Greetings Brethren!

by sighandcry on August 27, 2009

Welcome to The Shepherd’s Rod Speaks blogsite!

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord” to hear the plain facts and present truth about The Shepherd’s Rod Message directed to all Seventh-day Adventists, who, like the noble Berean’s, are willing to investigate for themselves and hear both sides of the story before passing judgment on what it teaches. This site only speaks for the original published message that was brought to the Seventh-day Adventist church by the late Victor T. Houteff from 1930 to 1954, and thus is not associated with a number of splinter groups and their teachings that have arisen since 1955.

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On the prophetic horizon for many Seventh-day Adventists (S.D.A.’s) the next big event will be the enforcement of the national Sunday law. Coupled with this event is the colossal misconception that these laws will cause unconsecrated members of the church to depart and this will result in the separation between faithful and the unfaithful in the ranks. This misguided belief is repeated over and over as if it is a firm pillar of our faith as typified in the recent article by pastor Steven Wolberg where he summarizes recent news events to confirm this line of thinking. Below is a partial quote within this article that makes use of a popular passage from the Great Controversy to affirm their position.

“As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position, and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side (The Great Controversy, 608, emphasis added).

Dear reader, we Seventh-day Adventists will soon have much more to think about than debating women’s ordination and Emerging Church inroads. “The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us” (5T, 81). If we have been drifting from Jesus, compromising with the world, or revealing the devil’s pride instead of God’s character of love, we’ll be blown away. “In the mighty sifting soon to take place we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor” (5T, 79). Will we stand “the test,” or be purged out? May God help us!”

Who Purifies the Church, God or Satan?

By making the argument that the coming storm created by the Sunday Law and its enforcement will somehow separate the faithful from the unfaithful in the SDA church creates a major contradiction with the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. Let us bring this to view in the following way. Ask yourself the question who is the author of the Sunday law? Of course we know this is the devil, Satan himself. Then ask yourself who is it that purifies God’s church, God or Satan? The answer to this question is also obvious as God and Satan never work together in partnership (see: Matt. 6:24; 1 Cor. 6:14-17; 1 Cor.10:20, 21). It should now be apparent that the application of the statement in GC 608 to the purification or separation within the S.D.A. church is incorrect. We need to search more throughly to determine that it is God who purifies His church and the means by which He goes about doing this act of judgment along with the proper time frame by asking . . .

How is God’s Church to be Purified Anyway?

What is remarkable is that those S.D.A.’s who profess to believe in the writings of Ellen White somehow tend to overlook the following clear cut statements from the pen of inspiration that make certain that the purification of the church will be carried out by God through the agency of His holy angels and is not associated in any manner with the pope or the Sunday law.

“Finite man is likely to misjudge character, but God does not leave the work of judgment and pronouncing upon character to those who are not fitted for it. We are not to say what constitutes the wheat, and what the tares. 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. — Testimonies to Ministers, p. 47.2

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, “Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.” — Early Writings, p. 118.1

“God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock Himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon human instrumentalities. But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor.” — Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 79.4

“God’s love for His church is infinite. His care over His heritage is unceasing. He suffers no affliction to come upon the church but such as is essential for her purification, her present and eternal good. He will purify His church even as He purified the temple at the beginning and close of His ministry on earth.” — Testimonies Vol. 9, p. 228

“Many, I saw, were flattering themselves that they were good Christians, who have not a single ray of light from Jesus. They know not what it is to be renewed by the grace of God. They have no living experience for themselves in the things of God. And I saw that the Lord was whetting His sword in heaven to cut them down. Oh, that every lukewarm professor could realize the clean work that God is about to make among His professed people!” — Testimonies Vol. 1, p. 190

“The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands: “Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.”

Here we see that the church–the Lord’s sanctuary–was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus “Peace and safety” is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together.” — Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 211

How Do We Understand GC 608?

Now having established that God alone will purify His church as described in detail in the ninth chapter of Ezekiel, how do we understand the experience described in GC p. 608? In order to place this passage in its proper context it is important to recognize that the entire chapter from which this passage is taken, entitled “The Final Warning” is applicable to the period of the Loud Cry and the experience of the Great Multitude of Rev. 7:9 who will be called out from Babylon into God’s purified kingdom church by the 144,000. These particulars are not well understood in basic S.D.A. doctrine because they are revealed in the added light coming from the Shepherd’s Rod message which entails the judgment for the living and the sealing of, not only a 144,000 living saints from the S.D.A. church, but, in addition, a Great Multitude from the fallen churches of the world. This two-fold harvest is presented in more detail from the studies on Revelation 7 and Daniel 2 which are found at the following links. Please take your time to prayerfully investigate for yourself. “Quench not the Spirit,. Despise not prophesyings, prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thess. 5:19-21).

Study on the Sealing of Two Groups of Saints in Revelation 7

Study on the Stone That Comes from a Mountain in Daniel 2

“Many of the rulers are those whom Satan controls; but… God has His agents, even among the rulers. And some of them will yet be converted to the truth….A few of God’s agents will have power to bear down a great mass of evil. Thus the work will go on until the third message has done its work, and at the loud cry of the third angel, these agents will have an opportunity to receive the truth, and some of them will be converted, and endure with the saints through the time of trouble.” — Testimonies Vol. 1, p. 203

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“I am filled with sadness when I think of our condition as a people. The Lord has not closed heaven to us, but our own course of continual backsliding has separated us from God. Pride, covetousness, and love of the world have lived in the heart without fear of banishment or condemnation. Grievous and presumptuous sins have dwelt among us. And yet the general opinion is that the church is flourishing and that peace and spiritual prosperity are in all her borders.

The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt, and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God has spoken to you. Light has been shining from His word and from the testimonies, and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us.” — Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 217.2

Is is really possible that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has turned its back on Christ her leader and steadily retreating towards Egypt (the world)? How can this be so when we are professed to be God’s last day remnant church? In this post we will document one blaring example that should bring shock into the hearts of all who claim to be Seventh-day Adventists and believe in the writings of Ellen White. Why?, because the leaders of the church clearly do not believe and practice what she counsels from the Holy Bible. A pretty bold statement you might think is overly harsh but let the facts speak for themselves. Recently the official website of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists issued an official statement regarding the use of vaccines in connection with our health reform message as worded below.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has issued an official statement on vaccines, saying it “encourages responsible immunization” and has no faith-based reason to discourage believers from participating in immunization programs.

The full statement, titled, “Immunization,” says:

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health and well-being. The Adventist health emphasis is based on biblical revelation, the inspired writing of E.G. White (co-founder of the church), and on peer-reviewed scientific literature. As such, we encourage responsible immunization/vaccination, and have no religious or faith-based reason not to encourage our adherents to responsibly participate in protective and preventive immunization programs. We value the health and safety of the population, which includes the maintenance of ‘herd immunity.’

On the surface this statement sounds pleasing and convincing to the world loving heart who does not want to shake up the status quo in the church but with a little careful thought it can be seen as a blatant denial of our health message and proof that the church leaders do not believe and practice the counsels found in the writings of Ellen White known as the Spirit of Prophecy (SOP). Abundant evidence exists that shows that the use of vaccines are a clear denial of the health reform message God has been pleased to give to His faithful followers as summarized in the following list.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

  • Vaccines all contain various toxic elements that should never be injected into our bodies such a neurotoxic mercury compounds (thermerosal), hormones in the form of proteins from unclean animals such as pigs and monkeys, formaldehyde (a carcinogen) to name a few. Please visit the following link to find a more complete list of the toxic ingredients found in vaccines.
  • The bodies best defense against infectious agents is to practice proper health reform so as to maintain a strong immune system that is best able to fight off and defeat them using the system God has put in place rather than depending upon man’s inventions.
  • The vaccine industry is debased and corrupt to the core whose sole objective seems to be the gain of riches, even at the expense of much human life and untold misery for those who survive these traumatic injections. For evidences please consider the following links: The newly release documentary “Bought”  and the website vactruth.com
  • The “peer reviewed” scientific literature that supports the alleged safety and utility of vaccines has all been supported by the very companies and organizations who stand the make the greatest gain from their implementation. Research that is found to expose the dangers of these agents is routinely suppressed and never sees the light of day. There are increasing numbers of whistle blowers who worked on some vaccines at some of the large pharmaceutical companies that have come forward to expose the blatant fraud and suppression of evidence that should have raised cause for alarm. Talk about a severe conflict of interest and moral/ethical compromise! And now we have church leaders hiding behind this ruse, an appeal to the arm of flesh and complete disregard for what inspiration has counseled us? Strange fire indeed.

Because these church leaders do not believe in her writings neither do they believe in the Holy Bible to which her writings point as the path of obedience. The scripture passages below are directly applicable.

“[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.” — Matthew 15:7-9

Please prayerfully consider these Spirit of Prophecy counsels to the leading men of the General Conference and all those who blindly follow their leading go ahead with the herd mentality and get your children vaccinated, and don’t forget those annual flu shots which have never been proven to have any favorable effect against protection from rapidly mutating flu viruses. It seems that we have become stupefied as a people and do not believe that God can protect us from any harmful agent if we walk in obedience to His specified will in our individual lives. As such this proves that . . .

Willing Ignorance a Sin

“Guilt rests upon us as a people who have had much light, because we have not appreciated or improved the light given upon health reform. Through misunderstanding and perverted ideas many souls are deceived. Those who teach the truth to others and who should be shepherds of the flock will be held accountable for their willing ignorance and disregard of nature’s laws. This is not a matter to be trifled with, to be passed off with a jest. As we approach the close of this earth’s history, selfishness and violence and crime prevail as in the days of Noah, when the old world perished in the waters of the Flood. As Bible believers, we need to take our position for righteousness and truth.

As religious aggression subverts the liberties of our nation, those who would stand for freedom of conscience will be placed in unfavorable positions. For their own sake, they should, while they have opportunity, become intelligent in regard to disease, its causes, prevention, and cure. And those who do this will find a field of labor anywhere. There will be suffering ones, plenty of them, who will need help, not only among those of our own faith, but largely among those who know not the truth.” — Counsels on Health, p. 505-506

The Church and Health Reform

“There is a message regarding health reform to be borne in every church. There is a work to be done in every school. Neither principal nor teachers should be entrusted with the education of the youth until they have a practical knowledge of this subject. Some have felt at liberty to criticize and question and find fault with health reform principles of which they knew little by experience. They should stand shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, with those who are working in right lines.

The subject of health reform has been presented in the churches; but the light has not been heartily received. The selfish, health-destroying indulgences of men and women have counteracted the influence of the message that is to prepare a people for the great day of God. If the churches expect strength, they must live the truth which God has given them. If the members of our churches disregard the light on this subject, they will reap the sure result in both spiritual and physical degeneracy. And the influence of these older church members will leaven those newly come to the faith. The Lord does not now work to bring many souls into the truth, because of the church members who have never been converted and those who were once converted but who have backslidden. What influence would these unconsecrated members have on new converts? Would they not make of no effect the God-given message which His people are to bear?” — Testimonies Vol. 6, p. 370

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