Truth In Conflict, Part 3

Truth In Conflict, Part 3

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson



If ever there was an hour that truth finds itself in controversy, it is now. Right here, is a letter from Bro. Segun. You remember him: He was the brother from Lagos Nigeria, that came here about two years ago. Some of these African names are hard to pronounce, but I believe it is spelled right. He tells here how a group over there with a certain minister in it, has taken to prophesying, and no doubt some of the prophecies as he started out were very true, but somehow he did not know where to draw the line and he felt that with this type of ministry he could go forth and really help other assemblies. Bro. Segun tells how they felt led to let him come to their assembly and throughout the meeting he prophesied that his ministry would be the means of a revival setting in and so forth. Nevertheless by the time the meeting came to a close, he had preached and prophesied things that split the congregation three ways. Bro. Segun and about a third of the others came through it feeling like they had victory over the ordeal, but sad to say, not everyone did. All of this just goes to show, that as the Spirit of God will move among a people of the message in different parts of the world, there is always individuals that are looking for some kind of recognition above everyone else. They take an attitude toward certain things that those groups have been motivated by, up to a certain point, and it mentions how the Contender has been used. They use the Contender as a shield. This makes me feel bad. We have not been printing this for twenty some years with any intention of causing anybody to want to take it and use it as a shield, thereby hiding some revelation of their own, or some ministry that somehow or other supersedes that of the scriptures, which we know would cause such a great reproach. However just as sure as we are sitting here this today. As we get closer to the end of time, more and more individuals are going to appear on the scene with motives of their own choosing. It is like the old cream separator: In order for cream to be able to separate from the milk, the whole thing has to go through a spin process. Since cream is lighter than milk, because milk is basically water, and water being the heavier of the liquids, the cream will eventually be forced to the tope through this spin process. There is no doubt that in any moving of the Spirit, any working of the Spirit whatsoever, God knows what He is doing. It will serve His purpose, but it behooves you and me as children of God to learn what the Holy Spirit is, and why God gave the Spirit to us in the first place. He did not give me His Spirit to make me some big shot that can be stuck on a pedestal and have a million people worshiping my flesh. That is absolutely wrong, as wrong as wrong can be. I have always said, Gentile people are silly people. If they do not hear a thing right, they will take it anyhow and go some other direction with it. Thursday night, when I read the mail there were two booklets like this, in it: Hard Truth. Friday morning I set about to read the most of it. I will have to say, The man has really brought out some beautiful things of truth in it. I began to feel at ease the way he had put certain things together, but he came to a part of worship and in the worship he uses this approach that real true worship to the Lord is to be done without any musical instruments whatsoever: Jesus did not use them, neither did the disciples mention it. Therefore there is no grounds for you and me to use instruments in our worship services in this day and hour. He said these people that want to use certain psalms where it reads how to praise Him with the loud sounding cymbals, praise Him with the stringed instruments, and this and that, he had his remarks about that also. I am going to write him back and say, Brother, you sound like the Church of Christ preacher I used to hear when I was about fourteen years old. You have the same picture he had. In the book of Revelation, we read where the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down to worship the One sitting upon the throne and so fourth, so let me read a few verses to you and notice what is written. (Rev. 4:8) “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Now 5:8) And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (Rev. 14:2) And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps. (Rev. 15:2) And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” What picture do you see there? I am going to remind him that those elders were not angels. Those elders were men who had been on earth at one tie, and that had also worshiped God, knowing that instruments were a part of the process. There is not a nation nor race of people upon the face of this earth that does not use something to give some kind of sound or tone in their gatherings for worship. You can go to the most remote heathen in New Guinea, or Indonesia, and they will take bamboo and cut big slices and stretch some kind of string or hide over that to make an instrument. They will have with them some kind of means to make a sound. If it is not drums, then it is something of that nature. I have to say, We are going to see more and more of this kind of individuals rise on the scene as we get closer to the end. They will have just so much beautiful truth and that is what people will go after, but then they will hit some other thing and say, No, this is out. All you have to do is be wrong in one thing and you are marked. God is never wrong; therefore what is truly done through His inspiration and leading is never wrong either, but there are too many people who profess to have that leading when they do not even know how to recognize it. There are people in various places that say, Well Jackson has fifty percent truth, so and so has thirty percent truth, and another one has twenty percent truth and another ten percent truth and on like that: Saints, I do not want to be counted as a part of such a conglomeration as that. I hope you know what I mean? I do not want to be part of that type of thinking: for this is all just a game with them. There are some men out here that do not want to learn from anyone else, yet they expect everyone else to learn form them. They think Jackson will not share with anyone else. Well they are wrong on both counts, but there is one thing sure, I did not need their kind to get me started, and I do not need them now, but neither am I trying to make it a one man show like they accuse me of doing. I will listen to any man who has proved himself to be God called, but not just any man who calls himself a preacher. I have stood for a ministry through the years, and many have preached from this pulpit, and even though I know my ministry, if the apostle Paul was still here today, I would have to say, Brother, come on and take my place, I want to sit down and listen to you. It was prophesied to him by Ananias in Damascus, Thou shall be a means of salvation to the ends of the earth. That means until the end of time. What God had put in his bosom as a revelation, will be the means God uses right on until the end of time to touch the hearts of lost mankind and bring them into a relationship of salvation. I will use an illustration. A wild goose has more sense than to follow just any goose. When it comes time for them to go south, or north, it will not be some young drake up front leading the way: It will be an old gander that has made the trip two or three times before. He will honk away, and the others will follow him. I realize as I say that, a lot may get their own personal ideas. It is one thing to respect a man for what God uses him for, but it is another thing to worship him, or to attribute to him more than what he is deserving of. Gentiles have always been people that do not know where to draw the line on anything. They are prone to carry everything to extremes; therefore there comes a time when we must take a stand, if we have a job to do.




I have some things written down, that I want to read to you. I have written them down so they will be self explanatory. I mentioned last Sunday night, that many times Bro. Branham, in preaching on this subject, would say, denouncing the trinity, Jesus is God. Another time he would say, Jehovah of the Old Testament, was Jesus of the New, then you would be hitting the nail right on the head. In the sermon book, Church Order, preached in October 1958, Bro. Branham made the statement that Jesus is the Son of God. Another time he refers to Jesus being the Son of God and says, There is no such thing as eternal Sonship. He went ahead to say, There is no place in the Bible where it says anything about Jesus always having been with the Father. If He is God’s only begotten Son, anything that is begotten of a source, that source has to be considered above that which is begotten. An the word son itself implies male offspring of something that a son can be gotten from. Therefore if we were to say, as the Trinitarians do, and even some of the oneness people, because they take St. John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God,” that Jesus was with the Father before all time, and then put Jesus in the garden because He is the word by which God created all things. We would have to say that the Son was also self existent. In the Old Testament, Jehovah of Old, which is the invisible Spirit, made Himself known to the patriarchs through seven redemptive names. One of those redemptive names was self existent, meaning always was. That which always was had no beginning. Neither does it have an ending. It has no father, It has no mother. Therefore He is in the rightful position, He holds the position to be referred to as God, the Creator, the Father. But if we are going to hold to the idea that the Son was before all time, then we would have to give the Son equal self existent recognition with the Father before all time. This would make us accept as fact what the Trinitarians bring out, that He is co equal, because that is the formula of Trinitarianism. They state that there are three persons in the godhead, each being co equal with the other. If so this would mean He is co equal with the Father in headship. Then consider what a position the Son has been lowered to, for in 1st Corinthians 11. Paul would have everyone to know that the had of man is Christ, and at the head of Christ is God. Something there begins to back up. We are putting a plug in the flow of something. If we are going to say He was there with the Father before all time, and that He is co equal with the Father, and that He is also self existent, then what a position to be lowered to. Paul says that the Father is the head of Christ and that Christ Jesus the Son, is only head of the Church, which is the mystical body of Christ Himself. The scriptures state that Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, which means He had a beginning. Son means male offspring of one who is His Father. Only the Father is the head of everything, but the Son is head of everything that the Father has redeemed to Himself through the Son. Jesus the man, is not the head of the universe. Only God Himself holds that position. Everything on earth, eventually, that is affected by this redemptive plan of God, whether it is the earth, the Church, or what, Jesus Christ holds a position of headship in that, while the process of redemption is in effect. This is why there is going to be a Millennium shortly in front of us. There is a living generation of people right now, that is going to be the head. That is why He is going to be King of kings and Lord of lords throughout all the earth, and for a thousand years the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the sea. And the word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem in that day and all nations shall flow into Zion and into Jerusalem to worship the Lord of hosts. They will literally worship Jesus the Christ, the incarnate God in the person of His Son. I wrote it down that way so that it will give the average person a little insight about this thing called Sonship, headship, and what Christ really is the head of. Was He here before all time? Was He here when Mars, Jupiter and those places came into existence? No. This is why when you read Ephesians 1, Paul is speaking of you and I having been predestined in the mind and plan of God. That did not mean we were already created, but we were created in His mind already: We had a potential existence already. God through His foreknowledge saw us. He chose in that foreknowledge state, that one day He would bring forth a begotten Son, that through Him He might redeem this lost creation He had seen that would come into this period of time of being estranged from their Creator. Yes, we were predestined in Christ before the foundation of the world. The apostle Peter picks it up in his writings how that Jesus the man was foreordained before all time, yet was manifested in His time. That means when that portion of the word, that though that lay there with God all the time, when God executes it, or activates it, He sets it in motion, it materializes into that of being a man. This was the predestined plan of God, to reconcile the world to Himself by this means. He knew Adam and Eve would sin.




As we go into some of these other scriptures all of this will become more clear to you. Let us go to the 17th chapter of St. John. In the 16th chapter as we said earlier, Jesus is talking to the disciples. They are leaving the Upper Room where they had the Last Supper, and He is on His way down the summit of Mt. Zion, going down across into the valley of Jehoshaphat. This is when He entered into the garden of Gethsemane. We know the conversation He carried on with His disciples just before He went through the gateway and told them to stay there and watch and pray while he went a little further and prayed. He is no longer on the summit of Mt. Zion in the Upper Room, where in the 13th chapter we see they had the Lord’s Supper, and He washed the disciples’ feet. They have left that spot and in a process of walking, have arrived at the garden. Here, in the 24th verse of the 16th chapter we find this, “Hitherto (or He could have said, up until now) have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things (when He said this, keep in mind, He does not even state specifically what things) have I spoken unto you in proverbs: (If you take a dictionary and see what the word proverb means, it is sort of the same as using a type to illustrate a point, but it does not bring out every detail. It is something to set your mind looking toward a profile, so He is actually saying, The things I have been speaking unto you, they have been spoken in proverbs. That is why when we go back through the gospel of St. John, every time He would make one of these statements, I and the Father are one, again He would say, I come forth from the Father, or the Father sent me, again He would say, I came out of the Father, and I return to the Father. With these things said like this, we can see why he would say this) but the time cometh (He is telling His disciples the hour will be,) when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father.” Meaning it will be the Spirit of the Father, which we call the Holy Ghost, that is to come and take the place of the person of Christ in our lives, and not speak to us as the man He was, but as the Spirit of inspiration that was in Him. This Spirit will speak more specifically, no longer to leave us in darkness nor in doubt, but to bring out clearly the meanings of things He has said. I am saying it this way all because when we do go to the 17th chapter and here is where some of those people that are Trinitarians, or Jesus only people, want to say, Well right there Jesus is saying glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory I had with thee before the world was. You have to realize what that speech terminology pointed to. He did not exist there as a person. He was that ordained Spirit of life itself that eventually one day was to be manifested and become a man. In the mind of God it was a thought: That is why Ephesians 1 plainly states how that God, as He counseled with Himself, which means He meditated, He did not talk to anyone. He did not say, Come here Gabriel, I need help. He did not speak to any arch angel, no seraphim or cherubim, I need your assistance, help me make a decision. There was no trinity of persons involved in putting this picture together. It was all done by the sovereign mind of God. Therefore when we see here, Jesus is plainly telling the disciples, The hour will come when the Spirit that will come from the Father, will show you plainly, meaning He will give you clear understanding in these deep things, that right now you have stumbled at, I don’t understand this man, what does He mean? We are living in the end of time. The Grace Age is fast coming to a close. The Bride is not going out of this world with a bunch of confused ideas as to what is or what is not. They are going out of here with a finished picture of what has been going on through this two thousand years of the Grace Age. Any other thing laying in the Old Testament that is relative to our growing in the knowledge and grace of God and in the plan He has for us in the next age to come, He is going to teach us. That still does not mean we are going out of here knowing everything. We are going to know everything that is relative to redemption and what it means to you and I to be part of that, and that which is going to be our role in the Millennium age. According to the prophecy of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is going to make it plain to us, so as we go to the 17th chapter, verse 3, we hear Jesus praying. He has just said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.” This has to refer to Calvary. Then in verse 3, He says this, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” We are going to see that there is no sense nor reason for anyone to be Trinitarian, or Jesus only. One is as bad as the other, because they are both extremes of ignorance: One on each side of the road of truth. Well as He continues praying, Jesus says, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” If you notice when He said that, there are three things He mentions in this prayer. The first is when He says, I have finished thy work. Well what is the work He came to do? Miracles. Right? To do miracles. The second is to make known a name. You find that in the 6th verse, I have manifested thy name. The name given to Mary’s son at birth was Jesus. That is the name of the Man, a human name, but at baptism, when the Father came down and incarnated Himself in the person of His son, God the Father, the invisible ONE, took on that name and became revealed through that name. Therefore the name Jesus, became a compound name in its literal meaning. This is why you go back to Isaiah 7 and it says His name shall be called Immanuel, which means God with us. That is true, but it is quite another thing to say that Jesus is God. When you say that, you are giving the devil an opportunity to take your own word and twist it one way or the other, because you have not explained it. If He was not to speak to us in parables anymore, then it behooves us also, not speak in parables anymore. First of all, some of the parables we might use would be total ignorance on our part. Anyhow Jesus says, “I have glorified thee on the earth: (the first thing)I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (The miracles that He did) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Listen carefully, you have to see yourself in your future role, just as Jesus saw Himself in His next phase, because He had not died yet. Did you know, I can read the Psalms, I can read Isaiah, I can read Jeremiah, and I can see myself in the Millennium. If we look at ourselves right, the Bride of Christ, we can see ourselves there. I see us coming back with Him in the 19th chapter of the book of Revelation. I do not have to wait for that to be a manifested reality: I can see it already, so it is going to be worth everything it takes to gain that position with Christ. I was not there when God planned the Millennium, but I can see it through the written scripture. As Jesus came close to the hour of time when He must die, it was the end of 33 ½ years of life. He did not come down from heaven as an existing Son. He did not go around thinking, I came down to die, I came down to die, I came down to die. When His life was begotten of the Father, to be manifested in the person of the little baby Jesus, His intelligence, or His mental capacity was not to go around throwing rocks and teasing the neighbors dog. His mind was constantly on how to please the heavenly Father, because He did not have an earthly father where He inherited an ornery nature. He had a heavenly father; and the scriptures say there was no guile in Him. His whole mentality and psychological makeup was to seek to learn after His heavenly Father. There was only one source and that was to go to the written scriptures. As He got older, how many times the Spirit would speak to Him in different ways to acquaint Him with His role on earth. Therefore when He says I have glorified thee, He knows exactly how, the fact of the works He had done, the miracles, the name that He had revealed, as well as all the other teaching. However as I said earlier, You will find no place in the four gospels where any of the disciples, once they found out what that name meant, ever called Him Immanuel. That was not the way they addressed Him. They addressed Him as Jesus. This is why as Jesus is coming closer and closer to the ending of His ministry, He took His disciples to Caesarea Philippi and there is where He asked them personally, Who do men say that I, the Son of man, am? He was wanting to get a personal report of what was going on in the conversation realm. Well some say thou art Elias, and some say this or that. Then He asked them personally, I want to hear what you have to say. That is when Peter said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. You did not hear him say, Oh thou art Immanuel: We know what that name means. He simply spoke, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” That is a revelation. We need to stop using Gentile speech terminology concerning the Godhead, simply because it does not carry a true thought. Let us learn to say just what the Bible says. There are an awful lot of people afraid to quote the Bible anymore. They will quote bro. Branham, but they will not quote the Bible. That is because they made the quotes of Bro. Branham superior to the Bible. I want you to know, the writings of Bro. Branham did not exist back in 900 A.D. and through the time when the Catholics tried to destroy the written Bible. They gathered them up, piled them in heaps and burned them, but a few were hidden. As time went on they were finally reprinted and the Bible became a cherished book. The Bible, as a written book contains the infallible, written word of God. It was inspired of the Holy Spirit. It has been watched over by the Holy Spirit down through time. It takes the Holy Spirit to interpret it. No matter what language it might have been originally written in, it takes the Holy Spirit to interpret the meaning of passages of scriptures. When Jesus said “I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was,” it was because He could absolutely read through the prophets and see exactly how every prophet had prophesied of His hour. That is why I pointed back to the 6th chapter of Isaiah, because Isaiah saw the glory of God, he saw the temple of God come forth, He saw the four beasts with the six wings, He saw this great train of angelic beings, but he did not see the four and twenty seats. That was not a finished picture. Let me say this to the brothers in Africa, and to the brothers in the Philippines, or India, or wherever you may live, Isaiah 6 does not present a finished picture of how heaven looks. It shows a preview of something that one day will be manifested and it will have its origin in heaven and when it is manifested it will have its duration of time. How many doctors of divinity in the trinity world will read that and say, Oh, but that is how heaven looked. That is not how heaven looked. Heaven, however it has looked, no doubt had one particular visible manifestation to it in general, it has always been a Spirit world. This is why when we come to the 1st chapter of Ezekiel, more than a hundred years after Isaiah, He sees the same vision, but God had added more to it. Now if God is adding to it, keep in mind, there has to be a reason. He saw the throne, but he saw the form of a man sitting on that throne. He also saw a rainbow about that throne. He still saw the four beasts and described their faces. This form of a man was prefiguring the day when there will be a man sit on that throne, but at that time this particular man had not been born yet. Notice also in the 1st chapter of Ezekiel, that the twenty four seats are still not there. By Ezekiel living in 500 and something, we come on through time to the day that the word that had been with God all along only as a thought, because it took God to think such a thing, and as long as it was a thought it was still with God, because He was the originator of it. However when God activated that thought, it means He expressed it by His own power to bring it forth and set it in motion. That is why we see in the very beginning of the gospels, the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. If God in the Old Testament could manifest Himself in a theophany form, then we would have to realize also, that if the Son already previously existed, He would not have had to come from such a position down to earth to such a trying entry into the world of mankind. No. The Son could also have enveloped Himself with theophany flesh and suddenly appeared on earth, walking among us. I said that just to get your attention. Since He was not a living being, a living person, co-equal with God, there had to come an hour that God Himself, the Father, the head of everything, executed His thought to begin the process of Mary’s pregnancy. This Spirit which we refer to as the Father of Jesus is the same Spirit that created the stars, the moon and everything else. He overshadowed that virgin womb and created in there the very nucleus of everything that was going to be the little fetus in Mary that would one day be the man called Jesus. When that little fellow was growing up into adulthood, do you think He had to run to a priest, Please tell me what this means? I was reading thus and so in Isaiah and in Ezekiel, who do you think this is referring to in there? No saints, Hallelujah! He knew exactly who He was, and that those scriptures were pointing to Him. That is why when Nathaniel came to meet Him and cried out, (John 1:49) “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel,” Jesus said to him, “Thou shalt see greater things than these. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” When Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus said flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Jesus knew exactly who He was, and He knew exactly how to pray right here, Now glorify thou me with thine own self. He could have said, Now heavenly Father, that vision you gave Isaiah, that vision you gave Ezekiel, let this become my promise. He did not say that. He just said, Glorify thou me with thine own self, which means take me up to thyself. He came out from God, but it was as a spirit of life, not as a person. Jesus was not a person prior to His coming into this world two thousand years ago.




I want to say something at this time, not to create something for people to get all tangled up over, but just to clarify something. My wife fell in possession of a diagramed chart on how abortion is performed, step by step, the different stages these abortion doctors go through and all of that. The question can be asked, When does a baby have a soul? Listen carefully, all the potential of it being a soul is already there the minute conception is consummated. Please listen carefully to what I say. I am not a doctor, I am not a scientist, but in that moment of conception there is no knowledge in that fetus of where he or she is. There is no feeling. There is no sense of sight. There is no sense of speech. We can say instead, The soul, all the potentials that are set in motion are dormant. There is life, because the life is what makes the heart beat. That little heart is beating, pumping blood through the veins. The blood is picking up nutrients that is fed through the umbilical cord of the mother, into the body of this fetus. There is a potential there, but there is a process of time that must elapse before those potentials are realized. Keep in mind though, the minute that little body has come to the hour it is brought from it’s mother’s womb, something strikes it, and it starts breathing. Those lungs, for the first time, start their job. Everything about that being becomes activated. In a short time the eyes are open, it can distinguish between light and darkness: the ability to speak is activated and from there on, it is just a matter of growth and maturity. At birth, is when the soul actually becomes a living reality. IT is not that the baby knows a lot of things, but it is definitely aware of light and darkness, and it now can relate to touch. You take this back to Genesis, God has created the spirit man first. God said it is not good that man be left like this seeing he has not a man to till the earth. In other words, a spirit cannot plow the ground, a spirit cannot build roads, nor anything like that, so out of the dust of the earth God created a body. What did He do? He fashioned it and breathed into it the breath of life. I am not going to listen to these evolutionists who deny the fact that such a thing took place. The first body God created, He put the Spirit of Adam into; and I want you to know, it had no connection to the Neanderthal man or the Homo man or any prehistoric creatures some call men. Those other things, whatever they were, they were not sons of God. We find no trace of anything they left, like written articles. They were all of a prehistoric animal kingdom that Lucifer ruled over. Genesis 2:7, says “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” That means everything about him became activated, because his knowledge, his speech, his sight, his hearing and smell, all these that we will say helps to make up the soul of the spirit of the person, became activated. He then began to function as a human being. That is why I say to you, Let us try to keep the picture balanced, without getting narrow minded. There are people that will take issue with what I just said, simply because they are not content to take a reasonable look at an issue. I get letters all the time, Bro. Jackson, what about this? Please give us specific Bible proof of this, (whatever it happens to be). There are times when there is not enough Biblical proof of something that comes into a message, but a common sense, reasonable look at it, helps you realize what we are doing. We are not trying to start a new doctrine: We are just endeavoring to get God’s people established in the old ones of the scriptures. The spirit of life that came out from God, that sets in motion and becomes the word of God, the thought of God manifested, which means God has activated it. The spirit of life in that little boy carried in the arms of its mother had not existed previously in some kind of subconscious state with the Father, looking at things with the Father. In this little vessel of clay was the beginning of the man we know as Jesus the Christ. This is why He is called God’s only begotten Son. Anything begotten of another, has to have a beginning. Therefore the minute that soul is activated, it begins to grow and learn. Every sense that is a part of it grows and increases. Everything that He has been created and brought forth for, He is getting closer and closer to it. That is why He prayed like He did, when He said, Glorify thou me with the glory I had with thee before the world was: because He actually saw that position He was going to be projected into. How did He know? He had read it in the scriptures. WE see in the scriptures, what God has in store for the true bride of Christ, that we are going to be returning back with Jesus to rule and reign with Him, so we could say, Lord, glorify thou me, for I know this body is going to take on a different state of existence: That it is going to be changed. That change will be part of the glorification process; and we did not have to know that before all time, but now that we know it, because we have seen it in the written word of God, we can therefore pray according to that, without praying in ignorance or trying to bring it to pass before its time. The church world, if you were to talk like this, would say, Oh you are getting too super spiritual now; and I would have to say to them, and you have been sitting in the dark for so long, it scares the daylights out of you when people talk about the reality of the word of god. All you want to know is John 3:16 and John 5:24, you do not want anything else. You are so wrapped up in soup suppers and bingo parties, you cannot wait until service is over and you can light your cigars, or take a plug of tobacco and get involved in something like that. I have seen it just like that. It is a pitiful shame, that churches the world over today have lost the revelation of the time we are living in. They have lost the revelation of what God is doing in the earth. They have really lost the true meaning of the word of God; and they have nothing left to hold a congregation together. That is why they start announcing. Next Sunday morning we are going to have a fellowship breakfast at Shoney’s, or wherever. These are the carnal things going on in the religious world today, to keep people together. Everything on their spiritual table has become a dead, dry morsel, and they have to create something of interest to keep their people coming back. We do not use gimmicks to generate a crowd: We are just here to feed those who are hungry for something from God and we desire more than anything else, to present a true picture of the Godhead and a revelation of God’s word that will meet the needs of God’s true children. Therefore I have tried to express to you something that will enable you to see that Jesus, the man that was prophesied by Isaiah, both in the 7th and 9th chapters, and which John has spoke of over and over, while referring to certain statements He made, was not a person, there in heaven with the great Creator, prior to the time He was born to the virgin Mary. Having done all I know to do to explain the Godhead to you, there is no way any of you should now be sitting there still believing that Jesus is God Jehovah Himself. Jesus, the man that was born of virgin birth IS THE SON OF JEHOVAH of the Old Testament. His first introduction was, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Nowhere did Jesus ever say, I am Jehovah. They think just because He said, the Father is in me and I am in the Father, that He was actually saying He was God, but a true revelation overrides that idea. He said, Believe me for the very work’s sake, but He never indicated at any time, that He was more than THE SON OF GOD. If you read the scriptures right, you cannot help but see that Jesus is the only begotten SON of God, the Father of all creation. In Him was manifested every thought that God had purposed to bring forth to convey to the human race of lost mankind, how He looked upon them and purposed to redeem them. It was not the man Jesus that did the choosing. It was the Father that was in Him that did the choosing. It was not Jesus that designed the plan. No. It was the Father that created Him that designed the plan. Therefore we can say this, It was God in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not to the person of the Son, but to the Father. The Son became the means by how the redemption was to go forth.




Let us go to the 10th chapter of Acts and notice how Peter spoke of Jesus the Christ. Knowing that the apostles were Jews, we can have confidence that the New Testament scriptures are always consistent with the written word in the Old Testament, and with the thought that the recipient is to obtain from it. In the 10th chapter the apostle Peter is speaking to Gentiles in the house of Cornelius, and in the 34th verse we read these words, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respector of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power.”who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” I want to ask my critics a question: If the man that we call Jesus was Jehovah Himself, how could Jehovah anoint Jehovah? It makes no sense at all, to believe that Jesus was God. However it does make sense to believe what the Bible says: That God was in Jesus, reconciling the world unto Himself. How many of you can really see the picture like it was meant to be seen? Jehovah created a cell of life in the womb of the virgin, which eventually brought forth the man child that the angel of the Creator had already given them the name He was to be called by. He was given the name Jesus, not Immanuel like you see in Isaiah. Immanuel only means, GOD WITH US. That was not the name He was to be called by. They called Him Jesus; and that man called Jesus, for the first thirty years of His life, knew He was the Son of God, and had no thoughts whatsoever that He was more than that. Before He received that anointing at the time John baptized Him, there was no way He could have performed any kind of miracle whatsoever. Until that hour came, He had no thoughts about doing anything beyond what any other man was able to do. On the other hand, He did not have to go to the High Priest, Sir, I believe I am the Son of God, but can you see anything in the scriptures that speak about what I am supposed to do? No, all the time He was growing up, growing in knowledge, growing in stature, He knew exactly who He was; and He did not have to worry about what He was supposed to do. He knew He could not do anything until the right time. When that right time came, He did not have to ask anyone what He was to do next. He came to the river right on schedule. That is why John the Baptist cried out like He did, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.” As the two met in the water and carried on a conversation, and John baptized Him, right there, is where Jehovah the Creator, the head of everything manifested His glory and His power, by accepting this Son whom He had watched over for thirty years of His growth and existence. He cried out with an audible voice, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” vindicating Him. Then by a supernatural manifestation of His divine glory and power, He sent forth that anointing presence in bodily shape like a dove, to abide with Him, even in Him from then on. No, No one saw the Father in the shape of a man. What was seen was the radiance of His glory as it comes from heaven, coming into this man. I will read two of the verses that speak of this manifestation. (Matthew 3:16, and John 1:32) “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. (John 1:32) And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him.” They saw this dove. I like to think of this dove coming down in one of those rays, those beams of glory. Not rays from the sun, but rays coming from the glory of God. When that dove came down, it did not fly right into the person of the man. It rested on His shoulder. All this signifies God has taken up His abode in this vessel. God has taken possession of the person of His Son. Now God is in Christ to start this wonderful work of redemption. This is why no Jew, anywhere in the written scriptures referred to Jesus as if He was the sovereign God, the Creator, the very God they served. It was the God in Christ they looked to. When we go to 2nd Corinthians 5:14, we find Paul speaking here. It was Peter, a Jew, speaking, in the book of Acts, chapter 10, and now we want to watch how both of those men spoke consistently along the same line of thought as they presented the picture they had of the plan of God. Paul says here, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more.” In other words, Paul only saw Him in a vision, not in the person of His flesh, because the person was already in heaven. That is why you and I have never known this man after the flesh, that is, by seeing Him personally. We have got to see Him in the scriptures and understand Him by divine revelation. It is how the Holy Spirit, which is the author of the written scriptures, will take the passages of scriptures and quicken them to us and help plant a finished picture in our spiritual mind of what has really been going on, that we have to depend on. In the 17th verse we see these words, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, (because He is the one who designed this plan) who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, (We can see it is God who does the choosing, it is God who does the foreordaining, it is God who does the calling, but when He calls us we must enter through the doorway, and Jesus has already told us He is that door. We must enter in through the person of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.) and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (This 19th verse is the clincher.) To wit, (is to witness, to preach, to testify, to proclaim) that God was in Christ, (How was God in Christ? It was the anointing that was in Him. God did not leave the universe and reside only in His Son. He who is self existent, He who is omnipotent, He who is omniscient, did not leave the universe. Get that settled: He just manifested His power in such a way that man cannot help but see that He has taken up His personal abode in the person of His Son, but He who is in His Son in the fulness of His headship is still in the universe because He is omnipresent: He is everywhere.) reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” You can see here, another Jew preaching the same thing. Yet he was not a copy cat. They just simply spoke according to the revelation they had. You did not hear Paul saying, Now I want to show you God. We see exactly how the picture goes together, just simply by putting the scriptures together. Let us turn to Hebrews 1 at this time. Again it is the apostle Paul we are reading after. He is writing to the Hebrews, which would be Jews, because the word Hebrew means foreigner. Every Jew that he spoke to, every Jew that he wrote to, every Jew he met outside the confines of the land of Israel, he saw them as foreigners: because they were aliens in another land. That is what the word Hebrew means, foreigner. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; (keep in mind saints, that this is a King James translation. The translators, being Trinitarian themselves, want you to believe that God created the world, or as it says, worlds by Jesus Christ. It literally means this, God, who designed the worlds, which means dispensations, or ages of time, He designed them so that Christ could be the central figure or focal point in His overall plan of redemption. In each dispensation of time, somewhere God manifested Himself. He used various forms to cause certain things to be characterized and made known, that one day all that which was types and shadows would be culminated in the person of His Son. It was note h son doing any of the creating: It was how God designed it that made it this way.) Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”  I hope you know by now, that this does not mean He is seated in heaven ont eh right hand of another person: Jesus in the ONLY PERSON of the Godhead. Anyhow to go further with this, we will go to 1st John. This is the same man who wrote St. John. He wrote this in 90 A.D. just before the book of Revelation came forth in 96 A.D. John is the one saying this. “That which was from the beginning, (It is almost like he is going back and picking up those same two verses to start with.) which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (As he is talking about it in St. John 1:2, he is talking about that which was the thought with God, but here, the thought has materialized and now he can say we have handled of the Word of life.) For the life was manifested, (you every one know that the word manifested means, made known.) and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, (He, the Father is the one who designed this whole program.) And was manifest unto us; that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, AND with HIS SON Jesus Christ.” I hope none of you still use this Gentile speech terminology, that Jesus is God. Say it the way the Bible says it and you cannot go wrong. Argue about it and one of these days God will take your revelation away. Watch out, this will be from now on until the end, God gives people so much potential, but this is the day for that potential to start taking hold. From now on until we are raptured out of this world, that potential He has given us, is to be sufficient to direct our pathway, our spiritual growth and our fellowship one with another. If we look at it the right way and allow God to embed these things in our spiritual minds, it will cause us to grow wiser, to grow stronger, to become more sure of who we are and what we are. When we get to the place we are so complacent, we are ready to argue about every little issue, God gets tired of this carnality, or this nonsense that goes on in our carnal minds. It seems like there is always someone wanting to out run someone else. What a man believed six years ago, by the hour Jesus arrives, he will not believe the same thing. He will be playing around with something else. I say these things because it is the only way I know how to say it and make it sound simple. Let us just simply learn to say it the way the Jewish apostles of old said it, and if we do, God will see to it that every one of those words will become a thought to be expressed and we will see a clear picture. That clear picture will open our understanding and deliver us from ignorance. I am thankful to God for my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I would not do anything deliberately to hurt any of you: I just want to help all of you any way I can; and I pray that I never have to preach on this subject anymore. May God bless every one of you who love truth. Amen.

Times Or Seasons, Part 1

Times Or Seasons, Part 1

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson


 The Countdown Is On Chart

I am reasonably sure that all of you have read enough of the Bible to be familiar with most all the scriptures we will be dealing with in this message. I do not intend to try to change you from the way you have looked at certain passages of scriptures. However we do have to realize that we are living in an hour that is 30 years beyond the time when Bro. Branham was taken off the scene; and there are ever so many people running the road with quotes from his sermons and their own interpretation of what each of them pertain to. There have been men taking things he said and putting together abstract pictures to show when Christ is coming. Others have done worse than that and declared that William Branham is coming again, leaving Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified two thousand years ago, out of the picture. Then we have had other characters, and here is one right here, an Oriental prophet, and according to him God was supposed to have shown him how to put certain scriptures together to come up with a certain supposed-to-be revelation. Back in 1992 just before the month of October, these certain pamphlets were passed out freely in the city of Louisville. That is where this one came from. A brother picked this up from the street when he was over there. The title is, “God’s Judgment Day is Near, In October 1992 Jesus Will Come Again.” On and on this type of foolishness has been going for many years now. I have been against it, but I have not yelled and screamed real loud, simply because there is no way to stop it. Nevertheless common sense tells you when you look at these things, that all such is preposterous. We must always keep in mind a statement Jesus made, That no man knoweth the day nor hour. Then we want to find out, Was that just a slang expression? Was that just a figure of speech? We are going to turn to the first chapter of Acts of the apostles right now, and as we go along, we expect to get some answers. We find here another expression in relationship to time. In the first chapter of Acts the writer is rehearsing some things that took place as Jesus was on His way over to the Mt. of Olives where He would soon ascend into heaven from the presence of His disciples. They had heard what He had said a short time before that, so as they are on their way over, in their minds they perceive Him to be the coming King. Of course they did not know He was soon to ascend out of their midst, so they were actually pumping Him for some answers. We come to verse 6 and read this, “When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” Well what did that question actually involve? They were actually asking Him, will you now restore again the sovereignty of the nation of Israel? For almost five hundred years they had not been a sovereign nation. They had been under the rulership of world empires. In fact, ten of those tribes are still out of the land. They are only represented by two tribes. This land was not under their own form of government. They had certain religious freedoms in that respect, but when it came to capital punishment and those things, they were under Roman domination. Therefore the question involves more than it seems to, Wilt thou now restore the sovereignty, meaning will you now kick the Romans out of the picture and give us back our government, our freedom and our identity, the way we knew it hundreds of years ago? That is what the question pointed to, so here comes the answer to that, “And He said unto them, It is not for you (They we4re believers like you and me, and they had a lot of questions going on in their mind at that time) to know the times (plural) or the seasons, (plural) which the Father hath put in His own power.” I will read that out of the Hebrew to English, to give you a more clear understanding of what was said.  “And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.” Meaning only God, the Eternal Spirit, knows the answer to your question. Well we must try to understand whether that was just a figure of speech, or whether it stands exactly like that. Let me try to illustrate what I mean by figure of speech. You have heard the old expression, scarce as hen’s teeth. Well that has to be explained, because when you look in the dictionary, scarce means you are relating to something that has a limited quantity. Scarce, you hardly find one, just now and then, but when we apply that to, (scarce as hen’s teeth) hens do not have teeth. If you did not know that a chicken does not have teeth in it’s mouth, you might not know what that figure of speech meant, but anything that is as scarce as hen’s teeth is non existent. So we come back to this statement of Jesus and ask, Was this just a figure of speech, or did it really mean what He said? We have to understand that this is Jewish language, taking up Jewish terminology. When we go to 1st Thessalonians 5. We find the apostle Paul using the same expression. He has just explained how the coming of the Lord is going to be, but then he takes it further, “But of the times and the seasons, (the same two words) brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” Here is how we have to look at this: This is not just some thrown together slang. Neither is it just some careless terminology: It is the way Jews were saying, This is far in the future, and no man knows exactly when it will be, only God Himself. We know those two words, times and seasons, are applicable in Jewish language. Over in Genesis 1, God said, Let there be two lights, one to rule the day, one to rule the night, and let them be for times and seasons, and months and so forth. We know this, in the language of Genesis, times and seasons is in relationship to a man’s total life span, how man would relate himself to how many years, how many months and so forth. We know the moon rules the months, and the sun rules the solar year. When we take that beyond a man’s life span, we are going into centuries and decades. That is the way we put it in our histories. When we talk about time that goes beyond a century, or a man’s natural life span, we write it up, that we are in a new century. We have just passed a century. There is going to be a big centennial celebration and so forth. You have heard that. Well what Jesus was actually saying, if we could put it in our terminology or speech phrase, was, It is not for you to know the centuries or the decades which God has kept in His own mind. Other generations did not need to know the things God has revealed to this generation. He would not let anyone know that before the time. Now when we relate that to the coming of the Lord, we have looked at our Bible and read through our Bible and many things we read over and over. I have said this for a long time, if the Jewish people who were there in the first advent of Christ had been studying the writings of the prophet Daniel, in the 9th chapter, how the angel broke that down so vividly, they should have been able to come within at least two or three years of knowing the time when their Messiah would be born. I am talking about the hierarchy, the priesthood, the leadership. Do you think Simeon was a man that never read anything? I believe he was a man old in years, yet he had read much. I believe there was something that he read that caused him to begin to feel, O Lord, I just wish I could live to see your Messiah. He knew something, as a basis for what the scriptures say about him. If you never know by any means when a certain event is likely to come about, you would be very foolish to say, God let me live until I see that, when in the mind of God, that might be five hundred years off. On the other hand, if you see something written and you feel there is a proximity somewhere, a closeness that seems to be realistic, you would have a right to ask God to let you live to see that. Anyhow God had promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Christ. This very thing lets us know this, It is not the very wise, nor the intellectual that has the right to figure anything out, it is only the people who are willing to be a part of God’s plan. We have up here behind me a sketch (CLICK FOR CHART) of the first 69 weeks of Daniel. Common sense would tell you, if the Jews knew by the writings of Nehemiah, that the decree that sets that thing in motion starts on the 14th of March, and it was to cover right through to the crucifixion of the Messiah, the Prince that was to be crucified in the culmination of that, they should have been able to realize by counting off the years, that the time was at hand. At least they had a sure point for a beginning. They knew that in that 69 weeks there would be a total of 483 years. On the other hand, theology can put people to sleep and cause them to lose touch with reality. In Luke 24, where Jesus appeared to His disciples after He arose, is a good example of what I want you to see. When He appeared to them, they were startled: They thought they had seen a ghost; but He calmed them, and then ask, Have you got anything to eat? They gave Him a piece of fish, and then some honeycomb. Now that is not just the wax, that is the honey and the wax. He was proving to them that He was not a ghost. But then He said unto them, (We are in verse 44, of chapter 24) “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (45) Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, (46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: (47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” He began with the psalms and the prophets, and the law, and said, These are the things I spoke to you about while I was yet with you. Do you think He left Daniel out of that? That is God’s yardstick. He did not have that written in the scriptures and then put a veil over it. The only veil is man’s own carnality, his own refusal to recognize the reality of it. The Jews had a perfect yardstick, but they did not use it. Therefore they are guilty of crucifying the very one they had been looking for, the One they should have recognized, simply because they should have known approximately when to look for Him to appear on the scene. But no, the did not want a fellow like Him to be their Messiah: He did not come the way they thought he should have. The point here is, What did they expect? Evidently they expected Him to come down from heaven with stars shining, and halo’s poised over His head and all of that, but if that is what they were expecting, it was because they had not studied their scriptures with the right attitude and motive. Nevertheless that is the way a lot of people look at things in our day. In other words, If there is anything God wants us to know, He will sure not send a messenger like that fellow: He is just trying to make himself something. This is a modern, twentieth century excuse; but I am reasonably sure those Scribes and Pharisees felt the same way two thousand years ago: Well I would listen to what he has to say, if it were not for the way he looks: God would not send a fellow like that to tell us anything. I just have to say, Are you sure about that? We are all going to end up in a ditch somewhere, with that type of attitude. That is why denominational religion went the way they did with Bro. Branham. If you dare to mention his name in public, you just as well have stuck a skunk in their nostrils. It stinks to them. My point in talking like that is to say this, We have a yardstick in the Bible and we are ignorant if we refuse to look at it. Some people take the attitude that we are not supposed to know anything about what God is going to do: We should just drift along and wait for it to happen; but that is not the way I read my Bible. When I read it I see God giving the wise believers a foreknowledge of what He is going to do.



Did it ever occur to you that Hosea 6:2 was written long before Daniel ever wrote about the seventy weeks? Hosea 6:2 was even written before the ten tribes were taken out of the land. Hosea 6:2 plainly tells you, After two days He will revive us. Here comes that old theological term though: well I can see the point you are talking about, but we really do not know whether that is the correct meaning of it. I will agree with you up to a certain point, give a little and take a little, but I am not ready to preach such a thing. There is that old expression of doubt and excuse, but there is one thing sure, If that last week of Daniel’s seventy weeks is as close to being set in motion as we believe it has to be, you can expect a lot of theologians to be thrown into a state of bewilderment pretty soon now. Right here, is where we are, less that four years away from the year 2000 A.D. and from here to that point, (pointing to the last week of Daniel on the (CHART)) is so vivid and plain in the book of Revelation, it is divided into two parts. The first part speaks of the two prophets: (Rev. 11:3) “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” No, not more or less: It will be exact, because it is God who keeps the time, not me. The antichrist will sit in the temple in Jerusalem, after it is rebuilt, and he will sit himself up and claim to be a god, and he will do his evil work for 3 ½ years. God allows him exactly forty two months, not give a little or take a little. I hope you understand why I stress it that way? God meant for those periods of time to be exactly what the bible says, 3 ½ prophetic years each. As for the two days Hosea spoke of, if the two days have any meaning, then it is dispensational days, not two twenty four hour days. In other words, two days of a thousand years each, prophetic time, which is 360 days to the year. Prophetic time is always with 360 days to each year, because that is the way the weeks of Daniel break down. Using our Julian calendar time, you cannot get 483 years of expired time; but when you break the calendar time down into prophetic time, here is the number you come out with, 173,880 days, which is 483 years. I do that in order to subtract from it when Christ was crucified, April 3 in 33 A.D. That is according to Jewish history. I have it myself. When you take 33 and ½ years calendar time and multiply and get the days, and subtract that off this total of time from here to the death of King Herod, you get the birth of Christ. Here is the death of King Herod. When you take the days here, and subtract it from the total, you get the number of days, and then you can convert it right back to the days that evolve from the decree to the death of King Herod. That establishes the fact that Jesus was born 2 years and 89 days before the death of King Herod, making Him born in the year 3 B.C. That aligns with recorded history, so that should not be a problem for anyone. Then, if two days are what we have before God turns back to the Jews, we have got to know where the beginning point of those two days was. The seventy weeks of Daniel had a beginning point. It was the making of the decree that you read of in Nehemiah. Well the beginning point of this two days has to be the crucifixion of Christ. The minute the nation said crucify Him, crucify Him, God had already judged them and was potentially placing them under a verdict: I will take you out of this land once again. It did not happen immediately, but in 69 A.D., you might say 36 years later, it came upon them. He brought the Roman army to lay siege against the city. That fulfilled the last part of the 26th verse, of the 9th chapter of Daniel. From the destruction of the temple and so forth, the Jews were gone, and they have been dispersed throughout the world through all those years, but the time of the two days starts here. (Pointing to the crucifixion of Christ on the chart) Of course some people will say, Oh Bro. Jackson, I would begin it with 69 A.D., when Titus destroyed the city. Well if you do that, Then you are forgetting what Jesus said about the generation that sees certain things take place. This generation shall not pass away until all these other things be fulfilled. Thirty six years more beyond the crucifixion of Christ will put you beyond that point where one generation could be expect to live. It put you over about 2040 A.D. All of the Holocaust Jews will be dead before then, and you will probably be dead also. I will be dead before then. The generation that has seen all of this within this century will be gone before 2040. What this amounts to, according to the words of Jesus, there has to be a living representation of the generation that has seen all of these major developments with Israel, when the whole thing is climaxed. Therefore if you try to start the two thousand years of Hosea’s prophecy all the way over here when Jerusalem was destroyed, you run the two thousand years out beyond that generation. There is no doubt in my mind that some of those who were very young during the time of the holocaust, will still be alive to see God wrap up this whole picture. Why would Jesus have said such a thing if that were not how it is going to be? They may be a hundred and three years old, but their testimony to God will be here. I do not have to search the earth to find out who that generation is: That is God’s business. It is a testimony to God, and it fulfills the words of Jesus. That is the important thing. When we take the calendar time from the crucifixion of Christ and break it into two thousand prophetic years, we are presently just a little over three years away from the year 2000, as far as we can tell by using what we have, and that is, if the Roman calendar that the western world goes by, is anywhere near right. But when we transfer this from 33 A.D. to 2000 years later, 2000 prophetic years later brings us calendar time to 2004 ½. You do not take it back to the birth of Christ, you have to start with the crucifixion. In other words, This time and this time (using the chart and pointing to the Law Age and the Grace Age) does not overlap. This has to be a continuation of how God deals with the nation of Israel. The 483 years or 69 weeks, covers the time God dealt with Israel from the starting of their coming into the land, to the Messiah, and that sixty nine weeks ended at the crucifixion of Jesus, and the seventieth week will begin at the end of the Grace Age, when God turns once again to the Jews. I want to first go back to Daniel 9, and refresh our memory on the fact that Jesus was cut off at the end of the sixty ninth week of Daniel’s seventy week prophecy, and remember, each week is a year of God’s dealing with the nation of Israel in their land. Notice the words of verses 25 and 26. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks: (That makes a total of 69 weeks.) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (26) And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, (That shows that He was crucified at the end of the last 62 weeks of that 69 weeks.) but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (It was Roman soldiers that destroyed the city, so the prince that shall come ‘THE ANTICHRIST’ will have his seat or authority in Rome) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, (a flood of persecution) and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. (Now we come to the antichrist, the prince of the Romans that destroyed the city and the sanctuary.) (27) And he (the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (That will be the seventieth week, which will start when this covenant is signed.) and in the midst of the week (or actually in the exact middle of the prophetic week) he (the antichrist) shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, (Which will be exactly 3 ½ prophetic years of great tribulation, the last half of that week) and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” By looking at these three verses, we can pinpoint the exact time when Hosea’s two days became effective; and the two days are the two thousand years that God deals with Gentile people in the Grace Age. Israel as a nation, did not recognize the time they were living in; therefore she threw away her chance to accept her Messiah; and that caused God to drive them out of the land once again. In the verse that precedes the one we have been talking about, is a prophecy concerning how the Holy Spirit makes intercession and God speaks on behalf of the people. (Hosea 6:1)”Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.” That is why it says in verse 2, “After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.” Just think, hundreds of years before it ever happened, Hosea gave this prophecy with such a great promise: After two days, (That means, after we have been out of the land, scattered here and there, for two dispensational days or two thousand years of prophetic time), He will revive us. Now we want to see where that points to in the scriptures. Is that not what we read in Revelation 11? What was John given? He was given a reed like unto a rod, a measuring instrument. He was told to go measure the temple, the altar, and them that worship therein, but the outer court and the city leave out, for it is given unto the Gentiles and they shall tread it under foot forty and two months. The temple and the city that John knew was now in desolation, in 96 A.D., but he saw the temple coming back into preeminence. That is what we have got to understand to get this picture right. To John, that was God’s way of telling him, When the time comes that the temple is to be rebuilt and the city is to be rebuilt, there will come two prophets on the scene and they shall do so and so; and we know according to Revelation 7, the revival that Israel has as a result of their ministry, is in the first half of the seventieth week. It will last a thousand two hundred and three score days. That puts time exactly in the middle of that seven year period of time. That is when the antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel and starts his great surge of persecution against them. Yes saints, “THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIME, NO, NOR EVER SHALL BE.” (Matthew 24:21) That is the very words Jesus spoke. Well how does that all fit together as concerning the bride Church? When this peace covenant is signed and those two prophets show up in the streets of Jerusalem, the Gentile bride will have finished her race. She will be ready to take her flight. You just have to realize that there are seven years added on to this; (pointing to the beginning of the week on the chart) and then the bride will be coming back to earth with Jesus, as seen in the 19th chapter of Revelation, closing out the tribulation and pouring out the wrath of God upon all those wicked people that are still alive. Make no mistake about it though, when the Bible says, AFTER TWO DAYS, that is exactly what God meant. Do not try to play around with time, Well maybe that could be 15 or 20 years beyond this point. No saints. That is not why God put it in there like that. It has to have a specific beginning. That is why, if the reviving is to take place fulfilling that second verse, it takes place in the first part of the seventieth week; so you have to bring the beginning of the week to the place where that two days stops, which is right here. (Pointing to chart at 2004 ½ A.D.) It is just that simple. What does the last part of verse 2, say? “In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” That moves you, time wise, into the Millennium. Now verse 3, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” The point is, these two thousand years have to have an ending, just as they have a starting point. That is why I said, If you start that in 69 A.D. when they were actually carried out, and you push this thirty six years beyond this point, every one of those of this generation that has seen all this take place, the Holocaust and all that has transpired since will be dead. Only the younger generation will be left alive to say anything; and that would not fulfill the words of Jesus which say, “This generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled.” The point is, this two thousand years will terminate according to the calendar, at 2004 ½ A.D. Seeing that we are now living just about 3 ½ years this side of the year 2000, that means we are dealing with a time span of about eight years between now and the time those two days finish out. Oh that sounds scary, Bro. Jackson! Well let us go to Matthew 24, and take a look at the very words of Jesus.



As we go into Matthew 24, just try to keep focused on what we are looking at. The things Jesus is saying here, are things He said to the disciples while He was yet alive, They showed Him the temple, how beautiful it was, and He said unto them, (verse 2) “See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” After they were outside the temple they began to ask Him, When will these things be? What is the sign of thy coming, and so forth? He started His answer to them by giving them a graphic background. We are going to read a parable. (Verse 32) “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; (The fig tree is Israel.) When his branch is yet tender, (He was not talking about Israel as it existed then, He is talking about Israel as it would exist in the future, as God would be restoring it back into the land.) and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer (talking about a season) is nigh: (33) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, (Now we have to go back to the first part of the chapter to see what all He was talking about.) Know that it is near, even at the doors. (34) Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (He was not talking about the generation that lived two thousand years ago. It is true they lived to see certain things they thought it was, but it was only a type, a prelude to what is going to be in the last days. We are the generation that is seeing the culmination, the fulfillment of all this. This is why we have to begin to realize there are certain things in the word to give you and I a vivid picture of how to look to the end of it all. Let us not walk blindfolded and bump our nose against it. That is not the way God wants us to look at it. That is the way the religious world is walking toward it.) (35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” What did He mean by that statement? Oh the heavens are going to melt! The earth is going to be dissolved: the Bible says so! Well if heaven is going to melt and the earth is going to be dissolved, where in the world are you going to be? I am talking about the old Methodist’s way of looking at the scripture. When you talk about the Millennium to a Methodist, you are using bad language. Actually they think you are talking about something that is right out of the pit. That is the way the Methodists look at it; but in reality what He meant was, It would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one word to fail its intended purpose. We do know the heavens and earth will melt, but not in the sense that they become destroyed or devastated. It is God’s way of renewing, cleansing, putting everything back in proper relationship to Himself. Jesus has given some things we can use as indicators as far as times and seasons, but notice verse 36, because at the time He was speaking to a living generation of disciples, He never said a thing about the times or seasons. That was not in the picture. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heave, but my Father only.” He put it into a day and hour. I am going to show you, by the grace of God, what He really meant. I will ask you this again, I this just a figure of speech? Or some slang expression just to fill in the gap? No. He meant exactly what He said. I am going to show you why He meant exactly what He said. “But of the day and hour.” I remember when Bro. Branham was preaching the seals, he said, Notice, Jesus said no man knoweth the day or hour, but he never said a thing about the year or month. Watch as we read on. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Now He is going into a discourse of explaining to the believer, the true believer, how to look toward His mystical coming for His Church. He has already told you when He is coming visibly. Both comings, part A and part B, are right here in Matthew 24. Let us go back to verse 27. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” This is the strange thing about prophecy, many times two important objectives are referred to in the same chain of thought. That is why Jesus would refer to Isaiah, where He would read certain portions and stop. (Isaiah 61:1) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (61:2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” His day of vengeance, jumps a span of time. Referring to His visible return, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Here in Matthew 24:29, is where He tells you when He is coming visibly. We should have no mathematical problems in figuring that out. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” It says He is coming immediately after the tribulation of those days, but some still say, Well that could be three or four weeks later. No. When He said immediately, that is what He meant. Here is the tribulation of those days, right in here to the end of the week. If God only allows the man of sin to project himself in that terrible moment of time for forty two months, does it not also tell us in 2nd Thessalonians that he will be destroyed with the brightness of the coming of Jesus Christ, and he will be destroyed with the sword of His mouth? Where in the world could this lingering of time come in? There is no such thing. His coming visibly is immediately after the great tribulation of the last half of that 70th week of Daniel. God has no reason to drag these things out when it comes like that. That is a visible return. You can take that to Revelation 19, starting in about the 11th verse, what does it say? “And I saw heavens opened, and behold a white horse; and He (That is Jesus) that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.” What did He see? He saw Jesus sitting on a white horse. Let me tell you, When that time comes, those that are alive that are left here, are not going to have to have a magnifying glass to see Him: because they are not going to be looking out there in space fifty million light years away. They are going to be looking right up from where they are. (Matthew 24:30) “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” You need to read that part of Revelation 19, right with this. There was seen the armies of heaven, and the bride was clothed in fine linen, riding white horses. On His thigh is a new name written and His name is called THE WORD OF GOD, because He is coming to judge, to destroy, to hit this planet with judgment and devastation. When that sign becomes visible in the elements of heaven, you do not need to think his descent to earth is a flash like a rocket. When heaven is opened, just remember that it takes the planet twenty four hours to revolve one complete turn. The Bible says every eye shall see Him, every knee shall bend, and every head shall bow. And the mighty and the wicked flee to the rocks and mountains and cry, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” Why? Because He will not still be sitting on that throne when He is seen coming to earth to pour out the wrath of God upon wicked mankind. They will know when He is coming, that is not a secret thing. In my opinion, Electric will go off and clocks are going to stop. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? Because this old planet earth is going to start reeling and rocking: it is going to go into convulsions. When you do have things like that, you cannot help but have some power lines snap. There will be blackouts. Earthquakes will set in. Gas lines will break. Talk about gas fires. Talk about oil leaks. Yes they will cry, Somebody, get the plumber! There is not going to be any more talk about us destroying the ozone. I am not worried about what God does with the ozone. He destroyed the other ozone during the flood. Then He gave us another. Now, they are saying, Save the ozone! God knows what He is doing. He will have another one back out there when it is needed. The reason I stress that point is because you do not worry about His visible return. It is going to be visible. I have to say, That is going to be a glorious scene, except to those that are to be judged at His coming. The lights will be shut out. The sun will refuse to shine, and so will the moon. The universe is being disturbed. Every living creature on this planet will have to look toward heaven. That is the only source any light will come from. They are going to be forced to see Jesus coming home from heaven with His bride Church. Praise God, you and I will be coming back with Him! Do not tell me His visible return is a mystery. It is not. It speaks very clearly of it. That is part B. Now let us go back to part A. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” No man knows the day or hour that He will return. He tells the sign of Noah. It is in place. Gay rights. The president is in trouble, the Republicans are in trouble. They do not know whether to play up abortion or play it down. When they finally gave the black people civil rights, the devil jumped up and down. Oh watch me now. Here came next the women’s rights; and then gay rights. Now every kind of devilish rights you could ever imagine under the sun, is out there somewhere, all hid behind civil rights. Now civil rights has to be the front flag for the whole kit and kaboodle. The devil knew exactly what he was doing; but all of that has a short duration now. Let us watch this coming of the Lord. Are we left here to wonder, to stagger through the pages of God’s word in total ignorance? I have to say, We should be able to see the century we live in and the decade. If we are looking at this yardstick, or measurement the right way, we are living in the last decade. What is a decade? Ten years, in this case, a unit of ten. Centuries is made up of ten units of ten. That is the way we write history today, first century, second century, or first decade or second decade, and on and on like that. Let us see who Jesus was talking to and what He was talking about, when He said no man knoweth the day or hour. He gives us the sign of Noah, that is the gay front today and violence in general. Verse 42, He mentions it again. He is talking to the Christian that is going to be alive when this comes about. The gays are on the move. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” That is talking about His mystical coming for His church. It is not talking about His visible coming, when He comes riding a white horse. This is what the apostle Paul was referring to in 1st Thessalonians 5. Notice what Jesus says in the 42nd verse. This is referred to five times in 24 and 25, because the two go together. “Watch therefore: (This is our admonition) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” I just have to say this, Many of the Branham followers mean well; but it is one thing to mean well and another to do well. There is no excuse for ignorance. Willful ignorance is a sin. He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, what does the Bible say? It goes much deeper than slipping out behind the barn and smoking a cigarette. It means there are certain things that are right; and true children of God are expected to believe them. I have heard these words so many times: But the prophet said three and one half years are left, or the seventieth week of Daniel. They must think I sat there for a whole week when he preached the seventy weeks of Daniel without hearing him when he said, There are seven years left. Don’t try to tell me there are only three and one half years left. I would have to say to you, no matter who you are, a Hebrew doctor of divinity, or whatever you are, You just simply do not know enough history. A man would have to be insane, to try to make the Bible prove there are only three and one half years left. Those two prophets are not going to be preaching in the streets of Jerusalem while the antichrist is sitting in the temple showing himself as God. The Bible plainly shows us that it is when the two prophets have finished their testimony and prophecy, (because the old antichrist is totally infuriated because of their words) the antichrist comes to Jerusalem for the purpose of executing these prophets, which he believes are obstacles in his way of economic progress. Therefore let us watch as we continue on here. Notice in this statement, Jesus did not refer to the day. He said, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, (He is saying this in such a way, Wise servant, keep your nose in the word and stay on your knees in prayer, so that you will see it right.) he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: (This is His admonition to us.) for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Two times, He said, such an hour. I stress this point, Do we have to know the hour when Jesus is coming? No. However if we can see a decade in which the Bible points to we should not be afraid of that. Watch how I illustrate it, and in this period of time if I see something begin to develop in the Middle East that shows me God’s miraculous power, I know I am living in the latter part of that decade. Do you see all these scriptures? (Pointing to chart, Amos 9:11-12, Micah 7:11-20, Zechariah 12:2-9, Numbers 24:14-23, Zephaniah 2:4-11, Obadiah 1, Isaiah 11:11-16, 19:16-22, 49:13-21, 60:1-22, Zechariah 10:6-10, Ezekiel 38:2-17, Daniel 9:27) We will not have time to read all of them at this time, but all of them fit right in here. Regardless of how many prophet preachers try to tell you something different, they can quote Revelation 13 and they come on with the New World Order and all of that, but we are living just before the fulfillment of every one of these scriptures. All of that other stuff we are hearing is just so much hocus pocus. Oh Bro. Jackson, you ought not talk like that. When WW2 was over and I came home, I heard them say Stalin is the antichrist, then it was Hitler, Mussolini, then Kruschev, then Henry Kissinger and we everyone know from studying the scriptures, it is going to be the pope of Rome, so where did they get their great revelation from? You hear this one and that one, The end is at hand, get my book and read all about it. Well saints, what I am telling you is not costing you anything. The world at large does not realize they are about to have the most terrible headache they have ever had. Actually Amos 9 is a key that begins to unlock this thing. What did James the apostle say in the 15th chapter of Acts? What was his reply to the brethren when Paul and those other brethren came back and told how miracles had been done over in Asia among the Gentiles? They had already heard Peter’s testimony. They were all discussing that, but what does this other add up to? James said, Brethren, to this the words of the prophets agree, and he turned and quoted Amos 9:11-12. When you read it, the bottom part is what James went after. Upon as many as the Lord our God shall call. James said, After this will the Lord return and build again, which is in the top, the tabernacle of David, close up the breeches thereof. That is the way the prophecy starts out. It is on top. When James was sitting there in that conversation the temple was still standing. The destruction of it in 69 A.D. was still ahead of them. He went into Amos because Amos reveals a time factor. As the Gentiles began to get the gospel, James saw that God had taken his bottom part of that prophecy and He is going out there among those that had never called on God, never known God, and He has come among the Gentiles to get out of the Gentiles a people that will bear His name. After this, now he applies the top part, He shall return. The prophecy, as you read it, is upside down. You take one part and put here and the other part over here. We are now living when the bottom part of Amos 9:11-12 has been applied. Time for Gentiles is running out. As it does we can see things setting up in the Middle East, which means that God will soon return to the Jews. Once He starts turning to the Jews to give them back everything that was promised, there is going to be a short interval of miraculous events, and they are going to startle the politicians of the world. It has got to be that way for Isaiah and Micah 7, to fit in. When you go to Micah 7 which now begins to unlock the picture, it plainly says this, In the days that thy walls are to be built, again will I show unto him great and marvelous things, insomuch that the heathen will come crawling out of their holes. Let us just read a few verses of it, starting in Micah 7:11 “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. (12) In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. (7:15) According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvelous things. (16) The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. (17) They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.” Something is getting ready to happen. These are not just idle words. Modern mankind thinks he is going to establish a beautiful government here, but God is going to rip it all to pieces. The only thing that is going to finish this picture out the way the Bible says is Revelation 13, the putting together the remnants of the old Roman Empire, and the United Nations does not have a thing to do with it. Now Bro. Jackson, I would be careful. I am going to show you in these scriptures right here, it is all in there, God is going to rip that thing and tear it all to pieces. Are you sure? I want to show you something. The old school of thought, when WW2 was over, prophetic students and preachers were talking about it: The ten horns are coming together, the ten horns are coming together. Oh, Rome is being revived, the ten horns are coming together. Praise the Lord, it won’t be long now. Well, now the ten horns are together, and now they want a New World Order. Do you see how those people jump from one thing to another? It has always been that way.



A few weeks back, one Thursday night, a sister was coming into the parking lot and saw a car following her. When she got out, the driver of the car asked her, Is this where the Contender is mailed from? She said yes, He said, will you give this to your leader. It was a large envelope that had a video tape in it. On the envelope was written, God’s message to America.