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GOD’S THIRD CREATION
What would be God’s third creation? It is His plan of redeeming that which has fallen. Fallen man is corrupting the earth, bringing sin and evil and condemnation to the human race. God was going to start a process of redemption to get a new creation once again, which is a third creation. As we come over here, He has been in that process for the last two thousand years, getting this Church brought to perfection. The Church, through time, has never realized what the Church one day is destined to be. Not totally anyhow. That is why the Methodists will say, Well I can see we are going to die and go to heaven. They say the Lord is going to burn the earth up. They take 2nd Peter 3:10, for that because the Bible says the earth is going to burn by fire. Sure the scripture does say that, but is that the end of the earth? It is not the end of the planet, it is just the end of man’s evil works. But even before He placed the first Adam here, God in His sovereign mind knew already what was going to happen. I want to take you over here, and show you why Paul would say, when he is talking about Jesus, that He is the image of the invisible God. The word image speaks of an object of thought. How can you use image when you are dealing with something invisible? Do you understand my point? We can say, Jesus as the Son of God, was an object, there is an image about Him that strikes the sense of sight, but within Him was something else also that is invisible. No man could see it. Yet when the invisible made the choice to take up His abode inside the image of His Son, then we have a complete new picture to look at. That is what Paul was talking about: One who is the image of the invisible God, so when the Father took up abode in Him, He became the firstborn of every creature in this new creation. Think of it, mortal man that we are now, started our existence right there, in the second creation. He is born into this world physically. That puts man in God’s second creation. This physical being is the second creation, but God has to deal with it. If He is dealing with the earth coming out of this void state, to change it and bring it into this renewed state, He is also dealing with the man, the second generation, He is dealing with man himself. So as we come on over here, to the time when Christ was born, two thousand years ago, He was born to be the beginning of a new family of people. He would be the firstborn of that new family of people. Therefore He is strictly born to be the beginning of another creation, which is the third creation and it is the final one. God has always done things in threes. If we can see today, as we read our Bible, there are three categories of angels, so let us not say they are all alike, because they are not all alike. Somewhere way back here, is when those angels were all tested and tried, and that is when they proved their quality and loyalty. As we come into this dispensation, God has already judged the angels that disobeyed Him and they are cursed forever. Out of the ones that He redeemed and saved, there are three different categories of them. There are winged creatures. Then there are others that don’t have wings, they can appear just like a man. Those are the kind of angels that are ministering spirits. You read about that in Hebrews. Still there are others, the teraphims, like these angelic beings around the throne of God. With this in mind, I want to establish the thought, God does things in threes. That is His pattern. When He started with man back here, we are going to find out as we come through the ages, that when we get over here, God has been in the process of redeeming from this sinful human race, the second creation, an element of us that one day will be lifted up and will be placed in that future kingdom and we will exist in three different qualities. People will say, well is God fair? He sure is. Don’t ever think that you are going to sit over here in this Millennium age fussing, complaining, well I thought I was supposed to be something else. That is how carnal people can be. When people go through life like that, they are heading for trouble. All of that kind of complaining are attributes of the devil. He is that jealous spirit. He likes to aggravate us, agitate us, stir us up, get us to hating one another. No wonder, as God looked down upon this planet and saw what was going on, that He repented of making man. Think of the graves that the crust of this earth had been filled with since the day that Cain slew Abel, and the fact that every thought of man was only evil continually, He had to bring judgment upon them. The minute that first body went into the ground, this planet was contaminated with the affect and proof of sin that had entered the picture. Now what is God after? He is after the day when earth, people, and angels will exist in an eternal age where everything is perfect. He has His angels in families of threes. He also has His human beings in families of threes. I am not talking about three individuals, it is the level, in that respect, that I speak of. Therefore He also has three different creations. This third one, you see the Bride saints that were taken out of this age, joined with all the others. Two thousand years ago, is when God started that third creation. That is why I want to say this morning, that for the last two thousand years, Christianity has suffered because a lot of time we have grown up in ignorance. We have just grown up in our church surroundings in ceremonies and traditions and this and that, with just a few little verses of scriptures and we have never really had a picture of what we are heading for. It has just been, Well, one of these days you will die and Jesus will come and resurrect all of us and take us to heaven. Saints, There is too much in this book for me to stop at that.
GOD IS CALLING OUT A PEOPLE THAT WILL BE A HOLY PEOPLE
I thought the other night when one of our brothers was talking about holiness, holiness is more than a holy look. God truly wants a holy people, but He wants a people that are holy and also that have a spiritual mind that can learn something. We have churches all over creation that pattern after holiness. They assume God wants women with long hair. I see nothing wrong with that, but like I have said, if God wants everybody with the same length of hair, then they would have all been born with the same ability to grow it that way. I have been in the south Pacific where they do not have enough hair on the top of their heads for a powder puff. God wants us not only to be a holy people in heart and mind, but we also are a people that can let our spiritual minds be molded, that we receive a picture of what we are after. Everything that is in this Bible, God wants us to have an understanding of it. As we go ahead here, I can say this, two thousand years ago, Jesus, when He was born of virgin birth, was born the true, innocent, guiltless Son of God, who knew no sin. He became the beginning of the process of the third creation that God is in the process of creating. That is why He is the firstborn. In verse 16, this is how the Trinitarians have translated it, so I want to read it the way the Trinitarians have written. Here is where our minds have been all confused. “For by Him (Who is Paul talking about? Jesus) were all things created, (That is because they have made Him the second person of a trinity, equal with the Father in authority, and co-creator.) that are in heaven,.” That is why, scattered out there, you have a lot of professing Christian people today, that think Jesus created Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and whatever. Jesus, the Son of God that was born two thousand years ago, had nothing to do with creating the universe. He had nothing to do with the universe at all. I will say this, He was in the mind of God before the universe came into existence. God absolutely had a complete thought of everything before anything was created. Once He started, God never had to reach a point to change His mind about anything He had purposed to create. Let us think very seriously on that very thing. When God started creation, we can look back and see He wanted to share Himself with something in this process. That is why I have said, when God was recreating the earth, redeeming it, in the sixth day He created man, (spirit) and that is what throws a lot of religionists off course. In chapter 1, verse 26, He said, Let us make man in our own image. Well that is what the trinity element of professing people grab on to. They say that very verse proves the trinity. No, it does not. Because there is no such thing as a trinity of Gods. It is God talking to His angelic beings who are assisting Him all along. I have stressed that over and over and true believers accept it, but that other element all think I am crazy. Let us not go to sleep in ignorance. Those angels have already been proved, tested and tried, and the righteous ones are now there helping God. Every day, all those angelic beings are somewhere in this great plan of His, and their eye is right here on this earth. They are not out there playing around on Saturn or anything. Now I have to say, All these celestial bodies, planets, I have to believe that angelic beings are in control of certain parts of the family, and they are in control of the laws that help to keep these planets in their particular orbit. That is why today scientists can calculate precisely as they measure the orbits of different celestial bodies, they know exactly where this will be a thousand years from now. And it is precise. Therefore I have to say, There are angelic beings working to keep all that in its proper setting. God is dealing here on this earth, so all along there is another element of angelic beings that are assisting God. Notice, when He was talking about the animals, He did not say let us create the animals in our image and likeness. It is just when He came to man. Do you think these angels were all sitting around with their arms crossed, while God was creating the horse, the cow, the camel, the elephant? I hardly think so. I believe all those angels were assigned to certain laws that are going to govern the reproduction of their particular species. I do believe that. When He came to the point of saying, Let us make man after our image and after our likeness, what was He going to make man for? He made him a creature that can rule on this earth planet, be a godlike creature invested with the knowledge of God, and with power and authority to fulfill his duties. When God was saying to the angels, Let us make man, I have to believe they were going to assist Him in it, and the reason I keep repeating it, is because I know God wants to share Himself with something He has created. That is why in reality, two thousand years, as God called men to preach the gospel, we have been assisting God, helping God, in this third creative act. We have all been working toward something and did not know where we were going to wind up. I will say it that way. Scriptures are here, but we did not necessarily know where to place each thing we read. Having said that, let me now go on with this scripture. “For by Him were all things created, (That is not true, but I want to read it anyhow.) that are in heaven, (and that is not true) and that are in earth, (that is not true) visible and invisible, (that is not true) whether they be thrones, (What is he talking about? I want you to know, as we take a look out in space, at the universe, what do you see? Can you tell me there are thrones out there. There is not. I do not see thrones on Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, nor any of the other planets. Do you? We have to realize, where these thrones are going to be. Right here on this earth.) or dominions, (That means territories, governments.) or principalities, (secondary positions of authority) or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.” In other words the way Paul has written it here, and the way the Trinitarians translated it, they make it that Jesus did the creating, and the Father is just furnishing the mind, Now you go do it. That is not the way it was at all. That is why I have to say, Paul definitely had a particular thought and meaning, but the Trinitarian translators tore it all to pieces. I am going to the Hebrew for clarification. I have learned one thing, if Paul said something in a certain gospel epistle to a church body, he will mean the same thing when he writes to another one. We have got to keep it that way. Otherwise we are the rascals, not Paul. I am in the Hebrew translation, 1st chapter, starting with the 13th verse. “Who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. In whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: Who is the image of the invisible Yahweh, the firstborn of all creation.” Now brothers and sisters, let us keep in mind, He is not talking about creating the universe. This is talking about another creation, so notice, the Hebrew says this, “For in Him were all things created.” Not by Him, in Him. It means that long before the time had ever come, in the mind of the sovereign God, He knew exactly there would be a precise time on earth, after sin and everything sets in and man starts His downward course of death and decay, that He would bring forth His Son. We could say this and be absolutely correct, The Son did not create anything. It is that God designed it so He would do all this through Him, this third creation. How many know what I mean? He purposed that through Him, He would redeem. It is not Jesus doing the reconciling. It is the Father reconciling the world to Himself by the Son. So if that is the way it is worked, we have to realize this, He is really re-creating another creation, by using the Son to be the medium. But the Son is not the creator. He is the means that serves the material, He gives His life, He sheds His blood. For in Him were all things created, that is the Hebrew, in him. That is why the Father, is doing it all for the sake of the Son, because the Son is going to be the means by how God redeems all that are fallen. “In the heavens and upon the earth.” Now when He says in the heavens, let me use this, He is talking about the spiritual atmosphere around this planet. It has nothing to do with Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn or any of them. It is right here on this earth. That garden that God planted six thousand years ago over in the Middle East, He lifted it and left Adam and Eve standing right where they were, which amounts to them being driven out of the garden. God just simply separated that little bit of heaven, which is the spirit world, up from the natural world. That is why it has been impossible for man to even try to force himself back into that atmosphere. In that case we can say this, God has in His mind everything that the devil, through the spirit world, was to do to get at the kingdom of God to wreck it, to create all the confusion and everything that we read about. God, through Jesus Christ, designed a way of remedy and a plan that He would do this, by one day taking His Son, and delegating in Him the authority for that which He was to fulfill. When He invests the authority in Him and Jesus comes back to this earth, and brings you and me back with Him, I want you to know, He is going to absolutely have authority over every demon the devil has, and it is through that Millennium, which is one thousand years that He will reign, the devil himself and all his evil helpers are all chained up. All the corruption and the pollution and everything that has been going on in that spirit world all this time, the heavens are literally going to be cleansed by His rule and reign. Saints, you are going to rule and reign with Him, helping to execute all that He has to do. Do not ever think He is going to come here and sit in Jerusalem and do it all by Himself. First off, you and I are not going to be mortal like we are now. We are not going to have the same kind of carnal mind: we are going to see things altogether different when we are in immortal bodies. When the rapture does take place, yes, our bodies are going to be changed to immortality. I believe we everyone understand that. Then our inner being is going to take on another concept of knowledge that we have never been able to obtain in this life. So when we are taken up, I will say this, then knowledge that only was in the mind of the Father, which now He has placed in the Son, that is going to be delegated throughout His Bride. Let me say this also, in my old hillbilly language, When we are changed, there is not going to be any bellyachers there, no complainers, none of that, I am not satisfied, I wanted to do this and that, or I would like to be there. You will everyone get your allotted portion, whether it is where you wanted it or not. Because the people that are going to rule and reign with Him are going to be people that have no thought of personal gain or aim. They want to be strictly what He wants them to be. The more submissive we are to Him, the more He is going to take great delight in leading us, teaching us, showing us His truth, so that we can really grow into the knowledge and wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now when we read all this, that God did this by Him and everything, you have to realize He is not talking about creating stars or anything. He is redeeming this earth. He is redeeming a people, and it is also worked through Christ. But in that Millennium age, that one thousand years, there, is where and when we are going to rule and reign with Christ. God is recreating, redeeming governments. Now Bro. Jackson, where do you get that from? I see it in the book of Revelation, and on His head was many crowns. What does that mean? It means He is going to be King of kings and Lord of lords. He is going to be King of all the earth in that day. All of this was designed in the mind of God, only in His sovereign mind, long before there was anything else. He set it all in motion, and as different periods of time would come, then God sets in motion the fulfillment of His purpose for that time. For in Him were all things created, we are talking about when man was put here, God knew exactly what Adam would do. God knew exactly why He was bringing Christ upon the scene. It was necessary that He might be the means of starting the redeeming of an element of His creation, lost mankind, redeeming them back to Himself through and by the means of His only begotten Son. That was so He could be the firstborn, not just by Himself, but He becomes the firstborn of the beginning of a new family. “For in Him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones (This is talking about governments right here on this planet. There is no such thing as governments and thrones out there in the universe. How many realize that? It is all right here on the earth.) or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through Him, (not by Him) and to Him; and He is before all things, (He was ordained to this before all things. God knew this would be the means and the way He would bring this about.) and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the assembly: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” The devil could only do to Him, what it took to fulfill His (Jesus’) purpose on earth the first time. He avoided the devil’s attempts to kill Him up until it was time for Him to give His life willingly to pay our sin debt
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S ATTRIBUTES
Let us at this time just take a little look at Jesus the Christ. It says here that it pleased the Father that in Him, the Son, should all fulness dwell. So the question is, What is the fullness of God? First off, we know that God is a sovereign God. He is the source of all wisdom, He is all power. He is all knowledge. He is perfect love. He is perfect joy, all these divine attributes are of Him. He is merciful, compassionate, loving and caring. All of that quality of God was placed in His Son, so that God, through the Son, could be exercising these qualities in the different eras of time, wherever and whenever it was related to redeeming out of our creation, all that would respond to His loving offer to lost mankind, reconciling us and bringing us back to Himself. I will say this, For two thousand years it has been the plan of God as the invisible God made Himself visible in and through His only begotten Son, working all these wonderful works. Furthermore it is God’s divine plan, that in this day and hour, the Church, as she meets her state of perfection and is ready to be changed, she will consist of the fulness of Jesus Christ. That is why God begins to pick us up and take us into that other realm, because He is getting us ready to come back here and reign here in that Millennium age with King Jesus. No wonder Jesus says to the Thyatira Church, To him that overcometh, will I give power over the nations. Never have we had power over the nations. You know that. Even Paul writes in the Roman letter how that creation groans and travails, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God” People have wrestled with that, oh there is coming a day when God is going to bring forth the manifestation of His sons and we are going to walk down Broadway, we are going to heal people, we are going to raise the dead, we are going to tell the politicians to go to the doghouse. That is the way they want to interpret scripture. That is not the way it is going to be. Keep in mind, what Paul said in Romans, He said here in Ephesians and he said it in Hebrews, because Paul could see this day that is just ahead. There is where creation is going to be ruled by a different source of authority. The devil will be bound. The righteous Bride will sit in authority. Every demon in hell is going to be bound. The atmosphere is going to be clean. With new governments set up, as Jesus Himself is the King of kings and Lord of lords, keep in mind this green line right here on our chart, that represents the element of the earthly nations that are mortal right now. When we do cross over this line and the resurrection of the white robed saints, with also the rapture of the Bride saints, they are all going to be in this day right here. (pointing to chart) But there is going to be an element of nations, as it says right here in Matthew 25, that comes into the picture. In that day when the Son of man is set on the throne of His glory, then shall He do what? Gather before Him all nations. When Armageddon is over, do not think all nations are going to be there. I do not mean the millions of all nations. There will be a representative of all the nations that are left alive. So there is going to be a judgment set up. You and I are going to help Him and assist Him in that judgment. That is exactly why in Matthew 25, it says that the last shall be first. That literally means that right here where people are tried, persecuted, ridiculed, and everything, and these nations are passing through here, keep in mind, in this, was also those tribulation saints that are standing up here now. That is exactly why the first ones that will come up to be judged, not the great white throne judgment, but the judgment of Matthew 25, that is going to be Christ and His Bride and those saints that were martyred. They are going to be the first ones raised up at the end of the 70th week of Daniel. Does it mean that God loves them more? No. Look at what is going on. Those tribulations saints that were persecuted, killed, martyred in various ways, in the time factor when all these nations were still here, are the ones that will be resurrected first. So there is going to be an element of these people representing the nations and they are going to be standing before the throne. So it is these martyred people that are going to judge those mortal people, to determine whether they go into the Millennium or not. I was hungry, you fed me. I was naked, you clothed me. I was sick, you visited me. I was in prison, you visited me. Yes, they are going to be right there. So I hope you understand, it is not because God loves these last ones more than He did these others that died on back here. It is the fact He judges the particular recipient of generations accordingly. You will not judge people who lived here five hundred years ago. But there is going to be a portion of the Bride that will. The reason I say this, is because this is the way God does things righteously and justly. We have a bunch of politicians today, they could not judge anything. I told a fellow one time, well it gets to the place you feel like you don’t even want to vote. He said, well if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. Well I can. I was at a place yesterday to get a piece for my tractor and somebody said, Tuesday is election day. I said, yes, it was also in our local paper, if you don’t vote you can’t complain. And I said, I will, because I will tell that person, how can I vote for a python, when the other one is a rattlesnake. You are licked before you even start. How many know what I have said? That is the way I look at it. When the judgment of Matthew 25 takes place right here, that green line will represent the nations as they are right now. I have said many times, Out there in that natural world of unsaved people right now, their lives are completely controlled by the devil. When they do pass through that tribulation hour, that short period, certain things are going to take place that is going to compel those people to know how they are going to judge situations and carry out deeds of conduct, human behavior, and show some principals about their lifestyle. That is why Matthew 25 is that kind of judgment. Then those nations, as all these glorified saints and the Bride saints form the two lines, as you see right here. This green line has two representations. The green line will represent the earth itself that you are living on. But the green line represents the earthly people that are just the way they are out there right now. They are still mortal. Watch though, In the Millennium Satan is bound, there is no death running rampant. How many understand? On the other hand, once they pass into this life, in the Millennium, being of this quality, they can live to be a thousand years old if they live faithfully, loyal and obedient. I will show you a prophesy in Isaiah later. Because when the time comes that everything does pass into this kingdom, in that day, an infant of days or an old man that has not lived his days, it is talking about here, longevity of life will allow thousands and millions of people to live to be a whole thousand years old. That is why death is bound. Death then, will only be a disciplinary thing. If anybody within the nations, because they are still mortal, displays disobedience, still having that nature to want to be stubborn and indifferent, somewhere along the line that can maybe get out of control. God will let him live to be a hundred years old, then He will take him. Alright, then when this era is coming to here (chart, at the end of the Millennium) the Bible says Satan is loosed for a little season, and he will go out upon the breadth of the earth to deceive the nations. I will say this, When that time starts there will be just a few representatives of the different nations and races allowed to enter here. They will be judged and those that meet the quality will be the ones that will be allowed to enter this era. There will be little babies born to them, that will have inherited attributes from this realm. Nevertheless that is how God will repopulate the earth. Satan will be bound, so there will be no death or sickness like we now have, but death will be a disciplinary means for those born during that time, that will not conduct themselves according to God’s righteous ways. When time gets over here, for the sake of illustration, we will start out here with just a few thousand individuals representing each nation, but it can be back in the millions over here. That is why Satan is loosed for a little season, to test those that are born during that time. He will go out upon the breadth of the earth. Why would he be allowed to go out upon the breadth of the earth? First off, God would be an unjust God if He let all these millions that have been born during the Millennium reign, pass over into the eternal age, if they have never been tried and tested as all these others were. That is why Satan is loosed for a little season after the thousand years are fulfilled. No one will go into the endless eternal age, that has not been faithful during that testing.
LOOKING AT BIBLE PROPHECY THE RIGHT WAY
Do you know why the event of Ezekiel 38 and 39, is in the picture before us? That has always had doctors of divinity confused to no end. You will hear one say, Oh that is Armageddon and another one say something else. I am not the smartest creature that ever lived, but I can see certain words and those certain words carry a meaning to me. I want to take you to the 38th and 39th chapters. It plainly tells you right there, when this will be done. God’s prophecy is addressed to Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is the ruler of the land of Magog. He has prophesied of old that He would bring him down into this land that has been brought back from the sword. Who is He talking about? Israel. Well it has been in the process of being brought back from the sword fifty some years now. But I want to ask you this morning, Think seriously, Israel in fifty some years of her national existence, has not had a day of peace and safety. No sir. It is those Arab nations, they have harassed and warred, created all kinds of turmoil. But looking ahead, this is why I emphasize that before we go into the Millennium, right here before the tribulation period, God will allow a war in the Middle East, as you see it in Zechariah 12 and Micah 7, and it will be a miracle war. But God does it to open the eyes of some. Who is He after basically? It is those Arab Muslim nations. That is what is causing her (Israel) problems. When that war is fought, it is a miracle war. It helps Israel to look ahead and realize God is on her side. She will immediately start rebuilding the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? Simply because, in Ezekiel 38, God is looking at Russia. God said, I will bring you down into the land that has been brought back from the sword. When will this be? In the latter days saith the Lord. Thou will come into this land that now is dwelling safely. Safely: Did you hear that? She is not dwelling that way today, you know it. For fifty some years she has been constantly fighting. Who? That bunch of Palestinian Arab Muslims. So you cannot say Ezekiel 38 has anything to do with any other period of time: It has got to be when God allows a miracle war to come and change the prospect of things. Then all of those Arabs, which are Abraham’s seed from the other side of the fence, those that are left alive, will look at Israel in a different way. They still hate Israel today, but this miracle war will change all of that. God is going to let a miracle war take place in order to show to those Arabs it is not Allah, your god, that is in control: it is Elohim, the God of Israel. Then it is going to be so miraculous, so quickly executed, so tremendous in every aspect, it is going to cause all the politicians to have a nightmare. I hope when they have to look at that TV screen and see how God uses His angelic beings and the Israeli army to bring this about, God has more than one objective in this. Halfway around the world into far eastern nations, look at the Oriental world. I see young men right now in the Orient, they are going to college to be construction engineers. They are studying modern buildings of different kinds. When that war takes place there is going to come a shout and the sound of victory. Now we will build our temple! You know what Isaiah 60 says. Think of it, seven hundred years before Christ, Isaiah could see down through the span of time and write what he saw. He could see that day when Israel is confronted with the possibility of building the temple in the city. Here will come those young men. I want to say this and emphasize it, The Israeli government is not going to send men out through the world asking, Will you please help us now, will you make a contribution so we can build our temple? Please! No sir. God has a way of speaking to hearts. You know what He says? In that day I will milk the breast of the Gentiles. God said that. What does that mean? He is going to get next to their heart. Young men who are Hindu and Buddhists, and yes even some Muslims are going to see that miracle war. It has got to be a war of such tremendous display of God’s sovereignty and power, it opens their eyes. There is no God like Him, the God of the Jews. I want to go there and help them. They are not coming over there looking for a handout. Israel is going to need some talent. Since this temple is to be a temple in which the King of kings and Lord of Glory will sit and reign for a thousand years, that is the temple all nations have to be represented in. So God knows exactly how to speak to these young men. They are going to come to Israel, I want to help you. Where do you get that Bro. Jackson? Isaiah 60:10, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.” It is not the sons of street bums. How many know what I mean by that statement? It is not the sons of poverty stricken families of other nations. The sons of strangers, foreign governments, will come and help build up thy walls. Then the forces of the Gentiles will be converted unto thee. That is not talking about spiritual conversion, it means material substance. That nation that will not contribute, God said, I will waste it. What does that mean? God will bankrupt them. This human race is being conditioned today. I am thankful, that I was born in America, but I am not thankful for the way America exists right now, because it did not exist this way sixty years ago. Our politicians have drained this nation of the knowledge of the sovereignty of God that Washington, Lincoln, and all those men of days gone by looked to. They have let the scientists and atheists and that element come in and control things. It is a shame. But because we see this in the last nation that ever professed Christianity, now we allow same sex marriages, women with women, men with men. They rip the Constitution to pieces. When they demand and demonstrate in the streets, we want this, but they don’t believe the Bible, this is what you have. Jesus said, As it was, when? In the days of Noah. A brother called me the other day and sais to me, Bro. Jackson, there was an article in our paper written by scientists. They wrote the article, they have now taken a space satellite and have pinpointed the ark on Mt. Ararat. They even measured it, printed it. Now they are talking about getting together an expedition to go up and try to salvage some of the artifacts. I felt like this, We have had the critics and agnostics that have made fun and blasphemed. They have criticized the whole thought. If God would have let this ark been found a hundred years ago and parts of it brought down there, they would have it in a building over there and making a fortune. People would absolutely buy a plane ticket to go look at it. God will not let it be commercialized. He may let just a trace of it come out as proof and vindication that His word is truth. There are other scriptures I want to use to finish up this subject, but when I read this in the scriptures here, For in Him were all things created, in the heavens, that is the atmosphere around the earth, and upon the earth. Things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things have been created through Him, and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things exist and He is the head of the body. As this begins to become a picture to the Bride of Christ, I believe with all my heart we will feel God dealing with us, showing us, building us into a spiritual image of what He wants us to be, we are going to be the absolute manifestation of the fulness of Jesus Christ in His Church. Just as Christ was the image of God, the Church will be the expressed image of Jesus Christ; and we are to have an understanding of His will and purpose as He fulfills what the Father has ordained Him to be and do. Let us look again at Colossians 1:9. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Do you now see the charge we have before us? That is the absolute Word of God.
LOOKING FOR THE RAPTURE AND BEYOND
I purposed this morning to try and finish this message tonight, but actually there is just a certain point I am going to dwell on. I am just going to push the rest on ahead until after the repairing of the tape room, Therefore I will not resume for at least another couple weeks. As I thought through this evening, this subject is entirely too big, there are too many scriptures to do it justice. But what I would like to deal with tonight in the line of this title, which is God’s third creation, is to try to get us to look at some things in the Bible that we can expect God to be doing in us, you and me from now on until the time we expect the rapture to take place. Let us look at it in this way, I know it is wonderful to look beyond the rapture to the time when we will come back to earth and reign with the Lord: we will live and reign with Him. Yes we are going to be kings and priests. There are a lot of things we are going to be authorized to do. That is why I have to say it involves too much scripture that is too important to really see how that Millennium age begins to progress, and what all does take place. When we actually look at the scriptures Satan will be bound, there will be no actual cultivated sin. The only thing is, those that do survive the judgment of the 25th chapter of Matthew, and those nations that are saved, will pass into this period of time, so the reason we have the green line on our chart on the incline, is because of the fact that those the line represents, will just keep growing and multiplying, because longevity of life will be restored to this element of people. Therefore we have to realize the earth will have many millions of people on it when we do come to the end of this one thousand years, which is another day of time. I refer to it this way, because the Bible speaks of it being a thousand years long, and it is actually the earth’s Sabbath. It is a time when the righteous will be ruling over these, doing something on the earth to help lift the earth back up into a state wherein, as Paul said in 1st Corinthians 15, that He will rule and reign until He has put down all authority and power. When He has accomplished all that, He will do that through the reign of His righteous rule. That is why He has promised you and me, To him that overcometh will I give power over the nations. That is not just a figure of speech, but it is going to be fulfilled only when the Bride is going to be in immortality. We are going to be completely changed. We are going to have a spiritual mind that is altogether different, and we are going to be given certain amounts of authority to carry it out in that era there, all that the Father has ordained. But right here before we go from this period over there, we have got to realize there is something that has got to take place in us, and for us, to bring us to a point as the scripture says in the 19th chapter, when John saw it (the bride Church) in heaven, it had been raptured. His wife hath, past tense, made herself ready. Let me try to just break this down for a little thought. When God dealt with Bro. Branham back in the early 1960’s, out in the mountains of Arizona, what a wonderful experience God gave that man. He spoke to him saying, This is the third pull. I want us to look at that just for a moment. The reason I say that, here we are forty years later, the biggest part of the people that lived then, and that heard the very words he said, they never caught the true meaning of what was going on. Let me say this tonight, There is an element of people right now on earth, along with what he brought in the seals, that know more now from the seals and from the scriptures, than they ever did know back then. Let me say this as humbly as I know how, God has done this in a way to take all this spectacular manifestation of His glory out of the picture. When people sit listening, but they only want to hear some fantastic thing that took place with the man, or through the man, I have to say, They are looking at it altogether wrong. God did that in an hour of time when our denominational world had become so cold, and so apostate. Let us look at it as it was back then, even in all the display of God’s supernatural power through that man’s ministry, did this bring a change in the denominational church world? It did not. I ask a simple question, Why? Yet the things that God did through him, is all in the scriptures. The reason I say this tonight, the apostle Paul said in Romans, As many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. There was an element of people back then, that were content to say and believe, Let it all come through this one man. I will say, I am glad and thankful for what I was privileged to see God do through that man of God, but over a period of time I began to realize, God wants something to be in the life of every one of His true believers, that reaches beyond what He revealed through that man. The religious world back then, knew nothing about being led by God. Way back there in the early beginning of the first of this age, that is why Paul could write in the Roman letter, As many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. That is exactly why, when you read the entire writings of the book of Acts, you cannot help but see how early Christians were led, the ministry was led, the things that God did through them, was because they were willing to be led by the Spirit of God. He never lays anything upon the ministry but what He makes a way for that to be brought about. It is all recorded in His precious Word.
HOW THE CHURCH RE-EMERGED
When we look back through the history of time, back when everything pertaining to the Church would go into apostasy, somewhere along the line God would raise up a man to stand for a truth from His Word: we would call them reformers. The things that God would do through each man’s life, would be to wake up an element of people, get their attention, bring them into more truth; and lead them as far as they were willing to go. Those were refreshing and glorious times, but it seemed like over a period of time, the believing people were content to just accept what they saw and consider that it was all there is, so we have it made. When we look back forty years ago, to the religious world as a whole, when they saw and heard the testimonies and the healings, they would say, He was really led by the Spirit in what God showed him and everything, and they would say, Oh isn’t it wonderful to have a man of God like that around? That was because of the miracles, but the minute God began to speak certain truths from His Word through the man, some that had thought so highly of him began to drop off. Others that had their eyes only on the man regardless of what he did or said, the minute God took that man from them, they were as though they are out in a desert wilderness somewhere, very lost. That is why they stand there holding on, mentally, to what was said by him, but they are without that spirit of revelation . As I look back through the years I realize, God just continued that third pull, but He did it in a different fashion. He did it by a different means. I will say this, There is still more knowledge to be gotten out of this Bible even yet, to go along with what was said in the seals and with what he brought besides that. When you put that all together from a revelatory standpoint, there is more knowledge of spiritual things now, accessible to believing people, than there was back then. That does not take away from Bro. Branham. It only adds on to what God intended for him to be able to produce, through what he brought at that time. I will say, from now on until the rapture takes place, I am convinced we are going to begin to see God dealing with me, and with you, in the individual manner in which He wants us to become true believers, that we can believe the same thing without argument. I say that because we have spiritual eyes to see it, and spiritual ears to hear it, and we know that what we are hearing is the truth, and we are not about to let some element of flesh come along and separate us from the flow, the drawing, and the leadership of God’s spirit. I will never forget when God got hold of my life and saved me. When I came to my senses and realized it is the grace of God that I am able to say He saved me from my sins and took away that craving for the cigarette. The minute God did lead us into sight of Bro. Branham and I began to hear this man, I realized, This is eventually going to lead me in a way of belief that the Methodists do not believe. As I say this tonight, with my wife being in agreement, we purposed in our hearts, God will come first. My own dad and mother, which I dearly loved, and she loved her parents likewise, but when we saw what that man represented, we knew there was something shining there from that man’s life, that was destined to change our course of spiritual walk, so we left our parents in the Methodist church and followed our convictions. We did not harp at them to follow us, and neither did we harp at our neighbors to follow us. Through those few years we did have the privilege of taking them to some of the meetings with us, but in all that time, never did we let our family side, stand between us and the truth we heard. From here on to the end as God makes His Bride ready, you can rest assured we are not in this to please some element of human flesh. We are in this to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Himself. We have got to please Him. We cannot sit in here with different ideas as to what is, what is not, what is right, what is wrong, each one having his own ideas. It is not going to work that way. If there is going to be leadership, it is not coming from down in the basement. It is coming in a way, whatever the need is in my life, God is going to guide me by circumstances, conditions, or He is going to cause certain scriptures to become alive in my life. We are going to find ourselves submitting to this in order that together we can become one in the Lord Jesus. That is why I said this morning, I have heard the denominational, and especially the Pentecostal people say, We are waiting for the day of the manifestation of the sons of God. Let them go ahead and wait. They do not see what God is doing right now. They will not even be around when what they say they are looking for happens. That is because, when that happens, we will be over here; and they will still be back there. God is leading His true bride saints into unity; and only in that unity will God manifest what carnal minds have talked about. On over here, is where God puts that on display, never back here where we have been. With what God has brought us through now, when we look back, we can see how the devil has fought it, how much carnality has risen in the lives of people. Even in the Pentecostal realm where they would teach about being led by the Spirit. Then when God did bring Bro. Branham on the scene, God showed Bro. Branham how to look at certain meetings that he had been engaged to come and conduct, whether to go ahead and fulfill it or not, he wanted to be led by God. Just to show you how the denominational preachers would do, (and we are talking about the Pentecostal side, people that believe in the Holy Spirit, yet they somehow thought their program was what he ought to go by) I will never forget when I read his life story, when Bro. Branham went to South Africa and God showed him how He wanted him to go about conducting those meetings, but those denominational men came to him, and they had already set up the itinerary: they had the entire program all arranged. God showed Bro. Branham what would happen to him if he went that route, but when he looked at the material side and everything and saw what he had pushing against him, you might say conditions compelled him to go their way. From the physical standpoint though, that man really suffered. Now if a spiritual man like that would suffer because he went ahead to please the men, the preachers, because they had overwhelmed him and taken advantage of the situation, like if he would have said, No, I will not do that, they then say, Then you tear our program all to pieces, we lose everything. If he would say, I don’t want anything to do with that, God would have honored his decision. We can say this, From one standpoint, that is what he should have done, to show the world there comes a time that God’s way is better than everybody else’s way. Nevertheless he went to every place in every meeting and he stood on that platform many times, sick, and very weak in his body, because he knew this was not the way God wanted it to be. The reason I bring this in, is because the man had a constant battle between God endeavoring to lead and direct him in the right way, and preachers pulling on him, plotting how to use him for their greatest advantage. When I look now at a people all over this world, a lot of them have pulled away from the Branham movement, but they have also come out of denominations. I am thankful for what God has pulled out and put together, but we have got to begin to realize, that up the road somewhere, we each one are going to begin to see spiritually, that there are things we will do, when necessity is laid upon us to begin to set about certain things, because it is our way of showing to one another, God is creating something inside of us. The Spirit of unity is having an effect on us.
BEING SURE OF WHAT IS LEADING US
I do not want to stand in the way of anybody being brought into God’s final picture of unity. If that little Bride of His is going to rule in such supreme beauty over here, then right here where we are now, something has got to take place within her (the bride saints) to make her (us) more like Jesus. She is not going to say, Well now, I don’t see that, well what about this, and what about that? We cannot continue to go down the road of life like that. If you need to say, Well what about this? Let it be for the right purpose, that you may understand it. We have learned a lot of traditions out in the denominations, and we have dragged them along with us, but as we get closer to the end, these traditional things are going to be washed away by the truth. Sometimes our physical being is going to suffer, because we sometimes give in to our flesh; and we are going to have to pay a debt. I will read a few words spoken by the apostle Paul, to the Galatians, Chapter 6, verses 7 and 8. 7“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” That is why the scriptures say, For whom the Lord loveth, He chastens. People would say, well I don’t see God chastening: His love is too great. Well if you still feel that way, you do not yet know God. For whom the Lord loveth, He chastens. That does not mean He comes down the road with a big club to beat everybody senseless. You have to understand what the word chastisement really means. It has to be understood from the stand point of a faithful father, one that really intends to raise his children the right way. God has the way: He knows exactly how to deal with me, and how to deal with you. to speak with me, to speak with you, to create conditions about your life, my life, that will cause us to give our attention to Him. Sometimes we can be corrected by a word, but there are times when he has to allow something to come upon us that causes our flesh to suffer to the point where He can again get our attention. If there is something He wants me to do, and I am so busy doing something else, He has got to get my attention. So He is going to use some kind of chastisement to get me to stop that and listen to Him. The scripture says that if we be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Every father is responsible for correction of his own children; and God is a faithful Father. Take a good look at the religious world, and tell me, Are they preaching anything that would bring correction to their hearers? Are they preaching the whole word of God? Are they preaching anything out of the book of Revelation? Not at all. Can they see what you and I are seeing? They cannot, because they do not have the Spirit of revelation teaching them. They do not have an ear for the truth. Neither do they have a mind to receive it. I pass through the stations on TV and once in awhile I will hear John Haggee in Texas, a Baptist man. Yes, he has some good points, but I have to say, The Bride of Christ is not going to get ready by listening to John Haggee. He does not see the true picture in Revelation, how the nations are going to be affected here in the end time. These true things in the scriptures, John is going to let the ministry of the end time feed that to the people, and they are going to see it precisely the way it is supposed to be. Brothers and Sisters: I want to be obedient to God. I don’t want my life to be hanging on to a lot of human influence, just for friendship. I think friendship is wonderful, but if we will get our spirituality straightened out with God first, through His word, then the friendship will follow when we wind up as a family and we are all a part of the same thing. As long as we say, Well I am a Baptist, I am a Methodist, I am this or that, and we are sitting here hoping for the best, looking for the future, but want to keep dragging along a few traditional things, because we don’t know how to give them up, then very little do we know about the leadership of God. We are only hoping and speculating. So that is why I say, I am thankful for what the apostle Paul has written.
Earlier we went to Colossians and I read out of the Hebrew translation, but tonight I am going to ask you to turn to the book of Hebrews, where we will read something Paul wrote to them. I have looked at these the way they are worded and I have to say to myself, The apostle Paul had a specific reason for what he said in both these epistles. That is why I said this morning, Let us not be guilty of taking what one man said and pitting it against what somebody else said. Because the apostle Paul is the only one of the apostles that made these kind of statements. This apostle Paul at that time, I believe he had a true revelation of the godhead. The more I read these scriptures, especially from the Hebrew translation, Paul did not see Jesus as having been the word that was standing by the Father before all time, like some believe. Do you understand my thought? Paul did not see Him that way because He did not write anywhere about that. He is putting it all in the mind of the Father, but remember, He is only a thought in the mind of the Father until such time as He (the Father) created a cell of life in the virgin Mary, that eventually produced a baby boy which they named Jesus, which was the Son of God, because He was born from a created seed, without any inherited attributes of Mary and Joseph. How many realize that? He was not a person standing there by the Father in creation, as so many believe. That is the Trinitarian version of what they see in the scriptures. I do thank God, that somebody had a true picture of it. I read this morning, how the apostle Paul saw Jesus as being the very expressed image of the invisible God that was embodied in Him. That is why Jesus said, He that hath seen me hath seen the Father, but did He ever say, I am God? He did not. When He spent His three and one half years preaching here on earth, what was His final analysis? He knew everything He said, every miracle He performed, and the name which He has revealed, was all from the mind of the Father. In the 17th chapter of St. John, what was He talking about when He said, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do?” Had He built a house? Had He planted a vineyard? Well what did He do? He went about healing the sick, casting out devils, doing good. That was the works of the Father. When the attributes of the Father were in Him, then the Father in Him and through Him, and by Him, led Him to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to change water to wine. It was not the Son who chose to do it. It was the Father in Him, using Him to do it. There was three and a half years of that, when He was displaying the things the Father had invested in Him. That is part of His attributes. Then this statement He made in the 17th chapter, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.” Well how did He do that, Bro. Jackson? What was His personal name? Jesus. Wasn’t it? Was He the only man named Jesus? He is the only man, the only Jew named Jesus, that the Spirit of God dwelt in. He was anointed and had the Father (which is SPIRIT) dwelling in Him. That was God’s redemptive name, that He had chosen to reveal Himself through. It is through that name Jesus, that God would lift us up from a life of sin and put that same Spirit in us that was in His only begotten Son Jesus. The difference is, Jesus had the full measure of the Spirit which is God, and we only have a measure of it in us. That is the name He would call and know you and me by. We can only communicate with the father by, or through the name of His Son Jesus, which is the Christ (the anointed ONE). I have come in thy name, I have manifested thy name. He spoke to the Pharisees one day, John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. What did He mean? Him ye will receive, was referring to the antichrist. Then we go to the third thing, and the last thing was His word. That is why He would repeatedly say, the words that I say unto you, they are not mine. In other words, those spiritual things that came from His lips, they did not originate from the mind of the Son, who as a human being walking around and just decided to say something. No. The words that I speak, they are His that sent me, meaning they were the words of His Father that dwelt in Him. We can see this in the 16th chapter of St. John, If Jesus were a visible means by how God could be revealed to His nation of people, the Jews, who have had the Law, and the prophets all those years, and yet here they are looking at Jesus and saying, Well who are you? Where did you come from? Looking at Him like He is a devil. That does not mean every one of them were skeptical of Him, but all those self righteous Pharisees and Sadducees were. Then just before Jesus was about to give His life, what does He say in the 16th chapter? It is necessary that I go unto the Father. He said, I have many things yet to say unto you, but you are not yet able to bear them. What is He actually saying? You are not able to understand them. Well, they were Jews, they had been taught in the synagogues, taught from the Torah; and Jesus has taken the revelation from the Torah and presenting it to them and saying, I have many things to tell you, but you are not able to understand them now. Why? They had a mind, so why were they not able to understand? Without the Spirit of revelation dwelling in you, you cannot understand that which is revealed by the Spirit. That is the way your religious world is today: When you begin to lay the truth down to draw a picture as to what the Bride is to become and to be known by, there is the natural reaction of the human mind, like, Well now Bro. Jackson, don’t you think they are nice people? Maybe they are, but when you start giving in to these human, sentimental ideas, after a while you are dragging the whole religious world along behind you, because it is your human flesh doing it. You will not separate from it, and you think God is so much of a loving God, He will have mercy on them. Well let us go back to what Jesus said to the disciples, I have yet many things to show unto you, or to tell you, but you are not able to receive them now. Notice now, Howbeit, after the Spirit of truth is come, He will take the things of mine, (What did He mean by the things of His?) God was in Him, so what was God in Him for? Out of those human lips came spiritual words that came forth from the mind of the Father, and those spiritual words He spoke, could not be understood by those religious Jews, because their religion was in their mind only. They could not understand one spiritual thing. That is why they looked at Him like He was crazy. I will say this today, You have a world of religion out there today, that is just as blind as the scribes and pharisees were. When you start talking about spiritual things, revelational things that really begin to separate you from all this tradition and formality, they begin to say, Well who in the world do you think you are? The truth is, we are nothing without the Spirit of Christ in us, but I do thank God, that He brought me out of something that was going nowhere spiritually, and has put something in my heart that I can say I am not where I want to be, but I sure am not where I used to be. If we can look at this in that way, we are in a place to receive something precious.
THE THINGS TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE TO LOOK TO
Jesus said, He (the Spirit of truth) will take the things of mine and show them unto you. What are the things of Christ? Was it how He combed His hair? The kind of sandals He wore? Or was it the type of robe He wore? Those are personal things, but that is not what He was talking about. When He said He would take the things of mine and show them unto you, it means those divine attributes, listen carefully, those divine attributes that portray the divine nature of God that was dwelling in Him, IS WHAT He was talking about, so when the Spirit of truth comes, He will take those same things and divide them in the body of believers. It is the same Spirit that was in Christ in the fulness, but in us it is by measure. How many realize that? That is why, just before He went away he said, A little while and the world will see me no more. But you will see me, because I will be with you, even in you. If He, which is the Comforter, that is the Holy Spirit, the Father Himself, was dividing Himself in portions and putting Himself in the life of every true believer, then all those things that were in Christ Jesus in the fulness, will be in us to some measure. Then, because we have received a measure, God intends to take those spiritual things, the revelation of the truth, the gifts of the Spirit, and I have to say also, the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit, and those things are going to be cultivated in our lives that make up the body of Christ. That is why I said this morning, Before we leave this world in the rapture, the Church will reach that hour when she will be the embodiment of Jesus Christ. Not from the physical standpoint, it is because God puts Himself in His Church to lift His Church up. His Church becomes a light to the world. Let me say this to you, Do not think He is coming down here and just getting a bunch of denominational people that go to church and take them up into glory, and then come back and start His Millennium reign. What a mess that would be! You and I are absolutely going to be informed, revelated and we are going to have a picture in our own mind. That does not mean we are going to know it all, but you are going to know everything up to that point, that the bride is destined to know. Then when we come back with Jesus, those attributes of Christ are going to be in us, so that in whatever position we have been delegated to rule and reign with Him, those divine, spiritual attributes in us are how God takes of Himself and they are delegated into you and me according to the measure of that Spirit that we are to have. If these gifts of the Spirit, were what Paul wrote about in 1st Corinthians 11, 12, and 13, think of the wisdom, think of the knowledge that Church is going to be invested with. Oh Bro. Jackson, is the church still going to have the gift of wisdom? Absolutely. You are going to know ten thousand times more then, than what you do right now. When your mortal body has been changed to immortality, then we are going to know even as we are known. You will not know in a limited setting. Because, when we come back to rule and reign over this element of earthly people, you are going to have to be able to discern the life, what they have done, because that is exactly why throughout this one thousand year reign, the Bride is not all going to set in one spot on this planet. I have said before, black will rule over black, white will rule over white. German will rule over German, English over English and so forth. How many get the point? It is never going to be done the way the devil wants to do it. That spirit of God is going to delegate certain manifestations of this wisdom, this knowledge, this discernment to each individual, because wherever the Bride is delegated to rule the various people that He sees fit to place there, she is going to rule them with the wisdom of God. When Jesus sits in Jerusalem on the ancient throne of David and the Law shall go forth from Jerusalem and the word of the Lord to the ends of the earth, remember, it also means this, that little wife of His, that Bride, wherever she sits among the nations of people she has been redeemed and taken out of, she is going to rule with that certain amount of wisdom and discernment. The Bible says we will know even as we are known, and that means now: it is not as man knows us, but it is how God knows us. Therefore we are going to know then, as we are known now. That is why I have to say, Between now and the time we are caught up, God is going to do a transformation in our lives, to get all this religious, traditional stuff out of us, all of which we have wanted to drag along with us. When we can look about us and begin to see that He is already doing it, that is why some of you are in here like you are right now. You have said, God led me to come here. I will say this, God is not finished leading His people. If there are other individuals out there sitting in a pew where they are not supposed to be, and they are to be in that Bride of Christ, watch what I tell you, they will be coming through those doors one of these days. Do not tell me they will not: I know they will. The Bride of Christ is coming together by the leadership of God’s Spirit. God has His ways. I am thankful, many times God can just speak to a person and their hunger causes them to go looking for the right place. When they come through those doors, something they hear causes them to say, This is what I have been looking for. I like what I am hearing.
GOD KNOWS HOW TO GET OUR ATTENTION
There are some out there, that do not have an ear to hear the Spirit, so God has to get hold of them once in awhile, pick them up and say, Now listen here, John! He does not have to do it in a loud audible voice. Usually John knows when God did it, because he can be driving down the road some day when a terrible thing he can become involved in, makes him stop and realize, God saved my life. God has many ways to get our attention. That is why, if He loves me, He is going to chasten me. If we are sensitive to Him, then He can speak to us and we will hear a still small voice speaking to us. I hope it all turns out that we will listen to that still small voice, but if we will not listen to that voice and we are going down the road of life ninety miles an hour without a care, then God knows how to get our attention. You might come to those crossroads, you may not see a thing coming, but about the time you are two thirds out in the middle of it, crash, there goes the accident you could have avoided. When you do stop, your head is over the steering wheel, Oh Lord help me. Five mile back up the road, my mind was not on what it should have been on; and now look at me. Do you understand me, saints? We are going down the road of life contemplating, planning, which is alright, if we have an ear that is sensitive to the voice of God, because He will speak first by a still small voice. If we do not hear Him, then He will use a little sterner means to get our attention. Brother Jackson, will God really do that? God is after the inner you, and when you will not listen to Him, your flesh has to pay a price for your spiritual deftness. God knows exactly how to get our attention, even if He has to use some other means. My point is, He knows exactly how to deal with each one of us, so that we become sensitive to His leading and know it is God. From now on until the time when the Bride is completed and made complete and perfect and she is ready, rest assured, you are going to see God’s divine leadership by His Spirit. Not necessarily, Oh I had a vision last night, the beautiful things I saw. It could be something like that, but may not be. God has a way of putting a hunger in the hearts of people. We have traveled this road of life, I have been here, I have been there, I have been in search of something and have not yet found it, and do not know exactly what it is, but then, all of a sudden, something just caused me to stop at that certain place. At first you thought it was just another church, but after you go in and sit down, before long you begin to feel a little strange. Somebody gets up and begins to preach. You went there thinking all you would hear is John 5:24 or St. John 3:16. No, you didn’t hear that. You heard things that came out of the book of Revelation, you heard things that came out of Isaiah. A picture begins to take place in your mind. You begin to think, Where have I been all my life. You begin to ask yourself, Is all of that in Bible? Yes sir, and it is for you and me. When people are no longer hungry, they do not go looking for anything. They can go from place to place, they can hear a lot of strange things, some wonderful true things, but if they don’t have an ear to hear nor an eye to see, they are liable to sit there and go to sleep. As God brings His Bride together, I want you to know, there is not going to be ninety five percent of the people sitting here hungry to be in the Bride of Christ and the other five percent on the outside, not knowing where to go. When God is truly dealing with someone, He will cause them to know exactly where to go. He has ways of shaking the bushes to get them where they need to be. As I already said, He has ways of getting your attention. When the time is right, those on the outside, are going to be pointed in the right direction. From before the beginning of time, God knew every individual that would be in the Bride Church. I think we all agree that time is short between here and the wrap up. That is why I say, I am glad to be living in this hour. We are part of a family God foreknew before He ever created anything. I have said this, In WW2, when I was in the war overseas, my mind used to run back through the years of time. In Washington and Clark county, I could count a hundred and eleven Jacksons. I am not bragging about it. We filled every crevice and hollow around. Some of them, I would not want to recognize if they were around, but some I would. When God saved my wretched soul and I began to see what the hand of God was doing with my life, He was making me a part of a family I could be proud to claim as my family. Since then, I came to realize, He will shake every bush, every church house until He gets every one out of there that He foreknew as His own. When they finally do come in where the truth is being proclaimed, they can learn more in three hours time than some have in thirty years of coming here. I do not say that to purposefully offend anyone, because whatever they are to know and what they are to be informed of, He is going to take the plugs out of their ears and get into their mind, moving everything to let them see and hear the truth of His word. The reason I say these things, the living element that is to make up the Bride, is going to be complete and perfect when the time comes for the rapture. Every factor about the Bride, what she is supposed to be, is going to be in her. She is not going up and down the road of life yelling, Take a look at me, I am in the Bride of Christ. No, it is your character, how you conduct yourself, and what becomes precious to you, that determines how you will act when you meet up with someone you know is a rascal. If you see somebody out here and you know they are no good, do not be as some people are: They will say, Don’t ever speak to that person. That is not proper Christian conduct. Don’t be like that: God could have left you right where they are. None of us deserve this great gift of salvation, and the fellowship of wonderful believers: It is only by God’s grace that I am where I am today. Furthermore it is by His grace that I see what I see today. It is by His grace, that I consider you my brothers and sisters. It is the grace of God that does this for us. None of us merited it. I am thankful that I am not out there in the hills and hollows where I used to be, with my mind wandering all over everywhere, like it used to be. If I meet someone going in the grocery store, I do not first consider what kind of person they are, I just say, Good morning Jim, good morning John or whoever, How are you today? To me, they are still human beings, regardless of whether they are Christians or not. They might have a bottle of whiskey in their pocket, but that is their business. Does that mean I should take a social drink with them? No sir. You may not believe me, but when God took the cigarette habit away from me, I said thank you Lord, but I have never carried a no smoking sign on the dashboard of my car. However through the years I have picked up an occasional hitchhiker, most of them had run out of gasoline. I would pick them up. It wouldn’t be long until they would take out a pack of cigarettes and offer me one. I was never tempted to take one. One time a guy lit one up and handed the pack over to me and asked if I wanted one? I said, No, I don’t smoke. He threw his cigarette out the window. I don’t believe in offending people I do not agree with. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes you cannot help but offend some of these religious people. Jesus did that. To offend somebody just because I am a Christian, is not God’s way. All I know is, what I am is by the grace of God. When I walk into a place, I would rather walk in there and conduct myself as a man that considers everybody as a human being, because after all they are part of God’s creation. I could be in the same shoes they are in, if God had not gotten hold of my life. You walk in there and say, Good morning, shake hands, and out the door. Then when you get almost out of range, you hear some fellow say, Now there is a Christian. I would rather hear that said, wouldn’t you? You don’t have to advertise yourself, just live what you have. That is what God wants us to do. No, we don’t have to carry a placard on our chest or anything and we don’t have to preach to them. They see your actions, your character, the way you conduct yourself. Sooner or later God is going to make them say, He is different or she is different than the average person. I have met some of these preachers, especially evangelists, and their mouth is wide open all the time. What church do you go to? Praise the Lord, we have a program, we are trying to win so many people for God. You sound like a salesman, and the product you are selling is not worth a dime. Brothers and sisters, the Bride of Christ is going to be a body of people, that wherever they are, people of the world out there, are going to know you are strange, you are different, but you are not going to reprove them. Sooner or later God is going to make them wake up and realize you are different. As I turned here to Hebrews, it is almost thought for thought along with what Paul said in Colossians. In the Colossian letter, the way the Trinitarians have fixed it, God, by Jesus Christ created all things. But when we read in Hebrews, God, through Jesus Christ: through means God had an objective. Therefore through Him, He has chosen to do something by sending Him to be the means that you and I can be reconciled back to Him. Jesus said, I am the way, I am the truth and the light. No man comes to the Father except by me. So it was not Jesus’ choice. It was the Father’s. Paul said this, and that is why I say, He is the only man that talks like this and that really makes the Father stand out and lifts the Son up. Hebrews 1:1 “Yahweh, having of old time spoken to the fathers in the prophets by diverse portions and in various manners, (visions and all those things) has at the end of these days spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, (That shows He was already foreordained before the foundation of the world to be the heir.) through whom (not by whom) also He made the worlds; (The word worlds here is not talking about planets, it is talking about the ages.) who being the effulgence of His glory, (I am going to say He is the outward expression of the glorious majestic, invisible God, because the word right here, effulgence, even in the English I don’t know what it means, but one dictionary defines it, “A brilliant radiance” That is good enough for me. I can say this, If we were writing it now, and this was the beginning of it, we would have to say, He is the very outward manifestation of the beauty and majestic glory of an invisible God.) and the very image (that which strikes the sense of sight) of his substance, (The word substance here is pointing to a being, substance does not refer to a bucket of water. Water is visible, but the invisible, He is definitely that, and there is a glory there that you can only see when it is manifested and channeled through some means.) and upholding all things by the word of His power.” The word power means authority. That takes us to where Paul could say in his revelation, When Christ comes, He is coming to be King of kings and Lord of lords, He comes and gets His wife, and she is taken up to the marriage supper. Now His wife is going to be delegated to rule over this earth, to rule and reign, and to share in this kingdom authority and power. For one thousand years the knowledge and the glory of the Lord is going to cover the earth as the waters that cover the sea. In the far Pacific, there are islands out there, and there were islands during WW2, where the inhabitants had never seen an army. It was not until the Japanese had invaded them and began to put airstrips and military bases on them. That made us come along and drive the Japanese out and take them over and use those military bases. When things kind of subsided from the military standpoint, they began to bring in some movies at night. Of course there were no theater, they just set up a screen along the edge of the airstrip. We would all get out there and sit down on the ground. Those natives had never seen an animal or anything, so imagine that. They had never heard a dog bark, never seen a cow, never seen a horse. When they saw these western movies and these men herding a bunch of cattle they were talking and laughing. When they saw them on horses, chasing cows, my, you would think they were chasing cows also because they never had seen such a display of animal life. That causes me to say this, When Jesus and the Bride comes to set up the Millennial reign, there is going to be some people delegated to go down there and sit on some of those islands. Those that are chosen to go there, are going to be equipped with the wisdom and knowledge of God, their hearts cannot help but go out to those people. So if the knowledge of God shall cover the earth, you might think that is just from New York to San Francisco. No, it is from one end of this earth to the other. From island to island, jungle to jungle, mountain peak to mountain peak, wherever there is a human life that God has seen fit to spare, the Bride is going to sit and rule over them. They are going to restore the divine knowledge of God, the eternal being. Then there are certain domestic laws, how the human race should live and conduct themselves. Only God Himself knows, all these that we call heathen tribes. As that Bride sits over this earth for a thousand years, every nation will be lifted up. Every one of those nations in that green line on our chart are going to be filled with the knowledge of God. That knowledge of God will cover the earth from the desert to the jungle, to the mountain peak, from the cities and everywhere. God will be the supreme being. After a thousand years of that, then the devil is turned loose for a little while to go out upon the breadth of the earth to tempt. It is to tempt these mortals that have been born during that thousand years while he was chained up. Naturally the devil is going to come at them full force. Many will believe the devil’s lies and join up with him. The devil’s aim is to try to get complete control of the government and everything. That is when the scripture says, all this great horde of people that he deceives are going to encircle the city of Jerusalem. That is the Bride’s headquarters. Their aim is, Now we are going to create a coup: we are going to overthrow this government: we are going to overthrow this kingdom: we are going to take it over and have our way. I have heard some say that is the Ezekiel 38 and 39 maneuver. That is wrong: the Ezekie 38 and 39 deal will precede the Millennium. As that element of people compass the beloved city, God lets it go so far; and when they are ready to act, then God acts by divine intervention, and fire from heaven wipes them out. When fire comes down from heaven, it says it will devour them. That is going to leave the rest of those nations alive. Next we have the great white throne judgment. That is when Christ sits here judging the nations, but over here the bride is going to be surrounding that great white throne, and she is not only going to help judge these, but she is also going to judge angels. I want to be sure you understand that God perfects things in threes, He finishes His work in threes. He has a family of angels, and all through this period those righteous angels are alive. How many realize that? They are ministering spirits. They are all through here. When God put a man here on earth to subdue the earth, rehabilitate it, he fell. That made it necessary for God send His Son, the firstborn among many brethren, and He starts His third creation right here. Adam was over the second, but right here is where He brings on the beginning of the third. We have come through the last two thousand years and look how the devil has fought the Church trying to traditionalize it. He failed, but as God brings us here to the end and perfects this living element of the Bride, to get it ready for a future role, she cannot go by tradition. God is going to fill her with a revelation of truth. Every one in the bride is going to be there, because God has so led them, that she is going to know exactly, the plan of God. This Millennial reign of Christ and His bride, is going to complete what God is after. When that last judgment is over and everything assigned to its place, then His kingdom, His creation is complete. We will enter into a time that will never end. God, angels, and man, are all there. God in earth, the same earth, but there is no more sin, no more death. No more Satan to cause trouble. How beautiful that will be. May the Lord bless each and every one of you. Amen.