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

We shall study the thirteenth chapter of Isaiah beginning with the very first verse. -1TG32 14.1

Here as in other chapters of Isaiahs prophecy you will notice that a part of the chapter (in this instance the first seventeen verses) speaks of the sins of ancient Israel the fathers of antitypical Israel and of their fall from power. But the remainder of the chapter speaks of Israel in the latter days the days in which antitypical Israel rises to power. Let us now consider -1TG32 14.2

Isa 30:1, 2 — Woe to the rebellious children saith the Lord that take counsel but not of Me and that cover with a covering but not of My Spirit that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt and have not asked at My mouth to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh and to trust in the shadow of Egypt -1TG32 14.3

Evidently Gods people in those days were guilty of these sins. Instead of trusting in God to deliver them from their enemies they trusted in Pharaoh. What a poor support to lean on -1TG32 14.4


Fathers Preferred Decit Their Children Given Grace


Isa 30:3-7 — Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. For his princes were at Zoan and his ambassadors came to Hanes. They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them nor be an help nor profit but a shame and also a reproach. The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish from whence come the young and old lion the viper and fiery flying serpent they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses and their treasures upon the bunches of camels to a people that shall not profit them. For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this Their strength is to sit still. -1TG32 15.1

This as you know is exactly what befell Gods ancient people. How much better it is to sit still to wait on the Lord for help when you are helpless than to solicit the help of His enemies -1TG32 15.2

Isa 30:8 — Now go write it before them in a table and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever. -1TG32 15.3

True they killed the prophets for warning the people of their sin but God decreed that the prophets writings against the existing sins must remain intact to be read as object lessons by the generations that were to follow thereafter. Gods people of today therefore have no excuse for repeating the mistakes of their predecessors. If they do repeat the sins of those who have gone before them however then their guilt will bring upon them even greater doom than was brought upon the Jews. And if no one can deny that Isaiahs prophecies against the Jews were fulfilled then who can dare say that they will not be fulfilled against us if we fail as they did? -1TG32 15.4


Isa 30:9, 10 — That this is a rebellious people lying children children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers See not and to the prophets Prophesy not unto us right things speak unto us smooth things prophesy deceits. -1TG32 16.1

By killing the prophets for their frank speaking Gods ancient people were in effect saying Prophesy unto us deceit. Tell us smooth things we do not want to know the truth about us. Does this thing still exist among us? — Let me tell you an incident that will quickly answer this question. -1TG32 16.2

Just the other day from a brother minister I received a very kindly written letter in which he sincerely expresses his opinion of our literature. He very politely explained that all he has against it is that in it we speak of the sins and mistakes which the leaders of the church commit. If you have love for them he said you will speak only good of them. -1TG32 16.3

I do appreciate this brothers sincerity in this matter but I do not appreciate his judgment on it. If he will re-examine the literature I am sure he will find that we have said nothing but only what the Scriptures say on the subject for our time. Therefore his burden in actuality is directed not against us but against God Himself -1TG32 16.4

Our business Brother Sister is not to find fault with either the ministry or the laity but to truthfully bring to light what the Scriptures have to say to Gods people of today. We cannot do otherwise God helping us. Ezekiels charge is our charge: -1TG32 16.5


When I say unto the wicked Thou shalt surely die and thou givest him not warning nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezek. 3:18. -1TG32 17.1

When the Jews found fault with the prophets for speaking of the sins in which the priests were indulging they actually said: -1TG32 17.2

Isa 30:11 — Get you out of the way turn aside out of the path cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. -1TG32 17.3

Spiritual blindness is a cruel thing. Its victims can hardly be made to see either their sins or the righteousness of God. They misinterpret and misapply everything that is intended for their own good. -1TG32 17.4

Isa 30:12, 13 — Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel Because ye despise this Word and trust in oppression and perverseness and stay thereon: therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall swelling out in a high wall whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. -1TG32 17.5

If the spiritual eyes of Gods ancient people could possibly have been opened if they could have seen that their sins were undermining the foundation upon which they were standing they would not have spit upon the faces of the prophets for warning them of their plight. Indeed not. Instead they would have welcomed the prophets. -1TG32 17.6

Isa 30:14 — And He shall break it as the breaking of the potters vessel that is broken in pieces He shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth or to take water withal out of the pit. -1TG32 17.7


Who dares deny that their kingdom thus fell? All these things came upon them only because they refused to hear the prophets. -1TG32 18.1

Isa 30:15-18 — For thus saith the Lord God the Holy One of Israel In returning and rest shall ye be saved in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. But ye said No for we will flee upon horses therefore shall ye flee: and We will ride upon the swift therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain and as an ensign on an hill. And therefore will the Lord wait that He may be gracious unto you and therefore will He be exalted that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him. -1TG32 18.2

Because there was nothing that could have been done to save our ancestors from shame the Lord let the nations beat His people and scatter them to the four winds. He nevertheless left a promise that He would wait until they as a people have gone through their period of prodigality until they as individuals discover their mistakes and give the Lord opportunity to display His grace to them. Those who wait for Him are certainly to receive His blessings. -1TG32 18.3

With the eighteenth verse comes the dividing line between the account of Gods ancient people and the forecast of His peoples future in the latter days. Up to this point is the record of the former now concerning the promises to the latter we read: -1TG32 18.4


Isa 30:19 — For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry when He shall hear it He will answer thee. -1TG32 19.1

What is the reason that God so patiently waits? and why does He promise His grace so abundantly to His people? — Because He is determined that they shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem. His aim is to take them back there and to give them rest. His purpose is to end their weeping to hear their prayers and to grant their needs. -1TG32 19.2

So it is that while Gods ancient people faced destruction punishment and desolation we now are facing restoration pity and grace. Today we have the same promise that the people had in Moses day — yes greater. -1TG32 19.3

Isa 30:20 — And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more but thine eyes shall see thy teachers. -1TG32 19.4

Although God anciently permitted the peoples teachers (their prophets) to be pushed into a corner abused and slaughtered He will permit it no longer. The eyes of His people shall see their God-appointed teachers as they are brought to the front. -1TG32 19.5

Isa 30:21 — And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying This is the way walk ye in it when ye turn to the right hand and when ye turn to the left. -1TG32 19.6

There is therefore no need for any of us to go wrong. There is no excuse for making mistakes which we ought not make. -1TG32 19.7


Isa 30:22 — Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth thou shalt say unto it Get thee hence. -1TG32 20.1

No Gods faithful people will not hold to anything that displeases the Lord. Not only will they cast away all idolatrous things but they will actually hate them. -1TG32 20.2

Isa 30:23 — Then shall he give the rain of thy seed that thou shalt sow the ground withal and bread of the increase of the earth and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. -1TG32 20.3

When we comply with all Gods requirements then it is that we will prosper. Then it is that the devourer shall be rebuked and the curses kept back from us. We should therefore now realize that prosperity does not depend merely upon ones ability but that it depends even more upon Gods approval of ones deeds. -1TG32 20.4

Isa 30:24 — The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan. -1TG32 20.5

If our cattle are to have clean feed then how much more important that we ourselves have spiritual food that is winnowed by the Spirit of Truth. This they are to have. -1TG32 20.6

Isa 30:25 — And there shall be upon every high mountain and upon every high hill rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall. -1TG32 20.7


Obviously when Gods waters of salvation cover the earth — even to the tops of the mountains so to speak — then the watch towers (the pulpits) which the people have on their own initiative built will fall. Doubtless the day of slaughter is the great and dreadful day of the Lord. So again we are brought face to face with the reality that Truth does one of two things — if It cannot save It destroys. -1TG32 21.1

This Truth to which you are listening today will verily spread throughout the world as fire spreads in stubble. Matters not who attempt to stop Gods Truth I know that all such will stumble and fall and not be found but that the Truth shall cover the earth. -1TG32 21.2

Isa 30:26 — Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold as the light of seven days in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of His people and healeth the stroke of their wound. -1TG32 21.3

Were this not a figure of speech were the sun actually to become seven times hotter than it is then the earth itself would go into flames. Obviously the sun in this instance is used figuratively to illustrate that the light of Gods Word now while He is binding the wound of His people is to increase sevenfold — all the light that there is will burst upon the earth as does the sun after a cloudy day. Moreover the moon (the church) the agency which reflects the rays of the sun into the dark places of the earth will as a result accommodate the people not much better than she has heretofore but perfectly. Already we see the light of Gods Word rising higher and higher with each passing week. -1TG32 21.4

Isa 30:27 — Behold the name of the Lord cometh from far burning with His anger and the burden thereof is heavy: His lips are full of indignation and His tongue as a devouring fire. -1TG32 21.5


Look commands the Lord the unveiling of these truths indicates but one thing — that we are approaching the great and dreadful day of the Lord the day in which there shall be but one Lord and His name one. -1TG32 22.1

Isa 30:28 — And His breath as an overflowing stream shall reach to the midst of the neck to sift the nations with the sieve of and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people causing them to err. -1TG32 22.2

The Lords breath His written Word will rise (revealed Truth will increase) up and up until It shall reach to the midst of the neck as it were to sift the nations. The vain shall fall but the humble those that wait for the Lord shall stand. -1TG32 22.3

Isa 30:29 — Ye shall have a song as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept and gladness of heart as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord to the mighty One of Israel. -1TG32 22.4

Yes the rejecters of Gods Word may lament and gnash their teeth in outer darkness but the obedient those who wait for the Lord shall sing as when a holy solemnity is kept and shall as it were play with a pipe instrument to come into the mountain [kingdom] of the Lord. -1TG32 22.5

Isa 30:30 — And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard and shall shew the lighting down of His arm with the indignation of His anger and with the flame of a devouring fire with scattering and tempest and hailstones. -1TG32 22.6


God is about to thus manifest His power and vindicate His cause. The days of His silence are almost past. -1TG32 23.1

Isa 30:31-33 — For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass which the Lord shall lay upon him it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will He fight with it. For Tophet is ordained of old yea for the king it is prepared He hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood the breath of the Lord like a stream of brimstone doth kindle it. -1TG32 23.2

If Gods people in ancient days had believed what the prophets told them what a difference it would have made Their mistakes must now become our knowledge our stepping stones of escape. -1TG32 23.3

Wherefore holy brethren partakers of the heavenly calling consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession Christ Jesus Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him as also Moses was faithful in all his house…. Let us therefore fear lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them not being mixed with faith in them that heard It. Again He limiteth a certain day saying in David Today after so long a time as it is said Today if ye will hear His voice harden not your hearts. Heb. 3:1, 2 4:1, 2, 7. -1TG32 23.4

Our forefathers preferred deceit. We though ought to now gladly respond to Mercys plea and thus obtain grace. -1TG32 23.5