THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY
228 NORTH EL MOLINO AVENUE
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91101-1675
Otis Q. Sellers, Founder David R. Hettema, Director
Volume 3, No. 4 Jane Sellers Hancock, Editor February 2011
THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR
Jane S. Hancock
On three consecutive Sundays at our Bible class we move the chairs into a circle and read out loud Sorting Prophetic Material by Otis Q. Sellers, interrupting the reading to look up Scriptures cited, to ask questions, to clarify. How profitable this discussion is!
In this 1952 pamphlet, Otis Q. Sellers takes the readers through his process of “sorting prophetic material,” a phrase he credits to Francis Bacon. But Paul also told us to “rightly divide the word of truth.” So Sellers starts with a time far in the future, the New Heavens and New Earth, and works backwards, making sure he sorts every event correctly. As he says, “To have assigned one prophecy to the wrong time is a violation of this precept.”
His example concerning sorting is from the hardware store—sorting nails. A different bin or box is needed for each kind and size; otherwise all the nails will be dumped into the same box and what a mess that would be.
So he starts with four boxes. In one he puts all the unfulfilled prophesies that seem to belong in the New Heavens and New Earth. See Revelation 21:1-4.
He labels another box “the thousand years,” also called the Millennium. This is the time of the reign of Christ on earth. See Revelation 20:1-3.
His next question is what to do with the event predicted in Revelation 20:7-9, the Little Season. Careful reading suggests that it doesn’t belong in either the Millennium or the New Heavens and New Earth time periods but comes between them. We need a new box for the time period when Satan is “loosed out of his prison.” So now we have three major time periods: the Millennium, the Little Season, and the New Heavens and New Earth.
However, we have events left over. Where do they go? As we sit in the circle and read Sellers’ words, it is like knowing the end of the mystery before we get there. It is fascinating, however, to see how OQS helped his readers work through it back in 1951. So we now add a box, a box called Daniel’s Seventieth Week, a seven-year-time period also called the Great Tribulation. See Matthew 24:16-20.
And just like reading a mystery, we are eager for him to finally tell us about the Kingdom of God, the next great event in the scheme of things. We know it is coming; we know it’s a time period that comes before the Thousand Years, before the New Heavens and New Earth. We know the books of Isaiah and Ezekiel are filled with predictions of divine blessings which must be fulfilled before the Millennium. We know the whole Bible is filled with predictions of a time that is characterized by the blessings of God and that the four time periods we have already listed are not enough. Enter the Kingdom of God, the period called in the Old Testament “the last days” and in the New Testament “the kingdom of the heavens.” Sellers says in this booklet, “in summing up the Old Testament message concerning the kingdom of God, we find that in it His government over mankind is predicted. ‘The kingdom is prophesied’ can be written over the whole of it.”
In the 33 years that the Lord was upon the earth, the Gospel Period, the simple proclamation was, “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand.”
In the 33 years of the Acts Period, we see the preliminary stages of the Kingdom of God. So what happened? Acts 28:28 happened.
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles (nations), and that they will hear it.
Sellers describes in this article the character of the Kingdom: 1. Reversing the declaration of Acts 28:28, Israel will again be in direct contact with God’s channel of blessing; 2. The Spirit will be poured out upon Israel from on high; 3. God will bring Israel out of the nations and plead with them face to face; 4. They rebuild their temple; 5. God pours out of His spirit upon all flesh; 6. God’s judgments will be established in the earth; 7. The righteous dead will be raised progressively and in order; 8. Longevity will be restored; death will be overcome; 9. The flow of sin will be stopped.
He ends his booklet with these words: “The day is going to come when God’s government is going to reach out to reclaim the earth and bring it into subjection to Christ. As His light comes in, darkness must flee. Error must yield to truth. Sin must give way to righteousness. Sickness will be replaced by health. Human government will be replaced by heaven’s government. Men must submit to God. Man’s day will be superseded by the day of Christ. Then He will see the travail of His soul and be satisfied. May God speed the day.”
This is a brief summary of Sorting Prophetic Material by Otis Q. Sellers. The pamphlet is available digitally and if you have an e-mail address, we can send it to you. Although we have plans to reprint it, we have not yet done so. If you want a hard copy, we can send you a printout of the digital version. Just write to us at the address above. You will find Sorting Prophetic Material a great tool for teaching and for understanding the order of things to come.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
David R. Hettema
Sorting Prophetic Material, a fifty-four-year old booklet written by Otis Q. Sellers is presently out of print (meaning that there are no booklets in stock to mail out from The Word of Truth inventory). The Bible Class in Pasadena has been reading and critically studying copies of this booklet over a period of weeks in preparation for reprinting the booklet for a new distribution. Many of those participating in the critical study expressed amazement concerning Mr. Sellers’ accuracy and correctness of the Scriptures at the date this booklet was written. The truth and order of events still stands today as shown in the booklet. I can remember reading the booklet back in the early 1950s when I first began seeing the truth of the Kingdom of God. This booklet convinced me that Otis was truthfully teaching God’s Word regarding the coming Government of God to this earth. We are eager to reprint the booklet and again distribute it widely.
The Charts of the Kingdom
In later years, Mr. Sellers determined to graphically display the order of events—past, present, and future—from the written Word of God. This became a chart that chronologically started with Old Testament times, then the Gospels and Acts Period, introducing the coming Kingdom of God. However, at the close of the Acts Period, the Kingdom was put into abeyance until the present Dispensation of Grace has run its course. The Kingdom as revealed covers a period of about 1,500 years, ending with the introduction of the New Heavens and New Earth.
When Mr. Sellers was producing the chart, it was a joyous privilege and a real honor for this Director to work with Otis at his request. The completed charts were printed in several sizes and layouts and were distributed through our mailing list and from a small supply always maintained for additional requests.
At the present time, we are in the process of making a new version of the chart. It retains the same order of events, but also displays the 70 weeks of years (a total of 490 years) that God’s returned and redeemed people Israel must go through. This is the special week of just “seven years,” when the leaders of Israel and the Prince that will come, will confirm together a peace agreement of seven-year’s duration. This covenant is broken at the middle of the week, at the three-and-one-half-year’s point. The daily sacrifice is forcefully stopped, and the Temple is desecrated. Instead of peace, now all the tribes of Israel come under extreme pressure. Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is invaded and many other nations join with the enemies of Israel to destroy God’s people and retake the land that God has given to His people, Israel.
All of these events will be indicated in their proper times on the chart. Also, the Scriptures, revealing their truths, will be cited.
My hope, prayers and desire is to see a resurgence of truth concerning God’s coming Government and the impact that it will have upon the nations of the Earth and their people. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 says: I charge thee therefore before God, even the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom; preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
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By Otis Q. Sellers, Bible Teacher
The entire Tape Library (TL) series, consisting of numbers TL-001 to TL-570, is available on MP3 compact disks. A complete subjects list may be obtained from our Web site, www.seedandbread.org, or the home office in Pasadena, CA, or writing/e-mailing:
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LETTER FROM THE NEW OFFICE MANAGER,
My name is Rusty Hancock, and I would like to introduce myself to the supporters of The Word of Truth Ministry. I am the grandson of Otis and Mildred Sellers. As a teenager in the mid 70s, I would help my Grandpa in the mailroom of The Word of Truth Ministry. This continued until I entered the Police Academy. That was 30 years ago. During that time I was married to my beautiful wife, Kathie. (It was the last wedding ceremony that Grandpa ever performed.) I’ve raised three wonderful sons; two are in college and the third will be in college next fall. And, I recently retired from the Glendale Police Department this past October.
I am now back with The Word of Truth Ministry. I have taken on the responsibilities of Office Manager, alleviating David Hettema of this task so he can spend more time to further his studies and teach our Sunday Bible class.
One of my first projects is to assist a follower of OQS in the distribution of a manuscript that he has written. Dr. Harold R. Booher has written a manuscript titled, “Christianity’s Lost Dispensations.” We hoped to originally publish it as a book