“The prophets of God spoke less for their own time than for the ages to come, and especially for the generation that would live amid the last scenes of this earth’s history… “All these things happened unto them for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” Signs of the Times, January 13, 1898 Par. 9
“Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us.” Manuscript Releases Vol. 7, 417.1
“And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet:and Deborah went up with him. 11 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. 13 And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon. 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. 15 And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. 16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left. 17 Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite:for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. 19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. 20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No. 21 Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.” Judges 4:16-21
“Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.” Judges 5:24-27
“Jael was at first ignorant of the character of her guest, and she resolved to conceal him; but when she afterward learned that he was Sisera, the enemy of God and of His people, her purpose changed. As he lay before her asleep, she overcame her natural reluctance to such an act, and slew him by driving a nail through his temples, pinning him to the earth. As Barak, in pursuit of his enemy, passed that way, he was called in by Jael to behold the vainglorious captain dead at his feet–slain by the hand of a woman… Deborah celebrated the triumph of Israel in a most sublime and impassioned song.” Daughters of God, 38.3
The Right Hand & The Workman’s Hammer
“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17
“There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is “present truth” that the flock needs now.” Early Writings, 63.1
The Word of God is described as a hammer by Jeremiah and in turn, His Word is then described as truth. Therefore the hammer represents the truth contained in the Word of God. Inspiration tells us that it is “present truth” that we need at this time. If the prophets spoke less for their time than for ours then the hammer represents not precious truth but “present truth”.
“Medical missionary work is the right hand of the gospel. It is necessary to the advancement of the cause of God. As through it men and women are led to see the importance of right habits of living, the saving power of the truth will be made known. Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. As the right hand of the third angel’s message, God’s methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth.” Testimonies for the Church Vol. 7, 59.1
The right hand and the workman’s hammer therefore represents the combining of medical missionary work and present truth (the third angel’s message) by the last day church. This is one branch of the closing work.
The Left Hand & The Nail
“The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.” Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are represented by the nails. As the left hand held the nail, who holds these words of wisdom? The verse says that they are the words of the wise so therefore the wise hold these words. But who are the wise?
“And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.” Ecclesiastes 12:9-11
The verse said because Solomon was wise, he taught the people. A characteristic of the wise is that they are teachers.
“…none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:10
“In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found…” Proverbs 10:13
“Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.” Proverbs 14:33
To have wisdom one must have understanding; the two go together. David tells us who it is that have understanding in Psalms 119.
“Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.” Psalms 119:98-99
“I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.” Job 27:11
The left hand and the nail represent the work of teachers. True education is another branch of the closing work.
After the work of the right and left hand Sisera bowed at the feet. What do the feet represent?
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7
“The Lord designs that through our publishing houses, our sanitariums, and our schools, bright beams of light shall shine to the world. Every branch of the work connected with or attached to these instrumentalities should be treated with the highest respect. . .” Publishing Ministry, 114.1
The publishing work is the third branch of the work. But the prophet Deborah mentions twice the bowing at the feet of Jael, “At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed…” This is because there are two feet on the human body, one representing the publishing work. What does the second foot represent?
“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15
The last branch of the work is preaching. So we have seen the four great branches of the closing work; medical missionary work, true education, publishing and preaching. But who exactly is Sisera? Who does he represent?
Who is Sisera?
In the Bible very little is said of Sisera. We know he was an enemy of God’s people but, in all, not much known about him. However we have ONE distinguishing fact about him.
“And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” Judges 4:2-3
He had chariots of iron and mightily oppressed the children of Israel. At the end of time, there is also an ‘iron nation’ that mightily oppresses God’s people. Iron is a symbol of the Rome in bible prophecy.
So at the end of time, the church (Jael) will need to use medical missionary work (right hand & the hammer), true education (left hand & the nail), the publishing work (the feet) and the preaching of the gospel (the feet) to bring a death blow upon the Papacy (Sisera).