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SOMETHING THAT WILL SOON BE A REALITY
I know we have looked at this scripture many times before, but let us turn back to Zechariah 12, at this time. One thing I want to say for sure today, is that something started in the year 2001, early in the year, that is setting the stage for what we will see transpire in the very near future. That of course, was when the Palestinians began to raise up and carry out those terrorist activities against the Jewish people. That was the beginning of a conflict that is going to grow right into what we are reading right now. In the 2nd verse of this 12th chapter, God speaks specifically. “Behold, I (Who is I? It is none other than the Lord.) will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, (That is the Arab people. Do not allow anyone to confuse you: that is God speaking specifically to the Arab people.) when they (the Arabs) shall be in the siege (This is a word that describes both military and political alignment against what is supposed to be.) both (Notice the word both, because there are two things to keep in mind as you read this, so you cannot deal with just one thing, because God Himself is dealing with two things.) against Judah (That is the territory.) and against Jerusalem.” That is a city. Here, our own politicians are willing to deny that, not allowing the Jews to have their total territory, which is the West Bank, they want to give that away and make the Jews give back more of it, as well as the city of Jerusalem itself. I have to say, This verse of scripture actually became effective back in 2001. Jerusalem and the territory of the West Bank has become a political and religious issue. The way it has been carried on, a lot of church people do not even realize that: They look at it as another situation. It is not. It is the beginning of what is eventually going to grow right into the end time. When we come to (verse 3) we find this, “And in that day (That means the same period of time.) will I make Jerusalem (This is the centerpiece.) a burdensome stone for all people: (This is not necessarily talking just about the Arabs: it is talking about the international body of people, which are politicians.) all that burden themselves with it (Jerusalem being the burdensome stone. All the burden themselves, wanting to take responsibility, wanting to speak their piece, wanting to hold authority and say what should be done) shall be cut in pieces.” That is the end. Now let me say this, Do not sit here in these pews and say, Well we could have a little momentary settlement politically and things could go on and on another five or six years. Don’t kid yourselves. That is not the way these words read; and that is not what they point to. There are three episodes in this chapter. The last one takes you to the seventieth week of Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy, to the time when the revival is going on. That takes you to Revelation 7 and also chapter 11. That lets me know the time period that starts this, and the end of it is when it will culminate in the week. How many realize that? That is because it is all wrapped up in the same chapter. You cannot get it in one chapter, wind it up somewhere else in two or three other chapters. It just simply does not work that way. There are three episodes in this. One stage is how Jerusalem becomes a trouble spot, but what is the issue really about? It is about the land that is Judah as well as Jerusalem. It involves all the Arabs, but it also involves all the nations of the world that want to take responsibility by speaking their piece concerning the conflict. That is why we said last Sunday, Now the United Nations is coming out more bluntly, more arrogantly on what Israel needs to do. This week, they definitely said, along with the World Court, that the wall Israel built, that petition fence, must come down, because it is illegal. I will have to ask, Who is it illegal to of for? It is only illegal in the eyes of the U.N. as they make their decision between the Palestinians and the Jews. It goes to show, that ever last decision that the U.N. makes is strictly against the word of God. I want to show you today by the grace of God, that there are two words, both are pronounced the same, but they do not have the same meaning to the both elements of people. Let us just watch these verses, concerning these two points of the issue, Jerusalem and Judah, because we can now see, having come through this far, how the Palestinian Arabs have absolutely, with their complaining, managed to have all the Arab states voting on their side. We can also see how all this has affected our nation, even though we say we want to make decisions based on what is right when it affects the Jews, and we know what the Bible believing Christians are saying. The Christian people in America and throughout the world, are saying, Give it all back to the Jews, but that is not what the politicians are saying. The political minded participants all think they are going to have the last word on the conflict and that their word is going to settle the conditions of this world. You hear how they talk today, and we hear our own president say, We are going to fight terrorism wherever we find it. However I am going to say, Yes you are, but you are not going to win that war. Brother Jackson: How do you know that? I will answer like this, Just stick around and see. I have to say this morning, The outcome of all that is taking place right now in Iraq, goes to show that even though we spend billions of dollars trying to curb this whole thing in that country, my personal belief is this, Five years from now we will be no further up the road to victory over terrorism than we were when we started. It is true that they fought and captured one bull head, only to turn right around and opened the door for another dozen bull heads just like him, that want to come in and take over where he left off, and that still leaves the nation in chaos. My point is this, We are just moving from one stage to another, not able to declare a true victory anywhere. Do you know why? Once we have entered the era of this end time wrap up, this era is never going to come to any kind of peaceful climax until it brings us to the very end time itself, which God’s word makes so clear. When I speak about eras or events, it is because the 4th verse begins to change things. “In that day.” The same period of time we have been dealing with, and I must say, If it is the same period of time, how can we have a peaceful settlement and have things quiet down for four or five years? Do you everyone understand my thought? In that same day, or period of time. You do not take that day and break it into two different periods. It is all in the same time frame, and just evolves from one stage to another. God has promised that, by saying what He says here, that no matter what the Arabs and the enemy may have in the form of military weaponry, God has already promised He will bring it to nought. That is true prophecy, so it is a sure promise. Therefore I am saying, The world is waiting right now for a little peace agreement so they can sit back and rock their chairs and spend more money, thinking it is just another episode. No, we are living in the fulfillment of this scripture, so we cannot always count on having every little episode settled down. I will just say this, We are coming close now to the latter part of that time frame when it is definitely going to bring a change. Something has got to physically and dramatically oppose all of this, for it to enter into the change we are looking for. As God looks upon the situation, we can say this, Ever since 2001, as we listen to the political Jew in the government of Israel, we find that he just wants to compromise, he wants to give in, he wants to sell out. You never hear one of them speak like, But the Bible says so and so, or the Torah says thus and so. In no way, do we find that they hold to the Torah. That is why I have told different ones, that the political side of this is led by the Zionist movement that started back at the close of 1800.
WORDS OF A JEWISH RABBI
I believe I have said this before, but in 1968, in the month of October, when we had an opportunity to talk to a Jewish rabbi, we asked him what prophecy stood out that encouraged many of the Jews to want to come back to the land in Israel? That is when he reminded me of the scripture in Hosea. Of course they do not read from a certain chapter: he just referred to the verses where it says, After two days will He not revive us. That means two thousand years. He said, Just a little bit before the end of 1800, rabbis all over the world in the strong Judaistic settlements, as they began to study the scrolls and the prophets, they began to see that this was God’s way of looking ahead on behalf of the dispersed Jews, how that many Jews would begin to get the picture as they prayed to God. They began to see the revelation of time, that time would be getting close. Upon the basis of that, these rabbis, at least many of them began to travel and go to different nations and settlements of the Jews, making speeches. These are the words he told us, That they were not always accepted. Many times they would get up, only to be booed down by the people, Oh we don’t have time to listen to that, or they would say, That don’t mean that at all, and on and on. However, he said those rabbis just kept going. Eventually they had a small element of people that gave heed to them. This small element of people over the months that followed, began to have a picture in their mind’s, but said, What shall we do? How shall we go about this? Some of them began to get the idea, Many of our fellow brethren in other nations have wealth, so we will adopt this philosophy, We will contribute the money to those of poor elements who live in countries where they hardly have anything, and see if they want to volunteer to go back to Israel. If they want to be the volunteers to spearhead this thing, we will furnish the money and send them back. They would go back and begin to buy up the land, acre by acre. That is exactly what they did. That is how the Jews finally got a foothold back in the land of their heritage. Let me just say brothers and sisters, When you hear the words, Jewish kibbutz, that is speaking of some of the first settlements of Jews that began to go back and buy up the land. They built fences around the land and farmed it, and some turned the land into vineyards. The different types of agriculture depended on the locality. After several of these kibbutz settlements were established, then it was the Arabs that began to say, We cannot allow this. I will cut the story short by saying this, The political side of this thing that has been going on ever since 1948, has been mostly the Zionist political movement. They are not deeply devoted, religious Jews. How many realize that? They look at things more or less from the politicians standpoint. Then when they do have a rabbi that wants to say anything and oppose, then they are quick to shut his mouth. The reason I took time to tell that, is that you and I may know, that for this prophecy to work according to the way it is worded, God has a way that He will work it. That is why he first gives a promise, That no matter what the enemy may throw against them, God said He would bring it to naught, meaning there is nothing that the enemy can bring against Israel in this hour that is going to be a success. That was the first thing, so those Jews can take courage in the fact that God is with them, no matter what the enemy may throw up to try to defeat them. Therefore as we look at this 5th verse, God speaks specifically of the governors of Judah. As we read this, notice how it is worded. “And the governors of Judah.” God speaks specifically of a certain element of men. Why would He not say the leaders of Benjamin or Manasseh, or Simeon? Because there are many of those people back in the land, but keep in mind that according to the 10th chapter of Zechariah, the beginning of the rebuilding of the state of Israel in the end time, was to be done by the tribe of Judah. That is why it says in this 10th chapter, verse 3, that Judah shall be as the goodly horse in battle, because she is the war tribe. With this in mind, we can see that Judah stands out all the way from the time it starts until it ends. Judah is going to be the war tribe that takes the leadership and God has promised His guidance and leadership with them straight through, to get the whole picture finished. “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart,” This lets me know as we hear of Sharon and Arafat bickering about the political settlement, all of this is eventually, within a few weeks or months, going to lead to a political breakdown of the structure of how Israel has wanted to do things. In so doing, I cannot help but believe that God is going to begin to put in the hearts of the Jewish people a voice of resentment. They are going to begin to demonstrate against leadership that has no vision, if you understand what I mean. When they do that, then there is going to be men, and I don’t say that they will always have to be religious men, but they can at least be men that are considerate, putting the people first, rather than politics, and this gives God the opportunity to furnish leadership. The governors of Judah shall say in their heart, (in other words) when they look at the issue they are faced with, then they are going to begin to say, (I want to put it in my words.) Brethren, all we have done to this point is bicker, and bicker, and bicker for years now. Where has it brought us to? We have given in to the ideas of outsiders, we have consented to them taking Jerusalem, doing this and that, but I believe it is when they begin to look in the scriptures, that they are going to begin to say to one another, You know brethren, I believe with all my heart, that when we decide to put our people first, and our heritage, we are going to see that Jerusalem becomes inhabited by Jews, not Arabs. That has got to be an objective. It is not Sharon’s objective. He can say, We want Jerusalem, but if he is ready the next moment for the roadmap to be put into effect, and ready to sign up for peace by allowing a Palestinian state, with the greatest part of Jerusalem being their capitol, then that certainly does not sound like a man that can hear God speaking. It is just a politician compromising.
HOW THE CHANGE MAY COME ABOUT
When God does begin to change the political leadership in Israel, then He is going to start dealing with the heart of those that will take the lead, and they are going to begin to get a revelation and say to the people, Brethren, when we begin to look at ourselves and realize Jerusalem belongs to us, and if Jerusalem belongs to us, then we are going to see to it, that it is peopled by Jews and not Palestinians. That will bring the stated plan of God into the picture. Therefore, “the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength.” In other words, they will then begin to say, Brethren, when we do this, we will begin to have God on our side. As long as the leaders are only playing politics, God is just going to let them go ahead and have their headaches and delusions. On the other hand, when the leadership itself begins to say, We prefer to put our people first, and when we begin to let Jerusalem be the center piece and see that it is peopled by Jews, then our strength will come from God because of the fact that we have chosen to do that. God will put it in them to speak like that. Those individuals will begin to realize, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts. You and I know you could put five thousand people in Jerusalem, but if you had no other divine guidance to know what else to do, what would be your strength? You would just have a lot of people with carnal ideas. However when something is done to please God, because God has His eye upon it, then God is going to put His presence there, and He is going to see to it, that the enemy that wants to oppose this is going to meet Him head on. That is why I can say, Just up ahead, we are gradually going to move into that kind of political climate, where things are moving to bring about a drastic change in the political settlement. When that is accomplished, then let us see what happens. “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, (That is like I said last Sunday, a flame of fire in a pile of dry wood. So that lets us know, when the Jewish people of that hour decide that Jerusalem is going to be their interest, and they see that it is populated by Jews rather than given over to the Palestinians, then they are going to have God’s strength working with them. Then God is absolutely going to cause the political leaders to begin to think seriously what to do and plan. God will anoint them, and God will use them.) and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; (God has not yet done that, has He? However I have to believe that when the right moment has come, and the political trend breaks down, it is going to give God a chance to speak to some Jews and put in their mind to do accordingly. When that happens, let us just see what begins to take place.) and they shall devour all the people round about, (I like this. You and I know, that even if they had half a dozen governors, you would have to wonder, How can they devour a bunch of people? You can see, that it is when the leadership all have one mind and one objective and begin to see it is God’s way. Then God anoints them, He gives them wisdom, He gives them the insight on how to go about this. When that takes place, they devour all the people round about, and that is the Arabs.) on the right hand and on the left: (The end result is this.) and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” Take that and read it along with Isaiah 49. What did it say? In that day that Jerusalem is to be inhabited by Jews, even though they are still scattered out there in dispersion, God said I will speak to them and they will come from the north, they will come from the south, they will come from the east and the west. They will come back into this place. Then the land, Mt. Zion, geographically it speaks of where they have been, seeing that I have been without? See, the land is speaking. Where have they been all the time that this land, Jerusalem, has been run over by the Palestinian Arabs? Where have they been? As we read that, let us come on down to the 7th verse. “The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first.” As I said awhile ago, There are two things, and both of them involve Judah and Jerusalem, but it starts with Jerusalem being the centerpiece, because of how the decisions are made. Once that happens, as Jerusalem is to be given its inhabitants, the Lord shall also save the tents of Judah. When He says that, He is not talking about a little piece of ground that the U.N. wants them to have, He is going to let them take all of this. We know, that according to the roadmap peace plan, there is already Jewish settlements in that area right there (chart.) The peace plan calls for them to be given up, given back over to the Palestinians. It goes to show, if the roadmap plan works, a part of the land that really belongs to Israel, to the tribe of Judah, will never be given back, but if the prophecy is right, then once Jerusalem is settled in the minds of the governors, then they cannot settle without the whole area of Judah, because it starts with the two. Both against Jerusalem and against Judah. “The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. (That means, once the day comes that the Jews come by the thousands to dwell in Jerusalem, God is looking far ahead, knowing how carnal, people can become. Once this issue is settled and the political leaders say, Alright, you in dispersion, you that want to live in Jerusalem, it will not be just any Jew that might want to dwell there. Let me explain: It is not just any Jew that is of the tribe of Judah: it has got to be a certain lineage of the tribe of Judah. When you read in the book of Kings, when King David took the ancient city of the Jebusites, not just any Jew could come there. It was the descendants of King David and his household. How many understand that? That is why, for a long time it was called the city of David. Keep in mind, King David was of the tribe of Judah, but not just anyone from the tribe of Judah could live there. In other words, if he is not of the household of King David, of that family structure, he cannot live there. That is why it is worded that way; and that is why this is worded that way. He shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David, notice), and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.” Just think brothers and sisters, at a time when both are being occupied, fulfilled according to the prophecy, that territory will be the first to receive its inhabitants before the final giving over to the Jews of Jerusalem. How many times have you heard it said, that people who lived in big metropolitan cities, years ago, had all the modern bathrooms, this and that? They looked at the old country fellow and thought, You live in a log house, you don’t even have a bathroom. I am just trying to break it down and tell you how it used to be years ago. I can remember when not too many farms had bathrooms. Since WW2, that picture has changed. Most people have access to them anymore. My point is, When it is worded like this, and since it takes Judah, the whole tribe, to fight the war, to gain this promise, then those that do eventually have the heritage and right to live in Jerusalem, God does not want them lifting their heads up, You little nincompoop out there in the country, so and so, I live in Jerusalem. See? He doesn’t want that kind of talk going on. How many understand what I mean by that? He don’t want anybody in Jerusalem magnifying themselves against the Jews out in the countryside. God looks ahead and He is going to see that it is settled precisely the right way. As we watch this thing unfold, keep in mind that all of this unfolding does not come about in a day’s time, in a week’s time nor in a month’s time. How many realize that? It will definitely change from one phase to the next. When we go to (verse 8) we find this, “In that day (in that same period of time, so this lets me know that once this day starts, Jerusalem is to be a cup of trembling, but that day or that period of time just goes from stage to stage. It does not go from two or three years of a lot of trouble, then a political settlement and we go on and coast for five or six years. No. It just goes from stage to stage. In that day, or in that period of time…) shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; (Verse 8, shows that the governors of Judah have done the right thing, because up here in verse 5, they got the idea, Now we will have strength from God when we allow Jerusalem to be settled and we will not give it over to the Palestinians. So that settles that. Once Jerusalem is settled, now the Jewish people can say, Iin that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…) and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David.” In other words, He likened it as it was in the days of King David when he took this ancient city. When King David moved in there with all his royal family, then God chose the place where He would place His name and the temple was built. God was watching over that city to defend and care for it. That is what God wants the people to see. Once this is established then Jerusalem again will become that city where God’s presence will be there to protect the people and He will be the strength of the people and everything will begin to function according to the way it is supposed to. All of this has got to come about because when you go to verse 10, this takes you right into the week of Daniel, to the two prophets. So as we look at this, you can have these events that gradually change from one situation into another, but these events do not change with two, three, four, or five years year of compromise, peace negotiations and such like. It keeps on going. The reason I am talking like this, is because I am looking at something as I look at all these prophecies, and no other scriptures in the Bible line up like these. Every time I hear somebody say they have heard this, I think of all the preachers that say Ezekiel 38 is the battle of Armageddon. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard preachers say it is this or it is that. They don’t know. They never will know because they have taken God out of divine revelation. They don’t want God to give them a revelation of truth with the salvational way. Then why should God let them see anything that is going to be true in the end time picture, the time when the Bride of Christ are the only ones that are going to see the true picture? I do not say those things to be boastful, but I do have to say that we are a people that can be grateful. God did not have to do what He did for us, but when He looked and saw the sincerity of our motives, and that we want the precious things of truth above everything else in the world, what He did, lets me know that the God we serve will not withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly.
ALL THINGS ARE ACCORDING TO THE PROPHECIES OF GOD’S WRITTEN WORD
When we see in Daniel 12, how the Lord showed Daniel all those things, explaining the last three and one half years of the tribulation period, and how the Lord plainly said the wicked shall do wickedly, but the wise shall understand, it reassures us. To those around the world that hear my voice, I am not telling you that I know everything, but by the grace of God, He has let me have an understanding concerning some scriptures of prophecy that are fitting together, and will fit closer together as we get closer to the end of time. When we move into it, you will see how the world begins to be shaped. When we leave verse 8, Jerusalem is where God puts His presence, and there is where God puts His favor, His importance and His authority. Then by that time, that city will be populated by Jewish people. That takes you to the beginning of Daniel’s seventieth week. All other prophecies that it takes to fulfill this will have ushered in and brought these things to that hour of time. Now you and I know God has spoken three different scriptures here, of how He would put the enemy to flight, how that when Jerusalem is settled, then the people could look toward Jerusalem and know that God is their strength. When we say all this, what is that going to lead to? Does it merely lead to a political settlement? That is only part of it. It is going to open up into a warfare, because once God said He would make the governors of Judah like a flame, why did He talk like that? That literally means, I will give them the wisdom to be able to take their military capacity and I will anoint it, and they will drive the enemy back and will defeat everything that has come against them. With this in mind, I want to say to you this morning, Please go with me to Zephaniah. In the writings of Zephaniah, the 2rd chapter, God, through this prophet, has written about the conflict and the war that He (God) is going to use to set these verses of Zechariah in fulfillment. As I was looking at these verses all through the week, there was something about the 1st and 2nd verses, that were worded specifically a certain way. Notice, “Gather yourselves together, (That is a plural word. Will you agree with me? Is God just talking about some individuals within one nation? No. Not when it comes to something that is going to affect the whole Middle East. First this verse is a warning God has sent well in advance. It was written in 600 and something B.C. So the warning was written in advance of the hour of time that God is going to fulfill it. Gather yourselves together, I wrote it out last Sunday, United Nations, that is the plural side. Because when the issue about what will we do with the Jews came up, it was not settled by a few politicians. It was settled in New York City by the United Nations. There, is where it was decided that they would give them some land based on where most of the Jewish settlements were, at that time. With that in mind, please notice how this is worded, God, in advance, before it even comes about, is saying, Ye nations that are appointed and destined for this to be fulfilled by, get yourselves together.) yes, gather together, O nation not desired.” The real translation means this, Oh nations without shame. Ever last nation that volunteered to become a part of this United Nations has agreed that they would leave God or their religion, out of the picture. How many understand that? That is why in 1945, when a lot of the leaders were getting together out in California for another meeting, and one of our diplomats said, How about this practice of our opening with prayer like we do? Oh no, we don’t want to offend anybody. Saints I ask you, How does that sound in the face of God? What are you forming this stinking conglomeration for? I would have to ask that. You who are so high and mighty may feel that you do not need His help anymore, but that is just what you think. This is a warning, written years before it even comes about. Get together, form your body of nations without shame. Here are the words from this prophecy, “Before the decree bring forth, (I looked that up in the dictionary. Do you know what it means? The decree is also written in Deuteronomy. God looking ahead, when He saw Israel and what she was going to do, He made a promise, The day you turn your back on me, and you no longer keep my word, my statutes and so forth, God said, Just as I took pleasure in blessing you, I will take pleasure in cursing you. The day will come, that I will scatter you among the nations from one end of the earth to the other. Amos, the 9th chapter, plainly says, speaking for God, I will sift the house of Israel through all nations as corn is sifted through a sieve. All the sinners will fall by the sword, but not one grain, that means elected of God , will perish, speaking of a true Jew. That was the decree and God has fulfilled it precisely to the letter. Just think about it: before it has even been fulfilled, He said, Get together. We can see now, that it is the United Nations this refers to. Before the decree bring forth, in other words, before my judgment or my punishment passes upon you.”Before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you, seek ye the Lord.” In other words, right here is a decree, a promise which God intends to fulfill by taking these nations and wringing the blood from them. Saints I ask you, Please do not think I am a cruel, harsh person, but I am going to tell you something today. I can see why God is letting politicians stick their nose in where it does not belong, with their tongue wagging. God has allowed them to speak their mind and put forth their two cents worth of opinions, so as they keep plotting and planning, blaspheming God and condemning His aim and purpose with the Jew, God is going to take pleasure in wringing the blood out of every last educated fool who sits boastfully in his conceited place, conducting himself as if he does not need God. I tell you, all such are they who need God now more than anything else. However it looks like God has just folded His hands, (so to speak) and completely taken His hands off the entire situation for a period of time. I have to say, For a period of time, because once He does this, and once He starts showing Himself in anger to the world, and especially to the Arabs, we can see what He is doing it for. You and I know for sure, that Israel at this present time, could not set about to build that temple for anything in the world. Why? Because not one Arab would allow it. When we look at the Arab world, completely taken over by that Muslim spirit, and see how they claim Allah has instructed them to do what they do, we know it will take a miraculous move of the hand of God to change them. A lot of people in the United States do not realize it, but terrorist tactics have been taught to all those people for the last number of years, and told that one day they will force their way into the nations, terrorize the citizens and bring this western element of civilization to an end. Their aim is to turn it all over to the Muslim religion. When our politicians and educators say, But it is a peaceful religion, I say, No, it is not a peaceful religion. It is a religion filled with cruelty. The histories I have read, all the way from Saudi Arabia, through Egypt, all across North Africa, they have killed, they have slaughtered, they have mutilated thousands and thousands of people to establish and/or create fear and respect for their Allah. That is the way they rule. Right on up past Jerusalem, on into Turkey and the lower part of the Mediterranean, is all under Islam. Slowly they went into Iran, Iraq, and right on into India. Now that Muslim spirit and the agents of it are in every nation on the face of this earth. You and I know, that for God to fulfill and do for Israel, that one little nation, in the face of this whole world that is against them, then you just as well get ready to accept the fact that when God does move to fulfill this, He is going to shake this planet like it has never been shaken before. When I say shake it, I do not necessarily mean He is going to shake the mountains: It means God is going to do something to let some people know, I sit in the heavens and I rule things. This earth is the work of His hands. So God has already written the curse, Oh you nations that think you are not guilty, you have no shame, but you have no God, Before the decree even comes about, get yourselves together. They have already done that. Before the fierce anger of the Lord comes upon them. Then He speaks to the individuals throughout the world, “Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; (You have seen His judgment before, you recognize His hand.) seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” Remember that and listen, I do not want to make this sound to you like some magnified picture that I cannot even describe, but when this thing does break, I want you to know, God is going to see to it that the Arab world pays dearly with their own blood. Why do I say that? All because God is not going to have to send the Jerusalem army all the way around this planet to get rid of those Muslims. Regardless of where there are Muslim terrorists, when this thing starts, they see through television, so wherever they are scattered, when they begin to see the hand of God’s anger and judgment, they are going to have to bow their head and acknowledge the fact that the God of the Jews is fighting for them. When they ask, Is it Allah or Elohim? The answer will be very clear. God is going to do this in a way that not even the educated atheist, not even the smartest and most educated of the world, will be able to boldly look and say, There is nothing to it. When they have to open their eyes and see how God is using a little handful of people to terrorize and frighten the living daylights out of the world, believe me, They will have to take note of something they never dreamed of. God intends to do exactly what is written. You hear the News Media, and know that some of them have good intentions, but they know they cannot always speak the truth. They have to speak what society in general wants to hear.
WITNESSING THE POWER OF GOD
There is a day coming, mark my word, when you are going to wake up some morning and God has spoken to those Jewish leaders, whoever they are by then, and when they get in the right place, you are going to see a war start in the Middle East that will top everything you have ever seen or heard of. You are going to see the hand of God demonstrating His omnipotent power on the behalf of that Israeli military. By the time God gets through crossing the Jordan River and taking them through the land of Jordan, fulfilling all the scriptures that are written about what the Jewish army would do, I want to see what Dan Rather would say by then, Tom Brokaw, and all the rest of them. When nobody talks about God, it is mighty easy to get into the habit of talking like, We are going to do this and we are going to do that. God will allow that for a while yet, but when He draws the line and something begins to backfire, He will not be doing it in a corner: the entire world will see it. I remember when the Six Day War took place, back in 1967. A lot of people might say, oh but Bro. Jackson, it is going to take Israel a long time to do all that is written. I just have to say to them, Where have you been? They knocked the socks off Egypt, they knocked the socks off Syria, and the Jordanian army; and I ask you, How long did it take them to do it? Six days, and it was all over. It is not going to take much longer than that to drive their tanks at high speed and go into Iraq. They have to go to the Euphrates River, because that is where the prophecy said they would go to. The beauty of it is, it is going to be a war that God puts Himself in. When He does, there is not going to be a peace plan negotiated, Well we don’t want to bomb, because we don’t want to rebuild it. Some of this silly stuff you hear today is ridiculous. I heard it said last night, We cannot even rebuild a new school house here at home, but we go into Iraq and rebuild fire houses, school houses and you name it. If this war had been fought a hundred years ago, whatever nation God would have used, to go into Iraq and knock the socks off of them, they would not come out of there rebuilding their schools, rebuilding their fire houses, rebuilding their police stations. They would have left it up to them to rebuild it themselves. America, ever since she has been in Korea and Vietnam, has been rebuilding everything for them. We did it in Europe. We have done it at the tax payers expense. That is not right. Right now, there is the war starting, and here is the Gaza Strip, (chart) right about there. Israel went in there in the Six Day War and took it. There are Jewish settlements in there now. However as we look at the roadmap peace plan, we find that it says they have to get out of there and discontinue any kind of Jewish settlements in that area. What we need to notice, it that ever since this terrorist warfare has been going on, especially since 2001, where has all the trouble come from? The Gaza Strip. Is that not right? Let us see who God was looking at, when in these first three verses He definitely was talking to the United Nations, because He knew that all the nations that think they have no shame, no guilt, not responsible, would get themselves together to perpetrate and fulfill this big plan. God said, Get yourselves together, before His anger is executed, because He is going to do it all according to His written word. Verse 4, tells what God is going to do with the Jews.”For Gaza (that means the Gaza Strip) shall be forsaken.” Now I will read this quickly, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, these are all ancient cities, territories of the Gaza Strip, where the Philistines in ancient times lived. “Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.” Now I want to say, This is not going to be a small war: this is going to be a war that God Himself is the General. God is going to give the orders. God is going to magnify, or multiply the weaponry. It is all written in this book, but the wise of this world pay no attention to it. You are going to see a war that might cause you to hang your head and say, Does it have to be that bad? My point is, God is going to see this thing wrapped up in a short order of time. He is not going to give any educated smart aleck the opportunity to argue or fuss about it. When He executes His anger, no it is not the wrath of God that we know will come at the end of the tribulation period. That is when the planet shakes, but this is the time when His anger will be demonstrated to the world. This is when He is going to make nations change their philosophy; and He is going to do it by destroying a lot of the things that have been perpetrated by the high and mighty and built up to magnified and glorify man himself. You and I everyone know, that when you have millions of people all over the Middle East and around the world, that have that Muslim spirit on them, even in the United States, something has got to hit this planet to change that picture. Something has got to hit this nation also, to prepare her for what is ahead. What I really want to stress is this, Something has got to hit this world, that makes people get scared and seek help. God is going to put millions and millions of people on their knees, even if they do not already know God. When they look at their TV, and see the destruction and the mighty things He does with His hand outstretched, don’t tell me there will not be some people weeping and crying out for help when they realize what is happening. If they are not slain, they are going to be trembling, crying and praying, God have mercy on me. It is not going to send a revival, but it is going to cause a lot of mortal people to change their minds and cause them to reconsider their ideas about life here on this planet. There are a lot of people that are supposed to be educated atheists running around out here right now, that are going to suddenly wake up and say, Well I have been taught that the Bible is not true. Well this is when He is going to be seen fulfilling it. We have lived to see a time when God has put up with a lot of this foolish nonsense, but there is another day just ahead, when He will bring all of it to an end. I have to believe we are approaching a tremendous change. When it comes, it is going to start some devastating things that the average person of the world has never even thought of.
STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT WHAT IS AHEAD
Brothers and Sisters, I do not want you to think I am trying to wear you out with the same message Sunday in and Sunday out, but I see something that is getting ready to take place in this world and I want to let you know about it. In the News tonight, the Presbyterian church has announced they are no longer for Israel: they are for the Palestinians. Brothers and sisters I ask you, What would you be thinking if you were a Presbyterian tonight? What do you think it would be like, to be shut up in that system and never know anything else? Many of us could still be in places like that if it were not for the grace of God. People in those systems of religion have their mind made up: they know what they believe, and nobody else can tell them anything, because they do not care anything about the truth of God’s word. Look where they are tonight; sitting somewhere as blind to spiritual reality as blind can be. It is the same way with all the systems of religion, because God is no longer allowed in their places of gathering together. I know I have said these words before, but there is an importance and a reason for me saying them again. I want to emphasize in your mind, the coming results of this thing that started in 2001. On the News awhile ago, they spoke of a demonstration now going on in the Gaza Strip. There is trouble, unrest, and instability there. That Gaza Strip is like a time bomb, just ready to go off. Keep in mind, that this is the territory where Arafat ruled from. It is from that area that Sharon has agreed, We will withdraw and turn it all over to the Palestinians. I see other writings going on today in different News items. Different commentators have said there is no way this peace plan can work, because, behind the scene all the Palestinians in that area have agreed that there cannot be a Jewish state alongside a Palestinian state. If you think for one minute, that what the politicians are doing in the world tonight is not going to affect you, you had better get to thinking a different thought. I have been in war; and I know that many of you younger people have not. You would not know what it is like to be bombed. You don’t know what it is like to hear the sound of a bomb coming through the area and you don’t know where it is going to hit: you just hope it don’t hit your fox hole. There are people facing those same situations in various places of the world today. All kinds of threats are coming forth now in the United States from these terrorists. Our politicians and educators have become so stiff necked they can no longer think straight. I saw an article the other night, which was also in the 9/11 plan, that there was a plot to hit one of the Jewish community areas in the new world area. They put the United States and the Jews all in the same boat. My point is, I thank God, that through the days gone by I was privileged to hear something that put me on the right track. There are a lot of things in the world of religion you can run after, but when you do, you are heading for a spiritual wreck. A sister told me tonight, her son wanted her to go with him to some salvation and healing ministry meeting. She testified to him, that she could not go, and gave him the reason. I have to say, There are thousands of church going people, that think as long as they are going to some kind of meeting somewhere, everything is going to wind up alright. They have no insight whatsoever of what is coming upon this world we live in. They have no vision of what is apt to happen overnight just any time. I am saying tonight, When the Bride of Jesus Christ is finally put together by the grace of God, there is no world event going to slip up on them, that they do not know about in advance. It is not that we have to know everything, but it is the fact that God loves us enough to let us know, because these different things that are coming upon this world, soon or later, they are going to affect your pocketbook and you way of life. When you read of the week of Daniel, that the antichrist makes a covenant with many, I have heard Protestant preachers say over and over, that this is the covenant with the Jews, to build their temple. There is no such scripture for that. I will say this though, When that antichrist comes on the scene, he is going to come exactly at a time when the world is heading for an economic crash. Look at America, the minute we went to war in Iraq, our economy began to go downhill. Did it not? The American people complained. We have got millions of people in America tonight, that all they care about is something to stick in their belly and a game to entertain themselves with. They have no revelation, they have no insight, they are prepared for nothing of an adverse nature. I use this as an illustration, There could be an attack planned for tomorrow, even with a bomb of mass destruction: would they know anything about it? No. on the other hand though, if there is something coming, that is definitely going to be detrimental to your future, do you think God is going to let you be blinded by something else? That is what the Holy Ghost in us is for, to guide you through the trials and tests that you encounter between now and your departure from here. This morning, when we went to the book of Zephaniah and explained that word decree, a lot of people do not even know what that word means. That goes to show you, that this far in advance before it even happens, God knew there would be a United Nations in this end time that would fulfill this very category.
THINGS GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO KNOW
This map up here behind me sis a product of the United Nations. They do not want it altered, but God has allowed us to know this, The entire message starts with the fact that God is concerned about Jerusalem and the whole tribe of Judah. The two go together: you cannot separate them. If Jerusalem is to be inhabited by Jews, then so is all of Judaea to be inhabited likewise. It takes that to fulfill the prophecy, but for it to be fulfilled in reality, somewhere political pow-wows have to wear out and God is then going to show His mighty hand in favor of Israel. His sovereign intervention will be displayed, and it will be recognized by all, because He is going to fight for the Jewish people. I have been thinking all evening, We do not know what morning we might wake up and hear that the whole Middle East has become nothing but a powder keg, because all this bickering between the politicians is going to break down one day soon. When it does, it is going to change the entire stage. God is going to let some new men, new leadership get into Israel’s government; and they are not going to think like Sharon and the rest have been thinking. They are going to be men that God has definitely designated to put in the right places, and then God will open their eyes. It literally means, when He starts looking at leaders, it means He is going to watch them, He is going to look at them and start telling them something. They do not have to be rabbis, but they do have to be men that have sense enough to know that there is a God that rules above them. That is why God said, In that day the governors of Judah will begin to say, We will see to it that Jerusalem is inhabited by Jews, then we will have strength and favor from God. This is because that is the way He works. That is what the fuss has been about for months and months. It is a shame, that we have various ones that write about President Bush, that he is a great man of faith. He is not a great man of faith. How can you claim to believe in Jesus Christ, and believe in the true God of the Bible, yet you go contrary to the prophecies contained in that Bible. Men of God do not operate that way. When we look at Zephaniah 2, and see that as God addresses the nations, He gives them a warning, Gather yourselves together before the decree is fulfilled. I have to say, United Nations, you have been warned by the word of God, yet you do not pay a bit of attention to it. You fulfill the very identity that is spoken of right there in the first chapter, Gather yourselves together Oh nations without shame. I looked at that a long time when I first began to read the prophecy, but when I looked over in the marginal reference, the real translation means you who think you have no guilt, you who think you have nothing to be ashamed of. God knows every nation that has joined this thing since WW2, has much to be held responsible for. They fulfill it exactly, their opinion is running right along with the worldly minded, but they have no divine guidance whatsoever. The end results of this is, God said in two places what He would do to them. In one place He said He would break them to pieces, and again He said He would cut them to pieces, but it all adds up to the same result. Therefore I am saying to you tonight, I have heard preachers in the past, in recent years, that are teaching their followers that the U.N. is the beast of Daniel and Revelation. The U.N. is no more the beast of those prophecies, than a stray dog downtown somewhere might be. The United Nations did not come out of Europe. It came from the brainwork of American politics. The Paris Peace Pact and the League of Nations all was fostered and put together by politicians of Europe, but we (the U.S.) would not join the League of Nations because at that time the League of Nations would not acknowledge the God that we seek to serve. Just look though, years later, after our nation has become the number one nation that stood out during the conflict of WW2, and even though we did not come up with the Paris Peace Pact, we did not come up with the League of Nations, we came up with something that God will certainly destroy, the United Nations. All you have to do is get hold of the right literature, and it will plainly give you word for word what the plan was. Look what has happened to America since then. They have sold out to the atheists, to the advocates of materialism, the socialistic, communistic, and everything else but God. They take their place right in their ranks with all who have no regard for the word of God. That is why I say, Somewhere up the road there is going to be a blow of judgment, destruction that will come to this nation. It has to be. Let me say tonight, If we all are the Bride of Christ, and if God thinks enough of us to let us know a few things in advance, do you not believe it would concern God enough to let one of you have a dream about something getting ready to strike this nation? It will not be the end of the world, but it could be a warning for you to help spread throughout the ranks of those that would believe, Get ready, because this wonderful country you have enjoyed living in, is set for judgment. God will have His designated way for true believers to be alerted to get ready to face trouble. We have lived better materially, than any other people in the world, but our politicians have spent our money until we are financially in debt and they keep wanting to borrow more and put our future generations deeper in debt. This cannot go on forever. If America is the nation that the woman of Revelation 12, is going to flee to in the middle of the seventieth week of Daniel, then I believe it is because God is going to let something strike this nation that is going to knock her out of the role of leadership in this world. When you look at all scriptures that need to fall in place, let something happen in America that she can no longer defend Taiwan, that she can no longer put a threat out to North Korea, I believe you can see what I am talking about? There are a few, I will say, negative spots in the Orient; and God knows who they are. Do you think it would take a war of five years to put them in place? No. Just let something happen over there that threw America completely out of the balance with them, and we were no longer to stay there and defend Taiwan, that whole Oriental world would fold up over night and will go under the hammer and sickle. That would put the whole Oriental world right in place exactly where it says in Revelation, And the Euphrates River was dried up. For what reason? That the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Well who are these kings of the east? That is the Oriental world. We have been the lifeline, we have been that link that has kept it from folding up and going under communism a long time ago. I have to say though, One of these days, we can no longer defend it and keep it from being taken over by communism. Somewhere up the road we are going to meet something head on. God is going to draw the line and say, America, you have had your day. God’s word is going to be fulfilled precisely to the letter. I believe that Taiwan will eventually fold up and have to go under the hammer and sickle along with China, just like South Korea will eventually have to go along with North Korea. That is because the whole Oriental world will come to Armageddon flying one flag, or at least a flag of unity. How many understand that? God has ways of turning political issues around to make His word in prophecy come about.
A BEAST WITH HORNS LIKE A LAMB
We are living in an era of time when many things are at large. Many people can say, Oh it will be numbers of years before this or that happens. Listen to me. Do you know what it says in the 13th chapter of Revelation? It talks about that beast that came up out of the earth, that had horns like a lamb, but later spoke like a dragon. Do you know who that is? It is America. Is that not Right? What has America given to the world? It has given them the computer, it has given the world all the modern conveniences and knowledge of modern technology of the hour. We received an advertisement in the mail from a health insurance company. If you will take out health insurance with us, and will sign on this line, we can save you so much money a year for you not having to send us a monthly check. Just sign your name on this line and we will take it out of your bank account. Do you know what that is? It is the cashless society we have talked so much about. It is breathing right down your neck. That is exactly what the old antichrist will use, when it is time for the mark of the beast to be enacted. Don’t tell me it is fifteen or twenty years off. It is not that America is going to force the world: it is just that she has given the world the means for the devil, through the world system, to put it in motion. Yet men will get on platforms and say, Well that can go into affect tonight. No Saints, It cannot go into affect until the proper time. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? Because it only goes into affect when the antichrist is actually ruling and reigning. He is not reigning tonight, and will not be until the middle of the week of Daniel. He does not rule and reign until the last three and one half years of that time. Do you agree with that? If not, tell me where you have been? All the equipment is here, the knowledge is here, the means is here, so all that is not here already, is the time for it to go into affect. God is not going to let anyone take it and run it any old time that pleases his ideas. As for circumstances in the meantime, I just have to say, There is a plan in the works, and only God knows exactly when and how it will be put in force. You can be sure of this one thing, When this situation gets at just the right place, God have mercy. Like I said, Most of you in here, have never seen a war: I have, and they are not nice. There is one thing sure about it, You do not stand in a fox hole and jump up and down saying, Praise the Lord. When this does break loose in the Middle East, you can rest assured that there is going to be some people crying. You talk about Wall Street and get excited when it changes suddenly. Well she is going to crash over night and never regain her equilibrium. It is going to create an economic shortage in the world. Why? Because America cannot always be the monetary force that supports the economics of the entire world. England used to be that. Do you know what the English pound used to be worth in U.S. dollars before WW2? Four dollars and one quarter, then it went to three seventy five, then on down the line, it just kept falling. America’s dollar began to rise; and America’s dollar has been the stabilizing monetary means ever since the closing days of WW2. If it wasn’t for the American dollar, look at Japan’s economy. Where would Europe’s economy be? Well America’s dollar is going to fold up one of these days. When it happens, I want you to know, that man of sin will be on the scene. We have known for a long time, that the elderly pope would not be the antichrist. All he has to do is die of a heart attack or whatever, and they will elect a new one, and he will be the devil’s instrument. He is going to be a Satanist. He is not going to be that baby kissing pope of former days. The last one will be a materialistic man. He is going to take the material issues on how to put this world together for a future time of prosperity. The world is going to go for that hook, line, and sinker. One of these days right there in the Middle East between Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, it hangs before you, God is going to allow the right element of Jews to get in office. Then God is going to say, Now my hour has come. When the Bible says that God opens His eyes upon the governors of Judah, how many in here would like for God to open His eyes upon you? I would certainly appreciate it if it was for the good of my soul. Wouldn’t you? I would not want it to be for something bad. God will make the governors of Judah like a flame of fire. I say it is like a flame of fire in a stack of dry wood. That is exactly what it is going to be like. When He anoints them, they are not going to say, Watch out world. You have been warned enough, you have been told enough. Now God is going to speak. From then on until the end, the world economy is never going to be the same. You are going to see politicians, educators, and everybody else in America begin to grumble and growl. The stock market will go down. I am not going to tell you that everybody is going to go broke, but everybody is going to begin to think, What is about to take place? It has got to be that way because the hour of time we are living, all we want is money and material prosperity. If you don’t believe that, read the 11th chapter of Daniel. That man of sin will no longer regard the God of his fathers. He will not regard women. He will regard the god of materialism, gold, silver and so forth. It all relates to materialism. That is why the devil is going to anoint him. Since everybody else, all they are looking for is a dollar, then he will make a covenant with many. The question is, Many who? Not the man on the street, but it is the man in the white house, it is the man in a position of leadership in politics. He is going to design and give the world the hope for the future, all in the outlook of materialism. The world will fall for it. How many times have I heard preachers say, Oh the antichrist is going to give Israel the right to build their temple. That just shows how little they know about what is ahead, which is very little. What I am reading to you is going to be God’s route and means. With everything in the Gaza Strip falling apart, how much do we know about what the politicians in Israel are really thinking? God is just about ready to pull the curtain and change the necessary leadership. When this happens, then saints, the world you now live in is not going to be the same six months from then, because it is headed for the end and there is no way you can turn it back. When that happens, the Bible speaks so specifically that this conflict which started in the Gaza Strip, which has been at the top of the News since 2001, will have far reaching effects. Sure they have had episodes throughout the years prior to that, but along about April 2001, out of the Gaza Strip here came Hamas and different terrorist organizations, sending their agents to blow up buses, schools, restaurants, and just to kill Jews in general. It has been going on every month since then. During that time, hundreds of Jews have died: their lives have been sacrificed by their own politicians. That is why I have said the politicians of today are absolutely like universal gamblers. Their constituents are nothing more than poker chips on the international gamblers table. As long as there are politicians in that position, that think only of their enrichment in the political realm, they will continue offering more people, and now, just look at the number of Jews that have died. That leads me to say this, When I read in Zephaniah 2, about the decree that God appointed to these nations, that means there is a day I will pay you back and you will pay dearly because I am going to destroy you for your rotten ways. That is a promise He made way before it even comes, so He warns them about that. Turn with me to the writings of the prophet Micah. These scriptures God has showed me, are the only scriptures in the Bible that line up word for word and draw a perfect picture of how the end is to close out. No, it does not come about in one day’s time like some may think. Micah 7:11, is a prophecy written seven hundred and some years before the advent of Christ. That man, looking down through time, as he picks up the binoculars and looks to the future, God let this man see the ending of time. He could see exactly how God was going to deal with nations, as well as Israel in the end time, and how He was going to close this thing out. Notice, as I said this morning, There are verses in every one of these prophecies that has a lone word that speaks specifically, you do not change it in any way. “In the day (Is this just any old day?) that thy walls are to be built, (What walls? It is walls pertaining to the rebuilding of the temple and the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem, the capital of the world in the advent and kingdom of Christ. This does not come about just any old day, any old time, any place. It means there is a set time, and in the day God has already got settled.) in that day shall the decree be far removed.” The decree. What decree are we talking about? You will find it Deuteronomy 28, I quoted part of it this morning. When Moses went up on the mount and then came back down, he prophesied and told all the people, As long as you hear my word, (God’s word) you observe my statutes, you pay obedience and keep yourself in line with me, I will take great pleasure in blessing you. But the day you turn your back on me, you turn away from my word and will no longer observe my statutes, material things come first, the dollar comes first, Sabbath keeping does not pay, so you cannot wait until the sun goes down so you can start making another dollar. When that day comes, God said, I will take great pleasure is cursing you. Read those last verses of that 28th chapter. In that day I will take you and scatter you to the ends of the earth. There you will serve other gods, other people will make you do so. They will kill you, they will slaughter you, butcher you in various ways, they will make your life miserable. Amos 9, is where Peter got his revelation when he saw the Gentiles receive the Holy Ghost, fulfilling Peter’s vision, Amos 9 plainly says, I will sift the house of Israel through all nations, as corn is sifted through a sieve. All the sinners will fall by the sword, but not one grain shall perish. What does He mean by that? That means that one true spiritual Jew, no matter where he is, God is going to watch over him and preserve his soul for a future time. That decree was written way back then, but just look how true it has been, how the children of Israel have been persecuted down through time.
Saints, I just have to say, God have mercy upon the nations that have persecuted the Jews. In Czechoslovakia two hundred and some Jews were butchered, just shot down along with Italian Jews that were captured by the Germans and taken there. They used syringes and needles to draw the blood out of their veins for themselves. After WW2 was over, I received a tract that was sent to me from somewhere. In the Battle of the Bulge, one of the last great pushes of the Allies to bring the Germans to an end, the Germans had suffered many casualties, and they were needing blood. They lined up Jewish children and drew their life’s blood from them to give to wounded German soldiers so as to keep them alive while the Jewish children died. Now brothers and sisters, here, is a picture of a cell where they were kept, (illustrative pictures used by Bro. Jackson) and here, is another one. Here, is a picture of a tunnel that leads to the place of solitary confinement, where they were shut up in a dark hole: they could not see daylight. That is the way the Jews have been treated around the world through centuries of time. Do you think God has not been keeping an account of all this? God keeps a complete record; and every evil deed will be accounted for in God’s day of reckoning. In that day shall the decree be far removed, meaning God is going to take the decree of them, (Deuteronomy 28) off of the Jews. I like this next part. Then that little Jewish soldier is going to have a spark of fire, he is going to have an angel of God guiding him. Here, is an unmarked tomb. Here, is a place where they showered them and de-liced them. Here, are the bunks where they were quartered in mass numbers. Here, is a tunnel that brought air into that darkened dungeon. When Germany took over Czechoslovakia, there were a lot of young people that got out of there, and they fled to the United States. When I was drafted into military training, they sent us to California. Three Czechoslovakian young men, that could not even speak English, had been drafted also. As soon as they arrived they were drafted and put into our army. Those young men were really nice. They were boys you could get along with very easily, even though they could not speak our language. We could read the expressions on their face and you immediately knew there was friendship in their expressions. According to historical records, two hundred and fifty Jews were lined up against this wall and shot down. I ask you, Does God keep a record? He sure does. God saw all of that abuse of human life that went on in WW2. When this thing does break loose, do you know how long it is going to take the Israeli army to take Gaza? About as long as it takes to drive a tank from one end to the other. That is the first thing they are going to take. From then on, that is a sign, no more will we play with the Palestinians. Then what does the Bible say? In Zephaniah, the promise of this invasion of the Gaza Strip, is the area that will belong to Judah, because the whole Judah tribe will run from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea. This is what is now called the West Bank. This is what the Palestinians want Israel to back away from and give all this to the Palestinians, along with this, (Pointing to map) but I have to say, When the Jews start their march, it is not going to be a war like we fought in WW2. I want to take my time to express some important points, so bear with me. When I read these prophecies they really got my attention. Do not think for one minute that this is a kids play game. This is a war that God is going to be the master of, Himself. He is going to be the commander and chief of the whole thing. When you link this with Micah, when it starts, Then shall the decree be far removed, so no more Deuteronomy 28 will God hold over the children of Israel. It is ended. Do not let any nation think they can do it and get by with it because He going to shine on the Jews and you are going to see some miraculous things come forth. That is exactly why, when you read Micah 7, you need to realize this is all going to be fulfilled in such a way as to fulfill Israel, and glorify God. It is true, the natural man of the world today only looks at modern technological achievements that we have invented, but that is not what will make the difference here. I grant you, fighter planes, bombers, rockets, all have their place, but you and I know when you run out of those things, then what can you depend on? What do you have as a defense. I want to say tonight, and I hope I can say it in the right way, If Micah, seven hundred years before Christ, could look down through time and prophesy, Micah 7:15 “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him (him who? That would be Israel.) marvellous things. (16) The nations (That is not that little black man out of the jungles of Africa.) shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.” It will not be the natives of the South Pacific islands, that are affected like this: this is referring to that educated character from Wall Street and all the other big shots that think they know it all. In that day they shall come crawling out of their holes. I don’t think they are going to have time to dig fox holes. It is just an expression. God is going to scare the living daylights out of them and they are going to get on their knees. It says they will put their hands over their mouths and their eyes, never have we seen it like this before. What is it? Do you mean you have never seen a bomb go off? He is not talking about that. He is talking about the miracle power of God. Israel is a very small element of people, so when you have all the Arab world and the rest of them with their modern military weaponry, how can Israel cope with such odds? God is going to be the evener-upper, if you know what I mean. Like I have said before, Showdown at Sundown. Do you know what He was actually saying? If He said, As it was when He brought them out of Egypt, was He not the pillar of fire back then? A lot of people think this pillar of fire is just about the size of a tree. I hope you are ready to re-think that. That pillar of fire was a manifestation of God’s presence in their midst and God could make that be anything He wanted it to be; and He could make it any size He chose to. When the Egyptian army came out of Cairo heading toward the Red Sea trying to overtake the Israeli people, what does the Bible say God did? When the pillar of fire came and stood between them, do you think that is all that Egyptian army saw? No. Do you mean to tell me that something the size of a tree is going to keep a whole army from getting around it? Think of it. That pillar of fire can be multiplied, because, if the Egyptian army could not get to the Israeli people, then that pillar of fire lay down and spread itself like a flame. Well we can read the exact words from the Bible. Turn to Exodus 14:23 “And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 14:24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 14:26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 14:29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.” God can hold that position as long as He pleases. Furthermore He is able to make the enemies of His chosen people see things that are not literally there to oppose them. That is what I have tried to illustrate to you when we would be on this subject in other messages. He is able to allow them to see the mighty HOST OF HEAVEN standing to oppose them. You might think I am talking crazy, but I just have to say, If God’s word says that the people of the nations did as we have read, that is not the black man in Africa. It is all these white, educated and very foolish people out of America, out of England, out of Germany, out of all these other places. They are going to come crawling out of their holes. Well something put them there! Didn’t it? It was hearing and seeing what the power of God had done. My God, I have never seen it like this. No, you have not, but you are going to see it on your TV. Screen when it actually takes place. Why were the scriptures written that way? If we only had the old fashioned telephone and newspaper, how could the world suddenly say, My God, I am scared, if it happened three weeks earlier and they are just now getting word of it? God knew what the world will have advanced to in their technology by then. How many can see that? The prophet saw exactly, the day when the TV would be the means of communicating this news. That bunch of Muslims that are terrorists tonight, in Indonesia, in the Philippines, in Pakistan, in India, all over the world, ready to turn the whole western world to Muslimism, I have news for you. God is getting ready to turn you around the right way. What is the reason? Because God has said, the time has come, you have spilled blood, you have slaughtered innocent lives and have turned against my people. You say you are the seed of Abraham. Well, you are, but you sure are not the seed of Isaac. You are the seed of Abraham by the line of the flesh. That is why you hate the Jewish people which are the true seed of promise. That is why the devil hates the Jews. The reason I have to say this, is because these scriptures are God’s way of showing to the world, I am real, I am sovereign, and my hour will come, that I will show the world who is who, and what is what. He will soon do exactly that. He is just waiting for His appointed time.
Ever since WW2, outside of the deliverance move we had back in the 1950’s, which I thank God for, because it had a great impact on many of us, society in general has just been drifting. In the 1950’s, we experienced a great move of God in many places. When it all began to die down though, we saw the American society little by little, go into the refrigerator, spiritually speaking. They turned cold, don’t believe anything the right way. Preachers in the same systems that used to preach the power of God, have now just settled down to a formality. When I saw those words tonight, about the Presbyterians, which are three million strong, turning against Israel, I just shuttered to think of their destiny. Do you know what I am going to call those Presbyterians? They are nothing but a bunch of bastards, spiritually speaking, and in the sight of God: they are worse than the Palestinians. When they take the side of the Palestinians in their conflict with the Jewish people, it means they are against the word of God. To say they believe Jesus Christ is their Savior and then advocate such as they have, what a shame. Brothers and sisters, I am saying tonight, When this thing breaks loose in the Middle East, God is going to rock this world with a display of His miraculous power when He turns Israel loose to do what the Bible says they will do. Oh but Bro. Jackson, that will take quite a bit of time. Who told you that? I remember the Six Day War. Do you know who all Israel conquered? They conquered the whole Egyptian nation, blew their airports to pieces and tore up their planes. They licked the Syrian army and then they licked the Jordanian army. Three nations in six days. Don’t you think they can do it again? I do! Only this time they are going to go to the Euphrates. This word of God plainly tells me, In that day, the nations will come crawling out of their holes and marvel because of astonishment, frightened at the God of Israel that has done this great thing. How do you think that is going to cause the Jews to feel? Now they know that Jehovah is fighting for them. The reason I am saying this tonight, is because, from then on this world that you and I have lived in and seen economics go up and down, and seen politicians come and go, is going to change and change a lot of attitudes. God’s power alone is going to start changing the minds of a lot of people out there. It is not going to bring a worldwide revival. No. It is not supposed to do that. It is not going to stop the beast, because the beast is going to soon come and take his position. One condition necessitates another to take its place. Everything will be on the move. When God has destroyed the United Nations, what does it say twice in Zechariah, that He will do? It says in one place, He will break them to pieces. Then in another place it says He will cut them in pieces. We have read these scriptures many times, but even so, what God says He will do with and on behalf of the Jews, especially those of Jerusalem, is shortly to come to pass. Zecariah 12:3 “And in that day (as Gentile time is closing out) will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it (politicians and world diplomats that think they know so much about what should be done with Israel to pacify the Palestinians) shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. That speaks of representatives from around the world, not every individual person. The important thing about this, is that it shows what God is going to do when He gets angry with that entire mess of humanity. It means, when God is angry and He cuts them to pieces, they will never be put together again, by politicians, nor anyone else. Then it means the beast of Europe will soon be on stage. As I am saying these things tonight, I want you to realize that this miracle warfare I have been speaking of, is going to startle the world, it is going to shock the world. It is going to shake the intellectual people. I can see a lot of professors in colleges and universities, coming to the auditoriums where students are waiting to hear something from them; and some of them having to say, I have been watching this condition in the Middle East for three days now, and I have to admit to you, that some of the things we have taught you out of these text books have been totally wrong: I wish to God I had never indulged in this and let my brain become involved in wrong teaching. A lot of people think, when we talk like this, Oh praise God, we are going to have a revival. No, you are not going to have a revival: the Bible does not say that. It is God’s way of showing some mercy to an element of people out there that will receive it. Like I have said before, if God does not get hold of this young generation in America today, and stop their loose moral way of living, there will not be enough of them left to bear acceptable children in the Millennium. Next Sunday, I will start in Isaiah 60, where it plainly says there in the 1st verse, Arise and shine, God is speaking to Israel, notice, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. (3) And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Thy light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Listen world! Darkness is still ahead for you, because this is not the Millennium yet, so let every word of this talk to you. The world is in darkness. The world is in gross darkness. It goes to show, that in all this display of God’s wrath, His power and His miracle power, He did not do a bit of it to change the world at large. It is only to change a few minds of the worldly people. When that conflict is over, many will realize God has laid His favor upon Israel. Then He can say to the Jew, Come on, rise and shine, for thy light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee. Brothers and sisters, you talk about tourists running to something, notice this. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light. I like this, regardless of whether you do or not. I remember what war is like, but I am looking forward to this one. I want to see that miracle power of God take that bunch of selfish people over there and make fools out of them. I want to see them cry, Oh Lord, what is going on here? Saints: We serve a mighty God. The modernists like to say it all started with a bang. Well I would like to introduce all such as believe that, to the ONE responsible for that big bang. We do not deny that there may have been a big bang out there, but if that is the way all this great wonder came into being, we are just thankful to be privileged to know the ONE that created and set in order all the elements of that big bang. Yes I said, CREATED, because this theory of evolution, apart from an omniscient and omnipotent SPIRIT that is omnipresent designing the entire process is just plain ignorant. If there was ever a scientists, He was and still is. That laboratory He worked with and in, was the entire universe. When He got all His component parts together, He just sat back and watched it go, “Bang!” For a thousand years, pieces were flying everywhere, but in His sovereign mind, He began to think about every little piece, because it was ordained, to eventually find its orbit. When it did, it has been there ever since. The earth does like this, the sun is like this. Nobody out here is trying to manipulate it, and everything is working toward God’s perfection. There is yet much to be said about all this. I hope I have not bored you tonight, but whether I have or have not, come back next Sunday and be ready to listen to more of the same; as we follow what is written in the scriptures.
A DREAM THAT REVEALS FUTURE EVENTS
As this dream I am going to speak of, started, I saw myself sitting in a very well lit room. I do not think it was because of the lights in the room: it was the presence of Him that was above me, and speaking to me, that lit up the room. I had my Bible in hand, and was sitting in a chair when the voice from above said, I will now show you the order of my coming. I began to hear certain words; and I remember, that in the dream from the one phase to the other, I would be saying to my wife, Honey: This is going to lead to something very important. Then again I would hear this voice saying certain numbers. I did not know what the numbers were actually pointing to, but nevertheless these numbers kept coming. As I continued to watch and listen, I saw that after awhile there was a huge gathering of people. I remember, that in the dream I was telling Faith Assembly, Watch these words and these numbers, because this is going to give us an understanding of something related to the soon coming of Jesus Christ. It seemed as though we were all converging in a certain place. I could see people from all over the world converging toward this great big building. I do not know whether the building was a symbol or what, but as we converged in this building, I remember, that as I myself and Faith Assembly were allowed to enter in, there were two large glass doors. There were no guards, no ushers or anyone stationed at the doors, but I did notice after we got inside, that every person that was in there had in their hand a little bottle about the size of your finger. I knew that little bottle contained the Holy Anointing Oil. We know, that in the scriptures it is referring to a type of the Holy Spirit. I knew, as I looked back toward those glass doors, nobody would ever come through those glass doors unless they had the little bottle of oil. The reason I am telling this, is because I want to say to the people that have followed my ministry and listened to me, You may think you can take certain portions of my words and run down the road preaching your own revelation, but I say to you, Just go ahead and do that: It will never get you anywhere. I never told the last part of this dream when I first told it. As we were all waiting for something, like a climax, I knew everybody sitting in there, was sitting in there all believing the same thing. I say to you this morning, It is important that we all believe the same thing. This contrary thing causes some to say, Well I don’t have to believe everything like you do, so I say this, Either you will want to, or God will see that you are so far away from where we are, you will forget that we even existed. Nevertheless, all of a sudden, I saw standing in front of this large gathering of people, the image of Bro. Branham: It just suddenly appeared there. I know for sure, that from the Branham movement standpoint, they have preached for years that Bro. Branham has got to come back and finish up certain things. I have always preached against that idea, because I know God is not bringing anybody back from the dead to do anything. Remember that! An idea like that can only lead you to a dead end, spiritually speaking. I remember telling Billy Paul one time, that it would not surprise me in the final analysis, if God used certain men and let the image of William Branham appear to them and tell them certain things. We have a lot of religious-minded people in the world today, that think they know all about the Bible, but I say to them, Just do not play with it. There is a right revelation of course, but there are many false interpretations that only lead to doubt and eventually total unbelief. Let us go back to the advent of Christ. Jesus was speaking to a multitude of His followers one day and said, (Mat 16:28) “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Did He not say that? Well let us see how that was brought about. The next verse says, “ And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.” Now be sure you catch this next verse, because it reveals something to those who do. (Mat 17:3) “And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.” Did you catch it? God did not literally bring Moses and Elijah back to life for this: He just allowed their image to appear to Jesus and talk with Him about the things He would soon suffer. Why then, could He not bring the image of William Branham before chosen vessels, to speak to them of things to come? Naturally the carnal minds misunderstood what was happening, but that is always the case. Many days after Jesus made that statement, He took Peter, James and John as witnesses, up into a high mountain. Then, all of a sudden the glory of God came down and He was transfigured before their very eyes. They were literally caught up in a vision. In each one’s vision they saw Moses and Elijah of old, but I ask you, How did they know them? Peter revealed the names, Moses and Elijah as he said what he did to Jesus. Peter said unto Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias” That shows that they knew them. They heard Moses and Elijah of old, not the literal fleshly men, but their image’s were projected by the power of God, and those disciples heard those two prophets talking to Jesus about the things that He would soon suffer, hanging on that old cross, things that are not even written in the scriptures. Jesus knew that one day He would give His life according to the scriptures; and the apostle Paul wrote in Galations about it, saying, (Gal 3:13) “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” Yes, Jesus knew exactly how He was going to leave this world, but it is not written, really, the things He would suffer. However the image of those two prophets that appeared to Him, told Him what was ahead and those three witnesses heard it. They heard them talking to Jesus about the things He would suffer, but when they came out of the vision, all they could see was Jesus only. The prophets could not be seen any longer. Then Jesus took them and left there; and as they walked along what did He do? He admonished them, Tell the VISION to no man until, until what? We can read it in (Matthew 17:9) “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” Please take note that He did not say that they had literally seen Moses and Elijah in the flesh. Did He? Let us get it like it is worded, They had seen and heard all of this in a vision; and they were not to speak of it until after the Son of man is risen from the dead. Now if there was a reason at that time for God to bring those two prophets from the Old Testament dispensation right up there just before the advent of Christ being crucified, He was without a doubt showing those disciples of that hour, that way down the road, in the time leading up to the second coming of Christ, that second coming would be preceded by Moses and Elijah coming to Israel before He would make His visible return. The point I am getting at is this: We are all looking forward to something that God will speak and make known to His Bride Church. You do not hear anyone in the denominational world of religion today, talking about the coming of the Lord and the things true believers are to look for, like, what is going to be going on just before His return. They treat the thing as though it is unimportant, and say, Well God will take care of it at the right time. He definitely will, but if it is written in His Word what we are to be expecting, it definitely has t to have a meaning to those who have a true revelation. Therefore I am saying, I believe, that right here at the end time, since there are a lot of believing people of another generation, a younger generation that has raised up since Bro. Branham was taken from among us, that believe the things he brought forth, so instead of looking for a man to come back from the dead to tell them something, I believe God has a ministry on earth today, a ministry He has caused to be looking in the right direction. Therefore I ask that you do not think I have gone crazy when I say this, If all of a sudden those men come on the scene and begin to relate an experience that Bro. Branham just appeared to them and caused them to understand such and such and told them things to get ready for, and what to relate to the people, I am saying, When he appears to one in a vision, it will be to convey something that will be for the living ministry to make known to the people of God. The next man does not have to repeat the same words exactly like He heard them. His spirit can be different, but the things he has seen and the things the man’s image told him, are all going to add up and line right up with what he already knows. How many are listening to me? It is foolish to think that every man would speak exactly the same words. That is not the important thing. What is important, is that the words spoken by these true men of God all point to the same thing, so that all may see the same picture. It is the general picture and final outcome and objective and purpose of God, that we all might learn and all see the same thing, because this will have to happen around the world. Jesus is not coming just to a bunch of people here in the United States. I am against this thing that says the bride has to be all gathered geographically in one spot. I believe there are certain areas where God has manifested Himself in a major way to cause the truth for the hour to be echoed around the world. I am thankful for what God has allowed Faith Assembly to be used for in these past forty years. Therefore as we approach the end, and we are looking to God to help us get ourselves ready, I know that we are all to wind up believing the same thing. I do not want anyone to think they have to follow Raymond Jackson word for word, and comb your hair like I do, put your shoes on like I do, in order to be acceptable to the Lord. I have done my best for the past number of years to be a little example of Jesus Christ for the benefit of others. The things I have said, I always pray that they can have some sensible meaning for the benefit of true believers. As for what I have said about Brother Branham appearing to someone in a dream or vision, shortly after his death, he appeared to me in dreams on many occasions, and made known to me things, that as I look back now, I realize how very important that was, because I was led to study those things in the light of the written word of God. I cannot help but believe it was those encouraging things that helped me to walk down this road without getting off the trail, especially as the Branham movement preachers would call my name and proclaim, He is not in the message: he is not teaching what the prophet taught. Well I have taught what the prophet preached on, and I have done my best to give meaning and understanding to the subjects he introduced without really teaching on them; and I thank God for enabling me to do that. With that in mind, let me get back to the dream. As I sat there, I kept whispering to the people, Listen, we are going to hear something. That image began to say things, everybody heard it alike. Everybody began to rejoice, a smile was creeping upon our faces. I kept saying, What did I tell you? Then just as suddenly as it started, it all came to an end. When I woke up, the first thing I remembered was those numbers, then those words. I said, They have to be certain chapters of certain writings of certain prophetic books. That is the words. When I began to study these things, that is when the Lord opened up to me this beautiful picture that I am going to talk on this morning. I am not titling it, “The Countdown”, I am saying rather, “Jerusalem, The Centerpiece”. It has all been written here in God’s Bible for hundreds of years. It is a shame that the denominational world of religion looks at it as though it is irrelevant. I am glad this morning that God has allowed this book to have more meaning than that to me.
CONDITIONS THAT ARE AHEAD
Turn with me to Zechariah 12, for our next scripture of this message. After the Lord had spoken to me in the manner I described to you and I began to see these numbers and the names of these books and chapters, when I began to read I could see a picture begin to form in my mind. (Verse 1) “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretchest forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. (Verse 2, gives us the important thing to look at.) Behold, (it means pay attention) I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.” Did you know, this prophecy was written four hundred and eighty some years before the advent of Christ, but the prophet was looking down at the end of time and he saw exactly the hour that you and I are living in. I am reading it to you as the prophet of old, in Hebrew, would write it. However when we come on down almost twenty five hundred years, I believe the prophet, if he were living in this day, and speaking the language of this hour, the thought would be there, but it would be conveyed to you in a different verbal way, because of the time structure. Now as we look at this, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling, what is it pointing to? Is it the cup itself that is shaking? No. It is the ones that are ordained to handle it, they are faced with the responsibility of taking it and doing something. You cannot just sit there and look at it. Unto all the people, twenty four hundred years ago, who would all the people be that he was talking about? Does it mean all the people of the world? Not at all. It means that there is a specific people, in and around the area of Israel today and Jerusalem in particular, that are going to create this nervous, psychological, religious tension in the atmosphere. All the people round about: That is what it says, but that does not t mean the universal world: it points to all the Arab people in and around Israel. Who are these Arabs? They are descendants of Abraham, and they boast of it, but not one of them is willing to acknowledge that the Jewish side that came from Isaac have any rights there. “When they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” Meaning the Jews, which are Israel. The word siege here does not mean a military encampment, but it literally means a political realm that is brought about by the Arab people. Somewhere in the proper order of time, they are going to rise up because of necessity. There are two things I want us to notice, You cannot separate one from the other. They both go together. When they shall be in the, I am going to say the diplomatic confrontation, when something is both against Judah, that is the tribe of Israel, and Jerusalem itself, you cannot separate one from the other. Don’t do it! I remember, in the six day war, it was absolutely a miracle, that in only six days Israel had conquered three nations, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. She literally devastated their military capabilities, which was something impossible for a little handful of people like that to have been capable of, but God was in it, on Israel’s behalf. That is the part that made it stand out. That is the part that made the mouths of politicians the world over drop wide open. Oh my God! Look at that! I have to say, If God was in that and showed His might like that, do not ever think that up the road in front of us, He will not do it again. When this verse comes to its hour, that verse 3, follows right in and it involves the whole world, because of the United Nations, God is going to let Himself be seen, not in a physical form, but they are going to see Him in His manifestations, as He sovereignly fights for Israel. They are going to be made to know that mortal man did not do this which they have witnessed, but rather that the God of heaven many of them did not want to believe in, did this. If the 3rd verse was not there, we would interpret this subject, this just involves the Arab people, but that is not all there is to it. “And in that day (that means the same period of time) will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, (He is not necessarily talking about the Arabs now: He is talking about the United Nations that will have made their presence known.) though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” That still does not mean there is a military encampment against Israel: it is a political environment that is against Israel. That is what you have been listening to for the past three years. The year 2001, stands out. They have always had terrorists bombings and such, but in 2001 there was another episode that broke out, and has not gotten any better since then. Hundreds of Israelis have been bombed, many killed and many more terrorized. It has gone on now, until the United Nations is voicing themselves loud and clear. Because of the picture I see, I want to read to you how I have rewritten these two scriptures to make them sound like a thought of our modern day. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the Arab people round about, (because that is who this is referring to) when they, the Arabs who are of the Islamic faith, and who are against Judah and against Jerusalem, refuse to give it over to the Jewish people. That is exactly the outcome of the whole thing. Look at our own president, coming from a Christian nation, or from a nation that has been looked upon as a Christian nation in days of old, yet he has not taken the Bible as the faith of the Christians, to let it be his guide. He has written the roadmap, that he wants the Israelis, the Jews, to be willing to accept, to allow a petition that there has got to be a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capitol. We have now listened to that for the last two and a half years. I have to say, There is no way, if we are getting close to the coming of Christ in the fulfillment of all this, that the world can stand for an interval of time while the whole world’s population stands and looks at such a thing. Can you imagine such a thing this close to the end, that part of the land of Judah belongs to the Palestinians, and the other part belongs to Israel? There is Jerusalem, and they are ready to make it the capitol of the Palestinian part. If we should see that come about, we would have to say that we have been looking at the whole structure of God’s word the wrong way. Saints, I am looking at what Jesus said in Matthew 24, as He spoke of these conditions leading up to the last days and the ending of time, and that the generation that sees this, the generation that has seen these developments of all these other signs, they will not all have passed away until all these things will have been fulfilled. That literally means some of those Jews that are over there today, that have lived through the holocaust, and seen their loved ones taken out and machine gunned to death, then dropped into pits to be buried, and some of those shot down were buried while half alive, will live to see the end windup. All of them are getting old, but there are still going to be some of them, along with some Gentiles that have seen all of this transpire, that will still be living witnesses of what has transpired in the last number of years and right on to the end. God is the one that has the whole thing in His hand. As I turn to this other verse, the 3rd verse, “And in that day (the same time period) will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone (That is when they try to take Jerusalem and say we will divide it, we will do this or that with it. No. The prophecy does not speak like that.) for all people; (who at that time will become very active in it, which the United Nations will be the main ones. Can anybody say that there is any other element of the world that is saying anything different? It is the United Nations. In fact, it was the United Nations that helped to engineer the petition of the land to the Israeli state back in 1948.) all that burden themselves (all that take responsibility, all that want to get involved and have a voice or become politically involved) with it shall be cut to pieces.” That is not my words: That is what the Bible says. I just have to say, It is important that we realize, that the United Nations does not play the part in Revelation 13, (the beast). There are preachers in denominations today, that are convinced the United Nations is the beast. That is a lie that came out of ignorance. The 13th chapter of Revelation, does not even talk about that. The beast cannot come out of the new world. All that burden themselves with it, or become politically involved, shall be cut to pieces. That simply means that God will destroy them in their aim and void all their efforts in trying to do something He will not allow to be done. “Though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” This shows that it is the United Nations. That is the only place that could apply; and having said that; and while we are there, I have something I want to read to you. I received this letter a few days ago from a man in Tanzania Africa; and I want everyone to hear it read.
READING A LETTER
“Dear Bro. Jackson, I greet you in the name of the Lord. As I was reading the Contender, issue number 110 of January 2004, on page 4, last column, I came across the following words. The United Nations was faced with the task of deciding what to do with all those people called Jews. At that time we had a president by the name of Harry Truman. We will give them a place back in the land of Israel, he said. (I remember when that was in our news.) These words struck me and made me realize that histories of wars have many facets. I say they have many facets because some years ago, before I became a Branham, end time message believer, I read some British historical record about the second world war and the creation of the state of Israel, which is somewhat different. As the British story goes, at some point in time of the second world war, the situation was getting a little rough on the part of the British armed forces. They badly needed something done to insure victory. David Ben-Gurion, a British Jew and scientist, was right from the start actively involved as a think tank in that British war effort. When the situation got desperate, they went to him and asked him concisely, of something that might tip the balance. Ben-Gurion fortunately came up with the bright idea in which he advised them to manufacture pilotless fighter planes, paint them with German military colors and insignia, fly them over Germany and hit Russia. That had the effect of Germany having to split it’s armed forces, an act which naturally weakened it’s onslaught on its western front line, a turn of events, which the British had all along been hopefully waiting for. When the war was over, the British government asked David Ben-Gurion what present he wanted them to give him. Ben-Gurion replied, since we are hated that much, please let us have our own nation. The British government obliged and so the idea of a Jewish nation was born. (Materialized through the United Nations.) During the petition meetings of Germany by the big four nations, U.S.A.,Russia, France and Britain, Britain presented to the others the idea of the need of the creation of a state of Israel for the Jews. The idea was fortunately unanimously agreed upon. But because of the awkward position Britain was in as the administrating leader, the role to have the idea pushed through the then League of Nations had to be left in the hands of the United States. Indeed, finally in 1948, Israel became a sovereign nation, no wonder with Ben-Gurion as its first president.” We know that Ben-Gurion believed very much in the Bible. If we could go back and get some of the speeches he made, we could see that he was a man very proud of what he believed, but the Zionist movement, which is what it was, had worked very hard against the religious side, and that is why the little country of Israel today, has never been allowed to really express itself in a diplomatic, military way, from a religious viewpoint, because of the political side of the leadership. When the Six Day War was forced upon them, it truly was a miracle brought about by the hand of God that enabled Israel to claim such a victory. At that time, many of the Jews said, Now we will build our temple. There were even Arabs that conferred with some Jews; and I have read the articles, that they said, We know that you people are going to build your temple. Well everything got bogged down and time moved on. Then September 11, 2006, brought about a condition that got all the political heads looking first one way and then the other. Somehow, as the wheels began to turn in the political realm, and the Jews find themselves playing ball with the ideas of others instead of building a temple, and the first thing you know they are more or less beginning to negotiate with the United Nations. That has led to this present hour we are living in. Now, as Israel has absolutely had to listen to this thing from Arial Sharon, him wanting Israel to get out of some of their villages in the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank, just keep in mind, the way they want to split this land denies the prophecy of becoming fulfilled, where it is talking about the whole of Judea. Since they have been living, more or less on a split issue for numbers of years, Sharon has agreed, We will leave some of the villages we have built. The Ezekiel prophecy says that the Israelis would come back in the last days and do what? They will build the ruined places, and they will inhabit the ruined places. So when the Six Day War was fought, then the average Jew in natural, just took it upon himself, Well I know exactly where my ancestors came from, the locality. That is what caused them to go there and begin to want to build a house, to become the starting of what was to be. So from 1967 up until now, both in the Gaza area as well as the west bank, all the way to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, there are many Jewish villages. They did it because of what the prophet Ezekiel said, but here is Ariel Sharon, consenting to give it up, Yes we will accept the Palestinian state, so we will not only forsake Gaza, but we will also forsake certain areas of the West Bank. That has become the issue between the natural absolute majority of the citizenry and the political factor, how the world looks upon it. The whole world, United Nations speaking as a voice, wants there to be a Palestinian state with Jerusalem the capitol of it, which is completely contrary to prophecy. Now, since Sharon has been pushing this, the Arutz News, practically every day, has been publishing things that have been going on in the social realm of the average Jewish society and their homes, because they realize, that to give up places where they have built, the places where their children have been born, and where they are being raised, is tearing their dreams and their purpose of going there in the first place to do what Ezekiel said, all to pieces. Even those that are supposed to give up areas on the west side, all this means that instead of the tribe of Judaea being restored to its complete proximity, it is only to have a portion of ground, minus the capitol. The people see something wrong in that. Therefore in the last few days I have read where, on a certain day that is in front of us, thousands of those Jews, (They know the day they are going to do it.) are going to canvass the whole countryside of the Jewish people, in every village, and every home, and get them to sign a petition speaking against this thing of giving up land, giving up villages, homes, or anything. On another day, as a demonstration against this, there are supposed to be thousands of Jews from all over the land of Israel, demonstrating, lining themselves along the highways toward Jerusalem, as an open gesture, refusing to go along with giving up this land. That lets you know what the people are saying about this thing their politicians are doing. I have to say, This is the first time that the people of Israel are actually beginning to think seriously about what their future holds. Don’t forget what the Jewish people did back in the time of the Maccabees. When the hour comes that God will do exactly what He said in this next verse I am going to read, you are going to see a different picture begin to develop in the Jewish society. I have to believe this thing is not going to come about the way the United Nations wants it. Yes, the United Nations had been very much, I will say, a tormenting voice to a lot of our world diplomatic conditions and deals, but I will say this morning, They are sixty some years old, and they have not been worth a silver dime at any time since they started. The American public ought to wake up and realize, When we went into Korea, we went in, (I don’t know exactly how to word it), so I will just say, with the thought that somewhere, somehow from the United Nations there would be help made available. I believe Turkey, at that time, did send some troops, but they were not there long until they all went home. The poor United States forces fought some battles using our young men in the prime of their lives, and they died on Pork Chop Hill and all those places, and for what? We wound up right back where it all started from. No sooner did we do that, France has been kicked out of Vietnam: She was the colonial power. For some reason or other we thought we needed to go in. Oh yes, we Americans, we are going to be the police caretakers of the whole wide world, while this big United Nations that sits up there and dictates what ought to be and what ought not to be. Not one European has come to our rescue to help us with one iota. I forget how many months our men fought and died in the jungles of Vietnam and for what? We ended up letting the Communists have their portion. We have assumed, (the United States) that it is our responsibility to show what democracy really is, to the whole world. All the time we have done that, we have been sliding down hill, down hill, down hill, losing what we used to have. We are letting people come into this country and rob us of all our good qualities, especially of the material realm. If the United States had to fight another war like they did in WW2, they could not do it. Yet we have led the world, saying, What we are doing is what the world needs. While we are trying to make the world economically, a better place for the benefit of other nations, we are fast sliding down the ladder. One day in the future, our nation is going to wake up and find that they will no longer be able to say, Create jobs. They have already created just about the last there is to be created. Do you understand what I am saying? We have given all the good things of our nation to other nations. With that in mind, in the next verse God says, concerning this great political, social opposition that has set itself up to stand against Israel, but first let me read what some of the Jewish people are saying about all of this. This is talking about a bunch of Jews, they have been traveling to different gatherings, making speeches concerning this thing of giving up land.
“Following lunch a panel discussion took place between Gush Kadif residents and the kibbutz visitors. Regional council head, Abner Shimona, began by providing a comprehensive overview of the twenty one communities, their wide ranging accomplishments and the need for continued settlement in the area. Labor Yetong then spoke and said that as one who comes from Israel’s defense community, (he used to be a military man) and as one who met with P.A. representatives in many official committees, he is convinced that we must separate from the Arabs and give up all of Gaza. (Now that is one branch.) Regional Rabbi Yagou spoke of the various streams of Zionism over the past one hundred years, and their accomplishments. He hinted that only faith and the confidence that God has given the land of Israel to the people of Israel to be run in the spirit of the Torah of Israel, and provide sufficiently strong roots and bonds with the land. (In other words, they are against it.) Most of the kibbutz speakers praised the Gush Kadif settlements enterprise, agreed that the residents had moved there in accordance with Israeli government decisions of both left and right and highly praised the agriculture. We disagree only regarding whether we are justified in remaining here now. They said most of them expressed a desire to continue the discussion at a future date in smaller frameworks. There is more that unites us than divides us, was a common conclusion.”
Now it has come out also in the News, that the United Nations has pressured the World Court, condemning this fence that Israel has built. You hear that in the News now, practically every News report includes it. Brothers and sisters: below here is what a senator of America says.
“Representative Lantos warns against Egyptians intentions–As Israel considers involving Egyptian troops in the aftermath of a withdrawal from Gaza, a United States congressman warns of Egypt’s intentions. Representative Tom Lantos of California, the ranking Democrat in the House International Relations Committee, says that Egypt is building up its military in preparation for a future war with Israel. He announced this week that he plans to introduce the legislation that will reduce and eventually eliminate the one and three tenths billions aide we give Egypt yearly.” He said Egypt is building up its military, and has purchased eleven different naval ships and it is trying to tell the Jews, Don’t ask Egypt to come to your help. Now all this is coming at a time when something in front of us is going to come to a head. Do not sit there and say it is not going to. It is moving right toward that. Sooner or later we are going to find out whether God’s word is right, or whether man’s words that contradict it are right. At this time, I will read the next verse. It is the 4th verse of the scriptures we were reading. “In that day, (the same time period) saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment.” That is the way the original scripture reads. You and I know this is not a day when we fight our wars with horses. Is it? Then how are you going to interpret this verse? It means the mechanical equipment of the enemy in that day, whether it is a tank, or whatever type of mechanized equipment they will be using, it is controlled and run by horsepower. Is it not? God said He will smite it and I believe He will. In that day, the Arabs would be able to boast and to come against the Jews with, God said He would smite it, meaning the enemy and all of its military leadership, with madness or insanity. “And I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” That simply means, He will cause the mechanical means of the enemies’ weapons of warfare to cease to be effective. We are now living in the days when that which was written almost five hundred years before Christ, will soon come to pass. You and I are living in the days just before the coming of the Lord, so that means we are living in the framework of the time this prophecy must be fulfilled, so it is absolutely being applied to the present tense people and localities, to bring out the conditions of it. Naturally the devil is wanting to tear up everything he can, to keep the word of prophecy from being fulfilled, but his efforts will fail. It has been sixty years since WW2. Those Jews have struggled and longed for the time that is now so close at hand. I will have to say, Don’t tell me God is going to let them struggle for sixty more years, praying, aching, being killed, while we please this low down bunch of political Gentiles, in their United Nations effort to block what we know is soon to happen. Brothers and sisters, the United Nations organization is not the beast. Get that out of your mind, but the United Nations are still pulling a lot of strings that affect Israel and they will until God sees fit to destroy their ability to meddle. However the beast that we are looking for comes out of Europe. The beasts that we find written of in Daniel and Revelation all belong there. That is where all four of them began and they are going to end there. This United Nations is none other than a counterfeit that has fooled a lot of uninformed people for years. It is a shame that our political leadership of this nation, has swung about to take the sides of the carnal minded Arabs, and especially the Palestinians, to compromise and consent to do these things that are contrary to God’s Scriptures. Well let us now take a look at (verse 5). “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. (That is the way it was spoken more than two thousand years ago, but let us bring that into the present tense day we are living in, and the way we speak things. How would it be said? I am not changing the revelation of it, just the wording, which is how we catch the revelation.
ABOUT THE JEWS AND THE CITY OF DAVID
The governors of Judah shall say in their heart, “The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.” You could read it, when they realize that Elohim is now giving them His protection. Something is going to begin to deal with their hearts. Then they will say, Now we know, when we see Jerusalem is inhabited by our fellow brethren, (which are Jews) The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. That is exactly the way it was in the days that King David took Jerusalem. It became a place where all David’s relatives came to live. That is why the city was first called the City of David. When all David’s relatives moved there, then later God showed David where to put the temple, and that is where He placed His name. From then on, wherever Israel fought, they looked toward Jerusalem to pray. How many understand that? That means when God placed His presence there, His name there, He intended that all protection and all that they would seek after, they would pray for it looking toward Jerusalem. When the Jewish people can suddenly begin to see that God is on their side, you know the political leadership, up until now, has been what they called the Zionist movement. It is a political thing; and it has had very little religious leadership. Oh they believe in the Torah, yes. They will keep the Sabbath, but that is just like a lot of Gentiles today: They will go to church on Sunday morning, but through the rest of the week they have very little to say about what they learned, what their convictions are, or anything concerning what they believe. Well it is one thing to be religious minded, that is just how we look at it, but it is another thing, how our heart’s and lives are dedicated to God, which is what helps us speak some of the things we do, looking at certain things the way we do, and then how to stand loyal and faithful to that conviction. Yes when the governors of Judah will begin to realize it is not like it was twenty or thirty years ago, and that they now have God looking at and for them. That is when I believe God is going to start giving some of those Jews dreams, or something of that nature that will affect their future outlook. Why do I say that? Because, when it said, God will open His eyes on Judah, that does not mean a little spot of ground with just a few men on it. God is looking at the whole picture and He is going to see that out of all that mess of Judaism, He is going to cause something to happen to their leadership. Those men are going to be dealt with. They are going to stop listening to Bush or anybody else. Because now they are going to begin to realize, It is not just the Torah: the word of the Lord goes beyond that. I am not reading out of the Torah, I am reading out of their prophets, because the Torah spoke a few things of the last days, but it did not go in detail and give you a clear picture of what the last days were to be like. It took their prophets later on, to really put the picture together; and not just one of them. That is why we have to look at these various verses like this, in order to put the picture together. When the governors begin to see the hand of God working in their behalf, then they are going to stop listening to Bush or anybody else. They are going to start listening to God. I say this morning, There is something going on in the Middle East right now; and only God Himself knows exactly the way it will be manifested and brought to a climax. I have to believe it is time that we begin to realize, back in 2001, Jerusalem started becoming a cup of trembling for many. We have seen it become a burdensome stone already; so we will soon see other developments. Now the United Nations wants to stick their two cents in, (You have to tear that fence down.) Well Sharon had it built to keep the terrorists out of their side of the picture, but I have to say, This thing is going to see saw back and forth for a while yet. It is going to get stronger, it is going to get rougher. As it reaches this point, I am going to read the 6th verse from the scriptures. “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood.” Now you would have to be ignorant, not to know what that means. I will make the governors of Judah like a flame in a pile of dry wood. That is exactly what it means. The end of that is, “and they shall devour all the people (who? The Arabs.) round about, on the right hand and on the left.” So when that hour of time does come that the Jew have to take responsibility, notice the outcome, God is going to be in it in an outstanding way, and they will devour all the people round about, on the right and on the left. Who is it talking about? Not the U.N., but the Arabs that have been making their lives so miserable for so long. “And Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” Read that along with the 49th chapter of Isaiah. Isaiah had the prophecy that clarified this one. He gave the words how that when that time comes, (49: 16-17) Isaiah said this, “ Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (17) Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. Yes Saints, if Jerusalem is going to be inhabited again by Jews, as Israel creates the opportunity for it to be, then God is going to cause the leadership of Israel to make decisions that will ultimately take those other people out of there; and send them back across the river where they came from; and that will allow the Jews come home in mass numbers. When you read that 49th chapter of Isaiah, which says they will come and there will be no place found for them, meaning there will be no houses. They will come in mass numbers. I want to read to you a little bit pertaining to when this all starts. That is when we can open up to the 2nd chapter of Zephaniah. A lot of people might think, Well when this starts, oh this is a war that could go on for months. No. Gentile minds do not look at it the way God means for it to be understood. When Israel fought wars in previous times, she did not spend months and months accomplishing her purpose. Most all of them were over in a few weeks of time. I look at Zephaniah 2:1, because this prophecy was written to promote the condition that sets the stage for this thing of the Jews taking their land back, reclaiming it all the way to its ancient borders. They will not only hold the Gaza Strip, they will absolutely push everything all the way to the Dead Sea, because all of Judaea, the tribe of Judaea, has to have all of that ground. She only has a certain part of that now. Even in this roadmap thing, she has agreed to give up certain settlements within the west bank, which means, you put the prophecy down into a little old dried up picture that God is not going to allow. When we read this verse 1, I want you to know I read this and prayed about it and thought, There has to be a clear understanding of this. This 1st verse, says, (notice how it is worded in the natural. I read it in the Hebrew.) “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired.” That is the way the English version expresses it, but I noticed in the sideline here, where it says the word “desired,” means that has no shame. When I looked that up, I just thought, That many years ago God was looking right down here to this end time. He was seeing an element of people that were publicly, politically, and every other wise, going to try to stand in the way of God’s prophecy being fulfilled. I wrote, Oh you nations that have no shame, (That is what the Hebrew says, or in other words, Oh you nations that have never done wrong. See? No shame.) gather yourselves together, yes gather yourselves together as in the United Nations.” In 1945, when the present leadership of the United Nations was getting ready to have a first meeting out in California, someone made the suggestion, let us open this first meeting with prayer, and it was said, No we do not want to embarrass anyone. That would be this miserable bunch of hypocrites that signed and joined up to be a part of this body of nations. For what reason? Because it is anti-God, it is anti-guilt, and they have never done anything wrong, at least in their own eyes. In the last sixty years, just look at Africa, and the millions of people that have been butchered because they want to try and change the social structure. They have fostered revolutions, genocide, and on and on it goes. God is speaking here, to this whole body of world leaders. I have to say, Go on and preach that it is the beast if you must, but when God, one day, slaps that thing and bursts it all to pieces and makes the other people of the world realize how one sided it has been, you will see that thing die like a frost bitten cucumber. Listen, as I re-read this. “Oh you nations that have no shame, (You can add to that, you have no guilt, you do not accept any responsibility, and may I say this, They put out their ideas how to have world peace and every last one of them are against Israel ever being restored to its full land inheritance.) Yes, gather yourselves together (This is a warning.) as a United Nations, (That is who He is talking to.) before my anger is executed against you, before my anger is poured out upon you, because this is the day that the Elohim of Israel has spoken of old that He would do it to you.” Saints, it is coming. Then notice the 3rd verse of this scripture. “Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, (He is not talking to national leadership, He is talking to individuals. Therefore I am saying Faith Assembly, As we begin to see these things develop in our social, our military and political world, let us not go to sleep. One of these days God is going to turn this thing loose in the Middle East. He is going to rip and tear some things all to pieces and you are going to see this world economy suddenly take a plunge. Just look what our involvement in Iraq has turned into. Everybody thought, Oh our economy, oh my job, this and that. We have generations of people, and I am not making fun, I think people need a job to pay their debts and buy the things they want and need, but when that is all they live for, and they cannot see God in anything, they cannot be thankful, they just cannot be grateful for anything else. It is as though that dollar is all that is important. It is not. That is why God speaks well in advance of the day and hour when this whole world is just like this. The Lord said to the individual, Seek ye the Lord all ye meek of the earth. See, that is a universal invitation. It is not to any one nation: it is an invitation to all the people everywhere, a chance to be protected in the day of God’s anger, when He pours it out against all wicked and ungodly people of the earth.) Which have wrought (or has seen) His judgement; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s (Listen to this word.) anger.” In the book of Revelation, it speaks of God’s wrath. There is quite a bit of difference between His wrath and His anger. How many understand that? His wrath is poured out under the sixth seal as Jesus is making Himself visible in His return to earth, but to me, if I could just draw a map up here and show you how everything for the past sixty some years since WW2, has slowly programmed and shaped the social structure of the world for the end time, which is when the time comes to develop in the Middle East, all that the scriptures have made known to us. God has the Jewish people there by then, and He wants to give them back this land and establish it according to prophecy, because the devil, through these systems, has risen up against it. I have to say, God has taken His hands off until the time is right. He is letting them play with it in the political sense and the economical sense, but as they set up themselves to be sure that this will never materialize, that is when God will show this world who really runs things. From then on, it is going to be a completely different picture. Something has got to take the United Nations out of the picture, so that when they are out of the way, you are then looking at nothing but Europe. Listen to me! Europe has got to be brought to the forefront. Europe has got to speak, revealing what she is and what she is not, to finish this thing out. You cannot have two competitive, world political powers in operation at the same time. One has to fade out and the other take over. Since WW2, the American dollar has been the world’s major prop for their economy. Our money is what has helped stabilize the monies of Europe. The whole world economy has been built around it. Therefore when that hour of time comes, that the world beast system of Revelation is brought to the forefront, you cannot have a competitive power running alongside, like the United Nations. That is why it is worded the way it is. God is saying to the meek and righteous, Seek after this. “It may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” So God is promising, or saying to an element of people, There is hope for you if you will take advantage of it. That is the way we have to look at and understand this scripture. You meek of the earth, seek to be humble. Do not allow the material things of your society to be above everything else in your life: Seek God while you can. If it says that, you have to realize, God knows those that are going to seek to do this, so now, let me read it the way I have written it. “Now all of you that can seek after meekness, and learn of God’s righteousness and of His judgments, you that can recognize these qualities, (That is what the world needs today, you know it, because we have a modern society that seek after ball games, all kinds of entertainment and God is out of the picture. You hear, We need more jobs, we need more money, more luxury, more pleasure. When you talk like that, you will also get to feeling like, We don’t need God right now: we need more time to enjoy life. That is the spirit of the America society today.) it may be that the Lord will provide you a means of being hid and protected in the day of the Lord’s (not wrath) anger.” I am saying this, because you have not seen God really angry yet, but you will. If you live long enough, you are going to see how God gets angry. He is going to grab some things in this world and He is going to show this world, I sit in the heavens, I rule over the affairs of men. Pray.
FACING REALITIES OF IRAQ WAR
I was given certain articles today from different individuals, all of which I have read. It fits right in with conditions of the world and things that are going on now. I am going to ask Bro. Bud to read this, which is an e-mail from a soldier who has been home on leave and is getting ready to go back to Iraq. I was also given an article from a newspaper. I noticed how this journalist wrote about the conditions in Iraq. I am not going to read it all. I just want you to know I put as much dependence in these journalists that write articles, as I do a rabbit dog chasing a rabbit. I wouldn’t put one bit of dependence in one of them. On the other side of the picture, here is a soldier that was there. He has been home on a two weeks leave, and now he is going back. We are in a very crucial day of American history. It is a shame that our journalists have written some of the negative things. I don’t say that everything is false: I just say there are some things they do not bring out right, things that might let you and me know what the truth is. I am not going to read all of this, but it sounds just like we have not accomplished anything at all by being in Iraq.
“Fifteen months and a few days after American armed forced stormed into Iraq, limited sovereignty will be returned Wednesday to that battered nation. The handover has been hurried to meet an arbitrary deadline and is largely symbolic. There is little reason to believe the transfer will improve a distressing situation. This much is clear, President Bush has failed in Iraq to accomplish what he promised. What remains to be seen is whether the failure will prove a catastrophe. As U.S. representative Ike Skelton, democrat from Missouri, said earlier this week, in dismissing yet another Polyanna assessment by a top administration official, the four pillars of the administration’s plan were established, security, restoring essential services, creating conditions for economic development, and enabling the transition to democratic eyes in government. It is clear that these goals have not been achieved, at least not to the extent we had hoped, largely because we haven’t established security.” (That is what this journalist said. Now let’s let a soldier that has served one period of time there, speak to us in his own words. )
(Bro. Bud speaking) This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard serving in Iraq.) “As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two week leave back home. Just so you can rest at night, knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass this on to you. This is a list of things that has happened in Iraq recently. Please pass it along and share it with your friends. Over four hundred thousand kids have up to date immunizations. School attendance is up eighty percent from levels before the war. Over fifteen hundred schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur. The port was renovated so grain can be offloaded from ships, faster than before. The country had its first two billion barrel oil export in August. Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq. The country now receives two times the electrical power it did before the war. A hundred percent of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to thirty five percent before the war. Elections are taking place in every major city and city councils are in place. Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city. Over sixty thousand police are patrolling the streets. Over a hundred thousand Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country. Over eighty thousand Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets, side by side with U.S. soldiers. Over four hundred thousand people have telephones for the first time ever. Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs. An interim constitution has been signed. Girls are allowed to attend school. Text books that do not mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in thirty years. Don’t believe for one second that these people do not want us there. I have met many people from Iraq that want us there and in a genuine way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but they hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. So if you happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my e-mail address and send him to Dennison Iowa. This soldier will set him straight. If you are like me, very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, e-mail this to a friend and let them know there are good things happening.”
I thought that email was very fitting at a time like this when we hear so much negative stuff, because it is a political year. It is very uplifting on the part of this soldier. Having said that, I want to continue on with the subject we are on. I was also handed another newspaper clipping this morning and I also noticed it in the News this afternoon. They have recorded in the News how the U.N., through the world court, has openly condemned Israel and this security fence she has put up. They are demanding of Israel, Tear it down: you have to do this. The reason I am saying this, is because we have heard very little in the last three and one half years about the U.N., how she wants to express herself in what Israel ought to do. I do not intend to read all of this, but it fits right in with what I will say tonight, as I pick up our text.
“The highest U.N. court issued a sweeping condemnation of Israel’s occupation policies yesterday, siding with Palestinians in declaring that Israel must tear down the four hundred and twenty five miles long security barrier it is building in the West Bank. The decision cannot be imposed on Israel, but the Palestinians and the Arab League said they would seek action at the United Nations to force Israel to comply. In a sharply worded advisory opinion far harsher than Israel expected, the International Court of Justice said Israel should compensate Palestinians being harmed by the structure and return property confiscated for its construction. In addition to finding that the barrier violates international law, the court also called for a negative peace settlement that would see the establishment of a Palestinian state as soon as possible.”
The article goes on and gives a whole list of things, but that is all I will read at this time. Brothers and sisters, I am wanting to continue this message we are on, so turn to Zechariah, Where we will be reading. We know that ever since the year 2001, through the years prior to that, there were terrorist acts that brought about loss of life, destruction of property and so forth, but those events were minimal. Then in 2001, there was suddenly an outburst, which they call “intefada.” Since that time there has been more and more of these terrible atrocities pulled off by the Palestinian Arabs. The question can be asked, What is their motive? The Palestinian motive is, that they can create enough pressure, psychologically, and the loss of property and things, that Israel will give in and consent to retreat back to previous borders that were established by the U.N. before the Six Day War. Next Sunday we will put up a couple of charts showing what the U.N. has supervised as being that part of land that they petitioned to Israel. We must keep in mind though, in this prophecy, it is not necessarily talking about the whole land of Israel: it is talking about the beginning of the establishment of the recognized statehood and the government and that of authority, which has got to be established at Jerusalem. That cannot be done as long as the Palestinians want to claim part of the West Bank. We know, that in this prophecy there are two things that go together. That is the whole territory of Judah and Jerusalem as its capitol. With that in mind, all we have heard in the past number of years, is about the roadmap to peace. They want to establish a Palestinian state. I used to think, Bush chose the date, that by the year 2005, he wants there to be a Palestinian state with Jerusalem being the capital. I thought many times, Why would he choose 2005? We have already preached the Countdown. Something is definitely going to take place in and around about the time 2004 and ½ arrives. Well 2004 and ½ does not come about in the year 2004. It comes about halfway through 2005. How many realize that? Now we are already halfway through 2004, so we have a little less than six months left of this year. Therefore we can look ahead to the first six months of 2005, and remember that I have said all along, Somewhere all these prophecies are going to begin to link up. It is going to set a prophetic picture in fulfillment, so that by the time the world does reach 2004 ½ we are going to see something develop in the Middle East that is going to shake this world. I am not preaching this to scare anybody, but as I have studied this, read about the different things the U.N. has advocated, and the Arab League, what they want, there is not an Arab nation over there that really wants the Jews to have a state. One way or the other, they have all voiced themselves to be displeased with the idea of a Jewish state in the midst of the Arab world. Nevertheless we can say when we look at Zechariah 12, When God said, In that day, He was not referring to just any old day. He was speaking of a specific day, when God would cause Jerusalem to become a cup of trembling. That is a figurative expression of course. We know though, Jerusalem becoming the cup of trembling, is not just because it is a specific piece of land. The cup of trembling is the affect it begins to have on people, how they act nervously when they put in their two cents about the future of that piece of land. They begin to talk in a nervous tone because of the explosive potential. That is why the scripture says, To all them round about. Well that is not the world in general, that this is referring to: It is the Arab population, the Islamic people. When we come to the 3rd verse, it plainly states that Jerusalem, in the same period of time, would also become a burdensome stone. Why do we go from a trembling cup to a burdensome stone? What is the difference? It is because the Arabs are wanting Jerusalem to be the capital of their own political state, but when we come to the other side, this is not just looking at a random number of nations. This definitely has to be looking at an organization of nations who have voiced themselves and made their decisions in many ways in the years gone by. Now all of a sudden, in these last few weeks, since the U.N. has spoken, He (God) will make Jerusalem become a burdensome stone to all that become occupied with speaking, saying what ought to be done with Jerusalem. That is definitely pointing to the United Nations, though it was spoken more than two thousand before there was ever even a thought of it coming about. Saints, I am just saying tonight, The world in this day and hour does not realize what is going on. It is going to be hard for you and me to realize just how to understand all of this. Nevertheless there is definitely a situation in the Middle East that is not going to become any quieter or any easier to understand from the standpoint of the world. The end results of it all is what we understand, because twice, God speaks like, though all the nations of the world be gathered together against Jerusalem, I will cut them to pieces. We can read the exact wording from the Bible. (Zechariah 12:3) “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” That is pretty plainly written. Do you know what that says to me? God looked down through the span of time and saw this modern United Nations, which has a history of sixty years since WW2, and have made many decisions on various world situations. I will have to say this, Not one good thing have they accomplished in that span of time. Yet various nations have pumped millions and billions of dollars into it to make it a voice of recognition concerning governmental things, and even after all their efforts, they have done absolutely no good whatsoever: It is a shame. That which America and European nations, and other nations are supposed to be represented in, we have to take note of the fact that some of the outstanding leadership does not come out of a capitalist nation: It comes out of a third rate nation in Africa. This is not pointing at the black man in general, but rather the present voice of leadership, Kofi Annan. He is known to be a man that has allowed genocide to go on in the country he came out of. Why should a man like that be allowed to be a voice of leadership, and through the government of this system, be allowed to dictate the terms of what ought to be done in other nations, when we can look at the record in his own nation, of what has been allowed. He allowed, or tolerated genocide between the various elements of the black people. I am bringing this out to say this, The United Nations as a system, is devilish. It has been of no earthly good to mankind. It is impossible for it to do any good because God is not in it.
WATCHING THE HAND OF GOD AT WORK
In front of us, in just a short time, we are going to see the hand of God take this prophecy of Zechariah off the written pages and fulfill certain things right before the eyes of the believing world. I believe that is why the prophecies were all written in the order and the fashion they were. God wants us to recognize how true His word is. Though the words were written more than two thousand and some years ago, yet the thought by revelation that they contain, when you look at it in the time we now live in, you cannot help but see how people are going to react, because of the results that will be brought out of it. I want to read the 2nd and 3rd verses together, as they speak about what Jerusalem will become. Notice the 2nd verse, when is this going to be? There is a warning to all the people around about. Who is that? That is the Arab people. Who are these Arab people? They are descendants of Abraham, yes, every last one of them, but not the seed that was to receive the great inheritance from Abraham. It was out of the seed of Abraham, that Mohammad came on the scene in the later part of the sixth century. He started this Islamic belief that is so widespread in this hour of time. This Islamic belief, through hundreds of years, right on up until now, has been responsible for death and destruction, the loss of life, ever since it got a foothold. To think that our own country, with our colleges and universities that are supposed to have history of bygone days, would fail to expose that thing is offensive to common sense. To think that some of the young people in our nation has been blinded to the reality of what this devilish religion has done in the world where it runs predominant, shows what the devil has been allowed to do. Within this nation, which was once looked upon as a Christian nation, blinded leaders have opened our doors for them to come in here and claim to be immigrants. What is behind it? I have to say, There is a conniving devil behind it. If the leadership of America does not wake up, then there is a terrible pain and great cry going to be sent up one of these days. Any leader, no matter who he is, that would dare to say, But the Muslims are a peaceful people, is a first class liar and a hypocrite, because he or she has turned their eyes away from the history that declares the record of the Muslim religion in the past. I am not standing here and telling you that every Muslim family that has immigrated here, has come here to study and practice terrorism. They may have come here just to enjoy the material benefits that they can get from our society, but they have also been a means that many others have used, following them, that have not come with the same motive. Many of them came here disguised as peaceful, only later to be instruments in the hands of Satan, to strike this nation a blow of destruction just like they did September 11, 2001. That is why I said the other night, If we started this war in Iraq, why should we even be concerned about rebuilding it with our own money? Did those characters that came over here and committed suicide by kidnaping the crews of these planes, come with money and deposit it somewhere for you and me to rebuild this nation after they destroy it? Over three thousand people lost their lives; and those murderers never paid for one funeral. Then I have to ask, Why should we have gone over there to rebuild that society? That is not the way we fought WW1. We have become a handout, a dish it out, a rebuild it empire, ever since the close of WW2. We have put the people of America in a future indebtedness that can never be paid; and all of this is beginning to add up to a sad picture. I pray that God will help us get our eyes open to reality very soon. Yes, the U.N. has looked upon Jerusalem and the Palestinian statehood, and Jerusalem has become a burdensome stone to them. In other words, somebody is obligated to make the final decision as to what we will do with this geographical area of disputed land. We know from the Bible, that God has already said He will give it back to the Jews, but the world as a whole, through the voice of this U.N. body, says no, we are the deciding factor as to how certain things will come about in the future world that we purpose to have. Well saints, I just have to say, They may start it, but they are not going to finish it, because God is going finish this entire thing His way. In the meantime, He is allowing the world leaders in the natural, to have a certain period of time to look at the issue. That is why I am saying tonight, Somewhere in front of us, you are going to see the mighty God of this book step in and begin to change the rule of things. Once God does that, there is not a politician this side of hell that is going to be able to change anything. It does not mean He is going to turn to God, but it does mean this, God is going to have His way, and He will fulfill everything that is written in this book (the Bible). With this in mind, I have to say, I will be glad when it all starts. I have to believe, those that want to doubt 2004 ½, if you wait another six months, and notice what begins to happens in the Middle East, you will know we are getting close to that time we have all been waiting for. I saw on Fox News this evening, Sharon has said, No to the world court, they will not tear down the fence. Well if Sharon says they will not tear down the fence, what does that mean? What will the world court do? Somewhere this whole issue in the Middle East is going to come to a head. It cannot go on and lay on the table of diplomacy for years on end. It is absolutely going to be dealt with by the hand of God. God warns the world, of how He will absolutely destroy, render useless and helpless, all the military might of the enemies that face Israel in that hour of time, regardless of decision making. Then God adds this in the 4th verse, (Zechariah 12:4) “In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah. To me, that stands out so vividly. It means God is going to take special interest in the issue. As God begins to look upon the leadership of Israel, if He opens His eyes to take a look at them, I believe that down here on earth, the governors, or leaders of Israel, are going to receive some kind of response from the Lord. Something is going to begin to dictate to their hearts and their decision making. Here is where we can say, God is going to step upon the scene, and He will start seeing that certain things are done the way the scriptures say. Of course it will bring about some hard feelings, but it will be done. It will not just be done and everything will be hunky-dory. It is eventually going to lead to a conflict. That is why, as He speaks here about the governors, how He will make them like a flame of fire, (and I use the term, in a pile of dry wood). They are going to set everything on fire that they come in contact with. God is going to make them like that. It is not them choosing to be that way: it is God making them that way. Therefore when we see that, it lets us know there is a time in front of us when Israel will not listen to the U.N. with their political diplomacy from any nation: She is going to be looked upon and guided by the unseen hand of God so she will not cooperate, will not go along with any of their plans for her. She is going to have to take a look at herself and what God requires, because these verses concern Jerusalem and Judea. When it says Judea, it means not just a little part of the west bank, but all of the west bank. If you have your Bibles, and if they have some of the old maps, you can look and see how much of that land Judah took, back in the days when it was a full fledged tribe. She owned everything from the Mediterranean coast, except the Gaza Strip, to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. That is her tribal, geological inheritance. Therefore in this prophecy, the issue is, God is going to see that Jerusalem and the land of Judah, not part of it, will be given back and restored to the Jewish people. This is what sets the stage for what follows, because this is not going to come about by a lot of easy diplomacy. It is going to require Israel to become involved with warfare. That is why God speaks in the other verses, how He will be with the military capability of Israel in that day, but He will also be against the enemies’ military capability by doing what He said He would do. Because of that, it all boils down to this, No matter how much military equipment the Arabs have fostered and put together through aide money they have been loaned by the United States, God’s word says, I will see to it that every bit of it is rendered useless. When His written word says, I will smite every horse with blindness, it means exactly that, but you have to give it a modern day application, because their enemies will be depending upon horse power, and not literal horses. Just remember that, as you read (Zecariah 12:4), which says, “In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
LOOKING AT THINGS AS THEY ARE TODAY
Two thousand years ago, they used horses in warfare. The prophet did not see the giant planes we now have, nor the rockets and suchlike, but what he wrote lets us know what is going to take place. You have to translate that horse used in their military, and allow the language to speak of horsepower. Everything mechanical moves by the generation of horsepower in this modern day world. One thing we do know for sure, In the day of this fulfillment of prophecy, God will be with Israel in all her military endeavors. That is why, when this starts, and when God opens His eyes and turns Israel loose, she will accomplish what we read through the 8th and 9th verses, so there has been nothing but victory for these territories, accomplished by the Jews. We just have to realize that all of this is brought about by Israel being forced, by circumstances, into a military engagement which she had not planned on. That naturally takes us automatically into Zephaniah. This was the order that was shown me in that dream. I have heard no other preacher on TV or radio, ever use these prophecies at any time. They have treated them as though they are irrelevant, not important for our day. I have to say, Each one is a stepping stone. Each one is tied to the other one, so as we turn to the 2nd chapter of Zephaniah we see why I read what I did this morning. When the time does come that Israel itself, that little nation that has been pushed back, bottled in by the whole world with their feelings of anti-Semitism, especially all of Europe that is against her, is turned loose and directed by the Spirit of God, I believe there is a time coming when God is going to clean the throat of some of these blaspheming world leaders. When He does that, He will absolutely do it up right. I have looked at the 1st verse of Zephaniah 2, very carefully in the months since I saw this. I have read it from the Aramaic translation, I have read it from the Hebrew, so as I read it again this week, to me that 1st verse is a warning that God has issued to the nations that are going to be involved in trying to bring about and enforce this conglomeration of their ideas upon Israel. The way it is worded, makes one wonder, but just think, Twenty five hundred years ago this was spoken as a warning. “Gather yourselves together, yea, (Now He is talking of a multiple of issues, isn’t He?) gather together, O nation not desired.” When I read that from the different translations, it all comes out like this, O nations that have no shame, you that have said, We are not guilty, we have not done anything wrong, watch out. Look at this United Nations body, we are in this to establish liberty to the world, but we leave God out of it. God is only going to let them get so far and then He will tear their playhouse all to pieces, because this end time will definitely end out just exactly the way the Bible has declared it. Therefore I am saying tonight, It is God’s way of warning the nations that feel so self righteous, those who are self appointed know-it-alls. They have no guilt, no shame, and they are not even afraid to voice their decision making upon this little nation of people and treat them as though they are nothing. That is really what it all amounts to. Notice, “Before the decree bring forth, (meaning before it is actually fulfilled and executed) before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, (We can see that the prophecy begins, and God is warning the world that is faced with decision making and asking, What will you do with my people? What do you advocate to be done with these people? He gives the warning years in advance because He knows exactly what they are going to do. That is why it is pointing the finger right at that United Nations body. They want to try to tell the Jews, Now you will do as we dictate, because we are the twentieth century voice that is going to set forth the ideas and plans for nations to abide by in the days to come. Little does the United Nations know that they are destined for a very short life span. Let us look at it very carefully. Before the decree come or bring forth, meaning before it is even executed, before God’s anger is executed, which is what God intends to do, He has already warned them.) before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.” As I said this morning, It is not the wrath of God. The wrath of God does not come until the sixth seal of the book of Revelation, which will be under the second coming of Christ, His physical return. He is coming to execute the wrath of God; and that is when the mountains will flee, islands will sink away and the dead bodies will lie from one end of the earth to the other. This is talking about an issue in a certain area of the world, an area where God put His name thousands of years ago. God placed His name there, then His temple was built there. The household of David became the people that occupied this city. That is why it was called for many centuries, the city of David. He is of the tribe of Judah, but remember it was all his relatives. That is why it was called the city of David. With this in mind, I just have to say, Now that we hear the U.N. speaking so blatantly, so openly, this could be getting closer than we realize. It could be time for us to begin to watch. Once this thing is executed by God, do not think for one minute it is going to take seven years to fulfill it. Some of you were not even born in 1967, when Israel made such a remarkable stand against their enemies that were determined to drive them into the sea, but a lot of us older ones remember some of the testimonies that came out of that war. It marked a great victory for Israel.
GOD ON THE BATTLEFIELD
I will never forget the month of October 1968, when I was privileged to take my first trip to Israel; and we were sitting there in our seats talking about what we hoped to be able to see, and how some wanted to walk where the prophets had walked, and walk where Jesus walked and all those things. This man who was a Jew was sitting about two or three rows behind us. He heard a few words that were spoken and moved out of his seat and came up and sat down behind us and said, I understand you gentlemen are on your way to Israel. We said, Yes. He introduced himself and continued speaking. He said, In my profession, I am a military man, a general. However when he was not in that capacity, he was the president of a bank. As we talked with him, he began to let us know, you gentlemen do not know how that Six Day War had many stories that came out of it, how God was on the battlefield, and angels were seen standing with Jewish soldiers when they were being surrounded by the enemy. He told us of when the tide of events began to swing and the Egyptian army began to flee and go back toward Egypt, down through the Sinai, and that he was the commander of an armored division. He said, We were trying to keep in sight of the fleeing Egyptian armed setup, but we could hardly keep in sight. He said, Many times we would stop and set our guns on a certain target in front of us, hoping we would be able to make some kind of hit. This is the way he said it, It looked like many times there must have been an angel somewhere in the trajectory of the shell, and he took it and guided it right on to the target. He said, It is a known fact, God was manifested on that battlefield to more than one Jewish soldier. Yet when it was all over, you did not hear the Israeli government speaking of or printing one thing about it. That is how natural minded people are. We were building this church in 1967, while that war was going on. Bro. Mayfield, a brother that has now gone on to glory, had his little radio sitting right here every day, so we could keep up with what was happening. Every few minutes it would be announced, We interrupt this program to bring you the latest development in Israel. I will never forget this one morning, when the announcer said, We interrupt this program, to let you know that the war in the Middle East has come to a close. The Arabs have surrendered and Israel is the victor. I have to say, For two or three days, we heard over the radios, as the News came in, more than one extraordinary account, and not from a janitor or street cleaner, and it would be said, Admiral So and So, General So and So, has made these comments. They said it was utterly impossible for Israel to be the victor because she faced three enemies, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Yet she destroyed the air force of Egypt and Syria. How did she do it? God gave Israel’s military the wisdom and ability. This general told us about the people of Israel, that her security officials said they had been planning for weeks ahead of time. They were planning on building ten thousand wooden caskets to help bury the dead. They figured they would suffer that many casualties when the conflict started. They did not have one civilian casualty. It was all fighting force casualties. Therefore we know the hand of God was in this conflict on Israel’s side. As we listened to this man, we could not help but realize it was a war that God had ordained (allowed to come about). If you go back to the records, they took everything from the Jordan to southern Lebanon, all that which became known as occupied land was all actually the land that belonged to ancient Israel. How many realize that? With that in mind, think of the different articles, written in different magazines by the lesser type of people who did not exalt themselves to become important voices, but they could not keep from pointing out how the hand of God was in that conflict. Israel had been in the 1973 war which was forced upon her, because her enemies are constantly thinking up ways to try to destroy her. The whole world, including the United States, has stopped talking, about everything except that Israel is supposed to give up some of this land and there is to be a Palestinian state. Our nation has been a very influential voice in the decision making at the U.N., and she is the one that has put forth the roadmap of how Israel is to do that for the sake of peace. The U.N. is all for that idea, which shows me the body of the U.N. international government has no vision whatsoever of fulfilling anything according to God’s word. They have every intention of going completely contrary to it, as though God does not even exist anymore. Well I have to say, from 1967 and onward, it has looked as though God just began to fold His hands and let things come and go as world leaders determine. You have seen what has developed in the Middle East. The world in general does not realize, Israel has acquired, manufactured and she now has some of the best equipped military fighter planes there are in this world. She has a rocket system second to none of her enemies. With all this, I can see, that when this thing does break loose in the Middle East, Israel is not going to fight this with her hands tied behind her back. Rest assured, God is going to get within the military capacity of Israel, and He is going to multiply everything many times over. This is exactly why God is sending this warning out, found in the 1st and 2nd verses, to the world. No, they have no shame, they are not guilty, they are not responsible, yet they are dictating their decisions, what ought to be and how it ought to be done. So God has sent the warning. Therefore It behooves people to sit up and take notice. Notice how, in that 3rd verse, there is a warning, or admonition to the individual person of the world. “Seek ye the Lord, (All you presidents? All you governors? Seek the Lord all you senators and congressmen? Is that what He is saying? No.) all ye meek of the earth, (There are people tonight, on this earth, that have more sense than our politicians that think they know so much. They know exactly what is getting ready to happen. That is the natural side of the picture.) which have wrought His judgment; (They have seen what His judgments have been in the past.) seek righteousness, seek meekness.” I am saying tonight, please, let us not go to sleep on this: It is not something to take lightly. Let us purpose in our hearts, because I have said this before, If God lets you me live until the rapture does take place, you are going to see this fulfilled right before your very eyes. You are going to see the world, in the political and economic structure around you, affected in a dramatic way. The reason I say this, is because we had hardly gone to war in Iraq, when people of our nation began to complain, This war is affecting the economy of our nation: we are losing jobs, we are losing this and we are losing that. Well if what we have done in Iraq can affect the economic situation in the world that much, what do you think this is going to do? That is why God warned like this. Do you think God is worried about Wall Street? He is no more concerned about Wall Street than a hound dog on the street would be. There are a lot of people that might not like my way of speaking, but that is the way I feel about it. God has an objective and He has a vision He wants to fulfill in the heart of simple people that are willing to recognize Him. I have to say, I believe there is an element of people on this earth, not just in one nation but in many different nations, that are not willing to listen to every politician and newscaster, that God will deal with when this end time windup is in motion. God is going to use the occasion to talk to a lot of simple people. That is why He said in Zephaniah, It may be that you will be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger. I believe God has a way of hiding people that respect Him and His ways. I believe He has a way of protecting them as He begins to shake nations. He is doing that to make people begin to realize, He is going to see that His word is brought about and fulfilled precisely. Then we notice, when this thing does start, once the military side of it begins to go into affect, it is very strange, the Gaza Strip which for months now has been the issue, giving up, giving up, giving up what we read about the Gaza Strip. Let us read what it says about the Gaza Strip. Verse 4, shows us the military is on the move. “For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon (All these names are ancient cities of the Palestinians in ancient time, when this was their homeland.) a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, (That is another ancient city of the Philistines. Who is doing the driving out? The Jews, her army is on the move.) and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, (This is a little further on down at the end of the Gaza Strip, laying next to Egypt. That is where the Israeli troops have uncovered some of these tunnels coming in from the Egyptian side, arms being smuggled in, explosives and such.) the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, (That is what the Gaza Strip originally was known by, hundreds and thousands of years ago.) I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.” Now I want to say this tonight, When this war starts, do not think for one minute that Israel is going to say, We want to be careful now, so we don’t kill too many. Get that out of your thinking. I can show you, God is going to get angry: He is getting very angry about it. Look at those Muslims over there in the Middle East, how they have come out of there, and came into our own nation. They have built their mosques and they bow with their heads on the floor. They are waiting for the day when they can turn loose on us. America needs a jihad. Our politicians sit back with their fingers crossed, Well we believe, until their intent is proven, we have to be willing to listen to them. I have to say to our politicians, You are a bunch of blinded hypocrites: you have sacrificed your own people just to please your own selves, and have ideas of what you want to make this world to become. I pray for the day when God does turn things loose, because, instead of the poor man of the streets of America, May it be the educators and politicians of America that have to hang their head and cry, because it has hit them right where it hurts. When we see this taking place, God is going to use that Israeli military might and they are going to hit the Gaza Strip like we have not seen before. They are going to clean it enough that when they are through, there is not going to be enough Palestinians left to sweep the streets. We have Bible for all of this. I am not telling you they are going to kill all the people. No. But they are going to execute God’s anger against this bunch of Muslims, because the time is coming when there is going to be a temple built in Jerusalem. It is not going to be built just by Jews. The Bible tells me the hour is coming when that bunch of Muslims that have cut the heads off of countless numbers of people in ancient times and even on down to this hour, after they see how God uses that little army of Israel, they are going to come crawling on their knees, We want to help you build your temple. Israel will not have to beg them to, they will want to. Why? Because, their eyes are then open to reality, as they have seen the God of Israel on the move. As I read this, I have to say, I am reading between the lines. I know this is for our day, when we see what the Muslim world is doing. They have their agents all over this planet. They have got one thing in mind, destroying the capitalistic world and putting in that Muslim religion. If God was to let that happen, then you will never live to see these scriptures fulfilled. Verse 6, says, “And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks. And the coast shall be for (notice) the remnant of the house of Judah.” This tells me it is going to be the Jews that basically make up the tribe of Judah, that are going to restore that territory back to its original boundaries, and they are going to take the Gaza Strip. You read the rest of that verse, what it says. It will not take them three weeks, but more like three days, the way God wants to use that Israeli army. I will have to say, Every Palestinian will be scared half to death, because there is going to be a fear of God put into this thing. God will be angry. When God gets mad, the world is going to shake. When that is done, Israel is only on the beginning side. Then she takes a look across the Jordan. When you finish reading the 7th verse, that cleans up everything in the Gaza Strip. Now it turns across the Jordan River. In Verse 8, God said, “I have heard the reproach of Moab, (This is the Jordanian people.) and the revilings of the children of Ammon, (That is more Jordanian people.) whereby they have reproached my people.” For centuries they have stood over there jumping up and down with glee and doing everything they could do to make life for the Jews almost impossible. That is why, when we go back several hundred years, back when the crusaders were there, and when the Muslim religion was getting hold and embedding in the Arab world, as they got stronger in the south, it was the Muslim armies that came and drove the Crusaders completely out, and that caused the people across the river to move across and possess this land. It says, over in Obadiah, about the people of Edom, which are the people of Esau, and the prophet Obadiah, wrote this eight hundred years before Christ, so you can see how he looked down through the long span of time and saw the Edomites, that the day would come when the Babylonians would be sent by God to judge and bring chastisement upon the Jewish people. Obadiah saw also, how the Edomites would stand there looking across the river and say, Tear it to the ground, tear it to the ground: Then that which is theirs, will be ours. That was their thoughts. Well God has not forgotten the time when they did that. The world has, but I can show you in the Bible, that God has not forgotten about any of it. I find in the Psalms, chapter 137, verses 1-4, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. (2) We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. (3) For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. (4) How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Well what those Edomites did was remembered: The Jewish people knew what that bunch of Edomites had done, so listen to them in Babylon. You find in verse 7, what was said because of it. “Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation thereof.” Those Jewish people did not forget; and neither has God forgotten: You are soon to be looking right at it. Jerusalem is the centerpiece. This entire thing is looking right at Jerusalem. The devil thinks he is going to run it his way, but I guarantee you, that is just his thought: God will wind it all up HIS way. The world has not seen a miracle war fought yet. What happened in the Six Day War, they soon forgot, but God is going to give them one in the weeks and months ahead, they can never forget, because it is going to be a real eye opener. It is going to be a miracle, the miraculous display of His majesty, of His omnipotency, and when it is over, there will be human beings from one end of this planet to the other, saying, There really is a God that fights for Israel. Yes there is: He is the Elohim of Israel. It plainly tells in this chapter, which we will get to the next time, that every man from the different borders of the Gentiles, will worship the God of the Jew from His own land, because they have been permitted to see His power, His sovereignty, His majestic displayed. I do not know exactly when, but God is getting ready to turn something loose in the Middle East, and it is not just going to be a miracle rocket that some soldier has pushed a button on: It is going to be God showing His sovereignty and His majestic power; and once He does it, He is going to get attention worldwide. Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, I pray tonight, take these words and use them and help us as Christians to begin to realize, you are slowly shaping the societies of this world to get them ready for the end time picture. Help us Lord, to recognize the hour we are living in, and let not one be found sitting back in the shadows, entertaining ourselves through the luxuries of relaxation. God help us to see the reality and to be able to see the beauty of truth itself, and to be able to watch and long to see you Lord, in your sovereignty, as you do these things your word speaks of, that you can become known to all. Lord, I thank you tonight, that I know you are real, and that you are a God that longs to speak to your people, to show them your sovereign will for mankind, and your majestic power that will bring it all to fulfillment, and may all know how truthful your word is. Lead us Lord, in the days to come. In Jesus Christ’s precious name we pray. Amen.
SOME ARE TO BE BLAMED
I realize, that last Sunday morning, we got very close to an element of human flesh. Maybe some of you have misunderstood it. If you did, it is because you were not listening as closely as you should have been. I will say this as I start today, I am not preaching this to everybody in Bloomington. It is just to those it applies to, so do not sit here and say, You are talking about my people, because it is not like that. There are some good people in Bloomington: I know them, and I have known them for years, so I am not talking about them. I am talking about the ones that my words apply to; and they know who they are. When I see an individual or two, begin to want to show that they own everything, and that they can run everything, and they manipulate everything to their advantage, and use me and everybody they want to, to manipulate and have their way, then do not get in my way when I confront it. I am going to read you some scriptures this morning, that I hope you will pay attention to. In Romans 8:1, we find these words, which were written by an apostle. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Now it is one thing to walk in the Spirit and it is another thing to walk in the flesh. I promise you today, that by the time the true Church of the living God is made perfect and complete, if you are in it, you will not be in it because you followed dad and mother to where you are. You will be in it because you followed the Lord Jesus. That is what the Bible says, so notice Verse 5, as we continue reading. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh.” Well you are talking about my aunt, you are talking about my sister. I am not talking about your aunt or your sister: I am talking about you, if this scripture fits your lifestyle. We are not Baptists, Methodists, or Presbyterians that belong to a lodge: We are children of God and we are in this to learn how to live a proper kind of life; and especially to learn how to walk after the leading of the Spirit of God. As the body of Christ is put together and God manifests and cultivates the gifts of the spirit, these gifts are not to be used to build personal prestige. They should be the means that God has set in the body, so that when He is the head and the ministry is functioning properly, these things are absolutely His own sovereign way of speaking, working to edify, and to bring comfort and understanding among every member of that body. I am going to read a few of these verses, then stop for a little while. Verse 6, “For to be carnally minded is death; (The end result is that.) but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (It is contrary.) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” That literally means you cannot live for the Lord while making your friendship on a carnal basis like, I like that person, I love that person, I like the way he says things, and I like the way of this and that. If you base your whole life on something like that, I am sorry to say, You missed the mind of God altogether. “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” That literally means, that when He gives you the Holy Ghost, He does not give that to you for you to take it and manipulate things in a way of building your own little empire out of your own ideas. “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; (It literally means, as you seek to walk with God and you allow the Lord to crucify your fleshly impulses and ideas, you become more and more subject to the leadership of the Lord.) but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (11) But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” I am going on down to verse 14. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” As God seeks to put His Church together, we every one are going to be led by Him. Through the years of time after God spoke to me to start a church, He sent many precious souls along to help and encourage us. I can look back, and most all of them are dead by now, but I can still think of the testimony of every one of those precious souls, how God led them to our little congregation. I can say this as I stand before you today, I have never in my life tried to proselyte anyone from another congregation. I do not go around saying nice things to anyone with the idea of persuading them to come to our assembly. I will not build anything that way. If what I am preaching is truth, and if the life I have lived before you as an example of Christian living for the Lord that Jesus Christ is not enough, then why should I try to persuade anyone to come an listen to me? I will say to you also, There are many times you can get bonded to human flesh to the point you will not let anything separate you: That is not a good situation to be in. I have had that happen in my own life when we started going to the Tabernacle years ago. After the Lord told me to start the church, my idea was, I will tell this brother I like him, and that I love him in the Lord. That was because he was a preacher. I said to him, Brother, I feel led of the Lord to start a church: Would you come along and work with me? He said, Well, yes. When we started out I was going to preach one service, and he would preach another one, but by the time we had four or five services, somehow or other I began to have a feeling come to me, This is not going to work. Then one night I had a dream, and I do not tell my dreams if I see that they do not pertain to something right now, or that they will eventually affect you somehow. In the dream, that brother and his wife and family came down to our home, so I said to him, Let us go out here a little ways and pray. We went out away from the buildings and everything and knelt down where we would not be seen or interrupted and we both started praying. After we had prayed for about five minutes, I opened my eyes and was looking up into the sky. It seemed as though I was looking east. As I looked into the distance I could see a little speck. The thought came to me, I wonder what that could be? As I watched it, that little speck got closer and closer and more clear. As it would get closer to where I was, it seemed like its elevation would drop. Finally it was just about four or five hundred yards away, about two hundred feet off the ground. As I looked at it, I said to him, Look, look at that. He looked up to the same area I was looking and said. What? What? I said, Don’t you see that? He said, I don’t see anything. I said, Look, there it goes. Well what was it? He had been a farmer in his early life and I was too. It was a horse and a mule hooked to a farm wagon, loaded down with farm items. The strange thing was, the wagon was pulling them back, instead of them pulling the wagon forward. Now you might think that sounds like a carnal dream. Well yes it does, but the lesson I got out of it was this, He does not see what I see, therefore anything I would endeavor to do with him, would always go backward instead of advancing. Our work together will never be a success. I just stopped calling on him to preach; and when I did, he stopped coming to the services. To cut the story short, that man kept on living in the area; and ever so often he would go out among some of the Branham people to preach. He was one of the young men out of the seven that had the dreams back when Bro. Branham was to preach on the seals of Revelation, chapter 6. When that young man had told his dream to Bro. Branham, Bro. Branham told him what it meant. A short time after that, he had another dream, and in that dream he stood looking at a church building and saw the word Ichabod written over the end of the church house. He immediately felt that he got a revelation that God would no longer be in any church house, which was because that meant God had forsaken it. That young man from then on, just got worse and worse with that kind of mind set. When we finally moved here to this location, there were times he would come along while we were in service with some tracts he had printed, and would put them on our windshields, but he never would darken the doors with his presence. If he did not put them on the car windshield’s in the parking lot, he would go out and stand at the end of the road and pass them out to the people as they would pass by. To hurry the story along, he finally got the supposed-to-be revelation that put him over the edge. (Listen to this saints). God will use you up to a point, as long as you have God in it first, and you have God’s people as to the objective to benefit by what you are doing, but if you take that and try to build it into something for yourself, to create an image of your own interest, I promise you, God will cause you to become derailed. That is exactly what that man did. It was not long until he got a revelation, that since we were living so close to the end of time, the Christian man and woman should no longer live together in an intimate relationship, and therefore since we were so close to the end, the time had come that we should stop living like this. At that time a family that had moved to this area, a nice family that had children, became his target. He went to their home and had a prayer meeting with them. He preached this message as a revelation from God. The man’s wife fell for that idea; and it led to a separation between her and her husband. Her husband came down to our home many times and sat in our front yard and crying and talking about how much he loved his family. He would say, Bro. Jackson, I love my family, I love my children, but what this man has done has broken our relationship. I prayed for the man, and said to him, Brother, that is not a revelation from the Spirit of God. There is no truth in it, so it can only lead to trouble. To cut this short, that man went on for years with that same mentality, refusing to go into any church house, simply because he saw Ichabod written over the church house door in the dream. That is the way he looked at it, and he would not even consider giving up on it. Every family he could get hold of he would always try to influence them with his revelation, so he always pumped these things into their mind’s, still seeking something that would lift up his flesh. Then his life came to a sudden end and left all those whom he had influenced wondering what they should do. I picked up the Newspaper one day, and there was the story of his death. He had preached that new revelation and brought sorrow and heartache upon those that taken him serious; and suddenly he is gone; and those people were left without anyone to turn to. He had a massive heart attack and stroke and died; and the reason I am telling this, is to say to all who hear me, We are living in a day and hour when you cannot play with God and get by with it. You are either a son or daughter of God or you are not. If you are, you will sek to glorify God in what you do and say. You do not take Him and build yourself into something that only lifts up your flesh. If you are someone who is committed to serving God, then you will do everything within your will and power for the glory of God. That man was cremated. Tell me, Where does that idea of cremation come into the Christian faith? I will say this, I have lived to see a lot of things come to people of this like faith. I could stand here and tell you story after story that has wrecked the lives of people. I am not in the soul and home wrecking business. I am in this to help the children of God find peace, and find out how to live and walk with God. If we are going to be led by God, we are first going to have an understanding of who and where God is. He is going to be manifested to us first in His word. Then He is going to manifest Himself among the people that cherish and uphold the true revelation of this word. I grant you, there are a lot of people today, in various places around the world that have a love for the word of God, but many times they are not given the privilege of hearing it like it should be presented. That is why I am not talking just about the Bloomington church, but in recent months there has been a situation allowed to occur, that involves my name, so that opens up the way for what I am going to say. Because it has been said more than once, to Alabama, to Illinois, to Chicago, and wherever else my name was used I just have to say, I did not get into this to try to build myself into something of my own choosing, but I can stand here and say, For the forty years since Bro. Branham’s death, I have done my best to preach this word in truth and simplicity for the benefit of all who would hear me. I have gone around the world, wherever God would open the door for me and I have seen the hand of God reach out there and bring in families from out of confusion, out of this and that until today all over this globe there are people that are corresponding with me and thanking me for the truth that I have stood for. Just remember this, I have seen others also, right in this area, that have also had dreams and have perpetrated certain things because of them.
HOW SOME DREAMS ARE USED
Several years ago we had a young man that came here for a short period of time, but one time after he had fed his mind full of wrong ideas, he had a dream that he made a decision by. I knew he was getting ready to leave the church, because he had those ideas all on his own. On this particular night, when the service was over, he said, Bro. Jackson, I would like to talk to you. I took him upstairs for privacy. He said, Bro. Jackson, I had a dream in which I saw you in a foreign land and you were in some kind of vehicle. I saw the vehicle attacked, and there were arrows and spears being shot at you, and you were injured and taken out of that situation as though you were dead. Here is what he said, Bro. Jackson, I may be seeing you for the last time. I said, Well brother, may God be with you. He left the church without ever asked me what I thought about the dream. He does not know how many times, in foreign lands, there has been an element of people that have followed the Branham message, and that have their own ideas, so they will take my image and do their best to kill its influence every chance they get. Do you know, I can look back now and see how God has protected me in so many circumstances and kept me alive to continue what He has called me to do. I hear about some of the things that go on overseas, when someone gets to feeling himself above what he really is. I have never tried to argue with people or debate about these things, because that would not accomplish anything for the kingdom of God. That same young man that never darkened the door any more, was involved in a very catastrophic accident and was almost a paraplegic for a long time. I am saying these things this morning and I say this also, Do not sit there in your pew and think I do not know what I am talking about. I have watched a lot of these things through the years as I have stood here doing what God has called me to do. I do not stand here like I do, expecting any of you to build me up as something that needs to be atop a flag pole. I am what I am by the grace of God. I want to say this also, Just as Bro. Bud preached last Thursday night, The Bride of Christ is not going to be one little isolated church group sitting in the woods somewhere proclaiming, We are right and everybody else is wrong. Get that proud idea out of your head: it will only lead to heartache. The minute you get to thinking that way, you are entering into a one way ride to destruction. That kind of thinking does not belong among those of the true body of Christ. I have never preached that Faith Assembly is going to be the one and only. I pray, Lord, let there be a people in here that know how to embrace this truth, that know how to live this truth and defend it. Sure we are all still in human flesh, and there are a lot of things I can still learn and will learn, when I see something develop that necessitates me to learn from that as an example. Regardless of what comes and goes, I will never tell you that Faith Assembly is the one and only, as far as believing and standing for a true revelation . I have been privileged to preach to people around the world; and I thank God today, for the letters and communication that I get from around the world, thanking me for the truth I have brought into their lives. Then when somebody else comes along and wants to take me and butcher me so they can put themselves out there as something, I have to say, Somebody is going to hurt their image; and I will not be the one doing it, except where I see conduct that will hurt the body of believers. I will say this, and I say it with love and respect toward all of you, If you are going to live in the Spirit, then get a good hold of that flesh you live in and live for God. There may be a lot of things you might like to do, but if you are going to live for the Lord, you are going to learn to get this flesh crucified. You are going to learn to love God’s people and be willing to die to this self that has required so much attention while you were in the world. When Bloomington is brought into the picture, it is not to condemn any group, and certainly not to condemn the entire assembly, because I have known that congregation for years. When we had the moving of the spirit, there were people from here that went up there. Different preachers went up there from Georgia and different places. God was precious to every one of the congregations. I have seen young people from Bloomington come down here and get blessed in the Thursday night services. I will never forget one girl, on a Thursday night, as the service started, she came up to the front, her and another girl. In a short time they were dancing across the front up here. Bro. Bud and Bro. Allen started praying for them. Both of them started speaking in another language. None were told to do this or do that, or anything. I remember another time when a girl came down here; and that girl, at the end of the service, had to be taken out and put in the car and hauled home, because of the way the Spirit was upon her. I just have to say, Praise God, because God is still God. Well that brings me to say this, I will not stand for any woman, or any man, thinking that they are the one and only instrument that God is going to use to put His Church together. Any true Bride saint knows that. Right Bro. Pixley? Bro. Pixley and I have known each other all our lives. He grew up on one end of the hill and I grew up on the other. Well, here in our olden days, we have met again, no longer raising strawberries or blackberries, but doing our best to live for the Lord in the same faith. His wife came from Crawford county and my wife was raised in Harrison County; and here we are, all believing the same thing and working toward the same goal, to uphold truth and be ready to go with the Lord when He comes.
GOD MOVES UPON WHOEVER HE WILLS
As I look over the crowd, I am thankful to God for every last one of you, young and old. Like I have said before, Do not think I don’t know some things that have been spoken. It has been said, Jackson don’t believe in the freedom of the Spirit. Whoever you are that says that, you are a hypocrite. It was not in your congregation that the moving of the Spirit started. Remember that, when you feel like criticizing. It was not your dream that started it. How many know what I am talking about? The dream is not over yet, because there is yet a third part to it and you don’t know what it is. The way some are acting now, I have my doubts they will be around when the third part hits. We are going to learn when to do something in the Spirit and when not to. Just because it might look good is not good enough: we are expected to recognize what our anointing is for. Last Sunday morning when the service was over, a brother came forward and said, Bro. Jackson, I want you to know there are certain individuals in here that run back and forth to Bloomington. I have never laid my hands on you, but I can look you in the face and say this, You run all you want to, because when it is all over, you are going to find that God has showed me something. That is this, I do not allow any woman to go all over the country and tell others she was called to supervise or protect my ministry. I have never read anything like that in the Bible. You could come to me and say, Bro. Jackson, were there not some women that followed Paul? Yes, but you should read it the right way: They did not follow him from meeting to meeting. Well what did they do? Did not Paul say, They have been succors to many, meaning they washed their clothes, they cooked meals, gave them a bed to sleep in when needed, but the same ones did not run from Asia to Europe and then to Israel assisting him. We have a bunch of women around today that could not cook a good meal, simply because they do not stay home long enough. I am not trying to belittle anyone, but facts speak loud in situations like this. I realize times are different, but God’s Bride will not be put together by one man and one woman: You may as well get that straight. I do not care how many friends you have up there: the Church of the living God, universally, will be put together by a ministry of five different callings, not by one man and one woman who think they have it all. When you do what some are doing, you will end up having a cult. How many understand what I mean? Here sits some young sisters, so I ask them this, Am I making you angry because I preach like this? There are always those in every congregation that want to be something special. If I can get people’s attention and get them headed in the right direction as we get closer to the end, you watch, there will be something that God will place in every member of the body of Christ, woman and man, all to fulfill His purpose. Nobody will be in front of the other one. Nobody will be looking back saying, I am in front of you: I run faster than you do, I have a better gift than you have. The Bride of Christ is a humble people, not minded to speak like that. Here, we will say, is a man that came out of a oneness congregation. I know this for a fact, that in some of those congregations of old, God has manifested His spirit in many ways. There have been a lot of wonderful testimonies come out of those meetings, but God’s Church had not yet reached a place of final perfection back then. I made mention of the brother that come to the front and said, Bro. Jackson: we overheard some individuals talking about some prophecies that had been given in Bloomington. One said something like this, The day will come when Jackson will see the light and he will change and come this way. Listen to me saints, You are my brothers and sisters and I promise you, I am going to stay away from that kind of people, because they do not even know where they are going. Like I said when I started out, There are some good brothers and sisters in Bloomington. They are only victims of circumstances. Believe me. Some can be your friends and relatives. Some could be my friends and relatives. Nevertheless, God’s people is going to be a united body and it is not going to be one preacher and one woman sitting on top of everything. Get that out of your mind. No matter how much a woman wants to be spiritual, I say, Be spiritual, but be a part of something that glorifies God, and know your place in it. There were women that followed Jesus, just like there were those that followed Paul. You can read their testimonies and learn that they were not trying to maneuver anything to their own selfish goal. They never followed for eighty miles saying, God has sent me to direct him where to go, what to do, or anything like that. I have had a lot of women in this congregation through fifty years, of which most are dead and gone, that prophesied, spoke in tongues, interpreted and so forth, but they never tried to run the church. They are off the scene now, and God is using others in like manner. Every last person, young or old, as we get closer to the end when this church is going to be reunited and the real ministry allowed to minister to the people, to the local congregation in various ways, the day will come when you young sisters will be just like Philip’s daughters. Hear me saints. When Paul came to Philip’s household that night, Philip had daughters, virgins, never been married, that prophesied. I wonder what got hold of them? The main thing is, they knew how to keep their mouths shut until the anointing gave them utterance. They stood up and gave their prophecy and sat down. That is how it should be in every gathering. We started out in New Albany, in 1955. Then in1959, we had a meeting that lasted for three weeks; and almost every night, there were people lying on the floor under the power of the Spirit of God. They prophesied and spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance. By the time the meeting was over, we had many people coming that had no place to park their cars. That is what caused Faith Assembly to make the move to Clarksville.
LOOKING AT REALITY
Let us now take a look inside the congregation we had from the meeting I have already mentioned. Out of the Methodist Church in Georgetown, was a man and his wife attending our services. I knew them. They both were slain by the power of God and prophesied, but when that meeting was over they came to Faith Assembly for only about two more weeks. We heard later, that one said to the other, I don’t believe we are ready to leave the Methodist Church. They stopped coming; and in less than a year and half they were divorced; and in ten years time their oldest boy had been arrested by the police for dealing in dope. Why do I say this? Every time I have seen a move of the Spirit come through this congregation, there has always been that element of flesh the Spirit falls on. They are the first ones to burst through the doors when they are unlocked; and they are the first ones to go do this and let the world know, Look what I have: I have the Holy Ghost! Well the sad part is when we look at their story later on in life. As I look back to 1994, and on through 1997, how the Spirit moved in various congregations I have to ask, Where are all those characters today? Where did they go and what are they doing? Why did they not stay there where they had such wonderful experiences? When God gave me the Holy Ghost I stayed put, and I have been here ever since. You could try to get rid of me, but I have to say, It will be a hard tussle for you, because I love my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I despise the thing when people say of me, You claim to know everything. Well I certainly do not know everything, but I do know something and I thank God for that. I know also, that there are a lot of people heading down the road that are going to wind up in a spiritual wreck. The true body of Christ is going to wind up following apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. They will come from around the world, not just from Jeffersonville, Indiana. They come from all over the world and if you are what you profess to be, you will be ready to listen to each one God sends your way. I know there are some of you sitting here before me, that are going to listen, because I can see that you want to. That is because you have already seen what the true Church is to look like. You want to be in that number and you know what it takes. Some are accused daily, but the time will come when you are going to stop letting the devil talk to you, like, If you were really what you claim to be, you would be doing this and that. He will also say, If you would go to such and such a place, I would anoint you to prophesy. Brothers and sisters, listen to me, When God gave me the Holy Spirit years ago, I did not go from place to place looking for a place I could speak in tongues: I was hungry for more of what only God could give me. I did not look for somebody’s prayer meeting where I could speak in tongues just to exalt myself. I said in my heart, If this is a true gift of God, Lord, use it before Bro. Branham. In less than a year of time after that, God was anointing my soul. God soon led us over to Clarksville, to the little building behind the Roberts and Strack Veneer place, which was the building built by the man Bro. Branham had prophesied to, that he would start a church, but it would never stand. When we finally had to rent it because of the situation, we were there longer than any one group had ever been there, and Bro. Branham came down there on one occasion, which was Sunday morning and Sunday night. The last time he was there, was on a Thursday night. That was the night I told him the dream I had about him moving west. There is always a time and place for everything, if God be in it. I just want to say these things to our young people, Don’t go out behind the barn and say, Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit. Lord, manifest your gifts in my life. If there is a gift in your life, the hour will be when God wants to manifest it openly. Of course that will be when you are sitting somewhere with the right attitude. I am aware that some have heard, Well you see, Jackson don’t allow liberty in His meetings. Whoever told you that bunch of foolishness? You tell that person to come here and say that to my face. I don’t want people to wind up like a lot of others did that were in here: where are they at now? How many know what I am talking about? I am looking at the overall picture. I want to see some people that know why they are here and the devil and high water could not take them out of here. I want them to feel that they have the liberty of the Spirit and the freedom to yield to whatever God anoints them for. Yet when I say that, there are some that will say, Well, I can’t speak in tongues as much as I would like to. I just say to such a person, Then you do need to be somewhere else. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? Because God does not want any certain person to be a star, with every eye looking to him or her as something outstanding. He wants you to be an individual that can be humble, and one He can anoint to manifest that certain gift He has blessed you with, without you becoming a star. That gift will be manifested for one purpose, and that will be for edification of the people who witness it . It will always be truthful and without any purpose of selfishness on the part of the anointed instrument. Sisters I say to you, Do not just follow some of the other sisters for the purpose of learning how to be spiritual. The devil will always be ready to lead you into a trap, and you will not be able to blame me for it: I am warning you ahead of time. God wants all of us to be able to sit together in unity in whatever congregation we are associated with. I personally witnessed what God did for some of the other young ones in here when they received the Holy Spirit, and I did not hear anything about them running around all over creation to put their gift on display. I am not saying these things to be hurtful to anyone: I just want to help you all I can. There are a lot of people that look at me and say, Bro. Jackson, you need to see how it is, because it is like this, or that or something else. Yes, I know it is like that, but when I was a young fellow I knew a lot of people that lived in the Jeffersonville area: they were like some of you could end up being. They thought it was all going to be done in a house meeting somewhere. I have been there, and I learned from it rather than being captured by a certain spirit that was there. Do you know what I heard in those meetings most of the time? Oh, Bro. Branham is a prophet of God, so the Church has to be like this, so they each have their own ideas. I went to one place one night and they told me it is wrong to have a platform to preach from, because that only shows that you are trying to exalt yourself. As I sat there and listened to all that nonsense I thought, Then why did Jesus take them out in the countryside and He go up on a hillside and preached to them down in the valley below? Why? He knew how to use the terrain to build the acoustics, so that what He said could be heard. A lot of people know everything, to hear them tell it, but it is not going to be their way if God is allowed to do the directing. That platform is not to make anybody a star: It enables the speaker to stand and look out over you; and it enables you to likewise view the speaker. I would not be comfortable standing where I could only see the faces of those in the first two rows. I like to see the rest of you wherever you are sitting back there. That kind of fault-finding is only for those who have nothing constructive to talk about.
A DREAM AND ITS MEANING
Last fall, when we had a convention, something meaningful took place. I am going to take my time and tell this, because it is important. The convention lasted for six days. There were different ones here from Alabama, Illinois, East Chicago Indiana, Georgia and around about, and were here for a purpose. I had been given a dream several months prior to this meeting that I am now going to tell. It looked as though I had the entire congregation down on the farm for an outing. I could see all the church people there. I was going around shaking hands with different people, and I recognized different other ones. Finally I went over and sat down on the end of a row of seats. (I am telling this just like I saw it.) All of a sudden in front of me, crawling in the grass, was a little baby boy. As I watched that little baby boy, he crawled over to my knee and pulled himself up and stood there patting my knee. As I looked at the little fellow the thought came to me, I wonder whose baby this is? Along about that time, I had told this particular sister, that did eventually come and get the baby, that she was going to have a baby boy. Then when it became known she was going to have a little girl, I thought, Oh, this would have been the first dream I had ever had that would be utterly wrong. However as I kept watching, I realized the dream was not going to be fulfilled in the natural at all. That baby means something in another way. As that little baby boy stood there patting my knee, he did it like he knew me. He then began to reach up, so I picked him up and held him in my lap. That little baby boy began to rub my face and pull my ear, just like he had known me for a long time. (He was not even walking yet.) Pretty soon he closed his eyes and laid over in my arms, sound asleep. I kept thinking, Whose little boy is this? I heard some of the sisters say, Come and get it, so I knew it was time to eat. I thought, This little fellow is sleeping: I don’t want to wake him up. (I have a reason for telling this, so I want you young people to listen carefully.) The sister that I recognized, because it was a certain type of skirt that she had on, came over and picked the little fellow up from my lap. I just assumed it was her little boy. When I began to think about it more closely, here is the real meaning of that dream. The little baby boy did not crawl out of the tent where the women were sitting: He was already out here on the lawn. Nevertheless he came to me like he knew me. Then when it was said, It is time to eat, I realized she represents a type of young people. They have sat here long enough to know why they are here. They are not going to follow every Tom, Dick and Harry just because they have something to say. All last fall, every preacher that preached a message, preached a message that lined right up with each one the others had preached. Furthermore every one of those men said, Bro. Jackson, we are with you: we stand with you one hundred percent. They let me know it had been my ministry that had provided and paved the way for what they now see, and they know what is getting ready to take place. That is why it was the ministry, in its infancy, in the dream, but the time had come, that it is going to come on the scene and make itself known. How many understand what I am saying? Since then, these same brothers have communicated with me. I am saying all this for a reason, so Church, there is going to be a ministry of men established in the ranks of the true Church; and it is through this ministry that you and I are going to be put together the way God wants His Church put together. Every gift will be in place. There will be no one woman as a star, nor one man as a star. If God called me to be an apostle, I want to be exactly that. I know this, If what I have been doing is what God called me to do, then I will stand here and I will preach this truth until the true body of Christ is in its perfecting position. There is not going to be one woman or one man running everything, because the true body of believers are not going to become a one man or one woman show. There will not be a one woman show off, given any place. True Christians are going to come to where there is a body of people that recognizes the grace of God, young and old alike. I want to be Christ like in all my ways. I have no reason whatsoever to try to exalt myself, because I am what I am only by the grace of God.
Brothers and sisters, I have preached what is on my heart. We are going to learn to be led by the Spirit of God, or we are going to go off a cliff somewhere and wind up in the devil’s junkyard. (Verse 15), “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” Yes brothers and sisters, we are going to learn to be led by God’s Spirit, if His Spirit is in us. I have said all this to say, You are my brothers and sisters. Regardless of what your family name is, you are part of my family, because we are all children of God. We are so blessed, to be part of God’s family. May God bless you everyone.
CLOSING PRAYER MORNING SERVICE
Heavenly Father, take these words today, and put them together in our hearts, young and old. Help us to realize we are looking toward a climax of all of this. God help me to have an understanding that I can see each person endeavoring to give themselves to you completely, that you can mold that person, anoint, and use that person. Lord, may you guide Faith Assembly that it can be a shining light, a light that can reflect to the ends of the earth. Whatever we publish, or whatever we put out there in the form of video or through the internet, God use it, I pray. Because we realize time is short now. Help the people, that somehow or other have gotten off course, thinking their physical person is going to be something great, when we know you are not going to receive that greatness of the flesh. The greatness has got to be how Christ is formed in each one of us. Lord I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Bless every brother and sister. Amen
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER CHRISTIAN CONDUCT IN LIFE
As we continue on here I would ask of you, Remember, especially the Bloomington congregation: I have known many of those people for years, and I know there are some good people up there, but being good people does not give anyone else a right to hide under the shelter of those who are upright people, and perpetrate things to exalt themselves as though they have something that has a priority to the Bride of Christ. Nobody can show me anywhere in the Bible that any woman stood out above men in the early age of Christianity. It mentions women, but you see the context of what was talked about. I have to say therefore, that many have been accused of lying, and that all of what we have been dealing with is all because of a lie. It is not a lie: It know for certain, that what I am dealing with is the truth. What was projected, what was said, why it was said, what the aim and purpose was in all of it, is what we are concerned about. The Church of the living God is not built on lies. Neither is it built upon any certain person trying to place his or herself above everyone else. In all these years, I have never looked at myself as anything above and beyond whatever God wanted it to be. I have accepted the responsibility of what God has called me into; and I am thankful that He allowed me to go around the world four times, preaching revealed truth from His written word. I have been privileged to preach to people of all races and colors without any prejudice. That is why it hurts so much when I come home to my own area and find someone who tries to perpetrate certain things and leave the implication that what they are accused of is all lies. I will never call anyone a liar outright, but if it is proven that some has been lying, and doing it in the name of the Lord, I will not let you sit still very long. I am not getting up here and preaching to you a bunch of lies out of the scriptures. You know what the Bible says about deviating from the ways of righteousness, and the end result, as is completely covered in the 5th chapter of Galations: those who do such things have no part in the kingdom of God. That is what the book says, so it is very strange how some people make such an appearance, yet they want you to believe that everything they have said is the truth, and over and over it is repeated and comes out that it is not the truth at all. The main person in question, many of her relatives sit right here in this congregation and have spoken to me about this situation. They want me to know, Bro. Jackson, we know what you are faced with; and we want you to know we stand with you one hundred percent. Therefore Brothers and Sisters, this is the message, the finish of it, and it is not to downgrade the Bloomington church. Some have taken refuge in that church, using it as a shelter, so they can perpetrate their own ideas, hoping to affect people who sit there with a true Christian outlook, but God Himself is the shelter for those who love truth. You can come on now Bro. Steve; and finish what you have to present to all who will hear this.
BROTHER STEVE YAHRAUS SPEAKING
I will pick up where I left off before, in the middle of this letter from Brother Davis, to Tim. “Most of our church went up to Bloomington on Labor Day weekend 1996, and and I preached in one of the services. One of the sisters that were at the prayer meeting the night I became angry, rode back to Fairhope with Larry and Corrina. On the way home she told them what I had said that night, which made them furious. Bro. Larry called me on the phone to see if I had actually made the remark to which I admitted. By the end of the week a sister in the church called me and told me Corrina was going to expose me as being false, in the Sunday morning service. Sis. Pat MacLish came down to support Corrina in what she felt she must do, so I was told. I was never concerned about being exposed as false, but as I prayed about it, I felt I had been wrong to lose control of my temper in front of those sisters that night. I felt the only course of action for me was to apologize, which I did. I only apologized for losing control in front of the other sisters. In my message I took particular care to point out that as pastor I have a responsibility to observe and evaluate a person’s behavior, so that I might discern unclean spirits, but I have to carry that gift with care. I never apologize for discerning what I believe to be the spirits of jealousy and slothfulness in their lives. I hold that even today. Following the service, myself, my wife, Sis. McClish and Sis. Corrina were left in the sanctuary. Sis. Corrina told me that throughout the week she had been so hurt by me that she had lost all confidence in my ministry, but after I had stood up there and apologized, her faith was renewed in me once again. She said, People have always misunderstood her relationship with you. God had called her to be a protector and a defender of your ministry and after today she would defend my ministry as well. On Monday or Tuesday following my apology, Sis Corrina and Sis. Pat came to visit with my wife while I was gone to work. During the visit Corrina told my wife there were two other occasions where a woman tried to destroy your ministry through seducing you and she had to remind you that your ministry was too important to be giving in to lust. I have no knowledge as to who she was referring to. She said she would do whatever she had to do to prevent you from losing your qualifications to be in the ministry. Corrina also told my wife that she and Sis. Pat and Bro. Larry would all sit down in the living room and they would go into a trance and be shown horrific scenes of destruction and devastation, explained it as if there would be a veil lifted from the spirit realm. The following Sunday I took the verse of scripture in the book of Titus, where Paul instructed Titus to sit in order the things that are wanting and I had all the men I as pastor recognized as spiritual leaders or mature Christians sit up on the platform and I explicitly addressed the young people and instructed them that the men that were sitting on the platform and their wives are the people in this assembly that I have confidence in, that can give you sound counsel. I told them if they go anywhere else for spiritual advice, they are just playing games with the word of God and some day we were going to meet head on. After the service Sis. Corrina approached me and said, you preached that because of me, didn’t you? To which I simply said, Sister, the Lord has called me to pastor this church and that is all I am trying to do. That was when she began looking to move back to Indiana. When she moved back to Indiana, I could tell things were not the same between us or our assemblies any more. I believe it was because of the reports you were hearing concerning us. It was my intention to call you on the phone and explain these things to you, but before I could, Wanda came to me and told me she had been given a dream that really concerned her. She did not know that I had planned to call you at that time. In the dream a group of us in the Fairhope church were standing in the altar area of the old church building. Corrina was standing about midway between the platform and the front door and she was crying and weeping, almost howling. The front doors were opened and you and Dean were standing there facing one another. You would occasionally look over at Corrina and Wanda could hear you and Dean say to each other, Why do they hate her so, what do they have against her? I can’t understand how they could mistreat her like they do, and other statements like that were heard. As you and Dean were speaking, Wanda saw Corrina lift up her head and smirk at her, then she bowed her head again and began to howl again. When she told me that dream, I believed then, and I still do, that you would not give me access to your spiritual ear. I believe God was telling me to keep quiet because you wouldn’t believe me, and it would only make matters worse. The truth is Tim, I should never have had to tell these things to anyone ever. I held these things nearly seven years with no intention to ever reveal them. When my sister told me that dream, I prayed Lord, I won’t approach him in any way to bring the subject up, but if he asks me what happened, I am going to tell him off. You never asked. You would always tell me how much you appreciated me and how much confidence you had in me. In reality, it contented you to believe I was judgmental, spiteful, negligent and pretty much a novice. When Corrina moved back up there, I told Faith this, That devil can’t hide in the bushes for ever. If she doesn’t get deliverance, Bro. Stewart and Tim will have to discern it and deal with it or there is going to be trouble. You boast how you are not going to follow the flesh of Raymond Jackson, yet you let a woman lead you around like you have a ring in your nose, then you turn right around and encourage brothers and sisters to follow your flesh. The sad part about the whole thing is, God really didn’t even require you to discern the spirit, he gave you another outlet because that is how rich his love and mercy is. Yet for all that, you still didn’t submit. The first that was given to you by Bro. Jackson simply instructed you to gather the sisters that were so fond of traveling with you and tell them to stay home. That would have aggravated that devil so he could be dealt with in a much gentler way concerning the vessel that he had manipulated. When the second reproof came, God times it so that it would be given the Sunday before I would leave to go to Mexico to minister with Bro. Bud. I knew then, I had to tell these things to my brother. He advised me to call Bro. Jackson with the information. Bro. Bud took responsibility for causing me to speak these things to my brother concerning the sister I seek to do no harm to. But Bro. Bud is not responsible. You have forced the issue and I call upon you as a brother in Christ, repent and humble yourself to the full counsel of God that has been delivered to you through the servant of God. You are my brother and I love you, but you are wrong. Your brother in Christ, Bro. Russell Davis”
END OF LETTER
Thank you Bro. Steve. (Bro. Jackson speaking) Now brothers and sisters, we have another short note here we will read in a moment. I will not give anybody recognition in this church that has absolutely, behind my back, or anyone else’s back, perpetrated suppositional things to be truth, when it is a lie. I will not call anyone a liar until it is a proven fact that they are. Some of you might think, Well I don’t think the church is the place to correct this. Where in the world do you think Paul would have corrected it? He corrected everything in the open. I don’t want anyone to be confused about this subject, so I am dealing with it openly. The devil has tried his best to bring a lot of confusion through this, to confuse innocent minds and make it appear that this person is guiltless. Brothers and sisters, they have got by with it for a long time, but no longer will they. Sunday morning when I preached what I did, I went to a certain restaurant, and a certain brother said to me as I passed his table. Bro. Jackson, I would like to tell you something concerning the subject you are dealing with. When they got through eating, they came to our table and told me some things. This occurred in his own home. I do not want anybody to tell me Corrina Glass is innocent concerning the things we have been dealing with. I never asked this brother to tell me this: He just told me. She can tell some people, Well it is all a lie and go right on down the road propagating the same thing. Do you remember, It has been about a year ago that Corrina Glass went to Norway. How many remember that? When she got back from there, on a certain occasion she was in this brother and sister’s home, so now Bro. Bud, come and read this. (Bro. Bud reading) “I felt I should have said something to Corrina about her being out of her place, but I didn’t. My wife and I were very concerned after they left. Then about a week or so later, Sis. Bryant and Naomi stopped by the house. My wife questioned Sis. Bryant about what Corrina meant about her ministry to help Tim. Sis. Bryant said she thought Corrina meant praying for him. But I told her I thought she meant more than that. On the same day Naomi was talking about how she also thought she would have a phone call saying Bro. Jackson had died. My wife told her we couldn’t understand why God would do that since Bro. Jackson was the apostle of the hour and felt God was using him to perfect the Bride, to get us out of this world.”
END OF READING
There is more that could be told, but we will not go into all of it at this time. Brothers and sisters, I am going to come back to the text we were on this morning. I am grateful to the Lord for His word. When the apostle Paul wrote, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” That means exactly what it says. We are going to learn to be led by the Spirit of God. I grant you, there are a lot of things in life that you are confronted with, that you have to deal with in a natural realm. Those things are not necessarily things related to the kingdom of God. However when it comes to things related to the kingdom of God itself, in the Church, I have to ask you, What is the church? It is not a lodge. It is a place where we all come together as children of God, thanking God for His mercy and grace, and learn more about God and His plan of salvation for us, and how we can grow more and more in the image and likeness of Christ Jesus. Yes, it is a fact down through the years of time, that there has always been a little character here and there, that was always manipulating certain things, trying to build his or her own image into something important. We find the same thing in the scriptures. That is why I said this morning, Some will try to perpetrate this or that, just anything to make it something special, like they had a special revelation. Well we also know that the apostle Paul did his level best to put out everything that brought division, and that caused flesh to become exalted. By the grace of God, I have tried my best for the past fifty years, not to exalt my person, but to lift up the ways of the Lord. I do not want people to think that I am something that should be stuck up on a flag pole for some special recognition. I am thankful though, for the truth God has put in my heart; and I know it was not just for me to enjoy, but for me to stand up and defend. I will tell you, when the truth that you stand for becomes a means for the devil to use other carnal minds to throw darts at you, trying to hinder you, you cannot help but watch to see where it all comes from. Somebody in the congregation is the last person on earth that we should expect darts, false accusations, and such like to come from, but it does happen. When I see this whole picture that has been perpetrated by Corrina, as well as Tim, I have to say to those people in Bloomington, the body of true believers, Please, for the sake of almighty God, wake up and realize what the devil has done in your midst. I say, It will not go on like this forever. One of these days somebody is going to do the wrong thing one time too often and this thing is going to take a down hill slide. That is because God will not let His true people be bound up and caught up in a snare like this and become tools for the devil to play with forever. We all many times are faced with something, but sooner or later we are going to learn a lesson and ask God to help get us out of it. I have to realize this particular person, if we call her a sister, she has used her influence on other sisters to try to convince them not to come down here with their husbands like other sisters. I don’t want any sister in Faith Assembly to ever reach out and touch anyone else’s wife, unless it is something that is necessary for their encouragement, not where they go, but their encouragement on how to overcome a trial or a test or something that the devil has thrown in their pathway. I have never preached anything through all these past years that has brought about a separation between a man and his wife. I will preach the truth for all to hear. I will say also, There could be times that one within a household will grab hold of that truth and the other one may not. Therefore I can realize, that many times a conflict will set up that could come between the believing one and the spouse, whether it is the husband or the wife, or vice versa, but I will not give advice to purposely separate that man and that woman in such a conflict. I believe this, If God has laid something on a person’s life to bring them out of darkness into the light, He is able to lead the unbelieving person in a manner and a way to help the one that is trying their best to believe and be an overcomer, because, as they pray and ask God to help them, He eventually makes the way. I have observed through the years of time, how there are some always putting themselves in the wise spot, to try to help somebody else because they want to create an interest. I am not in this for that kind of interest. I want to help people find themselves within the body of Christ. I will have to say, The devil has caused this little group at Bloomington to be separated, and they have become a tool in his hand, to be used by these certain individuals. I just have to say to them, Please, wake up, it cannot stay this way forever. I am not trying to destroy the Bloomington assembly: I am just trying to get some people to wake up and face reality. Please do not think I would ever want to destroy anyone or anything. As for the folks in the Bloomington Assembly, I have known many of those people for years. We have had fellowship together through years past. Nevertheless I would have to say to anyone, regardless of whether it be my own blood sister, or blood brother, if I had one, when they step into our midst to perpetrate something that would seek to bring division or misunderstanding, That character must be dealt with according to what is laid out in the scriptures, showing no favor because of human ties. You will not find any negative comments coming out of my mouth on this subject. I know what God is after in the life of every true believer; and I am standing ready to fulfill my part in His plan. I believe with all my heart, that we are approaching an interval of time that the God in heaven is going to lay upon our hearts a responsibility that we must take seriously. We are going to learn personally, that we as a believer of the word of God are to know what truth is. You cannot just sit somewhere for fifteen years of your life, then fail to decide what is and what is not right. God will not allow you to waste fifteen years of your life, listening to this, that and whatever, running here, running there, and then you never know what is or what is not right. That is just plain nonsense. You certainly do not grow in the grace and knowledge of the Son of God, like that. That is why I said this morning, There are three kinds of people in the world. There is one kind that just want religion. They want to sit on the edge and play along with what they agree with. Then there is another kind, if they do find something that is real, many times they wind up in a fanatical stream of thinking. Only God knows the fanaticism they begin to cultivate, because in their way of thinking, they are being spiritual. Saints there is nothing spiritual about being fanatical. The devil is being allowed to drive their flesh into a fanatical concept of the ways of God, but they cannot serve God that way. Reality is this, If you are absolutely called of God, sooner or later, you will be tried and tested: God will not allow you to sail through life without a problem. Believe me, those trials and tests are going to come out and bear fruit to your benefit, because you will have learned something dealing with them, what is and what is not right in the sight of God. You will begin to make up your mind what God has really led you into and you will know exactly how to take your stand.
ANSWERING A QUESTION AND GIVING ADVICE
I received a telephone call one night last week, from a man that has known me for several years, but he lives in the south, and I will not mention his name. He calls once in awhile and asks a lot of questions. Therefore I will try to explain some things the best I know how. He called and asked, Bro. Jackson, do you think we are going to see the day that is going to be just like it was when God would pour out His Spirit and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, old men shall dream dreams, young men shall see visions, do you think that is coming? I said, To a certain extent it is already here. Oh, it is? There are people sitting in the Branham camp today, looking for God to do something, but they have been doing that for thirty nine years and to this day God has done nothing like what they are expecting. I have to say tonight, I am thankful to God, that through the years He has given me a dream when I needed one to help me through a trying time. I believe with all my heart, we are entering an interval of time now, that if we are truthful with God, and if we are sincere with God, and we want His Spirit to be that which is allowed to lead us, you are not going to have to make long distance telephone calls to find out what you should do. The God that has called you and given you His Spirit, is able to show you what to do if you are sensitive to Him. I have to say tonight, There is no need for anybody to sit back and watch this scene go on, with this one lone woman perpetrating these things and this one lone preacher following along with her, like he has somehow or other been charmed into doing. You everyone know as well as I do, that nowhere in the Bible can you find that the apostle Paul or any of those other anointed men, ever followed a lone woman that claimed God had called her just to pray for their ministry and protect them. Prayer can have a lot to do with many things, but that does not mean you are going to come out and make a public display of your own personal part in what is done. You get in the bedroom, or in a closet somewhere and pray, and then keep your mouth shut. If your prayers are heard, God will honor them and the world will never know. I am aware that we are living in a generation of time when in the world about us, there are people in the natural realm that want to exceed and excel, which is alright to a certain degree, but for goodness sakes, a Christian should not perpetrate lies against another person just to get up there where you can be recognized. You may get by with that kind of conduct for a while, but when it comes to the family of God, we are not in this race to destroy someone else: I personally want to do everything I can to help my brothers and sisters along the way. I believe every true believer desires that also.
EXPLAINING A DREAM
When I mentioned the dream this morning, the one I had better than two years ago, about the little baby boy, let me say this, When I found out the lady was not going to have a baby boy, but a little girl, then later I got to looking at it seriously and said, This is not a natural dream: it is a type. Well when we had our September meetings, these different brothers that came from Alabama and different places, and sat here on this platform and expressed themselves to me, I knew what the dream pointed to. Not one time did I ever say anything like, Now are you with me? Will you stand with me? I did not have to. They knew why they were here. Therefore I will say this tonight, You are my brothers and sisters. When I saw that meeting begin to go like it did, I said, This is that little boy in my dream. You might say, Well I don’t get it, so I will say to you, You are not listening to me, or you would get it. That little boy came out of nowhere. He did not come from any one particular direction, he just suddenly appeared in front of me, there on the ground. When I looked at it that way, I could see this ministry that has been in the backwoods for years, (so to speak) has each one been separated by God, based on the truth we have stood for, for the last thirty nine years. Never have I put out a plea, Now please stand with me: I have not had to, because they were standing for the true revelation of God’s Word. Never have I had to ask any of them, Do you believe what we are printing? Sooner or later they have one by one said, Bro. Jackson, what an article! I want you to know I stand with you one hundred percent. One by one these men, when they would preach and the congregation could see spiritually what they were saying, how it lined up with the other person’s message, I knew for sure, Here is that little boy, right here in this ministry that is coming out of the past. That ministry is coming into view now, because of their love for truth. From now on, the five fold ministry to the Bride of Christ is going to begin to sound off and have an affect. I have to say, I thank God tonight, because through the past year I have been able to communicate with them. All these brothers, I am thankful for what they have learned, because it has been the Spirit of God that has put us all together. Then when I refer to the sister that came and got the baby, I had to look at it in this light, It was not because she was the mother: It was because she set a type of the young people here in Faith Assembly. They have a spirit of recognition, they know what to believe and what to accept. They are ready to embrace it. How many understand that? I have to say young people, Please, for the sake of God’s righteousness, do not sit here and say, I haven’t learned anything. If that be true I would have to say, Then maybe you haven’t been listening. The truth of God’s word has been preached here through the years; and we have printed articles for years that would have helped anyone understand if they were serious about understanding. I get letters from overseas saying, Thank you Bro. Jackson, and thank you Faith Assembly, for the truth that you have put out and sent to the world through the years: You just don’t know what this means to us, having access to God’s revealed truth for this end time body of believers. Yes saints, It is that truth we have stood for, for the past forty years now, that these letters speak of, so watch what I am telling you: God is going to use it in the hands of these other brothers. He is going to put a body of people together, and each one is going to learn how to live and walk in the Spirit of God. We are not going to be repetitious, or copy cats, but the revelation of this truth is going to live in each of us. It is going to motivate our thoughts and lead us in the right direction. I say to every young person in here, God is not through with you yet. The hour is coming, when our hearts and our motives are right, that God is going to start anointing you for certain things. He will let some of you see some dreams that will benefit you, as well as the body. Sometimes it will be God’s way of showing you a step ahead of time, what is about to take place. I have to say, When this body begins to really come together in true unity around the scriptures, I am not going to look upon you as a bunch of little nincompoops, and you will not look upon the ministry as men who are trying to make themselves something. They are going to be something, because God has made them something. You are going to learn to thank God for every truth that you hear come out of their mouth. Every brother of the true, called out ministry is going to see eye to eye. That is not just my prediction: That is what the Bible says. They are not going to be copy cats either. They are going to take what God puts in their heart and then deliver it to the people the way God wants it to be expressed. I will say this, No minister in the true body of Christ will ever have to worry, Am I preaching it right? When you allow the Holy Spirit of God to work in your life, He will direct your spiritual mind the right way: He will let you see the subject, the object, and all of that which is to be obtained. He will cause you to see everything the right way, and that will enable you to deliver everything just the way God wants it. I say these things, and I want my brothers and sisters to remember, We do not have twenty more years to learn how to be perfected. Perfection the way God speaks of it, is knowing how to live right and knowing how to look at each other, and then talk right. A true minister of God is not always bragging about what he is, and what everyone else is not. We begin to be thankful to God for what He has done for all of us. I am thankful for every one of you who have allowed me to preach to you through the years. It is only by the grace of God that any of us are anything worth what He has bestowed upon us. We can all have trials, but we do not have to just settle down and live in the trials, talking about them all the time. If we do have a trial, sometimes it is best just to pray about it instead of talking about them all the time. As we are nearing the end, watch what I tell you, When the other person really begins to be concerned about the part they play, here is where the Spirit of God can show some brother or sister in a dream, that a certain person needs prayer. You can see yourself many times going to that person and saying a few words that will be an encouragement. It is not to show them how much you know: It is saying certain words that God inspires you to say, that will help uplift them while going through a trial, and that is because God will see that you say the right thing, the right way. That person will say, Brother, or Sister whichever the case is, God sent you just in time: I cannot tell you how much this means to me: I have been depressed for a long time. Let me say also, I am not coming down with a bad cold just because my voice is like this: I am eighty years old, so tell me how many other eighty year old men can get up like this, and their voice holds up on and on. I have seen eighty year old men who could hardly talk at all, so I am thankful that I can talk as well as I do. I have said, Lord, as long as you put a revelation in my heart, I might have to squeak it out, but I will do my best to teach it. My voice is not going to hold up like it used to, so I ask that you learn to bear with me in these times. I will manage to squeak it out somehow. The main thing is, that you understand what I have said. I love my brothers and sisters, and I want to be a help to every one of you. I want to encourage you any time I can. I will confess to this while I am talking, It really bugs me, to know there are always one or two off somewhere in a corner, that are always trying to manipulate themselves into a place above everybody else. To them I say, You think you are really something, but you are only what you are by the grace of God. That is all I will ever be saying of myself. I have never asked God to put a bunch of stars above my head, or make me anything special. I am only what God called me to be, and I always pray, Father just give me the grace to speak what you lay upon my heart so it will benefit the people it is meant for. Remember this, After tonight, I will not touch on this anymore for a long, long time. I have another message to preach; and it is not along this line. I want to be sure I have said enough concerning this subject, that you will know from now on, that I am not playing with it. I have not said behind anybody’s back, the things that need to be said. That kind of conduct does not belong in the Church of the living God. Regardless of whether you are a brother or a sister or a preacher or whatever, I want my brothers and sisters to be able to sit here and feel that I respect them, and to know they are my brothers and my sisters. As I said to the young people earlier, I feel like I want to adopt all of you. Why do I say that? Simply because I have respect for all of you. I will say to every one of you, I am thankful for the way you have sat here through the years, and for the respect you have shown me, or whoever else might have been in this pulpit.
I will say again tonight, what I told one person already, Watch, up the road ahead, as God begins to put His end time Church together, there are some people living out there in isolated places, having no place to go and fellowship in the like realm of their faith. Once they do recognize a body of people, a congregation that they can begin to see worshiping God according to a revelation of truth, they will want to be a part of that fellowship, so watch what I tell you, and be ready to extend a friendly hand to them. I will not proselyte anyone, but I am persuaded that truth will draw them here. I pray that we will have proper respect for them, and for them being led by the Spirit of God to come here. Many times they will lay down a lot of things just to be here. You are going to see the hand of God at work, how He provides and makes a way for them to be able to leave certain areas and come here, moving everything they have into this area to be here. Why? Just to look at your face? No sir. It is to be here with you and me to worship God in the same Spirit and in the true revelation of His Word, that their spiritual being can be edified. I have to cherish people like that. They will not come here complaining: They will come here because they are thankful to be among people of like faith. Lord, help us all to know how to be led by your Spirit. I pray that Faith Assembly will continue growing and be able to shine a spotlight upon truth for people that are not looking for halos, but for a place of like faith where they can come together and worship our Creator. This is an hour of time when we all should be knowing how to conduct ourselves and live before God among each other without bickering. God bless you brother, God bless you sister. If God has shown you something, be sure it is simple enough and humble enough that you are not afraid to share it. When we begin to see one another in like faith, with like appreciation so people can feel it, then they will want to be a part of it. I like to be with that kind. That is why I have said, Please, do not sit here for eighteen years and then say, Well I am not sure that I am in the right place. I want all of you to make heaven your home, and I pray that you recognize what you have fallen heir to, because you suddenly realize, this is what you have been waiting for and living for all along. God is not going to tolerate this nonsense of us down here, humanly using excuses, I have been here and I have been there, and not found anywhere I can stay. I remember meeting a young man years ago that really seemed to have a hunger for the word of God. Then for whatever reason, he left here and went to Oklahoma for a while. When he moved back into this area, he never did come back to Faith Assembly. Then after several months, a brother met up with this one young man somewhere and asked, Where are you going to church now? I don’t go anywhere. Why not? I can’t find anybody that believes like me. Brothers and sisters, Faith Assembly is not going to be put together with people like that. We are all going to wind up believing the same thing, or something will cause some of you to go elsewhere. When God gets through dealing with the Bride Church, all that are in it are going to be believing the same thing. Do not tell me you will not. You everyone will, young and old, black or white, because that is what the Church of the living God is to be like. That book we carry and profess to believe it is the written Word of God, only points to one picture, one object, one objective. When that is in our hearts, we are no longer a Baptist, we are no longer a Methodist: We are children of God and we know it. You will not sit here for years and never learn anything. I am thankful to God for what He has taught me through the years. Brothers and sisters, young and old, if it were not for the grace of God, we would not be anything worthwhile, because we deserved nothing God has to offer. I am thankful for what He has taught us. I know it is the truth. I know also, that if we hold to it, there is yet other things to come, but we will not have to throw one thing away in order to pick up what is yet to come. What God has taught us, you will keep that and He will always add a little more to it as long as we remain in this life. How many understand that? You are my brothers and my sisters, young and old, because the Church of the living God is made up of young and old. Those who have been in a military unit will understand what I mean by not trying to know it all, because you did not go in there and tell them what to do, and neither did you conduct yourselves like you knew it all either, did you? Well when God saves us, we have to lay down a lot of ideas we had carried through life up until then. It is one thing to read the Bible, but it is another thing to know what it contains, how to read it, how to digest it, and how to accept the kind of picture that comes out of it. Therefore brothers and sisters, this particular problem I have been dealing with, I hope you understand by now what we have been looking at. Am I trying to condemn a body of people? Not at all. I just want to show you, that you cannot stand back and look at some lone person, woman or man, preacher or otherwise, and allow them to project something out here that affects peoples lives in an adverse way, because their growth and walk with God is interrupted until they get straightened out. They may want your fellowship, but that fellowship is not worth anything when it is not approved by the Word of God. I can have respect for a person, but after they begin to show themselves to be that kind of character, the only way I am going to recognize them, is maybe just to shake their hand: that is the human side of it, but that does not mean I am going to pay any attention to their unscriptural ideas. If any person like that ever wants me to recognize them as being anything, they are going to have to confess that they were wrong, and I was right concerning scriptural conduct and fellowship. How many understand what I said? I am closing this message by saying, I have not condemned Bloomington; and I am thankful to God for every one in here that is from the Bloomington assembly, but I did not proselyte to get any of them here. It is the truth we have stood for through the years, that has shined out into the world and drawn certain ones here. As for those from Bloomington, they got tired of sitting there in that conflicting atmosphere: I would too. I certainly do not want any of that kind of spirits hanging around here. I will say very plainly, Do not come down here with that kind of junk: It will not be tolerated. I want to shake hands with godly people that come here to learn how we can all sit together in heavenly places in Christ. I will stand for truth until there is not one lone person among us manipulating and pulling some kind of deal to draw attention to themselves. We have all come here to learn by the grace of God. Therefore I believe, if that is the motive of our hearts, God is going to teach us many things in the days to come.
SOMETHING TO PRAY ABOUT
Only God Himself knows some of the things that are going on right now in the political realm, and in the economic realm. How do we know that there is not something drastic coming down the road? The way things are out here in the world around us, a bunch of these Muslim extremist could turn something loose and create a lot of ruin, havoc, and danger in many places. You might be glad then to have a brother or sister that you can go to and have fellowship with. We do not know for sure, that we will be able to keep this building open for every service under conditions like that. We will do our best in every situation, by the grace of God, to have a place open where we can worship God together. I am saying no more on the subject we have been dealing with. How many understand what I have said about it? Everything I have stated is the truth; and I do not want that in Faith Assembly, because I did not start it. There will not be a lodging place here for self-serving ideas. May God help us keep our head’s on straight. As I look out here, I see a young fellow that had not been coming here very long until I saw him sitting up here beside this little sister. Listen to me! I am concerned for every one of you young people sitting in here in this assembly. I will never tell you, that just because time is so short, that you should stay single. If Jesus is coming tomorrow, and you see a person you love and that loves you, and you want to get married, that is your business. Let the rest of us leave it alone. My point is this, Don’t look at me because I am eighty years old and think I do not feel for you young people. I have great concern for every one of you. I refuse to come down the road all bent over, making life miserable for other people. I want to think like a Christian person ought to think. That is why I tell these young people once in awhile, I am going to pick at you, I might make you laugh, but I will not make you cry. You everyone know what I mean by that. I am thankful for every one of you, because we are a family and we are going to be a family that gets better at knowing how to conduct ourselves. We are going to get stronger as the days pass. May the Lord bless all of you. Amen.
I stand before you today as a Christian brother and a servant of God. I am not going to speak pretentiously, but factually. I look at every one of you as my brother and my sister. However there is an element of people that have come to an hour in time, when each one, no matter how old or young, are going to learn what it is to be led by the Spirit of God. Brothers and sisters, I beg you, please listen carefully to what I will say. I am not here to hurt you, but we are going to learn something from this. What does the word of God say? That is what my interest is in. I can stand here and talk about unity all I want to, but until there comes something into my heart and your heart, that causes us to want to be in unity with each other on what God shows us, (and that has got to be from God’s word) we are just wasting precious time. It means we have got to bring ourselves in line with God’s word. I do not ask you to follow me as a person, but I do pray that you will follow me as I present to you the precious truth of God’s revealed word for this hour of time. If God is going to perfect the Bride of Christ, we are going to wind up learning how to be a people led by God. We cannot follow one another. We have got to know for sure, that we are following God. Check up on yourselves and ask, Am I following God, or am I following flesh? We have had those days in our denominational circles when these things were not even talked about. We talked about the grace of God that is able to save us, and how He has saved us from our sins, but now we need to ask, What is next? Learning the basics of our new found life with Christ is one aspect of that new life, but there comes a time, if we are here to really serve God, we have to be sure we are a person that can be trusted by God to do what He wants us to do. Otherwise we may be out here trying to manipulate something to create a lot of attention to our fleshly person. You are everyone going to have an opportunity to judge carefully what I say. I look at every one of you as my brothers and sisters. There will be a people brought together in unity. Don’t forget it. He will wash us clean through His word, and He will take out of us every wrinkle, every blemish that pertains to our person, everything that might stand in the way of you and me being able to recognize other parts of the body of Christ. Perfection brings about elimination, as we will see. It either means the elimination of a condition that has brought about such things, or it also means the elimination of people that would perpetrate things that cause problems. My text this morning is found in Romans 8. I am just going to read two verses. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Now let’s go to the 14th verse. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” If we believe what the Bible says, He will present this Church to Himself, a perfect Church, without a spot, without a blemish, and without a wrinkle, which really means each one of us will learn our particular place, and how to live for Him and how to live amongst ourselves in that place. Do not forget what it says in the book of Acts, back when the early Church first started: there had been made a pledge among the people as they began to sell their properties and things, and pledged to support the needs among them within the congregation. That worked just fine as long as everyone had a true motive, but we will look at a situation where not everyone was like minded. Let us go to Acts, chapter 5, where we will read of such an event.
RESULTS OF LYING TO HOLY GHOST
The beginning of sharing what some had in excess in the early Church, brought about a situation that caused a lot of fear when God had to deal with deception. Just one lone man by the name of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, sold their property and lied about how much they received for it. Starting out, they meant well, but after they saw that much money in their hands they thought, Do we really want to give all that to the Church? Well they decided they would keep a certain amount back, just in case something came along that they might have a need some day, never thinking that God was looking upon the thing they decided to do. In this 5th chapter of Acts, starting in verse 1, we read these words, “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. (God will not allow deception among the true bride.) And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. (11) And great fear came upon all the Church, and upon as many as heard these things.” I am not reading this to scare anybody, but to allow you to see how God looks at a spirit of deception. Many of us have lived a long time here on this earth. As for myself, I have been privileged by the grace of God to live for the Lord in the light of this message of truth. During that time, I have met a lot of wonderful people. There have been a lot of wonderful people pass through this church. I have never endeavored to try to use people, or exploit them for their money or anything. I want to do my best to be honest and sincere. When Ananias fell dead, the Bible says fear came upon the multitude. That was because they saw how God dealt with pretenders and deception. I do not believe that was the last thing the Holy Spirit corrected. I believe that was the beginning of a lot of minor things that followed along, not that anybody died, but it shook a lot of people into reality, like, You are not here to play around like you are a Christian and to pretend you are one when in reality you are not. We come into this experience, and yes, our flesh, or our human makeup is still the same as before, but we have got to begin to realize the old man has to be crucified to self, to selfish ambitions, personal wants and aims. If we do not begin this process we must ask, Am I trying to protect just myself? Am I trying to hide behind Christ? We cannot do as true Christians, what we see some doing. A lot of things go on in the denominational realm, but God is not going to allow it to go on among His true Church. We are either going to learn to live right, talk right, think right and know something that is right, or the Spirit of God will expose our selfish motive that prevents us. We have a lot of people in this world today that just live with a lot of psychological talk. Many times it will sound like this, God showed me, God told me, God led me, God inspired me; and they say these things for one main purpose: They want everyone to believe that whatever they are going to say is straight from the Lord; and everyone needs to listen to them. That goes on all the time, especially in the Pentecostal realm. That is why you have heard them say things like, The greatest revival the world has ever had is just ahead. They have been saying it for the last thirty some years; and that revival they are looking for is just not in God’s plan. Weak minded people will fall for that and support it, but those who have a revelation of the word of God know where that spirit is coming from. I have seen some of those programs on television, and seen how people sit there with tears in their eyes just really taken in by what they are hearing. I just have to say, It all sounds good, but God is not building His kingdom around such things as they are promoting. I believe we are living in a time when the Church that is made up of true, God loving people who have a revelation, will learn how to be led by the Spirit of God. When they speak for the Lord they will not just be speaking from their own viewpoint, but rather that which God has inspired them to speak. This is a day when you cannot get by with making people assume that what you have said is right. That is why I am saying this morning, I want you to judge in your heart what I am going to say to you today as my brothers and sisters. We cannot come together in unity as long as we drag along personal, human feelings, like, Well I don’t like this; and I don’t like that: I see things different than they do. Brothers and sisters, that is very carnal: It has no place in the true body of believers that will make up the bride of Christ.
GOD WORKS IN VARIOUS WAYS
Brothers and sisters, if God is going to wash us, there is going to come a means and there will be times that He is going to be washing us. If in the process I am to get hurt, it is only for my benefit. As I say these things, please, sit still and listen. I had a dream three weeks ago that made me look at an object. In the last two years, I have dealt with a subject that has been questioned by a lot of people. I tried my best to use as kind a words as I could use to project a picture of something that is going on. That was because it is not my desire to hurt my brothers and sisters. I had no dream about it, but different ones from around the body of Christ, came to me with a dream they had; and that began to let me know I am looking at something that must be dealt with. To this point I have not told any of these dreams. I will say this though, Bro. Bud was the first one, but after that I began to get them from various other places, from Colorado to Virginia, and different places. As I listened to them, I could see the character involved and what it would lead to. I have tried my best to say some things to get people to open their eyes, but did they? Brothers and sisters, it is alright for you to have your little group prayer meetings, but you and your group of prayer meetings is not going to amount to a dime’s worth of anything if you intend to come out of them as some kind of super person that is going to outshine everybody else. Do you know where you are headed? You are headed down a one way road to nowhere. That is not the way the early Church lived and existed and I believe you everyone know it. I believe we all ought to seek God for whatever He wants us to be and do, but I am not here to tell you what, when, where and how, nor would I if I could. I will say this though, The year 1994, was the beginning of an anointing that came through this congregation as well as other churches associated with us; and I never laid my hand on any one person to say, Don’t do this and don’t do that. I did comment and say that when certain things are in excess, it is a shame for the people involved to say, I have the Holy Ghost. You who do that, really just prove that you only got enough to cause you to make a fool of yourself, which always happens with those who do not know what to do with what they received. It is the same way in a lot of other things of life, because there are some people, who, if you give them a thousand dollars today, they will blow it on excesses in six weeks time. Then there are others, if you give them a hundred dollars, a year later they will still have half of it left. I say these things to illustrate something to you, so please listen to me now, When we receive the Holy Spirit, we have not received all the mind of Christ, so we cannot step out here and start doing miracles. We only get the mind of Christ as we allow that mind to be cultivated in us, and that comes to us through the revelation of the word of God and our obedience to what we receive; and it will affect our soul and our spirit. Then and then alone can we really speak for the Lord, so when we do otherwise we are just talking for ourselves. There are a lot of people going to church in this day and hour of time that just want attention focused upon themselves. Brothers and Sisters: I say to you, You are my brothers, and you are my sisters;and I do not consider your age in spiritual things, because it does not matter how old or young you are, God can still use you, but it is according to His purpose, so we must wait upon that anointing. That is why I want to say to you, that never in the history of the Church of the Bible was there an era of time where young people rose up and became the instruments, the super-dupers, that led the Church anywhere. You everyone know that. God will not allow it. All through the Bible, He exhorts the younger ones to respect the elder ones, and listen to them, letting them be examples for you to pattern your Christian walk by. This is an hour of time when youth are running the roads and highways, spinning their wheels, yelling their heads off and having little thought about eternity. They pull up beside you with the drums beating in the car, their heads jerking and you have to wonder how they ever get where they are supposed to be. In hell they will jerk, but it will not be to a tune that will make them happy. I say these things because God has a channel, or a way that He wants us to live and walk in. You are not going to find it in a school text book. The president, and neither the senators or congressmen are going to be able to tell you. They do not listen to God anymore. That is why they have a problem in the Middle East right now. I heard on the News this morning, that they have formulated a new government that is supposed to go into effect in a few days. For some reason our country brought one of their men over here for some instruction or something, but when they sent him back home, some of the Iraqi police were escorting him and they got caught in the midst of a bunch of militia madmen. That man was killed, along with about twelve Iraqi policemen. I will say this, When political men of the world get to the place they cannot stop and kneel down and ask God to help us, and they want to perpetrate their own ideas of politics to make it appear they are going to do something, we are not going to do one earthly thing, only what the Bible says. If God permits it, you will do it, but if not, you will fail. I say these things only as examples. It is time for us to take a look at ourselves and ask, Why are we sitting here? What do we come here for? Is it just to go through a little formality of worship, and then go our way and say, Wasn’t it good to be there today? A few years ago there was a problem started. For several years I published an article in the Contender. I have got letter after letter thanking me for it. It was in circulation for a long time before I ever began to get a positive thank you: I appreciate the church for what they have done. I say these things, and it does not matter what you think about my person, but I know what I am saying and why. I have lost sleep over it, and I am not going to let somebody sit here and try to tell me what to do and what not to do. I have told a lot of things to the world: my name has been broadcast as nothing. I am not out here to hurt anyone, but if I can put something out to make you stop and think, I need to stop playing around, it is all worthwhile. If any of you think I am not telling the truth, then I ask, Why are you sitting here? It is time to stop playing church and begin to function as any part of the Church should function for the glory of God. I love people, but I get sick of hearing people whining all the time and saying, You are preaching about me. If any of you think that, Then get your life in line with God’s word. Going to church is not the same as going to a lodge. Years ago when I was in Methodism I preached at the church in Elizabeth. Well about five years ago they began to get the idea they wanted to do something for the young people, so what did they do? They first built a building out behind the church house. Now they are planning to have a dance about once a month to draw the young people their way. They have built up their congregation, but to what end? I thought, Yes, they come for one thing, carnal pleasure. They use the name of Jesus Christ to perpetrate their own carnal pleasure seeking, to entertain their human spirit. I have never offered a soup supper or anything to get a bunch of young people to come here, and I never will. You come here to hear truth and by the enablement of the Spirit of God, that is what you will get. Then it is up to you how to live it. When people are told something like, God showed me this, and God led me to do so and so, and God told me, or God inspired me, you will develop various opinions, so I ask you. Do you want to be a part of a body of people that is purposely giving themselves over to a lot of talk like that? Is that really what the Bible is speaking of when it speaks of being led by the Spirit of God? You know it is not. We are all here, every last one of us, to learn something about how to get this entire process of living for God in line with the written Word of God.
HEARING THE ENTIRE MESSAGE
Through the last so many years of Bro. Branham’s ministry, I had these various dreams that have been published, but I assure you, I never told those things to build myself up: I felt like there was a purpose of God in all of that. As for Brother Branham, I will always defend that man, his name, his character, his faithfulness in fulfilling the job he was called of God to do in this last Church Age, and I have no reason to worry about whose face it is in. That man was an example for me in more ways than I can express to you. I realize some people can be sitting somewhere chewing the bit because of some of the things I say, but I say to all who are like that, Listen to the entire thing: If you do not, you will go down a one way road and there will be no turning back. I got those two days of Hosea 6:2, from the Rabbi you have heard me speak of, and they opened the way into much light of things we had not understood before. In Hosea 6:2, this is what we find written and it is for the Jewish people. “After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.” We know when the two days end, do we not? They end with the week of Daniel which opens at the end of this Gentile age of grace. You have all of that in the 11th chapter of Revelation, but where does it start. Well the prophecy says, After two days, so that is where we let it rest. The week of Daniel is a prophetic picture, so it has to start somewhere with a historical beginning. It is just not an anonymous guess-what period. How many realize that? Yes, I look for 2004 and a half to get here and we are still here. Then you are going to say, Oh, Bro. Jackson was wrong. Wrong about what? I am now going to give you some Bible. Did not the apostle Paul say in the 7th chapter of 1st Corinthians, to the young women, that he would, that they remain as virgins, single. Did he not say that? Why did he say that? Because of the shortness of time as he saw it then. Then years later in jail, when he wrote to Timothy, what did he say? He would, that the younger women marry and bare children, be keepers of the house. Did he go back and apologize? He was allowed to be a man. What about James? He plainly said the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Did he not? Well I said what I said and I am not going to change it, because that is going to bring you into a proximity of something that is going to set up in this world. I am not about to change my speech. I have seen TV programs and heard evangelists say, God showed me this, God has told me this, God has led me to do this, and whatever. Well that sounds good to a carnal crowd, but where is God in all of that? There is an element of people out there that swallow that kind of talk and cry and weep and say, Oh I have been sitting in the presence of God. The truth is, You have been sitting in the presence of a bunch of human flesh that has a lot of psychological speech ability. I am not going to use psychological speech on you. If what I am saying in an illustrative way is not truth, then I will have to say, Please, for the sake of your soul, don’t darken these doors by coming here.
The other night I had a phone call from a brother in Ghana Africa. He said, I have a testimony, and then said, Some time back I was in a car accident. He had been in Seattle Washington, (that is where he called from.) but he is originally from Tema Ghana, Africa. He said, I was in a terrible car accident and was knocked unconscious and almost bled to death. For twenty two days I was in a coma. When I did come to myself, I began to ask myself, Why did God even leave me alive? The doctors had told him about the condition in his body, and whether he would ever be able to manipulate and do anything again. He said, as I look back, little by little my body began to gain strength and I eventually recovered. He said, I am calling you tonight just to give you this testimony. Then he said, Bro. Jackson, God bless you and the work you have done. You cannot know what it has done to help stabilize some of us. Am I going to jump up and down and say Hallelujah? I just say thank you Lord, for giving me sense and guiding me through your word. That is all I have asked for. Brothers and Sisters: I did not come here this morning to be made a fool of. You are going to hear for yourselves, in the testimonies, how these things were perpetrated, how they came into possession of peoples lives and through the years what it has led up to. Faith Assembly: If God is going to have a Bride, some of us are going to be part of it. I certainly want to be part of it. I want this vessel of clay to be crucified with Christ. I want truth to go out of these lips. I will not point my finger at you and condemn you, but if you leave here today and doubt that what I have said is the truth, and feel you have to go your own way and figure out where your own little ideas fit into the picture, and what you are going to do and what you are not going to do, I am just going to say, God have mercy on your soul. After forty nine years as pastor this church, many have come and gone; and most of them left because they had their own ideas about the word of God. Some of them that left never amounted to a dime’s worth of anything. I have not followed them, trying to get them back. I have let them go and do their thing and say whatever was in their mind to say; and I know where many of them ended up. Therefore I am saying today, God, take us and perfect us by whatever means it takes. How old we are, or how young we are, has nothing to do with it. I am not going to lean on my family and try to force them to follow me: they have to trust the Lord themselves and let Him lead them. If I cannot be an example to them, then I pray they will find someone they can look to as a proper example. When God is through with all of us, we are each one going to learn to know how to live, how to talk, how to respect one another and pray for one another. As for all of you who are hearing me today, Please, do not leave here complaining and saying, He was preaching about me. What is wrong with you, if you think like that? Yes, I am going to preach about you, if your life falls into the category of what I am preaching about, but I never intend to just target some individual, except in situations that affect the body of Christ. This church was started some years ago with one thing in my mind: I felt that the Lord had led me to do it. The number of people through time that have been led by God to come here, have vindicated my conviction, so I just say, Thank you Lord. I will never forget when Bro. & Sis. Lau came from Wisconsin. They told me of the dreams they had been led by, and how they prepared themselves by going other places. Their prayer was, Lord lead us to where your Bride is going to be. I never put that in their mind’s. That was the desire in their heart. Some time later their daughter and son-in-law began to look to the future and they were led here also. They had a wonderful testimony. It makes me feel bad for some, when I hear the testimonies of how people were led here, while at the same time there are others who have sat here, almost born and raised here, and they can say very little without grumbling. There is something wrong. Somewhere out there, all of you who are looking for something other than what we have here will find what you are looking for, but it is going to be an element of flesh that will cater to your flesh, and it is not going to be thus saith the Lord either. It will just be, Thus saith he who is after you. I will just say to all who hear this, Do not forget the fact that perfection brings about elimination. Elimination is always the removing of particles that will not blend with the product. We had the moving of the Spirit of God here for a few years, and as I look back to 1994, 1995 and 1996, how the young people would come in and it looked like they could come in and all of a sudden the anointing would hit them. They were either lying on the floor, running, jumping, dancing and so forth, and it makes me very sad to realize that some of them are not here anymore. You cannot help but wonder why? I have not followed them to condemn them. When God offers Himself to you and me, it really matters what we do with the experience. You may think, Well that is my business, but I say to you, It is God’s business. He does not give Himself to you for no reason whatsoever. He is going to try you with what He commits to you. Will you take this and let it be a means to lead you? If you do not, do you know where you will end up? You will end up on skid-row somewhere, because God will not allow you to take a portion of Himself and go out here and just make believe. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman, if you are using presumptuous statements, accusations and these things just to make it look good on your part to a certain element of people that you want to influence, sooner or later you will wind up in a junk yard. Show me anywhere in the Pentecost move, where anything ever went wild and it is still in existence today.
When any movement departs from the word of God to satisfy fleshly motives, There is a junk yard waiting for it and that is where it eventually winds up. Those individuals many times, just end up going back to the world, back to their former life, or God just simply takes them off the scene. He is not going to cater to an element of people that are counterfeiters, pretenders, hindering spiritual growth in others by creating statements that affect people’s lives. Sooner or later, if your outlook is all negative, Watch out, you will wind up in a trash heap somewhere. God will not let that kind of interference stand in the roadway of life forever. At times, there is more involved than just separation. I have said these things, and I feel that I have said enough for most all of you to know what I am talking about. I am talking this way, hoping and praying that some of you will get hold of yourselves. I will not follow you around and condemn you, just to put you down, but do not try to tell me that somewhere out there, somebody has got it over on me. I could not care less what these fault-finders say, but you are not going to use me to make some ridiculous statement, trying to prove that God said this or God said that, when God did not say anything like you may think He did. When any person is allowed to get by with suppositional statements, that person begins to feel good about himself; and pretty soon people begin to say, Oh that Bro. So and So is really spiritual: God really talks through him. I heard many in the days of Bro. Branham’s ministry say the same thing about men who tried to duplicate what the true man of God did. Not a one ever amounted to a dime’s worth of anything. Among the testimonies that you are going to hear, I do not know who these things were first told to, but Bro. Bud is going to read a testimony that comes from my daughter Arlene and her husband Jackie Marshall. They kept this to themselves until just a little over two years ago when it was first told to me. Then when I told them I had just heard it, they had known it for a long time. This is a church, not a dance hall, not a playhouse, and it is certainly not a lodge. It is a church where God’s Word is respected. He is either going to perfect you and me, or He is going to eliminate us, one way or another. How many understand? I say this with respect for truth. I look upon the weakest among us with respect because I realize we are not all going to be of the same magnitude as far as talents are concerned, but regardless of that, the main thing is to be true to God. I have to say to the thirty fold, you can be honest, you can be sincere and you can have a perfect aim, just as the hundred fold. God is looking beyond your abilities, at how faithful you are with what He has committed to you.
As the reading begins, (Bro. Bud is reading). There are actually two letters to read. The first one I am going to read is the one he referred to by Jackie and Arlene. Before I read this I will say, I had heard this same statement myself several years ago, but I did not know who the person was, that was to take Bro. Jackson’s place. However I had heard that the statement was made by this certain sister, that she felt Bro. Jackson was going to die and that someone would take his place. After I read these, I have another comment I do want to make. “Some years ago (Sister Arlene speaking) Jackie was interested in taking piano lessons from Larry Glass. Larry and Corrina were living in an apartment behind the Green Tree Mall at the time. Corrina invited us to their house on Sunday afternoon for lunch. Lunch was almost ready and Corrina told us to go ahead and be seated at the table. Jackie and I both remember her standing at the sink finishing up the lunch, she was talking about something that had to do with church in some aspect. I remember by what she was saying that she and I had different opinions on the subject and it would be best if I just did not voice my opinion at all. Then as she continued talking she said, and that is why your dad has to be taken off the scene, he has to die and Bro. Bud will take his place. She said this with no hesitation and as calmly as if she were in total agreement with it. I instantly became so ill that the rest of the conversation is a blur to me. I don’t remember anything else she said after that. All I could think of was, How could you say that to my face, that my dad is going to die, and you show no emotion over it at all. How could you be so disrespectful of my feelings. I remember when your father was killed and the affect it had on you and your family. Approximately three years ago during a convention Corrina was called on to sing. She sang the song, For Such a Time as This. If I remember correctly, she began singing the song and after a verse or two she stopped and began to testify. In the testimony she talked about the hour we are living in and how grateful she was for dad and his ministry and the stand he was taking in this day. I remember thinking at that time, after all these years, I wonder if she still thinks God is going to take him off the scene?”
This letter is from Sis. Debbie Hutchinson. “I am writing this letter concerning a statement that was made by Sis. Corrina Glass while my family and I were visiting in her home in the early 1990’s. While Corrina was preparing supper that evening, she started a conversation concerning church. During the course of the conversation she made a comment that really troubled me. She said, do you know that Bro. Jackson has to be taken from the scene? I was very much taken by surprise at the statement and didn’t really understand where she was going with it or what she meant by it. I couldn’t remember anything that I had ever read or heard preached that would back up this statement. Sis. Corrina gave an explanation as to why she thought this would take place, but due to the length of time that has passed since this conversation took place, I cannot recall every detail in its entirety. The explanation that she gave made little sense to me and I was wondering while she was speaking, why I had never heard anything of this nature preached from the pulpit, if indeed Bro. Jackson was to be taken from the scene. The comment Sis. Corrina made about Bro. Jackson has remained very vivid in my mind through the years. It troubled me so much that I recall discussing it with some of my family members soon after it was made. During the course of the evening, after supper, Sis. Corrina also stated in the presence of my husband and myself that the Lord had shown her that her husband, Bro. Larry Glass was going to pass away. I believe she said the Lord had shown her this in a dream. Bro. Larry Glass was there and heard the conversation. Needless to say, my husband and I left that evening troubled in our spirits and very disturbed by those comments.”
END OF SECOND LETTER
Back some years ago, (Bro. Bud speaking) it was long after I had heard the statement she had made that Bro. Jackson was going to die, Corrina stopped my wife in the aisle and said to her, I need to talk to Bro. Bud. I have made some comments that I need to apologize for. My wife told her, You can call him or however you feel you need to go about it. I afterward received a call from Corrina one evening; and she said to me, Bro. Bud, I have been together with some other sisters; and she told me who they were. She then said, We have had some meetings together and we have talked and said things about you and your ministry. She said, We have made the statement that you are a false prophet. She said, I would like for you to forgive me for that. I said, Sister, let me say this, You may feel that my ministry is false, and that is your privilege, but as far as being a false prophet, I have never made the comment that I was a prophet in any way whatsoever. I have never believed that was my calling of God. You have always heard me say that I felt my calling was that of an evangelist. So, since I am not a prophet, I could not scripturally be a false prophet. However your apology is accepted and we will just let it go at that. She thanked me. One of the other sisters also approached me, and I will not mention her name, simply because I do not feel it is necessary at this time. This other sister had also been in the meetings referred to, so she too called me and made much the same statement. We have been together, we have talked and said some things about your ministry and we have called you a false prophet. I told her the very same words I had told Corrina. I am not a prophet, so I cannot be a false prophet. If you feel my ministry is false, that is your privilege. She too apologized and I accepted her apology. What I am saying about this, is something I know to be a fact. The statement about Bro. Jackson passing off the scene, I was told that years ago. Last year when we were in Mexico, Bro. Steve Yahrus and his wife, my wife and I were there together, and also Bro. Russell Davis and his wife were there. We shared in the ministry on that trip. One day we were sitting in the restaurant at the motel; and Bro. Russell began to relate some things to Bro. Steve and myself, and I think our wives were there at this time. He began to relate some things to us that Corrina had said. He spent about forty five minutes or a little longer telling us some of the things that had transpired that he knew to be factual, that he himself had witnessed. I am not going to go into the details of that because Bro. Steve has some things written down that Bro. Russell said, which he will bring forth himself. Bro. Russell also came here, I believe it was last year and sat here on the front row. Bro. Allen, Bro. Jackson and myself, as well as Bro. Steve were there, and Bro. Russell related the events to Bro. Jackson and the others that were there. I will say this, The reason Bro. Russell did relate it, as he told Bro. Steve and I the story there in Mexico, I asked him myself, Have you told this to Bro. Jackson? He said, No, I just really did not know what to do about it, but it has laid ever so heavy upon my mind ever since. He said, I just did not know what to do at that time. I take the responsibility for him relating these things (Bro. Bud speaking) and I have no regrets, because I encouraged Bro. Russell to contact Bro. Jackson and let him know what he knew to be factual. Bro. Russell did that; and. I take full responsibility for advising my brother to do that. Not that I feel that he needed my advice, but I am responsible for that much. I did not do it to bring hurt or harm to anyone, but when things are being said of that nature and they are things that are bringing reproach and troubling thoughts to the body of Christ, then I feel it is necessary for things to be known and to be dealt with. Now having said that, I will turn the service back to Bro. Jackson, but I do take full responsibility for the things I have said and have no regrets. I will say this, I stand in full support of Bro. Jackson and his ministry.
BROTHER JACKSON SPEAKING
Thank you Bro. Bud. Now I have Bro. Brumley here from East Chicago. He was sitting here that morning when Bro. Davis and different ones were discussing some of these things. The affects it has had in the various groups where Corrina has gone, and also where Bro. Tim has gone. Bro. Brumley is a witness to how these things have been perpetrated, and the affect it has had on some people, so he will relate to you what he has witnessed. What I am saying is, God cannot have a perfect Church if we are going to listen to comments made by people like this. That is not what builds a Church. You have to build it on truth, nothing but facts and reality, or it is no better than any denomination out here today. Come on now Bro. Brumley and speak to those listening, that all may know. First I would like to say, (Bro. Brumley speaking.) This is a little nerve wracking for me, but I am not afraid of the truth. I have always stood in awe of this church, this pulpit, and what it stands for. However we met Sis. Corrina here, my wife and I, many years ago. I have been coming here since 1977. I gave my heart to the Lord in 1979. I knew when she moved to Fairhope Alabama. We had heard some stories, but I could not verify them, because I was not privy to them myself, so we just let things go, and just treated her as a sister. In 1994, when the move of the Spirit began, we went to the Bloomington church for the first time. That is when Bro. Tim McKay began to come to East Chicago. For several years everything seemed to be going very well, the Lord moved in marvelous ways. Then after we came back from Norway in 2000, my wife and I began to notice the affect that Sis. Corrina was having on some of the sisters in East Chicago, two in particular. To this day, she is still calling and talking for hours, and that everything Bro. Jackson has said is a lie. So we began to talk to these sisters and told them to be very careful of how they reacted and what they accepted as gospel. I think it was 2001, I cannot remember exactly because this happened over a period of years and we did not want to be judgmental and did not want to condemn anyone. We just wanted to worship the Lord and let everyone worship with us. We began to hear things from these sisters about what her ministry was, in connection with Bro. Tim McKay’s ministry. She came to our house one afternoon, I believe she was on her way back from the meetings in Minnesota, her and her son. She sat on our sofa and began to tell how for awhile she could not follow Bro. Tim because people did not understand the level of spirituality she had, and what her part in his ministry was, but that God had definitely dealt with her and spoke to her, that no man could tell her that she could not follow Bro. Tim. I have come through a family situation personally that was like that, and it split my family down the middle. The hairs on the back of my head stood up. My wife sat there and witnessed it. She has a very easy ability to make some people think they are nothing. She told one sister in East Chicago that she had a dream that a dark headed woman was trying to destroy Bro. Tim’s ministry and that this woman was anointed by the spirit of Satan and she had this woman convinced that it was her. She was afraid to get near her, she was afraid that God was going to expose her. She did not want to come to Jeffersonville at one point. She was afraid that she was going to be exposed as having a spirit on her. I told this sister, Now you just be calm. That is when I called Bro. Tim and began to explain these things that I had heard personally and told him in detail how she had said her gift of tongues and interpretation, and prophecy was for his ministry, for his edification, for his uplifting, to boost him for morale. Then after the problem came with Bro. Tim, when the first internet was sent out, a phone call came from a prayer meeting. A sisters in East Chicago was told, we do not care what Raymond Jackson says, no one will tell us we cannot follow Tim McKay. This was right after the first internet. That is when I called Bro. Tim and told him this sister is saying that she titles your sermons, that she tells you of spiritual conditions in the body of Christ that need to be dealt with, that she draws all your charts, and of the close spiritual relationship that the two of you have. He denied it and wanted to use my name to go to this sister. He told me, this is not true. I said, brother, I did not believe it was true, but if she is telling this to the little group in East Chicago, she is following you everywhere you go and she is telling it to everyone. I said, if I have heard it, I am sure Bro. Jackson has heard it. Because at this time Bro. Tim had said, I have no idea of what was going on, concerning what Bro. Jackson had said. So the sister called East Chicago and said, That is it, no matter what, our sister has since talked to her and God has graciously helped her, but her influence, it seemed to have a pull because of the spirituality she portrayed herself with, convinced me I am so little and I am so nothing, and this woman must be because she has Bro. Tim McKay’s ear, he trusts her, he depends on her, he leans upon her, and this is what caused our sisters in East Chicago, especially one, to feel in awe of her. That is why I talked to Bro. Tim on several occasions and told of things being said from Montgomery Illinois, to East Chicago, to Fairhope Alabama. We had heard them. We knew of them and talked to Bro. Mike Hefner at the church in Montgomery, and that we knew what was going on and being said. As far as the dream, I had heard it years ago. I do not know who told me about it, that she had had a dream that Bro. Jackson was going to die, but I did hear this many years ago. As soon as he brought this subject up, I knew immediately who it was. Like I say, we love each and every one and there has never been a desire to be a rock of offense or a stumbling stone to anyone, but at the same time, there comes a time you have to stand for truth. There are times it rubs the wrong way. But truth will never rub anyone who is following truth, the wrong way. I am thankful to be here. I believe that is what I had heard, but like I say, it was not that we had heard the dream from her, but we had heard what her gifts were, and what her ministry was to be to Bro. Tim McKay. I warned that brother several times, I said, You better be careful. So we all know what has happened since then.
END OF TESTIMONY BACK TO BRO. JACKSON
Thank you Bro. Brumley. I will save Bro. Steve’s remarks until tonight, because there might be other things to be brought in. A year and half ago when we were in a convention here, Bro. Davis was here and there were some of the sisters from his assembly up here as well. I did not go out to the kitchen to ask anybody anything. I wanted to talk to the ones doing the cooking, and there was a certain sister from Bro. Davis’ church, that was helping in the kitchen. She motioned for me to come over to her. She then said, Bro. Jackson, I would like to have a few words with you. She began to relate how that when Sis. Corrina had moved down there, her and another sister or two got pretty close. She said, Over a period of time, I began to hear some things, I just felt like this is not right. Somehow or other, Bro. Davis began to hear of what was being communicated. He got them together and said, Look, this has got to stop. I didn’t ask any questions or anything. She just told me this. She said, In a short time after that, Corrina said she was led to move back up here. Now I have to say this, then I am going to close. Brothers and Sisters, I am not trying to destroy the sister. The sister is destroying herself, and you will have to agree. Everybody she has influence on, I have to say to them, Are you really following Christ? If you are, you cannot follow that kind of influence, because Christ does not work in that kind of situation. He only works through the people that have a true life, a true testimony and if God has showed them something that is to be helpful, then we can listen to that. On the other hand, if we become the kind of person out here, just running here and there telling a lot of things and trying to create an influence for some personal attention, so that people will see us as something special, when most of what is said is not truthful at all, it just amounts to propagation of carnality and has no spiritual benefit whatsoever. That is why I have said, There are a lot of people that like to study psychology. They want to know how to play with the human mind, so they can say, God showed me this, God showed me that. Well when you start talking like that, people are afraid to question you because they figure, I don’t want to be contrary with God. However when you allow yourself to keep saying that, most of what you say winds up as human trash. I just have to ask, Is this kind of behavior glorifying Jesus Christ our blessed Lord, or is it just momentarily glorifying you? Naturally there is a lot of this kind of behavior out here in the world of religion today, but God is not in it. It goes on all the time. It has been that way in the Pentecostal realm right on through the years, but in this message of truth, God is going to weed out every bit of it. He is either going to get hold of the sister and make her begin to realize she is bringing reproach upon herself, and that she is bringing reproach upon her own mother and her own sister and her own relatives; and worst of all, she is bringing reproach upon the name of Jesus Christ. I am not here this morning to shame anyone or anything like that, but facts are facts and truth is truth. We have got to build our lives around the image of Jesus Christ, which is recreated in every one of us who are true children of God. I have more things to say tonight, but this is all I am going to say this morning. I have asked the Lord to help me say what I have to say and say it with love and respect for each and every individual. Therefore if any of you go out of here and say I am talking about you, I am not talking about you to do you harm. However if you keep on insisting that I am talking about you, then I will have to say, Yes I am preaching right at you. Either get on the right side, or declare where you do stand. You cannot just run here and run there all the time and say you are in the body of Christ. You who are in the body of Christ, know I am telling you the truth. You cannot sit on the fence and say this over here, then say something different somewhere else. You are either going to wind up with truth and find yourself a body of people somewhere that stands for truth, that lives for truth and knows what truth is, or you will just drift here and there without any spiritual gain. Truth will remold your life and make your days brighter. I say therefore to my sister, knowing she will hear these words, I am not trying to destroy you: you are doing it yourself. I will say this to Tim, If you want to keep on being affected by her testimony, then Tim, you are on a one way road and what you are doing will not last much longer. I have not seen a church in the Pentecostal realm that ever lasted any more than about three years at the most, because after awhile it starts going to pieces for lack of truth.
RESULTS OF BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT
In this subject, “Be Led By God’s Spirit,” we want to learn how a Christian body works together in building strength and character into the entire body. We just as well make up our minds, if I am a child of God and you are a child of God, we will sooner or later lay down our ideas as to who is and who is not, who will and who will not. We will begin to let God do some leading in our lives and lead us into growth in spiritual stature. As this body of believers comes together in true unity, they will not be following human flesh and yielding to petty grievances. We will then be following the Lord Jesus Christ as He is revealed through and in the body of believers. As that body of believers begins to become more and more into a state of maturity and perfection, the Bible says each member is supplying. We have said much about the five fold ministry through the years; and we have used the scripture in Ephesians, chapter 4, many times, but the apostle Paul plainly tells what that ministry is for, so let us start in verse 12, and read some of it. It is “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (For how long?) (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Why?) (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (16) From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Right there, is the end result of all we are talking about. There is a lot in that scripture, because each member of the body is supplying, to what? Not self, but to the overall body. Through our days of denominationalism we have had a lot of this self glorification. God has tolerated a lot of it and has let it go by. People have perpetrated things that ought to have been thrown in a trash can, so you would have thought God would have blown it to pieces, but He did not. It was not the hour for that, but now we do not have another ten years to play around. Those who reject unity, eventually reveal that they are make believers; and by God’s separating process they are taken out. You do not hear Spirit led Christians saying, I want to do this and I want to do that, because they are waiting on the Spirit to lead them. We are going to learn to do just exactly what God wants us to do. I am not following my son or my daughters and neither should you. When my wife and I were married, we both agreed we would never let our parents influence us when it came to religion. I also purposed never to dictate to our children. For many years, as we were around our parents on both sides, I kept my mouth shut about religion, so we just felt our way through; and when the time was right, eventually I asked both sides, How would they like to see this man we had been hearing? We took them to Bro. Branham’s meetings, but we never pushed them and said anything: we left it to their own choice. I am so thankful though, that before they left this world, we had the joy of hearing them say they could see why we stood for something. We saw them leave this life, knowing that one day we would see them again, because they everyone accepted the truth of God’s word. Therefore I say to all who love truth, You are my brothers and sisters. You are a part of that great family of God. I am not standing here to play church or perpetrate anything, and neither will I try to scare anybody. I will say this though, Do not try to scare me. I have been standing in this place too long for that. I have seen a lot of pretenders come through this church in the years gone by, and I have let a lot of them get by with things when they should have been run out the door. I have always said, Give him a chance, and sooner or later he will have to come right back where he started from. I am thankful for the testimonies that were told this morning, all of which I know to be true. Bro. Berta came to the platform after the service was over and said Bro. Jackson, we had been here only about two months and somebody came up and said just what that spirit was saying, God is going to take you from our midst. I thought, We just got here. How do you think that would sound, if you have just made a sacrifice to leave a state, leave your property, leave your jobs, all because you wanted to go some place where the Lord would have a Bride Church, then get there and somebody has got to pump their ears full of such as that. I have to say, That kind of carnality is a shame.
EXAMPLE OF SELF IMPORTANCE
I am going to give you an example of self interest. This really happened years ago, right here in this area. It happened in the days of Bro. Branham’s ministry. When Bro. Branham was preaching in his church, there was a certain man and his family which were good singers and musicians coming there to church. From time to time they were called on to sing, but as the months came and went, the man somehow or other began to get the idea that his family was not getting enough recognition. They thought the service ought to have more singing and music in it. He got to telling the people, We don’t have enough singing, we don’t have enough rejoicing, we don’t have enough of this or that. This man was C.J. Ward. He got to filling people’s ears full of that. There were a few of them that believed him. He got to telling the people, I am going to build a church where we can really have freedom. Sure enough, behind the Roberts & Strack Veneer Company, he built a church on his own property. It was not until 1952 when the Lord led my wife and I into contact with Bro. Branham. I knew nothing about the building, I knew nothing about the people. This event had all happened prior to our going there. The reason I am saying this tonight, is because when people get into their mind that we do not have enough of this or enough of that, it is usually because there is a desire for self glory. One day Bro. Branham said to C..J. Ward, You are going to build a church due west of here, but it will never stand. There were people in the Tabernacle, that out of generosity contributed to their effort. The Tabernacle had some old wooden benches stored from years before, so they gave them to him to use. Some of the Tabernacle people would go there to worship with them as an encouragement. After a while, that man and his family played their talents out and the playing and singing became old. The family began to get tired. He lost out on anything to preach, so he started asking outside preachers to come and preach. They would come and they would go. For months this went on. Nobody said anything. After awhile the man’s family became discouraged. They all began to drop out and lose interest in even going to church, and even lost interest in going anywhere to sing and play, the very thing they thought they were not getting enough of before. By the time we came into the years that I came into the picture and started going to the Tabernacle, he was no longer a part of that. The building passed from hand to hand after that for rental purposes. I became acquainted with some of the preachers that came and went. They heard about it, they would rent it and have services for awhile, but after awhile it would fold up. It went on until 1959, in the months of March and April. We had a meeting in New Albany, in that little building we started out in. God truly gave us a moving of the Spirit in those meetings. A lot of the people at that time came from Georgetown Indiana. There were old ones and young ones. I have seen some of them slain in the Spirit, lying on the floor, prophesying. This meeting lasted for three solid weeks. It grew in number, so I began to wonder how long we could stay in such a small building, partly because we were lacking parking space. We all agreed, if we could find a lot somewhere, we would buy and build on it. We looked all over New Albany and could not find anything. By the time we came to August 1959, C.J. Ward sent word he would like to see me. We went to his house; and he said, Bro, Jackson, I heard you were looking for a place to rent. He did not know I had heard what had been said about him, so I told my brothers, If we wind up taking this building, remember this, we are not taking it to be indifferent to Bro. Branham’s vision, but we will use it as a stop over. We prayed about it, and decided to rent it. We would rent with this in mind, God, when you are done with us here, then we will move on. I was not going to go against something Bro. Branham had said would never stand. It lasted from the last of 1959 thru 1962 and into 1963. The congregation grew considerably during that time. God blessed us in many ways. During those times, we were privileged to have Bro. Branham come and minister to us, right in the building he had told this man, It will never stand. It was in the fall of 1962 when I told him about the dream where I had seen him in this valley with the rock. He came down and preached for us on a Thursday night. When he was finished preaching and praying for those that came for prayer, a car pulled into the parking lot. There was a sick person in the car. Somebody came to the door and wanted to know if Bro. Branham was there. Bro. Branham said, Bro. Junie, let’s go pray for this person. We went out and prayed for the person and they went their way. Bro. Branham was ready to go to his car when I said to him, Bro. Branham, I had a dream about you some time ago. I would like to tell it to you. He asked me to get into his car with him and I told him the dream. I will never forget this, His Bible was lying on the dash of the car; and Bro. Billy Paul was sitting in the back seat. Bro. Branham said these words to me, Bro. Junie, that is getting ready to happen, isn’t it Billy Paul? Billy Paul said yes. He said, When it does, Bro. Jackson, don’t forget, Stand with the Word. I said, I will do my best. That was in October 1962. We went on into the spring of 1963. On another Sunday Bro. Branham came down and spent the whole day at our church, both the morning service and the night service. In September 1963, C.J. Ward, who never came to the church once while we were there, because he had stopped going to church anywhere, stopped by to talk to me. Every Sunday morning, while we were having service, he would have his lawn mower out cutting the grass right by the church house windows. I thought, Some people can be all mouth one day, and an aggravation the next day. In September he came to me and said, Bro. Jackson, I will give you to the end of the year, and by then I would like for you to vacate the building. He said, I am going to have to send a child to college and I might have to sell my property and I have found out I cannot get a clear abstract with this church building on it. So we got our notice to get out by the beginning of 1964. We went to New Albany Indiana, and bought a building. Three days after we vacated the Ward building there behind the Roberts & Strack Veneer Co., a bulldozer came in and tore it down. We all said, Just as Bro. Branham said, It will never stand. I am telling this for a reason, because when you begin to think you know something, and you are just burning inside , be careful, or you will burn up. If you cannot be controlled, God has a way of controlling you.
The things that were told here this morning, about what the sister has said, really goes far beyond just that. She has successfully pulled this influence on a minister in Bloomington and most of you here, know the man. A lot of people have said since I dealt with this about two years ago, Well I wish he would tell what was wrong. I have had respect for some people, because I do not want to deliberately hurt them, but I am getting tired of people standing in the background, saying that I do not know anything. I can look you all in the face and say, I have proper respect for you, but do not come telling me I am telling a lie. I have never practiced lying, but when I know something to be a fact and know it needs to be dealt with, then I believe it is about time to deal with it. I will be anybody’s brother, but I will not back off and take my hands off of problems and obligations, that I know I will have to deal with sooner or later. Faith Assembly has always had its problems because there is always an element that comes through here thinking they know something a little better than I do. They would like to stay and be part of it, but they want to be a shining star in it and outshine others. About two years ago when I began to see something developing among some of the people in here, especially some young sisters getting involved in some prayer meetings, I became concerned. I could see something taking place, getting hold of some of those sisters, but I first tried to say something in a nice way. I have seen prayer meetings through the years, that have literally made me sick. I saw them in the Tabernacle years ago when I was still young. That is when I learned my lesson about them. No sooner did we start going there, they were asking me, Come to my prayer meeting, come to my house meeting. They were telling me how the church ought to be run. I went to a few of them. But as I went, I began to see that something was wrong there. Not only did I go to those places, but I went to A. A. Allen’s meetings, and a lot of the Voice of Healing meetings, because I was hungry for God, and I wanted God to fill me with his Spirit, because I wanted to know more about His Word. There was one time I was going to take my family, I was so hungry to learn something from God, I decided I was going to take a trip to Arizona to Miracle Valley where A. A. Allen was ministering. I had already been in his meetings in Evansville and I was blessed there, so I thought, If I was blessed there, I would have to be blessed in Miracle Valley. That was in 1956. About the time I thought I had everything worked out to go, I got sick. I was sick for three solid weeks with the mumps, lying flat on my back. Bro. Glenn brought Bro. Branham down to pray for me. When he prayed for me that night, he said, Bro. Junie, don’t worry, this is all for the glory of God. Many of you know what had happened. Our last child Naomi, was born in 1955. We had a sister in our congregation at that time, that gave prophecies. She had a vision the morning Naomi was born, and she had said to me at a prior time, When the baby is born, call me: if God wants to name the baby, He will have spoken to me just prior to that. This is the absolute truth. I respect and believe in spiritual women, but the ones that are led by the Spirit of God do not have a big mouth running here and there. When they speak something, you will know it is from God. When I called on the phone, she had just gotten up from the table where she had written the baby’s name. She said, Bro. Jackson, you don’t have to believe this, but I just got up from the table after writing down what the child’s name is, and I will tell you this first, for by this, you will know this is, Thus saith the Lord. She said, Have you seen the child yet? I said no. She said, When you do, you will find a birth mark on her shoulder. I said, What is the name? She said, Naomi Ruth. Then I said, but in that prophecy, it stated how I had prayed for a son, and it also said that a son will come at last. Well the year 1956 came, and I still had no boy, but my wife become pregnant, so as we came on through 1956, I felt like, Well my wife is pregnant, so this has got to be the son. In October 1956, I came down with the mumps. Needless to say, I did not go to Miracle Valley. I lay on my back for three solid weeks. That night when Bro. Branham prayed for me he said, Bro. Junie, don’t worry, this will all be for the glory of God. Because of the mumps, the doctors had said I would be sterile from then on, (I am not ashamed to say these things before a mixed crowd, because I believe you are all Christians.) so I thought, Well my wife is pregnant so this will be my son. I was wrong again: when April came in 1957 and the baby was born, it was not a son, it was Lois. I could just imagine what people were going to say, Oh Bro. Jackson, what are you going to do now? Do you see the situation I was in? There lay that prophecy in my dresser drawer, A son will come at last, but the doctor said, Raymond, you will be sterile from now on. Somehow or other, I said, God, you know all about it. That was all I could say. Saints I want to say this tonight, If you are a child of God, and you want God to lead you, you get ready to stop listening to every Tom, Dick and Harry who has something to say to you, trying to convince you to go their way. God does not work like that. Well 1959, and on into 1960, and finally, six years went by and still no son, then seven years are gone and no son, eight years have gone and no son. Then we came to the year little Edith Wright died, and the Wright family called me about conducting her funeral. It was in December 1964, very late in the night when the call came. I went to the phone and Sister Wright said, Bro. Junie, little Edith just passed away. She wanted you to preach her funeral. That was the last thing on earth I ever wanted to do, but I said I would. That night after I went back to sleep, was when I had the dream about the white horse. We were soon going to be in the year 1965; and I still had no son; and I had a dream on my mind. I went on through the months ahead until August 1, 1965. Bro. Branham was back here in a meeting at the Tabernacle; and I had carried that dream ever since December. I called Billy Paul and told him about the dream I had; and He said, Bro. Junie, meet me at the Tabernacle Sunday morning and I will get you a few minutes with him. I went in and told him the horse dream; and when I told it to him he said, Bro. Junie, something is getting ready to happen. I don’t know what it is, but whatever it is, you have a work to do. He picked up his Bible and said, Stick with this word. Well to cut this short let me say, I had been invited to come to North Carolina to preach. That was in the first part of August 1965. In a few days time, my wife began to have symptoms of being pregnant, after nine years. She was not supposed to, so I never said anything. It went on for some weeks and became evident that she was pregnant, so then I thought the doctor had lied to me. No, he did not lie. God had His way in it. One night while I was in North Carolina in that meeting, I saw in a dream, my wife at home giving the new baby a bath, and it was a boy. From then until April 1966, when David was born, I knew I was going to get my son. I finally did get the promised son. Why am I saying these things to you? To let you know, God has different ways He wants to lead His people, but the end result is, It will always be in a way where God Himself is glorified, God is recognized, and His word is upheld. When you become a recipient of God’s promised blessings, you can really begin to see how unfailing His promises are. That is why we need to be associated with those who can be led by the Spirit of God. You do not desire to be anything beyond what He has called you to be. All we are supposed to desire, is just to be an obedient child of God. Some have said, Well we find nothing wrong with Tim’s preaching. I never did say there was anything wrong with his preaching. Well then, Bro. Jackson, what is wrong? It is the things that he has influenced people to do, that I am looking at. It all started in Canada.
A SITUATION OUT OF ORDER
I am going to illustrate to you, just exactly what went on in Canada that I am looking at. The Bible does not say you will take the young by the hand and run them around the building, then they will receive the Holy Ghost. In the scriptures, They laid hands on them. Or again, they just prayed for them and the Holy Ghost fell on them. Bro. Connally came all the way from Canada to tell me what happened in those meetings. Some young people from here, were there in the meetings. It was not what he preached that I question: It was what followed. Everything up until about 9:30 was alright. However about the time the service should have ended, he stepped down and gets a young girl by the hand and starts running the aisle with her. After awhile the young girl is screaming and she goes faster. Then everybody starts shouting. Then he gets another one. From 9:30 to 1:30, it was not what he preached, it is what he led the people to do and become, fanatics, jumping, screaming and prophesying. There are two families up there, that became so excited, every time they would return to that same church through the week, they had to get up and run the aisle and prophesy, Yea, I say unto you, if you are not like we are, you don’t have anything, and you are not going in the rapture. On and on it went. It went on like that until the pastor finally became very upset over it. One of these days God is going to take it all out of you, because that kind of shouting is not going to take you anywhere: It is just going to make fools of you, regardless of who you are. When the preacher left there, he brought the tape back to Bloomington and said he had been in the greatest revival he had ever been in. Tim McKay, you have seen the best that has ever been, but your eyes must have been shut to it, because when you left up there, you left two families so excited that three weeks later, they were shouting and prophesying, pointing their fingers at everybody else as though they had nothing. Finally the pastor had to get out. When they left the church, they would go home, and those young boys in their bedrooms are on their knees praying, angels are coming to them and talking to them. I will say, When you start fanaticism, the devil has a bushel basket full for you. I am not angry, but for the sake of God’s righteous ways, do not look at me like I do not know what I am talking about. God called me to be a help to people; and God’s children are what I am going to stand for. I hope and pray that every one of them are a child of God; and that they will all take heed to sound advice. Well when those two families left that church, they became like vagabonds and gadabouts. They were going to Norway and straighten them out. Then they were going to go to Alabama and straighten them out. Then they were going to come here and straighten us out. I told Bro. Bud and Bro. Allen, I dare them to get up in here and say something. They sat right over there one service, and not one time did they ever open their mouths. I do not want to hear a testimony from some character like that. You don’t either. It would be a waste of time. Where are they today? After awhile they got the revelation that there are not supposed to be any flowers on the kitchen wall. The daughter-in-law had just had her kitchen decorated. Once you cross that line of fanaticism, the devil will fill your mind and your eyes so full of things, you will never know when to shut up. The woman told how they took the doors off the cabinets. When she got back to her house, they said the Lord had told them to throw all of it in the river. Where are those Holy Ghost filled people today? I do not want that kind of spirit coming into Faith Assembly. I want the Spirit of God in here, but not that kind of junk. Usually when the devil gets hold of something, then someone does have to get after it and correct it, and then they are too proud to come back. When Tim McKay came home from Canada, Oh he had been in the best meeting of his life. When things began to develop to a point where I began to see that there was something that had to be stopped, it became very sensative. I realize, sometimes it sounds like I am pointing my finger at a bunch of Christian sisters, but there were some young sisters being asked, Come here, come here. I want people to feel free, if they want to have a house meeting once in awhile and really pray, but if you do, please do not come out with a revelation that you are ready to tell the whole world what to do and when it is going to be done. I will not stand for it. Too many of those things have been done through the years. You who may feel that way are no better than the least one in here. No matter how much you prophesy, you will never be any more than God wants you to be. If that is thirty fold, then that is what it will be. If a true thirty fold, and a true sixty fold, and a true hundred fold are going to sit together in the same camp because they are one body, then they are going to have the same mind and Jesus is going to be in control. There is no self glorification in it at all. All you see is Jesus. When they are finished they will shut their mouth. It is so sad, that almost every assembly has a bunch of glory seekers lurking around. I hope that what I am saying is going to wake up some people, because I will not tolerate that kind of conduct. If you do not think I know what I am talking about, then I have to say, just get in your car and hit the road. I say that with respect for every sincere Christian. I do know one thing, As the true body of Christ comes together, we are not going to sit here with different ideas. We are going to sit here with the same picture in our hearts. I love you, young and old, but do not leave here whining, He was preaching at me. If I am bringing out something that is touching your heart, I pray God will melt it and allow it to get right. Either wake up and realize there is a truth to come to, or God will not allow you to sit in the back of the church grumbling. If you are a sinner and need God, I hope He convicts you of it. If you pretend to be a believer that is filled with the Holy Ghost, you will one day find yourself in a situation where you will find that you do not know very much at all. As I look back, I have had to come through a lot of things, before I began to realize I did not know everything. My true desire is, I want God to guide me for the sake of His people. I want to see each one of you as my real brother and sister, and I do not want to say things to hurt you, so if it has to be, God will have to put it upon me to do it. That is why, when I had the dream three weeks ago, I knew it was my turn. Tim McKay: let me say to you, You are going to be known from one end of this earth to the other because you are putting yourself in a position to be there. When I started dealing with this about two years ago, over a period of time there was no less than five dreams given to me from different parts of the body of Christ. The first one was Bro. Bud. Then one by one they came to me. One brother told me, Bro. Jackson, I dreamed I was here in a convention and the crowd was large. The preachers were all on the platform. The service was starting. Then he noticed from behind my head somewhere, there was cigarette smoke coming up around my head. In the dream he said, Bro. Jackson doesn’t smoke, where is that coming from? He raised up and looked to the side, and there was Bro. Tim McKay smoking a cigarette and blowing the smoke right at my head. Well Bro. Jackson, what does that mean? If you read Bro. Branham’s life story, you will find out. Remember, I have said this, I will never touch his salvation, that is between him and God, but this thing of him being a servant of God, I have seriously questioned it. Now I really question it. When Bro. Branham went to Africa years ago, it became evident that some preachers can get you in trouble, so do not ever think they cannot. Bro. Branham wanted to go, because God has given him some visions. He wanted to be able to direct some of these things by the leading of God, but these preachers all had a program worked up for him to follow. Before he hardly had time to get started, they came to him one day and told him the program, the entire itinerary. Bro. Branham sat in his motel room and agonized, praying, Lord what am I going to do? Finally he gave in. A fellow by the name of Bro. Sydney Jackson from Capetown South Africa, was coming up to meet him. Sydney Jackson told me this personally. He said, The night before I got there to pick him up, I had a dream. I saw Bro. Branham smoking a cigarette as I walked into his presence. Now listen carefully, this is in his books. Bro. Branham asked Sydney Jackson, Did the Lord show you a dream about me? Sydney Jackson said, I was a little scared, I felt nervous. He did not want to say anything. Bro. Branham said, The Lord gave you a dream about me, didn’t He? I want to know what it was. Sydney Jackson said, I was reluctant, I thought, This is God’s man. Nevertheless Bro. Branham said, tell me the dream. When he told Bro. Branham the dream, that he saw him smoking, then Bro. Branham said to him, Do you know what that is? I am out of the will of God, because I have let these preachers influence everything I am to do. Bro. Branham told me himself, I was sick every day from then on until I was home. Bro. Glenn can tell you the same story. I am saying tonight, Do not sit in here conceited, and hide yourself. God is looking right at every one of us, and we are not going to build our faith on lies, perpetrated stories, and suppositional ideas that somebody wants to project, just because they look great to them. I will say to Sis. Corrina, If you do not stop this nonsense, God is going to set you down somewhere one day and you will wonder what happened. Brothers and sisters, it went on last September when we had the fall meetings: I had sent word I didn’t want Tim to come back because I didn’t want him on the platform. If he wanted to come and sit with the congregation as a Christian and work out his salvation, I would say nothing, but him coming in here and making believe before everybody that he is a man of God, I have to say, I will have nothing to do with anything like that. The very day on Sunday morning, the last day of the meeting, a sister came here from another state, and she had recognized exactly what had happened in that state. She said, Bro. Jackson, I had a dream a few nights ago. You take it: you know what to do with it. I took the dream and read it. I made reference to it on the last part of the Sunday morning message. She saw all the ministry sitting here well dressed, their hair combed, the service had started. Everybody was standing, worshiping the Lord. All of a sudden she looked to the back of the building, and there stood Tim McKay. He had the same kind of suit everybody else had on, but his tie was ill kempt, his shirt tail was sticking out on one side, and his hair was ill kempt. She said he was standing there clapping his hands like everybody else. In the dream, as I stood up, I looked over to a certain brother and got his attention and motioned. In the dream that man looked back and saw him, I motioned to him, no, he is not in the picture. The point is, If God has not called you and anointed you, you can try your best to be something you think you ought to be, but you will miss the picture every time, because you will not blend in with God’s true people. I am saying these things tonight, and regardless of what some of you may think, I am telling you the truth. This dream came tonight by one of the sisters of this assembly. “Sunday morning June 13th, I dreamed this morning, that Tim McKay was at Faith Assembly alone, standing before the platform, not up on the platform. Bro. Jackson said, Tim McKay’s ministry was not going to last much longer. This is what I heard and received, That platform was his judgment from God. He is standing in front of it, the judgment seat of God.” Brothers and sisters, I am compelled to say these things and I take no pleasure in saying them. I am not God, and I don’t think I am, but you are not using Faith Assembly to play around and play with people. Faith Assembly, Please, Either you are a part of this assembly or you are not. You are not going to sit in here with your mind thinking one way and ours thinking another forever. How many understand that? I will say as kind as I know how, I love all of you, I love all the little children, but I will give no place for a lot of foolishness from here on out. I pray that God will cause these little children to see in all of us as they grow up, a real commitment of adults that are all looking in the same direction, working together, worshiping God together, and most important of all, believing the same thing. May God help us to stop having these selfish, independent revelations that depart from revealed truth. I will never be any more than what God has called me to be. Neither will any of you. I will say to the Bloomington people; and especially to Tim McKay and Corrina, If you don’t get hold of yourselves, you will not last much longer. One way or the other, God is going to blow that thing to pieces. I have to say to some of the young people that sit there under your influence, It is a shame, that you would let someone persuade you, that you are super, because you certainly are not. Somewhere up the road you will run into an adverse situation, and when you come through it you are going to look like new corn with frostbite. If you do not know what I mean by that, then ask some farmer what it is like. I want to say this, I love my brothers and sisters, but please, I am working for unity. Therefore no true son or daughter of God is going to run up and down the road with independent ideas of their own: It is time to sit together and learn: not run around and divide. Bro. Steve, You come on up now.
TESTIMONY OF BRO. STEVE YAHRAUS
I will begin by saying, As Bro. Bud said this morning, This is not very pleasant, but it has to be done. I was asked to relate a few things that Bro. Russell had told some of us. I had heard it in Mexico. He came here and told a few people here in a little meeting, and there was no tape or video, so it is just by memory. I did not want to mis-speak anything, so I called Bro. Russell last night and talked to him. He explained things to me and said if anybody doubted, he would come here in person with witnesses that had heard the same things and talk to Sis. Corrina face to face. He was not ashamed. I have about four items to mention. One of the things that happened was right after the Spirit was moving, so that everybody was getting blessed and many things were happening, and people were giving testimonies, how the Lord had blessed them, so she stood up and testified that before she was saved she used the expression, I kind of dabbled in the occult, seances and things of this nature. Since she was saved she did not do that anymore, but she always kind of missed the excitement and things that the spirit of that world gave. She went ahead and testified, that since the Lord had blessed and the Spirit of God had moved upon them, and they were all happy and shouting, she now feels that she had that same excitement back, that she used to have with the occult. Of course everybody took that as awful odd, to compare those two together. Also she was asked after the Spirit kind of slacked off, and she seemed kind of solemn during the worship service, like she was kind of in her own world most of the time, especially during the first part of the service of worship. She was asked, Why are you so solemn, what is going on? She said, She and Larry and another sister that visited down there from time to time, would sit in her living room, having a big burden on them, and they would go into a trace. In this trance the Lord would show them visions of mass destruction and sorrowful things to come, things that were to happen to people, different things of this nature. They always had this on their minds, therefore they could not really get into the worship service any more when they knew such terrible things were going to happen. When they talked to people about these things, it really made people feel sad for them, wondering what was going on. In about 1996 they were getting ready to come up this way to convention, her and Larry approached Bro. Russell twice, saying that the Lord had somehow showed them that Larry was going to die, and that they had peace about it. Larry said, yes, I understand, I have peace, if it is my time to go, I am ready to go. She had peace about it, but they were worried about Jesse, because at the time he was twelve years or, somewhere in that area. They wanted prayer for him, that he could survive without his father. They went so far as to tell a few of the people when she left, because Larry did not come up to convention, to be sure and check on Larry every day because they didn’t expect him to be alive when she came back from convention two or three weeks later. She went as far as to say what suit he was to be buried in, as that was what the Lord had showed them. Another time there was a situation in the church down there, where they had some meetings and Tim McKay was also there, and some others. Tim and a certain sister was talking before service as people do. I guess Corrina thought they were getting too close and they went to a restaurant after service one night and they ended up sitting at the same table. Corrina got mad and went outside and sat in the car. She then approached Bro. Russell Davis one night and talked about that and said, God has sent me here to be Bro. Tim McKay’s protector, and this is not the first woman I have had to run off, and she was not going to allow a woman to destroy his ministry in these things. There was a lot more that was said, but these are things that he knew. He also said as he talked to Bro. Bud and me down there, that when Tim came down, he felt like Corrina was getting awful close to Tim and he was wanting to warn Tim of some of these problems. He talked to Tim about the situation of her saying that Larry was going to die. Tim just looked at him and said, Well you must have misunderstood her because we have never heard that. Bro. Russell thought, Well she said it three times here, you are not here, so if you think it was misunderstood, whatever. As he got to thinking about it more, he thought maybe I should speak to Tim about these other things and let him hold a distance here, to be careful of what you get entangled with. The Lord gave him a dream one night where he was trying to do this, he was talking to Tim and trying to explain things that happened with Corrina. Corrina all of a sudden came into the room, I believe is how the dream went, and was crying and saying, It is not true, it is not true, these are all lies. We believe it was Bro. Dean in the dream, went to Sis Corrina and started patting her on the back, oh that is O.K., they are just lies, don’t worry about it, we will take care of you. While they were doing that, she kind of turned around and looked back at Russell and grinned, like, See, they are not going to believe you anyway. Bro. Russell said this was one of the reasons, when I woke up I said, Well there is no use: apparently it is not going to do any good to tell Tim or the others from Bloomington, so he just kept quiet. But as things progressed and other things happened, Bud and I were in Mexico together and he decided he had to tell us. That is when Bro. Bud advised him to tell Bro. Jackson these things. There was much more than this, but that was four of the things clear in his mind to this day. I would like to remind you of a dream that was given here at Faith Assembly several years ago by a Norwegian sister during convention.
This certain Norwegian Sister had a dream when she was in the fellowship hall here at Faith Assembly. It is on tape somewhere. Somewhere we were all in meetings, it seemed like there was a rumbling and a screaming outside, and there were spirits trying to get into Faith Assembly. They could see like windows, the shutters were blown open and windows were trying to be opened up. But it was all on the outside coming in, it wasn’t spirits inside trying to get out, it was spirits outside trying to get in. I don’t think any drunk is going to try to break the window down or come in. I don’t think the things we look at as terrible things, are going to come in here and shake anybody’s faith. It is spirits, religious spirits, that look good, they didn’t come through the front door, they tried to come through side windows and other ways you don’t normally look for anyone to try to come through. I believe this is how Satan will try to attack us, by things that look good at first: that is how they first get in. They get a little hold because they look good. They get some friendship or whatever. But I am behind this ministry all the way and I am thankful we have people to look over us, people that can check out these things and have the backbone given by the Lord to deal with these things. It is my prayer that everybody will get everything worked out with God. I don’t wish anybody to leave or wish anybody to hate anybody. But there is only one way, it is a narrow way and we have got to follow that way. (Bro. Jackson says), Thank you brother. Brothers and sisters, we are not having these things said tonight to try to belittle anyone. However true Christianity, the body of Christ, is coming to a very definite point in time. From now on to the end, however long that takes, God is going to work in the process of perfecting you and me. We have got to get our ideas and attitudes right. We cannot run up and down the road looking for something great, something to benefit us, if we are not willing to recognize something that we can actually become part of. I want you to know I am not trying to destroy any of the individuals mentioned. You might say when I read the dream about Tim standing here, like this was the judgment seat of God, Tim McKay, if you go contrary to what I have said, then you will go no further. I will not stand in your way, but around this world there will be some men stand up, and they will put up their hands, No. You can stay up there in Bloomington and holler and yell all you want to, but your ministry will not have an affect upon the body of Christ because the body of Christ has to be world wide. How many understand what I mean? Now Sandy, you can come on. She is one that came from the group up there in Bloomington, that knows how these things started. I appreciate what she is going to say, but I don’t know for sure what all she will say.
TESTIMONY OF SANDY CRASE
First of all I would like to say that I am not doing this for any malicious intent. Corrina and I have been friends for a long time. I know she counted me as a friend. There are things that I know she said about my family since we left up there and while we were still there, but I pray the Lord will take everything that comes out of my mouth and guard the doors of my mouth that nothing will be said except what He would approve. His will is what I desire in everything. I first met Corrina when I was thirteen, when Bro. Crase took all six of us young people from Bloomington to Rivervale, which was the church camp. We became friends over the years. I am not doing this to hurt her, but I have to stand for the truth. I have to let it be known, and it would not matter if she were a blood relative, I would still do it. I stayed with her at her house while she still lived at home with her mom. We were friends and Christian sisters. I know she will probably take this as an offense, but Corrina and Larry would come and stay with me and Kevin in our home from time to time on weekends and spend a lot of time with us. On a particular weekend after they had been to Alabama and lived for awhile, they came to our house and stayed. Of course they had a lot to tell us. They told us how they were not accepted down there and why they had to come home. A lot of it I don’t remember because truthfully I just laid it aside because to me it wasn’t important enough to really let it bother me. A lot of it was outrageous and I just felt that was Corrina. She told how Larry was going to die and that really shocked me because he was present, and I thought, if you know this, how can this not bother you? this is your husband. But like Bro. Steve said, They had come to terms with it I guess, and everything was going to be O.K. and she would be left to fulfill her obligation as a spiritual advisor. I know of the problems in Alabama, which they said had to do with Bro. Tim McKay after some meetings were held there. There was a conflict between her and Bro. Davis and his sister. She was very upset by Bro. Davis’ sister getting too close to Tim. She felt she had to protect him. The details of all that, is kind of vague, but that was the jest of the story she told us. I don’t remember any of the rest except she did say at the same time she talked about Larry dying, that it had been revealed to her that Bro. Jackson will be taken off the scene before we are taken in the rapture, just like Moses was taken off the scene before the children of Israel crossed over, he would be taken away before the rapture. Bro. Branham was taken away and Bro. Jackson rose up to take his place, but there would also be a successor come after him. I don’t remember who she said it was. The way I took it, was that it would be the five fold ministry, so she was separating him from that ministry. I stand here to confirm what was said, this is my personal testimony and no one will ever convince me that she didn’t say it or that it is not true because I heard it with my own ears. (Bro. Jackson says), Thank you sister. Now I want to say this in the light of this thing of preachers taking somebody by the hand, leading them around a room, getting them to run or shout. Shortly after he came back from up there, I got a call from a brother that has been here many times from Canada. He is an older brother. He had been in Pentecost for fifty years. He said Bro. Jackson, when I saw this going on that night, I sat there, Lord, is there anything in your word that would actually back this up. He said, I thought, I looked, I tried to read and find it, not one thing. Saints I look back and thank God for the moving of the Spirit that He sent us. When Brother Govender from South Africa was here, he took some videos back. Just watching the videos, the Spirit started falling on the young people over there and they wound up doing the same thing, rejoicing the same way. When we went to Mexico, I preached on it. I will never forget, when I gave the altar call, hardly did any of them get to the front for me to reach them, they were falling on the floor in front of me. In fact, the whole floor area was so full of people, I couldn’t get back to some of the them. The reason I am saying these things, is, you do not have to manufacture the moving of God’s Spirit by trying to get somebody to run. I believe God will take an innocent person and anoint them because the person is entering it ignorant of what has happened before, and God will overshadow the ignorance of the person, but He is going to hold somebody responsible for the method by how you try to apply it. That is where it all is. Therefore I am saying tonight, as this goes out, I am not out to destroy any man. There is no man that I have ever met, whether I see him as a true servant of God or not, that I would want to destroy: I want to do everything I can to lift him up, but not to anything false. When I see somebody trying to perpetrate something new, to have a new affect on people, that creates a difference, and if they do start prophesying, and nothing comes out that is sensible, and you start prophesying something like, If you don’t have it like I do, you ain’t got nothing in here, I just have to say, Those who do that do not have anything I would want. God is not going to anoint you to do that. He is not looking for anybody in here to be a super person, not me or you. How many realize that? We are going to be a body of believers, if we are true children of God. We are going to have respect one for another. Young people, do not look for the anointing to come out of a strange area somewhere. You have had access to it right here at a time that pleased God. I have said many times, When God did give me the Holy Spirit many years ago, at a time when He heard my prayer and allowed me to speak in another language, my next prayer was, Lord, if you will put that gift of tongues in my life, I will use it for your glory, and I will never teach people that unless you speak in tongues you don’t have anything. I felt like, if God has put something in my life, then may He let it be manifested before His people in a proper way. I did not go three years expecting. It was not but just a few months and I was given my message right in the presence of Bro. Branham. I said, If it is a true gift of God, then let him judge it, if it is not, then let him judge it, and let me stop my nonsense and know that I need to spend some time with God in prayer. As I say these things tonight, I realize this is going to be heard everywhere. I am actually saying to the Bride of Christ around the world, Sound off, let us know what you think. Let people know who you are, what you stand for. There are no super-duper’s among any of us. We are all what we are by the grace of God. May God anoint every one of His children. May He guide and direct our pathway. May we be filled with a true love to be nothing but living instruments for His glory. These self glorified ones that want to be seen, have attention paid to them, I have to say, Get out of the way, the Bride of Christ is coming down the road. God bless you every one.