VTH Writings

Tell Mother

 “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 beginning on page 188, the last paragraph. -1TG31 2.1

M.B. pg. 188 — Jesus…earnestly desired that the great multitude might appreciate the mercy and loving kindness of God. As an illustration of their need and of Gods willingness to give He presents before them a hungry child asking his earthly parent for bread. What man is there of you He said whom if his son ask bread will he give him a stone? He appeals to the tender natural affection of a parent for his child and then says If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him? No man with a fathers heart would turn from his son who is hungry and is asking for bread. Would they think him capable of trifling with his child of tantalizing him by raising his expectations only to disappoint him?… And should any one dishonor God by imagining that He would not respond to the appeals of His children? -1TG31 2.2

…The Holy Spirit the representative of Himself is the greatest of all gifts. All good things are comprised in this. The Creator Himself can give us nothing greater nothing better…. -1TG31 2.3

If we do not believe what God tells us if we do not believe what He says He is then we dishonor Him. He is very anxious to give us gifts but only if we want them. He is particularly anxious to give us the greatest gift — the gift of the Holy Spirit. Naturally with this gift all other gifts are given. It was this gift that Solomon asked for and with it he was liberally given all the other gifts. Let us likewise pray for this great gift. It is just what God wants to give us if we will only wholeheartedly and honestly promise — positively to use the gift in the way He would have us use it. -1TG31 2.4


The Old Family Tree


Let us turn to the eleventh chapter of Isaiah and begin our study with the first verse. -1TG31 3.1

Isa 11:1 — And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. -1TG31 3.2

Here is a family tree in which three persons are introduced. This verse does not say whom the rod represents it does not say whom the Branch represents but it does say that the stem is Jesse the father of king David. The rod of course which came out of the stem could be none other than the son of Jesse — David the king of ancient Israel. The verses following this verse explain that the Branch is the Lord Himself. Clearly then this family tree represents Jesse David and Christ. -1TG31 3.3

The remaining verses of the chapter are concerning Christ His work and His kingdom. -1TG31 3.4

Isa 11:2 — And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him the Spirit of wisdom and understanding the Spirit of counsel and might the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. -1TG31 3.5

Upon this one gift — the gift of the Spirit — all things hinge. -1TG31 3.6


Isa 11:3, 4 — And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: but with righteousness shall He judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth: with the rod of His mouth and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. -1TG31 4.1

These verses I am sure need no comment save to mention that the rod of His mouth and the breath of His lips must mean Gods Word His Truth. This very Truth to which we are listening this afternoon will therefore on the one hand slay those who reject It together with those who are disobedient to It but on the other hand save those who give heed to It and who comply with Its requirements. The one consequence is as natural as it the other. For example did not the preaching of the gospel of Christ save the Apostles but at the same time cause Judas to commit suicide? And did it not save the disciples but destroy all the unbelieving of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.? -1TG31 4.2

In the Kingdom here predicted not only are men to be at peace with men but men with beast and beast with beast as well. The reason given for such perfect peace is that the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Knowledge then is what we need and shall we turn it down now when it is so freely brought to our doors? -1TG31 4.3

Just as soon as Gods people obtain this knowledge of the Lord just that soon shall the kingdom appear. So it is that while learning of God and of His wisdom we are at the same time bringing peace on earth. Plainly then those who have not this knowledge of the Lord cannot become citizens of His kingdom. How essential then that we study for ourselves how essential that we know what is Truth through our own personal experience not through the experience of others -1TG31 4.4


Isa 11:10 — And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse which shall stand for an ensign of the people to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. -1TG31 5.1

That is in the day of the Branch (in the Christian period) in the day this family tree is completed then it is that the kingdom of peace (the church purified) sprouts so to speak from the ground up. It then stands for an ensign to the people and to It shall the Gentiles seek for salvation. Plainly then this old family tree Kingdom is to be set up while probation lasts. Moreover the place where It is to stand (rest) shall be glorious. It is therefore to have Its own location and Its own boundary line. It is to be for the gathering of the people the ark of today as was Noahs ark in Noahs day. So we are again brought to the same truth which Isaiah chapter 2, and Micah chapter 4, teach: -1TG31 5.2

Isa 11:11, 12 — And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people which shall be left from Assyria and from Egypt and from Pathros and from Cush and from Elam and from Shinar and from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. -1TG31 5.3


The Lord is to recover the remnant (those that are spared) of His people in the day this Kingdom is set up that is the Kingdom is set then those who are left behind among the Gentiles those who seek after the ensign the Lord is to recover them. This second recovery of His people declares Inspiration is to be from the four corners of the earth. The first as you know was from Egypt only. -1TG31 6.1

Isa 11:13-15 — The envy also of Ephraim shall depart and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah and Judah shall not vex Ephraim [–there shall be no sinner among them]. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab and the children of Ammon shall obey them. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river and shall smite it in the seven streams and make men go over dryshod. -1TG31 6.2

Both kingdoms Israel (sometimes called the house of Ephraim) and Judah are to be restored and united in the antitype. They shall never again envy or vex each other. And through Ezekiel commands the Lord: -1TG31 6.3

Say unto them Thus saith the Lord God Behold I will take the stick of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his fellows and will put them with him even with the stick of Judah and make them one stick and they shall be one in Mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them Thus saith the Lord God Behold I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be gone and will gather them on every side and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols nor with their detestable things nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces wherein they have sinned and will cleanse them: so shall they be My people and I will be their God. Ezek. 37:19-23. -1TG31 6.4


Thus it is that …in the days of these kings [not after their days] shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people but it [the kingdom] shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it brake in pieces the iron the brass the clay the silver and the gold the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain and the interpretation thereof sure. Dan. 2:44, 45. -1TG31 7.1

If the Kingdom is to destroy all these kingdoms then It must be set up before these kingdoms are destroyed. The stone that is cut out of the mountain in the days of these kings is itself to become a great mountain and It the Kingdom is to fill the whole earth (Dan. 2:35, 45). -1TG31 7.2

In the days of Moses the Lord smote but one stream the Red Sea and one nation Egypt. But now the Lord promises to smite every stream (all seven ) and cause His people from the four corners of the earth to reach their land without so much as getting their feet wet. Although today as in Moses day such a thing seems utterly impossible yet it is certain that just as God made it possible then He will now too. The battle is the Lords the will is ours. We have nothing to do but to obey His voice. That is our only duty Brother Sister. -1TG31 7.3


There is no Bible Truth plainer than this and there is no truth as important at this time as is this Truth. These are the very reasons that it either saves or destroys — to accept It is to have all your sins blotted out to reject It is to sin against the Holy Ghost. Today if ye will hear His Voice harden not your [heart] is Gods counsel for you and for me. You well know now that this Truth is irrefutable. Try and see for yourself. -1TG31 8.1

Isa 11:16 — And there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people which shall be left from Assyria like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. -1TG31 8.2

After the first fruits and the Lamb are gone to Mount Sion there shall be a highway for the second fruits for those who are still in Assyria the world. In other words all obstructions shall be removed. Our faith shall not fail us and our hope shall not be in vain for God has not forsaken the earth. He Who rules and guides the stars in their unerring path is able to lead us safely to our own land. Indeed just as not one of them fails in its course so not one of Gods promises shall ever fail to materialize. Let no one deceive you in this. Study verse by verse word for word read stop and think do not hastily pass by this positive most urgent Truth for as it was in the days of the flood so shall it be now says the Lord (Matt. 24:37). The first born (firstfruits) who failed to paint the door post with the sacrificial blood in the first exodus the type perished. So any of the firstfruits of today who fails to comply with the demands of the message for today will as certainly perish at the angels slaughter weapons (Ezek. 9:5, 6). -1TG31 8.3


Isa 12:1-3 — And in that day thou shalt say O Lord I will praise Thee: though Thou wast angry with me Thine anger is turned away and Thou comfortedst me. Behold God is my salvation I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. -1TG31 9.1

In that day that is in the day His people are being gathered from the four corners of the earth in that day are they thus to praise Him because they will plainly see that His anger has been turned away from them. They will positively know that He is their salvation their fear and their strength. They will therefore with greater joy drink in the freshly revealed truths of the Bible. -1TG31 9.2

Isa 12:4 — And in that day shall ye say Praise the Lord call upon His name declare His doings among the people make mention that His name is exalted. -1TG31 9.3

In that day that is in the gathering time shall they encourage one another to praise the Lord to call upon His name and to declare His doings among the people. They will then whole-heartedly and with knowledge be doing real and profitable missionary work. -1TG31 9.4


Isa 12:5, 6 — Sing unto the Lord for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. -1TG31 10.1

You certainly will not let anything hinder or stifle your voice now that God commands to cry out and shout. -1TG31 10.2

Behold a king shall reign in righteousness and princes shall rule in Judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind and a covert from the tempest as rivers of water in a dry place as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isa. 32:1, 2. -1TG31 10.3

No this is not what popular theology teaches but you admit that this is what the Bible teaches and that It we must believe rather than men. -1TG31 10.4

Thus far faith in Gods promises has not failed us and why will He fail us now? — Never. Faith mixed with works will bring everything in due season. The adversaries of Truth shall fail but Truth shall triumph and the faithful with It. -1TG31 10.5

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. -1TG31 10.6

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. -1TG31 10.7


By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear prepared an ark to the saving of his house by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance obeyed and he went out not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country dwelling in taberacles with Isaac and Jacob the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God. -1TG31 11.1

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age because she judged Him faithful Who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one and him as good as dead so many as the stars of the sky in multitude and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them afar off and were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city. -1TG31 11.2


By faith Abraham when he was tried offered up Isaac and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son of whom it was said That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up even from the dead from whence also he received him in a figure. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob when he was a dying blessed both the sons of Joseph and worshipped leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph when he died made mention of the departing of the children of Israel and gave commandment concerning his bones. -1TG31 12.1

By faith Moses when he was born was hid three months of his parents because they saw he was a proper child and they were not afraid of the kings commandment. By faith Moses when he was come to years refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover and the sprinkling of blood lest He that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. -1TG31 12.2

By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not when she had received the spies with peace. -1TG31 12.3


And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and of Barak and of Samson and of Jephthae of David also and Samuel and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms wrought righteousness obtained promises stopped the mouths of lions quenched the violence of fire escaped the edge of the sword out of weakness were made strong waxed valiant in fight turned to flight the armies of the aliens. -1TG31 13.1

Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings yea moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned they were sawn asunder were tempted were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins being destitute afflicted tormented (of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts and in mountains and in dens and caves of the earth. -1TG31 13.2

And these all having obtained a good report through faith received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us that they without us should not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:1-40. -1TG31 13.3

Now while the eternal records are being made will you not cause your name to be written among the great heroes of God? How can you afford to eternally lose out at such a late hour? -1TG31 13.4