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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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“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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The Everliving Church and Her Enemy: Part 2

by sighandcry on March 7, 2015

God's Living Church in the Old and New Testaments

We continue our study from last week on the woman of Revelation 12 and who are the remnant of her seed. God’s richest blessings in your search for truth as for hidden treasure.

“Indeed, realizing that he had brought an end to his ever again in heaven accusing the brethren, and knowing that his stay even on earth was to be very short,

SATAN DROPPED DOWN WITH GREAT WRATH.

After the dragon was cast down, John heard a loud voice saying in heaven:

“Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Rev. 12:10-12.

“Satan’s accusations against those who seek the Lord are not prompted by displeasure at their sins. He exults in their defective characters; for he knows that only through their transgression of God’s law can be obtain power over them.” — Prophets and Kings, pp. 585, 586.

Satan, we see, encourages the sinner to unconsciously commit transgression, and thus to secure his condemnation, not necessarily on earth, but in heaven. Before the righteous Judge, Satan accuses the transgressor of “being clothed with the garments of blackness and the defilement of sin.” But when the Spirit of God prompts reproof, It reveals sin and rebukes the sinner through His church.

God’s people should ever be on the alert for the voice of the Spirit of Christ, as well as be on guard to discern the spirit of Satan. When the two clash, the one strives for obedience to God’s Word, while the other excuses the sin and sympathizes with the sinner. In this latter subtle way Satan often gains ground and wins the sinner to his ranks, for the sinner naturally loves his sin. The faithful, though, overcome him “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” They love “not their lives unto the death.” Rev. 12:11.

“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, Into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” Rev 12:14.

Since a wilderness is just the opposite of a vineyard, the statement “that she might fly into the wilderness” emphatically implies that she must have left the vineyard. And that is precisely what she did: Shortly after the resurrection, the church (the woman) left the holy land (the vineyard) and went to the land of the Gentiles (the wilderness).

Besides these historical facts, we have also the Biblical meaning of vineyard: “The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His pleasant plant.” Isa. 5:7.

Unquestionably, therefore, the wilderness, where the woman was nourished for the time being, is the land of the Gentiles. And the woman’s having to flee from the face of the serpent in her homeland, shows that the dragon had made the holy land his headquarters. Not satisfied with this, though, he even followed her into the wilderness.

“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.” Rev. 12:15.

In the hope of destroying the woman, the serpent at first persecuted her. Failing, though, to reach his goal, he suddenly reversed his tactics. He ceased the persecution and began instead to befriend her. But at what cost to the woman! Cunningly he cast water as a flood after her, seeming to put forth a mighty effort to refresh her, when in actuality it was a mighty effort thereby to destroy her.

The figurative words of Inspiration explain that the compulsory Christianizing of the Gentiles and the pouring of them into the church during the fourth century of the Christian era, was not in reality a friendly act. Rather it was like a devastating torrent to drown the saving power of Christianity. In other words, Inspiration predicted the period in which the dragon clothed Pagan politicians in a garb of Christianity and then led them to compel the non-Christian pagans to join the church, that they might thus paganize her rather than she Christianize them.

In confirmation, we quote a partial description from Mr. Gibbon’s work: “By the edicts of toleration, he [Constantine] removed the temporal disadvantages which had hitherto retarded the progress of Christianity; and its active and numerous ministers received a free permission, a liberal encouragement, to recommend the salutary truths of revelation by every argument which could affect the reason or piety of mankind. The exact balance of the two religions [Christian and Pagan] continued but a moment…. The cities which signalized a forward zeal by the voluntary destruction of their temples [the Pagans'] were distinguished by municipal privileges, and rewarded with popular donatives… The salvation of the common people was purchased at an easy rate, if it be true that, in one year, twelve thousand men were baptized at Rome, besides a proportionable number of women and children, and that a white garment with twenty pieces of gold, had been promised by the emperor to every convert.” This was “a law of Constantine, which gave freedom to all the slaves who should embrace Christianity.” — Gibbon’s Rome, Vol. 2, pp. 273, 274.

“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 No. 15, pp. 83-90.

For further study of Revelation 12, read Tract No. 12, The World, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 1946 edition, pp. 45-48. (Though the subject matter of The Revelation has only partially been treated of herein, the limited space in this tract does not permit me to go further).”

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The Everliving Church and Her Enemy

February 28, 2015

Recently we have received questions regarding how to understand who is “the remnant of her seed” in Revelation chapter 12 verse 17. To answer this it is best to look at the entire chapter as the standard Adventist understanding of the time setting of the women as a whole and the various symbols employed therein [...]

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Shunning the Things of This World

February 23, 2015

Should Seventh-day Adventists (S.D.A.‘s) watch movies? What about television? What about attending plays and dramatic events? Or how about creating movies (filmmaking) on the Great Controversy theme or other so called Christian topics? The answer to these questions should be a resounding NO but it seems that many are clamoring for a justification to participate [...]

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A World Government and the Only People Who Will Not Bow Down To It

February 14, 2015

Today many in the world see and recognize the plans for a one world government being rapidly unfolded before our very eyes yet, the question arises, who can escape such an ominous system? The survivalists and preppers may think they have a chance to evade the clutches of this oppressive police state system that seeks [...]

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Questions About the Former and Latter Rain

January 31, 2015

For some years now Seventh-day Adventists leaders have been calling for the latter rain that the church must receive in order to proclaim the Loud Cry. However, little discussion is offered in regards to the former rain that must proceed the latter and what exactly are the requirements for their reception. These questions have been [...]

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The Eleventh Hour Charge

January 24, 2015

Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Bible Workers in 1954 “Arise, shine; 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. And the Gentiles [...]

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Fundamental Beliefs of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists

January 18, 2015

The following is quoted from the original Shepherd’s Rod message that explains the fundamental beliefs of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists for all inquiring minds who want to know. The tract, first published in 1943 was entitled “Fundamental Beliefs and Directory of The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists” a digital scan of the original can be downloaded by clicking [...]

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When Does The Hebrew (Bible) New Year Begin?

January 3, 2015

Recently we have been asked about how altogether Bible believing Christians should respond to the Roman New Year that commences on January 1st. Our response is nothing as there is no foundation in scripture for acknowledging an event based on Roman mythology. Below is a response to a question from the original Shepherd’s Rod message [...]

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Seventh-day Adventists and Pagan Holidays: A Current Report

December 28, 2014

“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 [...]

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