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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A Flood of Religious Literature: What to Read?

by sighandcry on July 26, 2014

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A FLOOD OF RELIGIOUS LITERATURE

Question:

A flood of religious literature varied and contradictory is coming to me, and I do not know what to make of it all, as one piece is endeavoring to indoctrinate me in one way, and another piece in the opposite way, and still other pieces in still other ways, with the result that should I try at the same time to go all the ways advocated or commanded, I would, so to speak, be running around myself. What hope is there to find one’s way through such a maze of doctrines? On one hand, I fear that if I study into it all, it may cause me to lose sight even of the truth which I now have; and on the other hand, I fear that if I do not study it, I may turn down some precious present truth, and thus lose eternity.

The very fact that there are so many winds of doctrine blowing is, to my mind, manifest evidence that the Lord must have a message in the land, and that the great flood of religious literature overflowing the religious world is being poured out in the desperate attempt to drown out the voice of the Lord’s message for today.

So as you [original Shepherd's Rod] seem to have better Bible grounds for your positions than the others do for theirs, and as you also have singular Scriptural endorsement (Mic. 6:9) for hearing your message, I am taking courage to turn to you in the hope that the voice of the Rod will lead me out of the confusion of voices that are crying “lo here” and “lo there.”

Answer:

The questioner is obviously correct as to the reason for the many winds of doctrine blowing today. And in view of this confusion of voices his fears concerning listening to them are understandable, and makes the more commendable his determination to discharge his God-imposed responsibility of personal investigation:

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Jer. 6:16. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.

To relegate everything to the waste basket certainly is not only to cast out the very truth, but also to disregard the Lord’s command as seen in the verses already quoted.

For every truth-seeker, moreover, stands the promise that He will not let one of them be deceived: “God never honors unbelief and questioning and doubt. When He speaks, His word is to be recognized and carried out in the daily actions. And if the heart of man is in living connection with God, the voice that cometh from above will be recognized… Those that do the will of God shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God for no deception will cloud their minds.” — Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work, pp. 64, 65.” — Tract No. 10, pp. 40-42 [bracket added]

For copies of the original Shepherd’s Rod tract literature for your own personal study, please send your request to the email address associated with this website. Or for your convenience, you can download digital scans of the original tracts as PDF’s for reading or printing off of your own computer at the following link.

http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/rod-publications/

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Recently the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church held a week long conference on Health in Geneva, Switzerland attended by 1,150 health leaders from around the world. In the keynote address delivered on Sabbath July 12, 2014, Church President Elder Ted Wilson made a strong appeal for the importance of vegetarianism as part of our health reform message. Within his presentation he made reference to the controversial nature of this subject as it is well known that more and more S.D.A.’s around the world are unreformed flesh eaters and that the opposition to health reform, vegetarianism in particular, is growing. He specifically mentioned incidents where he has been maligned as a “fanatic” for defending his views and practices.

Wilson noted: “I want to tell you I feel sad when I hear of places that think that because you talk about healthy living, you’re a fanatic; if you talk about the sanctuary service, and its completeness, and the righteousness of Jesus, that you are some kind of a quack; if you talk of Jesus’ soon return, that you are a fanatic; if you talk about promoting the values in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, that you belong in another century.

“I want to tell you brothers and sisters: The principles in God’s Word and the Spirit of Prophecy are as fresh today as they were when they were written,” he said, drawing loud “amens” from the audience.

Let us look at some of the statements from the Spirit of Prophecy that make reference to flesh eating and determine for ourselves if it is a salvation issue, a subject that Elder Wilson did not delve into and of utmost importance for all professed Seventh-day Adventists (S.D.A.’s). This is especially relevant to the church body as a whole since, as the ANN report stated, “studies suggest that nearly half of North American Adventists are vegetarians, but many believers in other parts of the world such as South America and the former Soviet Union eat meat, and some have resolutely resisted change.” So one must wonder, what will be the fate of those who continue to disregard these inspired counsels and eat as they please making their bellies their god?

Those Preparing for Translation

“Among those who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, meat eating will eventually be done away; flesh will cease to form a part of their diet. We should ever keep this end in view, and endeavor to work steadily toward it. I cannot think that in the practice of flesh eating we are in harmony with the light which God has been pleased to give us.” — Counsels on Diets and Food, p. 380.4 (also Counsels on Health, p. 450)

“Moral principle, strictly carried out, becomes the only safeguard of the soul. If ever there was a time when the diet should be of the most simple kind, it is now. Meat should not be placed before our children. Its influence is to excite and strengthen the lower passions, and has a tendency to deaden the moral powers. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven. The less feverish the diet, the more easily can the passions be controlled. Gratification of taste should not be consulted irrespective of physical, intellectual, or moral health.” — Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 2, p. 352

“I have stated before them that, from what was shown me, but a small number of those now professing to believe the truth would eventually be saved–not because they could not be saved, but because they would not be saved in God’s own appointed way. The way marked out by our divine Lord is too narrow and the gate too strait to admit them while grasping the world or while cherishing selfishness or sin of any kind.” — Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 2, p. 445

“I was shown that the work of health reform has scarcely been entered upon yet…. There seems to be in them a heart of unbelief, and as this reform restricts the lustful appetite, many shrink back. They have other gods before the Lord. Their taste, their appetite, is their god, and when the ax is laid at the root of the tree, and those who have indulged their depraved appetites at the expense of health are touched, their sin pointed out, their idols shown them, they do not wish to be convinced; and although God’s voice should speak directly to them to put away those health-destroying indulgences, some would still cling to the hurtful things which they love. They seem joined to their idols, and God will soon say to His angels, Let them alone. . . . I saw that we as a people must make an advance move in this great work. Ministers and people must act in concert. God’s people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel. They have a work to do for themselves which they should not leave for God to do for them. He has left this work for them to do.” — Counsels on Health, p. 453

Comments: In just these few passages we see that the work of health reform within the church has scarcely been entered upon. Few S.D.A.’s realize the important of letting health reform be progressive and striving to eat the original diet God designed for man. This is becoming quite apparent as the world is increasingly waking up to the dangers of not only consuming animal flesh, but along other forms of contaminated food such as genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), non organic foods containing pesticides, growth hormones, and hundreds of synthetic chemicals not designed for human consumption. It appears only a small number of professed S.D.A.’s will choose to be saved in God’s appointed way.

Who are Those Preparing for Translation from the S.D.A. Church?

Elder Wilson did not address the details of who it actually is that are going to be translated vegan vegetarians from the Seventh-day Adventist Church and make ready to give the Loud Cry of the three angels messages when they are to be repeated with power and force. If he would come forth and proclaimed that it is the 144,000 who are the ones who will be fitted up for not only translation, but to proclaim the Loud Cry after the church is purified he would have been not only be called a fanatic but he would have been quickly branded the ultimate heretic for teaching the Shepherd’s Rod message! Please examine the study outline on the sealing of the 144,000 that will provide more details.

A Time will Come to Even do Away with All Animal Products

“Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare foods without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse the earth.” — Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 7, p. 135

“The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs; but it is not necessary to bring upon ourselves perplexity by premature and extreme restrictions. Wait until the circumstances demand it, and the Lord prepares the way for it.” — Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 9, p. 162

If health reform is to be progressive what about the consumption of other animal products such as milk, cream, and eggs? These food articles are just as toxic and dangerous as animal flesh yet one hardly hears of the dangers of consuming these food articles within church circles. Perhaps the next fellowship meal will provide you an answer as you pay attention to the number of cooked dishes containing cheese, white flour products, meat analogs, and a multitude of sugary desserts prepared with dairy products and refined sugar just to name a few. Could it be that the following scripture is applicable to the serious health problems that face many S.D.A.’s?

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” — Hosea 4:6

There once was a man who joined the church and was very happy one day when his mother came to visit and agreed to attend Sabbath worship services at the local S.D.A. church. The pastor delivered a very nice sermon but the one thing that stuck out was when the mother commented afterwords to the son, “Why is the pastor so fat when you people claim to follow a health message?” At the time the son was speechless to give an answer but later, after much study and prayer to the Lord, it became apparent that things were not all right at the head of the work and that God was soon about to enter in and carry out a purification within the ranks including those who disregarded the health reform message and were setting a poor example for others by their intemperance. Discovered among many comments from the Spirit of Prophecy on this sort of apostasy in the church was this startling statement regarding the fate of those who disregard inspiration and are content to follow the leaders. Something to ponder indeed and realize that it does matter to God how we take care of our bodies.

“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 to the Church, Vol. 5, p. 211

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What is the Elijah Message for the S. D. A. Church Today?

July 5, 2014

This subject is particularly controversial and confused amongst Seventh-day Adventists. On one hand the church leadership desperately struggles to keep the laity from investigating the claims of the Shepherd’s Rod by falsely asserting that the Elijah message does not have a messenger (another prophet after Ellen White according to a reference found in Testimonies to [...]

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Will a Return to the 1888 Message Close the Gospel?

June 21, 2014

In a simplistic way, the answer to the question posed in the title of this post is both yes and no. Let us explain why. In one sense the great message brought to the 1888 General Conference Session held at Minneapolis by Elders Jones and Waggoner is essential to our salvation as it proclaims the [...]

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The Way the Kingdom is to Come

June 7, 2014

THE WAY THE KINGDOM IS TO COME Text of Address by V. T. Houteff, Minister of D. Seventh-day Adventists Sabbath, October 11, 1947 Mt. Carmel Chapel Waco, Texas The Jews had built up an erroneous conception of what the Kingdom was to be, and how and when it was to come and so when the [...]

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The Grains of Ezekiel 4: What is the 430 Year Time Prophecy?

May 31, 2014

Seventh-day Adventist theology has long used the day for a year principle found in Ezekiel 4:6 to explain a number of time prophecies in the Bible such as the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14 and the 1260 days/years of Revelation 13:5. In a strange paradox the church is incapable of explaining the 430 day/year prophecy [...]

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What is the Correct Interpretation of Isaiah 4:1?

May 24, 2014

 Whom are We to Believe in Regard to Isaiah 4:1? An explanation of Isaiah 4:1, the denominational publication (not only published and owned by the denomination, but also indorsed and used by the Sabbath School Department throughout the world in 1928, Isaiah, the Gospel Prophet, Vol. 1, p. 28, says: “Seven women, one man. Seven [...]

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World War II Never Ended?

May 10, 2014

The Shepherd’s Rod message identified World War II in prophecy in the book of Nahum and furthermore predicted that this war was never really over and would resume once again in these latter days. These prophecies were first revealed in Tracts Nos. 12 and 14 entitled The World, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow and War News [...]

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Seventh-day Adventists Having Too Much Knowledge and Too Little Understanding

May 3, 2014

CHRONICALLY ILL WITH TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND TOO LITTLE UNDERSTANDING Text of Address by V. T. Houteff, Minister of D. Seventh-day Adventists Sabbath, February 14, 1948 Mt. Carmel Chapel Waco, Texas To illustrate the subject of our study this afternoon, let us take for example the book which the Denomination has put out on Daniel [...]

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Why are More and More Seventh-day Adventist’s Celebrating Easter?

April 26, 2014

It is increasingly apparent that more and more Seventh-day Adventist churches, rather than being not of this world, are becoming more tolerate of pagan festivals as recently reported in Adventist Today. Easter celebrations are now becoming a long standing tradition at many major S. D. A. educational institutions that hold their annual events each year [...]

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