From the Prophecy of Ezekiel
“Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us.” –
3 Selected Messages, p. 338.
zekiel, the prophet, was originated from the
Judah. From the book Ezekiel 1 : 1 – 3 we could have discovered that the prophet for the first time wrote his book when he and king Joachim of the kingdom of Judah were in the captivity of the Babylonian kingdom. The two-tribe
Judah was defeated by the king of
Babylon in 587 B.C. Meanwhile the ten-tribes kingdom of Israel were earlier fallen into the hand of the Assyrian kingdom in 721 B.C., and they then had been dispersed unto all the worlds even up to this day. Therefore, as well as with any other prophecies of Ezekiel, this prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 4 should have been revealed in the time of the end for the benefit of the antitypical Israel and Judah, who are the Seventh day Adventists of the Laodicean Church. Through His servant the Lord God has reminded us as follows :
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man : but holy men of God spake as they were moved by Holy Ghost.” – 2 Peter 1 : 20, 22.
Due to the fact that the prophecies have been addressed to us in symbolical language which were so mysterious, it is inevitably therefore, that under the same Holy Ghost they are to be revealed for us in this time of the end. To this end prophet Amos said : “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” – Amos 3 : 7.
God would have first to reveal all the mysterious prophecies of the Bible unto His servants the prophets : Mrs. Ellen G. White and Bro. Victor T. Houteff, to have them all booked in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY . And then under the power of the same Spirit, we will be led unto All Truth and the Things To Come, to meet the fulfillment of Revelation 1 : 3 : “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein …….”
That we should ever remember, therefore, that no prophecy of the Bible could ever be revealed rightly and satisfactorily without the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.
Deliberation of Ezekiel 4 : 4 – 6, 9 - 11
“Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it : according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou bear their iniquity. For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days : so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when thou has accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days : I have appointed thee each day for a year. ……….. Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day : from time to time shalt thou eat it. Thou shalt drink also water by measure , the sixth part of an hin : from time to time shalt thou drink.” — Ezekiel 4 : 4 – 6, 9 – 11.
In this prophecy the prophet Ezekiel was appointed to act on behalf of the people of God, first on behalf of the ten-tribes Israel and then on behalf of the two-tribes Judah. Given one day in prophecy is one year in the real sense, the prophet was first to represent the ten-tribe Israelite for a period of 390 years, and then to represent the two-tribe
Judah for a period of forty years. In this prophecy the prophet Ezekiel was instructed to lie upon his left side for 390 years long. Along the long period he was instructed to eat and drink. After accomplishing the whole 390 years, he was again to turn to lie upon his right side for 40 years long. But during the last 40 years, however, he was not allowed to eat anything. The food here would inevitably mean the spiritual food, which were the subjects of biblical doctrines or the messages, which have been restored and promoted by the reformers ever since the time of Martin Luther in 1500. Therefore, we will discover through this prophecy how the Biblical doctrines have been restored from time to time along 390 years from the time of Luther.
The servant of the Lord, Martin Luther, had emerged upon the stage of history as the Father of Protestant Reformation during the dark ages of religion of 1260 years (from 538 to 1798) under the repressive power of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope. The Holy Bible was ever banned from circulation, and the All Truth which was the foundation of Christian faith since the time of the apostles have been desecrated and confused by the repression of Catholic Church.
The period of 390 years began in the time of Luther when he discovered a copy of the Holy Bible in 1500. Based upon the Bible he began his reform movement on the first of the Biblical doctrines : T h e F a i t h. Hence by adding 390 years to the 1500 years, we arrived at 1890, which was two years after the General Conference of 1888 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minneapolis General Conference was well known in the history of the Church, because of the majority of the Conference had rejected the message of Justification By Faith presented there by Waggoner and Jones, the ordinary ministers from the fields. And the Lord had given them time to repent of their transgression up to 1890. The servant of the Lord said :
“If the people of God had gone to work as they should have gone to work right after the Minneapolis meeting in 1888, the world could have been warned in t w o years and the Lord would have come.” – General Conference Bulletin 1892 (Quoted from the Shepherd’s Rod Vol. 1, p. 110).
Martin Luther began his reform movement with his popular message from the Bible : THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH or JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH. He was born in Eisleben,
Germany in November 10, 1483, and died in February 18, 1546. The spiritual food he had restored since the beginning was symbolized in this prophecy of Ezekiel by the w h e a t. There are six kinds of cereals to symbolize the spiritual food provided for us ever since the time of Luther, namely : wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches.
The Prophet Ezekiel was instructed by the Lord to put all the cereals into a vessel to make bread thereof. He then had to eat them at a time periodically, according to a certain manner, and drink water accordingly to a fix measurement along the time he lied on his side. “And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day : from time to time shalt thou eat it. Thou shalt drink also water by measure , the sixth part of an hin : from time to time shalt thou drink.” — Ezekiel 4 : 10 – 11.
That is, due to the fact that the Biblical doctrines have been restored step by step along the 390 years from the time of Luther, then the people of God who were represented by the prophet Ezekiel along the 390 years have to eat them by weight from time to time. And they also have to drink water by measure bit by bit along the years.
W H E A T, symbol of F A I T H
The very first part of the spiritual food, or the very first message of the Bible that was to recover and to be restored through the earlier reform movement during the dark ages of religion, is “the f a i t h”, which is symbolized in this prophecy by w h e a t. This is the doctrinal point of “f a i t h”, firstly restored by Martin Luther through his message of reform entitled : THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” Since the wheat as a symbol must be perfect, let us now see how beneficial the wheat is for the mankind. Wheat is generally used by men of all generations ever since the beginning of Creation. The servant of the Lord said :
“Note the truth of the wheat : It has always been used by all generations, and everybody uses it and it is hard to get along without it. Just so, all must have doctrine of “faith”. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” so the Bible says. Not only Christians, but other religions must have faith as well as they must have wheat. Even the infidel, and the atheist must exercise faith in whatever he may believe. We can see that inspiration used the right kind of symbol to represent the doctrine of “faith.” – 1 The Shepherd’s Rod, p. 118.
B A R L E Y, symbol of H O L Y S P I R I T
“The second portion of food, or truth, which we were to get was represented by barley. John Knox was the next man who made the second step by teaching the doctrine represented by the barley which was the truth of the “Holy Spirit”. Barley is not so commonly or widely used as wheat. In fact, few people would use it, and at that, very seldom. Many people do not know what barley is; so with the doctrine of the “Holy Spirit”. While the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is believed by some Christians, it is not believed by others. Some do not understand what the truth of the Spirit is, even as some do not know what barley is; so the symbol representing the second doctrine is perfect, even as the first. Gideon’s experience with the Midianite’s dream of the barley cake overturning the tent proves the same Read Judges 7 : 13, 14.“ -- Ibid. p. 118.
B E A N S, Symbol of G R A C E
“Beans are just as widely and commonly used by all the people and all generations the same as wheat. John Wesley, the third man on the stage of action as a great reformer, made the third step upward by teaching the doctrine of “G r a c e”, which was represented by the beans. All believe in grace. So much so, that men no longer fear God, and have declared His law void. He is too gracious, and too merciful, they say, and as we are under grace, God will do neither good nor evil. Thus, Christians these days have perverted its true meaning, even as they all love beans, and have perverted the proper name by calling them “pork and beans”. What more fitting symbol could have been chosen to represent the doctrine of grace than the one God has selected ?
Lentils, Type of Doctrine of Baptism by Immersion
“Lentils are used to represent the fourth portion of truth. Alexander Campbell is credited with making the fourth step upward by teaching the doctrine of baptism by immersion, symbolized by the lentils. The variety (lentils) representing the fourth doctrine (baptism by immersion) is not known or used even as much as barley : so with the truth of immersion. Baptism by immersion in the old fashioned way is not generally practiced, even as the lentils are not generally used. Again God has used the right kind of symbol to represent the portion of truth.
M I L L E T, Symbol of 2300 D A Y S
“The fifth portion of truth is represented by millet, and the fifth reformer was William Miller. He taught the prophecy of Daniel 8 : 14, which was the doctrine of the 2300 days. Millet is scarcely known, and those who do know what it is say it is of little worth, merely a wild grass with scarcely any farming value, and desired by anybody. Nevertheless it is a good cereal. Just so with the doctrine taught by Miller. No one has any use for it and Seventh-day Adventists are practically the only people who teach it. Those who do not accept this doctrine say it is good for nothing, and charge Miller as being a false prophet. Though it is a wonderful prophecy and reveals a great truth, yet people will not accept it. “It is good for nothing, with no spiritual value, and we have no need of it”, is the cry. Again the question is asked, Could a better symbol than millet be found to represent the doctrine of the 2300 days ?
S P E L T, Symbol of the S A B B A T H
in Connection with the S A N C T U A R Y
“The last cereal mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy is spelt ; which represents the sixth truth or doctrine which is the Sabbath truth in the light as given by Sister E.G. White, in connection with the heavenly Sanctuary. The definition of “spelt” according to the Standard Dictionary is as follows : “A cereal intermediate between wheat and barley ……. It was the chief cereal of ancient Egypt, being probably the rye of the time of Moses, but cultivated now mainly in Switzerland, southern Germany, and northern Spain.”
“Spelt is an ancient cereal, used in ancient
Egypt in the days of Moses, and it was the rye in the days of Joseph. So is the Sabbath an ancient truth which originated in the Garden of Eden, and was the last recorded act of Creation. It was the truth in the days of Moses, the first man in the Bible who instituted Sabbath keeping. Spelt is a little better known than millet, and has some farming value, but only in certain portions of the globe, even as the Sabbath is better known than the 2300 days. Would any dare say these are not the perfect symbols, or that it is only a certain man‘s interpretation, and only an accident, or just happened, and yet fit so perfectly ? But thus far only one phase has been explained.
All in One Vessel
“The Lord said to the prophet Ezekiel, “Put them in one vessel” (verse 9). It will now be considered as to whether he really did put all these doctrines in one vessel. Luther believed in the doctrine he taught, but the great enemy flooded the church with deception. Not with arguing the truth. No, no. But suggesting to the people that they now have all the truth, and that they surely were right, thus hardening their hearts against more light. Soon additional truth came, but Satan had already flooded the church with his agents, and prejudice was aroused against the new light. The result was that the majority turned down the truth. A few saw the light, and as the case generally is, they were voted out by the church. Necessity gave birth to a new movement, or denomination. Such has been the experience with the church in each advancing truth up the line to our own time.
“In like manner, the truth represented by the barley (Spirit) was turned down by those who had accepted the doctrine symbolized by the w h e a t (f a i t h). John Knox believed in all the truth he had and also all the truth Luther taught. Thus the wheat and the barley were in one vessel and carried to the second step.
“We next have the truth symbolized by the beans (g r a c e) and presented by Wesley, who believed also in the truths previously taught by Luther and Knox, which were represented by the wheat and barley. The third step was made, and the wheat, barley, and beans were in one vessel. The fourth truth was represented by lentils (baptism by immersion) and taught by Alexander Campbell, who believed in the doctrines of Luther, Knox and Wesley. Thus the wheat, barley, beans and lentils were carried on to the fourth step, and in one vessel. The fifth truth (2300 days) was represented by millet, and this step upward was made by William Miller who believed in all the truths symbolized by wheat, barley, beans, and lentils. The fifth step was made, and the five varieties of food or truth were carried in one vessel.
“We now come to the last variety of the cereals : “spelt” (Sabbath), in connection with the judgment. Is it not a fact that the Seventh - day Adventist denomination believes in all these truths : The wheat (faith); barley (Holy Spirit); beans (g r a c e); lentils (immersion); millet (2300 days); spelt (Sabbath, with the sanctuary truth) ? It will be noticed the Lord said, “Put them in one vessel”. He did not say in two, or more, but in o n e. There are no other people besides Seventh-day Adventists who believe in the 2300 days (cleansing of the sanctuary), and it is this denomination (vessel) which teaches all the sixth doctrines as represented by the six varieties of food. Thus the prophecy meets its fulfillment in our day, and we are amazed with the difficulty to comprehend the great wisdom of the Lord our God.
B A R L E Y C A K E
“The Lord told Ezekiel, “Thou shalt eat it as barley cakes.” Verse 12. Why the wheat, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt made as barley cake ? Why not as wheat cake, or cake of some of other cereals ? The truth of the Holy Spirit was represented by the barley. For this reason Ezekiel was told to make it into barley cake, meaning the truth came by the power of the Holy Spirit, and not by the aid of men.
“I will lay bands upon thee.”
“Quoting verse 8, we read : “And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.” The prophet was to lie on his left side 390 days. During this time he was to eat the varieties of food. But why on the left side ? Why not on the right ? Because the symbol would not have been perfect had he lain on his right side while eating. The stomach of a man is shaped something like a crescent, with a narrow neck to the right as an outlet. If a man lies on his left side, the outlet is upward, against gravity, and consequently would be difficult to empty itself, which would cause the food to remain within it. Had it not been for the bands the Lord put around Ezekiel, he would have turned to his right side, thus spoiling the symbol. The meaning is that even though the great enemy tried to force out every truth by prejudice and insinuations, and casting out of the church those who were teaching these new truths as it has been in each instance in the past, yet God saw to it that every truth would remain until He has put them in o n e v e s s e l, and so it is.
“Thou shalt drink also water”
“Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin : From time to time shalt thou drink.” Verse 11. Water, when taken in, gives life; without it, existence would be impossible. Christ, speaking to the woman at the well, said : “But the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4 : 14. Christ referred to “w a t e r” as a symbol of everlasting life. The meaning of the symbol of drinking the water with the barley cakes is that souls were to be saved by each new truth (the Spirit of life).
Meat by weight --- Water by measure
“Verses 10, 11 : “And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight ……….Thou shalt drink also water by measure.” The “measure” and “weight” are symbols signifying that God would only give truth by measure, a little at a time. As the prophecy reads, “from time to time shalt thou eat and drink”, and so has God given light a little at a time as we could grasp it. It has come in its exact Biblical order : Faith, Spirit, grace, baptism, time of the end, and the Sabbath (Rest).
Abraham, the father of the faithful, is the symbol of faith; Isaac, the symbol of Spirit of truth (as the Bible says he was born after the Spirit); Jacob, the symbol of grace, (for as he was a sinful man, had it not been for the grace of God, he could not have prevailed). The exodus movement is the symbol of baptism, for we read in 1 Cor. 10 : 2, “And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” The wilderness life is the symbol of the sanctuary question at the end of the 2300 days; it was in the wilderness that the heavenly sanctuary was described by the earthly. “The promised land” is a symbol of the Sabbath rest. In the promised land they were to rest had they driven out the heathen, but because of national pride and disbelief, they failed to obtain the promised rest. The disobedience of
Israel in the promised land is a symbol of our failing to obey God at the present time.” This is the reason why Sister White said concerning ourselves as follows :
“I saw that many who profess to believe the truth for these last days think it strange that the children of Israel murmured as they journeyed, that after the wonderful dealing of God with them, they should be so ungrateful as to forget what He had done for them. Said the angel : ‘Ye have done worse than they‘.“ — 1 Testimonies, p. 129.
Explanation of Verses 12, 14, 15
“Wonderful prophecy as it is, the saddest part is now to be told. The scripture about to be quoted has perhaps never been read publicly or reproduced in any literature, but if it was never to be studied out, read in public, or published, God would never have placed it in the Bible. However, it is there, no doubt for a purpose, and must be considered. The question as found in verses 12, 14, 15, reads as follows : “And thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of a man, in their sight. Then said I, Oh Lord God ! behold, my soul hath not been polluted : For from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.”
The prophet was told that he could not use wood, or coal to bake the cakes upon, but that he should use “dung that cometh out of a man”. To Ezekiel it was too repulsive, and he pleaded to be excused. The Lord made an allowance, not by compulsion, but for Ezekiel’s sake only, by telling Ezekiel to bake it with “cow’s dung”. The 13th verse gives an explanation of the symbol as follows :
“And the Lord said, ‘Even thus shall the children of
Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles’.”
The symbol is : Every portion of truth that has come so far, has been polluted, including the last one (Sabbath), notwithstanding all the instructions given us, line upon line, and precept upon precept. The picture tells the story; symbols do not lie. Instead of being offended because we are told of our failings, we should only praise God that in His mercy He has made a call for reformation, that we may not be left to perish in our sins, but are given an opportunity to choose whom we will serve.
The question may be asked, How have we polluted God’s truth ? Only one of the many references will be quoted here. Testimonies, Volume 1, pages 471, 472 : “A great mistake has been made by some who profess present truth, by introducing merchandise in the course of a series of meetings, …… Ministers have stood in the desk and preached a most solemn discourse, and then by introducing merchandise, and acting the part of a salesman, even in the house of God………The burden of selling our publications should not rest upon ministers who labor in word and doctrine.” Volume 8, page 250 :
“I saw our Instructer (Christ) pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness. Stripping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath. Then He said to me : ‘Can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character ? “How is the faithful city become an harlot ?” My Father’s House is made a house of merchandise , a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed ! For this cause there is weakness, and strength is lacking’.” Thus we have the proof that every truth thus far has been polluted, including the Sabbath.”
The 40 days and what transpires within
“Thus far, the 390 years have been explained, and we shall now consider the 40 days --- or years. After Ezekiel had accomplished the 390 days, he was told to turn now to his right side and lie on it 40 days. Unlike the 390 days, he is not to eat anything, but fast the entire 40 days, and during this period of time he must lie on his right side. As we have explained before, if one should lie on his left side, the stomach can not empty itself ; but now he must lie on his right side. This position would give his stomach a chance to empty itself. Naturally, if the stomach would empty and could not take other food, he would become hungry (symbol of spiritual hunger).
“The symbol is, that the church has been on a spiritual decline for forty years, and has had no new spiritual food to feed upon. Some may say, “We have the Bible and the Testimonies and we feed on them.” It is true we have had them, but they have been closed to us, for we did not make proper use of the truth we have had, and it is a fact that the church has had no new light upon scriptures that were not understood forty years ago.
“The forty – year period began in 1890, at which time the 390 years ended. The time has about elapsed, and now we must have food or else we shall die, and God in His mercy has remembered His people and is sending them an invitation to draw near for another feast.
NOTE : (After the end of forty years in 1930, the Lord sent us the message of the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 through His servant Bro. Victor T. Houteff. This is the message of the Shepherd’s Rod, to join with the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 by Sister White, to enlighten the world, beginning in our own church.)
“Would you, brethren, draw near for the great supper ? Or will you make an excuse ? Will you say, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it : I pray thee have me excused.” Or will your answer be, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them.” Or will it be that you have “married a wife and therefore, I cannot come.” Remember that “the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” : From the “highways and hedges will not hesitate ; the house will be filled. “For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” See Luke 14 : 16 – 24.
S E V E N --- A Perfect Number
“In this prophecy we find there are only six portions, and only six steps have been made. Luther, Knox, Wesley, Campbell, Miller and White. The number “s i x” is not a perfect number. It is evident then, that there is still another portion to follow, and a step to climb. “S e v e n” is the perfect, Biblical number. The question is, Why was not the seventh portion included in this prophecy ? Because the six were polluted, defiled with man’s preparation , man’s thoughts and plans have been injected and followed, which, in God’s sight are as “dung”. It is not to be so with the seventh, for it is the last; it must be pure. This last portion, pure and undefiled, is represented by the angel of Revelation 18 : 1, “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” It is at this time that Isaiah‘s prophecy will be fulfilled. Isa. 52 : 1, 2 : “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O
Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O
City : For henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust ; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem : Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion (God’s pure church).”
“Note the last part of the first verse : “For henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.” There has always been in the church the uncircumcised, the unclean, and unconverted, in all her history, but here the prophet declares there shall be “n o m o r e“. Let us give thanks to our God for this precious promise, and for the revelation of His Word. Prophet Zephaniah also declares,
“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth : For they shall feed and lie down and none shall make them afraid.” And in Prophet and Kings, page 725, we read :
“Clad in the armor of Christ’s righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. ‘Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners’, she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.”
“It could be explained that this brings us to the opening of the seventh seal of Revelation 8 : 1. The church on the seventh step, under the seventh seal, and in the seventh trumpet. By this we know we are on the borders of Eternity. Would the lips of any of us utter the words, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved ?” But how shall we attain this perfection ? It will not be easy. Unless we make an effort we shall never reach the mark, for the enemy is not leaving one string loose. He has interfered all the way, in every step, and every part of the truth, and his plan are stronger now than ever before. Nevertheless, prophecy has declared that the 144.000 have not bowed a knee to Baal, “and in their mouth was found no guile : For they are without fault before the throne of God.” At the present time (in 1930) the denomination employs about 10.000 evangelical workers, but what will it be when the 144.000 without guile, spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, filled with the Spirit of God compass the globe ? Such is the beginning of the seventh step. No wonder the prophet declared, “the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no more come into thee”. “And I shall make her a strong nation.” Micah 4 : 7.
“While the prophecy of the 430 years finds its beginning with the Reformation by Luther, and others, the lesson is for this time, and the people of this age. Never before has this prophecy been understood, and, until now, no one ever received much from it, but when the time is fulfilled, God makes it known. Thus has He lead His people on and on. The verses not commented on will be considered now.
“Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem.” Ezekiel 4 : 1. The Hebrew translation reads : “Engrave” upon it a city; namely “Jerusalem”, (the city : A symbol of the church membership). Ezekiel was told to engrave a city, and call it
Jerusalem, and it must be engraved upon a tile. Paper or skin would not do, for it would not be as durable as tile. If it is engraved on a tile it cannot be erased. The thought is that the prophecy will surely come to pass, and after it once becomes history, one cannot erase the things portrayed ; it is there to stay through all ages. (The tile mentioned here is not manufactured. It is a natural laminar tile, and quarried in large, self-separated slabs which in certain sections of that country is found in a great abundance. It is being largely or exclusively used for roofing and flooring.)
“Verse 2 : “And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it, set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.” “Lay siege against it” : That is, invade the city (the church) by an army to compel its surrender; endeavor to obtain possession of the city, -- the church. “And build a forth against it” : A fort around a city make it secure, so build a fort against it “ means to make sure that none escape. “And cast a mount“ : the word “mount” in the Greek translation is rendered (Prohomata), meaning “ramparts”, which is an embankment surrounding a fort, thus making every effort and precaution to secure the city. “Set the camp also against it”: That is, make temporary lodging places. The thought is, --- make preparation to remain there until you have conquered the city. “And set battering rams against it round about” : Or, as in margin, ”chief leaders” : Meaning an instrument with which to blow or strike. “Ram” is a male sheep, which is used as a symbol of God’s men, and they are to batter around about until the city is taken. The instrument which they batter with is a clear, cutting, and convincing Bible Truth.
“The “city” (Jerusalem) is God’s ; namely, the Seventh-day Adventists (Israel). God Himself organized this church by a prophet, and there is a great deal of difference between this church and the churches during the Reformation from Luther’s time onward. God permitted His people to be voted out of the church by the majority in times past, and they were compelled to start another movement until the next step they were to make, and so on. In this case, God is to deal with the entire body. Those who sigh and cry for the abominations that are done in the church will be sealed by the man with the writer’s inkhorn. Those who are determined to do evil, that is, do contrary to the rules laid down by the Spirit of God through the Testimonies for the church will be destroyed by the five men with the slaughter weapons of Ezekiel 9. None can escape, for the city is besieged, fortified, and made sure. It is a fact, that in every age where God demonstrated His truth and purpose in clear lines, after being rejected, that the people suffered the vengeance of the all-powerful and great God. For instance, the anti-diluvia’s, cities of Sodom, Egypt, Canaanites, Babylon, and ancient Jerusalem.
Separation in Principle
“Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city : And set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of
Israel.” Verse 3. “Take thou an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city (church)” : A symbol of an impregnable separation between the two classes. This does not mean that they do not see, or speak to one another, but a separation in principle, rule, or guide.”And set thy face against it” : As a general of armies sets his face against another nation, with intent to conquer. “This shall be a sign to the house of Israel” : The sign is to those who are marked or sealed; namely, the 144.000, for they are Israel, The True.
Time of Spiritual Hunger
“Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break his staff of bread in Jerusalem : And they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment : That they may want bread and water, and be astonished one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.” Verses 16, 17. The 13th verse applies to the time of the 390 years; verse 16, 17, to the time of the forty years. The beginning of the 16th verse shows that there is a break in the prophecy, for we read :
“Moreover He said unto me”, that is, besides, or furthermore. “I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem“ (I will cut down, or set it on the decrease).
“That they shall eat bread by weight and with care, and drink water by measure and with astonishment” : That is, sparingly, until their supply of bread is exhausted, and they become hungry. “Atoned (astonishment) : That is, we would say that we have the truth, or are God’s people, but we do not understand why thus and so; power is lacking, and there is something wrong.
S u m m a r y
Dear Readers, the 390 and 40 prophetic days have now been in the past. We are now living in the time wherein not only six kind of cereals are now provided us in the vessel to be baked, but even seven in all. All the cereals have been put into one vessel only to be baked into bread. And this represents THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY or the message of the eleventh-hour Call, to be the two sharp eyes sword of the Word of God, to be used by the laymen or those standing idle in the market of the Laodicean Church, in their siege against the leadership and their followers, either the General Conference of SDA and their diehard followers or and the General Association of Davidian SDA and their staunch dependents in the world, during this time of spiritual revival and reformation of The Review and Herald, February 25, 1902.
The prophecy of 390 days or years has reached 1890, wherein the message of “Justification by Faith” offered in the General Conference of SDA held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, had been rejected. And though the Lord then had left His people without additional food, that they might be hungry and thirsty for the following 40 years, the additional meat in due season that came in 1930 through His mouthpiece, Bro. Victor T. Houteff, was even then rejected even up to now. So is the siege must be going on, and the warfare with
Jerusalem will be more hotter than ever before. To this end the servant of the Lord, Sister Ellen G. White saw in her vision the following story :
“In vision I saw two armies in terrible conflict. One army was led by the banners bearing the world’s insignia; the other was led by the bloodstained banner of Prince Immanuel. Standard after standard was left to trail in the dust as company after company from the Lord’s army joined the foe and tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy united with the commandment-keeping people of God. An angel flying in the midst of heaven put the standard of Immanuel into many hands, while a mighty general cried out with a loud voice: “Come into line. Let those who are loyal to the commandments of God and the testimony of Christ (THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY) now take their position. Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean, and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters. Let all who will come up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.”
“The battle raged. Victory alternated from side to side. Now the soldiers of the cross gave way, “as when a standard bearer fainteth.” Isaiah 10 : 18. But their apparent retreat was but to gain a more advantageous position. Shouts of joy were heard. A song of praise to God went up, and angel voices united in the song, as Christ’s soldiers planted His banner on the walls of fortresses till then held by the enemy. The Captain of our salvation was ordering the battle and sending support to His soldiers. His power was mightily displayed, encouraging them to press the battle to the gates. He taught them terrible things in righteousness as He led them on step by step, conquering and to conquer.
NOTE : “Now the soldiers of the cross (the layman activists) gave way, ‘as when a standard bearer fainteth.’ Isaiah 10 : 18. But their apparent retreat was but to gain a more advantageous position”.
This statement has been fulfilled after the demise of Bro. Victor T. Houteff in 1955, even up to now. This is also to meet the fulfillment of his warning when he said :
“Everything that can be done against God’s message of today will be done with even a greater vengeance than was manifest against Heaven’s message in the days of Christ’s first advent, for the Devil knows that if he loses now, he loses forever --- that he is to have no other chance. Unparalleled, therefore, is the urgency that every eleventh-hour church member now quickly and solidly brace himself against the Enemy’s effort to deliver a knockout blow. We must be alert, too, to realize that the blow is to come from surprisingly unsuspected foes --- from professed friends of the gospel, who are no less pious than were the priests in Christ’s day. It is, moreover, but to be expected that the Adversary will employ every agency possible to prevent the Lord from disclosing to view His now obscure 144.000 first fruit servants, who are to go gather in the second fruits (Revelation 7 : 9). The Enemy will try everything conceivable to confuse, becloud, and cover up the Truth, especially on the subject of the 144.000.” -- The White House Recruiter, p. 33.
But when the following statement, however, is to be fulfilled :
“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. 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.” — Test. To Ministers, p. 300.
Then the following statement will be fulfilled also in the near future :
“At last the victory was gained. The army following the banner with the inscription, “The commandment of God, and the faith of Jesus,” was gloriously triumphant. The soldiers of Christ were close beside the gates of the city, and with joy the city received her King. The kingdom of peace and joy and everlasting righteousness was established.
“Now the church is militant. Now we are confronting with a world in midnight darkness, almost wholly given over to idolatry. But the day is coming in which the battle will have been fought, the victory won. The will of God is to be done on earth, as it is done in heaven. Then the nations will own no other law than the law of heaven. All will be a happy, united family, clothed with the garments of praise and thanksgiving – the robe of Christ’s righteousness. All nature, in its surpassing loveliness, will offer to God a constant tribute of praise and adoration. The world will be bathed in the light of heaven. The years will move on in gladness. The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold greater than it is now. Over the scene the morning stars will sing together, and the sons of God will shout for joy, while God and Christ will unite in proclaiming: “There shall be no more sin; neither shall there be any more death.”
NOTE : When this vision was shown to Mrs. White, the warfare was yet future.
“This is the scene that is presented to me. But the church must and will fight against seen and unseen foes. Satan’s agencies in human form are on the ground. Men have confederated to oppose the Lord of hosts. These confederacies will continue until Christ shall leave His place of intercession before the mercy seat and shall put on the garments of vengeance. Satanic agencies are in every city, busily organizing into parties those opposed to the law of God. Professed saints and avowed unbelievers take their stand with these parties. This is no time for the people of God to be weaklings. We cannot afford to be off our guard for one moment.” --- Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, pp. 41, 42.