THE thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel speaks of sheep and shepherds, and in verse thirty-one the Lord explains that the sheep there spoken of are symbolical of His people: “And ye My flock, the flock of My pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.”

Therefore, the sheep referred to in this scripture are the people of God, and the pasture is His Word upon which they feed” “Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? And to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? And as for My flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet. Therefore thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.” Ezek. 34:17-20.

In these verses the Lord asks if it seems good to those who profess to be of His flock to accept only a part of the Truth He sends to them, and to tread down with their feet the residue. Then He adds that His true flock accept all that He sends to them, even that which others refuse. Hence, because some accept only that part of the message which does not cross their perverse wills, and only that which suits their taste and their fancy, therefore, saith the Lord, “I will judge between cattle and cattle.”

There has ever been a class among God’s people who make it their business to question and to criticize everything in the “unfolding of truth.” They say, “We accept this and that, but we will not accept the other” They think it a mark of intelligence to question and to criticize. But this proud and self-esteeming class among church members, who think they are so wise and so capable of judging even the message which they have already acknowledged that God has sent them, have always met the displeasure of the Lord, and He has demonstrated to men that their so called wisdom is nothing short of foolishness” They are so foolish that even though their case has been presented to them in the experience of others for thousands of years, they cannot discern their evil, soul-destroying course. These self-appointed judges of the messages that God sends to His people have, by their doubts and criticisms, scattered away from Christ many weak souls who are subject to being affected with the disease whenever they are exposed to it. Therefore, thus saith the Lord, “Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; therefore will I save My flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.” Ezek. 34:21, 22.

Moreover, the Spirit of Prophecy says: “…As Jesus was rejected, so I saw that these messages have been rejected. And as the disciples declared that there is salvation in no other name under heaven, given among men, so also should the servants of God faithfully and fearlessly warn those who embrace but a part of the truths connected with the third message, that they must gladly receive all the messages as God has given them, or have no part in the matter.”- EW 188, 189.

The spirit that worked in the Jewish leaders is still at work. In Christ’s time the people pretended to be very ardent in their belief of the writings of Moses and the prophets, and found fault with their fathers who killed the prophets, But they themselves were even worse than their fathers, for they were seeking to kill the One Who was greater than all the seers, Likewise there are some professed present- truth believers who feign to be very faithful to, and zealous for, the writings of Sister White, but who are now, as were others in her time, “eating up the good pasture”- only that part of the message which suits their taste-and treading down with their “feet the residue” of their pasture.

“‘By giving place to doubts and unbelief in regard to the work of God, and by cherishing feelings of distrust and cruel jealousies, they are preparing themselves for complete deception, They rise up with bitter feelings against the ones who dare to speak of their errors and reprove their sins: “-5T 672:1.

“‘Satan has ability to suggest doubts and to devise objections to the pointed testimony that God sends, and many think it a virtue, a mark of intelligence in them, to be unbelieving and to question and quibble. Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room, God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind and a teachable spirit; and all should decide from the weight of evidence. ‘God gives sufficient evidence for the candid mind to believe; but he who turns from the weight of evidence because there are a few things which he cannot make plain to his finite understanding, will be left in the cold, chilling atmosphere of unbelief and questioning doubts, and will make shipwreck of faith.’ “-Id. 675, 676.

The Scriptures plainly declare that no one can possibly interpret the Word of God privately-without the aid of Inspiration (2 Pet. 1:20, 21). Those who, without the Spirit of God, undertake to interpret the messages the Lord sends to them, “will make shipwreck of faith,” and will find themselves serving Satan instead of serving Christ.

Let all present-truth believers carefully study the fourth chapter of Zechariah, and take particular notice of the method there illustrated, which God employs to reveal truth to His people. The diligent Bible student will there see that the candlestick represents the church membership (Rev. 1 :20); that the tubes from the golden bowl (the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy) to the candlestick represent the ministry (TM 188:2); that the olive trees are symbolical of the Old and New Testament Scriptures (GC 267:1); and that the two golden pipes, which carry the golden oil from the trees to the bowl, are the only two mediums which God has employed since 1844 A.D. to interpret the Scriptures.

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Moreover, we are told by the prophet Ezekiel in language unmistakable that at the establishing of the Kingdom, which is to break all the kingdoms, God will have one man to teach His people: “And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even My servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it. And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” Ezek. 34:23-26.

Not one of us can even dare to compare our greatness with that of Jesus, yet He believed all the writings of the prophets, and those who consider themselves to be wise, and think it too humiliating to believe all, He calls “fools” (Luke 24:25). God’s people still err in this matter. They are “foolish”. They seem to be incapable of comprehending these facts, as the apostles were incapable of comprehending Jesus’ teachings concerning the “kingdom” then.

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There has been a multitude in all ages who, instead of being baptized in Christ and His truth, have been baptized in some man, have followed that man instead of following Christ, and have joined the multitude in the Church instead of the multitude in heaven. The same condition exists in our age. Consequently, when Christ speaks, the majority think the voice to be that of a stranger, and when Truth unfolds, they call it error, and instead of following Christ and obeying the Truth, they follow the man and reject the Truth. This has been repeated again and again, and as a result the few faithful ones who have desired to follow Christ and His Truth have, by the foolish, been cast out of the churches and compelled to start all over again.

“Now! beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Rom. 16:17, 18.

Awake, brother! Awake sister! “Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, 0 Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daugther of Zion.” Isa. 52:2.

“The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.” Micah 6:9

“Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoreth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” Micah 7:5-6.

Let us exclaim from the depth of our hearts “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7

“Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” 1 Chronicles 20:20.

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