Luther’s Reform Movement,
that is yet to be finished
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved : but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matthew 24 : 21 – 22.
I n t r o d u c t i o n
The Lord JESUS’ statement above is actually no more new for us Christians, because those mentioned have ever since long ago been fulfilled in the history. THE GREAT TRIBULATION has been fulfilled ever since the year 538 for a long period of 1260 years dark ages of religion under the suppressive power of the wicked Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. The tribulation had just ended when the Pope was caught and imprisoned by the French Government up to the time of his death in 1798. For more clarification of the whole story of the Popes and their brutal acts of suppression toward millions upon millions of Christian martyrs in the past, you readers are cordially invited to visit the website : www.bible-prophecies.org to find for yourself the article named : THE 1260 YEARS DARK AGES OF RELIGION WHICH HAVE BEEN ALMOST TOTALLY FORGOTTEN.
And then you are pleased to read more for yourself of the whole historical events in the book of the servant of the Lord, Mrs. Ellen G. White : THE GREAT CONTROVERSY.
As one of the prophets, prophesied in Amos 3 : 7 for this time of the end, Mrs. Ellen G. White has ever said :
“The persecution of the church did not continue throughout the entire period of the 1260 years. God in mercy to His people cut short the time of their fiery trial. In foretelling the “great tribulation” to befall the church, the Savior said : “Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved : but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24 : 22. Through the influence of the Reformation the persecution was brought to an end prior to 1798.” – Great Controversy, p. 266, 267.
Through the influence of the Reformation the persecution by the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church was brought to an end prior to the year 1798.
How did Luther move his reformatory work?
The Lord God through His servant Luther, who had come up in the year 1.500 as a pioneer to revive and reform all the Biblical doctrines, which have been manipulated and abolished during the long period of the 1260 years under the reigning of the cruel popes and their papal supremacy. DR. Marten Luther had come up fearlessly before the public in the year 1500 with his Bible doctrinal subject : THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
“The powerful Pope of Rome seemed to have been paralyzed, neither by might of the people nor by power of an organization, but just by the sword of the word of God alone. Read Revelation 13 : 14 (margin). And that is the first doctrinal point of view of the Bible brought by Dr. Martin Luther, entitled: “THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” In his own testimony against the Pope, the lowly Luther said:
“I will preach, discuss, and write; but I will constrain none, for faith is a voluntary act. See what I have done. I stood up against the pope, indulgences, and papists, but without violence or tumult. I put forward God’s word; I preach and wrote — this was all I did. And yet while I was asleep, …….. The word that I had preached overthrew popery, so that neither prince nor emperor has done it so much harm. And yet I did nothing; the word alone did all.” – quoted from the book The Great Controversy, p. 190.
However, due to the fact that those things abused by the Popes and their Roman Catholic Church are none other than a l l Biblical doctrines, which had been revealed up to the time, it should be understood that their recovery would also need a long period, even through a period of seven stages. To this end Mrs. White said :
“The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world’s history. Luther had a great work to do in reflecting to others the light which God had permitted to shine upon him; yet he did not receive all the light which was to be given to the world. From that time to this, n e w l i g h t has been continually shining upon the Scriptures, and new truths have been constantly unfolding.” – The Story of Redemption, p. 353.
The above statement by Mrs. White has shown us the fact that the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 4 would have met the same fulfillment in the history as those revealed by Bro. Houteff in his Shepherd’s Rod publications. You are kindly invited to visit the website : www.bible-prophecies.org to find the article named : FROM THE PROPHECY OF Ezekiel chapter 4 ! Those who are still unwilling to welcome the servant of the Lord, Bro. Victor T. Houteff, and his message, they would unavoidably be left in partial darkness, which is a sin against the Holy Spirit, because they deliberately oppose God and His invitation to reconcile with Him through the reformation.
How was the
reform movement by Luther going on?
From the historical fact we have found that Dr. Martin Luther was not alone in his effort to have all the truth of the Bible restored in his life time. He was actually followed respectively by six other servants of the Lord, each in his own period of time. Below are they, whoever emerged on the stage of history as follows:
The fact is that there are seven stages by which all Bible truths, which have been abused and manipulated during the 1260 years period under the papal criminal suppressive power in the past, could ever be restored. But we may ask : why do we need up to seven stages to reform to get all the Bible truths retrieved ?
“The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time ……..” – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 585.
“Different periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the development of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of God’s people at that time. Every new truth has made its way against hatred and opposition; those who were blessed with its light were tempted and tried. The Lord gives a special truth for the people in an emergency. Who dare refuse to publish it ?” — The Great Controversy, p. 609.
Let us read carefully the above statement by Mrs. White, and then turn to ourselves to ask : Why is the coming of Victor T. Houteff and his message of the Shepherd’s Rod is still opposed by most of our people ? What is wrong with the message ? Is it misleading us so far up to this time, or is it just helping to open our eyes to the facts, that by failing to accomplish the work of reform as those pioneered by Luther and all those after him would be fatal for us. Mrs. White as founder of our Denomination again warned us as follows :
“Precious light is to shine forth from the word of God, and let no one presume to dictate what shall or what shall not be brought before the people in the messages of enlightenment that He shall send, and so quench the Spirit of God. Whatever maybe 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. No one can afford to stand back in an attitude of indifference and self-confidence, and say : “I know what is truth. I am satisfied with my position. I have set my stakes, and I will not be moved away from my position, whatever may come. I will not listen to the message of this messenger; for I know that it cannot be truth.” It is from pursuing this very course that the popular churches (Protestant, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and all Christian churches of today) were left in partial darkness, and that is why the message of heaven have not reached them.” — Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 28. (in the brackets added).
Partial darkness = partial lightened. This is to show that faith based upon incomplete Bible truth would never save any man into the heavenly mansion above. Each generation of God’s people of the New Testament got their Bible truth respectively according to a measure. So each generation is saved according to the Basic Law of the Ten Commandments and a measure of the By-laws of Bible truths available in their time. Example : The people in the time of Apostle Paul are to be saved according to the Basic Law of the Ten Commandments and its rules of implementation available in the New Testament only. All kinds of truths of the Old Testament prophecies were not as yet revealed in their time, and they were not as yet obliged to obey them. But for you and me, who are now living in this time of the end, wherein the entire Bible has been completely interpreted into the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY publications, we are accountable to the Lord God to be His law abiding citizens of the kingdom. Or else we would be left in the so called “partial darkness.” And the result is an everlasting death in the future.
From Luther’s reformation up to now our Christian world has been developed into so many denominations of Christian churches and sects. Even our Laodicean Church of SDA as the last of all Christian Churches of the New Testament according to the prophecy of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. This church also has been divided into two classes of people : those categorized as the wise virgins or the wheat on the one side, and the rest as the foolish ones or the tares on the other side, to meet the fulfillment of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 : 1, 2 ; 13 : 24 – 25. Even the wise categorized virgins or the wheat, after the death of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff in 1955, they also should have been divided into : (1) the candidates of the 144.000 elected saints in the future on the one side, and the wise virgins with guile in their mouths of Rev. 14 : 5 on the other side. Those parables of Jesus as rules of implementation of the Basic Law of the Ten Commandments should have been observed, that we sin not.
How is the Reformation going in this time of the end?
The arrival of Mrs. White in 1844, beside her mission as founder of the Laodicean Church of SDA, she is actually coming too as the sixth reformer after Martin Luther. That is the reason, that while presenting us with the first five reformatory Bible doctrines, she would have also presented us with the fourth Commandment of the Basic Law, of the Sabbath of the seventh-day of the week that should be sanctified in commemoration of God, as Creator of our first ancestors and this whole earth in six days, and that He rested on the seventh-day of the week. And this is the subject of the sixth reformatory Bible doctrine revived through the servant of the Lord Mrs. White in 1844 after DR. Martin Luther and his first reformatory Bible doctrine of “THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”
We have to keep in mind that every New Light or New Bible Truth would never erase the old ones. That all of them would at last be found in her publications of the Spirit of Prophecy of Revelation 14 : 6 – 9. However, since Mrs. White was just the sixth reformer, there must come again after her the last one with the last reformatory Bible truth for this time of the end. Thus it is that all the Bible with all the secret things therein of the prophecies and the parables of Jesus would have been completely interpreted into the so-called the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10. And thus will be fulfilled the prophetic word of prophet Isaiah of Old when he said : ‘TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY, WHO TALK NOT ACCORDING TO THIS WORD IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.” – Isaiah 8 : 20. The Testimony would be all the testimonies of Jesus containing all the rules of implementation of the Basic Law.
How did Bro. Houteff carry out his reformatory work?
As well as Luther had ever come as a pioneer to revive all the Bible doctrines lost during the 1260 years dark ages of religion under the reign of the wicked popes of the Roman Catholic Church, so had Bro. Houteff come as the last reformer in this time of the end, to revive all the Bible prophecies of the Old Testament prophets and the book of Revelation, and even the whole parables of Jesus in the New Testament, which have been kept in mystery up to this very moment by the Organization of the angel of the Laodicean Church and its ministers of the gospel. The very wicked acts of abuse began in the general conference held in Minneapolis, USA, in 1888, when the message of “Justification by Faith” presented there by Elders Jones and Waggoner was opposed by the majority of those attended. From the fact that every new light or New Truth presented in the Church by the Lord’s own appointed messengers, would never put away the Old ones. So by opposing the message of “Justification by faith”, they would have been directly committed in sin for opposing the beginning of the new message of the New Light by Bro. Houteff.
To that end, that long beforehand the Lord God had instructed His servant Mrs. White to write in the official organ of The Review and Herald of February 25, 1902 edition, “THE CALL FOR A SPIRITUAL REVIVAL AND REFORMATION.” However, up to the time she died in 1915, and even up to this very moment the Call was not as yet heeded in all our churches of Seventh day Adventist in the world.
Attention : V. T. Houteff was baptized into SDA Church in 1919. And ten years later in 1929 he presented to the General Conference of SDA leadership the book, entitled “The Shepherd’s Rod vol. 1” containing the subject of the 144.000 elected saints of God. The message was opposed and he was then dismissed of his membership as Seventh-day Adventist for good.
Due to the fact that from the Call for a “Spiritual Revival and Reformation”, there was an obligation to re-organize the Organization, and thus was the Organization of the General Conference of SDA to have been re-organized by Houteff into the General Association of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas, USA. in 1935. Thus were the General Conference of SDA and all its ministers represented by the angel of the Laodicean Church to be spewed out of Jesus’ mouth for good to meet the prophecy in Revelation 3 : 16. That is, ever since the year 1935 up to now and forever more the Lord would no more bless the Organization of the General Conference of SDA and all its ministers to represent Him in this time of the end.
How is the reformatory work
of Houteff going on after his death in 1955?
By the coming of Bro. Houteff and his success to have reorganized the Organization of the General Conference of SDA into the General Association of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas, USA in 1935, then is fulfilled the parable of Jesus of the Ten Virgins in the book of Matthew chapter 25, even in the same book of chapter 13 : 24, 25 of those represented by the Wheat and the Tares in the same kingdom represented by the Laodicean Church. It means that the Laodicean Church which is now representing the kingdom of God in Heaven in this time of the end would have been divided into two classes of people. Those who are of the wise virgins or the wheat categorized ones, would be found on the side of Bro. Houteff and his Headquarters of the General Association of Davidian SDA of the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, USA. Whereas those of the foolish virgins or the tares categorized ones would have stayed on with the General Conference of SDA and its ministers, who have been spewed out of Jesus’ mouth for good.
However, after the death of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff in 1955, the situation again changed for the worse, since those prophesied in Revelation 14 : 5, and in Matthew 3 : 12 should have been fulfilled too. The Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, and all the Associations of the Davidian SDA in the world should have been infiltrated by the wicked elements of those wise virgins with guile in their mouth or those of the “chaff” categorized ones. These wicked elements should have first to be sifted out. And that is the reason why the servant of the Lord Mrs. White and Bro. Houteff had ever before said :
Mrs. E. G. White :
“God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will s i f t them, separating the c h a f f (not tares) from the w h e a t. The Lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold.” – 5 Testimonies for the Church, pp. 707 – 708. (In brackets added)
Those “chaff” categorized ones represented in the parable of Jesus were not as yet available in the time of both the servants of God, Mrs. White and Bro. Houteff. Since the chaff categorized ones began to be found in among the Davidians SDA after the death of Bro. Houteff, let us, therefore, understand that the above statement by Mrs. White should have applied in our midst after the year 1955.
Bro. Victor T. Houteff : “………….. 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).
The divinely appointed teachers of the Rod mentioned by Bro. Houteff above would have just emerged after 1955, after the death of the servant of the Lord. They would have been recognized only, when their teachings could have made us to see eye to eye, to have the same mind, and that all of us could have been able to speak the same things, wherever we are in the whole world of Davidian.
Thus, that those passages of the message in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, which in one way or another need to be interpreted further by the T E A C H E R S of the Rod should have at last become “THE PRECIOUS LIGHT APPROPRIATE FOR THIS TIME.” And only by this PRECIOUS LIGHT from the teachings of those divinely appointed teachers of the Lord, those “chaff” categorized Davidians in our midst would have been driven out.
The Reform Movement is now
reaching the phase of accomplishment
After the process of reorganizing the General Conference of SDA by the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff in 1935, according to the Call for a Spiritual revival and reformation through the Review and Herald dated February 25, 1902; we should have believed that the angel of the Laodicean Church and all his ministers should have been spewed out of JESUS’ mouth to meet the fulfillment of the prophetic word in Revelation 3 : 16. And after the death of the servant of the Lord in 1955, even after the liquidation of the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, later in 1962, to be sold to the Presbyterian Church in the same year, we do not see any more statement in the Bible nor in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY to direct us to the re-establishment of an Organization of Mount Carmel Center, either at same original location in Waco, Texas, nor in another location in the world.
So after about 30 years later, when the original location of the Mount Carmel Center had been successfully bought back from the Presbyterian Church, and then again to be re-established based upon the Constitution and the By-laws of Davidian SDA codified by Bro. Houteff, every one of us should have questioned : Is this a new organized body of the General Association of Davidian SDA or just only a reorganized body of the Old One. From the fact that only a Vice President had been installed at the top management for good, we may be sure that the establishment of the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, in 1931 is not at all valid. It is an illegal body of the General Association of Davidian SDA in this time of the end. So for the more sure word of prophecy to direct us to this time after the death of the servant of the Lord in 1955, is to be found in Zechariah 13 : 6, 7 as follows :
“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 first met its fulfillment in the time of Jesus, the Savior, in the Palestine. However, since this prophecy as well as the other prophecies of the Old Testament prophets applied mainly in this time of the end, so the prophecy of Zechariah 13 : 6, 7 should have again met its antitypical event with Bro. Houteff after his death in 1955. And so as well as those prophesied in verse 7, those associations of Davidian SDA survived the death of Bro. Houteff, who are now scattered everywhere in many places should have been directly guided by the hand of the Lord Himself. Thus after the death of the servant of the Lord Bro. Houteff, there should have come up the teachers of the Rod, whose ordination would no more by the laying on of hands before their congregation. This is to show that they would no more be of the Organizational appointed ones. They would teach in the light of the Rod those passages in the “golden bowl”, which in one way or another need to be interpreted further. Only such will come the PRECIOUS LIGHT APPROPRIATE FOR THIS TIME that could make us to see eye to eye, to have the same mind, and to have the ability to speak the same things. Thus only will the 144.000 elected saints of God be identified among us.
C o n c l u s i o n
R e f o r m a t i o n of this sort is the only one that would have resulted in the coming of the 144.000 elected saints of God, who are from now on would be marked by their seeing eye to eye, and by their having the same mind, and even by their ability to speak the same things wherever they are.
Have a successful Revival and Reformation!
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