Living the Word in your practical life !
J e s u s :
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14 : 15.
I n t r o d u c t i o n
If we are honestly and true to love Jesus, let us keep His commandments. The commandments are none other than the Ten Commandments of the basic Law of the Kingdom of Heaven. The basic Law of the Ten Commandments should have been supplemented by the common law containing all the rules of implementation of the basic Law, which have been developing time and again up to the time of the end. All the rules of implementation are none other than the testimonies of Jesus Himself, which have been developed up to the time of the end into the so-called the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. And this is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY mentioned in Revelation 19 : 10, which contain all the interpretations of the prophecies of the Old Testaments and the book of Revelation, and all the parables of Jesus in the New Testament. Thus is it why Mrs. White has ever said :
“T r u e r e l i g i o n means living the word in your practical life. Your profession is not of any value without the practical doing of the word.” -- Testimonies to Ministers, p. 127.
Living the word in our practical life means to have the practical doing of the basic Law of the Ten Commandments and all its rules of implementation in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. God wants to save us, but n o t only upon the completeness of His word available in the time of King David of old, when he said : “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my paths.” — Psalm 119 : 105. And also not only upon the completeness of His word available in the time of Prophet Daniel of old, for the angel Gabriel was still telling Daniel as follows : “Go thy way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried ; but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” -- Daniel 12 : 9. Even not only upon the whole words of the Lord JESUS HIMSELF available in the New Testament Scripture during His mission in the Palestine, because at that time the book of Revelation was not as yet available and known among the apostles. And even His parables of the kingdom was not as yet revealed. Let alone with only limited knowledge of the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY available in the time of the pioneers of the Laodicean Church in the past. So the Lord God would have saved us only upon the completeness of His word of Truth which have been fully interpreted and revealed in our midst in this time of the end.
Though all the Churches represented by the seven women in the prophecy of Isaiah 4 : 1, in this time of the end, are now competing among themselves to get the blessings of the Lord to be saved into the Kingdom of Heaven, not even one of them has ever successfully received the whole truth for this time of the end as complete as those provided us in the BIBLE and in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of the golden bowl of the pictorial prophecy of Zechariah chapter 4. How could it be possible for mankind to be saved from this world of sin and sinners, whereas the rules of implementation of the basic Law of God available in their midst are not as yet complete ? How could it be possible for us to be living the Word, whereas the words of truth themselves are not as yet complete available in our midst ? The true religion at this time of the end need several requirements to meet in our personal being : (1). The Bible and THE SPIRIT OF PROPHEY must be available within our reach, (2). There must be a serious desire in our heart to know the Truth, which is hungry and thirsty for the bread of life. And (3). There must be an helping hand of God through His Holy Spirit to guide us unto all truth and the things to come. And all these things should have made us to be more positive that we are blessed of the Lord.
Let us now praise the Lord for having in our possession the Bible and the books of the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY as rules of implementation of the Law of the Ten Commandments of God. The Old Testament prophets and the apostles of the New Testament have provided us with the Bible ; and the New Testament prophets of this time of the end have ever done their best to have interpreted the Bible and all the secret things therein into the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. And this is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY mentioned by Apostle John in the Revelation 19 : 10.
The Lord has His divinely appointed agencies
Now when we are truly love Jesus, let us obey all the Commandments of the Decalogue according to their rules of implementation available in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.
Apostle Paul during his lifetime had ever said, that the Lord God would have had appointed Himself His own men to be apostles, and prophets, and evangelists, pastors, and teachers for edifying the body of Christ, who are the people who want to be living the Truth of the Bible and the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY in their practical life. Read Ephesian 4 : 11 – 14. That henceforth they would be no more as children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. Therefore to the divinely appointed servants Mrs. White said :
“What is the work of the minister of the gospel ? It is to rightly divide the word of truth ; not to invent a new gospel, but to rightly divide the gospel already committed to them. They cannot rely upon the old sermons to present to their congregations; for these set discourses may not be appropriate to meet the occasion, or the want of the people.” -- Review and Herald, September 11, 1888.
“Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists. The prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be carefully studied, and in connection with them the words, ”Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
The twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew is presented to me again and again as something that is to be brought to the attention of all. We are today living in the time when the predictions of this chapter are fulfilling. Let our ministers and teachers explain these prophecies to those whom they instruct. Let them leave out of their discourses matters of minor consequences, and present the truths that will decide the destiny of souls.” --- Gospel Workers, p. 148.
However, after the Organization of the angel of Laodicea and his diehard followers failed most of the instructions of the Lord, and since the Lord God would no more recognize any Organization of Mount Carmel Center after the death of His servant Victor T. Houteff in 1955, then his own statement would have been fulfilled , when he ever before said :
“………….. we must therefore, as teachers (not prophet) of the Shepherd’s Rod (the official publications of the Davidian SDA Association), teach only in the light of the Rod those passages which in one way or another need to be interpreted. THUS ONLY WILL ALL PRESENT TRUTH BELIEVERS EVER BECOME OF THE SAME MIND, SEEING EYE TO EYE AND SPEAKING THE SAME THINGS.“ – Fundamental Beliefs of the Davidian SDA, p. 26 (in brackets added).
What does it mean by this statement ?
After the passing away of all the apostles, and after the angel of Laodicea be spewed out of Jesus’ mouth in 1935, even after the death of Mrs. White and Bro. Victor T. Houteff, the Lord God would have acknowledged only the divinely appointed teachers of the Rod to represent Him to edify the body of Christ of those present truth believers of the Rod. These are the candidates of the 144.000 elected saints of God, that henceforth they would be no more as children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
Long before Bro. Houteff died in 1955
We have been warned in the following words :
“Everything that can be done against God’s message of today will be done with even a greater vengeance than was manifest against Heaven’s message in the days of Christ’s first advent, for the Devil knows that if he loses now, he loses forever --- that he is to have no other chance. Unparalleled, therefore, is the urgency that every eleventh-hour church member now quickly and solidly brace himself against the Enemy’s effort to deliver a knockout blow. We must be alert, too, to realize that the blow is to come from surprisingly unsuspected foes --- from professed friends of the gospel, who are no less pious than were the priests in Christ’s day. It is, moreover, but to be expected that the Adversary will employ every agency possible to prevent the Lord from disclosing to view His now obscure 144.000 first fruit servants, who are to go gather in the second fruits (Revelation 7 : 9). The Enemy will try everything conceivable to confuse, becloud, and cover up the Truth, especially on the subject of the 144.000.” -- The White House Recruiter, p. 33.
The above statement by Bro. Houteff seemed very clearly addressed to his own people organized in the Headquarters of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas, USA, in 1935. It is the re-organized body of the General Conference of SDA in 1935 to meet the instruction by Mrs. White in her message of the Call for a Spiritual revival and reformation in the Review & Herald, of Feb. 25, 1902. But the whole statement above would be fulfilled only after his death in 1955.
So after his death and after Mrs. Houteff succeeded him to have controlled over all the affairs at the Headquarters, the Enemy then successfully delivered a knockout blow upon them. This met its fulfillment when Mrs. Houteff proclaimed to the public that the Rod message is no healthier. This is due to her failure to have set 1959 as the year of the establishment of the kingdom in the Palestine, that later failed to be materialized. Then in 1962 the whole assets of the Headquarters of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas were sold to the Presbyterian Church. And all the Davidians and their Associations of Davidian SDA, who survived the death of Bro. Houteff then scattered in many places, even up to this very moment.
And later, though most of the assets of lands and buildings on the original Mount Carmel location had been bought back from the Presbyterian Church in 1991, and even most of the membership have returned to join in there, the fact is clear that the Enemy is still trying everything conceivable to confuse, becloud, and cover up the Truth, especially on the subject of the 144.000. It is very clear now that the trouble is not as yet to cease with only Mrs. Houteff and her falsehood. The blow is still coming from the unsuspected foes, from professed friends of the gospel who are no less pious than the priests in the time of Jesus in the Palestine. Are they not now to meet the parable of the five wise virgins with guile in their mouths ? Or the “chaff” categorized Davidians” of this time of the end ?
N o t e ! The professed friends of the gospel who are no less pious than were the priests of the Sanhedrin in Christ’s day, should have met their counterpart in the antitypical Sanhedrin of this time of the end. And that is the one established in Waco, Texas, USA by the name : The General Association of Davidian SDA in 1991.
Type to meet its antitype
Mark carefully the statement of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff as here below :
We must be alert, too, to realize that the blow is to come from surprisingly unsuspected foes --- from professed friends of the gospel, who are no less pious than were the priests in Christ’s day. …………………………..” -- The White House Recruiter, p. 33.
Since the priests of Christ’s day were of the organization called “Sanhedrin” to be the type, then the surprisingly unsuspected foes, who are from the professed friends of the gospel of this time of the end, should be none other than the antitypical Sanhedrin of today. And they are the professed friends of the gospel of the antitypical Sanhedrin of this time, which is the Headquarters of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas, USA. None other, because only the re-organized body of the General Conference of SDA in Waco, Texas, that is frequently mentioned in the message of the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.
We need to know that after the Organization of the angel of the Laodicea or the General Conference of SDA successfully be re-organized by Bro. Houteff in 1935 according to the Call for a Spiritual revival and reformation by Mrs. White through the Review and Herald dated February 25, 1902, then ever since the Lord Jesus should have fulfilled His word to spew out of His mouth the angel of the Laodicean Church. The word “spewed out of His mouth” signifies that they would no more be taken back. That is, ever since 1935 the Organization of the General Conference of SDA along with all its ministers of the gospel in all the world would no more regain the blessings of God to represent Him on the earth in this time of the end.
In the meantime, just after the death of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff in 1955, the facts are more clearer to show us that the Lord would no more willing to defend and preserve His Organization of Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, after the death of His servant. He had just ever before warned us of the calamities that would befall the Organization and all His people who survived the death of Bro. Houteff in 1955 even up to now. Read the White House Recruiter, p. 33.
After the death of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff
After the death of the servant of the Lord in 1955, then is fulfilled the prophetic words of Prophet Zechariah, when he said :
“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands ? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts : smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered : and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” – Zechariah 13 : 6, 7.
This prophecy was first fulfilled with the Lord Jesus Himself personally at His first advent in the Palestine. However, since all the prophecies of the Old Testament applied mainly for the time of the end, then the prophecy of Zechariah 13 : 6, 7 must unavoidably meet again its antitypical event in our time with Bro. Houteff and all his followers in this time of the end. Thus, after the death of Bro. Houteff, and after all the assets of Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas were sold, then all the branches or the associations of Davidian SDA in all Davidian in the world will be scattered. And the Lord would no more let them to be re-united, because in their such condition the Lord Himself will turn His hand upon the little ones, to have them guided themselves up to their deliverance in the future. Thus is fulfilled the following statement by Bro. Houteff himself when he said :
“………….. we must therefore, as t e a c h e r s (not prophet) of the Shepherd’s Rod (the official publications of the Davidian SDA Association), teach only in the light of the Rod those passages which in one way or another need to be interpreted. THUS ONLY WILL ALL PRESENT TRUTH BELIEVERS EVER BECOME OF THE SAME MIND, SEEING EYE TO EYE AND SPEAKING THE SAME THINGS. (1 Corinthian 1 : 10, 1 Peter 3 : 8; Isaiah 52 : 8)” – Fundamental Beliefs of the Davidian SDA, p. 26 (in brackets added).
Due to the fact that there are yet many more passages in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY (in the golden bowl of the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 4) that need to be interpreted further, and since our present Truth believers are not as yet fully united in the faith, it would be unavoidably clear that the above statement by Bro. Houteff should have begun to meet its fulfillment n o w. Divinely appointed t e a c h e r s of the Rod would soon come up to teach in the light of the Rod those passages which in one way or another need to be interpreted for us. And thus only will all Present Truth believers ever become of the same mind, to see eye to eye, and to speak the same things.
As soon as after the death of Bro. Houteff in 1955, therefore, the Lord would have lifted up His hands upon the “little ones”, and no more upon the greater ones of those General Associations of Davidian SDA in America. And so His divinely appointed teachers of the Rod would have emerged in the midst of “the little ones” or the Associations of Davidian SDA in the fields, and no more from any General Association of Davidian SDA in USA. Thus is it as those prophesied in Zechariah 13 : 7.
Living the true religion in this time of the end
“Blessed is h e (single) that r e a d e t h, and t h e y (plural) that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein : for the time is at hand.” – Revelation 1 : 3.
Every one of us has to read for himself the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Shepherd’s Rod message, because all the authors of those messages have for a long time passed away. Then after that, we all are to hear to those divinely appointed t e a c h e r s o f t h e S h e p h e r d’s R o d, because they are still alive. We even have to read ourselves their writings when they are beyond our reach. This should have been ever remembered, because after the passing away of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff in 1955, the teachers of the Rod should have been teaching in the light of the Rod those passages in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, which in one way or another need to be interpreted further for us. O n l y t h u s, will all of us be made to see eye to eye, and to have the same mind, even to have the capacity to speak the same things. That is, just after this the 144.000 elected saints of God would be made ready for their deliverance to the kingdom in the Palestine.
Due to the fact that since the Lord God would no more bless any Organized body of the General Association of Davidian SDA, which is initially only the re-organized body of the General Conference of SDA to represent Him as agent of unifier of His people in this time of the end, then from the functional jobs mentioned by apostle Paul in Ephesian 4 : 11 – 14, namely : the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, pastors and teachers, o n l y “t e a c h e r s“ will be the only functional job that is to be maintained by the Lord to carry out His work of purification of the Laodicean Church up to the end of the sealing time in the future. The Organizational appointed m i n i s t e r s whose ordination by the laying on of hands before their congregation, could no more please the Lord at this time of the end, because they are no less pious than the priests of the typical Sanhedrin in the time of Jesus in the Palestine. Thus is fulfilled the words of Mrs. White long before, when she said :
“It is a fatal mistake to suppose that the work of soul-saving depends alone upon the ministry. The humble, consecrated believer upon whom the Master of the vineyard places a burden for souls is to be given encouragement by the men upon whom the Lord has laid larger responsibilities. Those who stand as leaders in the church of God are to realize that the Saviour’s commission is given to all who believe in His name. God will send forth into His vineyard many who have not been dedicated to the ministry by the laying on of hands.” – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 110.
“God will send forth into His vineyard m a n y who have not been dedicated to the ministry by the laying on of hands,” whereas those who have been in the habit of first to be dedicated to the work by the laying on of hands before their congregation, they are to be no more blessed of the Lord to get any appointed work in His vineyard.
May God bless us, and may we keep on “STRIVE WITH ALL THE POWER G O D HAS GIVEN US TO BE AMONG THE 144.000.” -- Mrs. E.G. White, Review and Herald, March 9, 1905.