From Azusa Street Until Now, Part 5

From Azusa Street Until Now, Part 5

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

WE ARE CONTINUING WITH OUR THOUGHT AT THE END OF THE MAY ISSUE: HOW THIS ROCK MUSIC OF OUR DAY HAS DEPROGRAMMED THE MINDS OF OUR YOUTH; AND BECAUSE OF IT, THEY HAVE THROWN OUT ALL OF THE CLASSICAL MUSIC SO MANY PEOPLE ENJOYED IN DAYS GONE BY; AND THEY HAVE NO USE FOR THE PROFESSIONALS THAT PLAYED THOSE BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONIES.


Just think of it: Those composers of other generations did not write songs of a diabolical taste like this rock bunch of so-called song writers do today. Then when you leave that, and come over to the semi classical type, the songs of bygone years were not sad, perverted messages carried on the tune of a beat that is nothing but a noise. When you hear some of this so-called gospel music out here in the Charismatic circles today, you realize those people have become so blinded to true holiness they go out into the world and bring in long haired, hippie looking, rock, “gospel singers” that actually make a mockery of what the true Church stands for. That bunch will leap, jump and dance to the same beat that wild bunch at Wood Stock danced to. They have merely changed the lyrics; but they still have the same tempo; and therefore it is none other than Satan in disguise. Those are things you can safely say God is not in. It just goes to show that those poor souls out there do not know how to separate the one from the other. However let me quickly say, That is not something for us to worry about: Our main concern is that we keep ourselves apart from the effects of that spirit and check ourselves to see how we fit in with God’s plan here at the end of the Age. I believe, if we are honest with ourselves, we can see ourselves right in the pages of this blessed old book. IT IS NONE OTHER THAN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BEING MADE ALIVE IN US; and the Bible tells us to take on the mind of Christ; so we have to look in here to see what the mind of Christ is. Of course you do not see His physical image yet; but you can see Him by the revelation of what is written in the pages throughout His book. He is looking right at you. When I think what Jesus told His disciples in Mark’s gospel, it lets me know exactly, what kind of Church He is coming back to receive unto Himself. Let us turn to the 4th chapter and read this parable. When Jesus spoke this parable, it sounded so simple. Just think, He is using a grain of corn. Let us just lay this before the religious world, before those who are educated in the most popular educated hour in human history, and see what their response is. They have the capabilities of educating man’s intellect into the highest peak of human learning: Yet nature itself is enough to tell them, You are getting too high up: to see how to understand God; because Gods always works in the realm of simplicity. When Jesus spoke this parable, it should have been enough for even the Charismatics of this religious world to know that they are trying to present to the Lord a church different than what the Bible says He is coming for. He is not coming for an element out of that mass out there today. He is not coming for anything like that at all; because that is not what Christianity looked like when it started on its journey through this Age of Grace. When Jesus spoke here in Mark 4:26, So is the kingdom of God, just try to keep in mind that we were talking earlier about the kingdom of heaven. When speaking of the kingdom of heaven we are dealing with a span of time; but here we are talking about the kingdom of God which pertains to something brought forth within that span of time. That is actually referring to the Church itself, the people that have God’s spiritual kingdom dwelling inside of them. “And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day.” He is actually saying, Over the process of time, as the farmer puts corn, wheat, rice or whatever into the ground, he knows what it looked like when he planted it: Therefore he knows what to look for as it reproduces itself. Why is he planting it in the first place? He knows there is a germ of life in that which he is planting and he wants to receive much more just like it. That is the law of reproduction. Well he casts the seed into the ground: then what? The farmer, once he puts it there, he knows he cannot go back out there the next day and dig it up to see if he has more rice or wheat. No. He knows that has to die from its original identity first: before it will ever give forth the increase that he is expecting. THAT IS THE LAW OF REPRODUCTION. Therefore the Lord (by the use of this parable) is telling mankind the Church will be like that also: God will gather from what is being looked upon as Christianity, those who are exactly like the first Church of the book of Acts. “And should sleep, and rise night and day, (In other words, it will take a process of time before it will be ready to gather in.) and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.” The Lord is saying that God will establish it in the earth and leave it there until harvest time. It will have a certain, definite identity; and He knows what it will be like. That means every doctrine that was written in the first century of Christendom, was given to the Church by the revelation of the Holy Ghost, through men that were inspired of the Holy Ghost. This of course, was to be the life means of the Church before she died out of the earth in her original identity. Jesus continues, it will spring up, grow up, he knoweth not how. It means this, the farmer, the man who does this, does not have to explain how it works. It is God who established the law regulating how it will work. The law of God is just as this parable says: “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself;” meaning, there are nutrients in there that the seed will feed on, and the Spirit, which is the germinating life of God Himself, brings it back up in its season. He will watch over it and see that the light that was in the original seed will definitely begin to reproduce and show itself, at first, with an altogether different likeness. The Lord likens it to this, “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade.” This means the stalk or plant growth. If you are looking at rice, then you have to understand what that plant of rice will look like once it is out of the ground and has reached a state of maturity. If it is corn, you have to understand what that is to look like. That is the blade He is referring to. “First the blade, then the ear.” This is pertaining to the head, whether it is an ear, a head of wheat, or we will say the top, which is oats. This means there is a place within this plant growth where there is a head that shows itself; and there is where what you planted begins to form itself in exact likeness. How come the early Church had certain biblical characteristics? All through that early Church, the Spirit that Jesus was talking about was the Spirit that caused the apostles to write every epistle we are privileged to read. Yet that religious mass of humanity out there today are guilty of embracing the teachings of men that Satan has used to strip the Church of her doctrines: such as predestination, the one God revelation, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, along with various other fundamental teachings of the early Church. Time has proved that men became guilty of yielding themselves to the devil and they stripped the Church of the revelation of those teachings that were written and established by the apostles. Today when you hear them preach, they will go into the epistles, take certain passages of scripture that pertain to the blessing side of the gospel, or to a promise side of the gospel, wherein God has promised to meet some particular need in our life; but these other passages of scripture that pertain to things that carnal minded people want to ignore, things that were written for our own learning, how our flesh can be dealt with, and how we are to become crucified to the flesh, and the things of this flesh, in order that we might truly live holy unto the Lord, you will find that some of these things begin to be excluded, or hidden far in the background and treated as irrelevant to our modern day society. A week ago Jackie called and asked if we had a certain station on TV. We turned it on and it showed this place in Canada that some of these articles are written about. In there, was a mass of people. It showed just exactly what was going on. People were dressed as if they had just drifted in from off the streets: just any old way. THEY LOOKED JUST LIKE WORLDLY PEOPLE; but there they were reaching across one another, praying for one another, and they were literally slain and falling under the power of God: some with ear rings and what-have-you. I have to say, Young men, you need an ear ring in your ear just about like I need web feet to walk on water, if you catch the point. When I see healthy, handsome young men today in department stores selling items to people I think, What is the purpose of a ring in the ear of a man? I remember the only kind of pictures we saw like that, when I was a boy, we associated that to the islands of the South Pacific. I saw my share of them in WW2. Or you would associate it with some distant jungle in Africa, when they had sticks through their nose and so forth. It is a shame, how young men have allowed the devil to strip them of their brains; and now they have rings in their nose, rings in their ears, their tongue’s and who knows where else. Young girls have rings in their lips, and tattoos all over them; and they feel no shame. This young generation of our day needs something to identify with: Even those who would be children of God. They need something. That is why I have to say, Thank God for a move of His Spirit that has served to balance this thing out. Young people, I say to you, Learn to enjoy it and thank God for it. He has given you something those out there do not have. They will never have it because they refuse to submit their flesh to be crucified with Jesus Christ: which brings the power of God that is able to transform them and renew them; and make them into the image and likeness of the Jesus that died for us. As I watched that, I thought, Yes, God moves across that crowd like that; and He will manifest the things of His Spirit; and they think they are really being caught up in the greatest revival of the century; but when it is all passed over and done, they are still as ignorant concerning the things of God, as that stray dog that knows not where his home is. They have no revelation. They refuse to get their nose in this book: so they cannot possibly know anything much about the God of it. When Jesus spoke this parable, first the blade, then the ear, then what? (Mark 4:29) “But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” That means, if it is rice or whatever, when you see the little kernels of rice or corn begin to form and take position in the top of the plant, all you wait for then is time to season it, the time it takes to bring it to complete maturity. When the fruit is brought forth, meaning when the fruit has eventually reached it’s proper state of maturity, then the farmer comes to the field to get it. Therefore I have to say, When the true Church down here has finally reached its end time state of apostolic maturity, the state where it not only has the same power, but also the same spiritual revelation motivating it, directing it through life, so she is not just stumbling forward on the pathway of life blindly, not even knowing where she is in time, but fully awake and ready, that is when He will come for her. That will be His (God’s) predetermined time for harvest. When all of the bride Church knows exactly who she is and where she is, the time will be at hand. That is why in the book of Revelation she can call herself the Bride; and she has the last words to this generation of people in the world: The Spirit and the Bride say, Come and partake of the water of life freely. What would you expect to harvest if all of you were farmers and you planted corn in May? You would all expect to harvest corn exactly like you planted but with much increase. Is that not right? Well I will just reverse the question and lay it out here to the Charismatics and that type of people: What do you read in the Bible that would make you think God would harvest a crop like you are producing and referring to as the bride of Christ? What kind of Church do you think the Lord Jesus is coming for? You will say He is coming for one filled with the Holy Ghost. That is true; but what else? A Church that is believing His word. Yes, but how much of it? That is the question: How much of it? Those who have ignored or rejected true revelation of the scriptures have been stripped of most everything they may have started out with. That is why they do not even know how to identify themselves. Some will say, When you talk this way, it makes people who have just come out of a denomination, or maybe have not yet come out, wonder what kind of people we are. It sounds like you are calling them devils. No we are not calling them devils; but may God have mercy on people that have more faith in a religious system than they have in the authority of God’s word. It is a pitiful picture I see out here today. Oh how blind this world is. Just think, saints, the pope and all the archbishops of Canterbury, no matter how much they talk in tongues, they stand before the bodies of people they influence they control just as blind as they can be. Furthermore they are not trying to change the church or let themselves be changed, revelatory wise: They just want to exercise authority over their subjects. They are only interested in certain things they see as basic. They think because the Holy Spirit moves among them and blesses them and heals a few here and there, this is all God is interested in. As I have already said, Yes, it is God manifesting Himself among them; but for what purpose? It is God Himself that sends them a strong delusion: so that they are made to think, This has to be the right way. Why does God do it? Paul says because they have not the love of the truth. That is what you and I have received and should thank God for every day: the love of the truth. EVERY MEMBER OF THE BRIDE CHURCH WILL HAVE A LOVE FOR THE TRUTH: NOTHING SHORT OF A TRUE REVELATION OF THE WORD OF GOD WILL SATISFY THAT CHOSEN ELEMENT OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY. That is why other people look upon us as a minority: simply because we are so few; but I have to say, Though we are a minority now, we are going to be the majority in the end. Little is much if God be in it. Have you ever heard that? If we will allow God to take our lives and mold them, we are going to wind up being the ones that the heavenly Bridegroom comes for. That is not because we merit it by our own goodness: it is because the grace of God made it like this.


END TIME SEPARATION


Let us now go back to Matthew 13, and read that other parable that speaks of the end time. (Verse 47) “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: (48) Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. (49) So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, (50) And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” The second parable speaks of a separation at the end time. Then the seventh parable speaks again of the end time because it is the parable that describes the end time condition of Christendom at large. It proves there is to be a separation. I wish to say at this time, This separation that both parables speak of definitely points to the end; and proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that at the end time the Lord is not coming for a church based upon denominational tradition. The people He is coming for, to a certain degree, have had their lives affected by those systems of denominational religion; but before He takes any of them to glory He (God) is obligated to His own word and to His own law of reproduction, to bring about a separation that will allow the predestinated bride to be taught by the Holy Ghost and molded into an acceptable bride. God Himself will see to it due season. Matthew 13:43, can never be a reality until the bride is completely separated from everything else. Notice,”Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Saints, as we continue looking at this 7th parable, please notice that Jesus specifically pointed to the end time and to a total separation; and it takes place at the end of this Laodicean Age. It is how the Spirit is going to work. “Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net.” Jesus was referring to a fisherman’s net. He was not talking about one of these dip nets on the end of a stick. That is a dip net. He was talking about a net that you cast out into the water and draw in behind a boat, or between two boats; and you make a large sweep, hoping to catch untold numbers of fish in the net. This parable does not have an application at any other time in history except in the last hour of the Laodicean age. When we read about the Azusa Street move of the Spirit coming from 1906 on into the years of WW2, and how that move had become manifested in all the denominational structures, this proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that the real Church the Bible portrays has not yet come into focus. God has permitted man to take that move and go the route of all the other leaders went, simply because it was an extension of the Reformation. A time when God was allowing emphasis to be put upon the supernatural. Then as we came into the mid term of Laodicea and the war years were over, that is when we pick up the parable in Matthew 25, concerning the wise and foolish virgins. All of them went to sleep waiting for the Bridegroom; and only the wise element of the whole bunch awakened with what was required to make themselves ready to receive Him. The UPC, Apostolic Faith, Pentecostal Adventists, the Assemblies of God, Pentecostal Holiness, and all of these, have written their bylaws, their articles of faith. They have their denominational governments all set up; and everything is locked up: of what we will believe, what we will not believe, what we will cater to, and what we will not allow. They are ready to go off into eternity with what they have; but God will not accept them as they are. The old timers at Azusa Street (when that move first started) prayed, Lord, never let this become a denomination. May this be a move and flow of your Spirit that will move in the hearts of people who want to stay free and move in the flow of the Spirit. However, by the time it had run its three year course, it was already evident that man in that hour could not live outside the framework of human government. One by one they began to break ranks with what we will say was the freedom in the Spirit, and began to establish some kind of authority over how to control certain issues to keep them from going beyond what they felt they should. All of this proves one thing: There is no way God can rapture any one particular denominational church: simply because none of them are a system that embodies all the revelation of His word that God has given to His true Church. It shows there was still time, and that there was another element of people God intended to deal with; therefore when we come to midterm of the Laodicean age, here came the application of this parable. Here came that great net. Both of the two history books I read from give William Marrion Branham, along with Oral Roberts, credit for being the main instruments God used to spearhead the great revival that came out of the years of 1947 and 1948 and on into the 1950’s and early 1960’s. When other men of other ranks of Christendom began to catch a revelation and they too joined in, in what we look back and refer to as the great deliverance hour, this parable went into effect. “Again, the kingdom of heaven (We are dealing with time.) is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind.” When we go back into those years, from the time that move started and come on up to where it began to be evident that the Spirit of God was lifting off that way of dealing with mankind, it became very evident that His convicting power began to lessen. He was no longer healing in the same way He had been doing in the months and years prior to that time. That causes us to look at this parable: how the great net was cast into the sea and gathered of every kind. Oral Roberts could come into a big city and hundreds and thousands would go. Billy Graham could come to the same city six months later and many of the same crowd would sit in his meetings. Then someone else, Bro. Branham for instance, could go in and the same people, always moved and drawn towards these big meetings, wherein they were permitted to see the power of God manifesting some miracle, as well as the convicting power of God touching a sinner’s life, would go to hear him. Now while the parable only illustrates that this net was cast in one time, let us look at it in this light, From the years around 1947, on into the 1950’s and up until about 1962, the net was being cast out. That is the period of time we apply this part of the parable to. After 1962, it began to be evident to these men, one by one, that God would no longer move in their meetings as he had in prior years. That is when the net was full. Time brought the whole thing to a climax. THEY DREW IT TO SHORE THEN SAT DOWN. THIS IS A PICTURE OF THOSE EVANGELISTS. I can start naming them, a lot of which some of you have not even heard of. Back in the late 1940’s when Gordon Lindsay began to document certain things, and write various articles about these evangelists, he started basically announcing Bro. Branham and his meetings and the things that took place in them, the miracles and so forth. That magazine, (I still have a stack of them.) shows the crowds and carries the testimonies of how God worked in that hour of time. Then, as I said earlier, When that revival was over, one by one those evangelists began to go back to their old pastoral duties. The man we went to hear preach in Evansville, Indiana, was one of them. I have told this before; but in the later part of 1957, just before we went to Cuba, we went to hear him. His name was Gail Jackson: His father was an undertaker. He had studied the undertaker business with his father; but before he went into the business himself, he felt the call to preach. God filled him with His Spirit; and he came on the scene preaching divine healing, baptism of the Holy Ghost, and the power of God to deliver people that were demon possessed. In Evansville, the Church of Christ people had made an insulting remark about these healing evangelists that come to town; so he felt led to deal with that this particular night we were there. This was on Saturday night. He came on the platform that night and said, People, I came here, not to pick a fight with any denominational people; but to try to be a blessing to people of the churches around here. However, there is one church that has taken occasion to attack us: I have to call it the church of the antichrist. Then he preached about fifteen minutes after saying that. That tent was jam packed. There were people in the parking lot, hundreds of them. When he gave an altar call for sinners to come forward they came in under the tent flaps literally screaming. You could feel the power of God because it settled on everyone. You could feel the sensations flowing through your soul. Conviction was there like we have seen but few other times. But as the parable says, When men began to sit down, I heard he went back to his old job. Thelmer Gardner (another great evangelist) stacked his tent and became a big man in the Ramada Inn corporation. One by one they all began to resort to other things: They were no longer out there pulling on the strings of the net. One by one they took their place either in a pastoral job, or in industry of some sort. Furthermore, you could not help but notice that as younger ones came along to fill the ranks where the others sat down, they did not pick up the same vision their forerunners had. They picked up right where the others left off; but the results were never the same. That is why you see on TV and hear over the radio broadcasts what you do today. It is just a continuation of the picture of how the deliverance move came to an end and the fishermen, those forerunners of these men, sat down. In the natural you know the fisherman would sit there and would know by the law of the industry, what quality of fish the market demands. You have to take those things into consideration as you follow this thought. So what does it say? “And gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.” That lets you know how all of this is going to turn out. Just think of the untold numbers of people that have passed through the doorways of church buildings, or under tent flaps, and have enjoyed these meetings and moves of the Spirit of God in days gone by. Some of them, if they are still alive, are very old people today. The sad part is, that they have no better revelation now than they had when the thing was going full blast. That is why I am so thankful I was privileged to sit and listen to the prophet to this Age when he was getting into the depths of Bible subjects these modern day preachers refuse to touch upon lest they loose their financial support. I heard about Bro. Branham in 1952. I have to say in the light of what is going on in the Charismatic world, If there were a hundred doctors of divinity sitting here today from those ranks, talking in tongues and telling what they have enjoyed being a part of, my words would be this, I have experienced something you people are totally blind to. When I was still in the Methodist Church, and did not even know what God was doing in this religious world at large, He opened up a way for me to learn what He was doing and I have never been the same since then. I lived in Harrison County. I had no knowledge of what God was doing outside the ranks of the Methodist Church in Harrison County. That is the same situation thousands of people are existing in even today, in the Charismatic groups. They do not even know what God is doing in the world at large, only what they see in their own particular circle of fellowship. I will never forget that February morning I sat down on the couch and opened my Bible before I went outside to work; and my Bible opened up to the 1st chapter of Luke. It is very strange, He will show you things to come. If there was going to be a Malachi 4:5 for our day, why did He not go into the ranks of these Pentecostal people, which have maintained as fact that you have to speak in tongues as proof you have the Holy Ghost, and show one of them what He showed me that morning? If that is a promise of God, that those who repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ will receive the Holy Ghost, and that Spirit, the Holy Ghost, is to teach you all things, and show you things to come, why did He not pick up one of those fellows that believed in that experience and let him sit down and read Luke 1? There, I was, just a Methodist fellow, with just an experience of the grace of God in justification, knowing only that He saved me from my sins and my stubborn, headstrong way of life. Nevertheless when I sat and read that 1st chapter of Luke and read where the angel spoke to Zechariah, that his wife Elizabeth would conceive and bring forth a son, and his name shall be John, then the angel quoted the first part of Malachi 4:5-6 to be fulfilled in Zechariah’s Son by saying, “And he shall go before HIM (Jesus) in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, (and then cut off at that point by saying,) and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord,” that got my attention. That part was not pertaining to the end time: It means this, God’s grace in the hour when He was fulfilling that first portion of Malachi, those that were going to be justified by hearing John, God would give them wisdom and understanding to know what was taking place in their lives. He will do likewise here at the end of the Age. He is obligated to, otherwise He leaves us in darkness. When I saw that the angel only quoted the first part, it was just like a tape recorder inside me, said, If we are living in the days before the second coming of Christ, He will send that spirit of Elijah back again, to fulfill the rest of that prophecy. I lived within twenty nine miles of where the man lived that God would use to fulfill the rest of that prophecy and did not know the man even existed at that time. I have to say also, I had never heard anyone speak in tongues; and did not even know there was such a thing going on anymore, since the days of the book of acts. This just goes to show that God did not have to go back into the Pentecostal ranks to get someone to continue on with what He was going to manifest for the little bride Church. Bro. Branham’s life proved he was an instrument God could use to set this parable of the fishermen’s net in motion. When the other men began to reach that point of time where they stacked their tents, sold their trucks and began to take up a ministry on TV, or go back to their old pastoral work or whatever, this man did none of that. Out of his lips began to come a revelatory message that set hearts to burning. Here came the Church Ages, then the Seals. All of which began to let people know the spirit of revelation was on the move. This is what distinguished this man from the rest of those fishermen. Let me read the rest of the parable. “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels (as we brought in earlier) shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.” Who are these wicked? This is not John Dillinger, Al Capone and gangsters like that. No. This is all these denominational spirits that control self esteeming religious people. I am a Methodist; and I will die a Methodist: some will say. Or, I am a Baptist; and I will die a Baptist. Shame on a person who talks like that, not knowing the truth of the scriptures. A Catholic can say the same thing. An Episcopalian can say the same thing. While they are saying that, you can rest assured, that kind of person does not even care, timewise, where or how they fit into God’s plan. They are just taking everything for granted. Therefore He sends forth the angels, “And sever the wicked from among the just.” When we look at it in its true application, how it applies to the Charismatic people, we see a great mass of people all claiming to be the bride of Christ. Nevertheless we must keep in mind that there are two different elements out there still yet. There is only one element in the true revelation; but there are still two elements out there: The foolish virgins and the tares. I hope you understand my point. The tares greatly outnumber the foolish virgins; but God knows the heart’s of every last one of them and He knows how to deal with them; and He will make no mistakes. Here again, is what verse 50, says, “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: (Really they are not cast into the furnace of fire until we come to the great white throne judgment which takes place after the Millennial reign of Christ with His bride.) there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” After Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples of that hour, He then turned to them and asks the question, “Have ye understood all these things?” If we were to ask the Charismatic church world today, Do you understand what this parable is talking about? Do you think they would answer like those disciples did? “They say unto him, Yea, Lord. (52) Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, (Here is a directive promise and it is pointing right to our day and hour, because the disciples then who said Yea Lord, are all dead; but this directive promise it pointing down through time; and it was pointing right to this hour.) which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”


WHO WAS THE SCRIBE JESUS SPOKE OF?


Jesus was not talking about the priests of the Dark Ages when He referred to a scribe which is instructed in things pertaining to the kingdom. He was not talking about Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation, Calvin, Knox, John Wesley nor any of those men. He was not talking about Wigglesworth, Charles Price, or any of those men. He was talking about a particular man that would be active in casting out that great gospel net: That when this endeavor had reached that fixed point in time, he would truly be like unto a scribe of this description. “Therefore every scribe which is instructed (meaning he is definitely going to be a man divinely taught by the Holy Ghost, every basic principle of truth in the Bible.) unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder.” We can illustrate this in the natural. When Jesus used this parable and spoke like this, He was not talking about some man on the back side of the country, living in a log cabin, and all He has is a No. 3 wash tub and old Maytag washing machine that did not work half the time; and an old Model T Ford that barely would run. That is not the kind of old things He was referring to. He is talking about a man that not only has property, but has some valuable assets and when you are invited into his home he might say, I would like to show you something; and then he might show you valuable antiques as well as new things of value. When you visit some people, those that come from a long line of people that were wealthy in days gone by; and all these valuable antique items have been handed down, they like to show them. Down by the River below Laconia, Indiana, there is a place called Cedar Farms. The original owners were the Withers family. I knew one of the boys and we became acquainted with their mother. We went down there one time and there sat that big house 19 miles from Louisville. You would wonder, What in the world is that huge thing sitting way down here for? She told the story about how her mother and father came across the river many years ago; and how that house came to be built there. When it was originally built, they were wealthy people. They had a piano from Europe and bedroom suites from different places. In one room they had a book library that a man who had studied law, drove a horse and buckboard all the way from Pennsylvania to Corydon Indiana to study law. There, was that bookcase, still loaded with books of law, in that big house. Saints: The reason I am bringing this into the message, is to illustrate some of what the Lord Jesus was referring to in this parable when He said, “Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” He is actually telling you that at the end time when this parable comes into it’s final phase, there is going to be a man, He compares him to a scribe, “which bringeth forth out of his treasure,” Hallelujah! He has more than an antique piano. He has more than a bookcase that came from Pennsylvania and was carried to Corydon on a buckboard. He is bringing out of his treasure things new. Hallelujah! Come on Charismatic, where is your new revelation? Where are the old truths your forefathers rejoiced in?. Your ancestors, moved by the Spirit, came out of those religious systems. Now you say, God is renewing all of them. Well I for one, cannot accept that. Those systems can never be revived. They fight against many of the basic doctrines of the Bible instead of desiring a revelation of how to apply them. When I was privileged to hear Bro. Branham preach, he made Jesus of the Bible stand out in the forefront of everything else. He could make the doctrine of predestination sound so beautiful. I know this religious, Charismatic realm of so-called believers fight predestination like the devil fights all truth; but I have to say in the light of truth, The apostles of old did not waste time writing about a revelation or a doctrine that would be detrimental to the apostolic faith of the early church and all that would follow after them. No saints, everything those apostles taught is still for the Church today. The true teachings of predestination is as Biblical as the teachings of sanctification. The trouble has come because of a wrong interpretation and application of the very word itself. The true teaching and understanding of the doctrine of predestination is as essential to the faith, as you being filled with the Holy Ghost. That is exactly why the apostle Paul wrote in Romans, Colossians, Philippians and Ephesians of the doctrine; and then Peter picked it up in his epistles also, simply because the true application of it belongs to the true Church. Those who are predestinated are foreordained: Both words point to the same thing. Praise God! Because God foreknew us, we are predestinated to be conformed to the image of His only begotten Son Jesus. Somehow or other people who fight against predestination cannot get the free moral agency of man and the foreknowledge of God working together in their understanding. That is why they go at things the way they do. They think God is more concerned about fulfilling the dreams of man, than He is in carrying out His own sovereign, omniscient purpose. He foreknew you and me before we were born, what our free moral agency choice would be and everything else about each of us. That is why when He wrote His book before the foundation of the world, your name was written in it: He knew what your choice concerning His plan of redemption would be. Then when you were born, He already knew exactly what time, what generation, what century and all of that. He knew before you were born whether it would be in the days of the horse and buggy or the early days of the automobile, or in this very hour we are living in; so He ordained your life accordingly. Yes He did. He knew we would be living in an evil hour. Look at youth in the world today: that are so blinded by the power of Satan. I have to say, Thank you God: that you have something special for the youth that have a desire to serve you in this hour of time. The baptism of His Spirit is the most precious thing any of us could receive from the sovereign Creator that is also known to us as our heavenly Father. Out there in the world, they beat and rock and roll in their dens of degradation and hell awaits all who cling to that way of life; but God has a higher realm and atmosphere for His true children; and heaven awaits them. If they want to call us holy rollers, that is their privilege. They use that as a derogatory term, hoping to provoke us to wrath; but we have a much higher purpose in life than to take offense at someone’s ignorance. Furthermore, if not for the grace of God in our lives, we would be out there with them doing the very same things they are doing. We did not merit what God has bestowed upon us: we received it by His grace, through the faith we exercised to believe that what He promised in His word, He would deliver. Yes saints, what we have from God, we received it by faith in His written word: For that is how we learn what Jesus did for us at Calvary. That is where we learn what God has done on behalf of all who will believe His word and follow after His ways. When Jesus went to the cross and died, He paid the full price for all of our sins and sicknesses: that we might be set free from Satan’s hold on our lives; but we only receive those benefits when we exercise our own personal faith to believe that we were included in that provision. Did not the apostle Paul write that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God? Let us read a few verses from Romans 3, while we are at this point. (22-26)”Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (24) Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (26) To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” As I said earlier, The children of God are greatly outnumbered by the children of the wicked one in this hour of time; but there is coming a day when the whole picture will be reversed: The children of God will live forever and all the rest will be cast into the lake of fire. That is why the Bible says they have their reward already: The only reward they receive is what they have in this present life. Well let me get back to the instrument God used in this Laodicean Age.


REVELATION TRUTH V/S DENOMINATIONAL TRADITIONS


Brother Branham was the instrument God used to start this great move of the gospel net. Those who sat in his meetings back then, thought that gift of healing, discernment, and all that, was all God sent the man to this generation for. Because of the fact that he was so uneducated, they thought God could not use such a man to teach the great truths of the Bible. He used hillbilly language, slang, and such, and they could not understand what he was saying much of the time; so they would say, I do not understand what the man is talking about. That is why God, through him, spoke in such terms of simplicity, you had to know the man, to really know what he said and know what he meant. It was very beautiful how he would take certain things of the Bible and make them talk to you, if you had a desire to learn and did not come just to find fault with his manner of speaking. The night he started preaching on those seven seals in the book of Revelation, it was such a privilege to sit there and hear how he brought out the true meaning of them. Just think of it, There is not a Charismatic church anywhere, that will dare go to those books and try to learn anything. When the first seal was broken, there goes the spirit of antichrist. You can already see it there. It is all already in the past. That seal became a reality more than 1900 years ago. That is why Paul says in 54 A.D., when he was writing the first epistle to the Thessalonians, Even now, the mystery of iniquity doth already work. That white horse rider was riding; but he represented the spirit of antichrist that rode out to deceive that second generation of Christians. When he came to the red horse rider, then the black horse rider, then the gray horse rider, which is riding right now, it was so plain anyone should have been able to understand it; but no, it was to simple to suit educated minds: They needed something with a lot of theological words to express it. Oh, if they could only see the seals, they would know for sure that they are under the spell of that message of the gray horse rider. That horse is neither gray nor black: it is a mixture of both; but only the wise see the rider for what he really is. Billy Graham wrote his version of the four horse riders and has all of them riding somewhere on out in the future. Billy Branham spoke of them as being all in the past (the seals) except the seventh seal which is yet to be opened. God is speaking to an element of people out there, before He winds all of this up; and I believe we all know why: The parable of Matthew 25, has to be fulfilled. I believe the hour is coming, as God moves among His people to get the bride of Christ dressed up and made ready to meet the Bridegroom, that He is going to reverse the scene. Something is going to happen out there: that will cause those foolish virgins to suddenly stop and say, There is something taking place that we are missing; but by the time they begin to realize it, time will be too far gone for them to get into the bride’s revelation: It will be too late for them to do anything that could save them from facing that great tribulation hour. They will begin to go where the wise virgins are; but they will not understand what is being taught. Therefore let me say to you young people, That could be next year, two years from now or three years from now; but keep in mind, when that really begins to be fulfilled in numerous ways, you and I are going to know the coming of Jesus for His Bride is just a short distance ahead. Right now, they are seeing the Holy Spirit move in various ways among them and a great number of them do not have the slightest clue as to what is going on. The mass has said, Oh this is God; but yet from another viewpoint, some of the theologians, the writers and certain others look upon all that is taking place, with much skepticism. I read some of this article to you the other night; but I left this part off until now. I have no doubts concerning what my eyes have been privileged to see moving among this congregation lately. I am convinced with all my heart it is the Spirit of God working among us to do a specific thing. Here is why I look at it this way, No. 1, it was already going on out there. He did not have to come here; but when He did come here, He made His introduction in a sovereign way. He did not say, Can I do this? All of a sudden these young people that had been sitting here talking and writing notes to each other, began to be caught up in the Spirit just like a great magnet had crossed over and grabbed them. I have to praise God and say, Thank you Father: You are a sovereign God. The things I have witnessed here, I am quick to say, I am not ashamed of any of it. I have to say, Lord, we are your people: Come among us and do with us whatever pleases you. If my heart is not right, then help me Lord to get it right. I want every negative idea and preconceived thought purged out of me. I want all unbelief out of me. I want whatever help I need, to get me in the place where you want me to be Lord. I want God to help me be what He wants me to be, and not what I want to be. I want to see things the way He wants me to see them, instead of the way I think I ought to see them. I just have to realize, I know nothing apart from what He has revealed to me. My traditional ideas of the past, when I was still in the Methodist Church, are totally unprofitable to me. It is by the grace of God that I am here. He could have left me out there, blind, stubborn and self willed; but here I am today, desiring only what He wants me to have. I am not preaching because I am smart. I am preaching because He gave me something to preach. If He had not given me the grace to stand here it would be a completely different story: I was too timid to stand before a crowd of people years ago. I could not even ask that little girl that eventually became my wife, for my first date: My sister had to ask her for me. Therefore I believe you will agree that something had to take place inside of me, to get me to stand here in this place. I am not ashamed of what God has done among these young people, nor am I ashamed of what He has done for some of the older ones. Furthermore, I am persuaded that He is not done yet. You may think He is; but you just stick around a while and you will see that He has just begun to work on us: there is yet much to come. There is not one sitting in here, no matter how much you may question what is taking place right now, that can sit here forever without one of these days God moving in a certain way that will be just for you. It will either line you up with what He is doing, or it will send you fleeing out the door. I am now going to read the other part of this paper I have already been reading from. I am going to show you that something has stripped those people of being able to discern what is really going on among them.


Sandy Miller, the vicar of the Holy Trinity Brompton, writes: “The manifestations are quite extraordinary (Now see, this is one man referring to what someone else has said,) and would undoubtedly be alarming if we had not read about them previously in history.”(The various manifestations they have been having, is what he is referring to; and we are printing this exactly as the writer presents it in this article) He then quotes from previous revivals, but such quotations as he uses do not confirm that these manifestations have happened before. (Where has that man been?)In fact a leader of one of the streams affected by this move admitted to me that many of them (the manifestations) do not fully sit with what has happened in the past. (Everything I have ever read does.)


So many of those experiencing the present phenomena refer to Acts 2 where the disciples were charged with being drunk. (In Acts 2, when they came from the upper room and they were all speaking in other languages as the Spirit gave them utterance, the ability to speak, as they come down into the streets from the upper room, was of the Holy Ghost. After awhile this great throng of Jews, devout men, gathered out of every nation under heaven, sixteen different nations in and around the old world of the Mediterranean, coming from different national dialects of speaking, and he writes for this, that they were being drunk.) They consequently justify all the phenomena associated with drunkenness that have appeared in their meetings. (Now this man doing this writing says this,) Let me quote from a document prepared by the Vineyard Fellowship in Toronto: “They (the disciples)(speaking of the disciples of the Bible) would not be accused of being drunk because they were speaking in different languages. They would be accused of such because they were acting like drunks, i.e. laughing, falling, (Now he is referring to present tense phenomena of things going on in their midst.) slurred speech by some, boldness through lack of restraint etc. (meaning lack of self control) That is sheer supposition! There is no evidence for such a statement indeed quite the reverse, for those round about were able to “hear them in their own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” They heard clearly and unmistakably – no evidence of slurred speech. It was ‘mockers’ who said they were drunk, which is hardly reliable source for listing symptoms of drunkenness. Previously, until these manifestations occurred, evangelical preachers considered that it was their boldness, (Listen to this.) which brought about the accusation that they had been drinking. That seems to fit in much better with the accounts in Acts 2.

As I read that, I can see he does not know himself. Let us turn to Joel 1:5. I want to show you a Bible prophecy. Joel carries two lines of prophetic utterance. One pertains to the natural nation, the Israelite people. The other prophecy is pertaining to the move and flow of the descent of the Holy Ghost. “Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.” Then the prophecy drops back to the natural, speaking of a nation God is going to use. When we bring that over into the second chapter, He is talking about how he will restore to them the years that the locusts has eaten and so forth, and then he comes on down and says in (Joel 2:28-29,) “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (29) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” Now when we take that to the 2nd chapter of Acts, I have to say this to any doctor of divinity, You may have a plaque on your wall that vindicates the fact you spent so many years studying Hebrew and Greek, but you are still as blind as blind can be. In the book of Acts, when they did come into the streets, they were not only speaking in another language, they were doing something beyond that. I want to explain something: Those people in that upper room were all literally speaking in another dialect. I want to see how many understand that. They were all speaking in another dialect because that is where they were first filled with the Holy Ghost, in the upper room. Then they began to speak in other dialects, which was other languages, as the Spirit gave utterance, which means the Spirit carried a certain dialect that it would speak through them. If God, at the tower of Babel, came down and confounded man’s language, is He not the author of it? Then can He not in reverse do the same thing to show forth a supernatural presence of His very being? There, they came, down into the streets still talking in these various languages. That prophecy we just read, in Joel, chapter 1, was pointing to the dispensation when this new wine was going to be poured out in an experience way and that is what took place on the day of Pentecost. They came from the upper room, not only speaking in other dialects as the Spirit in them was speaking through them, but they were acting much like men in the natural that are drunk. I care not what any doctor of divinity may say, trying to straighten that out, I still have to say, What is that prophecy in the 1st chapter of Joel for? Who is He warning? He is not warning that bunch of drunks down in the tavern. No. He is using that to illustrate how you will act when He comes with a new wine He had determined to give His people; therefore there will be manifestations that will look much like what you see down at the tavern. Those disciples that came down from the upper room, were acting like they were drunk on natural wine as they came out into the streets of Jerusalem talking like that. I could not care less, what a writer like that will say: What do they know? When God did fill me with the Holy Ghost back in the 1950’s, after hearing William Branham say, You Methodists need it too, I did not speak in tongues right at the beginning: I just lay there on the floor of a high school building over in Louisville; and that is when that whole building seemed to be going around and around with me. When I thought, My, what am I doing here? I will get up real quick: I tried to get up but the harder I tried, the more it seemed like I was glued to the floor. I want you to know saints, The power of God can take every bit of the muscle fiber in your body and render you helpless. Yes, it can. It can do it to let you know He is a sovereign God. You, in your best of health, cannot change one molecule of your existence if God wants to show His power to you. From that time in April of that year, until the fall, I prayed in the woods, in the corn field, or wherever I was, Lord if you will just let me speak in tongues, I will never preach it as evidence of having the Holy Ghost because I know it is not. Then when the hour came, yes from that time I initially received it, there were other times I was as drunk as drunk could be, and I never have been drunk on natural liquor in my life. I never wanted to be caught up in any of that. There is such a thing though as the Spirit of God affecting you in your nervous system, or your emotional makeup, so that it can actually cause you to stagger and feel dizzy, as much as any man drunk on alcohol beverages. I do not know why these doctors of divinity, being educated like they are, think they are the only one’s the Lord has on earth that can interpret this scripture and advise people of what is right and wrong. The wine I have been drunk on, also gives revelation knowledge of the word of God. That is the wine and the oil in the book of Revelation, in that black horse hour, where it says, See thou hurt not the oil and wine. You cannot sell the baptism of the Holy Ghost like the Catholic Church does everything else. That lets us know there are certain things within the realm of the Holy Ghost that no theologian, and no church system is going to be able to manipulate and use it for their own personal objectives. Anyhow when we come to the book of Acts, and those disciples are standing there speaking in other dialects, there is something I need to explain about it because people sometimes refer to it like this, Here is 120 Galileans: that in the natural only knew how to speak Hebrew or Aramaic. That was the language in the hour of Jesus and those people in the upper room were Judaean Jews who were familiar with only their native dialect which was either Hebrew or the old Aramaic language. However, in the Spirit, God has taken control of their speech; and they are out in the streets of Jerusalem experiencing something completely strange to them. The Spirit of God is speaking through them in other languages. Here is a Jew from Rome. What is the language in Rome? Latin. Is that understood? He hears a Galilaean Jew speaking to him in Latin, of the things of Christ. There were Jews present from about 16 different nations whose language was heard spoken from at least one of those disciples that day. They said one to another, How hear we every one of us in our own language? (Acts 2:5-11) “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. (6) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (7) And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? (8) And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? (9) Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, (10) Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, (11) Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” That should let us see that God can do anything it takes to fulfill His plan and purpose. There is nothing impossible with Him. There were only about 16 different regions mentioned and there were 120 disciples speaking, so it is obvious that there were more than just one or two speaking the various different dialects that were spoken in their home area wherever they were from. They were all represented. None were left out. How many times though, have you heard someone say, Those disciples were not really speaking in all those different tongues: The others were just made to hear what they were saying in their own native dialect? Why will some people believe that God could anoint the ears of the hearers; but refuse to believe that He could anoint the speakers to speak those various dialects? If they had all been speaking the same language, why would those local Jews think they sounded like they were drunk on new wine? I believe the answer is obvious: they heard them jabbering words that they themselves could not understand, so their first impression was, They are all drunk. What happened with Bro. Branham in El Paso Texas, one Saturday night was just the reverse of what happened on the day of Pentecost. It truly was a case when God gave supernatural hearing to a language they normally did not understand. I do not remember which message you will find it in; but I believe it was in the Spanish realm somewhere: probably in Mexico. He was praying for some people, I think it was that, or something like that. Then later it was said to someone, I thought you said he did not know this language. Whatever he was saying, they understood every bit of it in their own language. Keep in mind, That is the opposite of what took place on the day of Pentecost. I have to say, We are living in an hour when, if we will walk with God, there are many things in the category of the supernatural He can bring out and present in our midst that will confound the wise and mighty. That is why He will do it: He does not have to prove anything to His true children: They are already believers. Now let us look at this thing they refer to as slurred speech. I know how drunks can slur their speech. I know also that people full of the Holy Ghost can have the same manifestation. Oh Bro. Jackson, that is not so. It is so. The apostle Paul, when he was explaining in the 13th chapter of Corinthians, when he was setting forth the divine order in the assembly, did he not speak of proper order for tongues, interpretation, prophecy and so forth? Isaiah 28, where it says, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people,” that is what happened on the day of Pentecost. For with stammering lips, slurred speech, and men of other tongues will I speak unto this people. Yet for all this they will not believe. You can read the rest of Isaiah’s prophecy, in chapter 28. God fulfilled Joel’s prophecy, and He fulfilled Isaiah 28. That is why Paul could refer to it like he did. Nevertheless when these critics hear people just babbling undistinguishable words, naturally it could sound like those speaking are drunk: The Holy Ghost can absolutely manifest situations just like that. Many people have that same drunken action; and I want you to know, That does not bother me the least bit because I see it in the book. That does not mean the slurred speech should have supremacy over that which is to be interpreted; but we should not take a stand against it, lest we be found objecting to something God is doing for His own reasons. Keep in mind, God will put just enough of something in there to keep that intelligent brain on his toes. God does nothing for the purpose of confusing His true children because they have an honest attitude and realize God chooses the simple things to confound the wise and prudent. The things the world would say hogwash to, God uses them for a purpose. That is what the writer of the article we read was kind of referring to: some of the other things that went on in snake handling and stuff, how unscriptural it looks. Well you certainly cannot say snake handling is apostolic. It is not. That just presents a picture of people who have been derailed by the spirit of Satan. They have missed the true way. Let us be thankful to God that we love His word and seek to understand the true revelation of everything written in His book.


I am going to bring this message to a close. I believe we have covered it well enough. I see out in the Charismatic realm what started at Azusa Street and I do not find fault with the manifestations; but I am made to realize that what they have is void of any deeper revelation. Yes there are blessings, and there are various manifestations; and all of those manifestation are doing a unique job; but those who are caught up in the excitement of all of that and have no desire to move on with God are not bride saints. All of that is fulfilling scriptures; but it is not teaching those people how to prepare themselves for the rapture. That is why it leaves doctors of divinity, scholarly minded men, writing their articles of unbelief: There is no rapture and so forth: God has stripped them of whatever revelation they could have had. Did not Jesus say, If the blind lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch? We are not children of the night. We are not people who are blind. We are children of light and we love that light. It just makes me say, Thank God! I do not deserve it but I sure do appreciate it. My prayer is, Lord whatever you see fit to do with this little message, and whatever you see fit to do with each of us, may we everyone be sensitive to your leading; and may you continue to move in our midst to purge from every one of us all that is contrary to true righteousness. AMEN.

The Bride’s Annointing, Part 1

The Bride's Annointing, Part 1

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

BECAUSE OF THE VARIOUS EXPERIENCES AND MANIFESTATIONS WE HAVE WITNESSED LATELY, I FEEL LED TO START A MESSAGE WE WILL TITLE, “THE BRIDE’S ANOINTING.” WE ALL AGREE THAT THE WORLD IS AT A POINT IN TIME THAT WE MUST BE APPROACHING THE COMING OF THE LORD; BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY DO NOT HAVE A PICTURE OF THE KIND OF CHURCH HE IS COMING FOR. A LOT OF MY OWN PERSONAL TESTIMONY HAS TO ENTER INTO THIS MESSAGE BECAUSE OF THINGS WE ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH. IT WILL HAVE TO DO WITH THINGS I HAVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE MYSELF. HAVING BEEN RAISED WITH A METHODIST BACKGROUND, BEING BAPTIZED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, AND MY NAME BEING JACKSON, THERE WAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF STUBBORNNESS THE LORD HAD TO DEAL WITH: TO GET ME WHERE HE WANTED ME. THAT IS WHY THEY CALLED ANDREW JACKSON, OLD HICKORY: HE WAS STUBBORN. THAT BUNCH IN WASHINGTON DID THEIR BEST TO BEND AND BREAK HIM; BUT WHEN THEY LET UP, HE WAS RIGHT BACK IN THE SAME SPOT HE WAS IN BEFORE. THAT IS WHY THEY CALLED HIM OLD HICKORY. HICKORY IS ABOUT THE ONLY THING YOU CAN MAKE A WAGON TONGUE OUT OF AND EXPECT IT TO LAST: FOR IT IS HARD TO BEND OR BRAKE. AS I PRESENT THIS MESSAGE, I WILL BE TAKING INTO CONSIDERING EVERY PERSON WHO MAY HEAR IT OR READ IT, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND MAY HAVE BEEN, BECAUSE I KNOW THE BRIDE OF CHRIST IS NOT JUST GOING TO BE MADE UP OF A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SAVED OUT OF THE WORLD, HAVING NO RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND AT ALL. MOST OF US HAVE ARRIVED WHERE WE ARE TODAY, AFTER COMING THROUGH OTHER RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS. I THANK GOD HE SAW FIT ONE DAY TO SHOW ME HIS GRACE AND MERCY. ONE THING I HAVE ALWAYS CONFESSED, I NEVER WANTED TO BE A FANATIC. I HAD HEARD OF PEOPLE CUTTING THEIR FINGERS OFF AND VARIOUS OTHER MEMBERS OF THEIR BODY, SIMPLY BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS SAID CONCERNING THOSE MEMBERS OF THE BODY THAT WERE OFFENSIVE. YOU KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, IF THY RIGHT HAND OFFEND THEE, CUT IT OFF. IF THINE EYE OFFEND THEE, PLUCK IT OUT AND SO FORTH. I HAVE HEARD OF PEOPLE PLUCKING THEIR EYES OUT. ALL THOSE THINGS BECAME SCARE CROWS IN MY LIFE AS A CHILD GROWING UP. I SAID, GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD BE ONE OF THESE PEOPLE THAT GO CRAZY OVER RELIGION. IT IS ONE THING TO GO CRAZY OVER RELIGION, BUT IT IS ANOTHER THING TO LOSE YOUR MIND TO THE WORLD AND FIND YOUR MIND IN JESUS CHRIST. I LIKE THAT. THERE IS SUCH A SLIGHT DIFFERENCE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE NATURAL, MANY PEOPLE CANNOT TELL ONE FROM ANOTHER. IF THE DEVIL CANNOT HOLD ON TO YOU OUT IN THE WORLD OF UNBELIEF, AND KEEP YOU LIVING LIKE THE WORLD, HIS NEXT MOVE IS TO TRY TO DRIVE YOU TO SOME FANATICAL END. WHY? BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT IN THE END SUCH A PERSON WILL BE DESTROYED. THAT IS THE CONFLICT WE HAVE AS TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD: TO GET ALL OF THESE THINGS SORTED OUT AND BRING OUR LIVES IN LINE WITH THE TRUE REVELATION OF WHAT IS WRITTEN IN GOD’S BOOK (THE BIBLE). IT IS A BATTLE ON OUR PART MANY TIMES: TO COME THROUGH THIS AND REALLY PRESENT OURSELVES AS CHILDREN OF GOD SHOULD; BUT EVERY PREDESTINATED ONE WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO THAT PLACE.

I am going to ask you to turn with me into the book of Acts. Here is where the great commission, and the Church had its start, just as it is described in these verses. We know what Jesus said. He had told them in the writings of Luke, when they followed Him over to the Mt. of Olives and watched Him ascend into heaven, the last words Jesus spoke to them was this, Go into Jerusalem and tarry until you be endued with power from on high. They did not know one thing about what to expect. No doubt they thought, What is this power going to be like? How am I going to recognize this power when it comes? We know when they went into the upper room to wait together, they did not know exactly what to watch for; but they did what Jesus told them to do: That was the important thing. There, is where many people fail: They will not obey the word of God until they are able to understand every little detail of it. Take for instance, Bless God, I am not going to sit up there in that place looking for something that I may not even recognize when it comes. That is not the kind of attitude God wants us to have. He wants His children to have simple faith and trust in His word without taking drastic measures like cutting off hands and plucking out eyes when they have no understanding of what He meant by that. Of course we all understand that it would be better to go to heaven without hands and eyes than to end up in hell with all of our body parts in place; but we need to realize also, that just cutting off those offensive members will not get the job done. Our determination to walk with God in a true revelation of His word is what makes the difference.


THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER


We are going to read from Chapter 2, verse 1. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they (the believers, the disciples that had been told at the Mt. of Olives, Go back to Jerusalem and wait until you receive power from on high) were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven (That was a manifestation of the presence of God.) as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, (In other words they saw a manifestation of something supernaturally sitting over the individuals.) and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” Now with this, I want us to go to the 16th chapter of St. John. We read how in the upper room the Spirit has come upon each of the believers, the disciples that had followed Christ; so what we are going to read now, is where Jesus told, before He was crucified, what this Spirit is going to do when it does come into the world. We are starting in verse 12 of the 16th chapter of St. John. “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit (or however) when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: (ALL TRUTH) for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” Putting these two settings together gives us a better picture of what was actually taking place. That passage I just read is the scripture that explains what has to come into our lives before we can actually be called children of God. Receiving His Spirit in the way they received it in Acts 2, is the only way on earth you as a person will ever become a child of God. What does that Spirit do, Bro. Jackson? That is the Spirit that gives us the eternal life the Bible speaks of, and seals us into the family of God, never to be lost again. This same Spirit is what first gets hold of you and begins to deal with your heart and tell you that you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Remember, Jesus said, No man (or woman) can come to me except the Father draw him? This same Spirit (which is actually the great Creator in His third office work) is the very thing that begins to deal with us in life to make us conscious of the fact that we are lost, separated from God, and in need of a Savior. To some it may be when they are in their childhood. Others may not be dealt with until they come to adulthood. Some have even been halfway through life before they begin to be conscious of being dealt with in this way. When Jesus said in St. John 6, No man can come to me except the Father draw him, He was actually saying, You cannot become a Christian just any time you want to: That Spirit has to deal with you first. There are people the world over, that have joined some religious system for one reason or another, without ever having been convicted of their sins by the wooing of the Spirit which is God. They call themselves Christian’s, but are they being led into ALL TRUTH? The answer is obviously NO. They follow some traditional form of supposed-to-be service to God on one day during the week for a few minutes; and then many of them live like the devil the rest of the week. Naturally that does not apply to everyone; but there is a great trend toward some kind of religious affiliation in the world today; and much of it is without the necessary ingredients of true Christianity. Becoming a Christian is not exclusively your choice in that manner. You do not set the time, nor the date, nor the hour. It is He (the Spirit which is God) that makes the choice of when and how, and He knows exactly how to deal with you when the appointed time arrives. Yes, you may look back on your life and say, He has been dealing with me ever since a certain age. That is true many times; and one might wonder, How come you never surrendered back then? The point is this, Even though you were made conscious of your need to be saved, there has to come a time when God really gets hold of your heart in a way that draws you to Him. That is when He is going to make it so real you cannot resist any longer. God knows exactly how to touch your heart to bring you to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, that when it is done you cannot say you had anything to do with it. It is He and He alone that is going to do the saving. It is He and He alone that is going to show you exactly how stubborn this human nature can sometimes be. That is my own testimony. It is one thing to be brought up in a home with Christian parents; and in an environment to know that certain Christian values are the right way of life. I thank God for those; but our salvation goes far beyond all of that. I look back on my childhood days, my mom and dad taught me basic things that are essential to a good moral life; but during all of that time growing up, many times there can be an inward pride being cultivated within that becomes part of our nature. I remember going to revivals back when I was in my teens, before I went into the army, and at times I would feel the spirit of conviction moving upon me; but in my heart I would say, I’m not a bad fellow. I don’t have to go through all that praying and giving my heart to the Lord. I am going to live to be honest, love my brothers and sisters, pay my debts, never cause anyone any trouble and try to be a good citizen; but I do not need to get too serious about this thing of being a Christian. That is the sad part of it: there are so many people in the world today that forget the word of God says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. What is that sin? It means we are all born in unbelief. There is not a one of us born into this world with belief in God. Oh, I have known the Lord ever since I have been in this world. No you haven’t. You can have a mental knowledge of a lot of things but it does not add up to genuine saving faith in God. When it really affects you, it has to affect you in a way that you begin to see certain things in the word of God that is going to begin to bring a change in your life. Therefore when it says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and there is none righteous, no not one, it means exactly that. There is not a one of us that seeks after God. We usually seek our own way in life; and it is a cheap way that most of the time glorifies the devil instead of God. It is like in the natural world we live in, we are looking for cheap bargains everywhere we go. We are looking for special sales. In the plan of salvation there is no such thing as yard sales or Bargain Basements. God has no give-away programs. Our salvation is free: in that we do not have to pay anything of monetary value for it; but that is because there has already been a precious price paid for it. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered, bleed and died on that old cross at Calvary to pay the price of our redemption; and it was paid for all who will repent and receive it. The gifts of the Spirit are all just as valuable and important to our life as the day Christianity was first born 2000 years ago. I told the story in Norway because there is a move among the people in Norway that is so beautiful. It is starting among a lot of the young people. This is the way many times it begins to make its appearance. Old people get set in their ways, their minds are made up, because if they go through life serving the Lord in a certain trend, never seeing any turns or anything in the road, they just get adjusted to that pace of life; but if the Lord’s coming is soon, then there is one thing we have to realize, There is a move of the Spirit of God in our midst and we can show it from the Bible. It is going to be a move among a people that are truly predestined to become the Bride of Jesus Christ. As they become the Bride of Jesus Christ, the religious world will say, Now wait a minute! Yes, anyone can say, Wait a minute; but for what? The last book in the Bible tells us the Bride in that day, that is the people of God that are really Christians will know in that hour that they are the Bride of Christ. Why? All because they see by the prophetic picture of things that are being fulfilled from the scriptures in the world at large. They see a picture that proclaims, JESUS IS COMING SOON! If He is coming soon, what is He coming for? He is coming to receive a people unto Himself; but it will be an element of believers that have truly prepared themselves to be acceptable as His bride. That special element of believers are not going to be a people caught up out of everything that is referred to as Christianity in the world today, uninformed, and not even knowing the time they are living in. That would be a disaster. Just think, If the Lord came for His people right now, and no one knew a thing about it, no one was expecting anything to happen, it would be a disaster. There is one thing sure though, we have a picture in this book that shows us the Bride will be ready when He comes. You may say, Bro. Jackson, give me Bible for that. Well read the 19th chapter of Revelation. What did John see? He was taken up in the Spirit and saw the Lamb’s wife. Where was she? She was in heaven. He heard all the shouting, the hallelujah’s and all that was taking place; and a voice saying, The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us read those verses. (Revelation 19:7-9) “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.” It says there, His wife HATH, past tense, made herself ready. Where did she do that? Not in heaven, but right here on earth in her every day walk of life. That very scripture lets you know that we have got to expect the Spirit of God to do something in the earth among an element of people to awaken them to the time they are living in and equip them with everything essential to their preparation for the coming of the Lord. Their lives and their cooperative working together must begin to be just like the early Church in the book of Acts. You can see some words up here on our chart: They pertain to what the Holy Spirit is doing among believers in this hour of time. In manifestations we have Shouting, dancing, shaking, trembling, drunkenness and stammering lips: all of which are Biblical expressions. There are a lot of poor people sitting in church houses today that are completely ignorant of what the Spirit of God through the ages has been doing. All they know is, they were born a Lutheran or whatever, and they have gone to Sunday School as a Lutheran, got married as a Lutheran, christened their children as Lutherans and that is all they ever intend to be, Lutheran’s. I can take every denomination that came down the road and show that they are just like that. They know very little of what the Spirit of God has been doing. Where has that Spirit been for the past 1900 years? He has dealt with people in every Age of time, to convict them of sin, and show them their need of a Savior. He has caused them to realize they need to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour; but the minute most of them committed their hearts to the Lord in that initial salvation experience they just sat down in whatever system of religion they were brought up in, with a feeling of assurance: This is all that is necessary. They have been taught to think like that. I was made to think like that myself; but God knows your heart, and He knows where you are today. If you are one of those He has foreknown from before the foundation of the earth, He knows exactly when to talk to you, to get you moving toward where you need to be.


MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT


Please follow me, as I endeavor to speak to you of the various manifestations we have listed on the chart we are using for this message. As I have said, There was a time when I was scared to death of all of this. Having married, moved to Harrison County, and being a Sunday School superintendent in the Methodist Church, and at times being ask to preach while the regular pastor went away on vacation and so forth, the gifts of the Spirit were not even on my mind. Early in March this particular year, my wife’s aunt had a birthday and they were having a birthday dinner for her and we were there. A Baptist lady in the Methodist church down home, had heard a preacher on a Louisville Kentucky Radio Broadcast, preaching about manifestations of the Holy Ghost and they were offering a little book written on that subject. The book was fifty cents and she sent for it. Now just try to imagine a Baptist woman, fellowshipping with a Methodist Church group because there was no Baptist Church around there at that time, and her being attracted to the subject of manifestations of the Spirit. (They had moved from Louisville out there.) Well, she sent for that little book just so she could give it to me. I will never forget that day. After dinner I slipped out to the car to look into that little book that was lying there on the dash in my car. As I sat there with the sun coming through the glass and enjoying that nice day in March, I started reading. I do not always read a book line for line: I just catch the thought, watch the flow and more or less scan over it. Then I came to a certain chapter titled “Manifestations of the Spirit.” When I got into that, after I read some of it, this is exactly what I did, I folded the book, got it out of my hands and said, God forbid that I should ever get involved in anything like that. I meant it. Little did I know, there were heartaches up the road for me. The next year the pastor was going to leave, I knew they would be sending another student out from Wilmore. On this particular morning I had been asked to come to the Elizabeth Church and preach. When I got finished that morning, the Sunday School superintendent followed me outside and said, Bro. Jackson I would like to speak to you a minute. He said, We like your preaching; but as you know, we are going to lose our pastor; and we have all decided that we would like to have you be our pastor. Would you accept it if we speak to the district superintendent? I said, Yes I would. I thought, Well I live here in the neighborhood and felt at that time that I wanted to preach for the Lord and do something for the kingdom of God; so naturally I said yes. That was to be in April, when they were having the district superintendent’s meeting in that particular charge. All the main ones of the different churches were there. When they reached a certain point in the meeting, someone motioned that I should go outside. I was out there maybe about twenty five minutes: Then one of the men from the Elizabeth church came out and put his hand on my shoulder and said, Bro. Jackson, I am sorry to say the district superintendent says no, to you being our pastor. We cannot put any more men in as pastors unless they have had a certain amount of education and so many years of bible school or seminary training. If you had taken a knife and stuck in my heart it would not have hurt a bit worse than those words did. I went home that evening and went to the barn to milk the cows. These are the words I said, Lord I will never stop serving you; but this New Testament was not preached by men who had all gone to a seminary and earned such and such degrees in theology. They were fishermen, tax collectors, men like I associate with every day. Brothers and sisters: It is very strange that those men had a spirit in them that caused them to put a writing together that changed the course of humanity, changed the boundaries of nations, and for two thousand years has kept societies from going berserk; and all of a sudden you have to have certain degrees in theology in order to preach it. You see what America is headed for. It is headed for chaos. If you do not believe it, look what they have been celebrating, Wood Stock. They had another gathering in Virginia: It had another name. It is a disgrace to the human race, to see a mass of teenagers naked, tattooed, rings in their ears, jewels in their tongues, sliding down mud slides and all such as that. What a world we live in! How can we as Christians not be concerned about the trend our nation is flowing in? It was not this way thirty years ago. As I told my experience leading up to this particular event in my life: Here I had said, I want nothing to do with any of that; and at that time, I meant it. (That was when I had read some of that little book) Then after this experience at the meeting I said, Lord, I will stand for your word, I will support your work, I will live for you; but Lord, I will never get in the pulpit as I have in the past. If a man has to have all that in order to pastor a congregation, I am too far up the road of life to go back and start over like that. Little did I realize the God of heaven was going to start introducing me into a realm that would be completely strange to me. That night I went to bed very disturbed. In my heart I was very disturbed. (I need to go back and try to bring all of this out together to show the chain of events.) I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NIGHT WHEN I SURRENDERED MY HEART TO THE LORD, AND HOW HE TOOK AWAY THE CIGARETTE HABIT AND THE BURDEN OF SIN AND HOW GOOD I FELT INSIDE. You have heard me speak many times of the old Methodist statement, heaped up, pressed down, and running over. Well I was using that as I spoke to the Lord and said, Lord, I will do my best to preach your word. (This was said when the Lord saved me.) I was just throwing that in for good measure while I was feeling so good, not realizing what it would lead me to later on. That was the first real experience I ever had in that way. Keep in mind, Regardless of whether you are a Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, or what, good moral people can walk around in total ignorance concerning what God is doing. That is how I was. While I was in a state of sadness over what had happened, I saw myself in a dream.


MY DREAM


I was walking down a highway. I was approaching a city. I was aware of looking for something. As I approached the outskirts of this city I saw a large tent. I thought to myself, I have heard a lot about these evangelists in the late 50’s, how they have evangelistic tent meetings. I said, That must be one of those evangelists. Then I thought to myself, I will just go take a look. I left the highway and crossed over a field and came to the edge of this tent. The flaps were rolled up because it was summer time. As I walked in underneath the tent, I saw no one; but I heard a little tapping noise way over on the far side, back in a corner. There was a little partitioned place where I finally saw one person. I could hear that person typing on a typewriter. Here I am in this big tent looking all around; and shortly that person looked up and said Sir, may I do something for you? I said, I am just looking around. Then he came out from behind that enclosure, came walking up to me, looked straight at me and said, Sir, you have a need. I said, I do? He said yes. He then said, May I pray for you? I said, Yes. The minute he reached out to lay his hand on my forehead, the tent and everything disappeared. Then I saw Jesus coming with outstretched arms. The look in those eyes was enough to make anyone cry. As He came to me He put His arms around my head and pulled my head up to His chest. I began to weep. I cried, not because I was sad, but because I was happy. There was something like a power that began to surge through me. I thought, Wouldn’t it be wonderful just to die like this? I was crying with such emotional crying it felt like I would explode from within. When it felt like I could no longer bear that feeling, all of a sudden I woke up.


END OF DREAM


When I awakened, I had my pillow in my right hand and I was ready to go over the foot of the bed. When I came to myself I was shaking. I thought, Oh Lord, what was all of that about? However I had seen Jesus and all of that despair and disappointment was gone. From that moment on I began to realize, I will have to follow God no matter what. (I had sat many times and talked to the Wilmore student pastors and gave them my testimony how the lord had dealt with me.) A few weeks after that, (the rejection and the dream) I was led into a meeting. I will never forget this either. In that meeting, when the evangelist prayed for me, there was a feeling of drunkenness, a dizziness that came over me and I fell to the floor. (You have heard this; but I want it in this message also.) While lying there on the floor I thought to myself, Just think how ridiculous you look. What are you doing down here like this? This is a shame. I thought to myself, I will just get up right now: This does not look right. I tried to get on my side; but I could not move. I was lying flat on my back. I would strain every muscle, but it felt like some kind of magnet was holding me to that floor. I could not muster up enough strength to rise up from there. Finally I just said, Lord, you must have your hand on me, so I will just stay still; and I lay there another three or four minutes or so. After awhile I began to feel that inner feeling start to lift. When I began to make my way off the floor I realized, God is a power source; and most people are scared to death of Him. They want Him only in the knowledge of their head; but when it comes to the reality of really getting acquainted with Him in the realm of an intimate relationship, that is just to much. He is a sovereign Spirit; and you have to realize that the same Spirit that can put you under conviction, can do everything else it takes to mold us into true children of His. If He can take a hardened criminal and break him down to the point where he can no longer resist His call to him to repent of his evil ways and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, can He not do anything else it takes to mold our lives? That is why on the day of Pentecost, as we read in Acts 2, when those disciples came into the streets of Jerusalem, speaking in other dialects and there were devout Jews out of every nation in and around the Mediterranean, sixteen different nations of Jews, of the dispersed realm, standing there hearing them, they were made to understand that this was a work of the Spirit of God, or the SPIRIT WHICH IS GOD. (We say, “the Spirit of God,” but in reality we are referring to the Spirit which is God, the same Spirit that Created every created thing. God the Creator, which we understand is a sovereign Spirit, is the same Spirit we refer to as the Holy Ghost, or the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of God. We are not talking about two different Spirits.) Well there they were, those Jews from all those mentioned regions, making their way toward the temple to keep the feast day of Pentecost. They were not forewarned that they were about to witness the fulfillment of what that feast typed. What happened in the upper room was the fulfillment of that type; and there in Jerusalem were thousands of Jews looking at, and listening to those Galilean Jews talking to them in their very own language, the language they spoke at home. Was that not enough to get them excited and the local, hard hearted Jews who did not understand them, really stirred up? When they began to say, What is this, for I hear the wonderful works of God spoken in the language wherein I was born? That home bunch, which were always the ones that thought they knew everything, began to criticize. These men are full of new wine, they said. In other words, Do not pay any attention to them: they are drunk. Well they were drunk; but as the apostle Peter said, Not as they supposed. Their response reminds me of a lot of supposed-to-be Christians of our day: “Oh yes, I can accept the fact that God moved on those disciples like that back then; but I cannot believe God is still doing that today.” That is the type of response you get from Church of Christ people in our day and hour; but that is because they shut the door to God. What they have is all head knowledge; for the Holy Ghost is not welcome in their system of religion. There is no doubt they have a very beautiful theology as far as argument is concerned, but they do not have an experience to go with their theology. They are ignorant of the fact that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has never changed. It is just mankind that does the changing. You cannot rewrite the word of God to make it fit your ideas. It will always be the same. Those Jews did not consider that there is a prophecy in Joel that speaks of this very thing. That does not mean everyone who receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit has to act like they have been drinking natural wine and became intoxicated, but they very well may act exactly like that. When the apostle Peter took up the word to explain what was happening there in Jerusalem,he went right to the 2nd chapter of Joel, picked up the prophecy where Joel, eight hundred years before Christ, wrote that in the last days, God would do exactly what we are seeing even now. (Joel 2:28-32) “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (29) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. (30) And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” He was actually giving reference to the dispensation of Grace which started on the day of Pentecost and is going on still yet; but we are fast approaching the hour when God is getting ready to close this dispensation to Gentile people. We Gentiles have had this dispensation for almost two thousand years; but very soon now, God will return to the Jews with the good news contained in this new covenant. It started with the Jews and it will end with them. Peter began to preach that sermon, and when he was finished, three thousand Jews who were headed for the temple, had stopped to listen and were convicted, or as the scripture says, They were pricked in their heart’s. They saw something take place. They walked up to Peter and the brethren and said, What must we do? Let us read it. (Acts2:37-41) “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (38) Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST. (39) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (40) And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” As I read these scriptures I came to the conclusion that those who are hungry for God are not fretting about whether they will or will not speak in tongues: They just want whatever the Lord has for them. That is how it should be. We have no right to specify what we are willing to receive and then reject all the rest. After God began to deal with me, I began to realize that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God; and that He is just as real today as He was two thousand years ago. In those early days of God’s dealing in my life, there were a lot of things I was utterly ignorant of; but I said, God, whatever is in this book, I want it. Whatever is for this day, I want it. I do not care what it may cost my flesh. I do not want to be a fanatic; but I do want to be realistic. I said, If there are things in this book that will make me act like I should act, and see things differently than I ever have before, then Lord, I want everything you have for me. I will not specify any limits. I had just realized, God is still God: He has not changed one bit. A lot of times we can say things in total ignorance; but God knows our heart’s and He already knows what it is going to take to work His will and purpose in each of us. That is why we should have total confidence in Him.