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Lesson 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Lesson 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Lesson 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Lesson 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Mail Bag. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Poem – The Loud Cry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Announcements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
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"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
"Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people."
– Isaiah 55:1-4.
MEMORY GEM: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Heb. 9:22.
STUDY AIM: To show the sacrificial system was created before Moses wrote it, even before Creation.
STUDY HELP: Patriarchs and Prophets pp. 63-70, "The Plan of Redemption."
INTRODUCTION: "The sacrificial offerings were ordained by God to be to man a PERPETUAL reminder and a penitential acknowledgement of his sin, and a confession of his faith in the promised Redeemer. They were intended to impress upon the fallen race the solemn truth that it was sin that caused death. To Adam, the offering of the first sacrifice was a most painful ceremony... This scene gave him a deeper and more vivid sense of the greatness of his transgression, which nothing but the death of God's dear Son could expiate... A star of hope illumined the dark... future..." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 68:1.
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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...' " – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 63:3.
NOTE --- "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." – Id., page 69:0.
NOTE --- "To man the first intimation of redemption was communicated in the sentence pronounced upon Satan in the garden... This sentence, uttered in the hearing of our first parents, was to them a promise. While it foretold war between man and Satan, it declared that the power of the great adversary would finally be broken." – Id., page 65:4.
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NOTE --- "To Adam, the offering of the first sacrifice was a most painful ceremony. His hand must be raised to take life, which only God could give. It was the first time he had ever witnessed death, and he knew that had he been obedient to God, there would have been no death of man or beast." – Id., page 68:2.
NOTE --- "The sacrificial and religious worship of the two first born in the human family, reveals that the Saviour of the world had made known the divine plan of salvation to the family of Adam... Cain was not mindful of the commandment, and thus by presenting that which God had not required, went about to establish a religion of his own. .. The evidence cannot be denied that both forms of worship (true and false) were introduced at about the same time, and ran side by side... one is in harmony with God's book and law, and the other is not." – 2 S.R. 143:1.
NOTE --- "The earthly (sacrifice)... could not give life of itself, because it was only a shadow of the true." – Id., page 268:0.
"This RITUAL LAW (earthly), with its sacrifices and ordinances, was to be performed by the Hebrews until type met antitype in the death of Christ, ('The entire system – priest, sacrifice, and service – was a type of Christ and His administration in the heavenly sanctuary...' 2 S.R. 187:3)... THEN all the sacrificial (lambs, bullocks, goats, etc.) offerings were to cease. IT IS THIS LAW that Christ (nailed).'... to his cross.' Col. 2:14." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 365:1.
NOTE --- "In the sanctuary construction and service, is revealed the plan of salvation. The first apartment, called the holy place, in which the high priest officiated daily with sacrifices and divers manners of gifts and washings, was a place for confession of sin. ALL OF WHICH WAS A SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS CLEARLY REVEALING THE PLAN OF SALVATION…..The holy place was for the confession of sin, but the most holy for blotting out sin." – 2 S.R. 187:1, 2.
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MEMORY GEM: "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Heb. 9:12.
STUDY AIM: (1) To understand that the real sacrificial system began after the cross; (2) that the atoning blood is Jesus' real blood, not symbolical.
STUDY HELP: Heaven's Flying Saucer
INTRODUCTION: "After His ascension our Saviour began His work as our high priest.. . For eighteen centuries this work of ministration continued in the first apartment (holy place) of the sanctuary. The blood of Christ, pleaded in behalf of penitent believers, secured their pardon and acceptance with the Father, YET THEIR SINS STILL REMAINED UPON THE BOOKS OF RECORD... so before Christ's work for the redemption of men is completed there is a work of atonement for the removal of sin from the sanctuary... (in 1844) our High Priest entered the MOST HOLY, to perform the last division of His solemn work – to cleanse the sanctuary (of sins recorded there)... Soon. . . it will pass to the cases of the LIVING." – Great Controversy, pages 420, 421, 490.
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NOTE --- "While the services in the earthly sanctuary were in operation, there could have been no services in the heavenly until after Christ ascended and became our High Priest... Therefore, when the services in the heavenly , the services in the earthly ceased." – 2 S.R. 187:4.
NOTE --- "The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him 'whose name is the Branch'." – Great Controversy, page 415:3.
"Zechariah 's vision of Joshua and the Angel (Branch) applies with peculiar force to the experience of God's people (S.D.A. and D.S.D.A.) in the closing (for the living) up of the great day of atonement. The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress." – 5 Test., page 472:2.
Lesson 2, page 2
"Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? – The BRANCH... Here is seen an organization having a Leader and an under leader – the Lord and Joshua." – 1 T.G.r. 8:24,26.
NOTE --- "But an angel's life could not pay the debt; only He who created man had power to redeem him." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 64:3.
"In Hebrews 9 the cleansing of, both the earthly and the heavenly sanctuary is plainly taught…. without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these (the blood of animals); but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these... even the precious blood of Christ. – Great Controversy, page 417. (Paren. Theirs)
NOTE --- "Jesus was clothed with priestly garments. He gazed in pity on the remnant, then raised His hands, and with a voice of deep pity cried, 'My blood, Father, My blood, My blood, My blood!' " – Early Writings, page 38:1. (Emphases Theirs)
NOTE --- "And what was done in type (offering of animal blood) in the ministration of the earthly sanctuary is done in reality (offering of Jesus' blood) in the ministration of the heavenly sanctuary." – Great Controversy, p. 420.
"Such prayer will bring before the Lord of hosts the wounds of Jesus AND THEN WILL FLOW FORTH AFRESH (not symbolical THE LIFE-GIVING BLOOD, symbolized by the flowing of the living water for Israel." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 411.
NOTE --- "The efficacy of the blood of Christ was to be presented to the people with freshness (fresh-flowing blood of Jesus) and power, that their faith might lay hold upon its merits... THIS FAITH IS THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH." – Testimonies to Ministers, pages 92, 93.
MEMORY GEM: "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man." Heb. 8:1, 2,
STUDY AIM: To understand clearly that as Priest and Sacrifice, Jesus Christ The Branch, is fulfilling the demands of the Ceremonial Law as He officiates in the Heavenly Sanctuary at the appointed times.
STUDY HELP: Gods Covenant
INTRODUCTION: "I saw the Father rise from the throne, and in a flaming chariot go into the holy of holies within the veil, and sit down. Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and the most of those who were bowed down arose with Him. . . Those who arose when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on Him. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest, where the Father sat. There I beheld Jesus, a great High Priest, standing before the Father. . . I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not know that Jesus had left it. (the foolish virgins realize too late that they did not follow the Lamb into the Sanctuary on the feast days, and thus they missed the benefits of His atoning blood and were left uncovered, naked, cast out). Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, 'Father, give us Thy Spirit.' Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence. . . " – Early Writings, pages 55,56.
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NOTE --- "The earthly sanctuary service for the salvation of the human race, in types and symbols, reveals Christ's administration in the heavenly. Which was made up of two laws: namely, the 'ten commandments' and the 'ceremonial' laws... Why two laws? The moral law points out the sin... But the ceremonial law was added because of transgressions... Which was the REMEDY to heal the sinner and set him free from the condemnation of the moral law. When Christ... came, He took this law of ordinance... (animal sacrifice) 'out of the way, nailing it to the cross... The earthly administration of
Lesson 3, page 2
the law of ordinance could not give life of itself, because it was only a SHADOW of the true (Sacrifice – Jesus). Therefore, at the crucifixion of Christ it (animal sacrifice) ceased and the heavenly one (Christ's sacrifice), which was foreshadowed by the earthly, BEGAN. The literal sanctuary service of both temples were identical." – 2 S.R. pp. 267, 268.
"Jesus kept the ceremonial law when He began the atonement work in 1844." – God's Covenant, page 7.
"We find that Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law when He was offered as the wavesheaf on the cross...(P.P. 539)...He continued to fulfill the ceremonial law when He offered the wavesheaf in the courts above. D.A. 785, 786." – Id., page 3.
NOTE --- "The sweetest melodies that come from human lips, --- justification by faith, and the righteousness of Christ." – R & H., April 4, 1895.
NOTE --- "In like manner the types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the TIME pointed out in the SYMBOLIC (ceremonial) SERVICE. Under the MOSAIC SYSTEM (ceremonial) the cleansing of the sanctuary or the great Day of Atonement, occurred on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month.., which in the year 1844 fell upon the twenty-second of October, was regarded as the time of the Lord's coming." – Great Controversy, p. 399, 400.
"The Hebrews were forever to keep holy, (1) not A seventh, but THE seventh, day of each week, the Sabbath; (2) the days from the fifteenth to the twenty-first day of the first month, the Passover week; (3) the fiftieth day after the sheaf of the first fruits was offered, the Pentecost (4) the tenth day of the seventh month, the Atonement (5) the days from the fifteenth to the twenty-first day of the same month, the Feast of Tabernacles and (6) the feasts of the new moons." – The Answerer Book No. 3, page 9.
ARE YOU, AS IN 1844, FOLLOWING THE LORD INTO THE SANCTUARY WHEN HE OFFICIATES ON THESE HOLY DAYS, OR ARE YOU FOLLOWING THE MAN OF SIN WHO THOUGHT TO CHANGE THESE HOLY DAYS (TIMES – DAN. 7:25)?
MEMORY GEM: "And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws." Dan. 7:25.
STUDY AIM: To understand that the ceremonial law is still binding today and that man, not God, changed the ceremonial system (Levitical law).
STUDY HELP: God's Covenant
INTRODUCTION: "Just as God chastened her in olden time by permitting Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, to abolish the ceremonial system by destroying ancient Jerusalem and its temple, just so did He chasten her in the Christian era by permitting Rome to gain control over her and to supplant her true religious system by a counterfeit – a pagan priesthood and a pagan sabbath. THEN was His word fulfilled: 'I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her FEAST DAYS, her NEW MOONS, and her sabbaths, and all her SOLEMN FEASTS.'
"Since these ordinances (her FEAST DAYS, her sabbaths, etc.) were part of 'a compacted prophecy of the gospel'... the ceasing of the ordinances therefore typifies ROME'S SUPPLANTING THE TRUTH." – The Latest News for "Mother", pages 25,26 (Paren. Theirs).
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NOTE --- "When the Messiah dedicated the apostles to the priesthood, He washed their feet, See John 13:4-10. Here Jesus WAS FULFILLING THE CEREMONIAL LAW; but He didn't do away with it by nailing it to the cross, for He said… ye also ought to wash one another's feet..." – God's Covenant 3.
"It (the Lord's Supper) is to be preceded by the ordinance of foot washing as a preparation for this solemn service." – S.D.A. Church Manual p. 55.
NOTE --- "He was the antitype of the wave sheaf, and His resurrection took place ON THE VERY DAY when the wave sheaf was to be presented before the Lord." – Desire of Ages, pages 785, 786.
Lesson 4, page 2
"If the ceremonial law was abolished on the cross, how was it that Jesus offered the wave sheaf in heaven two days AFTER the cross?" – God's Covenant, page 3
NOTE --- "Most denominations teach that their members should pay tithe... This part of the ceremonial law was not nailed to the cross. Of a surety Jesus would not be so thoughtless as to permit the devil to nail His means of support of the gospel ministry to the cross." – Id., page 4
NOTE --- "Many Christians teach that this part of the ceremonial law was nailed to the cross with Christ; and now swine is good for food. Seventh-day Adventists however, do not teach this. The Bible says, 'Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.' Col. 2:16. Those who drink alcohol, eat swine's flesh and disregard the Sabbath days will be judged by the Lord's two laws." – Id., page 4
NOTE --- "We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church instituted by Christ, to teach and guide men through life, has the RIGHT TO CHANGE THE CEREMONIAL LAWS of the Old Testament..." Peter R. Tramer, Editor, The Catholic Extension Magazine (1934).
NOTE --- "The gospel is given in precept in Leviticus." – 6 Test. 392.
I am with much pleasure to inform you this my humble letter. Please I want to be among students who are personally investigating the teaching of the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists. First I was among the students who took the Bible course from the year 1958-60. So as soon as you receive this letter try and send me Bible course lessons.
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Am trying to finish the Medical aid training course, and God has been so good to me, He allow the woman am working with to consent to give me 4 mornings off each week for me to leave___________ to attend School in__________ is very harrassing for me but I know the Lord is able to keep me. So to this end I solicit your prayers even as I am praying for you all.
Yours in the name of Christ the Branch,
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With thanks I received the Sabbath School Lessons, your letter, the copy of The Entering Wedge, part two and At The 11th Hour.
Glory to God for these great mercies, that takes us with a giant step forward in knowledge and in grace, and who keeps us firm standing during the first waves of the sifting.
I can stress your words, dear secretary; Indeed, wonderful truths, budded in a wonderful way to us.
So I hope, with the grace of God, to keep a regular Sabbath School contact with the Branch, till the Lord gives me the full victory and that I can enlist as a full Branch believer,
Sincerely yours in the Branch,
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Dear Bro. Roden:
I see on the announcements on the Sabbath School Lessons a request for those interested in going to Israel... I'm offering to make one of the number required if I am acceptable in His sight. Would you please send me the Questionnaire mentioned in this notice and I will fill same out and return to the office.
Yours to serve Him faithfully,
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Will you please send Tracts concerning the Book of Revelation. I have Tract #16. Thank you.
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Dear Sir or Madam:
I the undersigned hereby apply for a parcel of land to unit to occupy a village in Israel. Please send me all particulars concerning same. I am hereby awaiting an early reply from you leaving with an anticipation of being there in Israel.
I am yours sincerely,
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Greetings to you and all concerned:
I must let you know. . . my ardent desire to be a correspondent member of the Branch. And get to know the Doctrine... If I find favour in you or with you – by the Grace of God – please send me a speedy answer with Tracts and Sabbath School Lessons and Morning Watch. Oh! how I am anxious to know of your Doctrine… There are many Adventists here in this Island. But no Shepherd's Rod or Branch here, I know of.
I remain yours truly,
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Dear in Christ:
I thank you very much for the papers (The Miracle of the Transplanted Heart and The Star and the Trumpet) you posted to me... you should not think that I never liked the papers you posted or I did not receive them... I will be very happy if you could continue posting of such papers. I have great interest in them... try your possible best to post me this my request. For it will benefit we all if we do the work of the Lord which he has asked us to do.
Yours in Christ,
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Mr. Benjamin L. Roden:
I wish we can go to Mt. Carmel, to help you to translate in Spanish . . .the literature... Well, I hope and pray that everyone there be in good health and happy. God bless you all!
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Please to pray for us that we may all endure to the end. The message of the Branch is full of truths the more we study the more we can see the truth. We are thankful to God for the Spiritual eyesight that He has given us. And I pray that He may always give so that we may be able to tell our brethren in church of this wonderful and last message which has come to us in such a time of need... Please to send literature for these sisters for me___and___, May God bless and keep you all.
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I the undersigned hereby apply for a typist job in any of your office. I am possessing a College of Preceptors Statement of three subjects English Language, Arithmetic, Algebra. In Commerce, I am having Elementary English Language First Class Certificates. I have just sat Intermediate English Language, Intermediate Typewriting, Advanced English Language and Elementary Shorthand (Theory I). I am now awaiting the results.. .I hope to serve to the best of my ability if successful.
I am Yours Sincerely,
THE LOUD CRY
Awaken, all you Brethren, awaken from your trance
And listen to this message, from your Brethren the Branch.
You think you've got the answer, to all that you should know
Well there's an aiding message, and we're here to tell you so..
There's a fourth angel's message, and a fifth one too
And it's up to you Dear Brethren what you decide to do.
Just look into the Bible and the answers you will find
About these new messages to ease your troubled mind.
You'll find it there in Amos, and through all the Bible too
And if you search sincerely God will make it plain to you.
So open up your mind, and your heart as well
To these aiding truths of which the Bible tell.
Don't look around Dear Brethren, to see what others do
144,000 will be sealed one of them could be you.
And on that great Pentecost, when powers are received
The Branch will gather a multitude of all those who believe.
The Branch and the multitude will be as one, like Christ has said
Blessed are these Sabbath-keepers with the seals upon their head.
For the love of God, Dear Brethren, awaken from your trance
And listen to this message, it may be your only chance.
–by Mildred Houtman
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"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in. the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem ....and I will write upon him my new name."
All emphases and parentheses used throughout the Sabbath School Lessons are ours unless otherwise stated after the reference.
On March 4 and 5, Purim, the Festival of Deliverance, was joyfully celebrated by the residents of Mt. Carmel and their special guests from Arizona, California, Oregon, Baylor University in Waco, and Keene, Texas. The story of Esther, coupled with the prophecy of the deliverance of God's people from the death decree of Rev. 13, was presented by The Branch Elementary School in beautiful costumes and settings.
New Moon this month will be March 20 beginning at sundown on March 19, and for next month will be April 19 beginning sundown on April 18.
The Lord's Supper will be observed after sundown following Wednesday April 2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread will be celebrated for seven days following April 2 at sundown till sundown following April 9. All those wishing to attend Passover services at New Mt. Carmel should contact the office immediately.
Names and addresses of Second Tithers should continue to be sent to the office with the names and addresses of heirs or devisees of those who have passed away since 1962.
Further publications of V.T. Houteff's unpublished manuscripts will be mailed to Second Tithers who sign the "Waiver Form" sent out by Beard and Kultgen, Attorneys for Tom Street.
All who sign the "Claim", rather than the "Waiver", and give Tom Street (a gentile Sunday keeper) full charge and authority of the Second Tithe Fund and Property, and depend on him to return to them a portion of their Second Tithe (if any is left after it goes through a crooked lawyer's hands), are branded by Heaven as an Achan (he stole the tithe at Jericho, in the type – Joshua 7:18-26; Testimonies Vol. 3, page 269: Tract No. 4, page 43; and Timely Greetings Vol. 2, No, 6, page 22). These are classing themselves with Mrs. Carl Eakin (formerly Florence Houteff) in the antitype who stole the Second Tithe at New Mt. Carmel. God says CROSS OUT THE "CLAIM FORM" if you don't want to be an Achan, SIGN THE "WAIVER FORM" and be free of condemnation.
Applications for Questionnaires are still being accepted from those
who wish to make up a ten-family unit (vanguard – Lev. of D.S.D.A., page 3) to occupy a village in Israel. Those interested should
send their enquiries to The Branch Organic Agricultural