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"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 14PART XIV --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
6/29/68

MEMORY VERSE: "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads…These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." Rev. 14:1, 4, last part.


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, September 22, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To show the people who make up the wave-loaves of the living in our day.


INTRODUCTION: "'These are the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.' Therefore, it is evident that in the purification or separation of the tares from the wheat in the church of God, there shall be 144,000 who have confessed their sins; and are thus made white and clean by the precious blood of Christ, for they are 'the first fruits.'…We quote from 'Testimonies for the Church,' Vol. 3, p. 266: 'The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord, and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the 144,000'." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 164, 165.


1.  Who were represented by the wave-loaves in the time of Christ? Tract 3, p. 80; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.


Note --- "…the Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 disciples on the very day the wave-loaves were to be presented before the Lord…hence the wave-loaves were a figure of the 120 Spirit-filled disciples who were the full compliment of first fruits of the dead, and who were gathered in after the resurrection." Tract 3, p. 80:1.


2.  What have we learned about both the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves? Tract 3, p. 83:0.


Note --- "…the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves must have a double application, each to the dead and to the living…" Tract 3, p. 83:0.


3.  Who are typified by the 120 disciples? Tract 3, p. 86:0, 3; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.

4.  To whom does the parable of the ten virgins apply? Great Controversy, p. 427.


Note --- "…the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church." Great Controversy, p. 427.


5.  What distinguishes the wise virgins? Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 184:4; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.


Note --- "In the parable it was those that had oil in their vessels with their lamps that went in to the marriage. Those who with a knowledge of the truth from the Scriptures, had also the Spirit and grace of God, and who, in the night of their bitter trial, had patiently waited, searching the Bible for clearer light – these saw the truth concerning the sanctuary in heaven and the Saviour's change of ministration, and by faith they followed Him in His work in the sanctuary above. And all who through the testimony of the Scriptures accept the same truths, following Christ by faith as He enters in before God to perform the last work of mediation, and at its close to receive His Kingdom – all these are represented as going in to the marriage." Great Controversy, p. 427, 428.


"The virgins were called to meet Him, and thus by faith go in with Him to appear before the Father – the Great Judge. The seal is the permit; it places their names in the Lamb's book of Life, and thus it grants to them the right to appear before the Father in the judgment; not in person, but in figure; thus having their sins blotted out…The five wise virgins were they who trusted in God and His word only; having no confidence in man, and were hungry for truth, searching for light, and gladly accepting it when it came. Thus they received the seal of God's approval, their sins were blotted out, and their lives made sure – they passed from condemnation and death into glory and life eternal. They are God's servants, kings and priests – 144,000 in number." 2 Shepherd's Rod 184,185.


This lesson will be continued next week.


Lesson 15PART XV --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
7/6/68

MEMORY VERSE: "In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel." Isa. 4:2.


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, September 22, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To continue the thought from last week's lesson showing who are represented by the wave-loaves in the time of the Judgment of the Living.


INTRODUCTION: "In erecting the second temple, Haggai and Zechariah prophesied and strengthened the hands of the people by the Word of God. The writings of both prophets bear evidence in every line, that the perfect fulfillment of their prophecy is to be realized in the last days of this world's history. As they have interwoven these predictions with the construction of the second temple, it is obvious that the literal model of the stately edifice has a spiritual meaning for the church in the closing work of the gospel. 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; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord…'" Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 259, 260. (parentheses theirs)


1.  In the parable of the virgins, what caused some to be classed as foolish? Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 185.


Note --- "The five foolish virgins are they who had confidence in men…They saw no necessity for more light – prophets, truth or message…They were prejudiced against light upon the word of God, and accepted not the truth because the channel through which it came was not of their choice…When the judgment of the living commenced, and the 'cry was made,' they were found without the extra oil in their vessels…Thus when the wise ones started out to meet the bridegroom the lamps of the foolish went out, for, the judgment of the dead had passed. Therefore, it was present truth no more, and thus they were left in darkness." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 185.


2.  How will God's people be separated? 13 Symbolic Code, Nos. 3&4, p. 9, 10; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.

3.  Who only will escape this separation? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.


Note --- "'In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.' Isa. 4:2. Note that this glorious promise is for those that shall escape (Israel – 144,000). This has no reference to the people of the world, but to those in God's church, for the third verse says, 'he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy,' The fourth verse gives us the time very definitely, that it is the time of the purification of the church…" Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, p. 218:2. (parentheses theirs)


4.  What is this remnant who escape known as? White House Recruiter, p. 611; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.


Note --- "'The remnant of Israel (the 144,000) shall not do iniquity…'…This is the church that is represented in Rev. 12:17, 'Which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.' The 'woman' represents the church as a body. 'The remnant of her seed' are the 144,000 against whom the dragon makes war." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 265. (parenthesis theirs)


5.  What are the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus which they will have?


Ans. --- "Thus the 'woman' represents a church that keep the 'commandments of God – moral law, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ' – ceremonial law or the plan of salvation revealed in the light of 'The Spirit of Prophecy'." Shepherd's Rod, Vol.2, p. 268.


6.  Who builds the temple (144,000) of God? – The Star and the Trumpet, p. 3; see also Introduction.


Note --- "IF you want to be a pillar in the temple of the Lord; if you want to help proclaim the law from Zion; quickly lend your ear and open your heart to The Branch that he may 'build' (save) you. The Branch has gone ahead to Israel to prepare the way for the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that 'out of Zion...the law...the word...from Jerusalem'." The Star and the Trumpet, p. 3.


Lesson 16PART XVI --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
7/13/68

MEMORY GEM: "…the judgment of the living, not of the dead, is the last message…only those who give ear to the eleventh-hour call are to be spared in the separation, and to make up the last group of servants with the last message." White House Recruiter, p. 37:0.


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, September 22, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To summarize the important points brought out in our study of these lessons.


INTRODUCTION: "Those who are Israelites indeed regardless of what church they are affiliated with, or whether of no organization, who wish to be delivered from the bondage of sin and death, will by faith in Him take hold of His promises by following the Messiah's examples and commandments. Instead of being under the bondage of sin and death, why not observe His Sabbaths and eat and drink the emblems symbolical of deliverance from the bondage of antitypical Egypt (sin and death), at the proper time?" God's Covenant, p. 5:4.


1.  Who made up the wave-loaves of the dead? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 6.

2.  Where are the wave-loaves of the living gathered from today? White House Recruiter, p. 33.


Note --- "…no one today but the recognized Jew can vouch for his ancestry, with the result that the 144,000 can be gathered from almost every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, and yet be of the sons of Jacob!" Tract 8, p. 9, 10.


"These 144,000 'servants of God,' being the first increment of the harvest, are called 'firstfruits.' And as all of them are 'of all the tribes of the children of Israel' (Rev. 7:4), they are therefore necessarily harvested from the Israel of today --- the Church Itself." White House Recruiter, p. 33:3.


3.  What is the meaning of the word increment? See Webster's Dictionary; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7.

4.  How does this term apply to the 144,000? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7.

5.  To where are the 144,000 gathered? Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 15:10:1; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7.


Note --- "The 144,000 descendants of Jacob, whose fathers were assimilated by the Gentile nations and who thus down through the centuries lost their racial identity, are the first fruits, the first to be gathered unto Judah. They are those who stand on 'Mount Zion with the Lamb.' Rev. 14:1. The faithful descendants of the Jews who composed the early Christian church, and who lost their national identity by naming themselves Christians (Acts 11:26), are also to be gathered from everywhere and brought unto Judah." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 15:10:1. (parentheses theirs)


6.  Are there to be any who are known as Jews today saved in this number? Gospel Writers, p. 398; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 2; Acts of the Apostles, p. 380, 381; Rev. 7:5; see also Introduction.


Note --- "The time has come when the Jews are to be given light…The time is coming when there will be as many converted in a day as there were on the day of Pentecost, after the disciples had received the Holy Spirit." Review & Herald, June 29, 1905.


7.  Where were these 144,000 seen standing? Rev. 14:1.


Note --- "…the 144,000 (the first fruits – Rev. 7:3-8; 14:4), those who go first into the kingdom, stand with the Lamb, the King, on Mount Sion (Rev. 14:1), His palace grounds." Tract 12, p. 44. (parentheses theirs)


8.  What work are these 144,000 to do? Isa. 66:19, 20.


Note --- "These (144,000) who escape…will be sent on a great missionary work during the time of the loud cry." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, p. 38, 39.


Lesson 17PART XVII --- THE THREE HARVEST FEASTS
Exodus 23:14-19 Leviticus 23
7/20/68

MEMORY VERSE: "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." Zech. 14:4.


STUDY HELP: The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, September 22, 1959.


STUDY AIM: To show how God is working to prepare the way for His people to return to the Kingdom.


INTRODUCTION: "Clear it is that after the dispersion of the Jews, and after the destruction of Old Jerusalem, in the Christian era, the last days, then it is that the restoration of all things takes place; and the fact that many people shall then join the Lord, the restoration therefore takes place in probationary time, in the great and dreadful day. The 'ensign' ('Branch and rod', Tract 8, p. 46:1) too, shall then stand and to it shall the Gentiles seek. The day is to be great for the righteous, and dreadful for the sinners." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 31:6:1.


1.  At what time does the house of Judah begin to be set up? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7; Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 234.


Note – "In view of the fact that Jerusalem is to be protected by a wall of fire (Zech. 2:5) while the house of Judah reigns there, it is definite that the battle here described must be fought before the house of Judah is established. In that battle the nations will defeat the rulers of the Promised Land. Then it is that the house of Judah commences to be set up." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 19:3, 4.


2.  For what purpose is the Lord's feet to stand on the mount of Olives? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7.


Note --- "'In that day.' In what day? – In the day all nations gather against Jerusalem that now is, and bring its fall from Gentile rule. In that day the Lord's feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives…The servants of God shall then flee to the valley of the mountains, where the Lord's feet shall stand, and all the saints with them; that is, the Lord's 'feet' will open the way for the restoration of the Kingdom, and for the gathering of the people into it." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 31:6, 7.


3.  What happens to cause God's people to return to where His feet stand? Zech. 14:5.


Note --- "Having this opened the way for the re-establishment of the house of Judah, His people, who before-hand have been informed of it through present Truth, will flee to the valley, to where the Lord's feet stand, as quickly as if they were fleeing from an earthquake; and all the saints thereafter follow after them." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 19:4, 5.


4.  What promise is made to God's people when He smites the nations at this time? Zech. 12:6; 14:6-11; The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7.


Note --- "The scripture, of course, is speaking of spiritual light – the Light of Truth, knowledge from God. For example in the days before Christ's first advent, there was spiritual darkness. Then His presence gave light for a time, after which followed the Dark Ages of religion. Later, through the Reformation, light again began to shine but very sparingly. Then by the proclamation of the First, Second and Third Angel's Messages, the light became brighter. At this time, though, through the prophet Zechariah the Lord promises constant and adequate light…Therefore Jerusalem, the place where the feet of the Lord shall stand, will become the great international and spiritual divide for the everlasting gospel…The Lord reigns first over Jerusalem, and finally after the saints are gathered in from the four corners of the earth He reigns over the whole earth." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1 revised, No. 19:6-8.


5.  What warning is given to us who know these things? The Harvest Feasts, No. 2, p. 7.



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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Leaders of various Davidian groups are attending a meeting of extreme importance beginning on Sept. 25, 1968, at New Mt. Carmel Center. Accommodations and kitchen facilities provided.


A preliminary meetings was held in July 1968, with 12 Davidian leaders present representing second-tithers.


All Davidians and especially second-tithers are urged to attend the meetings, where plans will be formulated to take care of the interests for the second-tithers. All second-tithers who wish to see New Mt. Carmel preserved for use of Davidians, send in releases of second tithe commitments to the Registry of the 19th District Court, signifying your desire to do so. The Supreme Court of Texas ruled that anyone who ever paid second tithe is a joint owner of New Mt. Carmel Center.


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