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


Our text is found in Isaiah chapter 2, verse 22. -2TG28 12.1

Isa. 2:22 — Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? -2TG28 12.2

In this verse of Scripture God recommends that we cease from man. And the reason given is that mans breath is in his nostrils because without breath he is but a lump of dirt and therefore of no account. He is no God. -2TG28 12.3

The plea would not have been made if the people were not putting their trust in man rather than in God for their salvation that is rather than doing what the noble Bereans did studying to know whether these things be so Gods people are giving heed to what others think or say. They are today doing what hundreds of thousands were doing in Jesus day: trusting in the opinions of their learned priests scribes and rabbis. The Jews giving heed to hearsay instead of engaging in personal investigation and experience of their own with the source of truth is therefore the very thing that crucified the Lord. -2TG28 12.4


And where do you suppose such confidence in man originated? — We often think that evil originated with Eve when she reached for the forbidden fruit. But the fact is that evil already existed before Eve came in contact with it. Let us read this from the prophet Isaiah: -2TG28 13.1

How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer son of the morning For thou hast said in thine heart I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell to the sides of the pit. — Isa. 14:12-15. -2TG28 13.2

We understand that Satans name before he sinned was Lucifer and that he sinned before Eve sinned that he was impersonated in the serpent that deceived Eve. We shall therefore consider the sin in heaven before we further consider sin on earth. -2TG28 13.3

Satan we are told was not the only sinner in Heaven for with him were cast out of Heaven a third of the angelic host (Rev. 12:4). These were cast out of Heaven because they gave heed to the words of Lucifer to a man in Heaven rather than giving heed to the word of God. This was the angels downfall. Lucifer himself fell when he aspired to be as God. -2TG28 13.4

These two sins — trust in man and desire to exalt self — are still the leading sin elements now here on earth. This was Eves stumbling block and to many even today it is still the stumbling block. No appetite alone was not the cause of Eves downfall. The serpent did not say Thou shouldst eat of this fruit for it is wonderful more delicious than any other fruit in the garden of God. But he said: God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil. Gen. 3:5. -2TG28 13.5


The fruit of course appealed to her but she was tempted by the idea of having the opportunity to be exalted to the throne of God to be exalted to the same position to which Lucifer himself aspired. Lucifer must have honestly believed that he would be as God if the angels in Heaven and the men on earth would but take orders from him. -2TG28 14.1

And so we see that the Devil deceived Eve on the same grounds he deceived himself and his angels the only difference being that he caused Eve to eat of the fruit which he himself and his angels would not eat. Consequently Eve sinned against her physical being too by taking into it something that was not created for food and consequently she died. But Satan and his angels still live. -2TG28 14.2

This same stumbling block the desire to exalt self has predominated throughout the ages and it predominates today. No I am not making rash and empty statements. I have the facts to back up my words. For example in the days of the Exodus Movement there were Korah Dathan and Abiram who aspired to the office of Moses and Aaron as Lucifer aspired to the throne of God the highest offices they could have longed for. And did not Lucifer fall because of wanting to be above all others for nothing more than to exalt self? And was not the same true of the fall of Korah Dathan and Abiram? -2TG28 14.3


Today we see the same clamoring for position even in our own churches. The offices of Church Elders Sabbath School Superintendents Secretaries Pianists and other such church offices let us remember hold no monetary compensation. But in spite of it every year in most of the churches as far as I have been able to observe there is a clamor and a quarrel by men and women for one or more of these offices. Since there is no monetary remuneration for such services then what is the fuss about if not purely for self-exaltation if not for the purpose of being looked up to as somebody? -2TG28 15.1

You see then that the same clamor for self-promotion that existed with Lucifer with Eve with others down through the ages exists today. My statement you see is backed up by actual facts. Moreover if such be the case with those who receive no monetary consideration for their services then what could be the case with those who are well paid? This question you can answer for yourself to your own satisfaction. -2TG28 15.2

Plainly one who aspires to position simply for self-exaltation especially when such an office holds out spiritual responsibilities as does a church office such a one should not be given any consideration whatsoever. And if he already has any station of responsibility he should be relieved of it for such high-minded leaders are spiritually blind and they draw the multitude to themselves as did Lucifer draw the angels to himself and to doom. -2TG28 15.3


Moreover this class of leaders dead to Christ and alive to themselves as a rule love to parade and even to exaggerate their religious deeds. Such should therefore be branded as Satan-inspired disciple-seekers. This class of men are naturally clever. They manage to gain the confidence of the people by the same method with which the priests and rabbis in Jesus time deceived the nation: They prayed where they could be seen they marred their faces to appear to be fasting they made it their business to air far and wide whatever good they did they were adept at making themselves appear very religious pious philanthropic and righteous. -2TG28 16.1

Multitudes are still charmed by such so-called good men and multitudes unquestionably accept their decisions as it they were Gods decisions. Against such remember Inspiration warns: Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? Isa. 2:22. -2TG28 16.2

That these man worshipers be seen even more realistically let me tell you something: Thousands have advised us to recant if the president of the General Conference sees no light in our teaching if he sees no light in our revival and reformation among Gods people. They seem to be just as sincere in this as were the Jews who confidently took sides against Jesus by making the high priests decisions their own decisions -2TG28 16.3

Their wish for us to recant if the president sees no light shows that they are copying the Jews of old rather than looking into the matter themselves with confidence in the Spirit of God to show them personally what Truth is they have absolute confidence in what man the president tells them -2TG28 16.4


Was not this very spirit in the hearts of the men that rejected and crucified the Lord? Obviously this class of persons is not led by Truth but by men of position. Such ones never ask Is it Truth? but By whom is it advocated? And if it does not come from the channel through which they would have it to come then of course Truth is rejected. -2TG28 17.1

They never stop to think that God is not taking orders from them that they are not choosing Gods servants for Him and that the General Conference president was elected by men not because of his authority on the Scriptures but because of his ability to command that Truth has never yet originated through him that whatever Bible truth he himself has ever learned is only that which inspired men of God have taught him. The laity therefore have never had greater need to cease from men as they have this day. And if they do not reform God have pity on them. -2TG28 17.2

It is to be remembered though that they are doing this foolish thing only because the ministry has so trained them only because some ministers are in league with the spirit that was in Korah Dathan and Abiram when they aspired to the position of the prophets although God has not delegated them as such. -2TG28 17.3

Then too when a preacher begins broadcasting his good deeds and accomplishments along with his religious experiences also when a preacher rubs his eyes and blows his nose unnecessarily as he preaches and endeavors to make his audience start crying — when you see these things in a preacher know for certain that he is pulling the wool over the eyes of his listeners that there is something up his sleeve. I say when you see a preacher doing these things he is aiming to enlist your endorsement to something of his own. Beware -2TG28 17.4


You may peruse the entire Bible and I assure you that you will not find one of these things practiced by any of the prophets. They never aimed to make Gods people sad but always to rejoice in the Lord. -2TG28 18.1

Take for example Jesus Christ. His work His mission was greater and more important than any before Him or after Him. He had religious experience that was worth telling and if such a procedure would have been beneficial in the work of salvation He certainly would have taken advantage of it. Instead of preaching Himself though He preached the Truth. He never tried to persuade anyone by talking of Himself. He simply spoke of Bible truth and gave God not Himself the credit. And if anyone can preach repentance and love He could but He never tried to play on the emotions of His audience never tried to set them crying over anything. -2TG28 18.2

No one moreover including ourselves has ever accepted the writing of the prophets on the merits of their goodness their education or their personal religious experience. They wrote nothing concerning themselves and nothing to bolster their office. All who have accepted them have done so on the merits of their own writings. That is all. They never tried to win converts by what they themselves were or were not. Are they not to this day having success? And is it not the Truth of God that we must be after? The Jews asked for a sign and the Greeks for wisdom but Gods people of today are asking for both sign and wisdom rather than for Truth. -2TG28 18.3


Let us therefore never forget that the spirit of self-exaltation originated all the evil which we see today and which is harder at work than ever before. We should not give the Dragon a chance to trap us and dump us into doom with the third part of the angels who took hold of his tail and could not let loose of it. Let us ever remember that– -2TG28 19.1

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. Isa. 2:11. -2TG28 19.2