|THE ELIJAH MESSAGE, AMO RODEN
Here is a brief history of the content of the Elijah Message. John the Baptist taught baptism, repentance
from sin, the coming of the Kingdom of God, the judgment of unrepentant sinners, and the immediate
advent of Christ. John the Baptist fulfilled specific prophecies.
Christ taught the message of John the Baptist, excluding the predictions of His own immediate advent.
Christ both lived and taught the Mosaic Law. In His post-resurrection (heavenly) ministry, Christ
explained scriptures. Christ taught the advent of the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost. Christ also
fulfilled specific prophecies.
Like both John and Christ, Houteff taught repentance from sins and baptism by immersion. Like both
John and Christ, Houteff taught the Kingdom of God, specifically by illuminating all the Old Testament
prophecies of the coming Kingdom. Like both his predecessors, Houteff also taught the judgment of
unrepentant sinners. Like Christ, Houteff taught the Mosaic Law. Houteff taught neither the advent of
Christ, nor the advent of the Comforter, instead Houteff taught the advent of the Davidian King who
would rule in God's Kingdom. Like Christ in His heavenly ministry, Houteff was a Bible interpreter (as his
writings show). Like Christ and John, Houteff fulfilled specific prophecies.
From the examples of the first three Elijah messengers, a profile of all Elijah messengers to follow
emerges. They will teach baptism, repentance from sin, the coming of the Kingdom of God, the judgment
of unrepentant sinners, a return to God's Law and the advent of a messenger who will follow them. They
will be Bible interpreters. They will fulfill specific prophecies.
It is obvious, from the way that Houteff taught his message, that the emphasis on parts of the message
shifted. For example, Houteff taught baptism by practice and acknowledgement of its truth. By contrast,
he devoted tract after tract to chapter and verse interpretations about the coming Kingdom of God. In
short, the emphasis was on those parts of the message which were new to the Christian church. Parts of
the message which were generally accepted in the Christian church were acknowledged but not
Since I am Amo Roden writing about Amo Roden, I will speak in the first person for the rest of this article.
First, here is the message I teach. Like most Christians, I believe in repentance for sin and baptism. As it
is a normal belief in the vast majority of the Christian church, I do not specifically teach baptism.
I have been baptised three times, first as a baby, second as an adult by a lay minister, third by the priest
of a feast-keeping church. I have never baptised anyone, because I have never had a flock. Instead, God
has given me a message for Bible students and ministers.
I have also confessed and repented the sins I have committed. I have been keeping the Day of
Atonement since 1987. This means that every year I consider all the ways that I have fallen short of the
glory of God and I repent. A core part of my ministry is teaching the feast days of the Old Testament,
which include the Day of Atonement. Here is the scripture.
"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day
of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an
offering made by fire unto the Lord. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement,
to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be
afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth
any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of
work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a
sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto
even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath." (Lev. 23:26-32).
The Day of Atonement is an annual day of repentance, "ye shall afflict your souls." It is an official
ceremony of repentance, "to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God." There are those who
say that the need for a Day of Atonement is done away with by the grace of Christ, but this ignores the
scripture, which shows the Day of Atonement to be not solely an individual cleaning from sin, but a
community setting aside of sin.
"And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month,
ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that
sojourneth among you: for on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye
may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary,
and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall
make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an
everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a
year." (Lev. 16:29,30,33,34).
In my experience, there are great benefits derived from keeping the Day of Atonement. First, taking an
annual day to consider sin in my life has given me an abhorrence of sin, so that each year the number of
sins I must confess is reduced. Annual confession has aided me in walking more closely with God.
Second, it has given me a fresh start every year, with all sins put behind me and erased from the
sanctuary records, the priest "shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an
atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar." Third, it has confirmed my place as
part of the house of Israel, God's chosen people, whether I am one of Israel in the flesh (as I believe) or
Israel by adoption, "a stranger that sojourneth among" them. Fourth, it presents God's people (physical
and spiritual Israel) before Him on one day completely free of sin so that He can bless the whole
congregation, from the saints to the backsliders, once each year. (For more on the feast days, see No. 55,
"In The Light Of The Ceremonial Law.")
I also teach the coming Kingdom of God, however, unlike Houteff, who taught the major prophecies, I
tend to teach smaller specifics. For example, in No. 19, "Prophecies Of The End Time Church," I show
from prophecy how to identify the church which brings forth the prophetic message that gathers the
Kingdom of God. No. 27, "Sudden Harvest," shows from prophecy and Houteff's words how the message
of the end time church swells into a world wide call. No. 31, "My Blue Heaven," describes what the earth
will be like when it has become the Kingdom of God. No. 36, "Prophecies Of The Ensign," shows that the
symbol of Ben Roden's church describes the creation of the Millennium Kingdom. No. 37, "The Great
Trumpet Of Isaiah 27," describes the purification of the Christian church and shows that it began with
David Koresh's flock. No. 40, "The Seven Sisters Of Isaiah 4," is a description of the seven end time
churches that call the Kingdom of God. No. 41, "Christ's King," and No. 76, "Isaiah 55, Crowning Christ's
King" and No. 80, "Isaiah 42, Christ's King, Part 2" all introduce specific prophecies about the Davidian
King that Houteff heralded. No. 43, "Zechariah 8, Calling The Christian Nations," is about the way that the
Christian nations come to accept Christ's King. Finally each article about opening the seals or blowing
the trumpets on this website is about the messages and messengers that gather the Kingdom of God. In
particular, No. 56, "The Third Trumpet," contains a nuts and bolts explanation of how the Kingdom of God
I also preach the judgment of unrepentant sinners. This judgment is discussed in of each of the seven
trumpet articles on this website (see Nos. 53, 54, 56 to 61). No. 39, "The Judgments Of Ezekiel 7," deals
with the Holocaust and WWII as a judgment from God. No. 37, "The Great Trumpet Of Isaiah 27," describes
the judgment of David Koresh and his flock. No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues" is a recap of the judgments
found in the articles about the trumpets and shows the plagues as signs to God's people (showing who
will be judged) before the seven angels pour out the plagues. No. 35, "The Judgments Of Isaiah 5," also
describes the groups of people who are in danger of being cursed during God's judgments.
I also teach a return to the Law of the Bible. Particularly I teach the feast days of the Old Testament. My
teachings on the Day of Atonement are partly explained above, but I teach the whole Law as amended by
Christ, who did away with the sacrifice and the oblation. (Christ caused the sacrifice to cease by fulfilling
it as the Lamb of God, Our Perfect Sacrifice. He caused the oblation to cease by fulfilling it when He
presented the wave sheaf offering for the dead to His Father in heaven. (See Matt. 27:52,53; John 20:17.)
My teachings on the feast days are best explained in No. 16, "A Warning To The Little Sheep" and No. 55,
"In The Light Of The Ceremonial Law," however, references to feast day keeping are all over this website.
With specific reference to Malachi 4:4-6, I teach polygamy. "Remember ye the law of Moses My servant,
which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send
you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the
heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite
the earth with a curse." (Mal. 4:4-6).
The Mosaic Law of polygamy is found in Exodus. "If he take him another wife; her (his first wife's) food,
her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish." (Ex. 21:10). I teach that polygamy is
preferable to marriage breaking and that it is intended by God as a means to keep families together
despite the wandering nature of some men. (See No. 29, "In Defense Of Polygamy.")
Christ did not teach polygamy, it was an accepted part of the Mosaic Law in His time. Now polygamy is
called bigamy and is illegal in America. Divorce which separates fathers and children is easily obtained.
Because of this change in the law of nations, teaching polygamy as an acceptable alternate to divorce
must be part of the Elijah Message.
I also teach the personal advent of the seven Spirits of God, who take Christ's message to mankind as
Christ the Lamb opens the seals on the seven thunders. I teach that V. T. Houteff was the first of the
seven Spirits of God. Here is a quote from No. 26, "Unsealing The Thunders."
"Has this first seal been opened? Yes! V.T. Houteff illuminated over 90 chapters of the Bible. Besides the
prophecies of the Book of Daniel, he also illuminated all the Kingdom of God prophecies; not only all
those in the Old Testament, but also Christ's parables. He renamed his church the Davidian Seventh Day
Adventists to acknowledge the literal descendant of Biblical king David who will fulfill the prophecy of
"Faithful and True..." there can be no doubt that at least one of the seven Spirits of God has come and
taken his part in the opening of the seals on the seven thunders. As Christ, V.T. Houteff opened the first
seal." (No. 26, "Unsealing The Thunders.")
(I also teach that Houteff did not have an Elijah before his message because he fulfilled Rev. 3:3, Christ
come as a thief. "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If
therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will
come upon thee." For full details, see No. 24, "What If Christ Had Already Come As A Thief.")
I also teach that I am the second of the seven Spirits of God. A review of this website looking for a quote
to that effect makes me suspect that I might have failed to mention that teaching on this website. The
message revealed as Christ opens the second seal follows:
"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went
out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the
earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword." (Rev. 6:3,4).
The symbols of the second seal are explained in great detail in No. 42, "Opening The Second Seal." Here
is a summary. The red horse is straightforward, the rider incites the nations to destroy each other as the
Kingdom of God is being founded on earth. The great sword appears in Isaiah 27, the great sword is
associated with destroying Satan's grip on God's people. This world wide judgment comes from God, and
it is prophesied in Jeremiah 25.
"For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all
the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of
the sword that I will send among them. A noise (message) shall come even to the ends of the earth; for
the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked
to the sword, saith the Lord." (Jer. 25:15,16,31). God will be avenged on the nations that persecute His
people. He will make them insane enough to kill each other. (Also see Jer. 25:17-30,32-38.)
The sword of the Lord is the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. (See Eph. 6:17). So it is that a message
explaining the prophecies of the coming Kingdom of God and the destruction of those who refuse God
and Christ (specifically this message) will stir up the nations to fight God's emerging Kingdom. Those
nations who do not repent and reform will be utterly destroyed.
I thank God that I do not have a flock and a board of directors. In the climate of "brotherhood" between
the churches that currently prevails in Christianity, this message would probably offend them. However it
is exactly as God and Christ sent it, a message to take peace from the world, a message to bring the
conflict between Christ and Satan out in the open and into a roaring cataclysm. (Also see No. 62, "The
Seven Last Plagues.")
I also teach the advent of the seven Spirits of God. I have been given special light on three of them,
Houteff, Christ's King and the Comforter. (See No. 26, "Unsealing The Thunders," No. 24, "What If Christ
Had Already Come As A Thief," No. 41, "Christ's King," No. 76, "Isaiah 55, Crowning Christ's King," No. 80,
"Isaiah 42, Christ's King, Part 2" and No. 82, "The Comforter.")
It is obvious from this article and the others on this website that like the Elijah messengers before me, I
am also a Bible interpreter. Therefore, I have shown that I have all the qualifications of an Elijah
Messenger. However, I have fulfilled more prophecy than just being the second of the seven Spirits of
God. Here are two more examples of fulfilled prophecy from this website.
I am the sixth angel messenger of Revelation 14. Here is the scripture: "And another angel came out from
the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying,
Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe."
The angel "came out from the altar." This angel is a priest (because he comes from the altar), so the
messenger who represents this angel is also a priest. The angel "had power over fire." The power of the
Holy Ghost is the power over fire. "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it
sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak other tongues, as
the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:2,4).
The Holy Ghost is the author of the prophetic covenant. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21). The
prophetic scriptures can only be understood through the power of the Holy Ghost, who transmitted
prophecy to mankind. So this power over fire implies a power to illuminate the prophetic scriptures,
chapter and verse.
The sixth angel message is a warning of impending judgment, because the angel "cried with a loud cry to
him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the
earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." Speaking again of his message (Rev. 14: 9,10; the warning against
receiving the mark of the beast and suffering the terrible judgment that goes with it), Houteff said; “The
light on this subject will spread as fire in stubble until it finally illuminates the whole earth (Rev. 18:1), and
all who walk in its blaze will have their names placed in the Lamb's Book of Life.” (V. T. Houteff, The World
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, 1941, p. 37). That light is the Loud Cry.
The sixth angel message is the Loud Cry to the Christian church. The sixth angel message is the
instruction of the sixth Spirit of God, the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost blows the
sixth trumpet to sound the LOUD CRY to the whole earth. (For a full explanation of the sixth angel
message, see No. 34, "Seven American Angels, Part 2". For a full explanation of the Holy Ghost blowing
the sixth trumpet, see Nos. 59 and 60, "The Sixth Trumpet, Parts 1 and 2.)
I am also the woman in the ephah of Zechariah 5. Here is the scripture:
"Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is
this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said
moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of
lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he
cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof." (Zech. 5:5-8).
An angel is a symbol of harvest. "The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels."
(Matt. 13:39). An ephah, a basket for measuring and storing grain, is also a symbol of harvest. "And Jesse
said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves,
and run to the camp to thy brethren..." (1 Sam. 17:17).
The ephah goes forth to gather the wheat (righteous, see Matt. 13:24-30,36-43). The woman is in the
ephah after the talent of lead is lifted up, but before the wickedness is cast in by the harvest angel. What
do these strange symbols mean?
I am the woman. The talent of lead is the lead bullets that were spread around the site of the Branch
Davidian fire. This talent of lead allowed the evidence that the FBI started the fire to be removed from
the site. I, the woman, was gathered (sealed) into God's Kingdom after the lead contamination of the
church property. God called me to protest the murder of children in the church, and I answered His call,
so He sealed me (put me in the basket). The "wickedness" that the harvest angel threw into the basket
were imperfect people who God told the angel to throw in.
""The angel who speaks in this scripture is a harvest angel, because he is casting something, which
should be clean wheat, into a harvest basket. "And he (the angel) said, This is wickedness. And he cast it
into the midst of the ephah..." Angels are beings who are in harmony with God from their first breath.
They are much different from men; all men, except Enoch and Christ, are sinners. "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)."
""The angel knows what should be in the harvest basket. He is throwing in what God told him to throw in.
But he has chosen to speak his mind, "This is wickedness." From our earthly viewpoint, the wheat, the
people, thrown into the ephah, are less sinful than 99% of their brethren. Most Christians would be very
impressed with their righteousness. Most angels would not be at all impressed. Fortunately, God judges
people on the basis of their hearts. Not one of the people cast into the basket at this beginning of the
gathering of God's Kingdom could pass the test of the 144,000, "for they are without fault before the
throne of God." (Rev. 14:4)."" (No. 66, "Zechariah 5, Judgment and Rapture.")
There is also an explanation in this article that "their resemblance," mentioned in the scripture quoted
above (Zech. 5:5-8), refers to the "wickedness," the imperfect servants of God who were gathered. "From
the clues given by words with the same root as resemblance in the King James Bible, we can say that we
are dealing with people of the tribes of Israel, who are to found God's Kingdom because of their faith,
their belief in God's promises. Who are they? I don't know their names, but when the ephah was lifted up,
they were serving God, faithfully and zealously, and their sins were as nothing compared with their
service." (No. 66, "Zechariah 5, Judgment and Rapture.")
After the lead contamination and the gathering, God allowed the angel to stop up the mouth of the
basket, stop the harvest, with the talent of lead. This was fulfilled as, one after another, a half dozen
government investigations denied that the government had lit the fire. They could do so because of the
lead contamination that allowed the government to steal all the evidence. (For more, see No. 66,
"Zechariah 5, Judgment and Rapture.")
In conclusion, I have shown that this message and messenger fulfill the qualifications of the fourth Elijah
Amo Paul Bishop Roden.