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WE ENDED THE FEBRUARY ISSUE WITH BROTHER JACKSON SPEAKING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND THEN THE BIRTH OF JESUS AND THE REACTION OF POLITICAL MINDS. READ THE LAST PORTION OF THAT ISSUE AND WE WILL CONTINUE RIGHT ON FROM THERE. SHE SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THOU SHALT CALL HIS NAME JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.
Just look at that no good King Herod. He was like the politicians we have in our society today. Let them hear of something that is biblically taking place on the earth and before very long they bring in commandos to tear up the place and destroy everything pertaining to the event. Go get them, we cannot allow anything like this: It is against our plans, so we have a right to bring it to an end. That is more or less the way our society thinks. When the wise men came from the east thinking among themselves, At least their king ought to know where He (Jesus) is, but he knew nothing about it. He had to ask the scribes about what the scriptures said of such an occasion. They had to search the scriptures, and then found out it was to take place in Bethlehem. They told the King what they had read and he immediately began to devise a plan to prevent such a thing as he was hearing. The town of Bethlehem, from the outskirts of Jerusalem, was about nine miles. King Herod did not like what he had heard. We have a lot of educators and politicians today, that are not going to like to hear what we know and could tell them. Will it do any good to say anything to any of them right now? Absolutely not! To them, it is No, no, no it cannot be! We are not going to let it be that way. Well just wait until God begins to show His mighty power on behalf of Israel and see what happens then. Well with this in mind, let us think for a minute on the beast from that period, the beast that began to rise, and be reconstructed. It becomes the European Common Market that brings the monetary, the economic side of prophecy into the picture. They have formed the European military force, with each nation contributing to it as a total defense against anything that opposes the European unity. Now they have the European currency, which they call the euro dollar. When we look at that, let us try to look at ourselves, knowing we are in the year 2001, (This was preached in July 2001.) we have passed the half way mark of this year, so we are standing right about here presently, (chart). Looking at this brown line, that European beast has already crossed the time line, so just about everything is coming into place already. Anything that happens in the Middle East from now on, is going to hurry the process just that much faster. We can say this, as we stand here at this point in time, Those other spiritual people that are just like those in the beginning of that fifth seal, are very close to meeting their destiny. They have not yet been slain, but as we stand at this junction, we can say, however close we are to this point, (the beginning of that last week) then three and one half years later, bingo, they are in that worst point of the time of trouble, the great tribulation. The army of that antichrist is going to go after them trying to annihilate them. With this in mind, we already know what the sixth seal is pointing to, because we have the knowledge of it from way back here. I will never forget the night Bro. Branham said, That is the coming of Christ. He had all those scriptures, Matthew 24, Isaiah 13, Isaiah 24, all those that spoke of that great day of His wrath and His wonderful and glorious coming. As we stand here at this point in time, we have the knowledge of that sixth seal, and we know it points us over here. Jesus is coming back to earth in physical form to rule and reign, and it takes place under the affects of that sixth seal, because in the last verse of it, it speaks of the wrath of God. We are approaching that. What are we waiting on? We are waiting for that seventh seal, but it will not be opened until the Jewish people get their land back and are faced with the Ezekiel 38 and 39 assault which God will intervene in on their behalf. The week cannot start until those two events are past, but when the week does start, the bride of Christ will be getting about ready to leave here. We cannot put an exact time on any of this, but do not count on waiting until you see these things taking place before you start preparing yourselves to meet your Lord and Husband to be. I am going to read this as though we are standing right there watching, (Rev. 8:1) “And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” I am saying this, Somewhere one of these days when the time factor is right, however much time there is left between now and the beginning of that week, the bride is going to be the focus of attention. The week will not begin until that seventh seal is broke in heaven, which brings chapter 10 right out of the line up of numbers and places it right here, between verses 1 and 2 of chapter 8. Brothers and Sisters, you really need to get this straight, because when that seventh seal is broken, Christ is no longer on the mercy seat: His intercessory work will be finished. He is then ready to be projected to earth in angelic form. This is where the arch angel comes in. The reason we can say arch angel is because, not just any angel is allowed to characterize Christ. The angelic family is innumerable, but an arch angel is always a messenger of something that is dynamic, an event or hour has come for something to be fulfilled. As we have pointed out, Jesus, our soon coming Bridegroom, is not projected on earth in physical body: an angelic being characterizes Him. On earth that scroll, the little book, is open. That lets us know the 10th chapter does not belong over here after 9, and so forth. That 10th chapter contains the picture of what is about ready to take place for the Bride as she is now approaching this last week of Daniel, the time for it to start. When that 10th chapter of Revelation becomes applicable for you and me, so that we are affected by its revelation, the Mideast miracle war will have been fought and in the past, and the Ezekiel 38 fulfillment will also be in the past. It does not matter what Jack Van Impe says about it, when that last week prophesied by Daniel does start, there will be no wars fought during that time. That is why the covenant is signed, to eliminate the possibility of any other disasters and chaos, such as the world will have just come through. The only other war that will be fought is Armageddon, which brings the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy to a close. With that in mind, then let us place ourselves right here in that period of time, while politicians are quickly getting their heads together to negotiate, and it is basically then that European nations, those that make up the beast, for she has risen out of the waters, she has already entered the time line. She is ready to step in and fulfill her course. Let us take a look at ourselves, how that angelic being will be brought down to appear on earth somewhere. Does that mean people are going to see him? No. But it does mean this, The Holy Spirit is absolutely going to take the event of it, and make it known to a chosen ministry. While those European heads are negotiating, designing that precise hour of time, those seven thunders are absolutely going to be sounding their voices. They are going to receive by divine revelation, and stimulation, how God wants to make Himself known to those individual men that become the voice to carry those prophetic utterings that will be informative to the Bride of Christ, concerning the imminent and soon return of Jesus, not yet in physical form, but in His mystical appearance to take His Bride away from here. Just try to imaging this: John, way back in 96 A.D., was carried away in the spirit, so that he lived in the future tense, even in this very period of time we are in right now. He saw this thing take place in pictorial development. It was illustrated to him in language he could understand, so he could make a record of it, whereby he made a record of the occurrence but not the specific details, all of which would be revealed to chosen men of the hour in which it was to be entirely fulfilled. That record was for us. He heard it, and could have written what the thunders uttered right then, but he was told to seal it up and not write the specific details. John has long ago passed on to his place in the plan of God, where he is awaiting the end. God is not going to bring him back to finish revealing what he heard those seven thunders speak. There are some men on earth today, and God knows exactly where every one of them are, and He knows exactly how to touch their spirit, their minds, their hearts, their whole being, to prepare them for the work they have to do. When that angelic being stands on earth with that little scroll open in His hand, He will be here to receive and take with Him, all those living bride saints whose names are written in the little book. It will not be an immediate catching away though, because those seven thunders sound their voices to the bride before their departure. Those men are absolutely going to receive a visitation from the spiritual realm. If the world itself could hear it, it would frighten them. It will be something that is going to be so informative to the little Bride of Christ, which by then has become a very minor nucleus, shut off from the world of denominational religion, closed in, and who of them will even want to have anything to do with her? They will be saying, That bunch of holy rollers, that bunch of fanatics that believe all this stuff, why don’t they come out and join the crowd, and just be one of us? I would rather be dead than to join that crowd out there today. I would rather they lay me in the ground, so that my spirit could be there with my blessed Savior, than to watch this bunch of politicians maneuver for advantage like we see today. We are standing right at the doorway, where all of a sudden that revelation will drop. Wherever those voices are located, and wherever they begin to sound, we must keep in mind the fact that it takes a little while for that which they will speak to be communicated universally. That is why it says in the 10th chapter, when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, it puts it in the past tense. John said, When the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write. He heard them speak: He heard everything they said. What he was about to write, he was forbidden to write it, so there are seven men somewhere on this earth, that are going to receive some divine revelation, some information, some inspiration and unctioning, and they are going to speak it with such boldness and assurance, that by the time you put all seven of them together, it is not going to be repetition of words, but the end picture they prophesy about is going to produce the same results.
When you get seven men that can speak the same thing, all from different parts of the world, then it is just about time to start rejoicing: your redemption is drawing nigh. How many know what I am talking about? God is going to bring unity to some people on this earth: They are going to be able to look at one another and say, That is right brother, because it is going to ring as truth in their hearts, to let them know it is the truth. As we stand at the threshold of that week, we can hear the politicians say, We need to set this in motion: Let us pass it before the assembly and make it mandatory. Israel will be right in the midst of that covenant of supposed-to-be peace for all, because her blind politicians will completely ignore what God has just brought them through. You would think they would reflect back on the miraculous way God had just got through delivering them from the hands of their enemies and know He would provide for them in the future, but no, they will view this covenant as the most sensible way to maintain what they then have. They must think their politicians are glorious and wonderful men. They put their trust in such an agreement drawn up by carnal minded mankind, rather than trust in the God that is working for them. I know this tape will go to Israel, so I say to my Jewish friends, Yes I am a Gentile, but I am not a pagan, blood thirsty cannibal. I am one of many Gentiles that have been saved by the grace of God manifested through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. I have been in your country five times, walked through that temple area and observed what is now standing there, so please listen to me my Jewish friends, because that same SPIRIT that used to dwell in your temple, and was called the Shekinah glory, dwelling in the Holy of Holies part of it, is the Spirit that now dwells in my soul. You are even afraid to go there and walk where it used to be. Well I am not, because that Spirit walks in me, abides in me and causes me to understand what is just ahead for you. It thrills me, excites me and inspires me, because I know how this entire thing ends. Yes, you will rebuild your temple just like the scriptures say you will, but the true believers, both Jew and Gentile, will have that sovereign Spirit dwelling in the temple of their bodies. That is where He is supposed to be ultimately, dwelling inside the individual believers. All that I am speaking of is going to come to some of you Jewish people one of these days, in the not too distant future, but He is going to pour out His wrath on another element of your society, simply because they will not believe His word. As the little Gentile Bride stands here at the threshold to this week that Daniel spoke of in the 9th chapter and 27th verse of his writings, the seventh seal of Revelation, chapter 8, verse 1 will have been opened and the seven thunders will have sounded, so time itself moves right to the 7th chapter. It is time for the 144,000 servants of God to be sealed in their foreheads, with the Spirit of the living God. Take a good look at what is says there, because it gives you a picture of what God is doing. John saw an angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God, because He is closing out the time Gentiles have had accessibility to that Spirit, and is now returning to the Jewish people, to seal a believing element of them. By this time, the Gentile Bride Church will have all this information, and she will have access to the knowledge of it all. Because of that, this angel can leave the Gentiles, cross the time border, and head right to Israel. Why? Because there are two prophets there, shown in the 11th chapter, that have the responsibility of prophesying to the Jewish people for 3 ½ years. That gives all of them a chance to hear about the Messiah, and seals those that believe what they hear with the Spirit of the living God. I place these chapters in this order, because when John saw this angel as he was headed for Israel from the way of the east, he had been around the world, and is now on his way back home. Watch the sequence, how time develops. He heard that angel cry to the four angels that stood on the four corners of the earth, (which actually speaks of the Euphrates valley) holding back the political winds that would bring trouble, and saying to them, Rev 7:3 “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” It was only then, that he was saying Hold back those winds: it was not said back here when that miracle war was to take place. Notice the time: The miracle war is past, Ezekiel 38 is past, the peace covenant has been signed and it is time for the two prophets carrying the anointing of Moses and Elijah to prophesy in the streets of Jerusalem. That is why he now cries out to those four angels to hold back, and do not hurt the trees, do not hurt the land or anything, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. John said, And I saw the number of them that were sealed. The sealing has to be done by the ministry of the two prophets, so they already have to be in the land at that time. This is reading it to make the picture have a meaning to you. That is why the two prophets in the 11th chapter, are seen as they are; when the chapter opens up, you find John saying, verse 1, “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” John saw an angel come with a reed in his hand, and he gave it to John. Take it and go measure the altar, and the temple, and them that worship therein, but the outer court and the beloved city, leave out. I could close my eyes and see how every verse of scripture falls right in place. The miracle war has just taken place, and the other events that bring time to this point, so the stage is set for the two prophets to come upon the scene.
THE ORDER OF “HIS COMING”
The night I had that dream I have told you about, as it started out I saw myself sitting in a beautifully lit room. I was sitting in a chair, relaxed, when I heard a voice above my head say, Open your Bible and I will now show you the order of my coming. The first thing was, Micah 7, “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.” Look where the miracle war takes place. Look where they start building. How many understand? It all goes together. And in Zechariah 12, we move from verse to verse, but we have to see what is in that verse and the time sequence. Here we have Revelation 11, John goes to measure the temple. Then he sees the two olive branches. Then it was explained to him that these are the two witnesses. Then that takes you right back to Zechariah 4, where Zechariah the prophet saw this glorious lamp and the two olive trees, the golden bowl, and the seven lamp stands, and he begged the angel to explain it to him. All that angel said, was, These are the two anointed ones that stand by the God of the whole earth. That was not telling him they were going to be prophets, or anything like that. Then we come right on down, right through the advent of Christ. One day Jesus stood before a multitude and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, there are some of you standing here now that will not taste of death until they have seen the Son of Man coming in the power and glory of His kingdom. Six days, or seven days later, whichever scripture you are reading, He took with Him Peter, James, and John, up to a high mountain. All of a sudden the glory of the Lord came down and Jesus’ whole countenance began to change. Then they saw coming out of the ancient past, two prophets, Moses and Elijah. Here, was the type. Here was the pictorial prophecy. Jesus is now giving them a preview glimpse of it. What they saw was just a preliminary insight. Here it is, written in 96 A.D. by John, in the 11th chapter of Revelation. Everything falls right into place. Here are the two prophets: they are the two anointed ones that stand by the God of the whole earth, meaning, it is the two greatest anointings God has ever bestowed upon mortal men. Moses was a prophet of deliverance, but Elijah was a prophet used when something is in contest. The reason they have to come on the scene at that time, Israel has just signed an agreement with the devil so to speak, the antichrist that is anointed by the devil. Why should He not send Elijah? When we can see that the two messengers are already in the land, and when this angel is leaving the Gentile scene, crossing the border line of time, and now is ready to say the word, and the two prophets will begin their ministry. When we see it all fall in line, then look at the 8th chapter, verse 1, which shows the opening of the seventh seal that makes way for the seven thunders to minister to the Grace Age Bride of Christ. Their ministry takes place back here, prior to the time these two prophets are revealed to the Jewish people, but the rest of chapter 8 takes place within the week of Daniel. The effects of those trumpets, starting in verse 2, deals with the ministry of the two prophets of chapter 11, the first trumpet, the second trumpet, the third trumpet, bring forth signs to vindicate the ministry of the two prophets. Read it. The first angel blows his trumpet and a plague falls. Then the second one, and another plague. The third one, and another plague. Each one brings you closer and closer to the ending of this period. Now the fourth trumpet is not necessarily connected with their ministry. When the fourth one sounds, notice what happens. You have the sign of the antichrist, for the sun and moon, and the lights did not shine for one third part of the day. A warning to the world, and basically to Israel. The Jews keep on prophesying, but when this three and one half years, or the thousand two hundred and threescore days is reached, the Bride has done been taken. That is why the 1st verse of chapter 8, and all of this in chapter 10, puts the Bride in glory. Let us take a look at that 10th chapter again for a minute, as we see the thunders pass. John has already heard the thunders sound, as we are reading in the 5th verse, “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, And sware by Him (notice now, sware by Him) that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” That means that once just a little period of time has elapsed, time for the thunders to sound and their message to be heard around the world, then Gentile time is coming to an end. Remember saints, that for too long the religious world has said, The rapture could take place any minute. I heard that said years ago, and it is a lie propagated through religious ignorance. They do not see the time line needed for scriptures to be fulfilled in their proper sequence. After you see what has to take place first, you know it cannot be that way. Let us now look at this angel, how Christ is portrayed through this arch angel, and now the thunders have sounded. The living element of the Bride, now has the information from those thunders. However as we look at the world we are still living in, we can now see why Paul said in 2nd Thessalonians, when the Thessalonians of that hour said, But we thought you meant the coming of the Lord is going to happen such and such. That was a misunderstanding on their part, so notice how Paul writes back to them in the 2nd letter, concerning the coming of the Lord and our gathering together unto Him. He really shocked them when he said, “That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” I heard preachers saying way back at the close of WW2, when they began to look at the overall picture of things, “Even now apostasy is settling in.” Yes, but when I take the Aramaic version, it puts it in an altogether different light. That day shall not come except there be an open rebellion first. What is that, Bro. Jackson? That is when society in general begins to say, Don’t mention God to me: we don’t need that: We don’t need that kind of religion any more. No, but the hour is coming you will beg and scream, wishing you did have. That anti God spirit is exactly what is settling on the leaders of the United Nations in this very hour of time. Bro. Jackson, I thought you said God was going to tear it to pieces. Yes, He will tear that unity to pieces, but it will not destroy that atheistic, anti God spirit, because it lingers right on. When the Bride Church has gone to glory to be with Jesus at the marriage supper, then you come on through the rest of this seven year period, and right here, when it is time for the sixth seal to be applied, the seventh trumpet is sounded, and the seventh vial is poured out, because they all simultaneously culminate in one great and glorious explosive event. That coming of Christ at that time is going to be an astronomical, planetary shock. It is not going to be like many have thought in the past, like a streak of lightning flashing through the sky. Some would like for it to be that quick, but it will linger for a total rotation, so that His coming will be visible to all living beings. I want you to know, that when that Bride is standing here, after hearing the thunders, and she sees that man of sin, (which is the pope of Rome at that time) set in charge of the covenant of peace that is signed by many, that seventieth week is in force: We have crossed over this line, because we now know that the covenant of peace has been signed with Israel, and we can no doubt begin to hear what the two prophets are saying, so because we already have the information from the seven thunders, that lets us know Jesus will be coming after us any moment, we wait with great joy and satisfaction. The minute that angelic being has lifted up his hands and sworn by Him that liveth for ever and ever, that time should be no more, that means no more time for the Gentiles. That same angelic being leaves that setting and turns to Israel. Open your Bibles to Daniel, the 12th chapter, and you will see that angel standing on the River Jordan. That is where Daniel saw him in his vision. He saw an angel standing on that side of the river, and another on this side of the river, and one begged the man in linen, Let us read it. Dan 12:6 “And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” That angel could not take that position until after He had closed out time for the Gentiles. When He spoke concerning Gentiles, it was that time should be no longer, but when He steps over here and swore by Him that liveth for ever, it was that time shall be for time, times, and half a time. That is the last half of the week. When you see these angelic changes and get that related to the sequence of time, the book of Revelation is no longer a sealed book. It is to the nominal Gentile church world, but it is not sealed to the Bride of Jesus Christ. One of these days we are going to be on this side of the line that marks the starting of that week, and wake up on that side of the line, knowing that our departure can come any moment. All of that takes place in God’s appointed time, so I want to be ready to go. Do you not feel the same way? I know all of you do. I realize, in years gone by we have touched on all these things, and to some, it might sound like a repeat, but there are things in my mind today that I have never said at any time before. I want to point these things out to you, how accurate the scriptures are, not just a few, but every one of them. I want to acquaint us with where we are actually standing in God’s time factor. We are standing somewhere along in here, (chart, just a few years before the week of Daniel comes to the forefront), having four or so, years before this week starts. (This was preached in July of 2001.) The world in general does not realize how close it is, and most do not even believe such a thing is going to happen. I pray that somehow I can say these things in a way that will enable each of you to see just how close we really are. Naturally we are taking our thought strictly out of the writings of this letter of Revelation. We surely must realize we are living in that era of time when that miraculous war, and the events of Zechariah 12, are coming into focus. Following that war, Ezekiel 38, will be right on the heels of it. According to Ezekiel 38:11, Israel will settle down and begin to dwell safely in their unwalled cities, after they gain back all of the land God gave their father Abraham. That is when this other hoard of Moslems (those that are not Arabs) from the nations round about, will devise this plan to swoop down on Israel and take them by surprise. Well we know what happens there, God fights that battle for Israel. She will not have to fire one shot. By God’s grace, I want to prove something to all of you tonight, that all these prophecies dovetail together. If you will turn to the 12th chapter of Zechariah, you will find that this is dealing with the miracle war that God produces in the Middle East, when Jerusalem becomes the hub and the factor of why it is brought into existence. I am starting in the 9th verse. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (Think of it, almost five hundred years before the advent of Christ, God caused this prophet to write these words and it has only been in the last fifty years that we can see how all the world can come into this picture. It is through the United Nations. In the Arutz news tonight, the United Nations are sending their supervisors to watch over, what they claim to be a peace plan. Notice what follows this verse.) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace.” Look at that. That is exactly why Revelation 7, Revelation 11, and 8, has to be in place. That war has to be fought right there. That sets the stage, that when the world moves into this time factor for the week of Daniel to open, (just a short few years before) God is going to cause that miraculous war to set the stage, to create and bring about circumstances that will lead right into it. For now though, let us go back to the angel in chapter 10, as He stands here, when the thunders are being sounded to the Gentile Bride, and how that angel declared that time should be no longer, meaning to the Gentiles. That angelic being, as he stood with one foot on the land and the other on the sea, He lifted up his hand to heaven and sware by Him that liveth forever, after the Gentile Bride has received her rapture information, that time should be no more and then He moves into the time factor for the first part of the week of Daniel, because there, (in the first half of that week) is where the Spirit is poured out upon believing Jewish people. This is where the Jewish Messiah is made known to those elected and predestinated Jewish people. That is why that angelic being is seen standing on the river in the 12th chapter of Daniel. Daniel kept begging, What meaneth this? What meaneth this? When is the end of all this? That same angelic being then tells Daniel, It will all be over after a time, times, and half a time, and when the power of the holy people have been scattered. Look at the tribulation period, (Revelation 12) which shows Israel fleeing, Revelation 14, shows the 144,000 with the everlasting gospel, Revelation 18, shows the destruction of Roman Catholic religion. I said earlier, that Ezekiel 38 follows right on the heels of that miracle war. Notice what it says in the 39th chapter of Ezekiel, where we will read next. We will read the 28th and 29th verses. The war is over, God has performed a miracle out of it. Keep in mind, that war was fought right in here (chart-before the week begins), but the effects of it carries over. “Then shall they know (Who? Israel.) that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.” Zechariah 12, and Ezekiel 38, both speak of this outpouring of the Spirit. Here it is, because that is what that angel moves over here to do. That is why there had to be two prophets to start carrying out the ministry to bring it about. That is why it talks about it in the 11th chapter, how those two prophets will prophesy in the streets of Jerusalem for the space of a thousand, two hundred and threescore days. Imagine, after God has showed to the whole house of Israel His miraculous intervention, when that war is caused by just what we have been reading in the Arutz news, I have to say, it is pathetic that we live in an era of such intellectual learning, that we have politicians thinking they can go against this Bible and have their wonderful day to play around with world affairs. They carry the Bible to their churches, making it look like they are very religious, but would not lift one finger to back up any one thing that Bible speaks of for their time. Hypocrites are on the stage everywhere you look. That is what I have to say about them. When they do pray, they are not really praying, Lord, Thy will be done. What they are saying is, Lord, help me to carry out my wonderful plan today. Saints: We are standing at the threshold of this miracle war, and the end results will be, (after so much time) Israel is going to have a pouring out of the Spirit of God upon them. Zechariah 12, says it, and so does Ezekiel 39:29. There, He says, “I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel.” When you go back to Revelation 7, where John sees that angel ascending from the east, where is he going? He is going to Israel. That angel says to the four angels that hold back the winds on the four corners of the earth, (political winds) which really applies to the Euphrates valley where there has been conflict right in that area. This lets us know, that through this period of time called the week of Daniel, regardless of what that bunch of TV preachers say, all of which are all mixed up, there is not going to be any war during that seven year period of time. That is why that angel cries, Hold back the winds of conflict: (my words) don’t hurt any tree or anything until we have sealed the servants of our God in their forehead. Right there, you are reading words pertaining to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I have to say tonight, We are moving right on schedule. We are not talking about the day, the month, the hour or anything, but we sure are coming close to an era of time when every bit of this is going to drop right in place. If God has allowed us to be that living element of the Bride to witness all of this, we are going to see these things in this world begin to suddenly change, and we will see these verses of scripture we have been reading become just like a time clock. With this in mind then, know that the angelic being that stood here on this side, will move over here. That angel that ascends from the east, flying back toward Israel, has seen that the Gentile Church has received her revelation for her rapturing hour, so God can now, we will say, let time pass beyond this point. It will be time for a drastic change in God’s redemption process.
JOHN EATS THE LITTLE BOOK
Let me at this time, touch back on the point where john was told to take the little book from the angel’s hand. When the Church has heard the thunders, do not forget what the last verses of chapter 10, say. John was told to go to that angel while he was still on this side of the picture, the side that pertains to Gentiles, and take the scroll from Him. John did and the angel said to him, “Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” To John, it was pictorial, but it was pointing to our day and hour. He asked for this scroll, the angel gave it to him and told him, take it, and eat it up, and it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey, but in thy belly bitter. As I said the other night, It was like a bad case of heartburn. When he obeyed, it happened exactly as stated. Then he was told by that angel, For thou must prophesy again. Now listen to me people, and think, That was the apostle John; that physically lived in 96 A.D., but he had been projected by the spirit way into the future tense, and what he saw was in no way relative to 96 A.D. We have to depend on a revelation of God’s word, to have an understanding of all of this. The point is, The Bride of Christ is going to learn something about it from now on until we move past this line. I have to say, When that hour of time comes fully upon us, there will definitely be an element of called and chosen men that will eat that scroll, and whatever that eating means, we know it will acquaint that ministry with something about that scroll of redemption and how it applies to the living element of the bride of Christ. It is going to bring about a time factor relative to how God will transition from one element to the other and the effects of what He does for each. When the angel said to John, “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings,” He was not talking about just one man prophesying: I have to say to you, That is a universal picture, around this globe, as the Bride has been brought into a state of urgency and expectation, there is going to be an anointing come upon them like nothing they have ever experienced before. It is going to be a prophetic insight, because it said, Thou shalt prophesy before kings, governors, nations, languages, so on and so forth. We said earlier, that we are a little nucleus of people the world at large does not even know exists, and the greater percentage of them could not care less, but God knows: That is what makes the difference. Sometimes we look at ourselves and wonder what our future may hold, when we see ourselves as nothing in the eyes of others, especially when we see all the religious big shots on TV, those that act like they have GOD at their command, to do whatsoever they demand. Well the truth is, God lets them put on a show that can deceive all those who have no love for the true revelation of HIS WORD. The political world knows who they are, where they speak from and all such. That is the kind of religion most of them support. Nevertheless, when that anointing that was on John, the anointing that caused him to see the things he wrote about, returns again to close this era out, I cannot help but believe that is the time the anointing is going to cause chosen men to see things relative to their time factor, especially in the political realm. I also believe it will not be strange, for God to deal with many in an unusual way, in a prophetic sense. The Lord will say, Make your way to Washington D.C. and deliver this message before the house. Do not ask, How is that going to be possible? God Himself will make a way where there seems to be no way. Some little character that is looked upon as some backwoods hillbilly of a preacher, may be allowed to stand before a bunch of politicians and point the finger of judgment toward them, saying, Gentlemen, you are weighed in the balances and found wanting. If you do not repent and come back to the knowledge and respect of God, in a few short days God will require your life at His hand. I just use that to paraphrase what the scripture says: For thou shall prophesy, not before the man that collects the garbage on the street, but before politicians, kings and rulers of every description. What would be the purpose of that? They must be made to see the error of their ways before judgment hits. Do you agree with me? The politicians need something more than they have, do they not? To hear them talk, they are going to make this a better world to live in. The truth is, They have already turned it into a resemblance of hell itself. With that in mind I say to you, The Bride of Jesus Christ will be left here to pass beyond the starting of the seventieth week of Daniel for a little time, before she is raptured to be with her Lord in glory. During that little space of time, she will leave a testimony to the public, especially to politicians in the various nations where she is, because that will be God’s way of testifying to the political structure of modern day society: I have a people on this earth that know for sure who they are, and they will have the last words from me to you. That is why every word that is written will be fulfilled. As that little Bride moves into her position to be taken to glory, that is when Revelation 11, comes into the picture. By then, God will have anointed His two prophets with that anointing that was on Moses and Elijah of old, and they will prophesy for the space of a thousand two hundred and threescore days in the streets of Jerusalem, clothed in sackcloth. How do we know that? I know that because that is what the scriptures say and I believe them.
FOLLOWING THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD
When you go to chapter 8, after the seventh seal is opened, you see the effects of the ministry of the two prophets in the streets of Jerusalem, as the trumpets are sounded. What are these trumpets? Warning! Judgement is just ahead! The first trumpet sounds. What is it? It is the judgment affect that these two prophets have the right to smite the earth with, which is all plagues and curses, and it is because the Jewish nation has sold out to the devil once again, after God has already delivered them and showed them He is for them. Think of it! I know this tape will be sent to Israel. Therefore I want to say this to my Jewish friends over there, Please! I say this as humbly as I know how. As you view this video, you are truly looking at a Gentile, but I want you to know I am not some stupid Gentile that does not know what I am talking about. The Holy Ghost we have inside our hearts is the same Holy Ghost that is going to be on the two prophets that will be in your midst real soon now, because that angelic being leaves the Gentiles to fulfill the 12th chapter of Daniel for the Jewish people. Some among you may say right now, that you do not believe in the gifts of the Spirit, but I say, You will then, or you are hell bound. I have seen in the Jerusalem Post, that you have a big gathering, whereby many Jews are leaving New Jersey to go to Israel because you are going to have a big dedication about the Torah. I am not ignorant of your Torah, because it is the first five books in this Bible I use. I beg of you though, Think seriously: Do you think the Torah has the answer to all your problems? It does not! You have been hiding behind the Torah for too long; so that spiritually you are still way back there, but God has been moving way beyond that time, fulfilling prophecies of His word that many of you refuse to acknowledge as part of His plan for mankind upon this earth. You have memorized the Torah, and traditionalized it to the point of almost total blindness, spiritually speaking. You have ceremonialized it to the point of perfection, but you still do not have the answer to your peculiar situation, simply because you treat the other prophets that came along later on, as irrelevant. No wonder your Messiah that came two thousand years ago, scolded you in the streets, talked to your Pharisees and called them a generation of vipers. You find in Luke 24:27, where Jesus was explaining current happenings, how it says, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself,” What does that mean, Beginning at Moses? What is that referring to? He started in the Torah, talking about the scriptures that were being fulfilled, but He did not limit His remarks to that which can be found in the Torah. He also pointed to that which had been spoken by all the other prophets. When He came to the writings of the other prophets, He reached in there and pulled out every scripture that was pointing to His advent right then. Then He went into the Psalms. As I have been privileged to talk to some of them, it has been brought to my attention, that the 83rd Psalm, (You need to read that Psalm.) is actually a prophecy pointing to right now, how the whole world is confederated against Israel. They are blind. Shame on them. I just have to say though, Why hide behind the Torah, when there are so many other scriptures that shed so much light upon your plight? Why do you not go to the 137th Psalm? Remember, this is not in the Torah, they are in the Psalms. It is a prophecy that goes right along with the 83rd Psalm. Almost five hundred years before the advent of Christ, when God caused judgment to come against the Jewish people, it caused many Jews to be carried away to Babylon. Here they are, prisoners, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. (To my Jewish friends, that is your ancestors.) We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive (the Babylonians) required of us a song; and they that wasted us (abused us, criticized us, condemned us) required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. (Your ancestors replied back,) How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. (Strength) If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. (I ask my Jewish friends that would listen to me, Pay attention to what your ancestors said right here.) Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom (I ask my Jewish friends, Who is it over there that is pestering the daylights out of you, killing you one by one? They are the descendants of the ancient Edomites that came from the other side, that came in and took possession of your land, little by little, during all those centuries of time you have been out of there. Your ancestors prophesied by saying this, Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom. When?) in the day of Jerusalem; (That is right now. I ask my Jewish friends, Why will your politicians allow that bunch of archaeological Edomite excavators to carry away the remnants of the findings of the temple mount area and haul them off like street trash? They want to remove everything of your past heritage, all historical, archaeological evidence. Your politicians tolerate it, and my question is, Why? In here, your ancestors are saying, O Lord, remember Edom in the day of Jerusalem. It is hanging right before your eyes. Keep in mind my Jewish friends, you do not read that from the Torah, most of the things that are prophesied to come upon you very shortly, you can only read out of the Psalms, and many of the little prophetic books of the total collection of God’s inspired and written word. These things we are speaking of here, are from written prophecies of the Bible we use, so it would behoove all of you to take note, for I say unto you, All of this is as much the word of God as you have accepted the Torah to be. Notice, Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem;) who said, (You read this in Obadiah, what they said as they stood on the other side watching your ancestors being taken captive, which was, Tear it to the ground.) Rase it, rase it.” Which means, tear it to the ground. When they got word it was finished and the Babylonians had taken the Jews and left, here they came from the hills of the other side to begin their pillage. They have been there ever since, nothing but trouble makers. Do not forget dear friends, in your Torah, in the writings of Numbers, it was Balaam of old who was sent by Balak to curse your people, but when God would not allow it, then Balaam closed his testimony, in the 24th chapter, by saying to Balak, Come hither, I will show you what these people will do to your people. Right there is where he tells what Israel is going to do to the Edomites, the Moabites and all the others, in these last days. Yet your politicians are compromising, willing to trade with George Bush, Colin Powell, and all the rest of this bunch of Gentile politicians that talk so pious and religious, all because of the dictates of the U N conglomerate, but do not believe one word of this which is being propagated by them. I say to my Jewish friends, I realize I have spoken this very sternly, but I know what I am talking about. One of these days God is going to let this United Nations bunch push you over the brink. You are not going to be able to hold on to George Bush’s coat tail, or that of anyone else: You are going to have to look up and say, God, help us. In Zechariah 12, it plainly tells you, In that day, He will make the governors of Judah like a torch. He will put a boldness in you, whoever you are in that hour. You will get your mind off of politics, and will go from the Torah to the prophets, to the Psalms, and every scripture that you can reach out and get hold of, and you will do it to get encouragement for what you have to do. Yes, you will do it for inspiration. Then when God has spoken to your hearts and awakened you to reality, you will realize He did not bring you back there fifty years ago to start a process that would repeat what has happened in ancient times. This time, you are back there to stay. He brought you back to finish His plan, to give you back every inch of that land the tribes of Israel are to possess, to fulfill the promise God gave to Abraham, your forefather, and to fulfill everything that was ever promised in the writing of the prophets. That is why Micah, the 7th chapter, verses 15 & 16, say, “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him (Israel) 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.” God was with the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt: Just think of Joshua, what God did, when they crossed the Jordan. Thirty three cities he conquered, and he literally destroyed their existence. What he did, was done at the command of God Himself.
THE SHEKINAH GLORY WILL RETURN TO ISRAEL
I say to you Jewish friends, When God gets through with what He has for you, that entire Middle East is going to look like the largest junk pile that has ever been created this side of heaven, because you are going to lay that Middle East wide open. That Islamic religion that curses you, that spirit that says, Death to all of you, you are going to stop trying to make peace with them, you are going to stop talking to them, because God, working through you, is going to destroy that religion from the face of this earth. How God uses you to do it, is going to speak to those of the religions in the Far East, that have practiced nothing but heathenism for thousands of years. They are going to see the results of what God is doing with you through the medium of Television, which is broadcast to the entire world. When it is all finished, your prophet Zephaniah, spoke of the end result in the 2nd chapter, verse 11. Let us read it, ” The LORD will be terrible unto them: for He will famish (destroy) all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.” By one stroke of His hand, Buddhism will die, Hinduism, Shintuism, and all the others. Catholicism will begin to lay on her death bed also, because she only has a few more years left, when that 70th week of Daniel sets in motion. To my Jewish friends I say: I realize I have spoken sternly, but I want you to know, I have copies of your history, written by your own Jewish historians. I am not talking about Josephus: I am talking about one of your eighteenth century writers. It tells where you have been, how you have been persecuted, mistreated by others and despised from the very beginning of your time, wherever you have wandered. I have to say though, The time has come, that God is bringing you home, to fulfill His plan and purpose. While your politicians only want to play games with western politicians, God is working to fulfill His promise to Abraham. I have to say, that in the light of world politics, Modern day politics comes right out of the pit of hell. It is modern, twentieth century deception. They promise a lot, but give so very little of what they promise. They beg for every dollar they can get, to help pass this certain law and that law and what results do we see? It is a shame, the way tax paying society is deceived. Let me say to my Jewish friends, and please do not forget, The day will shortly come when you will know exactly what I am talking about: I have in my possession, writings of different Jewish writers. They will say these words, We want to get back to the Jewishness of the scriptures. Well I say as humbly as I know how, but as firmly as I can, What good do you think that will do you? Up until now, your tradition has blinded you. You might say we Gentiles do not know anything, but you will soon see that we do know something. The same Holy Ghost that filled that one hundred and twenty Jews, two thousand years ago, there in that upper room at Jerusalem, and caused them to come out of that upper room speaking in other languages and glorifying God, caused the prophet Joel to prophesy that event long before it took place. His prophecy was short compared to some others, and though verses 28 & 29 are what I am referring to in this setting, we will read a few verses before and after those two. Joel 2:25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall come to pass (afterward), that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit. 30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (The great day of the Lord was two thousand years ago when your Messiah came as the mediator of a New Covenant and was rejected by the religious leaders of that day, and the terrible day of the Lord is just ahead, at the closing of the last 3 ½ years of the week of Daniel.) 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” That which verses 28 & 29 speak of, is going to return to you again, when these end time prophecies are being fulfilled, which is just what I have been talking about. That outpouring of the Spirit that Ezekiel talked about, and that Zechariah talked about, will come as these two prophets of Revelation, chapter 11, are on the scene in the first 3 ½ years of the seventieth week of Daniel. Their ministry will seal twelve thousand young men from each of the twelve tribes of Israel with the Spirit of God, and also a large number of Jewish men, women ,boys and girls that are referred to in chapter 12, as the woman that flees into the wilderness, to a place where God already has prepared, a place where she will be fed and cared for until that great purge of the antichrist is past. He will be allowed to do as he will for a period of 3 ½ years, until that week of years closes out. That is why I can say to you, When God sends His two prophets into the streets of Jerusalem to declare His word, that is when all this begins to take place, the sealing of the 144,000, and the Spirit being poured out upon all who will receive it. That experience is returning to you again, just like it did back then, when God first poured out His Spirit upon the 120 disciples of Jesus who obeyed His word and tarried in Jerusalem until they received the promise. We will read a few verses from Luke 24, where Jesus was speaking to His disciples, after His resurrection, just before He was taken up to heaven. Luke 24:44 “And He said unto them, 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. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. 50 And He led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” You might not think this Gentile knows what he is talking about, but we are just waiting until it all comes about; then you will remember hearing it. That will be something, when some of you begin to act just like you think we are acting. I will have to say this, It seems, then when you do go to the temple grounds, you have a tradition, Be careful where you walk, because this might have been where the Shekinah glory was, in the department of the Holy of Holies. That is tradition. You do not realize what Ezekiel saw years ago. He saw that Shekinah glory leave there, and it never came back. However when it did come back, it was on the day of Pentecost when that one hundred and twenty disciples of Jesus were gathered together in that upper room, waiting for the fulfillment of a promise. That Spirit did not come back to dwell in a building or a tent though: He came back to dwell in lively stones, built up into a spiritual house, to become a habitation of God in the spirit. When that one hundred and twenty came out of the upper room, they were looked upon as drunk people, but that was because they were drunk on new wine, which is the Spirit of God. That is what Joel called it when he said, (Joel 1:5) “Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.” It is coming back my friends. You just as well get ready to open up to it, because when this war hits, it is hitting for one strategic reason, to open your eyes to the fact that God has been among us Gentiles for two thousand years and now He is turning His attention back to Israel. Yes, it is true, many of us have erred, but to my Jewish friends I say, So did you. That is why God scattered you. Now, is the time for you to wake up though: God is just about finished with His work among the Gentiles. He is merciful in bringing you back, because He wants to restore you back to all your land and back to all He promised the seed of Abraham. That is why He has dealt with us Gentiles in these last number of years, to get us back on the same foundation, with the same experience, with the same revelation. He has been returning Gentile believers back to the same revelation of His word that was preached by Jesus and His apostles. When that work is fully accomplished, He will again turn to the Jews for the same purpose. When God pours His Spirit back into your lives, there is definitely going to be a temple built. You must keep in mind though, that temple is only to fulfill certain aspects of the Law for the duration of the Millennium. Salvation for the Jewish race will not be based upon the keeping of the Law of Moses when God returns to you. He will have two prophets on the scene to introduce Your Messiah to you. The 144,000 servants of God that you see being sealed with this baptism of the Holy Ghost, right here in chapter 7, are going to preach the everlasting gospel to the nations of the earth while the second half of the week of Daniel is being fulfilled. The 144,000 are sealed and other Jewish souls are dealt with by the ministry of the two prophets, while the temple is being built. Animal sacrifices will be offered during that first half of the week also, while the two prophets are ministering there in the streets of Jerusalem. Those that believe what the two prophets are bringing, will get a revelation of who Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, really was, and is. That is when He is revealed to the house of Israel. The woman you see fleeing into the wilderness to escape the wrath of the antichrist, is the rest of the believing element of Israel, which will be made up of male and female, young and old, and they will go to a place that has already been prepared for them, a place where they will be sheltered and fed for 3 ½ years, while the antichrist is doing his best to rid the earth of all who believe in God. In Exodus 19:4, we find a scripture that pertains to how God will deliver you in that hour of time. It will be by the same means as He used bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt: The two prophets will tell you where to go, when to go and how to go. That is how God delivered your forefathers from captivity in Egypt. God told Moses to speak unto the people these words. “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” Believing Israel (the woman of Revelation 12:6) will be carried to safety on eagles’ wings also, which simply refers to how they are instructed by the two prophets of Revelation 11:1-7. That verse in Revelation 12:6, says, “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Naturally the woman element that flees from the wrath of the antichrist, has to be over there in their homeland, in order to hear what the two prophets say. As the 144,000 men are sealed, they are sealed also with a strategic message to preach to the nations of the world in the last part of the week. On the other hand, the woman element that will be sealed, will be a mixed multitude of Jewish people, old, young, and so forth, all of which are a predestined number for God to use in the Millennium Age, to replenish the earth with their race. I say these things to you, my Jewish friends, so you will not think for one minute, that some of us Gentiles do not know who we are, and where we are. We are not bragging: We are just very thankful to God, that He has allowed this book (the Bible) to speak to us as it has. Keep in mind, the book of Revelation was not written to give it to you Jewish people: God used a Jew by the name of John, on the Isle of Patmos, which was an old man at the time, to write this record, but he was instructed to send it to the seven churches of Asia, which were Gentile assemblies. Yes, in some of those churches, the first converts were Jews of the dispersion, but the congregation was built together by a nucleus of Gentiles. If those Jews, and those early Gentiles could sit together, and they were taught the same revelation, then I have to say to my Jewish friends over there today, The hour will be, that you will thank God for what us Gentiles do know. When those two prophets, who no doubt are already right in your midst, but have not yet been dealt with by God in the way they will be, come on the scene, they are going to know exactly what God has been doing for the last two thousand years among us Gentiles. They are going to give you the whole picture very clearly. That is why I have to say, when they start prophesying and preaching in the streets of Jerusalem, and these Jewish young men that form this 144,000, are standing there listening, and they begin to reach out by faith and believe what they are hearing, the baptism of the Holy Ghost is going to fall on them, just like it did when Peter was led from Joppa by his vision, and was taken up to Caesarea, to the house of Cornelius, (Acts, chapter 10) which was a Gentile, and he and his whole household believed Peter’s preaching and the Holy Ghost fell upon every one of them.
HOW THE HOLY GHOST FIRST FELL UPON GENTILES
Peter was led up to Caesarea, to the home of a man called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, almost against his own will, because he just did not want to get around that dirty bunch of Gentiles, but when he was led by the Spirit of God, through a vision given him, as he was brought to the doorway of this man’s house, Cornelius began to tell his experience, his vision and such, so when he finished giving his testimony, what else could Peter do but preach to them the same gospel those in Jerusalem had heard? When he recovered from the initial shock of hearing the testimony of this Gentile man, he just simply began to tell what he had seen, heard, and been a part of, and by the time he had finished speaking, those Gentiles were speaking in tongues and glorifying God. He then said to those with him, because every one of them were amazed at what they were witnessing, Acts 10:47 “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” He had preached Jesus Christ to them. That was all he knew to do, so when he had finished preaching and testifying to them, God took over: The Spirit of God began to fall on that household and Peter began to hear that household speak in other languages and magnify God. That is when he turned to the men that came with him and asked the question, Who can forbid that these be baptized, seeing they received the same gift like we did at the beginning? To my Jewish friends I say, That same experience is going to return to you in the same manner. Do not even try to tell me God brought you back into your home land, just so you can keep on holding on to the Torah and rejecting Your Messiah, as your forefathers did. Neither is it a matter of keeping the teachings of the Torah on one hand, and keeping the teachings of Jesus on the other hand. You are not going to mix it up like that. It is not a matter of mixing the two. Everything in your Torah, is actually pointing to the time when your Messiah would be presented to you. In the New Testament, when Philip was called to follow Jesus, he went looking for Nathanael, and when he found him, notice what he said, (St. John 1:45) “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” When you get a revelation of what this was pointing to, and over here is the application where it becomes an experienced reality, you see that those men received a revelation of who the man among them was. When the Holy Ghost starts falling on that 144,000, you talk about a noise in the streets of Jerusalem, there will be noise for sure. As for the politicians over there, complaining and finding fault, that is all they can do, is find fault, condemn and criticize. No wonder, for three and one half years, while those prophets preach and prophesy, they are allowed to demonstrate the power of God as it was in days of old. That elite, political, aposticized element of leadership, those that again sold their nation down the drain to make a covenant of makeshift peace, will condemn what they are witnessing. When you read the trumpets in chapter 8, remember that a trumpet is an instrument that sounds a warning. You can retreat, or you can charge. It gives certain distinguishing sounds to let you know what to do, salute the flag, take your hats off, honor the dead and etc. It carries a message. When you read in chapter 8, starting with verse 2, That is what you are reading about, because those trumpets are associated with the ministry of the two prophets, warnings, plagues, water turned to blood and so forth. When water is turned to blood, that is the ministry of Moses. When there is a drought brought on by the words of a prophet, that is by the anointing that was on Elijah. He prayed and shut the heavens and it did not rain. That is why those two prophets are sent into the streets of Jerusalem, (I will say this one more time, then we will move on.) They will tell you Jewish people where God has been for the last two thousand years. I say this, not because I am trying to boast, but to let you Jewish people know we are thankful that God opened our blinded eyes, and allowed us to receive the precious Holy Spirit anointing. He has taught us things out of this book (the Bible) that are so precious. We respect the Torah for the time factor that it covers, but my Jewish friend: Please keep in mind, there are types in the Torah of things to come, that I never hear of any of your rabbis ever touching upon. The types contained in the Torah, were pointing ahead to another era of time when God would change the order of events. You can find this in Jeremiah the 31st chapter, and 31st verse, a new covenant will I make with the house of Israel after those days. Two thousand years ago, when there was one hundred and twenty disciples of Jesus gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem, the feast day of Pentecost came, and all of a sudden the Holy Spirit came into that room as the sounding of a rushing mighty wind and entered into every one of them. While you natural Jews continue to traditionalize, ritualize, ceremonialize the Torah, ignoring all the rest of the writings of other prophets, God has been moving according to the writings of every one of them. I have been there and heard the guides say, We are not supposed to go here, we are not supposed to go there, because, for instance, that might have been where the Holy of Holies was positioned in ancient times. You are long past that hour and it will never return in that manner. God will never return the Shekinah glory to that Holy of Holies, even though the temple will be rebuilt and Jesus will sit in it for one thousand years, and all nations will come there to worship Him. The Shekinah glory is in the hearts of the redeemed from now on out. As time passes into the week of Daniel, the rapture of the Bride is soon to come, and she will be gone to glory. Time then lies exclusively in this week of Daniel that is to be fulfilled.
TWO PROPHETS ON THE SCENE
When you take the 8th chapter, and you read about the trumpets, one by one they blow. The first four cover a span of time equal to a thousand two hundred and threescore days. The fourth trumpet is the warning that the antichrist is approaching. When you read what that fourth trumpet blast is, it affects the sun, the moon, the stars, for one third of the day, that the light does not shine. Why? Because sitting across the Mediterranean, over in the Vatican, the pope of that hour, that has been watching the miracles being performed by the two Jewish prophets, begins to take steps to do something about that. Do not tell me that pope is going to sit there watching all of that with glee and gladness. Oh no. Those two prophets are going to show the world of religion, that they have God’s true anointing. They are going to smite the land with curses and whatever it takes to get the attention of those God has His sights set on.. The Bible says that during this time, (in the 11th chapter) that nobody, nor nothing is able to hurt those two witnesses for the duration of their allotted time of prophecy. It also tells you in the 11th chapter, that as this period of time runs its course, the beast that has come up out of the sea, (here it is now) has crossed into the time factor, and shall come to Jerusalem and cause those two prophets to be killed. Their dead bodies shall lie in the street of Jerusalem for three days and a half. Just think, two thousand years ago John saw all of this in a vision, and he saw how that beastly system, that united European empire reconstructed and restored, having its head healed from its former wound, will come to Jerusalem with its military police force and kill the two prophets. We already know the head of that conglomeration will be the Roman Catholic Pope of that hour, that has sat over there in the Vatican on the other side of the Mediterranean, watching on Television as they demonstrate the power of God working through their ministry, so he finally comes to the conclusion that those two fellows have to be stopped. Why? Because he alone, is the instrument on earth that God is supposed to work through, (so he thinks) and those fellows are stealing his thunder. That is exactly why the beast that will ascend out of the bottomless pit (the spirit of Satan on that pope) shall kill these two prophets. He cannot touch them until they finish their allotted 3 ½ years of prophesying. That is why he does not come to Jerusalem until the middle of the 70th week of Daniel. He then puts Jerusalem under the spell of the antichrist. He kills the two prophets, and their dead bodies are allowed to lie in the street for 3 ½ days for all to view. He wants the whole world to see that his power is greater than theirs. He is wrong again, because , look what God does after they have lain there that long, (Revelation 11:8-12) which we will read. “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (That identifies the place.) 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, (That is only possible because of Television.) and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. (Sinful mankind does not want to see the power of God demonstrated like that.) 11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” (John wrote all of this in the past tense, because he was transported by the Spirit of God into the future, where he actually saw all of this taking place. (Naturally that was in a vision, because all of this is still ahead.) Try to imaging how sinful mankind will feel at that moment. (They will see the pope as a more powerful force than what the two prophets have been demonstrating, so they rejoice, but that will last for only three days.) Throughout the whole world, sinful people will send gifts to one another and rejoice, when they see those two fellows get what they think they had coming to them. How could this ever have been fulfilled ninety years ago? You did not even have television then. But when that happens, no sooner does it happen, there lays their bodies, the whole world instantly can see it. Think of the element of unbelieving society of every nation, what comfort they get in seeing them slain. That is the way they will look at it, as if it is good enough for them. The whole society of sinful mankind will send gifts one to another, but their good feeling will not last long. After three days and a half, a voice from heaven speaks, “Come up hither.” Their bodies will arise and ascend into heaven. That brings fear and wonderment, and instantly an earthquake hits the city of Jerusalem and one portion of it collapses. (I had a man ask me one time, after he had read the Contender, “The Rebuilding of the Temple,” Do you mean to tell me the temple will really be rebuilt? I said, Yes. It will be rebuilt. Well how is it going to stand, when it says in the book of Revelation, There is a mighty earthquake and one part of the city falls? I said, Brother, there have been many earthquakes and that western wall still stands. Tell me what keeps it standing? It is the remnant of the ancient temple built under Herod’s time, so if that can stand for two thousand years, God knows exactly how and what to do to fulfill His word.) He never leaves anything to chance.
KNOWING HOW TO READ THIS BOOK
It is of utmost importance, that we know how to read the book of Revelation, so I am going to ask you to follow me for a few minutes, because we are going to read something; but first I want to emphasize why these chapters are recorded in this order. Keep in mind, Here was where John saw the angel ascending from the east, flying toward Israel. He was the one saying to the four angels on the four corners of the earth, Hold back the winds. Keep in mind, There has just been a terrible, but miraculous war in the Middle East, all designed by God Himself, because it is time for Israel to be restored to His favor. The nation has suffered long enough for the idolatrous practices of their forefathers, so God is turning His attention back to them. Time then, is right here, (chart, showing the starting of the week of Daniel.) And that angel is on the way back to Israel. For what purpose? To take the gospel that seals this 144,000 servants of God in their foreheads, as well as the woman element that later flees into the wilderness to hide from the forces of the antichrist. As that is done, we have to realize that everything we read here in the scriptures is beginning to build the finished picture. I hope, for a few minutes, that we try to really put this picture together in our minds up to a certain point, because I do not want to bring in the coming of Christ just yet: I want to show you how these final trumpets and vials coordinate, and fall precisely in line to put together the entire picture. I am going to go to the 9th chapter. The 9th chapter brings us on over to the other side of the middle of the week. To me, it is important for us to see what this fifth trumpet angel is doing. That is why it is sounding right here: The two prophets have been slain, they have been resurrected, they have been taken up to heaven. Now time passes to this: The antichrist that has come into Jerusalem displays himself fully. He has taken over Jerusalem and is going to control Jerusalem. All reconstruction, whatever is going on at the time, stops immediately. That is why the outer court was left out. There was not time to complete it. The temple was built here, and the altar, and them that worshiped, but for the thing to be completed, the outer court has to be included. For now though it says, Leave it out and measure it not: We can read that in Rev 11:1-2 “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” It and the holy city, shall the wicked Gentiles tread under foot forty two months. Now notice the fifth trumpet, and always remember, A trumpet sounds some kind of message. In this sense, it is a warning. Revelation 9:1, “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, (This is talking about society in general.) but that they should be tormented five months: (Now what is this, which is characterized as a smoke full of locusts? It is demons.) and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, (We are reading about society that is alive on this earth as time moves fast toward the end, because they are entering into the beginning of that dark tribulation hour, a time like there has never been before. It is hell turned loose on earth. I have to say, Politicians, that is exactly what you are wanting, because you produced the incubator that has produced the environment that hatched out all this stuff. This is God’s way of making you pay for it. Just listen, In those days shall men seek death,) and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; (Now we are beginning to look at the embodiment of these demons, in all that military weaponry.) and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. (Let me use this illustration, Take a look at one of these Black Hawk helicopters sitting on a runway. Listen to those propeller blades. You have squadron after squadron sitting there. Keep in mind, These helicopters were not invented to take you to glory: They were invented to be killing instruments in man’s last day struggles for his survival and existence on this earth. That is exactly what you are looking at. How else could John describe it? I ask you, Do you follow my line of thought?) And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.” The fifth trumpet actually shows, that when the middle of the week is come and the world passes the half way point, all hell is turned loose on earth. God is going to give modern, scientific man an era that he will never want to repeat if he could be allowed to. It is all hell on earth. That is why this fifth trumpet, shows a woe, a warning; they did not heed this, so now God gives them conditions that will be like hell itself. The raptured Bride will not be in any of this. However the tribulation saints do go into this hour and they take their place with those represented by the red line on our chart, because that antichrist will put them to death because of their faith in God, all that he can get his hands on. I ask you then, When all hell is turned loose on earth, what else can it produce but the world’s darkest hour of human history? There will never be another period of time like it. As we go into this, Jesus has not physically come back yet: Time is just moving that many days closer to it. How many of you can really see that? Watch now; Time has passed this half way point in the week: Here is one woe, and now we find the sixth trumpet is ready to be sounded. That brings conditions to fulfill the second woe.
ARMAGEDDON IS PREPARED NEXT
Let us read what is said about that sixth trumpet. There is a space of time between the sounding of the fifth, when all hell is turned loose, and the sounding of the sixth trumpet. Remember, time has moved past the half way point of this period. The sixth trumpet is about to sound, and when it does, forces will be turned loose that will prepare for Armageddon “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels (Notice back here when that angel is ascending from the east and we asked, Where is he going? The answer was, He is going to Israel, carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ to seal 144,000, young men with the Spirit of God, as well as this woman shown in chapter 12. He was telling those four angels, Hold back the winds. The four are bound at that time. Therefore through all this period of time, they will not allow one military conflict to arise in the Middle East. We come past the fifth trumpet and the first woe, which is hell turned loose on earth. Now we have progressively moved over here and seen death and everything else, so watch this, as this sixth trumpet angel says, Loose the four angels!) which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, (Now saints: Just because it says the four were bound, do not think they were lying there somewhere on the river bank bound hand and foot. That is not the picture. It means they were commissioned by God, Hold back the winds and stand still. No matter what else takes place, you hold back those certain winds. But now, time has progressed to the point where it is said, Loose the four angels: which means, Now go ahead and carry out your commissioned plan. And the four angels were loosed,) which were prepared (notice, they were prepared precisely) for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.” That lets us know that back here, if it was said to the four angels, Hold the winds, don’t let them blow, don’t do anything, we are moving over here now, where it says, Now loose them. They will be loosed: to do what? To prepare the setting, set the stage for a certain hour of time, and that is going to be Armageddon. Armageddon is not fought here (chart). Armageddon is not fought here. Armageddon is fought right here, just as that last part of that week is coming to a close. How many follow me? That is the only time God will allow it. It takes that trumpet to give the angels the signal. You and I know wars of that nature are not something cooked up in a day of twenty four hours. Certain things have to be negotiated, politically motivated and such. So that angel absolutely sounded that trumpet and that prepared the scene for the most bloody conflict that has ever been fought on the face of God’s green earth. Now when you read the entirety of it, it gives you the number of the men, it gives you a repeat of the weaponry, the description and so forth. Two hundred million men are massed. According to the books and certain things, the total number of military personnel in WW2, both of the enemy and the Allies, was a hundred million men. But this one is going to have two hundred million men. Then when you carry that right over into the 15th chapter of the book of Revelation, as this is to be fought, and God gathered them into a place called, in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon. That is the ancient valley of Megeddo, where some of the wars of ancient times were fought, back when armies of chariots and footmen engaged with spears, arrows, and such. Once again, it will be so, because God is going to cause this massive army to be gathered into this small valley to meet head on. It says blood shall flow to the bridle of the horse. Think of it saints, two hundred million men meet head on with the most modern, high technological weaponry of kill power that the world has ever heard of. The Roman beast of Europe will be preparing to meet opposition forces, because she is in the land of Israel already. Notice now, as it was said back here under this sixth trumpet, Loose the four angels, so notice particularly, Loose them. When they are loosed they set something in motion. Let us go to the sixth vial, for our next reading. Go to the 16th chapter of the book of Revelation. As the sixth trumpet says loose them, the sixth vial, which we find right here, is ready to be poured out. (chart) Notice, Rev. 16:12 “And the sixth angel poured out his vial (Where?) upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Now my brothers and sisters: Have you listened to the News at any time during the last year, or year and half? Do you remember what Bill Clinton did, how he gave some information on our high technology to the Chinese? It was said, that some of this high technology had been stolen and given. When you look at the scriptures, what does all that lead to? Look what has been given to the North Koreans. Look what they have been able to, we might say, steal. The United States, since WW2 came to a close, has literally given the Orient, from Japan, Korea, as well as the Chinese, multiplied many times over, high technological information, that is causing the whole Oriental world to rise out of an ancient sleep of primitive methods. Because of the multitudes of them, they are fast putting an army together, a kill system. I have to say, as we are approaching this week here, by the time the world has reached that hour of the end of that week, the 18th chapter, is hanging right over it. (chart.) We see this beast rising out of the sea, so by the time we come to the middle of that week, she has already crossed the time line, she is ready to go into affect. That beast rises in power, supremacy, and by the time we are coming to the closing of this week of Daniel, the sixth vial and the sixth trumpet have sounded, All of that affects the Euphrates area simultaneously. When you read the 17th chapter, you see how the Roman Catholic system is imbedded in that beast system, which is the nations of the breakup of the old Roman Empire. The Bible tells you, that as this beast is rising to fulfill its last day role, that whore system of religion is entwined in it. What is interesting though, is that those ten horns will hate the whore by the time that week is closing out. What is that whore? You have to keep in mind, That the whore of Revelation 17, is Roman Catholicism, that religious system that rides on the back of this beast thing as it comes up over here and those European nations ban together as one great body in commerce and so forth. The Catholic Pope which later is known as the man of sin, rides on it all through here: The man of sin is still at the top of it, but somewhere along in here, those ten governmental horns of Europe are going to begin to see the falsification of that antichrist religion as that pope more or less departs from all the religious aspects of what he is supposed to represent and becomes a power crazed politician. You must read the 17th chapter of Revelation, in order to follow all of this, because in the last verse, Catholicism (the woman) is referred to as a great city that reigns over the kings of the earth. Rev. 17:18 “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” By the time the week of Daniel is closing out, those ten horns will hate that whore. That is exactly why John was told by the angel in the beginning of the 17th chapter, Come hither, I will show you the judgment of the great whore. He saw that magnificent looking monstrosity of an elite woman, dressed like a modern honky-tonk woman of today, suffer a great change. Something breaks down though time, because, as it goes into this part, that is when those ten horns are going to hate that religious system and begin to say, We have supported you, we have carried you on our back, financially. We are done with you. They turn and throw her off. You read that in the 17th chapter, and you will be able to put it together better. That takes place just before this monstrosity of a gathering comes into being: which is all this stuff together for Armageddon. Now the ten horns of Europe cannot destroy that religious system, which controls monetary-wise, much of the monetary structure, economic systems of Europe. Look at the property. Look at the banks. Look at the gas companies. Several years ago I read in the Reader’s Digest, that a man from the states purposely went to Europe to look certain things over. He went to Italy. He signed into a hotel. For some reason or other, at the time of year he arrived there, so when the morning came, it was chilly in his room. He went downstairs to the proprietor and said to him, It is cold in my room, can I have some heat? He was told, There is something wrong with the gas company. When he began to investigate why the gas company was not turning on the gas, he found out the gas company in Italy is under the control of the Catholic Church. When you read the 18th chapter about this monstrosity, she absolutely holds the controlling economic factor to business institutions and all of that throughout Europe. Then when you read what happens, when those ten horns politically reach around, grab her, and throw her to the ground, and they begin to confiscate her wealth, her property, taking away her rights to function and exist in the religious institutions, that presents a different picture. Do you know what signal that sends to the world? Up until that time there has been harmony and unity, has there not? That sends a signal to the far east; though it creates a shaky economic period for awhile, that it is time for them to make their move. That is what signals the kings of the east, that time is moving close, if they are ever going to go up against that other power, this is the time. Keep in mind though, that as the angels are loosed to prepare for that day and hour, that year and month, for to slay the third part of men, that ten horned system destroys the power of the Roman Catholic Church, and the pope who used to be a baby kissing pope, is no longer that kind of pope. Right there, is where he fulfills exactly what Daniel 11 describes. He becomes a demon possessed man. He no longer thinks upon God like he has in the past: He only honors the god of gold, silver, might, economic power, and all such as that from then on. He becomes a military Satanist. I am going to let all of this hang right there for now. Those last few months of this week of Daniel that we are looking at, is going to bring instability to the beast system. That is why the kings of the east will say, We must strike now while there is instability. They are going to make a move, but little do they realize, the Roman beast will have the power to bring their effort to an end, because as we keep in mind, that coming to the 19th chapter, which we have encircled right here, we see the coming of Christ with His Bride, and in the forefront of what is waiting on earth, ready to make war against Him that sits on the white horse, is that ten horned beast, along with the kings of the earth. The Armageddon part is finished and all those forces that remain alive are set to make war with Jesus and His bride as they make their way back to earth. That is what lets us know they were victorious in the battle of Armageddon. They were the conquering farce. I have to say, Is it not pathetic, to think that modern politicians are stupid enough, after all that will be done back here, to think they have the might to make war against Him. It is hard to imagine of course, but it will be like Pharaoh of old: They will just not give up because of witnessing God’s miraculous power in those other matters. One minute Pharaoh would say, Go; and the next he would say, No, you are not going. Regardless of what our politicians say, we are fast approaching an hour of time when every verse in this prophetic picture is going to have a precise meaning. May God be praised. I can hardly wait for the hour the bride goes up to glory.