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WE ARE JUST CONTINUING ON FROM WHERE THE NOVEMBER ISSUE LEFT OFF The church world is so out of order today, they would not know how to get back to proper conduct in a worship service. I remember when a preacher or two started wearing blue jeans, their clothes did not coordinate with anything, but now it is like that almost everywhere. It is almost a miracle, to see a preacher on television that is dressed right. They wear old faded blue jeans that look like they have been worn out in a cow pasture. They come to the pulpit like that, showing no respect for the office they are supposed to be fulfilling. It looks like something the old farmers, sixty or seventy years ago, would throw away. They come in and preach in that kind of clothing. I just say to all such, You are a disgrace to the family of God, or even to the human family. I know this is the order of the day we are living in, but I donâ€™t like it. No matter what people think of things you are using as a corrective thing, it is not meant to destroy: it is meant to correct, and that is all it is meant to do. If people take it the wrong way, I cannot help that, because I remember Bro. Branham saying, love is corrective. I know I quote him a lot, and I quote Bro. Jackson, but these were servants of God that were respected, just as the apostle Paul was, as the servant of God in his day. These were servants of God that have gone on now and they are not responsible for what goes on with those that are left here. I do believe God has a ministry that is going to take us on through here, and one day soon it is going to take us out of here. I have to believe that, because it says in Ephesians 4, that they are for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come into the unity of the faith, and unto the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, unto a perfect man. When you are looking at perfection, you are not looking at flesh, because you are not going to perfect the flesh of anyone. It is what is inside this human flesh that is to be perfected. This human flesh is not subject to the will of God, but it is subject to the one that is in it, which is to bring it under the will of God. As children of God, our spirit is subject to the will of God, so we must control the flesh. One of these days we are going to shed this body of flesh, because we will not need it any more, not in the world to come, and that is what I have been speaking on, that which is to come. It is not very far around the bend. I did not see it, but I know how, in these horse races, they are always expecting a triple crown winner, but they hardly ever make it. With us, we are going to make it, by the grace of God which He has shown to us and bestowed upon us, we are going to make it. If I did not believe that, I would just sit down and listen to someone else. We are going to make it. God did not call us unto this great salvation, to let us fail: It is just a few more hills to climb, a few more valleys to cross, but the way is getting clearer all the time, because we can see the path ahead of us. I praise the Lord for that. I have these last three scriptures here that I want to go to. I want to go back to Revelation 8 first, because this has been mentioned to me. Let us just see what is in there. The main thing is the first verse. We are going to see where that leads us this morning. You go from the 7th chapter where it mentions the 144,000 that are sealed while the four angels are holding the four winds back. The denominational prophets put that particular setting on the four corners of the earth, as north, east, south and west. That has nothing to do with it. If they would look where they are positioned, they could see that they are all positioned at the Euphrates River. They are holding back the war that is to come, which is Armageddon. The reason for that, is because they are already there, the four angels are ready to let this thing go. But then the Spirit of God says, hold off, wait until we have sealed the 144,000. Then it gives the name of the 144,000, which is the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, which there are 12,000 chosen out of each tribe, except the tribe of Dan. Of course you have the two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim that make up the twelve, because of what Dan did. Dan was the first tribe because it was too far for them to go, they thought, to Jerusalem to worship God, so they got their own man to make them a calf. They were the first ones to do that so God did not entrust them with the message. However when you go back to the twelve tribes, the original tribes, then you have that which I have not covered yet, which would be Ezekiel 48, which brings Dan back into it, because he is back in the land for his inheritance. God knows what He is doing, and I never question what He is doing. I know it does not mention Ephraim here, but it mentions Joseph, which we must understand are interchangeable, Joseph and Ephraim are interchangeable because you go back into Ezekiel where they are dividing up the land and so on, you will find that in order to have the twelve tribes in the land, they put the tribe of Levi, more or less, into all the tribes, but they will be gathered in one place in the Millennium, in the Jerusalem area, because that is where the offerings are to be made. He comes right after that and is mentioned, and the great multitude, which I hope to bring that out a little more tonight, because I have some questions on it. Rev. 8:1 â€œAnd when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.â€ In this space of half an hour, there was something that happened, because the silence was in heaven, but it was not silent on earth during that time, because you see what is going on down on the earth. â€œAnd I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.â€ It does not mention the trumpets again until you get to the 6th verse, where the angels are prepared to sound in this silence period, but there is something else that is going on. After he saw the seven angels with the trumpets, which the first four trumpets will be under the ministry of the two prophets. Then you go to the next trumpet, that is taking you all the way into the time of when you go into the tribulation time. You will say then, well what about the 12th verse of the 9th chapter, One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.â€ He says one woe is past. You will see that the other woes happen, but one woe is past because the 9th chapter is an on going situation. When you see the 9 chapter, 1st verse, it says this, â€œAnd the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.â€ The bottomless pit is open after the two prophetsâ€™ message. But going back to the 8th chapter, 3rd verse, we find this, â€œAnd another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense.â€ Incense was used with the prayers when they made the offerings, in Old Testament time. It was incense that made the smoke come up, that was representative of going before God and God smelled it. But this is a heavenly setting with earthly beings. Because this is an angel. Let me read that again, the 3rd verse. â€œAnd another angel came and stood at the altar, (which is in heaven. We are not in the Old Testament here, because this is Gentiles. But what happened in the Old Testament in the natural represents what is going on at this time after the seal is opened, of what is going on with the saints of God. That is going to be a great time when the prayers of the saints of God are going up and it is recognized before God. It is not just prayers of I want, I want, I want, it is prayers of dedication. Of course needs will be met. There was a preacher on television, I listened to him a little bit, but a little bit was too much. He said there will be nobody go in the rapture with a missing limb. What about the ones that have died on the battlefield, that have been blown apart. He said everybody will have their limbs restored, arms and legs, eyes, they will be restored, but that will be in the rapture. If you are going to have everything give back to you here, then what is the use of a rapture. I believe people are going to have the things that ail them, and there will be healing no doubt of arms and legs, and things of that nature, but not added to. I do not want to get off on a wild goose chase of the things that are of God. I read in the Bible where Jesus raised people from the dead, but I did not see Him restoring limbs. This is what this prayer is about here.) having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints (That means you, from the smallest to the largest, the prayers of all saints. There are some great times coming.) upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angelâ€™s hand.â€ Remember Hannah when she wanted a son, how she went and prayed. She came back to her husband and told about an angel meeting with her. Finally the third time he got to meet with this angel and when he did, we find they offered an offering upon the altar, and the smoke came up and the angel rose in the smoke. They thought, we are dead people now, we have seen God. No, they saw an angel. We live in a time that if somebody saw something like that, they would say well there is God, because they think He is a man anyway. â€œAnd the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.â€ That is a mighty prayer, when all this begins to happen, something is going on in the earth. Now we go to the 10th chapter. What I am connecting this to is the saints of God that are living for God at that time, are going to be here when the two prophets come on the scene. Bro. Jackson even taught that, because he said there was an overlapping of the Jews when the Gentiles received the gospel. There was still an overlap, and he said there will be also, when this happens, because that half hour of silence is a period of time, not years, but weeks or a few months. Not a half year as some people think. â€œAnd I saw another mighty angel (This is a representative of Christ. I remember in 1997 when a certain man preached those messages here, in Canada, Mexico and who knows where else. He said that little book was not a scroll. I knew different because six months before that, Bro. Jackson had preached that it was. I thought then, does he never listen to Bro. Jacksonâ€™s messages? I found out that he did not. Of course there was a lot of other things added in there.) come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire.â€ This scene is after the seal is broken, because it is a part of it, because He stands with this little book (scroll) open. Do you understand? In the 8th chapter it says that the seal is broke, when He had opened the seventh seal. Here He stands with it open. This is all a part of the same thing, but in its time. This is time related, it does not happen in one day. This is not going to happen instantly, and everybody is gone. It is going to take time. His feet were as pillars of fire. If you go back to the 1st chapter you will see who this is, it is Christ in angelic form. I have to say that every time, because somebody is going to accuse me of saying that this was Jesus literally, so that is why I have to say it every time. People will not allow you to be a man. It donâ€™t matter how they say things, but we have to say it right, because the accusations come if we do not. â€œAnd He had in His hand a little book open: (In the 1st verse of the 8th chapter, He has opened the seal, here He stands with it open.) and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth.â€ Right foot on the sea and left foot on the earth, this is an international setting. Because this is to Godâ€™s Church. â€œAnd cried with a loud voice, (He did not boo-hoo, it was more like, HEY! LET ME HAVE YOUR ATTENTION! And He will have the Churchâ€™s attention.) as when a lion roareth: (I have watched some of the shows on nature programs, and when a lion roars, he puts his head down close to the ground, so it will carry. They say you can hear it five miles away and there is no other sound like it. It is a distinguishable sound. This will be a distinguishable sound unto the Bride of Christ when it gets around, because it has to travel around the earth. Everybody is not going to hear it at the same moment of time. There are people in remote places on the earth that it is going to have to get to. You hear me here this morning, but if this went to the Philippines or somewhere, they do not get it at the same time because it is morning there.) and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.â€ Seven thunders uttered their voices, and this is the only thing that is closed up in this book. It is what the thunders utter. God has given us a view into this, but He has not let us know what the thunders utter. The rest of it is known. Some people may think this whole 10th chapter is closed. I used to think the same thing. This is what happens here on earth during the half hour of silence in heaven. Godâ€™s attention has gone from heaven to the earth, because this is where everything is going on. Seven thunders utter their voices, if you go back to the 1st verse of the 6th chapter, you will find there was one thunder sounded there. The other three horse riders, there is no thunder. The fourth one, there is a voice. The rest of them do not even have that. The fourth horse rider has a voice, but there is a thunder when the first horse rider comes on the scene because that was Godâ€™s prophet messenger that opened the six seals. If God made the rocks to ring out when the thunder came, and it was seen across heaven, what is going to happen when seven thunders utter? That is a preparation for the Bride to get ready to leave. She is going to know what those thunders uttered then. I do not say these things to confuse anyone, but I say them as the scripture reads. â€œAnd when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.â€ (Let us read that 2nd verse again.) â€œAnd He had in His hand a little book open: and HE set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.â€ Not the rest of it, but seal up the things that the seven thunders uttered and write them not. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven.â€ Lifted up His hand to heaven, one hand. He had His right hand, and in his left hand was the little book opened, this is signaling the start. The one hand is a signal, it is time to start. â€œAnd sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.â€ Or no longer a delay. See? He is recognizing the Father there. This is the one with the little book open, or the scroll open, swearing by Him that liveth for ever and ever, showing whose authority it is over this whole thing. â€œBut in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when He shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.â€ Now the mystery of God there has been quoted mysteries of God, all the mysteries of God have been finished, it has nothing to do with the mysteries of God, the mystery of God is that the Gentiles have a place in His kingdom. Now this is on going here, this has not stopped, that was an interjection into this, that 7th verse is, but then you go back to what he is talking about. â€œAnd the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book (Or the scroll. Now He is talking to John. He is talking to an earthly being, not a heavenly being, an earthly being, John. Just like Ezekiel did when he took the little book, it made his belly bitter, but was in his mouth sweet as honey. The voice I heard from heaven spake unto me and said, go and take the little book…) which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.â€ Now John is hearing this voice, which is God speaking out of heaven, telling him to go take the little book out of the hand of Him that has one foot on the sea and one foot upon the land. That is Christ. That is the message that is to be uttered. But when this happens, it is not going to be John in person, it is going to be the ministry in that hour of time, that will take the scroll because there is a message in that scroll, a message that the seven angels will carry, or the seven voices. I should not call them angels, they are earthly men, but they are messengers. â€œAnd I went unto the angel, and said unto Him, Give me the little book. (or the scroll) And He said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.â€ It is a message, a sweet message, but when he has to take this, it goes into his inner being, where it is upsetting to him. Because as it says in Ezekiel, there is bitterness in it. â€œAnd I took the little book out of the angelâ€™s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And He said unto me, Thou must prophesy (That is the message that is in the little book.) again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.â€ I do not know exactly what the message is, nobody knows what it is right now. But the denominational world of religion will never know what it is. The foolish virgins will not even know what it is. The great multitude will not know what it is. It is narrowed down to where only Bride people get the message, nobody else. Is this making sense? Letâ€™s go back to the book of Daniel. I am not saying to you, just accept what I am saying. I hope you do, but if you have to study on it, do that, and be sure you get it. I am not going to stand here and be accused of forcing people to believe what I say without them having a revelation. You get a revelation of this and see what it says to you. I am not saying be stubborn about it, but think about it, pray about it if you need to. Because I know these things that I am talking about today have not been talked about prior to now. Daniel, the 12th chapter, 4th verse. â€œBut thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.â€ Now Daniel is told to shut up the book, or the understanding of what he is saying, until the end. We understand what Daniel was saying. But this is the time of the end, because this has to do with the last three and half years, which is what this other does with the Church. â€œThen I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, (This is not talking about one foot upon the land and one foot upon the sea. One stood on this side of the bank of the river, this is the Jordan River. It has a middle eastern setting.) and the other on that side of the bank of the river.â€ This is two angels standing opposite, one on each side of the Jordan River, because this is to Israel. â€œAnd one said to the man clothed in linen, (This has no introduction to it, it just goes into it. If you read back up here in the first three verses, there is no introduction to it, it just goes into the thing, as he is looking at it. And one said to the man clothed in linen,) which was upon the waters of the river, (That is Jesus Christ in the middle of the week.) How long shall it to be the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when He held up His right hand and His left hand unto heaven, (both are raised now, you are ready for the last part of the week. One, as He raises it, is to the Church. With the other one, with the scroll in His hand, but here, there is no scroll, it is His hands raised because He is ready to go.) and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; (three and one half years) and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.â€ That is the middle of the week, when He is seeking to accomplish, when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, (the Jews), all these things shall be finished. â€œAnd I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?â€ This is Daniel talking. â€œAnd he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.â€ See? They are sealed up until the time of the events, and it does not say the end, time of the end. We are in that time, we are in that time frame. â€œMany shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; (I am not putting anybody into that category, but you figure yourself, where you are. Do you understand? Or do you not understand? It said none of the wicked will understand, none.) but the wise shall understand.â€ I am not talking about this morning, but there is a time to understand. I am not just speaking to Faith Assembly, here as a body, but I am speaking to anyone that hears this. What category are you in? There are only two categories, yes only two. That tells you right there where it is. None of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. We are not playing patty-cake. This, to me, is a clear picture. If this be right, I will leave that up to you. If this be right, somewhere down the line you will understand. If it is wrong, I donâ€™t ask you to understand. I have made my message to where it will let you think. To me, it is a clear picture. You could say, well you are no authority on these things. I am a minister of God, but that is up to you. I know I was called, I know that, but wherever you figure me in to be, then that is up to you. I will let you go now because I am through with this part.
WE SHALL CROWN HIM?
I have some questions to answer, so I want to go back into what I was on this morning before I go any further, because there is a connecting scripture to what I was on. I want to look at that. We were in Revelation chapter 10 this morning, I want to go back there to the last part of it and see the message that is in there. There is a message to the Bride and a message to the world in this. When we look at it, it is the same angel in both settings. It is easy to go over something without fully explaining it, but I want to do so here. Concerning the little book, I will start in verse 2. â€œAnd He had in His hand a little book open: (I mentioned that, that is the scroll. We had the slide about the one foot upon the land and one foot upon the sea.) and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth.â€ This is an international (a universal) setting. As I went over Daniel chapter 12 this morning, from verse 6 thru verse 10, we find that it is the setting, standing upon the river, which would be Jordan, and that will happen in the middle of the week, from there on through until the end. But this is concerning the Bride, an international message concerning the Bride. â€œAnd cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.â€ As we all know, that is seven men that God has designated to carry out a message, seven thunders have a message for the bride. It will not be one saying one thing and another saying something else, because it is a revelation to the whole body of Christ, as the coming of the Lord is at hand. When I say at hand, I do not mean that very day, because there is a time lapse in all of this, as we go on down through it. John heard what the seven thunders uttered, but he was told not to write it. When Bro. Branham went over that, he said it was in tongues, what was given to him, and he got into a little bit of it and said, the Lord will not let me go any further. The message will come clear at the end, it will not be in tongues. â€œAnd when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: (He knew what was said.) and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.â€ Now this is not talking about this seal of chapter 8, verse 1, it is talking about the things that the seven thunders will utter, that part of it is a mystery. â€œAnd the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven. (We went over that this morning.) And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, (talking of the Creator) and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.â€ Or delay no longer. The events from that time will speedily happen. I am going to skip the 7th verse, because it was to the seventh church age messenger. â€œAnd the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto Him, Give me the little book. And He said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.â€ A message, a message that he was given that is going to be revealed unto men in this end time, seven thunders, as well as other men. This is not limited to seven men here. â€œAnd I took the little book out of the angelâ€™s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.â€ It was the message that he had to carry that will be carried by the men of this hour, and it will be carried to who? â€œAnd He said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.â€ God is going to force His way on man here in this end time. I do not have the answer to what it is all about, but I do know that it is to an element of people that have forsaken God, and to nations and kings that have forsaken God. It is not going to be something pleasant, because it was in his belly bitter. He said it is a prophecy, thou must prophecy before many people. It is going to be carried. This other part of this message is when the seven thunders utter their voices, this is to the Bride. But this part is to world leadership. You ask me how this is going to be done. I have an idea, because you cannot preach this to kings, to nations and to people as it is said here, without an audience. The audience is going to be worldwide. They are going to hear a message that makes his belly bitter because of what he has to say. But the message is going to be as sweet as honey in his mouth. Let us go back to Ezekiel, which I mentioned this morning, but I did not go to it. Go to Ezekiel chapter 2. Some may say, well Bro. Allen, this is fantastic. How is this ever going to happen? Well, it is a prophecy, God sent men just like He did Elijah to Ahab, just like He did Moses unto Pharaoh. The message was stern, and they stood and listened, even though they did not like it. But these are Bride people that have a message for the end of the age, that is going to affect kings, presidents, prime ministers. You cannot do this without an audience. You cannot get an audience like that together without it being broadcasted. I know it sounds fantastic, but it is going to happen. Let us start with the 3rd verse. â€œAnd He said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.â€ Now the message here is unto Israel, but this other one is a world setting. â€œFor they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.â€ If God inspires something like this, there is nobody that can stand against it. â€œAnd they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, for they are a rebellious house, yet they shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: (just like the scroll in Revelation) and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. (It does not sound like a happy message.) Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.â€ I remember as Bro. Jackson went over this, he went over the book of Isaiah, which is the beginning of it. Then he went into this, then he went into Revelation, which he said was progressive, more was understood as time goes on. We have to be entering into a time that God has designated as the end time. We canâ€™t escape what God is going to do here in the end time. It is going to happen. It may sound fantastic. It may sound like something in a gorgeous way, but God has called a ministry in this hour, not of educated men. The prophet of this age was not educated, neither was Bro. Jackson, neither will the end time ministry be, from here on out, highly educated with doctors degrees. However they will know their way around in the Word of God, in order to be able to take a thought and work with it. I can say that because we know He has a five fold ministry to perfect the saints. I wanted to go over that. I now have a couple questions I want to deal with before I go any further.
This is the question, Is the foolish virgins and the great multitude the same? They are not the same, but they receive the same reward. The great multitude is made up of people that have lived through certain hours of time, from the beginning of the Church and onward, but they just did not make it to where they could be Bride people. For whatever reason, they were not Bride people, because of understanding and because of the message of the hour, they just did not have time to get into the fruit bearing process. That is what makes a difference in this hour, the fruit. Jesus said in Matthew 13, as He was talking about the good seed. He said, they produce thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold. So they make a crop, a crop of believers that have matured in the Word of God. Back in Lutherâ€™s time, or Wesleyâ€™s time, and it was more so in Wesleyâ€™s time, but in Lutherâ€™s time, He said, they shall walk with me in white. We find that there is a different setting, when you come to the hour of Wesley, because of their maturity in a Christian walk. There were very few in Lutherâ€™s time that really made it to be Bride people. When you go back into the other ages before that, from the second age on, the Word was constantly getting more scarce as time passed. By the time you come to 325 AD, there was only a handful of people that make up the Bride people, because the others had gone into the denominational thinking. That would be the third church age, because that is when the baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ was rejected, and Father, Son, and Holy Ghost was brought into the scene, in 325 AD, at the Nicene Council. The name of Jesus Christ was rejected in water baptism. That is the way it was, it all fell to that. After that time all water baptism of believers was in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, which is not a name at all, because all three are titles, not names. Before that time, I do not mean exactly then, 325, because it had to lead up to that, but that was when the decision was made for the mode of baptism. In the first age, people were only baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then in the age we live in, it began to come about again, around 1910, when people were made aware of Godâ€™s way. Up here in Madison Indiana, as Bro. Jackson told about a number of times, there were two preachers baptizing. God spoke to one of them while he was baptizing, which was the evangelist, and said, will you baptize them in my name? Jesus spoke to him, will you baptize in my name? The pastor of the church asked him, what did He say? His answer was, I will tell you after this is over. They were baptizing a bunch of people. Then he started baptizing another one. The same voice said, will you baptize in my name? The evangelist told the pastor when he asked him, what did He say. He did not understand it, only the evangelist understood what He was saying. He said, I will tell you after we get through. They went ahead and baptized the people. Then when they got to the house, the pastor said, what did He say to you? He said, Will you baptize them in my name? Then they began to look at the scripture. They looked throughout the scripture. The only place where Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is mentioned in baptism, is in Matthew 28:19. It is not to be names, it is just in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, I am come in my Fatherâ€™s name. The scripture says, whatsoever you do in word, in deed, do all in the name of Jesus Christ, for the glory of God the Father. So if you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, you have not been baptized in a name. That scripture does not say names. Father is not a name, Son is not a name, Holy Ghost is not a name: they are only titles. What was the message on the day of Pentecost? When those Jews from all the different places in the world, were there in Jerusalem, and they saw what had happened to that bunch of Galilean Jews, they said to the twelve disciples, after Peter had spoken to them, men and brethren, what must we do? Peter, who was given the keys to the kingdom, said, Repent every one of you, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, Acts 2:38. In Acts chapter 10, with those of the house of Cornelius, it was the same thing. In Acts 19, when Paul asked those men, which were twelve, if they had they received the Holy Ghost since they believed, they said, we have never so much as heard of the Holy Ghost. He said, then how were you baptized? They said, unto Johnâ€™s baptism. Then we find that Paul had them all baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, then laid hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost. So I just feel that this was a necessary thing, for me to say to all of you, You must be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now let me get to the other question, which came to me like this, I thought I heard one time that foolish virgins did not start until the seventh church age, and when started the great multitude and when did it stop? The great multitude, as I said awhile ago started in the beginning, not long after the Church was born. And they have reached on through the hours of time. There could still be some in the great multitude. The difference between the great multitude and the foolish virgins is, the foolish virgins have to go through that hour of temptation, (the tribulation that is yet to come). When did they start? In the seventh church age. They never started until the seventh church age, and mainly after the seals were preached. Brother Branham was asked a question about what was going on in the charismatic world. He said, that is the foolish virgins going to seek for oil. I am not saying that every foolish virgin will die during the tribulation, because some of those who may have been foolish virgins have already died. However, no matter what anyone says, there will be no foolish virgins make it out of that seven year period without martyrdom, none. All of them will have died one way or the other. The difference between the foolish virgins and the great multitude, was that the foolish virgins rejected the message because they could not understand it. Jesus said in Matthew 25, depart from me, I know you not. That is because they have had no revelation of the Word of God. They could not receive the Word that was revealed in their hour, because they did not have the same measure of the Holy Ghost, as the bride does: it was not implanted within them. The difference, the great multitude just did not live long enough to produce fruit of the Spirit. The foolish virgins did have time, but they rejected the message of the hour because they could not understand it. Therefore they have to give their lives as martyrs in the tribulation of the last half of the 70th week of Daniel. The true foolish virgins will reject the mark of the beast, knowing it means death for them. As for rewards for believers, it will be the same, according to Matthew 20, starting in the 8th verse. â€œSo when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. (See? He said, beginning from the last unto the first.) And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. (That was the agreement with those at the beginning of the day. Remember that, every man received a penny.) You may ask why, so the answer is, that is what was promised to each one that was hired. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. (See? It is the same reward. The penny is the key to that.) And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.â€ They everyone did what they were told to do, and their reward was the same. So is it with eternal life. I hope that explains this part for all of you.
This next question to some people, can be a sticky question, because of where the answer comes from. Notice the question, For the child born to the nonbelievers, what happens to it if it dies before the age of accountability? As we would look, which we have, into 1st Corinthians 7, verse 12. â€œBut to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. (When it says be pleased, that is be pleasing to him, not living in an argument all the time.) And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. (If he be pleased to dwell with her in peace. I have said I would rather somebody smack me than to fuss with me all the time. It would be easier to take.) For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.â€ Now are they holy, which was because of that one believer. The husband or wife, are not saved, but the other one is, so that sanctification is talking about the relationship that brings children into the world. There are people that can marry people in the world, and later on one becomes a Christian, and the other one does not. It can be that way with either husband or wife. But then on the other hand, I believe that a person is in much danger to marry somebody that is not a believer. â€œBut if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.â€ That is what I was talking about awhile ago, there should not be war in the home. â€œFor what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?â€ This works in predestination, it has got to be that. There is no promise for the unbelievers children. But if they are born and do not reach the age of accountability before something happens to them, they cannot be judged for what they have not done. Therefore they are just more or less, (and I know this is hard for some people to think about), but they will more or less, their lives will just vanish. Do you understand what I mean? They are not going to be punished, but on the other hand, nothing unclean enters into heaven. Brothers and sisters, that is why I said that this is a hard question, but I have given you an honest answer, as honest as I know how, and I stand by it. The believers children are protected. If the rapture took place tomorrow, and you have a little baby, God is not going to leave that baby laying somewhere. He is going to take care of it, because it is clean before God, because of believers. I suppose people do worry about those things, but we have to look at the Word for our answers: we cannot look to our feelings. What happened when the Israelites went into the land of promise? God told them, get rid of everything, even the cattle, the horses, and whatever else they have, even the little children of those who had been dwelling in the land before the children of Israel came to claim their promised land. People mocked the Bible, because of that, saying, God would never do that, but He did. When you look at the end, there is going to be babies, little children, everything scattered all over this earth. I am not trying to be cruel by saying that, I am just trying to be truthful to the Word of God. Do you understand it? I did not say do you accept it. Do you understand it? I accept it. It is as hard for me as it is for you, but that is what it says, they are unclean.
Now I will get to something that maybe a little more pleasant. I am still on my same subject in the book of James. All these things would be easier if you could just talk about somebody else. But when you talk about somebody else, you are talking about your own situations. The Word of God cannot be compromised. Chapter 1, verse 8. â€œA double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, (Does that sound like something you would put on your head? Is a crown of life something that you see? A crown of life is something you inherit, something that God crowns you with, His glorious desire toward you and me, is that. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive a crown of life…) which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.â€ Which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. The promise is eternal life. We find nothing in the scripture where we will be crowned with man made crowns. Where are you going to wear it when you disappear? You are going to have a fast way of travel sometimes. The only thing you would see is that crown going through the air, looking like a satellite. No. That is not what this is about: it is about eternal life. Let us go to 1st Peter, chapter 5, verse 1 â€œThe elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed.â€ He was sure of himself, he was sure of what he had as a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed. â€œFeed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over Godâ€™s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory (Now it is a glory crown. Is it something you are going to see? No, it is an inheritance, receive a crown of glory…) that fadeth not away.â€ So we have here, the different crowns for believers. As we went into Thessalonians, where we have already been, so as we go into 2nd Timothy, a crown of righteousness, in Philippians, my joy and crown, 1st Corinthians, an incorruptible crown. I went over that. I said that gold is corruptible, but this is an incorruptible, which will last you not for a lifetime, because there is no time to it. It is an eternal thing. A crown of glory that fadeth not away. Let me go to Revelations chapter 2, verse 10. â€œFear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.â€ Be faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 3, starting in the 9th verse. â€œBehold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, (or tribulation) which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.â€ Is it something they take off your head? No, it is something that they steal away from you, the truth that you have been given in an hour such as this. But this was in another age, really in the fourth age, because there were men that died horrible deaths. He is telling them to hold on, and they did. Young men that dared to look into the scripture were tried and put in prison for a length of time, then taken out of prison to try and make them recant. This was where the devil got his victory, was when somebody would give up. The last resort for them that would not give up was death. But they could not take their crown of life away, because it was given of God. I know that some may think, how could you take the crown of life. That is the thinking of a person of their desire to know God and to know the scripture, they did not have much to go by because everything by that hour was in Latin. They kept the world ignorant, just like they have Mexico, ignorant of scriptures, like they have in the Philippines. They do not want them to know anything about scripture. When we went to the Philippines, we got in behind a caravan of cars for an hour. It was Easter time. Here came down the street a big thing they had fixed up like a float, coming down through there, people making the sign of the cross, standing on this float, being pulled down the street. All the traffic was stopped. Those poor Philippine people, many of them take chains and beat themselves across their backs until blood comes out. Others let them hang them on a cross as a vow of humility. I donâ€™t think that would humble me, to be hanged on a cross, nails put in my hands. That is what the Catholic world has done to people, to keep them ignorant of anything that is really real. This is what it was like in the Dark Ages. Bro. Jackson said they went into the Dark Ages around 500 A.D. riding horseback, they had yokes on oxen, and they came out of that time a thousand years later, and had not learned a thing: it was still ox carts and horseback. Nothing advanced, because they knew, if people could read the Bible they would learn how to live in a way that would be beneficial to them. The gospel is beneficial to you, because it will lead you into light. Light will break up all this old darkness. The reason America has been blessed as she has, is because they broke away from that system. Now they are trying to take that away from us, the blessings that God has given us, and that is the reason Revelation 10 will be a message to this old dark world. Do you mean there will be presidents and those of that nature, have to listen to Bride people? I say yes. I know it sounds fantastic, but it is on the agenda, it is just ahead of us. If we can keep a right thought in our minds and a right head on our shoulders, God has promised great things. This world is going to hear a message, it will not change them, but they will have heard the truth. It did not change Israel when Ezekiel prophesied there, but it kept him clear. He sure told them what they had done, and what God required. That is going to be a day when Godâ€™s people are going to shine. Yes they will. He will send men out there with the Word. It is going to be something to witness. If I am in the background, that is alright. But it is going to happen, it is in the forefront. We will now go to Revelation, chapter 12, verse 1. â€œAnd there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, (It is not the sun out there that she is clothed with, it is the glow of God, because she has gone through something.) and the moon under her feet, (that pertains to the Law Age that she has been under in time past.) She is clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet, talking of Israel.) and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.â€ That is representative of the Israeli nation. It passed from that Law Age unto the age of regeneration. But it is this man child that she will be travailing with.) â€œAnd she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and painted to be delivered.â€ That travailing pertains to the Israeli nation, not necessarily Mary that actually delivered the child that this points to. She, Israel, is crowned with twelve stars. Are there going to be twelve stars hanging around her head? From this first verse to the second verse, he is looking backward. That second verse is what brings the first verse out. But she is crowned, a crown of hope, a crown of revelation. God can take His book and can write it so that one verse does not necessarily go with the next verse. However , He makes true bride saints to have an understanding of it here in the end time.
WE SHALL CROWN HIM?
I praise the Lord this morning for each one of you and what you mean to me, as well as to the body of Christ, that He has called in this hour to be His saints. Some have said, well, you should not call yourselves saints. Paul called the people in his day saints. That pertains to the sanctified ones. As we look to Him, we are thankful that we can say that we are in that group. I have been reading some in the book of Acts this week, and it is a blessing to see what God did in the lives of those people in that hour. When a man like Stephen stood for truth, and the religious world killed him, but he died in victory, he died looking up to see Jesus standing, waiting for him. I remember Bro. Jackson saying that is the only time you ever see where Jesus was standing, is when you see Him standing, welcoming Stephen home. Otherwise He is seated there to make intercession for all believers. One of His faithful servants went home to be with Him, and he saw Him standing. You say, well I donâ€™t understand that, that he went home. His body was here, yes, but his spirit was with the Lord there in paradise. You could say, it is goodbye here, but it is hello there. We find also, that when the time cae for Paul to leave this world, he welcomes what was coming to him because he had said before, for me to live is better for your sakes, but for me to die is gain (for him). He realized what was on the other side, waiting for him. We are seeing those things today as we walk along in this journey, to know that God is the ever present help in time of need. Do not ever forget, that no mater what your need may be, He is there to supply that need. It may not come with ribbons on it, but it will come. Because many times we overlook what God is doing for us, simply because we are looking for the ribbons that we never see. Sometimes the blessings of God are tied up in shrewd packages. Sometimes, instead of the beautiful wrapping paper, it is in a brown paper bag. When you open it, right in there, is what you are looking for, instead of looking at the paper on the outside, you are looking for what is inside the package. God never disappoints His children, because, through our trials, He always goes with us. Through tests, He is there, and said I will never leave you nor forsake you. That, sometimes is the hardest thing for us to see, that He is with us in the hard times as well as the good times, but you can believe that He is. You never know what it would have been like without Him. I was just thinking of the subject I have been on, thinking about the song that was sung this morning, a crown of life awaits beyond the grave. That is your crown, instead of a crown with rubies, diamonds, and things of that nature, it is going to be a crown of life, which is much better. We have more waiting on us than what we can put on our head. The crown that we look for is one that does not fade or tarnish, and it does not need to be put in some kind of solution every once in awhile, to bring the shine back to it. Because it will shine without any of that. Some say, I read in the scripture where there is no night there, and so you say, well how will we sleep? Donâ€™t worry about that. There is going to be enough to stay awake for, through all eternity. There was something that I read last week, that kind of disturbed someone. It was in the 12th chapter of Daniel. It did not disturb them in that they thought it was wrong, it disturbed them because they did not feel that they were fulfilling that part of it. I read from the 4th verse thru the 10th verse, but I want to go down a little further and start there, to kind of ease your mind about yourself. In the 8th verse, of Daniel, chapter 12 where he said, â€œAnd I heard, but I understood not: (See, he did not understand everything he was hearing. Some people, sometimes get disturbed when they do not understand everything they hear. They think they are not measuring up to what the scripture requires, because they do not understand everything they hear. I just want you to realize that even Daniel, as we see here, did not understand, because it was not time for that to be understood, but he said we would understand in the end time.) then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?â€ He is disturbed. He is made to wonder because he did not know what time or when this was going to happen. â€œAnd he said, Go thy way, Daniel: (See, he still does not give him an answer.) for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.â€ Now we are at the time of the end, and we understand what he was talking about. But everybody is not going to understand at the same time. That is something that becomes a revelation, and the revelation of certain things, comes as the time is right, so it is not that you reject it, but it is that you do not understand everything right then. It will be given you to understand, if you walk on to know the Lord, you will understand what He is talking about. â€œMany shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.â€ I received a telephone call, that this really disturbed a certain sister. Sister: donâ€™t worry about it: just be willing to learn, and you will understand in your time. She began to wonder, because she did not understand everything, if she was one of the wicked. Please, do not ever let the devil make you believe anything like that about these things just because you donâ€™t understand them at the time, or that you do not understand fully, or that you cannot explain it. Some people, unless they were put under pressure, will never be able to explain much of it, but if they are ever put under pressure, then the Holy Ghost will answer for them. We have a scriptural assurance of that. Maybe I could use another word, but we do have scripture to prove that. The Bible tells us not always to prepare answers for everything. Because, when we do, we cut the Holy Ghost out of being able to answer what we are looking for. Therefore if you are concerned about this message, you will understand it sooner or later. I just want to give encouragement to that person today, and to anyone else that may have things that bother you because you do not fully understand everything. There is that thirty, sixty, and hundred fold Christian, but that does not mean those who may be in the thirty or sixty category are less of a Christian than the hundred fold. If you are thirty fold, it just means that you are not able to explain everything. You believe it, but you cannot explain it. You believe it because you are trusting that there is a ministry that is going to tell you the truth, and that you are going to be steared in the right direction instead of a wrong direction. So just go on and serve the Lord and do not let the devil worry you about things that you do not understand, even this morning. I know I have spent a lot of time on Revelation 8 and Revelation 10, but I am going to go back there this morning, because I feel that there is a further explanation of this that can make it more clear. There is a reason that the scripture is written like it is. It is written for our learning, but it is written like it is so as to show it to us, but not to show it to the world, because the Bible said none of the wicked shall understand, none, not one. When the seven thunders utter their voices, only bride saints will not understand. I do not care how long they have been in the Bible, I do not care how long they have studied and called themselves Christians, God leads Hid true children in a certain path, and each step that we take, moves us a little bit higher in the revelation of the scriptures. If we stop somewhere, I want to remind you that we are under the age of the flying eagle, and the age of the flying eagle has not stopped. The revelation is not over and the revelation of seven thunders will not just come all of a sudden before other things are revealed. It is a gradual revelation that takes time, because it talks about the end time, not the end of time, but the end time. As it says in that scripture, none of the wicked shall understand, so there is an understanding process, because it said the wise shall understand. That is not talking about one subject, that is talking about Godâ€™s revelation to build us up to the time of the thunders. We will now go back to the 8th chapter, which I have already read and gone over, but let us pay attention. â€œAnd when He had opened the seventh seal, (when He had opened) there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.â€ So the seal has not been opened yet. We have the seals up here, six of them have been opened to our understanding. The sixth seal is not finished, and neither is the fourth seal finished. Here, are seals that has held this all these years, from the very beginning of when it was revealed to John. We see that it is in the right hand of Him. But here is the only seal that is still holding, this one right here. The rest of them have been peeled back. Each one of them had a message in it. This last one will also have a message in it. When that seventh seal is opened, you have a half hour of silence after it is opened. Do you understand that? You still have time left here. I do not mean time to get right, but you have time left here before the Bride is taken away. When that last seal is opened, we then find something else is going on here in this 8th chapter. When this seal is opened, then you have the angels, the seven trumpet angels preparing themselves to sound. That is when they come on the scene. â€œAnd I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.â€ The trumpets lay in conjunction with the seventh seal. What I mean by that is, all of this is getting ready to happen at the same time. If you believe the 11th chapter, which deals with the two prophets that have come on the scene, and the two prophets come on the scene at the time of the revelation of the man of sin, when he is revealed. These all happen in the same era of time. But here is another thing, they have not sounded yet, but they are on the scene. â€œAnd another angel came and stood at the altar, (This is when the seventh seal is opened, because look who it is for. The saints of God are still on the earth. It is how we read the scripture, that is what gives us the understanding of it. I am not trying to make something up, I am just trying to read the scripture and see how it pans out in this end time.) having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, (much incense, I like that because there is something going to happen with this incense. This was a type of what happened in the Old Testament with the high priests, because of the smoke of the altar.) that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.â€ See? This is tying heaven and earth, the Bride is still here, but the incense is ascending to heaven. â€œAnd the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, (You are not going to be praying when you get to heaven, you are going to be in the presence of Him that you prayed to while on earth.) ascended up before God out of the angelâ€™s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightenings, and an earthquake.â€ Something happened here as the Bride was praying, because her prayer is going up before God. She is in tune with her Creator. The 6th verse goes along with the 2nd verse, but it does not happen until all this has come about. â€œAnd the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.â€ Now we know that four of these trumpets belonged to the two prophets, because it is what goes with the prophets message, as you read there, that fire comes out of their mouth and devours their enemy. They are not spitting fire, but it is judgment spoken, that comes out of their mouth. This is all intertwined at the same time. Now we go from there to the 10th chapter. â€œAnd I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, (The scroll is now open in His hand, His right hand, as He is swearing to heaven, that time should no longer delay. In other words, there is not going to be any more lull in what God is doing, like you may think there is right now. Because the things that happen from here, is going to be evident daily of what God is doing after the seal is opened. He is standing here with one foot, His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth.) and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire: And He had in His hand a little book open: (See? The 8th chapter, when He had opened the seventh seal, here He stands with it open. That is during that half hour of silence, this whole chapter 10, is during that half hour of silence, except for the 7th verse. We are going to know, from there on, we are going to know what to do. When this angel, with this censer in His hand and all that happens here on earth, when this fire is cast down to earth, there is going to be happenings from there on, with the saints of God.) and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when He hd cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.â€ The seventh seal is now open and then the voices of the seven thunders sound after it is opened. All the attention of heaven is given to earth, that is the reason there is silence in heaven. Also, He made this cry, there is a shout, there is a cry. When He does this, then seven thunders utter their voices. There is something in the cry, in the shout there. He cried with a loud voice. The seal is opened, in the 8th chapter, there is nobody else to be saved, that ends all redemption to the Gentile people. We know there are Jews that are going to come in after that. The 144,000 is going to be sealed with the Fatherâ€™s seal upon their foreheads, which is with the Holy Ghost. That is because they have a message for this earth. The woman of Revelation 12, is going to be told where to go. That is all in the message of the two prophets. We read about the curses that happen, with the two prophets, but there is also a message that you hear not very much about. The message of the two prophets is telling them to get ready and it will instruct them where to go. He cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth, that is a mighty cry. It is going to be heard. Somebody is going to get something out of it. It is not just saying, Hey! It is a message. There are seven men called thunders, they will utter their voices. They spoke, or will speak with authority. John, why does it talk about him when he eats the little book, or the scroll? There are two messages in his mouth when he takes this. One of them is sweet as honey, the other makes his belly bitter. The sweetness has to be for the Bride of Christ, and the bitter has got to be for this wicked world. I donâ€™t know who these thunders are, but God is going to give them authority to where they are going to speak to kings. I will say this, it is going to take the scene of the television. I am not talking about trinity broadcast. They will never see it, they will still be sitting there saying that they are broadcasting the coming of the Lord, because they have a channel in Israel on the Mt. Of Olives, so they can witness His coming. Let them go ahead. I want to be gone. That can be blown to smithereens. Man is so silly in what he is thinking, about what is going to happen. â€œAnd when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.â€ John heard the messages, but he was told, write them not. It was erased from his mind. God knew that something that important, that man could not keep quite about it. Jesus healed a man of leprosy, and told him, donâ€™t tell anyone. He was healed and he told everyone. If you want to keep anything quiet, keep it to yourself. Especially anything that is exciting, because all who hear it will want to tell it. This had to excite John because he was seeing the end of this thing. He is sitting, as the old saying goes, he is sitting on the balcony of heaven, looking over the situation. (That is a figure of speech.) God gave him a birdâ€™s eye view of everything. He said, as He spoke to Daniel, these things will not be understood until the end. What Daniel did not understand then, we understand now, but we still do not have it all. â€œAnd the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: (delay no longer) But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, (When did he begin to sound? In 1963, that is when the message started, the seals being opened.) the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.â€ That is concerning the Gentiles. 1963 the message was rejected by the denominational world, because they could not understand it. Look where they went from there. Look at all these great tent ministries and everything. They went from there to television, then to their dancing and programs. If you turn to television today, they are dancing like everything, long hair dangling, looking like something that came from the prehistoric world. I have to believe their daddy really did, Cain, the son of the serpent. I remember Bro. Branham saying, the scientists are looking for the link. He said the serpent is the link that goes to the prehistoric man. And his offspring lives today. There is something here that keeps echoing, echoing, and echoing and that is the voice. The 7th verse mentions it, in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, which that voice still goes, because that eagle still flies. â€œAnd the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.â€ That is what I was talking about awhile ago. There has to be two different reactions with John, because of the sweetness and because of the bitterness. We read that in Ezekiel last week, how that when he ate, it made his belly bitter, but he was talking about all the things that were going on, the happenings and all, the violence. There has to be a sweetness to that message because you are preparing to leave and this is in that half hour of silence. This all takes place in that half hour of silence, because when the half hour of silence in heaven comes to an end, when it is gone, then the Bride is gone also. Some may say, Well, I thought when that seal was opened we would be gone to heaven. In that case, what are you going to do with the voices of the thunders? That half hour of silence in heaven has got to be a space of time on earth. There is no devil going to stand before a saint of God and accuse them in that time. The Church of the living God has never had the authority that she will have then. Never. What about the book of Acts? This is the finishing up of the book of Acts. Before you are able to call, He will know your needs. There is your revival. There is where your sickness leaves. There is where the demons are cast out. Who can stand before the God of heaven? Who can stand before the Bride of Christ when she has her little vial of oil? That is where Bro. Jackson said, you may not feel anything now, but you will. Those old doubts and fears, things that creep up on people now, God is the great forgiver. I read on the day of Pentecost how when Peter preached his message, they were cut to their hearts. Men and brethren, what must we do? He said, repent and be baptized every one of you and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That is what I say to anyone who hears me today, if you have not already done so. Continued next issue