Timely Greetings Volume 2, No. 44
THE SIGNS OF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING
OR THE SIGNS OF THE KINGDOM--WHICH?
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-DAY
ADVENTISTS SABBATH, JANUARY 22, 1949
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
We as students and gospel teachers have for years dwelt heavily on the signs of Christ's second
coming, but not at all on the signs of the Kingdom. As a result of this, Christendom has
theoretically merged the signs of the Kingdom with the signs of the second Advent.
Something similar to this is what the Jews of old did when they were expecting the Messiah's
first appearing. According to their private understanding they deeply studied the signs of the
restoration of the Kingdom, but not so much of the signs of the Messiah's coming. Thus it was
that when they were told that the Messiah had come but not the time to restore the Kingdom, the
leaders of the Jews, taking for granted that their private (uninspired) interpretation of the
Scriptures was infallible, rejected the message of that day. Then in an attempt to safeguard their
influence upon the common people and to subjugate them to their way of thinking, they crucified
the Lord, their Saviour and King as they did also kill the prophets who went before Him. Their
insistence that the Kingdom be restored in their day, though, profited them nothing.
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The fact that Christendom itself is divided and confused, one believing one thing and another
something else, is in itself sufficient evidence that besides being in total darkness of the signs of
the Kingdom because of private interpretation of the Scriptures, Christendom must be in darkness
of many other things as well. In such a confused state of faith, Christendom is definitely no more
led by the Spirit of Truth than were the rebellious Jews. Past experience teaches, however, that to
try to convince the multitude of this fact would be as formidable a task as to convince the Jews
even to this day that Christ is the Messiah that was to come. The difficulty, of course, lies in the
fact that hardly a theologian allows for the possibility that his understanding of the Bible might be
at least in a measure erroneous, and that Inspiration might almost at any moment manifest Itself
anew, unroll the scroll and bring forth timely Truth, "meat in due season," and thus expose their
private concoctions of so-called tuth.
Now with all respect and sincerity, by the authority of the Scriptures and by virtue of the facts
before me, I say that it would be easier for a chicken to find its roost in the blackest of the night
than for uninspired mind to unveil the prophecies and the parables. The difference between the
two is that the chicken realizes the futility of trying to find her roost after sunset, but the
self-willed man does not realize that he cannot unveil Truth at his own will and without light from
We as Christians have obviously failed to note that if the secret things of God, matter not how
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to be unsealed at anytime by anyone, Inspiration would never in the first place have concealed
them in symbols and parables. Christendom is still blind to the fact that to attempt to break into
the mysteries of God would be to attempt to defeat His purposes; yes, to try to break into the
Divine code, is to try the impossible. For example, even when the time did come for the Book
sealed with seven seals to be unsealed (Rev. 4 and 5), no one in heaven or on earth was able to do
so, but only "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" could break the seals and look into the things which
afterwards were shown to John, the Revelator. And though John wrote them, he himself could
not before time explain them. Then how can we do such before time and without the Inspiration
of the same Spirit Who indicted them? The Word of God plainly warns:
2 Pet. 1:19-21 -- "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take
heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your
hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For
the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost."
No one, say the Scriptures, can privately (without Inspiration) unfold the prophecies, for,
reasons the Apostle, as prophecy came not by private effort -- not by the will of men, but by holy
men and the Spirit -- neither can it therefore be of private interpretation, but only by holy men led
by the Holy Spirit. Moreover, even
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after prophecy is thus interpreted, only to the righteous (the penitent) is given the gift of
understanding it (Dan. 12:10).
Since we as a people know some of the signs of Christ's second coming, and none of the signs
of the Kingdom, we had better now concentrate on the signs of the latter.
Matt. 13:24-30 -- "Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is
likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and
sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought
forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the Householder came and said unto
Him, Sir, didst not Thou sow good seed in Thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said
unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto Him, Wilt Thou then that we go and
gather them up? But He said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat
with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the
reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the
wheat into My barn."
This parable of the Kingdom, you note, contains three periods of time: First, the period of
sowing the seed -- the time of Christ's ministry; second, the period of growing -- the time from the
ascension of Christ to the harvest; third, the time of harvest -- a short period of
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time "at the end of the world" (Matt. 13:49), the period in which the earth is lightened with the
glory of the angel (Rev. 18:1), and in which all God's people are called out of Babylon (Rev.
18:4). Then those who did not respond to this gathering call will cry out: "The harvest is past, the
summer is ended, and we are not saved." Jer. 8:20. The "harvest," therefore, is "the end of the
world." Matt. 13:49. It commences in the church and ends in Babylon.
The work of the harvest, very obviously, is synonymous with the Judgment that decides who are
tares and who are wheat--who are to be burned and destroyed as noxious weeds, and who are as
precious wheat to be admitted into "the barn," the Kingdom. Thus it is that the Judgment is the
cleansing of the sanctuary (Dan. 8:14), "the house of God," the temple to which the Lord
suddenly comes and purifies His servants, the Levites. Here is the way the latter scripture reads:
Mal. 3:1-3, 5 -- "Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and
the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant,
whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of
his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers'
soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and
purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness....
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift
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witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against
those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the
stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the Lord of hosts."
How many yields of fruit is the harvest to give? -- If the 144,000 are the "first fruits" (Rev.
14:4), then there must be "second fruits," for where there is no second there can be no first. The
word "firstfruits" absolutely necessitates second fruits.
Where do the first fruits come from, and where do the second fruits come from? -- We are
plainly told that the first fruits are Israelites -- all from the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-8).
Israel certainly stands for the church membership at the time they are sealed; the title "Israel"
cannot be construed to mean the world. The firstfruits, therefore, are harvested from the church
itself at the time the separation begins. The word "sealed" means placed in a safe place -- sealed.
This is exactly what the apostle Peter says:
1 Pet. 4:17, 18 -- "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it
first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the
righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
Now, then, if the Judgment begins first in the "house of God," in the church, then it will end in
the world, outside the church circles. The parable of the "net"
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and the Revelation of John very briefly and concisely bring this truth still better to the surface.
Matt. 13:47-50 -- "Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and
gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered
the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels
shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace
of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Clearly, the net represents the gospel church into which are caught both hypocrite and saint.
Accordingly, in the time of the firstfruit harvest (the Judgment "in the house of God") "at the end
of the world" (Matt. 13:49), the angels sever the wicked from among the just, not the just from
among the wicked. But in the second fruit harvest (the Judgment in the world) the separation is
the reverse: the just are taken out from among the wicked, not the wicked from among the just, so
says The Revelation: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My
people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 18:4.
Plainly, the Judgment "in the house of God" is the harvest in which the hypocrites as "tares" are
burned, but as bad "fish" they are cast out. In the Judgment in Babylon (in the world), though,
not the bad, but the good are taken out and brought into the purified house of God where there is
no sin and no sinner, and where there is no danger of the lagues. This same truth concerning the
house of God again
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comes to us in these words:
Isa. 66:15, 16, 19, 20 -- "For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with His chariots like a
whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by
His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many....And I will
set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish,
Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard My
fame, neither have seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. And they
shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in
chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,
saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the
Again we here see that those who escape the slaying of the Lord "in the house of God"
(obviously the firstfruits, "the servants of God"), are sent to the nations who know not God, and
from there they bring all their brethren (the second fruits) to the purified house of God where
there is neither sin nor sinner, and where the plagues of Babylon therefore do not fall.
We have now positively seen that there are first and second fruits: one from the church -- the
144,000 sons of Jacob; and one from all nations -- the great multitude which no man can number
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Who gathers the firstfruits if the firstfruits gather the second fruits? -- Let us find our answer by
Rev. 14:14-19 -- "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud One sat like unto
the Son of man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another
angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in Thy
sickle, and reap: for the time is come for Thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And He
that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another
angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel
came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to Him that had the
sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in Thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for
her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in His sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of
the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God."
Here we are again told that there are two reapings, one by the Son of Man, and another by an
angel. The reaping by the Son of Man precedes the reaping by the angel. "Son of Man,"
therefore, gathers the firstfruits, and the angel gathers the second fruits. (The vines, not the fully
ripe grapes, he casts in the wine press.) The Son of Man Himself obviously reaps the firstfruits
because His servants (figuratively the angel of the church of the Laodiceans) are in no condition
to do such a work, for they themselves are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked," and know it not (Rev. 3:14-18).
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Looking down to this very time, the Spirit of Prophecy in Isaiah's day said:
Isa. 63:5 -- "And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to
uphold: therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me; and My fury, it upheld Me."
Here you note that when the time came there was not even one among His servants "to uphold"
the work of the harvest, and consequently the Lord Himself did the work without them.
For the second reaping, however, He uses His guileless "servants," the "firstfruits," the 144,000,
as prefigured by the angel with the sharp sickle (Rev. 14:17, 18). And just as there are two fruits
and two reapings from two different places, the church and the world, there are, as shown before,
also two ways of harvesting: at first the bad are cast from among the good, and at last the good
are called out from among the bad.
These are some of the signs and events that precede the Kingdom of glory, the second coming
of Christ. Then, too, there are other signs, the first of which is seen from the parable of Matthew
Matt. 25:1-12 -- "Then shall the Kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their
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went forth to meet the Bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They
that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels
with their lamps. While the Bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight
there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him. Then all those
virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil;
for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for
us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to
buy, the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the
door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But He
answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not."
In this parable it is seen that the church is likened to ten virgins, five of whom do not avail
themselves of extra oil -- special Truth for this time, that is, these five do not give heed to the
truth of the Judgment of the living, the separation or purification of the church. When the cry is
made, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him," all ten virgins see that the light
of their lamps is going out; they see that the message of the Judgment of the dead is passing.
Quickly then, the five wise virgins refill their lamps with the extra oil which they have stored in
their vessels, and go on to meet the Bridegroom. But the five foolish virgins, those who thought
there was no need for extra oil, no need for an extra message, the message of the Judgment
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of the living, find themselves in gross darkness. Yes, they find themselves without the light which
the message of the Judgment of the living unfolds. Upon discovering their foolish neglect, they
rush to obtain oil, light on the subject, but in the meantime the door has been shut (probationary
time for the virgins, the church, has closed). When they call for admission they are politely told
by the Lord Himself, "I know you not."
The sign of the coming Kingdom which this parable brings forth, is obviously the special
message (the extra oil) which announces the Judgment of the living, the message which awakens
the open-hearted Truth seekers, and which dooms its opposers, the hypocrites and lukewarm in
the church -- those who are satisfied and think themselves rich and increased with goods, in need
of nothing (in need of no timely Truth), those who never awake to the fact that they are absolutely
destitute. Mind you, these are not my words, read what the Lord says to Laodicea:
Rev. 3:14-18 -- "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the
Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that
thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and
increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that
thou mayest be rich; and
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white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
Another view of this tragic truth is given in--
Luke 14:16-24 -- "Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
and sent His servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now
ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have
bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And
another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me
excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant
came, and shewed his Lord these things. Then the Master of the house being angry said to His
servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the
maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as Thou hast
commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways
and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled. For I say untoyou, That
none of those men which were bidden shall taste of My supper."
In this parable are seen two periods of time. The first period is while the gospel has "bade
many" (Luke 14:16) to the marriage supper, the time from the Apostles to the time of His last
servant with the last message
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God sends to His people, the time all things are "ready." The next period is the time in which His
last servant served (Luke 14:17). This servant is sent, we are told, at "supper time," at the end of
the day, indicating that he bears the last message. Moreover, he is at first sent to those who have
previously been "bidden"; that is, to those who were already in the gospel truth, in the church. At
the outset he is to contact a class of people deeply engrossed with the cares of this life, and is to
tell them that "all things are now ready," that if they wish they can now prepare and go to the
wedding, there to enjoy the Bridegroom's banquet. This is the last call for the supper.
But what happens? -- They excuse themselves from having anything to do with the banquet just
then. Some lay the blame on their professions, while others blame having to make a living for the
family. Whereupon the Master of the house angrily sends His servant to the poor and to the
afflicted, to those who are hungry and not too busy to take heed, to those who are not so
encumbered with business and home that they cannot answer His call. This very thing takes place
in the "city" proper -- the church. The poor, those who realize that they are not "rich and
increased with goods," come in, but still there is room for more.
Then it is that the Lord of that servant commands that he should go after those who are on the
highways and hedges -- those outside the church circles, even to the ends of the earth (the
"hedges"). But before the servant goes to the highways and hedges on his last
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mission, the Master emphatically informs him that those who had been bidden and who excused
themselves from coming in, are to be entirely excluded from the banquet; that none of them will
be permitted even to taste of His supper; that by turning a deaf ear to the call these have closed
their own probationary time, and that there is now nothing that can alter the situation. After this
the servant's compelling cry goes out to the nations and the Master's house is filled, the wedding
takes place, and the Bridegroom serves all that are in the house, but none others.
This same event is again given from another point of view. This time by the gospel prophet:
Isa. 52:1, 2 -- "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O
Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and
the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the
bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion."
This particular prophecy discloses that while the church, Jerusalem and Zion, is asleep and
naked with the unclean in her midst, and in captivity among the Gentiles (away from her own
land), an awakening cry, a message, comes urging her to arise and put on her beautiful garments,
for the wicked, declares the cry, will no more come into her, for they are to be utterly cut off.
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The signs of the Kingdom, you see, are even more important for one to observe than are the
signs of Christ's coming. If one should miss the signs of the Kingdom, then the knowledge of the
signs of Christ's coming would profit nothing, for all such will be frightened at His appearing and
say "to the mountains and rocks. Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the
throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand?" Rev. 6:16, 17.
Are the efforts to set up the pre-millennial Kingdom -- the purified church -- accompanied by
great signs and wonders, by noise and pomp? To this question the Lord answers--
Matt. 13:31-33 -- "The Kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took,
and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest
among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches
thereof. Another parable spake He unto them; The Kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which
a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."
Zech. 4:6 -- "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord of hosts."
Not a blast or a boom, and not a bust either, but the plain, quiet Truth, Brothers, Sisters, is what
saves you and brings the Kingdom into being.
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What is this pre-millennial Kingdom like? And what other signs precede its establishment? The
answer to this question comes through Ezekiel--
Ezek. 36:23-28 -- "And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen,
which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith
the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among
the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will
I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your
idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I
will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My
judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be
My people, and I will be your God."
Here are additional signs, signs which are displayed within and without the man himself: the
scars and defects which sin has written upon the bodies of God's people are washed away; also
the sin-hardened heart is carved out of them and a new, tender heart that delights in keeping
God's statutes and judgments, is set in.
When does this take place? -- After God takes His saints "from among the heathen," "out of all
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and brings them into their "own land," say the Scriptures. Thus shall they dwell in the land that
God anciently gave to their fathers, and thus shall they be His people and He their God. Here you
see that no one can meet God face to face and live with Him eternally without first having this
body-cleansing and heart-changing experience.
Very evidently none who remain ignorant of these signs of the coming Kingdom will have this
experience and consequently shall never enter into it, never be fitted to live and reign with Christ.
Since these signs are so vital to salvation, they should no longer be overlooked, but should
receive first consideration if we expect Christ's second coming to be for our good, not to our
damnation. Indeed, for this obvious reason it is at this late hour this important message is brought
to our attention.
This great Truth is again foretold in the words of Zechariah--
Zech. 12:5-14; 13:1-5 -- "And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of
Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. In that day will I make the
governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and
they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall
be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of
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Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do
not magnify themselves against Judah.
"In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them
at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord
before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that
come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have
pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness
for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
"In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in
the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of
David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their
wives apart; all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart....
"In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of
hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no
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more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the
land. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother
that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the
Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision,
when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: but he shall say, I
am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth."
The revival and reformation herein presented -- mourning and heart searching caused by
appreciativeness of God's great mercy and goodness -- shall be in the day the governors of Judah
say, "The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength," in the day the Lord makes even the most
feeble among them as David, and the house of David as God, as the angel of the Lord.
When this thorough reformation takes place then the cleansing fountain shall be opened to the
whole house of David. In that day the wicked shall be cut off and kept out of the house of David,
and the false teachers, "prophets," shall feel ashamed of having ever taught their private
interpretations of the Scriptures. Then shall men fully realize that though they could be taught by
men to keep cattle, yet no man could teach them to prophesy; that this office is restricted to the
Spirit of Prophecy, that no prophecy of the Scriptures is of
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Is this cleansing, heaven-fitting pre-millennium Kingdom, set up in probationary time? -- To find
our answer we shall turn to the prophecy of Micah--
Micah 3:12; 4:1, 2 -- "Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall
become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.... But in the last
days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the
top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And
many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the
house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for
the law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
Here we are told that in the latter days, in our time, the ancient Kingdom that was destroyed
will be reestablished and exalted above all other Kingdoms. Then people shall "flow into it"
because "the law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem." The gospel
work, therefore, is to be finished while its headquarters stand in the Holy Land. Thus the
Kingdom is set up in probationary time, in time of salvation and judicial purification, for after it is
set up other people from many nations flow into it.
This is what the Bible says, and certain it is that
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this is what is to be, for not even the Devil can defeat God's plans or cheat His people. Oh, yes,
the Devil will try to explain away what these Scriptures say, but he can never make them say
something other than what they do say. Besides, anyone taking the Devil's word in preference to
God's, deserves the Devil's reward, and I am sure he will not be cheated out of it.
Since these signs of the times, in addition to others, are of far greater importance than the
"Lisbon earthquake," "the dark day," and "the falling stars," we had better awake to the demand
which they impose upon us, and which are bound to fit us for the second coming of Christ and for
a home in His Kingdom if heeded. But if these signs cannot awaken us, then it is positive that
they will cause us to slide down into the bottomless pit while dreaming of being rich and increased
with goods, in need of nothing, supposedly on the way to the glory land. What a disappointment
and what weeping and gnashing of teeth that would be!
Who is to drive the Gentiles out of the land? -- The answer is in
Zech. 1:14-17, 20, 21 -- "So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying,
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I
am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they
helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with
mercies: My house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of
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hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of
hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort
Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.... And the Lord shewed me four carpenters. Then said I,
What come these to do? And He spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah,
so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the
Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it."
Obviously one part of the Gentile nations shall come against the part that is in the Holy Land,
and chase them out to make room for God's people. Then will the Lord's feet stand on Mount
Olives and the Mount shall cleave in the midst thereof and make therein a very great valley. Thus
shall the Lord open the way for His people to flee there to the "valley" where the Lord's feet
stand, and all the saints with them (Zech. 14:4, 5).
This truth, you see, supersedes all truths, for without it your other truths will not profit you, will
not take you into the Kingdom. It is the last mile of all the miles of our faith through life that
takes us Home. We have gone this long; let us, therefore, keep on going right on to glory land,
which is no longer beyond the horizon. The mile ahead is indeed the last mile that will take us
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