The Year of His Redeemed ….
The Sign of the Day of Vengeance
We are to study the sixty-third chapter of Isaiah. In this chapter we find recorded a prophetic conversation among three persons : the prophet, the Lord, and a person living at the time the prophecy of this chapter is fulfilled. The subjects of the conversation are Edom, ancient Israel, their deliverance from Egypt, and the people’s redemption in the day this scripture is fulfilled. The part that should concern us most is to know the time. To gain this information, I shall read verse 16. “Doubtless Thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not : Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; Thy name is from everlasting.” Isaiah 63 : 16.
The words of the person speaking in behalf of the people who are brought face to face with the revelation of this chapter reveal that he and his people are unknown to Abraham. Since Abraham well knew of the rise of ancient Israel, but understood practically nothing of the rise of the Christians, then the Christians must be the people of whom he is ignorant. The truth, then, stands out clearly that the chapter finds its fulfillment in the Christian era. Now to find whether it is concerning the early or latter day Christians we shall read verse 18 and 19; also Isaiah 64 : 10, 11, for the subject matter of chapter 64 is but a continuation of chapter 63 :
“The people of Thy holiness have possessed it but a little while : our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary. We are thine : Thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by Thy name.” Isaiah 63 : 18, 19.
“Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers have praised Thee, is burned up with fire : and all our pleasant things are laid waste.” Isaiah 64 : 10, 11.
Here is seen that the longing of the people is for the restoration of the temple, and for their repossession of the promised land. Now the fact that the “temple” and the “land” are still in the hands of Arabs and unbelieving Jews (those who were never called by His name, never called Christians) is proof positive that chapters 63 and 64 are fulfilled in the latter part of the Christian era, the part in which the time of the Gentiles in the promised land is fulfilled. Moreover, that these chapters are now unveiled to us, and also the fact that the message for today has caused us to cry to the Lord for just such a deliverance, the facts are that the time for the fulfillment of the prophecy that is in these chapters is already here.
Since you now positively know that these chapters are concerning you and me, we are ready to start the study of the chapters, verse by verse —
Isaiah 63 : 1 — “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah ? this that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength ? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
In vision the prophet saw someone with bloodstained garments hastily returning from Edom and Bozrah. To the prophet’s question, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah ?” came the answer, “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
Who else could this person be but the Lord Himself, the Savior of the world, the Mighty One to save ?
Again the prophet asked,
Isaiah 63 : 2 — “Wherefore art Thou red in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat ?”
The answer to these questions introduces a series of solemn events, the events recorded in
Isaiah 63 : 3 – 5 — “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me : for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury ; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment. For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come. 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.”
The statements, “I have trodden the winepress alone,” “I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold“ (all in the past tense) show the Savior’s zeal and determination to save His misled people at His first advent, though there was no one with Him to help; that is, all the priests and religious leaders – the General Conference of His day (the Sanhedrin) were against Him instead of helping Him in His work. But the statements, “for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment; for the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed is come“ ; 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 (all in future tense) — show the present church’s condition not only equally as bad as at His first coming, but even much worse. How true that history repeats ! As the day of vengeance approaches, those who are supposed to uphold and help in the work of redemption, the ministers and religious leaders, the antitypical Sanhedrin of today (the General Conference) are seen to be hindering, standing in His way of reaching the people. Thus they incur His displeasure, and necessarily He girds Himself to free His people from the hands of the unfaithful shepherds. They cause Him to stain His garments with their blood as He tramples them in His fury.
Isaiah 63 : 6 — “And I will tread down the people in Mine anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.”
The Lord’s brief explanation of the situation is amplified by the prophet Ezekiel. Says He :
“He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which has the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” — Ezekiel 9 : 1 – 6.
Ezekiel’s prophecy plainly reveals that this cleansing work takes place in the church (Jerusalem), in the time to separate the unfaithful from among the faithful, the time to destroy the “tares” (Matthew 13 : 30), to cast out the bad fish (Matthew 13 : 47 – 49), to purify the church (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 80), to purify the ministry (Malachi 3 : 1 – 3); to cleanse the sanctuary (Daniel 8 : 14) — the Judgment work for the Living. The Spirit of Prophecy in our day has this to say :
“……But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place, we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that his fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor ……….
“Here we see that the church — the Lord’s sanctuary — was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light, and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say, The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus peace and safety is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs, that would not bark, are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children, all perish together.” – Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 80, 211.
And the Apostle Peter adds : “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 ?” — 1 Peter 4 : 17, 18 —
Since God’s people of today are not in the land of Edom, south of Palestine, but are scattered throughout the earth, and since the Lord is to slay their enemies in order to free them, the truth is obvious : These are antitypical Edom and Bozrah.
After Esau of old sold his birthright for a mess of pottage he was called Edom; and the name Bozrah means “sheepfold.” Plainly, then, the Edomites of Isaiah 63 : 1 are those who in our day have sold their birthright, and who at the same time are persecuting (as did Esau persecute Jacob) those who have bought it, so to speak. Thus it is that as God’s people had to be delivered from the Sanhedrin in Christ’s day, they must now be delivered from the General Conference, the antitypical Edomite brethren, in order to be led into all Truth, and into their fathers’ land.
The words, “the year of My redeemed is come,” and “the day of vengeance is in Mine heart,” clearly says that the Lord’s strange work in Edom and Bozrah is the day of vengeance and a sign of antitypical Israel’s (the church purified) returning to the homeland.
Isaiah 63 : 7 – 10 — “I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He hath bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses. For He saith, Surely they are My people, children that will not lie : so He was their Saviour. In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them : in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit : therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them.”
The testimony of this person reveals that a complete transformation has taken place in him, that he has caught a vision of the Lord’s goodness, of His longsuffering and of His tender mercy – he is convinced that the Lord will not acquit the guilty. From his testimony is also seen that the Lord is not a cruel, brutish person, seeking to kill and to destroy, but that He is kind and merciful, patient and just, that He is worthy to be praised. This person endeavors to prove this to others by calling attention to the Lord’s dealing with His ancient people, showing that He bore long with them, that only for their own good did He punish them – to bring them back to Him., and away from idolatry and eternal ruin.
Moreover, the scripture plainly shows that the need of deliverance today is similar to that of Moses day.
Isaiah 63 : 11 – 15 — “Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is He that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock ? Where is He that put His Holy Spirit within him ? that led them by the right hand of Moses with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make Himself an everlasting name ? that led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble ? As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest : so didst Thou lead Thy people, to make Thyself a glorious name. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of Thy holiness and of Thy glory : where is Thy zeal and Thy strength, the sounding of Thy bowels and of Thy mercies toward me ? Are they restrained ?”
Since there is in prophecy a cry for a similar deliverance as was seen in Moses’ time, the facts are obvious : The church has been led into bondage and now needs to be delivered. Years ago Inspiration forewarned :
“The Church has turned back from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt, and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God has spoken to you. Light has been shining from His word and from the testimonies, and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us.” — 5 Testimonies, p. 217.
Isaiah 63 : 16, 17 — “Doubtless Thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not : Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; Thy name is from everlasting. O Lord, why hast Thou made us to err from Thy ways, and hardened our heart from Thy fear ? Return for Thy servants’ sake, the tribes of Thine inheritance.“
The people that are crying deliverance are those whom Abraham did not know, and whom Israel of today (the Denomination) does not acknowledge. That is, as pointed out at the beginning of our study, Abraham was ignorant of the Christians, and the people that cry out for deliverance at the fulfillment of this prophecy are not by antitypical Israel (the Denomination), acknowledged as such. Thus it is that though Abraham of old does not know us, and though the Denomination does not acknowledge us, yet we know that God has given us a message, and that a change has taken place in us : that we are no longer satisfied, lukewarm, and that we are no longer unconscious of our Laodicean wretchedness, misery, poverty, blindness, and nakedness. We know that this is the work .of God in our hearts, that we are truly being “born again”, born through the Holy Spirit — that we are now better Seventh – day Adventists than we were before. We can, therefore, with confidence say : Doubtless Thou are our Father, our Redeemer, Thy name is everlasting, though we are constantly and sarcastically told by our brethren, “No, you are not Seventh – day Adventists.”
Isaiah 63 : 18, 19 — “The people of Thy holiness have possessed it but a little while : our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary. We are thine : Thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by Thy name.”
True, our ancestors were in the land and enjoyed the sanctuary service for a number of years, yet considering that they were to possess it forever, then the statement, “The people of Thy holiness have possessed it but a little while,” is altogether true. Arabs and unconverted Jews who now possess the land are not Christians; they are not called by Christ’s name, and never have been.
Isaiah 63 : 17 — “O Lord, why hast Thou made us to err from Thy ways, and hardened our heart from Thy fear ? Return for Thy servants’ sake, the tribes of Thine inheritance.“
Here is one who recognizes that the people of God are in error — not following God’s way and that they do not fear Him. The messenger’s plea is, therefore, for God to return to them, not to forsake them forever.
The prayer of chapter sixty-three continues throughout chapter sixty-four, and gives a good example as to what our prayers should be about at this very time. Let us read it through.
Isaiah 64 : 1 – 12 — “Oh that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy presence, as when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Thy presence ! When Thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, Thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at Thy presence.
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember Thee in Thy ways : behold, Thou art wroth; for we have sinned : in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
“But we are all as unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee : for Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
“But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our Potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever : behold, see, we beseech Thee, we are all Thy people. Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised Thee, is burned up with fire, and all our pleasant things are laid waste. Wilt Thou refrain Thyself for these things, O Lord ? wilt Thou hold Thy peace and afflict us very sore ?”
Now is our opportunity; now is our privilege to make this prayer personally our own. Now we can intelligently say, Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. Now we can wholeheartedly exclaim : “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land ? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let My right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let My tongue cleave to the roof of My mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above My chief joy. Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.” – Psalm 137 : 4 – 7.
Now that you plainly see the signs and the time of our redemption and of the day of God’s vengeance against unrepented sinners fast approaching, you are urged to make ready, to sigh and cry against the abominations, to receive the mark of deliverance, to be among the first fruits. Now you can happily and understandingly seek the Kingdom of Heaven and Its righteousness, and assuredly know that the material things of life should not predominate over the spiritual, that they shall be added unto you (Matthew 6 : 25 – 34). Heaven, therefore, expects you without delay to definitely and openly take your stand on the side of Truth. Now that the year of His redeemed is come, that the signs of the day of vengeance are here, now is the opportune moment to make your decision. You cannot afford to procrastinate for says the Spirit of all Truth : “Wherefore [as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness : when your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known My ways. So I sware in My wrath, They shall not enter into My rest]. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day (not yesterday, not the day of Miller or of White); lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; while it is said, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke : howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was He grieved forty years ? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness ? And to whom swore He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not ? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Hebrew 3 : 7 – 19.
Quoted from VTH, Timely Greetings vol. 1 no. 43.
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Every honest seeker of Truth would have readily observed that there are indeed two times treading of the winepress in the vineyard of the Lord Jesus on this earth. First, during His first advent to the earth in the past, and secondly that is to come to pass during the great and dreadful day of the Lord when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 would have been fulfilled, and the treading of the winepress in the same vineyard of the Lord will again be carried out when those wicked ones in the church would have been slaughtered.
If during His first advent the treading of the vineyard were taken place in Edom and in Bozrah, the two places of the same vineyard of the Lord, then in the coming antitypical treading of the vineyard, the same would have been taken place in the antitypical places of Edom and Bozrah. So the treading of the vineyard which is to be carried out through the slaughtering of the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 should have taken place in both Edom which represents Seventh-day Adventist Church and in Bozrah that represents Davidian Seventh-day Adventists and their Headquarters in Waco, Texas, USA. The name Bozrah means “sheepfold.”
So it could be easily understood that after the death of Bro. Houteff in 1955, then the Mount Carmel Headquarters in Waco, Texas, which was represented by Bozrah (the sheepfold) should have been dominated by the wise virgins of those who have guile in their mouth. These are they who are also represented by the “chaff” to have taken charge over the Mount Carmel Headquarters ever since the death of Bro. Houteff up to the great and dreadful day of the Lord in the future, when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 would have been fulfilled.
How is fate of
the wise virgins who have no guile in their mouth,
or those of pure wheat categorized Davidian SDA ?
The ability to maintain progress and power of the wise virgins or of those categorized wheat Davidians SDA against the Devil as ever before under the leadership of Brother Houteff, seems to last only as long as the servant of the Lord was yet in their midst. After his death in 1955, and after his wife, who took over the presidency to succeed him to proclaim to the world that the coming Davidic Kingdom was to be established in 1959, and failed to be materialized, she herself then dissolved the Organization and the Mount Carmel Headquarters was liquidated in 1962. The Mount Carmel location was then about 30 years later occupied by the Presbyterian Church, until later in 1991 was successful recovered by those who are now leading there by the name : The General Association of Davidian SDA, Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, USA.
Several years before he died in 1955, however, Bro. Houteff has ever 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.” — The White House Recruiter, p. 33.
This warning was effectively fulfilled after the death of Bro. Houteff, just after the liquidation of the whole Mount Carmel Center in 1962. But since the Mount Carmel Center was later successfully recovered, and most of the Present Truth Believers have now returned to affiliate with them now leading at the Headquarters, shall we yet to doubt their leadership ? To this end the servant of the Lord further said :
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.
Read carefully the servant of the Lord’s statements : Through “the Enemy‘s effort to deliver a knockout blow” that effectively hit Mrs. Houteff and her fellow workers to cause them to fall unconsciously for good.
The second warning is : “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 priests in Christ’s day were the Sanhedrin the type. So professed friends of the gospel who are now dominating the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, must unavoidably be the antitypical Sanhedrin of today.
Mrs. Houteff and her fellow workers fell due to the blow delivered right by the Enemy. Whereas most of the Present Truth Believers of the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas are now fallen knockout from the blow coming from their own leaders of the antitypical Sanhedrin in Waco, Texas. USA.
If the separation of tares from the wheat should have occurred in the Church of SDA, wherein the tares would have dominated the General Conference of SDA up to the fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 in the future, then the separation of the pure wheat from the chaff is to take place later in among the Present Truth Believers of Davidian SDA. Read 5 Testimonies, p. 707. And here the chaff would have then dominated the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, USA up to the time of the purification of the Church as those predicted in the prophecy of Ezekiel 9. How is then the fate of the wise virgins who have no guile in their mouths, or those of wheat categorized ones ? Keep in mind, that the wise virgins without guile in their mouths or the pure wheat categorized ones of the Davidian SDA, actually are the true candidates of the 144.000 elected saints of the Lord in the future. The fate of these important people of God was predicted in the following prophecy of
Zechariah 13 : 6, 7 :
“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.
Explanation of those two verses by Bro. Houteff was very limited given us in his sermon Timely Greetings, vol. 1, No. 18. The fact that he did not explain further verse 7, because he himself as shepherd predicted in that prophecy was still alive. However, we must ourselves understand, that since the prophecy of prophet Zechariah belongs to the church in this time of the end, and then the shepherd must inevitably apply to Bro. Houteff himself. And the sheep are none other than the Present Truth Believers of Davidian SDA ourselves. It is now clear that after the death of Bro. Houteff as shepherd in 1955, then the Lord would have taken the rein into His own hands. And this is just to meet the prediction given us earlier by Mrs. White in the following words :
“Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message (of THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY) to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.” – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300. (In the brackets is added)
The Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. Up to now we have been familiar to know that the Lord works only through His appointed agencies : first through the General Conference of SDA, and later to meet the call for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation through the Review and Herald February 25, 1902 the General Conference of SDA has been reorganized by Bro. Houteff into the General Association of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas, USA.
But after the death of Bro. Houteff in 1955, and after the Enemy successfully delivered his knockout blows at those leading at the Headquarters, to have the Headquarters totally dissolved and liquidated in 1962, could you be sure that the Lord would have authorized the present leadership of the Headquarters in Waco, Texas to work for Him in this last work ? No single statement of the Lord could be found in the message to direct us to the present leadership in Waco, Texas, to be His last agency to work with.
Actually the above statement by Mrs. White began to meet its fulfillment in force after the dissolution of the Mount Carmel Headquarters in 1962. The Lord will no more work through any agency as ever before, neither the General Conference of SDA, nor the General Association of Davidian SDA. Because He will have taken the rein in His own hands. The Lord has promised us : “smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered : and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” — Zechariah 13 : 7.
Taking the rein in His own hands, will be identified by the fact when the following statement by Mrs. White is to be fulfilled: ”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.
Appointing ministers without laying on of hands, means the appointment was done without the consent of the Organization. This is how the Lord is to appoint His “vanguard” to work for Him in this last work in His vineyard.
hand upon the little ones
Zechariah 13 : 7.
The people of God in this time of the end will be specifically indentified through their seeing eye to eye, their having the same mind, and their ability to speak the same things. This is to prove the fact that the Holy Spirit is indeed leading in their midst. And this is also to prove that they are all under the reining hands of the Lord Himself.
Such condition of the people was ever preserved in their midst in the time of Bro. Houteff’s leadership, that the Mount Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, has become the General Association of Davidian SDA to coordinate all the associations of Davidian SDA scattered in all the world. The Association of Davidian SDA in Indonesia still exists up to this day and hopefully to stay on up to the great and dreadful day of the Lord in the future when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 is to be fulfilled.
So as ever before we have been familiar to see the Lord hand leading upon those greater ones in the General Conference of SDA, and then to change His leading hand upon the General Association of Davidian SDA in Waco, Texas, then now after the disillusion of Mount Carmel Headquarters in 1962 the Lord would have turned His hand upon the little ones. What does it mean ?
“The little ones” must inevitably mean all the associations of Davidian SDA now scattered in many places in the world. These are they who are no more to affiliate with the Mount Carmel Headquarters in Waco, Texas, USA due to the fact presented us in the message.
Thus is the servant of the Lord’s statement to be fulfilled: “The Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning.
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