Timely Greetings Volume 2, No. 41
CURRENT EVENTS, THE PALESTINE SITUATION,
AND HOW CLOSE THE SEPARATION?
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 6, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
TEXT FOR PRAYER
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, beginning on page 130 with the second paragraph:
"This experience gives every teacher of truth the very qualifications that will make him a
representative of Christ. The spirit of Christ's teaching will give a force and directness to his
communications and to his prayers. His witness to Christ will not be a narrow, lifeless testimony.
The minister will not preach over and over the same set discourses. His mind will be open to the
constant illumination of the Holy Spirit....
"When we eat Christ's flesh and drink His blood, the element of eternal life will be found in the
ministry. There will not be a fund of stale, oft-repeated ideas. The tame, dull sermonizing will
cease. The old truths will be presented, but they will be seen in a new light. There will be a new
perception of truth, a clearness and a power that all will discern. Those who have the privilege of
sitting under such a ministry will, if susceptible to the Holy Spirit's influence, feel the energizing
power of a new life. The fire of God's love will be kindled within them. Their perceptive faculties
will be quickened to discern the beauty and majesty of truth."
Here we are told that old truths will be presented in new life; also that Bible symbolism will be
revealed. This is the very thing we have now seen with our own eyes. We should pray that God's
people be able to recognize that the old truth is now set in a new light and that new life is being
given to it.
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CURRENT EVENTS, THE PALESTINE SITUATION,
AND HOW CLOSE THE SEPARATION?
I have been asked to give a study on current events, on the Palestine situation, and on the
separation caused by the slaughter that is forecast in Ezekiel's vision.
I wish that I could tell you all you want to know, but I cannot say how soon the separation, the
purification of the church, (Testimonies, Vol. 5, pg. 80), will take place. God alone knows the
time. All I know is that it cannot take place before we prepare the way, before our God-given
work in connection with Ezekiel 9 is done. Then it will come to pass that the Lord will suddenly
come to His temple (the church) and purify the sons of Levi, the ministry (Mal. 3:1-3). But those
who receive not the mark will fall under the slaughter weapons of the angels as did the unfaithful
"first born" in the night of the Passover in the land of Egypt.
I am, however, certain that God will not keep us ignorant of the things we ought to know. If it
becomes necessary for us to know ahead of time the day and hour of the purification of the
church, the antitypical Passover, we will be told. Yes, we shall know at least as much in advance
as Moses knew about the Passover in his day. He did not know months ahead the day and hour
of the events that were then to take place, but he was instructed of his and of the people's duties
and of what to expect from day to day. Neither did he know beforehand that they were to come
up against the Red Sea, but as the cloud led them there, and as the Egyptians followed close
behind, he was then told what to
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do. Moreover, at the time they crossed the Sea he did not know that they were to spend forty
years in the desert nor that the grown-ups among them were to perish while on their journey to
the Promised Land.
Thus must it be today, because "the secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those
things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the
words of this law." Deut. 29:29. God knows how to lead and how to save. I cannot, therefore,
give you light beyond what inspiration makes known. I can only speak of the things that are
The most exciting current event that we know of is the presidential election which stands only
two days in the future. As the nation sees it, this is now the biggest thing in the world, even
though many will not get what they want, for each one of the different parties has named its own
nominee on the presidential ballot, but only one president is to be elected.
All seem to think that peace and prosperity depend upon the man they put in the White House.
Upon the authority of the Word, though, I stand to tell you that regardless who is put in office
there will be no peace and desirable lasting prosperity, for God is left out of the plans which have
been devised although He alone can give what we are after. And now how may we know that
God is not taken into partnership? The clue that gives the answer is this:
If the church members themselves leave God out of consideration and go to men for counsel
instead of to God, then how can one expect the world to go to Him? I have in my possession
hundreds of letters from our own Denomination which prove this very thing! They give me this
information by saying:
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"I never read your literature, and never will; our ministers have investigated your teachings and
they have found them to be false. We have all the Truth; we need nothing more. Take my name
off your mailing list."
Practically all of these brethren that are trapped by the Laodicean "having need of nothing" idea
attempt to refute the message of present Truth by quoting from Sister White's writings, in spite of
the fact that their quotations are irrelevant to the subject and misconstrued in their own minds.
All quote passages which the leading brethren have cunningly passed on to them in their
brochures against us, and all of them sing the same Laodicean song which the leading brethren
have put into their mouths.
These things again and again prove that instead of using their own God-given reason, the
multitude are led by the minds of a few hostile brethren. Passages, though, such as the ones I am
about to read to you, are kept away from them.
Let me now read these simple and to the point lines of inspired Writ which need no comments:
"Introduce nothing that will cause dissension, without clear evidence that in it God is giving a
special message for this time.
"But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people has been that of
depending upon men, and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of
searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men, and
accept the decisions they make; and thus many will reject the very messages God sends to His
people, if these leading brethren do not accept them.
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"No one should claim that he has all the light there is for God's people. The Lord will not
tolerate this." -- Testimonies To Ministers, pp. 106, 107.
"We must study the truth for ourselves. No man should be relied upon to think for us. No
matter who he is, or in what position he may be placed, we are not to look upon any man as a
criterion for us. We are to counsel together, and to be subject one to another; but at the same
time we are to exercise the ability God has given us, in order to learn what is truth. Each one of
us must look to God for divine enlightenment. We must individually develop a character that will
stand the test in the day of God. We must not become set in our ideas, and think that no one
should interfere with our opinions." -- Testimonies To Ministers, pp. 109, 110.
"God wants us to depend upon Him, and not upon man. He desires us to have a new heart; He
would give us revealings of light from the throne of God." -- Testimonies To Ministers, pg. 111.
"...Whatever may be his position of authority, no one has a right to shut away the light from the
people. When a message comes in the name of the Lord to His people, no one may excuse
himself from an investigation of its claims." -- Counsels On Sabbath School Work, pg. 28.
Does not the Denomination's perverted trend in finding Heaven-revealed Truth prove to you
that God is left out of consideration, that in His place are put those who are supposed to be His
servants? What else can it be if man is consulted when the Spirit of God should be? Are we not
told by the Scriptures that the Spirit Himself is to lead us individually into all Truth? that we are
not to make flesh our arm by having someone else decide for us what is Truth and what is error?
Are we not denying the Spirit and our connection with Heaven when we take a substitute? And
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is it to go for advice to one who is already against that which you expect him to approve or
disapprove. If God can teach the cattle individually to seek water in the lower lands, not on the
top of the mountains and hills, and to search for a place of warmth where the wind does not
strike, then why can he not personally show us what is Truth and what is error?
Were the founders of the church directed into Truth by the counsel of the priests and rabbis, or
by the Spirit of God in their hearts? Are we not individually told: "Beloved, believe not every
spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is of God." 1 John 4:1, 2." Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thess. 5:19-21.
Moreover, Amos by the eye of Inspiration looked down through the centuries, deep into the
Christian era, and declared:
Amos 1:2 -- "The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the
habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither."
This scripture, you see, reflects the tragedy which took place on the top of Carmel in the days
of Elijah. Here we are given the hint that there is to be another show-down between the prophet
of God and the prophets of Baal. The prophets of Baal in our day even boast that they are not
inspired, that what they teach and preach is what they themselves discovered by deep study and
research! They even sneer at those who claim to be inspired of the Lord! They seem to think that
God has forsaken the earth; that He cares not to send His Spirit as in former time; that men are
now so wise that what the Spirit can do for them, they themselves can do even
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better! The truth is, though, that if there ever was a need for inspired interpreters of the
Scriptures, it is today while many winds of doctrines are blowing from all directions, bringing in
confusion, dissension, and disaster everywhere. No one sees eye to eye!
Of this sad condition the Spirit of Prophecy warns:
"Those who allow prejudice to bar the mind against the reception of truth can not receive the
divine enlightenment. Yet, when a view of Scripture is presented, many do not ask, Is it true, -- in
harmony with God's word? but, By whom is it advocated? and unless it comes through the very
channel that pleases them, they do not accept it. So thoroughly satisfied are they with their own
ideas, that they will not examine the Scripture evidence, with a desire to learn, but refuse to be
interested, merely because of their prejudices.
"The Lord often works where we least expect Him; He surprises us by revealing His power
through instruments of His own choice, while He passes by the men to whom we have looked as
those through whom light should come. God desires us to receive the truth upon its own merits,
-- because it is truth." -- Testimonies To Ministers, pp. 105, 106.
The world has never seen a more religious group, nor a more praying and pious people than
were the priests, scribes, and Pharisees in Christ's day. Yet they were the very ones who
protested against Christ's teachings, who spread prejudice and confusion among the people and
who kept them in darkness! Yes, they deceived a whole nation. Finally, if the Jewish Sanhedrin
was not to be trusted at Christ's first advent, then how do we know that the Christian's Sanhedrin
at Christ's second advent is to be unquestionably correct? It was the Sanhedrins of the middle
ages and down to this day that have fought against any Divinely led
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Reformation. And let me read to you of that which took place in the pioneering days of the
"But the churches generally did not accept the warning. Their ministers, who as 'watchmen
unto the house of Israel,' should have been the first to discern the tokens of Jesus' coming, had
failed to learn the truth, either from the testimony of the prophets or from the signs of the times.
As worldly hopes and ambitions filled the heart, love for God and faith in His word had grown
cold; and when the advent doctrine was presented, it only aroused their prejudice and unbelief.
The fact that the message was, to a great extent, preached by laymen, was urged as an argument
against it. As of old, the plain testimony of God's word was met with the inquiry, 'Have any of
the rulers or of the Pharisees believed?' And finding how difficult a task it was to refute the
arguments drawn from the prophetic periods, many discouraged the study of the prophecies,
teaching that the prophetic books were sealed, and were not to be understood. Multitudes,
trusting implicitly to their pastors refused to listen to the warning; an others, though convinced of
the truth, dared not confess it, lest they should be 'put out of the synagogue.' The message which
God had sent for the testing and purification of the church, revealed all too surely how great was
the number who had set their affections on this world rather than upon Christ. The ties which
bound them to earth were stronger than the attractions heavenward. They chose to listen to the
voice of worldly wisdom, and turned away from the heart-searching message of truth." -- The
Great Controversy, pg. 380.
If such has been the experience of the past, and if we all had to make up our own minds for or
against the Advent truth in opposition to the decisions of the priests and ministers in our former
churches, and if this was the only method of finding Truth then, why should it not be so now?
Have we now become less capable than we
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were before becoming Adventists? Are our prayers now failing to bring results? Has the Spirit
left us? or have we turned away from Him? There is but one honest answer that can be given:
The church is drifting with the world and she, too, is expecting the world's great men, not the
Spirit of God, to tell her what is Truth and what is error, whom to put in office and whom not to.
"Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord." Lam. 3:40.
The idea that we, as Seventh-day Adventists, have all the Truth we need, that we are "rich and
increased with goods," in need of nothing more, is the idea with which the Sanhedrin in Christ's
day indoctrinated the minds of the people, and to this day the Jewish nation has not recovered
from the effects. Do not our Seventh-day Adventist brethren therefore stand in the same
degenerating position of rejecting any light that God may send, if it does not agree with their
ideas? And even if Christ Himself should bring it down, and if it disagree with theirs, would they
not like the Jews of old be dangerously tempted to crucify Him if they could? O the great need
for revival and reformation! And if such be the condition of the people in our own church, then
what can be expected elsewhere? Return unto Me, for why should you perish? is Heaven's cry.
These are some of the current events which show that humanity is drifting farther and farther
away from God and drawing closer and closer to individual self. If we take God into partnership,
we will have peace, security, and prosperity. But as it is now, we as a nation and as a people are
headed for trouble and uncertainly at home, and for war abroad, while the church sleeps on.
Now as to what I think about the Palestine situation itself: I think the Jews need to have a place
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to, but I do not think God is leading them. If God drove the Jews from His land because of their
wickedness, because He no longer could tolerate them, then it is certain that He is not leading
them back to it now while they are of the same mind and just as hostile against His only Son as
they were two thousand years ago. The Jews, therefore, are taking the land on their own
responsibility, and when the "times" of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24) end, the new State of Israel, as
they call themselves, will then vacate the land much faster than they can now take, it, unless they
take God into the land with them.
God is nevertheless to have a people there, but they will be the kind He tells of in the Scriptures,
some of which I shall now read:
Jer. 30:18-22 -- "Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and
have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the
palace shall remain after the manner thereof. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the
voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also
glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their
congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. And their
nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will
cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto Me: for who is this that engaged his heart to
approach unto Me? saith the Lord. And ye shall be My people, and I will be your God."
Jer. 31:6-10, 34 -- "For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry,
Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. For thus saith the Lord; Sing with
gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise
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ye, and say, O Lord, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the
north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame,
the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return
thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them
to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father
to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the Word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in
the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd
doth his flock.... And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the
greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no
Hos. 3:4, 5 -- "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a
prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without
"Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king;
and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days."
God will have a people in the land all right, but they all shall know the Lord. Those, therefore,
who are now trying to establish themselves in Palestine are not that people. To learn who the
people are that will inherit the land, read Tract No. 8, Mount Zion At The Eleventh Hour.
But, you say, is there no prophecy concerning what the Jews are doing today in Palestine? Of
course there must be a prophecy. Let me read it to you:
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Zeph. 2:1-3 -- "Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; before the
decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon
you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the
earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be
hid in the day of the Lord's anger."
These verses of Scripture, you note, are to meet fulfillment just before the "day pass as the
chaff," before the fierce anger of the Lord breaks upon the nation not desired. And while this
undesired nation is gathering together, then it is that all the meek of the earth, those who have
borne the Lord's message "before the great and dreadful day of the Lord" (the church), are
counselled to still seek meekness. There are, therefore, two peoples brought to view in these
verses -- the nation not desired and the meek of the earth.
Now in view of the fact that there is but one such undesired nation, the Jewish, and none other,
that is hated by all nations, this scripture cannot possibly apply to another people. Also the fact
that now while we are broadcasting the message of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, the
day before the day of the Lord's anger, the undesired Jews world over are gathering together in
Palestine -- I say in view of all these things now contemporaneously taking place, the truth of the
Scriptures boldly stand out, showing that the anger of the Lord is to fall upon the Jews unless they
reform, and not they, but "the meek of the earth" are to inherit the land. And so according to
Scripture, Jew and Arab alike are to go out of the Promised Land, and the meek of the earth to
march into it.
How are they to get there, and who is to open the way? -- The answer to these questions we
shall find in--
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Zech. 14:4, 5 -- "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. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains;
for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before
the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the
saints with thee."
The Lord Himself, you see, is to open the way for the returning of His people.
Isa. 11:11, 12, 16 -- "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again
the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from
Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and
from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the
outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth....
And there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria;
like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt."
Isa. 27:12, 13 -- "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the
channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children
of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they
shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of
Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem."
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The Lord opens the way, and the Lord gathers His people.
Now about the war as it stands today. Tract No. 14, War News Forecast, which came out
several years ago, tells the truth concerning World War No. 2 and its outcome. The Tract gets its
light from Nahum's prophecy. The war there predicted, the prophet declares, is fought in the day
of the automobile, in the day men "run to and fro," while the "chariots...rage in the streets,...justle
one against another in the broad ways...while [running] like the lightnings," -- in our time. That
war, the tract's appendix -- Time and Chance Solve Mysteries -- proves, is World War No. 2.
The prophet saw one that dasheth in pieces (Hitler) daring his enemies to prepare against him.
Then the prophet saw the worthies of him who dasheth in pieces (Hitler's worthies) stumble in
their walk (fall by mistake in their march for victory). And so it came to pass that after Hitler
opened his guns against the nations around him, and started breaking everything to pieces, the
allies went to prepare for war.
Hitler caused his worthies to stumble by waging war against Russia while in war with Great
Britain, and by going after Greece and Egypt rather than crossing the English channel when
England, unknown to him, was almost to give up. Thus his worthies stumbled and never rose
again. Finally, Hitler disappeared and hostilities ceased. But according to Nahum's prophecy, and
also according to current events as broadcast by news reports everywhere, the war is still on; it
has not actually ceased, but is only making a turn for the worse, yes, and it is only a matter of time
before it will become even hotter than it was previous to Hitler's disappearance.
Moreover, there has been no official declaration as yet that the war is over. No complete
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the powers which fought in the war has as yet been reached. Anyone can see that the world is
fast getting ready to resume the war with a mightier and final blow if possible. Anyone can see,
too, that the war was not won for the good of Great Britain, but for Russia, and that following the
cessation of hostilities conditions have caused the world to consolidate into two great and hostile
blocks, -- the Western and the Eastern blocks, -- not to mention the wars and rumors of wars all
around us. This happened because Great Britain allied with atheistic Russia, a government that is
against God and His church. Thus Great Britain put greater trust in God's enemy than in God
Himself, and that is why the war is yet to be fought.
And now while the cold war between the east and west is on, the churches, too, by the
Amsterdam confederacy, are enlarging the size of each block. Both radio broadcasts and
newspapers declare that all the churches except the Roman and the Russian orthodox churches
did send representatives to the Amsterdam assembly. The Russian orthodox church, you know, is
the Greek orthodox church. And why do you suppose the church that is in Greece joined the
confederacy, but the church that is in Russia did not? Only because of fearing the "block" they
are in. The churches, too, are taking sides with their respective block -- Eastern or Western.
(What will the Roman church do? She, too, will of necessity eventually join the Western block.)
Does it not look to you as though the world is getting ready for a church and state government?
I have repeatedly pointed out that the world is unwittingly making a mighty effort to saddle the
scarlet-colored beast of Revelation 17 and to mount there on BABYLON THE GREAT. We are
headed for the church and state government which BABYLON THE GREAT symbolizes while
riding the scarlet-colored beast, and when the war gets "hot" again, Babylon may then replace the
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Nations thereafter. So it is seen that the world in its attempt to overcome the obstacles with
which it is confronted, is as it were jumping out of the fire and falling into the frying pan, only
because it is not taking God into partnership.
The world sees communism as a hydra-headed monster behind a bush, and the nations are
already, so to speak, smiting their knees one against the other while they look at it. Their safety,
however, does not depend on fear and armament, nor on the man we elect for president, but on
God, on Him Who holds the earth in space, and Who still rules the affairs of mankind. From the
dawn of history till today the great nations that have fallen, fell when they were best armed and
most independent of God. This should be a great lesson to all, but who realizes it!
God, therefore, for the sake of His own will puts in the hearts of the communists, or
communist-like powers (the ten horns of the scarlet-colored beast who hate the woman, hate
religion, as does communism) to "give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall
be fulfilled." Rev. 17:17.
Now, the statement to "give their kingdom" implies that they have a kingdom to give. In verse
12, however, we are told that they "have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings
one hour with the beast." When both statements are put together then the statements say that
communism could have a kingdom, could rule the world, but "God hath put in their hearts to
fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall
be fulfilled." They, therefore, only receive power as kings one hour with the beast, after which
they destroy the woman, the church and state system, and take the kingdom to themselves (Rev.
17:17). (For a detailed exposition of the seventeenth chapter of Revelation, read Tract no. 12,
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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, pp. 30-33).
Just how this is to come about, I do not know; but I do know that the greatest of all wars is to
be fought about the holy land; "Behold," says the Lord, "the day of the Lord cometh, and thy
spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle;
and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city
shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city."
Zechariah 14:1, 2.
This prophetic statement, "God hath put in their hearts...to agree, and give their kingdom unto
the beast," proves true what I tried to say awhile ago: That when any nation became great and on
its own, without God, built a gigantic war machine for defense and aggression, then it was that
that nation came to naught. The tranquility and prosperity of any nation and people, therefore,
depends on their stand with God, not on their military strength.
Let me now remind you what Inspiration has to say of the association of nations and peoples
according to current events. For light on the subject we turn to the eighth chapter of Isaiah's
prophecy. Time will not permit me to re-study with you the whole chapter, and I do not think it
is necessary, for we studied it not long ago. You remember that the chapter unveils a confederacy
which ancient Israel, the ten-tribe kingdom (the church), made with ancient Syria, a sovereign
power of the world, to war against Judah, a sister kingdom (church). Inspiration makes a type of
that church and state confederacy, and by it definitely points out the trend which the nominal
churches and the sovereign powers of the world are to take now in the antitype. It makes known,
moreover, that they will not prosper in it.
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I shall now read to you what God Himself thinks of it:
Isa. 8:8-10 -- "And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even
to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far
countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be
broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall
not stand: for God is with us."
According to St. Matthew, chapter 1, verse 23, the name Immanuel belongs to Christ, and by
interpretation it means "God with us." Plainly, then, the exclamation "O Immanuel," shows that
Inspiration is speaking to Christ. And since He could not be thus addressed before He was born
of a woman and received the name Immanuel, it is obvious that this association of peoples is to be
found in the Christian era, in the era in which Immanuel lives.
Now the statement "Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it
shall not stand: for God is with us," plainly says what I tried to tell you -- that the nations,
including the churches, have left Immanuel, "God with us," out of their plans, that what they are
trying to do they are doing on their own intiative and resources for the words "God is with us"
coming from one who is not with the assemblies of the people, clearly implies that Immanuel is
not with them, and that therefore their work shall come to naught.
From these scriptures it is seen that the current events brought about by the two opposing
blocks, the east and the west, are not going to work out according to human planning, that the
plans made by the confederation
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of nations and people are to come to naught except they consult God and take Him into
Let us now hear what the Lord would have us do, the stand He would have His people take:
Isa. 8:11, 12 -- "For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I
should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom
this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid."
The fear which the people fear is not to be our fear; neither are their plans to be our plans. Our
duty is to--
Isa. 8:13 -- "Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your
To sanctify the Lord is to be all for Him, to have no one else in His stead, to put your entire
trust in Him, not making flesh your arm, for He alone is able to see you through. And though you
should be the only one in all the world to take such a stand, He will not fail you. If such be your
case, you will then become Heaven's greatest hero.
Isa. 8:14 -- "And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of
offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem."
This truth, you note, will now, just as has any Divinely-revealed truth at any time in the past,
become a rock of offense and a snare to many -- yes, as Christ Himself became such to the Jews --
because rather than taking their stand firmly for Divine truth, they are becoming as hostile against
it as were the Jews in Christ's day. Since the prophecy continues through the
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ninth chapter, we shall read--
Isa. 9:20, 21 -- "And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left
hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm: Manasseh,
Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this His anger
is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still."
Such will be the results of rejecting God and His counsel. All who take their stand with the
multitude against God's people will find themselves in the same predicament as the Midianites
found themselves in Gideon's time -- as the light breaks out they will kill one another, but the
faithful will be delivered. This, however, is not all:
Isa. 8:15 -- "And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be
According to this scripture many of them will find "the rapture" not to their liking and not
according to their teaching of it. The Lord's command is:
Isa. 8:16 -- "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples."
A "disciple" is one who follows Christ on and on in Divinely-revealed Truth which he accepts
not because others do, or do not, but because the Father which is in Heaven has through His
Spirit personally convinced him of it (Matt. 16:17) -- because independent of what others do or
say he is personally persuaded by the Spirit. And the "testimony" is His living Word passed on by
His chosen and Spirit-filled messengers -- "the Spirit of Prophecy" at work (Rev. 19:10). Hence
to bind up the testimony among His disciples is to confirm "the Spirit of Prophecy" among them
and them only. And to seal the law
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among them is to have the law authorized and fortified by Truth, to have them see the necessity of
keeping it, and to have them calmly say--
Isa. 8:17 -- "And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth His face from the house of Jacob, and I
will look for Him."
Isa. 8:18 -- "Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for
wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in Mount Zion."
Soon it will be seen that those who take a firm stand on the side of Truth will be for signs and
Isa. 8:19 -- "And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto
wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the
Here the world is shown to give greater attention to Spiritualism than to a "thus saith the Lord."
Isa. 8:20 -- "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is
because there is no light in them."
God's people will know that those who take a stand other than the one which Truth here sets
forth, are so doing because the Spirit of Truth is not dwelling in their hearts. And let us
remember that to make flesh your arm, to consult man when God should be consulted, is every bit
as bad as to consult the spirits of Darkness.
"Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting,
and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto
the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of
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great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil." Joel 2:12, 13.
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