The Ensign is the flag of the Kingdom of God. The version above was revealed to Ben Roden by the Holy
Ghost. Numerous prophetic scriptures refer to the Ensign. Bible history shows it to be a flag.
The history of the Wilderness sojourn clearly shows that each of the tribes had their own ensign or flag
to show the location of each tribe in the camp. "Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch (his tent) by
his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation
shall they pitch." (Num. 2:2).
God, mostly through the mouth of Isaiah, indicates in prophecy that He will use the Ensign to gather His
people. Here are the prophecies.
"And He will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth:
and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly." (Is. 5:26).The Ensign is the flag that flies over the
Kingdom of God, all nations will see it when it is lifted up. God will call His people, He will "hiss unto them
from the ends of the earth," not shout, but hiss softly through the mouths of missionaries preaching the
Kingdom of God one on one in every land, in every language. The harvest will be very quick, God's
people "shall come with speed swiftly."
"All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when He lifteth up an ensign on the
mountains; and when He bloweth a trumpet, hear ye." (Is. 18:3). Every person on earth is meant to notice
the call to God's Kingdom. The trumpet is the great trumpet of Isaiah 27:13 (see commentary below).
"And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather
together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Is. 11:12). The outcasts of Israel are
the ten lost tribes who were scattered by the Assyrian invasion of their homeland Samaria. The dispersed
of Judah are the known Jews who lost their home in the Holy Land after they refused Christ. This
assembling and gathering is the sealing of the 144,000 (Rev. 7:1-8) and their return to the Holy Land (Rev.
14:1-5; Ez. 20:33-44).
The scripture (which I just quoted to show you that the Ensign is instrumental to the gathering) is
preceded by another scripture about the Ensign. Here is the whole passage. "And in that day there shall
be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his
rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the
second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and
from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of
the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and
gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Is. 11:10-12).
As you can see from the picture of the Ben Roden's Ensign above, the root of the tree is below the stem
of Jesse. It is not the ensign, but it "shall stand for an ensign of the people" for a period of time. It is this
message and those angel messages that preceded it, a first unsuccessful attempt at gathering the tribes
of Israel. It is unsuccessful because it gathers only a few people. Despite being unsuccessful at
gathering the tribes (it is one of the angel messages of Rev. 14, an instruction of the trumpets, rather
than a gathering trumpet - see No. 32, Ramifications Of Jericho"), it points in the direction of God's
Kingdom, and will come to be appreciated when it is taught as the instructions of the gathering. When it
has been replaced with the true Ensign, Christ and the Holy Ghost, "the Lord shall set his hand again the
second time to recover the remnant of his people." That gathering will follow the blowing of the great
trumpet. That trumpet will successfully "assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the
dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Here is a prophecy of the same two phase gathering which shows the great trumpet. "And it shall come to
pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye
shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great
trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the
outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem." (Is. 27:12,13).
The river is the river of life, a living water spiritual message that flows from the throne of God. This river
flows from the earthly temple after the Holy City has come down from heaven. "And he shewed me a pure
river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of
the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of
fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
The same river is shown to Ezekiel in vision flowing from the Holy Temple in heaven. (See Ez. 47:1-12).
The Lord directs some of this river out of its channel into the stream of Egypt. Egypt is a symbol of the
pleasure loving world. Egypt's stream is its spiritual message. That means that this living water spiritual
message is added at God's will to the spiritual message of the pleasure loving Christians of the English
As a result, Isaiah tells us, "ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel." So in a small way, a
few of the children of Israel are gathered. This is not the gathering of all 144,000 of the tribes of Israel,
but rather the first unsuccessful attempt to gather them that precedes it.
Then the great trumpet is blown and the gathering of the 144,000 of the tribes of Israel succeeds. "And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were
ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in
the holy mount at Jerusalem." (Is. 27:13). Assyria is a symbol of those satanic nations and kingdoms which
oppress and persecute God's people. God's people are barely able to survive in such nations. Egypt is a
symbol of the pleasure loving world. God's people are outcasts in Egypt, they put God's Kingdom first in
All those who are gathered will go to "worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem." They meet the
Lamb on Mount Zion in Jerusalem and learn the new song. "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the
mount Sion (Zion), and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in
their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a
great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new
song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but
the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth." (Rev. 14:1-3).
Before the Ensign can be raised up before the whole earth, it must be raised up on a hill. "One thousand
shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top
of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill." (Is. 30:17). This prophecy has been fulfilled by the Branch
George Roden was the one who caused the thousand to flee. After his mother's death in 1986, he was left
in sole possession of the church property in Waco. By the time I joined the church in Oct. 1987 and
moved onto the church property, the only church members still in residence were two of George's
children. The tithe to George was dwindling at that time. Almost the whole church had fled George,
rejecting his "Rough Winds" spiritual message.
The next flight from the church property, "at the rebuke of five shall ye flee," was fulfilled by Koresh's
church. Koresh moved his flock onto the church property in March 1988, the day after George Roden
went to jail for contempt of court. The five who rebuked him and caused his church to flee were the five
men with slaughter weapons of Ezekiel 9.
"He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw
near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of
the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one
man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood
beside the brasen altar... And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by
his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done
in the midst thereof. And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and
smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little
children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." (Ez.
9:1-6). There were six men, but one of them marked those who would be spared and five of them
slaughtered those who were not marked. Koresh's followers fled the five men with slaughter weapons
and nine of them survived.
The fire that the FBI set on April 19, 1993 riveted the attention of the whole world. Truly, in flaming death,
Koresh's church was "a beacon (fire) upon the top of a mountain." This message you are now reading,
which presented the church message under the banner of Ben Roden's Ensign, then replaced Koresh's
church to stand "as an ensign on an hill."
After this takes place, God's people begin a revival and reformation, a return to Bible Law and the
service of God as specified by God through the mouth of Moses. (See No. 16, "A Warning To The Little
Sheep" for details.) In response to this reformation, God helps His people, and the nations that have
brutalized them begin to fear the Ensign.
"Turn ye unto Him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. For in that day every man shall
cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.
Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall
devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. And he shall pass
over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is
in Zion, and His furnace in Jerusalem." (Is. 31:6-9).
The children of Israel have cast away Bible Law in favor of corrupt law, they "have deeply revolted." They
have made idols of riches, and worshipped silver and gold instead of God. They repent and reform. They
return to God's Bible Law and each man "shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold," they all
glorify God instead of chasing wealth. Then God raises help for His people.
In biblical history, God often chastised His people with the sword of their enemies, particularly the mighty
Egyptian and the mean (cruel) Assyrian. This sword is neither of those, but instead it is God's hosts. God
will raise His sword (His hosts) and slay those who oppress His people. And all who oppose God's
Kingdom shall flee His wrath, and hide themselves in strongholds for fear. The great princes of earth
shall fear the gathering of the Kingdom and its symbol, the Ensign.
One last question, what does the design of Ben Roden's Ensign mean. Let's take the symbols one by one.
The twelve stars surrounding the central emblem stand for the twelve tribes of Israel. The 144,000 of the
twelve tribes, the missionaries who gather the great multitude in the harvest of the world, become a
living Ensign after they meet with Christ the Lamb on Mount Zion. (See Rev. 14:1). "And the Lord their
God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown,
lifted up as an ensign upon his land." (Zech. 9:16).
The star of David in back of the center of the Ensign stands for the Branch of David who will be King in
God's Kingdom and for the Kingdom that God will establish on the earth. The scripture that follows shows
how this King comes forth during the gathering. It begins with a judgment of the pastors who feed
themselves instead of their flock. For more about this judgment, see Houteff's "Timely Greetings", Vol. 2,
No. 2, a chapter and verse explanation of Ezekiel 34 and No. 37, "The Great Trumpet Of Isaiah 27."
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore
thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people; Ye have scattered My flock,
and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings,
saith the Lord. And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries whither I have driven them,
and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds
over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be
lacking, saith the Lord. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous
Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his
days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called,
The Lord Our Righteousness. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more
say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, The Lord liveth,
which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all
countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land." (Jer. 23:1-8). The star of
David in the Ensign stands for the righteous Branch of David who is God's chosen King.
Finally, in the foreground of the center of the Ensign is a pictorial representation of the Rod and the
Branch of Isaiah 11:1. This is the scripture.
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and
the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel
and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding
in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the
hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek
of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he
slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his
reins." (Is. 11:1-5).
I've quoted the first five verses of Isaiah 11, to show that the Branch is the man that rules in the
Millennium Kingdom of God. But, as you saw from the picture of the Ensign above, what concerns us in
this scripture is the underlined first verse about the stem of Jesse, the rod and the Branch.
This prophecy, as the picture of the Ensign suggests, was first fulfilled by Jesse, David's father, KIng
David, and David's descendant, Christ. This first fulfillment is the pattern of another fulfillment which
takes place during the gathering, "I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and
prosper." As you see above in the quotation of Jer. 23:1-8, raising a Branch from David takes place AFTER
the tribes were scattered. Christ came to Judah (fulfilling this prophecy) BEFORE Judah lost their land.
The Branch, in this second fulfillment of Is. 11:1, is the Millennium KIng.
The stem of Jesse rises from the root of Jesse. Like the root of Jesse, the stem of Jesse is a gathering
message; but unlike the root of Jesse, the stem is not under the ground. It is out in the open, the great
trumpet has been heard and the second successful gathering of the 144,000 has begun. The stem of
Jesse is the angel messages of Rev. 14 going to the world.
The rod is the judge in the Millennium Kingdom. Here she is. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that
I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and (s)he
shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and
Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our
righteousness." (Jer. 33:14-16).
This rod judges "in the land," within the Kingdom itself. This rod represents the Holy Ghost, who judges
the church and teaches righteousness, she "shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land." By
contrast, the Millennium King judges the entire world, "with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and
reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and
with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked."
So you see that the Ensign is the symbol of the 144,000, the gathering of the Kingdom of God, and the
leadership of the Millennium Kingdom. It was given to Ben Roden by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
The nations do well to fear the Ensign. It is the symbol of the little stone which will break the feet of the
great image, grow into a great mountain, and take over the whole earth. (See Dan. 2:31-45).
Amo Paul Bishop Roden