|THE ELIJAH MESSAGE, V. T. HOUTEFF
The Elijah Message begun by John the Baptist and then enlarged by Christ was continued in the end time
by Victor T. Houteff.
To summarize how John the Baptist defined the Elijah message: John taught baptism, repentance from
sin, the coming of the Kingdom of God, the judgment of unrepentant sinners, and the immediate advent of
Christ further refined the Elijah message by calling for an end to marriage breaking (adultery) because it
estranged fathers and children. Christ thereby fulfilled Malachi 4:4. "Remember ye the law of Moses My
servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." Further,
Christ did miracles similar to those done by the Old Testament prophet Elijah. (See No. 88, "The Elijah
Message, Christ" for a full description of Christ as the Elijah messenger,)
Additionally, Christ redefined the presentation of the Elijah Message when He redefined the presentation
of His Message on the day of His resurrection. Here is a discussion of Christ's post-resurrection ministry
from No. 26, "Unsealing The Thunders."
""Since Christ Himself, in the guise of “a Lamb as it had been slain,” opened the first seal, it is clear that
opening the seals is part of His heavenly ministry. Christ told His flock, “I am with you always, even unto
the end of the world.” (Matt. 28:20). He is still planning to help us even from heaven. Christ opening the
seals must therefore be a benefit to us."
""This change in Christ's post-resurrection ministry became evident later that same day. Christ met two
men on the road to Emmaus and “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all
the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27). Next He appeared to His disciples, “And He
said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must
be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning
Me. Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:44,45)."
""So Christ's heavenly ministry... will be explaining the scriptures to us. This means that all that prophecy
in the Old Testament (which most Christians do not value) is to be the means that Christ uses to guide us
into the Kingdom of God. As Paul said of those who rejected Christ, “But their minds were blinded (the
Jews could not understand the scriptures): for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the
reading of the Old Testament, which veil is done away in Christ.” (2 Cor. 3:14). The veil on the Old
Testament is to be removed by Christ, and when He takes the veil away, we will understand ALL the
prophecy of the Old Testament."" (No. 26, Unsealing The Thunders").
The work of conveying the message to mankind as Christ unseals the seven thunders is given to the
seven Spirits of God who are sent forth by Christ to all the people of the earth. "And I beheld, and, lo, in
the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been
slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the
earth." (Rev. 5:6). The seven Spirits of God are the end time Elijah Messengers.
Last week, I discussed the end time Elijah Message. Here are the highlights:
There must be an end time Elijah Message. The world wide judgment which the Bible predicts in many
different scriptures must be fulfilled. The tribes of Israel, particularly those in the Christian church, must
return to the Law of God. (Most in the Christian church worship on the wrong Sabbath and keep the wrong
feast days.) Divorce is still rampant, so estrangement between fathers and children is still common. Since
Christ established a pattern of multiple Elijah messengers in the time of His First Advent, we should
expect to see multiple Elijah messengers in the end time. We should expect the end time Elijah
messengers to also be intimately associated with Christ, as John the Baptist was.
The seven Spirits of God are intimately associated with Christ. They are seen in God's throne room as
bone of Christ's bone, and flesh of His flesh. "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the
four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and
seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." (Rev. 5:6). It is the seven
Spirits of God, "sent forth into all the earth" by Christ, whose ministries must completely fulfill the Elijah
message. (For the full description of the end time Elijah Message, see No. 88, "The Elijah Message,
It is evident that both John the Baptist and Christ fulfilled prophecy. (For the prophecies John the Baptist
fulfilled see No. 87, "The Elijah Message, John the Baptist.") Because John and Christ, who defined the
Elijah Message, fulfilled specific prophecies, those messengers who follow them must also fulfill specific
prophecies. I will therefore discuss V. T. Houteff in two ways, the prophecies he fulfilled, and also the
message he brought to mankind from Christ.
V. T. Houteff was the first of the seven Spirits of God. He was attached to Christ the Lamb as the first seal
was opened. "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of
thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that
sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer."
V.T. Houteff, interpreting the seals historically, identifies the man as Adam, the bow as Eve, both given
dominion by God over the earth (Gen. 1:28). In bringing the message of this first seal to mankind, Houteff
illuminated over 90 complete 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
Houteff was the third angel messenger of Revelation 14. Here is the third angel's message as described
in No. 33, "Seven American Angels, Part 1."
"“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image,
and receive his mark in his forehead or his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire
and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of
their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast
and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Rev. 14: 9-11)."
""This scripture shows us the Lamb and holy angels present on earth and witnessing the torment of the
wicked in a judgment from God. Because of that context, the scripture Rev. 14: 9-11 reveals the exact
identity of the third angel messenger... The Holocaust happened during Houteff's ministry (1928 – 1955)."
""Also, there were holy angels on earth during Houteff's ministry. Houteff's flock must have included
sealed servants of God, those who have the mark of Ez. 9:4, otherwise the judgment would have fallen on
his church as well. The scripture reads,"Slay utterly old and young, both maid(ens), and little children, and
women, but come not near any man upon whom is the mark..." (Ez. 9:6). That mark is the seal of God. (See
Ez. 9:4.) The presence of sealed servants of God all over America kept the war from our shores."
""Christ pointed out that the resurrected saints are “the children of God, being the children of the
resurrection,'' and “neither can they die anymore: for they are equal unto the angels.” (Luke 20:36,
transposed). So we can assume that sealed servants of God, who are assured of resurrection if they die,
are also equal to the angels. This explains the earthly presence of holy angels viewing the torment of the
European Jews. They were sealed servants of God, holy angels to be."
""Houteff was the Lamb on earth during the Holocaust... Houteff was the first of the seven Spirits of God...
The seven Spirits of God are attached to Christ, bone to his bone and flesh to his flesh (horns and eyes),
as he opens the seals. (Rev. 5:7-14; Rev. 6:1)... since they are the horns and the eyes of the Lamb when
they are attached to Him, they must each be a Lamb in separate manifestation. They fulfill the Lamb
prophecies found in the Revelation."" (For a full explanation, see No. 33, "Seven American Angels, Part
I also believe that Houteff fulfilled Revelation 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." (Rev. 3:3). There is a long and
regrettably complicated proof that Houteff was Christ come as a thief on this web site (see No. 24, "What If
Christ Had Already Come As A Thief?") and a shorter version as well (see No. 27, "Sudden Harvest"). I
invite you to research them.
My purpose in this essay is to show you that Houteff fulfilled prophecy, and I have done so, showing him
to be the first of the seven Spirits of God and the third angel messenger of Rev. 14. I have also told you
that he fulfilled further prophecies. Now, let's look at his words to show you that he was the first end time
Like John the Baptist, Houteff taught repentance from sins and baptism by immersion. Houteff wrote:
"That every person in order to obtain salvation must experience the new birth; that this comprises an
entire transformation of life and character by the recreative power of God through faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ. John 3:16; Matt. 18:3; Acts 2:37-39.
"That baptism is an ordinance of the Christian church and should follow repentance and forgiveness of
sins. By its observance faith is shown in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. That the proper form
of baptism is by immersion. Rom. 6:1-6; Acts 16:30-33." (V. T. Houteff, "Fundamental Beliefs," 1943, p. 4,5).
Like both John and Christ, Houteff taught the Kingdom of God, specifically by illuminating Old Testament
prophecies of the coming Kingdom. Here are a few samples.
""Commenting on Daniel 2:44,45, Houteff said: “Daniel here describes how the earth's governments come
to their end, not how the earth comes to its end. He interpreted the stone to be the Kingdom, and it is
God's Kingdom that will smite the nations, not Christ coming from heaven to take up the saints, as we
Adventists have taught. Jeremiah calls the Kingdom God's ‘battle ax.’ (Jer. 31:20)."
""What plainer language could be used to say that the Kingdom is going to be set up before the nations
come to their end? The trouble some have believing this is not because of the language the Bible used,
but the trouble is with our preconceived ideas that were built up throughout the years, and the only way
we can drive out our former erroneous ideas is to believe just what the Bible says.”" (Ibid, "Symbolic
Code," Vol. 11, 1944, No. 12, p. 19).
Houteff further clarified: "“Hos. 1:11-- “Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be
gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great
shall be the day of Jezreel.”
"“Here we are definitely told that in the latter days, God's saints, without a sinner among them, are to be
gathered together from the four corners of the earth, and be organized into a Theocratic government, of
which antitypical David is to be the king. Thus it is that “... in the days of these kings (not after their days)
shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be
left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand
forever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it
brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to
the king what shall come to pass hereafter; and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”
"“In another allegorical prophecy, in connection with this one, we are again told: Hos. 3:4,5-- “For the
children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and
without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: afterward shall the children of Israel
return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king: and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the
"“Here again the promises are as clear as words can make them that after the dispersion and captivity,
the “many days,” God's scattered people are then to return to their homeland, and are then to seek the
Lord their God and David their king. Hence, these sons of God are not the identified and unbelieving
Jews of today, who are trying to make a permanent national home in the Promised Land."
"“Christians have for centuries preached the Kingdom of God, but it is not as yet clear to most of them
whether It is to be tangible as the earth itself, or whether It is to be something foamy, something floating
in space, or what? Inspiration, however, clearly declares that the Kingdom of Christ (the church purified--
cleansed Dan. 8:14) is to be as real as any of the kingdoms of earth.”" (Ibid, "Timely Greetings," Vol. 2,
1948, No. 21, pp. 7,8).
Like John, Houteff also taught the judgment of unrepentant sinners. "That the finally impenitent, including
Satan, the author of sin, will, by the fires of the last day be reduced to a state of non-existence becoming
as though they had not been, thus purging God's universe of sin and sinners. Rom. 6:23; Mall 4:1-3; Rev.
20:9, 10; Obadiah 16." (Ibid, "Fundamental Beliefs," 1943, p. 7).
Like Christ, Houteff taught the Mosaic Law. Both fulfilled Malachi 4:4. "Remember ye the law of Moses My
servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." Here are
samples of Houteff's teachings.
"That the will of God as it relates to moral conduct is comprehended in His law of ten commandments; that
these are great moral, unchangeable precepts, binding upon all men, in every age. Ex. 20:1-17." (Ibid,
"Fundamental Beliefs," 1943, p. 4,5).
"Speaking of the restoration of God’s Law, Houteff said: “We therefore need to search out and do the
things contained in the moral law of Moses - ‘The commandments, and the statutes and the judgments.’
Deut. 5:31... Remember we anciently lost the Kingdom because of disobeying His commandments and
statutes, and it is certain that He will not take us back into it so long as we neglect to take heed to His
voice.” (Ibid, "Timely Greetings," Vol. 2, 1948, No. 37, pp. 14-17).
“Keeping the commandments and the statutes in the Lord, then, is the light and shield of your life. It is the
outward sigh that by the life of Christ you have overcome the Enemy of your soul and body. This system of
worship, therefore, is truly the Righteousness by faith that brings the righteousness of Christ in the
people of God.” (Ibid, p. 24).
“As to those who are trying to make the world believe that Christ nailed the Ten Commandments to the
cross of Calvary, they are either dishonest in what they say, or else ignorant of what the scriptures teach.
The Bible teaches that the law is ‘holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good’ (Rom. 7:12); that
sin is ‘the transgression of the law’ (1 John 3:4); and that ‘the wages of sin is death’ (Rom. 6:23)… Who
then could have done away with the law? Certainly not the Lord, nor the prophets, and nor the apostles,
for they all kept and taught the ten-commandment law, and all laid special emphasis on its immutability,
and therefore irrevocable validity.” (Ibid, "The Symbolic Code," Vol. 13, 1944, Nos. 11,12, pp. 12,14).
“The Hebrews were forever to keep holy… not a seventh, but the seventh day of each week, the
Sabbath…” (Ibid, "The Answerer," Book 3, 1944, p. 9).
Of Nahum 1:15, Houteff wrote, “He publishes peace and thus announces the restoration of the Kingdom.
This is the only peace that the world can have. There is to be no other. Those who keep God’s solemn
‘feasts’ and perform their vows shall have this peace. None others shall.” (Ibid, "Timely Greetings," Vol. 2,
1948, No. 42, p. 41).
Houteff defined the observances required of God’s people; “… (1) not a seventh, but the seventh, day of
each week, the Sabbath; (2) the days from the fifteenth to the twenty-first day of the first month, the
Passover week; (3) the fiftieth day after the sheaf of the first fruits was offered, the Pentecost; (4) the
tenth day of the seventh month, the Atonement; (5) the days from the fifteenth to the twenty-first day of
the same month, the feast of Tabernacles; and (6) the feasts of the new moons.” (Ibid, "The Answerer,"
Book No. 3, 1944, p. 9).
Houteff also taught a high moral standard. "That the followers of Christ should be a godly people, not
adopting the unholy maxims nor conforming to the unrighteous ways of the world, not loving its sinful
pleasures nor countenancing its follies. That the believer should recognize his body as the temple of the
Holy Spirit, and that therefore he should clothe that body in neat, modest, dignified apparel. Further, that
in eating and drinking and in his entire course of conduct he should shape his life as becometh a follower
of the meek and lowly Master. Thus the believer will be led to abstain from all intoxicating drinks, tobacco,
and other narcotics, and the avoidance of every body-and-soul-defiling habit and practice. 1 Cor. 3:16, 17;
9:25; 10:31: 1 Tim. 2:9, 10; 1 John 2:6." (Ibid, "Fundamental Beliefs," 1943, p. 8,9).
Finally, like John the Baptist and Christ, Houteff was the Elijah for a specific holy person who would follow
him. As you may have noticed above in the discussion of God's Kingdom, Houteff taught the Davidian King
who would rule in God's Kingdom. Here is part of that message.
""Ezek. 34:23, 24 -- "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."
""The self-centered shepherds against whom the prophet is told to write, are to be replaced by one
shepherd, David. When this takes place God's people will then have but one shepherd. This, of course,
cannot be Christ Himself, for Inspiration never calls Him David, but rather It calls Him the Son of David.
Since God's people have always had, and still do have many shepherds, the truth stands out as clear as
crystal that the David of verses 23 and 24 is yet to come, and that the shepherds whom Inspiration
addresses are in particular those whom David is to succeed."
""Ezekiel, then, was not given a vision of the shepherds in his day, nor of those before his day, but of the
shepherds after his day -- the day in which God raises up this antitypical David to feed His hungry and
neglected flock. God's people shall then no longer serve strangers, "But they shall serve the Lord their
God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." Jer. 30:9. Here we see that not only Ezekiel, but
Jeremiah also was given a vision of this same truth. Yes, all the prophets."
""Ezek. 37:24, 25 -- "And David My servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd:
they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the
land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell
therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and My servant David shall
be their prince for ever."
""Since this is the addition to the "Third Angel's Message" ("Early Writings," p. 277) and since it is the
message of the hour, consequently the day of the Davidian Kingdom is at hand. Let us turn to--"
""Hos. 3:4, 5 -- "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and
without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: afterward shall the
children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his
goodness in the latter days."
""The many days are now almost over and the time for the fulfillment of God's promises is certainly at the
threshold of our time."" (Ibid, "Timely Greetings," Vol. 2, No. 2 p, 14,15). (Note that the Davidian Kingdom is
the Millennium Kingdom, wherein Christ rules by proxy through His chosen King.)
It is obvious from the foregoing examples of Houteff's writings that he was a Bible interpreter, like Christ
in His heavenly ministry. Summing up Houteff's Elijah Message, he taught 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 the Davidian (Millennium) King.
Unlike Christ, Houteff did not do miracles and he did not preach about himself. He could not draw
attention to himself by doing these things because he came upon mankind secretly as a thief fulfilling
Rev. 3:3 (as discussed above).
Houteff's Elijah, who is the Elijah for all seven of the Spirits of God, came years after his death. That Elijah
messenger is me, and I will be the subject of next week's essay (God willing).
Amo Paul Bishop Roden