Look For Clues, Part 2

Look For Clues, Part 2

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

WE ARE CONTINUING THE THOUGHT WE WERE ON IN LAST ISSUE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR CLUES THAT POINT TO THE COMING OF THE LORD.


This chart we are using is to give a little illustration of time: as we talk about the seven Church Ages in relationship to how it all climaxes here in the end time. Through the years when Bro. Branham was ministering there were many things said that many people misinterpreted. When he preached the seals messages and told how God had dealt with him in Arizona: when he saw that constellation of angels and things of that nature, you would be surprised the number of people that memorized all those things and have a feeling that those seven angels he saw definitely have to be connected with the seven thunders. I am aware of what Bro. Branham said; but I wonder if a lot of those people really do know what was going on? That is the question: Do people really know what was going on, or are they looking at something because they have a mental picture they are cultivating simply because they have read and memorized so much they figure this has to be in here and that over there: whether it makes any scriptural sense or not? If he had not said some of the things he said, they would all still have to go by the Bible. For too long people have assumed that everything he said had to have a meaning concerning how you and I see ourselves in these last days in relationship to what we believe. When I say that, I realize some people in their mind will say, Well Bro. Jackson, don’t you believe what he said? To that I have to say, When you question me like that, you have not heard me right. Therefore I am using this chart because it is the only way I can think of to try and illustrate to you what we are talking about. I ask you this question, When the Grace Age started, what did we have in the Old Testament that could give us any indication as to how the Holy Ghost would come? You have one scripture in Isaiah 28. Then you have another scripture, Joel 2. Joel prophesied that in the last days He would pour out of His spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, old men shall dream dreams, young men shall see visions and so forth. That prophecy is applicable to the whole Grace Age, as long as it lasts. When the day of Pentecost did come, it came with a manifestation of the Spirit of God and none of the disciples knew what to expect. They had read Isaiah 28, no doubt many times; but did they really know how to acquaint that with what was taking place? No. Everything that took place on the day of Pentecost was a complete new experience, unrehearsed, and not even thought of. Only when it came, were the disciples beginning to be able to put together a few things Jesus had said so a revelation could be formed in their mind’s. Did He not say, I have yet many things to tell you, but as of now you are not able to bear them? However, after the Holy Spirit, the Comforter is come, He was to lead the believer into all truth. The age of grace was then in effect; and you will notice that when the Holy Ghost came, He came with manifestations. After the Holy GHost came upon those disciples there in the upper room, they were heard speaking in other languages as they came down into the streets of Jerusalem. That manifestation caught the attention of a great multitude of people; and as they questioned it the apostle Peter stood up and spoke to them by the direction of the Spirit he had just received; and as a result of the whole thing 3000 Jewish men and women came to repentance. The apostle Paul later spoke of it remembering a scripture over in Isaiah 28:11 which says, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people.” This people, was the Jewish nation. Yet in the light of all of that, the nation as a whole would not believe. Anyhow what took place on that particular day of Pentecost is what set the Grace Age in motion. Then as you read the rest of the book of Acts and the Epistles you can easily see that it is the Holy Ghost that is leading in the establishment of New Testament Christian assemblies. There are many things written in the New Testament in such a way it causes people to read over it without seeing anything of significance until the generation is on earth that those things apply to: then the Holy Spirit begins to open it up to chosen one’s that are to be held responsible for the ministering of that truth to others. That has been the rule down through the ages; and now we are facing the end of all God has purposed to accomplish in the Grace Age: so He is revealing things that have been right there in the Bible all along: but were only meant for this generation to understand them. The reason I chose the title “Looking For Clues, is because we are looking for everything that can possibly be a clue pointing to what is to take place in the hour of time we are living in. We have to realize that the last days, in the overall collective term, is talking about an allotted period of time when we begin to see prophecy set in motion, but that allotted period of time can last for several years before it finally terminates. That is what causes a lot of people to miss the boat completely when they start trying to deal with prophecy meant for the last days. However as we look at all the things going on in the earth today, we are fully persuaded that we must be living in the later days of the last days. It behooves us then to keep our eyes open every day, to watch how God is beginning to do things among His people. The things He is revealing to us in this hour of time are the things that will close out the Gentile dispensation and return the gospel message to the Jewish people it was first given to. Not the same individuals: but of the same nation.


CHURCH AGE STAR MESSENGERS


Once the gospel came to the Gentiles, Ephesus stands out as the model assembly for the Grace age; and the first Church Age is called by that name. The apostle Paul was the star messenger to that age as the gospel was given to the Gentiles. The apostle Paul was taken off the scene around 66 A.D. of course: Yet that does not change the fact he was God’s star messenger to that age. There were five other Church Ages between the Ephesian Age and the Age of Laodicea we are living in; but just as Paul was the star messenger to the first Age, William Marrion Branham was the star messenger to this Age. That can be questioned by the church world of our day because most of the church world in general does not even read the book of Revelation to see the seven types characterized in the seven churches mentioned therein. Therefore when we come to this hour, they would look at us as though we are just a fanatical element of people propagating something that we do not have a thread of truth or proof to back up. That is what causes me to approach this message the way I am approaching it. Well saints, just remember what I said earlier: God is definitely going to play a trick on this age of Christendom, an age when you see all these well learned, well dressed, celebrity type preachers on Trinity Broadcasting, with all their beautifully arranged TV programs constructed and run by high tech mechanisms. To the natural minded person it is wonderful that man can have such an attention grabbing program; but I personally cannot see God having anything to do with any of it: other than to bundle tares. Naturally when you say something like that, you automatically make yourself look to the church world like you are some kind of crazy fanatic. You are actually looked upon as a fanatic when you follow scriptural truth. The church was not born in the midst of all that high celebrity type of fashion speakers. Those men on the day of Pentecost, Peter, James and those, were just fishermen before the Lord called them to follow Him. They were not learned men of the priestly order. No. They were common ordinary people of the street like you find in everyday walk of life. That is what made it look strange to the priestly hierarchy of Jerusalem. How could this people be creating such a dynamic influence on the Jewish society when after all, they were not ordained priests. They were not wearing the robes; and they were not sacrificing lambs on the altar; but they were pointing spiritually hungry souls to another Lamb that had already been sacrificed. They knew by divine revelation exactly what was going on; and I believe we likewise know what is going on in our day. Believing that, is what caused me to make those remarks about God using the image of Bro. Branham to speak to the bride Church here in the ending of this age. Why do I say that? Simply because Bro. Branham was the star messenger to this age. His message is what called us out of Babylon (denominational religion). We do not have to be fanatical to believe that: It makes good spiritual sense. Denominational religion is so well versed in what has already been, they cannot see one thing that is about to be. They are trying to base all their insight on what has been, rather than what the Bible shows is about to be. The apostle Paul a Jewish man led by the Spirit of God and chosen by God before the foundation of the world to be a light to the Gentiles, wrote most all of the New Testament Epistles. To me, this is vindication that he was God’s apostle to the Gentile people. With that in mind we can say also, It was the apostle Paul that established the seven churches in the area of Asia, the area we call Turkey today. It was the apostle Paul that established the churches in Greece and Macedonia, the region where so many problems are today. Those two areas were the Gentile areas of Christendom that were established under Paul’s ministry in that first age of Gentile Christianity. Paul was martyred, beheaded, in Rome, in 66 A.D.; but look what happened thirty years later. Thirty years go by and that brings time to 96 A.D. That is where the apostle John stood out. He was the last one of the old saintly patriarch disciples. He was an apostle; but he is not pictured as being a star to the Gentiles. He is one of the twelve that was chosen by Jesus to represent the various tribes of the nation Israel; but he was not a star to any particular age. Peter was the spokesman to the Jews; but it was the apostle Paul that became recognized as the star messenger to the Gentile Church Age known as Ephesus. When we come to 96 A.D. we find that without any foreknowledge of what God was about to do, authorities had taken this old man and put him on an island which was not very far from the mainland of Turkey. You can see it from the mainland. Anyhow there he was: put in a solitary condition just to wander among the rocks and lizards, and whatever else was there. They probably thought they were putting this old man out of commission. Little did they realize God was going to use him to see things and write down those things for people within the ranks of the professing church to read down through the centuries of time. The point is this, and I want all of you to think seriously, No one in Christendom at that time knew what God was about to do. In 96 A.D. John was on the Isle of Patmos and he already had the Holy Ghost. He had written the gospel of St. John; and the three little Epistles over next to the book of Revelation. That constitutes the record of his writings. Look what Paul wrote, a great number of epistles, touching many things within the overall gospel of doctrine and such like within the Christian faith. However for some unknown reason God does something very spectacular after the death of Paul; and has John write it down and give it to the Church. Being in exile on this particular island, John says he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day when God began to show him prophetic visions and he was told to write it down. If you look in the marginal references it says, he became in the Spirit: which in reality means he continued to observe the worship practice he had been accustomed to in former days. However he made no special plans for the experience he had: God was the author of that. Keep in mind though, The day of the Lord and the Lord’s day carry two different meanings. We must separate the one from the other. The day of the Lord points to that period of time dealing with God’s judgment and wrath when Jesus comes to rule and reign as King of kings on earth. It is not a day of 24 hours. However the Lord’s day, it is an expression used by the early disciples as they gathered together for worship on the first day of the week. Why did they choose the first day of the week as the day they would gather together for worship? Because that is the day the Lord Himself rose from the dead. That is why you can tie it right into Leviticus 23. He had to rise on the first day of the week and the Holy Ghost come on the first day of the week. These two infallible types substantiate the fact of why the early disciples chose, without making it a law, without making it some cardinal teaching of the Church, to worship on that day. It was a practice they observed because they did it by divine revelation. The early Christians chose the first day of the week for worship because it is the beginning of a new creation, a new day, a new cycle. It is fulfilling something that has already been typed in the Old Testament. Nevertheless you still have a lot of Gentile people that are still hung up on Saturday worship. That is why they will write these teachings how that somewhere man, the Catholic Church, changed from the Jewish Sabbath to the first day of the week, calling the first day of the week a pagan holy day. Let me just say this, Every day of the week, as far as I am concerned, is God’s day. Otherwise you could not use the Psalm, This is the day the Lord hath made. You could only apply that to one day of the week. Anyhow John says in Revelation 1:9-10, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” In the first verses of this first chapters he gives an introduction of himself, (1:1) “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto His servants (His servants had to be those pastors of the seven churches of Asia. Naturally his writings have been given to ministers and ministry through the various generations and ages; but when John wrote this later, keep in mind, he had in mind those seven men of those seven churches that lay there on the mainland while he was in exile out there on the Isle of Patmos) things which must shortly come to pass; (notice here what it say) and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.” We are going into this for a reason: so bear with me. We know John saw something. Further on he describes how he turned to see the voice that spoke to him; and he saw One like unto the Son of man. This man called John was an eye witness to everything that happened concerning the man called Jesus. This man called John had been at the river when the other John baptized the One he saw when he turned to see the voice behind him. He was one of the twelve chosen disciples of this man; but my point is leading to something I just mentioned. I hope you will follow me all the way through; because we want to get this whole thing straight. When we are talking about how God uses a man’s image, keep in mind, either it is a vision or an angelic being anointed with the Spirit of God to act in the person of the one whose image who is being expressed. We must understand this if we are ever to get a true revelation of how God does certain things. If Jesus the man, the Son of God who rose from the dead 2000 years ago, and ascended into heaven where He has been seated on the right hand of the father, is ever seen by anyone still living here on earth, that is the way He is seen. We do not necessarily want to say He has been sitting in that position 2000 years. That is not the point. One saw Him seated at the right hand of the Father and another saw Him standing at the right hand of the Father: so His standing or sitting position is not what we are concerned with. Whenever there is something taking place on earth, that His image should be seen, you rest assured just as Philip saw Him standing on the right hand of the Father, and John was taken up and saw Him sitting on the Father’s throne the point is, He is High Priest: He has been High Priest for almost 2000 years. He has not been personally running around all over the world: here one minute and somewhere else the next. When Jesus was taken from this earth 2000 years ago, that physical, glorified, immortal body has never physically been back here since then. When you hear someone say, Jesus stood by my bedside and said, Thus and so, just know that He was not physically there. I have no reason to doubt the vision: but be assured, that this is exactly what it was: a vision. Remember what the two angels said to those disciples that stood that day watching Jesus as He ascended into heaven? (Acts 1:11) “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Those angels were absolutely referring to His coming in Revelation 19, and not any other time scattered through the dispensation of time. As we read this, we will begin to understand that in the spirit world, there are angelic beings projecting various visions to people on earth. The apostle Paul writes a very descriptive picture of them in the Hebrews epistle. He speaks of these angels as ministering spirits sent forth to be ministers to them that shall be heirs of salvation. That means within the domain, within the realm of God’s divine omnipresent Spirit, God has chosen and delegated for His spirit, His purpose, His thought, His plan, to be communicated to humanity on earth. That is the delegated position of angels in the overall plan of God. At least we know that is one of their functions: to commune with humanity on the behalf of the Creator. That is why so many Trinitarians and Bible scholars go back to Genesis and see where God spoke and said, Let us, and they refer to that as proof that God is three persons. They do not even realize God was speaking to His angelic helpers instead of two other persons within the Godhead. He had to be speaking in conjunction with the angelic family: or a lot of other scriptures would make no sense whatsoever. When we follow the record of angelic beings down through time, never did God do anything without an angelic being conveying His presence, and His purpose to the earthly person He was dealing with. Having said this, let us now look at those things John saw and wrote about in what I usually refer to as God’s love letter to the bride Church.


THE APOSTLE JOHN ON ISLE OF PATMOS


Like I said, the first thing we find here is John’s introduction before he really goes into the dynamics of what he saw and heard. He is plainly telling you first how the Lord sent His angel to testify of these things unto His servant John. (1:1) “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, (Now this is not an epistle that touches doctrine, nor the plan of salvation in any way. This is every bit prophecy.)and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (From here on John begins to explain and bring forth the overall picture. We pick up with verse 4.) “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; (5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (7) Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” When that verse is fulfilled, I want you to know humanity will not be looking at an angel. They will be looking at the immortal glorified risen Christ Jesus, coming to earth riding a white horse. It will not be an angel coming. It is the Lord Jesus Himself. (8) “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” In other words he has been arrested and put there in exile as a penalty for having preached about this man Jesus. (10) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, (John was out there all by himself. Little did he realize what was about to take place. I can see that old man sitting out there somewhere, looking up into the sky. He no doubt just began to meditate and communicate with the Lord when all of a sudden an anointing came upon him like he had never experienced in all his prior days. It started something strange, something unusual. It did not last for just 15 or 20 minutes: It lasted no doubt for many hours as he was caught up in the Spirit.) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” All of what John has written up to this point is concerning what he saw from this point on. He heard this voice behind him, so let us go on. (verse 12) “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.” Notice now, he saw seven golden candlesticks. We know what they signified at that time. They represented those seven churches which existed in Asia Minor. I would like for us to realize there are some things God shows one man in the Spirit that are a confirmation. It is just the way God deals with that particular man. It is how God gets inside of him, gives him a picture of what he is looking at, and establishes relativity to the time he is living in. If you and I took all these things and tried to apply them to ourselves, rather than opening our hearts to God and say, Lord lead me the way you want to, I am open: we would not necessarily be receiving what we need for our day and hour. We need to keep our heart’s open to the Spirit of God so He can deal with us according to what is to be, rather than what has already been. You could never convince me that John was sitting out there on that island with certain things fixed in his mind as though to say, If God has something for me, it is going to come the way I see so and so. That is the wrong way to approach God. What He has for you does not have to come any certain way. He has His own way He wants to talk to you. I am a part of a generation of older ones that can look back to the years of WW2 and remember when the Jews were slaughtered by the scores in Europe. We never thought much about it at the time it was going on; but years later we realize what it all adds up to. What Hitler did then, actually began to set the world in a trend that will eventually lead right up to the coming of the Lord. That which we read in the fifth seal was written 1900 years before it was fulfilled. I can say this also, God surely has a lot of things in His category that He wants to deal with mankind on; but it will be only at the proper time; and it will be only those who have a proper understanding of His plan and purpose in the redemption of lost mankind. How He chooses to lead the person as an individual, is strictly up to Him. I know just as sure as you are sitting here listening to me, the overall realm of religious people in the world have their ideas as to what God is doing, and what God is going to do; but I am looking at something that causes me to know, We have not come close to seeing yet what God is going to do among the Bride of Jesus Christ as the Age comes to a close. We have a profile here, and we have a plan laid out in His book; but none of that tells us exactly what He will do inside of you and me before this race is over. No sir. His Spirit, I enjoy it. I rejoice in it. It is eternal life to me. I would know nothing if not for the grace of God, and for His Spirit in me. The question is, How does He purpose to lead you and me in these last days? Do not try to plan it by the way God is doing something else. What He does for the bride, no one else will be able to copy it and commercialize it on TV. In fact, when God gets through dealing with His Bride Church the way He is going to deal with it, they will not even want your testimony on TV; because they will say you are crazy for sure. Well let me get back to what John described here. As he turned to see these seven golden candlesticks, keep in mind, John was not the one who established these seven churches. It was Paul, the star messenger too the first Age, that had established them. However Paul had been dead thirty years and John was the last old apostle of the original twelve still alive. God is using him. God has a reason for using him. Sure God could have got a younger man; so why is He using this man? Let us read. He turned and saw one like unto the Son of man. You should notice that he did not say, I saw the Son of man. He saw one like unto the Son of man. That is the part we want to catch: and really emphasize: He saw one like unto the Son of man. First we have to realize he knew what the Son of man looked like in His earthly image. That is what he is looking at. We can say that this is where that angelic being came in. That is why he wrote, who had sent His angel to testify of these things in the church. We know it was a spirit being, anointed of the Spirit of God, and we are going to see in this, in no less than four different places through the book of Revelation, how this angel escorted John. Even to the point where one time John fell at his feet to worship him. (Rev. 19:10) “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” You will notice that the angel would not accept his worship: He said, Don’t do that! Worship God! Every true child of God is going to enjoy the way the Creator deals with the Bride Church after she is completely freed from all of the shambles of religion she has been called to rise above. Let me read these next verses in chapter 1. (13) “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” This was an angelic being portraying Jesus Christ in His priestly role. That is what you are looking at in verse 13: you are not seeing Jesus in person. John was on the Isle of Patmos. This whole experience took place there. It was on the Isle of Patmos he saw the seven golden candlesticks. He saw all of that there: he did not see that in heaven. Jesus the immortal one that rose from the dead was in heaven; and there, is where He has stayed. The Spirit of God can use an angelic being, and an angelic being can convey the image expression of whoever God, the eternal Spirit purposes for him to. Notice the description. (14) “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; (All of this is portraying that as Jesus was taken up and positioned in that position of High Priest, then we will say that ancient authority that only belongs to God the creator, is now invested in Him. In other words, it is like a man being put on a judge’s bench. You have seen the pictures how the old judges, years ago, when they took the judge’s bench, they wore a white wig. Well I do not know whether if I was a natural judge I would like to wear a white wig, I would like to stay as young looking as possible, but keep in mind, the white wig is always symbolic of ancient authority delegated and handed down through the ages of time.) and His eyes were as a flame of fire; (15) And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; (He took our position, in other words He was judge. God judged our sins in Him and that is why He stands in our place, in that respect.) and His voice as the sound of many waters.” I have to keep emphasizing, this is not the literal embodied Christ talking. This is an angelic being conveying the image of Christ the High Priest, because it is on earth where it is taking place. It is not in heaven where Jesus resides. We will see more further on. (16) “And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (17) And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, (The angel speaks in the first person, he speaks as the person of Christ, not the second person, as the angel himself. When I say that, I realize how far people’s mind’s are from the real picture. When we get on over a little farther you will see.) Fear not; I am the First and the Last: (18) I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Those words absolutely portray the immortal Christ who really suffered and died and took our place. Yet keep in mind, it is an angel sent forth to convey the revelation of Jesus Christ, and not the person of Jesus Christ in the actual immortal body. It is important that we understand that: for I am using this very point of truth to scripturally establish another point. God can project the image of anyone He chooses to: for His own specific purpose in the overall plan of redemption and restoration.


THE WORD OF ANGELS-AND THE WORD OF THE SON OF GOD


Let us go to Revelation 19 where we will see something to go with what we have been talking about: if you will follow my thought. The reason I say this is because in the Old Testament when God spoke to Israel, He would speak through a prophet. It does not matter which one: the point is, He would speak through a prophet. Yet when we find the apostle Paul in Hebrews speaking in reference to how God spoke unto the fathers by the prophets, and in these last days He hath spoken unto us by His dear Son, went back and picked up that dispensation of the prophets and says it like this, (Heb. 2:2-3) “For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him?” This brings it right over to our dispensation of time. If men were absolutely penalized and chastened because of failure to respect the word of angels that was delivered to them by the prophets, how much more should we take heed to the things we hear which are the words spoken directly from the throne of Grace. That is what Paul is talking about here in Hebrews. I want you to think about that as we go to Revelation 19:7. John sees the Bride in heaven. Since he sees the Bride in heaven, keep in mind, he sees her beyond this point of time where God is still preparing her for her flight to glory. He sees her in heaven while the week of Daniel is going on. That is what you have to be aware of as we read this. (Revelation 19:7-10) “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (10) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” We have something here that sounds like a riddle. Shortly after Bro. Branham was taken off the scene, every time somebody would read that, do you know what they would say? “That is William Branham!” I have had many individual’s say, Don’t you think that is William Branham? I would say, No sir. Well Bro. Jackson, don’t you believe he was the seventh angel, and messenger to this age? Absolutely. Well don’t you believe that was the Lord’s way of sending His theophany to show John these things that was going to be in our day? I said that was an angelic being, that was not an angel Church Age messenger back there telling John these things. No sir, not at all. I hope you understand my point. That is why I am doing my best to go at this message in a way that will help people understand the difference between things that the natural mind might look at as the same thing. Right at this point John is now in heaven: because when he heard that same voice speak again he was taken up into heaven. Please notice his description of what he saw sitting on the throne. Notice, His face no longer looked like what he saw on earth. This is absolutely a picture of how Jesus looked in heaven in that High Priest’s role He has had for over 1900 years. His face was to look upon as a sardine stone. It just goes to show God has imparted to Him (Jesus) all the majestic honor and glory surrounding Himself. There in heaven, on the Father’s throne, is where Jesus the Christ has been throughout all the dispensation of the Grace Age. Any other time that image of Him has been seen anywhere else, it has been conveyed there by an angel. The spirit of God can use that means any time it suits His purpose. That is why it can be a universal thing. That is why in Revelation 10 we see this mighty angel come down to convey the image and presence of the Lord in His finished work as He is coming to collect together and get a Church ready to rise and meet the Lord in the air. When you and I see the immortal Christ for the first time, we will be seeing Him at the wedding supper. Let us take a better look at something else seen here in Revelation 19:10. John said, “And I fell at his feet to worship Him. And He said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant.” Give me your attention now: That is what throws a lot of people because it says fellow-servant. However if you look at it properly it is not hard to understand at all. First of all, the angel is speaking in respects to his role in relationship to what he is anointed and ordained to do within the realm of God’s family on earth. We have to realize if Paul could say angels are ministering spirits sent forth by God to them that shall be heirs of salvation, then what do we think they do? They convey His anointing, and His presence. In most cases the angel is never seen, but the power of God is felt many times. You become very aware of the presence of God. It is because God allows the angel to activate that presence. This is why when we look back to the ministry of Jesus and really think of it, there was God’s own Son and God dwelling in Him in the fullness of all His Godhead attributes: yet when He was led into the wilderness where He fasted 40 days and nights, and was tempted by the devil, How come angels came to minister unto Him in His weakened condition? What kind of picture do we get from that? Sure, God was in Him; but keep in mind, God ordained it to be this way and you are not going to change it. He has a particular reason for everything He does. It is all part of a master plan. Just like what we said about Moses and Elijah being seen talking to Jesus about the things He would have to suffer. If there were to be things said to Jesus concerning what He would suffer as He faced Calvary’s cross, then why was it not an angel saying them? Why did He use the image of these two old prophets? God had a reason. He wanted the image of those men to stand out in that picture so it could be recorded. It is a sign that God is going to honor those men for who they were in their hour of time: that those anointings they held were the two greatest manifested anointings of God that had ever been vested upon mortal man. Here in the end time, just before Jesus comes again visibly, God will send that anointing on two Jewish men that will forerun the visible coming of the immortal, glorified Christ. That is when He will set up His rule and rein on earth. As we get back to this 10th verse, this angel is actually telling John, Don’t worship me! I am a ministering spirit of your fellow brethren. That is really what it means. Think of it: how many times this angel that was talking to John might have also ministered to patriarchs and prophets before his hour. That is why he said fellow-servant. That is what his role was, a ministering spirit, strictly to minister in that category of the ministry of prophets and this dispensation of apostles. The angel had to talk like that. Furthermore he was not implying that he was some angel messenger to an Age. This is absolutely that ministering spirit that has ministered over and over to holy men throughout the generations of time passed. That is why he could talk to John like that: because no angel ever demands to be worshipped himself. However if that angel has conveyed the image of deity he could receive worship: because the worshiper would not be worshipping the angel since he was being seen portraying the image of the person the worship was directed to. You have to see it that way in order for it to make sense. When we move to Revelation 22, the last chapter, and look at the 16th verse, we again see an angel speaking in the first person of the one that John’s attention is to be devoted to. First let me go back to the 6th verse though: where has been talking about the throne of God and the river of life and the tree of life, and all those things and says to John, “These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to shew unto His servants the things which must shortly be done. (7) Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Notice the wording there: “Behold I come quickly.” Those words were spoken in the person of Christ; but notice verses 8 and 9. “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. (9) Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” He was not talking about the prophets that are yet to be. This angel was talking about the prophets that had already been: in the Old Testament. That is why we can say, A fellow-servant is a ministering spirit. That is what he does. This angel knew how, many times he had been dispatched to earth to convey God’s presence before a holy man through the dispensations of time: that had yielded himself as an instrument to be used in the plan of God. (10) “And He saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. (11) He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” (Now again the angel speaks in the first person) “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. REV. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. REV. 22:14 Blessed {are} they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (15) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Right here, terminology goes back to that of the first person: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Brothers and sisters, we have been reading this for two thousand years and I wonder if very many people really know what they have been reading? The point is this, In front of us somewhere, when God gets you and me altogether where there is nothing the devil can use to divide us, I believe He will use the image of Bro. Branham to speak to the Bride. No. It will not be literally him: but his image conveyed by an angel. Remember, there is nothing in the thunders that is going to perfect you. No sir. There is not one thing in those thunders that is going to perfect anyone. Everything that pertains to perfection, getting ourselves cleaned up and ready to meet the Lord is all in the gospel Jesus and His apostles preached. That is why Bro. Branham was the star messenger to this age: He brought everything relative how we should understand the gospel message and the plan of redemption that will constitute God getting out of this world a Gentile people that He will be taking to glory. The question can be asked because many times people have different ideas, But Bro. Jackson, don’t you think those seven angels Bro. Branham saw have to fit in this? Keep in mind saints, When John went up into heaven time was literally still back in the first age. Did he not see seven lamps burning before the throne of God, speaking of the seven spirits of God? Yes, he saw all those things. How come we have not capitalized on those things God let him see in heaven? Why then should we capitalize on the fact that Bro. Branham saw seven angels appear to him out there in that canyon? That was God’s way of confirming something to him. I have to say, It has very little relativity to you and me, as to how God wants to lead us. When I say that, I realize some people want to climb a tree; but they will just have to climb it. This is how it is. God does not have to explain to everyone what He chooses to do for one individual. When John was on the Isle of Patmos, thirty years after Paul’s death, did God ask anyone if He could show him all of those things yet to be? No. Well look what He did. My point is this, John was anointed with a prophetic spirit, anointed with a prophetic spirit to write prophecy. The prophecy he wrote was not going to be fulfilled in his day; but rather in the far flung future. God gave it to him the way we read it. That is why the Church has carried it for centuries of time. Suppose someone in that day, when from the Isle of Patmos John finally got permission, or somehow finally managed to get it over to the seven churches of Asia; someone had been sitting there in those assemblies saying, Well now, I don’t know about all of that: You know that man is getting old? People have the idea that everyone gets senile when they get old. Sometimes old people do see things that are not there; but you simply cannot apply that to every case. I am more or less asking a question now to provoke your thinking, Suppose there had been some in those seven churches that had said, Well the last time I saw John I thought then he was slipping. Do you realize what I am saying? Anyhow I cannot picture those people acting like that. I rather see them rejoicing: Praise God! He has looked down upon us; and used His servant John. Keep in mind, in those words addressed to those seven churches, when they read them, I imagine it made them shake a little and begin to examine themselves. In other words, Oh God, Is that really going on in our fellowship. I don’t want to be part of anything like that. My point is this, God did something through John; but I ask you, Did that make him another messenger to that Age? Did that take anything away from the fact the apostle Paul was the Star Messenger to that Age? No. It was only a confirmation to the Church that God was still ruling; and that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, His body. God can do anything He wants to do: without explaining it to everyone who might question or disapprove. He does not have to please peoples’ fantasies. A prophetic spirit fell on John and he wrote what was given him. It is just that simple. Looking back to the 10th verse of chapter 19, I want to show you something. Why would this angel say at this time, as John fell at his feet to worship him, “See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren (Notice the following words.) that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy?” All through the ages of Christianity every man, woman, boy or girl that has been saved, the only testimony they can carry is the testimony of Jesus Christ and His saving grace. That is why in the first chapter as the angel is introduced and is telling John to write all these things, it speaks of it just as a prophecy. However in the 19th chapter, we need to realize that the Bride is in heaven while the week of Daniel is going on, in order to be seen coming with Jesus at the end of the great tribulation. To me that shows that during the time she was making herself ready to meet the Bridegroom she was still completely subject to the entire plan of salvation. Right at the end of her preparation she moves into that prophetic development role: where God somehow informs her, and gives her the knowledge of something that is completely of a prophetic nature: that of how to look at the coming of the Bridegroom. The reason I say that is because the salvation side is over, the gospel side is over. It is all complete by then. It has already produced its purpose. As the church moves into that prophetic role, all knowing Bro. Branham was the star messenger to this age; and that he has been gone 30 some years, are we going to hinder God by saying, You cannot use his image to speak to us. On the other hand, Some have the idea that if God uses seven men here at the end, that would be taking recognition away from the star messenger. It would not. What God used John for, took nothing from what the apostle Paul was already credited with. Why would anyone think God could not do again what He did in 96 A.D.? Do not bother to say, Because it is not in the word; because I will just remind you that there was nothing written beforehand concerning what God would say to the Church through His servant John. It is easy to look back at something God has already done and say, I can accept that; but when it comes to something for the future, people can sure put up some resistance. There are a lot of things I do not understand either; but I have no intention of trying to force the Creator to do only what He has already done in the past: as He moves the bride Church toward her perfection. He is leading His people in a way you and I cannot even fathom at the present moment; so we need to keep open to the leading of His Spirit and allow Him to direct the whole thing. I am persuaded that He will do for the bride things that are not yet written; and I am just as certain that He will not do anything that goes contrary to the righteous principles written so clearly in the Bible we have studied for years. He can deal with the bride in the prophetic realm without violating any principle He has ever established for His people to be guided by. When He gets that last predestinated soul safely in the fold, and only He knows when that will be, Jesus can then step down from the mercy seat, from the place of intercession He has occupied for over 1900 years; and when He does, I want you to know, the Spirit of God in the earth is going to start working in a different way. We had better be ready to move and walk with Him. Just remember this, When John was on the Isle of Patmos, Gentile Christendom was only in the areas we now call Turkey, Greece and Macedonia. Yet look how God used that aged apostle. By now, the Church is moving to completeness and it is a universal picture today. That is why I say, That same anointing that fell on John is going to fall on these men chosen of God to minister to the Bride of Christ in her last hour of time in this present realm of life. God is going to lift that Bride up into the knowledge of something, that when she obtains that knowledge, it is going to take all the doubt away concerning the coming of the Lord and the rapture. The nominal Gentile church world will never see the rapture. It is no wonder, that many of them out there in the Charismatic realm are even now beginning to doubt that the rapture will take place before the tribulation hour. They have lost their way through the Bible.


PEACE PACT-OR FULFILLED PROPHECY


As we deal with this subject “Looking For Clues,” we are seeing things in the News every day that seem to speak contrary to what we see in the scriptures. Suppose Israel does come to some kind of peace agreement with the Palestinian Arabs: that Israel agrees to give up the Gaza Strip and parts of the area of Jericho to constitute a Palestinian state with limited self government. Of course that is all in the making; but you believe me, None of that is going to change prophecy of the scriptures one bit. It has certain conditions. Naturally we realize if such a thing is signed, we have to ask ourselves, How long will it last? Keep in mind that which is written in Zephaniah 2, as you meditate upon all of this. For the first time in 4000 years, Israel had been able to possess the Gaza Strip and actually call it her territory, because the Gaza Strip was the ancient area of the Philistines. During ancient Biblical times they never had been able to conquer the Philistines to the point of actually ruling over them in that area. We realize the Bible has many prophecies in relationship to the restoration of Israel back to her former estate in the last days; and there is no reason for any Bible believing child of God to think any different: regardless of what kind of peace agreement the concerned parties may sign. God says in Ezekiel that He would establish them according to their former estates. Therefore whatever we are now seeing in front of us, it is going to require close observation on the part of those who know the scriptures. I am convinced that the world is now standing at a crossroads: wondering what will actually take place. We cannot help but ask the question, How long will God allow this kind of thing to go on before He begins to bring about developments in the process of fulfilling prophecy that is going to startle the world? When that will start, I do not know; but I have to believe that somehow this peace process will break apart by some kind of tragedy. I just cannot see Israel signing an overall agreement and begin to give up territory: when the word of God says they actually are to possess more land than they now have. Instead of giving up land, they are to possess more land. That is why we have titled this subject, Looking For Clues. Meaning clues, or traces of evidence that would indicate to the bride Church that we are approaching a time factor that surely speaks of the nearness of the coming of Christ. We realize since the WW2 event, the world has been headed toward a climaxing point of all things. Sooner or later, Jesus Christ is going to come to rule and reign; and we do know it will have to be in this generation to stay in continuity with the written scriptures.


ANGELS CONVEYING PRESENCE OF DEITY


I want to finish what we were looking at concerning the ministry of angels. I made those statements concerning the angel in Revelation 19:10 and in chapter 22 as well as other places: that this was not the literal bodily form of Jesus standing there with John, but an angel conveying His image before John. I do not want anyone going away from here confused, saying, Bro. Jackson: I just do not understand this: when actually it is as simple as falling off a log. When you go into the Gospel’s, and find all the gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, referring to actual words spoken by the man known as Jesus the Christ, that was actually the literal person, Christ Jesus, doing the speaking there; but after His ascension into heaven where He has fulfilled the role of intercessor on behalf of lost mankind for over 1900 years, He has never spoken to anyone on earth in person since then. An angel always stands in His place for such events; but the angel speaks as though it is Jesus in person doing the speaking. I hope this helps clear it up for you who have not understood the point being made up to this point in the message. Our purpose is to clear up many things that people have not understood, rather than to confuse you more. In the four Gospel’s, when you find the words of Jesus printed in red letters, they were spoken by Jesus when He walked on earth with those men; but those things in the book of Revelation which are clearly the words of Jesus, were not spoken directly to John from the mouth of Jesus: but from the mouth of the angel that was anointed to convey the presence of the man Jesus. Also, another thing that has caused many questions to be asked is the fact that Stephen, when he was being stoned to death, stated that he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of the Father. (Acts 7:56) “And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Yet the apostle Paul referred to Him as seated on the right hand of God. Both positions are correct when we are looking at Jesus being High Priest, mediator between God and man on earth. He is called High Priest, mediator, and intercessor; and He is pictured in both positions: both standing and sitting; but that in itself should not be of any concern to us. It is what He is doing there on the Father’s throne that we benefit by. We will read a few scriptures that will allow you to put the picture together. When the apostle Peter was preaching after those first disciples received the Holy Ghost he referred to Jesus in this way: quoting something David had wrote. (Acts 2: 33-35) “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the Promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.” Then we find the apostle Paul making various references concerning His position; but the main reference should be that He (Jesus) is exalted to the right hand position of the Father. (Rom 8:34) “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Eph 1:20) “Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, (Col. 3:1) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (Heb 8:1) “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. (Heb 10:11-12) “And every priest standeth daily (This shows the position of a priest: standing.) ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, (Jesus) after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.” The standing or seated positions merely reflect the functions being performed by Him who has conquered death, hell and destruction by offering His own life for the price required to bring about our reconciliation to the Creator; and then taking His life back again when He was raised from the grave, or brought out of that tomb. The point I am most interested in clarifying to you though, is that once Jesus ascended to the Father’s right hand to take up His intercessory work He has never been back on earth in person since then. Neither will He be until the end of the seventieth week of Daniel: when He comes back with His saints to judge wicked mankind and set up His 1000 year rule as King of kings.

UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD MANIFESTS CERTAIN IMAGES


The very fact that we are Gentiles causes us to have a mind that makes it hard for us to understand how the Spirit of God could, and would deal, especially in the Old Testament, by manifesting Himself in different image structures. That is why the Lord could appear to Abraham in various forms and speak to patriarchs down through the ages by different manifestations of His presence, meaning His spirit. God the eternal Spirit, has used many forms to make contact with His instruments on earth; but He has never remained in any of those forms to the point that they become His eternal abode. However when His only begotten Son presented Himself to John the Baptist for baptism, when He came up out of the water that great sovereign Spirit descended upon Him, spoke words approving what He had just done, and then took up abode in that Son. All of those other images were only types projecting something God would do in and through the person of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Some years after that approved Son was taken to glory, we see the book of Revelation come into being in a most unusual way. Let us look at it this way, Paul died or was beheaded in 66 A.D. We know he was the star messenger to the age of Ephesus, to the Gentiles; and that he wrote most of the New Testament Epistles; but God was not through dealing with the Gentile Church just because Paul was no longer on the scene: He still had much more to say to her. In 96 A.D., which was 30 years after the death of Paul, this man by the name of John, who was not a star messenger, but a Jewish apostle, had an experience unequalled by any other. We do know how old John was when the Roman government put him on the Isle of Patmos to get him out of their way, to put him out of commission and bring an end to his Christian influence. They thought if they could kill his influence, it would greatly effect the spread of Christianity. Nevertheless at that very time, God saw fit to speak to the Gentile church one more time, in a profound way. By that time Christendom was being attacked by a spirit of antichrist. God saw the seven churches in Asia, how each one to some degree was beginning to slip. The prevailing spirit of those assemblies was far from what it had been. Therefore by 96 A.D. God found it necessary to speak to them, the Gentile Church: to correct them. He spoke to seven certain churches, all in Asia Minor: yet what He had to say, when you put it all together, it collectively represented Christendom then, and throughout the whole dispensation of grace right down to this very hour. God manifested an anointing upon John, there on the Isle of Patmos, that had not been experienced by any other Jewish apostle. Not even John himself, when he wrote the gospel of St. John and the three little Epistles of John. My point is this, God was speaking to the Church in a prophetic way. Some of it was going to be understood by the immediate Christian people. The rest was not going to be understood at all until this very generation we are living in began to come close to the end of time. We are right here. (Pointing to the chart very close to the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel) It is a prophecy unequaled by any other. Contained in it are certain types and symbols: all of which have to be looked at in relation to other prophecies of the Bible in order to get a revelation of what they point to. Thirty years after the death of Paul the star messenger, Christendom had no problem recognizing that God had spoken to them. It became written for all to read; and those that were to receive correction by those individual letters received them. The Lord Jesus did not have to come back in person to speak to them: He sent His angel. That is why I am putting so much emphasis on the fact that the Church will again be dealt with in a prophetic way; and that it would not be at all out of line for the Spirit of God to use the image of Bro. Branham somewhere in it all. It was not the literal person of the Lord Jesus standing behind John on the Isle of Patmos. The Lord Jesus in person, in that immortal, glorified state of being is in heaven: seated on the throne of God. We have to understand that. If you can catch the picture, it is simple. That is why I say we are living in an hour when we need to get our eyes open and our mind’s unclogged. They have been clogged too long with all these Gentile, religious ideas. In front of us somewhere very soon, there is no doubt that God is going to deal with His true Bride in a profound way: yet in a way that is simple; and it is going to clear out a lot of things she has been holding on to; and put in place of all of that a very positive picture of how to see herself in relationship to the end of Gentile time. When we look into the book of Revelation, we see John on the Isle of Patmos 1900 years ago; and except for the letters to the seven individual Churches, most of what he saw taking place in the spirit would not be manifested until the very generation we are living in. In the 19th chapter, he saw the Bride in glory. That is where the bride will be during the great tribulation here on earth. She will be taken out of the world somewhere around the time the seventieth week of Daniel starts. However she will not go before the antichrist is revealed; because the signing of that peace pact with many, is what puts the finger on him. The bride Church already knows what office the antichrist will be holding when his hour to stand out finally comes. He will be the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The Bible leaves no doubt about that. Daniel 9:26, lets us know where that prince shall come from. He will be the prince of the people that destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish sanctuary in 70 A.D. The people that did that were Roman’s. Their national origin is not what you look at. The army that brought about the destruction was made up of soldiers that may have been born in various other nations; but they were all under the command of a Roman General. That made them Romans: as far as looking at this scripture goes. “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, (33 A.D.) but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (The antichrist is that prince that shall come.) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; (That was done by the Roman Army in 70 A.D.) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” When you put this verse with all the other scriptures we have to look at, you certainly have no problem in knowing what office the antichrist will come from. We have Daniel 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 and Revelation 13 and 17, and 2nd Thessalonians 2: 1-4, just to name a few of the many scriptures that lead the true saints to the revelation they have, concerning the antichrist. To the natural mind, the terminology of the scriptures is so confusing; but to the spiritual mind that is subject to be lead by the Spirit of God, those same words put together a beautiful picture for the bride Church as she nears the time for her departure from this world.


THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY


We spoke earlier of the scripture in Revelation 19:10, that speaks of how the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Well I just have to say, Nothing in the Bible is spoken amiss. Everything has to have a meaning. Yet in the introduction, you do not find that necessarily made clear. Let us go back to Revelation 1:1-2, and read those two verses. John was giving an introduction of himself and of what he was about to record; so notice how this is written. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: (2) Who bare record of the word of God, (John had been preaching that.) and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” From the beginning of Christianity, the Church, God has been taking out of the Gentiles a people that makes up His mystical body, all through the ages, even into this Laodicean age; and our testimony has got to be connected to the fact that it is through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that we are saved. My salvation is based on my faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. No matter what all else you believe in relationship to doctrines and things, the conclusion of your testimony is that it is all in and through the Lord Jesus Christ, for there is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved, except the name Jesus the Christ. Again Paul says, There is no other foundation a man can lay than that which is laid, and that is Jesus Christ. That goes to show, all through the ages, as God has been dealing with mankind, He has been getting His church out of the world of unbelieving sinners, but only as they come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore it constitutes the fact our testimony is in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why would anyone think it has changed, when we see in Revelation 19 where it says, “For the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy,” and we know it has been the gospel all along? It lets me know there is definitely going to be a little era of time right here at the end, just before God closes the age of Grace and the week of Daniel sets in and the church is raptured, that God is again going to deal with the bride through the Spirit of prophecy. Not the church world in general, the bride exclusively. The true bride Church will be the only people on earth that will know beyond any shadow of doubt that they are of the bride of Christ. All the rest are just hoping: without anything whatsoever to base their hopes upon. Why do I say that? Simply because we know from the scriptures that those who still believe God is three persons do not really know Him at all. They are void of revelation; and the bride of Christ will be a revelated people. Furthermore the bride will know she is the bride because of the way the spirit communicates to her. It is the way the Lord makes Himself known through His word to her. With that, you have to realize she is going to enter into an era of time when she has passed from the effect of the preaching of the gospel of repentance and baptism, and moved on to perfection. Let us read what the apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrew assembly about this very thing. (Hebrews 5:12-6:3) “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (13) For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. (14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 6:1) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (3) And this will we do, if God permit.” That is the way some congregations are: always debating those basic doctrines they ought to already have settled in their mind. I would remind you though, those first Age Christians could not come to complete perfection: because they could not be made perfect without us. However God did require them to grow up. There was no excuse for anyone to remain spiritual babes in that hour of time: when the gospel and basic doctrines were preached and taught in their purity: before the spirit of antichrist began to pervert them. Finally we would have to say, Perfection of the bride has to definitely be with the last generation of people that God deals with. That is why there had to be a star messenger to this Age, a man who would absolutely have a message: not some other Bible, not some other man made teaching, but a message showing people where the Church had drifted from; and showing them how to get back in the overall revelation which constitutes the plan of salvation. For that reason I can say, Along about the year 1963, God did something very profound, something He had not done since the day John had his experience on the Isle of Patmos and sent letters to the seven churches in Asia. In 1963, because he was God’s star messenger, God took Bro. Branham out west and dealt with him in a way that vindicated His divine presence and purpose was to be worked through him. Yet somehow or other we have people today that are more interested in how many angels Bro. Branham saw, than they are in whether God is going to do anything more for the Bride of Christ? Let me tell you, He sure will; but those who have had no interest in what God has been doing for the last 28 years since Bro. Branham was killed will see nothing He does for the bride in these last days. He is going to play a trick on those people: that will cause some of them to say, I wish someone had told me what was going on a long time ago. It has been told; but they have not listened. God knew there would be a generation like this. That is why He willed that certain things be said by Bro. Branham that would cause that kind to jump the track, so to speak. When I say that, I do it knowing I can stand alone if need be; or I can stand with brothers who will agree with me. You can be sure of this one thing though, You are not going to preach William Branham, William Branham, William Branham, and expect to be raptured with the bride. You may expect it; but the Bible (a book some of you have laid aside for your Spoken Word Books) presents an altogether different picture. Someone in Norway was supposed to have said that I did not say anything about the prophet. At certain times I brought in the message just what I got through saying here, and said it just like this, but somehow or other some people have the idea that if you do not constantly say, Brother Branham said So and So, you are not preaching anything worth listening to. Well they may as well not listen to me at all: for I still preach out of the Bible. I give Bro. Branham credit for what he was: a man who loved God, and a man that knew how to give God His place; and for being God’s prophet messenger to the Age of Laodicea; but I find no reason whatsoever to worship him, nor to use his sermons instead of using my Bible. It is just that plain and simple. The spirit controlling a lot of people who claim to be following Bro. Branham’s teaching, makes them worse than being a Roman Catholic. The only difference between then is, they say, Bro. Branham, Bro. Branham, Bro. Branham, and the dyed in the wool Roman Catholic Person cannot talk without saying, The blessed holy father, The blessed holy father, The blessed holy father. They are both controlled by the same spirit, an antichrist spirit. We will look at what that kind of spirit is doing world wide in this hour of time.


ANTICHRIST SPIRIT HAS MANY FACES


We will go to Revelation 6:1 at this time; and I hope we can learn something from what we are going to look at. In 1963, when time had come for the seals to be dealt with, God did a spectacular thing: using His instrument, the star messenger to this Age. When that first seal was opened the sound of thunder was heard: one thunder. Thunders, in scripture, whether it was at the Sinai or whether it was when Jesus was on earth, always signified that God the eternal Spirit was speaking. It means there is something profound He wants His people to understand. In the gospel of St. John, Jesus stood one day before a multitude of people and there came the sound of a thunder. Some said, Did you hear that? All they heard was a thunder. But the eternal Spirit spoke to the Son. You can read that. One thunder in 1963, meant God was speaking to a people through a particular vessel; and that vessel was His star messenger to the Age; and what followed amazed those who witnessed the profound way God dealt with those seals. (Rev. 6:1) “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.” God bypassed every school of theology and every theologian. He did not bother to ask them one thing. He reached down and took a little man whose own native dialect was supposed to be English; but in England, they make fun of the way we speak it. They accuse the Americans of butchering the English language. Well I grant you, we do; but I told Ewald Frank of Germany, (who was a man I could see was very proud that he could speak English so well, “The reason we Americans butcher the English language so badly is because our country is made up of practically every tongue speaking people of the whole earth. I can go to Louisville, Kentucky, go downtown into one store: There can be an Italian man speaking his broken English; but speaking it well enough to carry out his business. When I go in there, I learn to listen to his broken English and I do not stand there making fun of him. I can go out of that store and go down a block or two and go into another store where a man from Germany is speaking English well enough to carry out his business. He has learned enough English that he can speak to me in a broken English way; but it is sufficient for transacting our business. I have just learned to listen. Therefore in your mind we do butcher the English language; but we learn it well enough to understand each other without making a big fuss about it.” I said also, “Bro. Branham did not know enough proper English to wad a shot gun; but God knew how to use the Brother anyhow.” It makes some of these doctors of divinity really want to climb a wall when they hear someone say he was a prophet of God. They are so educated they could not even understand his terminology. What does he mean? You might hear them say. Well you have to know the man to know what he means. You have to know a hillbilly and why he talks like that, to really know what he means. I have said many times, I remember when I was a kid: We did not even know how to speak too proper. Nevertheless we got the job done. So will God get the job done: regardless of what others may think about His instruments. Yes brothers and sisters, in 1963 God dealt with that little man in a profound way. The point is this, Out of God’s dealing with him, God opened up to His Church an understanding of what was going on in heaven. Six seals were broken consecutively. Here in such a simple way came an understanding of what the first seal was, then the second, the third and fourth. I will never forget sitting, listening to the revelation of them being brought forth. Yes it caused the true believer to stop looking forward for those four horsemen to appear. We now look back through history and see how they have been riding all through the ages. When I heard those things revealed I said, Praise God! What a wonderful picture that is. Especially when you see that black horse, how it rode in the Dark Ages. No wonder they called it the Dark Ages. Europe was fed the bread of death. That is why they call it the Dark Ages. Then when he came to that gray horse and we were made to see that it was already in its stage of preparedness, what a revelation! Every since 1964 that gray horse has been riding this earth: gathering up through that false spirit all that could be deceived. Just think of all those men who are still pushing the four horsemen on out in front of where we are: not even realizing that the first three have already finished their ride; and that the fourth one is riding now; and will continue until the end. That is why the church world is groping in darkness: God let them run after their educated theologians until they have forsaken all the light their forefathers were privileged to walk in. Because they had no love for the truth, God sent them strong delusions just like His word says He would do. Is God unjust? No. Absolutely not. They every one had the same opportunity to hear and believe the truth that we had. They chose to believe Billy Graham and Jimmy Swaggart, rather than a simple little man anointed of God for this hour. Just like the song says, When the Lord gets ready, you have got to move.


THE FIFTH SEAL


When you come to the 5th seal, you find that it has a past and a future fulfillment. When we were privileged to see that the first part of the 5th seal was pointing to that great martyrdom of Jews back in WW2, it is easy to see how the little season points to the years between WW2 and the great tribulation. That little season of time cannot be one hundred years. It is going to be no longer than what God calls a generation of human beings in the last days. It is not how I look at a generation, but how God looks at a generation. That little season and a generation have to coincide and work in harmony with the plan of God. That all has to dove tail into the 6th chapter of Hosea where it says, “After two days (which means after two thousand years) will He (God) revive us: in the third day He (God) will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.” When we begin to look at all the dispersion of the nation of Jews since 70 A.D., and how so many of them are finding their way back home after so long, we have to realize we must be getting close to that terminating point of those two days: which are one thousand years each. Therefore that little season between WW2 and the great tribulation when so many other Jews (their fellow- servants) will be killed like they were (by a madman, the antichrist) will finish out the two days Hosea wrote about; and then it will be time for God to raise them up and let them live in His sight (in the Millennium, the third day). We can read the scriptures pertaining to the 5th seal. (Rev. 6:9-11) “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (That was the Jews slaughtered by Hitler’s purge.) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” Yes brothers and sisters, in that dark tribulation hour just ahead, there will be slaughtered the rest of those fellow brethren that are to be martyred as those were in Hitler’s holocaust; and that will finish out the fifth seal. Saints, I thank and praise God for the Spirit of revelation He gives to those that are foreknown of Him.


THE SIXTH SEAL


We can easily understand what the 6th seal is, because it is the revelation of Jesus Christ coming back to earth and the pouring out of God’s wrath as that week of Daniel is brought to a close. We will read those verses (Revelation 6:12-17) so you can get the picture. All of that is a description of what the earth will be like when the wrath of God is finally poured out upon the wicked that are left alive then. (12) “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; (13) And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. (14) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (15) And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; (16) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (17) For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Saints just be thankful to God that He saw fit to spare us from all of that. Even the foolish virgins will not be involved in that; for they will be martyred before that event comes.


ABOUT THE SEVENTH SEAL


Regardless of what some say, the 7th seal was not broken. Thirty years have passed since the first six were opened and revealed and the question could be asked, Where is the seventh seal? Where does it fit into the picture? The seventh seal pertains to the coming of the Lord. It will be broken to the Gentile bride as time moves to the point where God is getting ready to turn His attention back to the Jews for the seventieth week of Daniel. Revelation 8:1 shows the breaking of the seventh seal and the half hour of silence in heaven; and the rest of chapter 8, deals with the seven trumpet angels in connection with the ministry of the two prophets in the first half of that week. In chapter 10, we see a glimpse of what takes place when the seventh seal is broken. A mighty angel comes down from heaven with a little scroll open in His hand. He sets one foot on land and the other foot on the sea, (which shows universal dominion) and cries out with a loud voice; and when He cries out seven thunders utter their voices. What are we looking at? What does such a picture portray? Again I say to you, This is an angel anointed to portray the image of the Lord Jesus Christ: when He leaves the mercy seat and comes to earth to claim all of those whose names are written in the little scroll He has open in His hand. All of those names written therein have been interceded for and it is time to take them to glory; but first those who are still alive, and of the bride Church, have to hear the prophecies of the seven thunders which will be ready to sound at that time. This is why I have said, The thunders spoken of in the 3rd verse will not sound their voices 10 or 15 years in advance of the week of Daniel starting. No, saints, when the seventh seal is opened and this mighty angel comes down from heaven and cries with a loud voice, it will be time for those seven thunders (anointed men) to begin to sound their voices to the bride Church: to give her final instructions pertaining to the coming of the Lord. When that takes place, it will be time for the Spirit of God to turn back to the Jews: to finish out Daniel’s prophecy; and the rapture of the Gentile bride will be close at hand. I have never been able to see a rapture of the Church taking place years before the seventieth week of Daniel starts; and then have time just dragging on waiting for God to go to the Jews. It will not be like that. There is always a linking, or we will say, a connecting point. We have to bring all these things together. Notice verses 5 and 6 of chapter 10. “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” That literally means, There will be delay no longer. The time of transition is at hand. The gospel goes to the Jews and the bride goes up: to be with the Lord at the marriage supper. Hallelujah! But everything will have to be in God’s order. We cannot rush it up, nor can we delay it. When the Lord gets ready, we have to move.


REEMPHASIZING CERTAIN IMPORTANT POINTS DISCUSSED


After looking at the various points of this message, I want to bring in this statement. In the 1st chapter of Revelation as God was speaking to John, remember, this was an angelic being acting in the person of Jesus the Christ. That is why it closes out in chapter 22, verse 16, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Notice in the 1st chapter, verse 8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” That all comes from the speech of deity, but it is an angel being anointed and used to come to John and do the speaking. I am not educated in English; but when I said earlier, The angel speaks in the first person, I hope all of you know what I meant. It literally means the angel is not speaking of himself. The spirit that has anointed the angel is causing him to say and speak forth the mind, the words of the one that is to be exemplified. You say, Bro. Jackson, I still do not get the thought. Think of it like this, When Jesus was here, and they looked at Him, He was a literal man. Right? They saw a literal person standing there. Yet when you would hear Him say this, I and the Father are one, or The words that I speak unto you are not mine, but they are His that sent me: you know He was representing another other than Himself. Over and over He said those things; because the Son was not seeking to draw attention to His person. The words spoken were to draw attention to the divine deity that was actually doing the speaking. That is why at the end of His ministry He could say He had given to them the words the Father gave Him. He has manifested Him, declared His name, and it was all done through a man. Yet you come to the experience John had and find that it was all done through the ministry of an angel. Through an angelic being anointed to declare and manifest the image of Jesus, the immortal Christ, who is in heaven. That is why when John turned, he saw one like unto the Son of man. That is what he was supposed to see; but keep in mind, it is how the anointing, the Holy Ghost had anointed the angel to portray the personage, or the image of Jesus Christ to the church. That is why everything in the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation is printed in red letters. It is speaking how Jesus is High Priest. His image is being preached and proclaimed through the Gentile Church. Every bit of it is in God’s plan, to mold you and me into the image and likeness of Jesus. Not the fleshly profile of the man, but the spiritual image of Him. You and I have to see the characteristics, the spiritual attitude and the motives and everything that caused Jesus to go about doing the things He did. He walked completely in obedience to the mind and will of the Father. When you leave the 3rd chapter and come to the 4th chapter, watch that. You do not see any more red letter words until you get to Revelation 22; but you do see an angel talking to John. I want you to notice, when we come to the 19th chapter. We have read it already; but the 10th verse shows us that John is being escorted by an angelic being. “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” To me, that says the day will come, after the Church begins to move toward an hour of complete perfection, being separated from all the religious mess she has passed through, and looking forward with a true picture and understanding of what God is doing in their respective lives, God will absolutely speak to her through the prophetic utterances of His anointed ministers. Keep in mind, these anointed men, not from one nation, but from all over the world, as God anoints them, they are not going to be preaching doctrine, baptism, repentance, and holiness and those things. That all belongs to the gospel that brought her to this hour. They are going to be used to bring forth a prophetic, informative picture of how people should see themselves in relationship to where they are; and of how to look toward the coming of Jesus Christ. By that time, the makings for this last week of Daniel will be laying on the political table of world politics. We will see things in the Middle East that will begin to stand out vividly. Israel, now ready to trade land for peace, will be maneuvered by the hand of God more and more into a place that will allow God to fulfill all these scriptural prophecies that somehow or other politicians, right now in Israel are willing to ignore. The Bible tells us that the day is coming that God will make the governors of Judah a terror to them round about. By the time Rabin, Peres and all of those get finished compromising, it will be hard to even guess what is going to take place next. Regardless of how things may go for a little while, we do not have another 25 or 30 years for playing around with the things that are presently pressing for attention. Everything is moving very close. When we see it start clicking, I want my heart to be in good shape with the Lord. Just remember, When the time comes for those thunders to sound, the Church will already be perfected: completely clothed in righteousness. She will just be waiting on the coming of the Bridegroom. When those thunders sound, I am convinced the Bride, all over this world, is going to be told things she has never known; and at this present time could not know. Right now, she is not in a mental shape to even grasp what God has in store for her, in a prophetic way. Why do I say that? There is still too much carnality present. She is still too deeply involved in the things of this world: planning for another thirty or forty years here. Some of you young people will never see the day you have to wear false teeth. That is just my way of saying, There is not that much time left. If the Bible is true, and I know it is, some of you will never see a gray hair. Why do I say that? Because I see a generation and a people that God is dealing with. Right now, to the religious world, you cannot see it; but if you will begin to listen how people are beginning to feel in their hearts, and how they suddenly see themselves in the word, this lets me know we do not have another fifteen years to listen to men throw this message in seven different ways. It is time we found out for sure, that there is a message to be followed; but also that there are a lot of other things injected into the message that are not part of the message. They are things God just allowed various one’s to tack on to it, to give carnal mind’s something to play with.


JOHN LOOKING AT THE THRONE


When you get to the 4th chapter of Revelation, you find that John is in heaven: standing right before the throne. There, is the immortal Christ invested with all the ancient authority of the Creator. That is why His face now looks like a sardine stone. Notice as John stood looking at that throne, and around about that throne was this rainbow, and around that throne was these 24 elders, and even around that was an innumerable company of angels. Listen carefully. The immortal one sitting in the throne is a silent figure. But John is being escorted by an angel. Even when it came to the seals, who was talking? Both an angel and an elder. Read it. It is all right in there. The immortal Christ sitting on the throne did not say a word. Even when John saw the Lamb, that Lamb came right out of the throne. That was the Spirit’s way of portraying that the one literally sitting there in an immortal body form was the Lamb of God that had been slain, buried, and then raised from the dead. As far as John was concerned, he saw a literal animal coming right out of the throne like that. You and I know, that such an animal having seven horns and seven eyes, would be a freak of nature. In the Law period on earth, could you have offered such an animal as that on the Jewish altar? Absolutely not. It would not have been accepted. Therefore you have to realize the animal was not literal. What John was seeing was only symbolic of the attributes and authority delegated to the person who was sitting there holding that little scroll. Authority was to be delegated unto Him by the Eternal Spirit; and this shows transition of authority. That is what it brings out; and the person sitting there is silent: saying nothing. It is the angel that is escorting John and one of the elders that do the talking. Having seen that, let us go directly to the 21st chapter. He is already in heaven. He has been moved from one scene to another. He saw many developments of things take place. In the 21st chapter, in the 9th verse, we find these words, “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither.” This is one of the seven vial angels entering the picture here; and as we move to the 15th verse of that same chapter we find this, (It is not in red letters.) “And he that talked with me had a golden reed.” Who was talking to John? An angel. Do you catch the point? The person of the throne is not saying a word. It is an angel doing the talking. Go to the 22nd chapter now. “And he showed me a pure river.” Who did this? An angel did it. Go on down to the 6th verse. “And he said unto me.” It was not the person of Jesus doing the talking; but notice the 7th verse. The same one that said, “And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servants the things which must shortly be done,” said all of this. But now we come to some red letter words again. “Behold, I come quickly.” That should tell you the angel speaks in the first person, because the angel is not saying, behold I come quickly for himself: but for the One he represents. The words are in the first person, pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ, behold He comes quickly. It is all carried out through an angelic being. It is things like this, that many years ago got some of the old oneness people all on the kick, that when Jesus went away His body was dissolved and went into gases, and the spirit of life that He was, went back and infused itself with the Father. Therefore they make it Jesus only and say He is not coming again in bodily form: He only comes in spirit form. That is as wrong as wrong can be. The reason I say these things, is because of the various ideas people have about the Godhead. You take in the Trinitarian church world for instance: they emphatically declare that they see three thrones in heaven. They may as well say that, when you look at what they teach. It makes no difference how you present the 4th and 5th chapters of Revelation to them, they still see three thrones in heaven. They refuse to see it any other way. There is no where in the entire Bible, New Testament or the Old, that you see three thrones in heaven. There is only one throne, and there is only one person seen sitting on that throne. That is the immortal Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was taken up and invested with all the divine glory and majesty of the Father’s complete being. God manifested that in the person of His Son, and positioned Him in heaven delegating all authority to Him, that He should be the head over all things to the Church, which is His body. Since you and I do not know Jesus by having had contact with the flesh man, we have been taught by the apostle Paul: that we must know Him by the Spirit, and so it is the Spirit of God, because it is omnipotent, it is omniscient, and it is always omnipresent. He can take that Spirit that He is, and project an image to you and me; and convey to us through that image any thing He sees fit to. That is why with John here He was using the office of an angelic being to inform him, and make possible all these things we see written in the book of Revelation, which is a prophecy. Just a couple more verses, and we will conclude this. We come on down to the 9th verse, a verse we have already looked at, and find these words, “Then saith he unto me.” It is still the angel talking. It is not red letters in the red letter editions. Then we come on to the 12th verse, and notice there. The angelic figure is not speaking to draw identification to himself: However it is red letter words. Therefore the angel speaks in the first person. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, (the same thing said in the first chapter) the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” It ends right there. It becomes black letter words again. Then in the 16th verse it says this, and notice how it is worded. “I Jesus (the first person) have sent mine angel (that is who John had been looking at; and that is who had been escorting John) to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” From there on it goes back to black letter words. It is how the angel communicates and leads and directs John. Now Bro. Jackson: Why did you bring all those things in? So we can have a better picture of how Revelation was written, and of how to understand it. Who was it actually doing the talking? Who did John really see? Not the literal person a lot of people think he saw. It was an angel doing all of the talking. That is why I say, Somewhere in front of us, I do not know when; but when that time does come, God is going to use seven men, just as simple as simple can be; and they are going to speak to the bride of Christ, those prophetic things He wants her to hear. That is why I believe He could use the image of Bro. Branham, the prophet messenger to this Age, to convey to them certain things. Because the age of Gentile Christendom has become like it is, I have no problem in seeing how God would use that image, for that purpose. These men can no doubt have a vision or a dream, seeing that man come to them and begin to speak to them of things relative to present tense world conditions and how to look at the coming of Jesus Christ for His Church. That is why I believed it was typed back there on the Mt. of Transfiguration: when Jesus took with Him three disciples; and allowed them to see the vision with Moses and Elijah talking to Him about what was facing Him. As I was telling a brother on the telephone yesterday, When Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on the Mt. of Transfiguration, there was given a prophetic type that before Jesus could come as He was seen all glorified in His Millennium appearance, He would be forerun by two prophets who were characterized there in the vision. I said also to the brother, Notice, in the vision the disciples did not hear these prophets talking to Jesus about the Millennium, which they were to forerun. They heard them talking to Jesus about the things He, the Son of God, was to soon suffer at Calvary. If it was important that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who being the man He was, and already seen Himself in the Psalms, in Isaiah, and also Jeremiah, and knowing every one of those scriptures pertained to Him, to have those prophets of old speak to Him like that, why should it be so unthinkable that the prophet to this age do likewise for the Church that was brought out of Babylon by his ministry? Why was it necessary for Jesus to be spoken to like that? Keep in mind, He was told things that He would have to suffer. I have to say, These were things He did not see by reading scriptures pertaining to Himself. Do you catch my point of illustration? God could have sent an angel to Him; but it was the image of two prophets sent to Him. Just think about it: those three disciples were allowed to see that. That is why Matthew wrote about it in that manner. God used the images of two old prophets to vindicate something. That was the two greatest anointings that have ever rested on mortal man. Moses and Elijah were both mightily used of God. That is why they will appear in the Jewish sector as time goes into this week of Daniel. They will minister for a thousand, two hundred and threescore days. If God can do that for the Jewish people, then here is what I am looking at: In Revelation 10:7, where it says, (By this time the seven thunders have already sounded.) “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” The word should is not an instantaneous expression. It is just like me saying, I hear you’re getting ready to build a new house. Yes sir. Do you have the plans? Yes sir. Do you have the contractor? Yes sir. When do you figure you will have it done? Well the contractor says if there is good weather we should have it done in three months. Do you see what the word should is applicable to? It pertains to a progressive period of time. You would not get a contractor to say, Well the way things are going right now, I would say ten years. You would not even want a man like that. You want a man that has the means and knows what he is doing. That is why in that verse, the mystery of God, meaning the calling out of the church, the body of Christ, should, it will definitely be completed. It is also why that angel cried in the 6th verse. When he cried, the seven thunders uttered; and he then sware by Him that liveth forever and ever that time should be no longer. Why then? Because both times the word should appears, it is pointing to the time that elapses after the thunders are sounded. Some will say, Bro. Jackson, I have a problem here. That is what gets me. That is why I brought this out like this. They have everything Bro. Branham ever said memorized to the core. They think everything God is going to do has to be exactly the way they have memorized all of that. That is why I say, Sure he saw seven angels; but what he saw in Arizona has nothing to do with these seven men. Well don’t you believe they have to be under those seven angels? What does that have to do with God’s plan? I believe there is more than seven angels in the whole family of God. Those seven angels are the seven spiritual angelic beings that walked with these various men through time. They can absolutely be all manifested in and through the ministry of that man, because that is pertaining to the gospel message; but this is something different than that. What kind of angel do you think he had? I have just read it to you: if you caught the picture. Sure there was an angel guiding Paul. Sure there was an angel guiding John. It did not have to be the same one either. If that were the case back here, then we have to look at something way back here. That is why I say, God is going to pull a trick on those who think they have everything figured out by something Bro. Branham said. It is not a game of hide and seek. It is not a game of riddles. It is how we understand the Spirit of God and how through time He has shown that He can work in conjunction with man, using angels, or even the image of a man, a prophet, in order to put forth His purpose. Since the Gentile church world is so bitterly against the name William Branham, I can see God using His image with the bride of Christ: to lift it up. That is vindication that He was God’s messenger to this age. May God bless you every one. Amen

Looking For Clues, Part 1

Looking For Clues, Part 1

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

WE ARE LIVING CLOSE TO THE END OF THIS GENTILE AGE OF GRACE: AND AMONG CHURCH-GOING PEOPLE YOU CAN HEAR ALL KINDS OF PREDICTIONS AND PROJECTIONS ABOUT THINGS THAT MUST TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE LORD JESUS COMES FOR HIS BRIDE CHURCH; BUT THE PITIFUL PART OF IT IS THAT VERY FEW OF THOSE PREDICTION ARE BASED UPON THE SCRIPTURES. THAT IS WHY I WANT TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME AND DEAL WITH SOME THINGS REVELATED PEOPLE ARE TO BE AWARE OF IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS TALK ABOUT THE END TIME. I WILL TITLE THE MESSAGE, “LOOKING FOR CLUES,” BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT WILL BE ABOUT. GOD HAS GIVEN HIS TRUE CHILDREN MANY CLUES: THAT WHEN STUDIED PROPERLY WILL LET THEM KNOW WHERE THE CHURCH IS, SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, AS HER DEPARTURE TIME DRAWS NIGH. I HAD ALREADY STARTED THIS MESSAGE BEFORE WE WENT TO NORWAY; BUT AFTER GOING THERE AND HEARING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING CIRCULATED AROUND, I FEEL AN EVEN STRONGER URGENCY TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO SOME SCRIPTURAL FACTS. THERE ARE THINGS WRITTEN EVER SO CLEARLY IN OUR BIBLE’S THAT ABSOLUTELY TAKE ALL OF THE GUESS WORK OUT OF OUR CONVERSATION CONCERNING THE COMING OF THE LORD AND WHAT MUST TAKE PLACE FIRST.


Some of the Norwegian church people expressed much interest in respects to what is going on in Jerusalem: about the ark of the covenant and also about the fact that among a certain element of the Jews there is a searching for the ancestral background of certain families within the Jewish Levite tribe. They are definitely beginning to become concerned that they could be getting close to the time there will be a temple built. If so, there has to be certain Jewish Levites that are capable by their background, by their genealogical heritage, as well as morally, to function within that priestly role. Then upon arriving home, I had two tapes here sent to be by a brother in Bloomington. The information, the literature itself comes directly from Jerusalem. There is definitely a movement among a certain element of Jews in Jerusalem now, and has been for a long time; but it seems that somehow or other those people have been suppressed by the news media and are not looked upon as being very important: But the movement is called “The temple mount and the rebuilding of the temple movement.” It tells how this particular man that is pressing hard for the re-establishment in the minds of Jewish people the importance of the temple being rebuilt, is a descendent from a rabbi that goes back many years ago: that immigrated into Israel. His interest at that time was to begin to spread throughout the land of Israel, among those Jews that really were found living there then, that the time was getting close when the Jewish people must take the responsibility of doing something about regathering the tribes from the ends of the earth. He had the ten tribes at heart at that time. Somehow or other that old rabbi was killed by Arabs: because they wanted to shut him up. They did not want this state of Israel to come into existence. To them, it would be a hindrance to the overall vision they felt the Islamic Arab world had. You have to realize, in and around the little land of Israel, when you look at all the Arab states, as well as many of the non Arab states, that are all under this Islamic religion, there is now a combining of political and religious philosophy. They cannot tolerate this statehood of Israel to be there in the midst of what they claim is their land. That is exactly why, from the political standpoint of Israel, they are reaching out to western leaders, especially the United States leadership, hoping to bring about negotiations for a peace settlement. It is being suggested that there be a certain portion of land within the confines of what is now Israel partitioned likewise to form another Arab state within the confines of the land of Israel. These particular Jews realize this is completely contrary to Bible prophecy. Let me just say this, We all know that for the last 50 years, since the close of WW2, the United States has pressed hard under every administration, for Jews from every nation to be allowed to immigrate back to the land of Palestine and settle there. Now just take for instance this thought, I saw a census not long ago of the Jewish population in the world. It runs into many millions. Now our leadership is saying to nations, you must for human rights sake, be willing to let the Jews go home. Then on the other hand, they press the leadership of Israel within the territory, you must be willing to give up land at the same time, in order for the Palestinians that are already living there to have a homeland. That is absolutely like putting one million beans in a quart jar. It is impossible. It is unreasonable to think you can crowd millions of one race of people in a small territory which does not cover the size of southern California, and at the same time slice out another part of it just to give the Palestinian Arabs that are there a statehood of their own. They may very well try it; but we know that scripturally it can never work like that. It looks like craziness on the part of our leadership to even devise such a plan. The Bible gives us a complete picture of what God has ordained for these last days if we will just lay aside our own carnal feelings of what we consider to be fair and just and let the Holy Spirit direct our thinking. Therefore I am just praying, Lord help me put this message together in a meaningful way. We need to realize, If we are living close to the time when Israel is going to be given an opportunity to build a temple, then it means that we, as a Gentile people, a Church, right here somewhere before that event occurs, are living now in a little short interval of time when we can expect God, by His Spirit, to finish among us, everything that is written scripturally pertaining to a Gentile Bride Church being prepared and made ready to be presented to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have a lot of things to say; and I do not know when I will get it all said. Nevertheless I am going to take my time and try to cover this message, “Looking For Clues:” from every angle. What are we looking for? We are looking for clues that will help us better understand how close we are getting to the coming of Jesus Christ. That is what it is all about. We realize Jesus said very plainly, no man knows the day nor hour of the coming of the Son of man: Not even the angels of heaven know the day or hour wherein the Son of Man cometh. He was talking about the coming of the Lord for His Church. It is a mystery. We know from the scriptures that when He does come visibly with the saints, with the armies of heaven, as is described in Revelation 19, that is not a mystery; but His coming for the catching away of the bride Church is a mystery. When He comes back with His armies from heaven, heaven will be opened and every eye will behold that great event. Every knee will bend, every head will bow. The wicked will flee to the mountains and cry for the rocks to fall upon them; but their efforts will all be in vain: because He is coming to judge them. That coming is not a mystery: it will be fulfilled at the end of the seventieth week of Daniel. He will not be coming then as a thief. He is only coming as a thief in the night, to take His little bride Church out of this world. When you talk about a rapture, this degenerate, perverted society we are living in wants to treat you as some kind of odd-ball character that must surely be in some kind of cult. Well the most highly recognized of all the denominational churches in the world is also the largest cult in the world. Their true followers are under bondage; and there is nothing about it that honors the Creator. You talk about something dangerous: that is it; but no, they want to pick on people who do truly have a revelation of the scriptures and are trying to live accordingly, and investigate them. I said a few weeks back, No doubt there will be more Waco Texas type groups rising upon the scene before the end; because scripturally that is one of the signs of the end time. At the same time though, there is going to be another element of people that are the real people of God; and they are going to have an understanding, a vision, and a picture in their mind’s of how to yield their lives to God and get ready to leave this world.

HAGGAI AND ZERUBBABEL-AND THE NAME OF JESUS


Let us go into the 2nd chapter of Haggai: for that is where our message begins: in a prophecy given over 500 years before the advent of Christ. We get the setting from this. We could even go back into the writings of Ezra and read the same thing we find here. In fact it gives a more overall picture of the dedication of the little temple we are going to read about. Around 520 or 519 two prophets arose on the scene. We do not even know from history where they came from, as to their background and former activitye. All we know is, Cyrus made a decree that all the Jews who out of a willing heart wanted to go back from Babylonian captivity, back to Jerusalem to help build the house to their God were free to do so. He even exhorted the political leaders and such that sums from the treasury should be given them for this cause. When you go to Ezra you can read how there was taken all those golden instruments, vessels and such, that King Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from the temple when he invaded their land and took them captive. All of those things were brought out and restored to the hands of the Jewish people: to be taken back to their home land and placed in the rebuilt temple. They were exhorted to start building their temple. That was their commission. Not a word was said about rebuilding the city of Jerusalem. Anyhow all of this fits into the 70 weeks of Daniel. We will be sticking to this from the prophetic picture, the types and things established here, and from it we will bring over certain prophetic fulfillment that is pointing to the hour you and I now live in. It is important that we see the picture from the standpoint of how it is applicable to our day and time, as we see the types portrayed. (Haggai 2:1-3) “In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” This name, Zerubbabel, was an important name. We do not know much about the man, but he was a political and social leader that somehow or other had been appointed over this people to govern them in their social, domestic, and political affairs. There was also another man by the name of Joshua. He was of the Levite tribe. He was in the company; and was to be the priest that would function in this temple once it was built. Joshua, was the same name our Savior was called by, setting a perfect type. It would have been strange, if that temple had been rebuilt and they had chosen a Jewish Levite who had a name like Simeon, or Nathaniel, or something other than Joshua; but it was all a master plan of the great Creator, so his name was Joshua: the same name Jesus is derived from. Of course the very fact that I have said this makes it necessary for me to say certain other things along this line and put it in the message; because I have in my possession various literature that has been sent to me through the years from various groups of Gentile people who somehow or other keep wanting to insist that we all refer to God as Joshua or Yahweh, that being the Hebrew name of Jesus. They want to pronounce the name of Jesus that way: giving you the impression that when we say Jesus, (which is truly supposed to be the name) it is a pagan name; and that the letters in it have no value. They are trying to imply that we, as Gentiles, must come back to using Yahweh, or Yahshua, like the early Christian apostles did. Well saints, I am going to say certain things that will no doubt be offensive to people like that; but I feel that it is necessary: so bear with me. We are approaching the end. I know some of these people take me for a nut, simply because I am not an educated person according to their standards. I admit that I am not; but I do not rely on my education for what I teach: I rely on the ONE that knows all about everything. It is just the grace of God that has helped me through the years: to look at some things, at certain types and shadows and see what they pertain to. I will accept your information, how that in the first century, and no doubt for a period of time onward, those early Christians did use either Yahweh or Yahshua, rather than the term Jesus. I have no reason to disagree with that. However I am looking at the picture here in 1993: after many centuries of Christianity since the days they refer to have come and gone; and I find that from many of these groups that teach these things they also say that we have to come back to the Jewish Sabbath and observe it. They say that worshiping on the first day of the week, on Sunday like we do, is a pagan practice. Well I just preached a message on that very thing some months back. They cannot prove by early Christian history of the first and second century, that early Gentile Christians worshiped on the Jewish Sabbath. They accuse the Catholic Church of instituting the practice of worshiping on the first day of the week; but I ask you, Where did they get the idea to do that? They got it from the Bible; because the first century Christians did assemble on the first day of the week. Upon returning home from Norway I found other literature waiting for me showing these very same things. Listen! Saints: Every prophecy that is typed in the first chapters of Leviticus, coming up to chapter 23, every ceremony, every feast, every day festivity, every type it portrayed was literally fulfilled in and during the first advent of Christ. Therefore we are now looking to the next order of types: because when we go into the day of atonement, and the feast of trumpets, where all the Israelites gather and for seven days feast and fellowship, eating under booths made from limbs and leaves and things, keep in mind, all those types that are yet to be fulfilled and there is no doubt we Gentiles are typed in those things. Just remember, those types are not activated until the Jews have a spot on which their temple and altar is set in motion. Once that altar is set in motion and sacrifice is made active, then watch the types. Prophecies of the Bible are just like a stop watch. When it gets to a certain part of a second you push the trigger and the watch stops counting time. It matters not how much time goes on, it just sits right where it is stopped; but when there is a certain time factor that certain details are to go into motion, the stop watch is pressed again and it starts clicking again. That is exactly how we have to look at some of the things people are looking at in these types. I will now bring that right back to the usage of the name Yahweh, or Yahshua. I am just a dumb Gentile. If a Jewish person anywhere should ever get hold of this message, PLEASE, I want you to understand, I respect the language and the word, how it is portrayed in the Hebrew as to how you name your God, and also how Jesus, or Joshua, or Yahshua, is pronounced. I respect all of that. However I, as a Gentile believer in the same God, feel no responsibility to use your language in referring to HIM. When those apostles, who were Jews, came to the Gentiles almost 2000 years ago, I read in the book of Acts and see how they presented the gospel every place they went. I find that every one of those assemblies were started with Jewish converts. Therefore since they were preaching to Jewish people they naturally used a language understood by them; but I challenge anyone who tries to teach that God cannot be worshiped using our own Language. You make a mockery out of the whole concept of worship: when you confine it to your narrow minded interpretation of what God will accept. I have no doubt whatsoever that in the first century of Christianity those apostles of Christ did most of their preaching in languages that were native to those they were preaching to: for their first converts in every place they went were Jews; but do not try to push that language concept almost 2000 years beyond that time when the people you are dealing with have their own language; and the scriptures translated into those languages. It would be ridiculous for anyone to think we all have to learn Hebrew in order to worship God. I hope all of you understand what I am pointing out. I believe many of those Jewish families that were converted in the first century of Christianity, left children that continued on in the faith. Even those would leave children behind them that would continue on in the faith for a century or so; but after so long, when preeminence, which was primarily in the Middle East and the Asiatic areas began to change position, and time begins to move into the western world of Italy and Europe, by this time the Jewish presence is fading out of the presence of the Gentile church. It is true the Gentile church was also declining, revelatory wise, from many of the original things the apostles taught; but my point is, They would surely hold to a language structure that was easy for them to use in all their communication: regardless of where they were. Naturally I say this with godly respect to anyone that wants to hold to Yahweh, if the word fits into the language you normally speak; but do not try to convince me that I have to speak Hebrew in order to pray and speak of the God I serve. When you say everything else is heathen, then those that want to hold to Sabbath keeping, and say we are worshiping on a pagan day are justified by you. Where does this nonsense stop? It goes from that to circumcision and meat eating; and those who are deceived by such teachings are right back under bondage; and the gospel of Jesus Christ is of no benefit to them. My point is, I respect the Jewish language for those who speak it; and I have no quarrel with the pronunciation of those various words; but I maintain that those words belong to those who speak the language the words belong to. I do not speak Hebrew and see no need to. They will argue that this letter has no value, and that letter has no value; but as you have heard me say many times, In English my name is Raymond. In Spanish it is Ramon; but please do not say Ramon when you want me to answer you. I will not respond either. Now I ask you, Have I used a foolish explanation? I do not believe so. I think many times people want to use things that actually puts a price on a revelation. What they have is far more important than what you have. Well I am looking at something down here at the end of time: when there is a Gentile people God is dealing with. It is true they have been in paganism, (Gentile denominationalism) and have been guilty of yielding their lives to all kinds of traditional ideas; but that is all in the past: for those who have come to this marvelous light revealed to us in this age of Laodicea. There will be people going to church houses all over the land today: who will submit to some kind of ritual; but when they leave those places, they will be just as void of revelation of the plan of God as they were when they went in. They will hear a little sermon; but will that sermon cause them to know more about God and His plan and purpose for mankind? I seriously doubt it. Leaving those things as they are though, I say with respect to these things, As we get closer to the end, (and I can begin to see already) that somewhere there is an element of Jewish people that will begin to reach out toward a Gentile society, realizing that certain Gentiles have something they want, and then you can rest assured, there will be many opportunities for the proper pronunciation and usage of those words. It will all fall right in line, and there will be no confusion because of it. By that time the Gentile church will know that all this arguing about the Jewish Sabbath is hocus pocus, that the first day of the week was typed in the Levitical functions in prophecies; and that the name of our Savior is whatever proper translation into our language makes it. As for what day Gentiles are to worship, That is why Jesus rose on the first day of the week, and the Holy Ghost descended on the first day of the week. That established the point right there, that Jesus Christ is the beginning of a new creation. He is the beginning of the redeeming of the family of God. Therefore it points to a new day. The eighth day was characterized in it.


COMPLETING THE SECOND TEMPLE


Let me return to Haggai. In verse 3, the question was asked, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” If you would take that and read over in Ezra where the house was actually dedicated, you would see there more details of the audience and type of people. We can say, This temple, as it was reaching a completed state and the hour of dedication had arrived, many of those older Jews which were children carried away 70 years ago, stood there in their older years looking at the size of this one and it was definitely not an expensive looking building. They were standing there, appreciative, yes, but there was a feeling of, It just don’t look like it did before. There is no doubt in their minds there was the thought, somehow or other we believe that when our Messiah comes to rule and reign, He is to rule in a magnificent temple, not in something that looks like this. You have to keep in mind, There was a lot of questions in their mind’s. That is why the spirit of the Lord, through the prophet, spoke like that to them. “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory?” That means Solomon’s temple. It was known in the days of Solomon, when that temple was erected and it finally reached completeness, (you could go back in the Old Testament and read about it) when they finally brought in the ark of the covenant, (which had been housed in a tabernacle, a tent of badger and goat skins) and placed it in the temple, in the Holy of Holies, the Shekinah glory came down and hovered over it, and the priests and people as they sang and worshipped God, the anointing was so great it reached a point when the priests could not even minister because of that anointing. They were all caught up in that anointing presence of God. That was Solomon’s temple. The ark was present then; but as we read here, and as you compare that with the corresponding chapters in Ezra’s writing, you see no ark of the covenant present. What is wrong? As I said in another message, It has to be understood that because time is getting closer to fulfillment of what the ark represented, it (the ark) had already fulfilled its purpose. It was an instrument projecting a type: not something that was to be eternally present. Right here, 500 years before the advent of Christ, we see a little house being dedicated; but the older people had many questions in their mind about it. God took that occasion to speak to them. Two prophets, while they are ministering to the needs, and the edification of those people who are caught up in the building of this little temple, these two men themselves set a precise type, pointing ahead to the hour you and I live in. Neither of them knew they were to set a type of something that would be manifested 2500 years later. That was not in their knowledge. But as God spoke through them, we see from the message they declare, that they did truly set a type. It is important. Why is it important? Because as you and I, a part of the Gentile church which will not be here to witness what takes place when that Jewish nation does go into the 70th week of Daniel, (because we will be taken up in the rapture before then) we have certain things to look at that will enable us to know when that hour of time is getting close at hand. Just remember, there are many things this side of the beginning of that week that we believe must begin to show themselves, things that must begin to materialize and begin to come on the scene. Through these things we begin to see God working, setting the stage, restoring, setting everything in order for that eventual hour of time when that week will be set in motion and that Millennial temple will be in the process of being built. Therefore is how we begin to see the Spirit of God using scriptures, along with world conditions, to begin to line up those scriptures to inform us of how close we are getting to the hour of time when we definitely will be caught up together with the Lord and taken out of this world, while the Jewish nation goes into the fullness of that week. Yes the question was asked, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do you see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” That was how God acknowledged to the people, I know all about the smallness of it, I know it is not as expensive looking, and as elaborately decorated. By that, He put their mind at ease. (verse 4) “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts: (5) According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.” God used that occasion to launch a picture of something that was far off in the distance. These two verses I am reading, were definitely speaking to that generation of people. God dealt with their hearts. He comforted them and edified them. So now I want to bring that thought over to us Gentiles. For the past 30 years we can say there has been a message in the earth, a message God brought to first bring us out of our Babylonian confusion those denominational systems had us in. God is not going to unite us in Babylon. He will only unite us outside of Babylon. We have to come back to one strategic point and basis of unity. That is the word of God. Just as the nation of Israel must come back and be united, not in Italy, not in Russia, but only in the land of Israel, the land of Palestine, which is the land of their heritage, so does the bride Church have to come back to a certain place before God will unite them. There is a little spot of ground for the Jews; and there is a place in the word of God for you and me. When we look at ourselves, looking back through the years of confusion, and all the things the devil has thrown among us to try to disrupt the process, it sometimes causes discouragement, and even heart ache as we consider all the well meaning friends and loved ones that are still out there. Many times we have the feeling that it is impossible. We think, It just simply cannot work; but it will work. God is in control and He says it is going to work. Our perfection is sure: if we truly are one of His. His word cannot fail. If what God planned here for those natural people worked, it is going to work for you and me; but we all have to have the same picture put together in our mind’s. It takes more than just coming to church because our parents come: we each must have our own personal experience with the Savior. I do not come here just to fellowship flesh. If I had six blood brothers sitting here, I would not be coming just for fellowship with them: I am here to fellowship with God. Why? Because of truth. Because He has led me into truth. My brothers can do as they please, my sisters can do as they please, and mother and dad can do as they please. I am here because of Jesus Christ and truth God has revealed to me. We all have to be more interested in fellowship with Him than with each other, if we expect to receive anything further from Him. Notice how, in the 5th verse God spoke comfort to those Jews. “According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you; fear ye not.” Those words were all applicable right then to the Jewish people that stood there, as they looked, and was gathered around that little temple. No matter how small, God wanted them to know, I am with you. Today, as we look back through the centuries of time, observing how God has dealt with His people, and then look forward to a time when He will surely deal with us in the same way, it ought to cause us to be a little anxious for that time to arrive. As God was with the early church, and we read about it in the Bible and see how His power worked in their midst, it makes me very confident that He is going to be with a little nucleus of people here at the end time the same way. He is going to encourage and instruct them. He is going to be with them, even while the world despises them, talks about them and desires to be rid of them. Look at Israel today. Even in the nation of America there are people sitting in Gentile churches today that wish this Jewish state was done away with. They say it is a hindrance to progress. That goes to show that they do not know a thing about Bible prophecy. They are not even interested in prophecy. They are just interested in that club they belong to, which they call a church: because it is something they can hide behind. Christianity is not something you can hide behind. You can only hide behind the Lord Jesus Christ. If you truly hide behind Him, then He puts you in the Church. If you are not hid in the Lord Jesus Christ, recognizing that His shed blood is what gives us hope, you are not in His Church.


LOOKING TO THE END TIME


Now I want you to notice how the Spirit of God took that natural setting back then and began to look to the future. First, as we look to the future, we need to put our mind’s in the same frame of thinking, and realize how those Jews felt at that time. (verses 6-7) “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” This prophecy was not pointing to the then present time that the little house was built. It was pointing to a future time. It began to have its first application in the first advent of Christ; but verse 7 goes beyond that to how God shakes things bringing us to the end time. “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” We see how political leaders today are traveling all over the earth, running here and there, straining, doing everything to pull out something, some magical philosophy to help stabilize touchy situations and bring about world peace. Everything they do is futile: so very fruitless. As I said last Sunday, When we hear our leaders stressing certain things, trying to put importance on working with the United Nations, if you just look back through the months this horrible situation in Yugoslavia has been on the News, can you honestly say the United Nations has done anything worth two cents? What have they done about that? Or if you please, What can they do? They have not done one thing that has given a thread of hope to those people. They have literally spent millions of dollars taking aid to one element of people, while at the same time the other people that are the opposite, are blowing up, and tearing those towns all to pieces. When that Communistic breakup came, those towns and cities were beautiful places. Look at them now. Burned out, ripped and torn to pieces. Who is going to build them back? Probably millions of dollars of aid will come right out of your national treasury, if and whenever the time comes the world decides to do something right. My point in saying that is, Whatever the world, political wise, has in mind, such as a United Nations or a New World Order, it will all play out as we get closer to the end of this Gentile era; because we can read the Bible and see a thing coming up in Revelation 13, that is not a New World Order. It is an old world order. It is an old system coming up in another century of time, just to have a short say so again. That is why it is referred to in the 17th chapter of Revelation, and the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. It will come out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition. That ought to tell people not to look for a New World Order. It was a beast before, ruling the lives of people without any concern for their well being. Therefore when it comes back into power again, it will not be gentle like a lamb. I want to read you something from the 17th chapter of Revelation: that will let you see what so many politicians are referring to as a new world order. God was showing the apostle John this very thing so many have their high hopes anchored in, so notice what it says. (Revelation 17:8) “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” There, is your new world order. It is the same old beast that ruled Europe in the Dark Ages: the beast that received a deadly wound by the hands of the Reformers, but was healed; and is now ready to continue on a little short space of time. That is what all of this political maneuvering will eventually produce; and the pope of Rome will sit at the head of it all: just like he did throughout the Dark Ages. Therefore here in the endtime, that is why the shaking of all things must first be identified. When we look back to about 1989 when this began to take place, who would have thought, back in the middle of the 80’s, that the Communistic empire could crumble so fast, knowing that in the years since WW2 Russia had built every kind of weapon she could possible build? She did her very best trying to beat us to the moon. She stole our secrets, bought from spies and all such, getting what she needed to produce bombs and other instruments of warfare. She was determined she would bury the western world. Then what happened, as we got closer to time for God to start the shaking of all things? and for the removing of things that are shaken? All of the man made systems must be shaken and allowed to tumble, that the things that cannot be shaken may remain, and go on to complete fulfillment. Knowing what we know we can say, When it was time for that Russian, Communistic regime to fall, it did not take a war to do it. No. God somehow or other came down on the scene and put in the heart of a few politicians a certain outlook and way to go about it. Those men did not know they were fulfilling the word of God. What does it say in Revelation 17 concerning the ten horns? They have received no kingdom as yet. That is talking about the ten nations of western Europe, meaning of course that none of them have received a world empire: even though they fought for many years trying to gain one. However the Bible says they received power as kings one hour with the beast, meaning of course that allotted period of time. For God will put in their hearts to fulfill His word. No matter how they want to fuss about one currency and all this and that which is destined to take place, as we get closer to the time for that whole system to work and function just the way God’s word says it will: He just moves on the hearts of leaders, and puts in them certain ideas. When that happens everything will click and go together. Why? Because on the other hand He uses a shaking process. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken; and through that shaking process God will work His purpose. In other words, When the great plans of mortal mankind are shaken to pieces and they grab hold of whatever they can, trying to hold on, they have to use whatever is left; and that moves their thinking right into the way God has ordained it to be. Just look at the horrible picture over in Bosnia right now: I have to say, That has given us a good look as to what little good the United Nations is in this hour. It ought to present a picture to a lot of Christians that will let them know, Do not look for a New World Order. Keep your eyes on Rome and Western Europe. Right there, is the power that is going to start speaking one day soon. It will not be a new world order: it will be an old world order restored. The key to what is going on in world affairs is found in verse that we just read: “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.” When God gets through shaking all nations in the fulfillment of this scripture man’s desires and plans will be changed. When the shaking has accomplished its purpose, the Jews will not only be back in all the land they are scripturally entitled to: they will also be in full possession of their temple mount area. That will bring time into the proper setting for the 70th week of Daniel to start; and for the temple to be built; and when construction begins on it, Isaiah 60, will fall right into place. Naturally we know it will take some kind of shaking among the Arab world very soon in order for Isaiah 60 to be fulfilled: because right now, there is no way any world leader involved in world affairs would dare say to any Moslem nation, How many of you are willing to contribute money to the Jewish nation for the rebuilding of their sacred temple? How many of those Arab states at this present time would be willing to contribute one thin dime? Not one! Not one right now. Why? They want to get rid of Israel instead of helping her build her temple. They want to get her out of that land. There are some Jewish political leaders in office right now that are willing to strike a compromise with the Arabs for the sake of peace; but we all know what the eventual outcome of any compromise will be: For God’s holy Bible lets us know the Jews will soon have to take more land: not give up land they already have. Somehow they are going to come into possession of their former boundaries that include their land on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. Look at your old Bible maps: you can see for yourselves what land they are soon going to come into possession of. You can say this, Not even leaders of our own nation (which is known as a Christian nation) realize the hour they are living in. Listen saints: There are many voices telling the Jews to give up their idea of reaching out farther and come to some kind of compromise for the sake of peace but I say, God has this whole thing planned precisely. When the time comes, just watch the necessary shaking take place. I cannot help but believe one of these days there is going to be a political, domestic, and military upheaval in the Middle East, and when you see it, things are going to start falling to pieces; and at the same time other things will start coming together: just the way prophecy has pictured it. It will not take God 15 or 20 years over a long period of time for Him to bring it about. In fact it is all going to come about in such a dramatic, miraculous way, people are going to be startled, really shaken by it. You may say, I cannot understand. It all looks impossible. Well, God is the worker of impossible things. When He brought Israel out of Egypt, He showed what He was capable of doing; and He has promised that in the last days He will do it again. God is just tolerating a lot of nonsense out of these Gentile political leaders while He is working, slowly, putting other things in place. He still has His eye on us. I have to say, He is wanting us to get the attention of His hand of guidance, and get ourselves lined out right. Then, as the people of the Gentile church begin to go forward in the right direction, and they are walking in unity, with a vision and understanding of why they are doing what they are doing, then watch what God begins to do in the Middle East. When you then see the hand of God working in the Middle East, you will know your day of redemption, and your departure from this life is getting close at hand. That will put a spark of enthusiasm and excitement in the heart of people. There will be a joy in your soul because you know beyond the shadow of a doubt, My Savior is coming very soon. There is not a devil in hell that can throw enough wrenches in the works to prevent it. The end result of the temple being rebuilt is that when the Millennium is set in motion, all nations will come to Zion once each year, to Jerusalem to worship the Lord of hosts. When I said awhile ago that something has to break in the Middle East and develop a certain way in order to set Isaiah 60 in motion, these last two verses will help you understand why. As God looked down on that little nucleus of people 500 years before the first advent of Christ, He knew many of them standing there were thinking, I wish this house were larger. I wish it looked as beautiful as the one I saw when I was a little boy, or girl, growing up. God wanted those old timers to know, that even though they knew why the house was so small, He wanted them to know everything was all right. He reassured them. He said this, “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” That is God’s way of saying, if I had wanted this house to have been larger, it would have been, you would have had the money to pay for the more expensive rebuilding. In other words He said, I accept its purpose. God knew that Jesus the Christ, their Messiah who was literally the ark of the covenant in human flesh, would never sit in that house. He was ordained to sit in the one that was prophesied about in these two verses. (8) “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. (9) The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.”


WHAT GOD WILL DO ON BEHALF OF THE GENTILE CHURCH


Let me now speak to us who are sitting here this morning. As I look at this assembly, a Gentile Church Assembly, and think of that last dream I had, I do not know to the fullest extent what all it involves yet; but I do know that from whatever time we are living in right now until the time it is fulfilled in its fullness, God, by His Spirit is going to move through this Gentile church world to bring a people into unity and put them together in the light of this truth we hold to be so precious. They are not going to be Methodists, they are not going to be Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Unitarians or anything else manmade when He gets through with them: they will just be Christians. However, they could have been in any of those organizations at one time. It is just that, as God puts His true Church together, they are going to become Christians like they see in the Bible, in the book of Acts. As I say that, we have to realize this Gentile church is going to come back together by the workings of the Spirit of God. It looks like God has tolerated nonsense, confusion, and people have been allowed to run rampant doing anything they desire to do and get by with it; but God is not going to tolerate this nonsense very much longer. We are entering an interval of time now, when God is going to start correcting, eliminating and purifying until He has the kind of Church we read about in the book of Acts. We are going to get a brighter picture of ourselves, of each other, and of how we are supposed to walk and live for Him. As we do, it has to be understood that it is through an anointing of God. It will not be through some intellectual feat we can accomplish ourselves. If in former times God told that people, It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord, we certainly have no reason to believe a thing like we are talking about will be accomplished any other way in this hour, except by an anointing of the Spirit of God. How much Hebrew and Greek we know will have nothing at all to do with this last day work of God in our lives. Only God Himself can give us a detailed picture of the things that are absolutely essential in order for us to become one in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ in every spiritual fiber of our total makeup. We will begin to see clearly, how we are to function and live in that respect. As we do, I am certain it will be as I saw it in the second phase of my dream: as people came together, coming with that little bottle of anointing oil, and finally, when the great assembly was all gathered and I saw Bro. Branham standing before them, he began to speak on things in relationship to the coming of the Bridegroom. As he did, I could hear these words being spoken throughout that great gathering, Isn’t this wonderful? Oh this is glorious! The one thing I heard them saying above all else was, This is so simple. Whatever the thunders are going to bring out here in front of us, there is no reason for us to think it will be so far-fetched it will be like reaching for the moon. I have every reason to believe, that when the thunders are sounded to the people who are to make up the Bride of Christ, what they speak will be things that will have such a sweetness, and give such a natural capability of understanding that it will make everything look so simple for us. It will not be like it has been in prior times, like when we were in school trying to understand mathematics, or scientific formulas and all such as that. What those thunders speak to the bride of Christ are going to be things that will drop down in the heart’s of the people and will let them see something so beautiful, that no matter what our educative capabilities are, each one is going to say, This is glorious! This is wonderful! I never dreamed it would be so simple. Saints: I certainly do not want to miss it. Do you? I said to the people in Norway, “If you were to say to the Denominational church world today, I had a dream last night of William Branham. He came to me and said certain things: I know what their natural reaction would be: They would say, I don’t believe in that kind of stuff. That is spiritualism, they would say.” Well I admit there are many people involved in spiritualism in this hour of time; but the true people of God know the difference between that and what we are talking about. God has often used the image of a deceased person in a vision He would give someone; but that is not in the same category as the cases where people actually feel that they are communicating with the dead. I will remind you of something you have read in the 17th chapter of Matthew: Let us ask those skeptics this question, How come, that Jesus one day stood before a multitude of Jews after a great miracle had been done: when four thousand men plus women and children had been fed with seven little loaves of bread and a few little fish and said to them, “The Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom?” Was His statement correct? Did some of those standing there that day see such a thing? I assure you they did: even though that was more than 1900 years ago and the literal fulfillment of that event is yet to be. Let me read you a few verses from that 17th chapter of Matthew. “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.(9) And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” It was a vision they saw; but God used it to fulfill the statement Jesus made; and also to speak to Jesus concerning His death which would be accomplished at Jerusalem. Did Peter, James and John actually see the Moses and Elijah of old standing there talking to Jesus? God gave them a vision in which they saw exactly that; and Luke even told what they were talking about: His death at Jerusalem. Would any true believer dare say that even though God used the image’s of those two old prophets to represent something in that instance, He would never do such a thing again? Do not try to limit God like that: He will not cooperate with your projections. He will use any means to convey to His true people what He wants them to receive: just as long as it does not contradict what He has spoken previously in His written word. Those three disciples saw two prophets, Moses and Elijah. Moses had been dead a long time. Elijah had been raptured; but they saw both these figures standing there talking to Jesus. The point is this, and I want all of you to listen carefully: That was not those prophets in literal bodily form. You say, Well Bro. Jackson, I always thought it was. Read your Bible. Go back to the 17th chapter of Matthew and read the whole thing. It plainly tells you in verse 9, that it was a vision. “See that you tell the VISION to no man.” Does that not tell you something? Sure it does. The point is this, The Spirit of God is everywhere. He can manifest any image He chooses to at any time that suits His purpose. Since God is a Spirit that does not have a physical form of His own to dwell in, but is capable of manifesting whatever form He may choose to contact mortal mankind through, we need to be very careful about careless remarks concerning things we are not familiar with. He certainly does not want us to grab hold of everything that is presented to us out here in the world; because the devil uses all sorts of things to deceive those who can be deceived. However when God presents something to us through a vindicated source, what we need to do is consider the content and just wait upon the Lord for His purpose to come to light. He never expects His true people to do anything radical; and certainly nothing that would go contrary to His word; but we do need to be sensitive to the leading of His Spirit and leave room for Him to do for us things that may be different than what He has done on our behalf in the past. For the past almost 2000 years, God has been living in the person of His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the glorified immortal one, positioned in heaven on the throne of His Father. Since Jesus was taken up 2000 years ago, He has never been back on earth in person since then. Yet that omnipresent Spirit of God can move upon a thousand people at the same time, all over this planet; and each one see Jesus standing right in front of them, even talking to them. That is because it is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God that does this sort of thing. When He does, it is because He wants you to see that image of Jesus for a specific reason. It is not a necessary element of our salvation experience. We only need to see Him in the pages of God’s written word in order to lay hold on the benefits of Calvary. Therefore when you hear someone say, Jesus stood by my bedside and said to me so and so, just keep in mind the fact that the actual embodied, glorified, immortal Jesus the Christ, who is now High Priest, is not actually there. It is only the image being conveyed by the power of the Holy Ghost. That is why we have to realize God uses angelic beings to characterize this sort of thing. When the three disciples with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration saw Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus, they did not see the literal Moses and Elijah of old. They saw the image of who they were. The image of who they were is to stand out vividly, for God is going to use that same anointing He used to speak to the Old Testament Jewish people, to speak to the Jewish people again in the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel. All of those Jews alive in the days of Jesus’ ministry on earth knew how God had worked with His people of old, and it was God’s way, through the Lord Jesus Christ, of telling those Jewish disciples, that before Jesus Himself will come in literal bodily form, (as we see Him in Revelation 19 sitting on a white horse, when that is literally Him) it will be preceded by the coming of these two prophets. Not the literal Moses and Elijah of old, but two other Jews with that same anointing those men in the Old Testament were moved by. That anointing brought about the specific results God sent it forth for in the past; and it will do so each time it is sent forth. Bro. Branham’s ministry was under the anointing the Elijah of old carried. It has always been a God identifying anointing; and you will certainly have to agree that much of Bro. Branham’s ministry was that of identifying the ONE true and living which is Spirit, and in repudiating the idea that God is three persons. This three person God is a pagan concoction that has no place in the lives of end time Christians. Those two anointings of Moses and Elijah will absolutely forerun the coming of Christ for His Millennial reign. We can say this then, That there will definitely be two prophets, Moses and Elijah, in their type fulfillment which was characterized in Haggai and Zechariah when the second temple was being built, on the scene in Israel when the Millennial Temple is being built. That is the order of God; so I will now return to the thought I was dealing with. It is absolutely evident, that in the plan of God this Gentile world is definitely being cut off. I have to believe the door of revelation as to how a man and woman gets into the church of the living God is ready to be closed any moment. In the mind of God Gentiles have had their chance. As I am made aware of how God deals with people down here, it lets me know He does not start ten years before the closing of the door, to do the things He is doing. He will start that and by the time that door is closed you can rest assured there is nobody else going to be interested in getting into what you and I believe and understand. Therefore if God could show three disciples the images of two prophets that was to forerun the coming of Christ, and could show them by the Spirit in that fashion, then I have to say He could use the image of William Branham in this day and hour when his name has become such a sour taste in the mouth of a lot of religious people. No wonder religious leaders want to pounce on it: Look what a following he has. They do not see people like you and me: they see all this other crazy stuff running to and fro claiming to be in the message of William Branham. If there is something in you and me that God wants this religious world to see: that we are a people that can say Yes Sir, I know who this man was, I sat under his teaching, I have read his sermons, I have a picture in my heart because of it, then He is going to open up the way for such a thing to come about. We have to say, That man was definitely sent to get us out of all this religious mess of confusion that God Had already spewed out of His mouth. God is going to wash us, scrub us down, and pull us through the washing machine of His word until He gets all of that denominational, antichrist junk out of us. Therefore do not think for one minute that we are going to sit here fussing and stewing and chewing gum like a bunch of Methodists, Baptists or any of the others, when He gets through with us. We are going to be thankful to God for what we believe; and do whatever it takes to uphold it. We are going to come to church because we are thankful for truth; and thankful for the privilege of being able to come. If God can speak to certain men by letting them see the image’s of two prophets of old, to show and forecast something in the future for the Jewish people, then what is wrong with Him using the image of a Gentile prophet who was definitely sent to this Gentile age and was rejected by most, because they claimed he was head of a cult: to help get our thinking pointed in the right direction? There are still some in the midst of the people God is working with: that need to receive a revelation that this man truly was sent from God to this generation as the messenger to this age. No one is going out of here in the rapture while still having questions in their mind about the office and calling of Bro. Branham. You cannot reject the one God sends and still retain favor with God. Every individual of the bride of Christ will have in their knowledge a revelation of who he was, why he was sent, and the truth he brought to this age. The devil will not be able to push off a lot of nonsense on them because they will know the truth. Even though there are those who would like to eradicate his name from the face of the earth, there is going to be an element of people in the end time that will walk right out of here with a knowledge and revelation in their heart’s, that if it had not been for that man, we would not be where we are today. That makes Revelation 10:7 line right up: “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God (meaning the Church, the body of Christ that is brought out of Babylon) should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.” It all started with the fact that his message is the thing that set it in motion. God is going to finish it right here. That is why I believe, when I saw Bro. Branham standing before the audience in my dream, it is not that we are to think he is coming back from the dead: but that somehow the anointing of God, using the man’s image to convey something to, when it is made known, the little Bride of Christ is going to know something that is going to help her get out of this world. Hallelujah!


THE BUILDING OF THE JEWISH TEMPLE


I have something about the building of the temple. I was sent two tapes which came direct from Jerusalem. I have not listened to them yet; but I want to read a paragraph from what I am holding. The man’s name is Gershon Solomon. He fought in the war of 58 and was run over by a Syrian tank. They were about to shoot him when all of a sudden the Syrian troops began to run everywhere. The same Syrian troops told him later that when they were about to shoot him, all of a sudden there were angels all about him and they could not shoot him. I am looking at that paragraph right here. He is the descendant of this old rabbi who back in 1811 set about the beginning process of the rebirth of Israel. Now, at this time, here is what this man is doing. He is definitely trying to educate an element of the Jewish society, and has created a movement; so here is what he says. “To publicly proclaim the message of the temple mount and land of Israel movement in newspapers, wires, posters, newsletters, radio and television, to demonstrate publicly, to raise awareness of Israel to the issue of the third temple, the temple mount, and the land of Israel. To buy a house in the old city, Biblical Jerusalem, (that is the old walled part) near the temple mount, to establish a spiritual and educational center to be used by everyone. The four ton cornerstone will be stored and exhibited on this site. This first stone of the third temple will soon be laid. To organize consciousness for the study of the issues dealing with the temple mount and the third temple.” Reading that, it sounds like they are ready to lay the corner stone; but that is not what he is saying. They are just going to display the stone in this building they were wanting to purchase. That is only to put it on display, because he feels the time is close at hand when they will have the temple mount back in their possession and the cornerstone which will be on display for people to look at in the meantime, is the first stone that will be laid when the time does come. That should be enough to cause Gentile Christians to realize where we are in time. In other words, when you begin to get things like this out into society, you begin to see that if in the heart of Jewish people there is this fervent feeling that they know they are living just before the coming of the Messiah, then we as Gentile people ought to begin to realize God has given us enough in His word to awaken us and make us aware that we must be getting close to the coming of Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom: The ONE who is coming for us as a thief in the night, to take us to glory.


REVIEW OF SOME POINTS ALREADY MADE


I want to go back to Haggai and reread two verses as we continue to look for clues concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to take us out of here. What kind of clue are we looking for? Things in the scriptures that will help us better understand how close we are getting to the coming of Jesus Christ. We will either do that or we will just build a fantasy in our mind that has no substantial basis of truth by which we can build our hopes upon. I prefer to have my anticipations built upon something vindicated by the holy scriptures. Whatever we believe that is going to be of any benefit to our spiritual stature has to have some scriptural basis. Somewhere there are clues in the Bible pointing to everything God has determined to do. Many times the Bible is read and looked upon from the standpoint, Yes it is the sacred word of God; and it is the divine truth and infallible; but there is no interest in learning the formula for understanding its contents. Without that we are just really reading words that have very little reality. That is what is wrong with the religious world today. When I say that, we want to look for a clue, something that will point and help you and me to look at our present hour of time. Are we really getting close to the coming of Jesus? Is there Bible facts that establish that? Can we really base it on something in the Bible, or are we just groping for something hanging on a thread? We have been looking at the scriptures in Haggai 2, dealing with the word of the Lord spoken through Haggai concerning the people that had returned from captivity with a commission to rebuild the house of God at Jerusalem, and concerning the way God Himself looked upon them and their efforts. We are using this chart with various scriptures and dates that will help you grasp the actual setting better than just listening to me read and speak of them. To that element of people, clearing that pile of rubbish from the temple mound and preparing the spot so they could start building, was a task that seemed so great when they stood looking at that mountain of stone and rubbish. They needed a word from the Lord to encourage them; and God spoke that through the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. Looking at that mountain of stone and rubbish, their task looked almost impossible to them. All of that rubbish had been lying there for 70 long years, and probably had a lot of brush growing up through all of it, so where would they begin their work of clearing away all of that and actually start putting together something they felt would constitute the beginning of a new spiritual relationship between them and their God? We see that more clearly as we read Ezra or Nehemiah; but here in Haggai and Zechariah, we find two men we do not know much about: even though they prophesied not only to that element of people, but also pointed to the hour you and I live in. They both said specific things that is important for you and I to grasp and actually see where they fit into the overall picture. We find clues in all of these prophesies: but for now I want to move on to our present hour of time before we look at these others. We have a line on our little chart representing the time when we had a Gentile prophet messenger in our midst: the Malachi 4:5-6 prophet with the Elijah anointing. Beyond that we have something Zechariah prophesied about in the 4th chapter of his prophecy: which is the two olive trees of Revelation 11:3 that shall come on the scene in Israel in the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week to reveal the Messial to spiritual Israel and demonstrate the power of God as did Moses and Elijah of old. They will fulfill Zechariah 4:3, and also 4:14 which says, “Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” Therefore if we are looking at ourselves as a Gentile Bride people, then we have to begin to understand that we are really getting close to the coming of Christ in the rapture. You either believe that, or you are looking at the whole thing as some far flung event to take place that we know nothing at all about. Do we know when He is coming? Not the day and hour, but we do know we are in the season. We absolutely have Biblical facts to show He is not coming to His bride as a thief in the night. As far as the make-believing church world is concerned He is coming as a thief in the night; but to the true believers it will not be as a thief in the night.


LOOKING TO THE END TIME TRUE TO LIFE REALITY


We are children of the day, we are not the children of the night, meaning spiritually asleep. I have said this many times, It is a good thing you and I do not know the day and hour for the coming of the Lord: We would wind up in a mess. As long as we remain in this mortal flesh, our flesh has a tendency to become very excited when we know certain things are about to happen. Even some of you sitting here right now, if you planned to start on a trip to California tomorrow morning, you probably will have already spent half of the week getting things packs and you would go home tonight and stay awake all night planning in your mind every little detail. The old adrenalin really starts to flow at a time like that. You get so excited you can hardly wait for daylight to come: so you can get the old car going, heading for California. Just think about it saints: if a trip like that will create such a reaction in your fleshly makeup what do you think it would do to a Christian if he was to know the day or hour the Lord is coming for him? If I knew the Lord was coming Tuesday morning at exactly 10 o’clock, do you think I would go to work Monday and Tuesday? I have my doubts that I would even go to bed tomorrow night: because I would be so excited I would stay up the rest of the night talking about it. That is the natural human reaction. According to the words of Jesus, when He does come for those people that are His, somewhere in the earth it is going to be dark: while in other parts of the world it will be daytime. Two will be lying in bed, sound asleep. One is ready, the other is not. Two are grinding at the mill, (That speaks of the industry of our day. Today, one would be standing there doing all the things the industrial systems have people doing, whether it is tightening bolts, putting electrical wires in a car, or whatever, you do not know what day or hour He is coming, but you are standing there putting everything together as you would any other day and all of a sudden you are gone.) The one next to you didn’t go. Two will be grinding at the mill, one will be taken and the other left. Then two shall be in the field working. There is the agriculture picture. That goes to show, if you really knew the day and hour He is coming, me being a farmer, do you think I would plow corn? Do you think I would cut hay? I would say, Let the next guy do that. With that thought in mind, we have to realize that somewhere as Jesus said certain things, we can know within a season something that is so close it makes you live each day constantly aware He can come any moment for you and me, and you do not have to know the day nor hour, but you can know there is a season you are entering into, and you begin to get ready for the event and allow the Lord to have His way in your life. Now if we are truly looking for a rapture to take place, I want to show you something. Let us just say I am going to put this line right here. (on the chart) That represents 1963 when God used Bro. Branham, and a revelation of some seals was brought forth. Actually if we will look at his teachings of other things through the years leading up to 1963, by the time 1963 had come and the revelation of those seals had dropped down and been put in the structure of his teachings, there lay together collectively, a voice, through which God has said something to this age of Laodicea: to a people who have understanding of those things, and through them have been drawn out of the systems of religion. We can say for sure, that since 1963 there has been a voice of the seventh angel messenger here in the earth, echoing back and forth from one end of this earth to the other, and there is now all over this earth, a people whose lives have been affected by that voice. At the same time we realize we are getting closer to something else that must take place. That puts us right at this point, (pointing to chart right in front of the seventieth week of Daniel designation) and this represents that 70th week of Daniel that is to be set in motion here by the signing of a covenant of peace which will have the antichrist man watching over it. We are looking basically at the nation of Israel first, because that is the pendulum around which time evolves. Naturally we do not know when God’s clock will start ticking off that week of years; but we can say for sure, It is getting close. It has to come in this generation. God cannot allow time to pass out of the generation that saw the nation of Israel restored. That would mess up the scriptures. Jesus said this generation would not pass away until all things this side of the Millennium are fulfilled. That is what He meant by what He said. That is why I want us to go back to the Bible and begin to see if there are scriptural things now in place that do definitely let us know we could be getting very close to that hour of time. I want to go back and read verses 6 and 7 of the 2nd chapter of Haggai again: to base another thought on that will bring us right to this present hour of time. “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, (That is the presence of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ) saith the Lord of hosts.” Paul used that in Hebrews 12:26-27: where he referred to the ministry of Jesus, how it had its first advent application. After saying, I will fill this house with glory, the Spirit of God went right to something that was troubling those people living in that hour. I want us to take another look at it, because right there, is a clue. You say, Bro. Jackson, how is that a clue? Just listen how God responded to their thoughts. (2:8) “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” Those people in that hour did not have much silver and gold to build the little temple they were so concerned about and it troubled them. God knew the temple they were building was not going to be the one the Messiah would sit in during the Millennium: yet it was going to serve the purpose for the immediate time at hand, the time leading to the first advent of Christ. But then this prophecy is launched and it is pointing right to the hour we are living in. If it is pointing to our time, and we being Gentiles we have to ask, How am I to look at it? For too long now many people have taken this nonchalant attitude that the temple does not have to be built in order for Jesus to come. As far as I am concerned you just as well leave here and try to sow a lettuce bed on the moon as to think He would come back to earth before His house is built. Gentiles have always been guilty of that kind of attitude. The entire Bible proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that when this week is starting, somehow or other the Jews will have already obtained not only possession of the temple mount, but they will be in the process of rebuilding the temple. There is nothing in the Bible giving you the picture that Jesus will be standing over on the Mt. of Olives with His arms crossed: waiting while the construction crews on Mt. Zion build a temple for Him to rule from. That is foolish. That is playing with ideas, rather than with scriptural clues. I am not going to project what; but prior to the time for the last week of Daniel to go into fulfillment, something will take place causing Israel to take possession of the temple mount; and when they do it will be under such circumstances that the Mosque of Omar will no longer be standing there as a sacred thing for the Islamic world to be looking to. I am going to say some things; and I realize we are Gentiles; but we have a responsibility laid upon us: to look at the Bible. Keep this in mind, Every prophecy in the Old Testament written concerning how and what was to take place in the first advent of Christ, was written in such a way no rabbi, no doctor of divinity could take any of them, lift them out of there, write them on paper, drop them in a basket, shake it up, then reach in and pull out one and say, That can be fulfilled right now. Even though they are all there in the same book, in the mind of God, He has a precise order for their fulfillment, a time in which each prophecy drops into the present day affairs of mankind in perfect order. Only in its ordained time does God set in motion events and circumstances leading up to the fulfillment of these individual prophecies. There is an order and sequence to the fulfillment of prophecies of the scriptures. Everything comes out exactly right. That is why from the very first prophecy concerning the Messiah, you will find no place where it says at what time He will appear. It plainly tells you where He would be born, out of what tribe He was to come, and what would happen to Him, but not when He would come upon the scene. When the time came, He was born. He fulfilled what He was ordained to fulfill and ascended into glory where He has been ever since; and when we come to the book of Acts, what do we find Peter preaching? In his second sermon he plainly states that all those scriptures (I will use the word relative, to the things that have already been fulfilled) concerning Christ, how He must be crucified and buried and rise again, God hath fulfilled. That meant they were all in the past. God fulfilled them in precise order. There is not one laying there that was not touched, whether they are minor or major, they all fit in. Therefore with that much established, let us try to look at our present hour. We have Gentile doctors divinity specializing in prophecy: out here in the charismatic circles today. They will just throw out a hypothetical picture before the people who listen to them. We have two schools of thought from their realm. We have one bunch out there that are saying the rapture is not going to be prior to the tribulation. They see the church going through the great tribulation: simply because they do not have a revelation of Revelation 7:9-17 (which you can read later). On the other hand you have those who picture the great, glorious rapture of the Gentile Bride; but they do not have the rest of it as it has to be. They somehow or other have the thought that Jesus can come for His Bride at just any moment of time: not even taking into consideration those prophecies that still have to be fulfilled first. As I have said many times, He can come for me tonight. He may come for you tonight; but there is a divine order and sequence involved concerning the time when He comes for His church. He will not come one minute early or one minute late. He is going to be right on time according to the foreordained order the Father purposed before the foundation of the world. What did the apostle Paul say as he wrote his second letter to the Thessalonians? He said to the brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord and our gathering together unto Him, that that day shall not come except there come a falling away first. The end of that was that the man of sin must be revealed to the world first. That means somewhere in the very near future this world’s antichrist must begin to be introduced into the political affairs of human government. Many people today have very high hopes concerning this new world order that is being talked about; but people who know their Bible cannot get excited about it except for the fact that it brings Gentile time very close to the hour for the bride’s departure. We know what the beast was in the Dark Ages. We know what it did in the Dark Ages. We also know the system of it was wounded with what looked like a deadly wound; and it was the Reformation that inflicted the wound; but the head was healed and the beast stands ready to continue on for a short period of time. Whether they know it or not, that is what so many people are building their hopes for the future on; but I want you to know, My hopes for the future are built upon nothing but the word of God; and I am longing for 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17 to be fulfilled. Let us read it. “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” If you want to get excited about something, do as the apostle Paul admonished those saints at Thessalonica: (18) “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” That would be the words we just read. No matter how bad, or how good things may look, this is what the true people of God are looking forward to: the time when we can get out of here. Therefore as Gentile Christians living here in the endtime and knowing that we are among the generation that will literally be the living element of people that will see the rest of these prophecies of the scriptures fulfilled, we need to be able to recognize where we are in time and what is about to take place as we so rapidly approach the ending of Gentile time. Paul plainly teaches in the Thessalonian letter, that the world’s great hopes for peace are anchored in a man whose coming is after the working of Satan. When the pope stood in Denver Colorado and said all the things he did as he made all of those speeches, just think of the thousands of people that stood listening to him and of all the tears of joy that were shed. I want you to realize something, That was one of many appearances, if you look at it right, that fit the term: “whose coming, (whose public introduction) is after the workings of Satan, with all power, (Satanic power, through politics, through religion, through economics) and signs, and lying wonders.” Within the Catholic realm, what are we hearing now? The virgin Mary is popping up on every street corner. Even the pope has seen her. You have Protestant, Gentiles today believing every bit of that. You have political leaders looking at it and it causes them to look at the pope and say that he is the one to look to. I cannot remember the particular title they give him; but the great mass out there look at him like he is the only real spiritual man on the face of the earth. But remember saints, “Whose coming is after the workings of Satan.” There is not another world leader on this planet that has that much influence in the present day affairs of human government. Let that pope stand where the world sees him, and they absolutely sit there with awe. But remember, “Whose coming is after the workings of Satan, with all power, (It is Satanic power.) and signs and lying wonders.” Lying wonders is none other than big flowery speeches, with big promises of love and peace that paint such a beautiful picture in the eyes and minds of gullible people; but in reality it is none other than lies of the devil. That is the way we have to look at what is going on out there. God has given us the privilege to know the truth about what is going on: so we would not be deceived by all of that. Through that man, through his office and the way he talks, the devil is pulling the wool over people’s eyes around the world today. As we look at that and realize what is taking place we still do not know how close we are to the seventieth week of Daniel being ushered in: we just have to keep our eyes open and be ready. We need to keep looking toward Israel; and at how things develop in the Middle East. At any rate the shaking now is on. In that shaking God is rearranging, shuffling certain world leaders, certain political programs and things of that sort; and eventually it will even start disturbing the economics of the world. That is what will cause Europe to eventually stop their arguing about one world currency and just come right out with it: because God will pressure them to do so. He is able to put it in the heart’s of politicians to do what it takes to fulfill His purpose. That is why Isaiah 60 stands out like it does: we know the great Creator is able to bring it all to pass. When the Lord told those Jews in the days of Haggai and Zerubbabel, The silver is mind, and the gold is mine, What do you think His purpose was for saying that? Sure, those people building the second temple heard those words; but those words were not applicable to those people: for them to believe that particular house they just got through dedicating was going to be rededicated or refurbished and re-beautified. These verses are for the hour you and I live in. Therefore let us not look at them with our eyes closed and think we are going to be ready to be raptured out of here one of these days. Very soon now all of these things will begin to click, click, click, and set in motion the very things we have been talking about. I am convinced, that if we get all these scriptures lined up properly, we are going to see that the Gentile Bride, in whatever time she has left to be here before the week of Daniel starts, is going to be dealt with by her heavenly Father and lifted up to such a spiritual plateau she will know exactly how to walk with Him while she waits for the appearing of the Bridegroom to take her away from here. At the same time we are going to see things really begin to develop with Israel getting the stage set for this week to be introduced. When you read Revelation, chapter 11: how John was given a reed, a measuring instrument, what was he told to do? Go measure the altar and the temple and them that worship therein, but the court without, leave out, for it and the holy city are given to the Gentiles to be trodden under foot for forty and two months. That lets us know that the two prophets which were typed in Zechariah’s prophecy are yet to appear; and the ministry of both these men will literally be fulfilled over in Revelation 11. Those two prophets of that hour will be prophesy will be prophesying to the nation of Israel while the temple is being built. The Jews will have the altar already in service and sacrifice will be offered upon it according to the Law. Everything in the law will be set in motion concerning how God will bring about the fulfillment of all those prophecies in Leviticus that are related to the second advent of Christ. Therefore let us ask ourselves, Since God said, (Haggai 2:8) “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts,” Where is it? We all know it is generally reported, that the Gentile world is bankrupt. We are living in an inflationary era of time. Never have the economies of the nations been so inflated as they are right now. There seems to be no way there can be a regrouping, or restructuring of anything. Therefore right now, as you look at the world, if God was to say to the Jewish nation today, Start building your temple: I ask you a simple question, Where would they go, to get the necessary means to do so? Oh Bro. Jackson, there are Jews on Wall Street with more than enough. I know all about the Jews on Wall Street; but no prophecy of the scriptures mentions anything about the Jews on Wall Street. Prophecy shows it coming from other sources. Well if it is coming from other sources, how is that going to be possible, when we can see there are conditions in the world that would not even permit it to be so as they exist right now? That is why there is a shaking going on: God is in the process of changing that outlook. As we get closer to the time for that temple to be built and the Gentile Church really begins to be dealt with by God to lift her up, we are going to see conditions in the world about us suddenly begin to develop some conditions that will result in a completely different picture than what we see right now; and in some instances it will take place in one day of time.


ISAIAH’S PROPHECY OF THE END TIME


Let us look at Isaiah 60 for a few verses. Just think how long this prophecy has been lying there: right on through the centuries; and many times, or most of the time people have read it with such a nonchalant attitude thinking, Well the church will be gone when that takes place: so we do not have to worry about that. Well saints, I believe that if we will look at it in the true light of the revelation God has given us in this age, we will see it altogether different than that. This prophecy in Isaiah 60 is a prophecy that portrays what God is going to do and how He is going to work exclusively with the Jewish people in their nation in the building of their temple, and in the way the rest of the world will look at the city of Jerusalem and at what is going on there: especially in the old walled part of it. Keep in mind, the old walled city part right now is still inhabited by 3/4 Arabs. Much of that old walled city part is in a very desolate and run down condition. That renders the old city almost unprepared for the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that is related to making it ready for the Jewish Messiah. When you see Ezekiel’s description of Jerusalem for that hour, you see a magnificently beautiful city spread out across the horizon of Mt. Zion; so let us look at this prophecy and see what happens. I am 69 years old. I do not know when the Lord is coming for me. As I said in Norway, that is the least of my worries. There are people sitting in assemblies around the world today: that are going to be alive when the rapture takes place. There are people here in this very congregation that will see this prophecy fulfilled before their very eyes, whether I am one of them or not. The unbelieving Gentile world around you will become startled when things start falling into place; but before it is all over they will recognize the hand of God is working on behalf of the nation of Israel. Not to bless the unbelieving, rebellious element: but to fulfill all of what was promised to Abraham and his seed. Yet today all that we have talked about looks virtually impossible in the light of present developments. With God nothing is impossible. Everything is going to fall exactly in place. When it does, the little Gentile Church is going to move forward with God so eagerly and so enthusiastically: because she will know her time of departure is rapidly approaching. As God begins to lift the Jewish nation up, and all those things are fulfilled there, the Gentile Bride is being dealt with in her last moments of time: getting her ready to meet the Lord. There are yet some things to be revealed to her through the thunders of Revelation 10. Let us now take a look at Isaiah’s prophecy and look at it in a simple way. It is not supposed to be complicated. It starts out, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” That is talking about Zion, Israel, for the last days after it has been reconstructed as a state and the people are there. “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, (That does not mean the sun will stop shining, it just means God’s spiritual grace is going to stop shining on this Gentile world. You will have to agree with me: that it looks like it has already happened. As you explore our cities and society, especially in America, it absolutely looks like there is a dark cloud hanging between this nation and the divine glory of God that prohibits the light of reality to even shine and reflect on our miserable society. No wonder the perverts act like they do. Darkness covers the earth.) and gross darkness the people: (You can sure see that darkness covering America today.) but the Lord shall arise upon thee, (He is talking about Israel.) and His glory shall be seen upon thee.” You are not in the Millennium yet. You are in an interval of time that sets the city and the temple and everything in proper perspective for the week of Daniel. (3) “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” As God begins to lift up Jerusalem and Mt. Zion for that particular hour of time, for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of it, getting it ready for the Messiah that is to rule from there in the Millennium that verse will stand out. (4) “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. (5) Then thou shalt see, and flow together, (He is talking about the society of Jews.) and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” He is not talking about spiritual conversion here in this verse. He is talking about material substances that God is going to begin to lay His hand on, we will say of certain wealth, money and material things; because He is going to use it for the restructuring and rebuilding of Jerusalem and the hastening of the rebirth of Mt. Zion. As I talk and say this, if you have never been in the old city, if you have never seen the old Jerusalem city, then you have to realize that according to the Bible, that old city is not going to be populated by 3/4 Arabs when that time comes. All you have to do is go to the 49th chapter and you will see that. It is true Israel has much land today, but make no mistake about it: there is more land she has to take. She will eventually take the land beyond the Jordan River that she formerly possessed when the land was divided among the twelve tribes. In other words, she is literally going to take all the land that is now called Jordan proper. There never was in ancient times a nation called Jordan. It was called the land of the Edomites, the land of the Moabites and the land of the Amonites. All the rest beyond Jordan belonged to certain tribes of Israel that had taken possession of it. That is why we can say they are going to get that land back. They will get that land back, and that is going to coincide with their opportunity to start building the temple. Having said that, let us continue on here in Isaiah. (6) “The multitude of camels shall cover thee, (where are they coming from?) the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; (Look on the old Biblical maps, that will point you right down into the region of Saudi Arabia. Let any one ask the question today, Who, in Saudi Arabia today, is ready to contribute such a thing to the Jewish nation? Nobody. Why? Because it is all under that spell of Islam. Actuality this whole Mideast problem is the fact you have millions of Arabs or Islamic people all under that religion and they are uniting and combining their power, and their belief that somehow or other they have to expel, even destroy every evidence of this Jewish state. They fear, that if they do not do something to change their prophetic outlook those Jews will always give them trouble. Well we do know prophecy is going to be fulfilled the way the Jews see it: Not the way the Arabs see it. Now notice how it talks about the camels, the dromedaries) all they from Sheba shall come: (That is also from Saudi Arabia) they shall bring gold and incense; (We all know Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest oil producing nations in the Middle East. You will have to agree with that.) and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.” Ask Saudi Arabia today, to come to Mt. Zion and glorify God as the Jews do. They will laugh in your face. Am I telling the truth? You know I am. “(7) All the flocks of Kedar (This was one of the sons of Abraham by Keturah, the woman he married after Sarah’s death. Where is he? He is off over in the region which we call Jordan today.) shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth (That is another of his sons from that same region.) shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, (Do not tell me He is talking about the Millennium, He is not. He is talking about a time right here at the very beginning of that week.) and I will glorify the house of my glory.” Saints: when you read these verses you should begin to realize that if this temple is to be built, (as we read in various other scriptures) please do not think you just take this prophecy and place it over here somewhere in the Millennium. That is not the vision the Jews have today. The Jews’ vision today, is when and if they do start building this house, they are building it for their Messiah. It is going to go together just exactly the way they expect their Messiah to see it when He does come and His feet touch the Mt. of Olives. As you read those verses, please remember that the Arabs, under that Islamic spell, believe that through Ishmael, Abraham’s promise is going to be fulfilled: not through Isaac. That is where the conflict lies. The Arab’s are locked up under the revelation of Islam; but the Jews are going back there with a belief in their heart, that they are going there to get ready for the fulfillment of those scriptures pertaining to the coming of their Messiah. Therefore we have to realize, No matter what politicians in the world believe, and no matter what the Arabs believe, there will be a temple built on the temple mound where the Mosque of Omar stands today. That means that wherever we are in time, between now and the time for that last week to start, the shaking of all things is going to suddenly and literally create conditions in the Middle East that will without a doubt bring about a war between Israel and some of those Arab states. As it says in Numbers 24, when Balaam had to prophesy, and said how Israel would do valiantly in that day, when she will possess the land of Moab and so forth, just remember this, The same God is still in control of all of this. In front of you and me, before that week of Daniel starts, we are going to see something take place in the Middle East that is going to cause people to say, “My, what a miracle! What a phenomena! I never would have thought such a thing was possible: That had to be a work of God.” Even though much of this looks impossible in the light of present day developments, just think back how we looked at Russia five years ago. After 70 long years of them putting that empire together, in less than three years that thing is a total shambles. God can do more in three weeks, three months, and three years, than man and an empire can do in a hundred years. When we begin to realize that this prophecy in Haggai concerning the shaking of all things is in the earth today, then we ought not be surprised when other prophecies begin to be fulfilled. This shaking of all things is no surprise to me. What makes you say that Bro. Jackson? Get my tract and read it: I had the dream of it. Oh, you had the dream about the shaking of all things? I sure did. It is back there on the rack with the Contenders: you can have it if you want it. When Jim Bakker was having his problems, and when Oral Roberts was money hunting, that is when I had this dream. Not too long after that Jimmy Swaggart had his problems brought out into the light. Then bingo, down comes the Russian Empire, falling to pieces. The shaking of all things is absolutely God’s way of reaching down into the affairs of men and shuffling, shaking, removing, taking things out of the way that are standing in the way of the fulfillment of His plan and purpose. Therefore be assured that in the realm of religion there will be more shakings in many places. In the political, military, economic affairs of the world there will be much more shaking in many more places. At the same time God is removing things that stand in the way of what He intends to accomplish, He is moving other things into place. I say we have a clue here in the things we have been looking at: because we recognize the shaking that is taking place; and this shaking will continue on until finally there is a temple built in Israel. Then time will put Israel in the week of Daniel and the church in glory. Between now and then though, we are going to see Israel do some outstanding and marvelous things militarily, in the Middle East: that will no doubt make the Gulf War look very small in respects to the type of miracles God will perform for them in their achievements; and the hour will be when you will see that Islamic religion that has those Arab states all locked up fail to do what it has been doing: oppress Israel. You are going to live to see the hour when those Arab states are going to say, Now we support Israel. You may say, I don’t believe that! Well I say, Stick around. Oh but it looks impossible. I know it looks impossible; but there is another prophecy that feeds into that. When you go to Zephaniah 2, where it tells how Israel in the last days, will possess the land of the Philistines, what do you think was achieved in the six day war when they took the Gaza Strip? The Gaza Strip is none other than the area of the old Philistines. The ancient cities of the Philistines, the ruins, are still there today. That accounts for much of the squabble over there right now. Each is saying to Israel, give up the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Arabs in the land of Israel say, Give up the Gaza Strip. But keep in mind that Zephaniah 2 says they will possess them of the sea coast. Then the prophecy goes on, in return they also possess the land of the Moabites and the Edomites and the Amonites, all in that same scope of prophecy. God says in the continuation of that prophecy, I will destroy, or I will vanquish all the gods of the earth in that day. Some of these things seem so small and insignificant when you read them, they do not appear to be anything very important. A lot of people will read that and say, Oh Bro. Jackson, God will do this over here, and God will do this over here. They will all be dead by the time that time comes. When his wrath is poured out, He is pouring it out to get rid of sinful and wicked men. There is no god going to stand in His way. Right now there is a religion in the Middle East that is standing in His way. If God is going to get camels, if God is going to get goats, and if He is going to get sheep and gold and incense out of that Arabian, Islamic country, you can rest assured He is going to do something first to change their attitude. Do not worry though: He knows how to do it. In 1968 when we went to Israel, on the plane between New York and Israel, we had the privilege of talking to a Jewish general. He was the commander of one of the armored divisions of the Israeli army that went through the Sinai and ran the Egyptians back across the Red Sea. He said, After the war was over we realized there were many miracles that occurred on the field of battle. At the same time he was also the president of a bank in the city of Safad. He said some time after the war was over, one morning a Syrian business man from Damascus walked into the bank. These were his words, “Gentlemen, I am a Syrian, but I know that your God is working on your side. The war has proved to me that He is with your people. Because of that I want to deposit so much money, (and it was an enormous amount of money). I want to deposit it in your bank because I want to put it where I feel God can use it for His glory.” Now that is just one incident. If God can speak to a wealthy man all because of the outcome of one war, (in which his own nation was licked) that would make him put his wealth in a Jewish bank, what do you think it will be like when God causes Israel to really do valiantly on the field of battle? When the week of Daniel starts, Israel’s wars are over. You will read no place where Israel is fighting wars in the week of Daniel. It is the opposite. Her wars, whatever she is to fight, is to be between now and the time that week starts. That is why I say these prophecies are clues, indicators that can help you and me look at time, and how we are to relate ourself to time. If we are getting close to the time this is to be, then this lets me know we are getting close and God is going to do something for you and me, the Gentile church. After almost thirty years since Bro. Branham’s death, only the Lord knows how confused the picture has become and the shame that has followed. Really the spiritual death that has followed. Few people can really see a positive picture of how to see themselves in relationship to time and the coming of the Lord. I told one group of people which were trying to say, but Bro. Branham said this, the prophet said this: He said nothing about a six day war. He said nothing about a 1973 war. He said nothing about a 1982 war. If the western leaders had kept their nose out of that war in 1982, Israel would not be having the problems on the Lebanese border today: she would have put that whole Palestinian problem to rest. But no, it goes to show every time our leaders stick their nose into international affairs, especially in the Middle East, it always fails to produce anything that is positive. It only leads to further chaos and anarchy, with more human suffering. Therefore I have to say, Stick around, we are going to see something unfold before our eyes and we are going to see those things written in this book start clicking just like a stop watch: both for the Gentile church and things in respects to Israel.


ZECHARIAH’S PROPHECY OF A CANDLESTICK


Let us go to Zechariah, chapter 4. Zechariah was a contemporary prophet along with Haggai, in the same period of time. Actually Haggai prophesied over a longer period and his prophecy reached out and pulled in greater pictures of things to take place in the last days; but here in this 4th chapter we can see a picture of something. Zechariah is looking and is asked a question by this angel, so notice, (Zec 4:1-2)”And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, And behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof.” Think about that for a minute. Zechariah is telling the angel, I see a candlestick. Actually he was looking at the Jewish Menorah, the seven golden candlesticks that stood before the temple. That is what he was looking at. However there was a phenomena, something mysterious about it. In the 3rd verse he wrote this, “And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.” The bowl is in the center. This is where the oil is poured. Little pipes running from this center bowl out through the arm of each candelabra that holds the candle which gives the light. There are seven pipes through these arms that allow the oil to flow, one to each one of these candelabra; but it all comes from this central bowl. What Zechariah saw was two olive trees: one placed on each side of this bowl. (4) “So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?” I am not going to read every verse; but you can notice there when Zechariah asked the angel that question, What are these? the angel really just communicated a completely opposite thought back to him. Here is where he prophesied to Zerubabel, who was the governor at that time, a type of the Holy Spirit in our day, how it was not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord. He was prophesying concerning all the things that had to be removed and cleaned away. If you and I could have seen that great mountain of stone rubbish laying there, which was the ruins of the old temple, and those stones were huge. They did not have the instruments to remove them like we do today. Those people, I can hear them say, Well I am not going to do it all by myself, what is John going to do? Well I don’t see George. Where is he? You know how human beings are: Always looking for excuses to keep from doing their part. As long as the people were looking at the obstacle, they were discouraged. Actually they felt it was an impossibility. In other words they felt, We are back here to do something, but only God knows when and how. Well saints, I can bring it right to our day. For thirty long years since Bro. Branham’s death, all over this world it has been said, God sent a messenger to turn us back to the faith of our fathers, and get us out of Babylon. That is the truth; but for a long time it looked almost impossible for there to ever be an element of people on this earth that has enough sense to know what it is to come together and work in harmony and really see the same picture. Nevertheless God has a plan; and He has a way. When the Spirit of God is directing it, we cannot help but give ourselves to it. That is exactly what happened here. When the Spirit of God came down and really anointed the people, then it was no longer Pete looking at George, or George looking at Jim: It was everyone looking at the task with a feeling of urgency: Let’s go to work and get the job done. When people began to look at their situation like that, they stop looking at all the confusion and began to look to God. When you have an objective and look to God for enablement, there comes an anointing that begins to remove the obstacles and everything can begin to go together the way God wants it to be. Coming back to Zechariah’s prophecy and the way the angel answered him when he asked, What are these my lord? None of what the angel said concerning Zerubabbel kept Zechariah from being determined to find out about the two olive trees: one on each side of the golden candlestick. (Zec. 4:11) “Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?” He was really persistent. Notice verse 12. “And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?” The angel finally answered his question; but the answer was one that the Jewish nation even yet today still does not know the meaning of. (13) “And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. (14) Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” It is like the apostle Paul said, They have been spiritually blinded: that the Gentiles might have access to this gospel; but the Gentile opportunity has just about run its course and the Spirit of God will again deal with the Jews. As I have already said, We gentiles look to God through a different covenant relationship than what the Jews have ever known. We have not had to depend upon the keeping of the Law of Moses and the offering up of those burnt offerings: but rather look to that which was accomplished on behalf of all who would believe: when our blessed Savior offered Himself as the one sacrifice sufficient for the sins of all of us. Thanks be unto God: we know what these two olive trees are. Do we, Bro. Jackson? Yes. Because when you go to Revelation 11, and verse 3, right there in our prophetic letter which was given to the Gentile Church we are told in advance that these are the two anointed ones that stand by the God of the whole earth. In other words, it is the two great anointings that will rest on those two witnesses of Rev. 11; and we know they will be men which are no longer just symbols: but that which the symbols in the Old Testament pointed to. They will prophesy the first half of that week. Why would God be concerned to give to the Gentile Church in 96 A.D. almost 20 years after the destruction of Jerusalem that which He commissioned the apostle John to write? Here in chapter 11, he has been given a reed, a stick, and told, Go measure the temple: when there was no temple there at that time. That proves it was for a future time. Then he sees these two olive trees, and is told these are the two anointed ones that stand by the God of the whole earth: And He (God) will give power unto His two witnesses. That leaves the mystical types and goes directly to two men who are to be prophets; and their prophetic ministries are going to be like that of Moses and Elijah of old. The Gentile church sees that and can understand it; but no orthodox Jew ever has. Why do I read it like that? Simply because when we come to Revelation 10, and see the seven thunders expressed there, the Gentile world in general, especially the denominational world, knows nothing at all about in and cares even less. To them that is just another verse of scripture laying there that they could not care less about what it means. Well it means a lot to a few people on this earth: the true Gentile bride Church. It is called thunders; and we know thunders speak of the voice of God: so we have much to look forward to. I looked back at the movement and realized all the pros and cons that have been shuffled back and forth; but if you will look at the structure of what is said in that 3rd verse of chapter 10, and as soon as that angel cried like a lion, seven thunders uttered their voices. Their is a plural pronoun word, that is never used in the Bible in a symbolic language. Every time the word their is used in the Bible to convey a thought, it is speaking in conjunction with either men or angels. Study the Bible and you will discover for yourself what I mean. That is why I have said all along, those thunders are going to be men in the Gentile Church: scattered over the face of this earth, men who God will deal with in that precise hour when He is lifting His Church up, getting her ready for her departure to glory. Why do I say that? If God will talk about two olive trees in Zechariah 4, which basically is for the Jews to understand in their hour: when God again begins to deal with them, certainly He will talk about seven thunders that are ordained to minister to the Gentile Bride Church in the final stage of her preparation to leave here. Seven thunders will utter their voices; and they will be heard to ends of the earth (so to speak). You can rest assured, a thunder in that respect is just as important to the Church as the two olive trees will be to the Jews. John was forbidden to write what those thunders said; but likewise, when you read Revelation 11, do you find what those two prophets are going to prophesy in the hour of their ministry? Those thunders are going to be used of God to lift the bride up into a prophetic relationship with the Lord Himself; and from that same plateau He will move right over to the Jews through the ministry of those two olive trees (prophets). It will be thunders on the Gentile side and olive trees on the Jewish side; but the prophetic words will all come from the same source: the Spirit of God. Just remember, “THEIR VOICES” cannot apply to just one man; and neither can it apply to symbolism. Check it out.


A DREAM GIVEN TO PASTOR JACKSON


I had a dream shortly before we left for Norway back in the Summer; so I may as well relate it to you and get it off of my chest.


“In the dream I saw myself come into possession of certain words. Today I do not even know what they were. In the dream I did, because I saw myself writing them down. I immediately said to myself, This is going to lead to something. Suddenly I was in possession of certain numbers. I saw them, I even wrote them down. I do not know whether they were dates, numbers referring to some other subject, or what. I immediately wrote this all down and began to say to my wife, Honey, this is going to lead to something. The scene changed and I could see myself speaking to my people in Faith Assembly: saying, Set these words down and do not forget them. This is all going to come together and form a great picture of understanding, something about the coming of our Lord. Then the scene changed again and I saw a large gathering of people taking place. They were coming from all over the world. I saw all those people assembling and talking about the great feeling they had inside their hearts about the coming of Jesus. At this time I noticed that there was one thing about everyone who was coming to this great assembly. Each person had in their hand, not in their pocket, a small bottle of holy anointing oil. See Exodus 30:22-31. This bottle was no larger than a person’s own thumb. One thing was very noticeable though, each person had received their bottle of oil directly from God: not from man. No one was allowed into this great assembly unless they had their bottle of holy anointing oil. However, there was no one standing at the door of entrance into this great assembly to make sure everyone had the oil. Again I saw myself saying to people, Remember these words, do not forget them. We are about to learn something. Then the scene changed again. At this time Bro. William Branham came into the scene. He stood in front of the assembly and began to speak. I heard him say things that was lifting the hearts of the people into a great feeling of expectancy. My own heart was thrilled with what was being said. I heard myself saying in a low voice to those standing close by, What did I tell you? Did I not tell you we are going to learn something? Do you remember those words I told you I had received? The atmosphere at this time was thrilling and the aroma coming from all those little bottles of holy anointing oil was so sweet. Then the scene changed and I saw myself speak out to the people and say, I want to tell you of a dream I had concerning this great event. I began to speak to them the same words I am now telling you: of what I saw in this dream, and what I had heard. It was while telling them of the dream within a dream, that I woke up at exactly 5:01 AM, Wednesday, July 14, 1993. When I awakened I could no longer remember the words that I had received, nor the numbers, nor what Bro. Branham had said; and the reason I could not remember was because I know it is yet in the future.” That is the dream,and I know some people will say, Does that mean Bro. Branham is coming back from the dead? No. How could it have such a meaning? God is getting ready to play a trick on some people whose love is not for the truth; and it is going to be so simple, it will almost be unbelievable. Let me now take you to Matthew 17: right back to that dramatic scene in which Jesus took three disciples up on a mountain to give them a preview of what was to transpire here at the end of time. On the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus was caught up in the glory of God; and a vision broke forth upon those disciples He took with Him. They saw two men talking to Jesus and they knew they were Moses and Elijah. Remember this, To those three disciples, that scene looked as real as anything they had ever seen; but actually, as Jesus pointed out in His words to them, it was only a vision. A vision in which He showed them a preview of the two olive trees mentioned in Zechariah 4: that will appear on the scene over here in the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel: the two anointings that will precede His glorious appearing, which we read about in Revelation 19. What words did those disciples hear those prophets speaking to Jesus? They heard them speaking to Him concerning the things He was about to suffer. Let me ask you a simple question. There is no doubt those disciples heard the two prophets, in the vision, speak words to Him that are not even written in the Old Testament. How could they speak words to Him concerning how to prepare Himself for that hour of physical suffering He was soon to face, except by prophetic utterance? That is exactly what it was. Why did God use the image of two Old Testament prophets for that? Remember, when Jesus was in the wilderness of temptation tempted by the devil, and how after He rebuked the devil for the last time the devil left Him for a season and angels came and ministered unto Him? That lets you know the presence of angels under the divine anointing of God ministered to the psychological makeup of the man Jesus. Therefore knowing angels were present my point is this, Why did God use the image’s of those two prophets to convey words to Jesus of what He was going to suffer? Why did He not use an angel for that? If you are following my line of thought, this proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, that if somewhere in time a man has stood out in the plan of God as being something greatly anointed, and God has used that man, He wants to establish that man’s influence. He will use his image to bear on the conscience and mind of people in a way to respect the man’s person; but certainly not to give anyone any reason to make a god out of the man. Having said that, let me say also, I have felt for a long time, that because denominational religion despised the name William Branham so much: mainly because they are looking at a following that has literally defamed him, and brought reproach upon all who follow the truth He was used to restore to the Church, that God would do something before time runs out: to respect the man for what he truly was: a prophet messenger to this age. It almost looks like there is hardly anyone left on this earth that has a sensible heart to really understand what God’s true purpose was. That is why I say, If God can send two prophets to set a type, to speak to His only begotten Son of things He was soon to suffer, then do not tell me that God cannot by the same token, use the image of William Branham to convey something to the Gentile Church? Not that He is going to bring him back from the dead for anything, but that He can use his image to appear to certain men, and say certain things of a prophetic nature that will be so real and so positive, it will help put a picture together in the minds of a lot of people. They will know things not even written in the book. I realize a lot of people might say Jackson has gone crazy; but I still say, Stick around. One of these days there will be an element of people in this earth that has a true picture in their heart’s and God is going to be talking to them. The thunders on this side will be voices speaking to a Gentile Bride; but on this other side there is going to be two olive trees (prophets) speaking to an element of Jewish people who will have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. Right now, it is symbols on both sides; but it will be a beautiful sight to see how God connects the two together as He closes everything out. Hallelujah!

Seventy Weeks Of Daniel, Part 2

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

AUGUST 1993

CHAPTER 11

 

WE WERE READING FROM A LITTLE JEWISH HISTORY BOOK WHEN WE CLOSED OUT THE JULY ISSUE; SO WE WILL JUST BACK UP A LITTLE AND PICK UP THE LAST PARAGRAPH WE READ: AND THEN CONTINUE ON. AS WE DEAL WITH THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL, IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE COME TO A FIXED POINT IN TIME AND AGREE, THIS IS WHERE JESUS WAS CUT OFF (CRUCIFIED). THEREFORE I FEEL THAT THIS LITTLE HISTORY ACCOUNT OF THE CRUCIFIXION HELPS ESTABLISH WHAT I ALREADY BELIEVE; SO LET US CONTINUE READING.

 

READING FROM HISTORY

 

“Two British scientists say they have concluded with reasonable certainty that Christ died on Friday April 3rd in the year 33. Colin J. Humphries and W.G. Waddington, both of Oxford University said in an article published today in the British magazine, Nature. They based their conclusions on astronomical calculations and Biblical and historical references. Humphries works at Oxford department of metallurgy and science of materials and Waddington works at the department of astrophysics. The scientists said they were able to reconstruct the Jewish calendar at the time and to the date a lunar eclipse that the Bible and other historical sources suggests followed the crucifixion. (When He died, it tells in the scripture how it was dark for a certain period of the day.) If accepted, the scientists wrote, these calculations allow the day, month, and year of the crucifixion to be determined precisely. The only certainty in the past about the date of Christ crucifixion, they wrote, was that it occurred between the years 26 and 36.” That lets us see how various writers and historians were using this period: not really knowing where to fix the time of His birth; so naturally they would always have what they call, floating years. You cannot accurately calculate anything time wise as long as you have two to six years floating around. Like I said earlier, 33 A.D. fits the seventy weeks perfectly: giving you exactly 69 weeks of years from 445 B.C. to the time Jesus was crucified. If you make Jesus born in 4 B.C., you shorten this line (pointing to chart) and the 69 weeks have not been completely fulfilled yet. Therefore you have to keep it at 33 A.D., if you expect time to come out right. I will read a little more of this, then we will go to something else. “Nearly every year this period has its advocates. While the day of execution is also uncertain, since there appears to be a difference of one day between the date given by the gospel of john and that indicated by Matthew, Mark, and Luke. They said all four gospels in the Bible agree that Jesus died a few hours before the start of the Jewish Sabbath nightfall on Friday, and that within a day it was the time of the Passover, the annual Jewish feast held at the full moon. They said Passover time was precisely specified in the official festival calendar of Judaea used by the priests of the temple. Lambs were slaughtered between 3 P.M. and 5 P.M. on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan, which corresponds to March and April in the modern calendar.” I do not think it is necessary that I read any more. It just goes ahead and explains how the different critics have tried to fix the date of His crucifixion all the way from 26 to 36 A.D. If you have no particular interest in exactness, you can just let it go at that; but when you begin to deal with something that this factor affects you have to be more precise than that. Therefore knowing that God’s calendar has not been juggled around, and that He is precise, we can take Daniel 9:26 and the fact that the count down started in 445 B.C., on the 14th day of their month Nisan; and come to the exact year Jesus was crucified. Those who hold to other dates for the crucifixion can easily come to the conclusion that Jesus was cut off in the middle of the seventieth week. That is, if they ignore Daniel 9:26 that says He was cut off after the 62 week period ended. If God had meant 3 ½ years after the 62 week period ended He would have said so in Daniel’s prophecy: for the very purpose of that prophecy was to give spiritual people something they could calculate time by. Time is what it deals with. The thing you have to calculate, is that Daniel’s prophecy was based on prophetic years, and history was recorded according to the solar calendar.

 

EFFECTS OF CHRIST BEING CUT OFF

 

I want to say something now in respect to Christ being cut off (crucified). We have already talked about what the ark of the covenant in the old temple typed, and the fact that it was never brought back to rest in the temple rebuilt by the first group of Jews that went back in 536 under Cyrus’ command to rebuild the temple; so there is no need to go through all of that again. When that rebuilt temple was dedicated there was nothing said about the ark being brought back. When you come to the New Testament, in the gospel of Luke, chapter 27, it plainly tells you that when Christ hung on the cross and cried out with a loud voice and gave up the ghost, (His Spirit departed from Him) that the veil in the temple was rent. How many of you truly realize the significance of that? Watch what Paul taught about that when you read his writings to the Hebrews. As he preached, he showed how the rending of the veil signified that the way into the Holy of Holies, according to that old order, had been done away with; and that Jesus (the mediator of a better covenant, with better assurances) has now entered into the Holy presence of the eternal God (which is Spirit) Himself: offering His own precious holy blood as God’s true atonement for the sins of the whole world. When you take Matthew’s account and Paul’s as he relates it in Hebrews, Paul speaks nothing about the ark, except to refer back to its period: what it was significant of. We know the ark, in Solomon’s temple, was inside the Holy of Holies. Where did it go? Why was it not recovered? That is why I said earlier, I have my doubts: that anyone can truly come forth and say for sure where it is. There are three legends about its whereabouts: which we have already related to you: so my conclusion is, I do not think God is that much interested in that little box anymore. He knew when the second temple was built, the temple that was modified by Herod, leading up to the advent of Christ, that this man called Jesus the Christ, was the living ark. He was actually what the Holy of Holies and the box all typed in prior times. Now it is God incarnate in the person of His Son. The ark and everything it typed has already fulfilled its purpose. Therefore Christ Jesus is the new ark. He is really the ark of the covenant, and we need to look to Him in that way. I think that is why we can see also in Jeremiah how he prophesied in that day they will no longer seek after the ark or anything like that, because the temple will be where Christ the living ark is. In other words, when the real thing appears on the scene, there is no further need for the type. The type only serves to point to what is coming later; and Jesus the Christ is what that ark of the covenant pointed to; so there is no further need for the box.

TROUBLOUS TIMES

 

In Daniel’s writings it says that in this period of 62 weeks, the street and the wall shall be built again in troublous times. Is that not what it says? Well in the book of Nehemiah, it tells how long it took them to finish the walls and so forth; and even gives the names of the Arab men that were their agitators, those that showed hostility against them and tried to bring about discouragement on the part of the workers. Nevertheless in spite of all the trouble they encountered they still completed the work; and from then on, once the walls were rebuilt and the gates set up, the Jewish people could begin to look toward coming back and taking up livelihood inside the city. The city had to first become a habitable city, thriving with life of Jewish people: before the Messiah would show up. That is what set the stage for the appearing of their Messiah. I have some more history I want to read to you at this time: so you can better see what those Jews had to face. We want to see what took place in this period, that would be referred to as troublous times. The street and wall shall be built in troublous times. There were problems arising constantly. I am reading from ancient history. It is an old book not even in print anymore; but it does give me a very graphic picture of what that period was like. It leads us up to the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian prince who was king. I am reading from page 293 in this book, starting with the 10th paragraph. “Epiphanes ascended the throne left vacant by the death of his brother in B.C. 176. He engaged in a war with his nephew Ptolemy, and conquered all Egypt, except Alexandria. He took the young king prisoner, affected to act as his guardian and to treat him with greatest attention. The Egyptians however applied to the Romans, who as arbitrators compelled Epiphanes to set the young king at liberty and restore the cities he had taken from him. The Jews having revolted, the Syrian monarch marched into Judaea. He besieged Jerusalem and took it by storm. During the three days the city was abandoned to the fury of the soldiers, eighty thousand Jews were put to death. (You can see a type of the antichrist in this. When you compare that with the writings of Daniel about the horn, you can see why a lot of Bible scholars today, want to say the antichrist is going to be a Syrian. They will say, the Bible proves it. No it doesn’t. We just look to this Syrian prince as a type. It is how the devil worked in him to show such a hatred toward the Jewish people, and toward their holy place, what he did that marked the type of the first foreshadowing of the abomination that maketh desolate.) To his other crimes he added sacrilege worship. He forced his way into the temple and ventured to enter the Holy of Holies. He carried away the altar of perfumes, the table for shewbread, the seven branched golden candlestick and other precious things of the sanctuary. (Not a thing is said about the ark of the covenant. This is just 176 years before the advent of Christ.) Some time after, Antiochus published a decree requiring all the nations of his domains to lay aside their ancient forms and ceremonies and worship the gods he worshiped, after the same manner he adopted. The Jews refused to comply with this demand and such a hard persecution arose as no pen can portray. (The walls and street shall be built again in troublous times. That is what the Bible says. Here is history telling you about the troublous period of time.) At this time happened the martyrdom of Eleazar and the seventh Maccabean brother. Tidings out of the east and north now troubled Antiochus. He divided his forces into two bodies and committed one part to the command of Lisius with orders to exterminate the Jews, (In other words, it plainly says in the writings of Josephus he intended to make Jerusalem a cemetery.) While he led the other detachment against the Armenians. The army of Lisius met the little band of Jews commanded by Judas Maccabeas upon the plains of Misbah. The Syrians were defeated with dreadful slaughter. Two more battles gave the Jews such decided superiority that they marched to Jerusalem, recovered the sanctuary, rededicated it to the service of the true God and devoted the week to thanksgiving and praise. Antiochus, hearing of the defeat of Lisius, set out himself for Judaea. On his way, fresh expresses (meaning messengers) met him, saying that the Jews had thrown down his idols, overturned his altars, and reestablished their ancient worship. At this intelligence (or information) he ordered his couchmen to drive with the utmost speed that he might satisfy his vengeance by marking Jerusalem the burying place of the whole Jewish nation. (Can you now begin to see what abomination means? It is hatred: and in this case, to deprive of habitation.)  Scarcely had he uttered these words when he was seized with the utmost excruciating pain. As the horses were running with their greatest speed, he fell from his chariot. The agony of his bruises added to the torment of his disease, drove him frantic. He imagined that spectators hovered round, reproaching him with his crimes, recognizing the hand of divine justice in the anguish he suffered. He exclaimed, it is meet to be subject unto God, and man who is mortal should not think of himself as if he were a god.” He died of course; but I just thought it might be interesting to read that, to let you have a little background; knowing that people overseas do not have access to everything we in this country do. You can tell it and they hear it on tape; but that is still not like hearing the actual words read from history books. If you read it just the way it is written in the history books, they cannot question it.

 

JESUS CRUCIFIED AT A FIXED POINT IN TIME

 

When I decided by the grace of God to try to reach a point where we can fix the birth of Christ and His death, I realized there is no need of trying to change anything that is already recorded in history, no matter how mixed up their calendars may have been. We do know and your historians agree, that the decree came in March, 445 B.C.. Your historians have it fixed at the 14th of March. It always seems like the Jews get a commandment right in the introduction of that Passover season. That makes the 14th of March the point to measure from. That is fixed. Knowing that much, if we can fix the point where Christ was crucified, 33 A.D., then you have the total span of time that this decree is going to run its course in. We know that covers 69 prophetic weeks, which is 483 prophetic years; and please remember that a prophetic year is only 360 days: not 365 1/4 like the calendar we use, and like history was recorded by. When you multiply it and work it all down, it is actually 173,880 days. You who can see the chart, watch the dotted line at the top. When you take 360 days to the year, and multiply that by seven years to the week, you get 2520 days to the week, and then you multiply that by 69 to get the total number of days involved in the 69 prophetic weeks; and you get a total of 173,880 days. From this point, the 14th of March 445 B.C. to the crucifixion of Christ is actually that many days using a prophetic calendar. Now you must determine when Jesus was born, in relationship to the death of King Herod. I realize from reading my Bible, Jesus, at the time of His crucifixion had to be approximately 33 ½ years of age. That is commonly agreed upon by most everyone; and if that be so, then His birth would have had to be in the fall of the year. Not in the spring at Passover season. Of course I realize when I say that, some are going to say, Oh, bu the prophet said lambs are born in the spring season, around the month of April. That may be true north of the equator; but it is not true south of the equator. It is not true near the equator. Why do I say that? First I will say, I know by personal experience about sheep. Beyond that any person can read a Bible, if you will go to the book of Exodus, you will see that the children of Israel left Egypt at the beginning of a new year; and the month was called by them Abib, back then. (Exodus 13:4) “This day came ye out in the month of Abib.” Is that not right? It was called Abib back then, but later called Nisan. They left out of there on the next day after they had slain the Passover lamb. Is that right? Turn to your writings in Exodus, follow me, I want to show you something. They had already been gathered together in a place called Goshen. They knew departure time was near. Let me say this, I am a farmer. This bunch of educated people in this 20th century who sit back and take a statement someone makes, never investigating it to see if it lines up with the written word of God will always miss the true revelation. (I do not say these things to make Bro. Branham’s statement wrong, but to show you God willed him to say a few things just to throw a bunch of carnal minds completely out of continuity with the Bible.) God knew that spirit would be right here in the end time. That Passover lamb, when you read of it in the Bible, had to be a male lamb, the first lamb that mother ewe bare. Not the second, but the first one. That was to type the virgin birth of Christ. That lamb had to be large enough to proved the meat for that household. Is that right? Another reading says, thou shalt not seeth, (To seeth, means to boil or cook) a lamb while he is yet nursing his mother’s milk. I happen to know when I put these scriptures together, that Passover lamb was already a weaned lamb. They killed that Passover lamb in April. That tells me that lamb had to be at least six months old, which would make it back in the fall of the year. Do you follow me? I want to show you something else. Do not ever start out with a flock of sheep that are heavy, all the ewes pregnant, ready to give birth, if you are trying to reach a certain point at a certain time. You are going to have a headache. Any sheep herder knows you do not move sheep when they are ready to start having lambs at any time. If you do, you will loose them. Imagine God not being wise enough to know when to tell the children of Israel to bring their flocks of sheep and goats out of Egypt. I tell you, it is almost abominable to think that we have a bunch of educated preachers in the following of this message today, that do not even exercise enough common sense to search their Bible for a few basic things that God has never changed, to clear their mind of a lot of other rubbish. If any of them read this, just watch what they say about old Jackson. That is alright: because God knows my heart, why I say what I say. I am absolutely convinced that I could not care less what that kind of people say about me; because it is a fact, something is coming down the road knocking them off one by one. They are winding up in a mess. They are bringing reproach upon the name of the very man that God used to bring the message they claim to be following. Nevertheless with what I have related to you about lambs, along with what you can read from the scriptures, you should be able to see for yourselves where the true revelation lies. Therefore when I take another writing from history to set in order a fact about the crucifixion of Christ, you should be able to confirm for yourselves that He was baptized in the fall of the year, in the 15th year of the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius. You read that in Luke 3. It plainly tells you there, Jesus, being about 30 years of age, came to John to be baptized by him. Right? I know this, Jesus was not 30 years of age at Passover time. It was not Passover when He was baptized. He was baptized months prior to that. So I am saying this, by the scriptures, by the chronology of Matthew and Luke, we will find out, if Jesus was about 33 ½ years of age when He was crucified, we count the 33 ½ solar years of His total life span backwards, and it amounts to 12,236 days. That is how old He was when He was crucified. That placed His birth in the third year before the death of King Herod; and as we have already pointed out, the death of King Herod marks zero point for B.C. and A.D. time division. Therefore it figures out that from the 14th of March, 445 B.C. to the birth of Jesus was 442 years and 203 days; and from the 14th of March, 445 B.C. to the death of King Herod was 444 years and 292 days, making the birth of Jesus 2 years and 89 days before the death fo King Herod. You lose 73 days of the year 445, before the decree took effect on the 14th day of Nisan (March). When you get through figuring, you find that Jesus was born 2 years and 89 days in the B.C. period (before the death of King Herod). In other words, He was born in the year 3 B.C. What you have to do next, is fit this into the Gospel records. It has to fit, if it is calculated correctly. When we go to the gospel of Matthew, what do we find? “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the King.” Let us look at Matthew, chapter 2. We know for sure where He was born; and we know He was not born in December. No, He was not God’s Christmas gift in the sense of the world and the commercial way they celebrate what they say is His birth. He was God’s gift of life. He was born somewhere in the fall of the year. That is why He was baptized in the fall of the year, being about 30 years of age. Whatever time He was baptized, which was in the fall of the year, begin about 30, then you have to go backwards 30 years. It is going to bring you right back to the fall of the year. You don’t start out in the fall and wind up in spring somewhere. You better not file your birthday like that, if you’re seeking for a birth certificate. Let’s see if these 2 years and 89 days, I will say this, it can be a fraction of a day either way. I am not trying to correct the record of calendar. I am only trying to give you this picture; this profile of time involved in the 69 weeks. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, (notice what he is doing) inquired (or asked) of them diligently what time the star appeared. (What is he doing that for? I want to know how old that child is by now. He is no longer a baby laying in a manger. He is a young child.) And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; (Notice, he said the young child. The Catholic Church always pictures Him as a little baby Jesus in a manger, that the wise men came to see; but the king was smarter than that: for he referred to Him as a young child.) And when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also. (What a hypocrite. This was his way of programming the wise men, he wanted to get all the information.) When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.” Let me say something at this time. I remember reading a few years back, certain scientists have always tried to connect this star with being a certain line up of planetary bodies that formed this phenomena in the sky. They say, That is what the wise men were following. Well let us just look at this for a minute. They were wise men of the east. They did not have binoculars, but they were used to the cycles of the moon, when to go out and get away from all the buildings and artificial light and sit down on a high hill and study the stars, their positions, their arrangement and so forth. I have said this before, There is no planetary body lineup that is going to occur and stay that way for that long a period, just to bring those men to where that particular child was. We all know this, whether it is 3, 5, or 9 planetary bodies in a line up, in a matter of 2 or 3 days they are past their lineup and begin to break up that profile. It does not last that long. I would have to take that stand: even if I had not read an article a few years ago, written by Christian scientists that said, There is no way that phenomena could have been just a line up of planetary bodies; because they too had studied the eclipse of the moon and certain planetary bodies that went back in that period of time and said, No way could there have been a planetary lineup that would fit the Bible account of what took place with the wise men. Those Christian scientists said there had to be a supernatural manifestation of God, to produce that effect. You and I know we can step outside in the middle of the night here in Jeffersonville, and the same star that looks like it is hanging right directly over your head, if you go 25 miles out into the country in any direction it still looks like it is hanging directly over your head there too. That is why I say, There is no way you can leave this point, go 20 some miles away and know a certain star is hanging over someone’s head. I have just said that to show you, people like to play scientist, and they like to try to prove Biblical things by scientific means; but there is a limit as to how far God will let a thing like that go. I have no doubt there are certain things that can occur and God has allowed it; but when there is a phenomena that takes place in the sky and scientists do not know it is going to happen, what then? What are they going to say then? “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, (not the inn, they came into the house where the child was) they saw the young child with Mary His mother and fell down, and worshiped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” Now I want you to pay attention. We are saying Jesus was born somewhere back here, (pointing to the chart) 2 years and 89 days, which was roughly 3 months, back from this line that marks the death of King Herod. How old was the child at the time those wise men came to worship Him? We do not know exactly: we just know He was not still a little baby, in a manger. He could have been 6 months, He could have been 10 months, and He could have been more than 14 months of age. We do not know for sure. Just notice these verses as we read some more. (Matthew 2:13) “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” As I see it, Joseph and Mary pack their suitcases, and with Mary and the child Jesus sitting on a donkey, they head down the Sinai toward Egypt. How long did it take them to get there? Not a year, it is not that long a journey. It did not take them a month. We will just say a matter of 10 or 12 days and they were inside Egypt. Now listen to this, (Matthew 2:14-20) “When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (Joseph obeyed the instructions given him by the angel.) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. (Here is what we should take note of: the two years.) Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, (He had them kill every child they could find: that was born in the time frame he fixed according to the wise men’s report: which means Jesus could have been as much as two years old at that time; but HE was probably not that old. Herod was just playing it safe.) according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.” Joseph, Mary and Jesus were in Egypt when Herod died. I hope all of you get the point. They were in Egypt when Herod died. They were not on their way out of there, they were in Egypt. The point is, Here is B.C., from there back ; and Jesus has already been born and by the time the word gets there, HE is a little over 2 years of age. I think that should settle anyone’s problem. If He was 2 years and 89 or 90 days old, it is 2 years and 3 months that makes Him born precisely in the year 3 B.C. Can you see that? That is what they call the overlapping, or floating time. If they are using history to try to prove this, they will miss it until they can absolutely realize the 69 weeks is God’s yardstick. That’s what I am looking at as I preach this, God’s yardstick. If the Jews of the first advent of Christ had been reading in their synagogues this chapter of Daniel, they should have realized, This is God’s yardstick: that He measures time by. They had already been keeping the chronology record of the ones, even their names, that came back and started this process under Nehemiah. Then in the revival we read about in Ezra, you get the rest of the picture; and you should realize, This is how we have to determine this whole thing: if we are going to deal with time. We cannot just use someone’s calendar; because their calendars are all mixed up. We are using these scriptures to show you approximately, how old Jesus was when the wise men came to worship Him. We are doing our best to give to the reader, the viewer, or the ones that will play the cassette tapes, an opportunity to analyze scripture and historical time; and see for themselves how God looks at these things. I have the Seventh Day Adventist history, and their teaching is that Jesus was cut off in the middle of the 70th week. The Catholic Church teaches it that way too. However they do not use the decree of Nehemiah, that we read of, which most Biblical scholars do definitely use. They use a decree in Ezra. AS for placing the time of Jesus’ birth a little more than two years before the death of King Herod, the scripture we referred to earlier in Matthew 2, is all anyone should need to come to that conclusion. The wise men came to Jerusalem asking, Where is He that is born King of the Jews. Herod did not know: so he asked the scribes where Christ was supposed to be born; and they told him, in Bethlehem of Judaea. He then approached the wise men, Tell me about how long have you been watching and following this star. It is not recorded how they actually answered his question; but it is obvious they gave him a time factor: because of what Herod did when the wise men failed to return to him. Herod told them, God and seek the young child. When you find Him, come and tell me that I may go worship Him also. When the wise men left, they followed the star. I will not repeat everything I have already said; but I will say, That was not a planetary phenomena. That was an absolute supernatural display of God’s power. If God can manifest His spirit as a pillar of fire, by night, and a pillar of smoke by day, surely He can manifest it as a star just as well, if He wants to lead a few men to a certain point on the earth. They follow this phenomena, this supernatural manifestation of His presence, to the place where the young child was. They came into the house, not the inn, and worshiped the young child, then left. The next thing we notice is that God warned them by means of a dream, that they should not return to Herod, so they departed into their own country another way. When King Herod realized he had been tricked, he became very angry and made a decree. Notice this 16th verse. “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts (meaning the regions or borders) thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.” Two years old and under, does that mean he was actually two years old? No. It means that according to what they had told him it would be approximately 8 months old to 14 months old; so that was his way of making sure he would get the right one. You just have to realize, he was not going to send troops into Bethlehem looking at the birth certificate of every little child. Therefore they were to pick out every little child that appeared to be at least two years old and under, to make sure he would get them all. I believe that is clear enough for anyone to see the point we are making.

 

TEARING DOWN TRADITION

 

To tear down all this Catholic tradition that the wise men came to a stable, guided by a star, we look in the writings of Luke and see that a little more than a month after the birth of Jesus Mary and Joseph brought Him to the temple to present Him to the Lord, according to the law of Moses which they were still living under. That means they had already left Bethlehem, 9 miles down the road, and came back tot he old walled city of Jerusalem to the temple. That is where and when the child’s birth and name were going to be recorded in the Jewish genealogy. There, they were to bring turtle doves or pigeons as a sacrifice for the dedication of this child to the Lord. Let us read a few verses for clarification. We will first read Luke 2:15, 16, 21 and 22, to get the first of the picture. “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. (16) And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. (21) And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (22) And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord.” Now we will read a few verses from Leviticus, to familiarize ourselves with this law of purification. For that, we will read Leviticus 12:2-4 and 6. “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. (3) And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. (4) And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; (33 days) she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. (6) And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtle dove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest.” This is actually when they brought Jesus to the temple to dedicate Him to the Lord; and Simeon and Anna both recognized by the Spirit who He was. Now let me ask you a question. Did they leave the temple and go to Egypt? No. They have left the temple and went back to Bethlehem. Why do you say that, Bro. Jackson? He definitely was not a young child when He was brought to the temple: He was a baby. It says Simeon and Anna came, picked up the baby, prophesied over it and told the parents what this child was destined for certain things and so forth. Of course we might ask ourselves the question, Why did Joseph and Mary go back to Bethlehem? It is not even written why. This is where you read between the lines, and I might add, There is nothing wrong with doing that in this case. They were human beings like you and I. Up until the time they came to Bethlehem to pay taxes and such, they had been living up in Nazareth. That is where Joseph’s business was. He was a carpenter. But as the angel has spoke to Mary concerning this child she was to give birth to, and everything had worked out the way it did: that they went to Bethlehem and there the days of her deliverance came. Mary has been told by the angel of the Lord, something about the child’s birth and His destiny. Joseph likewise, was visited by an angel of the Lord concerning His birth; and now that they have gone to the temple. He was a little over a month old at the time. They heard the prophecies of Simeon and Anna concerning the child; so let us just put some pieces together. This man Joseph and the mother of the child, Mary, were by that time no doubt beginning to say, It is prophesied that out of Bethlehem of Judaea, though it be least among the thousands, yet out of thee shall come a governor that shall rule Israel. In all probability they just felt sentimentally drawn to the city of Bethlehem as being a place where they should dwell and bring up this child. Especially since the prophecy declared that out of Bethlehem of Judaea shall He come forth. They return to Bethlehem; and that is where they were living as the child grew from infancy into a few months of age. You have to realize, something motivated them to go back to Bethlehem; so what else could it have been? It was not just a shot in the dark. They were human: just like you and me. Therefore it was to Bethlehem, that the wise men came; but it was not to see a little baby lying in a manger: it was to visit a child that was a few months of age by then. As King Herod makes this decree, Joseph was warned in a dream, Take the young child and his mother and flee to Egypt. The child was a few months of age by then. How long they stayed in Egypt we do not know. It is not recorded. They stayed there until King Herod died. That is what this brown line on our chart represents: his death. When, Joseph was told by the Lord in Egypt, He that seeketh the young child’s life is dead, now you can return is not even recorded. Did he pick up things immediately? No. But he did set about preparing to return to the land of Israel. When he did begin his journey for the return home he no doubt had every intention of returning to Bethlehem; but on their journey he heard that Archelaus, Herod’s son was reigning in his father’s place, so he was not one bit better than his father, Joseph was afraid to go back to Bethlehem; and as the scripture says, He was warned of God in a dream, and turned aside into parts of Galilee; and ended up right back in Nazareth, where they originally came from. With the information about Herod’s son reigning in his place, they knew there was no way they could return to Bethlehem or even anywhere in the vicinity of Jerusalem, so that is how God guided them by circumstances, to fulfill other scriptures. That was the first thought they had about returning to Nazareth. Keep in mind, it was prophesied He would be a Nazarene; so if they had not been forced by circumstances to return to Nazareth where they had come from in the first place, they could never have called Jesus a Nazarene; because He would not have been raised up in Nazareth. While I am saying all this, I realize I am putting in words you will not find the scriptures; but I am sure all of you realize, you have to have natural conditions and circumstances to bring about these various stages that are told in detail. What I am saying does not change what is written: it just helps fill in what was not necessary to be included in the scriptural chronology.

 

EXPLANATION OF B.C. AND A.D. TIME DIVISION

 

I want to try to make it a little easier for you to understand how we have to look at the prophecy of Daniel in relation to the birth of Christ, and in relation to His crucifixion, the time He was cut off. I am pointing to this line on my chart. That marks the point of the birth of Christ. If you could put a big zero there, that would mark for the sake of prophecy where B.C. time ends and where A.D. time begins; because the 70 weeks, as we pointed out, are measured by a 360 days to the year calendar. You just have to forget how it is written in history, if you are going to get your revelation in line with the scriptures. Like I read from that article about the floating years, How are you going to prove the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy when so few historians are able to agree on when Jesus was born? You cannot depend upon the accuracy of the calendar; because it is a product of natural man; but you can depend upon the accuracy of the word of God in prophecy; because God Himself keeps the time according to His calendar that no man can tamper with. Like I read to you fro that article, various historians in the past have fixed the time of Christ’s crucifixion in 26 A.D.; and some even as late as 36 A.D.; but if we are going to look at the seventy weeks of Daniel accurately, we have to let this prophecy itself interpret the scriptures and interpret the time of their fulfillment. That is why I chose the Jewish history, a history printed back before the 20th century, used in schools in England, they fixed the date Jesus was crucified 33 A.D. calling it the Christian Era; and that date works out with the prophecy. They do not refer to it as the Christian advent: they call it the Christian Era. Let me remind you of something, when Christianity was first born in the upper room in Jerusalem, there was no such thing as a calendar constructed that had an A.D. or B.C. division. It was the early Christians beginning with the resurrection of Christ, people that knew approximately when Christ was born, that first began to use certain references. It is not recorded in the Bible what date, what month or year He was born; but when we take the scriptures that say in Luke that when He was baptized, being about 30 years of age, and we know He ministered 3 ½ years beyond that point, it gives you something to start from. If you take 3 ½ years from April in 33 A.D. and back it up, it means He was baptized ½ year off the equal settings, April here, April here, April here, (pointing to the chart) it puts you in the fall of the year. When you go 3 ½ years back from April, you are in the fall of the year. Please do not think that sounds too confusing. If I should ask you how long you have been living in the place where you live you would likely say something like, I know it was about six months before my birthday and so forth; but chances are you could figure it all that way and tell me how long you have been living where you live. Right? Well that is the same language we are using; because that is the way the scriptures are recorded. Just getting it out of that into our natural way of looking at things today is what we have to work on. If He was about 30 years of age in the fall of the year when He is baptized, then you go 30 years back of that, He was born in the fall of the year. Not December the 25th, nor April. Keep in mind, if God put the 70 weeks of Daniel in here for the Jews to have a yardstick, then please, for goodness sake, do not think God is sitting up in heaven playing around with time, trying to confuse His earthly children. He did not give the prophecy to fool Israel: He gave it to them for a help. If those Jews coming back from Babylon under Nehemiah’s leadership, would have recognized that decree they came back with, to rebuild the walls, the gates and so forth, every rabbi that would have risen in the decades following, should have been able to take that and reach somewhere within a 2 or 3 year range, when to expect their Messiah. That is what it was written there for. It is not there for people just to play with. It was put in there fore the Jewish people. Did it help them? Only a small remnant. Look at those like Simeon: God had told him he would not see death until you have seen the Lord’s Christ. Even Anna, at the age she was, had spent her last years in the temple praying, worshiping and seeking God. She was guided by the same spirit that had led Simeon; and they both knew Jesus was the promised One Israel had waited for. This lets us know, that of the common people in Israel there was a small remnant that began to feel, The coming of our Messiah must be close at hand. Did the hierarchy, the priesthood know that? No. Did the political leaders feel that way? No. Did the overall body of Pharisees, the most devout, religious group of that hour believe like that? No. Only a small remnant was really being guided by the Spirit of God concerning who Jesus was when He was born; and also when He entered into His ministry. They could have known: if they had been truly spiritual minded; but most of those in a position to know were all taken up with traditional rituals. Follow me: as I once again go over this. The first 69 weeks, which is equivalent to 483 prophetic years, or if you break it down into days, it was exactly 173,880 days, from the 445 B.C. decree in the month of Nisan, right straight through to the crucifixion of Christ. No history anywhere can break it down; because it takes you straight through to 33 A.D. when Jesus was crucified, showing that He was cut off, not in the middle of the 70th week, which would put you 3 ½ years on over here; but at the end of the 69th week. If it had been 3 ½ year on over here, then you multiply 3 ½ times 365 1/4 days and see how many more days you would have to add on to what we have already. It is not even written in history like that. That is why verse 27 of the 9th chapter does not say, And in the middle of the week He will make another covenant. No. It plainly tells you, And he (the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. The covenant there, has nothing at all to do with salvation. It is a political, economic and social thing that the antichrist, right in your day, is getting ready to offer to the world. Therefore do not think because it says in verse 26, and after three score and two weeks the Messiah shall be cut off: that it means He will be cut off 3 ½ years later. It means after the 62 weeks, which is 434 prophetic years added to the 49 prophetic years of the first 7 weeks: that time had to come to its terminating point. The Messiah was cut off. Not one month in advance or 3 ½ months later. He was crucified precisely at the end of 483 prophetic years counting from the 445 B.C. decree. That 7 weeks and 62 weeks added together had been God’s yardstick. From 445 B.C., in the month Nisan, beginning on the 14th day, which was 73 days short of the whole year, to the crucifixion of Christ, you get 173,880 days of God’s recorded time. If we can look at it properly that 483 prophetic years, which is the 173,880 days, as well as the 69 prophetic weeks, is the absolute total length of prophetic time from the decree to the crucifixion of Christ. It started here and ended there; (pointing to chart) and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior was taken to glory. That set the Grace Age in motion; and I want you to know, He has been there ever since. It is a fact: there is one week, or seven year period left to the Jews; and just ahead from where we are in time, it is going to start and Gentile time, as far as any Gentile believing unto salvation will be over with. Believe me saints: Gentile time is short. The bride Church will soon enter into her final stage of perfection; and that is when you will see the true five fold ministry shine. They will shine; but it will not be because they are putting on a show for the unbelieving world: it will be because they are busy getting the bride of Christ dressed to meet the Bride Groom.

 

FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY OF JESUS

 

I want to read something else to you. What I read earlier from the Newspaper clipping, that said the man called Jesus was executed in 33 A.D., I think the year might have been about 1981, when the two British scientists had calculated with all their modern, electronic instruments; and traced the time back so they could say without a doubt, Jesus was crucified in 33 A.D. Keep in mind, the calendar you and I go by today, was not designed by the early Christians. It is true that the early Christians, starting with the Jews, began to look at this thing as they saw the beginning of a new creation; and began to use a division of time. They began to relate things to, or before, or after the birth and advent of Christ. They were the first ones that began to use the terminology, In the year of our Lord so and so. Early Christians were keeping a record of time using the advent of Christ; but we have to be aware that the Egyptians had their own calendar, the Babylonians had their own, and the Syrians had their own. The Greeks had their own, the Romans likewise had their own calendar they went by. The Jews had theirs also; but the Christians began to relate events to the advent of Christ because they realized God was starting a new dispensation. It is from this influence that certain things began to be affected: even though the Roman world continued right on writing history straight on after the birth of Christ just as they had always written it. You have to go to the libraries and find out when the Catholic Church began to come into power; and there is where you find that they, the Catholic Church, are the ones that first began to amend the Roman calendar. There is no way a bishop of Rome could have gone contrary to Rome’s calendar records as long as the Caesar’s were in power in Rome. He was the man people were looking to; but when the pope of Rome found himself sitting in a position where it appeared that he had more power than the emperors, you find quite a different story. That is why our calendar today is still of the framework of the old Roman calendar period. It has been updated through time. At least three different things have happened to it; and every one of them were because of the process the Catholic Church went through in trying to reconstruct it. More accuracy came later as astronomers began to correct certain errors of the past, or we will say, correct their misgivings and such things as that; but there is no way that I can stand here and prove to anyone where B.C. ends and A.D. starts: as far as written history is concerned. You will get confused every time; because I myself would get confused. Just remember though, you do not prove the 70 weeks of Daniel by any man’s recorded history; unless that man has hit upon something that causes him to have Bible prophecy in his scope. Well I said all of that to get to a place where I could bring in something written in an ancient history written by a man named Bloss. Christ was cut off; but while He was here on earth He had spoken of two different things that I want to call your attention to. On the Mt. of Olives He looked over Jerusalem and wept. Then He said these words, The time will come when they will hem thee in on every side and cast up a moat (which means a large wall or bank of dirt) about thee. They will not leave in thee one stone upon another that shall not be cast down. You every one remember reading His exact words I a sure; but I want to make a point. When I take Roman history which I will refer to in a minute, it will tell you just how that all came about. I am reading this from Bloss’ Ancient History, a history that kept a record of this event. I realize a lot of people think history is boring and they might rather I would not read it in a message like this; but for the sake of what we are dealing with in this message, I have to put it in. We are carrying this message straight through to the year 70 A.D. As I started earlier though, different historians make a discrepancy in the record of when the city of Jerusalem actually fell at the hands of the Roman Army. Some say it happened in 69 A.D. while others will say 70 A.D. I have been guilty of using both terms myself. That is why I am going to read what it says in this ancient history written by a man named Bloss. “This beautiful but guilty city was occupied by three factions. (Meaning Jews inside the city. Eleazar, another man by the name of John, and another man by the name of Simeon. That is what brought Vespasian there with his army in the first place. Each one of these political factions, or I suppose we could say religious factions, were busy formulating plans, dividing the society, trying to put their own man in as high priest. It was this confusion, or disagreement, and the fact that they began warring against one another, and actually killing one another, that brought the Roman Army into the picture. When word reached Rome of what the Jews were doing inside the city, the order was given for Vespasian to mark to Jerusalem and put down this revolt. As he began to enter the land of Israel, city after city began to look upon the Romans coming with hatred. As they began to show this hatred, they absolutely began to fight the Romans. They actually thought God had brought the Romans to give them an opportunity to take advantage of the Romans and fight them and run them out; and in doing so they would be free forever. That is the way they looked at it. When I read the chapters preceding this particular part of the history, it tell show Vespasian and the army rolled over these towns and villages like a bulldozer, bringing every one of them to ruins. The people that could escape fled to Jerusalem to take sanctuary in the great city where they felt God would protect them. Inside the city, behind all these great walls, they felt secure. The Romans were outside the walls; and the prophecy of Jesus was getting ready to be fulfilled.) Such was the city, such was its fortifications and such its defenders when Titus (Listen to this.) In the spring of 70 A.D. at the time of the general assembly of the Jews to celebrate the feast of the Passover, approached the devoted place and pitched his camp east of the vale Kidron upon the Mt. of Olives. The efforts of the Jews to compel the Romans to raise the siege, (In other words the Jews began to taunt the Romans, Come on and fight us. That is actually what it means: We want to get it over with.) were almost incredible. They turned the engines (meaning these battery rams) of the Roman army and attacked the legions with such fury that Titus became disappointed (gave up the idea of taking the city by storm) and employed his soldiers in constructing a wall which would prevent all means of escape. No sooner were the operations of the Romans set in motion than the factions in the city raged with ten fold fury. (Listen to this. This is a historical writer; but he had to get his information from a Jewish background, of the phenomena that took place.) Battles were fought within the walls. A company of assassins entered the temple and cut off Eleazar and his party in one general massacre. Conflagrations destroyed great quantities of corn so that when the day had come to Jerusalem that her enemies have cast a trench about her and kept her in on every side (just as Jesus said) her own sons were lying like murdered victims upon her altars, and her little ones were perishing in the streets with famine. Portions and prodigies (This means individuals began to cast forth their prophecies, and their ideas about what was ahead.) announced the coming doom. Swords glittered in the air, embattled armies seen hurrying to combat in the sky. The portal of the temple flew open and a voice from the excellent glory (from the Holy of Holies place) pronounced in no mortal tones, Let us depart. A terrific sound as of a multitude rushing forth was heard and then an appalling silence reigned throughout the holy courts. The Jews converted these fearful admonitions into omens of speedy deliverance, (That is what they thought.) and disregarding the dreadful ravages of famine and pestilence, they refused the offers of accommodations which Titus repeatedly made by the mouth of Josephus. The Romans, wrought to fury by the dispersion of the Jews, made consistent attacks upon the walls and finally gained possession of the tower of Atonia. At length the day approached in the revelation of ages on the tenth of August in the year 70 A.D.” Jerusalem fell of course; and that fixed the date. It was 70 A.D. There is one more thing I want to read. As I read this, I want you to turn to Deuteronomy, chapter 28, and verse 53. You remember what Jesus said, as He was making His way up Calvary to be crucified. There was seen young Jewish women running along side weeping, lamenting over the state of His circumstances: so Jesus turned and looked at them and said, Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves. He told His disciples in Matthew 24 and in Luke 21, when He spoke to them of the signs of the last days, and of the signs of abomination that maketh desolate, Woe unto them that be with child. That had its first application back then, in 70 A.D., when the Roman Army besieged the city. They should have realized what he meant. When this siege reached certain points and the famine, they ate up everything and were in the final weeks before the total collapse, and conditions got the point where this all took place. Just notice what it says here, and then we will read the scripture in Deuteronomy. I am reading from Josephus, the Jewish historian. Many of those Jews had been injured, gangrene had set in, they were amputating member of their own body to keep the gangrene from killing them. That was bad enough; but there was something much worse took place before the final episode of the raging battle. The strong were going through the streets, into the homes, breaking in, seeing if anyone had anything to eat. If they found anyone with anything and they felt they could knock off that persona and take what they had, that is what they were doing. Life in the city became just as fearful for those that were trying to exist the best way they could, because the strong were out to get every morsel they could get to eat. Just listen to what this Josephus, the Jewish historian that was there when this took place, wrote. “There was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan. Her name was Mary. Her father was Eleazar of the village of Bethzael. She was imminent for her family and wealth, and had fled away to Jerusalem with the rest of the multitude and was with them besieged therein at the time. The other efforts of this woman had been already seized upon such as she had brought with her out of Petra and removed to the city. What she had treasured up besides, as also what food she had contrived to save, had been also carried off by the robbers who came every day running into her house for that purpose. This put the poor woman into a very great passion and by the frequent reproaches she cast at these robbers and villains. She had provoked them to anger against her but none of them either out of the indignation she had raised against herself or out of the commiseration of her case would take away her life. If she found any food she perceived her labors were for others and not for herself and it now become impossible for her anyway to find any more food. While the famine pierced through her very bowels and marrow, when also her passion was fired to a degree beyond the famine itself, nor did she consult with anything, but with her passion and the necessity she was in, she then attempted a most unnatural thing. Snatching up her son who was a child suckling at her breast, she said, ‘Oh thou miserable infant. For whom shall I preserve thee in this war, this famine and this sedition? As to the war with the Romans, if they preserve our lives we must be slaves. This famine also will destroy us, even before slavery comes upon us. Yet are these seditious rogues more terrible than both the other. Come on, be thou my food and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets and a by word to the world which is all now wanting to complete the calamities of the Jews’. As soon as she had said this, she slew her son and then roasted him and eat one half of him and kept the other half by her concealed.” I can read what was said when the robbers did come in and when she brought this half of a roasted child out. They turned their heads. They had no stomach for that: at least not yet. Remember back in Kings, there was a time when the king of Syria had the ten tribes shut in and there was a drought in the land? They had been shut in the city and there was two women that each had a son. Do you remember reading it in history? Well this incident here took place in 70 A.D. when the Roman Army had the city of Jerusalem shut in and all their food supplies were depleted. This is what fulfilled that prophecy in Deuteronomy: because there in Deuteronomy as the Lord gave them that prophecy, even before they came into the land of promise, He told them, warned them emphatically, When you turn your back on me and you will no longer walk in my laws and observe and keep my word and such, the day will come when there will be an enemy come and fence thee in on every side and you will eat the seed, the fruit of your own loins. Let us go to Deuteronomy 28 at this time and read that prophecy. Let me read verses 47 and 48, that tell what this other is a result of. “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.” That lets us see why the Lord would allow such a condition to overtake the people He calls His chosen people. When they turn their backs upon Him and refuse to walk and live according to His laws He just gives them over to their enemies and allows them to be abused and destroyed. As I said, These words were spoken even before the Israelis went into the promised land; and their literal fulfillment came more than 1400 years later. Let us read the rest of it. (Verses 52-59) “And he (their enemy) shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee. (53) And thou shalt eat the fruit if thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: (54) So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the children which he shall leave: (55) So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. (56) The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, (57) And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. (58) If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord Thy God; (59) Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, (We would say terrible) and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.” How anyone could read that, and then read history where it was literally fulfilled, and still doubt the authenticity of the Bible is beyond me. The point is, It was fulfilled. Therefore I think that should let us realize that what Jesus said about the abomination that maketh desolate standing in the holy place is going to be just as accurate. You just have to remember that what Jesus spoke about that, has a two fold application. The first was 70 A.D., and the other will be in the middle of the 70th week of Daniel when the antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel, kills the two prophets of Revelation 11, and sets himself up in the Jews’ rebuilt temple where he will sit for 3 ½ years while there is great tribulation brought about by his evil forces. Here is what Jesus said. (Matthew 24:15) “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.)” You will notice He said, Whoever reads this, let him understand it. Well we do understand it. In 70 A.D. when the Roman army came they fulfilled His exact words, both concerning the city and concerning the Jewish mother to be, as He said “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” We understand that 1900 and some years later this same prophecy will have its second application. It is just ahead. (24:20) “but pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.” He was talking about that element of Jewish society that would be living in Jerusalem when the Romans were coming; but this next verse reaches all the way to the end of the age: when great tribulation shall be upon them, tribulation such as they have never known before. (24:21) “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” When we read from the various histories how Satan used the Roman army and worked up such a hatred between them and the Jews, you can better understand why the siege of Titus turned out like it did. When the Romans first came, it plainly stated they did not want to destroy the city. It is what the Jews did inside the city and how they acted and conducted themselves and thought they could take opportunity to overthrow the Roman yoke that literally forced the Roman soldiers, through the constant harassment, as they would come out fighting, then rush back inside the gates, to literally destroy the whole thing. That is what made Titus set about the siege the way he did. In another reading it tells us they cut down every tree, tore down every building, I believe it was close to five miles out in the countryside. Rocks, trees, everything. The words of Jesus was, and they shall cast up a moat about thee. It literally means a parapet, a wall of dirt. They did it in such short order of time that no Jew could escape to go out and look for anything to eat. The words of Jesus were fulfilled. Titus just sat back and waited for the Jews to starve to death. I can quote from this, When Jerusalem finally fell on that day, it became recorded that a million Jews perished in the siege and one hundred thousand were led away into captivity to be sold on the slave markets in the Roman world. Every word of Jesus was fulfilled precisely to the letter. Now that should convince people that every prophecy of the Bible is to be fulfilled to the last detail; and the reason I am talking like this is to let those understand when they read in the scriptures, and when you see the abomination that maketh desolate) it is not talking about some little old dirty thing lying there, it is talking about how Satan raises up through a system and an element of people with such fury and hatred and solely executes this against the Jewish people. That is why it is called the abomination, excessive hatred. The objective of Satan in it is then to deprive the city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel of its rightful inhabitants. Then when you take that to Daniel 12th chapter where Daniel sees the man clothed in linen standing on the river, and the angel that was communicating with him, and how Daniel kept asking the angel, What meaneth all this? He wanted to know. He had been hearing those words, this conversation going back and forth, and he keeps asking this angel, What meaneth all this? The angel told Daniel, Shut it up, it is sealed until the time of the end. However Daniel insistently asked, What meaneth all this? Then the angel asked the one on the river, (you can read it in Daniel 12) as he raised his hand toward heaven, just like it is seen in Revelation 10, It shall be for time, times, and the dividing of time. When it is accomplished that he, meaning the antichrist has scattered the power of the holy people, (that is up in front of us) then shall it all be over.

 

LOOKING AT FACTS

 

I am not going to deal with the 70th week itself in this message. I want to deal with it in an issue by itself. My main objective in dealing with the seventy weeks is this, To prove there is no way any critic can take the Bible nor history books and prove that Jesus was cut off in the middle of the 70th week. If He was, you would have to come up with enough time to make 486 ½ years of prophetic time from the 445 B.C. decree to the crucifixion and you just simply do not have it. The most you can get is 483 years. That is why this has been a controversial subject ever since Bro. Branham said what he did about Jesus being cut off. Do not forget, in 1962 he preached that there is one week yet to be fulfilled of the seventy weeks. Then when he preached the seals he only referred to it as 3 ½ years left to the Jews; but was that lone statement supposed to override that which had already been established by the Bible in the other message? No! Absolutely not! God had a reason for allowing His prophet messenger to say a lot of the things he said: that were not according to things already proven by the word of God. The true people of God will either learn to respect the revealed word of God or they will be tossed and thrown about by statements of man just like so many of those who sat under the ministry of Bro. Branham, are today. Just look how that one statement has thrown preachers and people so far off into oblivion they do not know what to believe. That is why I am not saying these things to be critical, but just simply to be factual and firm. I stand on my own two feet. We are putting this little diagram in the paper to give every interested person something to look at and to help them do their own calculation of time, if they so choose. It will also be sent out with the cassette tapes and the videos to show the people how we have arrived at the conclusion we stated. I have every necessary history to establish all of this. In fact I have read from different sources of history; and because of the floating years between B.C. and A.D. time it is confusing, if you try to interpret the Bible by any of them. A good example was what I read from the newspaper item earlier. They have Jesus cut off from 26 A.D. to 36 A.D. The point is, you cannot believe the 70 weeks of Daniel and try to interpret it by that type of calculation. It just simply will not work. However when you take the 69 weeks and break it down and see that it has to be there, He was actually cut off at the end of the 69th week, at the end of 483 years which amounted to a total of 173,880 days. That is what it all adds up to. I will say once again, the 33 ½ years of Jesus’ life span were solar years of 365 1/4 days each: so that gives you 12,236 days of His total life span. When you get it all worked out, Jesus was born 2 years and 89 days before the death of King Herod: making Him to be born 2 years and 89 days in the B.C. period. In other words, He was born in 3 B.C., not 4 or 6 B.C., nor even 1: it was in the year 3 B.C. Regardless of what some of you may have been taught, all of this has to fit perfectly into the scriptures. I hope I have not confused anyone with all of these figures; but that is how I had to go about all of this in order to be accurate. That is why I can say for sure, Sixty nine weeks have expired, and there are yet seven full years, one week to be fulfilled. We are waiting for that seventieth week to begin. Some people will say, I don’t believe that, Bro. Jackson. Well I just have to say, Stick around. Time will tell the story. I had one man say that to me one time: so I just invited him to go build a platform for himself and from that platform, tell the world how crazy Raymond Jackson is. Then if something comes about that proves I am right, (He interrupted me and said, Do you mean I would have to get off of my platform then?) You ought to be willing to come down. That is the way I look at it. Remember when Jesus said in Matthew 24, when you see the abomination that maketh desolate standing in the Holy place, he did not say whosoever prayeth let him understand. No. He said, Whosoever readeth, let him understand. What are you going to read? You are going to have to read something. There is a right way to read and a wrong way to read. We have to read the right things and read them the right way, if we are ever going to get a revelation. I praise and thank God that His Bible is a book you can use and put dependence in. That is why He put those things in the Bible: to help the Jews. It is like in Hosea, there in that chapter where he said, and after two days, speaking of the Jews, how they would be lifted up and be revived. Two days is two thousand years. Those two thousand years are the Grace Age to the Gentile Church. Here we are at the ending of it. That should let us realize the revival and lifting up of Israel is just in front of us. I for one am very thankful. Praise His great name!

 

HOW THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL HAS SERVED AS

A FAN IN THE HAND OF JESUS CHRIST

 

John the Baptist made a statement when he was baptizing repentant sinners in the river of Jordan: that a lot of folks put very little importance in; but I want to show you how this seventy weeks of Daniel teaching has served to fulfill part of what was contained in John’s statement. Let me read two verses from Matthew, chapter 3, verses 11 and 12. John was standing there in the river baptizing, and people were coming from far and near to be baptized of him; and of course there was the question in the mind’s of a lot of them: Who is he? Why is he doing this? You can picture it. John just observed the one’s coming and even rebuked some of them because he knew they were not sincere; but listen to the words he uttered during that time. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me (talking about Jesus) is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” I am sure everyone of you know that Jesus is not here on earth in fleshly form using that fan. His fan is in His word. Whenever you hear a statement made by someone that just simply pitches you up into the air so to speak, you either come down on the revealed word of God or you are blown away. Therefore I ask you, What subject in the Bible has been more controversial among the following of Bro. Branham than the seventy weeks of Daniel? There are many others of course; but for obvious reasons, Satan has fought hard in his endeavors to keep this vital prophecy from being understood properly. Brother Branham taught on the subject laying it right out with the Bible; and showed that the Jews still have one whole week left of the seventy. Then later on, in an unrelated message, he just simply threw out a remark that they only have 3 ½ years left. Naturally that threw a lot of people up in the air spiritually speaking. Some landed on the word of God and others were fanned away with the lone statement. There have been many such instances in this following; because from time to time God would allow His servant to make what we refer to as dual statements. He would teach a subject according to a revelation of the scriptures; and then later make a statement contrary to something he had taught from the word. Carnal mankind, that has no revelation but tries to make it in on what someone they have confidence in says, will always grab hold of the wrong statement without fail. As for what I have said about this from time to time, I have never accused Bro. Branham of making a mistake: for I truly believe our heavenly Father allowed him to do that on certain occasions to keep the fan in operation. With real wheat a pitch fork could throw out all the stalks and large objects; but when it got down to the husks and little bits of trash still sticking close to the grain it took a strong wind to separate all of that from the pure seed grain. Well these dual statements serve as that wind. People who are just along for the ride are blown completely away by them: yet at the same time they think we who stick with the word of God are the ones that are missing it. You will hear them say, Oh don’t you know every word the prophet utters is Thus saith the Lord? That kind have never allowed Bro. Branham to be human. They hold him to have been infallible. Well I just have to say this, That anointing he ministered under was and is infallible; but Bro. Branham as a man was as subject to human mistakes as anyone else. Therefore I say to every brother and sister, Any time you put more confidence in human flesh than you put in the word of God, you are in for trouble. You are in for a whipping. God will not allow His true children to go on like that. Somewhere you have to learn to put everything you hear to the word test. As far as the make believers are concerned, God could not care less how far away these winds blow them. Tares are good for nothing but to be burned anyhow. Just think, those poor souls who contend that there are only three and one half years left to the Jews, have to have the two witnesses of Revelation 11 preaching and prophesying to an element of people that are already fleeing the wrath of the antichrist. How can they minister to the spiritual element of Jews for three and a half years, then be killed, and those who heard their message and their instructions flee the wrath of the antichrist and hide out for three and a half years, if there are only three and a half years left to the Jews. It will be because of what they will learn from those two witnesses in the first half of the week, that the woman element of Jews as seen in Revelation 12, know where to flee to: when it is time to get away from those antichrist forces. While the woman is fleeing and hiding for 1260 days, the 144,000 servants of God that will be sealed in the first half of that week will be going into the nations preaching the everlasting gospel, warning their brethren in dispersion to beware of the beast and so forth, and to fear God and worship Him. Saints it all fits together so perfectly, if you just allow the Spirit of God to put it together for you.

 

AN HONEST LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE TODAY

 

Knowing that we are right at the threshold of the seventieth week of Daniel going into effect, let us read Matt. 24:34, and consider some of what Jesus was speaking of when He said, “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” This generation shall not pass, means they will not all be gone in death. There is a scripture in the Old Testament, (Ecclesiastes 1:4) which says, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.” That is the cycle of life on this earth, for as long as God has ordained time to last for mankind. However when we look at time in relationship to prophecy, we also have to accept the fact that there is going to come an ending of time, as far as mortal man is concerned. When God’s purpose is completed, concerning redemption and restoration, then the whole order of life on earth will change; but everything must come in its predetermined order. Many times young people become frustrated because they see the world as it is today; and it is hard for them to grasp what older people mean when they say, It wasn’t like this 50 years ago. You know, if you have nothing in your mind of the past, to compare present conditions with, it is hard for you to grasp the reality of such a statement. I am sure we all could say, Yes I have read in the Bible, where it says, As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man; but we realize there is no one alive to tell us how it was in Noah’s day. Neither is there a Library Book we can go read, to find out how it was. However once you and I come to the hour, that whatever it was like back then, is going on right in front of us, then we have to take that as one of the signs that we are getting close to the coming of Jesus. When we say that, we are not telling you He is coming tonight, next week, or next year. I have no intention of telling you when He is coming; but rather to help you understand how to look at the coming of the Lord in connection with this present generation. It is the Spirit of God, that vindicates to us that the spirit of the age is as it was in the days of Noah and Lot; when violence and perversion were the order of the day. The Bible tells us enough about what brought God’s judgment upon those ancient societies, that we certainly have no trouble recognizing those same conditions all around us today. They have just not yet come to their fullness in an overall scope; but at the present rate of increase it will not take much longer. As for Matthew 24, when we look at it in its full scope, it is an entire prophecy Jesus spoke to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion. They had been at the temple; and as they were leaving, His disciples had remarked to Him about the beauty of the temple. That is when Jesus said to them, “See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” That is what we were speaking of a little earlier. Of course that puzzled the disciples; so they came to Him a little later and said, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” That is what led up to the prophetic discourse He entered into, whereby He spoke of the conditions that would prevail upon earth just before the time of His return. He spoke concerning what would happen to Jerusalem when she was compassed with armies, and so forth; and of persecution, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars, and came on down to the statement about this generation. Naturally every word He spoke concerning these things, was something that would be revelatory for the disciples and Christians who lived in the generation that would be affected by them. He started with immediate and near future things those disciples must prepare to see and experience. That is why the first things we begin to read in Matthew 24, are not speaking necessarily of things that will transpire in our day; but rather of the day and time of those disciples who followed Him then. Jesus gave many things in Matthew 24, that were to be signs; yet He did not put everything in chronological order. Some things were just thrown out there; and as you read them you can actually get two different pictures; simply because you do not know where to fit it all in. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the reader will be thinking, Where does this go? Where does that go? However it was no mistake on His part; He knew why He was saying things like that. In fact, if you could put yourself in the disciples’ place, (They were Jews) all they had ever heard was the Law and the prophets read and commented on. When Jesus began to relate these things, the signs of His coming and of the end of the world, those disciples heard things they had never before heard any mention of. I assure you though, they never forgot them. Some of the things that were mentioned, actually came to pass in their lifetime. What He said about Jerusalem being compassed with armies, which Luke recorded, and Matthew did not, was one thing He spoke that was for their day. (Luke 21:20) “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. (21) Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereunto.” That was His way of saying, When you see that coming about, do not think you are going to take the whole world with you. Just get out of there; and save yourselves. Verse 22, “For these by the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” Vengeance here, refers to God’s anger against a nation that has been visited by the Messiah they have read about and longed to see; yet when He came, they did not see Him. Because of the way He came, they could not recognize Him. No wonder Jesus stood there a few hours prior to that, and looked at Jerusalem saying, (Luke 13:34) “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” Why? Because they knew not the hour of their visitation. In Matthew 24, Jesus is speaking these things in such a simple way, those disciples would never forget them; because they were hearing things no man up until their hour, had ever heard before. The things He said in the first verses of Matthew 24, were for the Christians of that particular living generation at that time; but then He began to approach the end time by jumping the centuries; because He knew there would be a parallel of those conditions at the end time. IN other words, similar condition would begin to develop in the world at large. Yes these end time signs will be witnessed throughout the whole world; even though much of what is prophesied to hit the earth will hit primarily in the old world nations. You can paint yourself into a corner; if you try to apply every prophesied event to the entire planet Earth; because as you consider the whole scope of prophecy pertaining to the end of the age, you have to realize that some people are going to be spared much of what others will have to endure.

 

CONDITIONS JUST BEFORE THE END

 

I hope all of you will listen carefully to how I am saying certain things. The spirit of the world today is a universal picture: even though customs are different from one country to another. There is not a nation on earth that really has a social, moral image of what decency is. They are all about the same. Immorality of every sort is running this old globe today; and people are being deceived by the thousands. Nearly everyone you meet is a professed Christian; yet you find very few that really do have a scriptural revelation of true Christianity. That is why great numbers of them are so easily deceived; and find themselves captured by some demon possessed person that truly preys upon them for material gain. Even great numbers of people who have sat under the teaching of a true revelation, have been deceived and turned into a cult. That spirit of deception coming on the scene captures those who witnessed God using His prophet messenger to this age in such a way they started believing he is the Messiah that is to come. In fact, those people will not be literally looking for the same Messiah the first generation of disciples saw go away. This generation will, by some strange revelation Satan has injected into them, be believing that this Messiah has suddenly become a different man. That is why for twenty some years we have had people constantly insinuating such things about Bro. Branham. Shortly after some of them moved here from Tucson, certain one’s of them used to say, You have to come to Jeffersonville, to the Branham Tabernacle to hear the word of God because that is where it is stored up; but you have to go to Tucson Arizona to get ready for the rapture. Well what I have asked is, Suppose you were caught half way between Jeffersonville and Tucson when the rapture takes place? What then? Those who believe and teach such things have dumped the roadway full of junk; (carnal human ideas) and someone has to deal with it, to clean up some of it. God has not commissioned the angels to do that; He is anointing human vessels to serve in that capacity. I did not ask for the job; but it seems to have fallen my lot to deal with some of the error being projected into this age. There has to be a road made so clear of all of that, clear enough that truth can be seen for what it really is. That is our only purpose for dealing with some of these things. Therefore I remind you once again, that Jesus said, Do not run to the desert to see the Lord. Why? Because He knows where every one of us are; and when He is ready for us, that is where He will look for us. As Jesus continued with His discourse He gave the end time people a little something to think about saying, (Matt. 24:27) “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be;” but many people fail to look at that properly. This is not talking about the mystical coming of Jesus for His Church. The world will not see Him when He comes for His Church. This appearance is when He comes in the heavens, and is seen coming riding white horses, and His Bride is with Him. There is one thing I am sure of, God will let that great panoramic scene transpire; and it will truly be as Jesus said; but His comparison to lightning does not mean that His coming at that time will be like a flash of lightning; and be over with. No that description pertains to the scope of it. God will let that scene come into focus, and its projection hang in the heavens while this entire planet makes a complete revolution; to fulfill the part that says every mortal creature that breaths on the face of this earth, at that time, will have to look toward the heavens and see there, something no man has ever seen before. This is just my way of saying it; but every eye shall behold that heavenly scene.

ALERTING THE BRIDE

 

When Jesus said, “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things,” He said it to put in the thoughts and minds of people, that at the end time the real Bride of Christ is definitely going to be awakened; and these many things He has mentioned, are going to stand out before her. She is going to be looking at them every day she lives, measuring conditions, listening to what is going on in the world, and seeing those things in the light of the Bible. These things, when you see all these things coming about, you know it is even at the doors. First, it is summer. That pertains to the fig tree of course; but these other things (which we are not reading all of at this time) are relative; and you and I have to watch them; because they are forerunners of that which we are waiting for. All of these things Jesus mentioned, are controlled by spiritual forces; and they effect people in various ways. This is what we have to be wise enough to study; in order to recognize the hour we are living in. The generation that recognizes the season Jesus was talking about, is the generation verse 34 applies to. “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Many of the things Jesus mentioned, have been taking place right on down through the centuries; wars, earth quakes, famines, pestilences, spiritual and political deception, and all such like; so what makes the difference? The season. He gave the parable of the fig tree, to mark the season (the generation) in which all of these conditions would exist; and would be a sign of the end that spiritual people could gauge time by. The generation that witnessed the Fig Tree putting forth her buds, will not completely pass off the scene before Jesus, with His bride ushers in the Millennium. Many who have professed to be Christian’s will fall by the wayside before the end comes though: simply because they never received a revelation of what they professed to believe; and because the spirit of the world catches up to them, overtakes them and captures them. Let us read a verse that speaks of that. In verse 12, Jesus said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” We can certainly recognize that, as a condition of our day. Now notice 24:24. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Multitudes are being deceived by characters like this; but not the true bride. She is just registering it all, as one of the signs she is to look for in this generation of the budding of the Fig Tree (ISRAEL). As we look to this next verse one might wonder, Why did He say that? Think of the many times we have heard people say this very thing. (24:35) “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” I have heard television preachers say, “Jesus said heaven and earth will pass away.” Well yes, He did say that; and what a statement it is, if you do not know how to read it. He meant something by that; and what He meant is not to be interpreted in a literal sense, when we read it. Many people say it literally will pass away; but I say, Then who is Jesus coming back to, when He returns to earth to rule and reign? Did you know He is coming back to earth to rule and reign? Yes He is. In the 19th chapter of Revelation, HE is seen coming back to earth with His bride; and in chapter 20, it speaks of immortal saints ruling and reigning with Him for one thousand years. Yes I know Peter wrote of a new heaven, and a new earth; but ask yourself, what makes it new? In 2nd Peter 3:13, we read, “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” But what makes it a new heaven and a new earth, is the fact that redemption and restoration has cleansed and eradicated from the spirit world every trace of sin. Therefore it is redemption that made it new; instead of a new creation. Well the, you may say, What passed away? We have to realize first of all; that the planet is not going to pass away. Neither is the universe going to pass away. However according to the word of God, this earth is going to be renovated by fire; and so are the heavens. When it says the heavens though, that does not mean it is going to be burning out there on Jupiter; because there is nothing out there that has sinned against God. The fires that are pictured in 2nd Peter chapter 3, have got to be relative to this planet where sin and the devil has polluted things for six thousand years. I believe the statement meant something like this: It would be easier for heaven and earth to pass out of existence than for His word to fail. He (Peter) is speaking of the sure fulfilling of every word of God spoken by all of the prophets of all ages; therefore I am completely convinced that he is not setting forth something that would be contrary to the rest of what God has spoken. In verse 6, he said this,  “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, PERISHED;” but we all know without a doubt, that the planet itself did not perish in the flood of Noah’s day. What perished, was everything upon the earth that was not in the ARK with Noah. In other words, I believe what Peter meant was, Whatever I am telling you now, you watch for it; because it will come to pass without fail. You can stake your life on it. You can build your hope on it; because it is coming just as sure as the world turns. That is how sure Peter was; that you could depend upon the word of God; and I am just as sure as he was. Therefore realizing that Jesus has said, As we observe these conditions, and these signs that are in the world today, this generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. That is why I am living, by the grace of God, as a child of God, and looking for the coming of my Savior; in this generation. I do not know exactly when; but as long as He gives me breath to breathe, I will be living with the hope in my heart, that one day I am going to see Him appear. However if for some reason He sees fit to put me in the ground, there are still some of you of that generation He spoke of, that is going to be alive to see it. Naturally I do not personally believe that blessed event is very far in the future at this time; but that is all in the hands of God Himself, when He will draw the curtain upon this age. All that is required for this prophecy to be true, is for some of this generation that were conscious of what was taking place in May 1948, concerning the restoration of those Jews to their homeland, to still be alive at the end time. Therefore whether I am still alive to see it or not, there is going to be an element of people in this earth that is going to be alive when this does all transpire, and they are going to be testimonies of the fact, that they can look back through life and say, I can see now, when it all started; even though I did not see clearly back then, what was taking place.

 

WHAT DAY AND HOUR WILL JESUS COME?

 

Let us notice verse 36; as Jesus continued speaking things for the benefit of His bride. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” What benefit would it have been, if Jesus had told those 1st age Christians the exact year, day and hour of His return? Can we even begin to imagine, what the devil and his carnal minded religious bunch would have done, if Jesus had revealed the exact time of the consummation of this age? They have perverted and degraded enough as it is; with so many people believing it could take place just any day, right on through the centuries. In other words, watching for His return. Believe me saints, Jesus had a reason for saying, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man;” for He knew that carnal minded people would begin to play around with that of His coming, in the end time. Therefore He just gave some more signs for true children of God to watch for, saying, (24:37) “but as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be.” What were the days of Noah like? The earth was full of perversion and violence. In the last twenty eight years, from just shortly before Bro. Branham was taken off the scene, there has been an upsurge of perversion. Twenty eight years ago, in most of our localities, we did not hear much about dope; but we did begin to hear a little about homosexuality; and all this type of perverted lifestyles. Even Bro. Branham stated, as he observed it, The Bible said it would be this way. “As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be;” because it is a sign of the end time. Saints do you really realize what the picture in the world is today? Out of all the nations in this world today, the United States has slid further down the scales of morality, into immorality, than any other nation on the face of this earth. We were a nation established out of the effects of the Reformation which went on in the old world, closing out the period known to the world as The Dark Ages. That is why we carried the identity as a Christian, Bible believing nation until the last 40 or 50 years. It was based upon our overall laws and moral judgments concerning how the Bible looks at certain social and moral conditions of mankind. We lived for many years; having very few serious problems; but that is not the case today. Our nation is reeling like a drunk man, sick to the core, with no promise of being healed. Brother when I say sick, I mean it is SICK! Some time ago, we watched a little of a program on television when they were interviewing some of these people who were willing to describe Satanism, the cultist sacrifice of human lives, and so forth. Forty years ago, such a thing was not heard of in this country. At least you could not find anyone who was willing to admit that they were mixed up in it. It is just hard to describe today, how people of this nation would have reacted to news that some of their neighbors were Satan worshipers; fifty years ago. Nevertheless my point is, All of this Satanism, perversion and widespread criminal activity is a sign of the end time; and our nation is one of the sickest one’s on the face of this earth today. The reason for our dilemma, is the fact that we allowed Satanically inspired human individuals to get the Bible, and prayer taken out of our schools. That was the same as saying, God, we do not need you either. When this generation said that, or did that, then God turned this nation over to a reprobate mind; and they have believed every damnable lie the devil has told them ever since. Furthermore in the last twenty eight years, our nation has literally become drug sick. I heard them interview a man on the News; in Chicago; a man from the American Bar Association. It was stated, that after several months of investigating court cases, the processing system of dealing with drug addiction, and drug kingpins, the jails are full of them; our court dockets are loaded to capacity; and dope addiction is still on the increase. Teenage pregnancy is also on the increase; as well as homosexuality, and perversion of every sort. Why is all of this still on the increase, after all of the efforts that have been put forth, and all of the millions of dollars that have been spent trying to get it under control? It is simply because we as a nation that carried the gospel light to other nations of the world in this twentieth century; have allowed Satan to move in, corrupt the mind’s of our young people, rob us of our God-given rights as parents, to the extent that we are no longer able to discipline our children without running the risk of being pulled into court and charged with child abuse. Do you not agree, that we are a sick nation, without any hope of recovery? I am not limiting this end time sign just to America; I am only calling attention to where we have fallen from, and why? Think of it! Our jails are loaded to capacity. When they bring one in the front door, they have to let one out the back door, in order to make room for the latest. WHEN WILL JESUS COME FOR HIS BRIDE? According to the signs He gave us to watch for, it will surely be very, very soon. Whether you realize it or not, we have Sodom and Gomorrah conditions already present with us today. They have just not reached the overall population to the extent Jesus was referring to as yet; but it will not take much longer. Not only have we the dope addiction, it has become a disease, an acute epidemic. On top of that, we have teenage gangs that have nothing else to do but roam the streets at night, just looking for someone to rob or kill; or something to literally destroy, just for the perverted pleasure of doing it. I am talking about 12, 13, 14, 15, and on up to 19 year old young people, that are no different than that society of people in Sodom and Gomorrah that God literally destroyed from the face of the earth because of their moral depravity. When those two angels came into Sodom that night, they did not need to go through the city sorting out the good from the bad. They already had a commandment from their Creator, Destroy everything but Lot and his family members that are willing to go out with him; and that is exactly what they did. It is very strange, when the sun sets, the devil goes on the prowl. When the sun set in the evening, the gangs come out. They are ready for war. They are ready to mutilate. Who can they pick on? They have no respect for young or old people. They are out to kill for a thrill. It is sad to say, but some go so far as to join some kind of cult gang, get caught up in a spirit, just to kill. Do you know, some of those Canaanites that lived in the land of Israel, before the children of Israel got there from Egyptian bondage, sacrificed their children to the gods. They called him the god of Molech. Near the city of Jerusalem, which was the city of the Jebusites, is a valley on the southwest side, called the valley of Hinnom. There in that valley, is where they offered their children to the god of Molech. You can read in your history books, and in the Bible, what took place 3000 years ago; but when you see the same things taking place in your very community, in this twentieth century, you surely must know that the end is near. You can rest assured this nation will take a slap one of these day, like no other nation has ever taken; for even though God is long suffering, there has to be a limit to what He will allow a society of people to stoop to; before He declares to them that He is still in control. We hear of Bangladesh, with their many million population, a low lying country at the foothills of the Himalayas, that runs toward the sea. When those typhoons come, they just flood the land and people having nowhere to go, drown by the scores. A cyclone hit, and it was so devastating they were at a loss fixing the death toll, and the other damage estimates. IT was a terrible disaster, with all those human lives being snuffed out; so do you think God is going to let this nation go on this course forever, without paying for some of this ungodliness? One of these days it is going to start. When it does, this people in America is going to cry and scream, God, where are you? They will look for Him then; but for many, it will be too late. We need to keep ourselves ready to face our Creator at any time He sees fit to call us home: we all understand that; but what we also need to be very aware of is the lateness of the hour we are all living in. When the seventieth week of Daniel goes into effect, Gentile time, as far as anyone believing the gospel and being saved, will be a thing of the past. He that is a lost sinner will remain a lost sinner. Hell will be waiting. Be assured though saints, God will not lose any predestinated seed of His, no matter how bad things in the world may get. May God bless and keep you. Amen.