Micah 6:9

“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.”

“During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill.” The Acts of the Apostles p.12.1 

“Note it is the Lord’s voice. The voice is crying in the “city.” (City, or Jerusalem are symbols of God’s church the same as “mountain,” the difference between the symbols being that “mountain” means the entire denomination, but “city” means the leading part of that body.) By what means is the Lord’s voice crying in the city (church)? The last part of the verse answers the question: “Hear ye the rod.” To hear a rod, it must be the kind that can speak.”

“The only rod God’s people have ever been asked to hear is this “Shepherd’s Rod.” At the time we gave the name to this book, we knew nothing about the prophecies in the book of Micah, neither did we know this passage was there. We mean to say it is not any of our knowledge of this particular scripture that compelled us to name the book by that title, but we feel it was done by the same divine providence that brought about the entire truth, in order to fulfill the scripture.”

“Again, note “The men of wisdom shall see thy name.” The wisdom mentioned is not that which the world can give, but a heavenly one. Douay version reads as follows: “And salvation [wisdom] shall be to them that fear [ see] thy name: hear, O ye tribes.” The same thought is brought over in the seventh chapter, verse 14. “Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead , as in the days of old.” “Feed thy people with thy rod:” The verb “feed” is to be understood as spiritual food, and that food (truth) is found in the “Rod,” therefore we again have the command to give out the book (“Feed thy [God’s] people).” Carmel, Bashan, and Gilead are used as symbols of good spiritual pasture. These places are where Israel had their victories. Mount Carmel is where Elijah had his experience with the backslidden Israel in the days of Ahab. It was in Carmel where he (Elijah) brought the fire from heaven which consumed the sacrifice upon the altar, after which he slew the prophets of Baal.” 1SR 243.2

“As Jesus views the state of His professed followers today, He sees base ingratitude, hollow formalism, hypocritical insincerity, pharisaical pride an d apostasy.” 5T 72.2

Elijah of old was also connected with Carmel, for it was here when God’s people were deep in apostasy, that a great victory was wrought to vindicate the true worship of Jehovah.

Although not a movement in itself, but a movement within a movement, at a time when the Church was in deep apostasy, the Lord raised up antitypical Elijah (TM 475:3), in a place named Mt Carmel Center, with a message of revival and reformation to be given to the Church.

“…we thank the Lord that years ago the “Spirit of Prophecy” predicted that “somebody was to come in the spirit and power of Elijah” (“Testimonies to Ministers,” p. 475), and from singular Elijah to collective form Elijahs(or plural form)  that “God will have men who are true to duty. At the right time He sends His faithful messengers to do a work similar to that of Elijah.” (“Testimonies for the Church,” Vol. 5, p. 254.)

“Feed thy people with thy rod , the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.” Micah 7:14.

“The term, “let”, means to allow it to be so;…”

The Spirit of Prophecy says in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 251, that the rod of Moses was a symbol of God’s power. The shepherd’s rod: Power of God; the sheep: God’s people; the shepherd’s rod is an instrument which is used to catch sheep. The rod in this is an instrument which is used to catch people. What could it be? It can not be anything else but some wonderful, plain, clear-cutting Bible truth which could not be contradicted. When it is revealed, it will produce serpents (people), or converts, by reformation. But the Egyptians did the same also, for they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents, and perhaps more in number, for every man cast his rod, but they were counterfeit. Symbols of hypocrisy (untrue Christians); but Moses rod swallowed the rods of the Egyptians. Symbol of victory for true Israel. The result is opposition, but true Israel wins at last.

It is the intention of this reading materials 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…. This subject is made clear by the use of the Bible and the writings given by the Spirit of Prophecy.

The truth revealed here is of great importance to the church just now because of the foretold danger which God’s people are soon to meet. It calls for decided action on the part of the believers to separate themselves from all worldlings and worldliness; to anchor themselves on the Solid Rock by obedience to all the truth known to this denomination, if we must escape the great ruin. “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.

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