God Is One, Part 1

God Is One, Part 1

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

WE ARE DEALING WITH THE GODHEAD THIS MORNING, AND I AM TITLING IT GOD IS ONE. VERY FEW CHURCH-GOING PEOPLE OUT HERE IN THE WORLD WOULD EVEN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE GODHEAD; AND THOSE WHO WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN IT WOULD BE TANGLED UP IN THEIR OWN WORDS, WITHOUT ANY WAY OUT. NATURALLY I AM REFERRING TO THOSE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF SOME DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SYSTEM. WHY DO I SAY THAT? THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLE. IF THEY COULD PROPERLY EXPLAIN THE GODHEAD, THEY WOULD NOT BE A MEMBER OF A DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH. EVEN THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES ONENESS PENTECOSTALS STILL MISS THE MARK. THEY KNOW THAT THE TRINITY CONCEPT OF GOD IS NOT RIGHT, BUT THEY STILL MISS THE MARK WHEN THEY TRY TO EXPLAIN THE GODHEAD. THEY RENOUNCE THE TRINITY, BUT TURN RIGHT AROUND AND MAKE THE MAN JESUS WHO WAS THE CHRIST THAT WAS TO COME, THEIR GOD; AND A TRUE REVELATION LETS ANYONE KNOW, THAT EVEN THOUGH GOD WAS IN JESUS, AND JESUS POSSESSED ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE FATHER, HE WAS NOT GOD. GOD WAS IN HIM, REVEALING HIMSELF TO THOSE WHO WOULD BE HEIRS OF THIS GREAT SALVATION HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON WOULD PAY THE PRICE FOR. LET US OPEN OUR BIBLES TO GENESIS 1:26, WHERE IT SAYS “AND GOD SAID, LET US (US IS A PLURAL WORD) MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, AND WE WILL START THIS MESSAGE RIGHT THERE.

 

We are starting this message in Genesis and we will touch Revelation also before we are finished. Turn with me to Genesis chapter 1. The trinitarians have three scriptures here in Genesis they like to play on. They like to quote this scripture here in Genesis 1:26 where it says “And God said, Let us (us is a plural word) make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” But when we come to verse 27, let us notice how it is worded, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” I want to say this morning, The word “us” here has got to be rightly understood. Us is used three times in the book of Genesis. We have got to understand what the relationship pertains to, what was going on, that made it necessary for God to speak in plural terms. I have always said this, God cannot say in Exodus that He is one, then turn right around and say certain things by the prophets or by the apostles that give people the idea that He is a trinity. God never was a trinity. He is not a plurality of persons. Please pay attention to what I am going to say in this message. First of all, God Himself is not a person. You show me a verse of scripture that proves me wrong; and I will apologize for saying this, but I am sure you cannot. Sure, I know what you can say, and every last one of those that speak in that way had it origination in the writing of Trinitarians. God is not a person. He is a being. He is invisible. He has never been seen by anybody and cannot be seen, because He is a SPIRIT. He is not limited to one certain spot, He fills the universe. He always was, and He always will be. Then we have these others, they have the idea that Jesus, the Son of God, pre-existed with the Father before all time. That is not true either. It is very strange, how some people will take one verse of scripture and say that is what the Bible means. It does not mean that at all. If God is one, then He means for the continuation of that thought to be carried all the way through the Bible. We have got to understand in what way God is dealing with the human race. What was He speaking in conjunction with over here? He was not speaking of a plurality of persons in the godhead. He is speaking in cooperation with His angelic beings, His created helpers. They are what make up the we part of certain scriptures. When I say that, some might say, Well I didn’t know that angels helped God. For goodness sakes, the Bible says in Hebrews that angels are ministering spirits sent forth by God, for what? Ministering to those that shall be heirs of salvation. Now if angels could be in that capacity, what about other angels being in other capacities throughout the universe. Because at the time this is said, God is not in the process of creating angels. They have been created before the prehistoric world. They were created, and then tested in the prehistoric era, long before the events which are stated, starting in Genesis 1:2 . When you get to Genesis 1:2, they have already gone through their test of faithfulness and obedience to their Creator. These that God is speaking in conjunction with, are the good, the righteous angels that remained faithful to their Creator when tested by Lucifer. They are the ones that are going to assist God in His next program, which we see starting in Genesis 1:27. That is what is going on here. God never was a plurality of persons, so there is no plurality in the godhead. The trinitarians make it that way, but He never has existed like that. They make the Bible say things it does not say nor mean. When God does speak in the plural, you can rest assured He is speaking in conjunction with angelic beings who are going to assist Him in a plan that is sovereignly His. It is not the angels’ ideas that are being manifested, it is God, the sovereign Spirit, that is fulfilling His plan. When we really get to know God and have a proper understanding of the godhead, we know He is a God that likes to share Himself with others of His creation. He did not have to use man to bring about salvation to His lost creatures, but the scriptures declare that He sent forth His ministers as a flame of fire. He did not have to do it that way: He could have used other means, but it goes to show that God wants to share Himself with man, through men, and with man. As God is saying this, keep in mind, that at this particular time when God creates them in His image and His likeness, you can rest assured those angelic beings are going to watch over these genetic laws that God sets in motion in His plan, when the time comes that man will replenish the earth. We can see, that when He does make man, He makes man after His image. The reason God brings angels into this, is because, when there were no angels, then God had to take of Himself an essence of spirit and separate it from Himself and give it separate identity. I hope none of you ever think that God, when He made angels, went off out here somewhere and got up a mixture of this and a little of that, mixed it up and now there is an angel. The Bible says, In Him we live, we move and have our being. Do you understand that? That means our whole spiritual being is derived from the essence of God. Well angels are the same way. So we have to realize angels did not create themselves. They were created by God. When God took a little essence of His own Spirit and separated that, He gave it an intelligence. He gave it a certain knowledge as to what to do, how to go about it, and such like. They are always going to minister in the spiritual realm throughout the universe. Therefore when we come back to this creation of man, these angels are going to assist God, and once these genetic laws go into operation, they will guard them. How many realize that? That is not the only time that the word us is incorporated in the Bible, but let us get it settled in our mind’s, it is the angels that the word us pertains to in all such uses. They are going to assist and help God carry out God’s reproductive plan, and once the spirit man and spirit woman are put here in this earth in a physical form, we know that Hebrews 1:14 says the angels are ministering spirits, Sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. Once He has put them here, the man and woman, the spirit beings that they were, they were both in the one vessel of clay. Then when God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, (There is no need for me to read it to you, you know what the whole picture is.) He caused Adam to go to sleep. Then He (God) took out of Adam’s side a rib. From that rib He fashioned the woman’s body. Do not ever think God made a mistake when He designed the woman’s body the way He did. She was designed to eventually be a mother. I know what Bro. Branham said in one of his messages. He brought out about the sex act, and said the sex act between man and woman was not the original plan, but rather, it was the spoken word. I have asked other people this, Who was supposed to speak the word? If the spoken word was the means by how propagation of life was to be brought about, who was going to speak the word, man or woman? I have never said Bro. Branham made a mistake, but here again, is another statement he put out there, that has caused a lot of educated minds to go sky high and try to fly. I have always said this in these controversial matters, God allowed that man to speak as he did, and I assure you, it has fulfilled its purpose. That is why I come back to the fact, when He separated that rib, do not, in your mind just look at a bone. There was a little bit of meat hanging onto that bone as well. Everything was on there that was necessary for God to fashion another body of the same substance. It had all the characteristics of a feminine body because God designed it to be a mother, through which life would be propagated and brought into this planet to populate it.

 

THE FALL OF MAN

 

Turn now with me to the 3rd chapter of Genesis. We can read in the 3rd chapter what has happened. The serpent has come along and talked to the woman. Why did he not talk to Adam? He knew he wouldn’t get anywhere with Adam. The reason I say this, is because the devil was behind all the talk the serpent creature was having with Eve, and he knew that this law of reproduction was not going to rule through man’s choice, but rather, it is going to come about through the woman. What do you mean by that Bro. Jackson? Young people, do not tell me you went to school in this godforsaken age and time, when sex is being talked about in the classroom so much, and you do not understand my statement. Let me say this, If God had never caused woman to have a period, she never would have had a baby. Now think on that. That is exactly why, when she sold herself to the serpent to do what she did, the devil knew the hour for the woman to make the choice was close. That is how he knew exactly when to strike. Then when they had committed the forbidden act, it was the woman’s choice. Now some may say, But the bible says Adam hearkened to the voice of his wife, meaning she did not come and put up a sad story to Adam. I will say this, When somebody harkens to you, it means you have to keep ding donging the same old thing all the time until you get your way. I am not here to talk on serpent seed, but when the choice has been made, then we find that God comes into the garden to communicate with them. They have partaken of the forbidden fruit, because Eve has sold the idea to her husband, so what happens next? We find here, that they are still in the garden. In the 22nd verse of the 3rd chapter, they are both feeling guilty because they have partaken of this intimate act for pleasure, which was forbidden, and they know they must face their Creator. They have done wrong, so what is going to happen? “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us.” Now He is not talking about a trinity. He is talking about Himself and all those angelic beings that assist Him in whatever He does. Why did God include the angels, so that they knew as much about right and wrong as He did? Can you not see the prehistoric world, what it was for? It was a time when angels were tested. Was it not? In their period of being tested in that prehistoric world, they found out what was wrong and what was right and that is exactly why God made a choice back then. He judged those that had chosen the wrong way. They became known as fallen angels. But the others made the right choice, and they are the righteous ones. That is why they are in this picture, because these same angels that are assisting God in this new program, have already been tested and tried in their period, and they came out faithful to God in obeying Him. That is why God could say, Seeing therefore that man has become as one of us, he had a choice to say yes or no, but he made the wrong choice. So now when God is saying this, He is speaking to the angelic beings. Because they are down here on earth now, not spirit beings up there somewhere. They are down here on earth serving the Creator. Now these angels are going to assist God in the furtherance of man’s future propagation of life on earth. Therefore the term “us,” is not referring to a plurality of persons in the godhead. This is how God chooses to deal with man, once he has crossed the wrong line. God first drives him out of the beautiful garden of paradise. It sounds to the carnal minded man like God drove him out of a beautiful place where there was a beautiful gate of wrought iron, with a fence and everything. Adam and Eve were not driven out of a geographical spot on earth anywhere. How do you know Bro. Jackson? Simply because they remained right where God had put them, and right there is where it sounds like they were kicked out of, but they were still there and the garden was gone. Where did it go? We have a lot of religious people that read the Bible like a story book. Well I would like for you to remember what it says about the garden. God planted a garden eastward in Eden, Eden is the name of the geographical spot, but the garden is a little bit of heaven where the presence of God, angelic beings and all such were. God wanted His new creature to enjoy those benefits, but once sin entered the picture, God will not let them live any longer in that paradise setting of life, knowing both good and evil, having access to the tree of life, and at the same time having access to the tree of knowledge. You cannot live in this life, do wrong one day and do right the next day, and expect to go to heaven. You know that. It does not work that way. When God said, Seeing that the man has become as one of us to know the difference between the right choice and the wrong choice, he can no longer remain in this paradise setting. The Bible says, He drove him out. It sounds like He got behind him with a stick and said, get out of here. Right? Well the truth is, God just lifted the garden of paradise, which was a heavenly atmosphere that He had put there for them to live in, so up from that area east of Eden God lifted it and left Adam and Eve right where they were. The difference was, they no longer had access to that heavenly realm. Just keep in mind, that Adam and Eve did not leave that geographical spot of Eden, regardless of how it sounds. God just lifted that paradise, which was a little bit of heaven, and all that Adam saw from then on was the natural vegetation of the natural life around him. That is why I have asked many people before, Where did the tree of life go, if it is a tree that grew out of the ground? Where did it go? Well the truth is, it did not grow out of the ground: It was a beautiful law pictured there, symbolized in the beautiful paradise, but when God lifted that, it took the tree of life with it. You find that in the book of Revelation. But the tree of knowledge of good and evil was left here, and you are born with it in your mind. How many realize that? The point is, once again God said, Seeing that man has become as one of us to know good and evil, (man was now down here on earth in human form: he is not still just in his spirit form at this time. In the physical form, he has partaken of the forbidden fruit, (which was the intimate act just for pleasure instead of only for propagation; and God is dealing with him in his disobedience. I just have to say once again, God is not speaking of a plurality of persons in the godhead when He says us. He is speaking with these angelic beings that are going to assist Him in the furtherance of the future of this man, now that he has been put here in a body of flesh and already disobeyed his Creator. We know this, that from that moment on, sin began to propagate on earth. By the time we come to the hour that God looks and it grieved Him that He had even made man and put him here, hundreds of years had passed. That is when He began to deal with a man by the name of Noah. He told Noah to build a boat for the saving of his household and such. There is no need to go into long details. It rained forty days and forty nights and destroyed all life except what was on the boat with Noah. You everyone know that story, so turn with me now to the 11th chapter of Genesis, which deals with mankind on earth after propagation has filled the earth with its kind.

 

 

 

GOD DEALS WITH MAN ONCE AGAIN,

AS THEY HAVE DEPARTED FROM FULFILLING HIS WILL

 

We are going to look once again at a scripture where God speaks in the plural concerning Himself and those that are helping Him. The flood is over and the survivors which were on the ark with Noah are back on the soil of the earth again, and they have greatly multiplied. Therefore the time has come that God wanted them to move out and begin to subdue and replenish the entire earth, but they all got themselves together and said, Let us build a tower to heaven. We don’t want to be scattered all over this globe, we want to stick together. Well they started building the tower, and God could see that they would succeed in their ambitions if allowed to continue. You can read the whole story. God let them get so far with it, then He and His angelic helpers came to deal with them. Some people might ask, Why did God let them get so far, if He knew they were going to do wrong? God did not make them do anything: He simply gave them the choice to do as He had expressed when He said to Noah, “Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.” He wanted them to exercise that choice and put it into action to fill all the earth. I will say this, Once you put your thoughts in action, and there is a material realm around you that begins to prove that is what you thought and that is what you are doing, that speaks exactly what your motive is. Let us notice what God does this time to deal with man’s disobedience. We are in the 4th verse of the 11th chapter of Genesis, “And they said, (the human race on earth) Go to, (or get ready) let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name.” That has always been man’s highest achievement. It is just like this bunch of long haired scientists we have today with those play toys up there on Mars. They want to find water. To me, what is on Mars means no more than an old rock in my garden. It is very strange how we have a bunch of carnal minded people today, that put so much dependence on knowledge. Every bit of it is earthly, and cannot solve every problem. I am not running down a decent education. But I heard in the News the other night, that every one of our politicians are saying, We have got to be willing to spend more for better education. Brothers and sisters, I have heard that for sixty years of my life, and it is sickening. You miserable politicians and educators only have one thing in mind, trying to make things better for yourselves. You will bankrupt a society with your way of thinking. The more you spend, the more you want to spend. There is a rebellion within the young minds of children, that they will only be willing to accept so much. Because once you pass that deadline and you leave God out of your life and your future, then God is going to let you go haywire, if you will pardon my terminology. Well when God looked down and observed modern man of that hour, saying, Get ready, let us build us a city and a tower that will reach to heaven, He knew what they had in mind. They were going to ignore the command of their Creator and stick together and become a great kingdom and power to be reckoned with, which is just like our scientists and others today. They build little play toys and go up to Mars and see if they can find some water. If they were to find a little spot that was a trace where water had been, watch what I tell you, They will only come out with that much more of a scientific attitude, saying, Now we know that God did not create anything. That is all they are after, to try to have a scientific fact to throw in your face discrediting the Bible teaching of creation. That is why I have to say, Come Lord Jesus, let them see your hand at work. Natural mankind is always searching for some way to discredit the Bible teaching of Creation. Nevertheless as man has said, Go to, meaning get ready, and let us build us a tower that will reach heaven, we will see what God says about it. Verse 5. “And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, (They have their minds made up, you cannot change them.) and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” That is just like our scientists today, leave them alone long enough, and they will bankrupt the society just to see what is on the other side of Pluto and all the rest of the planets out there. So as man said go to, meaning get ready, God also said in verse 7, “Go to, (it means get ready) let us go down, and there confound their language.” Brothers and sisters, I think this makes it simple to see that angelic beings were very instrumental in carrying this out. I believe once God has said that, He made the choice, they did not make the choice. He only said, get ready, because they are His servants. God could say to this angel, you will go to certain ones and you will change their language over night. And He points to another angel, you will go and change their language. Each angel is given a direct language dialect to see that the households he visits will definitely be different from that of others. I have said before, They did not come and change the husband’s language to be different from the wife’s language. That would be nonsense: families need to be able to communicate with one another. The point is, God had made the choice; and Angelic beings were assigned to assist Him in creating this state of confusion between the different groups. I can just see those angelic beings as they came down and went their way to carry out their assignments. They entered into certain households, and where these angels enter in, their presence affects the mentality of the people on earth, so that when they wake up the next morning, every member in that household is speaking the same language. But when they step outside that morning, to go about their daily activities, here is where they find out something has gone wrong during the night. The same men that had been working together, met in the street going toward the tower to go to work, but now they are all speaking a different dialect. I have to say, Those angels came down and assisted God in the choice He made to confuse their language, and they carried it out precisely, exactly according to the Creator’s instructions. My Bible tells me the day is coming, when God is going to return to mankind a pure language. That is going to be wonderful. We will not have to go to college somewhere to learn it from some professor. If God is the one that changed the dialects, He can change it overnight. Now we have used the word “us” and I have to say, In all of this there is not one thing that proves that God is a plural of persons. God Himself never was a person and never will be. He will always be a sovereign Spirit. If you read a passage of scripture somewhere where He is spoken of in the plural, it is because a trinitarian has translated it from the Greek that way. The pure fact is, God is never referred to in terms of plurality. How many times have you read, God is one? Well maybe it is only three times in the king James Bible, but how many times do you need to read it? Regardless of how some other scriptures may sound, GOD IS ONE, and He is not a person. He being a sovereign Spirit, is not limited as to where He can be at any particular time, because He is a Spirit that fills the entire creation. When you call upon Him in the middle of the night, regardless of where you are, He is there. His ministering angelic beings are always on the job like it says in Hebrews. Notice these two verses from the 1st chapter “But to which of the angels said He (GOD) at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14Are they (the angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” You can depend on that.

 

ISAIAH’S VISION

 

We will leave this setting and go to Isaiah, because it is necessary for us to get these visions lined out. Let us go to Isaiah 6. The reason I am choosing this route is because, when I get to a certain point with this, I want to show you something. This is a vision given to the prophet Isaiah, which is the first vision of its kind. “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. (Speaking of the angelic beings.) Above it stood the seraphims; each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” I have said this, Isaiah saw this, but that is not how heaven looked at that time. I hope you understand me. It was a future tense picture of a scene, which as time goes on, God will add more to it. That is why I say that is not even how heaven looked in Isaiah’s day. Up until this time, no prophet has actually seen the heavens, how it appears, because God is invisible. How many realize that? This is a prophetic vision in process. It is actually telling through Isaiah, that there will be such a scene in heaven one day, once all the component parts are in place. Let me ask you a question and show you something. When you get to Revelation, all the component parts are there. The Lord Jesus is sitting on that throne. Isn’t He? You have these seraphims, these angels, one with the face of a man, ox, and so on and so forth. But notice in Revelation, there are four and twenty elders sitting on their thrones round about the throne of God. Isn’t there? Well how come they are not seen over there? That is why I have to say, that is not the way heaven looked at all at that time. You just have to realize that was a future picture of what one day, there will be in heaven just such a scene. It will be just like what Isaiah saw. A prophecy is always for the future. It is not present tense. Isaiah saw the glory of God and that glory of God was channeled to a throne, but do not ever think that glory exists and dwells in the form and shape of a man. Otherwise, if that is the truth, then why did John the Baptist say what he did, that no man has seen God at any time, save He who came out of the bosom of the Father, Him He hath declared. Whenever we read our Bible, we have to read it right, or you will hit a snag. We have to stop this thing of hanging on to one verse of scripture somewhere and saying, Well that is what the Bible says and that is what I believe. If that is your attitude I say to you everyone, You are hung up on a verse of scripture and you do not even know where it goes from there. The reason I am bringing this in, is because it is necessary, for that limits the vision which is not all there yet. Time will produce it. He had this vision in 758 BC.

 

A WHEEL IN A WHEEL

 

Go with me now to Ezekiel. Ezekiel was in Babylon in captivity, along with the other Jews at this particular time. You find this in the 1st chapter of Ezekiel, He described this glory of the Lord and he began to see this. He describes it as a whirlwind, like a cloud, and fire enfolding itself. He comes on down through there and deals with each aspect of it in a little more detail. He talks about the wings, but in this he sees a wheel, like another wheel in a wheel. You did not see that in Isaiah’s vision. Did you? You would not see that in Revelation either. It goes to show this is in a mobile setting, it is traveling. Where there were six wings, now there are four, but what has happened? The wheel has taken over, it is how the wing has manifested itself. All of this speaks of the fact that time is adding to the dimension. That is the best way I know to express it, because that is not the way heaven looked at that time. It is all pointing to the future. But this is showing a hundred and some years after Isaiah, when Ezekiel sees it, it has a little more incorporated in it. Now then, as he does see that, let us go on over here to Ezekiel the 26th verse of chapter 1. He has talked about all the wings, even here in all this he can still hear them saying holy, holy, holy. Well we hear that in Revelation also, do we not? Holy, holy, holy. Let us go to the 26th verse. “And above the firmament that was over their heads (He is talking about these angelic beings.) was the likeness of a throne, (Now it gets specific.) as the appearance of a sapphire stone: (We read that in Revelations also.) and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.” That is pointing to the future tense, of the time when the immortal Christ who had not even been born in Ezekiel’s time. How many realize that? “And I saw as the colour of amber, (That is all in Revelation, all these colors and reflections of stones, that bring out the deity, the glory and manifestation of the being of God around this throne.) as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud (You see that in Revelation also.) in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.” The reason I read that is, it brings the throne out in more detail. It puts the likeness of the appearance of a man sitting, and that is pointing to the future tense of Christ. I want to say this, We have got those people that believe that Jesus pre-existed with the Father before all time. I am going to challenge you, In what state was He in existence then? What was His position? Because when we do bring Him from heaven down here on this earth, how come when we get over here in Revelation, He is now my elder brother. He became my Savior one day. Then He is coming to rule in the Millennium and He is going to be King of kings and Lord of lords. Isn’t He? Will that last forever? No, it won’t. It lasts for a thousand years. Then Paul has the last words on this. You will find it in 1st Corinthians the 15th chapter, that God Himself, who has subjected all things, all spirits, all powers are subject to Christ, and for a thousand years He will sit on an earthly throne in Jerusalem, and He will rule and reign over the earth. That is because He is actually executing the mind of the Father by this means. And Bride, that is exactly why you have got to be there with Him. No you will not refer to Him yet as your elder brother, but follow me, when He is all the way through the Millennium and then the dead, which are just the wicked dead, are raised, and hell gives up the dead, what does this do? This takes out of the crust of the earth all the wicked bodies that have been there from all time. Right? It takes them out of hell. Now don’t tell me you believe that hell did not pre-exist. It did pre-exist. I know we have some Advent people that believe when God made man He just took some clay and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Then you are just telling me that the man God made, all he is, is a bunch of dirt and hot air. I have a reason for saying that. When God breathed into the nostrils of that man that He has made in an earthly form, He imparted that spirit man that was made after His likeness. Don’t tell me God is hot air. God is a Spirit. If you call Him your heavenly Father, then you are a spirit also. You are just not air out here like you breathe. How many realize that? So we can say when that last judgment is finished, our time of ruling and reigning is finished also. Did you know, we are going to judge angels. How many realize that? Who said that? The apostle Paul. Well Bro. Jackson, why should we judge angels? Who in the world do you think has been haunting you all your lifetime, tempting you to drink, tempting you to use the Lord’s name in vain, beguiling you to do this and that? It is those dirty fallen angels, devils. They made their choice way back in the eons of time. But God has just allowed them to come back here again to try you and me. So when we look at this in the right setting, when Christ has delivered up the kingdom, now there is no more dead in the earth, hell no longer has an existence. Then what did Paul say? Then shall the Son deliver the kingdom, the authority that has been in Him for a period of time to do all of this, and now He returns all authority back to God the Father, that God may be all in all. Now you see Jesus as your elder brother. Then you want to tell me that He pre-existed before all time? What a glorious position He had then, to wind up in this little manger situation two thousand years ago. How many understand my thought? The Bible has a beautiful picture if we will let it speak to us, but when you get your mind all twisted up with some of these doctor of divinity thoughts you will just go in circles. I read this vision to show you something, so again I ask you, Where are the elders? Because, when I get in Revelations, John the Revelator was taken up into heaven. Did he not see Jesus sitting on the throne? Did he not describe all these likenesses to the rainbow and the sapphire stone and all that. Those are reflections of the deity of God, of His being, His Spirit around this, but that visible form that John the Revelator was seeing, that is the immortal Christ. Around this throne, John saw twenty four other thrones. Is that right? Why did Isaiah not see them? Why did Ezekiel not see them? Simply because the way had not been paved from hell to heaven for them to be there. How many realize that? When the day came, that Jesus went down into the lower parts of the earth and led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men, He took those old patriarchs of the Old Testament and took them to heaven to get ready for them to be on their throne positions. When Jesus went up that day, He was seen sitting on the throne, so now it is a vision being materialized in heaven. One by one, as the apostles were martyred, they took their positions around that throne. That is why I say, What was a vision back here, was not yet fulfilled. I will say this though, Jesus is not going to sit on that throne forever and ever. The Bible says that He is made a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. You know, Melchizedek is not a high priest for ever, he is only an angelic being sent down here to characterize certain things that Christ was to fulfill once He takes that position. But we have to realize, Jesus only sits in the position of Mediator and High Priest for two thousand years. That is why, when He leaves that throne, He will not return back to be High Priest anymore. He is coming now to be King for another thousand years. Once that is fulfilled, and I will have to say you and I are living in the days when that is being fulfilled, because one of these days Jesus, when He breaks that last seal, He is going to step forth from that throne, and His days of intercession are over. He is ready to come to earth, and there is going to be seven thunders echo throughout this earth which will be known only to the Bride of Christ. Praise God! Now that explains these visions, so go with me back to Isaiah. In Isaiah 7,which is where we find a verse of scripture that a lot of trinitarians get hung up on. As Isaiah prophesies this, which is found in the 7th chapter, the 14th verse, the prophecy was to be fulfilled far, far in the future. “Therefore the Lord Himself (the sovereign Spirit which is God) shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Which means God with us. Out in the realm of Trinitarian religion today, they take this passage of scripture and say it proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that Jesus was none other than God the Elohim Himself. That is twisting the scriptures. When the angel is telling Joseph that he is going to be the husband of Mary and so forth, the angel explains this. I ask anybody, Just read the entire New Testament, nowhere do you see anybody walking up to this man and saying Good Morning, Immanuel. I have a reason for saying that. The word means God with us. But you do not see anywhere in the entire four gospels, where anybody was ever heard saying, Good Morning Immanuel. Well I ask you, if His name meant that, why did they not call Him that? It was because, from the human side, you see a man. But from within that vessel of clay, there was something manifested that worked through the vessel of clay to accomplish the purpose of God. If anyone, at that hour, did not have a revelation, they were not about to call Him Immanuel. You would say exactly what some said on that day, you are just a devil that came down here to pretend to be something. Actually the name given to Him was Jesus. Were there not other Jews in that hour named Jesus also? Yes. Jesus Barsabas was one. But there was only one with that name, where the name Jesus had a twofold meaning. That is why you had to know the man by divine revelation. That is why Jesus could talk like that, the words that I speak to you, they are not mine, meaning they did not originate with my own thinking. Sure, they are articulating sounds of my voice, but they are by the inspiration of God Himself, that has taken up His abode inside of me. That is why we have to realize, all through those three and one half years of the earthly ministry of Christ, some Jews could only see a man. They see Joseph the carpenter’s son and no more. But others did see something radiating from the man that let them know, He has got to be the Christ. That is why Peter could say what he did, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Now let us take that thought and see where it leads us. So these people that want to say that Jesus pre-existed before all time with the Father, then I am going to ask you, When the time came that Mary, a virgin, never having known a man, was going to conceive, what did she hear concerning that? Sure the trinitarians will say the Holy Ghost overshadowed her and she conceived of the Holy Ghost. So here we go on that point with the trinitarians. So she gave birth to a little baby by the name of Jesus. How do they treat what was said to her by the angel that made the announcement? We will examine all of that.

 

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE GODHEAD ?

 

When Jesus grew up to manhood, at age 30 He went to where John was baptizing and was baptized, and God the Father manifested Himself there at the river when Jesus was baptized. Remember, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, He is the Son of God, He is the Son of man, yet after the experience at the river, God the Father, the Creator came down in the likeness of a dove, entered into Him and took over, and from then on, it was God the Father presenting, or manifesting Himself through the body of His only begotten Son. Brothers and sisters listen to me, There is no such thing as a trinity of persons in the godhead, because God the Father and God the Holy Ghost are one and the selfsame Spirit. The Holy Ghost is just another term for the Spirit which is God. When we speak of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament, it is bringing out that He is the Creator. From Him everything derives its life and existence. But as we come into the New Testament era, He is referred to as the Holy Spirit because it is how God is going to manifest His Spirit from then onward. Let me explain it like this, not to create another moon or another sun, but to deal with mankind, something that is already in existence, but needs to be changed. So He is referred to as God the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit, dealing with man to regenerate him. Just keep in mind, that the Holy Spirit and God the Father are one and the selfsame Spirit. Then when Jesus went to John the Baptist that day to be baptized and He came up out of the water, the heavens were opened immediately and an audible voice spoke to Him, (Luke 3:22) “The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” I want to say this, God the Father, the Creator, or the Designer of life and everything that exists always remains the same. He never did leave the heavens just to come down here and deal with lost mankind, and neither did he ever leave any place, because He fills all of His creation. He is omnipresent, meaning everywhere, all the time. Neither did the Son previously exist up there with the Father. He had His beginning in this life when He came forth from the womb of the virgin Mary, but religious people who have no revelation, speak of God as though He came down to earth and was born as a little baby. Let me just try to give you a very simple explanation of the virgin birth of Jesus, who is the only begotten Son of God the Father, the creator of all things. When Mary, still a virgin, was found with child of the Holy Ghost. That simply means that God, the Creator of all things, created a cell of life in Mary’s womb, she carried it to full term and delivered a son who had no earthly father, and no genetic mother. Therefore He had no attributes of fallen mankind in Him, so if you believe all things are possible with God, where is the confused mystery so many are unable to explain. Jesus was, and is the Son of God; and He is the Savior of all who believe, but there is no such thing as three persons in the godhead. Jesus is the only person of the godhead. When you hear a Trinitarian trying to explain the godhead it sounds pitiful. Brothers and sisters, it sounds like a carnal, intellectual doctor of divinity that has his mind all twisted up. I have to say, There is only one being in this universe that we can refer to as our heavenly Father, and that is God Himself. In Him we live, we move, and we have our existence totally in Him. When the Son of God was born, it was not a scene where the Son was up there standing by the Father saying, Now Daddy, is it time for me to go down? Is it time for me to go down now? He was already there in the mind of God from before the foundation of the world, but that was as far as His pre-existence ever went until the time God exercised that thought and created the cell of life in the virgin Mary. I am going to prove to you as we deal with this subject, God had already chosen Him to be a part of this plan before He even put Adam on this planet. How many realize that? He was not up there with the Father as a person, talking to the Father down through time, even in the Old Testament period when prophecies were given, he was still just a thought in the mind of the Father. I will say it again, He was not up there with the Father, talking with Him, helping Him create, He was only a part in the mind of God. God waited until the hour when He saw that it was time for the human race to have something visit them, to begin to turn man from his fallen, sinful way, back to his Creator. God knew from the beginning, when He would send forth His only begotten Son, who had never been in existence prior to His birth as a human being. He only pre-existed with the Father in His mind. Because God had already preordained that He would bring Him forth one day in process of time. As long as He is in the mind of God, He is still just a thought. When the time was at hand for our Savior to come into the world, think of this, God just spoke a creative word to place that cell of life in the wound of Mary. It is impossible to say something if it is not first a thought. How many realize that? Once I speak that thought in an expression, then it becomes separated from me. My point is, when God separated that little essence of life and that thought, and He sent it, it means He did not have to say, Now Holy Spirit, you go do this. If God the Father is omnipresent, if God is omnipotent, if God is omniscient, and we know He is all of that, so I ask you, Is He not already here? He does not have to wait to get on a fast moving train like a bullet to get down here. Do you understand me? Therefore when His Spirit was sent, not to create another planet, but to overshadow the virgin womb of a little Jewish lady, the angel Gabriel announced it to her. I want to emphasize the fact, that since God is the Creator, He created in that virgin womb the very essence of a life that in process of time brought forth a son to Mary and she named him Jesus. I am going to say this, He bypassed the egg of the woman, He bypassed the gene, the sperm of man, and He created the little essence of that fetus in Mary, completely bypassing all natural means of propagation. Just think of it like this, If God created the universe out of nothing, surely to goodness He can create in a virgin womb a little fetus. Can you dispute that? Once He did, He separates from His mind that thought He has perceived and held there throughout all the centuries before, just waiting for the day to manifest it. When He separates that thought to become a reality, the thought begins to become a materialized thing. Then He gives that life. Where did this life come from? Not through the egg of the woman, nor the seed of man. It came from God Himself because He is the author of all life. Naturally that fetus there in that virgin womb grew and took on form in the next nine months and entered into this realm of life just like all others do. Sure she is going to eat, she is going to drink. Her body will break down the food contents like all others. The elements in that food is transposed into the blood stream. As that little fetus automatically becomes attached to the walls of the womb, through the umbilical cord, some might ask, well Bro. Jackson, isn’t there a way for sin to be transmitted? Not at all. The only thing that was transmitted was protein, carbohydrates, and everything that is essential in producing a little body that will grow from a little fetus to take form as a little baby. Everything that the flesh is made up of was in the food that Mary ate. How many realize that? There were none of Mary’s genetics transmitted to the fetus. In other words, none of the very nature of that baby came from Mary: absolutely nothing that affected its nature came from her. Nothing from man affected its nature. Everything about it came from God. That is why you have your modernists today, they cannot explain anything about that virgin birth, because they want to disallow all that I have mentioned and just throw it away as though it is impossible. They will say, That just simply cannot be. Well, let them think that. About nine months later, when it was getting close to her time to deliver, God initiated another plan that was designed to fulfill prophecy. There was a decree made that all the world should be taxed. Some translations say that there should be a census taken. Nevertheless everybody had to go back to the place of their lineage, so Joseph took his wife and headed for Bethlehem. I have said many times, When they left Nazareth, Mary did not know precisely when the baby was to be born, because she did not know exactly when conception took place. How many realize that? That is why I have said, Had Mary known that she was to give birth in a few days after they reached Bethlehem, do you think she would have left and not taken anything with her for the occasion? Young mothers, I would think you would be foolish if you were expectant with a child, and you waste your whole span of nine months and never buy anything for that little baby. How many know what I am talking about? Mary did not know when she was going to give birth, so that is why she did not take anything along, when they went to pay their taxes. It was supposed to be that way. When they got there, every motel was full, every hotel was full. But there was a certain merchant that heard about their problem, he had a stable in a cave and gave them permission to use the stable. That is exactly where God wanted His Son to be born. That night, when Mary did finally give birth, I imagine she thought, Oh Lord, I have nothing to put on this little one. However hanging there on the wall of the cave, were some ox yokes and they had been padded with swaddling cloth. Across the fields sheep herders were abiding in the field watching over their flock by night. You know the story. The angels came down and gave the announcement, Rise, go into the city of David, for there is a Savior born, which is Christ the Lord. This is the sign that you will know him by: you will find Him wrapped in what? a new baby blanket? No, in swaddling clothes. Look in Luke 2:7-13, and we will read it. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

 

WHY MARY HAD TO USE SWADDLING CLOTHES TO WRAP HER BABY

 

I notice young, expectant mothers once in awhile, how they go shopping and see a bargain, My that is pretty: I think I will get that for our little one. That is a natural thing. That is why I said what I did about Mary. Had Mary known when she left Nazareth, that she was going to give birth to that child while they were gone, I believe she would have taken with her what she had already collected for the occasion, things she already had laying in a drawer. The fact is, she left them behind and I believe I have given you a good explanation why. Those swaddling clothes were there, and please do not think I am foolish enough to say the oxen yoke had been used time and time again and the oxen had sweated and they are turned brown, and had hair all woven in them. Please, let us not get so carnal in our thinking. I have seen ox yokes. I know what they look like. But I have to say, This ox yoke had not been padded very long, and it was clean enough for what they used it for. You have to remember, God was directing and preparing the way for this prophecy to be fulfilled. Joseph took that yoke and began to unwrap it and they wrapped the little baby in that. Now to all you who want to believe the Son of God had been standing by and helping the father in creation, I want to say this, I do not see the life of this little baby that has just been born in a cave, in a cow stall, having been somewhere before time even started, with the Father, already as a human being, knowing all about what was going on, and helping the Father in creation. What an absurd thought! That kind of thinking comes from theology, in the mind of those who are void of true revelation. How many understand me? No. There was no reason for Him to be manifested at any time before He was. That is why the scripture brings out, He is God’s only begotten Son. So I have to say, When God brought Him forth, God brought Him forth to be a means of the salvation for lost mankind, and salvation and redemption for a lost creation. I have said that for a reason. When I said creation, that takes us right to Revelation. But I am not going to touch it this morning. Just keep in mind, when God sent Him forth, all of this had already been chosen of God in the plan of God, that when the time on earth was just right, and sin has accumulated to its rightful point and season, then God was going to fulfill all the types of what the Law was, that had been given to Israel by having the Passover lamb, now this baby is going to be God’s true Passover Lamb for the sins of the whole world. That was the beginning of the Son of God, as far as Him being a person. He grew to thirty years of age and then He was baptized by John. Then the Father, we will say, came down and anointed Him. In reality, God never comes down, because He is omnipresent, everywhere all the time. This was done like this for a purpose. Only at that time did God the Father, anoint His Son. Up until that time, He (Jesus) had not done one miracle. The Father had absolutely give His Son eternal life, but up until that thirty years of age He never did a miracle, He never went anywhere and preached a sermon. Yet He learned all along. He grew in stature, and in knowledge. He learned all about the things of God because He knew He had been sent, foreordained, chosen to one day be a means of God reconciling the world back to Himself. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, God inaugurated a redeeming process for lost mankind that is still in operation today for all who will accept it by faith . That was the beginning of the purpose of God bringing forth His Son. No other time in all prior time, did the Son have any purpose, any authority in the universe. If He did, why would God bring Him from such a place down here to such a lowly place, to redeem a bunch of dirty creatures like us, then one day to rule and reign with us, to lift this planet back up from death and hell, then one day when the last judgment is set, then He delivers all authority back to the Father? Have you ever wondered, what does the scripture mean, when Paul said that He would deliver the kingdom back up to God the Father, that God may be all in all? Now who is the greatest? I have to say, God is. How many realize that? God is the greatest: He is the sovereign Spirit that created all things. Look what He did, that through Him, (speaking of the Son) He might redeem you and me, reconcile us back to Him. I will say this, We were brought into existence because we were sprouts off the tree of knowledge. How many realize that? But our life has been changed, because He is the righteous branch off the tree of life, planted into the human family, in order to be a means to lift you and me back up here to a level and relationship, that we can all be sons and daughters of God through Him, not outside of Him, but through Him, back to God. I think it is a beautiful picture. We truly have something to rejoice about. We are on this subject, God Is One, and as I said earlier, I do not intend to leave any scripture out anywhere along the pathway of God’s word. The godhead has been one thing that Satan has, through the years, done his very best to confuse the believer’s mind about. That is exactly why, when you notice the little gospels of John written in 90 A.D., the godhead was already being challenged by Satan through his various agents, bringing on false prophets, teaching certain things that were contrary, and denying the godhead the way it was taught by the early Church apostolic fathers. The Church must of necessity get back out of trinity into the oneness of God, and if the Bride of Christ can absolutely get their mind’s settled on the fact that God is one, and that He never has been three persons, and never has been manifested in three different ways at the same time, she is moving in the right direction.

 

LOOKING DEEPER INTO A GREAT MYSTERY

 

We started this message with the word “us,” and I am determined to show you every reason why the word us and our image was used in Genesis 1:26. God was certainly not talking about a plurality of persons in the Godhead. He is speaking in conjunction with His angelic beings; and I cannot stress it enough, because Satan is so busy messing with the mind of every believer. I want to say at this time, that at the time He spoke the Word to Create a cell of life in the virgin Mary, God had already been in the process of bringing the planet earth itself, which has been judged, and has been frozen up for thousands of years, back into a functioning, useful planet. That is why in Genesis 1:1 it says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, period, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the earth was without form and void. What does that tell you? Just that there was no life functioning, but it does not tell you that God has just now created the earth, He is slowly bringing it back into a relationship with other planets. He was not re-creating anything. He was reaching out and redeeming what He had formerly created and then judged, and now He is bringing it back, getting ready to use it again. That is why I have to say, When we talk about Jesus the Son of God, how God was manifested in the person of His Son, it is essential that we realize, God did not become a man. Let us just speak it the way the Bible shows it. We have too many who want to make it sound like whatever pleases the other people is OK, but the Bible shows us, not that God became a man, but that God was manifested through the flesh of His only begotten Son. Is that not what the Bible says? Did He just go hocus-pocus and there was some flesh? No, He was manifested in and through the person of His Son. That is the only way that God Jehovah, the Elohim, He who always was and always will be, the intelligent one, the omnipresent one, the all powerful one, was revealed to mankind. He had brought forth His Son for the sole purpose that He Himself, at a certain time of the Son’s life, could come down (as it is expressed in Matthew 3:16-17), and make His abode in Him. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”. From then on, the Father manifested His deity-ship, His power, His attributes in and through the Son. At no time did God leave the universe though, because He, being a sovereign, omnipresent spirit, fills the universe at all times. If He is omnipresent, (and we know He is) He is everywhere all the time. He is sovereign, and unlimited, but He chose this to be a means because this man that He is now placing the fulness of His attributes in, His deity-ship in, is not a sinner like the rest of mortal mankind. He is a perfect man, born without sin. Therefore the Son of God became a man in physical stature and was baptized by John the Baptist according to the plan of the Father; and then the Father anointed Him by placing all the fullness of Himself in His Son. Let me say this to you, God, which is known as the Father, did not become a man. Neither did He who was to be born as the Son of God, ever become God Himself: He just simply had all the fullness of the most High God abiding in Him and expressing Himself through Him. You do not find the Son of God talking any other way. It is doctors of divinity in the Gentile world that absolutely climb the tree and use their ecclesiastical education to make things sound fantastic. I am trying my best to bring it out of all this bewilderment and confusion and help someone that is looking for an answer. I will say this, Jesus, as we know Him, before He was born of virgin birth, some have to ask, where did He exist? He existed in the mind of the Father. Yet we have those that insist that He was up there as a person before all time. No Brothers and Sisters: He was not anywhere as a person until the day He was born to the virgin Mary. That was His beginning as a person. In the first place, let me ask this question, If God is the Creator, (and we know He is) then what was Jesus supposed to be doing up there for thousands of years? Do not tell me He was up there before all time, when you are not able to tell me what He was doing? He was already in the mind of the Father, chosen and predestined before God created anything. God had already designed this era of time we are living in with Him in mind, but he was still just a thought in the mind of the Great Creator, that would be manifested in due time. God had designed the earth and then judged it; and has been redeeming it through time. He redeems it and bring it back out of that chaotic judged state. Then He puts a man here to repopulate the planet earth and to subdue it and have dominion over all other things pertaining to earth. Yet God knew that man Adam would make the wrong choice when he was tested. I was asked the question one time, Bro. Jackson, if God at one time made man perfect, what came about that caused Him to sin? You do not realize what all is involved. God did not make the man to sin, but He made man capable of making a choice. If He did not make him able to make a choice, then He did not make him a free moral agent. Do you understand that? If He had made him a robot, just to choose one thing, to do one thing, to live one way, then where is the response He is looking for in His family? What else can a robot do, other than what it is programed to do? We just have to say this, The Son of God, when He was born from a virgin womb two thousand years ago, that took Him out of the mind of the Father and brought Him forth as a manifested word that took on flesh. That is why it says in St. John, And the word was made flesh. It was not that Jesus was the WORD, the word that made flesh was the word of God the Creator. Yes, when the thought originated with God, His mind is sovereign, so as long as that mind, that thought was there, it was God, because it took God to think that thought. But when the time came that God separated that thought from His mentality and expressed it in the form that He had foreordained it to be, now we have God’s thought being expressed. Do you follow me on that? We find that it is God’s only begotten Son; and I have already explained why. It was because God had placed the cell of Life in the womb of Mary, and allowed His Son to be born into this world like all other boys and girls. Adam was a created son, but Jesus was a begotten Son. I am sure you everyone understand the difference between the two sons. Jesus was born of woman, but had none of her genetic traits, because she did not furnish an egg for him: she furnished all necessary nutrients for his development, but did not transmit any genetic substance. At this time I want to take you back to where we were this morning. I read where it says, Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear forth a Son, and thou shall call His name Emmanuel, meaning God with us. But we realize in Isaiah 9, starting in the 6th verse, this is referred to also. The other one is in the 1st chapter of Matthew, and it is referring to how His name would be looked to in His first advent, but when we go to the 9th chapter of Isaiah, we see this. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God.” Notice again, the name, but we have to understand how that name came to be that. This is when He comes to be King of kings and Lord of lords and He will fulfill this role. But we can say this, When He comes in His glorified, immortal body, He is not coming to be a prophet again, to be a Savior again, He is coming to be King. This is when that kingly attribute of God the Father is going to be expressed in His Son, so that His Son can become the King of all the earth. Brothers and sisters, the Bride of Jesus Christ around this world, you are going to be part of that beautiful picture and it behooves us to have in our minds a little concept of what we are being made like unto, and for what reason. We are going to be the wife, but in what relationship? When this body we have is changed into immortality, then I have to say, God is going to impart into us, this immortal person that we are, knowledge, authority and all that we need, to fulfill our part; and all of that is depending on how faithful we have been to this calling during this period of time we have been called a child of God. The point is, for us to see how He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace, and so on and so forth. Is that literally the name that people will use when they walk up and speak to Him? Will they say to Him, Good morning Counselor? That is not it at all. It is the fact that they see God represented and manifested in and through Him. It takes that for Him to fulfill all of that. Now with this in mind, let’s look at this thing that gets people so carried away. Especially the Trinitarian minds that want to put Him up there before all time, before there was a star or anything. They put Him with the Father in creation. As I have said, I just have to ask, Then what was He doing? Was He just a little fellow? Here we come to the Son, if He is called the Son of God, at what time in eternity did He come into existence to be called the Son of God? By what means? Was He literally born by some means at another time? There is a lot to think about when people try to make the scriptures come down on their human level and materialize them. They get involved in a lot of carnal thinking. You cannot show me one place in the Bible where anything, not one star, not one asteroid or anything was created by Him. As I talk like this, keep in mind the fact that it was the New Testament apostles that wrote the biggest part of the New Testament that gives us the last answer. That is where the revelation, as it unfolds, progresses to development, to the objective and purpose that God has sent it forth for, in this dispensation of Grace where this all will materialize. With that in mind, go with me to St. John’s gospel.

 

 

EXPLAINING JOHN’S STATEMENT

 

John was the only apostle that wrote anything in this fashion. I am reading from the King James version, the English translation as the early translators translated it into the English language and we know they were all Trinitarians. Therefore certain phrases speak what the translators thought, how they looked at it. Well let me read this. I am going to read from the King James. (John 1:1) “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”Now keep in mind what we are dealing with, and look at that English word, “word.” I am going to ask you, try to imagine, In what form was the Word? Was it a person standing there? The Trinitarians will say yes. But God the Father is not a person. Oh they want to climb a tree when you say that, Now see, he has gone wild. No, I have not gone wild. God is a sovereign Spirit being, but not a person. When you refer to a spirit being, you take it out of a form, because a spirit has no viewable form. God does not exist in a form. He is a being that fills the universe. He is everywhere. He is not a person. Look up the word “person” in your dictionary. See what it means? First it says A living human being, then goes on to say it is something that has a form or shape, it is an object that can be seen or described. Therefore I have to say, Anyone ought to know, that before a word can be spoken, it has to first be a thought, does it not? So, in the beginning, at what time was this beginning we are talking about? Are we going back fifty billion years ago before the planets ever were made? No. This is going back to the beginning of the era when God is going to bring man on this planet. This does not go back beyond that, to the prehistoric world. When I say that, some people will say, Oh that crazy Jackson, who does he think he is? Well I challenge you who think like that and ask, Did you know those days in Genesis 1:2-3 were not days of twenty four hours? It starts out in the 2nd chapter, verse 4, saying, “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.” He called it generations, did He not? You certainly cannot take a day of twenty four hours and refer to it as a generation. You may think this is unrelated to proper understanding, but I am saying in this, where God is bringing the planet earth back, redeeming it out of that judged, chaotic dark stage, out of the void condition, you have to realize He is redeeming it, getting ready to activate it again, so that life can be brought forth and function here once again. What looks like to the natural, carnal mind as a creation, is actually a redeeming process as far as the earth itself is concerned. Let me now take that to Revelation 3:14, when Jesus is referring to John on the Isle of Patmos. Did you know, you and I are the people of the Laodicean Age? How many will accept that? This is the Laodicean Age; and we have already had the angelic messenger of this age. Right? Here, Jesus is appearing to John on the Isle of Patmos. “And unto the angel of the Church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” That is not talking about the prehistoric world. He is the beginning of what we call the new creation of God. As we go along in this, I am going to show you why He is. He (Jesus) is God’s means of how He (God) is going to bring this planet earth and fallen mankind out of His judged sinful state they have been in for hundreds of years. If the Bible winds up saying, Behold there was a new heaven and a new earth, does that mean that God the Creator made a new planet? You know it does not. Well then, how come it says new? It is the way He has redeemed it and regenerated it, through the redeeming process of Christ living here, ruling here, restoring laws, things that fallen man had thrown away. That is why Paul could say in 1st Corinthians the 15th chapter, God has delegated unto Him, the authority to rule and restore, to bring back to the earth everything the earth has lost from its righteous state. That is why He will rule for a thousand years, sitting in Jerusalem. The population of the earth then, will go to Jerusalem once each year to worship the King. (Zechariah 14:16-17) It sounds like millions will do that, but it really does not mean that. I will put it this way, As the planet begins to multiply and populate, after awhile it would get next to impossible for every individual to do that, so then, these nations of people will pick representatives to represent them to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Saints this thousand years is definitely going to be a redeeming process, restoring all that has been lost since sin entered the picture. When the end comes, when you have the great white throne judgment, (We brought this in this morning.) He is absolutely going to destroy every grave, death, and hell will give up the dead, and that is the wicked that are being held there, and they will all be judged by the things found written in the books. When that process is completed, what does that do to the earth? There are no more graveyards, because none are needed. There is no more hell, because it has been done away with. All the wicked are cast into a lake of fire, (There is no one there yet.) My point is this, How was this all done? Did the Father make a new planet? He did not. He delegated authority into the Son, He who is the beginning of the creation of God, so it is not talking about a new star or a new moon. He is the very means that God has instituted His divine power through to redeem this planet, bring it back, restore it back into a divine relationship to God, so that there will be no more sin nor any traces of sin. When this redeeming process is over, we can say this, He is the beginning of a new creation by redeeming, reconciling, restoring back to a proper sinless state of existence. Then that is why Paul could say in 1st Corinthians 15, Then shall the kingdom be delivered back up to God the Father. Now this is the part that I want to discuss with these theologians. You make Him who is called by you, The Word, standing there by The Father’s side before all time, so I say to you, Then tell me what He was doing? You cannot! You just make it sound that way, but it was not that way. I can show you by the scriptures where He is going to be when the Millennium is over. The Bible says this, that is when we see a new heaven, a new spirit realm around the earth. That has nothing to do with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, nor any other of those that are out there. Jesus has nothing to do with that. All of His potential activity is right here on this planet where sin developed. What did sin affect? Man. So that is the thing we have got to see about this thing of creation. I am saying this, At least Dr. Scofield does put in the footnotes, the English word “Word” taken from the Greek text, means logos. Well then, when you go to logos, what are you dealing with? Are you dealing with a person? You are dealing with a thought, You are dealing with the source of human reasoning. That is why even Dr. Scofield said, in the Greek logos, or the Aramic memra, that word sounds like memory, is the capacity to think, also used in the Targum, or in the Targum, it is the Hebrew, which means a thought. So I am saying this tonight, These people that want to put Him there with the Father before all time, before there was a star or anything, then I have to say, It is only their theology, their reasoning. It is very strange that they get out of the Bible, that He existed like this, but they cannot tell you what He was doing. I am going to take you to what the apostle Paul said about it. That is why I said all along, Any time you take one verse of scripture and try to make the whole Bible line up with that, if you cannot place that in a finished picture, so you can see it in a finished state, you are going to get lost in the process. As we look at this thought, the word, I have to say, Before God even started dealing with the planet, bringing it out of the dark ice age, the prehistoric world, God first had a plan. I am glad He did have a plan for all ages. Now let us go a little further with this thought. John said, “and the Word was with God.” If it is a thought, it cannot be anywhere else but with God. You see this building you are sitting in? The original building, I drew the plans for it back in 1967. At that time we did not have to have an architect. I was just a little country boy that drew them up myself and took them to Indianapolis to the Board of Commissioners. The man in charge said, Reverend, I wish all the plans brought in here were this good. Well I never thought I was a good designer, but I drew the dimensions, the depth of the foundation, everything. Until I put that on paper, that was in my mind. I could say, well we are going to build a church building, but if I did not tell you what it was going to look like, you could have said, Well it is in his mind to build it, but we don’t know what it is going to look like, until it becomes separated from his mind. Once I put it in a drawing, then I have separated it from my mind and it can be seen. When they approved it in Indianapolis and we brought it down here and we all went to work on it, then I can say the original building was first conceived in my own mind. That is exactly what we are talking about right there. Now, that thought was with God, and that thought was God, where else could it originate? It could not originate anywhere else. Now I want to show you how the apostle Paul looked at this.

 

OPENING UP A MYSTERY

 

Go with me to Ephesians the 1st chapter. Keep in mind, John, the apostle who wrote about this plan of God in his gospel, was a Jew. Paul was also a Jew. Who was his apostleship to be to? You and me. Right? Now we will let Paul talk and explain this word. Paul goes at it from this standpoint in the 3rd verse of chapter 1 in Ephesians. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (He is giving all attention to God the Father, isn’t he? Who is He? He is the Creator. All things came into existence by Him and through Him and for Him. Then Paul goes ahead to say..) who ( referring to the Father) hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. According (Now he puts conditions there.) as He (meaning God) hath chosen us in him (In who? In Christ, when?..) before the foundation of the world, (That is not talking about the prehistoric world. It is the beginning of our era. Don’t come up to me and tell me you existed there also, I will say to you, Get out of here with that kind of talk. The only way you existed was in the mind of the Father. You were a part of His finished picture in His mind, before He even started doing anything. It is important that we read this down through here because we are reading from the writing of a Jew that had a revelation of how to point us pagan Gentiles to believe in something we had never been taught before.) that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: (All of this was foreordained in the mind of God to be brought about through Christ in due time, before time started for us. That is how we have to look at it.) Having (having is a word that expresses a decision was made) predestinated (God, by His foreknowledge, saw you and me before we were ever fashioned in this earth. The God that I serve knows all things. What has been going on has not been something that is just thrown out here, and God has been watching over it to see what would take place. God saw this whole picture from beginning to end. So having predestined, foreknown, notice now, His point of making a decision. Having predestined, means He has come to a conclusion, He has finished His thought by looking at us, to place us in a pointed relationship.) us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ.” The word by here does not mean Jesus did it. God has done it through Him being the means. That is where many times the translators missed it, when it says that God has created all things by Jesus Christ. He did not create the planet earth by Jesus Christ. He did it Himself. You can not say God is a Creator, then turn right around and say, but the Son did it. How many realize doctors of divinity and religious teachers have messed up this picture for centuries? We have got to get a picture in our own mind that we can understand on the human level. I can say it like this, Before there ever was anybody, God first thought about a plan. So He predestined us, to be what? Donkeys? No. To obtain the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ. It is God adopting us back to Himself through His Son. Well what does the Son have to do with it then? God is going to send the Son forth to become a Savior, a life giver. Let me say this, It was not a matter of Jesus coming down here from heaven and making the choice to save you. (We have already explained how Jesus got here; and once He was grown, He did not walk up and down the road of life and say, I will save this one, and let that one go to hell. All this was in the mind of the Father. “According to the good pleasure of His will.” Now don’t tell me God sat down one day and He had a headache and He was all messed up. That is carnal thinking. I believe, as He looked at His picture, He had a plan. He looked straight through to the end and it pleased Him. In that, He was going to designate certain things to be, then He designed for certain things in the finished picture, to come through a certain process, but in the end results, it was all His choice that has accomplished it. “To the praise of the glory of His grace, (That takes it out of the plurality of minds. One mind thought all of this.) wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Beloved picture, as God thought it.) In whom we have redemption through His blood, (Now here is what is meant, it was through the shedding of the blood of His begotten Son, that God was going to accomplish this, to appoint us to become adopted sons and daughters of God.) the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (God is a merciful God.) Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (Meaning understanding. God does not ask you to go to college to learn this, He just asks us to have His Spirit in us, then be willing to let God take our mentality and break it down and put in us a picture of what He has designed. I will say this, Before He even spoke to bring the planet out of that judged state, God had first designed this whole plan for the ages. How many understand? Predestination was linked to His foreknowing the end before the beginning. He saw the whole picture, He saw the whole process. He saw what decision every person would make Therefore in the mind of God, it was already a finished picture, and He would do this and accomplish this by and through the means of Him sending a Son, His only begotten Son. He had to first be in His mind, then once that was in His mind, God delegates Him as being the means by which He is going to reconcile and redeem all this terrible sinful state, and lift some of us up out of that, back to Himself. Jesus first had to be a part of His thoughts. Then you and I had to be a part of that also. He also saw us to the end.) Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, (This was foreordained, and was prophesied by the prophets of old and in the Psalms. That is why Paul could say how that God had made known to him the mystery. But when we take this and go on down, notice this 9th verse, if we are a product of the mystery of His will, then it is according to His good pleasure. In other words, do not argue with God, He knows what He is doing. I am glad God took me out of the corn field, when I was a little old human mind that did not have my senses in tune with Him, and changed me completely. I never did want to be too religious. I have said a thousand times, God forgive me for ever thinking like that. When He did save my soul one day, He put a hunger in me and a desire in my heart to look at this book and see what it really says. You don’t learn it in a day’s time, but you have to start somewhere. The point is, He is doing this according to His good pleasure. Notice, He did not sit down and talk it over with the trinity bunch first. Notice what else it says…) according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.” He (God) did the choosing, He designed it. Now please do not be telling Him He needs to change His mind. Cannot God do as He pleases? I am glad, that when God designed this whole thing He had you and me in mind. Let us go on down to the 11th verse. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him (meaning God) who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” Follow my expression, Before God said, Let there be light; and then separated the light from the darkness, and so on and so forth, God already had a completed plan in His mind. That finished plan made it necessary for Him to bring this earth out of its previously judged state. He did not do this, and then after He got it done, say, Let me see now, what I want to use it for. He already had a plan. That is what I want you to understand. He would need a new earth, but He did not make another planet, He brought the earth back out of that judged, chaotic state and put life here again, but life this time was different than the prehistoric life that existed. We know what happened back then, but that was known to God before all time also. All of this goes to show, God did all this after the counsel of His own will, His ability to make a choice, make up His mind, I will do what I want to do, and you theologians can go hang yourself, it is my business. (Says God, but this is my words) That is what Paul is saying about this word. So Paul could say you and I were absolutely chosen in Him before the birds started chirping. I like that. I have to say, that is when that logos in the plan of God begins to take on a position in this glorious plan of His. But God first brings forth His created Son Adam. He starts man out sinless and gives them a perfect garden where there is no sin, but total peace, but left him capable of making a choice, because it was God who made a choice, and because He knew what our choice would be, He therefore knew exactly how to predestinate us. He knew exactly the thoughts we would have, the choice we would make, and He knew how to go about His plan. All this was designed by God before the sun even rose the first time. Once God began to project out of His mind into activity, creation started. That is why I can see Christ where He said over in Revelation, He is the beginning of the creation of God. He is the means by how God has chosen to redeem and reconcile this sinful planet, and sinful people out of that state, renew the people and renew the earth. That is why this earth must be ruled by a man who sits with all the attributes of God imputed into Him. No wonder then, when the Millennial period is over and that last judgment is set, after the power of God that has been delegated to His Son has been used to redeem all things, the Son then (we could say…) returns all power and authority to the Father, that God may be all in all. This is after His immortal Bride has sat with Him, to rule and reign for a thousand years. This is exactly how the creation realizes redemption. Can you understand, it is redemption? You are going to be part of it if you are in the ranks of the bride. It is not that you are making another planet, but you are helping renew the earth by establishing new laws and authority, and in the end, judging everything that is in the grave and that is in hell, and that is cast away. What does that make the earth then? It is a new heaven and a new earth, is it not? When the Bible says a new heaven, get your eyes off of Mars. Did you know, there is not a man on earth today that can determine the destiny of Mars. Scientists can tell you where every one of those little specks are going to be a million years from now. Why? Because when God put them out there in space, everything functions precisely according to His plan. He does not need help out there. How many realize that? That is not the devilish world we are a part of. When Jesus said, Whatsoever you bind on earth, I will bind in heaven, is He talking about something out there on Venus? No. He is talking about the spirit world, that spirit sphere around this planet earth. That is where the devil and all his imps are. That is exactly where Christ is sitting on the throne right now. I used to think that anytime you talk about heaven, you are talking about something way beyond the stars. No. If you think like that, that is why I say, You are just star gazing. As long as you think like that, that is exactly what the devil wants you to think. The truth is, you do not have to worry about how that out there functions because God knows exactly where every one of those things are, and when He put them there, He had no intention of allowing the devil to mess them up. Right down here, is where the devil was given an opportunity to work again, because this is where he made a choice before, right here on this earth. Therefore I want to emphasize the fact, a new heaven and a new earth, does not pertain to the celestial bodies out there. They are in no need of being made new. Then when you turn to Revelation 22, what did John see? Behold I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away. Did he mean that Mars and Jupiter and all that have taken their flight? No. He is not talking about that at all. He is talking about this planet earth and this atmosphere around it, this sphere around the earth where spirit activity is. What did He say about the earth? There was no more sea. I like to talk about this. Oh Bro. Jackson, you are not a scientist. I know I am not, and you are not either, so do you wonder what John saw that caused him to write it that way? There has to be a logical explanation. That is why I believe, in the plan of God, one day when Jesus is delegated and He is manifested from the heavens, He will come to receive His Bride, and then, in process of time we are going to come settling back down here to begin that long Millennium period. I believe as He is the Redeemer, to redeem this planet back to the eternal Father, I believe during that thousand year reign there is going to be a magnetic pull of all this water. Two thirds of the earth’s crust is covered with it now, but I believe, before the ark, before the flood, there was no such thing as giant oceans. There were lakes and river streams of course, but if it rained forty days and forty nights, where did all that water come from? It plainly refers to the fountains of the deep, and that does not apply to a hole in the ground. It pertains to all that water out there in space that formed a vapor barrier around the earth. That is where the rain came from that brought about the flood of Noah’s day. Had sin not entered the picture and had God never had to curse the earth with a flood, that water would still be out there where it was before the flood. After this six thousand years, had there been no need for a flood, this earth would have been completely repopulated, and you would see beautiful vegetation everywhere, you would have had no storms, you would have had no oceans in the sense we now have them. This planet earth would have had a perfect climate. I hope you understand what I mean. So it was an act of judgment that brought all of that out of here and put it down here. If that Millennium reign is going to be a redeeming re-creating process, bringing about a new earth wherein there is no more sea, I believe God has a way to draw that water back up there without Him having to ask these long haired scientists to help Him. He will not be saying to them, Now are you gentlemen going to agree with me? Did you ever watch the sun at a certain time of the day, how it draws water? I know many of you have. Well if it can draw enough water back up, so that it can rain a few hours later, just think what a change you would see when the sun starts drawing water and it lasts for a thousand years. How many can see now, that redemption comes about as a result of a righteous rule? God has a right to rid from the earth a curse that was brought here by judgment. If at one time it was frozen up in ice and He got rid of the ice, then I believe that by a thousand years of righteous rule with righteous saints ruling, and the knowledge of the Lord covering the earth as the waters that cover the sea, then I believe no scientist has to make a giant water pump. God just uses the elements of nature to pull it all back out there and puts it right back as a vapor barrier. Then as the planet earth goes into the eternal age, that will be worlds without end, for a new heaven and a new earth. I really do not know why I got off onto that subject tonight, but I will have to say, If Christ is the beginning of the creation of God, it has got to be the means to bring about the redeeming of all that has been judged, so that we have a new creation. It is not creating another planet at all, it is the redeeming process on the things He has the capability of initiating and completing. Go with me now, to Ephesians 3. The reason I like the way Paul brings this out, he is the Jewish apostle that has the revelation to lay a foundation in the spiritual mentality of a Gentile people, that we would be able to know what God has designed before time and how slowly this comes about and materializes in the lives of the redeemed. Paul is saying here in the 3rd chapter, as he is telling again about this mystery, how that in other ages it was not made known, and we come to verse 9, Paul begins to explain it like this, “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery (Do you think he is talking to the whole human race? He is not. He is talking about the redeemed family of God. They are the only ones that are going to see it and understand it. All men see what is the fellowship, the world does not want to have fellowship with us, not in what we believe. We believe something they do not want any part of. Saints, you just see yourself sitting there in the pew, but this little congregation is forming a picture of something. You are reflecting a revelation of something the religious world has never had, and does not want. We did not ask for it, but He designed it for those who will receive it by faith. People around the world are listening in, they are hearing something, and many of them are wanting to know what is going on. One of these days the world will find out that we know something they do not know. So saints, let’s live it, let’s be thankful to God for it. In this 9th verse, the apostle Paul is speaking of how God wants us to see what is the fellowship….) of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, (Yes, though it is prophesied in the Old Testament, it was never revealed before.) who created all things (and the Trinitarians say,) by Jesus Christ.” Jesus Christ had nothing to do with the creation of the world. I am reading out of the Hebrew scriptures, the same verse, so pay attention, “And to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery, which for ages has been hid in Elohim, who created all things.” Now tell me, What does that say? It says God Himself created all things. God did not need help. When He designed this plan, He was not saying to the Son, Now Son, do you agree with this? No. There was no Son anywhere except in His great mind. If any of you want to climb a tree because of this, help yourselves, but I have to say, 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 reconcile 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.

Abominations Bring Tribulations, Part 1

Abominations Bring Tribulations, Part 1

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

THIS IS A MESSAGE THAT GOD HAS PUT IN MY HEART. I HAD THIS EXPERIENCE, AND I AM NOT GOING TO RELATE A WHOLE LOT ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THOSE KIND THAT IS JUST VERY UNUSUAL. I AM THANKFUL THAT GOD IS A GOD THAT CAN STILL SPEAK TO A MORTAL MAN IN MANY WAYS TO CAUSE THE MAN TO UNDERSTAND HIS WORD.


This experience happened Tuesday night, actually it was into the Wednesday morning hours from 4:00 until 5:30, somewhere in there. I don’t know what it was, I am not going to try to explain it, other than, In Matthew 24, certain verses have been on my mind for several days, the way they are worded. Also Luke 21, how some of the similar scriptures are worded. I want to say at this time, I have here what they call the Dr. Scofield Bible. Dr. Scofield has stated that the statements in Luke 21 were fulfilled in the days when Jerusalem was besieged by the Romans and torn down and such. But he stipulates that Matthew 24, starting in verse 15 down through 22, is reserved for our day, what he calls the great tribulation. But as I read these same scriptures, I came to the understanding that Jesus did not make these statements at different times. There could be many men around Him when Jesus spoke these things out in a complete order. It is just like Matthew 13. In Matthew 13, is the only place in any of the gospel writings that all seven parables, the way Jesus spoke them, match up to the seven church ages of Revelation. You will see these same parables spoken of, but always in a scattered way. However the more I read Matthew 24, verses 15 and on down, (I had used this scripture back several months ago. I believe I titled it, Do You See the Picture. We were dealing with tribulation.) the more convinced I am, that they all go together. A lot of these doctors of divinity have wanted to put off these things, saying they will be fulfilled in the great tribulation period which is yet ahead, because they take it from Revelation chapter 7, starting in verse 9 I believe, when John saw the great multitude in heaven. I will say to you this morning, as this experience started with me, I was asked the question, (I do not know who or what the being was, so don’t even ask me about that. I could hear a person standing in front of me, but I did not see his face. He was saying, Would you please explain Matthew 24? and he gave me the verses, and also Luke 21. When I began to explain to him how I looked at these verses of scripture, I could hear myself saying things that I had never thought about saying. The words just came floating out of my mouth. Ever once in awhile that person would say, Wonderful. That is all he would say, one word. I would keep explaining. As I kept explaining those scriptures, I would hear that same voice say, Magnificent. All this time I am hearing myself saying these words to him in explaining these two passages of scripture, and I became aware that I was saying words I had never even thought about, especially that I would ever be saying them. Well to cut that part short for now I will say this, When I did wake up to the full knowledge that I was awake, my mind was already programmed. Therefore I want to say this, God has many ways to speak to mortal man. My mind was programmed exactly, as to what to say. Now you are going to sit here and hear me relate these words; and I am going to leave it up to you, to see if it they really do make a picture to you.

 

 

READING THE SCRIPTURES RIGHT


Turn with me to Matthew 24. I am going to be doing a lot of scripture reading. I have to, to show you the continuity. Keep in mind though, Matthew was a disciple at the time Jesus spoke these things, but Luke was not. When you look at the headings of Luke’s writings, the historian that collected it and put it together, estimate the writings of Luke could have occurred somewhere in the year 63 to 67 A.D. The way Dr. Scofield and different ones have always made it, what Luke wrote was spoken by Jesus at one time, but what Matthew wrote was spoken by Jesus at another time. It was not. You might say, How do you know Bro. Jackson? It is how Jesus spoke certain words. There is where it lays, a certain word is the key to the whole thing. That is why we have titled this, Abominations, (a plural word) brings Tribulations, also a plural word. Let us now start reading; and I want you to pay attention as we do. When it comes to the 15th verse, Jesus is speaking at that time to those disciples who were alive right then. “When ye therefore shall see (Notice, Jesus is referring to something.) the abomination (Notice that word, it is not in the plural.) of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in (or existing in) the holy place, (Notice what he says.) whoso readeth, let him understand.” At the time those words were spoken, there was no history that the disciples of that hour could have gone to for any reason. How many realize that? Then He said in verse 16, “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” There is no way Dr. Scofield or anyone else can make this point to the book of Revelation. Those conditions were never described in the book of Revelation, as they would have been if it was to be applied there. Keep that in mind as we continue. “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, (That is not talking about the rapture.) neither on the sabbath day: (That is still not talking about the rapture. Notice verse 21, though.) For then shall be great tribulation, (That is singular.) such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days (He is not pointing to Revelation 21 or 22 nor 19.) should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Let us now turn to Luke 21, written by a man who became a disciple many years after the beginning of what we are reading here, was spoken. If you read Luke’s introduction, he plainly tells you how he acquired the information he recorded. He conferred and talked with many of those who had been disciples, and that is exactly how he collected his information. In verse 20, notice that Luke is describing words which Matthew never described. “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, (You do not find that in Matthew’s writings. Nevertheless we must understand that Jesus said it all at the same time. It is just what the particular man has remembered, what struck his conscience as important. You may not catch the significance of it until we get further on, but you will. Notice now, how Luke records this.) then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea (Here, he has the same words that Matthew did.) flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. (Notice now, how Luke writes this.) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, (Matthew recorded this.) and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. (That is definitely not pointing to Revelation 19.) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: (That is not a picture at the end time.) and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” That has happened ever since the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. You can see almost the same things in Mark. I am saying at this time though, What Matthew said, and what Luke has said years later, as he acquired the information he recorded, you have got to put it all together, because it was all said at one precise time. Now I want to show you something else. In Matthew Jesus said, When ye therefore shall see the abomination, Luke said when you see armies gathered around Jerusalem. What was Jesus implying, when you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel? The word abomination is in the singular. That is important. When I take you back to Daniel , chapter 9 where we get this prophecy, you find here the whole context of it. Daniel was being dictated to, how to write this. The angel is telling Daniel in verse 27, “And he (meaning the man of sin) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (That is not even mentioned in Matthew 24 or Luke 21. There is a reason.) and in the midst of the week (nothing like that is said in…) Matthew 24 or Luke 21) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, (nothing like that in either Matthew 24 or Luke 21) and for the overspreading (Now the word takes on a plural term.) of abominations (How many see that? So the word abomination is spoken of in the plural, but Jesus only spoke of it in the singular.) he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” When you go back to Luke, he said this, Verse 23, “But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, (That happened in 70 A.D.) and shall be led away captive into all nations: (I have this history.) and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” That was ended in the Six Day War of 1967. Saints, I just pray that I can bring this out the way I see the picture, as it seemed like in my experience I was describing Matthew 24 and Luke 21, how they have already been fulfilled. If you would just take what you see written in Matthew 24, and then all of what you see written in Luke 21, and write it all in a continual flow, you would have one direct message spoken by Jesus. You would get almost the same details in Mark, all spoken by Jesus, pointing to one particular era of time that was coming. In Luke’s writing, when you see Jerusalem compassed with great armies, then is when he said, he warned them in the country, on the house top and so forth. I just said to Bro. Allen and Bro. Bud the other night, Are you telling me that just because Jesus spoke that the way he did, all those disciples were to just sit there on their haunches and wait until they looked over the walls one day and there was the Roman army all around them? That is stupidity first class. Let me prove it to you. If we had known sixty some years ago, that the Japs were going to bomb Pearl Harbor, do you think if they had known that three weeks in advance, there would have been even one ship in Pearl Harbor for them to attack and sink? No sir. That is what intelligence is for. Jesus was giving the disciples a particular picture of all that was going to develop in and around Jerusalem when God does begin to show His displeasure in the Jewish nation. We have to realize then, every one of those disciples, when they begin to hear of this uprising taking place in the land, and the Romans were on their way, those disciples have already registered in their mind’s what Jesus had said. That was all in their memory, so they did not wait to see the finished picture Jesus had explained to them before they began to flee from there. When I read the history by Bloss and Josephus, the whole thing started by three Jewish men, Elizar, Simon, and John. They were all trying to create a disturbance, a revolt. They fought backward and forward with each other, seeking to divide the city politically. When this thing got out of hand for the garrison troops of the Romans that were there, they sent word to Rome, Send us something to put down this revolt. Josephus was a Jewish man, a historian and writer. He remembered the whole thing and wrote it in detail.


WHY THE ROMAN ARMY INVADED JERUSALEM


When Nero heard about the disturbance three men were causing in Jerusalem, he sent word to Vespasian, (who had his garrison in a certain place in Syria) Prepare to move toward Jerusalem and put down a revolt. I was reading Josephus the other day to get all this in my mind, what really did take place. Vespasian sent his son, Titus, to Egypt to bring back two garrisons that were down there. When Titus went and brought back with him those garrisons of troops, there were communications that began to infiltrate throughout the whole Jewish society. As Josephus wrote this history, Vespasian had already began his march southward, heading for Jerusalem. Some stayed and fought against his forces, others fled and went toward Jerusalem. This went on for days. When I read this, I could then see why Jesus spoke that to His disciples. I am persuaded they knew they were not to just sit there until they could see the Roman army out there before they fled. That would have been total nonsense, to think like that. When I read the finished picture of what Josephus wrote, when Vespasian and his troops finally made their entrance around Jerusalem, they immediately set up a moat. Did not Jesus say the day will come when they will cast up a moat against you? What is a moat? It is a parapet, a wall of dirt, rock, stones, and everything else they get hold of. Jesus said, and they will shut you in on every side. What is the purpose of shutting them in? So they cannot escape. Now we can see how to read what Jesus said. He did not speak that to the politicians and the rebels and unbelievers: He spoke it to those true disciples. He spoke of it in the finished sense. If our intelligence, sixty one years ago, had been up to date like they should have been, we would not have had a battleship like the Arizona sunk. Every plane would have been in the air to meet the Japanese. Our navy would have been ready to engage in combat with them. The point is this, Our navy had been brought in, and here was all our mighty battleships in a row, anchored. Destroyers were anchored. Many of the sailors were on leave in Honolulu. It was obvious that our intelligence had not prepared our military. It was different when Jesus said this to His disciples. Please do not think those disciples were sitting there looking over the wall, and saying, Well brothers, I guess we better go. Why did Jesus tell them in the first place? It is for their protection. It is for their safety. In 1968 when our guide took us on the temple grounds, he told us specifically, that the disciples that sat there and heard Jesus say those things, when they had followed Him back over to the Mt. of Olives, and had asked Him the question, When will these things be; and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” The disciples had just said, O Master, look at this beautiful temple, Look at the beauty, the splendor. Well over on the Mt. of Olives, He sat down on a rock and the disciples began to come to Him one by one and ask, When shall these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming and the end of the world? He said, The day will come when there will not be one stone in that temple left upon another. It is a fact, according to Josephus’ writing, that when the Romans finally did gain entrance through the second and third wall, and made their way toward the temple area, the Roman soldiers were so infuriated that even though the Roman leaders had told them, We do not want to destroy their holy place, the soldiers were so angry, they began to throw torches over and hit certain areas that set the temple on fire. Then everything got out of hand. Inside this temple, you have to realize, there was a lot of cedar woodwork. That inner court area, and the inside of the walls, all this cedar wood began to catch fire. The linen curtains and all that likewise. Terrible heat began to generate. All the silver and gold decorations that beautified this temple, began to melt and drip on the stones below. To fulfill the words of Jesus, not one stone in that place would be left one upon another, here is what happened. As soon as the fire died down, the soldiers began to take their spears and battle axes and pry the stones apart and pick out the melted gold and silver. The point is, for then shall be great tribulation. It was a total destruction of Jerusalem. In that siege, when Jesus said, When ye see the abomination, He did not speak of it in the plural as Daniel 9 did, and that is the part that stands out so vividly. He only quoted part of Daniel 9:27. He never said a thing about the week, how long, or anything. Neither did He say anything about the sacrifice being taken away: He only spoke about the abomination that bringeth desolation, and He spoke of it in the singular. So when we begin to see that, it helps us to begin to realize another part of that is reserved for fulfillment in Revelation. I want you to know this, The next time, in Revelation, the city is not destroyed and neither is the temple destroyed. I just want to say this, When I read Dr. Scofield’s notes, how he wanted to take what Jesus said for the days when Jerusalem was destroyed, and the temple and apply it to the book of Revelation, I knew he had missed the mark. He plainly said here in his footnotes, Matthew 24, is for the great tribulation period up ahead. You can read it. That is the way natural historians and doctors of divinity look at it. That is why the word great, great, great, has become so magnified in the minds of people, because they think the term great tribulation is only pointing to that described for the book of Revelation. There has been great tribulation for some, many times through the centuries. That is why I say, The term great tribulation is not pointing to the 70 th week of Daniel every time. Go with me to Revelation 7, where I want to show you something.


FALSE TEACHERS


I have in my possession, an article where some of the charismatic preachers are denying the fact that there is to be a rapture, and calling it false teaching. Here is Hal Lindsay’s teachings. He is one of the big teachers of the modern charismatics in these last days. He says the rapture is not in the Bible. Well now, if he was listening, I would have to say, Hal Lindsay, you missed it. The apostle Peter never said one thing in his writings about a rapture. Think of that. Yet he was an apostle. Neither did James say anything about the rapture. The apostle Paul was the one that described the rapture. He had a unique description of it. I say to Hal Lindsay and all that want to believe him, Hear these words, If you would separate all these people that you see in white and begin to realize not every one in white is just wearing a white robe: some (the true Bride of Christ) are arrayed in “fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints,” Revelation 19:8. John did not see the rapture, but he saw something in heaven in the 19th chapter of Revelation that let him know the bride had already made herself ready and been taken up to be there with the Lord. When you take what Paul saw, in 2nd Thessalonians, and put it with 1st Thessalonians, you have a true picture. Therefore not every person that has white on is to be raptured, just those arrayed in fine linen. They are the bride, and they are the ones that are going to be raptured, regardless of what unbelievers may teach. Now I want to prove that by the Old Testament, because, when you go to Exodus and Leviticus, and see how God described the temple, which was the tent and everything, there was a place inside called the Holy of Holies. That room was not made out of wood: It was made out of fine twined linen cloth. That is different than cotton. That Holy of Holies place, (I ask you) What was it for? When they would bring in the ark of the covenant, which was a type, in which the commandments and the Law and the word of God for that hour was kept, they took it in there and put it on a table inside this Holy of Holies. In there, is where the Shekinah glory dwelt, always over that ark of the covenant in the holy place. That lets us know when the dispensation of the Law was over and God set up a new covenant, a new dispensation, the first and foremost is to gather out of the Gentiles a people for His name, and that will make up the true Bride, the Church of the living God. They will everyone have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them. They will have a revelation and understanding of the word of God that separates them from those that only have white robes. You just do not take fine linen and white robes and put them all in the same category. Each picture speaks specifically of what it is. That is why, in Matthew 27:52, 53, it speaks about where Jesus rose from the dead and many that were in the graves came forth and were seen of many. As I said in another service, I will say again, All of the Old Testament saints came forth from the graves at the time Jesus was resurrected, because Paul picks it up years later as he writes Ephesians, and in the 4th chapter, wrote, He that ascended is the one that descended first into the lower part of the earth. Paul did not say, And He took captivity captive. He took them all. How many understand that? That included David. That is why David had it in the Psalms, he could rest knowing thou will not leave my soul in hell. When Jesus came out of the grave and those Old Testament saints, David was in that crowd. David was in a glorified body, never to return to that grave. The Jews today, can decorate that tomb over there all they want to, but David is not there. Out of the ground, all the way from Egypt to the Euphrates, every Old Testament saint came, no matter what period of time he or she lived in, Jesus took them all out of there. That let Him be the one that conquered death. Death was the power that Satan had over the spirit and bodies of these Old Testament people. Jesus conquered death and hell where they had been in captivity, and in the grave. He took them to glory with Him. Therefore we can say this, Peter did not have it, James did not have it, but Paul did. We have to go with it by the way Paul saw it. Right here is when those white robe saints came up from the Old Testament era, (When Jesus arose). From that time on, true saints have been waiting in a heavenly paradise, until the time of their resurrection. Your Bride saints are up here, and here are the white robed saints. We come on through here, and right here, in the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel, is where there is to be a rapture of the bride. That is when all bride saints will leave this world. That will leave in the ground, all the white robed saints right straight on through until Jesus and the Bride return.

 

THE 144,000 AND THE GREAT MULTITUDE

 

When John sees an angel flying from the east going toward Israel to seal the 144,000 servants of God, that is recorded in the 7th chapter of Revelation. When we come to where he sees them sealed and everything in order, the woman element of Jews, is seen in the 12th chapter, fleeing into the wilderness to get away from the evil forces of the antichrist, and the 144,000 servants of God are ready to go into all nations to preach the everlasting gospel. That is when John sees that great multitude, at the end of that period of time. We are going to read this, because we have to get this word great in our mind’s the right way, because of how it has been used by so many. Rev. 7:9, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, (Not in fine linen: that has to be understood. God’s word has been so constructed, that certain words carry the key to the entire picture.) and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, (They were already there at that certain time: they had already lived their life in their time down here on earth, and that includes all from here right straight on down through, and their spirits are up there in heaven.) and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell down before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, (I want to emphasize this, We know John was still alive in 96 A.D. How many realize that? Therefore when John is allowed in the spirit, to see this heavenly, panoramic scene, that is not according to how heaven looked in 96 A.D. That is how heaven looked in time factor that it represents at the end. Will you accept that? Thousands of those that would be seen there, were not even alive yet in 96 AD. They had not even been born. How many realize that? John was still alive. The scene had to be in a time when all the elders were there, and because John was one of the elders, it could not have been a scene of how it was in 96 AD. There were twenty four elders seen around that heavenly throne, twelve Old Testament patriarchs, and the twelve apostles of the New Testament. John was one of them and he had not yet died to take his position. When this scene was shown, it is shown in a completed picture. How many realize that? One of the elders answered, saying unto me…) What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? (Another elder is asking John, who was an elder of that number once he is there.) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation.” Now let us settle this great tribulation issue. Dr. Scofield, in the footnotes of Matthew 24, refers to this, that this is the great period of tribulation that is to take place in the end time, in the last half of the 70th week of Daniel. That is not true at all, because, if you study the history of Christianity, you learn that it did not reign predominantly everywhere at the same time, speaking geographically. Do you realize that? It started in the Middle East, and it gradually made its way across the Mediterranean into Asia, which was basically Turkey. Then into Mesopotamia, and what we call the Balkan countries. Then in time, the gospel spread in preeminence further and further, going westward. By the time the old world came into the third century, Christendom was already beginning to die out, or fall away. By then it was rising in Western Europe in full preeminence. Therefore it goes to show that this term, great tribulation, is not referring to any one specific time. It is talking about the multiple tribulations that have been effective through time. You can take the first, the second, and the third, and come right on down, when we come into the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition lasted over a hundred years. Thousands of Jews, and thousands of Christians that refused to bow to the dictates of the Vatican, were tortured, mutilated and torn to pieces. It was all people that had not been allowed time enough to live their lives down here and develop them into a fruit bearing lives. As I say these things, you can ask, Well Bro. Jackson, what about a person that got saved two weeks ago, they just received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, what if they were to die? Where are they? Why don’t you just let God take care of that? I have to say though, if you insist that they have to be in the Bride, then when we do come to the point of what the Bride is, how are you going to judge them for the talents they had? How many are listening to me? I hope you understand what I am talking about. Some of these people did not get to live long enough to even know how to let the talents and things of God develop in their lives. The sad part of it is, you and I want to be their judge. It is you and I that want to put everybody there in the bride. Why don’t we just let God do a few things? No matter what we think, it is all going to be fulfilled precisely the way the scriptures are bringing it out. I am not standing here telling you, Well everybody has to live so long with the Holy Ghost before they will be in the Bride. I did not say that. I will say this though, When you start reading the anti-Nicene fathers, and you read some of the terrible ordeals saints suffered back then, it is shocking to see how families were torn asunder by that devilish system. I was reading in one particular book, on the Spanish Inquisition, and when I read that I thought, How could a system called the church of the living God be so devilish, to cause thousands of people to be tortured, mutilated, abused and put to death? They took little children and fed them to animals. Do not allow yourselves to think, that because our histories of today do not go into detail with it all, that those things did not happen. Our educators do not allow our younger generations to know all the past, but what I am describing went on just the same.

 

WHO ARE THESE THAT ARE ARRAYED IN WHITE ROBES?

WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

 

We are living in an age of time like never before, a time when the younger generations of our time really have no idea as to what has taken place in early Christianity. Some of what we teach is hard for them to really understand, because they have had the truth withheld from them. Well God means for believers to know the truth, and to understand. That is why, we try to go into detail when we look at this scripture here in Rev. 7, starting with verse 9, John saw that great multitude up there, before the throne. They were all clothed in white robes, were they not? When John was asked, Who are these, where did they come from? His answer was, Sir thou knowest. The elder then said to him,” These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Not just in the week of Daniel, but right on down through time. Let me say this to you, No matter how this period is going to wind up over here, how could it be any more brutal than it was back in the 1940’s when six million Jews were killed? Did you ever read anything about them? I have. Big semi trucks with an exhaust line going up into the trailer of the semi they were being hauled in, transported them to the burying place. They would take Jews out of the prison places and put them in this trailer as tight as they could pack them. From there, to where they were going to bury them, the carbon monoxide from the gas of the truck put them to death. The military had already dug a huge trench for them to be dumped into. These doctors of divinity that want to assign every mention of great tribulation to the last week of Daniel, are spiritually blind. Matthew 24:21, in no way points to the great tribulation in the week of Daniel. The words great tribulation, fit into a picture that began from the time the Grace Age started, and comes all through here right on to the great tribulation at the end time. It has been the devil’s doings all along. Sure, they are going to kill foolish virgins and they are going kill Jewish people, but by whatever means they kill them, it will not be any meaner than what others have suffered through time. Those that John saw in that great multitude did not all die at once. We have to read this Bible right, and read the history of the past two thousand years, in order to get this entire thing straight in our minds. I am not telling you that every one of you have to do that, but some do have to; and others learn from them. Think about this, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” It is not talking about fine linen at all, is it? That is why, when John did see the Bride, which is described in the 19th chapter of Revelation, He did not see how the bride got there, he just looked and there she was, coming from heaven with the King of kings, to rule and reign with Him on earth. She was clothed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. I have to say, During all these former periods, starting in the first age of Christianity, where martyrdom started, there were Bride saints martyred at the same time others were that fit into this line on our chart. The two lines have run along together all down through time. It is God that gives us these pictures we have as a finished product. As for the word great, pertaining to tribulation, let us stop taking every mention of it and bringing it to apply over here, putting it all over here in the 70th week of Daniel. The Bible does not even read that way. I just want to say, When Jesus said what He did, back here in Matthew 24, (I want to turn to it, in the 15th verse, because it says, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand.” Now every one of you look at me! The disciples He spoke this to, were not even there to see it take place. I hope you are reading the scriptures right. No way, could these disciples have stayed there until the Romans came and fulfilled all this. Otherwise Jesus would not have said it in the first place. “Then let him which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house.” In other words, get out of here! Pray that your flight be not on the sabbath, neither in the winter. All these were His own personal warnings to the disciples. But when we go over to Luke 21, there we can see how Luke said, when you see Jerusalem compassed. That is why I have to say, Take Luke 21, and compare it and line it up with Matthew 24, because Matthew was the disciple that heard the words spoken expressly by Jesus, not Luke. If you catch the two and say one is for 70 A.D. and the other is for Revelation, you are wrong. It is not. It was all fulfilled specifically just the way Jesus spoke it. That is why I have to tell you, the word abomination comes in again. I will show you exactly, by the scriptures. Did you know, the time has come, that every word, how it is arranged, what it carries, whether it is plural or singular, because that many times is where people go wild. When you go to Daniel 12, you see the angel in linen, that is none other than Jesus in angelic form, like you see in Revelation 10, verses 1 through 3. He is the arch angel. He is clothed in fine linen. In Daniel 12 He is standing on the river, which is symbolic of Jordan. Daniel is asking these other angels, what is the meaning of all this, what are all these wonders? Are these signs going to be fulfilled? Then he that is on the water lifts up his hand, both hands, and swares by Him that liveth forever and ever, that it shall be for time, times, and the dividing of times. Then you see what he said. Now he brings in the word abomination. It is in the singular. So that goes to show, in Daniel 9:27 it is in the plural, and in Daniel 12, in those verses, it is singular. In 9:27, it speaks of the covenant and how he broke the covenant in the middle of the week, for the overspreading of abominations. I have to say again, Abomination takes on a different setting. That is the way we have to look at it. You do not have exactly the same type of picture. In the original though, it means excessive hatred, wherein they would seek to deprive the land of inhabitants. I can read right here, but you would get bored if I did, during those days in which that siege lasted, not one New Testament disciple was even in the city, nor near it. They did not even see what happened. It took men like Josephus to write about it, and that eventually became written in histories. I just say to you today, it is time we begin to read our Bible for the end time, and how God causes His little Bride to begin to put the picture together exactly the way we are to see it for the end time, because that makes the difference. Let me read something here. I looked up the word in the dictionary and it does not mean there is something standing there. When you read it in Matthew, it sounds like something standing there. Notice, that it says, When you see it in the holy place, but the disciples were not even there when it took place. Well who or what is this that is seen in the holy place? By the time they could possibly return, the temple was in ruins and Jerusalem nothing but a shambles. It was in the year of August of 70 A.D. on the 10th day that the city finally gave in to its complete fall. The Romans had taken over, completely conquered it then. I read a comparison to Josephus, the historian, and here is the way he recorded it. Exactly on the same day, five hundred and some years prior to that, Nebuchadnezzar had completed his final conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. Think of it, precisely on the same day. Now then, let us see how bad a desolation this was. As we read here, Titus says, “The God of the Jews has fought against them. To Him we owe our victory. The numbers who perished amount to one million.” No wonder Luke said, Then shall be great tribulation. As Matthew said, such as there never was before, nor never shall be again hereafter. He is talking about what happens in Jerusalem will never be repeated again. Yet you have a lot of people say, But Bro. Jackson, if there is going to be a covenant made, so and so. I say to you, and I hope I can bring it out the way I saw myself doing so in this experience. The temple must be built first, before the man of sin can even make a covenant. I have heard doctors of divinity say, Well the pope (antichrist) is going to make an agreement with Israel to build the temple. That is not true. That is just a bunch of tradition. God is going to allow the Jews to take that land one of these days and they will immediately start putting up a temple. As you read in Isaiah 60, the whole world is going to get involved in that. The temple will be rebuilt, and it will be rebuilt just exactly the way it is to be for the Millennium. Jerusalem is going to be in the process. But when it returns again to be abominated, when you read Revelation 11, the man of sin comes in there, he kills those two prophets, for the overspreading of abomination, and he will set himself up in that temple, as Paul said in 2nd Thessalonians, also out of Daniel 11, to show the whole world he is God. He will deny the Jews any occupancy and control of Jerusalem, because Jerusalem will be trodden down of the Gentiles. Read it in Revelation. They will take control of the city for forty and two months. What does that tell you? The Jews will be denied occupancy, control of the temple. So again it is an abomination, but it is abomination of a different nature. How many realize that? It is not ten million Jews killed in the streets of Jerusalem. That is why the woman, which is the spiritual Jews, flees to somewhere that God has already designated as a place for her to be fed and protected. Neither will the 144,000 servants of God be there to experience the abomination, because they will be scattered throughout the nations preaching the everlasting gospel. Who will be there? Only the political Jews. That is what we have to see. Never again, will there be the same kind of desolation, and abomination fulfilled in the Jerusalem area, as you had in 70 A.D. The word abomination, has various applications. In Daniel 9:27 it is spoken of in the plural, abominations that bring desolation. When Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 24, He said, When you see the abomination, singular, existing in the holy place, whosoever readeth, let him understand. Therefore I have to say, We have history, and we have the Bible to read, so let us read all of it the right way. Just because Jesus only quoted part of Daniel 9:27, that causes doctors of divinity to take Luke, and say, That is for 70 A.D. and Matthew 24, is for the future. I cannot stress it enough, They were both fulfilled in 70 A. D. It was all spoken at the same time, but the two men only wrote what seemed to them to stand out. Matthew 24: 15-21, was fulfilled in 70 A.D. Then verse 23, picks up an end time picture, so the rest is spoken for our day.

 

THE RAPTURE OF THE BRIDE

 

Let me now deal with something concerning the rapture of the Bride Church. I do not want to bore you with a lot of reading, but I have to say, The title of this article is, “What is Troubling Hal?” Meaning Hal Lindsay. “He frankly admits God has a lot of good men who don’t agree with him and his views. If what I am receiving in the mail is any indication, he has a right to be troubled. A vigorous percentage of Christians around the world insist Dr. Scofield’s rapture theory is biblically weak and originates from a disturbing source.” I have to say as I read this, It was not time for this type of preacher to give the Bride a revelation, that there is no rapture. Let us look at it in that way. The Charismatic world is never going to have one iota of truth by revelation of the Spirit of God. They are going to have tradition, presumptuous ideas, theocratic understanding, and they are going to be in the same shape that the Judaistic elders were, in the days of Christ. They teach for commandments the doctrines of men, the traditions of men, but the truth of the Bible itself, they do not have. So I am saying this, When he goes into detail here, and tries to tell who is wrong and how it is going to be, not one time does he mention anything about those in white robes that are of fine linen, it is just all a white robe. I have to say to my brothers and sisters, Do not tell me John was just hallucinating when he looked and saw the Bride in heaven. What does he say about it? She hath, past tense, made herself ready. Where? Down here. I have to say that the rapture is going to be just as sure as you and I are sitting here. Going back to Matthew 24, Jesus also says, notice now, Then two women shall be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left. Two men will be sleeping in a bed, one will be taken and the other left. Matthew 24 only records two of those things, but when you go to Luke, he records all three. Now tell me, how do we take the two, and how do we take the three and make it correlate? I have to say, What Luke recorded, whoever told him this order, that meant that much to him. Then shall be two women grinding at the mill, one will be taken and the other left. Two men shall be sleeping in a bed, one shall be taken and the other left. Two will be working in the field, one will be taken and the other left. I have to say, Jesus spoke all three of them. But we can see, not necessarily did every disciple record everything in detail, just in the same order. So here we have come down through the centuries of time, down to this hour. We are not going to be able to look back in obscurity, Well Dr. Scofield said this. We are going to have to have an understanding of what the Bible really says. Therefore I hope you everyone understand this, Matthew 24 and Luke 21, were all spoken at the same time, precisely. It is just the way men have recorded it through centuries of time. When we come down here to the end time, here is where we go to Daniel 12, and here is where we go to Paul’s writing in 2nd Thessalonians. It makes all the scriptures line right up for the end time. Because again, it puts the covenant here in the end time, not back there in Matthew. How many realize that? This little experience I had, begins to let me know there is not one verse of scripture in the Bible that we have had any little misgivings about, that somewhere in the process of time, we are going to know exactly what it means, and how it is related to our time. Let us turn back to Matthew 24. Certain words, the way they are expressed, has caused theologians to jump to conclusions. Jesus, as He was speaking, He was speaking to a living generation of disciples at that hour. As I said earlier, Do not think He said this in Matthew, at one time, then what is written in Luke 21, at another time. It was all said at the same time. It is just that it was recorded by different men, in different periods of time. They do not contradict each other, it is just a case where Luke was writing what he heard from others, and Matthew was writing what impressed him when he heard Jesus speak that day. As you read the two accounts, in Matthew where Jesus is talking about where the carcase is, there the eagles will be gathered together, Luke records the same thing by saying, Wherever the body is there the eagles will be gathered together. Does that mean that Jesus said it different? No. It is just the way men have heard it and how time elapse will cause certain things to be said in a different way. First off, what Jesus says here in Matthew 24, He gives us a complete chronological layout of time from right then to the end time. The only thing is, when He comes to a certain spot, He is dealing specifically with that generation of the Jewish nation and the disciples. The reason I say this, if Jesus knew that God loved those disciples enough that He gave them an indicator, what was that for? It was so they would not be there to taste of that wrath of God. Now if God thought enough about the disciples then to give them a chance to escape and not be there when His wrath is poured out upon that Jewish nation for rejecting Jesus and crucifying Him, does He not have the same love now for His disciples, which are universal, when it comes to the Bride of Christ? That is why He spoke of it in Matthew and Luke. Then shall two be lying in the bed, one will be taken. A lot of people will look upon that and think, Oh that is nothing important. Yes it is. The point of it is, when one will be taken and the other left, what is going on in the world that causes that? I have to say there is a rapture taking place. The rapture is not some universal, dynamic event, here they all come. It is a secret event. That is why Paul spoke of it in 1st Thessalonians exactly like he did. When we do read in Revelation about that great multitude, then we read in Revelation the 15th chapter, those seen upon the sea of glass in heaven: that is those tribulation saints that have been killed through that tribulation period of time; and then, there they stand upon the sea of glass. Those are the first ones that will come out of the ground when He does cause a resurrection to come. You might say, Well why do you say that? Simply because those that have lived through this period of time, and been subjected to all this hell, and then killed by the beast, they are the ones that are going to be raised first, and they are witnesses of the living element of the mortal flesh and the beast and everything that has treated them that way. That is why Jesus said in another scripture, The last shall be first and the first shall be last. That does not mean He has a preference. Keep in mind though, There is nobody from the first age that died, that is going to be resurrected to judge those here in the end time. How many realize that? Each man in his generation will stand in his capacity of judgment. That is the way we have to look at it. A lot of people just want to make it anonymous, but that is not the way God rules and does things. He has a specific reason. As we go back to Matthew 24 verse 15, He is telling the disciples then, and this has no application to you and me whatsoever. That is what the theologians have all wanted to use down through the centuries. They have twisted this thing backward and forward, having no revelation on any of it. I am going to read the footnotes of Dr. Scofield, how he refers to these. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination (Now notice, Jesus never said a thing about a covenant being made. Did He? He never said a thing about the covenant being broken. Did He? And He never said a thing about in the midst of the week, the sacrifice will cease. Did He? That much of Daniel 9:27 was left completely out. When He comes to the part about the abomination. Daniel 27 refers to it as abominations, plural, but Jesus only put it in the singular.) of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand.” Now He comes on down through here and talks about those that lived in that generation of time, both in the land and so forth. Verse 20, “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.” This is not talking about the rapture at the end time. This is talking about all those Jews fleeing and leaving that land as Titus and his army approached. As I said earlier, when we begin to look back into the history, those disciples that had remembered those words of Jesus and had passed them on, a lot of those disciples that stood there and heard this were already dead when the event took place. Some had already been martyred. When it came to 70 A.D. there was still a Church there. There were disciples there, that had believed what had been passed on down to them. Therefore I have to believe they did not just stand around looking over the walls, wondering, When is this going to be fulfilled? They had already got the signs in their mind, and when they began to develop, they got themselves out of there. When we begin to read the history of how this all began to build, it lets us know that when they began to hear in the north, that Vespasian was on the move, those disciples that remembered the words of Jesus, knew that the day was coming soon when Jerusalem would be compassed by great armies. Why wait until that day comes? According to Josephus, the Romans shut them in immediately, all that were still there, so that nobody could escape. That is why I say, When we read God’s Word, we have got to read it right. It has to fit somewhere, but not just anywhere. Do you understand my point? Do you see how people will use words? Verse 21, “For then shall be great (Here we come with that word great.) tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Theologians automatically jump to the end time, because there, is where they feel they have to put it. That is not an end time setting at all. Nevertheless that is the way it has been used. That is tradition. We are not denying the fact that the tribulation period is going to have a very sad end; we are just saying we have to keep each tribulation in its proper place. It is not going to have the same affect at the end, as it did back in 70 A.D. We could put a mark right here on our chart, because that is where this part of Matthew 24, Luke 21, belong. Now the fact is, that Jesus made all these statements at one time, yet when Luke records it, he has a few of the statements in the 17th chapter, and the rest in the 21st chapter. Does that mean Jesus made these at different times? It does not mean that at all. It is just the way the recorders have remembered to record certain things. I hope you understand what I am looking at. When Jesus spoke this in Matthew 24, that is when He said everything that you read about in Mark 14 or Luke 21. It is all the same time. It is not all preached by Jesus in different scattered elements of time. In verse 22, Jesus said, “And except those days be shortened, (That is not looking down at the end, and yet they have done that in tradition.) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Now I want to show you by reading what Jesus was looking at, and as I refer to the history, I am going to ask Bro. Bud to read to you what God, in the wilderness, had told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 28. When He brings you into the land and the day comes that you turn your back on me and you will no longer keep my word, my laws, and my statutes, just as I took pleasure in blessing you, I will take pleasure in cursing you. Then in that 28th chapter, He begins to bring in what He will do to them. I have asked my brother to read Deuteronomy chapter 28, verse 57 and 58. “And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, (talking about a young woman that has just bore a child) and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege (In the siege, that is the point, in the siege. Jerusalem is not going to be in a siege over here (in the week of Daniel). Not in that type of siege. It will be abomination, but that is when the antichrist comes in and breaks the covenant. All you have to do is read it. For the overspreading of abomination, again, a time of excessive hatred. But it is when he sets himself in the temple, denying the Jews the right there, takes their sacrifice away. Then he asks his international troops to step in and Jerusalem will be trodden under foot of the Gentiles for three and a half years, denying the Jews to have habitation or anything. That is the second abomination. But it is not the abomination like we read about here.) and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD.” Now that is why, when you turn to Luke, he records it like this, for these be the days of vengeance, referring to the same period of time, that all things that are written may be fulfilled. I am bringing this out to show you how traditional doctors of divinity, historians and so forth, want to divide the accounts. Some may think we should not spend so much time on this, but if we are going to have a true revelation, we need to get it straight. Otherwise it is not a revelation at all. We just have to realize, when Jesus gave this discourse we see in Matthew 24, it was one long discourse that covered the whole period of time straight to the end. All the other writers who were not disciples at the time, only referred to these things Jesus had said, and they set about to write the things that were told to them, making it appear that Jesus said these various things at different times. It was all spoken at one and the selfsame time, but remember it all started with a question. They are leaving the temple area, the disciples and Jesus, and they just get outside and the disciples are looking at that magnificent building. They are adoring it, talking about its beauty. Then Jesus said, I say unto you, the day will come when there will not be one stone left upon another. No matter how you read Luke or Mark, He said that all on the same day. He goes over to the Mt. of Olives, He sits down on a rock. Then one by one the disciples began to come to Him, tell us when shall these things be? And what is the sign of thy coming? And the end of the world? He starts the long discourse. Notice now, what His next thought went to. Verse 23, this does not pick up the next day, it picks up for your time and mine. “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” That is future tense back then. That is why, when He started this discourse, He said, Take heed that no man deceive you, and He began to give the indicators that many will rise saying I am Christ. False prophets of course. All of this has been going on down through time. When He leaves this, He took the siege of Jerusalem that was accomplished in 70 A.D. Bro. Bud read the prophecy, what God said He would do. But when you take it to Josephus and another history that I have, you learn that food became so scarce, they even took shoe leather and boiled it to make it soft enough to eat. The point is, These be the days of vengeance, not future. That was because God had an anger against that Jewish nation. He knew they had rejected their Messiah, and they are going to suffer for it. He is going to put them in a siege. He is not putting them in a siege again at the end of the age. The Bible speaks of when he has accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, there is quite a difference. How many realize that? That is the way we have got to start reading this Bible and stop reading from a traditional standpoint. Let me show you how traditionists are. I am down here in the footnotes of Dr. Scofield. He has this heading Number 1, “The passage in Luke refers in express terms to a destruction of Jerusalem, which was fulfilled by Titus A.D. 70, (That is what Dr. Scofield says.) the passage in Matthew to a future crisis in Jerusalem as a manifestation of the abomination.” That is not so, that is just the way he uses Matthew 24. When Jesus actually spoke, When you see the abomination that maketh desolate spoken of by Daniel the prophet, He is only using one small part of Daniel 9:27. How many realize that? He spoke of abomination in the singular, not in the plural. Nothing is said about a week of seven years, nor of the middle of the week, taking away the sacrifice, or anything like that. We are going back to Daniel, down in Scofield’s footnotes, because he is referring to the beast and everything, he refers to Matthew 24:25. The expression occurs three times in Daniel. In Dan. 9:27 and Daniel 12:11 the reference is to the beast, the man of sin; 2 Thess. 2:3-4 and is identical with Matthew 24:15. It is not! That is what Dr. Scofield says. Because what took place in Matthew 24 verses 15 down through 22 was fulfilled in 70 A.D. The man of sin was not on the scene. How many realize that? But it was an abomination. It was a total, or complete destruction of Jerusalem, a killing of a million Jews, even to the point they fulfilled Deuteronomy 28:57 and ate their young children. Nowhere else in history does it point to that being repeated again? That is the part I am looking at tonight. We have got to start looking at, and reading this Bible from the standpoint of how these verses of scripture line up, what kind of picture they give. When I think through all this discourse, as Jesus is bringing these things on down toward the end, it says no man knoweth the day nor the hour. Five times He repeats this in Matthew 24 and once in Matthew 25. There must have been an importance for Him to mention that five times. Why did He not say, No man knows the years? He puts it down to the day and the hour. So I have to say those statements have been hanging there in scriptures and they have just been looked over. That was because it was not time for them to be understood, because the living generation of people that is going to see exactly what they mean, was not on earth in former times. Then, when that hour and day does come, I have to say, It will be a wonderful event. This unbelieving church world that don’t believe in the rapture, when we know the shout has already been heard, is pitiful. They do not even know what the shout is. If you preach the shout to them, they will tell you, Go home, you crazy man. Go talk to them about the seals of Revelation 6 and see how they respond. They will think you are a nut case. It all lets me know, a lot of this Bible, the way it is written, is not for the religious people of the world to understand. The prophetic details especially, they just shove it into the background. They will say it is not relevant, it is not that important just as long as you believe in Jesus. The ancient Jews believed some of those things written in the scriptures. They believed in the commandments. They believed in the Law. They thought they were going to be justified by that. When the hour came that the Messiah came on the scene, which was a fulfillment of those things they claimed to believe, they looked at Him and treated Him like He was a devil.

 

SCRIPTURAL ADMONITION

 

When we begin to live and walk with God, and understand these scriptures, how they are related to our time frame, we do not read one and look back, then read the other and look forward, we have to know what was back then, so we will know what is still ahead. By the revelation given us by the Spirit of God, we know some of the scriptures we have been dealing with, have nothing whatsoever to do with the second advent of Christ. When it comes time for the rapture, do you think there is going to be some preacher come on the scene to awaken the church world? Was there any kind of event that awakened the Judaistic believers when it was time for Christ to come the first time? No. But an angel of the Lord came to Zacharias one day in the temple and told him his wife would conceive. Was this announced to the whole Judaistic world? It was not. Then one day when this baby had grown into manhood, out of the wilderness he came; and appeared along the public highway of life where the main road crossed the Jordan River. There stood this strangely dressed character, preaching, and warning, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Why did he not go to Jerusalem? Because the church world of that hour had no insight or revelation whatsoever. No sooner had this man appeared, it began to create a shaking within the social structure of the Judaistic society. As people began to repent and be baptized, they would go to Jerusalem and begin to noise this about. The scribes, the Pharisees, the elders, all had the big head. They did want to go down there and be seen with that crowd, they were all too full of pride. What did they do? They got hold of some of lesser importance and said to them, Go down there and ask that character who he is. You know what the scripture says: John looked out over the heads of some of that crowd and saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees that had come to his baptism and said to them, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” When he asked that, Who told you to flee from the wrath to come? He knew exactly why they were there. He just answered them, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make His paths straight. I can say this, We are living in an hour of time when the Bride Church knows how to put many of the prophecies together to see a picture of what is ahead, but does this charismatic church world know how to link them together? They absolutely do not, and they never will: They will just keep on with their tradition. We are not sitting in here, looking back to tradition and thinking that is going to be our ticket out of here. It is not. God is going to let every one of these scriptures come into a proper time frame for the Bride Church. Any mixed thoughts that are lingering because of the way certain men, later, recorded certain portions of the words of Jesus, will be cleared up by proper teaching. Certain traditionalists have given certain things different interpretations, but the little Bride will get it all straightened out before Jesus comes. Go with me to 2nd Thessalonians. Paul describes the rapture. When we see this rapture in the 4th chapter of 1st Thessalonians, he simply says, For the Lord shall descend from heaven first with a shout. Here is the chronological order, first a shout. Well that is a message. Did Bro. Branham’s message wake up the church world? No. It only got the attention of individuals that began to hear something different and came out of those systems of religion. As time passed the hour came to a time when he brought forth the revelation of six seals. This put him in the category of that wise scribe, according to the seventh parable of Matthew 13. Then we know by seeing the revelation of the seven seals, the seventh one was not broken. He pointed ahead, but when it is broken, he said it has something to do with the sounding of those thunders. When you go to Revelation 10:1-4, it shows you the time has come that the seventh seal has been broken in heaven and now the thunders have got to be seven men on earth that are already spiritually in place. The Lord can speak to and through them. They are going to give the Bride of Christ, which is a universal group of people, those last details of what the Bride Church is to know before the rapture. They (the seven thunders) will all have the same prophetic insight. I will say this, those thunders are going to acquaint the Bride with a time frame. That does not give you a day or hour, or anything like that. It does give you a future time frame and there is no doubt it will acquaint the Bride of that hour with something to watch, in political and monetary conditions, that will let them know the time is right here. That will get those chosen people so they are beginning to walk very carefully. Not running off here and there, thinking, Well I still have time to go do this, I have time to do that. You are going to be so interested in being in the right place at the right time for the rapture, all else will take a lesser place in our attention. The voice of the arch angel is heard. Who is that? There it is in Revelation 10, you see Christ, He is off the mercy seat. It is not Him in his corporal body, it is Him on earth in angelic form. He is dressed in fine linen and a rainbow about His head. He cries with a loud voice and He has an open scroll in His hand. The seventh seal is broken. He cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. What did He cry out? NOW! When He did, Immediately seven voices thundered. That gives the Bride the last prophetic insight just before she is raptured and taken away from here. Then the next thing, I have to say is this, If Jesus was concerned enough about the living disciples then, to tell them what signs, naturally, to watch for, so that they would not be in Jerusalem when destruction and judgment did come, then you hear what Paul says in the later part of Thessalonian letter, Wherefore comfort ye one another with these words, for God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to have victory. Then when we go to 2nd Thessalonians, the 2nd chapter, here is the revelation Paul has. He has gotten word that the Thessalonian church had begun to say Oh, the resurrection can happen tomorrow. They were so excited, they were beginning to plan, manipulate and work things out. That is why Jesus emphatically said, No man knows the day or hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only. That does not mean He is not going to tell the Bride something at a crucial time, when it is important for her to know it. Let us see what Paul says here in the 1st verse of the 2nd chapter. “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him.” What is he actually saying? Let us transpose it into this end time, when time is running out. Brothers, let’s stop saying the Lord could come tonight or tomorrow. I have heard that for the last sixty years since WW2 closed. That is all speculation and assumption, it has no reality to it at all. Paul speaks specifically here, by our gathering together unto Him. What is he talking about? The rapture. All the theologians say, The word rapture does not appear in the Bible. Well they are right, but it does not have to, it is the catching away of the Bride, that we refer to as the rapture, because that is what it means. What Paul says concerning the coming of the Lord and our gathering unto Him, is referring to the rapture, the translation, or the catching away. “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, (Stop the calculating, stop the propagating, stop the assuming.) neither be spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” He gives us here a specific insight as to how to look at that day. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (What day? The day when we meet the Lord in the air.) shall not come, (under no circumstances) except there come a falling away first.” The old traditionalists say that is just apostasy setting in. Well that has been going on for the last sixty years. But the real translation in the Hebrew is, There will come an open rebellion. When people of the world get to the place where they say, Don’t talk to me about religion, that is quite a different thing than what Paul is writing about. In the apostate, religious world, they can still talk about Jesus, they can sing about Jesus and tears run down their face. They have no more revelation and insight about the coming of the Lord than a hound dog. On the other hand, look at America from the political standpoint. You are not allowed to mention prayer in the public places any more. There is now in the world, a very aggressive effort to take the knowledge of God completely out of the human race. What kind of picture do you see then in Revelation 19? You do not see a religious empire beast assembled to meet the coming of the Lord. No. You see a beast that wants to challenge His coming. It is quite a different picture, is it not? It is an open rebellion against the concept of God. I have to say, it is a shame when the world we live in, which at one time was a nation of godly people, now forbids our schools to even mention God or religion, at least the God we know. It is alright though, to let any other kind of hell bound religion come in. We were born in and live in a nation that at one time started out with founders who believed there was a God, a Creator, and they defended that belief. Now we have a society that welcomes any kind of a god, and the devil has a good time with it all. If you say anything against it, Oh that is hate mongering. My Bible tells me there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved, except the name Jesus Christ. there is no salvation given among men through any other name. Not Hindu, Shintu, Buddha, Allah, but by Jesus Christ. We are living in the hour of the falling away. Not apostate religion, but they are falling away from the complete concept that there is a God, and that the world must get ready to meet the coming Lord. This kind of condition had to be present to give you and me a real scriptural background of the fact that we are living just before the second coming of Jesus Christ. As Paul speaks here, “and that man of sin (that is the antichrist, the false prophet, the beast man) be revealed, (He is also referred to as…) the son of perdition.” I have to say, We are not waiting for Hal Lindsay and his kind to tell the world who he is: we already know it is none other than the Roman Catholic pope. No need to think that is far fetched, because that devilish Catholic religion has put people to death through prior centuries of time. When God allowed the Reformation to come, it was started by Napoleon, and was followed swiftly by the different nations of Europe that embraced the Reformation. That is what wounded that papal head.

 

WOUNDED HEAD REVIVED

 

That papal head that was wounded as unto death by the Reformation move stayed wounded as unto death until time advanced to the period of WW2. When WW2 was fought, out of obscurity, here came the pope pushing himself forward. Right now there is an old pope over there, that has built a platform for the future pope that will fulfill these end time prophecies. I want you to know this, In the light of the hour we live in, intellectually, politically, and otherwise, all the signs are rising upon the scene. Remember this though, When that man comes upon the scene, it is going to be timed precisely when there are two Jewish prophets in Israel, anointed to fulfill their ministry in Israel for three and a half years. Those two Jewish prophets, as they minister for three and one half years throughout the first half of that week of years, are going to demonstrate the power of God in the land of Israel. The plagues that they call for, the judgment that is brought about by their ministry, is all designed to show this religious world there is a God that is very alive. Don’t forget, there will have been a war fought, prior to the time that week opens, that will have put that Muslim world in its place. It is going to cause that whole Arab element of Muslims to suddenly align with Israel. As those two prophets come on the scene and begin to demonstrate the power of God for three and one half years, especially the judgment power of God, don’t tell me that old pope is not going to sit over there in Rome watching TV News and get violently jealous enough to kill them. When he sees what God can do, he will know for sure that he himself has no power. As he witnesses the power of God, the spirit of Satan is going to rise within him in such a jealously, antagonistic way, that the only thought he can have, is how to silence those prophets. We are living in a time when the devil has set himself up in all places of human society, governments as well as the business world. This is the day of materialism. Oh we have to send our children to school to get a better education. Why? So we can have more college girls raped, and their bodies left frozen up, in a river somewhere . Hardly a year has passed, that we did not have some beautiful teenage girl disappear like that. Look at this senator out west, that they accused, and they later find the girl’s body in pieces, in a certain park. Never has America lived in a time like this. When did it all start? In the last fifty years. I can remember when Charles Lindbergh made the transatlantic flight. It made him a public figure. Then they had a little baby that was kidnaped. That was an international news item. For many years though, that was the only kidnaping we heard about. Look how it is today, crime, kidnaping, children abused, parents taking their car to the river bank with three children strapped in it and let it fall into the river and those children drown. I ask you, Are we living in a better world today, now that we have an educated society? Not at all. We are living in a nation that has been taken over by the devil; and it is like being in hell. We became worshipers of materialism, the god of wealth, the god of gold and silver. In our institutions of education we learn more of how to live like the devil than anything else. Now we have to separate religion from the state, so they can turn our children into something like a bunch of devils. You are not even allowed to talk about religion to them. It was all a trick of the devil in the first place, getting God out of the picture, to give him total freedom. Every night somewhere, there is a mother crying, a daddy crying, a broken home, a broken relationship, and little children neglected and crying. Now we are hearing, Oh, please adopt one of them and give them a good home. What kind of nation have we become? An European came over here one time and then wrote a book. He said America was a great nation and a good nation because our homes were godly. They are not allowed to teach this in a public place anymore. I really hate what our nation has been turned into. When my wife and I were married, I had it in my heart to raise our children in a way that I believed was right, feed them, and do my best to put clothes on their back and food in their stomachs. I have paid my part of taxes all these years and always believed I should. For sixty years our country has been sending aide everywhere, but at the same time, we have old native born Americans that have worked and paid taxes, and now they cannot even afford health care. America is slipping and sliding, far from where it used to be. In just a short time God is going to shake this nation. God bless the day He shakes it, from the White House, to the uttermost. Do you understand why I said that? That leaves nothing out, gets it all to where He can deal with it for His purpose. We have people coming in here from foreign countries, (I am not a racist.) And getting benefits our needy citizens cannot get. Something has gone wrong in America. Forty years ago the government started building low income houses for low income people, Americas. Now we are overrun with people who cannot even speak English, getting those benefits and many of our legal citizens are refused. They sneak across the border and claim benefits our citizens ought to be receiving. It is not right, but you cannot tell the politicians that. If they get sick, they can go to a hospital and receive free care. I know there are those who do not like to hear me talking like this, but I am tired of seeing our elderly citizens neglected and allowed to die somewhere, waiting to be operated on or just to see a doctor. It is hard to think of America as a great nation anymore. Our greatness has been sacrificed. When they showed these little children they want to put up for adoption, I feel sorry for the little ones. I really do, but those who brought the little ones into the world just walk away freehanded. God forbid that this world continue on another fifty years like it is going. Half of those that come here from other countries anymore, do not even want to work. They just want to get every easy dollar they can get. I am not angry at anyone except the devil, and those who allow him such liberty. I know, that scripturally it had to come to this, but it is hurtful to see what is taking place.

 

THE LAST ROUNDUP

 

When the apostle Paul wrote here in the Thessalonian letter, that when this man of sin comes on the scene, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, (Notice, that does not even sound like the pope, but it is.) or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” We are now going to see an abomination of desolation of a different nature. You could ask, Where did Paul get this revelation? Let us go back to Daniel 11. We will start with verse 36, because it introduces this man of sin. “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, (I know this does not sound like the pope of today, but whichever one is in there when the time comes, will fulfill this exactly.) and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (In other words, that is when the last abomination that maketh desolate, is set in place.) Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (That is why Paul said it like he did.) But in his estate (or office) shall he honour the God of forces: (materialism, wealth, That is his power) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds (political, present day, twentieth century high governments that collaborate, and he can win them into his clutches) with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” This brings you right down to the latter part, the 45th verse. “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace (his headquarters) between the seas in the glorious holy mountains; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” That is describing the human side of the man, how he will act, how he will govern. Let us take this to the last time the abomination of desolation comes on the scene. When you go to Revelation 10, Jesus has broken the seventh seal, and He is on earth in angelic form. The scroll in His hand is open. He has one foot on the land and one on the sea, which is a universal picture of sovereign authority. This is when seven thunders utter their voices. When will that be? Somewhere right in this era of time prior to the rapture. I say that because of Paul, according to his teachings, the rapture will not come until first the man of sin comes on the scene. I have been hearing rapture ever since WW2 was over in 1945 that the coming of the Lord could be at just any time. That is apostasy, scriptural ignorance. There is no spiritual insight whatsoever, in that kind of talk. It has not established anybody with any revelation. When God had certain prophetic scriptures recorded, they were not written to have three or four different meanings. They have one specific meaning, and one precise time to be fulfilled. We know we are living in the end time: we recognize the signs of the times, but we cannot pin it down to our pleasing. As we go to Daniel, to finish, remember when Jesus is seen in Revelation 10, with a foot on the land and one on the sea, that is a universal picture for His Church. He has come for the Bride. When those thunders are sounded, please remember this, His position on behalf of Gentiles is over. The Bride is ready to leave. Where does He go? He goes to Israel. He is pictured over here. Let us read it. We are in the 12th chapter of Daniel. Daniel sees this and he has been asking this angel, What means this? Tell me what this means. We are in the 5th verse, “Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, (No longer one foot on the land and one on the sea. Now He is standing on a river of water, that is Jordan. That is Israel’s identifying border.) and the other on that side of the bank of the river. (Two angels standing, one on each side.) And one said to the man clothed in linen, (Where was the man that was clothed in linen? He is on the water.) which was upon the waters of the river, (they asked Him) How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? (Or we could say, these prophetic events.) And I heard the man clothed in linen (That is the arch angel, it is not Jesus in His flesh, but it is Him in angelic form, the way it is being portrayed here.) which was upon the waters of the river, (Notice now, in Revelation 10, when He stood with one foot on the land and one on the sea, and He lifted up a hand and cried, NOW! When He did, seven thunders immediately utter their voices, then He says, Let there be time no longer. Gentiles, you are on your way out. How many catch the point? That is Revelation 10.) when He held up His right hand and His left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever (That is the Eternal Spirit) that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; (Notice now, I want us to notice how this is worded. This is an abomination spoken of for this day, it is another abomination, but it is not the same kind that was fulfilled back here. How many realize that? This one shall be for a time, times, and an half. In other words, He is announcing, it is to begin right here, in the middle of that week, which is the last three and one half years.) and when he shall have accomplished (Listen to this) to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” What does that tell you? That man of sin, when you read in Revelation 11, it plainly tells you, that for three and one half years the two prophets that come on the scene will prophesy for three and one half years, and awaken that spiritual element of Jews to the reality of the Messiah, the 144,00 and the woman element. The rest of those Jews will sell out to the antichrist. In Revelation, Chapter 12, you see the woman fleeing into the wilderness, where God has already prepared a place for them to be cared for, to get them away from that abominable antichrist and his forces. The 144,000 that are sealed under the ministry of the two prophets, will flee from Jerusalem at the same time the woman element flees, but they will flee into the nations of the world to preach the everlasting gospel for the benefit of all that will take heed. But here in Daniel 12, that angel is on the river, saying that this condition will exist for a time, times, and half a time, when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power, the presence, the occupation of the Jews back in their homeland. They are to get out of there, because the devil, for three and one half years, is not going to allow the Jewish people to even be recognized. I am not talking about the political Jews. The unbelieving, educated Jews will just go along and consent to anything the man of sin orders, while those spiritual Jews, those people that have cried, travailed, and waited for centuries for this time of refreshing, this man of sin, for one little point of time, is going to be allowed to scatter them, run them off and kill many of them in a three and a half years period of time. Why is he doing that? His thought will be, This will be my land. Then he will set himself in the temple of God, breaking the Jewish sacrifice, allowing no more priests on the grounds. You link that up with Revelation 11, because when that man of sin leaves Rome and comes over to Israel, he is going to enter Jerusalem. The first thing he is going to do, is kill those two prophets that have been making life so miserable for him for 3 ½ years. You know it from Revelation 11. This ushers in this period of excessive hatred, not as it was in prior times, but as it is related to the end time, because the devil has every intention of showing the world who God really is. Let us read it like it says it here. When he shall have accomplished to scatter, or disperse, the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. Daniel heard these words, but he was still troubled. Notice, “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; (Saints, listen to what I am about to read.) but the wise shall understand.” Who are these wise? Are they sitting in Washington D.C.? No sir. Are they sitting in the Vatican? No sir. They are sitting in little groups in small places throughout the world, because they have a revelation and an understanding of the time we are living in and of the coming of the Lord, because God has been dealing with them inside, by His Spirit. They have a picture of how this thing is going to go together, to get them ready to meet the Lord. Notice now, the angel is finishing describing this. The wise shall understand. When He says that, we know it means there is going to be some wise Christians in the end time, that are going to understand every little detail that is important for the Bride of Christ. They do not get it from a theological seminary. Neither do they get it from the colleges they attend. They get it by the Spirit of God. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, (He breaks that covenant in the middle of the week, after it has already been going on for three and one half years, because he is the one that confirmed the covenant in the first place. Over here, when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, but why did he, for what reason does he break that covenant? It is for the overspreading of abomination. Not like is was back here in the former instances, but nevertheless it is abomination, just in a different way. From that time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away…) and the abomination .”Which means excessive hatred, but it is not the Jewish people hating: they have fled. That man of sin is thinking, I will show the world who God really is. Then that temple that has been dedicated, which was built for the coming of their Messiah to rule in, for three and one half years, this antichrist takes over that temple. That is why it said back in the 11th chapter, and he will plant his tabernacle between the seas in the holy mountain, yet he will come to his end and none shall help him. Well here it is. This is another abomination, but please, it is written in the singular. Just as Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24, which was in the singular. This fulfills the end of it, because the word abomination, does not mean he builds a building there. It is a period of excessive hatred. In former times, God brought judgment, chastisement upon the Jewish people, and the city they trusted in, and the temple they glorified. He took it all away from them and scattered them throughout the world. That was a great tribulation, but not THE great tribulation so many refer to. The second time this abomination comes into focus, is not in the same way as before. It is when this man of sin hates the Jewish nation completely and for three and one half years He deprives them of the right to be identified in their land. That is why it said, when he has accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people What in the world does the word scatter mean? In that period over there, they did not scatter them, they killed them. How many realize that? They were killed by the millions, but here they are scattered, because the devil is determined, You will not exist in this land any more. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination (singular) that maketh desolate (Desolate of what? The right of Jews to be identified in their land.) set up, (The fact that he is a Gentile false prophet, setting himself in the temple, it is pollution. If people only realized, any Gentile that would set themselves up in that Jewish temple, it pollutes it, it is an abomination. It is debauchery in the eyes of God.) there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Well Bro. Jackson, that is thirty days longer than the tribulation period. I know it. But what do you think is going to go on. Let us turn to Matthew 24:29. What did Jesus say would happen at the end of the tribulation period, Immediately after the tribulation of those days? Does that mean six weeks, or six months longer? No sir. It literally means immediately after that tribulation period has fulfilled itself to the day, immediately the heavens shall be darkened and the moon shall withdraw its light and so forth. Then will appear the sign of Jesus’ coming, according to what we read in Revelation 19. Now if you would read Revelation 19, you would see what all goes on, Armageddon has already been fought back before that. The beast, still being the conqueror, stands ready to take on Jesus and His heavenly army, which proves that atheism and Satanism has now engulfed the whole social structure of the human race. It tells you in the 19th chapter, and the beast and the kings of the earth were gathered together somewhere, not to fight Armageddon, it is already over. They are gathered to fight against the coming of the Lord. Jesus is being revealed coming from heaven with His bride, all dressed in fine linen, riding white horses. Hallelujah! We are coming in power to rule and reign. This bunch of educated characters today, call that fanaticism when they hear it. To me it is reality. It is the only hope that this world is ever going to have. Jesus is coming, so do not forget, a thousand two hundred and threescore days or forty two months, ends right there. But remember to read Revelation 19. Immediately after the end of tribulation, Jesus comes, and out of His mouth goes a sharp sword. Isn’t that what it says? And the more this ungodly beastly system tries to defy His coming, with that sword that proceeds out of His mouth, He shall slay the wicked. No matter how you want to look at the thirty days and the forty five days more, that is going to cover that seventy some days that God’s wrath is going to be poured out upon this planet, and there is going to be signs in the heavens. For days and weeks there is going to be some mortal element of humanity living on this earth, trying to hide. Somehow or other there is going to be a small element of the mortal race of humanity escape all this chaotic judgment and wrath God turns loose. Nevertheless that is what will be happening during those seventy five days following the coming of the Lord. It starts from the time God begins to execute wrath and runs until it is all over. That includes all that has to take place before the Millennium starts. There has to be a settling down from all that judgment. We will finish reading this 12th verse. “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” That is seventy five days beyond the three and half year tribulation period. It should not be a big problem for anyone. God’s wrath, God’s judgment, God’s shaking this world to destroy everything that the devil and evil humanity has propagated and manifested on this earth, is going to take a period of time to bring it all to an end. I have no problem seeing these seventy five days. I intend to be in that army with my Lord. Those that are on the winning side of all that, are not going to go through life wavering, Well, I just don’t understand, I am in something, but I don’t know where it is taking me. If you go through life like that, you will not be riding a white horse in the army of the Lord when He turns loose judgment upon this old world. He does not want us to be in spiritual ignorance. When that sixth seal is poured out, that actually reveals Christ coming from heaven with His righteous army. You take that to the 19th chapter of Revelation and you are going to see how it comes about. When the heavens open, Jesus is sitting on that white horse and an army of righteous, godly, saintly people, coming to earth to rule and reign with Him. Can you not see what mortal mankind of the earth begins to do? Armies of the world, with all their scientific, modern weaponry, are going to try to compete with Jesus and His army, but He just takes a look, waves that hand of authority through the universe, and dead bodies begin to fall. He will slay the wicked with the sword that proceedeth, not out of His hand, but out of His mouth. He is not slaying at random. He knows exactly who He is slaying and who He is not slaying. There is going to be an element of mortal flesh preserved through all this, that will live on. That is why the everlasting gospel has got to be preached, so that when it is over, there will be an element of this present generation that has escaped judgment, by the grace of God. God preserves them for the purpose of repopulating the earth during that thousand years we refer to as the Millennium. I hope this will help believers to understand a little bit more of why Jesus split the consequences of Daniel 9:27 into two separate times like that. The first part was fulfilled in 70 A.D. It was catastrophic. It was executed against the city. It was executed against the temple. Because the people that loved it had forgotten all about God and how to live for Him. So God took it away from them and chastised them and millions of them were slain. He fulfilled Deuteronomy 28:57-58 and those scriptures through there. No wonder Jesus said, For then shall be great tribulation, such as there never was before nor never shall be hereafter. All tribulations have been great, but that is what confuses people. They always want to take great and put it way down here at the end. Tribulation in the last half of the 70th week of Daniel will be no greater than what it has been back through other periods of bloodshed and torture. Each period had its own story. I just want to say one more time, Never again, will there be the same kind of desolation, and abomination fulfilled in the Jerusalem area, as you had in 70 A.D. The word abomination, has various applications. In Daniel 9:27 it is spoken of in the plural, abominations that bring desolation. When Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 24, He said, When you see the abomination, singular, existing in the holy place, whosoever readeth, let him understand. God meant for the wise believers to understand these things.

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