Marriage Study Guide

SINGLE – COURTSHIP, MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE – STUDY GUIDE

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”                       Genesis 2:18

“And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”  Genesis 2:20 – 25

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:27 – 29

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one.”                      God celebrated the first marriage. Thus the institution has for its originator the Creator of the universe. “Marriage is honorable” (Hebrews 13:4); it was one of the first gifts of God to man, and it is one of the two institutions that, after the Fall, Adam brought with him beyond the gates of Paradise. When the divine principles are recognized and obeyed in this relation, marriage is a blessing; it guards the purity and happiness of the race, it provides for man’s social needs, it elevates the physical, the intellectual, and the moral nature. “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.” Everything that God had made was the perfection of beauty, and nothing seemed wanting that could contribute to the happiness of the holy pair; yet the Creator gave them still another token of His love, by preparing a garden especially for their home.”      {PP 46.2-4}

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve: because she was the mother of all living.” (Gen. 3:20.)  Thus this sacred institution was originated by the Creator of the universe. ” ‘Marriage is honorable’; it was one of the first gifts of God to man, and it is one of the two institutions that, after the fall, Adam brought with him beyond the gates of Paradise.” “Patriarchs and Prophets,” p. 46.  Thus Adam conquered (inhabited the earth) with the bow (Eve). SR, Vol. 2 p. 206

“The foregoing paragraphs make it plain that the only sacred institutions brought forth from beautiful Eden are the institution of marriage and the institution of the Sabbath–home and rest.  And the former’s being instituted the first of the two, and solely for the use and benefit of man, clearly shows that, “the Sabbath,” as Christ declared to the Pharisees, “was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”  (Mark 2:27.) Our Eden parents, in celebrating the first Sabbath, not only commemorated God’s completing the whole creation, but also their own marriage.”

Discuss what important lessons are there in the references above for single and married persons?…………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Marriage affects the after life both in this world and in the world to come. A sincere Christian will make no plans that God cannot approve.”     Ministry of Healing,  p. 359

What will the sincere Christian single person, who is a contemplating marriage do?…………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “If those who are contemplating marriage would not have miserable, unhappy reflections after marriage, they must make it a subject of serious, earnest reflection now. This step taken unwisely is one of the most effective means of ruining the usefulness of young men and women. Life becomes a burden, a curse. No one can so effectually ruin a woman’s happiness and usefulness, and make life a heartsickening burden, as her own husband; and no one can do one hundredth part as much to chill the hopes and aspirations of a man, to paralyze his energies and ruin his influence and prospects, as his own wife. It is from the marriage hour that many men and women date their success or failure in this life, and their hopes of the future life.”  {AH 43.1}

“In this age of the world, as the scenes of earth’s history are soon to close and we are about to enter upon the time of trouble such as never was, the fewer the marriages contracted, the better for all, both men and women. Above all, when Satan is working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, let Christians beware of connecting themselves with unbelievers. God has spoken. All who fear Him will submit to His wise injunctions. Our feelings, impulses, and affections must flow heavenward, not earthward, not in the low, base channel of sensual thought and indulgence.”{5T 366.1}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Weigh every sentiment, and watch every development of character in the one with whom you think to link your life destiny. The step you are about to take is one of the most important in your life, and should not be taken hastily. While you may love, do not love blindly. Examine carefully to see if your married life would be happy or inharmonious and wretched. Let the questions be raised, Will this union help me heavenward? Will it increase my love for God? And will it enlarge my sphere of usefulness in this life?” {AH 45.1- 2}                                               

“Prayer Necessary to Right Decision.–If men and women are in the habit of praying twice a day before they contemplate marriage, they should pray four times a day when such a step is anticipated. Marriage is something that will influence and affect your life, both in this world and in the world to come. . . .”  {AH 71.1}

How will one know if God has approved of their married plans?………………………………………………………………………………..

“Transmission of Vice From Parents to Children. From their youth up they have weakened the brain and sapped the constitution by the gratification of animal passions. Self-denial and temperance should be the watchword in their married life; then the children born to them will not be so liable to have the moral and intellectual organs weak, and the animal strong. Vice in children is almost universal. Is there not a cause? Who have given them the stamp of character? May the Lord open the eyes of all to see that they are standing in slippery places!”  {TSB 114.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                             “As a rule, every intemperate man who rears children transmits his inclinations and evil tendencies to his offspring; he gives them disease from his own inflamed and corrupted blood. Licentiousness, disease, and imbecility are transmitted as an inheritance of woe from father to son and from generation to generation, and this brings anguish and suffering into the world and is no less than a repetition of the fall of man. . . .”  {AH 173.1}

“Parents Transmit Disposition.–And fathers as well as mothers are involved in this responsibility. Both parents transmit their own characteristics, mental and physical, their dispositions and appetites, to their children..”  {2MCP 616.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                             “What the parents are, that to a great extent the children will be. The physical conditions of the parents, their dispositions and appetites, their mental and moral tendencies, are to a greater or less degree reproduced in their children..”                {1MCP 138.5}

                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The Law of Heredity.–The physical and mental condition of the parents is perpetuated in their offspring. This is a matter that is not duly considered. Wherever the habits of the parents are contrary to physical law, the injury done to themselves will be repeated in the future generations. . . .”  {AH 172.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Importance of Family Backgrounds. Let time teach you discretion, and what the genuine claims of love are, before it is allowed to step one inch further. Ruin, fearful ruin, is before you in this life and the next, if you pursue the course you have been following. Look to the family history. Two families are to be brought into close and sacred connection. Perfection in all these relations is not, of course, to be expected, but you would make a most cruel move to marry a girl whose ancestry and relatives would degrade and mortify you, or tempt you to slight and ignore them.”                               {Testimony on Sexual Behaviour Adultery & Divorce (TSB) p. 22.2}

Why is it very important to know about the family and relatives of the person you intend to get married to?…………………..

What will happen to any marriage if God did not approve of it?…………………………………………………………………………………

“Young men have received the truth and run well for a season, but Satan has woven his meshes about them in unwise attachments and poor marriages. This he saw would be the most successful way he could allure them from the path of holiness.”  {AH 80.5}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “There are many of the young whom God would accept as laborers in the various branches of His work, but Satan steps in and so entangles them in his web that they become estranged from God and powerless in His work. Satan is a sharp and persevering workman. He knows just how to entrap the unwary, and it is an alarming fact that but few succeed in escaping from his wiles. They see no danger and do not guard against his devices. He prompts them to fasten their affections upon one another without seeking wisdom of God or of those whom He has sent to warn, reprove, and counsel. They feel self-sufficient and will not bear restraint.”  {AH 81.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since there are only two forces in the universe, good and evil. If God has not approved a marriage, then who did?………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Most men and women have acted in entering the marriage relation as though the only question for them to settle was whether they loved each other. But they should realize that a responsibility rests upon them in the marriage relation farther than this. They should consider whether their offspring will possess physical health and mental and moral strength. But few have moved with high motives and with elevated considerations which they could not lightly throw off–that society had claims upon them, that the weight of their family’s influence would tell in the upward or downward scale.”  {AH 45.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Vital Factors in the Choice.–Great care should be taken by Christian youth in the formation of friendships and in the choice of companions. Take heed, lest what you now think to be pure gold turns out to be base metal.”{AH 44.3}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Prior to marriage, should the parties do checks to ascertain if there are any HIV infection, Sickle Cell disease, Cancer, Diabetics, Mental Illness, phobias, Sexual / Physical Abuse issues, Violent tendencies, Illnesses, etc. present?………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Should the parties have open, honest and frank discussions with each other about their life, or should they keep secrets?..

                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Few have correct views of the marriage relation. Many seem to think that it is the attainment of perfect bliss; but if they could know one quarter of the heartaches of men and women that are bound by the marriage vow in chains that they cannot and dare not break, they would not be surprised that I trace these lines. Marriage, in a majority of cases, is a most galling yoke. There are thousands that are mated but not matched. The books of heaven are burdened with the woes, the wickedness, and the abuse that lie hidden under the marriage mantle. This is why I would warn the young who are of a marriageable age to make haste slowly in the choice of a companion. The path of married life may appear beautiful and full of happiness; but why may not you be disappointed as thousands of others have been?”       {AH 44. 1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                             What does the phrase mated but not matched” mean?………………………………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                               What are some of the things that will surely happen to persons that are “mated but not matched”?………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                      What advice would you give to persons that are planning on getting married, who you know do not match?…………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                    What advice would you give to persons that are unhappily married, and who you know do not match?…………………………..                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Even if an engagement has been entered into without a full understanding of the character of the one with whom you intend to unite, do not think that the engagement makes it a positive necessity for you to take upon yourself the marriage vow and link yourself for life to one whom you cannot love and respect. Be very careful how you enter into conditional engagements; but better, far better, break the engagement before marriage than separate afterward, as many do.”                {AH 48.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “You may say, “But I have given my promise, and shall I now retract it?” I answer, If you have made a promise contrary to the Scriptures, by all means retract it without delay, and in humility before God repent of the infatuation that led you to make so rash a pledge. Far better take back such a promise, in the fear of God, than keep it, and thereby dishonor your Maker.”  {AH 48.3}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Wrong Ideas of Courtship and Marriage.–The ideas of courtship have their foundation in erroneous ideas concerning marriage. They follow impulse and blind passion. The courtship is carried on in a spirit of flirtation. The parties frequently violate the rules of modesty and reserve and are guilty of indiscretion, if they do not break the law of God. The high, noble, lofty design of God in the institution of marriage is not discerned; therefore the purest affections of the heart, the noblest traits of character are not developed.”  {AH 55.1}

“Not one word should be spoken, not one action performed, that you would not be willing the holy angels should look upon and register in the books above. You should have an eye single to the glory of God. The heart should have only pure, sanctified affection, worthy of the followers of Jesus Christ, exalted in its nature, and more heavenly than earthly. Anything different from this is debasing, degrading in courtship; and marriage cannot be holy and honorable in the sight of a pure and holy God, unless it is after the exalted Scriptural principle.”  {AH 55.2}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                       How should individuals conduct themselves during courtship, discuss?………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                               “Qualities to Be Sought in a Prospective Wife.–Let a young man seek one to stand by his side who is fitted to bear her share of life’s burdens, one whose influence will ennoble and refine him, and who will make him happy in her love.”  {AH 45.5}

                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Is this object of your affection, in the scale of intelligence and moral excellence, in deportment and cultivated manners, such that you will feel a pride in presenting her to your father’s family, to acknowledge her in all society as the object of your choice, one whose society, conversational powers, and manners will interest and satisfy your most grand expectations?”{TSB 22.1}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                               “A prudent wife is from the Lord.” “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her. . . . She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her,” saying, “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” He who gains such a wife “findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.”  {AH 46.1}

“Here are things which should be considered: Will the one you marry bring happiness to your home? Is she an economist, or will she, if married, not only use all her own earnings, but all of yours to gratify a vanity, a love of appearance? Are her principles correct in this direction? Has she anything now to depend upon? . . . I know that to the mind of a man infatuated with love and thoughts of marriage these questions will be brushed away as though they were of no consequence. But these things should be duly considered, for they have a bearing upon your future life. . . .”  AH 46.2}

“In your choice of a wife study her character. Will she be one who will be patient and painstaking? Or will she cease to care for your mother and father at the very time when they need a strong son to lean upon? And will she withdraw him from their society to carry out her plans and to suit her own pleasure, and leave the father and mother who, instead of gaining an affectionate daughter, will have lost a son?” {AH 46.3}  

“Shun those who are irreverent. Shun one who is a lover of idleness; shun the one who is a scoffer of hallowed things. Avoid the society of one who uses profane language, or is addicted to the use of even one glass of liquor. Listen not to the proposals of a man who has no realization of his responsibility to God. The pure truth which sanctifies the soul will give you courage to cut yourself loose from the most pleasing acquaintance whom you know does not love and fear God, and knows nothing of the principles of true righteousness. We may always bear with a friend’s infirmities and with his ignorance, but never with his vices.”  {AH 47.4}

“Preparation for Marriage Is an Essential Part of Education.–Upon no account should the marriage relation be entered upon until the parties have a knowledge of the duties of a practical domestic life. The wife should have culture of mind and manners that she may be qualified to rightly train the children that may be given her.”  {AH 87.1}

“Many ladies, accounted well-educated, having graduated with honors at some institution of learning, are shamefully ignorant of the practical duties of life. They are destitute of the qualifications necessary for the proper regulation of family, and hence essential to its happiness. They may talk of woman’s elevated sphere and of her rights, yet they themselves fall far below the true sphere of woman.”  {AH 87.2}

“It is the right of every daughter of Eve to have a thorough knowledge of household duties, to receive training in every department of domestic labor. Every young lady should be so educated that if called to fill the position of wife and mother, she may preside as a queen in her own domain. She should be fully competent to guide and instruct her children and to direct her servants, or, if need be, to minister with her own hands to the wants of her household. It is her right to understand the mechanism of the human body and the principles of hygiene, the matters of diet and dress, labor and recreation, and countless others that intimately concern the well-being of her household. It is her right to obtain such a knowledge of the best methods of treating disease that she can care for her children in sickness, instead of leaving her precious treasures in the hands of stranger nurses and physicians.”  {AH 87.3}

“The idea that ignorance of useful employment is an essential characteristic of the true gentleman or lady is contrary to the design of God in the creation of man. Idleness is a sin, and ignorance of common duties is the result of folly, which afterlife will give ample occasion to bitterly regret.”  {AH 88.1}

“Young women think that it is menial to cook and do other kinds of housework; and, for this reason, many girls who marry and have the care of families have little idea of the duties devolving upon a wife and mother.”  {AH 88.2}

“Young ladies should be reserved and modest. When they walk out, if in health, they do not need the supporting arm of any man. They should give no occasion for their good to be evil spoken of.”  {TSB 247.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Discuss the qualities that a prospective wife should have………………………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                “Qualities to Be Sought in a Prospective Husband.– Before giving her hand in marriage, every woman should inquire whether he with whom she is about to unite her destiny is worthy. What has been his past record? Is his life pure? Is the love which he expresses of a noble, elevated character, or is it a mere emotional fondness? Has he the traits of character that will make her happy? Can she find true peace and joy in his affection? Will she be allowed to preserve her individuality, or must her judgment and conscience be surrendered to the control of her husband? . . . Can she honor the Saviour’s claims as supreme? Will body and soul, thoughts and purposes, be preserved pure and holy? These questions have a vital bearing upon the well-being of every woman who enters the marriage relation.”  {AH 47.1}

“Let the woman who desires a peaceful, happy union, who would escape future misery and sorrow, inquire before she yields her affections, Has my lover a mother? What is the stamp of her character? Does he recognize his obligations to her? Is he mindful of her wishes and happiness? If he does not respect and honor his mother, will he manifest respect and love, kindness and attention, toward his wife? When the novelty of marriage is over, will he love me still? Will he be patient with my mistakes, or will he be critical, overbearing, and dictatorial? True affection will overlook many mistakes; love will not discern them.”  {AH 47.2}

“Accept Only Pure, Manly Traits.–Let a young woman accept as a life companion only one who possesses pure, manly traits of character, one who is diligent, aspiring, and honest, one who loves and fears God.”  {AH 47.3}  

“The Prospective Husband Should Be Thrifty and Industrious.–In early times custom required the bridegroom, before the ratification of a marriage engagement, to pay a sum of money or its equivalent in other property, according to his circumstances, to the father of his wife. This was regarded as a safeguard to the marriage relation. Fathers did not think it safe to trust the happiness of their daughters to men who had not made provision for the support of a family. If they had not sufficient thrift and energy to manage business and acquire cattle or lands, it was feared that their life would prove worthless. But provision was made to test those who had nothing to pay for a wife. They were permitted to labor for the father whose daughter they loved, the length of time being regulated by the value of the dowry required. When the suitor was faithful in his services, and proved in other respects worthy, he obtained the daughter as his wife; and generally the dowry which the father had received was given her at her marriage. . . .”  {AH 92.1}

“The ancient custom, though sometimes abused, as by Laban, was productive of good results. When the suitor was required to render service to secure his bride, a hasty marriage was prevented, and there was opportunity to test the depth of his affections, as well as his ability to provide for a family. In our time many evils result from pursuing an opposite course.”  {AH 92.2}

“No man is excusable for being without financial ability. Of many a man it may be said, He is kind, amiable, generous, a good man, a Christian; but he is not qualified to manage his own business. As far as the outlay of means is concerned, he is a mere child. He has not been brought up by his parents to understand and to practice the principles of self-support.”  {AH 93.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Discuss the qualities that a prospective husband should possess.………………………………………………………….

“Dangers of Childhood Attachments.–Early marriages are not to be encouraged. A relation so important as marriage and so far-reaching in its results should not be entered upon hastily, without sufficient preparation, and before the mental and physical powers are well developed.”  {AH 79.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Should anyone be encouraging young inexperience persons to rush into marriage? Discuss…………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                            “Marriages Wrecked by Incompatibility.–Many marriages can only be productive of misery; and yet the minds of the youth run in this channel because Satan leads them there, making them believe that they must be married in order to be happy, when they have not the ability to control themselves or support a family. Those who are not willing to adapt themselves to each other’s disposition, so as to avoid unpleasant differences and contentions, should not take the step. But this is one of the alluring snares of the last days, in which thousands are ruined for this life and the next.”  {AH 84.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                      What does the word incompatibility mean?………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Give some examples of incompatibility………………………………………………………………………………………

If a marriage is in trouble because of some incompatibility issue, what do you believe should be the solution?………………..

“Need of Similar Temperaments. I learned that you thought of marrying a sister named Anna Hale. This aroused me to hasten out the things which I had seen. Your organization is not of that refined order that you can make a woman of her fine, sensitive nature happy. It is not at all in God’s order that such temperaments as hers and yours should unite. You possess a large proportion of the animal. You have strong animal passions which have not been controlled as they should have been. The more noble, elevated powers of the mind have been servant to the lower, or baser, passions. You have failed to be sanctified through the truth which you profess, have failed to be a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  {TSB 23.2}

“Anna Hale is not a person who can endure the roughs of life. She is a frail flower and would soon droop and die if exposed to storm and neglect. You have not in your previous marriage understood the wants of a woman. You have not appreciated her delicate organism. You failed, greatly failed, with your first wife. She possessed a powerful constitution which can scarcely be equaled for power of endurance, but she presumed too much. Your anxiety to acquire led you both to overtax yourselves and be swallowed up in the cares of this life, and to neglect present happiness and comfort, looking ahead to a time when you should have more of this world’s goods, and then you could afford to look after the comforts of life.”  {TSB 24.1}

“You have made a sad mistake. The life of your wife was sacrificed. She might have lived. She ought to have lived. But you knew so little of woman’s organism that you failed to have care, and neglected the preparation you should have made for her comfort. To a very great degree you possess the temperament of your father.”  {TSB 24.2}

“When you seek a wife, go not among the delicate and refined, where the intellectual predominates. Select you a wife among that class more in accordance with your organization. You cannot make a person of refined spiritual temperament happy.–Letter 21, 1868.  {TSB 24.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Discuss this incompatibility situation above…………………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Men and women who are otherwise sensible and conscientious close their ears to counsel; they are deaf to the appeals and entreaties of friends and kindred and of the servants of God. The expression of a caution or warning is regarded as impertinent meddling, and the friend who is faithful enough to utter a remonstrance is treated as an enemy. All this is as Satan would have it. He weaves his spell about the soul, and it becomes bewitched, infatuated. Reason lets fall the reins of self-control upon the neck of lust; unsanctified passion bears sway, until, too late, the victim awakens to a life of misery and bondage. This is not a picture drawn by the imagination, but a recital of facts. God’s sanction is not given to unions which He has expressly forbidden.”  {AH 61.2}

“Two persons become acquainted; they are infatuated with each other, and their whole attention is absorbed. Reason is blinded, and judgment is overthrown. They will not submit to any advice or control, but insist on having their own way, regardless of consequences. Like some epidemic, or contagion, that must run its course is the infatuation that possesses them; and there seems to be no such thing as putting a stop to it. Perhaps there are those around them who realize that, should the parties interested be united in marriage, it could only result in lifelong unhappiness. But entreaties and exhortations are given in vain. Perhaps, by such a union, the usefulness of one whom God would bless in His service will be crippled and destroyed; but reasoning and persuasion are alike unheeded. All that can be said by men and women of experience proves ineffectual; it is powerless to change the decision to which their desires have led them. They lose interest in the prayer meeting and in everything that pertains to religion.” {AH 71.3-4}                                                                           

“The majority of the marriages of our time and the way in which they are conducted make them one of the signs of the last days.”  {AH 71.2}                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .“And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.  Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination. Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.  For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”        Leviticus 11:41-44

“Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.”         Psalm 104:20

“And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.  Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.  And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.”             Ezekiel 8:6-10

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”   Jude 1:3-4                                                                                                                                                                                         “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1Tim 3:1-7

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Discuss how these men crept (creep) into these women lives and destroyed them…………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “At first the unbelieving one may make no show of opposition in the new relation; but when the subject of Bible truth is presented for attention and consideration, the feeling at once arises: “You married me, knowing that I was what I am; I do not wish to be disturbed. From henceforth let it be understood that conversation upon your peculiar views is to be interdicted.” If the believer should manifest any special earnestness in regard to his faith, it might seem like unkindness toward the one who has no interest in the Christian experience.”  {AH 65.2}

“The believing one reasons that in his new relation he must concede somewhat to the companion of his choice. Social, worldly amusements are patronized. At first there is great reluctance of feeling in doing this, but the interest in the truth becomes less and less, and faith is exchanged for doubt and unbelief. No one would have suspected that the once firm, conscientious believer and devoted follower of Christ could ever become the doubting, vacillating person that he now is. Oh, the change wrought by that unwise marriage!”  {AH 66.1}

“It is a dangerous thing to form a worldly alliance. Satan well knows that the hour that witnesses the marriage of many young men and women closes the history of their religious experience and usefulness. They are lost to Christ. They may for a time make an effort to live a Christian life, but all their strivings are made against a steady influence in the opposite direction. Once it was a privilege and joy to them to speak of their faith and hope; but they become unwilling to mention the subject, knowing that the one with whom they have linked their destiny takes no interest in it. As the result, faith in the precious truth dies out of the heart, and Satan insidiously weaves about them a web of skepticism.”  {AH 66.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Discuss the statements above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Since marriage is in reality an extension of creation, the means of upbuilding the Kingdom of God, it must be entered into intelligently and in the fear of the Lord if it is to have God’s Blessing and if the home is to proper. A present- Truth believer who enters upon marriage for any reason other than God’s reason, or for a purpose irrelevant to His business, is sure to fail in one respect or another.  It is therefore exceedingly important that the officiating minister make certain that the individuals who seek the rite of marriage are intelligently and in the fear of God venturing life together.”

“ Even the Civil authorities recognize that premature marriages are inadvisable, and for that very reason the state governments are of God (Rom. 13:1-3), who then dare not seriously take this to heart? It is therefore the minister’s duty, when he is requested to perform a marriage ceremony, first to investigate the marriage eligibility of individuals involved. No Davidian minister is authorized to perform any marriage except both parties to the part be Davidians, and after the woman has reached her eighteenth year of life, and the man his twenty-first year of life-government approved ages of maturity- and only after proper preparation for married life has been mad by both parties, as outlined in the Answerer, Book No. 3, pp. 79-86 and , as outlined in the Answerer, Book No. 3, pp. 79-86 and The Answerer No. 4, pp. 69-78.” Symbolic Code, Vo. 10, No. 2               p. 5 – 6 (7-8)

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Discuss the statements above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                 MARRIAGE OR CELIBACY?

Question No. 73:

Paul says: “Brethren, the time is short; it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” “For I would that all men were even as I myself. ” 1 Cor. 7:2 9, 7. What does he mean?

Answer:

Properly to understand the apostle’s doctrine of marriage and celibacy, as set forth in the verses in question, and in order to get a correct perspective on his aim and on the points which he is discussing, is it necessary first to view the chapter in its complete setting.

1 Corinthians 7:1 reveals that he was in receipt of a letter, and his answer to it (in this same chapter) shows that among the believers in the Corinthian church, there was dissatisfaction and lack of understanding as to the marriage relation.

Some were dissatisfied with their lot of single life; others were tired of their lot of married life; while still others questioned whether they should leave their unbelieving husbands or wives, and remarry.

Endeavoring as always to be all things to all men, and to avoid if possible any ruptures in the young church, Paul tactfully and clearly sets forth the benefits both of the wedded estate and of the single estate.

Of the unmarried and the widows, he says: “It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” 1 Cor. 7:8, 9.

“And unto the married”–both to those couples each of whom believed in Christ, and to those couples one of whom did not–he writes: “I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:…and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.” 1 Cor. 7:10-13.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       In this short discourse, we see that the apostle does not advocate celibacy, but plainly urges that in order “to avoid fornication,…every man have his own wife, and…every woman have her own husband.” 1 Cor. 7:2.

He appeals to husbands and wives both of whom are believers, but who are not getting on together well, to try if possible to live peaceably with each other. And where but one is a believer that one should try to convert the unbelieving partner (1 Cor. 7:14). He adds, though, that if the unbelieving one should leave, “a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases.” 1 Cor. 7:15.

With equal pointedness, he teaches that should two of the same faith decide to separate, they should not marry another, but try to be reconciled (1 Cor. 7:11). Happier still, though: “Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.” 1 Cor. 7:27. “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called” (1 Cor. 7:20), and learn to be content as “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philip. 4:11.

The present state of life being of short duration, he urged them for the time being to set their affections, not on the things of this world, but on the glories of the world to come, for “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9.

When this happy, holy state is reached, then it will be that “both they that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.” 1 Cor. 7:29-31.

That is, those who now have wives shall not be any more advantaged by them in the life hereafter than if they had none; neither shall those who buy now, then possess more than those who buy nothing now; but all–married and single, those who weep and those who rejoice, those who buy and those who do not–shall then be circumstanced alike, so that all may rejoice together, “for the fashion of this world passeth away.” “So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

“The wife is bound by the law as long as he husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.” 1 Cor. 7:38-40.

Nowhere in this matrimonial counsel is Paul lending the force of his precept and example to the absolute preferment of one estate of life above another, nor to the abolition of the sanctified marital privileges and rights guaranteed by the marriage covenant.

Those who do conclude themselves led to elect marriage, and who are determined to move in fear to the glory of God, will necessarily marry “only in the Lord”: they will not take to themselves either unbelievers or unconverted worldly, careless, unconsecrated believers. The wise will keep constantly in mind the realization that worldly dress and deportment cannot charm a true Christian and therefore cannot possibly bring a happy, abiding, true Christian union. They will set their affections only upon one who is an earnest, zealous, industrious spiritual-minded adherent to Present Truth.

And an equally important requisite to the success of this most excellent yet most difficult of life’s undertakings is that neither one enter into it prematurely, without having made the full necessary preparation. Accordingly, no God-fearing Davidian young man can morally permit himself to contemplate marriage unless he be one who, having early in life determined what trade or profession he be best fitted for, has set his goal, and has either reached it or is well on the way to reaching it, has built and furnished himself a house or has the means to do so, or at least has furnished or is able to furnish one.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Attempting to assume the complex, heavy, and trying responsibilities of conducting a home in God’s order, without having fully made the all-essential preparations here mentioned, one can little expect to develop the physical, mental, and spiritual powers to which a Christian is divinely intended to attain. Neglecting this, he will make life a drudgery and a curse, and will by the woeful bargain become a mere cumberer of the ground rather than a blessing to the earth. Instead of being nobly independent of others, he will be ignobly dependent upon them; instead of being an uplifting influence to society, he will be a degrading one; instead of affording his children reasonable security of opportunity, giving them the care and training that every human being deserves, he will father a brood of unfortunates, doomed in all probability to the low destiny of misfits.

Every devout Davidian young man will avoid such a tragedy by fully preparing for this greatest experience in life before venturing upon it. He will remember that before the Lord brought man into existence, He first made the earth man’s home, and then furnished it with light, air food, and water, with shrub, tree, and grass, with bird, beast, and cattle. And knowing this, he will follow suit.

Besides meeting all these indispensable qualifications, the prospective husband who cherishes matrimonial success, will not take the step of marriage before he has qualified himself to do the home duties of the wife in event she fall sick, become otherwise incapacitated or be taken away, or they devolve upon him for some other unexpected reason.

On the other hand, no God-fearing Davidian young woman can morally contemplate marriage unless she has acquired the domestic skills and can shoulder every duty of the home. If she can keep the house clean and neat and orderly; if she can proficiently cook, launder, and sew; if she can care for the sick and administer first aid; if she can intelligently care for children; if she can raise a thrifty garden to supply her table with plenty of fresh vegetables (for when cut, days before used, they lose most of the vitamins through oxidation);–if she can do all these, then she is worthy of the respect owing a good wife; she has acquired the cement of a strong, enduring union. Even so, though, respecting and respected as she must be, she also must have some trade or profession so that should the husband take sick or become disabled or be taken away she can head the home and care for its needs and meet its problems.

Finally, both will reckon well with the fact that seldom is any young man’s mental, moral, and professional equipment adequate to the responsibilities of marriage before he has arrived at the age of twenty-four–the day of man’s full growth and development, and that a young woman is seldom thus prepared before she has reached the age of twenty–the day of woman’s full growth and development.                   Answerer Book 3                       p. 78 – 86 (68-73)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 What are some of the important points that you got from the Answerer Book 3, discuss…………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                         “No Davidian minister is authorized to perform any marriage except both parties to the part be Davidians, and after the woman has reached her eighteenth year of life, and the man his twenty-first year of life-government approved ages of maturity.”    Symbolic Code, Vo. 10, No. 2 p.  6 (8)

In Brother Houteff’s time, what was the Government’s age of maturity and marriage approval?……………………………………

What is God’s approved age of full growth and development?……………………………………………………………………………………

What do you get from the statements above?…………………………………………………………………………………

“Fathers and mothers should feel that a duty devolves upon them to guide the affections of the youth, that they may be placed upon those who will be suitable companions. They should feel it a duty, by their own teaching and example, with the assisting grace of God, to so mold the character of the children from their earliest years that they will be pure and noble and will be attracted to the good and true. Like attracts like; like appreciates like. Let the love for truth and purity and goodness be early implanted in the soul, and the youth will seek the society of those who possess these characteristics.”  {AH 74.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Since most present truth believes were not educated by their parents or by the church, about the financial preparation, physical preparation, partner choice selection, the importance of household training, household management and the serious consequences of marriage life in general. What advice would you give to those who desire to get married but who lack one or more of the requirement/s stated by Inspiration………………………………………………………………..   

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chap. XIV – Struggles with Poverty (Ellen & James White Taken from the Book Life Sketches)                                                  James was 25yrs old and Ellen was 19yrs old when they got married. Ellen was 20yrs old when she had her first child.                                                                “At Gorham, Maine, Aug. 26, 1847, our eldest son, Henry Nichols White, was born. In October Brother and Sister Howland, of Topsham, kindly offered us a part of their dwelling, which we gladly accepted, and commenced housekeeping with borrowed furniture. We were poor, and saw close times. We had resolved not to be dependent, but to support ourselves, and have something with which to help others. But we were not prospered. My husband worked very hard hauling stone on the railroad, but could not get what was due him for his labor. Brother and Sister Howland freely divided with us whatever they could; but they also were in close circumstances. They fully believed the first and second messages, and had generously imparted of their substance to forward the work, until they were dependent on their daily labor.”  {LS 105.1}

“My husband stopped hauling stone, and with his ax went into the woods to chop cordwood. With a continual pain in his side, he worked from early morning till dark to earn about fifty cents a day. We endeavored to keep up good courage, and trust in the Lord. I did not murmur. In the morning I felt grateful to God that He had preserved us through another night, and at night I was thankful that He had kept us through another day.”  {LS 105.2}

“One day when our provisions were gone, my husband went to his employer to get money or provisions. It was a stormy day, and he walked three miles and back in the rain. He brought home on his back a bag of provisions tied in different compartments, having in this manner passed through the village of Brunswick, where he had often lectured. As he entered the house, very weary, my heart sank within me. My first feelings were that God had forsaken us. I said to my husband: “Have we come to this? Has the Lord left us?” I could not restrain my tears, and wept aloud for hours, until I fainted. Prayer was offered in my behalf. Soon I felt the cheering influence of the Spirit of God, and regretted that I had sunk under discouragement. We desire to follow Christ and to be like Him; but we sometimes faint beneath trials, and remain at a distance from Him. Sufferings and trials bring us near to Jesus. The furnace consumes the dross and brightens the gold.”  {LS 105.3}

“At this time I was shown that the Lord had been trying us for our good, and to prepare us to labor for others; that He had been stirring up our nest, lest we should settle down at ease. Our work was to labor for souls; if we had been prospered, home would be so pleasant that we would be unwilling to leave it; trials had been permitted to come upon us to prepare us for the still greater conflicts that we would meet in our travels. We soon received letters from brethren in different States, inviting us to visit them; but we had no means to take us out of the State. Our reply was that the way was not open before us. I thought that it would be impossible for me to travel with my child. We did not wish to be dependent, and were careful to live within our means. We were resolved to suffer rather than get in debt.”  {LS 106.1}

“Little Henry was soon taken very sick, and grew worse so fast that we were much alarmed. He lay in a stupid state; his breathing was quick and heavy. We gave remedies with no success. We then called in a person of experience in sickness, who said that his recovery was doubtful. We had prayed for him, but there was no change. We had made the child an excuse for not traveling and laboring for the good of others, and we feared the Lord was about to remove him. Once more we went before the Lord, praying that he would have compassion upon us, and spare the life of the child, and solemnly pledging ourselves to go forth trusting in God, wherever He might send us.”  {LS 106.2}

“It seemed then that we must live by faith. When we arose in the morning, we bowed beside our bed, and asked God to give us strength to labor through the day, and we could not be satisfied without the assurance that the Lord heard our prayers. My husband then went forth to swing the scythe in the strength that God gave him. At night when he came home we would again plead with God for strength with which to earn means to spread the truth. In a letter to Brother Howland, written July 2, 1848, he spoke of this experience thus:  {LS 109.1}

“It is rainy today, so that I do not mow, or I should not write. I mow five days for unbelievers, and Sunday for believers, and rest on the seventh day, therefore I have but very little time to write. . . . God gives me strength to labor hard all day. . . . Brother Holt, Brother John Belden, and I have taken one hundred acres of grass to mow, at eighty-seven and one half cents per acre, and board ourselves. Praise the Lord! I hope to get a few dollars here to use in the cause of God.”                   {LS 109.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                If we had lived in the days of Bro & Sis. White, would we criticize them about the fact that they were poor when they got married, and was poor while having children, poor and had to live at someone’s home, and had to borrow furniture?………

                                                                                                                                                                                                             “The home circle should be regarded as a sacred place, a symbol of heaven, a mirror in which to reflect ourselves. Friends and acquaintances we may have, but in the home life they are not to meddle. A strong sense of proprietorship should be felt, giving a sense of ease, restfulness, trust.”  {AH 177.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                       “Many professed followers of Christ become over zealous for certain reforms, and then begin to enforce their ideas upon others, imitating the beast with the lamb-like horns, as though the religion of Christ consisted of extremes one way or another in eating, drinking, dressing, marrying, or in senseless, ecstatic gibbering, etc., etc., etc.!” Vol. 3 SC   No. 2. p. 15

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Should people feel at liberty to go into married people’s business?……………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “The preacher has a great time. If his hair is gray, he is too old. If he is a young man, he has not had experience enough. If he is single, he is a flirt; if he is married, he is like all other folk. If his wife is old, she is a hindrance to him; if she is young, he pays too much attention to her.  If he has ten children, he has too many; if he has none, he is setting a bad example. If his wife sings in the choir, she is presuming; if she does not, she isn’t interested in her husband’s work. If the preacher reads from notes, he’s a bore; if he speaks extemporaneously, he isn’t deep enough. If he stays at home in his study, he doesn’t mix enough with people; if he is seen around the streets, he ought to be at home setting up a good sermon.  If he calls on the poor, he is playing to the grandstand; if he calls at homes of the wealthy, he is an aristocrat. Whatever he does, someone could have told him how to do better.”–Wittenberg Enterprise,” March 11, 1937.                                 Vol. 3   Symbolic Code   Nos. 3, 4. p. 4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             What can we learn from the statements above? ………………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Another cause of the deficiency of the present generation in physical strength and moral worth, is, men and women uniting in marriage whose ages widely differ. It is frequently the case that old men choose to marry young wives. By thus doing, the life of the husband has often been prolonged, while the wife has had to feel the want of that vitality which she has imparted to her aged husband. It has not been the duty of any woman to sacrifice life and health, even if she did love one so much older than herself, and felt willing on her part to make such a sacrifice. She should have restrained her affections. She had considerations higher than her own interest to consult. She should consider, if children be born to them, what would be their condition? It is still worse for young men to marry women considerably older than themselves. The offspring of such unions in many cases, where ages widely differ, have not well-balanced minds. They have been deficient also in physical strength. In such families have frequently been manifested varied, peculiar, and often painful, traits of character. They often die prematurely, and those who reach maturity, in many cases, are deficient in physical and mental strength, and moral worth.” {TSB.  p. 36-37.}

“Disparity in Age.–The parties may not have worldly wealth, but they should have the far greater blessing of health. And in most cases there should not be a great disparity in age. A neglect of this rule may result in seriously impairing the health of the younger. And often the children are robbed of physical and mental strength. They cannot receive from an aged parent the care and companionship which their young lives demand, and they may be deprived by death of the father or the mother at the very time when love and guidance are most needed.”  {AH 81.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did Inspiration say in ALL cases there should not be a great disparity in the age, or did it say “most”?…………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Did Inspiration say it WILL result in seriously impairing the health of the younger, or did it say it “may”?…………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Did Inspiration say it WILL deprive the children of their parents “by death of the father or the mother at the very time when love and guidance are most needed”, or did Inspiration say “may”?……………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                               So, should we criticize or condemn anyone who marries, and who has great age disparity between them?………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                      When V.T. Houteff got married to is one and only wife, he was 51yrs old and she was 17 yrs old. As such, there were a lot of rumors. Read the following question and answer below.

Question No. 160:                                                                                                                                                                                “As we are troubled with many accusations against Brother Houteff, and as we do not know the exact truth of these charges, we kindly ask the Code to give us the true setting of them, so that we may be able intelligently and truthfully, and with meekness and fear, to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason for the hope that is in us.  One of the greatest sins of which they are accusing Brother Houteff is that he has two wives, the former of whom left him because she cared not for the Present Truth, the latter of whom is too young for him. Are these things so?”

Answer:                                                                                                                                                                                     “Satan never tells the truth; thus he has used his agents to spread many false reports such as the foregoing ones concerning Brother Houteff; who was a single man when, eighteen years ago, he came in contact with the Seventh-day Adventist message, and who at no time during these years has divorced any one, or married any one save the one with whom he now lives.”

“As to the matter of age, the following Biblical marriages represent a great disparity of years: Abraham, the father of the faithful, certainly took to himself a wife much younger than himself, for when he married the second time, he must have been over 140 years of age, as he was a hundred years old when Isaac was born (Gen. 21:5), and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebeccah (Gen. 25:20), at which time Sarah, Abraham’s first wife was yet living (Gen. 24:67), and Keturah, his second wife, was evidently somewhere under forty years of age, for she bare him six sons (Gen. 25:1, 2), which facts present a difference of at least a hundred years between the ages of Abraham and his second wife.”

“Again, the Lord chose for His lineage, Boaz (a Jew), and old man, and Ruth (a Moabitess), a young woman (Ruth 3:10)–a union contrary to the principles held by Brother Houteff’s critics.”

“Moreover, the Jewess, Esther, who was forbidden by the common rule of the Jews to marry outside of her own nation, was blessed in her affinity to the old Medo-Persian king, in that her nation was thereby preserved.”

“Still further, Joseph married the daughter of the idolatrous priest of Egypt, and Moses took for a wife an Ethiopian woman.”

“Thus we see from the above unions that no set rule can be fixed to govern each individual’s case.  Moreover, had we lived in the days of the aforementioned unions, and had judged them by our own standards, we would have separated ourselves from Abraham, in whose bosom the righteous are protected from hell’s burning torments (Luke 16: 23-25); from Joseph, in whom the life of the ancient world was spared; from Moses, by whose hand the first-born in Egypt were either spared or destroyed, and all Israel freed from the Egyptian bondage; from Esther, by which act we, as Jews, would have destroyed ourselves at the hand of the wicked Haman; and from Christ, Who is our only life.”

“Brother Houteff’s marriage is far more in accordance with the accepted customs of today than were the above marriages in their day.  Abraham’s case alone is sufficient to satisfy those whom the truth can convince. Moreover, as God knew beforehand what Brother Houteff was going to do, then were his marriage to cast reproach upon the purifying message, thereby causing anyone to lose eternal life, God, for that one’s life, and for His Own honor, would not have intrusted His message to Brother Houteff.”

“Still further, inasmuch as God has continued to reveal truth through Brother Houteff since his marriage, there should be no reason for anyone to doubt that God not only approved of his marriage, but also led him to take this step. Some reason that in ancient times people lived longer than they do now, and that, therefore, great differences in the ages of husband and wife were then permissible.  However, we see no logic in such reasoning, for though the man lived longer then than he now does, yet the woman also lived longer in those days than she does today.”

“Those who believe in Present Truth, yet continue to find fault with Brother Houteff’s marriage, prove to us one of two things: either that they are shallow thinkers, or that they have no faith in what they believe, for the message teaches that we, as a part of the 144,000, shall never die.  Therefore, if God has ever had reason to sanction marriages involving great difference of ages, He must certainly have now.”

“The trouble is not with Brother Houteff’s marriage, but rather with those who judge Brother Houteff by their own standards.  Had Brother Houteff married for the same reason that most others marry, then, of course, he could have taken a wife of almost any age, and it would have made no great difference to him. But Brother Houteff’s critics seem utterly to forget that he has a tremendous work, and that he does not need a wife able only to make a home for him, but rather one most able to assist him in his work.  Hence, an aged woman, or one without experience in the work, would be to him a hindrance rather than a help. Therefore, God has provided for him a “helpmeet” that will really help him, as he cannot successfully carry on the work while single.”

“We have already seen that, in most cases, the root of the trouble lies either with those who profess to be friends of the cause of truth, but who, themselves, were not walking in the light before the sealing message found them, and are not doing so now, or with those who have openly been doing everything to make the truth of none effect. Some of these, while professing to believe, have opposed every advanced step which the message has made, while others have, on the one hand, divorced their first wives and married again, and, on the other hand, either objected to Brother Houteff’s getting married, or felt hurt because he did not take them into counsel to decide for him whom he should marry!  Still others have married outside the truth, which facts prove that, by their own sins, they have been blinded, and that, as they zealously pick flaws in those who have “the words of life” for them, they are, instead of reforming, only descending deeper into darkness. This is Satan’s most effective way of working, for by so doing, he is able to keep them in their sins, away from the flock that follows the Good Shepherd’s voice.”

“The greatest trouble with most S.D.A.’s is that they are baptized in the name of the denomination rather than in the name of the Trinity. Consequently, if they see that the church is doing something which, to them, is not pleasing, they withdraw themselves from its fellowship, renounce the truth, and thus turn their backs on eternal life to face eternal death!  Whereas, if Christ calls them to follow Him, and the church hears not His voice, they turn against Him to follow the church!”

“My brethren, make your decision on the merits of the message, itself, rather than on Brother Houteff’s good or bad deeds.  God has not delegated anyone of you to decide for Him Brother Houteff’s marriage. Neither has He instructed any of you to take, as a criterion in settling your own case, Brother Houteff’s marriage.  Who knows but what God is testing you, who, like Peter, thought that you would stand with the message, regardless of what might come; but who are now showing your true relation to it?”

“We trust that you will no longer allow the great deceiver–Satan–to confuse your mind and thus cause you falsely to accuse us, or to doubt that which goes from this office.  God’s council to you is: “Hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.” (Mic. 6:9.)”

“Arise, shine;” “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord…lest I come and smite the earth with a curse,” “for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isa. 60:1, 2; Mal. 4:5, 6.)”

“Behold upon the mountains the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!  O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.”  (Nah. 1 :15.)”

“Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.”  (Luke 22:31, 32.)”

“Hence, do not be found among those who attempt to steady the ark, or who may say: “You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way.  Let me tell you how to teach your message.”–“TM,” p. 475.”

‘Take your eyes off Brother Houteff and look unto Jesus through the message He sends.  Anyone doubting the message because of Brother Houteff’s marriage, would show not only great weakness, but also that he is following Brother Houteff instead of the message.  You should be no more concerned as to what Brother Houteff does, than you are concerned as to what the ancient prophets of the Bible did. Be a student of the message instead of the messenger as you are a student of the Bible, rather a student of the prophets.  This is your only safety against being bitterly disappointed in the end.” Vol. 3 Symbolic Code Nos. 5, 6. P. 7 – 9.

What was age of maturity for the Government to recognize a marriage…..…………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                        How can a person under the age of consent get married, who has to approve it? (The parents) Discuss………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                               As light is revealed a little at a time, V.T. Houteff did nothing wrong at the time and when he got married, and as light was reveal on what the age of maturity for marriages should be, he faithfully reveal all that Lord told him………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                              “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets” (preachers).                (Amos 3:7)”                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “And the word of the Lord came unto me saying:”  “Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.  And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come, ) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.”                                                           (Ezek. 33:30 through 33.)”                                                 Vol. 3   Symbolic Code   Nos. 3, 4. p. 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “God has authorized no one to dictate to others as to whether they should live a married or single life, or whom they should marry and whom they should not other than to pass his or her opinion if so requested by the parties concerned.”               Vol. 1 Symbolic Code No. 17 p.  6

                                                                                                                                                                                                              What you would answer to those who say that V.T Houteff went against inspiration’s recommended age………..…….….                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Sanctity of the Family Circle.–There is a sacred circle around every family which should be preserved. No other one has any right in that sacred circle. The husband and wife should be all to each other. The wife should have no secrets to keep from her husband and let others know, and the husband should have no secrets to keep from his wife to relate to others. The heart of his wife should be the grave for the faults of the husband, and the heart of the husband the grave for his wife’s faults. Never should either party indulge in a joke at the expense of the other’s feelings. Never should either the husband or wife in sport or in any other manner complain of each other to others, for frequently indulging in this foolish and what may seem perfectly harmless joking will end in trial with each other and perhaps estrangement. I have been shown that there should be a sacred shield around every family.”  {AH 177.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Not until you feel that you could sacrifice your own self-dignity, and even lay down your life, in order to save an erring brother, have you cast the beam out of your own eye, so that you are prepared to help your brother. Then you can approach him, and touch his heart. No one has ever been reclaimed from a wrong position by censure and reproach; but many have thus been driven from Christ, and led to seal their hearts against conviction.  A tender spirit, a gentle, winning deportment, may save the erring, and hide a multitude of sins. The revelation of Christ in your own character will have a transforming power upon all with whom you come in contact.”         Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 27      p. 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Discuss the statements above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

“We are one brotherhood. No matter what the gain or the loss, we must act nobly and courageously in the sight of God and our Saviour. Let us as Christians who accept the principle that all men, white and black, are free and equal, adhere to this principle, and not be cowards in the face of the world, and in the face of the heavenly intelligences. We should treat the colored man just as respectfully as we would treat the white man. And we can now, by precept and example, win others to this course.”  {2SM 343.1}

“But there is an objection to the marriage of the white race with the black. All should consider that they have no right to entail upon their offspring that which will place them at a disadvantage; they have no right to give them as a birthright a condition which would subject them to a life of humiliation. The children of these mixed marriages have a feeling of bitterness toward the parents who have given them this lifelong inheritance. For this reason, if there were no other, there should be no intermarriage between the white and the colored race.”  {2SM 343.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What was the reason/s why Inspiration discouraged interracial marriages between blacks and whites?……………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                   When Sister White wrote the statement above, racism was very strong in the USA, however, in this modern era, in which we now presently live, is this council still valid? Discuss……………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Christianity to Be a Controlling Influence.– Christianity ought to have a controlling influence upon the marriage relation, but it is too often the case that the motives which lead to this union are not in keeping with Christian principles. Satan is constantly seeking to strengthen his power over the people of God by inducing them to enter into alliance with his subjects, and in order to accomplish this he endeavors to arouse unsanctified passions in the heart. But the Lord has in His word plainly instructed His people not to unite themselves with those who have not His love abiding in them.”     {AH 94.5}

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Discuss the statement above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                            “The Real Union Is a Lifelong Experience.–To gain a proper understanding of the marriage relation is the work of a lifetime. Those who marry enter a school from which they are never in this life to be graduated.”  {AH 105.1}  

“However carefully and wisely marriage may have been entered into, few couples are completely united when the marriage ceremony is performed. The real union of the two in wedlock is the work of the after years.”  {AH 105.2}

“As life with its burden of perplexity and care meets the newly wedded pair, the romance with which imagination so often invests marriage disappears. Husband and wife learn each other’s character as it was impossible to learn it in their previous association. This is a most critical period in their experience. The happiness and usefulness of their whole future life depend upon their taking a right course now. Often they discern in each other unsuspected weaknesses and defects; but the hearts that love has united will discern excellencies also heretofore unknown. Let all seek to discover the excellencies rather than the defects. Often it is our own attitude, the atmosphere that surrounds ourselves, which determines what will be revealed to us in another.”  {AH 105.3}  

Discuss the statements above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Question:                                                                                                                                                                                      “What position does the sealing message take concerning marriage in these last days? Does not the apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 7:27, 29 teach that Christians should not marry for the reason that ‘the time is short’?”

Answer:                                                                                                                                                                                            “The seventh chapter of first Corinthians contains very good lessons on the subject of marriage and its relationship, and it is so plain that it hardly needs any comment by which to obtain the desired information. If the party concerned would carefully restudy the whole chapter and then sum Paul’s teachings it will be readily seen that he is not insisting that the followers of Christ should remain single, neither is he insisting that they should be married, but he is plainly setting forth the possible results in both cases; then he leaves the matter to be decided personally by those who are concerned.”

“In the beginning of this chapter he sums his own statement of verse 1 by saying: “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” (verse 2.) Then he continues: “Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned.” (verses 24, 27, 28.)”

“In verses 32 and 33 he gives the reason for preferring single life by saying: “He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: but he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.” “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress.” (verse 26.)”

“That is, those who were married were more or less tied up with home and family problems which under the conditions then, “present distress,” were not at liberty to serve the Lord as effectually in the proclamation of the gospel as if they were single. The following shows that his request is not compulsory but rather a matter of choice. “So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.” (verse 38.)”

“Those who desire to please God and bless His people will ever be seeking to shape up their lives and home affairs so that they may serve Him better even under most forbidding circumstances, whether the requirement be for them to marry or to stay single, and whatever their lot may be they should be content therein, for it is God Who giveth and Who taketh away.”

“The human trend of thought without the Spirit of truth hardly ever stays in the middle of the road — it is liable to pull aside either in one direction or in the other. For instance, if the doctrine of celibacy was taught by an extremist and followed in Paul’s time, the Christian church would in the last 1900 years have been depopulated and gone out of existence — cease to be — except its membership had been constantly kept up — replenished-by — newly converted

Gentiles; and if the whole world would have been converted to Christianity in Paul’s time, the world would have ceased in that generation — 1800 years ago! Hence, the ultimate aim of the gospel would have been to blot out the human family from the face of the earth, leaving Satan and his angels as earth’s only inhabitants — fulfilling the intruder’s determined purpose.”

“To our knowledge, the Bible nowhere forbids anyone getting married if he so desires and if the act is to glorify God — marrying within the faith and for serving Him better than before. “This is a true saying,” says Paul to Timothy, “If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife.”                (1 Tim. 3:1, 2.)”

“The marriage which God instituted in the beginning of our world is to last as long as the world lasts, for we read:”           “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry.” (1 Tim. 4:1-3.)”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “The above scripture plainly points out the fact that those who attempt to set aside the marriage relationship in the “latter times” – our day — are not doing the will of God but rather the will of “seducing spirits.” Hence, we should be careful what we do and say lest we give an offence to God and bring in the evil spirits in the midst of us and thus become the servants of Satan instead of the “servants of God.”

“If the enemy should by his temptations cause us to set out on such a satanic program, “forbidding to marry,” he would by our own earnest efforts destroy the message which we are to bear to the whole world; for, if we “forbid to marry,” we by that act would be helping Satan and in turn, with zeal and certainty, he will call attention to the above quoted scripture and proclaim far and wide that our message instead of being from God is from “seducing spirits.”!”

“The sealing message which we bear nowhere forbids marrying. Therefore, if God, Who has instituted the marriage relation has not discontinued it, then for any of us to attempt to do so would be committing as great a sin as if we should attempt to remove any one commandment of His law or ordinances which He has instituted. No one has the right to impose his ideas upon others as their final guide of life. No one should attempt to become a criterion for all.”

“He who undertakes the responsibility to dictate what others must do, control their minds and direct their conscience, is guilty of pushing God aside, and of taking His place — sitting “in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess. 2:4.) In other words, whosoever undertakes a responsibility which God has not placed upon him, he is by his action seeking to take God’s place, unconsciously saying in his evil heart: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” (Isa. 14:14.) The Lord’s command is: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matt. 19; 6.)”

“God has authorized no one to dictate to others as to whether they should live a married or single life, or whom they should marry and whom they should not other than to pass his or her opinion if so requested by the parties concerned. Parents can advise but when their advice is not appreciated and rejected, they should do as the Father of the prodigal — let them have their way lest they should lose them for ever.”               Vol. 1 Symbolic Code No. 17 p. 5 – 6

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Discuss the statements above, and highlight what important lessons are there that we can learn from what Inspiration has left on record…………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “His name, “house-band,” is the true definition of husband. . . . I saw that but few fathers realize their responsibility.” {AH 211.3}                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                               “Maturity of Experience Called For.–A father must not be as a child, moved merely by impulse. He is bound to his family by sacred, holy ties.” {AH 213.1}                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The Lawmaker and Priest.–All members of the family center in the father. He is the lawmaker, illustrating in his own manly bearing the sterner virtues: energy, integrity, honesty, patience, courage, diligence, and practical usefulness. The father is in one sense the priest of the household, laying upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice. The wife and children should be encouraged to unite in this offering and also to engage in the song of praise. Morning and evening the father, as priest of the household, should confess to God the sins committed by himself and his children through the day. Those sins which have come to his knowledge and also those which are secret, of which God’s eye alone has taken cognizance, should be confessed. This rule of action, zealously carried out by the father when he is present or by the mother when he is absent, will result in blessings to the family.”  {AH 212.1}

Share your view on the statements above……………………………………………………………………………………

“The Queen of the Home.–The king upon his throne has no higher work than has the mother. The mother is queen of her household. She has in her power the molding of her children’s characters, that they may be fitted for the higher, immortal life. An angel could not ask for a higher mission; for in doing this work she is doing service for God. Let her only realize the high character of her task, and it will inspire her with courage. Let her realize the worth of her work and put on the whole armor of God, that she may resist the temptation to conform to the world’s standard. Her work is for time and for eternity.”  {AH 231.3}

“The mother is the queen of the home, and the children are her subjects. She is to rule her household wisely, in the dignity of her motherhood. Her influence in the home is to be paramount; her word, law. If she is a Christian, under God’s control, she will command the respect of her children.”  {AH 232.1}

“The children are to be taught to regard their mother, not as a slave whose work it is to wait on them, but as a queen who is to guide and direct them, teaching them line upon line, precept upon precept.”  {AH 232.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Discuss the statements above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                               “Sisters, when about their work, should not put on clothing which would make them look like images to frighten the crows from the corn. It is more gratifying to their husbands and children to see them in a becoming, well-fitting attire than it can be to mere visitors or strangers. Some wives and mothers seem to think it is no matter how they look when about their work and when they are seen only by their husbands and children, but they are very particular to dress in taste for the eyes of those who have no special claims upon them. Is not the esteem and love of husband and children more to be prized than that of strangers or common friends? The happiness of husband and children should be more sacred to every wife and mother than that of all others.”                    {AH 252.3}

“Wear clothing that is becoming to you. This will increase the respect of your children for you. See to it that they, too, are dressed in a becoming manner. Do not allow them to fall into habits of untidiness.”  {AH 253.1}

“To Give Lessons in Neatness and Purity.–If mothers allow themselves to wear untidy garments at home, they are teaching their children to follow in the same slovenly way. Many mothers think that anything is good enough for home wear, be it ever so soiled and shabby. But they soon lose their influence in the family. The children draw comparisons between their mother’s dress and that of others who dress neatly, and their respect for her is weakened.”  {AH 253.4}

“Mothers, make yourselves as attractive as possible; not by elaborate trimming, but by wearing clean, well-fitting garments. Thus you will give to your children constant lessons in neatness and purity. The love and respect of her children should be of the highest value to every mother. Everything upon her person should teach cleanliness and order and should be associated in their minds with purity. There is a sense of fitness, an idea of the appropriateness of things, in the minds of even very young children; and how can they be impressed with the desirability of purity and holiness when their eyes daily rest on untidy dresses and disorderly rooms? How can the heavenly guests, whose home is where all is pure and holy, be invited into such a dwelling?”  {AH 254.1}

“Order and cleanliness is the law of heaven; and in order to come into harmony with the divine arrangement, it is our duty to be neat and tasty.”  {AH 254.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                               How should the wife look while at home?…………………………………………………………………………………..

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WHAT SHOULD THE HOME BE?

Question No. 105:

Will you please explain Ephesians 5:22-24?

Answer:

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Eph. 5:22-24.

Clearly, this divine injunction charges the wife to respect her husband as she would the Lord, the husband being the family’s temporal saviour, as the Lord is the church’s eternal Saviour.  “…Christ…loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Eph. 5:25, 26. When she disregards this divine injunction, she insults God.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church.” Eph. 5:25.

Thus, just as binding and sacred is the husband’s responsibility to his wife. He is to regard her as Christ does His church. Whenever he does less than this, he violates the law of the Lord.

Thus, while the church is duty-bound to respect and obey her Lord, the wife is to respect and obey her husband; and the husband is duty-bound to love and care for his wife as the Lord loves and care for His church. From this it follows that the house of the Lord is likened to the house of the husband. Accordingly, in the same way as the Lord controls the affairs of His house, the church, so the husband is to control the affairs of his home, the family.

And since the church’s own welfare depends upon its cooperation with the will of the Lord, likewise the family’s welfare depends upon its cooperation with the will of the father. Doubly clear, therefore, is the fact that just as Christ holds the headship over the church, so the father holds the headship over the home. And just as the converted church rejoices in pleasing her Head, Christ, so likewise the converted wife rejoices in pleasing her head, her husband. In this happy state, both the man and the woman realize that they are, after all, each other’s second self.

“But I would have you know,” declares Paul, “that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.” “Nevertheless  neither is the man without the woman neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.” 1 Cor. 11:3-5, 11, 12.

This beautiful home-relationship is often undermined and wrecked by financial mismanagement or by erroneous education, or by both, because the divine pattern is not followed. The Lord supports His wife, the church, but she herself handles the medium of exchange, the money, to pay for the things she purchases; accordingly therefore, though the husband supports the home, the wife is to handle the money for the things needed to run the home. And if the husband is receiving only a subsistence income, then even more especially should he give his paycheck to the wife, so that she may budget it to cover the home’s necessities up to the next pay day. With the wife handling the money, great advantages will thus accrue, for, it is she alone who uses, and therefore alone knows, the things which are needed in the home. Thus knowing her daily financial limitations, she will know precisely what she can and what she cannot buy to run the home.

Naturally, then, she will diligently see that only the most necessary wants of the home are first cared for, thereby preventing any over-buying of one thing on her part, or any under-buying or another thing by her husband, or vice versa–this latter condition inevitably resulting if he holds the purse strings and doles out to her to do the buying. Handled as it should be, the purse will not go flat, and the home will suffer no shortages, no contentions, and no break-ups. Of course, husband and wife should always consult together to secure full mutual approval for whatever they do.

If, however, the family’s earnings are more than just a living, then he and the wife may together more broadly budget their earnings, first caring for necessary current expenses, then banking or investing the rest.

Thus to understand that the husband is not merely the money bag, but is the king of the home, the “house-band,” and that the wife is not a menial merely to cook the meals, wash the dishes and clothes, scrub the floor, and care for and rear the children, but is the queen of the home, the helpmeet,–to understand all this is to have a true appreciation of the wholesomeness of divinely inspired marriage.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor, yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters, have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Prov. 31:10-30.

So while the queenly wife looks after the family’s internal affairs, the kingly husband looks after the family’s external affairs.

Furthermore, as the Lord Himself is the Principal of His church as a school, and His “wife” (the church, but especially the ministry–those who bring forth converts, children, in the faith), the teacher of their children (members), so the husband is the principal of his home as a school, and his wife the teacher of their children.

“To gain a proper understanding of the marriage  relation,” says the Spirit of Prophecy, “is the work of a lifetime. Those who marry enter a school from which they are never in this life to be graduated.

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“In your life-union your affections are to be tributary to each other’s happiness….But while you are to blend as one, neither of you is to lose his or her individuality in the other. God is the owner…Of him you are to ask:…How may I best fulfill the purpose of my creation?…Your love for that which is human is to be secondary to your love for God…Is the greatest outflow of your love toward Him who died for you? If it is, your love for each other will be after Heaven’s order.

“Neither husband nor wife is to make a plea for rulership…Both are to cultivate the spirit of kindness, being determined never to grieve or injure the other….Do not try to compel each other to do as you wish. You cannot do this, and retain each other’s love. Manifestations of  self-will destroy the peace and happiness of the home. Let not your married life be one of contention. If you do, you will both be unhappy. Be kind in speech and gentle in action, giving up your own wishes. Watch well your words; for they have a powerful influence for good or for ill. Allow no sharpness to come into your voices. Bring into your united life the fragrance of Christlikeness.

“Before a man enters a union as close as the marriage relation, he should learn how to control himself and how to deal with others.

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“My brother, be kind, patient, forbearing. Remember that your wife accepted you as her husband, not that you might rule over her, but that you might be her helper….

“One victory it is positively essential for you both to gain,–the victory over the stubborn will. In this struggle you can conquer only by the aid of Christ. You may struggle hard and long to subdue self, but you will fail unless you receive strength from on high. By the grace of Christ you can gain the victory over self and selfishness. As you live His life, showing self-sacrifice at every step. constantly revealing a stronger sympathy for those in need of help, you will gain victory after victory. Day by day you will lean better how to conquer self and how to strengthen your weak points of character. The Lord Jesus will be your light, your strength, your crown of rejoicing because you yield your will to His will….By His help you can utterly destroy the root of selfishness.

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“Forbearance and unselfishness mark the words and actions of those who are born again, to live the new life in Christ.”–Testimonies, Vol. 7, pp. 45-50.

“The great reformatory movement must begin in presenting to fathers and mothers and children the principles of the law of God….Show that obedience to God’s word is our only safeguard against the evils that are sweeping the world to destruction….By their [parent’s] example and teaching, the eternal destiny of their households  will in most cases be decided….

“If parents could be led to trace the results of their action,…many would break the spell of tradition and custom….Press home upon the consciences of parents the conviction of their solemn duties, so long neglected. This will break up the spirit of Pharisaism and resistance to the truth as nothing else can. Religion in the home is our great hope, and makes the prospect bright for the conversion of the whole family to the truth of God.”–Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 119.

Only in such a Christian home is Christ’s Kingdom  exemplified. And in thus reflecting the Kingdom here, all such homes will, when banded together collectively, make up the Kingdom  hereafter. How important, then, that the mother and the father co-operate to the full in conducting the home altogether in Christ’s way in order to insure its existence both now and forevermore!

Failure on the part of either, to carry out these principles, will wreck the home and scatter the family not only for the present but also for eternity; whereas careful practice of them will safeguard the family’s prosperity and happiness in this world, and insure its eternal continuance in the world to come.       Answerer Book 4 p. 69 – 78 (64-71)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Highlight and discuss what stood out to you from the statements in Ans. Bk. 4 p. 69 – 78 (64-71)….………….

                                                                                                                                                                                               “Express Love in Words and Deeds.–There are many who regard the expression of love as a weakness, and they maintain a reserve that repels others. This spirit checks the current of sympathy. As the social and generous impulses are repressed, they wither, and the heart becomes desolate and cold. We should beware of this error. Love cannot long exist without expression. Let not the heart of one connected with you starve for the want of kindness and sympathy. . . .Let each give love rather than exact it. Cultivate that which is noblest in yourselves, and be quick to recognize the good qualities in each other. The consciousness of being appreciated is a wonderful stimulus and satisfaction. Sympathy and respect encourage the striving after excellence, and love itself increases as it stimulates to nobler aims.”  {AH 107.2-3}

“Too many cares and burdens are brought into our families, and too little of natural simplicity and peace and happiness is cherished. There should be less care for what the outside world will say and more thoughtful attention to the members of the family circle. There should be less display and affectation of worldly politeness, and much more tenderness and love, cheerfulness and Christian courtesy, among the members of the household. Many need to learn how to make home attractive, a place of enjoyment. Thankful hearts and kind looks are more valuable than wealth and luxury, and contentment with simple things will make home happy if love be there.”  {AH 108.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Discuss the statements above………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                         “Characteristics of a Companionable Wife and Mother.–Instead of sinking into a mere household drudge, let the wife and mother take time to read, to keep herself well informed, to be a companion to her husband, and to keep in touch with the developing minds of her children. Let her use wisely the opportunities now hers to influence her dear ones for the higher life. Let her take time to make the dear Saviour a daily Companion and familiar Friend. Let her take time for the study of His word, take time to go with the children into the fields and learn of God through the beauty of His works.”  {AH 110.1}  

“Let her keep cheerful and buoyant. Instead of spending every moment in endless sewing, make the evening a pleasant social season, a family reunion after the day’s duties. Many a man would thus be led to choose the society of his home before that of the clubhouse or the saloon. Many a boy would be kept from the street or the corner grocery. Many a girl would be saved from frivolous, misleading associations. The influence of the home would be to parents and children what God designed it should be, a lifelong blessing.”  {AH 110.2}

“Married life is not all romance; it has its real difficulties and its homely details. The wife must not consider herself a doll, to be tended, but a woman; one to put her shoulder under real, not imaginary, burdens, and live an understanding, thoughtful life, considering that there are other things to be thought of than herself. . . . Real life has its shadows and its sorrows. To every soul troubles must come. Satan is constantly working to unsettle the faith and destroy the courage and hope of every one.”  {AH 110.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Highlight and discuss what stood out to you from the statements above…………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “When husbands require the complete subjection of their wives, declaring that women have no voice or will in the family, but must render entire submission, they place their wives in a position contrary to the Scripture. In interpreting the Scripture in this way, they do violence to the design of the marriage institution. This interpretation is made simply that they may exercise arbitrary rule, which is not their prerogative. But we read on, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” Why should the husband be bitter against his wife? If the husband has found her erring and full of faults, bitterness of spirit will not remedy the evil.” {AH 116.2}  

“We women must remember that God has placed us subject to the husband. He is the head, and our judgment and views and reasonings must agree with his, if possible. If not, the preference in God’s Word is given to the husband where it is not a matter of conscience. We must yield to the head.–Letter 5, 1861.”  {TSB 28.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Husbands to Be Considerate.–Husbands should be careful, attentive, constant, faithful, and compassionate. They should manifest love and sympathy. If they fulfill the words of Christ, their love will not be of a base, earthly, sensual character that will lead to the destruction of their own bodies and bring upon their wives debility and disease. They will not indulge in the gratification of base passions, while ringing in the ears of their wives that they must be subject to the husband in everything. When the husband has the nobility of character, purity of heart, elevation of mind that every true Christian must possess, it will be made manifest in the marriage relation. If he has the mind of Christ, he will not be a destroyer of the body, but will be full of tender love, seeking to reach the highest standard in Christ.”  {AH 125.1}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Where best can true Christianity be manifested?……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Sexual excess will effectually destroy a love for devotional exercises, will take from the brain the substance needed to nourish the system, and will most effectively exhaust the vitality. No woman should aid her husband in this work of self-destruction. She will not do it if she is enlightened and has true love for him.”  {AH 124.4}

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What does the word excess mean?…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Why Satan Seeks to Weaken Self-control.–Satan seeks to lower the standard of purity and to weaken the self-control of those who enter the marriage relation, because he knows that while the baser passions are in the ascendancy, the moral powers grow steadily weaker, and he need have no concern as to their spiritual growth. He knows, too, that in no way can he better stamp his own hateful image upon their offspring, and that he can thus mold their character even more readily than he can the character of the parents.”  {AH 124.1}

“Results of Excesses.–Men and women, you will one day learn what is lust and the result of its gratification. Passion of just as base a quality may be found in the marriage relation as outside of it.”  {AH 124.2}

“What is the result of giving loose rein to the lower passions? . . . The bedchamber, where angels of God should preside, is made unholy by unholy practices. And because shameful animalism rules, bodies are corrupted; loathsome practices lead to loathsome diseases. That which God has given as a blessing is made a curse.”  {AH 124.3}

“The more the animal passions are indulged, the stronger do they become, and the more violent will be their clamors for indulgence. Let God-fearing men and women awake to their duty. Many professed Christians are suffering with paralysis of nerve and brain because of their intemperance in this direction.”  {AH 124.5}  

“The animal passions, cherished and indulged, become very strong in this age, and untold evils in the marriage life are the sure results. In the place of the mind being developed and having the controlling power, the animal propensities rule over the higher and nobler powers until they are brought into subjection to the animal propensities. What is the result? Women’s delicate organs are worn out and become diseased; childbearing is no more safe; sexual privileges are abused. Men are corrupting their own bodies; and the wife has become a bedservant to their inordinate, base lusts, until there is no fear of God before their eyes. . . .”  {TSB 115.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                “Impurity is today widespread, even among the professed followers of Christ. Passion is unrestrained; the animal propensities are gaining strength by indulgence, while the moral powers are constantly becoming weaker. . . . The sins that destroyed the antediluvians and the cities of the plain exist today–not merely in heathen lands, not only among popular professors of Christianity, but with some who profess to be looking for the coming of the Son of man. If God should present these sins before you as they appear in His sight, you would be filled with shame and terror.–5T 218.” {TSB 121.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Marriage No License for Giving Loose Rein to Lustful Passions.–Very few feel it to be a religious duty to govern their passions. They have united themselves in marriage to the object of their choice and therefore reason that marriage sanctifies the indulgence of the baser passions. Even men and women professing godliness give loose rein to their lustful passions and have no thought that God holds them accountable for the expenditure of vital energy, which weakens their hold on life and enervates the entire system.”  {1MCP 221.7}

“The marriage covenant covers sins of the darkest hue. Men and women professing godliness debase their own bodies through the indulgence of the corrupt passions and thus lower themselves beneath the brute creation. They abuse the powers which God has given them to be preserved in sanctification and honor. Health and life are sacrificed upon the altar of base passion. The higher, nobler powers are brought into subjection to the animal propensities. Those who thus sin are not acquainted with the result of their course.–2T 472 (1870).”  {1MCP 222.1}

“The Delicate Balance Between Love and Lustful Passion.–It is not pure love which actuates a man to make his wife an instrument to minister to his lust. It is the animal passions which clamor for indulgence.”  {1MCP 222.2}  

“How few men show their love in the manner specified by the apostle: “Even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might [not pollute it but] sanctify and cleanse it;… that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27). This is the quality of love in the marriage relation which God recognizes as holy.”  {1MCP 222.3}

“Love is a pure and holy principle, but lustful passion will not admit of restraint and will not be dictated to or controlled by reason. It is blind to consequences; it will not reason from cause to effect.”  {1MCP 222.4}

“Many women are suffering from great debility and settled disease because the laws of their being have been disregarded; nature’s laws have been trampled upon. The brain nerve power is squandered by men and women, being called into unnatural action to gratify base passions; and this hideous monster–base, low passion–assumes the delicate name of love.–2T 473, 474 (1870).” {1MCP 222.5}  

“Duty to Avoid Excesses.–It is carrying that which is lawful to excess that makes it a grievous sin.”  {AH 122.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Discuss the importance of the statements above, and how to maintain purity in the eyes of God…………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Everywhere are seen wrecks of humanity, broken-down family altars, broken-up families. There is a strange abandonment of principle, the standard of morality is lowered, and the earth is fast becoming a Sodom. The Sodomitish practices which brought the judgment of God upon the world, and caused it to be deluged with water, and which caused Sodom to be destroyed by fire, are fast increasing. We are nearing the end. God has borne long with the perversity of mankind, but their punishment is no less certain. Let those who profess to be the light of the world, depart from all iniquity.–RH Nov. 10, 1884.”  {TSB 120.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Are there married persons that are secretly practicing Sodomitish practices unbeknown to their wife or husband?…………..

“Sodom’s Sins Today. We are not ignorant of the fall of Sodom because of the corruption of its inhabitants. The prophet has here [Ezekiel 16:49] specified the particular evils which led to dissolute morals. We see the very sins now existing in the world which were in Sodom and which brought upon her the wrath of God, even to her utter destruction.  4BC 1161.” {TSB 120.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                              “These are the very sins which corrupted Sodom. Their evil practices did not come all at once. First one man and woman stupefied themselves by unholy, polluted habits. Then as inhabitants settled in Sodom, they did as you are doing, educating others in a line that is forbidden of God. And so as the inhabitants continued to multiply, these ministers of sin continued in educating them in their own defiling practices until if any person came into their midst their first thoughts were to educate them in their evil work, until Sodom became renowned for its pollutions. Their sins reached unto heaven, and the Lord would bear with them no longer.” {TSB 126.2}  

How can I frame words to express the enormity of this awful sin? How can I present it in such a manner that you will no longer look upon it, as you have done, as no great wrong? I have granddaughters, the children of my son, W. C. White. If I were forced to choose whether these children should be exposed to these temptations, educated in these evil practices, or be cut down by death, I would say, Let them die in their innocency. Let them not be corrupted by eating the apples of Sodom. . . .”  {TSB 127.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                               “The Day of God’s Revealings…The husband will know for the first time the deception and falsehood that have been practiced by the wife whom he thought innocent and pure. The wife for the first time will know the case of her husband, and the relatives and friends will see how error and falsehood and corruption have been clustering about them; for the secrets of all hearts will stand revealed.” {TSB 90.2}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Discuss the statements above and share what came out to you………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Child Abuse – I have had this class of sins presented to me as producing moral defilement. What can the impression be upon those youth whose bodies you degrade by your actions? How can you be a shepherd of the sheep and lambs while corrupting their minds, and tainting and polluting their moral sense? Would you consider this matter as lightly as you have done should a minister of the gospel, as Elder W, do such things to your sisters or to your children? This is a crime in the sight of God and I cannot cover it over as a light matter. It is a Sodomitish sin. It is tainting and polluting in all its tendencies, and an abomination in the sight of a holy God. It is practicing iniquity.”  {TSB 125.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Discuss what is our responsibly if we find out about a child abuse situation?……………………………………………………………….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Cleansing of the Camp. We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?”  {TSB 188.3}

“Suspension From the Church for Adulterers. Those who break the seventh commandment should be suspended from the church, and not have its fellowship nor the privileges of the house of God. Said the angel, “This is not a sin of ignorance. It is a knowing sin and will receive the awful visitation of God, whether he who commits it be old or young.”                      {TSB 248.4}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Definition of a Harlot. Is not this idol worship of the most degrading kind?–the lips uttering praises and adoring a sinful human being, pouring forth expressions of ravishing tenderness and adulation which belong alone to God–the powers given to God in solemn consecration administering to a harlot, for any woman who will allow the addresses of another man than her husband, who will listen to his advances, and whose ears will be pleased with the outpouring of lavish words of affection, of adoration, of endearment, is an adulteress and a harlot.– TM 434, 435.”  {TSB 238.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “A Vivid Vision of Adultery. While in Europe the things that transpired in _____ were opened before me. A voice said, “Follow me, and I will show you the sins that are practiced by those who stand in responsible positions.” I went through the rooms, and I saw you, a watchman upon the walls of Zion, were very intimate with another man’s wife, betraying sacred trusts, crucifying your Lord afresh. Did you consider that there was a Watcher, the Holy One, who was witnessing your evil work, seeing your actions and hearing your words, and these are also registered in the books of heaven?      {TSB 152.1}

“She was sitting on your lap; you were kissing her, and she was kissing you. Other scenes of fondness, sensual looks and deportment, were presented before me, which sent a thrill of horror through my soul. Your arm encircled her waist, and the fondness expressed was having a bewitching influence. Then a curtain was lifted, and I was shown you in bed with Sister N. My guide said, “Iniquity, adultery.”. . .” {TSB 152.2}  

“Unimpressible as a Stone. When I tried to show you the aggravated character of sin in the sight of God of a watchman upon the walls of Zion, you did not seem to feel or to sense the sin, but you seemed as unimpressible as a stone. I know you are seeking to cover your ways from the Lord. I did not then open them to you, as I have done now, with my pen. And I do not wish to have this opened to others, for I do hope that you will see and sense the evil and confess your sin to God and to your brethren and make clean work, that you may have this foul blot removed from you by the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. You have not confessed your wrongs. You have done great wickedness; you have committed adultery, broken the seventh commandment.” {TSB 152.3}                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I have carried this heavy load upon my soul all this time. When we had the meetings in _____, you knew just what you ought to confess. {TSB 152.4}… You have talked over matters as you viewed them, that the communications from Sister White are not all from the Lord, but a portion is her own mind, her own judgment, which is no better than anybody else’s judgment and ideas. This is one of Satan’s hooks to hang your doubts upon to deceive your soul and the souls of others who will dare to draw the line in this matter and say, This portion which pleases me is from God, but that portion which points out and condemns my course of conduct is from Sister White alone, and bears not the holy signet. You have in this way virtually rejected the whole of the messages, which God in His tender, pitying love has sent to you to save you from moral ruin.  {TSB 153.3}

“We had a private meeting where humble confessions were made by Elder M and Brother and Sister N. . . .  {TSB 155.1} Well, the Lord lives. I have had a hard battle and some precious victories gained. Elder M is clothed and in his right mind, humble, tender, and broken before God. Humble as a child. I see no way but to keep bearing the plain testimony in love, in patience.–Letter 27, 1888 (written May 29, 1888).”  {TSB 155.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                    “How many, even in the ranks of Sabbathkeepers, are forming unsanctified connections. Men who have wives, and women who have husbands, are showing affection and giving undue attention to [those of the opposite sex]… Their frivolous conduct leads them to break the seventh commandment.”  {TSB 191.1}                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                              “What did God command Moses to do with those who were guilty of adultery? They should be stoned to death. Does the punishment end there? No, they are to die the second death. The stoning system has been done away, but the penalty for transgressing God’s law is not done away. If the transgressor does not heartily repent, he will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.”  {TSB 131.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Discuss the statements above and share what stood out to you………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                           “Masturbation – Vital Energy Is Depleted. The practice of secret habits surely destroys the vital forces of the system. All unnecessary vital action will be followed by corresponding depression. Among the young the vital capital, the brain, is so severely taxed at an early age that there is a deficiency and great exhaustion, which leaves the system exposed to disease of various kinds.”  {TSB 122.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What advice would you give to a married or single person that is practicing masturbating?………………………………………….                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “One Who Requested Prayer for Healing. My husband and I once attended a meeting where our sympathies were enlisted for a brother who was a great sufferer with the phthisic. He was pale and emaciated. He requested the prayers of the people of God. He said that his family were sick, and that he had lost a child. He spoke with feeling of his bereavement. He said that he had been waiting for some time to see Brother and Sister White. He had believed that if they would pray for him, he would be healed. After the meeting closed, the brethren called our attention to the case. They said that the church was assisting them, that his wife was sick, and his child had died. The brethren had met at his house and united in praying for the afflicted family. We were much worn and had the burden of labor upon us during the meeting and wished to be excused. I had resolved not to engage in prayer for anyone, unless the Spirit of the Lord should dictate in the matter. . . .”  {TSB 123.1}

“That night we bowed in prayer and presented his case before the Lord. We entreated that we might know the will of God concerning him. All we desired was that God might be glorified. Would the Lord have us pray for this afflicted man? We left the burden with the Lord and retired to rest. In a dream the case of that man was clearly presented. His course from his childhood up was shown, and that if we should pray, the Lord would not hear us, for he regarded iniquity in his heart. The next morning the man came for us to pray for him. We took him aside and told him we were sorry to be compelled to refuse his request. I related my dream, which he acknowledged was true. He had practiced self-abuse from his boyhood up, and he had continued the practice during his married life, but said he would try to break himself of it. This man had a long-established habit to overcome. He was in the middle age of life. His moral principles were so weak that when brought in conflict with long-established indulgence, they were overcome. . . .”   {TSB 123.2}

“Here was a man debasing himself daily and yet daring to venture into the presence of God and ask an increase of strength which he had vilely squandered, and which, if granted, he would consume upon his lust. What forbearance has God! If He should deal with man according to his corrupt ways, who could live in His sight? What if we had been less cautious and carried the case of this man before God while he was practicing iniquity, would the Lord have heard? Would He have answered? “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with Thee. The foolish shall not stand in Thy sight; Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”. . .”  {TSB 124.1}

“This is not a solitary case. Even the marriage relation was not sufficient to preserve this man from the corrupt habits of his youth. I wish I could be convinced that such cases as the one I have presented are rare, but I know they are frequent.–CG 450, 451.”  {TSB 124.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The Results of Self-Abuse. Females possess less vital force than the other sex, and are deprived very much of the bracing, invigorating air by their indoor life. The results of self-abuse in them is seen in various diseases such as catarrh, dropsy, headache, loss of memory and sight, great weakness in the back and loins, affections of the spine, the head often decays inwardly. Cancerous humor, which would lie dormant in the system their lifetime, is inflamed and commences its eating, destructive work. The mind is often utterly ruined, and insanity takes place.”      {TSB 122.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                          “Foundation Laid for Various Diseases Later in Life. If the practice is continued from the ages of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors. Some of nature’s fine machinery gives way, leaving a heavier task for the remaining to perform, which disorders nature’s fine arrangement; and there is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution, and death is the result.–CG 444.”  {TSB 122.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Discuss the statements above on masturbation and share what came out to you……………………………………………                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “A Demon-controlled Wife. Dear Brother D: I hoped the change which seemed to take place in your wife at the meeting in Chicago would be lasting, and was so grateful to our heavenly Father when I heard her confession, for I thought that a most severe task was lifted from my shoulders; but the burden is still upon me. I know that she is not changed for the better. The dangers and difficulties which she will create if her whims are gratified, are almost incredible to those who do not understand the spirit which actuates her. . . .”  {TSB 76.1}

“However earnestly her husband may endeavor to pursue a straightforward course to serve God, she will be his evil angel, seeking to lead him away from righteousness. In her own estimation she is the idol he must worship; in fact, she is Satan’s agent, seeking to occupy the place where God should be. She has followed the impulses of her own unconsecrated heart until Satan has almost complete control of her. . . .”  {TSB 76.2}  

“Unless there is a change, a time will come soon when this lower nature in the wife, controlled by a will as strong as steel, will bring down the strong will of the husband to her own low level. . . . In this case it is not the woman whom Brother D is dealing with, but a desperate, satanic spirit. The Lord has a work for Brother D to do; but if he is overcome by these outbursts on the part of his wife, he is a lost man, and she is not saved by the sacrifice.”  {TSB 76.3}

“Separation Better Than Apostasy. His best course with this child-wife, so overbearing, so unyielding, and so uncontrollable, is to take her home, and leave her with the mother who has made her what she is. Though it must be painful, this is the only thing for him to do, if he would not be ruined spiritually, sacrificed to the demon of hysterics and satanic imaginings. Satan takes entire control of her temper and will, and uses them like desolating hail to beat down every obstruction. Her husband can do her no good, but is doing himself incalculable harm, and robbing God of the talents and influence He has given.”  {TSB 77.1}

“God has placed the husband at the head of the family, and until Sister D shall learn her place and duties as a wife, it will be best for him not to be connected with her in any way. The wife is to respect and obey, but if she utterly refuses to keep the marriage vow, she will be more and more the sport of Satan’s temptations; and if her husband consents to keep her by his side, to wear out his life, he will become discouraged and unfitted for the Lord’s service. He is under no obligations to keep one by his side who will only torture his soul. I was shown that he has already been losing his manhood, and has been influenced and molded by his wife. Their marriage was a snare of Satan.”  {TSB 77.2}  

“Priority of God’s Claims. Sister D is determined to rule or ruin. I was shown that she has so thoroughly yielded herself into Satan’s hands that her husband fears for her reason, but he will make one of the gravest mistakes of his life if he permits himself to be controlled by Satan through the device of his wife. I tell you plainly, she is controlled by demons, and if these evil spirits have their way, your liberty, Brother D, your manhood, is gone; you are a slave to her caprices. . . . She is just as much possessed by a demon as was the man who tore and cut himself when Jesus cast out the devils. . . . Brother D must let Satan rage, and not allow himself to be cut off from religious privileges because his wife desires it.  {TSB 77.3}

“If she runs away, let her go. Even if she threatens to take her own life, do not yield to her wicked demands. Even if she should carry out her threat, it would be better to look upon her silent in death than to allow her to murder not only her own soul but that of her husband, and be the means of destroying many others.”  {TSB 78.1}  

“Permanent Nature of Marriage Vows. Brother D, you have been terrified by the violence of your wife, but the course for you to pursue is the straightforward path of truth, righteousness, and wisdom, having the fear of God always before you. Satan is already exulting over his success.”  {TSB 78.2}

“Sister D, I would not present this matter as I do were there not another life so closely bound up with yours, and the life of one whom God has chosen to be His servant. This marriage ought not to have been, but the step has been taken, and for your husband the work of overcoming is now tenfold more severe than if he had never seen you. Will you think seriously over this question, whether his usefulness shall be destroyed and his life become a failure because of your course? . . . Your husband should not merge his identity in you. The marriage vow that binds the husband to the wife must remain unbroken, but he has vows to his Lord, to love Him with the whole heart, the undivided affection.– Letter 34, 1890.”  {TSB 78.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was this marriage a mistake?…………………….What do you think the wife would have thought about Sister White?………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “An Overbearing Husband. I have a few words to say in regard to your marriage, not by revelation but permission. Yes, I feel compelled by the Spirit of the Lord to say to you that I have had less confidence in your integrity since your marriage than I have had heretofore. My heart was greatly burdened. I knew you were not qualified to make a proper husband for Sister Drake. If you had permitted her to lay her case before us, we could have advised her according to the light God has given us of your case. You knew this, therefore you were unwilling to have us consulted. Brother R, I believe that your motives in this marriage were purely selfish. I do not believe you had a thought of the good of Sister Drake or the glory of God. You urged yourself upon her without consulting those who knew you best. You hurried this matter off with your own hasty spirit that you have ever possessed.  {TSB 28.3}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was this marriage a mistake?………………What do you think this husband would have thought about Sister White?………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Discuss what lessons there are in these statements for us today…………………………………………………………….

“Nourishing a Sinful Discontent.–Very many husbands and children who find nothing attractive at home, who are continually greeted by scolding and murmuring, seek comfort and amusement away from home, in the dramshop or in other forbidden scenes of pleasure.”  {AH 249.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The Head of the House. Mary, . . . I wish in all sisterly and motherly kindness to kindly warn you upon another point. I have often noticed before others a manner you have in speaking to John in rather a dictating manner, the tone of your voice sounding impatient. Mary, others notice this and have spoken of it to me. It hurts your influence.”  {TSB 28.1}

                                                                                                                                                                                                          How should a wife speak to, and treat her husband?………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                               “Husbands should study the pattern and seek to know what is meant by the symbol presented in Ephesians, the relation Christ sustains to the church. The husband is to be as a Saviour in his family. Will he stand in his noble, God-given manhood, ever seeking to uplift his wife and children? Will he breathe about him a pure, sweet atmosphere? Will he not as assiduously cultivate the love of Jesus, making it an abiding principle in his home, as he will assert his claims to authority?”  {AH 117.2}

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How should a husband speak to, and treat his wife?…………………………………………………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                             “The First Home a Model.–The home of our first parents was to be a pattern for other homes as their children should go forth to occupy the earth. That home, beautified by the hand of God Himself, was not a gorgeous palace. Men, in their pride, delight in magnificent and costly edifices, and glory in the works of their own hands: but God placed Adam in a garden. This was his dwelling. The blue heavens were its dome; the earth, with its delicate flowers and carpet of living green, was its floor; and the leafy branches of the goodly trees were its canopy. Its walls were hung with the most magnificent adornings–the handiwork of the great Master Artist. In the surroundings of the holy pair was a lesson for all time–that true happiness is found, not in the indulgence of pride and luxury, but in communion with God through His created works. If men would give less attention to the artificial and would cultivate greater simplicity, they would come far nearer to answering the purpose of God in their creation.” {AH 132.1}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                “Inspiration further says: “And He answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things.” (Mark. 9:12.) “In the time of the end, every divine institution is to be restored.”–“Prophets and Kings,” p. 678.

The foregoing passages make clear at least three main facts; namely:

1. That the first institution which God ordained and established on earth was that of marriage; and that the second was that of the Sabbath.

2. That God intended that both of these institutions should endure intact, but that Satan has perverted and corrupted them, until today they retain but little of their pristine purity.

3. That consequently, in the time of the end, God will send Elijah the prophet to restore not only both of these, but also all other desecrated, divine institutions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Hence, as all things must be restored, and as Elijah must effect their restoration, it follows that, as the joint institutions of marriage and the Sabbath were the first to be instituted, and the first to be profaned and debased, they must, therefore, be the first to be restored.”

Moreover, as there is no truth where there is no type, the working out of divine design, in ordaining and establishing, on Friday, the sixth day of creation, the marriage institution, and on the seventh day, the Sabbath, thus gave type both to the reestablishing of these institutions, and to the restoring of them to the sanctity and beauty of their first estate.  And as we must observe the Sabbath on the seventh day, likewise we ought to solemnize marriage on Friday, the sixth day of the week…. Nevertheless, as representatives of the Elijah message, we are called to lead out by precept and example in the restoration of all things, especially the marriage and the Sabbath institutions, for the one represents the home, and the other the memorial of its creation.  Therefore, before “we go forth to proclaim the Sabbath more fully,” we must lift up marriage, the first institution, from the sordid depths to which Satan has plunged it…”    Vol. 3 SC No. 2. P. 7- 8

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has “all” things been restored as yet?……………….Did the reading say that everyone must get married on a Friday?………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Who is the “we” referred to, God’s people or Satan’s people?……………………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                                                                                                             “…TAKE HEED LEST YE FALL” In the October 13, 1937, RECORD, “Official organ of South-western Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists,” in an article under the title, “Satan Still at Work,” there occurred a charge against a statement found in the February, 1937 “Symbolic Code,” p. 8, par. 8, and another charge against a later explanatory statement in answer to the former charge, found in the July issue, p. 2, par. 7.  Says THE RECORD:

“In the February issue of a paper called THE PROPHETIC CODE, there appears the following statement which was referred to in THE RECORD some months ago:

“‘The working out of divine design, in ordaining and establishing, on Friday, the sixth day of creation, the marriage institution, and on the seventh day, the Sabbath, thus gave type both to the re-establishing of these institutions, and the restoring of them to the sanctity and beauty of their first estate.  And as we must observe the Sabbath on the seventh day, likewise we ought to solemnize marriage on Friday, the sixth day of the week.’

“Now,” continues THE RECORD, “contrast this statement with the following blank denial of it in the July issue of the same paper:

“‘Any one, who having a decent degree of care and understanding while reading the full accounts of the above mentioned wedding, will quickly see that the RECORD’S charging that the announcement advocates “the idea that marriages should always be performed on Friday” is strictly another case of reading into the “Shepherd’s Rod” that which they do not contain–nay, even suggest, much less state.

“The first statement says ‘as we must observe the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week, so we ought to solemnize marriage on Friday, the sixth day of the week.’  In the face of this printed statement, the second paper says it did ‘not contain–nay, even suggest, much less state’ such a thing.”

While we would charitably believe that THE RECORD is honestly making the above charge against us, yet we are nevertheless certain that the author of the article in THE RECORD has not arrived at his conclusions from a deep study of the Code, but rather from mere surface reading and snap judgment of it, the fact of which is further attested to by his miscalling “The Symbolic Code,” “The Prophetic Code.” …

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our statement in the July, Code, Vol. 3, No. 7, Col. 1, Par. 7, the writings do not contain–nay, even suggest, much less state,”) is an answer to a later issue of THE RECORD, which charged us with having said, “marriage should always have been performed on Friday;” a statement which we have never made.

The facts are these: We said that as the marriage institution was ordained on the sixth day, and the Sabbath on the seventh, and as we keep Sabbath on the day it was instituted, “likewise we ought to solemnize marriage on Friday, the sixth day of the week,” by which statement we mean to say that this is what we ought to do in the future, as Elijah is to “restore all things,” whereas, THE RECORD charged us with having said “that marriage should always have been performed on Friday,” making it appear that the Code is charging sin against those who have married on another day.  Therefore, against such an idea we wrote:

“Any one, who having a decent degree of care and understanding while reading the full accounts of the above mentioned wedding, will quickly see that the ‘Record’s’ charging that the announcement advocates ‘the idea that marriage should always have been performed on Friday,’ is strictly another case of reading into the writings of ‘The Shepherd’s Rod’ that which they do not contain–nay, even suggest, much less state.”

Moreover, we are sorry that our brethren have fallen so low in the scale of wisdom and dignity as sarcastically to call the foregoing words “doctrines of devils,” although our position is based on solid facts of scripture while their fault-finding is based on nothing but the carping cavils of the blind in the past.  “Wherefore,” says the apostle, “let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” “Be not high minded, but fear.” “Condescend to men of low estate.” (1 Cor. 10:12; Rom. 11:20; 12:16.) Vol. 4 Symbolic Code Nos. 1-3. p. 9 – 10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Just as Satan has perverted the Sabbath day, so he has perverted the marriage relation, and therefore, marriage is looked upon, even by most Christians, as something questionable and in a way even evil and sinful, although, with but few exceptions, they all marry.  Hence, though the Word says: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord” (Prov. 18:22), most marriages prove to be a curse. Therefore, “the fewer the marriages contracted, the better for all, both men and women.” (Testimonies for the Church,” Vol. 5, p. 366.’  In fact, the only marriages that God can honor are those which are entered upon only after both parties inquire of Him and receive His sanction.”                 Vol. 3 SC No. 2. p. 8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   On which day of the week was Adam and Eve married?……………………Did God choose Friday by chance?…………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “God Planned for Families.–He who gave Eve to Adam as a helpmeet . . . ordained that men and women should be united in holy wedlock, to rear families whose members, crowned with honor, should be recognized as members of the family above.”  {AH 159.1}

“Children are the heritage of the Lord, and we are answerable to Him for our management of His property. . . . In love, faith, and prayer let parents work for their households, until with joy they can come to God saying, “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me.”  {AH 159.2}

“A childless house is a desolate place. The hearts of the inmates are in danger of becoming selfish, of cherishing a love for their own ease, and consulting their own desires and conveniences. They gather sympathy to themselves, but have little to bestow upon others.”  {AH 159.3}

“Many are diseased physically, mentally, and morally because their attention is turned almost exclusively to themselves. They might be saved from stagnation by the healthy vitality of younger and varying minds and the restless energy of children.” {AH 160.1}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Counsel to a Childless Couple.–Selfishness, which manifests itself in a variety of ways according to circumstances and the peculiar organization of individuals, must die. If you had children, and your mind were compelled to be called away from yourself to care for them, to instruct them, and be an example to them, it would be an advantage to you. . . . When two compose a family, as in your case, and there are no children to call into exercise patience, forbearance, and true love, there is need of constant watchfulness lest selfishness obtain the supremacy, lest you yourselves become the center, and you require attention, care, and interest, which you feel under no obligation to bestow upon others.” {AH 159.4}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                What are the dangers of a childless home?……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                                                                                                                                                                                                         What blessing does Inspiration say that a child / children brings to a home?………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Hazards of City Life.–Life in the cities is false and artificial. The intense passion for money getting, the whirl of excitement and pleasure seeking, the thirst for display, the luxury and extravagance–all are forces that, with the great masses of mankind, are turning the mind from life’s true purpose. They are opening the door to a thousand evils. Upon the youth they have almost irresistible power. One of the most subtle and dangerous temptations that assails the children and youth in the cities is the love of pleasure. Holidays are numerous; games and horse racing draw thousands, and the whirl of excitement and pleasure attracts them away from the sober duties of life. Money that should have been saved for better uses is frittered away for amusements.”  {AH 135.1}

“Hotbeds of Iniquity.–The cities are filled with temptation. We should plan our work in such a way as to keep our young people as far as possible from this contamination.”  {AH 136.1}

“The children and youth should be carefully guarded. They should be kept away from the hotbeds of iniquity that are to be found in our cities.”  {AH 136.2}

“Turmoil and Confusion.–It is not God’s will that His people shall settle in the cities, where there is constant turmoil and confusion. Their children should be spared this, for the whole system is demoralized by the hurry and rush and noise.”  {AH 136.3}

“Time Now to Move From the Cities.–Take your families away from the cities is my message.”  {AH 139.3}                         “The time has come when, as God opens the way, families should move out of the cities. The children should be taken into the country. The parents should get as suitable a place as their means will allow. Though the dwelling may be small, yet there should be land in connection with it that may be cultivated.”  {AH 139.4}

“Before the overflowing scourge shall come upon the dwellers of the earth, the Lord calls upon all who are Israelites indeed to prepare for that event. To parents He sends the warning cry: Gather your children into your own houses; gather them away from those who are disregarding the commandments of God, who are teaching and practicing evil. Get out of the large cities as fast as possible.”  {AH 139.5}  

                                                                                                                                                                                                             In these last days, where should God’s people be living?…………………………………………………………………………………………..

                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Those who desire to please God and bless His people will ever be seeking to shape up their lives and home affairs so that they may serve Him better even under most forbidding circumstances, whether the requirement be for them to marry or to stay single, and whatever their lot may be they should be content therein, for it is God Who giveth and Who taketh away.”  Vol. 1 SC No. 17 p. 6

Mouth

Three and one half years after Christ’s resurrection, the church left Palestine (vineyard), and while she was in the Gentile world (wilderness), “the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman [forced the heathen to be baptized into Christianity, and to join the church], that he might cause her to be carried away [heathenized] of the flood.” Rev. 12:15.  While thus flooded, she had to be nourished (sustained) by the Lord, because many of her followers were heathenized, and nearly all of those who were not, were carried to death by the “flood.” So had He not nourished her (kept her in existence) by a miracle, the Church would have perished during those dark ages of religion. True, she has been able to nourish herself since the Reformation, but the unconverted (flood) are still in her midst.  She has, however, this promise of rescue: “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” Rev. 12:16. Or, literally stated, the unconverted who are now in the midst of the church, are to be slain and buried. The converted are then to be taken into the kingdom.  Then will the dragon be “wroth with the woman, and…make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:17. Stirred to fury over her purification, the dragon will make war “with the remnant of her seed.” Against her personally, though, he will not war, because her communicants, the 144,000 (the first fruits — Rev. 7:3-8; 14:4), those who go first into the kingdom, stand with the Lamb, the King, on Mount Sion (Rev. 14:1) His palace grounds.  Thus being the rulers of the tribes, they are symbolized by the crowned woman. And being in their own land, they are protected from the dragon who consequently persecutes only the “remnant,” those who are left behind, who are still in Babylon but who are finally called out of her (Rev. 18:4). Tract 12 p.44

The same event, the separation in the church, is also forecast in The Revelation: “And the serpent [the Devil] cast out of his mouth water as a flood [unconverted multitude] after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth [did away with the hypocrites, doubters, and men-followers]. And the dragon was wroth with the woman [the church], and went to make war with the remnant [with those that escaped] of her seed [those that are truly her children] which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:15-17. Thus both Scripture and logic make clear that these escaped and separated ones are the remnant people of God, in fact. Once the church is purified, — the sinners removed from her midst, — then the call made by “the remnant” for God’s people to come out of Babylon, goes forth in a very loud voice:                                                     General Conference Special p.27-28

Isa. 59:19: “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.”  God will make this coming as an example to the nations, just as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah. Isa. 59:19, last part: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” John in Rev. 12:15, refers to this incident.  “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” The woman here mentioned is God’s church (Seventh-day Adventist) “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”  The “flood” is not the blue Sunday law, or any persecution in the past. The blue law has a different setting, and is described in Revelation 13, as a persecuting power to enforce the mark of the beast.                                                                         “Flood” is the same as “water”, which means people (in the church) unconverted, whom Satan is using to cause the church to be carried away in a very quiet manner, so that no one would be suspicious of the great deception. In this way he attempts to deceive the very elect (144,000) if it were possible. Being impossible, Christ Himself interposes and delivers His people (those who sigh and cry for all the abominations in the church) and then makes an example of the others.                                                                                                                                                                                   Rev. 12:16, “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” The meaning is that they die, being buried in the earth, as in Num. 16:32, “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.” Thus, “the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Isa. 59:19, last part. This will fulfill Matt. 13:29, 30: “Let both the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest.” The separation will mark the beginning of the harvest, which is the Loud Cry of the third angel’s message.  Rev. 18:1. The Spirit of God is poured upon His people (those who escape the ruin), and the promise is, that it shall never depart from them. Isa. 59:21, “As for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.” Read “Isaiah the Gospel Prophet,” Volume 3, pages 43-49. As soon as the separation is finished, and Satan has lost out with his deceptive scheme, the church finds herself in a great conflict with the enemy.  Rev. 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [those who are left], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (The war against the woman is the blue law.) Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 1 p.150-151

Isa. 61:2, “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God.”  The acceptable year cannot be a prophetic time, for it would mean 365 years. It must be a literal year of twelve months.  There is good reason for believing that this must be that year in which the lessons came, and the truth in them made known.  Had this not been the prophetic year, the call would not have come, for God keeps accurate time. To Ninevah, God gave forty days to repent.  Now to His people He gives one year to make good, otherwise He would have to spue them out of His mouth, and this applies to those upon whom the responsibility rests.  “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;…I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Rev. 3:14-16.  “The call to this great and solemn work was presented to men of learning and position; had these been little in their own eyes, and trusted fully in the Lord, he would have honored them with bearing his standard in triumph to the victory. But they separated from God, yielded to the influence of the world, and the Lord rejected them.” Volume 5, page 82.                                                                          Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 1 p.153-154

Question:                                                                                                                                                                                         “Please explain the following statement from ‘The Shepherd’s Rod,’ Vol. 1, p. 153: ‘Now to His people He gives one year to make good.'”                                                                                                                                                                      Answer: The foregoing statement simply means that God limited to the leaders of the S.D.A. denomination one year in which to accept the sealing message, and to carry it to the church through the instrumentality of the old organization; and that if they still continued, after the expiration of this limited period of grace, to reject the message, He would spue them out of His mouth — reject them as His servants; and that now, since this limited period of grace has expired, though they are demoted, if they should accept the message and desire to carry it to the laity, they must humble themselves by working in His appointed way, under messengers of His own choosing. (“Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 106; “Gospel Workers,” p. 304.) Vol. 2 Symbolic Code No. 10  p. 5-7

The Eyesalve.                                                                                                                                                                                                As only the “salve” will heal them from their deadly Laodicean malady, hence if they fail to avail themselves of the cure (by searching for truth as for hidden treasure) and to apply it (to repent), they will be spued out. O, Brother, Sister, will you not call for the “salve”? or will you continue in your wretchedness, miserableness, poverty, blindness, and nakedness, and thus compel Him to spue you out .            Answerer Book 1 p. 15

But later, to the Laodicean leadership (angel), He makes an even more drastic decree, an unconditional, unequivocal, sharp and final statement, that He will spue them out thus bringing the Laodicean church government to an abrupt and cataclysmic climax. At this very time, then, the church is to undergo a thorough house-cleaning, a change of administration  and organization, even as anciently the Kingdom was “rent from” Saul and given to David (1 Sam. 15:28). Answerer Book 1 p.31-32

“Brother,” they continued, “now is our opportunity to think deeper than ever before.  We need to think, we need to get down to business. We need to awake lest we sleep forever.  We should no longer deceive ourselves by holding to our lukewarm attitude that we ‘have need of nothing.’  The Lord is not lying nor is He mistaken in His warning that we have need of everything, and that if we do not get up right now and begin to search for something other than what we now possess, we will starve for Truth after the Judgment of the dead is over.  And since He will have no dead horses in His ‘barn’ He will certainly ‘spue’ (throw) us out. And where will we then be!” This group concluded with, “O, what a sad commentary Reporting Un-Adventist Activities p.17

Had the present leaders, those who are represented by “the grisled horses,” taken heed to the “Call for Reformation,” and “had these been little in their own eyes,” says the Spirit of Prophecy, and “trusted fully in the Lord, He would have honored them with bearing His standard in triumph to the victory.  But they separated from God, yielded to the influence of the world, and the Lord rejected them.” — Id.p.82. “So then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth,” saith the Lord. Rev. 3:16. Then will they seek for this “extra oil,” but alas too late to profit by any answer to their apprehensive questions: “Are we…allowing the mantle to fall from our own shoulders upon the shoulders of others?  Are we going to allow others to step into our places and call the world to a reformation…?” To be sure, “this movement” (chariot) is destined to go forward triumphantly, but only behind the leadership of the bay horses. The chain of facts linked herein concerning the church’s condition is so solidly forged by prophecy and history that none can break it.  Indeed each prophetic link is so manifest that even the General Conference President is alarmed. Yet despite this fact, the servant of the Lord predicts that “the light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false light… Tract 2 p. 57

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 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       Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 44     p. 40-41

Take heed, Brethren, lest by your willful course you incur God’s displeasure and (speaking in the mixed figures of these correlative  prophecies) in His awful wrath He strip you naked, and “spue thee out of [His] mouth.” Then you will be “hot,” but to no avail, for it will be forever too late to change and though like Esau you shall weep bitterly the Lord shall not hear you.                Tract 2 p.61-62

What is wrong with the angel of Laodicea? — He is lukewarm.  He is neither cold nor hot. The Lord recommends that he be either cold or hot, — uncomfortable, in search of something better rather than stay lukewarm, well contented with his spiritual attainments, supposedly rich and increased with goods (with Truth).  Not knowing that he is spiritually poor, blind and naked, he is warned of it by the All Knowing One and asked to repent. If the Lord’s own warning fails to change his mind, then the only thing left for the Lord to do is to spue him out of His mouth. Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 8                         p. 17-18

This group of Laodiceans will never, never have their eyes opened, will never be anything but wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.  They can never be reached by Heaven, not even by the Lord Himself. If they thus continue, then the only thing Christ can do is to spue them out of His mouth, never again to mention their names at the Throne of Grace.  Anything new from the Bible that is brought out by anyone but themselves, even though purported to be through Inspiration, they hastily brand “deception,” though they are already in a gross self deception. They read the Bible with the hope of finding proof by which to disagree with everyone but themselves. Let me illustrate: I may be on the way to the bank with a million dollars, and I may seriously believe that I am a millionaire. But suppose the banker tells me, “Your money is counterfeit,” and suppose I have no other.  Then how rich would I be? — I would be as rich as is the angel of Laodicea. Just such an eye-opening experience is what the Laodiceans need. Unless something like it happens to them, they will forever think that they are rich and in need of nothing more. Some say, though, not long hence, the heavenly Watcher Himself will demonstrate to them face to face that their gold is not tried in the fire. Then their eyes will be opened, but not soon enough to do them any good. 1TG, Vol. 1, No. 8 p.20-21                                     

Rev. 12:15 — “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.”  The woman, you know, is the symbol of the sect, the Church. Rev. 12:16 — “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”Only this Church, you see, is favored even by the earth itself.  This sect alone is saved from the Dragon’s flood, saved from being carried away by the flood of hypocrites and “tares” in her midst. Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 34 p.19-20

New Name Given To Church                                                                                                                                                             “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;…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.” Rev.  3:14-16. Note that the existence of the present name–“Seventh-day Adventist” is conditional, otherwise the name will be spued out of His mouth. “And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: And thou shalt be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name.” Isa. 62:2.  “And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen [the 144,000]: For the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name.” Isa. 65:15. Read Testimonies to Ministers, page 300. This is where Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 52:1, will be fulfilled: “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 unto thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.” Also read Isaiah 4.  Zeph. 3:13 “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: For they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” “The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity.” This prophecy has never yet met its fulfillment in the history of the church, for there have always been the unclean in the midst of her; but let us thank God for this generous promise. The scroll is making a turn. Shall we pray to God that we fall not out by the way in making the bend?  “Clad in the armor of Christ’s righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. ‘Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,’ she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.” Prophets and Kings, page 725. Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 1 p. 100-101

“And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” Rev. 12:16. The “earth,” God’s mighty weapon, is finally to help the woman.  It is to swallow up the “flood”; that is, the same Divine means which, according to the parable, takes away the tares and burns them, likewise takes away all who have joined the church but who are still pagan at heart.  And what happens then? — The Scriptures supply the answer: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:17.                                                                                                                                                 The term “remnant” discloses that her seed is divided into two parts: The one is taken, the other is left. Nehemiah, for example, explains: “The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach.” Neh. 1:3. A “remnant” always represents one part of the whole, either large or small. And notice that the dragon wars, not against a remnant of the “flood,” but against the remnant of her seed.  Christ being the woman’s only child, her seed are therefore the Christians, those who are born into the church through the Spirit of Christ. Accordingly, the act of taking the first fruits to Mount Sion (Rev. 14:1) brings about a condition which makes a remnant of those who are still left among the Gentiles. In this instance, therefore, they, the second fruits, are the remnant.                                                                                   Let it be remembered that it is after the earth swallows the flood that the dragon is to be wroth with the woman, and “to make war with the remnant of her seed [not with her personally], which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:16 17. Clearly, then, there is no escaping the conclusion that the doing away with Satan’s flood is doubtless the purifying of the church, the destroying of those who have joined the church through the aid of the serpent. This purifying is the very thing that enables the church as a body to keep the commandments of God and also to have the testimony of Jesus Christ, the living Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10), in her midst.  This is her only hope, her only strength, her only deliverance. In this light, Inspiration now puts new life into the words — “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.” Isa. 52:1. The church’s purification, therefore, will not bring the millennial time of peace. Indeed not but it will bring the end of the wicked in the church, and with it Satan’s greatest wrath against the remnant, against those who, while still among the Gentiles, dare thereafter to take their stand on the Lord’s side. They shall, nevertheless, be delivered if they, as it were risk their lives — if they take their stand on the Lord’s side and thereby put their names in the “book.” Dan. 12:1.                                                                                      The dragon cannot war with the woman, the church that is made up of the first fruits, because at that time she is with the Lamb on Mt. Sion (Rev. 14:1), out of the dragon’s reach. Tract 15 p.86-89

The Dragon, though, is again to miss the mark, for the earth is to open her mouth and swallow up the flood; that is, Inspiration definitely forecasts that those who join the Church for some purpose other than to follow and practice the Truth, shall be disposed of by a miracle, be swallowed by the earth, as it were.  And when this comes to pass Satan shall have met his third defeat. Summarized, here are his three defeats: No. 1 — Failing to devour the child; No. 2 — Losing the war in Heaven; No. 3 — Failing to paganize the Church by flooding her with the unconverted. When he meets his third defeat, when the tares which he sowed are burned (for as a flood they are swallowed by the earth, but as tares they are burned by the angels), then it is that the Church will appear “‘Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,’ she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.” — Prophets and Kings, pg. 725. Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 16 p.21-22

Micah 4:7, “And I will make her that halteth a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: And the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.”  “Her that was cast far off,”–the church at this present time was “cast off,” or as it reads in Rev. 3:16, “I will spue thee out of my mouth,”–meaning the present Laodicean state. But in His mercy He will gather the remnant (those that are left) and make the church a “strong nation” by the ingathering of the Gentiles into the message.  A great army of 144,000, filled with the Holy Ghost will fearlessly proclaim the message in all the world, going forth conquering and to conquer. “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in its time.” Isa. 60:22. “And the Lord shall reign over them from henceforth even forever:” Christ Himself takes charge of the flock once and forever.  “God has promised that where the shepherds are not true he will take charge of the flock himself.” Volume 5, page 80. Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 1 p.177-178

Some other place

“I have heard many excuse themselves from inviting to their homes and hearts the saints of God: “Why, I have nothing prepared; I have nothing cooked; they must go to some other place.” And at that place there may be some other excuse invented for not receiving those who need hospitality, and the feelings of the visitors are deeply grieved, and they leave with unpleasant impressions in regard to the hospitality of these professed brethren and sisters.” {Adventist Home   p.446.1}

What is the meaning of the term some other place?

Answer: Some other place refers to some place other than the present location or spot, another destination or address. The movement or progression of going from one location to another.   

And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.  

For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.  

Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.        2 Samuel 17: 7-9

“A solemn responsibility rests upon those who have had charge of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. Will they build up in Battle Creek a mammoth institution, or will they carry out the purpose of God by making plants in many places? I pray God that a work may be done that will be for the best interests of the work and cause of God. I know that the plea will be made, Should the Sanitarium be established in some other place, it would not receive the patronage that it would receive were it rebuilt in Battle Creek. But the question has been asked by One of authority, What has been accomplished by this large patronage, to win souls to the truth?”  Testimonies to the Church Regarding our Youth Going to Battle Creek Obtain An Education {SpTB06 9.1}

“The destruction in one year, by fire, of the main buildings of two of the leading Seventh-day Adventist institutions at Battle Creek, Mich., led to a study of the advantages that might accrue to the cause of God through a removal of the denominational headquarters and of the Review and Herald printing office to some other place.”  {LS 388.1}

“Had our brethren been humbly studying the light which has been given in regard to the scattering of our forces, the new Sanitarium in Battle Creek would have been established in some other place, even though apparently strong reasons called for its rebuilding in Battle Creek.” Testimonies to the Church Regarding our Youth Going to Battle Creek Obtain An Education {SpTB06 17.1}

“It was about the time the light was given regarding Christ’s Object Lessons that the Lord instructed me that the college in Battle Creek should be removed from that place and established in some other place.”{11MR 44.3}  

“At times, when a small group of men entrusted with the general management of the work have, in the name of the General Conference, sought to carry out unwise plans and to restrict God’s work, I have said I could no longer regard the voice of the General Conference, represented by these few men, as the voice of God.                                                          That these men (leaders) should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we once believed the General Conference to be, that is past.” {Paulson Collection   p.422}

All the leading men and theologians within the SDA church should have clearly saw and understood that Lord was not pleased with them, and that He was going transfer the headquarters and His work to “some other place” base on the statements above, and many more kindred references from inspiration. But they continually rejected truth and proudly stated that they are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing. So nothing is what they wanted and nothing is just what they got!                                                                                                                                         

“The Jewish church, in which reposed the truth up to the time of Christ, was ever to be “the storehouse,” and the priests were ever to be its stewards.  But when they rejected Christ, they forced God to transfer His “storehouse” to the little handful who did accept the added message for that day…Later, God again transferred his storehouse, entrusting its goods to the reformers who were stirred by the spirit of the down-trodden truth. Accordingly, His new and faithful stewards were appointed to care for the “candlestick,” church, from then on.”                                       

“The instructions in The Shepherd’s Rod, Vol. 1, p. 251, “Pay your honest tithe and offering to your church, and feel that ‘IT IS’ your Father’s house,” came near the close of 1930, before the leading brethren, as a denomination, had rejected the sealing message.  Clearly, then, The Shepherd’s Rod has faithfully discharged its duty in refusing to accept any tithes or offerings until after the books were scattered throughout the denomination, and after the brethren began bitterly to oppose the message. Now, though, since the opposition is no longer passive, but intensely active, and the proclamation of the message supremely urgent, the only course open is apparent.  It will take an army of workers, including the tithes and offerings, to reach the people.”

“Consequently, as our leading brethren have inadvertently shown themselves unworthy stewards of God’s “storehouse” for the time of the “Loud Cry of the Third Angel’s Message,” He has transferred the “candlestick” and is also calling for the tithes and offerings to be transferred into “His storehouse” of Present Truth.”                          Tract 4 p.63-67

“The Jews wanted nothing but what they wanted, and nothing is just what they got.  So it will be with the Denomination if this clear cut and extra Biblical Truth, and the example of the Jews does not help her see that she has drifted “to sea without chart or compass.” — Christ Our Righteousness, pg. 37 (1941 edition).  If she continues to want nothing but what she wants, it is certain that nothing is what she can expect.” Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 p.20

So in the fullness of time, the Lord’s truth progressed, and the candle stick was transferred from Takoma Park (SDA General Conference headquarters), to Mount Carmel Center!   

Now the question should be asked, would the truth progress and the Lord transfer the candlestick and His storehouse from Mount Carmel to some other place and do so before the Kingdom?

                                                In the year 1944 Brother Houteff wrote the following:

“From these scriptures, it is plainly seen that Mt. Zion becomes the headquarters for the last gospel work on earth, after the time the 144,000 arrive there, and during the time the dragon wars against the remnant, “for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem”–no longer from the General Conference, or from Mt. Carmel Center.”   Answerer Book 2 p. 48 – 49

Some folks believe that base on the statement written in 1944, that when Carmel shakes off its fruits (ends), then it will be the Kingdom next, but that is absolutely not so. Later in 1945 and 1946, God almighty caused Brother Houteff to add the words; “some other place” after Mount Carmel (see SC, Vol. 13, Nos. 1, 2   p.23, 1TG, No. 5 p.4-5 and 1TG, No. 15 p.7) while these words were left off in the 1944 Answerer Bk. 2 p.48-49, the words (“some other place”) were however later added by Inspiration in the years 1945 and 1946.

Now the question of absolute and vital importance to us all is, will there be some other place where the Lord will order and direct His work from after Mount Carmel and before the Kingdom is established?        

(This study was given by V.T. Houteff on April 3, 1943 and again on June 15, 1945)                                                                                     “Isa. 30:19 — “For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee.”                                                                              They shall dwell in Zion and Jerusalem, not in some other place.        Symbolic Code, Vol. 13, Nos. 1, 2         23

Since it is clearly evident, and evidently clear, that the saints shall finally “dwell in Zion and Jerusalem”, where then is thissome other place (headquarters) that the saints will come from, or from where some other place will the candlestick (God’s true church, His people) be transferred from, before they get to Zion and Jerusalem?

On September 7, 1946 Brother Houteff wrote the following:

“Moreover, if this prophecy is not to be fulfilled, then consequently the gospel work will not be finished either, for this prophecy tells the way the work is to be finished — that the law of the Lord during the judgment day of the living is to go from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem, — not from Takoma Park, not from Mt. Carmel Center, and not from some other place either.”         Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 5                          p.4-5

“Now the only safe and sane procedure is to read closely every page of the solemn message contained herein.  Let not a line escape your attention.  Study every word carefully and prayerfully.  Be an earnest and diligent student of the Truth.  “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess. 5:21.”                  Tract 4 p.7

Where is this some other place that is mentioned after Mount Carmel Center? And as it is evidently clear that this some other place is not Mount Carmel Center, and it is not the Kingdom! It is also obviously seen and known, that the Kingdom comes last, and this some other place is before the Kingdom.

“And now the only safe and sane procedure is to read closely every page of the solemn message contained in The Shepherd’s Rod publications. Let not a line escape your attention. Study every word carefully and prayerfully. Be earnest and diligent in your perusal of Truth, and “prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess. 5:21.” Answerer Book 5                                  p.29

We are told to “study every word”, ask then yourself the question, why did God allow Brother Houteff to waste words, ink and paper on more than one occasion, to write about some other place, if He knew that no such place would come after Mount Carmel and before the Kingdom? It is obviously crystal clear that God foreknew that He had ordained that some other place should, and must come after Mount Carmel and before the Kingdom!  

And also of great importance is the fact that it is not some other places (plural), but some other place, (singular) one place, which is to come after Mount Carmel, and this same one place is it that comes before the Kingdom!  

On November 16, 1946 Brother Houteff wrote the following:

“Isa. 2:1, 2 — “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”                                                                                                                                                                                        “Not to Takoma Park, not to Mt. Carmel Center, not to some other place, but to house of Judah and Jerusalem shall the final converts from all nations flow.  Isaiah you plainly see absolutely confirms that the gathering of the people shall be unto Judah.”                          Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 p.7

Since the prophet V.T. Houteff himself was inspired by God almighty to write about:

  1. Mount Carmel Center
  2. Some other place
  3. Zion (house of Judah and Jerusalem) Kingdom

“Now the only safe and sane procedure is to read closely every page of the solemn message contained herein. Let not a line escape your attention.  Study every word carefully and prayerfully.”                Tract 4 p.7

The prophet V.T. Houteff, was the one authorized by God to tell us of these three places, and he stated thus:

“Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.”  “Feed thy people with thy rod:” The verb “feed” is to be understood as spiritual food, and that food (truth) is found in the “Rod,” therefore we again have the command to give out the book (“Feed thy [God’s] people).”  Carmel, Bashan, and Gilead are used as symbols of good spiritual pasture.  These places are where Israel had their victories.”      Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 1 p. 243

The term Some other place means some place other than the present location or spot, another destination or address. The movement or progression of going from one location to another.   

So, as God transferred the work from SDA’s (Takoma Park), to (Mount Carmel) in the past. So now today, the Lord is speaking loudly and telling Davidians, that if today they will hear His voice, that they should not harden their hearts like those that the truth and the candlestick left at Takoma Park (General Conference leaders).                                                                                                                           

“If the Church is not making progress with Truth, if she is not periodically adding unquestionable knowledge to knowledge, then, I am sure, she has nothing to boast about.  She is inactive, her communication line with Heaven broken… She can never serve her members with “meat in due season” from the throne of God… If religion, therefore, is not something living, growing, and progressing, then what is it?”         TG, Vol. 1, No. 51            p.5

God has today some other place that has taken over the work from Mount Carmel Center as inspiration states:

“Not to Takoma Park, not to Mt. Carmel Center, not to some other place, but to house of Judah and Jerusalem shall the final converts from all nations flow.  Isaiah you plainly see absolutely confirms that the gathering of the people shall be unto Judah.”                          Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 p.7

  1. Mount Carmel Center
  2. Some other place
  3. Zion (house of Judah and Jerusalem) Kingdom

Now if any Davidian wish to triumph and have victory, then they must hear and heed the Rod when it says:

Carmel, Bashan, and Gilead are used as symbols of good spiritual pasture.  These places are where Israel had their victories.”                Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 1 p.243

  1. Carmel    (Past)
  2. Bashan    (Present)
  3. Gilead      (Future)

So,some other place had to come to take up the work after Carmel, and this place was ordained to come after Mount Carmel, and before the Kingdom, and this place is Bashan, yes Bashan Hill. As the Lord has said, “The hill of God [is as] the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan. Why leap ye, ye high hills? [this is] the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever. The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:” Psalm 68:15, 16, 22

The Mighty Angel

Something that all Adventist needs to read.

Jesus said: and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Since at no time in earth’s history have angels been commission to preach the gospel of salvation to men, it is therefore obvious that the three angels described above are symbolic and so before disclosing the particulars of these angels, let us first see from the testimonies what angels represent:

The three angels of Revelation 14 are represented as flying in the midst of heaven, symbolizing the work of those who proclaim the first, second, and third angels’ messages. All are linked together. The evidences of the abiding, ever living truth of these grand messages, that mean so much to the church, that have awakened such

intense opposition from the religious world, are not extinct. Satan is constantly seeking to cast a shadow about these messages, so that the people of God shall not clearly discern their import, their time and place; but they live and are to exert their power upon our religious experience while time shall last.  {6T 17.4}

To whom does inspiration refer in the phrase “the work of those who proclaim the first, second, and third angels’ messages,” men or angels? Inspiration will answer:

This message is declared to be a part of the “everlasting gospel.” The work of preaching the gospel has not been committed to angels, but has been entrusted to men. Holy angels have been employed in directing this work, they have in charge the great movements for the salvation of men; but the actual proclamation of the gospel is performed by the servants of Christ upon the earth.  {GC88 311.3}

The three angels of Revelation 14 represent the people who accept the light of God’s messages and go forth as His agents to sound the warning throughout the length and breadth of the earth. Christ declares to His followers: “Ye are the light of the world.” To every soul that accepts Jesus the cross of Calvary speaks: “Behold the worth of the soul: ‘Go ye into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature.'” Nothing is to be permitted to hinder this work. It is the all-important work for time; it is to be far-reaching as eternity. The love that Jesus manifested for the souls of men in the sacrifice which He made for their redemption will actuate all His followers.  {5T 455.2}

These aforementioned statements made it clear that angels represent MESSAGES which are entrusted to and proclaimed by human agents. Three angels = three messages.

Who in particular were these human agents that were engaged in proclaiming these messages?

William Miller and co-laborers: proclaimed 1st and 2nd angel’s messages.

1st Angel’s message:

To William Miller and his co-laborers it was given to preach the warning in America. This country became the center of the great Advent movement. It was here that the prophecy of the first angel’s message had its most direct fulfillment. The writings of Miller and his associates were carried to distant lands. Wherever missionaries had penetrated in all the world, were sent the glad tidings of Christ’s speedy return. Far and wide spread the message of the everlasting gospel, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his Judgment is come.”  {GC88 368.1}

I saw that God was in the proclamation of the time in 1843. It was His design to arouse the people and bring them to a testing point, where they should decide for or against the truth. Ministers were convinced of the correctness of the positions taken on the prophetic periods, and some renounced their pride, and left their salaries and their churches to go forth from place to place to give the message. But as the message from heaven could find a place in the hearts of but few of the professed ministers of Christ, the work was laid upon many who were not preachers. Some left their fields to sound the message, while others were called from their shops and their merchandise. And even some professional men were compelled to leave their professions to engage in the unpopular work of giving the first angel’s message.  {EW 232.2}

It was William Miller and co-laborers who also proclaim the 2nd Angel’s message

The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. There cannot be a third without the first and second. These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be.  {2SM 104.3}

Five hundred years before, the Lord had declared by the prophet Zechariah: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9. Had the disciples realized that Christ was going to judgment and to death, they could not have fulfilled this prophecy.  {GC 405.1}

    In like manner Miller and his associates fulfilled prophecy and gave a message which Inspiration had foretold should be given to the world, but which they could not have given had they fully understood the prophecies pointing out their disappointment, and presenting another message to be preached to all nations before the Lord should come. The first and second angel’s messages were given at the right time and accomplished the work which God designed to accomplish by them.  {GC 405.2}

The message that joined the 2nd angel’s message.

Near the close of the second angel’s message saw a great light from heaven shining upon the people of God. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. And I heard the voices of angels crying, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!”  {EW 238.1}

This was the midnight cry, which was to give power to the second angel’s message. Angels were sent from heaven to arouse the discouraged saints and prepare them for the great work before them. The most talented men were not the first to receive this message. Angels were sent to the humble, devoted ones, and constrained them to raise the cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!” Those entrusted with the cry made haste, and in the power of the Holy Spirit sounded the message, and aroused their discouraged brethren. This work did not stand in the wisdom and learning of men, but in the power of God, and His saints who heard the cry could not resist it. The most spiritual received this message first, and those who had formerly led in the work were the last to receive and help swell the cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!”  {EW 238.2}

Clearly then, the midnight cry was the message that “joined” or was added to the 2nd angel message in 1844.This was done near the close of the second angel’s message.

What was the result when the   midnight cry message joined the 2nd message?

  1. Power was given to second angel’s message.
  2. Discouraged saints were aroused and were prepared for the great work before them.
  3. Swell the cry.

How was this message received?

Like any other message God sent before, history shows that “the most talented men were not the first to receive it.”

Should it be surprising then that when God sent the midnight cry message the most talented men were not the first to receive” it and that  “those who had formerly led in the work were the last to receive and help swell the cry.?

The Spirit of prophecy made a parallel to this. It is analogous to history repeating itself:

“I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message….The light which attended this angel penetrated everywhere as he cried mightily, with a strong voice, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”…

  This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel’s message in 1844. The glory of God rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn warning, proclaiming the fall of Babylon, and calling upon God’s people to come out of her that they might escape her fearful doom.

“The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the churches who had any light, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the call, and left the fallen churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death.” — “Early Writings,” pp. 277, 278.

The 3rd angel was joined by the “another angel” and as we know angel means message. This was the mighty angel of revelation 18:1. You will hear many people say 4th angel because it joined the third and 4th follow 3rd in the numerical sequence.

Another notation given to this message is the “additional message.”

Will history change its course and the church does something that it has never done before, like accepting an unpopular message sent to it by God? After the popular churches, during the dark ages and after, rejected the reformatory messages God sent them, this pronouncement was made by the spirit of prophecy: “the popular churches were left in partial darkness.” {CSW 28.1}

In the time of Noah those who rejected Gods message of mercy perished in the raging waters of the flood

In Sodom and Gomorrah, those who rejected Gods message to flee these corrupted cities perished in the flames.

In the exodus those who rejected Gods message, by failing to mark their door post perished under the hands of the destroying angels.

In the time of Christ, when the Jews rejected God’s message, they perished by the merciless hands of Titus and his army.

This happened in all dispensation whenever God sent a message to the people:  

“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… {GC88 609.1}

The SDA church is well aware of this history and the fearful eternal consequences that followed when God’s message is rejected in any generation or dispensation.

How as this historical knowledge help the church? Did she benefit from this past history to avoid their pitfalls of their predecessors or has it like her predecessors rejected heaven sent messages and now awaits the fearful consequences?

Let us now search the annals of church history to find if the church as at any time rejected any message or messages sent to her.

Prophetic record shows that a message was sent to the church in 1888 by brethren, elders Jones and Waggoner

Sometime After the disappointment in 1844, the 1st day Adventist was reorganized into the 7th day Adventist and was entrusted with the 3 angel’s  message to proclaim again not before all but “before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”(Revelation   10:11)

The church was growing lukewarm and so in 1888 the Lord sent the church a message. The Spirit of Prophecy now attests “the Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Savior, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.” {14MR 128.2}

And “presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.  {14MR 128.2}

It was the third angel’s message   , that was to be proclaimed with a loud voice and the message was sent to accomplish this objective, accompanied with a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

The message has come to be known by the name “justification by faith”

Says the servant of the Lord: Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, “It is the third angel’s message in verity.” The prophet declares, “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” Brightness, glory, and power are to be connected with the third angel’s message, and conviction will follow wherever it is preached in demonstration of the Spirit. {RH, April 1, 1890 par. 8}

This is the message of “another angel” separate and apart from the three heretofore mentioned. This the angel of Revelation 18:1 clearly identified by the phrase “lightened the earth with his glory” Rev. 18:   this statement shows this:

“The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth. {RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7}

Clearly then the angel of rev 18:1 came down and began its work which is to say  that the message of the rev, 18:1 began to be unfolded. But was the angel (message) met with opposition? Was he able to continue the work he began unobstructed? How did the church react to the message and its messengers? The Lord puts this on the record.

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Since the promised Elijah is to be the last prophet to the church today, as John the Baptist was the last prophet to the church in his day, and since the last work on earth is the Judgment for the Living, the truth stands forth like the light of day that Elijah’s message is the message of the Judgment for the Living, the last, which in the very nature of the gospel is of far more importance and consequence than any other message ever borne to a people.                        General Conference Special pg. 23-24

But by the fact that Christ applied Malachi Three to John the Baptist’s message, and as this scripture did not meet its fulfillment at that time, it proves that John was a type of the Elijah that is to come before the coming of the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5), at which time the prophecy will be fulfilled in its fullness. Therefore, as John was a messenger to God’s own people at that time, just so at this time the Elijah of Malachi’s prophecy represents a message which is to be delivered not to the world, but to the professed people of God. As John was their last prophet, his message was their final means to fit them for the Messiah’s appearing, for which cause said the Master, “If ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. (Matt. 11:14) Likewise, Elijah’s message of today must be to the professed people of God, and is to be their last means to fit them for Christ’s appearing at this time.                                               Vol. 1 Symbolic Code No. 4 pg. 5

Hence, the revival and reformation brought to view in Malachi is the first and the last of its kind, and is indeed to be crowned with the purification of the Church.                    Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 30 pg. 15

But the hue and cry of the opposition is, Away with prophecies at this time!  For all the prophets and the law “Prophesied Until John.” Matt. 11:13. If the aforequoted scripture means that there were to be no more prophets after John, then there should have been none since that time.  And were this the meaning, then the Scriptures would contradict themselves, for they bear evidence that while Christ was the Son of God, He was also “a prophet.” Luke 24:19. And although John the Baptist never wrote a single prophetic utterance, yet he was rated by Christ with the greatest of the prophets (Luke 7:28).  Also Matthew, Mark, and Luke, under the Spirit of Inspiration, wrote concerning Christ and His work. Likewise John, Peter, and Paul, and others contemporary with them, prophesied in their own right of many things to come. All these are Scripturally accorded the title “prophet.”Jesus Himself testifies that the book of Revelation is a prophecy, for the angel “who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw” says: “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Rev. 1:2, 3.  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18.

Now the fact that this prophecy was written nearly a century after John the Baptist was beheaded, is historical acknowledgment that the prophets did not cease with him.  Thus in misconstruing Matthew 11:13 so as to make John the last of the prophets, the opposition is attempting to substitute for the gift of prophecy in the Christian era, “private” (uninspired) interpretations of the Scriptures.  And in doing this, they are led either to ignore or to try to explain away the irrefutable statement of Paul: “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Cor. 12:28) — absolute evidence that the second of the eight gifts to the church in the Christian era, is prophets.   While most of these gifts, especially tongues and governments, are zealously sought after by the Christian churches, the one — “prophets” — that was despised by the Jews, is wholly rejected by almost all Christendom!  Thus the spirit that instigated the killing of the ancient seers at the hand of the Jewish leaders, is today doing virtually the same sort of destructive work through organized opposition.                                   Tract 6 pg. 5- 7

Those who on the one hand contend that there were to be no prophets after John the Baptist, and who on the other hand profess to believe in the New Testament Scriptures which were written after John’s death, are themselves in darkness, and are, by their private (uninspired) interpretations of the Scriptures spreading a cloud of darkness wherever they go.  

In the light of these facts Jesus’ statement that “all the prophets and the law prophesied until John,” obviously has a wholly different meaning from what has been taught by uninspired men. When it is illuminated by the same Spirit Who indicted it, the resultant interpretation is trouble-free, revealing that Christ separated the prophets into a twofold classification — those until John and those after him.                                     Tract 6 pg. 8- 9

“Prophesied Until John.” Matt. 11:13.                                                                                                                                         If the aforequoted scripture means that there were to be no more prophets after John, then there should have been none since that time. And were this the meaning, then the Scriptures would contradict themselves, for they bear evidence that while Christ was the Son of God, He was also “a prophet.” Luke 24:19. And although John the Baptist never wrote a single prophetic utterance, yet he was rated by Christ with the greatest of the prophets (Luke 7:28).  Also Matthew, Mark, and Luke, under the Spirit of Inspiration, wrote concerning Christ and His work. Likewise John, Peter, and Paul, and others contemporary with them, prophesied in their own right of many things to come. All these are Scripturally accorded the title “prophet.” Jesus Himself testifies that the book of Revelation is a prophecy, for the angel “who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw” says: “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Rev. 1:2, 3.  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18.

Now the fact that this prophecy was written nearly a century after John the Baptist was beheaded, is historical acknowledgment that the prophets did not cease with him.  Thus in misconstruing Matthew 11:13 so as to make John the last of the prophets, the opposition is attempting to substitute for the gift of prophecy in the Christian era, “private” (uninspired) interpretations of the Scriptures.  And in doing this, they are led either to ignore or to try to explain away the irrefutable statement of Paul: “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Cor. 12:28) — absolute evidence that the second of the eight gifts to the church in the Christian era, is prophets.

While most of these gifts, especially tongues and governments, are zealously sought after by the Christian churches, the one — “prophets” — that was despised by the Jews, is wholly rejected by almost all Christendom!  Thus the spirit that instigated the killing of the ancient seers at the hand of the Jewish leaders, is today doing virtually the same sort of destructive work through organized opposition.                                                                                                                  While ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers, the Jews rejected the living prophets, thereby bringing upon themselves the Master’s mournful pronouncement: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29, 30.

Present-day Christians who despise the gift of prophecy in this age, and also deny that the Old Testament Scriptures have any application in the gospel dispensation, are thereby rejecting all the prophets, while at the same time acknowledging that they were the servants of God.  So such church-members continue to build and garnish the tombs of the prophets as did the Jews who claimed to believe in Moses but, when tested, were found to be liars. Tract 6 pg. 5 – 7

Rejection of the Prophets.                                                                                                                                                             Every succeeding Jewish generation rejected the living prophets, at the same time bearing recognition and honor to the preceding ones who were slain by, and for speaking to, the fathers.  Thus Jesus rebuked them, saying: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29, 30.

Most of the Christians at the present time, by despising the gift of prophecy in the Christian era, and by applying the Old Testament Scriptures to God’s ancient people only, have rejected all the prophets!  The Seventh-day Adventist denomination, however, has long professed to believe in the Spirit of Prophecy, particularly in that special message which in the latter part of the last century make clear that the angel of Revelation 18:1, who is to lighten the earth with his glory, was still in the future (Early Writings, p. 277), and that the prophet Elijah’s message was yet to come (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 475).  In her Laodicean attitude, however, that she is “rich, and increased with goods,” and has “need of nothing,” neither truth nor prophets, she manifests the spirit which led the Jewish leaders to kill God’s messengers, and which has caused nearly all Christendom to set aside the prophets, thus teaching that they ceased with the preaching of John the Baptist.

By thus shortening man’s vision, the enemy is determinedly preparing the way for the church to reject the latter rain, and never to receive the promised latter-day Pentecost: “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month…. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.” Joel 2:23, 28, 29. (See our Tract No. 2, pp. 58, 59.) All who cheat themselves of this blessing, will seal their doom forever in the Valley of Jezreel. Tract 4 pg. 54-56

A prophet may claim authority as a prophet but never as an apostle.  However, there is a difference between the prophets of the Old Testament and the ones of the New; the latter being under the authority of the former; in other words, he may be an interpreter or revealer of the Bible: “For all the prophets and the law [ceremonial — in type] prophesied until John.” (Matt. 11:13.)  Interpretation is correct only when inspired by the same Spirit, thus timely utterances are revealed.  Not only do the annals of history prove this, but the Bible is very emphatic on the subject, for it plainly says that we are, “Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” (Eph.  2:20.) Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 78

“The term ‘prophet’ as used in the Bible… is employed to designate men and women engaged in a wide range of service in connection with the work of God.  Some of these never uttered a prophecy as that term is generally understood… Some were used only for a special occasion, others for a long series of years.  Some wrote out the message God revealed to them, and others gave them orally. To some, as in the case of Daniel and others, were committed prophecies reaching into the distant future, portions of which are still unfulfilled.

“Some were God’s messengers raised up in periods of great crisis, to warn the church and the world of threatened judgments, and to call men back to allegiance to God.  Such were Samuel, Elijah, John the Baptist, and others. John disclaimed the prophetic title, claiming rather that he was a voice or a messenger of God, sent to prepare the way of the Lord in calling Israel to repentance.  But as God’s messenger he was declared by Christ to be a prophet, and ‘even more than a prophet.’ Luke 7:26. ‘Surely the Lord will do nothing, but He revealeth His secrets unto His servants the prophets.’ Amos 3:7.” “The Present Truth,” Vol. 5, No. 72.                

“In the highest sense the prophet was one who spoke by direct inspiration, communicating to the people the messages he had received from God.  But the name was given also to those who, though not so directly inspired, were divinely called to instruct the people in the works and ways of God.” — “Education,” p. 46.                                              These heavenly messengers usually were men and women of a humble character; some could neither read nor write. Though not having the advantages that great men do, these instruments in the hand of Omnipotence, caused human knowledge and worldly greatness to sink into insignificance.  Thus God sought by these methods to reveal His transforming power in the human machine both in intellect and in character. To rebel against God’s chosen instruments is to renounce His power in preference to the human, placing the finite above the infinite, who can transmit more knowledge in a moment, than the human could in a lifetime.

Though truths are revealed through inspired channels, the instrument of iniquity has often mixed them with error.  Such iniquitous workers oft times resort to the use of portions of divine revelation, unlawfully using them as an entering wedge to pass on error and thus deceive the simple.  Let none flatter themselves that they can escape the clutches of the devil by the studious effort of another. Everyone must study for himself to understand his own position, and with candid mind be ready to listen to all with a teachable spirit of a child.  “Verily I say unto you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:15.) Prejudice, has beguiled and ruined more souls than any trap ever devised by the great deceiver. The one who refuses to listen to reasons offered by another, is the most ignorant.  Such a man is usually prejudiced because the argument presented contradicts his view of the subject, or it may be that he considers himself more intellectual or of superior social standing. Others will not hear the truth because it hurts their sinful conscience and for fear that they must part from some selfish lust.  This class is under the power of the devil, and on the way to everlasting ruin — sinning against the Holy Ghost. Those who are sincere in their errors are the very ones who are found in the bottom of the devil’s kidnaping bag. This class is the hardest to convince that they are on the way to hell.                    Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 15-16

False Accusations And Excuses                                                                                                                                          These unconverted Seventh-day Adventists when told of these facts, not to criticize or to find fault with them, but to arouse them from the terrible stupor of deception and false security, begin to make excuses in the following manner: “We are God’s people.”  “This is God’s church.” “There is no other movement to follow. “It is wicked to accuse the church militant.” “You are setting time.” “You must not tear down but build up.” “Shun them which make divisions.” “There shall be no more prophets.” “We have all the truth and there is no need of more.”                        Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 273 It is a preparatory step toward sinning against the Holy Ghost. Your assertion that there shall be no more prophets, is casting off before hand the latter rain and the “loud cry!”  It is denying the Word in its prophetic form, for we read: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28.) Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 274

Only when the church finds herself grounded on a reef of her own folly, with the fierce waves of divine retribution beating over her sides, is she in a position to realize her dreadful danger and her need of everything.  And only when thus endangered and alarmed can she possibly be roused to the absolute necessity of having the gift of prophecy — her most imperative need in her present predicament. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.  “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…. He that prophesieth edifieth the church.” 1 Cor. 14:1,4. “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” Rev. 19:10. Consequently if she does not now awake to the fact that “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18), then she never will.

Emphasizing the importance of the gifts of the Spirit, Paul says: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph. 4:11,12.  “After that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” 1 Cor. 12:28.

But while most of these gifts, especially those of tongues and of governments, are zealously sought after by the churches, the one that was despised by the Jews — the gift of “prophets” — is wholly rejected by almost all Christendom.  Therefore the spirit that instigated the killing of the ancient seers at the hand of the Jewish leaders, is today doing virtually the same sort of destructive work through organized religion.

The Jews, while ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers,  rejected the living prophets, thus bringing upon themselves the Master’s mournful pronouncement: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29,30.

Present-day Christians who despise the gift of prophecy and deny to the gospel dispensation the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures, thereby reject all the prophets, though at the same time they do them the lip service of acknowledging them as the servants of God.  In giving such service, they are but building and garnishing the tombs of the prophets, as did the Jews, but when tested, they too, will be found to be liars. Mere lip professions of believing in the whole Bible, are worse than no profession at all, and doubly so when the professors are at the same time teaching that all the laws and statues, all the warnings and condemnations apply only to the ancient Jews, whereas all the graces belong to the Christian church!

By following in this course, they have been led so far in perverting the gifts that their so-called gift of tongues is naught but gibberish, and is no more the Biblical gift than is Sunday the “sanctified” Sabbath day! Perverted also is the gift of governments,  which is degenerated into an institution of prerogatives, formalities, goals, and the like, which, were they ever beneficial devices, are certainly, in their present low estate, nothing but agencies which in effect militate against the Truth, and neutralize the piety of the church.  In this state of affairs, do the best of these professed Christians of today seem better than the worst of yesterday’s Jews? Wherefore, O church of God, “Awake, awake”! “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess. 5:19, 21.  “Loose thyself from the [man-wrought] bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” Isa. 52:2.

As the gift of prophets is, according to the Scriptures, second in order of the gifts to the church, and the gift of governments and that of diversity of tongues are last, obviously, then, those who despise the gift of prophecy but exalt the gift of governments and the gift of tongues, are pulling the cart from its rear end, and are going in the wrong direction.  To such, Christ is saying: “Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:17.

The Jews, while ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers,  rejected the living prophets, thus bringing upon themselves the Master’s mournful pronouncement: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29,30.

Present-day Christians who despise the gift of prophecy and deny to the gospel dispensation the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures, thereby reject all the prophets, though at the same time they do them the lip service of acknowledging them as the servants of God.  In giving such service, they are but building and garnishing the tombs of the prophets, as did the Jews, but when tested, they too, will be found to be liars. Mere lip professions of believing in the whole Bible, are worse than no profession at all, and doubly so when the professors are at the same time teaching that all the laws and statues, all the warnings and condemnations apply only to the ancient Jews, whereas all the graces belong to the Christian church!

By following in this course, they have been led so far in perverting the gifts that their so-called gift of tongues is naught but gibberish, and is no more the Biblical gift than is Sunday the “sanctified”  Sabbath day! Perverted also is the gift of governments, which is degenerated into an institution of prerogatives, formalities, goals, and the like, which, were they ever beneficial devices, are certainly, in their present low estate, nothing but agencies which in effect militate against the Truth, and neutralize the piety of the church.  In this state of affairs, do the best of these professed Christians of today seem better than the worst of yesterday’s Jews? Wherefore, O church of God, “Awake, awake”! “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess. 5:19, 21. “Loose thyself from the [man-wrought] bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” Isa. 52:2.                             As the gift of prophets is, according to the Scriptures, second in order of the gifts to the church, and the gift of governments and that of diversity of tongues are last, obviously, then, those who despise the gift of prophecy but exalt the gift of governments and the gift of tongues, are pulling the cart from its rear end, and are going in the wrong direction. To such, Christ is saying: “Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:17.                                            Tract 2 pg. 4-7

Avoid the Mistakes of Others.                                                                                                                                                    O how terrible the thought of closing the heart and thereby turning a deaf ear to the pleadings of the Spirit of God! Think what great sorrow and suffering could have been averted had men not been so hardened in pride and self-conceit!  It was too humiliating for those leaders in Israel of old to acknowledge their mistakes and receive corrections from God’s humble servants, the prophets. But their ignoring the truth did not perpetuate their exaltation in the eyes of the people, as they had expected it to.  Neither did their killing the prophets make right their error or cover their sins. Nor did it silence God, but rather in course of time exposed their utter ignorance and uncovered their shame before the whole world.                                                                                       Should God’s people at this time repeat the mistakes of the Jews, then the punishment decreed in the words, “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 24:51), would fail to find in intensity its parallel in any age. A full realization, moreover, simply of the disappointment of being on the very verge of stepping into Paradise but falling short and finding oneself instead plunged in hell, would be enough to stab one through and through with the most anguishing remorse!  Let us therefore open wide our hearts as we read the Lord’s pitying plea: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” Matt. 23:37, 38. “The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see Thy name: hear ye the rod, and Who hath appointed it.” Mic. 6:9.  And for failure to hear His voice, remember that God May Smite Whereas Men Cannot. Tract 5 pg. 55-56

Israel’s real danger, we now see, was not in what Moses did, but in their unbelief of God’s having the reins in His hands, in not knowing that His ways are beyond finding out — contrary to ours.  They failed to see that God could again and again perform miracle after miracle to deliver them from their enemy’s hand, that He could dry the ocean as easily as He could flood the earth. Having their failures before us, we should make them our stepping stones to success.  Let us therefore wholeheartedly believe that God is in charge of our salvation, of our lives and of our death, too. That He is able to take us to safety even if the earth should drop out of space, that we cannot die if He wants us alive, and that we cannot live if He wants us dead.  Let us ever bear in mind that we of ourselves know nothing about God’s plans except as told through His appointed servants, the prophets, and as we witness them day by day. If we daily walk with God, if we commit all to Him, then the responsibility is all His. TG, Vol. 1, No. 7    pg. 6-7

Let us beforehand refresh our minds with the Jews’ attitude toward the prophets: Rather than going with the purpose of learning and reasoning, the Jews went to the prophets with prejudiced minds, with malice, with hatred in their hearts, and with instruments of cruelty.  (We must not.) This evil spirit was prevalent among the Jews throughout their history. It was manifested even against Moses although for forty years he led the Hebrew host with Divine signs and wonders all the way from the brickyards of Egypt to the borders of the promised land.

The remnant finally crossed the Jordan only because they whole-heartedly believed that Moses was God’s mouth piece, and because they ceased murmuring, took and obeyed orders.  The Hebrews ever after deeply cherished his writings, and this reverent regard for the Pentateuch continued among the Jews even to the days of Christ. As a man of God and as the nation’s emancipator and founder of its sacred ceremonies, Moses was highly esteemed by all. Ironically, though the prophets that followed after Moses were rejected by the Jewish nation as a whole.  Those who survived in the Babylonian captivity did accept the prophets Haggai and Zechariah only because they were the founders of the movement then on foot as was Moses in his day.

The Jews, according to their own way of reasoning, were honest, though blind, in concluding that they had no need of prophets, because as they saw it, Moses’ writings were complete, there was nothing lacking in them: They contained both the civil and religious laws.  They, therefore, saw no need for greater light and no need of another prophet. Through their unbelief in the prophets, they failed to see that their kingdom was only a type of a greater one to come, they failed to see that God’s Truth is progressive and ever unfolding, that each generation has to have added Truth especially adapted to meet their particular needs.  Their blindness to this was their basic sin that led them on to ruin. While the Jews boasted of their faith in Moses’ Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 pg. 3-4

Eph. 4:11-14 — “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more 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.”

Inspiration makes it plain that God’s plan is that the Church should ever be growing both in knowledge and perfection till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we henceforth be no more 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. Since the Church has not yet attained the standard set forth in this verse of Scripture, it is obvious that she needs to have greater knowledge of Bible religion than she has at the present time.

Being far from having reached such unity of faith, of knowledge, and perfection, we see the need as clear as crystal: We as Christians need to start growing, otherwise the season of such growth will pass and we shall be left but dwarfs, not having advanced far enough to be eligible for a home in the Kingdom.  Then shall it come to pass that all such unmatured Christians shall bitterly cry out, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer. 8:20. Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 51 pg.6-7

To do this saving work God sent down the Spirit of Truth, He sent prophets and angels, also His only Son — all teachers of redemption.                       Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 9 pg. 8

“This is the Word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel.” Zech. 4:6. The method which God is to use now, in the time of the end, in communicating with Zerubbabel — the governors or ministers of His people — is laid down in the symbolism.  Tract 6 pg. 19-20

Worshiping the dead prophets and killing the living ones, is a brutal effort to block the progress of Truth, to deceive self and others. Finally, had it not been for the fact that some wide-awake ones throughout the ages have dared take up their cross and follow God through His prophets in order to be led from one height of Truth to another, the world would not have stood this long. There is no doubt, the Church from creation till today has been led and preserved by the prophets, and she can continue in no other way from here on.         Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 26     pg.23

Isa. 30:20 — “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers.”                                                           Although God anciently permitted the peoples’ teachers (their prophets) to be pushed into a corner, abused, and slaughtered, He will permit it no longer. The eyes of His people shall see their God-appointed teachers as they are brought to the front.                                 Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 32 pg. 19

THE POOR PREACHER’S ANSWER.                                                                                                                                           All but preachers can preach without texts of Scripture, but preachers never dare say a thing unless they have a “thus saith the Lord.” Therefore, the preacher answereth in Scripture.                                                                                                 “My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.  Selah.” (Ps. 55:4 through 7.) “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets” (preachers). (Amos 3:7)                        Vol. 3   Symbolic Code   Nos. 3, 4. pg  4.

Meeting its fulfillment at the end of the world when God is to overthrow the thrones and destroy the kingdoms of the earth, Haggai’s prophecy  shows that Zerubbabel, the Lord’s servant is a type of His servants today, who necessarily, therefore, are the antitypical “signet.”                Tract 6                            pg. 19

Only when the church finds herself grounded on a reef of her own folly, with the fierce waves of divine retribution beating over her sides, is she in a position to realize her dreadful danger and her need of everything.  And only when thus endangered and alarmed can she possibly be roused to the absolute necessity of having the gift of prophecy her most imperative need in her present predicament. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.  “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…. He that prophesieth edifieth the church.” 1 Cor. 14:1,4.                           Tract 2 pg. 4

There is but one thing that her people have been taught to look for, and that is to look out for false prophets, and as the people do not realize that there can be no false where there is no true, can you not see their inconsistency?  And what terrible self-deception for a people to think themselves right when they are all wrong! — Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 3, pg. 253. I say terrible, and I mean terrible, because if they keep on imagining that they are rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing, while they are destitute of everything, they will certainly be “spued out.”

Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 24 pg. 21

Worshiping the dead prophets and killing the living ones, is a brutal effort to block the progress of Truth, to deceive self and others. Finally, had it not been for the fact that some wide-awake ones throughout the ages have dared take up their cross and follow God through His prophets in order to be led from one height of Truth to another, the world would not have stood this long. There is no doubt, the Church from creation till today has been led and preserved by the prophets, and she can continue in no other way from here on.        Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 26 pg. 23

Ends of the World

THE PURIFICATION OF THE SDA CHURCH IN THE END OF THIS EARTH’S HISTORY

“God has not suffered the life of my husband to end ingloriously. He has sustained him. But the man who performs double labor, who crowds the work of two years into one, is burning his candle at both ends.”  {3T 502.1}  

The word “END” means:

  1. The final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story. E.g. “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Gen 6:13
  2. Either extremity of something that has length.
  3. The point in time when an action, an event, or a phenomenon ceases or is completed; the conclusion: the end of the day.

The word “ENDS” means:

  1. Having more than one end.
  1. There is more than one end to a story, event or process. E.g. one end for the boys, and one end for the girls, making two ends.
  1. A condition of someone’s hair end [singular] having split into several ends [plural].
  1. The land has four ends [plural] to it. The east end, west end, north end and south end.   

ENDS OF THE WORLD

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”                                              1 Corinthians 10:11, 12.

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:11, 12. Satan well knows the material with which he has to deal in the human heart. He knows for he has studied with fiendish intensity for thousands of years the points most easily assailed in every character; and through successive generations he has wrought to overthrow the strongest men, princes in Israel, by the same temptations that were so successful at Baalpeor. {PP 457.3}  

“The apostle Paul plainly states that the experience of the Israelites in their travels has been recorded for the benefit of those living in this age of the world, those upon whom the ends of the world are come. We do not consider that our dangers are any less than those of the Hebrews, but greater.”  {HL 281.2}

SINCE THE APOSTLE PAUL SPOKE OF ENDS, OF IMPORTANCE TO US IS, WHOSE END WILL COME FIRST, THE SDA CHURCH MEMBERS, OR THE WORLD? THE BIBLE GIVES THE ANSWER!

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  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 4:7, 17-18

Yes the END for the SDA church (the house of God) comes first! Then next the wicked in the world.  

READ EZEKIEL CHAPTER 9.                                 

“The crisis is fast approaching. The rapidly swelling figures show that the time for God’s visitation has about come. Although loath to punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that speedily… 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.”   {5T 209.3, 211.2}

YES THE CLOSING “END” FOR THE SDA CHURCH WILL COME FIRST!

The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God’s professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet’s illustration of the last work under the figure of the men each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a 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.”  {3T 266.2}

Who are standing in the counsel of God at this time? Is it those who virtually excuse wrongs among the professed people of God and who murmur in their hearts, if not openly, against those who would reprove sin? Is it those who take their stand against them and sympathize with those who commit wrong? No, indeed! Unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God’s sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those “that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done” in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.  {3T 267.1}

But the general slaughter of all those who do not thus see the wide contrast between sin and righteousness, and do not feel as those do who stand in the counsel of God and receive the mark, is described in the order to the five men with slaughter weapons: “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.”  {3T 267.2}  

The sinners, we know, have always been and are still among God’s people.  That the fulfillment of these things are in the very near future. First separating the firstfruits, the 144,000 from “the house of God,” then to be followed by the second fruits from all nations (Rev. 7:9); the scripture also shows that the sinners will no longer walk with the saints and that the harvest ends the world. (Rev. 18:1), shows that 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.

Daniel Chapter 2

  Emphasis on Spirit of Prophecy

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that he could not recall. He was very troubled and summoned his “wisemen” to appear before him, tell the dream that evaded his mind and interpret it. But none could recall the dream, let alone interpret it. In his  wrath, the king furiously gave a swift decree sentencing all the wisemen of Babylon to be executed.

Daniel, a wiseman of Babylon, who was not privy to the king’s meeting, was being sought to be executed as well. He then asked the king for time so that he could talk with the God of heaven. The king acquiesced.

The Lord revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel and he praised Him by saying: “20Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: 21And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22He revealeth the deep and secret things: “. This last verse is virtually identical to Amos 3:7, which states, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. It shows that it is through the prophetic office that secret or hidden things are revealed.”

There were many Hebrews exiled in Babylon. Among the faithful were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who all prayed regarding the king’s dream. But the revelation wasn’t given to them, nor to any of the “wisemen” of Babylon. It was instead revealed to His prophet Daniel. Thereby establishing the one through whom the Spirit of  Prophecy was revealed.

This is very instructive. From the times of antiquity, God was making it known that his mode of interpreting and revealing hidden or secret things were through his prophets. What about today? There are yet many secret and hidden things mentioned in the bible. For example, the seven thunders were mentioned, yet never revealed and interpreted. Similarly, the dream of Nebuchadnezzar was not revealed and interpreted until Daniel the prophet came on the scene.  The bible speaks elsewhere that young men shall “dream dreams and have visions.” There are also many mysteries to be revealed which are written in symbolic prophecies.

One of the identifying marks of God’s church throughout the ages is the gift of the Spirit of Prophecy. The book of the Revelation, in 19:10 says:  “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

But through whom is this spirit of prophecy revealed? “…And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” Revelation 22: 8-9. Clearly the fellow servant is of our brethren the prophets. So the prophetic gift must be resident among us, because this is the way the scriptures are revealed that were once sealed.

Daniel and the Spirit of Prophecy tell the time and generation in which the prophecy will be finally fulfilled:

Daniel 2:28 “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days

Sister White testified: “…But since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, knowledge of the prophecies has increased” {GC88 356.2}

So Daniel’s latter days must commence at the unsealing (revealing) of the prophecy since 1798. Therefore, we are now living in the latter days—  the last days.

What does the image represent?

Daniel 2:38: head of gold represents Babylon.

Daniel 2:39: breast and his arms of silver represent Medo-Persia.

Daniel 2:39: belly and his thighs of brass represent Greece.

Daniel 2:40: legs of iron represent Rome.

Daniel 2:41: feet of iron and clay represent the world today— Not ruled by one major political power or country— Multi-sectarian.

Clearly the image depicts the various kingdoms of man as opposed to the kingdom of God.

PK 495: “The whole image of a man represents the kingdom of man”— the State.

What does the  Mountain represent?

There are 5 main verses in the Bible that tell us what a mountain represents in prophecy:

Zech. 8:3,

Daniel 9: 16 and 20,

Isaiah 2:2 and

Micah 4:2.

These verses make it plain that God’s people were likened to a mountain, especially in Daniel’s prayer in behalf of God’s “holy mountain.” As we know, a mountain cannot be literally described as “holy.” Furthermore, the subject of his intercession was for God’s people, who were many years under the Babylonian captivity on account of their transgressions.

Clearly then, the mountain represents the “house of God,” His church.

Note also that the terms Israel, Jerusalem and Zion are all synonymous with God’s church.

God always has a people, the church, throughout all the period of history until this very day. Therefore, the image and the mountain existed contemporaneously (at the same time).

The church identified in different periods:

Who were some of the recorded followers of God in the time of the “head of gold”— the kingdom of Babylon?

Daniel and the Hebrews made up the mountain, which represented God’s church then.

Who were some of the recorded followers of God in the time of the “legs of iron”— the kingdom of Rome?

The apostles and followers made up the mountain, which represented the Apostolic church then.

Which is God’s mountain or church today, in the period of the feet—this present world?

The SDA church is represented by the great mountain. It is now over 16 million people and continues to grow strong.

The Mountain represents the church and the Image represents the state. These are the two divisions of governments in the world today.

What does the stone represent?

According to the Bible, where was the stone taken from?

Daniel 2:45 “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain…”

Now that we have established from the scripture that the stone was cut from the mountain, let us now see what the stone represents.

The stone must be made up of similar material to that of the mountain from which it was taken. The stone is “a chip off the old block.” The parent material (the block) is composed of similar material from which the chip is made and so it is, in relation to the stone from its mountain, the parent.

If the mountain is symbolic of God’s church today (the great proportion of advent people) then what would a small portion “cut out” of the mountain be?

It is clear that a small portion of God’s people is the church separated.

The stone from the mountain represents a small portion of God’s people.

Here is the Bible verse that proves that a stone represents God’s people, (the church) Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:3 “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

We have seen thus far that God uses different symbols to represent the church in different times under varying circumstances.

To further elucidate this point:

If God wants to represent the church carrying the gospel message from one location to another -traveling to and fro the earth – which symbol would be most fittingly used? — Chariots and horses (Zechariah 6:1)

If God wants to represent the church as destroying  kingdoms and nations which symbol would be most fittingly used? Stone or battle ax (Daniel 2:34 and Jer. 51:20)

If God wants to represent the church bringing in converts –children of God into her communion- which symbol would be most fittingly used?— Woman(Revelation 12,  Ephesians 5:24)

If God wants to represent the church as a light-bearing agent- giving light to the world – which symbol would be the most fittingly used?—  candlestick (Revelation1:20 )

If God wants to represent the church as being strong, immovable, withstanding the fierce and relentless fury of persecution, severe tests and trials, which symbol would be most fittingly used?— Mountain ( Daniel 9: 20)

Cut out” represents the separation

Note the stone was “cut out”, or separated. A separation is to take place in the mountain (SDA church). A stone (a small number of people) is to be separated from a mountain (a large number of people).

Here is the clincher that clearly shows the separation:

The phrase from Daniel 2:35 “…like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors…” denotes a period of harvest because the word “threshing” actually means separation. This is unequivocally the separation of the wheat from the tares which is symbolized by the separation of the stone from the mountain.

God employs these 3 symbols to depict the separation of  two classes of people found in His church:

the sheep from goats,

the wheat from tares,

and the stone from the mountain.

  All speak of the same event: the separation in the church.

How was the stone “cut out”? “Without hands”

An action performed “without hands” is attributed to the supernatural. So this separation of a small proportion of people (the stone) from a proportionately large amount of people (the mountain) is a supernatural act.

Matt 13:41 “The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.”

The kingdom here is the church (the institution where people recognize that God is indeed the King overall) and the saints are the subjects. Notice that He will remove “them which do iniquity” (the tares) and retain all who please Him (the wheat).

Let us now follow these instructions to read and study the ninth chapter of Ezekiel:

3T 267.1:“Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel…”

MR 260.1: “Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled…”

This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. John also was a witness to this most startling revelation. He saw the sea and the waves roaring, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He beheld the earth moved, and the mountains carried into the midst of the sea (which is literally taking place), the water thereof roaring and troubled, and the mountains shaking with the swelling thereof. He was shown plagues, pestilence, famine, and death performing their terrible mission.” TM 445.2

The statement from the Spirit of Prophecy that further validates that the angels will do the separation: “The time of the harvest will fully determine the character of the two classes specified under the figure of the tares and the wheat. The work of separation is given to the angels of God, and not committed into the hands of any man.” {TM 47.2}

All of this clearly shows that the separation is performed by supernatural beings (the angels) and is a supernatural act.

While the stone was separated and retained (sealed), the mountain (the  great proportion) was decimated by God’s angels.

The Spirit of Prophecy says:

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The very atmosphere is polluted with sin. Soon God’s people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers.” 5T 136.1

This “great proportion” of the mountain will prove to be “base metal”—that which is to be dispensed with after the pure stone is removed.

Where does the stone smite the image?

Dan 2:34 “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet”…….

What period of time do the “feet and toes” of the image fall under?

1T 360-361: “Our position on the image of Nebuchadnezzar is represented by the toes.”

Therefore, the toes represent the present world. The Stone Church (144,000) will be established in the present world.

In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up kingdom

Daniel 2:44 “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

The stone smites the image in the period of the feet (the period of the toe kings) not before or after, but  in the days of these kings (present day rulers), the present world. Here the Bible plainly teaches that while the present world kingdoms exist, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom, represented by the stone, that will decimate the kingdoms of this present world and reign supreme. Speaking of this stone-represented Kingdom, the Spirit of Prophecy says: “…It is the Kingdom of Christ represented by the stone which became a great mountain” PK 495

What became of the stone after it smote the image?

Daniel 2:35 “…and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.”

 Naturally speaking, when does a stone become a great mountain? It is after many other stones are added and cemented unto it by nature.

 Spiritually speaking, how does the stone (a relatively small number of God’s people) become a great mountain (a great multitude of people)?

1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

The Spirit of Prophecy says:

6T 435 “We are built up as living stones, and every stone is to emit light. Every Christian is compared to a precious stone that catches the glory of God and reflects it.

Clearly then, this small number of people represented by the stone will become a large number of people by more people being added to it.

As previously established, the mountain as it stands today is the “great proportion” of Seventh-day Adventists that numbers over 16 million and is still growing.

From this large number of people, how many will constitute the stone when it is finally cut out of the mountain?

Who does the stone specifically represent?

Daniel 2:28 says that this event of separation will transpire in the “latter days”, (last days) the closing of time.

The Spirit of  Prophecy speaking of  a number of saints to be gathered in the latter days (doing the closing work for the church) says: “The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of the faithful and plain, dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God’s professed people.” 3T 266.2

The stone specifically represents the 144,000 or the small portion of God’s church in its infancy. They will then gather the great multitude of saints. Revelation 7:9  “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”

This is how the stone (144,000) grew and became a great mountain, a great multitude of saints. Let’s illustrate this with the experience of the early Christian church. Acts 1:15. The little company of the apostles numbering 12 according to Acts 1:15 (they were the small stone then) was separated from the Jewish church (the mountain then), after they preached the day of Pentecost 3000 precious stones (people) were added to the church and God added stones (people)  daily such as should be saved according to Acts 2:41and 47. Hence the stone grew as it were.

No question— the stone does not represent Christ

The idea that the stone represents Christ is now proven by the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy to be totally discredited by these facts:

The mountain from which the stone came has not a single reference in the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy to be a representation of Heaven.

All references point to the mountain as symbolical of the church.

This is crucial because the Bible and SOP teach that:

Christ will return from Heaven. Acts 3:20-21 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16

The stone fills the earth— grows and becomes a great mountain on the earth. Daniel 2: 35 Christ does not touch the earth at His second coming.1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The stone represents the Kingdom of Christ—Not Christ Himself. & “…It is the Kingdom of Christ represented by the stone which became a great mountain.” PK 495

What constitutes a kingdom?

A kingdom is a composition of  3 coexisting and inseparable

entities: king—the ruler— the one who presides over the

subjects— the people who the king reigns over and        geographical location— the literal physical place or territory        where the kingdom is located.

Assyria

Among the cities of the ancient world in the days of divided Israel one of the greatest was Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian realm. Founded on the fertile bank of the Tigris, soon after the dispersion from the tower of Babel, it had flourished through the centuries until it had become “an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.” Jonah 3:3.
In the time of its temporal prosperity Nineveh was a center of crime and wickedness. Inspiration has characterized it as “the bloody city, full of lies and robbery.” In figurative language the prophet Nahum compared the Ninevites to a cruel, ravenous lion. Nahum 3:1, 19. {Prophets and Kings 265.2}

More than a century before the beginning of the Babylonish captivity, the Assyrian kings had devastated Samaria and Galilee, and had taken into captivity many thousands of Israelites belonging to the ten tribes. The conquering kings repopulated Samaria with colonies of heathen peoples from widely separated parts of the Assyrian realm. These heathen intermarried with the Israelites who had been allowed to remain in the land; and thus originated a mixed race known as the Samaritans. {Review and Herald, April 25, 1907 par. 2}

What though the armies of Assyria, fresh from the conquest of the greatest nations of earth, and triumphant over Samaria in Israel, should now turn their forces against Judah? {Prophets and Kings 351.3}

The Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. . . . Under his shadow dwelt all great nations. Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. {Prophets and Kings 363.1}

The Assyrian power to the northward, long supreme, was no longer to rule the nations. Egypt on the south, in whose power the king of Judah was vainly placing his trust, was soon to receive a decided check. All unexpectedly a new world power, the Babylonian Empire, was rising to the eastward and swiftly overshadowing all other nations. {Prophets and Kings 422.1}

Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin. Isa. 23:13

The rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire is rich in lessons for the nations of earth today. Inspiration has likened the glory of Assyria at the height of her prosperity to a noble tree in the garden of God, towering above the surrounding trees. {Prophets and Kings 362.1}

Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered? 2 Kings 19:11

The pride of Assyria and its fall are to serve as an object lesson to the end of time. {Prophets and Kings 366.1}

God’s servants are now to proclaim faithfully his Word in all lands, to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; for the Lord has “set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”{Review and Herald, February 27, 1908 par. 6}

The pride of Assyria and its fall are to serve as an object lesson to the end of time… “The pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart away.” Zech. 10:11. This is true not only of the nations that arrayed themselves against God in ancient times but also of the nations of earth today who fail of fulfilling the divine purpose. ” . . . Through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps.” Isa. 30:29-32. {Review and Herald, June 3, 1915 par. 18}

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” These words outline our work. This scripture is to be received by our people as a message for today. {Review and Herald, June 23, 1904 par. 10 – 11}

“Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. Zechariah 8:7 – 8

“Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.” The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not. A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”
In this representation of the prophet, we see that Satan is at work not only with worldlings, who have not the fear and love of God before them, but also with those who profess faith in Christ. Here are plainly represented two distinct parties, formed from a company that was once united. The members of one of these parties are in resistance to the will of God. They have taken themselves from the side of the loyal and true, and are now resisting the warnings of the Spirit of God. To the obedient the Lord will be “for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”…”And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared [mark that word], and be taken.” Notwithstanding all their knowledge of the Word of God, all their light, and their position as expositors of Bible truth, many shall “stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.” The ruin of this class is certain. Then the charge is given, “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”…”And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: shall not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
This warning is given for the days in which we are now living. {Review and Herald, July 18, 1907 par. 4 – 11}

My Instructor slowly and solemnly spoke the following words: “Form a confederacy; to whom they shall say, ‘Form a confederacy, and they shall be broken in pieces.” Three times were these words spoken. “Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand; for God is with us.” {Publishing Ministry 150.4}

The very highest obligation is resting upon us. Satan is standing ready, burning with zeal to inspire the whole confederacy of satanic agencies, that he may cause them to unite with evil men, and bring upon the believers of truth speedy and severe suffering. {Counsels to Writings 61.2}

“‘For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.’ ‘To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’ Isa. 8:11-13, 20. The world is not to be our criterion. Let the Lord work, let the Lord’s voice be heard. {Life Sketches 322.1}

A desperate confederacy will be formed among those who are breaking the law of God, and who are teaching others to transgress its precepts. They will make decrees to oppose God’s commandment-keeping people. ” . . . Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian; he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.” {Review and Herald, August 20, 1895 par. 1}

The professed Protestant world will form a confederacy with the man of sin, and the church and the world will be in corrupt harmony. {Last Day Events 130.3}

The subject of Nineveh, her lengthened probation, and the consequent grief of Jonah, was presented to me as a parallel case with our own disappointment of 1844. {Signs of the Times, May 4, 1876 par. 15}

No Confederacy With Those Opposing the Truth.–Let the watchmen on the walls of Zion not join with those who are making of none effect the truth as it is in Christ. Let them not join the confederacy of infidelity, popery, and Protestantism in exalting tradition above Scripture, reason above revelation, and human talent above the divine influence and the vital power of godliness (Review & Herald March 24, 1896). {4 Bible Commentary 1141.7}

“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 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. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. And the LORD showed 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.” Zechariah 1: 14 – 21

“Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.” Jeremiah 50:17

… literal fulfillment in the captivity of Israel in Assyria and of Judah in Babylon. {Prophets and Kings 296.1}

After the destruction of the temple, the whole city soon fell into the hands of the Romans…Titus …declared that God had given them into his hands; for no engines, however powerful, could have prevailed against those stupendous battlements. Both the city and the temple were razed to their foundations, and the ground upon which the holy house had stood was “plowed like a field.” Jeremiah 26:18. In the siege and the slaughter that followed, more than a million of the people perished; the survivors were carried away as captives, sold as slaves, dragged to Rome to grace the conqueror’s triumph, thrown to wild beasts in the amphitheaters, or scattered as homeless wanderers throughout the earth. The Jews … In the utter destruction that befell them as a nation…were but reaping the harvest which their own hands had sown. {Great Controversy 35 – 36}

“These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1: 19

Zechariah had a most encouraging series of visions regarding the work of God in the earth. These messages, written out in the first six chapters of the book of Zechariah, were given in the form of parables and symbols…After an introductory view of the nations having universal dominion in the earth {Review & Herald, Dec 26, 1907 par. 7-20}

“For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 31: 7 – 9

“The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword. And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.” Zephaniah 2:11 – 13

In the history of Nineveh there is a lesson which you should study carefully. {The Southern Work 80.3}

The subject of Nineveh, her lengthened probation, and the consequent grief of Jonah, was presented to me as a parallel case with our own disappointment of 1844. {Signs of the Times, May 4, 1876 par. 15}

“That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.” Isaiah 14: 25 – 26

Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin. Isa. 23:13

Study the history of Nineveh. …Read the history… Where are the watchmen? The Lord declares that unless the cities shall change their characteristics, the saloons will be replaced. In the calamity that befell San Francisco, the Lord designed to wipe out the saloons that have been the source of great evils; and yet the officiating guardians, the men who are placed in responsible positions, prove unfaithful to their trust by legalizing the sale of liquor. Poisonous drugs are mingled with the liquor. Men form the habit of using these drugs, and the appetite for such things is very powerful.
{2 Sermons and Talks Vol. 2 279.2 – 5}

“And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver… And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” Micah 5:5 – 15

God will be with His people just as long as they follow His directions. If He says to one, Go to Nineveh, and warn the inhabitants of that wicked city of their danger, He sends His angels with His servant to protect him till his work is done. But we need to remember that in our association and connection with the depraved, there are bounds and barriers which cannot safely be overstepped. {Battle Creek Letters 38.3}

“For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.” Isaiah 30:31

“Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.” Isaiah 10:12

“Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?” Nahum 3:18 – 19

The Lord has done more for the United States than for any other country upon which the sun shines. {Mar 193.4}

The so-called Christian nations claim superiority over all others, yet they are not doers of the words of Christ any more than were the Jews. {Sabbath-School Worker, January 1, 1895 par. 4}

Yet millions and millions of dollars are spent in distilleries, where is made the liquor which ruins the souls and bodies of men. This life-destroying, maddening agency is dealt out by professedly Christian nations. {The Signs of the Times, July 4, 1900 par. 3}

Certain countries have advantages that mark them as centres of education and influence. In the English-speaking nations and the Protestant nations of Europe it is comparatively easy to find access to the people, and there are many advantages for establishing institutions and carrying forward our work. In some other lands, such as India and China … at every step there are great difficulties to be encountered in the work. In America, Australia, England, and some other European countries, many of these impediments do not exist. {General Conference Bulletin, October 1, 1901 par. 18}

The Chinese New Year commences in February, and lasts one week. They have a custom of settling all quarrels between themselves and all outstanding debts; and if there are any who are unable to pay their debts, they are forgiven them. Thus the new year is commenced with all difficulties and accounts settled. This is a heathen custom that the Christian world would do well to imitate. {RH, December 16, 1884 par. 4}

In nearly all parts of Europe the laws are more or less oppressive upon those who observe the Sabbath. But there are few countries in which the difficulties in the way of presenting the truth are greater than in Russia. Proselyting from the State church is forbidden; preaching by dissenters is prohibited; even colportage must be conducted with great caution, or the missionary will render himself liable to imprisonment, or exile to Siberia. {Signs of the Times, December 8, 1887 par. 13}

The so-called Christian world is to be the theater of great and decisive actions. {LDE 136.4}

The whole heathen world will rise up in judgment against those whom heaven has favored the most, but who have placed themselves on Satan’s side, and worked in his lines to bring their soul-destroying narcotics to foreign lands, to pollute and destroy the heathen nations with their defiling and health-destroying drugs. For the sake of a revenue, a professedly Christian nation have forced their traffic upon the heathen nations at the point of the sword, and thus compelled them to accept their merchandise, which would in using degrade the people below the level of the brute creation.– Manuscript Releases Volume Three [Nos. 162-209] 341.3}