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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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The Three Angels Message in Verity

by sighandcry on February 11, 2017

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In our continued study on justification by faith in the context of the message brought to the 1888 General Conference Session by Elders A. T. Jones and E. J. Waggoner we will see how it is the three angels message in reality. It shows that justification by faith is God’s way of changing weak, sinful, defeated men and women into strong, righteous, victorious Christians, a great and essential hope indeed. Please join us in our study.

Chapter 6 – The Third Angel’s Message in Verity

A serious question arose in the minds of some who heard the message of Righteousness by Faith presented at the Minneapolis Conference, as to the relation that message bore to the third angel’s message. In their perplexity, a number wrote to Mrs. E. G. White for an expression of her views on this question.

Regarding this inquiry and her reply, we have her published statement, as follows:

“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.’”-Review and Herald, April 1, 1890.

There is more in this statement than a brief, clear, positive answer to a question. It has a deep, vital meaning. It sounds a serious warning, and makes an intelligent, earnest appeal to every believer in the third angel’s message. Let us give the statement careful study.

Justification by faith, it is affirmed, is “the third angel’s message in verity.” The words “in verity” mean, in fact, in reality, in very truth. That means that the message of justification by faith and the third angel’s message are the same in purpose, in scope, and in results.

Justification by faith is God’s way of saving sinners; His way of convicting sinners of their guilt, their condemnation, and their utterly undone and lost condition. It is also God’s way of canceling their guilt, delivering them from the condemnation of His divine law, and giving them a new and right standing before Him and His holy law. Justification by faith is God’s way of changing weak, sinful, defeated men and women into strong, righteous, victorious Christians.

Now if it be true that justification by faith is “the third angel’s message in verity,”-in fact, in reality,-it must be that the genuine understanding and appropriation of the third angel’s message is designed to do for and in those who receive it, the full work of justification by faith. That this is its purpose, is evident from the following considerations:

  1. The great threefold message of Revelation 14, which we designate by the term “the third angel’s message,” is declared to be “the everlasting gospel.” Rev. 14:6.
  2. The message makes the solemn announcement that the “hour of His judgment is come.”
  3. It admonishes all who are to meet God at His great tribunal, to be judged by His righteous law, to “fear God, and give glory to Him,”-and to “worship Him that made heaven, and earth.” Verse 7.
  4. The result, or fruitage, of this message of warning and admonition is the development of a people of whom it is declared: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Verse 12.

In all this we have the facts of justification by faith. The message is the gospel of salvation from sin, condemnation, and death. The judgment brings men and women face to face with the law of righteousness, by which they are to be tried. Because of their guilt and condemnation, they are warned to fear and worship God. This involves conviction of guilt, repentance, confession, and renunciation. This is the ground of forgiveness, cleansing, and justification. Those who enter into this experience have had wrought into their characters the sweet, beautiful grace of patience, in an age of all-pervading irritability and fiery temper, which is destroying the peace, happiness, and safety of the human race. What is that but justification by faith? The word declares that, “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom. 5: 1.

But more still, these believers “keep the commandments of God.” They have experienced the marvelous change from hating and transgressing the law of God, to loving and keeping its righteous precepts. Their standing before the law has been changed. Their guilt has been canceled; their condemnation has been removed, and the death sentence has been annulled. Having accepted Christ as Saviour, they have received His righteousness and His life.

This wondrous transformation can be wrought only by the grace and power of God, and it is wrought for those only who lay hold of Christ as their substitute, their surety, their Redeemer. Therefore, it is said that they “keep the faith of Jesus.” This reveals the secret of their rich, deep experience. They laid hold of the faith of Jesus,-that faith by which He triumphed over the powers of darkness.

“When the sinner believes that Christ is his personal Saviour, then, according to His unfailing promises, God pardons his sin, and justifies him freely. The repentant soul realizes that his justification comes because Christ, as his substitute and surety, has died for him, as his atonement and righteousness.”-Review and Herald, Nov. 4, 1890.

As already pointed out, we find in the experiences of those who triumph in the third angel’s message all the facts of justification by faith. For this reason, it is quite true that justification by faith is “the third angel’s message in verity.”

And here it may be well to call attention to the fact that both justification by faith and the third angel’s message are the gospel of Christ in verity. This is made apparent by a statement from the apostle Paul, who declares that the “gospel of Christ … is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. . . . For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.” Rom. 1: 16, 17.

The facts here presented are these:

  1. The gospel is a manifestation of God’s power at work, delivering sinners from their sins and planting in them His own righteousness.
  2. But this is done for those only who believe.
  3. This is being made just, or righteous, by faith.
  4. And this is the purpose of both the message of justification by faith and the third angel’s message.

What, then, is the important lesson to be gained from the statement we have had under examination? What is the warning it sounds? Plainly the following:

That all who accept the third angel’s message should enter into the experience of justification by faith. They should have Christ revealed to and in them. They should know by personal experience the work of regeneration. They should have the fullest assurance that they have been born anew, from above, and that they have passed from death unto life. They should know that their guilt has been canceled, that they have been delivered from the condemnation of the law, and are thus ready to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. They should know by victorious experience that they have laid hold of, and are being kept by, “the faith of Jesus,” and that by this faith they are empowered to keep the commandments of God.

To fail to enter into this experience, will be to miss the real, vital, redeeming virtue of the third angel’s message. Unless this experience is gained, the believer will have only the theory, the doctrines, the forms and activities, of the message. That will prove a fatal and awful mistake. The theory, the doctrines, even the most earnest activities of the message, cannot save from sin, nor prepare the heart to meet God in judgment.

It is regarding the danger of making this fatal mistake that we are warned. Formalism-having “the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law,” without having a living experience in Christ-is the hidden rock that has wrecked untold thousands of professed followers of Christ. It is against this danger that we are seriously warned.

But there is more than warning in this statement. There is appeal also-an earnest, winsome appeal to enter into fellowship with Christ Jesus our Lord. There is a call to the highest tablelands of Christian experience. There is assurance that when justified by faith, we shall have peace with God, and shall be able continually to rejoice in hope of the glory of God. There is promise that we shall not be put to shame by defeat in our conflict with sin, because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given unto us. Rom. 5:1-5.

O that we had all listened as we should to both warning and appeal as they came to us in that seemingly strange, yet impressive, way at the Conference of 1888! What uncertainty would have been removed, what wanderings and defeats and losses would have been prevented! What light and blessing and triumph and progress would have come to us! But thanks be unto Him who loves us with an everlasting love, it is not too late even now to respond with the whole heart to both warning and appeal, and receive the great benefits provided.” — Christ Our Righteousness, A. G. Daniels, pp. 64-69.

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In our continuing study on the message of 1888 as reported in A. G. Daniels book entitled “Christ Our Righteousness” we find that the Loud Cry of the third angel’s message was begun and had it been accepted by the church body it would have closed the gospel in a few short years. This brings the remarkable realization that something must have gone terribly wrong if we are still here on this sin plagued planet over 120 years latter. Don’t you think it is time God’s people find out what is missing so that we can go home?

Chapter 5 – The Message of 1888 Marks a New Era in the Proclamation of the Third Angel’s Message

Careful study of the instruction given by the Spirit of prophecy leads to the deep conviction that the coming of the message of Righteousness by Faith at the Minneapolis Conference, was a signal providence of God-a providence designed to initiate the beginning of a new era in the finishing of His work. The following statement, written just four years after the Minneapolis Conference in 1888, affords basis for this conclusion:

“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.”-Review and Herald, Nov. 22, 1892.

Almost alarming in character are the statements in the foregoing paragraph. They have a very important bearing on the work which Seventh-day Adventists are carrying forward, and therefore are of the greatest interest to all who are connected with the work of proclaiming the third angel’s message. Let us reread the paragraph from an analytical standpoint:

  1. The time of test is just upon us.
  2. The loud cry of the third angel has already begun.
  3. It began in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ (the message of 1888).
  4. This marks the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth.

The events mentioned in this paragraph are the same as those brought to view in Revelation 18:1, 2: “After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great 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.”

The explanation of this scripture, as given by the Spirit of prophecy, should be carefully noted:

“I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then 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. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. The light which attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he cried mightily, with a strong voice…. The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel’s message, as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel’s message.”-Early Writings, p. 277.

The panorama of events presented in the foregoing paragraph is so extensive and so full of meaning that it may be helpful to note each event separately:

  1. A mighty angel comes down from heaven to earth.
  2. The work of this angel is:  a. To unite his voice with the third angel.  b. To give power and force to the third angel’s message.
  3. Great power and glory were imparted to this angel: a. The earth was lightened with his glory. b. The light penetrated everywhere.
  4. The work of this mighty angel comes in at just the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel’s message.
  5. As a result of the coming of this mighty angel, the message swells into a loud cry.
  6. The power attending this mighty angel prepares the people of God to stand in the hour of trial.
  7. This preparation is recognized by heaven in the bestowal of “a great light” to rest upon God’s people.
  8. The culmination of all these events is a united people, fearlessly proclaiming the third angel’s message.

Inseparably connected with this program of great events is the visitation of the “latter rain” upon the remnant church. Note the following paragraph:

“While the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent the work of the third angel. At that time the ‘latter rain,’ or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out.”-Early Writings, pp. 85, 86.

This places the latter rain visitation with the loud cry, the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, and the flooding of the earth with the light of the third angel’s message.

This is a program of truly thrilling events. It was outlined by the Spirit of prophecy at the very beginning of our movement. And then, to awaken and arouse us to its serious import, a most solemn and impressive message regarding the same events was given us following the memorable Conference of 1888. The following vital statements taken from that message will give emphasis to the subject under consideration:

1. An Eventful Period of Time.

“The days in which we live are eventful and full of peril. The signs of the coming of the end are thickening around us, and events are to come to pass that will be of a more terrible character than any the world has yet witnessed.”

2. The “Loud Cry” Begins.

“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.”

3. The Essential Preparation to Stand in the Time of Trouble.

“If you would stand through the time of trouble, you must know Christ and appropriate the gift of His righteousness, which He imputes to the repentant sinner.”

4. The Message to Be Preached.

“A work is to be accomplished in the earth similar to that which took place at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the days of the early disciples, when they preached Jesus and Him crucified. Many will be converted in a day; for the message will go with power.”

“The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner is Christ, and Him crucified. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled love. Present Him thus to the hungering multitudes, and the light of His love will win men from darkness to light, from transgression to obedience and true holiness. Beholding Jesus upon the cross of Calvary arouses the conscience to the heinous character of sin as nothing else can do.”

“Christ has not been presented in connection with a law as a faithful and merciful high priest, who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He has not been lifted up before the sinner as the divine sacrifice. His work as sacrifice, substitute, and surety, has been only coldly and casually dwelt upon; but this is what the sinner needs to know. It is Christ in His fullness as a sin-pardoning Saviour, that the sinner must see; for the unparalleled love of Christ, through the agency of the Holy Spirit, will bring conviction and conversion to the hardened heart.”

5. The Power That Gives Efficiency to the Preaching.

“The work of the Holy Spirit is immeasurably great. It is from this source that power and efficiency come to the worker for God; and the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, as the personal presence of Christ to the soul.”

“When the earth is lightened with the glory of God, we shall see a work similar to that which was wrought when the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaimed the power of a risen Saviour.”

“The revelation of Christ by the Holy Spirit brought to them [the disciples] a realizing sense of His power and majesty, and they stretched forth their hands unto Him by faith, saying, ‘I believe.’ Thus it was in the time of the early rain; but the latter rain will be more abundant. The Saviour of men will be glorified, and the earth will be lightened with the bright shining of the beams of His righteousness.”-The foregoing five quotations are from the Review and Herald, Nov. 22, and 29, 1892; article entitled, “The Perils and Privileges of the Last Days.” 1

It will be seen that all these events are associated together to be in operation at the same time. Placed in their natural order, they stand as follows:

  1. The revelation and appropriation by faith of the righteousness of Christ.
  2. The bestowal of the latter rain.
  3. The impartation of great power to the receivers.
  4. The swelling of the third angel’s message into the “loud cry.”
  5. The enlightening of the earth with the “bright shining of the beams of righteousness.”

It is evident that the beginning, or opening, of all these events is at the same time. The appearance of one is a signal for all to appear.

And now mark the positive declaration:

“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.”-Review and Herald, Nov. 22,1892.

This was declared in 1892. What marked the fresh, or new, revelation of the righteousness of Christ and the beginning of the loud cry? As the statement itself points out, it was “the revelation of the righteousness of Christ” as set forth at the Minneapolis Conference.

Now these important manifestations are ordained of God for the finishing of His work in the earth. When they began, they marked the starting point for that closing work. That place, that hour, was reached in 1888.

This is a tremendous conclusion, but what other conclusion can be reached with all the statements before us? Why should this conclusion be thought incredible? We believe the statements to be true. We have looked for their fulfillment. Our waiting for the fulfillment has been anxious and long. The fulfillment will be witnessed by someone. Why may we not see it and be in it?

Should we not seek most seriously and earnestly to know what may be hindering the fulfillment in all its power? And why should we not pray for a yearning desire to co-operate fully with the Lord in hastening His work to its close?” — Christ Our Righteousness, (1941) A. G. Daniels, pp. 56-63

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Christ Our Righteousness, Part 4

January 1, 2017

In part 4 of our series from the book entitled “Christ Our Righteousness” by Elder A. G. Daniels about the history and background of the message given at the 1888 General Conference Session by Elders A. T. Jones and E. J.Waggoner we are shown the source of the message as it was set forth in [...]

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God’s Health Plan Beats Socialized Medicine (i.e. Obama Care)

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As the United States prepares to transition from one president to the next many are longing for some serious changes the will bring economic prosperity and sense of security back to the average citizen. One area a particular concern is the nation’s health care system where health care costs in 2014 amounted to a staggering [...]

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Christ Our Righteousness, Part 3

December 17, 2016

In part 3 of our series from the book entitled “Christ Our Righteousness” by Elder A. G. Daniels about the history and background of the message given at the 1888 General Conference Session at Minneapolis, Minnesota by Elders A. T. Jones and E. J.Waggoner we are shown evidences how Ellen White warned the church of [...]

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Christ Our Righteousness, Part 2

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  We continue our series from the book entitled “Christ Our Righteousness” by Elder A. G. Daniels, pictured above, that was first published in 1923 and served as a first hand account of the most significant meeting in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the 1888 General Conference Session convened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (For [...]

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Christ Our Righeousness, Part 1

December 3, 2016

A topic of central focus to our salvation is righteousness by faith and what God expects for us to be saved His way. The means by which God will have a people, specifically the 144,000 sealed alive from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, who will proclaim the Loud Cry to call out His people from the [...]

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August 6, 2016

Take a close look at the prophetic chart above. It may be hard to believe that the leaders of our beloved Seventh-day Adventist Church are purposely leading their flocks astray by teaching man made theories in the place of truth of what this chart shows. For example, the contemporary teaching that the stone in Daniel [...]

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Should the Seventh-day Adventist Church be Concerned About Social Justice?

July 16, 2016

The current world situation is becoming increasingly unstable as evidenced by brazen terrorist attacks, social unrest, racial divisions, and political turmoil amongst all levels of society. Some misdirected attempts of reform come from so-called social justice warriors (SJWs) which participate in movements such as the prominent “black lives matters” (BLM). However, these movements have nothing [...]

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The End of Human Idols and Their Worshipers

April 23, 2016

Today God’s remnant Seventh-day Adventist church is filled with human idols and those who follow their favorite preacher or evangelist rather than God’s Word. One wonders when all of this will come to and end and Christ’s true followers will come to a point where all see eye-to-eye and speak the same things. The answer [...]

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