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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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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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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 Ministers, p. 475) but rather it is the three angel’s messages to be proclaimed by the church members today. The only trouble with this shortsighted reasoning is that this message of the three angels announcing the judgment for the dead that began in 1844 is not a fresh revelation of truth which reveals the soon coming judgment for the living. This added message came to the church in 1930 in a series of publications known as the Shepherd’s Rod penned by the antitypical Elijah the prophet proclaiming the details of “the great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Mal. 4:5). On the other hand there are professed Davidians who claim to believe the writings of the Shepherd’s Rod but they are not satisfied to believe that the last prophet for the church today, the promised Elijah, the author of the original Rod message, is none other than the late Victor T. Houteff. Thus, these troubled individuals are looking for a living prophet in their midst who steps up making the claim that they are the Elijah of today. The purpose of this brief compilation is to bring together a few references from the original Shepherd’s Rod message and see what it has to say. The subjects of relevance are conveniently arranged in a question and answer format. Links for every quote back to digital scans of the original Rod literature are included for your more detailed study and investigation.

“Question: Is the Shepherd’s Rod the Elijah Message or do we look for another?

Answer: If the SRod is the truth, and one accepts it with all one’s heart, and does the truth, the possibility of being lost would be identical to the possibility of Paul’s being lost for accepting with all his heart the message which Christ sent to him and of which he said, “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets.” (Acts 24:14.)

Moreover, as the SRod is the Elijah message (T.M. 475), it is impossible for anyone who accepts it and lives it to die, for the type demands translation. Thus it is that Elijah stands as a type of the 144,000. (D.A. 421.)” — Symbolic Code, Vol. 1, No. 9, p. 9

Question: What serves as the mouth piece of Elijah?

Answer: “The foregoing prophecies are now becoming history, and this prophetic organ “The Symbolic Code,” proves to be the mouth piece of the Elijah message, leading hundreds of S.D.A.’s in the work of helping this message to restore the defunct and decadent institutes of the Christian religion; for, as it is written, “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things” (Matt. 17:11), and “in the time of the end, every divine institution is to be restored.” — “Prophets and Kings,” p. 678.).” — Symbolic Code, Vol. 2, No. 9, p. 2

Question, What is Elijah (his mouth piece) to do?

Answer: Here we are told that in the time of trouble these arise, some to live forever and some to die again.

“Do you now realize that not only the time of trouble is at the door, but even this special resurrection? Do you actually see that in the time of trouble, while the living saints are being delivered these dead who rise “to everlasting life,” are also delivered from their graves? Do you realize that this time of trouble is in “the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” the day which the promised prophet Elijah announces? Do you actually know that he is to turn the hearts of the fathers and of the children toward each other? lest the Lord smite “the earth with a curse.” Mal. 4:5, 6. Do you see that the prophet appears in a day he can restore all things, everything that was lost through sin, even the Kingdom? Do you know that the resurrection of Daniel 12 is not the same as the resurrection of 1 Thessalonians and of Revelation 20:5?” — Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 7, p. 11

Joel’s two chapters give us a most compact and vivid view of “the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” From these alone we can clearly see what it is like. And as Elijah comes just before that day begins, he must necessarily be the one who is to interpret these prophecies of the day, and who consequently announces that the day is at hand.

This surely confirms the conclusion that since Elijah is to herald the great day, he can therefore be the only one who will rightly interpret the prophecies of the day, which are still mysteries to Christendom, and even to our own Denomination! Indeed, to reiterate, it is for this very reason that the prophet is sent. He is to unroll the scroll to explain what the day of the Lord is like, what the Lord will do then, and how we may survive His judgments. To re-emphasize the fact, let it be said again that being the last of the prophets Elijah is, therefore, the only one who can open to our understanding all the prophecies of the Scriptures pertaining to the great and dreadful day of the Lord — prophecies which heretofore have been only mysteries to all. Thus he is, as the Scriptures say, to blow the trumpet in Zion, and to sound an alarm in God’s holy mountain, in the church.

In doing all this, he sets in motion the Power that is to restore all things. Hence Christ’s positive declaration: “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.” Matt. 17:11. Inevitably, then, without his message we would die in our ignorance and in our sins — never live to see the restoration completed.” – General Conference Special, p. 19

Question: Does it Matter who Elijah is?

Answer: “It matters not what we think, God is to have a strong, faithful people, the very kind here described; and Jerusalem is to be inhabited by holy people, not a sinner among them. Since the antitypical prophet Elijah, who appears just before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, just before the Judgment day for the living, finds the church overrun by the Devil as badly as was the Jewish church in Christ’s day, and as the saints, the first fruits, are to be rescued one by one, He at first sends fishers to fish them out and afterwards hunters to hunt them out (Jer. 16:16). Thus He gathers them one by one (Isa. 27:12, 13). And so it is today — they are fished by this free literature, and are now hunted by men right to their houses, be they in the city, village, or countryside.” – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 9, p. 5

(Note: The only message to come to the Seventh-day Adventist church announcing the soon coming “great and dreadful day of the Lord”, the judgment for the living, is the Shepherd’s Rod. The 232 page book entitled “The Shepherd’s Rod, Vol. 1” was first published in 1930 and declared the particulars of the sealing of the 144,000. They alone will escape the judgment that first begins in the house of God and will serve as the sanctified ministry to proclaim the Loud Cry with power and force whom God will use to call the great multitude of Rev. 7:9, that no man can number, from the fallen churches constituting Babylon.)

Question: What is the work of Elijah?

Answer: He declares, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” Mal. 4:5.

This messenger of the covenant (of the promise), antitypical Elijah the prophet shall prepare the way; he shall restore all things. As he prepares the way, the Lord will suddenly come to His temple, to His church. And what is His work to be? To purify or cleanse His people by weeding the unrepented sinners from among them. The question: “But who may abide the day of His coming?” solemnly declares that we had better now get busy and do what it takes to make us stand before the cleansing begins.

Whom in particular will He purify? — Let us read–

Mal. 3:3 — “And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”” – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 30, p. 12

Question: Will we know both the great and dreadful day of the Lord and the Elijah who proclaims it?

Answer: “All may for a surety know both “the day” and the Elijah as he proclaims it, because to our surprise he will point out that every Bible prophet describes the day and also tells what the Lord would have us do while it is approaching and subsequently while we are going through it. All will see that no one but Elijah can proclaim the day.” — General Conference Special, p. 12

Question: Is Elijah the last Prophet and why?

Answer: “Joel’s two chapters give us a most compact and vivid view of “the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” From these alone we can clearly see what it is like. And as Elijah comes just before that day begins, he must necessarily be the one who is to interpret these prophecies of the day, and who consequently announces that the day is at hand.

This surely confirms the conclusion that since Elijah is to herald the great day, he can therefore be the only one who will rightly interpret the prophecies of the day, which are still mysteries to Christendom, and even to our own Denomination! Indeed, to reiterate, it is for this very reason that the prophet is sent. He is to unroll the scroll to explain what the day of the Lord is like, what the Lord will do then, and how we may survive His judgments. To re-emphasize the fact, let it be said again that being the last of the prophets Elijah is, therefore, the only one who can open to our understanding all the prophecies of the Scriptures pertaining to the great and dreadful day of the Lord — prophecies which heretofore have been only mysteries to all. Thus he is, as the Scriptures say, to blow the trumpet in Zion, and to sound an alarm in God’s holy mountain, in the church.” — General Conference Special, p. 19

Question: What about others who claim to be Elijah the prophet?

Answer: “Since the Scriptures clearly picture Elijah and his work, and also what the day is to be like, none who will humbly inquire about him and his work need to guess or to be in the dark concerning either his identity or his mission, for it is his God-given duty to publish the timely truths as revealed to him out of the prophecies. And so all who are willing and obedient, will have no trouble recognizing him and his message (John 7:17). They will know that anyone who comes with a message other than the message found in the prophecies concerning the great and dreadful day of the Lord, is not the promised Elijah.

What is more, should God send another than Elijah, that is, someone with a message other than of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, he will not claim to be the Elijah, he will not lie. Hence, for anyone to make the claim that he is the Elijah, but bear another message than that of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, is in itself positive proof that he is not a prophet of God at all, but a rank imposter. And if any should tell you that a former prophet has fulfilled the promise, although the prophet himself has not said so, then not to know for a certainty that such are not working for the God of Elijah, but for the devil, is Laodiceanism of the worst kind.

“…Let us act as Christians, true as steel to God and His holy work; quick to discern the devices of Satan in his hidden, deceptive workings through the children of disobedience.” — “Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 276.

Since the promised Elijah is to be the last prophet to the church today, as John the Baptist was the last prophet to the church in his day, and since the last work on earth is the Judgment for the Living, the truth stands forth like the light of day that Elijah’s message is the message of the Judgment for the Living, the last, which in the very nature of the gospel is of far more importance and consequence than any other message ever borne to a people.” — General Conference Special, pp. 22, 23

Question: What becomes of those who claiming to know the Rod follow another message?

Answer: “Thus will be the Devil’s deal while the day of God is approaching, and while Elijah is making the announcement of it as the scroll unrolls and while the prophecies concerning the day of God are being unsealed. His work and his interpretation of the prophecies for the great day will identify him as the promised Elijah the prophet (“Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 475), and this will enrage the Devil as never before. Nevertheless, one’s only safety will be in the teaching of Elijah, for there will be no other voice of timely Truth and authority to whom one may turn. Any others will lead their victims blind-folded into perdition.” — General Conference Special, p. 7

 

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