and power." 5 Testimonies, p. 294.


Questions based on pages 11 and 12 of the lesson help:


1.  What is one thing that we should not forget at this time? Eph. 6:12; 8 Testimonies, p. 130; Branch Lesson #3, p. 11:4.


NOTE --- "Satan will go to the extent of his power to harass, tempt, and mislead God's people. He who dared to face, and tempt, and taunt our Lord....will exercise his power...upon the present generation, who are far inferior in wisdom to their Lord, and who are almost wholly ignorant of Satan's subtlety and strength." 1 Testimonies, p. 341, 342.


"Satan hopes to involve the remnant people of God in the general ruin that is coming upon the earth." 5 Testimonies, p. 295:3.


2.  What will we have to meet with in this time of the Judgment for the Living? 8 Testimonies, p. 130; Branch Lesson #3, p. 11:5.

3.  What is the Lord's counsel to us when we come up against the work of Satan? 8 Testimonies, p. 130; Branch Lesson #3, p. 11:6.

4.  In time of trial what are God's people going to need? G.W. 264; Branch Lesson #3, p. 11:7; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8.

5.  What does Sr. White tell us will come to the front? 5 Testimonies, p. 453; Branch Lesson #3, p. 11:8.

6.  What means will God use to see that His truth reaches the people? 5 Testimonies, p. 453; Branch Lesson #3, p. 11:8; 12:0.

7.  What does the Devil know? Rev. 12:12; White House Recruiter, p. 33; Branch Lesson #3, p. 12:1.


NOTE --- "As we near the close of time, Satan comes down with great power, knowing that his time is short. Especially will his power be exercised upon the remnant. He will war against them, and seek to divide and scatter them, that they may grow weak and be overthrown." 1 Testimonies, p. 210.


8.  In view of this situation what does the Lord promise to raise up? Jer. 23:5, first part.

9.  What is the Branch raised up for? Jer. 23:5, last part; Isa. 11:1-5.

10.  What is the Branch – Christ to do in our day? 9 Testimonies, p. 63:0; 1 T.G.r. 8:27.


NOTE --- "Christ is coming to establish His kingdom on the earth." 9 Testimonies, p. 63:0.


"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 (144,000) of the Lord." 1 T.G.r. 8:27. (Paren. added)


11.  In that day what will all God's people be? Isa. 60:21; Jer. 33:15, 16; John 15:5.

12.  Where will His people then be gathered from? Jer. 32:37.

13.  To where will they be gathered? Eze. 36; 37:20-28; Isa. 11; 60:21; 66:15-24.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


ATONEMENT – this year will be held October 14, beginning sundown October 13, at even.


"...on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute forever through-out your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even to even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath." Leviticus 23:27, 31, 32.


FEAST OF TABERNACLES – will be celebrated from October 19 through October 26 inclusive.


"…The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord...on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath." Leviticus 23:34, 39.


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The trial for the possession of the New Mt. Carmel property is scheduled to be held October 23 in the 54th district court in Waco.


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The Mt. Carmel school is due to open September 18.


A business school for the training of office staff will also be starting on September 18, with classes in typing, shorthand, and book-keeping. Classes in other fields of office work will be added at a later date.


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