Q and A

The following questions and answers are from brother Victor Houteff’s publications called “The Answerer”.
There are 5 volumes, with each addressing pertinent questions regarding brother Houteff’s teachings and ministry.
Such as questions concerning revival and reformation, church customs and practices, Revelation and other prophecies, and more.  
Many are sure that his message was/is the Elijah message as prophesied in Malachi 4:5.
Some of the questions were sent from those who opposed him, yet he answered them straight forward and complete, as you will soon see.
May you be blessed.  
Should you have a question of your own, go to the “contact us” section of this site and submit there. We will reply as soon as possible.
http://www.shepherds-rod.org/answerers/answerer1.html
http://www.shepherds-rod.org/answerers/answerer2.html
http://www.shepherds-rod.org/answerers/answerer3.html
http://www.shepherds-rod.org/answerers/answerer4.html
http://www.shepherds-rod.org/answerers/answerer5.htm

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Question : hi brethren may i know are there going to be gentles in heaven.If no –what of those lived before the name Isreal came into existance?if yes –which of the 12 gates are they going to enter through? if possible provide me the details to print. Submitted by Brother Philmon

Answer: There will undoubtedly be Gentiles (those of non-Israelite descent) saved and in Heaven. The Sacred Record clearly names a few of those who will be saved that fit into this category. The Gospel is not only for the Jew, but for the Gentile as well (see Isa. 56:1-7, Rom. 11).  

The Lord’s last day message explains further, “There is to be but one family tree in the Kingdom, the tree of Jacob, into which the Gentiles are grafted, as is seen from Romans 11.

 “This is further shown by the holy city wherein is no Gentile gate, but each of whose twelve gates bears one of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Hence, the Gentiles are saved through adoption—grafted into the original olive tree, and thus as naturalized citizens of Israel they inherit the Kingdom.” – Answerer 3, p. 76. 

As to which specific gate or gates the adopted ones will be admitted through is not clear at this time so we cannot answer with certainty.– Bro. Erik

 

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Question: Does Ezekiel 3:1-3, where it mentions he was to eat the book, have any reference or similarity to Rev.10:9-10?. Where it also says John was told to eat the little book. Do the two have anything in common prophetically?  Submitted by R.R.

 

Answer:– The “eating of the book” has the same significance in both passages,  that is, the understanding of some truth found in the Word of God. In  the Revelation, after “eating” the book, it becomes “bitter” in his belly, whereas in Ezekiel there is no “bitter” experience mentioned.  John’s experience denotes the gaining of great knowledge of some portion  of the Word and have a joyous expectation of its fulfillment (“in my mouth as honey”),but experience a terrible disappointment when the  expected events fail to materialize (“bitter in my belly”). In Ezekiel, the “bitter” experience is omitted, demonstrating that there will be no  such disappointment with the events contained in the “roll.” They will  come to pass exactly as they are written and understood. — Bro. Erik
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Question:-   “Where in brother Houteff’s writings can you give me reference to the fact that he didn’t solicit money for his writings? Or teach that the message should be free of charge?” I recall at least one of the quotes is in the original Sym, codes, but can’t find it. —-(Anonymous)

 

Answer:-   Brother Houteff had numerous places where he mentioned that his literature was to be free of charge. In his tract “1950 General Conference Special”, on page 44, he said “I implore you to write to the Universal Publishing Association, for free literature on the message for the hour and study it thoroughly…”  Additionally on his other tracts, at the very front page he makes mention that they are free of charge.Unlike the many of the leaders and ministries of the SDA today. The following is perhaps the best comment made directly by brother Houteff  regarding this subject.  Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 35 Paragraph 23  “We, moreover, never took collections in any of our meetings anywhere and never made any calls for money.  This holds good still.  Then, too, our free literature that goes out week by week amounts to hundreds and thousands of dollars week after week, and year after year, besides the cost of building the Institution.” There was , however, some things he requested payment for such as the symbolic charts and the Shepherd’s Rod volumes 1-2.
— Bro. Rob
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Question : Is it compulsory that every Adventist shouldn’t wear jewelries including wedding rings? If compulsory then why? The reason why am asking this question is that, since I became an Adventist, I learned this to be a tradition of the church but for now things are changing, I’ve been seeing some couples in the church today who wear wedding rings and am asking why is it that at first we never wear them, even pastors don’t bless  at the weddings but now people are wearing them and even some pastors have started to bless them for others, why? Please if you have any idea or studies on this, I need to know and understand. Thank you. Submitted by Kwadwo

 

Answer: Yes, we agree a change for the worse has come into the church. The worldly customs of jewelry, lack of modestly in women dresses, ornaments of all kinds, etc. We have 3 good references for you to study.
1) Scripture (Isaiah 3:18-26)
2) Bro. Houteff ( Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 6, paragraph 27-32)
3) Ellen White (Testimonies to Ministers, p.180)
—- Bro Rob
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December, 1934, Code, p. 6.)
CAN THE SLAUGHTER OF EZEKIEL NINE BE AVERTED?
Question: ‘The Shepherd’s Rod’ proves that a great slaughter is to take place among God’s people because of their backslidings. But is it not possible for the leaders of today to pray His people out of their Laodicean condition, as when Moses prayed for Ancient Israel, and ‘the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do unto His people’? (Ex. 32:14.)”

 

Answer: Moses was not one of the backsliding, “stiffnecked” leaders of Israel, as were Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and those who followed them. In the figurative language of the True Witness, Moses was “hot”; his prayers were “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man [which] availeth much.” Hence, for Moses’ sake, “the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do unto His people.”
Divine love still longs, as in Moses’ time, to repent of executing the fearful evil which hangs ominously over the heads of “His people,” but the prayers of the leaders of the Laodicean church, who have “betrayed their trust” (5T 211), and who are “lukewarm,” blind, etc. (Rev. 3:15-17; “Acts of the Apostles,” p. 586), could avail nothing and, except they repent, says the True Witness, He “will spue” them out of his mouth.

 

Also, through the Spirit of Prophecy He declares that He “cannot offer up [their] prayers or [their] expressions of love to God. He cannot endorse [their] teachings of His word or [their] spiritual work in any wise. He cannot present [their] religious exercises with there quest that grace be given [them].” (“Testimonies for the Church,” Vol. 6, p. 408.)
Since they have betrayed their trust, it will take the prayers of some one other than the leaders to pray God’s people out of their Laodicean plight, and we are encouraged by the Word of the Lord that He will not blot out His people for the sins of others, but destroy only those who, like in ancient Israel, refuse this privilege of sighing and crying, which God has given to every Present Truth believer; we should profit by the mistakes of our brethren so that we, too, betray not our trust, as it is written of “the ancient men, those to whom God had given great light, and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people,” [they] had “betrayed their trust….These dumb dogs, that would not bark, are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children, all perish together.” — “Testimonies for the Church,” Vol. 5, p. 211.

2 responses to “Q and A

  1. What references can you give to inform us whether we, as Davidians, have to belong to an Davidian orgainization in order to teach and spread the Elijah message as brought by brother Houteff?

  2. >Thank you for the good question, while there is no quote from the rod that directly addresses your question there are some quotes to take into consideration. Let us take some examples from the bible first to address this.

    Lu 9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
    Lu 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

    In the light of this bible verse there is no question that we as individuals are allowed to preach the truth and God’s spirit will give evidence that He is in it..
    The way the first headquarters and who was Elijah was established, was by undeniable interpretation of prophecy which has not been repeated since .
    ever since V. T. Houteffs death the office of president or the position of Elijah has been claimed by more than one person, but since then all have been self appointed. This does not mean that God does not still have the reins, in order for the message to do its work it must still have faithful proclaimers. It seems God has allowed the present situation to develop, but we know from the tract “The Leviticus of The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists” that in the kingdom a theocratic government will be restored.

    As “God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock Himself” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 80; Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300; Jer. 3:17), and as the descendants of Jacob, again becoming a kingdom, appoint to themselves one head (Hos. 1:11), “David their king” (Hos. 3:5), “and seek the Lord their God,” it is evident that the church in the time of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel’s Message,Will Be A Theocracy.
    Tract 8 P.43

    “No need to depend on the sanction of any minister or any people to do God’s work, God will vindicate you.” Test.for the Church, vol.7, p.25

    my words are in italics.May God sort it out in His own time

    I hope this was of some help. brother max

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