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Brothers and sisters, I pray that in our message today, we can say something that will help encourage you. Through the years of time there were many things spoken by the Old Testament prophets, prophesied here and there, and many of those things were prophesied in a certain setting that did not necessarily give you a full, or complete picture of what was going on or how that might be brought about. We are going to deal with that. All through time though, there were scriptures, one after another in the different writings, even things that were said by the apostle Paul, as well as in the book of Revelation by the apostle John, that did not of themselves give us a true picture. Therefore I am going to be on the subject of God’s Third Creation, and I believe that by the time we are finished, we will have some things tied together. I am giving it this title because a lot of people will say, I cannot see that Bro. Jackson. Well it is the way you are looking at it in the scriptures: that is the reason it does not give you a proper understanding. You are living already, in the process of God starting a process which has been going on already, the third creation. The only thing is, many people have never thought anything about the prehistoric world. It has been treated as though that is all a lie. I want to say this morning, It is not a lie. I do not care how educated you might think you are, there was a prehistoric world, and that world was put here by God Himself for a reason. This message is going to give an answer to a lot of things that Trinitarians and that kind of people have assumed and jumped at, just hit here and there and never settling on anything. I want to point out first, This goes way back into the millions and millions of years, whatever time there was, a big explosion took place. That dark spot takes us way back, so it involves no doubt many millions of years. However there definitely comes a time where our Bible picks it up, like, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, period. That is way back. And the earth was without form and void, period. That covers all that dark age period. Scientists are always speculating on the last ice age. That last ice age, they roughly figure, was about twelve thousand years ago. Well I know that to a lot of Christians in years gone by, that absolutely dumbfounded them. They would think, I don’t believe that. There comes a time, after God has allowed us to play around, that even though He will tolerate certain ignorance up to a point, when that point is reached, He is going to draw a line. I want to show you, by the grace of God, why the apostle Paul said certain things like he did. Now that we do have a Hebrew translation of the Old and New Testament into English, I want to try to show you a few things. Turn with me to the book of Colossians. We are in the 1st chapter. I have learned something through the years of my study, which is, many times Christians are guilty of taking some scripture that one man has used and then he turns to another prophet or somebody that said something else, and they pit this one against that one. Don’t study your Bible that way. First off, God never anointed men to put out stuff like this, one against the other. It is true, some men have prophesied or said certain things in an incomplete picture, but as we go on, somewhere, somebody else would pick up the pen and write and give a revelation and understanding that begins to tie in with that. That is the way, and the only way we will ever be able to understand the Bible. What it did or did not say, is what makes the difference. In Colossians the 1st chapter, Paul is saying something here, and I know that a lot of Christians have taken it upon themselves to deal with that, but I will wait until I get to that point. In the 1st chapter of Colossians, starting in the 9th verse, Paul says, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, (He is praying for those believers at Colosse.) and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Brothers and sisters, that says a lot to me. We have read it and we go on, what is he talking about, wisdom in what? Verse 10, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” There has been that argument down through the years,” God is a trinity. Then when the Oneness came along, they make it Jesus only, so we are fighting scripture with scripture. We are never going to learn anything when we begin to look at things like that. “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” This is including the fruit of the Spirit of God, cultivated in our lives. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us (or ordained us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” I am reading from the King James, just the way your Trinitarian translators would translate it. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Notice that, when Paul is speaking of the Father, he is specifically mentioning a subject or object of thought that is apart from that which is the Son, as an object of thought. Yet here in our dispensation of time, we have had doctors of divinity that try to connect this together, so one side is a trinity, another side is Jesus only. I have heard, Jehovah of the Old is Jesus of the New, back and forth they go, and it is like being hung up on a fence. As long as Christendom is hung in the threads of confusion, you can rest assured she is a long way from perfection, and she is a long way from really knowing what the will of God is, which is what Paul is talking about. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom (or through whom) we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Now saints I want to emphasize this, here in the 15th verse, Paul is talking about Jesus, so notice, “Who is the image of the invisible God, (He makes it clear that God is invisible. In no other scripture can you read and contradict that. God is invisible. He is talking about Jesus, who is the image or the outward expression of the invisible God.) the firstborn of every creature.” Now brothers and sisters that few words right there, tells me this, If He is the firstborn, He is not the firstborn of this kingdom we are now living in. I hope you understand my point. Adam is the firstborn of that, because he was created. How many got the picture? Now we can say this, These were God’s creative days as it is written, but I am going to say, though it is written, creative days, I am going to call them redemptive days. He was redeeming it out of a chaotic state. So as it says He created man in His likeness, on the sixth day the animal kingdom and everything, yet He rests the seventh, yet when you read the 5th and 6th verses, there is not a man on this earth to till the ground. That lets you know, that on the seventh day this earth did not have anything living or moving about on it. But then when God plants a garden eastward, what did He do? The carnal mind would say, Well here is God down here with a hoe. See, that is the carnal mind like we all have. We want to think of it like that. I have said many times, That garden was not a little spot in the Middle East somewhere, a spot that God separated from everything else and put a wrought iron fence around it. It was not that at all. Do you realize, that when you compare all histories, that is where the whole history of the human race started from? When the seventh day was closed, God had observed a Sabbath, and then it was time for Him to put man here on earth in a body of flesh and bones. As God puts man here, man is starting on a course of time. We have these days, which are actually multiplied centuries, and we are living right over here in the closing of this sixth day since then, and it must be looked upon as a dispensational day of one thousand years each. How many of you actually realize that to be correct? All through this we are not talking about days of twenty four hours at all, we are talking about dispensational days of one thousand years each. Then not long after man was put here in a physical body, what did He do? He disobeyed God and a death penalty was imputed into him immediately, but he did not die that moment. God had said to him, the day you eat of the tree of knowledge, thou shalt surely die. Let us read that, Genesis 2:17. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Did he die within 24 hours from the time he disobeyed God? You know he did not. Well does God not keep His word? We everyone know He does keep His word. What can we say then? Adam lived 930 years and died. He died during that day of one thousand years that God was referring to. What other proof should any true believer need, beyond what we have referred to? As for that beautiful place, the garden, that it says God drove Adam out of, I want to show you something about that. If He drove him out of it, then the garden is still over there somewhere. How many of you catch that point? He truth is, Adam did not have to go anywhere else: God just lifted that part of the spirit world from his presence and left him standing there without being able to move about in that heavenly realm. When He lifted it, what did He lift? It was a little bit of heaven, (the spirit world) that God had allowed him to enjoy to that point. When I say that, get your mind off of outer space. For so long, we have thought heaven was three million light years in space. It is not. The heaven we are dealing with is an atmosphere right around this planet. My point is, This man was put in such a beautiful place, he disobeyed God, and God imputed the death penalty. He then lifted that heavenly realm from him, and now the spirit world and the natural world are separated. Man is starting on a different course from that time on. This is God’s second creation. It is the human race. What did He tell him to do? Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth, subdue the animal kingdom and rule over it. So he was definitely put here as a godlike creature on this planet to dress it, subdue it, bring everything under control for the plan of God. Sin entered in, death was imputed, the garden is separated, and now the second creation is still in process. Oh yes, man still multiplies to replenish, but at the same time, iniquity sets in, lawlessness sets in, disobedience sets in, death sets in. All these things begin to plague the human race. For six thousand years the natural man that we are when born into this world, is a sinner with that death sentence hanging over us, so natural mankind does not have eternal life. When serpent seed entered the picture, we are dealing with two objects of thought, and one is how the devil wanted to get at God. The other is God’s plan of redemption for all that will receive it. There is an element of the natural man that is born here that is destined somewhere down the line to wind up in the plan of God. That is why we have got a red line up here on our chart. Remember this, Abel was killed, so he was the first man that we would place in this red line. Keep in mind also, that we can say the black line down here represents death all the way through. God already had the thought, that He was going to start His third creation, so that is what I want to talk about.
GOD’S THIRD CREATION
What would be God’s third creation? It is His plan of redeeming that which has fallen. Fallen man is corrupting the earth, bringing sin and evil and condemnation to the human race. God was going to start a process of redemption to get a new creation once again, which is a third creation. As we come over here, He has been in that process for the last two thousand years, getting this Church brought to perfection. The Church, through time, has never realized what the Church one day is destined to be. Not totally anyhow. That is why the Methodists will say, Well I can see we are going to die and go to heaven. They say the Lord is going to burn the earth up. They take 2nd Peter 3:10, for that because the Bible says the earth is going to burn by fire. Sure the scripture does say that, but is that the end of the earth? It is not the end of the planet, it is just the end of man’s evil works. But even before He placed the first Adam here, God in His sovereign mind knew already what was going to happen. I want to take you over here, and show you why Paul would say, when he is talking about Jesus, that He is the image of the invisible God. The word image speaks of an object of thought. How can you use image when you are dealing with something invisible? Do you understand my point? We can say, Jesus as the Son of God, was an object, there is an image about Him that strikes the sense of sight, but within Him was something else also that is invisible. No man could see it. Yet when the invisible made the choice to take up His abode inside the image of His Son, then we have a complete new picture to look at. That is what Paul was talking about: One who is the image of the invisible God, so when the Father took up abode in Him, He became the firstborn of every creature in this new creation. Think of it, mortal man that we are now, started our existence right there, in the second creation. He is born into this world physically. That puts man in God’s second creation. This physical being is the second creation, but God has to deal with it. If He is dealing with the earth coming out of this void state, to change it and bring it into this renewed state, He is also dealing with the man, the second generation, He is dealing with man himself. So as we come on over here, to the time when Christ was born, two thousand years ago, He was born to be the beginning of a new family of people. He would be the firstborn of that new family of people. Therefore He is strictly born to be the beginning of another creation, which is the third creation and it is the final one. God has always done things in threes. If we can see today, as we read our Bible, there are three categories of angels, so let us not say they are all alike, because they are not all alike. Somewhere way back here, is when those angels were all tested and tried, and that is when they proved their quality and loyalty. As we come into this dispensation, God has already judged the angels that disobeyed Him and they are cursed forever. Out of the ones that He redeemed and saved, there are three different categories of them. There are winged creatures. Then there are others that don’t have wings, they can appear just like a man. Those are the kind of angels that are ministering spirits. You read about that in Hebrews. Still there are others, the teraphims, like these angelic beings around the throne of God. With this in mind, I want to establish the thought, God does things in threes. That is His pattern. When He started with man back here, we are going to find out as we come through the ages, that when we get over here, God has been in the process of redeeming from this sinful human race, the second creation, an element of us that one day will be lifted up and will be placed in that future kingdom and we will exist in three different qualities. People will say, well is God fair? He sure is. Don’t ever think that you are going to sit over here in this Millennium age fussing, complaining, well I thought I was supposed to be something else. That is how carnal people can be. When people go through life like that, they are heading for trouble. All of that kind of complaining are attributes of the devil. He is that jealous spirit. He likes to aggravate us, agitate us, stir us up, get us to hating one another. No wonder, as God looked down upon this planet and saw what was going on, that He repented of making man. Think of the graves that the crust of this earth had been filled with since the day that Cain slew Abel, and the fact that every thought of man was only evil continually, He had to bring judgment upon them. The minute that first body went into the ground, this planet was contaminated with the affect and proof of sin that had entered the picture. Now what is God after? He is after the day when earth, people, and angels will exist in an eternal age where everything is perfect. He has His angels in families of threes. He also has His human beings in families of threes. I am not talking about three individuals, it is the level, in that respect, that I speak of. Therefore He also has three different creations. This third one, you see the Bride saints that were taken out of this age, joined with all the others. Two thousand years ago, is when God started that third creation. That is why I want to say this morning, that for the last two thousand years, Christianity has suffered because a lot of time we have grown up in ignorance. We have just grown up in our church surroundings in ceremonies and traditions and this and that, with just a few little verses of scriptures and we have never really had a picture of what we are heading for. It has just been, Well, one of these days you will die and Jesus will come and resurrect all of us and take us to heaven. Saints, There is too much in this book for me to stop at that.
GOD IS CALLING OUT A PEOPLE THAT WILL BE A HOLY PEOPLE
I thought the other night when one of our brothers was talking about holiness, holiness is more than a holy look. God truly wants a holy people, but He wants a people that are holy and also that have a spiritual mind that can learn something. We have churches all over creation that pattern after holiness. They assume God wants women with long hair. I see nothing wrong with that, but like I have said, if God wants everybody with the same length of hair, then they would have all been born with the same ability to grow it that way. I have been in the south Pacific where they do not have enough hair on the top of their heads for a powder puff. God wants us not only to be a holy people in heart and mind, but we also are a people that can let our spiritual minds be molded, that we receive a picture of what we are after. Everything that is in this Bible, God wants us to have an understanding of it. As we go ahead here, I can say this, two thousand years ago, Jesus, when He was born of virgin birth, was born the true, innocent, guiltless Son of God, who knew no sin. He became the beginning of the process of the third creation that God is in the process of creating. That is why He is the firstborn. In verse 16, this is how the Trinitarians have translated it, so I want to read it the way the Trinitarians have written. Here is where our minds have been all confused. “For by Him (Who is Paul talking about? Jesus) were all things created, (That is because they have made Him the second person of a trinity, equal with the Father in authority, and co-creator.) that are in heaven,.” That is why, scattered out there, you have a lot of professing Christian people today, that think Jesus created Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and whatever. Jesus, the Son of God that was born two thousand years ago, had nothing to do with creating the universe. He had nothing to do with the universe at all. I will say this, He was in the mind of God before the universe came into existence. God absolutely had a complete thought of everything before anything was created. Once He started, God never had to reach a point to change His mind about anything He had purposed to create. Let us think very seriously on that very thing. When God started creation, we can look back and see He wanted to share Himself with something in this process. That is why I have said, when God was recreating the earth, redeeming it, in the sixth day He created man, (spirit) and that is what throws a lot of religionists off course. In chapter 1, verse 26, He said, Let us make man in our own image. Well that is what the trinity element of professing people grab on to. They say that very verse proves the trinity. No, it does not. Because there is no such thing as a trinity of Gods. It is God talking to His angelic beings who are assisting Him all along. I have stressed that over and over and true believers accept it, but that other element all think I am crazy. Let us not go to sleep in ignorance. Those angels have already been proved, tested and tried, and the righteous ones are now there helping God. Every day, all those angelic beings are somewhere in this great plan of His, and their eye is right here on this earth. They are not out there playing around on Saturn or anything. Now I have to say, All these celestial bodies, planets, I have to believe that angelic beings are in control of certain parts of the family, and they are in control of the laws that help to keep these planets in their particular orbit. That is why today scientists can calculate precisely as they measure the orbits of different celestial bodies, they know exactly where this will be a thousand years from now. And it is precise. Therefore I have to say, There are angelic beings working to keep all that in its proper setting. God is dealing here on this earth, so all along there is another element of angelic beings that are assisting God. Notice, when He was talking about the animals, He did not say let us create the animals in our image and likeness. It is just when He came to man. Do you think these angels were all sitting around with their arms crossed, while God was creating the horse, the cow, the camel, the elephant? I hardly think so. I believe all those angels were assigned to certain laws that are going to govern the reproduction of their particular species. I do believe that. When He came to the point of saying, Let us make man after our image and after our likeness, what was He going to make man for? He made him a creature that can rule on this earth planet, be a godlike creature invested with the knowledge of God, and with power and authority to fulfill his duties. When God was saying to the angels, Let us make man, I have to believe they were going to assist Him in it, and the reason I keep repeating it, is because I know God wants to share Himself with something He has created. That is why in reality, two thousand years, as God called men to preach the gospel, we have been assisting God, helping God, in this third creative act. We have all been working toward something and did not know where we were going to wind up. I will say it that way. Scriptures are here, but we did not necessarily know where to place each thing we read. Having said that, let me now go on with this scripture. “For by Him were all things created, (That is not true, but I want to read it anyhow.) that are in heaven, (and that is not true) and that are in earth, (that is not true) visible and invisible, (that is not true) whether they be thrones, (What is he talking about? I want you to know, as we take a look out in space, at the universe, what do you see? Can you tell me there are thrones out there. There is not. I do not see thrones on Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, nor any of the other planets. Do you? We have to realize, where these thrones are going to be. Right here on this earth.) or dominions, (That means territories, governments.) or principalities, (secondary positions of authority) or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.” In other words the way Paul has written it here, and the way the Trinitarians translated it, they make it that Jesus did the creating, and the Father is just furnishing the mind, Now you go do it. That is not the way it was at all. That is why I have to say, Paul definitely had a particular thought and meaning, but the Trinitarian translators tore it all to pieces. I am going to the Hebrew for clarification. I have learned one thing, if Paul said something in a certain gospel epistle to a church body, he will mean the same thing when he writes to another one. We have got to keep it that way. Otherwise we are the rascals, not Paul. I am in the Hebrew translation, 1st chapter, starting with the 13th verse. “Who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. In whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: Who is the image of the invisible Yahweh, the firstborn of all creation.” Now brothers and sisters, let us keep in mind, He is not talking about creating the universe. This is talking about another creation, so notice, the Hebrew says this, “For in Him were all things created.” Not by Him, in Him. It means that long before the time had ever come, in the mind of the sovereign God, He knew exactly there would be a precise time on earth, after sin and everything sets in and man starts His downward course of death and decay, that He would bring forth His Son. We could say this and be absolutely correct, The Son did not create anything. It is that God designed it so He would do all this through Him, this third creation. How many know what I mean? He purposed that through Him, He would redeem. It is not Jesus doing the reconciling. It is the Father reconciling the world to Himself by the Son. So if that is the way it is worked, we have to realize this, He is really re-creating another creation, by using the Son to be the medium. But the Son is not the creator. He is the means that serves the material, He gives His life, He sheds His blood. For in Him were all things created, that is the Hebrew, in him. That is why the Father, is doing it all for the sake of the Son, because the Son is going to be the means by how God redeems all that are fallen. “In the heavens and upon the earth.” Now when He says in the heavens, let me use this, He is talking about the spiritual atmosphere around this planet. It has nothing to do with Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn or any of them. It is right here on this earth. That garden that God planted six thousand years ago over in the Middle East, He lifted it and left Adam and Eve standing right where they were, which amounts to them being driven out of the garden. God just simply separated that little bit of heaven, which is the spirit world, up from the natural world. That is why it has been impossible for man to even try to force himself back into that atmosphere. In that case we can say this, God has in His mind everything that the devil, through the spirit world, was to do to get at the kingdom of God to wreck it, to create all the confusion and everything that we read about. God, through Jesus Christ, designed a way of remedy and a plan that He would do this, by one day taking His Son, and delegating in Him the authority for that which He was to fulfill. When He invests the authority in Him and Jesus comes back to this earth, and brings you and me back with Him, I want you to know, He is going to absolutely have authority over every demon the devil has, and it is through that Millennium, which is one thousand years that He will reign, the devil himself and all his evil helpers are all chained up. All the corruption and the pollution and everything that has been going on in that spirit world all this time, the heavens are literally going to be cleansed by His rule and reign. Saints, you are going to rule and reign with Him, helping to execute all that He has to do. Do not ever think He is going to come here and sit in Jerusalem and do it all by Himself. First off, you and I are not going to be mortal like we are now. We are not going to have the same kind of carnal mind: we are going to see things altogether different when we are in immortal bodies. When the rapture does take place, yes, our bodies are going to be changed to immortality. I believe we everyone understand that. Then our inner being is going to take on another concept of knowledge that we have never been able to obtain in this life. So when we are taken up, I will say this, then knowledge that only was in the mind of the Father, which now He has placed in the Son, that is going to be delegated throughout His Bride. Let me say this also, in my old hillbilly language, When we are changed, there is not going to be any bellyachers there, no complainers, none of that, I am not satisfied, I wanted to do this and that, or I would like to be there. You will everyone get your allotted portion, whether it is where you wanted it or not. Because the people that are going to rule and reign with Him are going to be people that have no thought of personal gain or aim. They want to be strictly what He wants them to be. The more submissive we are to Him, the more He is going to take great delight in leading us, teaching us, showing us His truth, so that we can really grow into the knowledge and wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now when we read all this, that God did this by Him and everything, you have to realize He is not talking about creating stars or anything. He is redeeming this earth. He is redeeming a people, and it is also worked through Christ. But in that Millennium age, that one thousand years, there, is where and when we are going to rule and reign with Christ. God is recreating, redeeming governments. Now Bro. Jackson, where do you get that from? I see it in the book of Revelation, and on His head was many crowns. What does that mean? It means He is going to be King of kings and Lord of lords. He is going to be King of all the earth in that day. All of this was designed in the mind of God, only in His sovereign mind, long before there was anything else. He set it all in motion, and as different periods of time would come, then God sets in motion the fulfillment of His purpose for that time. For in Him were all things created, we are talking about when man was put here, God knew exactly what Adam would do. God knew exactly why He was bringing Christ upon the scene. It was necessary that He might be the means of starting the redeeming of an element of His creation, lost mankind, redeeming them back to Himself through and by the means of His only begotten Son. That was so He could be the firstborn, not just by Himself, but He becomes the firstborn of the beginning of a new family. “For in Him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones (This is talking about governments right here on this planet. There is no such thing as governments and thrones out there in the universe. How many realize that? It is all right here on the earth.) or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through Him, (not by Him) and to Him; and He is before all things, (He was ordained to this before all things. God knew this would be the means and the way He would bring this about.) and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the assembly: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” The devil could only do to Him, what it took to fulfill His (Jesus’) purpose on earth the first time. He avoided the devil’s attempts to kill Him up until it was time for Him to give His life willingly to pay our sin debt
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S ATTRIBUTES
Let us at this time just take a little look at Jesus the Christ. It says here that it pleased the Father that in Him, the Son, should all fulness dwell. So the question is, What is the fullness of God? First off, we know that God is a sovereign God. He is the source of all wisdom, He is all power. He is all knowledge. He is perfect love. He is perfect joy, all these divine attributes are of Him. He is merciful, compassionate, loving and caring. All of that quality of God was placed in His Son, so that God, through the Son, could be exercising these qualities in the different eras of time, wherever and whenever it was related to redeeming out of our creation, all that would respond to His loving offer to lost mankind, reconciling us and bringing us back to Himself. I will say this, For two thousand years it has been the plan of God as the invisible God made Himself visible in and through His only begotten Son, working all these wonderful works. Furthermore it is God’s divine plan, that in this day and hour, the Church, as she meets her state of perfection and is ready to be changed, she will consist of the fulness of Jesus Christ. That is why God begins to pick us up and take us into that other realm, because He is getting us ready to come back here and reign here in that Millennium age with King Jesus. No wonder Jesus says to the Thyatira Church, To him that overcometh, will I give power over the nations. Never have we had power over the nations. You know that. Even Paul writes in the Roman letter how that creation groans and travails, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God” People have wrestled with that, oh there is coming a day when God is going to bring forth the manifestation of His sons and we are going to walk down Broadway, we are going to heal people, we are going to raise the dead, we are going to tell the politicians to go to the doghouse. That is the way they want to interpret scripture. That is not the way it is going to be. Keep in mind, what Paul said in Romans, He said here in Ephesians and he said it in Hebrews, because Paul could see this day that is just ahead. There is where creation is going to be ruled by a different source of authority. The devil will be bound. The righteous Bride will sit in authority. Every demon in hell is going to be bound. The atmosphere is going to be clean. With new governments set up, as Jesus Himself is the King of kings and Lord of lords, keep in mind this green line right here on our chart, that represents the element of the earthly nations that are mortal right now. When we do cross over this line and the resurrection of the white robed saints, with also the rapture of the Bride saints, they are all going to be in this day right here. (pointing to chart) But there is going to be an element of nations, as it says right here in Matthew 25, that comes into the picture. In that day when the Son of man is set on the throne of His glory, then shall He do what? Gather before Him all nations. When Armageddon is over, do not think all nations are going to be there. I do not mean the millions of all nations. There will be a representative of all the nations that are left alive. So there is going to be a judgment set up. You and I are going to help Him and assist Him in that judgment. That is exactly why in Matthew 25, it says that the last shall be first. That literally means that right here where people are tried, persecuted, ridiculed, and everything, and these nations are passing through here, keep in mind, in this, was also those tribulation saints that are standing up here now. That is exactly why the first ones that will come up to be judged, not the great white throne judgment, but the judgment of Matthew 25, that is going to be Christ and His Bride and those saints that were martyred. They are going to be the first ones raised up at the end of the 70th week of Daniel. Does it mean that God loves them more? No. Look at what is going on. Those tribulations saints that were persecuted, killed, martyred in various ways, in the time factor when all these nations were still here, are the ones that will be resurrected first. So there is going to be an element of these people representing the nations and they are going to be standing before the throne. So it is these martyred people that are going to judge those mortal people, to determine whether they go into the Millennium or not. I was hungry, you fed me. I was naked, you clothed me. I was sick, you visited me. I was in prison, you visited me. Yes, they are going to be right there. So I hope you understand, it is not because God loves these last ones more than He did these others that died on back here. It is the fact He judges the particular recipient of generations accordingly. You will not judge people who lived here five hundred years ago. But there is going to be a portion of the Bride that will. The reason I say this, is because this is the way God does things righteously and justly. We have a bunch of politicians today, they could not judge anything. I told a fellow one time, well it gets to the place you feel like you don’t even want to vote. He said, well if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. Well I can. I was at a place yesterday to get a piece for my tractor and somebody said, Tuesday is election day. I said, yes, it was also in our local paper, if you don’t vote you can’t complain. And I said, I will, because I will tell that person, how can I vote for a python, when the other one is a rattlesnake. You are licked before you even start. How many know what I have said? That is the way I look at it. When the judgment of Matthew 25 takes place right here, that green line will represent the nations as they are right now. I have said many times, Out there in that natural world of unsaved people right now, their lives are completely controlled by the devil. When they do pass through that tribulation hour, that short period, certain things are going to take place that is going to compel those people to know how they are going to judge situations and carry out deeds of conduct, human behavior, and show some principals about their lifestyle. That is why Matthew 25 is that kind of judgment. Then those nations, as all these glorified saints and the Bride saints form the two lines, as you see right here. This green line has two representations. The green line will represent the earth itself that you are living on. But the green line represents the earthly people that are just the way they are out there right now. They are still mortal. Watch though, In the Millennium Satan is bound, there is no death running rampant. How many understand? On the other hand, once they pass into this life, in the Millennium, being of this quality, they can live to be a thousand years old if they live faithfully, loyal and obedient. I will show you a prophesy in Isaiah later. Because when the time comes that everything does pass into this kingdom, in that day, an infant of days or an old man that has not lived his days, it is talking about here, longevity of life will allow thousands and millions of people to live to be a whole thousand years old. That is why death is bound. Death then, will only be a disciplinary thing. If anybody within the nations, because they are still mortal, displays disobedience, still having that nature to want to be stubborn and indifferent, somewhere along the line that can maybe get out of control. God will let him live to be a hundred years old, then He will take him. Alright, then when this era is coming to here (chart, at the end of the Millennium) the Bible says Satan is loosed for a little season, and he will go out upon the breadth of the earth to deceive the nations. I will say this, When that time starts there will be just a few representatives of the different nations and races allowed to enter here. They will be judged and those that meet the quality will be the ones that will be allowed to enter this era. There will be little babies born to them, that will have inherited attributes from this realm. Nevertheless that is how God will repopulate the earth. Satan will be bound, so there will be no death or sickness like we now have, but death will be a disciplinary means for those born during that time, that will not conduct themselves according to God’s righteous ways. When time gets over here, for the sake of illustration, we will start out here with just a few thousand individuals representing each nation, but it can be back in the millions over here. That is why Satan is loosed for a little season, to test those that are born during that time. He will go out upon the breadth of the earth. Why would he be allowed to go out upon the breadth of the earth? First off, God would be an unjust God if He let all these millions that have been born during the Millennium reign, pass over into the eternal age, if they have never been tried and tested as all these others were. That is why Satan is loosed for a little season after the thousand years are fulfilled. No one will go into the endless eternal age, that has not been faithful during that testing.
LOOKING AT BIBLE PROPHECY THE RIGHT WAY
Do you know why the event of Ezekiel 38 and 39, is in the picture before us? That has always had doctors of divinity confused to no end. You will hear one say, Oh that is Armageddon and another one say something else. I am not the smartest creature that ever lived, but I can see certain words and those certain words carry a meaning to me. I want to take you to the 38th and 39th chapters. It plainly tells you right there, when this will be done. God’s prophecy is addressed to Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is the ruler of the land of Magog. He has prophesied of old that He would bring him down into this land that has been brought back from the sword. Who is He talking about? Israel. Well it has been in the process of being brought back from the sword fifty some years now. But I want to ask you this morning, Think seriously, Israel in fifty some years of her national existence, has not had a day of peace and safety. No sir. It is those Arab nations, they have harassed and warred, created all kinds of turmoil. But looking ahead, this is why I emphasize that before we go into the Millennium, right here before the tribulation period, God will allow a war in the Middle East, as you see it in Zechariah 12 and Micah 7, and it will be a miracle war. But God does it to open the eyes of some. Who is He after basically? It is those Arab Muslim nations. That is what is causing her (Israel) problems. When that war is fought, it is a miracle war. It helps Israel to look ahead and realize God is on her side. She will immediately start rebuilding the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? Simply because, in Ezekiel 38, God is looking at Russia. God said, I will bring you down into the land that has been brought back from the sword. When will this be? In the latter days saith the Lord. Thou will come into this land that now is dwelling safely. Safely: Did you hear that? She is not dwelling that way today, you know it. For fifty some years she has been constantly fighting. Who? That bunch of Palestinian Arab Muslims. So you cannot say Ezekiel 38 has anything to do with any other period of time: It has got to be when God allows a miracle war to come and change the prospect of things. Then all of those Arabs, which are Abraham’s seed from the other side of the fence, those that are left alive, will look at Israel in a different way. They still hate Israel today, but this miracle war will change all of that. God is going to let a miracle war take place in order to show to those Arabs it is not Allah, your god, that is in control: it is Elohim, the God of Israel. Then it is going to be so miraculous, so quickly executed, so tremendous in every aspect, it is going to cause all the politicians to have a nightmare. I hope when they have to look at that TV screen and see how God uses His angelic beings and the Israeli army to bring this about, God has more than one objective in this. Halfway around the world into far eastern nations, look at the Oriental world. I see young men right now in the Orient, they are going to college to be construction engineers. They are studying modern buildings of different kinds. When that war takes place there is going to come a shout and the sound of victory. Now we will build our temple! You know what Isaiah 60 says. Think of it, seven hundred years before Christ, Isaiah could see down through the span of time and write what he saw. He could see that day when Israel is confronted with the possibility of building the temple in the city. Here will come those young men. I want to say this and emphasize it, The Israeli government is not going to send men out through the world asking, Will you please help us now, will you make a contribution so we can build our temple? Please! No sir. God has a way of speaking to hearts. You know what He says? In that day I will milk the breast of the Gentiles. God said that. What does that mean? He is going to get next to their heart. Young men who are Hindu and Buddhists, and yes even some Muslims are going to see that miracle war. It has got to be a war of such tremendous display of God’s sovereignty and power, it opens their eyes. There is no God like Him, the God of the Jews. I want to go there and help them. They are not coming over there looking for a handout. Israel is going to need some talent. Since this temple is to be a temple in which the King of kings and Lord of Glory will sit and reign for a thousand years, that is the temple all nations have to be represented in. So God knows exactly how to speak to these young men. They are going to come to Israel, I want to help you. Where do you get that Bro. Jackson? Isaiah 60:10, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.” It is not the sons of street bums. How many know what I mean by that statement? It is not the sons of poverty stricken families of other nations. The sons of strangers, foreign governments, will come and help build up thy walls. Then the forces of the Gentiles will be converted unto thee. That is not talking about spiritual conversion, it means material substance. That nation that will not contribute, God said, I will waste it. What does that mean? God will bankrupt them. This human race is being conditioned today. I am thankful, that I was born in America, but I am not thankful for the way America exists right now, because it did not exist this way sixty years ago. Our politicians have drained this nation of the knowledge of the sovereignty of God that Washington, Lincoln, and all those men of days gone by looked to. They have let the scientists and atheists and that element come in and control things. It is a shame. But because we see this in the last nation that ever professed Christianity, now we allow same sex marriages, women with women, men with men. They rip the Constitution to pieces. When they demand and demonstrate in the streets, we want this, but they don’t believe the Bible, this is what you have. Jesus said, As it was, when? In the days of Noah. A brother called me the other day and sais to me, Bro. Jackson, there was an article in our paper written by scientists. They wrote the article, they have now taken a space satellite and have pinpointed the ark on Mt. Ararat. They even measured it, printed it. Now they are talking about getting together an expedition to go up and try to salvage some of the artifacts. I felt like this, We have had the critics and agnostics that have made fun and blasphemed. They have criticized the whole thought. If God would have let this ark been found a hundred years ago and parts of it brought down there, they would have it in a building over there and making a fortune. People would absolutely buy a plane ticket to go look at it. God will not let it be commercialized. He may let just a trace of it come out as proof and vindication that His word is truth. There are other scriptures I want to use to finish up this subject, but when I read this in the scriptures here, For in Him were all things created, in the heavens, that is the atmosphere around the earth, and upon the earth. Things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things have been created through Him, and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things exist and He is the head of the body. As this begins to become a picture to the Bride of Christ, I believe with all my heart we will feel God dealing with us, showing us, building us into a spiritual image of what He wants us to be, we are going to be the absolute manifestation of the fulness of Jesus Christ in His Church. Just as Christ was the image of God, the Church will be the expressed image of Jesus Christ; and we are to have an understanding of His will and purpose as He fulfills what the Father has ordained Him to be and do. Let us look again at Colossians 1:9. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Do you now see the charge we have before us? That is the absolute Word of God.
LOOKING FOR THE RAPTURE AND BEYOND
I purposed this morning to try and finish this message tonight, but actually there is just a certain point I am going to dwell on. I am just going to push the rest on ahead until after the repairing of the tape room, Therefore I will not resume for at least another couple weeks. As I thought through this evening, this subject is entirely too big, there are too many scriptures to do it justice. But what I would like to deal with tonight in the line of this title, which is God’s third creation, is to try to get us to look at some things in the Bible that we can expect God to be doing in us, you and me from now on until the time we expect the rapture to take place. Let us look at it in this way, I know it is wonderful to look beyond the rapture to the time when we will come back to earth and reign with the Lord: we will live and reign with Him. Yes we are going to be kings and priests. There are a lot of things we are going to be authorized to do. That is why I have to say it involves too much scripture that is too important to really see how that Millennium age begins to progress, and what all does take place. When we actually look at the scriptures Satan will be bound, there will be no actual cultivated sin. The only thing is, those that do survive the judgment of the 25th chapter of Matthew, and those nations that are saved, will pass into this period of time, so the reason we have the green line on our chart on the incline, is because of the fact that those the line represents, will just keep growing and multiplying, because longevity of life will be restored to this element of people. Therefore we have to realize the earth will have many millions of people on it when we do come to the end of this one thousand years, which is another day of time. I refer to it this way, because the Bible speaks of it being a thousand years long, and it is actually the earth’s Sabbath. It is a time when the righteous will be ruling over these, doing something on the earth to help lift the earth back up into a state wherein, as Paul said in 1st Corinthians 15, that He will rule and reign until He has put down all authority and power. When He has accomplished all that, He will do that through the reign of His righteous rule. That is why He has promised you and me, To him that overcometh will I give power over the nations. That is not just a figure of speech, but it is going to be fulfilled only when the Bride is going to be in immortality. We are going to be completely changed. We are going to have a spiritual mind that is altogether different, and we are going to be given certain amounts of authority to carry it out in that era there, all that the Father has ordained. But right here before we go from this period over there, we have got to realize there is something that has got to take place in us, and for us, to bring us to a point as the scripture says in the 19th chapter, when John saw it (the bride Church) in heaven, it had been raptured. His wife hath, past tense, made herself ready. Let me try to just break this down for a little thought. When God dealt with Bro. Branham back in the early 1960’s, out in the mountains of Arizona, what a wonderful experience God gave that man. He spoke to him saying, This is the third pull. I want us to look at that just for a moment. The reason I say that, here we are forty years later, the biggest part of the people that lived then, and that heard the very words he said, they never caught the true meaning of what was going on. Let me say this tonight, There is an element of people right now on earth, along with what he brought in the seals, that know more now from the seals and from the scriptures, than they ever did know back then. Let me say this as humbly as I know how, God has done this in a way to take all this spectacular manifestation of His glory out of the picture. When people sit listening, but they only want to hear some fantastic thing that took place with the man, or through the man, I have to say, They are looking at it altogether wrong. God did that in an hour of time when our denominational world had become so cold, and so apostate. Let us look at it as it was back then, even in all the display of God’s supernatural power through that man’s ministry, did this bring a change in the denominational church world? It did not. I ask a simple question, Why? Yet the things that God did through him, is all in the scriptures. The reason I say this tonight, the apostle Paul said in Romans, As many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. There was an element of people back then, that were content to say and believe, Let it all come through this one man. I will say, I am glad and thankful for what I was privileged to see God do through that man of God, but over a period of time I began to realize, God wants something to be in the life of every one of His true believers, that reaches beyond what He revealed through that man. The religious world back then, knew nothing about being led by God. Way back there in the early beginning of the first of this age, that is why Paul could write in the Roman letter, As many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. That is exactly why, when you read the entire writings of the book of Acts, you cannot help but see how early Christians were led, the ministry was led, the things that God did through them, was because they were willing to be led by the Spirit of God. He never lays anything upon the ministry but what He makes a way for that to be brought about. It is all recorded in His precious Word.
HOW THE CHURCH RE-EMERGED
When we look back through the history of time, back when everything pertaining to the Church would go into apostasy, somewhere along the line God would raise up a man to stand for a truth from His Word: we would call them reformers. The things that God would do through each man’s life, would be to wake up an element of people, get their attention, bring them into more truth; and lead them as far as they were willing to go. Those were refreshing and glorious times, but it seemed like over a period of time, the believing people were content to just accept what they saw and consider that it was all there is, so we have it made. When we look back forty years ago, to the religious world as a whole, when they saw and heard the testimonies and the healings, they would say, He was really led by the Spirit in what God showed him and everything, and they would say, Oh isn’t it wonderful to have a man of God like that around? That was because of the miracles, but the minute God began to speak certain truths from His Word through the man, some that had thought so highly of him began to drop off. Others that had their eyes only on the man regardless of what he did or said, the minute God took that man from them, they were as though they are out in a desert wilderness somewhere, very lost. That is why they stand there holding on, mentally, to what was said by him, but they are without that spirit of revelation . As I look back through the years I realize, God just continued that third pull, but He did it in a different fashion. He did it by a different means. I will say this, There is still more knowledge to be gotten out of this Bible even yet, to go along with what was said in the seals and with what he brought besides that. When you put that all together from a revelatory standpoint, there is more knowledge of spiritual things now, accessible to believing people, than there was back then. That does not take away from Bro. Branham. It only adds on to what God intended for him to be able to produce, through what he brought at that time. I will say, from now on until the rapture takes place, I am convinced we are going to begin to see God dealing with me, and with you, in the individual manner in which He wants us to become true believers, that we can believe the same thing without argument. I say that because we have spiritual eyes to see it, and spiritual ears to hear it, and we know that what we are hearing is the truth, and we are not about to let some element of flesh come along and separate us from the flow, the drawing, and the leadership of God’s spirit. I will never forget when God got hold of my life and saved me. When I came to my senses and realized it is the grace of God that I am able to say He saved me from my sins and took away that craving for the cigarette. The minute God did lead us into sight of Bro. Branham and I began to hear this man, I realized, This is eventually going to lead me in a way of belief that the Methodists do not believe. As I say this tonight, with my wife being in agreement, we purposed in our hearts, God will come first. My own dad and mother, which I dearly loved, and she loved her parents likewise, but when we saw what that man represented, we knew there was something shining there from that man’s life, that was destined to change our course of spiritual walk, so we left our parents in the Methodist church and followed our convictions. We did not harp at them to follow us, and neither did we harp at our neighbors to follow us. Through those few years we did have the privilege of taking them to some of the meetings with us, but in all that time, never did we let our family side, stand between us and the truth we heard. From here on to the end as God makes His Bride ready, you can rest assured we are not in this to please some element of human flesh. We are in this to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Himself. We have got to please Him. We cannot sit in here with different ideas as to what is, what is not, what is right, what is wrong, each one having his own ideas. It is not going to work that way. If there is going to be leadership, it is not coming from down in the basement. It is coming in a way, whatever the need is in my life, God is going to guide me by circumstances, conditions, or He is going to cause certain scriptures to become alive in my life. We are going to find ourselves submitting to this in order that together we can become one in the Lord Jesus. That is why I said this morning, I have heard the denominational, and especially the Pentecostal people say, We are waiting for the day of the manifestation of the sons of God. Let them go ahead and wait. They do not see what God is doing right now. They will not even be around when what they say they are looking for happens. That is because, when that happens, we will be over here; and they will still be back there. God is leading His true bride saints into unity; and only in that unity will God manifest what carnal minds have talked about. On over here, is where God puts that on display, never back here where we have been. With what God has brought us through now, when we look back, we can see how the devil has fought it, how much carnality has risen in the lives of people. Even in the Pentecostal realm where they would teach about being led by the Spirit. Then when God did bring Bro. Branham on the scene, God showed Bro. Branham how to look at certain meetings that he had been engaged to come and conduct, whether to go ahead and fulfill it or not, he wanted to be led by God. Just to show you how the denominational preachers would do, (and we are talking about the Pentecostal side, people that believe in the Holy Spirit, yet they somehow thought their program was what he ought to go by) I will never forget when I read his life story, when Bro. Branham went to South Africa and God showed him how He wanted him to go about conducting those meetings, but those denominational men came to him, and they had already set up the itinerary: they had the entire program all arranged. God showed Bro. Branham what would happen to him if he went that route, but when he looked at the material side and everything and saw what he had pushing against him, you might say conditions compelled him to go their way. From the physical standpoint though, that man really suffered. Now if a spiritual man like that would suffer because he went ahead to please the men, the preachers, because they had overwhelmed him and taken advantage of the situation, like if he would have said, No, I will not do that, they then say, Then you tear our program all to pieces, we lose everything. If he would say, I don’t want anything to do with that, God would have honored his decision. We can say this, From one standpoint, that is what he should have done, to show the world there comes a time that God’s way is better than everybody else’s way. Nevertheless he went to every place in every meeting and he stood on that platform many times, sick, and very weak in his body, because he knew this was not the way God wanted it to be. The reason I bring this in, is because the man had a constant battle between God endeavoring to lead and direct him in the right way, and preachers pulling on him, plotting how to use him for their greatest advantage. When I look now at a people all over this world, a lot of them have pulled away from the Branham movement, but they have also come out of denominations. I am thankful for what God has pulled out and put together, but we have got to begin to realize, that up the road somewhere, we each one are going to begin to see spiritually, that there are things we will do, when necessity is laid upon us to begin to set about certain things, because it is our way of showing to one another, God is creating something inside of us. The Spirit of unity is having an effect on us.
BEING SURE OF WHAT IS LEADING US
I do not want to stand in the way of anybody being brought into God’s final picture of unity. If that little Bride of His is going to rule in such supreme beauty over here, then right here where we are now, something has got to take place within her (the bride saints) to make her (us) more like Jesus. She is not going to say, Well now, I don’t see that, well what about this, and what about that? We cannot continue to go down the road of life like that. If you need to say, Well what about this? Let it be for the right purpose, that you may understand it. We have learned a lot of traditions out in the denominations, and we have dragged them along with us, but as we get closer to the end, these traditional things are going to be washed away by the truth. Sometimes our physical being is going to suffer, because we sometimes give in to our flesh; and we are going to have to pay a debt. I will read a few words spoken by the apostle Paul, to the Galatians, Chapter 6, verses 7 and 8. 7“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” That is why the scriptures say, For whom the Lord loveth, He chastens. People would say, well I don’t see God chastening: His love is too great. Well if you still feel that way, you do not yet know God. For whom the Lord loveth, He chastens. That does not mean He comes down the road with a big club to beat everybody senseless. You have to understand what the word chastisement really means. It has to be understood from the stand point of a faithful father, one that really intends to raise his children the right way. God has the way: He knows exactly how to deal with me, and how to deal with you. to speak with me, to speak with you, to create conditions about your life, my life, that will cause us to give our attention to Him. Sometimes we can be corrected by a word, but there are times when he has to allow something to come upon us that causes our flesh to suffer to the point where He can again get our attention. If there is something He wants me to do, and I am so busy doing something else, He has got to get my attention. So He is going to use some kind of chastisement to get me to stop that and listen to Him. The scripture says that if we be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Every father is responsible for correction of his own children; and God is a faithful Father. Take a good look at the religious world, and tell me, Are they preaching anything that would bring correction to their hearers? Are they preaching the whole word of God? Are they preaching anything out of the book of Revelation? Not at all. Can they see what you and I are seeing? They cannot, because they do not have the Spirit of revelation teaching them. They do not have an ear for the truth. Neither do they have a mind to receive it. I pass through the stations on TV and once in awhile I will hear John Haggee in Texas, a Baptist man. Yes, he has some good points, but I have to say, The Bride of Christ is not going to get ready by listening to John Haggee. He does not see the true picture in Revelation, how the nations are going to be affected here in the end time. These true things in the scriptures, John is going to let the ministry of the end time feed that to the people, and they are going to see it precisely the way it is supposed to be. Brothers and Sisters: I want to be obedient to God. I don’t want my life to be hanging on to a lot of human influence, just for friendship. I think friendship is wonderful, but if we will get our spirituality straightened out with God first, through His word, then the friendship will follow when we wind up as a family and we are all a part of the same thing. As long as we say, Well I am a Baptist, I am a Methodist, I am this or that, and we are sitting here hoping for the best, looking for the future, but want to keep dragging along a few traditional things, because we don’t know how to give them up, then very little do we know about the leadership of God. We are only hoping and speculating. So that is why I say, I am thankful for what the apostle Paul has written.
Earlier we went to Colossians and I read out of the Hebrew translation, but tonight I am going to ask you to turn to the book of Hebrews, where we will read something Paul wrote to them. I have looked at these the way they are worded and I have to say to myself, The apostle Paul had a specific reason for what he said in both these epistles. That is why I said this morning, Let us not be guilty of taking what one man said and pitting it against what somebody else said. Because the apostle Paul is the only one of the apostles that made these kind of statements. This apostle Paul at that time, I believe he had a true revelation of the godhead. The more I read these scriptures, especially from the Hebrew translation, Paul did not see Jesus as having been the word that was standing by the Father before all time, like some believe. Do you understand my thought? Paul did not see Him that way because He did not write anywhere about that. He is putting it all in the mind of the Father, but remember, He is only a thought in the mind of the Father until such time as He (the Father) created a cell of life in the virgin Mary, that eventually produced a baby boy which they named Jesus, which was the Son of God, because He was born from a created seed, without any inherited attributes of Mary and Joseph. How many realize that? He was not a person standing there by the Father in creation, as so many believe. That is the Trinitarian version of what they see in the scriptures. I do thank God, that somebody had a true picture of it. I read this morning, how the apostle Paul saw Jesus as being the very expressed image of the invisible God that was embodied in Him. That is why Jesus said, He that hath seen me hath seen the Father, but did He ever say, I am God? He did not. When He spent His three and one half years preaching here on earth, what was His final analysis? He knew everything He said, every miracle He performed, and the name which He has revealed, was all from the mind of the Father. In the 17th chapter of St. John, what was He talking about when He said, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do?” Had He built a house? Had He planted a vineyard? Well what did He do? He went about healing the sick, casting out devils, doing good. That was the works of the Father. When the attributes of the Father were in Him, then the Father in Him and through Him, and by Him, led Him to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to change water to wine. It was not the Son who chose to do it. It was the Father in Him, using Him to do it. There was three and a half years of that, when He was displaying the things the Father had invested in Him. That is part of His attributes. Then this statement He made in the 17th chapter, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.” Well how did He do that, Bro. Jackson? What was His personal name? Jesus. Wasn’t it? Was He the only man named Jesus? He is the only man, the only Jew named Jesus, that the Spirit of God dwelt in. He was anointed and had the Father (which is SPIRIT) dwelling in Him. That was God’s redemptive name, that He had chosen to reveal Himself through. It is through that name Jesus, that God would lift us up from a life of sin and put that same Spirit in us that was in His only begotten Son Jesus. The difference is, Jesus had the full measure of the Spirit which is God, and we only have a measure of it in us. That is the name He would call and know you and me by. We can only communicate with the father by, or through the name of His Son Jesus, which is the Christ (the anointed ONE). I have come in thy name, I have manifested thy name. He spoke to the Pharisees one day, John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. What did He mean? Him ye will receive, was referring to the antichrist. Then we go to the third thing, and the last thing was His word. That is why He would repeatedly say, the words that I say unto you, they are not mine. In other words, those spiritual things that came from His lips, they did not originate from the mind of the Son, who as a human being walking around and just decided to say something. No. The words that I speak, they are His that sent me, meaning they were the words of His Father that dwelt in Him. We can see this in the 16th chapter of St. John, If Jesus were a visible means by how God could be revealed to His nation of people, the Jews, who have had the Law, and the prophets all those years, and yet here they are looking at Jesus and saying, Well who are you? Where did you come from? Looking at Him like He is a devil. That does not mean every one of them were skeptical of Him, but all those self righteous Pharisees and Sadducees were. Then just before Jesus was about to give His life, what does He say in the 16th chapter? It is necessary that I go unto the Father. He said, I have many things yet to say unto you, but you are not yet able to bear them. What is He actually saying? You are not able to understand them. Well, they were Jews, they had been taught in the synagogues, taught from the Torah; and Jesus has taken the revelation from the Torah and presenting it to them and saying, I have many things to tell you, but you are not able to understand them now. Why? They had a mind, so why were they not able to understand? Without the Spirit of revelation dwelling in you, you cannot understand that which is revealed by the Spirit. That is the way your religious world is today: When you begin to lay the truth down to draw a picture as to what the Bride is to become and to be known by, there is the natural reaction of the human mind, like, Well now Bro. Jackson, don’t you think they are nice people? Maybe they are, but when you start giving in to these human, sentimental ideas, after a while you are dragging the whole religious world along behind you, because it is your human flesh doing it. You will not separate from it, and you think God is so much of a loving God, He will have mercy on them. Well let us go back to what Jesus said to the disciples, I have yet many things to show unto you, or to tell you, but you are not able to receive them now. Notice now, Howbeit, after the Spirit of truth is come, He will take the things of mine, (What did He mean by the things of His?) God was in Him, so what was God in Him for? Out of those human lips came spiritual words that came forth from the mind of the Father, and those spiritual words He spoke, could not be understood by those religious Jews, because their religion was in their mind only. They could not understand one spiritual thing. That is why they looked at Him like He was crazy. I will say this today, You have a world of religion out there today, that is just as blind as the scribes and pharisees were. When you start talking about spiritual things, revelational things that really begin to separate you from all this tradition and formality, they begin to say, Well who in the world do you think you are? The truth is, we are nothing without the Spirit of Christ in us, but I do thank God, that He brought me out of something that was going nowhere spiritually, and has put something in my heart that I can say I am not where I want to be, but I sure am not where I used to be. If we can look at this in that way, we are in a place to receive something precious.
THE THINGS TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE TO LOOK TO
Jesus said, He (the Spirit of truth) will take the things of mine and show them unto you. What are the things of Christ? Was it how He combed His hair? The kind of sandals He wore? Or was it the type of robe He wore? Those are personal things, but that is not what He was talking about. When He said He would take the things of mine and show them unto you, it means those divine attributes, listen carefully, those divine attributes that portray the divine nature of God that was dwelling in Him, IS WHAT He was talking about, so when the Spirit of truth comes, He will take those same things and divide them in the body of believers. It is the same Spirit that was in Christ in the fulness, but in us it is by measure. How many realize that? That is why, just before He went away he said, A little while and the world will see me no more. But you will see me, because I will be with you, even in you. If He, which is the Comforter, that is the Holy Spirit, the Father Himself, was dividing Himself in portions and putting Himself in the life of every true believer, then all those things that were in Christ Jesus in the fulness, will be in us to some measure. Then, because we have received a measure, God intends to take those spiritual things, the revelation of the truth, the gifts of the Spirit, and I have to say also, the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit, and those things are going to be cultivated in our lives that make up the body of Christ. That is why I said this morning, Before we leave this world in the rapture, the Church will reach that hour when she will be the embodiment of Jesus Christ. Not from the physical standpoint, it is because God puts Himself in His Church to lift His Church up. His Church becomes a light to the world. Let me say this to you, Do not think He is coming down here and just getting a bunch of denominational people that go to church and take them up into glory, and then come back and start His Millennium reign. What a mess that would be! You and I are absolutely going to be informed, revelated and we are going to have a picture in our own mind. That does not mean we are going to know it all, but you are going to know everything up to that point, that the bride is destined to know. Then when we come back with Jesus, those attributes of Christ are going to be in us, so that in whatever position we have been delegated to rule and reign with Him, those divine, spiritual attributes in us are how God takes of Himself and they are delegated into you and me according to the measure of that Spirit that we are to have. If these gifts of the Spirit, were what Paul wrote about in 1st Corinthians 11, 12, and 13, think of the wisdom, think of the knowledge that Church is going to be invested with. Oh Bro. Jackson, is the church still going to have the gift of wisdom? Absolutely. You are going to know ten thousand times more then, than what you do right now. When your mortal body has been changed to immortality, then we are going to know even as we are known. You will not know in a limited setting. Because, when we come back to rule and reign over this element of earthly people, you are going to have to be able to discern the life, what they have done, because that is exactly why throughout this one thousand year reign, the Bride is not all going to set in one spot on this planet. I have said before, black will rule over black, white will rule over white. German will rule over German, English over English and so forth. How many get the point? It is never going to be done the way the devil wants to do it. That spirit of God is going to delegate certain manifestations of this wisdom, this knowledge, this discernment to each individual, because wherever the Bride is delegated to rule the various people that He sees fit to place there, she is going to rule them with the wisdom of God. When Jesus sits in Jerusalem on the ancient throne of David and the Law shall go forth from Jerusalem and the word of the Lord to the ends of the earth, remember, it also means this, that little wife of His, that Bride, wherever she sits among the nations of people she has been redeemed and taken out of, she is going to rule with that certain amount of wisdom and discernment. The Bible says we will know even as we are known, and that means now: it is not as man knows us, but it is how God knows us. Therefore we are going to know then, as we are known now. That is why I have to say, Between now and the time we are caught up, God is going to do a transformation in our lives, to get all this religious, traditional stuff out of us, all of which we have wanted to drag along with us. When we can look about us and begin to see that He is already doing it, that is why some of you are in here like you are right now. You have said, God led me to come here. I will say this, God is not finished leading His people. If there are other individuals out there sitting in a pew where they are not supposed to be, and they are to be in that Bride of Christ, watch what I tell you, they will be coming through those doors one of these days. Do not tell me they will not: I know they will. The Bride of Christ is coming together by the leadership of God’s Spirit. God has His ways. I am thankful, many times God can just speak to a person and their hunger causes them to go looking for the right place. When they come through those doors, something they hear causes them to say, This is what I have been looking for. I like what I am hearing.
GOD KNOWS HOW TO GET OUR ATTENTION
There are some out there, that do not have an ear to hear the Spirit, so God has to get hold of them once in awhile, pick them up and say, Now listen here, John! He does not have to do it in a loud audible voice. Usually John knows when God did it, because he can be driving down the road some day when a terrible thing he can become involved in, makes him stop and realize, God saved my life. God has many ways to get our attention. That is why, if He loves me, He is going to chasten me. If we are sensitive to Him, then He can speak to us and we will hear a still small voice speaking to us. I hope it all turns out that we will listen to that still small voice, but if we will not listen to that voice and we are going down the road of life ninety miles an hour without a care, then God knows how to get our attention. You might come to those crossroads, you may not see a thing coming, but about the time you are two thirds out in the middle of it, crash, there goes the accident you could have avoided. When you do stop, your head is over the steering wheel, Oh Lord help me. Five mile back up the road, my mind was not on what it should have been on; and now look at me. Do you understand me, saints? We are going down the road of life contemplating, planning, which is alright, if we have an ear that is sensitive to the voice of God, because He will speak first by a still small voice. If we do not hear Him, then He will use a little sterner means to get our attention. Brother Jackson, will God really do that? God is after the inner you, and when you will not listen to Him, your flesh has to pay a price for your spiritual deftness. God knows exactly how to get our attention, even if He has to use some other means. My point is, He knows exactly how to deal with each one of us, so that we become sensitive to His leading and know it is God. From now on until the time when the Bride is completed and made complete and perfect and she is ready, rest assured, you are going to see God’s divine leadership by His Spirit. Not necessarily, Oh I had a vision last night, the beautiful things I saw. It could be something like that, but may not be. God has a way of putting a hunger in the hearts of people. We have traveled this road of life, I have been here, I have been there, I have been in search of something and have not yet found it, and do not know exactly what it is, but then, all of a sudden, something just caused me to stop at that certain place. At first you thought it was just another church, but after you go in and sit down, before long you begin to feel a little strange. Somebody gets up and begins to preach. You went there thinking all you would hear is John 5:24 or St. John 3:16. No, you didn’t hear that. You heard things that came out of the book of Revelation, you heard things that came out of Isaiah. A picture begins to take place in your mind. You begin to think, Where have I been all my life. You begin to ask yourself, Is all of that in Bible? Yes sir, and it is for you and me. When people are no longer hungry, they do not go looking for anything. They can go from place to place, they can hear a lot of strange things, some wonderful true things, but if they don’t have an ear to hear nor an eye to see, they are liable to sit there and go to sleep. As God brings His Bride together, I want you to know, there is not going to be ninety five percent of the people sitting here hungry to be in the Bride of Christ and the other five percent on the outside, not knowing where to go. When God is truly dealing with someone, He will cause them to know exactly where to go. He has ways of shaking the bushes to get them where they need to be. As I already said, He has ways of getting your attention. When the time is right, those on the outside, are going to be pointed in the right direction. From before the beginning of time, God knew every individual that would be in the Bride Church. I think we all agree that time is short between here and the wrap up. That is why I say, I am glad to be living in this hour. We are part of a family God foreknew before He ever created anything. I have said this, In WW2, when I was in the war overseas, my mind used to run back through the years of time. In Washington and Clark county, I could count a hundred and eleven Jacksons. I am not bragging about it. We filled every crevice and hollow around. Some of them, I would not want to recognize if they were around, but some I would. When God saved my wretched soul and I began to see what the hand of God was doing with my life, He was making me a part of a family I could be proud to claim as my family. Since then, I came to realize, He will shake every bush, every church house until He gets every one out of there that He foreknew as His own. When they finally do come in where the truth is being proclaimed, they can learn more in three hours time than some have in thirty years of coming here. I do not say that to purposefully offend anyone, because whatever they are to know and what they are to be informed of, He is going to take the plugs out of their ears and get into their mind, moving everything to let them see and hear the truth of His word. The reason I say these things, the living element that is to make up the Bride, is going to be complete and perfect when the time comes for the rapture. Every factor about the Bride, what she is supposed to be, is going to be in her. She is not going up and down the road of life yelling, Take a look at me, I am in the Bride of Christ. No, it is your character, how you conduct yourself, and what becomes precious to you, that determines how you will act when you meet up with someone you know is a rascal. If you see somebody out here and you know they are no good, do not be as some people are: They will say, Don’t ever speak to that person. That is not proper Christian conduct. Don’t be like that: God could have left you right where they are. None of us deserve this great gift of salvation, and the fellowship of wonderful believers: It is only by God’s grace that I am where I am today. Furthermore it is by His grace that I see what I see today. It is by His grace, that I consider you my brothers and sisters. It is the grace of God that does this for us. None of us merited it. I am thankful that I am not out there in the hills and hollows where I used to be, with my mind wandering all over everywhere, like it used to be. If I meet someone going in the grocery store, I do not first consider what kind of person they are, I just say, Good morning Jim, good morning John or whoever, How are you today? To me, they are still human beings, regardless of whether they are Christians or not. They might have a bottle of whiskey in their pocket, but that is their business. Does that mean I should take a social drink with them? No sir. You may not believe me, but when God took the cigarette habit away from me, I said thank you Lord, but I have never carried a no smoking sign on the dashboard of my car. However through the years I have picked up an occasional hitchhiker, most of them had run out of gasoline. I would pick them up. It wouldn’t be long until they would take out a pack of cigarettes and offer me one. I was never tempted to take one. One time a guy lit one up and handed the pack over to me and asked if I wanted one? I said, No, I don’t smoke. He threw his cigarette out the window. I don’t believe in offending people I do not agree with. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes you cannot help but offend some of these religious people. Jesus did that. To offend somebody just because I am a Christian, is not God’s way. All I know is, what I am is by the grace of God. When I walk into a place, I would rather walk in there and conduct myself as a man that considers everybody as a human being, because after all they are part of God’s creation. I could be in the same shoes they are in, if God had not gotten hold of my life. You walk in there and say, Good morning, shake hands, and out the door. Then when you get almost out of range, you hear some fellow say, Now there is a Christian. I would rather hear that said, wouldn’t you? You don’t have to advertise yourself, just live what you have. That is what God wants us to do. No, we don’t have to carry a placard on our chest or anything and we don’t have to preach to them. They see your actions, your character, the way you conduct yourself. Sooner or later God is going to make them say, He is different or she is different than the average person. I have met some of these preachers, especially evangelists, and their mouth is wide open all the time. What church do you go to? Praise the Lord, we have a program, we are trying to win so many people for God. You sound like a salesman, and the product you are selling is not worth a dime. Brothers and sisters, the Bride of Christ is going to be a body of people, that wherever they are, people of the world out there, are going to know you are strange, you are different, but you are not going to reprove them. Sooner or later God is going to make them wake up and realize you are different. As I turned here to Hebrews, it is almost thought for thought along with what Paul said in Colossians. In the Colossian letter, the way the Trinitarians have fixed it, God, by Jesus Christ created all things. But when we read in Hebrews, God, through Jesus Christ: through means God had an objective. Therefore through Him, He has chosen to do something by sending Him to be the means that you and I can be reconciled back to Him. Jesus said, I am the way, I am the truth and the light. No man comes to the Father except by me. So it was not Jesus’ choice. It was the Father’s. Paul said this, and that is why I say, He is the only man that talks like this and that really makes the Father stand out and lifts the Son up. Hebrews 1:1 “Yahweh, having of old time spoken to the fathers in the prophets by diverse portions and in various manners, (visions and all those things) has at the end of these days spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, (That shows He was already foreordained before the foundation of the world to be the heir.) through whom (not by whom) also He made the worlds; (The word worlds here is not talking about planets, it is talking about the ages.) who being the effulgence of His glory, (I am going to say He is the outward expression of the glorious majestic, invisible God, because the word right here, effulgence, even in the English I don’t know what it means, but one dictionary defines it, “A brilliant radiance” That is good enough for me. I can say this, If we were writing it now, and this was the beginning of it, we would have to say, He is the very outward manifestation of the beauty and majestic glory of an invisible God.) and the very image (that which strikes the sense of sight) of his substance, (The word substance here is pointing to a being, substance does not refer to a bucket of water. Water is visible, but the invisible, He is definitely that, and there is a glory there that you can only see when it is manifested and channeled through some means.) and upholding all things by the word of His power.” The word power means authority. That takes us to where Paul could say in his revelation, When Christ comes, He is coming to be King of kings and Lord of lords, He comes and gets His wife, and she is taken up to the marriage supper. Now His wife is going to be delegated to rule over this earth, to rule and reign, and to share in this kingdom authority and power. For one thousand years the knowledge and the glory of the Lord is going to cover the earth as the waters that cover the sea. In the far Pacific, there are islands out there, and there were islands during WW2, where the inhabitants had never seen an army. It was not until the Japanese had invaded them and began to put airstrips and military bases on them. That made us come along and drive the Japanese out and take them over and use those military bases. When things kind of subsided from the military standpoint, they began to bring in some movies at night. Of course there were no theater, they just set up a screen along the edge of the airstrip. We would all get out there and sit down on the ground. Those natives had never seen an animal or anything, so imagine that. They had never heard a dog bark, never seen a cow, never seen a horse. When they saw these western movies and these men herding a bunch of cattle they were talking and laughing. When they saw them on horses, chasing cows, my, you would think they were chasing cows also because they never had seen such a display of animal life. That causes me to say this, When Jesus and the Bride comes to set up the Millennial reign, there is going to be some people delegated to go down there and sit on some of those islands. Those that are chosen to go there, are going to be equipped with the wisdom and knowledge of God, their hearts cannot help but go out to those people. So if the knowledge of God shall cover the earth, you might think that is just from New York to San Francisco. No, it is from one end of this earth to the other. From island to island, jungle to jungle, mountain peak to mountain peak, wherever there is a human life that God has seen fit to spare, the Bride is going to sit and rule over them. They are going to restore the divine knowledge of God, the eternal being. Then there are certain domestic laws, how the human race should live and conduct themselves. Only God Himself knows, all these that we call heathen tribes. As that Bride sits over this earth for a thousand years, every nation will be lifted up. Every one of those nations in that green line on our chart are going to be filled with the knowledge of God. That knowledge of God will cover the earth from the desert to the jungle, to the mountain peak, from the cities and everywhere. God will be the supreme being. After a thousand years of that, then the devil is turned loose for a little while to go out upon the breadth of the earth to tempt. It is to tempt these mortals that have been born during that thousand years while he was chained up. Naturally the devil is going to come at them full force. Many will believe the devil’s lies and join up with him. The devil’s aim is to try to get complete control of the government and everything. That is when the scripture says, all this great horde of people that he deceives are going to encircle the city of Jerusalem. That is the Bride’s headquarters. Their aim is, Now we are going to create a coup: we are going to overthrow this government: we are going to overthrow this kingdom: we are going to take it over and have our way. I have heard some say that is the Ezekiel 38 and 39 maneuver. That is wrong: the Ezekie 38 and 39 deal will precede the Millennium. As that element of people compass the beloved city, God lets it go so far; and when they are ready to act, then God acts by divine intervention, and fire from heaven wipes them out. When fire comes down from heaven, it says it will devour them. That is going to leave the rest of those nations alive. Next we have the great white throne judgment. That is when Christ sits here judging the nations, but over here the bride is going to be surrounding that great white throne, and she is not only going to help judge these, but she is also going to judge angels. I want to be sure you understand that God perfects things in threes, He finishes His work in threes. He has a family of angels, and all through this period those righteous angels are alive. How many realize that? They are ministering spirits. They are all through here. When God put a man here on earth to subdue the earth, rehabilitate it, he fell. That made it necessary for God send His Son, the firstborn among many brethren, and He starts His third creation right here. Adam was over the second, but right here is where He brings on the beginning of the third. We have come through the last two thousand years and look how the devil has fought the Church trying to traditionalize it. He failed, but as God brings us here to the end and perfects this living element of the Bride, to get it ready for a future role, she cannot go by tradition. God is going to fill her with a revelation of truth. Every one in the bride is going to be there, because God has so led them, that she is going to know exactly, the plan of God. This Millennial reign of Christ and His bride, is going to complete what God is after. When that last judgment is over and everything assigned to its place, then His kingdom, His creation is complete. We will enter into a time that will never end. God, angels, and man, are all there. God in earth, the same earth, but there is no more sin, no more death. No more Satan to cause trouble. How beautiful that will be. May the Lord bless each and every one of you. Amen.
THIS MESSAGE WAS DELIVERED IN APRIL 2004.
AT THE END OF THE AUGUST ISSUE, WE WERE IN THE PART WHERE BRO. JACKSON WAS EXPLAINING THE REDEMPTION PROCESS THAT INCLUDED OUR REDEMPTION, SO WE ARE GOING TO START THIS ISSUE WITH THE LAST SENTENCES OF THE AUGUST ISSUE, JUST TO CONNECT IT UP. “When you are dealing with one sovereign God, you are dealing with one sovereign mind that did all the designing Himself, all the planning, and everything. But when He brought the Son into existence, it is by the Son and through the Son, He has been redeeming and reconciling something back to Himself. It is all being done by this process that He sovereignly designed. That is redemption. I am thankful to God for that.”
I realize there are a lot of things in the Bible that has been overlooked. People will say, Well that is irrelevant, we don’t have to understand this. On and on they just keep going, but I ask you, Why did God inspire the various ones to write what they wrote, if it was to be of no understanding to anyone? Coming on down to the end time, it is still the same way. The Godhead is the most misunderstood of all. That is why I am on the subject, There is only one God. I have always said this, The end picture will tell you what God has been drawing before you all through the centuries. God has never given the revelation of any one particular thing in the beginning of time. There always seems to be a little something He will add ever few generations, that makes the picture a little more clear and understandable. Yet with all that, you turn around and you can see exactly what people do with it. Therefore if you have your Bible, turn with me to the book of Revelation. This verse of scripture tells us a lot if we allow it to. I had preached on this last Sunday night. I had read the verse along with my subject, but it was after I had dismissed my sermon and sat down, it was like the Lord flashed something before my mind, what did you read? Well I had remembered reading the 14th verse of the 3rd chapter of Revelation. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; (I want to ask you the question, How many of you know what age we are living in? That is the point. Recognizing the age are we living in? It is the Age of Laodicea:. Don’t let anybody tell you we are not. That is a spirit in the Gentile, religious world, but these words are not for them, not for the people who just have religion, people of the world who go to church, but for people that are going to be in the Bride of Christ out of this hour of time. Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans. Notice, it said the Laodiceans. I grant you, two thousand years ago, there was a natural city by the name of Laodicea and a natural church there, but all those places are in ruins today. Those natural churches set a type. That is exactly why the Lord used them, to set a type for the dispensations of Grace. We are living in the last age of Gentile time. Why was this not spoken of in some other period? Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write….) These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, (That is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.) the beginning of the creation of God.” Now every last one of you sitting here have a thought, and I know the natural thought is, that this goes way back before there was a sun, moon, star, or anything. You have it all wrong. I am going to prove by God’s grace to all of you that have a spiritual ear this morning, that none of this is talking about the prehistoric world. It is talking about the hour of time you live in. Jesus Christ, He who is the faithful and true witness, did not even exist thirty million years ago, except in the mind of the Creator. Yet the entire world creation is here, and it throws the theologist completely off course. Let us go back to Genesis and see where this word creation comes in and how it can be used. Back in Genesis chapter 2, As I read these first four verses, I want you to realize the planet that you now live on was not just created and come into existence six thousand years ago. Get that out of your head. These religionists we have all around us today, are coming by the busloads for excitement, but you cannot tell them anything of revelation that they will accept. I believe in true biblical holiness which is ordained of God, but you try to live a certain type of holy image, and have nothing else to go with it, you are going to come up short. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. (That is talking about the galaxy of stars and everything.) And on the seventh day God ended His work He had made; and He rested on the seventh day (Your religionists will say today, the earth was made in six twenty four hour days. It was not. ) from all His work which He had made. (Now here is the verse that should be an eye opener to a lot of people.) And God blessed the seventh day, (He had a reason, it set a precise type and that type is going to carry right straight on through the Millennium into the Eternal Age. Revelation 21 and 22.) and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. These are the generations (Regardless of what language you speak, or what dictionary you use, generations is not a word that you can use when you are referring to hours and weeks. I will give our teachers an A for the way they have written history in that respect. But why did it say here, These are the generations? Why did it not say, These are the days? It does say, These are the generations…) of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.” You have two words to consider, generations and day. He created generations in a day. Cram all of that into your twenty four days if you can. He is not talking about just getting through making the planet and the stars. Well what is He talking about? He is talking about re-creating or renewing. Why? Because in Genesis 1:1, it says, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, period. That takes you way back. Then in verse 2, it says, And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. There, you have another period. That meant, that at that time there was no life, no habitation or anything going on because it was in a void state, this entire planet. It is from that setting that we get our six successive creative days.
THE FIRST SIX DAYS, THEN THE SEVENTH
The six creative days were not days in which God was creating the planet or anything: He is simply re-creating, or reviving something that had been created long before that. That is exactly why, in Revelation, chapter 3, verse 14, we find these words concerning Jesus, that He is the beginning of the creation of God. He is not talking about sixty billion years ago, He is not even talking about six thousand years ago. He is talking about something in which He Himself is going to be the main instrument, player and the ONE that stands out above all. If you can get in your mind once and for all that these creative days covered an approximate period of a thousand years each, which even a lot of scientists today are saying, as they find certain geological artifacts that go way back, we will say fossils and bones, they will go back to twelve thousand years or something. That goes to prove, or at least to show you, that as we go back that far, that is about the time that God began to bring this planet earth out of that void state. I will say this, Jesus the Christ, the Saviour of mankind today, had nothing to do with that whatsoever. The sooner we can get that settled in our mind, the better we will understand the end picture. All through the Bible, God is known to have done things in a series of threes, prophets, priests, and kings, and such like. But now if you can see this and settle it in your mind once and for all, that when God looked upon the deep and He began to move and there was the first day, then the second and the third, the fourth, fifth, and sixth you will know that this is not referring to days of twenty four hours. Then, after the six creative days were completed, God rested on the seventh day. I ask the antagonists, Where was man at that time, the man He created on the sixth day, because it plainly tells you in verse 5, what all took place? “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” Well man was created on the sixth day, was he not? If God is talking about days of twenty four hours, where was the man? “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” I am going to say to you, Those first days were God’s stages, and now I am going to bring the angels in, the righteous angels. They have already been tested back in the prehistoric era. Those angels that fell back then, are already judged: they are out of the picture. The righteous angels are assisting the Creator in these creative days, bringing the earth back into a proper balance and relationship where the Ice Age of judgment is beginning to thaw and allow for re-habitation of the planet. There has got to be enough climate created in this gradual stage for the eventual plant life that will be growing, which will then make the planet habitable for certain types of animal life, fowl life and such. So if we can accept the fact that this is God’s renewing stages, and that the angels are working with Him, we have the picture straight. It is no wonder, that in the 1st chapter, 26th and 27th verses, when God said, Let us make man in our own image, He was talking about the spirit being, and not the physical body. He had already created everything else, and now He says, Let us make man in our own image and after our likeness. God was speaking concerning Himself and His angelic servants that were going to help Him in everything ahead. That is just as simple as the nose on your face, if people will look at it with a right attitude. Now, I want you to notice what it says here. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” When did that take place? Not at the end of the sixth day. Adam was a spirit being already, in the presence of God, but he had no body of flesh and bones. Every law that is going to govern the propagation of him, once he is on earth in bodily form, has already been established in the laws of God. The man was the last thing created, on the sixth day of creation, the way it sounds. Is that right? But we find here, there is not a man to till the ground. “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.” So now, here is the beginning of life coming to pass on this planet. Let me say this to every minister, every congregation, to every home listening today, Man himself, Adam, who consisted both of male and female spirit, had already been in the presence of God (in spirit form), before he was given a body of flesh and bones on the eighth day. But when God made that one vessel of clay, there was not another animal walking around anywhere. The animals were created first and man was created last on the sixth day that He speaks the spirit part into being, but now as He brings man down, He creates the garden and this is where God puts a little bit of heaven, which is a part of the spirit world. What is referred to as a garden, was not a fenced area like we might think of, it was just that God gave Adam that privilege, to be surrounded by that which is the spirit world. When it says He put the man there, it means Adam had access to all of that. Then is when God says, It is not good that man should dwell alone. What does He start doing? Now He starts bringing the animals into existence. Here is where they are no longer a spirit being, but He creates the physical part of them. That should begin to tell people something. People just look at the Bible, well I don’t need to know all those things. You will know them here in the end time, if you wind up believing that which is right. It is the devil’s purpose to degrade the Bible and make it appear like it was written by a bunch of crazy men that didn’t know what they were talking about. Well I have to ask, What particular day was this then, that He created man? Those first six days consisted, no doubt, no less than six thousand years. And the Sabbath that God rested was a thousand years added on to that. All that time God was waiting for this planet to get closer and closer and closer, and closer to the sun. Then as it does, it begins to form a perfect climate for God’s purpose. Not all the ice is melted, but as it does, God began to see that the environment is getting right for Him to continue His purpose. Then as He puts man here, we know that the planet has become habitable down here. I have to say, Look at the type. This was on the beginning of the eighth day. Anybody want to argue about that? That is the cycle, the order of time. You have already had seven thousand years, the six, then the seventh, and that is the Sabbath. Now we have to come to another one, Right? That is the beginning of Adam, the animal kingdom and life as it starts out on the earth. Now let me tell you, God knew that man was going to fall. God had already seen this and this was all in the plan for Jesus the Christ before any of this even started.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE EIGHTH DAY
Let us now take a look at this eighth day, and then we are going to go on through the scriptures. The eighth day has started, but then He puts man in the garden and tells him about the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He warned Adam, while the feminine spirit was still in his body, “The day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” The “day” thou eatest thereof, we have to consider. What was He talking about? A day of twenty four hours? No. He was taking about a day of one thousand years. Naturally we do not know what particular day in the twenty four hour cycle of days that his disobedience came about, but when it did, Adam did receive the death penalty. But I ask you, Did He die immediately? No. He lived to be nine hundred and thirty years of age, almost a thousand years, we can call it a dispensational time. He died before that day of one thousand years ended. That shows how accurate the word of God is: everything that was spoken, comes to pass exactly according to the Word. With all of that in mind, do not forget that the day Adam was put there in physical flesh and bones was the eighth day in the cycle. Keep that in mind as we go to St. John’s gospel.
THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH
When we come to the gospel of St. John, we have to realize that when those Trinitarian translators read that first two verses, they saw Jesus as the Word, but they put it way back there millions and millions of years in the past. That is where they put it, because they have no revelation. John knew what he was talking about when he wrote the gospel account, but the people that came along later to carry a revelation, did not have a true revelation. I am not the smartest man that stands in your midst, but I look up and say, Thank you God, for letting me see something in your word that overshadows education. It is how God by His divine grace, gives you a revelation, which is an understanding that education alone cannot give you. Those first three verses, doctors of divinity have played with, the Trinitarians especially, but they miss the mark. They have argued and fussed for centuries, but still did not get it right, so go with me to the 1st chapter, the 18th verse of St. John, and we will take a look at what is there. Here is a verse that should not shock us, unless we look at it the way the Trinitarians do. It is John doing the writing. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, (Notice, where did John say He was? ) which is in the bosom of the Father, He (The One that was in the bosom of the Father) hath declared Him.” Or revealed Him. That is what this means. Well if John is going to say He that is in the bosom, what is He talking about? He is not talking about somebody standing there by the side of God the Creator. I wanted to read this verse before we read the first verses, so you can be thinking about the wording, and at the same time realize that no man has ever seen God at any time. Let us read verses 1-3 now. (1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God (3) All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
” You may not know it, but the doctors of divinity, especially the Trinitarian side, have interpreted this so that the word “word” refers to the man Christ, that He was the word and the Father says to the Son, You do this, and then they will turn right around and say, by His word , that He has created all things. So the Son (according to them) was the little servant that the Father said to, Now you go do this and you go do that. All down through two thousand years of Gentile Christian learning, it has been like walking through a big woods and none of them knew exactly where they were going. But now the same man who wrote over here, says this, no man has seen God at any time, so what is he saying? He is saying that God is an invisible being, a sovereign Spirit; and that the Son was in HIS bosom. John, a man who had a revelation of all this, said He was in the bosom of the Father, so if He was in the bosom of the Father, He sure was not standing by His side somewhere. Was He? That is an expression of John, because he knew how the Father had waited until the right time to bring forth the Son He had been waiting and longing for; and when he did, that Son was to fulfill a purpose the Father had foreordained from before the foundation of the world. Now I want to say this to you, Though the translators say the WORD became flesh, the right translation would have said the WORD made flesh. Why do I say that? Simply because He which is that WORD, spoke and said, Let there be a cell of life planted in the virgin womb of the young lady named Mary. You will not find these exact words written in the Bible, but when the Angel appeared to Joseph, what did he tell him? We will read it, and I want every one of you to realize that the Holy Ghost mentioned in this verse in none other than the Sovereign Spirit which is God Himself. Let us now read Matthew 1:20, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” God, the WORD, will now start unfolding things down through time. And God will depend upon you and me to have a spiritual mind that will say, Father, teach me, help me to understand. So we have to say here, The Son up there was not standing by His side, already a human being that has been standing there for millions of years: He was in the bosom of the Father until such time as the Father spoke that cell of life into the womb of Mary. It is a thought. It has been laying there through the centuries of time. The Father has longed for the time to come that He could bring that thought forth into manifestation, because that, whatever it was, we will say, was going to express Him to something on earth. That is exactly what this heart throb was going to do. Go with me now, John the Baptist gives testimony of Him because he was the one that baptized Him. This is John the writer that is saying what John the Baptist had said. We are in the 3rd chapter, starting with the 31st verse. John the Baptist is saying, “He that cometh from above (Who is he talking about? He is talking about the one that he had baptized a few days earlier.) is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, (Now he is relating the two, what is heavenly and what is earthly. He that is of the earth is earthly. In other words, no matter how smart we might be, we are earthly minded. We can only think like that.) and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all. And what He (He that came from above) hath seen and heard, that He testifieth; (That is exactly why He was sent.) and no man receiveth His testimony. (We will see that later on.) He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. (Now I love this next part.) Now He whom God hath sent (If He sent Him, it lets me know, once He was in the bosom, but now He is here, manifested.) speaketh the words of God: (No wonder the Pharisees and the doctors of divinity of that day would ask, How come He knows so much never having learned letters? He never went to the priests’ school, but He confounded them with His wisdom.) for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. (No, it was in the fullness of all His divine attributes to be expressed in and through the person of the Son.) The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” This is from the 3rd chapter of St. John, where John the Baptist is really laying it on the line. That is what John the Baptist is saying about the Son. In Him was embodied all the divine attributes of the invisible God. No man had ever seen God, but the Son was on earth manifesting the plan of the Father; and He could do that, because the Spirit which IS the Father was now dwelling in His only begotten Son and directing Him in all that He did and said. Now all the divine attributes of the Father are manifested in and through the person of His Son. It took this means for God to be able to express all that He had foreordained. Now from this point, let us see what else the writer says about it. Go with me now, and we will see what Jesus says in the 5th chapter. He has already started His ministry. We are in the 37th verse. “And the Father Himself, which hath sent me, (See? He is saying He sent me. Let me say this, There has been an old oneness phrase through the decades here in the twentieth century, Jehovah of the Old was Jesus of the New. That is wrong. There is no such thing. We are going to wind up with this, but let me say right now, Jehovah of the Old was in Jesus of the New. How does that sound? That puts together a different picture, doesn’t it?) hath borne witness of me. (He has done that.) Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape. (Praise God! That is because He is invisible.) And ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not.” Here was the heart throb of God. That which had been held for the centuries in His heart, or His bosom, now manifested in flesh for all to see. God wanted to start something new. Here it is before the human race and they are looking at it like they have seen a devil, a demon. That is exactly the way the people of the religious world today treat anyone who presents them with a true revelation. If you come out with something that they were not born and raised up to believe, the first thing they do, they look at you and think, Well I don’t know if I want to be around this or not. The whole religious world is like that. Go with me again now, over to the 16th chapter. Think of all the months that Jesus has been preaching now since His baptism, the miracles He has done, the sermons He has preached, revealing the Father as to what He really is, in the spiritual sense of the word, and those Jews would absolutely call Him a devil. Now at this time I want to take you back, because that is exactly why the prophet Isaiah in the 6th chapter said, His name shall be called Emmanuel. John has baptized Him. Did anybody ever call Him that? Hey, Good Morning Emmanuel? Not one, but from that time on, those that began to see something working in the person of Jesus who is the Messiah, they are going to have to see there is something here in Him that is different than just a normal man. So it is that which was expressed, that which was made manifest, that is the part that made Him the Emmanuel. The rest of them did not see it at all. Jesus now has said many things down through the short time since His baptism, and still His disciples would look at Him and scratch their heads, What is He talking about? I want to say this though, We have been the same way: I have been the same way. I am not standing here talking like I have known what I know now for all my life. I did not. I thank God for what He has taught me through the years, and for what He has enabled me to teach. Go back two thousand years ago, to the time when Jesus was talking to His disciples. We are in the 16th chapter. How simple He is talking to His disciples. He is breaking it down to their level. In the 25th verse, “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: (Well you know what proverbs is. It is putting it in a little small illustrative way.) but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Not from His side, but by the way we have already described to you. Does that not make sense? If He came out from God, that was His heart throb. That was God’s predetermined, predestined thought, held from before all time, finally spoken and put into words like, Let it be Thus and So. He waited through the centuries of time, until the time would come, the exact, or the precise time. Then He brings it forth. Now it is on earth. I like this. “For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Notice, He is telling that then, and I have to say, When we get this picture right in ourselves, we are all going to see the same picture. It is going to be just as much a joy in our hearts as it was to them. “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: (That is plain speech, isn’t it?) again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” He didn’t say He was going back there and get back in His bosom. Watch what His disciples say. “His disciples said unto Him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.” In other words, we know what you are talking about now. “Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, (Well He ought to know all things because John the Baptist said God gave the spirit without measure to Him. In Him, was the fullness of the godhead. He was the very instrument that wisdom and knowledge was to be manifested in and through.) and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.” Now I hope that what we have been saying up until now begins to become clear and plain to all of you. Let us go further. He has been crucified. He has been raised from the dead. Go with me now into the book of Romans, written by the apostle Paul. He says in the 8th chapter, because Paul had a revelation, he could express it like it is, so go to verse 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, (That is for each one of us that really have a desire to love God, and live for Him, and let Him have our lives to do with according to His will and purpose.) to them who are the called according to His purpose.” So this is not something that God just threw out here by chance and sat back to see what all it would come to. No. God had a plan. That plan was in His sovereign mind way back before time. God never sat down and did something by chance to see what would come from it. So God had a purpose in everything He did and allowed. “For whom He did foreknow, (Now this is you and me, brothers and sisters.) He also did predestinate (He is giving a promise to you and me.) to be conformed to the image of His Son, (Which has already been born, He has preached, He has brought the word of God, He has revealed the name of God and He has done the works of God. That is in the 17th chapter of St. John. He finished it. Now He has died, He rose from the dead, He is seen in the heavens sitting on the right hand, not back in the bosom of the Father, but on the right hand of the Father, or on the right hand of all authority. The apostle Paul is saying that we were chosen, already in the mind of God, before the foundation of the world. That we, should what? Be conformed to the image of His Son. Now I like this next part, because right here is the beginning of our picture.) that He (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Jesus never created a star. He never created an angel, but He was made to become a Redeemer and He was brought into this earth, sent by God. God was in Him in the fulness of all His attributes. He was put here for a specific purpose, and for three and one half years He lived a true testimony. The Bible says He is the faithful and true witness. He lived it. He chose not to do it His way. That is exactly why you hear Him say, these are not my words, they are His that sent me. Nothing He said was His own thoughts and ideas. That does not mean He did not have certain conversations, in which He could speak with His disciples as anyone else would. However when He brought forth the word of God, He brought forth the revelation that consisted of a plan and a way God wanted to reveal how He redeemed you and me. The end objective of it is that we might be saved from our wretched way, be reconciled back to God and our nature changed, so that we would choose to live our lives in the likeness of His Son. That is what it is all adding up to. So we can say this, Jesus was the beginning of, not the old creation, but a new creation. That is what it all sums up to. As we go through the scriptures this morning, I have to say, All these writers through the years that have put Christ up there already by the side of God, and God saying to Him, Do this, and God said do that, it makes you wonder what they think He really did do. Why would God bring Him down from such a beautiful, majestic place as they have Him, to come into this world to suffer and die for every one of us, just for Him to become an elder brother to all of us? If He was brought from that position down to this, why in the end of time is He not taken back to that same position? How many get my point? He is not doing that. It goes to show, He is the beginning of a new creation. It does not touch planets, stars, mountains, or anything. It touches redemption. If He could redeem this earth back from that prehistoric age, to use it again, that is exactly what He has been in the process of doing, redeeming you and me, renewing us, and we are going to prove it by the scriptures. The beauty of it is, we see it right here, how Paul could talk about it, that we were predestined. As the apostles began to preach the gospel, we could say, God’s plan of redemption was already in motion. It has already covered two thousand years of time, approximately, so go with me now, and let us see how Paul and Peter preached this. If Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God, we are not putting Him way back before the ages, we are putting Him back two thousand years, back when God was starting to build a new creation, but it is how He redeemed something, to renew something. Let us go to Acts, the 10th chapter. This is where Peter had the experience concerning Cornelius. Peter was not an educated doctor of divinity: he was a fisherman. As this little revelation really begins to bloom and get hold of us and we begin to see what God is doing with us, and in us, that we can be a part of the finished picture of God, we are going to be able to see God is not looking to theologians to explain His Word. They have had their day. He is looking for honest, sincere, simple minded people that are willing to let God takes their minds and lives and instruct them. Every one of the apostles spake consistently one with the other. What any one would say, the others were always going to back it up.
A PLAIN VIEW OF SCRIPTURAL REALITY
Let us turn to the 34th verse of chapter 10 of Acts. I love this. From here on, the picture gets clearer and clearer all the time. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: He is Lord of all: That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; (Now I like this, because this takes away that idea that Jehovah of the Old is Jesus of the New. I wonder where they got that anyhow? Peter never said anything like that. Look at this 38th verse.) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost (That is not the second person of a trinity. Why is it referred to like that? Let me say this, When the Spirit of God, which is the Creator which brought all things of creation into existence, that spirit of God which is the creating Spirit is looked upon as a regenerating spirit, a renewing spirit, He is referred to as the Holy Ghost. That is why it was the Holy Spirit that overshadowed the virgin womb of Mary and she conceived. Do not ever think, that God, which Trinitarians call the first person, or that what they refer to as the third person, came to Mary and caused her to give birth to Jesus, the second person. What a perverted picture! God, the One and only, is not a person in the first place: He is a Spirit being. Let us establish that once and for all time. He is a being, yes, but He is invisible, and He is not a person. He has never been seen by anybody and cannot be seen, because He has no viewable body. You do not see a spirit with your natural eyes. However when God brought forth His only begotten Son, then He (God) chose to demonstrate, activate His being in this Son. God (the Holy Spirit) came into His only begotten Son and the two spirits became one, the same way He comes into every other son or daughter. The difference is, He did not place the fullness of all His attributes in any other than His only begotten Son. That Son was foreordained to demonstrate, put on display, the God with whom nothing is impossible. That is exactly what we are talking about.) and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Not only was God with Him, God was in Him. He was starting His new creation act. Now let us go to 2nd Corinthians. This is how the apostle Paul spoke of the same thing. In the 14th verse of the 5th chapter, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; (compels us) because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, (according to the flesh) but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself (watch the word by) by Jesus Christ, (I like the word by, how it is used. Listen carefully, Jesus is not the one doing the choosing, He furnished the elements of Himself and His life to be the means that the sin debt might be paid, but it is God by His divine sovereignty that exercises His will, because He seeks to reconcile you and me through the fact His Son died in our place. He cleanses us through the shed blood. Then as we accept that, the same spirit of God that was in Christ, God sends that to give us a new birth.) and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, (to witness, to preach) that God was in Christ, (It is just as simple as two and two is four. That God was in Christ, doing what?) reconciling the world unto Himself.” It is not Jesus doing the reconciling, but Jesus was willing to take your place and my place and die for us. As He was willing to die for us, because He was innocent, then God by the innocence of His own Son, heaps upon Him the blame, the responsibility, the reproach and all of everything that was on us. As Jesus has done His part, God now reconciles us back to Himself, by and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul stated, how that God has committed unto us the word of reconciliation, I have to say, Not only is it a word of reconciliation, as we understand and put it together, we begin to see how God is putting together a new creation. A new creation which has been accumulating for two thousand years of time. Because it is a creation that consists of redemption. As we get closer and closer, it is going to become more plain because we will see all this unfold. With this in mind, I have to say, A lot of people have a lot of strained ideas, how this thing is going to wind up. I really like these verses from here on. I hope I can read them and express some things to make it sound to you exactly what God is going to do. Turn with me to 1st Corinthians 15. When the apostle Paul said these words, he had a picture in his mind and soul. Back then, he was doing his very best to let the true believers see how the plan of God was being brought to pass. Therefore I say, If Peter and Paul could both say that God was in Christ seeking to reconcile the world back to Himself, by what process and means is He doing it? It simply says that God is making new creatures out of us. He is not going out here and making a new bunch of people. No. He could have just killed us and done that, but no, He wants to prove by this process that He can redeem us and change our whole makeup and nature. So let us see here, how the apostle Paul gives us another glimpse of it. In the Corinthian church, there had been pagans, and to think about a resurrection, caused many of them to become confused, like, What it is, how is it going to work and so forth? It is impossible once that body is dead and decayed. I can just see how those carnal minds would argue and fuss about it. But now the apostle Paul picks up the subject in the 20th verse. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and became the first fruits (Notice, the first fruits …) of them that slept.” Right here, is the beginning of Him who is the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Verse 21, “For since by man came death, (that was Adam) by man (that is Christ) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, (It is appointed unto man once to die, after that the judgment, but Paul had a revelation, I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep. But one of these days there is going to be a change.) even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: (What is Paul talking about here? He is talking about the beginning of the new creation.) Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.” I want to take you now and show you how all these epistles that Paul and those others wrote, were written by men who were all looking at the same picture, that we are absolutely the product of a new creation. Go with me to Colossians the 1st chapter and 12th verse. The apostle Paul is saying to the believers, We must always give thanks to God the Father for it all. I have been asked many times, Bro. Jackson, when a Christian prays, how do we pray? Do we pray to Jesus, or what? I have always tried to let people know this, that you should not just pray to Jesus. It is true He is the High Priest, but you pray to God the Father, He that is the life giver, through the Lord Jesus Christ. Because it is by and through the Lord Jesus, we have access to what the Father’s promises are. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made (or ordained) us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (That is the end of it all.) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, (That is the world we lived in when we served the devil.) and hath translated us (changed us and delivered us) into the kingdom of His dear Son.” All of this has been going on while we are still down here in this old wicked world. “In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ( Paul now touches the person of Christ.) Who is the image of the invisible God, (meaning He is the reflection of the invisible God that is in Him) the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, (Naturally I am reading from the King James version of the Bible, and that is not the way the Hebrew speaks this. Those Trinitarian translators looked upon Jesus as a live person helping the Father create all things. I have said many times, that the Hebrew version of the Bible, instead of saying, For by Him were all things created, it says, “And through Him were all things created.” If He had been standing there already as a being, people would say, well see, He did it. When we look at it in Ephesians, the Hebrew Bible will plainly tell you that it is God, the Creator, that created all things. In Colossians 1:19, the Hebrew says, “For it pleased God to complete all things in Him, and in the King James version, that same verse says, (verse 19) “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell” God, the Creator and life giver, He who created all things, was please to have all the fullness of the godhead dwelling in His only begotten Son. When it comes to reconciliation, salvation, translation, it is by and through the Lord Jesus that God has done this to bring us back to Himself. Through Him all things were created. Now I like this part, if we can get the word, by, in its rightful relationship. Through Him were all things created…) that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created.” For Him, not by Him. How many realize that? We must allow the scriptures to put things together to form a proper revelation.
I want to take you back and show you that Jesus could not have existed in the prehistoric world, because there is no geological trace that you had thrones, dominions, kingdoms, or anything. There have been no archaeological findings of anything like that. How many understand me? But when we finish this message, I can see that when Jesus comes and He will get His Bride out of this earth, then you will have that resurrection, and immortality begins to take hold. Do you know what the next step is going to be? He is going to be the King of kings and Lord of lords. That is why all those thrones and principalities and powers were already foreordained by God before He was even brought into the world, that there would come a day when He who is to be the beginning of the new creation, would fulfill that role. How many can see that? The religious world is in a sick mess. That is why a lot of this, they will not even try to explain, mainly because they do not understand any of it: it is not a revelation to them, so they pick a few pet scriptures somewhere and make their program and entertainment all from that. Their message is usually that you might prosper in all things and you are going to have money filling up your pockets and your piggy bank. I want to read this again, “for through Him were all things created.” That is God actually before He starts putting man here on this earth, He has got this next era of time already planned. That is why we were predestined in Him before the foundation of this world. Then He has foreseen what is in us and what He wants us to be. He had foreseen the time that He wants His Son to set as King of kings and Lord of lords. That is the up and coming thing, the thing we are all looking for. Go with me now with that in mind, and we can see the sovereignty of God. For through Him were all things created, that are in heaven. See, that is not talking about planets, satellites or anything. And that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, because none of that existed in the prehistoric world. Or powers. All things were created by, but we want to say this, It is for Him. It says here in the King James, which is the Trinitarian translation, all things were created by Him and for Him. In other words, that throws you off course, if that is all you ever hear. “And He is before all things, (In other words, He is preferred before all things.) and by Him (or through Him) all things consist.” They are held together, because this is His part of the purpose of God. He is the beginning of the new creation. So everything has to function and work, with Him in the preeminence. It has got to work in that harmony. “And He is the head of the body.” Now saints, here comes the important part to you and I. Whether you are talking about Holiness, whether you are talking about a spiritual walk, whatever you are talking about, the true Bride of Christ has got to begin to have a picture of herself. I have to say, As you sit here this morning, I want to use this for a natural setting. I know that some of you will say, Well, I am going to such and such a place and eat dinner, I like to eat there. That is alright, but let me say this to you, If you did not come here this morning expecting to sit around a spiritual table and eat something spiritual, then I have to say, Why are you sitting here? I did not say that to hurt anybody. I said that as a reality measure, and I mean exactly what I say. I personally came here this morning, hoping that I could not only eat of something myself, but that I could also share it with others. So I can see right here in the end time, as we see the world in such a turmoil, when I listened to the News this morning, I just though, Oh Lord, I am not saying we should not have gone into Iraq, but I will have to say that we ought to have gone in there with some block busters and split some of those cities wide open. We should have done them like they did the major cities of Europe in WW2, and scared the daylights out of those people. They have not yet been scared. They have fought and cut each others’ throats for years. They have lived like devil, and it has all been in the name of Mohammed. It is all getting closer to us all the time. I hate to think of our military going over there to fight a blind cause, when our politicians keep saying, Oh we want to rid the world of terrorism and plant democracy. You do not want to do any such thing. This thing we call democracy today is nothing but a kingdom of demons, because of that, they do not want Jesus Christ to come again. Well I do! When Jesus Christ comes, He is the only means that is going to rid this world of sin, evil, Muslimism and all this terrorism. God is going to take that little nation of Israel one of these days and with the help of Michael, which we see in the 12th chapter of Daniel, we are going to see how things come together. Notice, In that day Michael will stand up, the prince of thy people. For what? War, that is what. You talk about a war in the Middle East, It will be a war. You say, Bro. Jackson, I don’t understand. Well I say, Stick around until then and you will. I received an e-mail a few weeks back, saying, Bro. Jackson, do you mean to tell me that all these things are going to take place before the rapture. I never answered it, because I have explained it so much, everyone should know it. I did think, There is one thing sure, there is going to be some people alive here that are true Christians waiting to be raptured, that are going to see this all come about. It plainly tells me in Daniel 11, The wise shall understand, but the wicked shall not, so where are you? The wicked will become more wicked, and more wicked. They do not want you to tell them anything. It would have been nice if we could have spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in that part of the world like we did Japan after Japan surrendered. The first thing General MacArthur wanted was Bibles, Send me a million Bibles. But these people threw the Bibles in the ditch. Do you know what our democracy has become, it is a nest for every devil out of hell. When women can walk the streets looking like prostitutes and when our educators have forgotten all about principals, this nation is in for trouble. I grew up in a time when we learned to say Yes Sir, Yes Ma’am. That is right Sir, I agree with you Sir, thank you. Today, instead of being polite it is, Get out of my way. There are no principals left among us in this hour of time. Well Brothers and Sisters, let me finish this scripture here in this Colossian letter, He is before all things, He is preferred before all things because God chose Him to be the head. “And He is the head of the body, (He is talking about the Church. In this Laodicean Age, this closing hour, the living saints that are the part of that living element of the Laodicean people, they are going to measure up exactly to what this is talking about.) the Church: who is the beginning, (He is) the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell.” Brothers and Sisters, this new, redeemed kingdom is built around Him. One of these days Jesus is coming from glory. He is going to translate these living saints into immortal bodies and take them out of here. All hell is going to turn loose on this planet earth after that. When He does come back, what does it say? All the nations of the earth are going to be gathered together to make war against Him. Every nation on the earth, right now, has that philosophy. If something does not happen in America to bring about a change in the next few months, America will be right in that category. But I have to believe, for the sake of other things in the Bible, that something is just ahead. I look for something to hit America one of these days, to bust it wide open, so to speak. We will wonder what is going on here in America. I heard a war report on the News this morning: we went over there to make the Iraqi’s all new people. We were going to teach them how to love one another and how to get along. Yes, but they did not know a lot of this trouble was a religious conflict in the first place. Now they have trained a group of Iraqi’s, they had them in a convoy going somewhere, but when they found out they were going to have to shoot at some Iraqi’s, that is where they began to rebel. Isn’t that something? May the Lord have mercy on our troops over there. I thank God for what He is able to do among people, but our troops need His help. Take this congregation for example: We are more than just a bunch of people gathered here: we are a family. That is a fact. We are more of a family than we are a part of another type of flesh and blood family genetically. What we are, is what Jesus is the head of. In the past, we have only looked at what they call the Church, as just a bunch of people that have been called out of sin, but we have never really seen the picture of what He is in the process of doing. We were reading out of the book of Colossians, so I want to continue there. I am in the 20th verse of the 1st chapter. It is really talking about how Christ, through His death, His crucifixion, and through the shedding of His blood, you and I have been purchased back to God. God has already done this, designed it all. This is why, in the 19th verse it says, And it pleased the Father that in Him, which is Jesus, should all fulness dwell. Fulness of what? All of God’s majestic attributes, everything that God is, in a manifestation of His deity and His being, God has placed all of that in Christ Jesus. Him being a man, that makes Him the Son of God. But with God in Him, we can see it now, God in Him is God’s way of, through His Son, starting another creation. We have never looked at it in that way before. Actually it is here at the end time, that the end time part of the bride are to see this as it really is. I hope I can express it in a way as to make it a beautiful picture before all of you as we close this message out. I said earlier, that certain types have been set forth in the word of God through the years of time that will enable us to put the end time picture together. If we look back there in Genesis, those creative days were not days of twenty four hours. We just need to get that out of our mind’s. Those were dispensational days of a thousand years each. It is just now beginning to dawn on us, that the religious world has been held in darkness because so called Christianity has not moved with God through the years. They have just accepted the little formality and want to ride along with that to paradise. That is not what God sent His Son to enable us to become.
WHAT A DAY REALLY IS
A brother just told me tonight that he was reading the other day where the last Ice Age was so and so, (I want you to know I am sure that there was an Ice Age, so I agree with the scientists on that much. It fits right into the scriptures.) The scientists are saying it was about twelve thousand years ago. Well our era of time has been going on about six thousand years. When we look back to those creative days when God started bringing the planet out of that void state, there were the six days, then the seventh when He rested. Those seven, along with these six, that makes a span of about thirteen thousand years, right? Who wants to argue with that? The thing is, we can say the way God brought it out, and the way it is recorded, man never looked at that and saw a type. Well I will show you tonight what He has been doing in us, and through mankind in the last two thousand years. He is recreating that all over again. So now, follow me as we look here in the 1st chapter of Colossians. Verse 19, For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; (20) And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him (it is God by Him) to reconcile all things unto Himself; (Notice, to reconcile all things unto Himself.) I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” We have got to realize this, That was not all done in one period of time. Verse 21, “And you, that were sometime alienated (Paul was talking about those heathen back then, but now we look at ourselves and then have to say, Educated heathen do not know anything about the plan of God.) and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. (I just have to say, He hath reconciled us.) In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight. (That is the end results, That is what it all adds up to be.) If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.” He saw it, but I have to say, The apostle Paul did not know this was going to be a process that would cover this span of two thousand years. We look back through time and see what the devil has done to it, what it has produced in the realm of organized religions, that is just the opposite of what we would want to look like, knowing that God is working with a new creation. Now let us take this and cross on over into the 2nd chapter. We will keep our minds on the thought that Paul has. “For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, (Yes, in the Old Testament era it was hid. It was the mystery of God, but He had hid it.) and of the Father, and of Christ; (This was all His plan. But just two thousand years ago God brought out of His bosom that thought that had been preconceived, planned, and predestined to begin to set it in motion.) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” I have to say we are living in the ending of time, everything that takes place in this world now, just looks like it is another mark on the chart, the end is here. Somebody gave me a printout this morning: there has been a demonstration in Israel, Palestinians demonstrating. They are condemning America for fighting the Iraqis. They are condemning us for that, and putting us in the same boat we do the Iraqis, and Israel has them. The more I look at this, the way it is becoming so twisted and distorted, I feel sorry for our military. I believe they are the best there are, in our military capacity. I ask you though, How can they carry out something when the political leaders behind them are trying to perpetrate a plan that God isn’t even in? That is the sad part. We would have been better off, wanting to do something about the 9/11 attack, if we would have just sent word to that whole Islamic world over there, You are the characters that cooked this thing up. We don’t know right now which ones are to blame, but there is one thing sure, one of these days we are going to hit you in a soft spot and you will know you have been hit. If we would have gone into Iraq, like we did in certain situations in WW2, half of Baghdad would be in ruins right now. But no. we have tried to save human lives, women and children, and that causes the Muslims to look at us as a bunch of softies. We had every bit of the military capacity to blow half of Iraq off this globe. They could have been begging us for mercy by now, but we went in there to save human lives, hoping to be able to perpetrate our political ideas. They are Muslims, they have fought like this for centuries, and will continue to do so. That is why I ask this question, Do they want this back sliding country, this society of America, to be put in over there? No sir. They do not believe in homosexuality and perversion. How many know what I mean? How can we perpetrate a democracy in a country that do not believe in the rotten, evil things we perpetrate? When we were a Christian nation, we would have had something to show them, but we now have not one thing to show them, in the sense of principals and morality.
CLARIFYING THE GODHEAD
Let me now get back to my point in all of what I have been saying. If I can just say it the right way brothers and sisters, (You are my brothers and sisters.) it will help you face what is ahead. We are going to see this book unfold before our very eyes because of the shortness of time. He is going to let us really begin to see ourselves as a part of that family that He has bought and redeemed. This was in His plan before Adam was even placed in the garden. That is why we were already foreknown, predestined, planned, chosen in Christ, before the foundation or the beginning of our world system. With that in mind, I can take you back to Ephesians 1. This is written to the model Church of that hour. Here is where we begin to see how God, before He has even put a man on this earth, had a finished plan in mind. What you and all of us are beginning to see, this was already going through God’s mind. He saw every last one of us. He saw the hour we live in and the trials we would face. Look at this 3rd verse. Paul said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Now that don’t sound like Jehovah of the Old is Jesus of the New, does it? Look what denominational Christendom has done with the gospel. They have perpetrated thoughts and ideas that nowhere fit into the Bible.) When they refer to Jesus as God, you know they do not have a revelation of the godhead. When we speak of God, we should not be thinking of a man, because God is a Spirit. Let us read 1st Corinthians 5:18-19, and I want you to pay attention to the wording. This is the apostle Paul speaking. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself BY Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. We just have to let the scriptures speak. If God were a person (a man) how could He have been in His Son? Paul said, God was in Christ, for what? Reconciling the world unto HIMSELF. As we look back to Ephesians 1:3, he said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Then what else? According as He (GOD) hath chosen us in Him (CHRIST) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” That is how a sovereign God has designed the ages in His great mind, and waited for the right time to manifest each phase. It all goes to show, this was the way God looked at the whole thing. Then once He did begin to bring forth something in the earth, we can say that God waited time wise for the opportune moment for Him to bring forth that which was His heart throb, His only begotten Son. Paul says, “Having predestinated us (foreknown) unto the adoption of children by.” The word by, goes to show it was God doing all of this, but by Jesus Christ, Him being our Saviour, but it is God doing it for Himself. So that is why the apostle says for God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Let us go on down to the 9th verse. “Having made known unto us the mystery (that hidden something that was laying there but man could not understand it) of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.” All of that goes to show what we have read up until this time, God has been in the process, through having sent His Son into the world, who gave Himself at Calvary, who died on the cross, shed His blood as a ransom, a means to reconcile a family of sinful people, (by changing them) back to the heavenly Father. God did not have to do it this way, but it is the way He determined to do it, because there was no one to persuade Him to do differently. He wanted to show that He Himself has the redeeming quality. With that in mind, go with me to 1st Corinthians the 15th chapter. When we read this straight through, I want to break it down before we read it because we understand in this hour as God, around this globe, gets His people all in harmony, in unity, seeing the same beautiful picture, they are going to know in themselves what God is doing. He is getting us prepared, getting us ready to leave this present world for just a short period. God is doing it through His only begotten Son. Then this can get other things in motion because He is going to come again and destroy all the traces of this sinful wicked world we have lived in. Keep that in mind. Paul starts out by saying here in the 21st verse, “For since by man came death, (That is through the fall of Adam.) by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” He (Jesus) is the beginning of the new creation. It starts with redemption, and it is not God creating new people, it is God redeeming sinful people. “For as in Adam all die, (That is the penalty of sin.) so in Christ shall all be made alive. (Those that accept Him as their Lord and Savior.) But every man in his own order: (Now here is the beginning of this new creation.) Christ is the firstfruits; (He is the only begotten Son of God, He was brought forth from the Father, no sin in Him. He was perfect, but yet God was pleased to heap upon Him the sin of the whole world. He takes an innocent man who is not responsible and places a responsibility on Him and the Son willingly took that position. That is why He said, no man takes my life, I lay it down. He did that much for you and me. That is why, not only is He the firstborn, He is going to become the first fruits from them that slept (in death). So in those two capacities, He becomes the Head, the beginning of this new creation that God was starting. Every man in his own order, Christ the first fruits…) afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end.” Now what is Paul talking about? He is talking about the Millennium, because the next thing is, there is going to be a thousand year reign. Isn’t there? I want to show you something here. Just as there were six dispensational days, then God’s Sabbath, that was seven. That is seven thousand years, isn’t it? But when we look as God did put a man down here, it is on the beginning of the next thousand years, we can say that is the beginning of the eighth day. How many can see that? It is the starting of another process. Now it is in that first day that the man sins, he falls. So it is out of that fall that this One, the second Adam, comes to pay the debt to redeem out of this lost, fallen race, a new family. So that He becomes the beginning of that. Then watch, we can say this, man has been living under the present penalty of sin and death for six thousand years. According to the scriptures, Christ is coming then to receive His Bride to Himself. Then after a little while, He is coming back again, with His Bride. To do what? To take over and do what Paul continues to say here. So in that, how long does He rule and reign? A thousand years. How long is that? That thousand years with the six thousand years, again you have seven thousand years. Is that right? But we notice when that thousand years is over, here is where we come to the final judgment. When that final judgment is done, Christ has ruled, subdued, He has purchased, He has redeemed, He has reconciled a new family of children back to God, plus, He has ruled and put down all authority, righteousness, laws of knowledge, He has destroyed all traces of sin, death, hell, all is destroyed, there is no more wicked left in the grave. When the last enemy, death itself, is gone, He has made a new earth. Not by creating it again, but by renewing it. How many can see that? Now let us go on. “Then cometh the end, (That is when the Millennium is over and the judgments are done.) when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, (That happens at the end of Revelation 20.) even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (He does that in the Millennium.) For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet.” (Now Paul explains the relationship of the Father to the Son in accomplishing this.) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (That is when death and hell give up the dead, the ending of Revelation 20.) For He (meaning God) hath put all things under his feet. (That is why, when we read back here in the 1st chapter of Colossians, how that God, by Christ, has planned these thrones, dominions, principalities and powers. He is not pointing you back to the prehistoric world when there was no such thing. He is pointing you to the time when Jesus is going to rule in the Millennium. He is not ruling over those things yet, is He? He has to have a family to rule and reign with Him. That is why the Bible says, for He has made us unto our God, kings and priests, and we shall rule and reign on the earth. Yes! Praise the Lord! Some will take the gospel of Peter and say the heaven and earth are going to burn and we are going to heaven forever. That is as far as you see, that is as much as you know. You don’t want to see any further. Organized religion is a shame, it is a sham, making promises the scriptures will not support. This 27th verse, tells us….) For He hath put all things under His feet. (Under whose feet? The feet of Jesus. When will that be? In the Millennium, when He is sitting on the throne of David in Jerusalem, for the law shall go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. What is He doing? He is going to re-establish divine knowledge. (Isaiah 11:9), “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Now to finish this 27th verse, in chapter 15, But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. (We know that refers to God that delegated it to be that way. That is why, when you read Colossians 1, that by Him He has planned these kingdoms and thrones and principalities and everything, that is the way Paul wrote about it then. But here it is, you are getting closer to the Millennium when those things will actually become a reality.) And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, (When the Millennium is over, and the judgment is concluded, death and hell has given up the dead, so what does that do? It goes to show there is no more hell where the wicked are kept after that, which is now in the heart of the earth. Is that right? There is no more graves, because even the sea gives up the dead, so there will be no more graveyards. What has that done to the earth? Through the redemption process when God has ruled and reigned through His Son Jesus, He has reconciled a new family of sons and daughters, and Jesus is the first fruits of all. He is the elder brother. He will always be your elder brother. Therefore once that last thing is done, then there is no more traces of sin and disobedience on this planet. I want everybody to listen to this.) then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” Now you characters that wrote about this, how you pictured Him up there with the Eternal Father before all time, He was doing majestic outlandish things, yet they never tell what He did. Look what an exalted position they have brought Him down from, but here Paul puts Him in the Millennium and then in the eternal age, which is again the eighth day, because the the Millennium, is over. Then you have the eternal age, worlds without end. Hallelujah! A new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, no more death. Christ is your elder brother. That is why I have to say, Do not ever let them tell you He was up there doing this and the Father said, now go do this, and then go do this. Oh how they have messed this thing up through the centuries. It has been hard for human minds to wade their way through this trash, this rubbish. But when the time comes that God wants us to really see the picture, you can really see how it does come into focus. He is the beginning of the creation of God, it is a new creation. When we finish this we are going to prove to you, God, through the centuries of time, does all things in threes. If I took you back to the prehistoric world, when it is over and those angels are all judged by God, and He has thrown this planet into a chaotic judgment that has lasted for thousands of years, hundreds of those angels are already judged and doomed. Then when we begin to see God bring in the other righteous angels into our era because they are going to assist Him, that is why in Genesis, God said, Let us do so and so. Some say, Why would God do that? Because God likes to share Himself with something. He does not like to do it alone. He likes to share Himself with that which He has created because that is His end picture. So then we can say this, We can see how the eighth day was our era of the human man starting, but from that down to this, we are getting ready to go into that seventh age, which is the Millennium. When that is over, when Jesus has judged and condemned and erased everything evil, then shall the kingdom be delivered back up to God the Father that God may be all in all. Time passes into eternity. The eighth day starts, never to end again. Now God has created, He has brought forth angels, He has brought forth man, but now He has got a redeemed, celestial universe, in which there is no sin or evil present. Now we enter into worlds without end. Where are the scientists then? They have had their day. It is all typed in the Bible. But you have got to be a child of God, one that He has predestined, one that He has his finger on, one that He is looking at, one that He can talk to, one that can look back to Him and say, Thank you Father for letting me see what you have caused me to be an heir of. I thank God, He can take you out of the hills of Indiana, or out of the slums of everything and change your life completely. If you are willing to submit your mind, your spirit and your life to Him and let Him start on the inside, working outward, He can make a complete new creature out of you. When He is finished with you, you see things you never visualized before. You love things you never thought you could. You can see the future from an altogether different standpoint. I thank God, that here in the closing days of time, He lets us look back, and we can see where time started, and what God has done. Now that He has righteous angels, we are going to prove to you, He has those angelic beings, and they are all in three categories. How many realize that? They are spoken of, some of them as winged creatures, there are others that are not winged creatures. Some are seraphims, and so on and so forth, but it all sums up into three categories. They all function within a certain capacity, all in the plan of God. Now if God thought enough about the angelic beings, that they were to be tried, I have to say when God is through with this new creation, which Christ is the head of, He is going to have His redeemed family back in three categories. Some might say, well I thought we were all going to be equal. You are in one sense of the word, but the Bride of Christ is the highest calling of God in Christ that anyone can ever be brought to, but then there are others just like the Old Testament saints, sure they are going to be right there in that glorious kingdom to rule and reign. But they are not portrayed as the Bride. The Bride comes out of every nation. How many realize that? But these others, they are basically made up of Old Testament saints. That is the second category. But let’s look at all these, the Millennium itself, a thousand years, when again life is propagated from the natural on this earth, how many realize that? Years ago I had said something to Perry Green at one time. I said Perry, there will be little babies born in the Millennium. He said, well I would be mighty sure and be careful how I preached that. Well his dad called me one time and said, I understand there are going to be babies born in the Millennium. I said, I sure do believe that. He said, well I don’t believe that. He said, I believe they will be just like when Bro. Branham saw his little daughter. I said, and how did he see his little daughter? She was no longer a little baby. That shocked him. God is not going to leave some who have died now, like little babies just to be in that picture some are holding on to. That is why right out of this present mortal realm of the human flesh we see out here, the era of the miraculous in front of us, plus the everlasting gospel that is to be preached by the 144,000 Jews is to be preached to this unbelieving godless element of mankind to wake up some of them and seal their spiritual attitude away so that when Jesus does come back to set up His kingdom, He is going to rule and reign, over who? Those nations that are saved mortally. How many realize that? There are going to be little babies born of that mortal realm. Now since death is not going to be an inherited thing, death will only be a disciplinary means. So then we can say that through that Millennium age, of a thousand years, longevity of life is going to be restored. God would be an unjust God to let all these human beings that have been born and raised in that Millennium era, enter into that eternal age having never been tested or tried as the ones that are ruling and reigning over them. How many realize that? Because the devil is going to be bound throughout the Millennium. To test those mortals born during that time, is exactly why at the end of that Millennium, Satan is loosed for a little season: it does not tell you how long that little season will be: it just says for a little season. He will go out upon the breadth of the earth from Gog to Magog and many of them that have been born and grew up under that righteous rule, will absolutely be tempted to follow that satanic spirit. Remember, you can read that in Revelation 20: this is not just my idea. Then, all those that Satan persuades, that plan to go with him, they encircle the beloved city Jerusalem, which is the camp of the saints, the Bride’s headquarters. That is where the King of kings and Lord of lords rules and reigns from. They are going to attempt to take over His kingdom. That is when fire comes down out of heaven and devours all of them. There is not going to be one shot fired down here from any natural thing. It is divine intervention from heaven, and it slays that bunch that are following Satan. Then is when Christ takes His last position, the great white throne for a final judgment. Now here is the judgment of the universe. Here is where death and hell give up the dead, the sea gives up the dead, all the graves give up what they have been holding, wicked and all. Whosoever does not have his name found written in the book of life, will be cast into the lake of fire. I want you to know, there is no such thing as a lake of fire right now. How many realize that? Hell has a beginning, but as it has a beginning, it will last for a certain period of time and when it accomplishes its purpose, it will no longer be needed. That goes to show, hell has an ending, because it ends in the lake of fire. Then we can see all those that are saved, they make up the nations. You read that in Revelation 21 and 22, Just as God has His righteous angels in three categories, so will God have His family of human beings in three categories, and now He has His earth renewed, redeemed, cleansed and ready to last forever. Now the eternal age, (as we refer to it) what a day that will be, when my Savior I shall see, when I look upon His face the One who saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through that promised land, what a day that will be! That eighth day, don’t forget, it is the next era beyond the Millennium. It has already been typed. That is the eternal age, the perfect age. Sin will be no more. God is all in all. Then Jesus is seen as your elder brother. You see Him in Revelation 21 and 22. Is He still on the throne. No, He is no longer the King in that sense. How many realize this? But through Him we have all been lifted back up to become sons and daughters of the living God, that God may be all in all. It is a beautiful day to look forward to. I hope you take this tonight right, on into the 20th chapter, what the Millennium is for, then you see how the Millennium closes with Satan loose for a little season. Then you see how the great white throne is set and how the last judgment is set. Paul said also in the Corinthian letter that we will judge angels. The last judgment will absolutely cleanse the whole universe of every diabolical spirit. He said the saints shall judge the world, even angels. They have not judged them yet. We have got to be a lot different than the Methodists or Baptists. How many understand me? You have got to have a revelation of something in you that God enables you and I to be changed from mortal to immortality and we rule with King Jesus through the Millennium. Then when we are in that position, what a day it is going to be.
EXPLAINING THE VIRGIN BIRTH
Now here is something that has been on my mind for quite awhile. I have mentioned many times about the birth of Christ. I have had people ask me, Bro. Jackson, how can Christ be born of woman, yet not have any part of the human traits about Him? I am not a doctor, but I want you to know I am not ignorant. I studied under the G.I. bill, three years of agriculture and animal husbandry. I know all the ins and outs, ups and downs about the biological process of what conception, birth, and inherited traits are, and how it all goes about in offspring. Sisters, please allow me to say these things with respect for each and every one of you. I look back through the centuries of time, how the human race has been maneuvered by the devil and caused man to look upon woman, and how woman has been used by him. Over in Iraq and those other places, the woman has a very low esteemed position. I want you to realize that bunch of Muslims that claim to be the descendants of Abraham are messed up in their thinking. They have no Abraham traits in them at all. When Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans right out of the area where they are doing all the fussing today, he had a little wife, Sarah. I believe God had seen something in Abraham and Sarah, and knew that they would become models, images of something that He purposed to instill in some people down through the centuries of time. He designed every woman’s body to be a mother. I realize what the devil and sin and everything has painted a picture of, men using the female for their own pleasure. They are having their day, let them have it, but their day is coming to an end: it is just about over. I am going to say these words very carefully. It is very sensible when we can look at how God said in Isaiah, how He shall overshadow a virgin and so forth. In that virgin womb of Mary, there had never been the presence of man’s sinful seed deposited. I am going to break this down the way we studied animal husbandry in the process. God, which is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, in a creative act, created in that virgin womb the very nucleus of what the natural world would call the embryo. As this embryo is formed, in a short order of time it bonds itself, by the laws that God has set up in the female womb, so that binds this nucleus to the wall of that womb. I am going to prove to you tonight, not one ounce of female blood, nor the father’s blood, even in the natural conception is in the child today. You have to realize how this comes about. Once that little embryo is bonded to the wall of that womb, something sets up in this mother’s body. This is the law of reproduction. In this embryo, which is just a little nucleus of stuff, is potentiallife. But on the inside of that, things begin to take place and separate. The one major thing is, that around this on the outside, there is that part which we will call in the natural the birth sac. That is the part that becomes attached to the wall of the womb. There is no blood veins from the woman flowing through that. How many understand what I am getting to? It is bonded there by a certain process. Nature sets it up. Then as this birth sac takes place, it also grows. Within that, is where the fetus begins to form. Then from the little fetus is what is called the umbilical chord. You have heard what it is. I have helped horses give birth, and also cows give birth, sheep give birth and so forth. I have had to help pull them from the womb of the mother. Then when maturity has arrived, this umbilical cord is fastened to the wall inside the sac. Do you follow me? There is nowhere it is connected through. The bonding process between this, is a substance, I just want to say it is like a tissue of substance. But from the mother’s side, every bit of the food she eats, her digestive system breaks it down into the protein, carbohydrates, and the other food nutrients. Her bloodstream absorbs this. Immediately her body begins to project this to that certain spot. That spot is growing, because this nucleus that has formed on the walls, has no bloodline going through it no blood is passed on. How many understand that? Even in the natural conception, a child can be conceived and it will not have its mother’s blood type nor its father’s blood type. All those types and everything lay within the embryo to start with. In the natural conception process the egg has a certain number of chromosomes. The gene of man has a certain number of chromosomes. They are equal. When nature provides that the two come together in the process, there is an equal number of chromosomes which carries the laws of heredity. In those chromosomes lay the different qualities of blue eyes, brown eyes, red hair, brown hair. The chromosomes are what rule the laws of heredity. But the blood type is not in there at all. How many realize that? So getting back to this divine act, that was God’s own blood, so to speak, because the entire process was by an act of creation. That was an embryo that God created Himself, right there in the womb of that virgin young lady. That which I have been describing is bonded to the wall of that womb. Yes the natural process of the mother does feed the nutrients and the umbilical cord draws from this, not through the blood vessels, but it is a substance that all works to produce an offspring. That umbilical cord draws that in which feeds and nourishes. Once it comes into this umbilical cord, then again the food nutrients are transferred back into blood. It is the blood of the infant, not the mother. That is why the little fetus grows. Now they are able to take a young, pregnant mother to be, and with an x-ray machine they can see the little fellow in there, he or she is inside this birth sac. But through the years of time as I have helped cows and horses give birth, I have helped pull the young out, I have seen the umbilical cord come out. But just a few hours later, nature has its way of causing the body of the mother to cleanse the womb by the expelling of all the afterbirth. That is as simple as I can say it. So when God created that embryo, I hope you understand there was no way the blood of any human was going to be in there. You just have to understand, that when Mary ate her food, the protein, the carbohydrates were all broken down into the blood stream, which goes to that certain spot. Then on the inside of that spot is the umbilical cord, which is fastened through this substance. That is God’s creative way. It draws life nutrients. As it puts it into the bloodstream of this fetus, it is becoming blood of this little infant. So I have to say, that is the way God brought His only begotten Son into the world, with Him being sinless. He did not have any hereditary laws of the human side at all. That body He lived in was perfect, a human fleshly body, but it had no sin in it. How many realize that? With that in mind, I hope I have explained it in a way that people can get an understanding of it. I am actually ashamed sometimes of young farmers that have seen mother cows give birth and everything, yet they still haven’t studied it enough to really understand the whole process. I took my education under the G.I. bill of rights for three years. I studied animal husbandry. You study the natural gestation process. That is why I say tonight, I thank God that I have been able to look at this and understand it. I waited a long time before I got courage enough to try and explain it before a mixed audience. I realize, that in this crazy world of perversion we live in, all people hear everything else, so they may as well hear this. My feeling is, they just as well hear something that is right, because this is how God brought His only begotten Son into the world. He became my Savior and your Savior. He became the first fruits of them that are going to be part of God’s family. I am thankful to be part of that new creation He is in the process of producing, and I know all of you are too. Amen