the voice of God


Question No.  133:


"The Symbolic Code" says: "Teach only that which is published. Will you please explain whether this restriction is Intended to include Bible, Spirit of Prophecy, and "The Shepherd's Rod" literature, all together, or just the writings of the "Rod"?


“Answer: The Bible and the books of the Spirit of Prophecy being the sole source of The Shepherd's Rod message, therefore when the Rod is taught, the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy are taught…. As we dare not follow in such a path, we must therefore, as teachers of The Shepherd's Rod (the official publications of the Davidian Seventh-day Association), teach only in the light of the Rod those passages which in one way or another need to be interpreted.  Thus only will all Present-truth believers ever become of the same mind, seeing eye to eye and speaking the same things (1 Cor.  1:10; 1 Pet.  3:8; Isa.  52:8).


Please take note. Bro. Houteff is clearly informing us that “the official publications of the Davidian Seventh-day Association” is title The Shepherd’s Rod, which contains the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, and that, is what should be taught and published.


The statement would not have been made if the prophet intended that every thing he wrote should be published. If that were the case why did he not publish those Codes when he was alive? Think brethren, think!


To, those who are confused as to what is meant by that which is published the below references should clear the confusion once and for all.


Question: "It is claimed by some that Sr. White made the statement that the Loud Cry message would come through the Review & Herald. Is there such a statement?"


Answer: As to the claim that Sr. White said the "Loud Cry message" would come through the Review & Herald, we cannot answer authoritatively from a personal knowledge, for our acquaintance with her unpublished works is more limited than extensive, but from those unpublished writings (and they are not less than a 100) which we have had the privilege of reading, we would be led to scout the possibility of her ever having written or made such a statement. We quote what she counsels in regard to accepting just such reports:


"And now to all who have a desire for truth I would say, do not give credence to unauthenticated reports as to what Sr. White has done or said or written. If you desire to know what the Lord has revealed through her, read her published works. Are there any points of interest concerning which she has not written, do not eagerly catch up and report rumors as to what she has said." -- 5 T 696.

(1 SC #8 p.8.)


Inspiration counsels us that “If you desire to know what the Lord has revealed through her, read her published works,” making a clear distinction between published and unpublished.


The Rod makes it very clear that the only one that is authorize to publish and distribute any thing throughout our ranks is the prophet him self according to the following statements, which naturally would include his own writings –


“Do not weave into "The Shepherd's Rod" message your own interpretations of the Bible and of Sr. White's writings, nor any of your constructions on anything that is written therein before first submitting your points to this office. If your claim on a subject, which you may hold as being correct, is found so and accepted as of value by this office after a careful examination, we can have it published and distributed throughout our ranks, if that is your desire. But if we see no light in your verbal presentation or document of your claims, we shall so inform you as quickly as possible. Then if you do not feel clear to yield to our judgment, be you pleased to know that we shall not attempt to block your way of teaching the same, nor oppose those who wish to read or listen to your discourses. "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind" is our position. (Rom. 14:5.) (1SC #4 p1.)




“It is most unfortunate, the situation exposed by the questioner. We are sorry that some have put forward private interpretations of the message which have troubled the minds of others. Yet it seems unfair to call the message to task because of the unwarranted ideas advanced by some. This is like making the Third Angel's Message answer to the world for the doctrinal extravagances of the many time-setters that have been in our midst.


“We endorse no teaching or position not found in the publications of the S.Rod or authorized by this office, as is plainly declared on the first page of the Symbolic Code for October (No. 4). (1 SC #7 pp.5, 6.)


”Therefore, let us say with the wise, I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the god of my salvation: my God will hear me,” and will strictly follow only the published message sent to me. (Micah. 7:7) (4SC #1-5 p.3).


“We request that all Present Truth followers refrain from teaching anything more or less than has been published in the Code, the books, and the tracts. The messages are plain in themselves, and you need not enlarge upon any point, but rather make sure that you, yourself, are walking in the light only as far as the light of Present Truth leads you.” (2SC #12 p.11)


The unpublished Codes are not considered as the S.R, they are not in the golden bowl. The message of the S Rod clearly identifies what Elijah’s publications are, and if we are ignorant of that fact, then you are allowing yourself to be deceived.


It is very unsafe for us to use the Codes, even if it could be proven that Bro. Houteff wrote them, they are not in harmony with the Rod. The only publication besides the S.O.P. that inspiration recommends us to hear is the Shepherds Rod publications. (See Tr. #6.)

“Here is a Rod which speaks; and its voice, the scripture points out, is the voice of God to His people. And since "The Shepherd's Rod," the publications which contain the message of "the great and dreadful day of the Lord," is the only Rod that has ever spoken, (then it is the "Rod" publications which the Lord demands all to hear.)” (GCS p.35)




* According to one of the pioneers, he stated that after the death of Bro. Houteff, his wife Florence Houteff meddled with the prophets writings by adding some of her own which she copyrighted and bound them together with the rest of the prophets writings in 2 TG 23, 24.


This pioneer continues by stating that Florence began to publish her own articles of interest in later issues of the S.C. after the death of her husband. He said that she also took some of her husband’s sermons from the office card files, and includes them in the unpublished Codes.


This same pioneer, who published the SR series in a book compilation for sale, acknowledge that he is responsible for removing the contents of Florence Houteff from the unpublished Codes.


How trustworthy do you find these unpublished Codes to be after knowing this?


* In 1930, when Bro. Houteff placed JTT in the time of the plagues as the chart in 1SR pp133, 134 reveals, he did not have light on the pre millennium kingdom. However in tract #8, which was published in 1937 and revised in 1941, and in 4 SC #10-12, written1938, there the Prophet identify the subject of the kingdom. After Bro. Houteff had light on the pre millennium kingdom, (from about 1937) he still placed Jacob’s time of trouble after Ezek.9.These facts are irrefutable.

* Because most Davidians do not understand the principle of revision, they become confused on certain doctrinal issue, not been able to rightly divide the word of truth. As an example, consider Tr. #5. There are three different copyright dates on the inside cover. The reason be, as the Prophet received new light he would there by revised (correct or add) what ever new revelation he received from God. This is very important. The last date (1942) takes precedent over the others. This is what is meant by Inspiration by date method.

* We should not fail to realize that both Jeremiah and Daniel spoke of the same event. Carefully observe the choices of words used to describe that event. Jeremiah said “Alas, for that day is great, so that none is like it.” And Daniel described it by saying,” there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.”


If both Prophets are not in agreement to the same time period, then they would be in competition with each other, as to whose trouble is the greatest.


Jeremiah was shown the same trouble that was shown to Daniel. The only difference is, Jeremiah was shown the beginning of the trouble that affect the Jacobites, the144, 000, where Daniel was shown the trouble relating to “all whose name are written in the book,” which would include both the 144,000 and the Great Multitude.


Bro. Houteff use Dan. 12:1 interchangeable to identify the trouble that will affect both the 144,000 and the Great Multitude. (See WR p25, 2Ans. 91)


* There is no where in the “Golden Bowl” one will find the term “An Assyrian Confederacy.” The subject of the Assyrian Confederacy was presented by Bro. D. to the 1974 session. He is one of the master mind behind this most deceptive and unscriptural study. Those of us when first came into the message, not knowing too much at the time accepted it as the Rod.


*This study was never submitted to the BRC according to mans procedure, yet it is presented from the pulpit almost at every session, and published by the thousands and sent to mother. The devil would have it thus.


* The materials that were taken from Elk, file cards, letters, etc, were never submitted to Session for approval. The voice of God never voted that these materials were authentic. A few brethren took it upon themselves in making that decision, and they are been used to counteract the Shepherds Rod publications. “WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.”


A perfect example can be sighted in our “Pre Session Code, April 14th – 22, 2006, p.4. A THOUGHT ON THE VOTING ISSUE. From the archives: A communication between Bro. Houteff and Bro. Bingham.”


Archives. - A place in which public records or historical documents are preserved. Webster.



“In Zechariah's vision, however, the ministers are represented, not by seven angels, but by seven "tubes." They get the oil from the bowl, and feed it to the candlestick.    The symbolism definitely points out that from them the ministers must get the light-producing truth with which to supply the church, so that it may brightly shine in this dark world, drawing to the light "all men" who hate the darkness. (Tr. #6 pp. 23)


After reading what inspiration has to say, do you believe that we need any thing from some archives?


God will hold the Session accountable for allowing these abominations to continue. The materials that were taken from Elk should never be used to counteract that which is published, even if they were approved by Session.



Do Not Deeper Fall Into the Pit But Get Out


“Teachers of Present Truth, having before them the example of the tragic results caused by conflicting teachings by the S.D.A. ministry and, in addition to this, having been repeatedly warned to teach only that which has been revealed, and published, stand in great condemnation before God when they set forth conflicting or unauthorized views on any subject.  Be absolutely certain that you are teaching according to that which is written, and not according to that which you may think should be or will some day be written.


“Failure to comply with this requirement will disqualify anyone as a worker in this cause.” (3SC #5, 6 p14)




"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."  (Matt. 3:7-9.)


“No one is wanted on "Mt. Carmel" who has not studied through and through the message of..."The Shepherd's Rod;" who is not fully convinced on every point of its teaching; and who is not willing to comply with the divine rules and principles which govern the inhabitants on this mount of "green pastures," except their coming be for a visit only.


"And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from My sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them."  (Amos 9:3.) (2 SC #12 p10)




The Light Shines Brightest in the Middle of the Road--Safety First


“Satan, represented by human beings, is ever busy distracting Present Truth believers, destroying their influence among the people, and thus making the truth of none effect.  His great and lasting victories have not been won by opposing the truth, but rather by professing strictly to advocate every precept of it, and by showing great reverence and zeal for its advancement, thus gaining the confidence of the people, and making them believe him to be a zealous minister of God and a friend of His people.  Then, having beguiled them into placing confidence in him, and into being perfectly satisfied that he is leading them on to eternal glory, he easily and quietly leads his victims on to eternal ruin.


“There is but one way of knowing that we are being led, by Christ our Lord, in the straight path to the pearly gates, and that is, by neither adding to nor taking from the Word of Truth, but by carefully following in the way of light, going not a step ahead of it, lingering not a step behind it, nor walking along its side-edges, but by following right in the middle of the road.  Hence, let not your zeal for progress drive you ahead of the light and make you to walk in the darkness; neither let your caution against running too far ahead cause you to drop back and lag behind; nor yet let carelessness verge you toward the edges.  Stay in the center of the road, where the light shines the brightest.  Do not follow ideas which stand upon implications, upon enlargements, upon diminishings, of the meaning of authoritative statements.  Says Christ: "If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life."  (Rev. 22:18, 19.)


"But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die."  (Deut. 18:20.)


“Extremists never walk in the blaze of the light, but are always found ahead of it, and those who are passive invariably walk far behind it, while the careless and the indifferent stray to the edges.  But those who are the true children of light never vary a step left or right, front or back from the brightest spot of the Christian's narrow road”.  (3SC #3-4 p13)


It is my sincere desire that individually we make sure we are not in violation of any of the above statement. May God bless us all.

A Message From God To All Davidians