WE STARTED THIS MESSAGE IN OUR LAST ISSUE AND ACTUALLY WENT A LITTLE BEYOND WHERE THIS ISSUE PICKS UP; BUT IT IS DONE THAT YOU MAY CATCH THE BEGINNING OF THE THOUGHT WE WERE DEALING WITH WHEN WE RAN OUT OF SPACE, WE WERE MAKING SOME COMMENTS CONCERNING THE SEVEN THINGS BRO. BRANHAM SAW IN VISIONS GIVEN TO HIM: WHEREIN HE SAW AMERICA IN A STATE OF DISARRAY IN VISION NUMBER SEVEN; SO AFTER WE REVIEW OUR LAST STATEMENT IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE REST OF THE MESSAGE.
Let us now go to the scriptures, to Matthew 24. I am going to read verses 7 and 8, “For nation shall rise against nation.” That has been a picture ever since WW2. On an October morning, it was a chilly morning, I was on Okinawa. The war was over, (WW2) and we were waiting our turn to come home. A second lieutenant called us out; and we sat down on a grassy knoll. He had an article he wanted to read to us. He said, Boys, I have an article here from the State Department. This is giving us welcome information. They are forming the United Nations Organization. Of course he went through the display pf reading the layout of it, what all of this was to be, and what it was to accomplish. He said, They feel that after these two drastic wars, WW1 and WW2, that it is time for world leaders to get their heads together, and bring their governments together to resolve differences, and to draft an agreement, and set up a system where the world can function like the states in the United States. He said, In other words, this charter is to bring an end to all wars. I was not a Christian at that time, but I remember what the Bible said, Isaiah, in that day they will cast their gold and their silver into the streets. They will cry for peace but there will be no peace. I thought to myself, So you say. That was in October 1945. Eight years later we were in another war, in Korea. If General MacArthur had been allowed to fight that war as he had fought other wars in the Pacific, they would not have stopped at the 38th parallel. It became a political sellout. That was the first big political blunder our government began to make after the victory of WW2; so do not try to tell me politicians are not guilty of making terribly wrong decisions: They are. They are not gods. WE left Korea eventually, losing thousands of men, and losing the prestige we had at the end of WW2, when the whole world had seen our military might. Those politicians made it look like we had nothing but a bunch of little kids to fight a war with. Because we had a bunch of loud mouthed politicians in Washington, we were there to contain, but we could not really be offensive. You just simply do not contain Communism. You either blow it to pieces or let it go. Little does the world realize, France, the colonial power, one of the last in the Orients, was in Vietnam, and had been for many decades. She was fighting her battle to try to keep the Communists in Vietnam from taking over. She lost and went home; so again the world, through the United Nations, wanted only to contain Communism, hold it just in the north part of Vietnam. Once again, of all the United Nations forces, our nation was the one to go take care of that situation. Uncle Sam, you go do it. We went in at first just to furnish the South Korean army with advisers on how to go about the task it faced. But Russia was feeding the supplies and everything into North Vietnam. This demanded a buildup. So the story comes to the surface, Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense, has been plagued: The demons of remorse have haunted him: So says U.S. News. I have it right here. The Sins of Vietnam. It tells all about L. B. Johnson. That was what began to spit the American society. All of that fits right in here, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: (What is a kingdom in this setting? It is a form of government against a form of government.) And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. (We have had it, haven’t we?) All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Let us read the 37th thru 39th verses. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” What does that tell you? Many will become so interested in just living their little worldly life of materialism and enjoying life in the material sense, more or less saying, Leave me alone, I want a good job, a paycheck and all the modern conveniences of life; but do not come around talking to me about going to church. I just do not want to talk about God. I have no time for that. Brothers and sisters: The end is in sight. The world is heading for chaos. If we could see all those poor people that are crying tonight, we would have a better concept of the shape this world is in. I feel sorry for people who are trapped by circumstances. I am not talking in any way just to sound cruel, but to be positive about the hour of time we are living in. Keep in mind though, God does not see things like you and I do. If you could have been in Oklahoma City two weeks before that building was blown to pieces, ninety percent of those people involved in the tragedy would not have listened to you five minutes, if you had attempted to talk to them about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you had asked, Have you ever considered that we might be living in the last days? Well it is possible I suppose; but the way things are going right now, I do not think it is something we need to get all that serious about. That kind of attitude adds up to this, Modern man does not want God in his life until the house is already on fire. They do not want God in their lives until the baby is dying or they have some other tragedy to deal with. They do not want to hear about Jesus until things in their lives are falling to pieces. Even then, they do not want Him like we have Him. They do not want that fanatical kind of religion. Well I am sorry: If you do not want that kind, you are not going to get any kind that will have life in it. I will read it from 1st Corinthians 1:25-28. “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many might, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” Oh saints, those slick talking psychiatrists that have a smart answer for every situation, They have their place I suppose; but their last place is hell because they do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They can know all about a bomb; but if they do not know anything about Jesus, it may take a bomb to get them off the ground. I am not looking for a bomb to get us off the ground and on our way to the marriage supper prepared for those who were foreknown of the Father from before the foundation of the world. The important thing is, (and we ought not forget) God did not destroy the world in the days of Noah because He thought they were eating too much. That terminology only portrays the fact that they were totally engrossed in enjoying their wicked life style. We have the same situation right here in America today. We have the best of everything in the world; but the pleasure seeking society at large have corrupted their ways. WHAT DID GOD SAY CONCERNING THOSE SAME KIND OF CHARACTERS IN NOAH’S DAY? (Gen. 6:7) “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” That is what the Bible says, but follow my thought for a moment. It repents me that I have made man: The only thing I can see to do is destroy them. As he looked the situation over, there was one lone man, his wife and family that was different. I’ll have to say, if there are any of them that is worth saving, Noah is. I’ll save him. So God said, Noah! It startled him. What do you want, Lord? I want you to build a boat. What is that? There never had been such a thing built before. What does it look like? He told him. So many cubits, and so many cubits, and so many cubits. That big? What for? The saving of thy household and the animal kingdom, two of every kind, male and female. Well Lord, I can’t built it in a day. God didn’t say, I told you so, or anything, just start. The Bible says he was a preacher of righteousness, and he condemned the world. I can see that old man and those three sons as they went about their daily activity. It never rained, they never heard the clap of thunder or lightning in the sky. The earth was just moistened with the dew. When he began to preach to that ungodly generation their reply was, You crazy old man, you must be off your rocker. What is a boat? There is no water here for it. Noah said, there is going to be. We notice in the description there was no pilot house, no pilot wheel, no rudder, no engine room. There was a lot of things they didn’t have. But it had God, a window in the top, and a door in the side. When God closed it, it wasn’t opened until a year later. When that thing began to take shape though, can you not see the people coming around to take a look at it? Their days were getting short upon the earth; but they did not know it. I believe we are just a short distance away from the coming of the Lord and from now till then, only the Lord knows what is going to go on in this world. What happened in Oklahoma City, could be just a drop in the bucket of what God is going to let some fanatic in this nation do, simply because the statesman of our nation have played like fools, using their positions in government to deceive and misuse people. What was once a Christian nation, they have turned into a hell hole. It is enough to make you cry, to think where these characters have brought this nation from, and what it is heading for. One of the statesman in here writes, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU CAME FROM, YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. You are destined to go in circles, eventually into oblivion. I am going to quit with this part, because I want to read something else to you.
- 1 A LOOK AT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
- 2 AMERICA – AS IT WAS IN DAYS OF OLD
- 3 READING FROM HISTORY
- 4 LOOKING AT SOME SCRIPTURAL FACTS
- 5 A LOOK AT TRENDS AND AT HISTORY
- 6 SEX EDUCATION AND ITS RESULTS
- 7 SOME CAUSES OF OUR SOCIAL AND MORAL BREAKDOWN
- 8 READINGS FROM VARIOUS ARTICLES
- 9 THINGS WRITTEN ABOUT COLUMBUS
- 10 AMERICA, IN IT’S PRESENT HOUR
A LOOK AT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
We need to remind ourselves occasionally, of what our nation looked like, what shaped it, what started it. I am not taking you back a hundred years, I am taking you back to the time when Columbus landed in the Carribean. Some of these modern biographies that are now put out, portray him as a religious nut who came over here and made life miserable for the Indians. That is not so. I have reports from the FBI; but right now I am going to read for a you a section of the Declaration of Independence. It has ben a long time since we heard what it says. We take a lot of things for granted. That is why our politicians get by with a lot of the things they do. I am going to read one page: That is enough for now.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. (They are talking about separating from the king of England.) We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. (Not the spreading of perversion, drugs, homosexuality and turning society upside down.) That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (You and me) That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying it’s foundations upon such principles and organizing it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (Now it puts a warning.) Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed just for light and transient causes; (In other words, you do not throw something out the window because somebody made a little mistake.) and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer (Listen to this) while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. (That is to say, Well it has just been that way for so long, I don’t care anymore.) But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such as has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.” It goes on and on, but that is the preface of the Declaration of Independence. Now if certain people would hear me read that, they would say, You are saying the people ought to rise up and overthrow the government. No, that is not what I am saying. I am saying we should vote that bunch of rats out of office and get some new ones in there. But first, you have to wake up the people and make them realize what they have allowed to happen. They went sound asleep. The politicians say, We are put in by the people. That is not altogether true. The President is put in office by the electoral college. A bunch of money grabbing hogs have a chance to manipulate things. I wished it was the popular vote that could put them in. There would be a lot of things different. That electoral college is like pigs in a pig pen.
AMERICA – AS IT WAS IN DAYS OF OLD
Well, so much for what we have today: I am now going to read some history about America before it really became America as we know it today. I am not going to bore you, so just bear with me for a little while. As I read this I want you to compare it with what we have in government today, concerning honesty and sincerity. Then you will understand that Christian people are not responsible for what is happening in our country today. CHRISTIAN PEOPLE DID NOT CREATE THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE AMONG OUR LEADERSHIP TODAY. You did not create an environment for all this terrorism and atrocities. The Ku Klux Klan is worthless. They should have put them out of commission a long time ago. Burning crosses yes, but for what? Showing their stupidity. Then we have the skin heads. What do they accomplish? Young man, whoever you are, and whatever you think your purpose in life is, you had better let your hair grow and straighten up. If they do start investigating some of these characters, everything that looks like a leopard will be treated accordingly. You know what I mean, it is time to straighten up. Then to you who profess to be Christians. If you are a Christian conduct yourself like the Bible says a Christian should. If you want to look like that wild stuff out there in the world, help yourself; but if your life gets turned upside down, do not cry to us: You have had ample warning. We will not be coming to help you.
READING FROM HISTORY
This is not a Bible I am going to read from; but it is old men talking, years ago, and if this bunch today knew the God they were talking about, things would be different in the world today. That federal building would still be standing there. Those little babies would not be dead: So just listen to this, as I read. John Quincy Adams had just been brought in. He is made leader of the country; and his wife, Abigail, writes to him.
“You have this day to declare yourself head of a nation. ‘And now, O Lord, my God, Thou hast made thy servant ruler over the people. (She is praying just like King Solomon.) Give unto him an understanding heart that he may know how to go in and out before this great people; that he may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this thy so great a people?’ were the words of a royal Sovereign; and not less applicable to him who is invested with the Chief Magistracy of a nation, though he wear not a crown nor robes of royalty. Though personally absent, my petitions to heaven are that ‘the things which make for peace may not be hidden from your eyes.’ That you may be able to discharge them with honor to yourself, with justice and impartiality to your country, and with satisfaction to this great people, shall be the daily prayer of your Abigail Adams.” That was a godly wife: not at all like Hilary Clinton.
Here again, “On October 11, 1798, President John Adams stated in his address to the military: (just like Clinton to the Military, saying, We are going to put in the gays; but let us see what President Adam says.) We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. (Listen to this) Our Constitution was made only for moral religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (Hallelujah! He knew what he was talking about. No wonder things have gone wild.)
“In a letter to judge F.D. Van de Kemp 1809, John Adams wrote: The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. God ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which is to be the great essential principal of morality and consequently all civilization.”
“In another letter to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams wrote: (Listen to this) “Have you ever found in history, one single example of a Nation thoroughly corrupted, that was afterwards restored to virtue? And without virtue, there can be no political liberty. Will you tell me how to prevent riches from becoming the effects of temperance and industry? (The willingness to work would take care of that.) Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice and folly? I believe no effort in favor of virtue is lost.” (Without it everything else is lost. If we had men talking like this today, I think we would have a different picture. I love my country. It is not a God, but God gave it to us. It is the one country God was in from the start. Just listen to what John Quincy Adams declares.
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one dissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration, they, the American people, were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct.” (Here is a warning Samuel Adams wrote.) “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous, they cannot be subdued, but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. (We have got them in here.) If virtue and knowledge (which are the highest things,) are diffused among the people (meaning shared among the people) they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.”
I am going to read you another one. I was born in southern Indiana. When I was growing up, I never heard of Johann Bach: But listen to this writing. “Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) a famous German musical composer, was considered the ‘master of masters’ because of the inspiration of his musical compositions. Bach composed a cantata which expressed the fervency of his faith in Christ’s atoning work on the cross, entitled:’Jesus, Meine Freude.’ (Jesus, My Joy!) Other great works displaying his faith include Passion According to St. Matthew, and Passion According to St. John. In expressing his conviction concerning the purpose of music, Bach asserted: (I would like to read this to Elvis Presley, but he is not here.) The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging.” (Like rocking and rolling, ‘Woodstock,’ just outside hell’s door.)
I have one more reading, then I will quit. This is about the man that discovered the new world. It is true he was Catholic, but let his own words speak for themselves. We have biographers in America trying to rewrite American history. I have that here also. The person who writes this goes to Europe and takes the old records, the diaries of Columbus himself. They thought he was a nut. He believed in Jesus Christ. He prayed. Let me read it. Columbia University in New York is named after him.
“Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506), after seven years of trying to convince the monarchs of Europe to finance his expedition, won the support of Queen Isabella of Castille and King Ferdinand of Aragon. Columbus set sail August 3, 1942, and after the longest voyage ever made out of sight of land, discovered the new world on October 12, 1942. In his Book of Prophecies Columbus wrote: At a very early age I began to sail upon the ocean. For more than forty years, I have sailed everywhere that people go. I prayed to the most merciful Lord about my heart’s great desire, and He gave me the spirit and intelligence for the task: seafaring, astronomy, geometry, arithmetic, skill in drafting spherical maps and placing correctly the cities, rivers, mountains and ports. I also studied cosmology, history, chronology and philosophy. It was the Lord who put into my mind, I could feel his hand upon me, the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with the rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures, a strong and clear testimony from the 44 books of the Old Testament, from the four gospels, and from the 23 Epistles of the blessed apostles, encouraging me continually to press forward, and without ceasing for a moment they now encourage me to make haste. Our Lord Jesus desired to perform a very obvious miracle in the voyage to the Indies, to comfort me and the whole people of God. I spent seven years in the royal court, discussing the matter with many persons of great reputation and wisdom in all arts; and in the end they concluded that it was all foolishness, so they gave it up. But since things generally come to pass that were predicted by our Savior Jesus Christ, we should also believe that this particular prophecy will come to pass. In support of this, I offer the gospel text, Matthew 24:25, in which Jesus said that all things would pass away, but not His marvelous Word. He affirmed that it was necessary that all things be fulfilled that were prophesied by Himself and by the prophets. I said that I would state my reasons: I hold alone to the sacred and Holy Scriptures, and to the interpretations of prophecy given by certain devout persons. It is possible that those who see this book will accuse me of being unlearned in literature, of being a layman and a sailor. I reply with the words of Matthew 11:25: Lord, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hath revealed them unto babes. (Hallelujah!)
The Holy Scripture testifies in the Old Testament by our Redeemer Jesus Christ, that the world must come to an end. The signs of when this must happen are given by Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The prophets also predicted many things about it. Our Redeemer Jesus Christ said that before the end of the world, all things must come to pass that had been written by the prophets.
The prophets wrote in various ways. Isaiah is the one most praised by the other theologians. They all say that Isaiah was not only a prophet, but an evangelist as well. Isaiah goes into great detail describing future events and in calling all people to our holy faith. Most of the prophecies of Holy Scripture have been fulfilled already. I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous presence.
For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied. All this is what I desire to write down for you in this book.”
To go along with this, when we continue on, I want to take you step by step through what went on in the interval of days and years from Columbus’ time until these founding fathers began to write. I do not want to bore you; but I feel that it will help all of us, to have our attention turned back to what our founding fathers as well as others believed and wrote. I just feel compelled to say this, The church world in America has gone sound asleep. When I watched, as our president went out there and gave his speech to those crying people, I thought, If those poor people knew what kind of character sits before them, they would have cause for alarm. He has no more compassion for them than anything in the world. When he got up to make his speech and referred to the Proverb, He that troubleth his house shall reap the whirlwind, I said, you are just about ready to reap it. In fact, God is going to give you so many of these things, you are not even going to know where to start. All that happened when he got in office, he is supposed to have another year and a half, but if we are living in the last days and if that wife of his is truly a symbol of ill character and brutality, then you and I know that year and half could be full of trouble. That is why we have this chart up here. In 1963 we were given the revelation of the seals. Here we are now, in 1995 and we do not know when this last week of time for the Jews will start. WE just know we are somewhere in here. (Pointing to chart) I have to say though, The end is just in front of us. Naturally we do not know exactly how close we are actually living to the coming of the Lord. We are in an uncertain interval of time. We do know that scriptures are fulfilled right down to a point that what is left to be fulfilled can be wrapped up in very short order; so we need to watch and pray, and just be ready to recognize what God will do next.
LOOKING AT SOME SCRIPTURAL FACTS
Somewhere just in front of us, the seventh seal will be opened and the seven thunders sounded; and then the bride Church will be just about ready to take her flight to glory. I hope we have said something that might encourage you and make you a little more aware of what is going on in this nation as we approach the end of Gentile time. There is a conspiracy in the land today: not of a political nature, but spiritually. There has been a spirit of Satan working in this nation for a number of years since WW2. He has done his best to confuse political leaders, as well as educators and various types of people: all for the purpose of getting God out of the picture. Because of that, they have the idea, We are going to destroy this nation that has been known through the last hundred and some odd years as a Christian nation. The kind of people that think like that in this nation, really think everyone else is stupid. They look at people like us and feel that we have been duped, and that we are just some off shoot of some fanatical religious sect. Well I say, If they want to think that, it is alright; but some of them have a surprise coming in the very near future. We see by the Old Testament, there are things coming about that are going to unfold in the Middle East, that is going to cause some people in the world, not everyone, but some people in the world, to absolutely acknowledge that there really is a God after all. It will not lead to the salvation of their soul’s, just to the acknowledging that there is a sovereign God in control of the universe. Well, having said that, I will now read some scripture for the purpose of calling attention to prophecy. There is one verse in Luke 21:24; and this is Jesus speaking. This verse has two points of interest. One, He is saying to His disciples at that present time, concerning the Jews of that hour that had rejected what He has stood for; therefore He is speaking of that people. “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: (That was accomplished August 10, 69 A.D.; and here is the next point we want to look at) and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” At the time this was spoken, Jerusalem had already been occupied, overloaded by Gentile powers, beginning approximately 600 B.C., by the Babylonian invasion. At the time this was spoken, Rome was in power, and this was to be the last world empire. It just so happened, that in the Six Day War in 1967, in the month of June, the last half of this was finally fulfilled. When the Jews were compelled to fight, God miraculously gave them victory over the Syrians, the Jordanians, and the Egyptians, in just six days time. In that victory they took the old city. When they did, they stood at the western wall, which was the old outside perimeter of the old temple grounds. They did not go ahead and invade the Mosque of Omar, which was the Moslem mosque built on the compound grounds where the old Solomon temple had been built. They knew if they did, they no doubt would bring accusation and condemnation upon themselves from the world. They were afraid the world would say they had turned it into a religious war. They did not want that, so they stopped outside the main perimeter, at the western wall. Down came the Jordanian flag and up went the Star of David; and the city of Jerusalem has flown the star of David full mast ever since. We realize in this peace things going on right now, the Arabs that lived in the old city, as well as the Arabs outside the perimeter of the old city, are now trying their best to bring about a situation for Israel to eventually consent to giving up the occupation of the old city; because the Arabs are wanting to make the old city their religious capital. You can see the trick of Satan in that. However we do know this, We are standing at the threshold of some major trend in the Middle East. Zechariah 12 speaks of a certain thing, and this is one of the last chapters in prophetic history just before the world goes into the Millennium. Here, is what it says, (Zec. 12:2) “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” That is talking about the Arabs, those that want Jerusalem to be their city. God is not going to let it be their city, but He is going to let them get involved with it. When it happens, it is going to bring the whole world into some kind of conference and diplomatic decision making. Notice, there are two parts to that scripture though; and the next part says, (3) “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” That is an international picture. All the world that wants to get involved in the show and begin to give their advice as to what the Jews should do, the scripture says they shall be cut in pieces. With this in mind, seeing that Jerusalem has been in the hands of the Jews since the 1967 war, in just two more years, in the month of June, it will be thirty years. That, to me, is another sign post. We have got to be getting close to the end. That is why we titled this message, “Can You See The End?” Certain scriptures, as well as certain conditions are now beginning to dovetail; and point to the fact that there is something just ahead. This world, and especially this nation, as we see it right now, could not possibly go on another fifty years like it has been going. Because of this, I want to go back as we did earlier; and deal with our nation’s picture in a present tense outlook, especially covering the past thirty years, what has went on in it. We may think corruption in our government and law enforcement is as bad as it could possibly be; but I want to tell you, it is going to get worse as this age comes to its final years and days of time.
A LOOK AT TRENDS AND AT HISTORY
After the close of WW2, it is evident now that there began to be a certain trend. Yes, we went on inventing in the scientific realm; but we began to get involved in a rat race with Russia. They put the first man in space; but we put the first man on the moon. Through the 1960’s and 1970’s there was a race, who could be the first to put a man on the moon. The two nations were trying to spend each other into bankruptcy in all those endeavors. During that time we began to see a certain trend within the society of America. There began to be a decline. We begin to see the development of certain social problems creep in. America itself, because of what she had accomplished in the era of WW2, was looked upon by the world as a great super power of world leadership. American politicians began to be filled with false pride as they looked at the world’s problems and began thinking, Well we are American leadership: We are the ones the world is looking to: So they set about to plan their strategy in various things. However as we look at America from the social and moral standpoint, we begin to see a certain pattern developing that is not in our best interest. As I go to certain records, to read to you, I want to read them in a way that can be understood by everyone. I know some of you will never be able to obtain some of this information, so I will read it clearly, so if you hear the tape and want to copy them, that is your business. Let me say this, Do not take these tapes and run up and down the street yelling, Come and hear this! Come and hear this! You are not going to convert anyone. It is not for the world: it is for you: to show you how to look at this world and the country you are living in. I will say at this time, Knowing all of this is not going to make you a better Christian, but it is going to give you an insight of the environment you are affected by every day, that sometimes causes you to be aggravated, agitated and even disgusted. Why did it have to be like this? When we talk about America as having been a Christian nation, do not think that meant that everybody that lived in the perimeter of the United States or Canada was a Christian. They were not. Here is how you have to look at it. This nation, this part of the world was definitely discovered by the direction of the hand of God. It was established, and has grown to be a nation that is recognized around the world: whose society has been affected and molded by that of Christian ideals. If we will study history, we will find that the gospel first came to Asia, by the apostle Paul, and preeminence of Christendom remained in the Asia area for three hundred years after the gospel came there. All the way from the areas of Turkey, into the regions where they are fighting, in Bosnia, which in the days of Paul was known as Macedonia, Christianity was widespread. Some Greek kings came out of Macedonia. There is where Christendom began to have the great affect on the Gentile structure. We read about Corinth in the scriptures, that Corinth was a sea faring city in the days of Paul. High on a mountain, there is a temple. That temple is where female goddesses are worshiped. At certain times of the year, when certain winds blow, that part of the world was affected by a monsoon situation that caused sailing ships to set out to sea, making quick transit of the shipping and such like. High on this mountain these priestesses, which were looked upon as virgins, could look upon the city below them. When they began to see the ships come into harbor, they knew sailors from different parts of the world were there. They made their way down the mountain into the city. There they would approach the sailors for the purpose of enticing them to worship the goddess of love by having sex relationships with them. I do not like to talk like this, but if you want history, I have to speak it as it is. Therefore I ask you to please overlook the words I have to use: It is not my nature to be vulgar, but I do like to be factual. Anyhow this was the lifestyle of that pagan city; but that did not keep the apostle Paul from taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to them. He went right to the Jewish synagogue and found a few Jews that would listen to him. When he reached a certain point in his teaching, then the rulers made trouble for him and he moved to the house of a man named Justus, a man that worshiped God, and taught there for about a year and a half and even the ruler of the Synagogue believed his teaching. Let us read a few verses from Acts 18. (8) “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians believed, and were baptized. (9) Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be no afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: (10) For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. (11) And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.” After God spoke to Paul like that, he stayed in that city and preached the gospel to all that would hear. That is how the Corinthian church was established, out of certain Jews in that city, along with what had been pagan Gentiles. While the rest of the city was given over to idolatry, those who believed Paul’s preaching received eternal life. I just bring that in to try to fill in the background of what the gospel began to do in that area. In those first three hundred years, all over the Asiatic area of Gentile civilization, the lifestyles of many people in those cities, because of churches becoming established, began to be affected. Even many of the worldly families were influenced because of the Christian influence. They began to adopt in principal, and in moral attitude, what Christians were doing. That was God’s purpose. If God used the Jews in ancient times and said they were to be a light to the Gentile, what was the reason? To show to the Gentiles that there is one God, and if they choose to worship Him, there is a lifestyle and pattern they can choose to live by. Without that, the Gentiles who had all kinds of deities they worshiped, would not have known that those things were no longer to be considered as anything they should give attention to. They did not care how they lived before they received the gospel. It is a historical fact that Christendom helped straighten up the moral picture of Gentile nations coming through many centuries of time. Then coming out of Europe in the Reformation period, God had in mind to establish in this new world, not a nation of Jews and Judaism, but Christians from the old world, that would have the freedom and atmosphere to worship their God according to the way He dealt with them. They had been brought out of the old system of Catholicism and had been given certain doctrinal truths to uphold, yet there was something about the society of Europe that still affected those people. There was not really the social freedom that Christians needed in order to reflect the Christian life in a way that it would really speak out. God had a purpose in establishing this nation we call America. A lot of people do not realize that; and they think you are bragging when you say so; but I believe we can satisfy your mind’s on the matter with what we will show you. They think America was something that happened by chance; but I say it was brought about by the hand of God. When I read to you some more about Columbus, you will look at some of those school teachers and say, Where in the world did you get that book you have been using? I read things today that made me cry: because I had never read or heard them before. I saw some of the film a few years ago, of the five hundredth centennial of Columbus discovering America. Some of the things they perpetuate in that is nothing but a lie. We are living in a society that is duped. For the last 35 or 40 years we have heard educators and politicians yak, yak, yak. It reminds me of a barn door flapping in the wind. Every time it comes open there is a bad odor that comes out. That is the way with a lot of politicians and educators. There is something coming from them that just does not smell right. You have to be keen to catch it; but the picture they portray is not as it should be. There is deception on every hand. I will now try to get back to what I started out with, how so much has changed since the close of WW2. I have here a little magazine. In that magazine, published in Washington D.C. it has statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from the Census Bureau, the National Health Service and some of the committees they have in Washington. People who will talk to certain college officials, how certain types of students are progressing and so on and so forth, all the charts in this magazine, somehow or other use 1960 as the year that basic statistics should start from, measuring time. From 1960 to 1991 and 1992, there was a constant climb in the percentage of breakdown of homes. Teenage crime has reached such proportions it is almost unbelievable. We have in our American society all this wild, demonic kind of behavior, ten and twelve year old children killing their parents, torturing and killing someone just as easy as eating candy. Teenagers are killing one another every few days: just like we had in this are a few years ago. Those girls took one friend of theirs, up near Madison, Indiana, beat her, poured gas on her, set her on fire and left her by the side of the road to die. We came to find out that they were practicing lesbianism. They can tell you it has always been like this; but I just have to say, Yes, but only in a minor way, few and far between. In fact it was so minor there was no statistical means to measure it by. They do not have to look very far for statistics on anything anymore.
SEX EDUCATION AND ITS RESULTS
I am going to read some things to you; and I want to remind you that I only went to school through the eighth grade. When I was growing up, my intention was to be a farmer, so I saw no need of going any further in school than the eighth grade. It has been the Lord that helped me gain knowledge of a lot of things since then. I just ask that you bear with me. Sometimes my words may not be as proper as they should be; but my main interest is to get the point over so it can be understood. As I look back to the 1950’s, that is when educators of the nation first started to slowly introduce this thing of sex education in the class rooms. It started out slowly; and in some communities it set off a furor. School leaders became very confused as parents objected. In certain areas it depended on how strong the school board and some of the local officials were. The question was, were they going to give in to the pressure of the people in the community, or to the school board? Through the 1950’s there was a constant see saw, back and forth. Eventually this teaching made its way into every college and high school. The grade schools is the last area of entrance. Watch how those law cases went, where parents (especially Christian parents) went to school boards and refused to let their children take part in those things. They had law suits in Tennessee, California and at least five other states over the nation, that made headlines. Parents went to court with school boards. The tragedy of it was, the U.S. Supreme Court has done over ruled all other things and the local judges give in to the pressure of the Supreme Court. Finally, Christian parents have literally been spat upon by the educators, the school board officials of the communities. Some were even threatened, “Shut up, or we will take your children away from you.” In other words, We can absolutely bring criminal charges against you. Yes saints, you have freedom of religion as long as you keep it in your home; but outside your home, it is a different story in America anymore. Once every school system began to settle down into this trend, the devil has the last laugh. He fired his first shot; and he hit his mark. Of course we all know any girl or boy is a lost sinner until they surrender their lives to Jesus Christ; and some of them have made mistakes in life; but in the past, it was not because they had teachers teaching them how to carry on a sexual relationship. Down through the ages, young folks have always learned what they needed to know about those things by the time they needed to know. When High School, even Grade School students begin to be exposed to this kind of teaching, regardless of what kind of home they come from, it begins to probe the innocence of their human mind and excite passion. None of those teachers were telling them. Now you know, that Biblically this is wrong; but we feel that you need this instruction anyhow. In face, they are not allowed to bring the Bible in on anything pertaining to behavior. They soon began to leave the idea that premarital sex is morally wrong. They will say, It is only wrong if you perceive it to be wrong. In my mind I can see parents of Christian homes crying, Lord, what are we going to do? My daughter, my son, being exposed to this, what will it lead to? Their hands are tied though; and they are being threatened. The American society is set up like this now: as if molded in concrete. Now it is a common thing to hear of high school girls getting pregnant. Before sex education in schools, that was not an acceptable picture. Now if you will listen to what I am saying, you will understand I am using it to show you your country, not just to pick on someone and victimize them. As teen age sex and pregnancy began to be a growing trend, watch what we were faced with next: Going into the 1960’s, we began to see dope come upon the scene. Where did that stuff come from? I can remember when you first began to hear talk of marijuana: I did not even know what it was. I had heard about dope in India, in articles I had read. I had heard about opium dens in various areas of the world: They had been there for hundreds of years. A person could go in there, buy a pipe of opium and smoke it: They even had beds their customers could lie on to smoke that stuff. It would give them all kinds of hallucinations for two or three hours. Some of those poor Asiatic people smoked themselves to death on opium. But to think that this country would ever be like that was not even considered. Nevertheless it did; and when it did, it was not long until every College Campus had their problems with that stuff. Back in 1969, in Baltimore Maryland, another brother and I were taken by a brother that lived there, on a little drive past a university in that city. He said, as we went around this certain corner, I will not stop, but look at that lawn up there. As we looked, there were students all over the lawn, some laying flat, some propped up against trees and so on. They looked like mummies. They were smoking their pot or whatever. It was a pitiful sight. Anyhow as this dope situation became widespread, the devil had another evil working its way into the society: homosexuality soon became a thorn in the flesh, so to speak. It just kept creeping in until it eventually became an accepted lifestyle in many places. As soon as the devil gets one thing going good, he is ready to introduce something else. At first, everyone starts crying out against it, but as they cry out about it, and the political and educational structures are forced to do something, what they do is what the devil wanted them to do: They begin to consent to and condone the evil activity, saying, There is really nothing wrong with this and that: Everyone ought to be allowed to live his or her own lifestyle. Brothers and Sisters, that is not what the Bible says. Anyone who studies the Bible, knows that it says, AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, SO SHALL IT BE IN THE END TIME. It is in Luke’s writings. (Luke 17:26 – 30) “And as it was in the days of Noe, (Noah) so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (28) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; In other words, they just did anything that came into their minds to do, to gratify the lusting of their carnal nature, regardless of how despicable it was. (29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Any person with common sense ought to know that this very social condition becoming so generally accepted, is why God sent a flood in the days of Noah. That is also why God sunk Sodom and Gomorrah beneath the earth’s surface, never to be seen anymore. (Gen. 19:24) “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; (19) And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.” God allows things of evil to go just so far, then He brings judgment. That is why God is going to bring America face to face with some tragic disaster. He will sink the FBI and the Federal government with it. When the leadership of a nation begins to consent to the evils that destroy society, it cannot help but go down. You cannot fellowship light with darkness and good with evil. It will not work. The devil’s main objective is to get the mind of people in such a shape that they begin to look at evil and say, That is only wrong if you perceive it to be wrong. Well some may see it like that; but we do not have to join them: We have the Bible that makes it extremely clear how our heavenly Father looks upon these deeds of mortal mankind. This perverted thinking is all a result of a psychological thing of programming peoples minds in this compromising age of time. The devil knows he cannot brainwash the old timers; so he just simply concentrates most of his efforts on the younger generations: knowing that eventually, they are going to be the political, spiritual and social leaders. That is when it will truly be like it was in the days of Noah and Lot; and I believe we would have to say, That time is near upon us. How did the forces of evil get such a foot hold in such a short time, some will say? A woman named Madeline Murray O’Hara, (I believe that is her name) got a petition against prayer in school and our Supreme Court went for it. A thing like that had to be done by the hand of the devil. Now there is no longer any prayer in our schools. Right in the very places where people’s minds and lives are going to be fashioned and shaped for the oncoming generation of government leadership, this is what they are up against: people who are trying to get rid of everything that pertains to a sovereign God. When finally the Bible and prayer was thrown out of our schools, again parents raised a furor in different places; but to no avail. Even in some places students tried to go contrary to the ruling, only to be defeated by a powerful majority of political minded society. After God began to lift the Spirit of conviction back in the 1950’s, the devil came in like a flood to capture the youth of the nation; and now an overwhelming majority of our younger generation is no longer sensitive to right or wrong. Their minds have been so programmed to the thrill of all these devises of evil, they do not see a thing wrong with alcohol, drugs and sex out of marriage. Because of that, the door is now shut to the Christian voice. You cannot affect the school, and you cannot affect what goes on in society. You used to drive through some of the old country towns and see some preacher with a guitar and a singing choir, out somewhere conducting a street meeting: That is not allowed any more. It is called disturbing the peace. Well when that motorcycle gang comes through town, why do they not get after them for disturbing the peace? They like to terrorize and upset everybody’s apple cart as they roll into town. There has been a few instances through the years when they came into truck stops and harassed the waitresses, and sometimes who off in front of truck drivers: but the law does nothing about that. I did hear though, that there were a few truck drivers here and there, that got tired of it; and they had their own way of handling the problem. I can just imagine, three eighteen wheelers going down the highway minding their own business; and here comes a couple of smart aleck outlaws, hell’s angels, or whatever they are called. Some of them look like Tasmanian devils. Here they come down the highway, showing off, acting like they own the road. These truck drivers, work it so they eventually wind up between two of the eighteen wheelers, then the other one comes alongside and closes the gap. The truck driver in front just touches his brakes a little bit and the motorcycles are underneath the back end of that rig. You do not do much damage to the underneath of an eighteen wheeler with a motorcycle. I am not suggesting that anyone set about to do that: I am just telling you that when people have to handle a situation themselves, there is a way to get the job done. Always remember, there are a few human beings in society, that are not going to be buffaloed by every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along harassing society. In 1966, in the month of October, here in Georgetown, Indiana, a WW1 veteran ran a filling station. He also had a little stand on the side where he sold tomatoes. That is how he made his living. Two Louisville outlaws came along one day, and stopped there. While one went to the restroom, the other one filled up his gas tank. Then he had the audacity to urinate right on those tomatoes the man had out there to sell. When the other one came out, the one that owned the station ran them off; but they said they would be back to see him. Of course that meant they would round up some more of their kind and return to take care of him. When those two got back to Louisville, they sent word, We are coming back: all of us. There were two more veterans in Georgetown that said, Let them come: We will meet them. They brought shotguns and rifles. (This was the article in the newspaper.) They notified the sheriff of Harrison County, and the State Police. Those characters kept sending word, We are coming back. The State Police said, we can do nothing until we catch them in the act. Now that is nonsense, but that is how things were. There was a time in America, that people could be arrested on suspicion; and I say it ought to be like that today. Those three veterans barricaded certain windows. They told the police, We will not stand by and let those guys run us out of town. The night the Louisville Outlaws said they would pay a visit to Georgetown, those guys were sitting in the filling station with their shotguns and rifles in hand, ready for their visit. The state police were watching and the sheriff was close by. They were going to radio the Law if they saw those motorcycles coming. They waited and waited, but they never came. They no doubt found out what they would be faced with and called it off. I believe that was in October, 1966. I am bringing that into this message just to show you approximately when this sort of thing first began to be widespread. There were a lot more things like that being done by characters like that through the years, that would not have been allowed prior to World War 2. Back then, If anyone was caught doing those kinds of things, they were immediately branded as gangsters. The FBI knew it. The state police departments knew it; and it was handled as it should have been.
SOME CAUSES OF OUR SOCIAL AND MORAL BREAKDOWN
Let us go back to the early part of the 1960’s, and take a look at the process of our social breakdown in this country. Here came the political moves designed to benefit our black populace. For a long time, the black people of America had been sort of pushed out of society. They had to live under certain strict limitations. Well they had no sooner taken measures to correct that situation, when up comes a movement of women, the National Organization of Women. Everything that was standing on the sidelines, when they saw that civil rights was accepted, they began to line up behind this thing of human rights, equal rights, work rights; and before very long the woman came out from the home and launched a great drive to take many jobs from men. Now women are everywhere yelling, I want this job! They began to challenge industries for equal this and that. There began to be a breakdown of social relationship between man and woman, along with the moral side of the picture. We had a category of woman in the workplace with this attitude, Phooey with a husband: I can get any man I want, any time I want to; but right now, I want to be president of the bank and so forth. I want to be a supervisor in the work place. You can easily see what it has led into. That NOW organization has harassed the overall genetic social picture of things for many years now. We have a category of women who are presidents, or some kind of executive figure somewhere and they hate men. This itself feeds off to a bunch of men that become haters of women. Keep in mind, whatever the devil hatches out in any place, he will hatch out a counterpart somewhere else. Only in America, is it like this. Then, with all the other pressures of life out here in the world, you begin to hear the cry, sexual harassment in the workplace. Then you have young men and women getting married, that have never been disciplined in any way: They did not grow up under the guidance of a mother and father; therefore they do not know how to be a husband nor a wife; and they certainly do not know how to raise children that will be upstanding citizens. They are hot headed and discontented and without self control. The way I see it, our society is falling to pieces. Where did such a trend start? You have to go right back to the 1950’s, for that answer. Back then, it was just a little bit here and a little bit somewhere else, until it has come to the place where we see an overall picture of youth in decline. Dads and mothers are crying, What are we doing to do? Well what can they do? There is nothing in the nation to take their place. You can no longer go to the law for help. Husbands come home drunk and beat their wives; and I do mean beat: They break ribs, brake jaw bones and all such like. I never heard of any such when I was growing up. I had never seen a woman out in public with blue places on her cheeks, her arm in a sling, or slashed with a knife. You would hear ever once in a while that so and so did not get along too well; and ever now and then you would hear of someone being slapped around by a drunken husband; but there was no such thing as any man leaving his wife half dead, with broken bones, and someone having to take her to a hospital. Then maybe that woman telling a lie about how she got like that, saying, Oh I fell down the stairs. That is a very common thing in this day and hour; and I am certain it will get worse instead of better. I will tell of one situation that took place up here in Borden, Indiana years ago. I was just a little boy back then, and we lived about two and a half miles from the man and his wife that I am going to tell you about. He was in his 50’s, and I do not know how old she was; but she was a small woman, no bigger than a string bean, you could say. He was a short stalky fellow that grew a lot of garden stuff to sell. He would bring his produce to the Louisville Hay Market to sell it. At times, he would sell out early, then he would go somewhere and drink, and come home in that old truck drunker than a hoot owl. He came home like that at various times and slapped his wife around some. Finally, she got tired of it; and since there were no wife abuse centers for her to turn to for help, she used her own method to correct the problem. She was a smart little woman that knew just how to handle the problem. She took a bed sheet, You know how you have one to sleep on and another to put over you, so here is what she did, She took one sheet and doubled it and put it on his side of the bed. She took another one and put it on her side. Along about two in the morning, here he came. She talked nice to him until he got in bed and passed out. When she knew he was asleep, she got a big needle and some heavy cotton string and went to work taking care of her problem. With him between that folded sheet, she started at his feet and laced that thing up all the way to the other end, right up around his throat. This is the truth! This is not just a story: She got hold of a stick and lit in on him with it. He cried, he screamed, and he begged, but she made sure he understood what it was all about before she let up on him. She said, Jake, I am tired of you coming home drunk and treating me like you do. He is in that sheet helpless and begging, Please, you are killing me. I know what I am doing, she said. She beat him sober. When he came to himself, he was black and blue. After he was sober enough to talk to, she said, Are you ever going to do that anymore? He said, I will never do that anymore. She said, If you ever come in here like that again, I will not even listen to you. Well I do not know whether that cured him from drinking or not; but he never came home drunk again. As far as I know, they lived happily ever after. They did not need any social worker to tell them how to handle those problems back then. We have too much social interference in things that could be settled in a sensible way. We have lawyers and judges fattening their pocket books on the ignorance of our American society, from divorce to every other kind of thing you can think of. We have an element of people in America that do not know which way they are going. I hope you understand what I am saying. It is a fact, America reached a point that something began to take place, they began to get sick, sick in the head. As we examine all these rights that have been fought for, then along comes, I do not know whether you call it a committee or a department of government, called Civil Liberties Union. They have one or two things that are worth something; The rest is not worth two cents to anyone. They will take the side of a criminal and say, You cannot do this to him or her, because of their civil rights. They have been known to do that in some very strange situations. We did not have that outfit fifty years ago. A Gideon man stood here and talked about passing out New Testaments on a certain street here in Jeffersonville. It was not long until here came a Civil Liberties Union, You cannot do that: You must stop immediately. Fifty years ago, no one would have interfered with a project like that. Fifty years ago, especially on Saturday, you could go up to Salem, Indiana and have a gospel meeting; and not one person would try to stop it. You cannot do that anymore. The American Civil Liberties Union acts like a big bull dog, ready to defend the Constitution. They have stretched the Constitution to the point that it does not even mean what they think it means. Well, so much for that: Here is the magazine I spoke of, The index of leading cultural indicators. Here is the number 1 chart, the number of crimes committed, it starts in 1960. This is the FBI source. In 1960 in the United States, the statistics was 280,460. In 1991, 31 years later, 1,911,770. Almost two million major crimes. It looks like the more our pattern of life begins to increase in a luxurious way, better food, television, and all this, the social attitude toward human beings gets worse. Violent crime arrest were 100,000 in 1965. In 1960 it was negative, because they did not even have a chart. When we come to 1965 it is 137 per 100,000 violent crimes. But by 1990 we have 430.6 to 100,000. Does that not tell you, that in thirty years something has gone terribly wrong somewhere? Mr. President, FBI, or whoever you may be, DO NOT LOOK AT ME: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE, I AM A CHRISTIAN: I DO NOT BELIEVE IN LIVING LIKE THAT. I never have lived like that. That is why I said earlier, if you want to investigate us, help yourself. We have no guns, no gunpowder, we do not know how to make fertilizer bombs, and we do not want to. I am not trying to change the world; but I will say there are a few of us getting pretty sick of all this wickedness and perversion and the way politicians and others in places of authority are handling it. We know it is all heading in the wrong direction. As I said earlier, Do not look for us in front of the abortion clinics, nor in any other form of public protest: We will not be there. Every time one of those little fetus’ is cut to pieces, that is one more crime against you in the portals of heaven. There is a judgement day coming; and the sovereign judge makes no mistakes. It is going to take more than the U.S. Supreme Court to change the record then. Juvenile violent crime is on the increase. The fastest growing segment of our population is the nation’s children. Why? Because you have said, We do not need the Bible. We do not need prayer in school. We are going to teach them sex, whether their parents like it or not. That is going to make them smart. Oh yes, but they are losing their I.Q. They are going down, down, down.
READINGS FROM VARIOUS ARTICLES
According to the FBI, “The nearly quadrupling in juvenile arrests has involved not only the disadvantaged, the minority youth in urban areas, but all races, all social classes and lifestyles. The population group of 10 to 17 years old is going to increase significantly in this decade. The violent upsurge may actually accelerate in the 1990’s. In the District of Columbia alone, the number of girls arrested for assault and other violent crimes, jumped 57 percent from 1990 to 1991.” That is just one year. That is the FBI report. I did not write it. We are not criticizing. If any of you want to see more of these statistics, most are based on years from 1960 to 1990, thirty years of time, which shows there is definitely a breakdown taking place. I am going to read something else here. It is sad. The Bible says pray for your government, the leaders, and such like. But there comes a time when it looks like governors and leaders refuse to be recognized. This president we have now, I am not picking on him because he is a Democrat, but no sooner does he get in office, he begins to say the great American dream is going to turn to a nightmare. What causes him to talk like that? Just think about it. This next reading is taken from the book, “Big Sister Is Watching You,” by Texe Marrs. “Joycelyn Elders has an agenda that is non-medical and unbecoming for the position of Surgeon General. The respected Christian Crusade newspaper editorialized, ‘Dr. Elders’ lack of moral rudder and servitude to political correctness is troubling. She stands for everything that most Christian’s reject.”
“The cultural wars heat up,” wrote national columnist William Murchison. “As usual, Bill Clinton, in choosing Dr. Elders for her post, aligns himself with the bureaucrats and 60’s retreads, laboring to reshape worn-out values like chastity and modesty.”
Conservative columnist Suzanne Fields also wrote a thoughtful column in which she reported: As chief presidential spokesman on the nation’s health, the Surgeon General wields a different sort of power: The power of ideas. In choosing Dr. Elders, whose radical ideas on social policy set her far outside the mainstream, Mr. Clinton has once again managed to take a step away from the beliefs and concerns of ordinary Americans.
Also commenting on Elders’ nomination, Kay Cole James, the articulate vice president of the Family Research Council, remarked, “I am a mother of three teenagers, and this nominee scares me.” James, a black woman whose achievements as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Dept. Of Health and Human Services during the Bush administration were widely recognized, states that she is particularly alarmed over Dr. Elders’ fanatical support for school-based clinics, sex instruction and condom giveaways for underage children. Pointing out Dr. Elders’ radical, pro abortion views, Rev. Dee Davis of the Harvest Church International in Washington D.C., has declared, “We oppose the nomination, she has proven she is insensitive to the unborn.” Notably, Rev. Davis, like Elders an African-American, wore a button with the message, “Abortion is Black Genocide”, on her lapel, significant because Dr. Elders has often sought to make abortion a racial issue.
Elders wages war on Christians. Is Rev. Davis correct? Is Dr. Joycelyn Elders insensitive to the unborn? You better believe it. Consider, for example, the fact that she once sneeringly barked, “pro-lifers are really going to have to get over their love affair with the fetus.” (This is the kind of political thinkers we have in the Federal Government.) Elders has only contempt for Christians. With a deceiving smile and a judgmental and politically correct snarl, she once told an audience that pro-life Christian leaders are “very religious non-Christians who have slave master mentalities.”
“Preachers have been moralizing for years,” Elders sneered when asked by a member of the Arkansas joint budget committee to comment about the rising course of protests of her policies by Christian ministers and clergy. At a U.S. capital protest against Dr. Elders’ nomination, a number of African-American men and women pleaded with Congress not to confirm her for the job. Said Robin McDonald, a Washington D.C. black woman, who is also a social worker active in working with teenagers, “My concern is that they not pick someone because she is African-American. They should pick someone who represents the values of Americans at large.”
It is a fact, if these modernists succeed in establishing the total agenda that they are out to establish, the time will come, I would say in seven to eight years, Christians will strictly be misfits in society. They want your tax dollars, to carry out their own program: but they could not care less about your Christian values. Some of you have wondered, What about the militias you have heard about in Montana and North Carolina? If you could hear the sad story of some of these men, you would probably know why they have done what they have done. I am not for the man who pulled off this terrible thing. He is a radical; but I will say, American leadership has produced this type of radical. As long as man is here, regardless what our racial background is, man, in his natural birth state, is a sinner. Some born into this world will grow up to be mean. They just have certain traits about them. Others grow up in life to have a gentle nature about them. It depends mostly on what gets a hold of them and programs their mind. Like I said, I have enough evidence to back up everything I will say in this message. Here, is a book written by two brothers in the Vietnam War. A lady in Canada sent it to me. It is titled, “KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE,” by Monika Jensen-Stevenson & William Stevenson. You have heard through the years how there seemed to be a great number of missing in action soldiers in the Vietnam War. There seemed to be a tendency of certain officials bickering with the North Vietnamese to turn over the mission in action. Remember, there were three areas of that, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. I am going to read one little section of this. This is the clue. The war is over. In Paris France, they are talking about what they are going to do to resolve this conflict, and how the North Vietnamese are to turn over the missing in action, to the proper people.
“It seemed that the U.S. government had expected to bargain for prisoners, but somewhere along the road, abandoned the idea. (We did not bargain with Hitler for our prisoners of WW2. We never bargained with Japan, because we beat them. But when we involved our troops in Korea and Vietnam, which was a politician’s war, that they started playing like international gamblers, with men.) Article 20 of the peace agreement stated: The United States anticipates that this agreement will usher in an era of reconciliation with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam as with all the peoples of Indo-China. In pursuance of its traditional policy, the U.S. will contribute to healing the wounds of war and to post war reconstruction. (In other words, we bombed the daylights out of them, and then rebuild their cities. That is not the way you fight a war.) President Nixon reinforced that pledge with a secret promise of four and one half billion aid dollars in a letter to Prime Minister Pham Van Dong on February 1, 1973. That letter was not released until four years later. The promise of reconstruction aid was never kept, largely because Congress, angered by reports from returning prisoners of war of torture and mistreatment by Hanoi, would never grant such aid. Because of Watergate and his attendant resignation, Nixon lost all possibility of arranging fund transfers from other programs. The promises that were not kept rankled the Vietnamese Communists. Time and again they were to hint during negotiations that the prisoner issue was tied to the promised reconstruction aid.”
I could go right on down through there, when the boat people later began to come, fleeing Vietnam to come to the States, many reported, I saw so many American prisoners in an isolated spot. They begged me, Tell somebody. The story goes around. These people’s parents, that is why you saw in the news at various times, they had hope that their son could be brought home. But these Vietnamese know how to gamble. They use you for a bargaining chip. No other nation has ever done it like that. We did not win them. If we would have fought to win, we would have laid down the dictates. I can remember, while there were boys that went willingly, some never came back, some did come back. They fought, for what? Not to win a war, but to detain something to a certain degree. You just simply do not fight to win or run. You cannot convince politicians of that though, so when these soldiers come home, shot up, their bodies crippled, what kind of America do they come back to? Many of them came home to either be ignored or criticized. What would it do to you? They went willingly: believing it was the right thing to do. The man we now have in the White house as our President, refused to go. However he does not hesitate to send FBI men in to some other situation. Those boys came home to a nation that booed them, and did not want to pay any attention to their plight. We had a lot of college students that walked down the street past the soldier wearing his emblem of the Vietnam War, and they would look upon him as a dirty dog. How do you think that made them feel? The America they fought for, does not love or respect them. In the 1960’s, according to articles I have read, we had teachers in our colleges that said, We will destroy this imperialistic system of America. It needs to be made over. That is one reason so many students in some of our colleges became brainwashed, to believe that America was heading down the tube. It is no wonder we have so many demonstrations in colleges. There was a shoot out in Kent State Ohio. Sad as it is, when the youth of a nation get to the place they went to run it, they will ruin it. I read something in here, that hurt me so much, I said, I cannot read that. Men came home with broken hearts, as they began to see a society that was so different than what our founding fathers visualized. There is definitely a trend in this modern America, to change in the eyes of the world, the idea that this was ever a Christian nation. They would rather have other nations made to believe this never was a Christian nation; and that all of that is just a lot of hocus pocus. Why has it come to that? Because we are living in the Laodicean Age, the Age when even the Church has a lukewarm attitude toward the things of God; so why would the people of our general society not be worse? The smart people have everything so programmed they think, WHO NEEDS GOD? Let us read a few verses from the book of Revelation, to refresh our memory concerning the general attitude of people in the Age we are living in. (Revelation 3:14-18)This is what was written to the Church in Asia Minor whose general attitude best portrayed the attitude that would prevail here at the end of the Gentile Age. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; (15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. (16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (That shows how abominable this kind of attitude is to the Creator) (17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.” The true Church will take heed to this admonition and prepare to meet the Lord Jesus when He comes for her; but the rest of the world will only get continually worse. When you heard on the News, that they wanted to put the Enola Gay, that B29 bomber used in WW2, in the Smithsonian Museum, those radical modernists that are always kicking up a fuss about something said, We don’t need that! They are the same kind of people that we have in our various religions today. I also have an article in one paper, about how certain religious denominations have taken out of their song books, all songs that have military-like words in them: Songs such as, Onward Christian Soldiers, saying, We do not believe in wars; so we do not need that kind of song. I just have to say, SING THEM AGAIN! WE ARE IN A WARFARE. If we ever were, we are now. I am not telling you to go get a gun and go after anyone; but I am telling you we need to pray seriously about this spirit that is becoming so predominant in the world today. Prayer is more powerful than the atomic bomb when we get our thoughts and prayers lined up with the word of God. I found out in the U.S. News, the agenda where they are wanting to rewrite American history; and they are wanting to change the whole pictorial scene in the Smithsonian Institute Museum. They are really wanting to portray America as much the aggressor against the Japanese, as they were us in Pearl Harbor. They were getting ready to put certain film pictures in there, then a great furor comes. On and on, they want to change everything where young people go, where tourists go, they are being made to see a picture showing that America really was never the Christian nation that you have been told it was. They say that image is hypocritical. That is the big deception going on in this nation presently. I am glad they finally began to drop certain things, because here is the magazine that was published all through the war years. It is like U.S. News and Newsweek now. They stopped publishing it years ago; but this is a reproduction of all the military pictorial part. Here is one, crying, as the war nears its end. Those men come home to an America that loved them. When they tell you we were as much an aggressor as the Japanese, that is a bare faced lie. Right here, is General MacArthur stepping ashore at Lahti. (That is where I was.) He left when Corregidor fell, but he said, I shall return. When he left, the Japs killed ten thousand Filipino people and soldiers and sailors, in the death march. That is the Oriental way of doing it. When we went in at Lahti, we got in late in the evening. We just bedded down for the night; and next morning, we were just outside a Filipino village, opening our rations, when a man came out of the village to talk with us. To show you how the Japs were, he thanked us for being there. He said, We rejoice, because we are now free. He told just how long ago it had been, when one morning the sun was just up at such an angle; and in came Japanese soldiers. They took a Filipino girl, tied her to a stump of a coconut tree and raped her all day long, giving her no water or food, and the temperature was one hundred and some degrees in the sun. When night came, she was dead. They moved us up the beach toward the capital. I met a Filipino boy that was about eight years old, who looked like he had been born with a hair lip. Everyone knows what a hair lip is. I said, How long have you been that way? I thought he would say, All my life; but when he was younger, a Jap soldier took the butt of his rifle and hit him in the head, split his face, mashed his nose, knocked his teeth loose, and split his gum. That is what the Japanese did. It says here in this article, When General MacArthur returned, and the Japs saw they were going to lose the war, they did away with a hundred thousand Filipinos in retaliation. Do not let anyone try to tell you we were the aggressor in that war. We did not go there to mistreat anyone. We went there to free those people. Now they want to try to paint the picture completely wrong because we dropped the bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima. We really did it to save lives, which the Japs up until that time, had no regard for. That is why I have to talk like this. American history does not need to be rewritten. People just need to get some understanding of it, the way it is already written.
THINGS WRITTEN ABOUT COLUMBUS
At this time, I am going to read something that made me feel so terrible when I read it. Here is a book, “AMERICA’S GOD AND COUNTRY.” It is from the old statesmen, founding fathers, about Columbus when he discovered the new world. As we read earlier, Columbus was a Catholic, but we need to remember, that in 1492 the Reformation had not started. He was a man that had prayed much. God, by His divine guidance had really dealt with him, that the world was round. For seven years he stood in the court, talking with different delegates and royalty. They all said he was crazy. When I went to school, we studied about Columbus; but I never saw in the histories I read, what I am going to read to you now. In 1992, they put together a documentary about the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Not one time was he ever referred to as being a devoted religious man. They talk about him putting the cross here and there, and trying to convert the Indians and so forth. They even go so far as to say he upset the Indians, and that he was bitter against the Indians and caused all kinds of trouble; and it seems that almost everyone believes it. Let us read some of it. He was a man that definitely believed in, and trusted God for everything.
“On September 15, 1493, Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain with 1,200 colonists (Spanish people who wanted to come to the new world just like Pilgrims did on the East Coast) and 17 ships. They landed in the Indies on November 3, 1493, where Columbus continued his discovery of the islands of Dominica, (Dominican Republic) Mariagalante, Todos los Santos and St. Maria de Guadalupe. In returning to the settlement of La Navidad on the island of Haiti, where he had left the 40 men from the wrecked Santa Maria, (one of the three in the first crossing, After the shipwreck those 40 men were left on the island of Haiti.) Columbus’ worst fears were realized. (Here is something you probably never heard. This is why the area of the Gulf of Mexico is called the Carribean. They were a savage people. They are called the Caribs.) The Caribs had attacked the fort and had killed all his men. Thereafter, Columbus had to resist a growing apprehension amongst the colonists, who previously had anticipated only the marvelous conditions reported from the first voyage.
In 1495, Michele de Cuneo, a young Italian nobleman who had accompanied Columbus on this second voyage, recounted in a letter, further evidence of the cannibalistic Caribs who inhabited the islands:
In that island, St. Maria de Guadalupe, we took twelve very beautiful and very fat women from 15 to 16 years old, together with two boys of the same age. (There are parts here that I will not read.) This we thought had been done to fatten them up and eat them. These boys and girls had been taken by the above mentioned Caribs; and we sent them to Spain to the King, as a sample. (He wanted them to know back in Spain, what kind of people there were in the Carribean, and what they had to deal with.) The Caribs, whenever they catch these Indians, eat them as we would eat goats and they say that a boy’s flesh tastes better than that of a woman. Of this human flesh they are very greedy, so that to eat of that flesh they stay out of their country for six, eight, or even ten years before they repatriate (go back); and they stay so long, whenever they go, that they depopulate the islands. (This is why Columbus gets the blame of agitating the Indians.) We went to the temple of those Caribs, in which we found two wooden statues, arranged so that they look like a Pieta. We were told that whenever someone’s father is sick, the son goes to the temple and tells the idol that his father is ill and the idol says whether he should live or not; and he stays there until the idol answers yes or no. If he says, the son goes home, cuts his father’s head off and then cooks it; I don’t believe they eat it but truly when it is white they place it in the above-mentioned temple, and this they do only to the Lords. That idol is called Seyti.
According to what we have seen in all the islands where we have been, both the Indians and the Caribs are largely sodomites, not knowing, I believe, whether they are acting right or wrong. We have judged that this accursed vice may have come to the Indians from those Caribs; because these, as I said before, are wilder men and when conquering and eating those Indians, for spite they may also have committed that extreme offence, which proceeding thence may have been transmitted from one to the other.”
It goes on and tells of two instances when he was struck sick. In that sickness, he was helped up to a high mast on his ship and he began to cry out to God. God spoke to him in an audible voice, O man of little faith, was I not with Moses, was I not with David, thinkest that I will not be with thee. And he was healed. You do not read this in your history books. This was taken from his log which he wrote every day. I think I have read enough for now. We do not want it to be boring to you. All this adds up to one thing, America was a nation founded under God to become a nation for a specific purpose in the last days. I have heard Bro. Branham say this, America is a lot like the nation of Israel. They went down into Egypt and multiplied. Then God brought them out of there. They wandered forty years in the wilderness, but when He brought them into Canaan’s land, they drove out the Canaanites and Amonites and all those which the Bible mentions. God established as a nation, to be a Christ oriented nation. God had a purpose in this, that one day it would reflect the gospel to the ends of the earth. Right in this nation, is where God ordained Malachi 4:5-6. Yet at the same time, we have a spirit in this nation, Get rid of Christianity. They will tell all kinds of lies, try to rewrite history and whatever it takes, to accomplish their purpose. I just thank the Lord for His grace and mercy. I have a few more things for later, as we close this out. I have to believe we are entering something that will greatly impact all of us. This incident that has happened in Oklahoma, will definitely be the beginning of something that is going to go on in America. We are too close to the end for just a political reprimand of this and that, to go on for the next forty or fifty years. I believe the nation has reached a point that the God of heaven is looking upon it for a specific purpose. I cannot help but believe Hillary Clinton is that woman Bro. Branham saw in the vision. With that, is also Janet Reno and this other one I was reading about: Not only one in the government, but two outstanding ones along with her. The influence those women have, and the image they hold, is greater than most people realize. To think Hillary Clinton will go to other parts of the world, and try to free other women from their social background. Jesus Christ is mankind’s real freedom, and I want to get ready for His coming.
AMERICA, IN IT’S PRESENT HOUR
I want to go ahead and deal with what I see ahead for our nation; but before I get into that again, I want to read some more of what I have about Columbus. Again I saw to you young people, The next time a school teacher tells you Columbus was some kind of radical, I want you to remember some of this. I realize you are not in a position to argue with them, but taken from his own writings, when he went back and planned his second trip, is what I am going to read. I am going to let his own words tell you what he felt, and how he looked at this whole thing. He has stated to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, that he would like to establish colonies in the islands, at least four. He asked for two thousand colonists. He wanted to put five hundred in each colony. I believe there were only twelve hundred that came. He wrote explicitly that later on priests and clerics be went to see that they be carefully taught the principles of our Holy Faith. Keep in mind, it was still Catholic era; and that is all they knew. I am going to let his own words tell you what he said concerning establishing colonies in the Carribean. He was the Admiral. (This is also taken from the book, “America’s God and Country.”
“The Admiral should force and compel all those who sail therein as well as all others who are to go out from here later on, that they treat the said Indians very well and lovingly and abstain from doing them any injury, arranging that both people hold much conversation and intimacy, each serving the others to the best of their ability. Moreover, the said Admiral shall graciously present them with things from the merchandise of Their Highnesses (meaning the Queen and King of Spain) which he is carrying for barter, and honor them much; and if some person or persons should maltreat the said Indians in any manner whatsoever, the said Admiral, as Viceroy and Governor of Their Highnesses, shall punish them severely by the virtue of the authority vested in him by Their Majesties for this purpose.” Does that sound like he came over here to exploit the American Indian, and misuse them? Keep in mind, he could speak for himself, he could speak to advise people. But always remember, in every element of mankind that has ever walked the face of this earth, you have always got the other characters, those who will just not stay in line. I am talking about those who do not see the main objective, but see only what they themselves are interested in. If we can look at the Carribean situation today, which has been that way ever since Columbus came there, when we think of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, what Jamaica went through, all those other types of islands that were affected by the Catholic spirit, which did not mean Columbus himself, though a Catholic, was just using it as a front. Here, it proves he was a spiritual man that walked in all the light he had in his hour. I have to say, God honored him.
Now I am turning on over in history. We are in 1775. The Revolutionary War is in the making. The rumbles of cannons are heard. The colonies in the east are realizing, if they are going to be free from the British yoke something has to be done: because the king is misusing them. In fact, he had already arrested a lot of the people, hung some, using them as traitors against the royal crown. This in itself forced the colonists to band together and prepare for this onslaught. I am reading July 19, 1775, as recorded in the Journals of Congress.
“Agreed, the Congress meet here tomorrow morning, at half after 9 o’clock, in order to attend divine service at Mr. Duche’s Church; and that in the afternoon they meet here to go from this place and attend divine service at Doctor Allison’s church.
May 16, 1776, appointed a day of fasting and prayer for the colonies. (Does that sound like what our leaders are doing today? Not at all.) The Congress, desirous to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely on His aid and direction, do earnestly recommend Friday, the 17th day of May be observed by the colonies as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions; and by sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease God’s righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain this pardon and forgiveness.” Now we will see what George Washington says. He is Commander in Chief of the forces.
“In his first general order to his troops, General Washington called on every office and man to live and act as become a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.”
There is so much more that could be read, but as I go into this portion of the message today, we are going to deal with America in its present hour. I read that much to give you an insight of those things. America was mentioned in Bible prophecy. It is in the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation was not written until 96 A.D. The Jews are in dispersion, the city of Jerusalem and the temple is in ruins. The Jews that were left alive that were healthy, were sold by the Roman Empire as slaves. That dispersed the two southern tribes which had been gathered back from the Babylonian exile. This set them in the trend of the last great dispersion that was to cover this span of time while the Grace Age would go on among the Gentiles. John was a Jew. He was the last of the apostles. The reason I am bringing it in like this, is because the book of Revelation is not an epistle which was written to Jews. It was written for us. Though written by a Jews, the inspiration and all the events is pointing to you and me. I will say this, John did not even interpret what he wrote. There were many things he did not understand, such as the thunders. He heard them; but the thunders did not sound for the day John lived in. Keep in mind, in chapter 4, which is after the writing to the churches, which sets a dual type, he is asked to come up hither. The words said, and I will show thee things that shall be hereafter. John, literally, in the Spirit, was lifted out of 96 A.D. When the old Roman Empire was still living under the imperial headship of the caesars, and he was projected into future time, into the 20th century. Now you will not get doctors of divinity to believe that; even though we know it is true. They are not interpreting this letter, they played with it, they probed at it, tried to indulge into history; but the more they probe at it, the more confused they get. They say it is like a mud hole: the more you stir it, the muddier it gets. It is a fact, there is a people on earth today that do understand it. They are Gentile Christians. They are now seeing the message contained in it. There is a picture in it. I am now going to ask you to turn with me to the 13th chapter, where we will begin to examine some of it. I would like to draw your attention to this span of time we know we are living in, here in 1995. The big question is, How close are we to the rapture, the coming of the Lord for the church, and when the 70th week of Daniel is set in motion? We do not know that exactly: we can only project by world events that are fulfilling prophecies. That is the unknown portion of time that is left. We can be five years away, or we can be longer than that, but if you go too far, you take everything out of this generation that Jesus said would see the end of all He spoke of there in Matthew 24. With all the other things of Bible prophecy in place, the ten horns of Europe, the confederation of nations in the Common Market, all in place; and with this nation (America, our own country) fast deteriorating, you have to know the coming of the Lord will take place very soon. Now we are going to look in front of us and ask a question, Can we see ourselves in this scripture? Is there any hope for this nation? Is this nation destined to fall and deteriorate with the rest of the world, at the coming of the Lord? Keep in mind, people can question this, but after they have questioned it, I have to point to the facts and say to them, Then tell me what this means and that means, as we look at key scriptures. For almost two thousand years, doctors of divinity, modern charismatic preachers on the TV stations, as well as other have probed and gone all around some of these things, without ever getting any revelation as to what they mean. You have never heard any one of them say the United States is that lamb beast of Revelation 13. In other words, They look at some prophetic scriptures as though they are irrelevant, unimportant, why get disturbed about them when we need to be out winning the world to Jesus? The product they produce with all their efforts, if you look at it from the standpoint of the parable of Matthew 13:47-50, they are rejects: They are to be thrown back. Believe me saints, Jesus gave that parable for a reason: He was not just fabricating a story to amuse the apostles. “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. (They cast the rejects away) (49) So shall it be a 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.” God only accepts that which meets his standards. The bride Church will have a revelation of the word of God: She will not dismiss any prophecy of the scriptures as being irrelevant. No true child of God should have any problem accepting “the fact” that the lamb beast of Revelation 13, speaks of the U.S.A. Let us read a portion of it. When John was projected into the future (in the Spirit), he was not brought to 1850: He was not brought to 1900: He was brought to the middle of the 20th century. How can you prove that, Bro. Jackson? First of all by common sense. John saw the first beast coming up out of the sea, right in the same spot Daniel saw it come up, recorded in the 7th chapter of Daniel, five hundred years before Christ. The Roman Empire was the last major world power to ever rule the world up until Jesus comes. Look at this, (Rev. 13:1) “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.” Watch my illustration. (Pointing to the chart) If I was to extend this blue line on back here, into the 1940’s when WW2 ended, I want you to know, The Roman beast did not look like it did when John saw it coming up out of the sea. When that war ended, Europe was still a divided group of nations. At that time, they did not even conceive the idea that in a very short time, there would be world political conditions moving to make those horns that had fought each other for centuries, and left Europe a wreck, come together again to reestablish that old Roman beast. This United States, along with Canada, as they were pulled into the conflict, played a great part in the whole thing. Had the United States and Canada not played their part, I am sure Europe would not even be where she is today. No doubt Hitler and his troops would have goose stepped across the empire he had in mind to obtain. Keep in mind, the 17th chapter of Revelation, as it is portraying Europe in the end time, just before the coming of the Lord, declared that not one of those horns has obtained a kingdom as of yet. Meaning of course, dominion in Europe. God would not let them get that far. When the old Roman Empire began to break up from the old imperial caesar headship, that is what caused the different territories of the Roman domain to begin to set up their own separate kingdoms. Each one set up a royal crown. That was the picture in Europe for centuries. From the Middle Ages, coming right on into the Reformation period, they remained divided, uncooperative, always fighting one another. However when we come to this period in the closing years of 1945, Europe, as we read earlier from that magazine, was lying in shambles. Out of America came foreign aid. It started out in the millions, then it became billions. We paid the bill to send troops, armament, planes and ships of various descriptions. For thirty years we kept a strong hold on that mainland of Europe. For what purpose? It is all in prophecy and we will look at all of it. Anyhow, as John saw this beast rising up out of the sea, just imagine, standing, looking at a body of water, that body of water is symbolic of the Mediterranean sea around which all the former old empires of the ancient world moved and got their existence. It represents a position, a place of the earth. He sees this beast having seven heads. They are already on it. Having ten horns, they are already on it. We continue on. “And upon his horns ten crowns, (That is symbolic of the royalties that these horns have been ruled by. When I read about Columbus, Queen Isabella, in her hour, was part of that royalty.) And upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” These heads are not territorial heads. They are symbolic of some kind of governmental heads. The world blasphemy on every one of them signified their intent. It starts out, that it goes back to the old imperial head which had been established, which was Roman government, supreme, imperial. That is why the caesars, from the family side, were called caesars. They were just like the czars of Russia, and the kaisers of Germany, and the pharaohs of Egypt. That identified the genealogy, the family structure. But the caesars themselves were looked upon as emperor’s, which means sovereign universal ruler. It is now a historical fact, coming through the Dark Ages, as those horns were getting their position in the old territorial Roman Empire, they eventually become suppressed and brought under subjection, but still from the domain of Rome. It was not Paris that ruled Europe. It was not London that ruled Europe. Rome was still ruling Europe. That name blasphemy has passed from the emperor’s throne, and is now resting on the papal throne. That is why he is called the vicar, he is supposed to be the sovereign ruler both of the earth, and of the soul’s of mankind. I have the history that says that. The popes in that hour were very bold to say what their power consisted of. That is why, upon these seven heads is written the name of blasphemy. I have heard some Seventh Day Adventist students, that tried to tell you those heads were certain territories, Egypt this, and Libya this, and so on; but that just lets us know that they do not have the picture put together right. Upon those seven heads, was written the name of blasphemy, so we have got to keep that intact, realizing that it still lays in Rome. It started with the caesars, which were called imperial rulers; but it passed on down to the popes. The Reformation was Gods way of wounding that imperial power for a period of time; but it is being restored. Listen, as we go on, “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard.” That gives you the description of all the combined geographical territories that is eventually to be brought into this monster. At first you are looking at the head. That is western Europe. But as it begins to describe the body, that is how the power that is coming from this head will eventually incorporate all the same geographical territories of the first three beasts that Daniel saw. They will again one day, align themselves with the western world beast power. Brothers and Sisters: World conditions are settling forth the agenda to force that to eventually be brought about. It says, “And his mouth as the mouth of a lion.” That is pointing to old Babylon. We have to realize it was in the beginning of the old Babylonian Empire, that Satan’s power was actually embodied in that system. That is when he began to speak through the political systems of what a world power is like, and how he would deal with the Jewish people in certain periods of time. That same devil that started out in Babylon is absolutely embodied in this last day system that will rule. It goes to show that whatever was in the beginning, is going to be represented in the end time also. Who or what was it that gave the beast his power? “And the dragon (Who is he? He is the devil.) Gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” In his vision, John was not even being told what has already happened in the Dark Ages, nor in the middle ages: he is being told what is going to transpire right here in the end time, for a little short period of time which is just ahead of where we are right now. Verse 3, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.” That should tell Bible prophetic scholars, that this wound has already been inflicted: It is not still yet in the future. It is something that was accomplished long ago. We just have to have enough knowledge of history, and of the scriptures to know where it actually happened, and when it happened. If we can get these things in our mind, they will help us right now, as we look at time and conditions. “And I saw one of the heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed.” All you have to do is look back to the closing of WW2, when Europe lay in ruins. From America, there began to be the appropriation of funds to send to Europe. Every year a wave of monetary aid, along with other material supplies were sent. For what purpose? To help rebuild, reconstruct cities, and their monetary systems. I remember as a little boy hearing older men talk, back in the early 1930’s, how the British pound was the stabilizing money of Europe. The pound used to be worth four dollars and some odd cents. Well you see now, what it has plummeted to. After WW2 the British pound along with the German mark and French franc, really sunk. This caused the American dollar to rise, to act as a monetary stabilizing force for the monies of the world. It has been that way for the past forty some years. Just watch this verse by verse, as we continue on. “And his deadly wound was healed.” Now if there was a head that was wounded, and it is now healed, then we have to understand, it was not healed back in the Middle Ages. It was not healed a hundred and fifty years ago. Why? Because this monster had not risen back to a place of preeminence. The healing of this head could not be accomplished until this monster begins to rise out of the same area where it once was alive and flourishing, when it ruled those territories. For that to happen, then those territories had to be restored. Well the restoration from the monetary and political side and material side was one thing; but there lay the power of the Catholic hierarchy, the way it used to crack the whip over the various powers of human government in Europe back in the Dark Ages. Eventually, world leaders, realizing the importance of leadership, and since European society was still much under the influence of the Catholic Church, world leaders, both in the West as well as in Europe, begin to realize, This man can help heal the world’s woes. You can look back and remember, it was not long until emissaries of different nations began to make their appearance, to talk to the pope of their hour. The United States, up to a certain point, from the time it began to be a nation, never did acknowledge the power of the Catholic Church, nor the seat of the Vatican. We did not have an ambassador there. But in the 1960’s, when we had a man by the name of Lyndon B. Johnson for our President, a man who was not a Catholic, but was supposed to be a Protestant, sent an ambassador and established the office. You would have thought John F. Kennedy would have done it; but right here in this book, John Kennedy said, knowing how American people at that time felt, in no way if a Catholic should become president, should he allow the Catholic Church to influence him or dominate him, and try to establish things in support of the Catholic Church. People thought he would; but he did not: Johnson did it; and now the end time stage is set.
As we continue on, we want to watch America, how she progressively began to play a certain role. She was definitely born a nation, in infancy, that god watched over, seeing to it that there was a Christian influence, something He wants this nation to grow up and to portray to the world. She did that for many years. I have to say, That is why in all her former wars, God saw to it she was victor. Because as a nation, she did not hold out any kind of idea that she wanted vast territories, she wanted domain all over the world.[/SIPC_Content]