VTH Writings

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 “It is the intention of this book to reveal the truth of the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7 but the chief object of this publication is to bring about a reformation among God’s people. The truth herein contained is divided into seven sections, giving proof from seven different angles, to prevent any doubt or confusion. This subject is made clear by the use of the Bible and the writings given by the Spirit of Prophecy.” – The Shepherd’s Rod Vol. 1 pg. 5

I shall read from The Mount of Blessing page 174, beginning with the first paragraph. The title of this reading is Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. -1TG20 10.1

M.B. p. 174 — The last like the first sentence of the Lords prayer points to our Father as above all power and authority and every name that is named… Amid national strife and ruin the steps of the disciples would be beset with perils and often their hearts would be oppressed by fear. They were to see Jerusalem a desolation the temple swept away its worship forever ended and Israel scattered to all lands like wrecks on a desert shore. Jesus said: Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. Nations shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Yet Christs followers were not to fear that their hope was lost or that God had forsaken the earth. The power and the glory belong unto Him whose great purposes would still move on unthwarted toward their consummation. In the prayer that breathes their daily wants the disciples of Christ were directed to look above all the power and dominion of evil into the Lord their God whose kingdom ruleth over all and who is their Father and everlasting Friend. -1TG20 10.2

The disciples expected Jerusalem in their time to become the capital of Gods great Kingdom. But contrary to their expectations Jesus proclaimed that Jerusalem would become a desolation and the temple a ruin Thus again and again we are led to see that we finite beings never know Gods plans. Indeed we need to pray for His Spirit to lead us on and on and to point out the right way at every turn as we journey onward to Eternity. Let us now pray that the knowledge of these truths will make us just what we ought to be. -1TG20 10.3


The Kingdom of Judah, The Sifting of the Nations

Last Sabbath we concluded our study with verse eleven of Zechariah 14, and now in order to connect todays study with last Sabbaths we shall briefly review the events concerning Jerusalem as predicted in the first eleven verses of the same chapter. -1TG20 11.1

The first event predicted is a war against Jerusalem in which all nations participate. In that war a part of the people in Jerusalem go into captivity but the rest remain in the city. Moreover in that day the Lords feet stand on the Mount of Olives and the mountain cleaves toward the east and toward the west making a great valley. Then to this valley of the mountains to the place where the Lords feet stand the people of God flee as hastily as if from an earthquake. Thus is Jerusalem to be re-inhabited by Gods Own people. Evidently those who are not cut off those who are left in Jerusalem must be the faithful that are found therein. But those who flee to the valley to where the Lords feet stand — flee to Him not away from Him — must be the faithful from elsewhere. Plainly Jerusalem is to become the great gathering place for Gods people. -1TG20 11.2

These are some of the things which our last Sabbaths study the first part of Zechariah chapter 14, brought to view and any Bible student should readily see that they are pre-millennial: The people do not descend from Heaven but instead they flee into the valley. They could not therefore be the wicked for they flee to Him not away from Him. Now let us continue with the twelfth verse. -1TG20 11.3


Zech. 14:12 — And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet and their eyes shall consume away in their holes and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. -1TG20 12.1

In one of the preceding verses we are told that the Lord is to fight against all those who fight against Jerusalem. And now in this verse we are told of the means which the Lord will employ in that warfare. He is not to use man-made weapons but a plague. -1TG20 12.2

Zech. 14:13 — And it shall come to pass in that day that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. -1TG20 12.3

Besides the plague there shall be a great tumult — a confusion and excitement that will turn every man against his neighbor. Thus shall the Lord defeat the enemies of His people. -1TG20 12.4

Zech. 14:14 — And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together gold and silver and apparel in great abundance. -1TG20 12.5

During this conflict of the nations the Kingdom of Judah is to be restored. She also shall fight at Jerusalem and shall gather to herself the wealth of the heathen. -1TG20 12.6


Zech. 14:15 — And so shall be the plague of the horse of the mule of the camel and of the ass and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents as this plague. -1TG20 13.1

The plague falls on both men and beast that are found in the tents of the unbelieving. -1TG20 13.2

Zech. 14:16 — And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King the Lord of hosts and to keep the feast of tabernacles. -1TG20 13.3

This sentence of Scripture emphatically implies that all who at that decisive moment refuse to be converted to the Lord shall perish only those who worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the feast of tabernacles shall be spared. -1TG20 13.4

Zech. 14:17 — And it shall be that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King the Lord of hosts even upon them shall be no rain. -1TG20 13.5

The rain will be withheld from all who do not then worship the King the Lord of hosts in order that they may fully realize their mistake. Moreover not only those who shall fight against Jerusalem but even all the families of the earth shall be thus sifted. -1TG20 13.6

Zech. 14:18 — And if the family of Egypt go not up and come not that have no rain there shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. -1TG20 13.7


If the drought fails to awaken them then the plague will finally take them. Thus all who have not heard the message will be given opportunity to hear it. If it cannot save them it will eventually destroy them. -1TG20 14.1

Now we see that this event (the Lords standing on the mount and the saints fleeting to the valley) is not only pre-millennial but even pre-probationary that it commences the re-establishment of the house of Judah that it prepares the way for lightening the earth with the glory of the angel (Rev. 18:1) that it is eventually to bring the end of sinners. -1TG20 14.2

Zech. 14:19 — This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. -1TG20 14.3

Again we see the necessity of forsaking our preconceptions of the final work of the gospel. No the Lord will not drop upon the world like a bolt from the sky. He will first magnify His Word His power His righteousness and His church or people. He is also to have as it were an ark of safety into which to gather His elect and shield them. All these facts you see are vividly borne out in this prophecy. -1TG20 14.4

Zech. 14:20 — In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD and the pots in the Lords house shall be like the bowls before the altar. -1TG20 14.5

Bells on horses serve no other purpose than to help their masters locate them. Thus it will be that only those servants whose bells (voices) sound Holiness unto the Lord can the Lord locate and gather as His Own. -1TG20 14.6


Zech. 14:21 — Yea every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts. -1TG20 15.1

This verse is self-explanatory it needs no comments. -1TG20 15.2

So it is seen that with the establishment of the Kingdom of Judah commences the sifting of the nations. It must be that we are on the verge of witnessing the fulfillment of these prophecies else the Scroll would not have been unrolled so far as to unseal them at this time — certainly not if the Spirit of Truth alone leads into all Truth and if the Lord gives meat in due season. In view of this let us wholeheartedly do Gods bidding and sincerely act out our faith in His never-failing Word. -1TG20 15.3