Rose Of Sharon The Mystery Of Revelation
By G. T. Haywood
The Voice in the Wilderness
No. 18, c. 1917
The Mystery of Revelations is like unto the blossoming of a rose. While a rose is confined in the bud, every petal is perfect; but though we try ever so earnestly to pick it open before its time, we are forced to admit that all of our efforts are in vain. And the final result is that the petals are torn and the rose as a whole is marred beyond recognition. But if we leave it until its appointed time it will gently unfold itself in all its beauty, every petal in its place and the air will be filled with its fragrance.Thus it is with the Mystery of the Godhead. It has been folded away in God’s infinite wisdom, awaiting the day appointed, when “in the dispensation of the fullness of times” all things were to be gathered in Christ, both which are in heaven and in earth. Eph. 1:10. Men have endeavored to solve this mystery centuries ago, but the more they “picked” at it, the more obscure and mysterious it became; so they were compelled to cease from any further intrusion, shake their heads and utter with a gasp of dismay, “Things too wonderful for me; it is a
Now that the “fullness of times” has come, the hidden mystery is now being revealed in Christ. The Rose of Sharon has gently unfolded, and we are beginning to see the “King in His Beauty.” What a fragrance fills the air! JESUS, JESUS, BLESSED JESUS! The Mystery of the FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST is fully comprehended in Christ Jesus. As Father, He was the creator, or Begetter of all things. John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-18. As Son, He was our example in the days of His flesh, from His baptism in the Jordan up to His ascension on the resurrection morning. Matt. 8:16-17; John 20:17. As Holy Ghost He comes within and abides forever. John 14:16-18; Matt. 28:18-20. G. T. H.
THAT ALABASTER BOX
Just Before the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ, Mary, of Bethany, came in while He was at meat and broke her alabaster box of precious ointment, which was very costly, and anointed the body of Jesus. And the room was filled with the odor of the ointment. The act so pleased the Lord that He said “Wheresoever this gospel is preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done her.”
Today many of God’s people have some nice little alabaster boxes, which they prize very highly, of some pet doctrine, or views upon the word of God; but they refuse to break them, lest there should appear to be a “great waste” of time spent on preaching and teaching doctrines that were contrary to the word. But God wants our “alabaster boxes” broken, so that the sweet perfume of the Rose of Sharon might fill the house of God.
Break your denominational boxes and let the odor fill the house! Break your second work of grace boxes and let the sweet smell of Calvary float upon the breeze. Break your man-made views concerning water baptism and let the name of Jesus have pre-eminence, that whatever you
do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD JESUS. Break your trinity boxes and let the glory of God be revealed in the face of Jesus Christ. Break your idea of the new birth and let John 3:5 and Acts 2:38 blend together with Mark 16:16-17.
God help us not to be afraid to break our alabaster boxes, for the time is come when the body of Christ (the Church) shall be hidden away until the indignation be overpast, and a new dispensation ushered in on the glorious millennial day. G. T. H.
JESUS IS BOTH
“Bless the Lord 0 my soul. 0 Lord, my God, thou art very great: thou art clothed with honor and majesty.” “Great is our God and greatly to be praised! There is no searching of his understanding; his ways are past finding out.”
The one thing that appears to be a stumbling block to many, regarding the majesty and the exaltation of Christ, is the fact that there is apparently two persons. Personalities, or being involved in the term “Father and Son,” but if we understand the Scriptures correctly, they clearly prove unto us that Jesus Christ
is “both.” Every one admits that “the Father” refers to God, and “the Son” refers to Christ, the Anointed.
In the Second Psalm, we read where the kings of the earth set themselves… against the Lord (God the Father) and against His Anointed (Jesus the Son). On the Day of Pentecost, Peter declared that “God (the Eternal Spirit) had made this same Jesus BOTH Lord (Jehovah, the Father) and Christ (the Son).”
In Luke 20:41-44 verses, Jesus confounded the scribes by proving that the Messiah was BOTH David’s Lord and David’s Son.
In Hebrews 8:3 we find that every high priest had to offer a sacrifice apart from himself; wherefore, it was necessary for Christ, our High Priest, to have somewhat also to offer; but when He became a High Priest He was obliged to offer Himself, through the Eternal Spirit, thereby proving Himself to be BOTH High Priest and Sacrifice.
In the Book of Daniel, 7th chapter, 9-14 verses, we read of the Ancient of Days, whose garment was white as pure wool; and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of Days. In this there appears to be two separate persons, but in Rev. 1:7-16 we find that Jesus has the description of BOTH.
In Isa. 9:6 Isaiah declares that the child that was to be born was BOTH the “Son given” and the “Everlasting Father.”
When Philip, in his curiosity, desired to see the Father, separate from the person of Jesus, the Lord suddenly revealed unto them the fact that when they saw Him, they saw BOTH the Father and the Son. John 14:8-11
In the fourth chapter of Revelations we read of “One” sitting on the throne, and that the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fall down before “Him that sat on the throne.” And cast down their crowns, saying. “Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power, for Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” That this refers to Jesus Christ, in His glory, everyone will admit (Col. 1:14), but in the fifth chapter of Revelations we find a “Lamb, as it had been slain,” which cometh forth and takes the Book out of the right hand of “Him that sat upon the throne.” That this Lamb is Jesus none will attempt to deny… then combining the record in the 32nd chapter of Revelations, we find that the Throne of God and the Lamb is one throne, and it further declares that “His servants shall SERVE HIM (not ‘tern and they shall see HIS FACE” (Not “their” faces): and “HIS name shall be in their foreheads” (Not “their” names). From this it can be clearly seen that Jesus Christ is BOTH the Lord God and the Lamb.
In Rev. 22:6, it declares that the “Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servants things which must shortly be done”; but in the 16th verse JESUS says in plain words, that cannot be misunderstood: “I JESUS have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.” This also sets forth clearly that Jesus Christ is BOTH.
That Jesus Christ is BOTH the God of Abraham, and the promised SEED of Abraham, may be seen from the following Scriptures: In Gal. 3:16 we find that Christ is the seed of Abraham; but in comparing Rev 1:8, where Jesus declares Himself to be the Almighty, with Ex. 6:2-3, where God declares that Abraham knew Him, not by His Name JEHOVAH, but by the names of God. ALMIGHTY: then compare this with John 8:56-58, we have conclusive evidence that Jesus
My Brethren in the Lord, and Beloved of Jesus Christ our Savior, we write these things unto you that you might know, of a truth, that Jesus Christ is BOTH the Father and the Son.
ELD. G. T. H.