Blessed is he who readeth …..!
M o s e s :
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our GOD; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Law.” – Deuteronomy 29 : 29.
Moses the prophet is well known as the first writer of the Bible on the earth. He had been inspired of the Lord to write all the events that ever occurred during the first week of the history of creation, and even during the first twenty five hundred years after the creation. And those things have then been documented in a book which is called the Bible, beginning first with his own five copies, which are the Genesis, the Exodus, the Leviticus, the Numbers, and the Deuteronomy. Since due to the fact that so many things narrated by him are exactly right and true, and especially regarding the Law of God and its rules of implementation given to the Israelites during the tenure of his leadership that later he was also deemed to be a law scientist and the historian of creation of the world. To this Mrs. White as the prophet of the Lord told us as follows :
“During the first twenty-five hundred years of human history, there was no written revelation. Those who had been taught of God, communicated their knowledge to others, and it was handed down from father to son, through successive generations. The preparation of the written word began in the time of Moses. Inspired revelations were then embodied in an inspired book. This work continued during the long period of sixteen hundred years, --- from Moses, the historian of creation and the law, to John the recorder of the most sublime truths of the gospel.” – The Great Controversy, p. 7.
The things which have been revealed in the Bible should not be deemed partly secret and mysterious for good. Nothing more of those revealed things in the Bible will be kept secret from us in this time of the end. They all should have been interpreted fully for us, so that we may do all the words of the Law of the Ten Commandments. This is the reason why through the prophetic words of prophet Amos we have been assured : “Surely the Lord God will do nothing but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” – Amos 3 : 7.
As well as how the Lord had ever inspired Moses in the past to start writing the Bible, He would have done the same thing to have His end time prophets to have all the secret things of the Bible interpreted for us in this time of the end. However, let us also beware, that just in this time of the end the sure word of prophecy from prophet Isaiah should have been fulfilled, when he said : “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying : We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel, only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.” Isaiah 4 : 1.
Since one of the women is to represent our own Church of SDA, let it be careful so that we would not be implicated in their sin of treating the secret things of the Lord as how they are doing now.
The secret things
Moses has ever said that the secret things belong to the Lord only. It means that those things would not be found in the Bible. Such a secret thing could be known from John the Revelator’s statement here below when he said :
“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud : and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand a little book open : and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth. And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth, and when he had cried s e v e n t h u n d e r s uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” – Revelation 10 : 1 - 4.
The things uttered by the seven thunders are just the specific things that shall be kept secret from us. Although John the Revelator would have known of those things, and would have been ready to write them down for us in his book of Revelation, however, he was later not permitted to write them, so that the mystery of the seven thunders, as the secret things mentioned by Prophet Moses, should have been kept for the Lord God alone. And maybe this is the only secret thing of the Bible, specifically of the book of Revelation that has been kept secret from us up to the end of time. The other secret things that have been revealed and interpreted are among others,
- The mystery of “the seven churches in Asia of Revelation 2 and 3.
- The mystery of the seven seals of Revelation 5 : 1,
- The mystery of the seven last plagues of Revelation 16
- The mystery of the seven candlesticks of Revelation 1 : 20
- The mystery of the seven women who take hold of one man of Isaiah 4 : 1,
- The mystery of Jesus ‘parables in the New Testament scriptures
- And the mysteries of so many prophecies in the Old Testament and the book of Revelation of the New Testament.
The fact is clear that not all the things revealed in the Bible could be directly understood, and then be made as rules of implementation of the basic Law of the Ten Commandments. As rules of implementation of the law they are to apply according to their time respectively. As an example, let us take the people of God in the time of Jesus in Palestine.
Though the Bible they had at the time was especially the Old Testament scriptures, most of those scriptures such as the book of Isaiah the prophet even up to the book of Malachi the prophet were not as yet interpreted for them. Most of the books were still wrapped in mystery up to the time of the end. Even the book of Revelation which is the complement of the book of Daniel was just written to them in 96, which was some sixty five years later after Jesus was back in Heaven. Mrs. White has ever said :
“Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples : and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Cor. 10 : 11). -- 3 Selected Messages, p. 338.
It means, that those prophecies of the Old Testament prophets after being interpreted in this time of the end, then will they be the rules of implementation of the Law for us to have the Ten Commandments implemented in our religious lives.
Thus it is, though the Law of the Ten Commandments applies in all ages, not all the Bible as rules of implementation of the Law could apply to all the people of all ages.
The things that were revealed
Those things that have been revealed should have been documented in the Bible. They all have been documented ever since in several modes of language that could not be directly understood. And this is the reason why they are yet in need to be interpreted. Thus is the Bible, which has ever been provided us, ever since in several modes of language : (1) in ordinary language, (2) in mode of type and antitype, (3) in the prophetic language, and (4) in the parabolic language. Those books that have been written in the mode of type and antitype, in the prophetic language, and in parables, they are generally to be found through the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, up to the book of Malachi the prophet in the Old Testament. And then through the epistles of the apostles, who also presented the messages in parables of Jesus in the New Testament. And the last is in the book of Revelation by John the apostle.
The books of the Bible that have been written in ordinary language that could be directly understood, began with the book of Genesis, and then through several other ones up to the books of Solomon. Such are the same with the books of the New Testament. The way he understood those books in the time of David that made him to give his testimony in the following words: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” — Psalm 119 : 105. That is, the availability of the Bible in the time of David, had all been understood by him. However, it was not so with all the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets, and the book of Revelation that was written later in symbolic language, that could not be so directly understood.
Actually from within the Bible itself could we understand that several prophecies of the Old Testament prophets and the parables of Jesus of the New Testament were not as yet interpreted by Jesus during His mission on earth. That is the reason why that they must inevitably be interpreted now in this time of the end. From Daniel 12 : 4 – 9 could we know, that the angel Gabriel himself had been commissioned to meet Daniel to inform him of the following words :
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and the knowledge shall be increased. ……………. And I heard the man clothed in linen which was upon the waters of the river when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that liveth forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half of time; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. And I heard but understood not : then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things ? And he said, Go thy way Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. – Daniel 12 : 4 – 9.
That means, that all which have been shut and sealed in the time of Daniel, they shall be revealed and interpreted in the time of the end. And the time of the end means the time wherein people shall run to and fro from one place to another and the knowledge of science and technology shall be increased rapidly. We are just now living in the time of the end.
The prophecy that deals with the “time, times, and a half of time”, mentioned above is speaking of the dark ages of religion during the 1260 years of papal supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church ever since the year 538 up to 1798 when the pope was later imprisoned by the French Government, and died in his detention. Regarding the time, times, and a half of time, which related to the dark ages of religion under the suppressive power of the popes of the Roman Catholic Church, it is indeed a part of a long prophecy of the 2.300 days of Daniel 8 : 14. It is just this prophecy of Daniel that was the first of all the prophecies of the Bible interpreted in the time of the end by the servant of the Lord Bro. William Miller, who was the founder of the so-called “The Philadelphian Church” ever since the year 1831.
And since the book of Revelation is the complement of the book of Daniel, then came Mrs. EG. White as the founder of the Laodicean Church of Seventh day Adventist ever since 1844 to have those prophecies of the book of Daniel and the Revelation much more interpreted in her publications of the Spirit of Prophecy. From Mrs. E. G. White we know that,
“A l l the books of the Bible m e e t and e n d in the Revelation. Here is the c o m p l e m e n t of the book of Daniel. One is a prophecy, and the other is a revelation.” – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 585.
The main books of the Bible that should meet and end in the book of Revelation, are the books containing the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets, and the parables of Jesus of the New Testament. They are the books of mysteries of the Bible that have been interpreted by Bro. Victor T. Houteff ever since 1929 for us, and then is fulfilled the statement by the angel Gabriel, when he said to Daniel as follows :
“And I heard, but I understood not : then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things ? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly : and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” – Daniel 12 : 8 – 10.
Interpreted and revealed in
the Laodicean Church of SDA alone
With so many Christian Churches are in the world today, let every true Christian would have questioned to himself, how the loving kind God of Heaven could appreciate them all to be His children, whereas in doctrinal points of view they all split from each other. Every intelligent mind could have understood for himself, that it is impossible that our God of justice would have justified them all as His remnant Church in this time of the end. Whereas in doctrinal points of view they will never be willing to bow to His will by obeying the Law and the testimony, which has now been developed into the so-called the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10 for the salvation of mankind. It is impossible that the Lord would have entrusted His message of salvation to so many sects who are not of the same mind, and of seeing eye to eye, and of speaking the same things. There is only one faith that saves, which is based upon the truth, that has been fully developed up to this time of the end in the remnant Church of God. Thus it is, that the end time prophets prophesied in Amos 3 : 7 , who are to reveal all the secret things of the Bible should not be found in those Churches, except in the remnant Church of God alone. And this is the Laodicean Church of Seventh day Adventists of this time of the end.
We have to know for sure, that along the whole history of mankind the Lord God has only one Church and one people of His own choice upon the earth. And they are His law abiding people on the earth. For having the same faith, that they are now united in the so-called ”the Church.” In several parables of Jesus in the New Testament Jesus had likened them unto “the kingdom of Heaven” which comprises five wise virgins on the one side and five foolish ones on the other side. Or the wheat on the one side and the tares on the other side, or the good fish on the one side, and the bad fish on the other side. From the fact that the spiritual condition of the people ever since Adam and Eve has not so much changed, that Jesus has to liken them such in His parables mentioned above. Let it be understood, therefore, that the fact is clear that the Church on earth is always representing God and His Kingdom in Heaven.
From the prophetic words of Revelation chapter 2 and 3 we know that the whole period of the New Testament history, wherein the Church of God is, has been divided into seven periods, and has been named respectively according to the spiritual condition of the people of that period. The Church that lived during the first period was named, the Ephesian Church; and that lived during the second period was named, the Church of Smyrna; and that lived during the third period was named, the Church of Pergamus; and that lived during the fourth period was named, the Church of Thyatira, and that lived during the fifth period was named, the Church of Sardis, and that lived during the sixth period was named, the Philadelphian Church, and that lived during the seventh period was named, the Laodicean Church. And for to know when did the period of the Ephesian church begin, let us follow the explanation by the servant of the Lord Mrs. White here below :
“In view of the many virtues enumerated, how striking is the charge brought against the church at Ephesus : “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love.” This church has been highly favored. It was planted by the apostle Paul. In the same city was the temple of Diana, which, in point of grandeur, was one of the marvels of the world. The Ephesian church met with great opposition, and some of the early Christians suffered persecution; and yet some of these very ones turned from the truths that had united them with Christ’s followers, and adopted, in their stead, the specious errors devised by Satan.” – (MS 11, 1906).
Due to the fact that the Ephesian Church is the first of the seven Churches established by the apostle Paul as her founder, then the Laodicean Church as the last one of this time of the end should have been the church with her founder Mrs. Ellen G. White to emerge in 1844 according to the prophecy. And since this is the only and the last Church of this time of the end, then all the mysteries of the Bible should have been here interpreted and revealed by the end time prophets.
revealed by the end time prophets
The end time prophets are the prophets of the New Testament who live and work in the time of the end. These are they who are ever since by the apostle Paul told us as follows:
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ : till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ : that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” — Ephesians 4 : 11 – 14.
There are more than one prophet appointed by the Lord for edifying the body of Christ throughout the history of the New Testament. And since all the mysteries of God in the Bible have just to be revealed in the time of the end, then the prophets and their function mentioned in the prophecy of Amos 3 : 7, should have been found now in this time of the end, in the Laodicean Church.
Thus was Mrs. White as the servant of the Lord coming in 1844 with her message of the third angel of Revelation 14 : 6 – 9, which is now popularly known by “The Spirit of Prophecy”. And then followed by Bro. Victor T. Houteff and his message of the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 which is popularly known as the message of the Shepherd’s Rod. Combination of the two messages according to Mrs. White in the Early Writing, p. 277 are to be found in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10. Thus is the whole Bible interpreted and revealed in this time of the end, into the so-called the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. And then is fulfilled the prophetic word of Isaiah the prophet, when he said : TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY WHO TALK NOT ACCORDING TO THIS WORD, IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.” – ISAIAH 8 : 20. The TESTIMONY in the time of Isaiah has now been developed into the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10. Herein is revealed all the secret things of the Bible. And herein are the messages of the Shepherd’s Rod by Bro. Houteff and the Spirit of Prophecy by Mrs. EG. White united. Here are the testimonies of Jesus Christ with all the rules of implementation of the Law of the Ten Commandments provided for us.
To the law and to the testimony ………. !
Since all the prophecies of the Old Testament, have just now been interpreted and revealed in the time of the end, then to you and me as Laodiceans of this time of the end will apply the words of Isaiah the prophet, when he said : “To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8 : 20.
The prophets had ever since the beginning been led and inspired by the Lord Jesus Himself, to provide us with the Bible, and then through the end time prophets of the New Testament they are again to be led and inspired by the same Spirit of the Lord to reveal all those secret things of the Bible in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. We are bound by the law, therefore, to teach the word of truth as pure as possible, according to the whole context of the truth as those provided us in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY by the end time prophets. Thus only will the truth we teach become a light to those who are truly hungry and thirsty for the Bible truth of this time of the end. Because we have done our best to teach according to the Law and to the Testimony of Jesus Christ in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.
This “To the law and to the testimony …..” is to be the only instrument to test every truth and teaching in our Church. However, how could we do the test, when the Testimony or the Testimony of Jesus Christ which had been developed into the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY (Read : Revelation 12 : 17; 19 : 10) were not as yet fully understood ? Who are they actually to be entrusted to do the test for us in this time of the end?
After surviving the death of the servants of the Lord, Mrs. White and Bro. Houteff, then the work to edify the body of Christ now, according to the FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS OF THE DAVIDIAN SDA, p. 27 should have been entrusted to the teachers of the Rod. But who are they now, whereas those teachers are mostly affiliated with the illegal Organizations of the General Association of Davidian SDA in USA. ? The servant of the Lord has ever said :
“Not upon the ordained minister only rests the responsibility of going forth to fulfill this commission. Everyone who has received Christ is called to work for the salvation of his fellow men. “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hear say, Come.” Revelation 22 : 17.
“The humble, consecrated believer upon whom the Master of the vineyard places a burden for souls is to be given encouragement by the men upon whom the Lord has laid larger responsibilities. Those who stand as leaders in the church of God are to realize that the Savior’s commission is given to all who believe in His name. God will send forth into His vineyard many who have not been dedicated to the ministry by the laying on of hands.” — The Acts of the Apostles, p. 110.
Whereas most of the people as the body of Christ are still dependent upon the evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Read : Ephesus 4 : 11 – 13) of the Laodicean Church. These are they who are in the prophetic language called “the angel of the Laodicean Church.” But how is their spiritual condition now as predicted by John the Revelator ever since the year 96 ? Let us read them here below :
“And unto the angel of the Laodiceans write ; These things, said the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” – Revelation 3 : 14 – 17.
Let us understand, that those condemned to be lukewarm are not the Laodicean Church, but the angel of the Laodicean Church, which represented the General Conference of SDA and all its ministers of the gospel. All things they do in this time of the end, either through their sermons from the pulpits, or through their Sabbath School lessons every Sabbath day in the churches, are no more appreciated by the Lord. This is the reason why through the prophecy of Zechariah 4 : 6 which is now interpreted and revealed in the Laodicea Church of God, through Zerubbabel the Lord said :
“This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” – Zechariah 4 : 6.
That means : Not by the might of the ministers and their sermons from the pulpits, nor by the power of the Organization of the General Conference of SDA and their Sabbath School lessons, but by the Spirit of God Himself that provide us with the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10 (in the golden bowl of the pictorial prophecy of Zechariah chapter 4), that will ever lead us unto all truths and the things to come, as those presented through the end time prophets in the Church of the Laodiceans of God.
The angel of the Laodicean Church and his ministers are no more now under the guidance of the Spirit of Truth. They no more have the capacity to distinguish between right and truth. And this is the reason why the law and the testimony as the only means to test every new truth presented to our people in this time of the end, could no more be deemed right or wrong by them. And this the fact of why the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10 with all the rules of implementation of the Law of God are no more recognized by them, let alone by their staunch followers in the churches. But they professed to be doing their best to hasten the second coming of the Lord Jesus. And this is maybe the reason why the servant of the Lord has to warn us as follows :
“Halfhearted Christians are worse than infidels, for their deceptive words and noncommittal position lead many astray. The infidel shows his colors. The lukewarm Christian deceives both parties. He is neither a good world ling nor a good Christian. Satan uses him to do a work that no one else can do.” – EGW. SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7 – A, p. 407.
“The conviction is gaining ground in the world that Seventh-day Adventist are giving the trumpet an uncertain sound that they are following in the path of world lings.” -- Testimonies to Ministers, p. 86.
Nevertheless, there are many among us still doubting the word of God by saying, how could the loving kind God spurn the Organization with so many projects under its handling, such as the high learning institutions that produce so many Doctors of Theology and Doctors of Health or physicians for so many SDA Hospitals and Health Centers in the world, and even Doctors of Education to prepare our young people separated from the worldliness in this time of the end, and etc.? Are there no more honest men and women found at the leadership of the General Conference of SDA in the world today? Albeit the Lord through His servant Mrs. White has even warned us as follows :
“We have been inclined to think that where there are no faithful ministers there can be no true Christians, but this is not the case. God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock Himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon human instrumentalities.” -- 5 Testimonies, p. 80.
“Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message (of THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY) to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.” – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300. (In the brackets is added)
C o n c l u s i o n :
“Blessed is h e that readeth, and t h e y that h e a r the words of this prophecy, and keep those thing, which are written therein, for the time is at hand.” – Revelation 1 : 3.
Since the writing of the book of Revelation is the last of all the books of the Bible, and since it is also the last one interpreted in this time of the end, then the statement by John the Revelator above would have applied not only for us to read the book of Revelation, but even the book of Daniel as its main book, and then all the books of the Bible that meet and end in the Revelation. Mrs. White said : “All the books of the Bible meet and end in the Revelation. Here is the complement of the book of Daniel.” The Acts of the Apostles, p. 585.
Thus the statement “Blessed is he …” would have been specifically addressed to us as a people of God of this time of the end. And it is the same statement indirectly addressed to us from angel Gabriel, when to prophet Daniel of old he said : “Go thy way Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white and tried, but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. “ – Daniel 12 : 9 – 10.
All the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets and the book of Revelation have all been interpreted and revealed now in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY of Revelation 19 : 10. Here are all the message of the Spirit of Prophecy by Mrs. White and the message of the Shepherd’s Rod by Bro. Victor T. Houteff united, to become the rules of implementation of the Law of the Ten Commandments. And then our Bible would have become the great light to enlighten the whole world with its glory. And we may then utter the same words of David of Old, when he said : "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my paths.” – Psalm 119 : 105. But the wicked shall do wickedly against the light, they will rise up against it and even against us, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.