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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SDA Church Missionary Efforts to Cease?

by sighandcry on August 15, 2015

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is very proud of its worldwide evangelistic efforts abroad which includes well over 14 TV Stations, countless internet broadcasts, websites and over 21 radio stations with combined expenditures that sore in the multimillions of dollars. A visit to the expo area at the recent 2015 GC Session held in San Antonio, Texas made this abundantly evident as masses of over the top high dollar displays in every direction were eagerly competing for more money to extract from church members who flocked there in great numbers.

However the Bible tells us in the parable of the ten virgins that some sudden and unexpected crisis arises that will wake up the sleeping virgins. Only the wise who have the extra oil in their vessels will understand the unfolding of events. But as for the foolish virgins who did not make the effort to acquaint themselves with the added truth of the soon coming judgment for the living as the prophecies found in the books of Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah, etc. began to fulfill itself beyond their scope of Divinely revealed knowledge, and as they saw the events of the gospel shaping themselves contrary to their expectations, they became alarmed and confused, and find themselves in darkness.

What is it that can possibly “alarm”, “confuse”, and cause “anxiety” to the foolish virgins that circumstantially is “contrary to their expectations” and “Contrary to their expectations”? What can possibly catch the attention of every Seventh Day Adventist before Ezekiel 9 and the national Sunday law other that to see all of these beloved institutions and ministries go down and end in complete ruin? Are such things predicted in Bible prophecy? The answer is yes. Please follow as inspiration unfolds what is about to take place in our beloved church through the prophet Isaiah.

Jerusalem ruined—Famine for SDA Church Prophesied!

Isa. 3:1 — “For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.”

The time is at hand when the sinners in Jerusalem and in Judah — the General Conference men and the church as a whole, will not have a drop to drink or a bite to eat….” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 5, p. 16

Thought Question: Can it be that the lack of drink and food spoken of in this passage is figurative of a spiritual famine for the word of God? Or, is this a real famine (complete bankruptcy of all tangible goods) coming to our church? The passage below gives us very specific clarification:

Isa. 3:6 — “When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand.”

To say “come and rule over us because you have clothing,” is perhaps equivalent to saying, “If you rule over us you can at least give us something to wear, and this ruin shall be under your control, you can remedy the situation.”

The people’s way of thinking and acting in this soon-coming time of trouble, ruin, and adversity of all kinds, clearly reveals that they are not taking God into consideration, — no, not at all. They are trusting in men and goods. They hope that someone can yet remedy the situation, can save them from ruin. Thus by their calling on men to help instead of calling on God, they are acting as if God has forsaken the earth.

Isa. 3:7 — “In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.”

The one that is called to rule, also shares the people’s attitude. He declares that he is not able to heal the evil, that he, too, is poor. God, though, makes clear the cause of the trouble: Let us read

Isa. 3:8 — “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory.”

Not the world, but Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen. Why? — Because their doings and their tongues are against the Lord; that is, they are against His Judgment Truth. What are the eyes of His glory? According to Isaiah 62:3 and 4:5, His glory is the ever-living Zion, His Truth- enlightened church. The depository of His revealed Truth is, therefore, His glory, His seers are His “eyes.” See 1 Samuel 9:9. That is, God’s Spirit-filled servants who lead into all Truth, are the eyes of His glory whom the sinners shamelessly provoke.” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 5, pp. 17-18

Jerusalem ruined—Ends in Destruction

Isa. 4:2 — “In that day shall the Branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.”

In that day, — in the day the daughters of Zion become haughty, in the day the seven women take hold of the one man, at that time the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth excellent and comely for them that are the escaped of Israel. From what are His people to escape? Here is the answer:

Isa. 3:1-3 — “For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, the mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, the captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.”

It is obvious that they escape the destruction of these sinners in the church.” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 6, p.37-38

The church shall be spoiled

Isa. 33:1 — “Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.”

Taking into consideration what follows in this chapter and in the next two chapters (for chapters 34 and 35 are a part of the subject that is in chapter 33), it becomes clear that the one upon whom “woe” is pronounced is the church preceding “the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” the day in which the sinners of Zion perish, the day in which the repentant ones are given their reward, — “the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.” Isa. 34:8.

The church is especially pointed out by the fact that, unlike the Old Testament Church, she has been spoiling but has not been spoiled; that she has been dealing treacherously but she herself has not been so dealt with. Inspiration, however, goes on to forecast a reverse of this situation: The church shall be spoiled and dealt with treacherously. His faithful ones in the midst of her, however, shall find grace, for they plead:

Isa. 33:2 — “O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for Thee: be Thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.”

This verse shows that while the pronouncement of woe (Isa. 33:1) is being made, at the same time a deep-rooted reformation is taking place among God’s Truth-seeking people. They are praying, not for themselves alone, but for their brethren also. They fully realize that they are approaching the time of trouble, and their hope lies in the fact that they have waited for the Lord.” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 34, pp.10-11

All missionary work from the church to cease

Isa. 33:7 — “Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.”

Here we see that those who are proclaiming peace rather than the day of God, shall “weep bitterly.”

Isa. 33:8 — “The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.”…

In the language of today this verse would read: The missionary routes lie waste; the missionary himself ceaseth; he has broken his contract; he has despised the cities; he regards no man….

Isa. 33:10 — “Now will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up Myself.”

At the time the conditions here described materialize, then it is that the Lord will arise and be exalted and lifted up. But to those that are at fault He forewarns:

Isa. 33:11 — “Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.”

Turning to the sinners and hypocrites among His people, those upon whom the woe of verse one is actually pronounced, God reveals that the fruit of their doings shall be chaff and stubble, that their own breath shall devour them as if it were fire. Moreover, concerning their followers He adds:

Isa. 33:12 — “And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.”

Having commenced His purifying work in Zion, He declares:

Isa. 33:13, 14 — “Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge My might. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

When the righteous Judge rises to sift the people, then the hypocrites will not be boasting that they “are just as good Christians as any.” Neither will they say anymore, “We do not need more Truth.” Instead, fearfulness and surprise will overtake them. The greatest and most honorable question will then be, “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 34, pp.12-13

Isa. 33:23 — “Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail Isa. 33:23 — “Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.”

They that obey not the voice of the Lord, are here fore-warned that the day is at hand when they will find themselves unable any longer to gather spoil. Then it is that their spoil shall be divided, and the lame — the seemingly weak and helpless — shall take the prey.” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 34, pp.16

What is the meaning of “spoil”?

Isa. 3:13, 14 — “The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.”

This scripture emphatically declares that the Lord is pleading while He stands to judge the people, showing that the Judgment of the Living begins after this announcement of it has sounded throughout Laodicea. The charge against the ancient and the princes (leaders and ministers) is that they have eaten up the vineyard, that they have consumed the entire income, and that they have robbed His people to enrich themselves. It is a known fact that not only the tithe (the only lawful allowance for the ministry) but also the offerings (the portion for the poor) and all else are consumed by the ministry, and that they have turned even the Sabbath and the house of worship into institutions of money raising, using all kinds of means and devices in the name of religion by which to make the poor poorer and themselves richer. Not I, but the Lord is the One Who says so. It is no exaggeration, therefore, to say that the house of God is become a house of merchandise, run by thieves, that the dwelling places of the ancients and the princes thereof are used as pack rat nests, and that the Sabbath day has been turned into a market day. — Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 5, p.21

Let us review a few of the high points of our study:

Upon the unfaithful who are approaching “the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” God pronounces a curse: The church is to be stripped of the spoil which she has acquired and is to be dealt with treacherously just as she has dealt with others.

Very obviously, at the time this pronouncement is made, a deep-rooted reformation is taking place among God’s Truth-seeking people. They recognize the fact that they are approaching the time of trouble, and they are reassured that their stability and strength of salvation are to be found in wisdom and knowledge, in the Spirit and in the Truth for the day. The fear of the Lord is to be their greatest treasure.

When God manifests His power among His people, even the world will feel the effects of it. The missionary routes lie waste, the missionary himself ceases; he regards no man. God reveals that the fruit of the sinners and hypocrites among His people, shall be chaff and stubble; their own breath shall devour them as if it were fire. Fearfulness and surprise shall overtake them.

Then it is that Zion, the church purified, is to be filled with judgment and righteousness. God is at that time to be exalted and lifted up. His people who have walked uprightly, shall be blessed with His Divine care. Their eyes shall see the King and His beauty; the church shall be steadfast and sure, never to be disturbed; the spoil which the denomination has acquired, will be taken by the lame — by God’s true people. They shall be forgiven their iniquities, and their health shall be restored. Yes, the promise to you is sure:…thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward” (Isa. 58:8), if you will but give heed to this solemn warning and remain faithful to it.” —Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 34, pp. 16-17

Conclusion: It is our observation from all of the references presented from the original Shepherd’s Rod message, that the Seventh Day Adventist Church as a corporation and all of its membership will become utterly bankrupt. As stated by Brother Houteff, “the General Conference men and the church as a whole, will not have a drop to drink or a bite to eat . . .”, and also “The one that is called to rule, also shares the people’s attitude. He declares that he is not able to heal the evil, that he, too, is poor.” The Church’s missionary efforts will also come to a complete end! This is certainly an unexpected turn of events. A crisis that is sure to cause us all to seek the Lord more earnestly than we have heretofore.

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Who Decides a Point of Doctrine as True or False?

by sighandcry on June 27, 2015

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Whenever a matter of doctrinal controversy arises in the Seventh-day Adventist church over the teachings found in the original Shepherd’s Rod (SRod) message the following in certain to happen. In order to avoid any prayerful investigation in the topic at hand church leaders assert that the SRod message has been already been investigated by the leading men many years ago and they found it to be in error so therefore we have no need to investigate for ourselves today, but should take their counsel and reject it as error. Below is one of the principle statements from the Spirit of Prophecy that is used to backup their claim.

“There are a thousand temptations in disguise prepared for those who have the light of truth; and the only safety for any of us is in receiving no new doctrine, no new interpretation of the Scriptures, without first submitting it to brethren of experience. Lay it before them in a humble, teachable spirit, with earnest prayer; and if they see no light in it, yield to their judgment; for “in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” — Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 291-293. (1885.)

There are several problems with jumping to such a hasty conclusion on a matter which effects our very soul salvation. Below is a list of questions and comments for your thoughtful consideration along these lines. Please prayerfully contemplate their significance to your eternal salvation as the soul saved may be your own.

  • Who are these brethren of experience that judged the SRod over 80 years ago and proclaimed it false?
  • Is the Sanhedrin of today to be more trusted than the Sanhedrin in Christ’s day when new light was introduced to the Jewish church?
  • If we leave the matter of investigation of a controverted point of doctrine to the leading men, then where does the solemn obligation of personal investigation come into play?
  • Are the sheep merely to follow only what the shepherd’s feed them? What about the very real possibility that many of the professed shepherds feeding the flock today are false? How would we know the difference unless we made a candid investigation of our own comparing scripture with scripture and seeing if these are so in the spirit of a noble Berean?
  • Just because a matter is highly controversial within the church, such as the teachings found in the original SRod message, does that make it false by default? Is it not just as likely the reason that the subjects brought forth in the SRod message are so controversial is because they are true and cross the desires of the ease loving heart? After all isn’t the reason the Jewish leaders crucified Christ was because HIs radical new teachings exposed their erroneous beliefs and allowed the deep seated spiritual pride of the religious leaders of the day to manifest itself?

The argument that we should submit any “new light” to the church leadership starting with the local church elder and ending up with the General Conference in regard to the Shepherd’s Rod has been tried by numerous individuals over the years. The author of this post followed such a protocol when they first began to study this message over 15 years ago and found that at each step of the way nobody wanted to sit down and show what was the alleged errors in the SRod message. In most cases a direct inquiry into the matter was met with shocked silence and then a passing of the buck so to speak with the only suggestion that I go up the chain of authority which ended up to the then leader of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) at the General Conference, Elder George Reid. Sometime later a personal visit to that office found no one willing to sit down and show from the Bible the errors in the SRod message. When asked for an official position paper to refute the doctrines in the Rod they had nothing. The only content this theological band of experts have listed on their website is a brief paper that never addresses the doctrines in the SRod and shows were they are out of harmony with the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy (here is a reply to the BRI paper with the questions we really should be asking). The result of this shocking and unsettling experience only confirmed the very truths the SRod message was saying all along about church leaders who refuse to candidly investigate the message for themselves and go to every effort to discourage the laity from doing their solemn obligation before God.

To followup on this topic of proper church authority and address the question of who, or where, is the voice of God speaking to His church today if the church leadership are no longer considered to be the voice of God to the people today, the following paper was prepared entitled: “Church Authority: Is the General Conference the Voice of God on Earth Today?” Please download this document and examine its content to see of the historical analysis is not correct and find out from the Bible exactly how God’s voice is speaking to His beloved church today.

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Who is to Come in the Spirit and Power of Elijah?

June 20, 2015

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.: — Malachi 4:5, 6 [...]

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How to Best Relate to the Church When Under Attack

June 13, 2015

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer [is] worthy of his reward. Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or [...]

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Democracy, Communism, Catholicism, or Protestantism–Which is Next to Rule the World?

May 30, 2015

To the keen observer of the times it is apparent that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis. A question uppermost in the minds of many is where are we heading, who is next going to rule the world with so many forces struggling for supremacy? God alone knows the future and [...]

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Do Sunday Laws Purify the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

May 23, 2015

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 [...]

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Are Vaccinations in Harmony With the Three Angel’s Messages?

March 28, 2015

“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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The Everliving Church and Her Enemy: Part 2

March 7, 2015

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 [...]

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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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