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

In order to know what takes place during the time of the end we must first know where the time of the end begins and ends. We must know both ends if we are to know what takes place between. Now to find when the time of the end begins let us turn to– -2TG42 24.1

Dan 11:40 — And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships and he shall enter into the countries and shall overflow and pass over. -2TG42 24.2

In this verse of Scripture there are five clues to be carefully noted: (1) that the war mentioned in this verse is the last conflict between the two kings recorded in the prophecy of Daniel 11 (2) that it is a losing war for the king of the south (3) that it is fought at the time of the end not before in or after (4) that the king of the north becomes great while the king of the south declines and (5) that the statement at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him very obviously marks the beginning of the time of the end. -2TG42 24.3

If therefore we find the year this prophesied war began we shall have established the beginning of the time of the end. -2TG42 24.4

Since the king of the south pushes at the king of the north it follows that the king of the south is the aggressor feels himself strong to attack. He nevertheless loses out and the king of the north overruns him becomes great — takes many countries including the following: -2TG42 24.5


That Which is to be During the Time of the End


Dan 11:41 — He shall enter also into the glorious land and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand even Edom and Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon. -2TG42 25.1

Here it is seen that the king of the north grows very great during the time of the end. He takes the glorious land (Palestine) and besides taking many other countries he also takes Edom and Moab and Ammon (the Arab countries) which nevertheless in time escape out of his hand — free themselves. Moreover says the scripture: -2TG42 25.2

Dan 11:42 — He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. -2TG42 25.3

This definitely shows that in the time of the end one great power which has been ruling these countries among which are included Egypt and Palestine loses them and becomes small while another power takes them and waxes even greater. -2TG42 25.4

For centuries the Ottoman empire ruled these countries and history records that the first Turkish reverses on land occurred about 1699. Ever since Turkey has been declining and the Christian nations gaining but it is Great Britain in particular that has taken the countries mentioned by name in this prophecy. She is the one who has taken many other countries besides these and has waxed great during the decline of the Ottoman empire. -2TG42 25.5

Obviously therefore these historic facts besides others we have not mentioned prove that rising from the jungles south of Palestine the Ottoman empire next after the Ptolemies holds the title king of the south and the nations north of Palestine the Christian nations rising from the Roman empire (and now Great Britain in particular) hold the title king of the north. And since the decline of the Ottoman empire began in 1699, and the growth of the British Empire began during the same time then the beginning of the eighteenth century is therefore the beginning of the time of the end. -2TG42 25.6


Finally since we now see that the wars of the Mohammedans with the Christian nations are mentioned in prophecy with special emphasis that Egypt and Palestine are during the time of the end ceded to the king of the north as part of his trophies these kings are positively identified. And the fall of the one with the growth of the other after the Treaty of Corlowitz in 1699 by which Mustapha II agreed to renounce his claims upon Transylvania and a large part of Hungary to give up Marea to Venetians to restore Polalia and the Ukraine to Poland and to leave Azov to the Russians (Twentieth Century Cyclopaedia Vol. 6, pg. 247) certainly establishes the beginning of the time of the end. -2TG42 26.1

Dan 11:43, 44 — But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to make away many. -2TG42 26.2

These verses reveal that after taking Egypt and Palestine the king of the north enters into another war not on account of the king of the south not with Turkey but rather due to rumors from the east and from the north that trouble him. These cause him to go forth with great fury to destroy many. But he conquers nothing worth mentioning and according to the verse that follows he is afterward threatened with coming to his end. This particular war therefore brings the first reverses to the king of the north since the reverses of the king of the south in 1699. -2TG42 26.3


Germany and Russia from the north also Japan from the east the rumors which put Great Britain and her allies into World War II are therefore the tidings which brought the war and which though supposedly the war was won weakened rather than strengthened the British Empire. -2TG42 27.1

Dan 11:45 — And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain yet he shall come to his end and none shall help him. -2TG42 27.2

The only portion of Daniel 11 yet to be fulfilled is this verse the last of the chapter and since these prophecies are made to be understood only when they are being fulfilled or after fulfillment verse 45 is not as clear as we should like to have it. Consequently concerning the place of his tabernacles and his end also as to whether another Christian power shall inherit the title king of the north before verse 45 is fulfilled only time itself will positively portray the whole truth. -2TG42 27.3

The thing that Inspiration makes altogether clear is the fact that the kings next stand is his end while all look and listen but none come to his help. -2TG42 27.4

Since we have established the time of the beginning of the time of the end let us now establish the end of the time of the end. For light on the subject we turn to– -2TG42 27.5

Rev 19:19-21 — And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse and against his army. And the beast was taken and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. -2TG42 27.6


The beast the false prophet and the remnant are here mentioned. Who are they? -2TG42 28.1

First the beast and the false prophet and then the remnant those that are left are cast into the lake of fire. Since the beast and the prophet are special world entities the remnant (those that are left) represent the rest of the unrepented world sympathetic with the beast and the prophet. The destruction of the prophet the beast and the remnant therefore is the end of the world — the terminus of the time of the end. -2TG42 28.2

Besides these verses of Scripture the twentieth chapter of Revelation reveals that with this last pre-millennial event in the drama of sin the millennial reign of Christ and the Church begins (Rev. 20:1-3) in the end of which time shall arise all who had no part in the first resurrection. Rev. 20:5, 6. -2TG42 28.3

Now we have seen that the time of the end spans from the commencement of the decline of the Ottoman Empire to the end of the world and that the end of the world is the end of all people but the Church — those who lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. -2TG42 28.4

Let us now see what takes place between these two sign posts. We shall continue with Daniels prophecy through the twelfth chapter. -2TG42 28.5


Dan 12:1 — And at that time shall Michael stand up the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered every one that shall be found written in the book. -2TG42 29.1

And at that time — that is at the time the king of the north comes to his end (Dan. 11:45) — shall Michael stand up and deliver His people the Church all who are written in the Book. What else takes place?– -2TG42 29.2

Dan 12:2 — And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. -2TG42 29.3

Here is projected a resurrection of a mixed multitude wicked and righteous — foolish and wise. This resurrection then is not the pre-millennial first resurrection nor the post-millennial resurrection of the wicked (Rev. 20:5, 6) but a special one. If the wise who turn many to righteousness are of the resurrected in this special resurrection and if they shine as the stars forever and ever then this special resurrection takes place in probationary time. -2TG42 29.4

Dan 12:4 — But thou O Daniel shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased. -2TG42 29.5

The understanding of the book and of the words of it were to be sealed to the time of the end. During the time of the end therefore the book was to be opened. Knowledge was also to increase. Moreover many were to run to and fro that is communication was to speed up greatly. All this we have already seen takes place during the time of the end. Thus there is no room for doubt as to the time in which we are living — the time of the end. -2TG42 29.6


Dan 12:8-10 — And I heard but I understood not: then said I O my Lord what shall be the end of these things? And he said Go thy way Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified and made white and tried but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand. -2TG42 30.1

Here Inspiration itself explains that no one not even Daniel himself could possibly understand the book before the time of the end. And too while the wicked were to continue doing wickedly many were to be purified made white and tried that is the purification of the church the cleansing of the Sanctuary (Dan. 8:14) was to take place during the time of the end. In the words of the prophet Malachi the cleansing of the Sanctuary is preceded by this announcement: -2TG42 30.2

Mal 3:1-3 — Behold I will send My messenger and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in: behold he shall come saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire and like fullers sope: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. -2TG42 30.3

Rather than say Sanctuary Inspiration in this instance says Temple. And rather than say cleansing It uses the terms refining and purifying. The Apostle Peter though chooses to call the cleansing of the Sanctuary Judgment in the house of God : -2TG42 30.4

1 Peter 4:17, 18 — For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? -2TG42 30.5


In the parable however Jesus explains the cleansing of the Sanctuary thus: -2TG42 31.1

Matt 13:30 — Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn. -2TG42 31.2

Here it is made clear that in this instance the wicked among the righteous are likened to tares and the time of the cleansing itself the Judgment is likened to a harvest but that the cleansing itself is likened to a separation of wheat and tares. -2TG42 31.3

Again in verses 47 and 48 Christ draws a parallel between the Church a net the people he likens to fish and the purification to a separation whereas in Matthew 25 He calls the purified Church the Kingdom of God and the people He likens unto virgins and the cleansing He illustrates by a door which lets in the wise but keeps out the foolish. But His second parable of Matthew 25, the separation we are told is to be like a master who comes to reckon with his servants. Those who have done nothing good for the advancement of His kingdom (who have not traded with and increased His talents — Matt. 25:27) are cast out there to gnash their teeth in outer darkness. (Matt. 25:30.) In His third parable the separation He likens to a shepherd who separates the goats from the sheep (sinners from the saints) the goats are condemned to die but the sheep are given the right to the Kingdom. -2TG42 31.4

The prophet Ezekiel however explains the cleansing of the Sanctuary from still another angle: -2TG42 31.5


Ezek 9:1, 2, 4, 7 — He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice saying Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And behold six men came from the way of the higher gate which lieth toward the north and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand and one man among them was clothed with linen with a writers inkhorn by his side: and they went in and stood beside the brasen altar…. And the Lord said unto him Go through the midst of the city through the midst of Jerusalem and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof…. And to the others He said in mine hearing Go ye after him through the city and smite: let not your eyes spare neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young both maids and little children and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before thehouse. And He said unto them Defile the house and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth and slew in the city. -2TG42 32.1

Besides this vivid illustration Inspiration through the prophet Daniel reveals that the Sanctuary is to be cleansed not only from sinners but from doctrinal error too for one angel inquired — -2TG42 32.2

Dan 8:13, 14, 17 — …How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation to give both the Sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And He said unto me Unto two thousand and three hundred days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed…. Understand O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. -2TG42 32.3

The daily the desolation also the Sanctuary and the host pertain both to the doctrines and the people. Both are to be cleansed. And the angel explained that the cleansing of the Sanctuary (cleansing it from both error and hypocrisy) takes place after the 2300 days during the time of the end. -2TG42 32.4


Moreover through the prophet Zechariah the Lord makes another remarkable illustration which points out that the saints themselves also are to be cleansed: -2TG42 33.1

Zech 3:1-5 — And He shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan The Lord rebuke thee O Satan even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel. And He answered and spake unto those that stood before him saying Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said Behold I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by. -2TG42 33.2

While we have already seen that the house of God is to be cleansed from error and from Hypocrites here in Zechariahs prophecy we see that the saints themselves are cleansed from their sins — their filthy garments are taken away and clean and beautiful garments are given in their place. This phase of the cleansing is again illustrated by the wedding garment. (Matt. 22:11). -2TG42 33.3

And now let me remind you that after the tares are taken away the wheat is not left on the field where it grew (that is the saints are not left where they were) but it is put into the barn. -2TG42 33.4

Furthermore after the bad fish (hypocrites) are cast out the good fish (the saints) are then put into vessels are not left in the net (not left in the place where the cleansing occurred). Consequently when the church is thus cleansed the saints are removed from their former place and put in a safe place — away from all worldly influences and environments. Having been cleansed they are necessarily thus kept clean. And where is that place? The Revelator has the answer: -2TG42 33.5


Rev 14:1, 4, 5 — And I looked and lo a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand having His Fathers name written in their foreheads…. These are they which were not defiled with women for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. -2TG42 34.1

The cleansed ones you see are the 144,000, and they are taken to Mount Sion. -2TG42 34.2

Plainly then the cleansing is in two sections. The 144,000 guileless saints who are sealed from among the tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-7) the church are but the first fruits. They are taken to Mt. Sion. Finally after the purification or cleansing of the church has taken place then the great multitude of Revelation 7:9 are gathered out of all nations. They constitute the second fruits for where there is no second there can be no first. -2TG42 34.3

Where is Mt. Zion? Let Micah the prophet tell us: -2TG42 34.4

Micha 3:12 4:1, 2 — Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field and Jerusalem shall become heaps and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest…. But in the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains and it shall be exalted above the hills and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come and say Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. -2TG42 34.5


This is Inspirations own explanation of the place which the purified church is to occupy. Here we are told that though the ancient kingdom the Jewish whose place stood on Mount Zion was to be demolished from the foundation up we are nevertheless at the same time promised that the Kingdom will be restored in the last days and that it will be exalted above all other kingdoms above all mountains and hills. -2TG42 35.1

Again says the Lord: -2TG42 35.2

Ezek 36:23-25 — And I will sanctify My great name which was profaned among the heathen which ye have profaned in the midst of them and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord saith the Lord God when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen and gather you out of all countries and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you. -2TG42 35.3

We are here told that the final cleansing of the saints the cleansing that removes all the marks of sin is performed after God takes His people from among the heathen and from all countries and brings them into their own land. -2TG42 35.4

Ezek 36:26 — A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. -2TG42 35.5


When the saints get to the Promised Land then the sin-indulgent heart the stony heart is taken away and a heart of righteous desires a fleshy heart is given. No longer will Gods people fight temptations from within in order to do righteousness. To them in the period of the fleshly heart it will be natural to do righteousness whereas now during the period of the stony heart it is natural to do unrighteousness. -2TG42 36.1

Ezek 36:27 — And I will put My spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and ye shall keep My judgments and do them. -2TG42 36.2

The Spirit of God moreover will be freely given to the saints and thus will they become perfect eternal beings perfectly capable of walking in Gods statutes and His judgments. -2TG42 36.3

Ezek 36:28 — And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers and ye shall be My people and I will be your God. -2TG42 36.4

They are to dwell not in some other land says the Lord but in their own land in the land He had anciently given to their fathers. They are to dwell in Palestine. -2TG42 36.5

Now you plainly see that the unconverted Jews who are endeavoring to take the land of Palestine are not the people of whom these passages of Scripture speak. Now you see that Arab Jew or Gentile all will eventually have to move away and give room to Gods clean and purified people. -2TG42 36.6

Joel 3:1, 2 — For behold in those days and in that time when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem I will also gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and will plead with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel whom they have scattered among the nations and parted My land. -2TG42 36.7


Here you have it stated as plain as it can be that when God brings back the captivity of His people then He will gather all nations in the valley of Jehoshaphat and plead for His people — for His second fruits — after He takes the first fruits to Mount Zion. -2TG42 37.1

Isa 2:3 — And many people shall go and say Come ye and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. -2TG42 37.2

Joel 3:20, 21 — But Judah shall dwell for ever and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion. -2TG42 37.3

Thus will the saints be enabled to live eternally. -2TG42 37.4

Isa 33:24 — And the inhabitant shall not say I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. -2TG42 37.5

And what else will be said after the people are gathered and cleansed? Just this: -2TG42 37.6

Rev 22:11 — He that is unjust let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous let him be righteous still: and he that is holy let him be holy still. -2TG42 37.7

The completion of the cleansing brings probationary time to a close — the sinner is forever to stay a sinner and the righteous forever righteous. Then those who find themselves out of the holy land will wail and gnash their teeth. They will in anguish say: -2TG42 37.8


Jer 8:20 — The harvest is past the summer is ended and we are not saved. -2TG42 38.1

The land moreover shall be divided among the tribes but not as divided anciently. Time will not permit me to read the whole account of the division but here I have it reproduced in a map which shows that the land has never yet been thus divided. Each tribe is to get a full-length strip from the east to the west. The portion of Dan is the first on the north and the portion of Gad is the last on the south. In chapters 47 and 48 of Ezekiel you will find the full description of this division of the land. -2TG42 38.2


Furthermore the land itself shall be cleansed for says the Lord: -2TG42 39.1

Ezek 38:14, 16 39:4, 7, 9-14 — Therefore son of man prophesy and say unto Gog Thus saith the Lord God In that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely shalt thou not know it?…And thou shalt come up against My people of Israel as a cloud to cover the land it shall be in the latter days and I will bring thee against My land that the heathen may know Me when I shall be sanctified in thee O Gog before their eyes…. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel thou and all thy bands and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured…. So will I make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord the Holy One in Israel…. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth and shall set on fire and burn the weapons both the shields and the bucklers the bows and the arrows and the handstaves and the spears and they shall burn them with fire seven years: so that they shall take no wood out of the field neither cut down any out of the forests for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them and rob those that robbed them saith the Lord God. And it shall come to pass in that day that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them that they may cleanse the land. Yea all the people of the land shall bury them and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified saith the Lord God. And they shall sever out men of continual employment passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. -2TG42 39.2


Still further you will now note that all these wonders God does for His people not because they have been good or because they are now good but for Gods own great name. Listen to what the Lord Himself says: -2TG42 40.1

Ezek 36:22-24 — Therefore say unto the house of Israel thus saith the Lord God I do not this for your sakes O house of Israel but for Mine holy names sake which ye have profaned among the heathen whither ye went. And I will sanctify My great name which was profaned among the heathen which ye have profaned in the midst of them and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord saith the Lord God when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen and gather you out of all countries and will bring you into your own land. -2TG42 40.2

According to this God restores the land to His chosen people not because they as a people are good but because he wants to vindicate His own name among the heathen. -2TG42 40.3

As the time approaches for the cleansing to take place a call for spiritual awakening will be made: -2TG42 40.4

Isa 52:1 — Awake awake put on thy strength O Zion put on thy beautiful garments O Jerusalem the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. -2TG42 40.5

Inspiration here declares that after this call for revival and reformation from then on the sinners will not be permitted to have any part among the people that have been cleansed. -2TG42 40.6

The prophet Nahum too is a witness of this call for Reformation. He writes: -2TG42 40.7


Nah 1:15 — Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings that publisheth peace for the wicked shall no more pass through thee he is utterly cut off. -2TG42 41.1

Here you see that the announcement of this long-expected event is to be made by someones publications. Moreover he publishes peace and thus announces the restoration of the Kingdom. This is the only peace that the world can have. There is to be no other. Those who keep Gods solemn feasts and perform their vows shall have this peace. None others shall. -2TG42 41.2

In our study today we have summarized some of the things which will take place during the time of the end but the most important thing so far as you are concerned is the decision you are now left to make. -2TG42 41.3