We are still on the same subject; Time is Running Out. What you see in America today, is not something new: the Bible teaches us that nothing is new under heaven. It has always been here; since the fall of man, and it never has left. The fall brought two things. It brought the sons of God and it brought the sons of the evil one. By the time you are a thousand years into it, by the time Enoch comes along, you have already got this mix of serpent seed and the sons of God. Why would God have taken his servant off the scene; the seventh from Adam? That teaches us something; if we will allow it. We are in the seventh church age and this is the age that is going to leave here. It has been said: that this is the Elijah age. What did Elijah do? He stood against evil. He stood against evil in the kingdom. So if something is said in here concerning our government, we have the same right as Elijah did to say something against wrong, not just an individual, but it takes an individual to promote whatever is going on. Today we have a great falling away: a falling away from truth, but also a falling away from what America has been. It has happened through the years. We came out with a great victory in WW2. Immediately they gradually began to go back to their old ways. By the time you reach the late 1950’s then you have things like Elvis. You might say, well I love Elvis. Elvis was the start of all that. He did not go as far as they do today, but everything starts somewhere. The thing about it is; he went far enough. Then here came the Beatles. This goes all the way back to Genesis, when the serpent seed invented music of all kinds, it was in them to do that. It had to be something for it to be mentioned. I like music, but I do not like the beat and bang that we mostly hear today. That is not music. It is not the kind of music that cows will give their milk to, so why should we give our attention and out heart to it? Every once in awhile you will hear a car go down the road, and you can hear such a beat and a bang; you even wonder if it is thunder. Thunder really sounds different than that: It sounds better. This is the hour of that kind of what they call music. I now want to go back to some scripture I was on last week, but I will go back further in Daniel; to chapter 2. Last week I read from verses 36-45. Today I want to go from 31-35. “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.” Daniel is looking at something; he sees a magnificent form, but he sees the terribleness in it. You have heard the saying, everything that glitters is not gold. He saw gold, silver, brass, and iron. Then it goes all the way down: really there are five forms here instead of four. He sees the two legs which were iron. That was when the kingdom was divided into two separate places. It was under Constantine. He did not necessarily care very much for Rome, so he left the kingdom there with someone else over it, but he moved on over to Constantinople. The scripture is perfect. Then afterward, not then, but afterward; you have the ten toes, which is the same thing as the ten horns. The toes of it were mixed with miry clay. It would never work, because those ten kingdoms, which are in Europe, were each pushing for a position. Just like in WW2, Germany pushed for a position to bring all the rest of it into that; and that would be the ten nations, to bring it into his; Hitler’s domain. He did not want any nation to oppose him in the things he was doing. He was willing to fight the whole world. He wanted to raise up a kingdom, I do not know why, but he wanted blonde headed, blue eyed men. He was not: He was black headed, with a funny black moustache. He wanted everybody to hail him and if you did not, then you were in trouble. If you did not recognize him, you were in trouble. That is just like ISIS is today. When Obama refers to it, he refers to it as ISIL. It is not the same. ISIS is Syria and Iraq. ISIL is more inclusive, which; when it is brought out, ISIL includes Israel and Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, but Israel is not recognized as Israel: it is recognized as Palestine. Isn’t that something: that we would have a president that would not recognize Israel? There is a lot going on in the world today that is undercover. We know nothing about it. Bro. Jackson said one time; if we only knew what was undercover in Washington, it would scare us. What are they doing that is never known by the public? They are bragging now, that they have killed one of ISIS’ leaders, then they captured his wife. What do you think that is going to do to ISIS or ISIL? I do not want to refer to it as ISIL, and I do not intend to: I am just quoting what has been said: because Israel is not going to be any part of it. There is much mentioned now, about WW2 and the leader in England; how he told what was going on: Winston Churchill. He warned the world of what was happening and what the intentions of Germany and Hitler was, and that it must be stopped. Then you had those that said, oh, that don’t amount to anything: they are not going to do anything. Well look what they did. This could have been prevented. Now you have Netanyahu in the Middle East, that is standing against all this pressure that is coming against him. He has warned the United States. He came right here to our congress and senate and warned them about Iran. They did not pay any attention to his warning. The president did not listen; because he has an agenda. He wants to make a mark: so that he will have a legacy. That is what it is all about; a legacy: that somewhere he made peace with somebody. Brothers and Sisters: the only real peace we have is in God, and God is letting us know what is going on all around us. He is not going to leave us in the dark. He has a watchful eye on what is going on in the world. Let us read some more here, verse 32. “This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass.” I wonder what Nebuchadnezzar was thinking: as the man is standing there; a young Jewish man not over twenty years old? He was not troubled by the king’s commandment. He asked the one over him, why is there so much haste in this: give me time. The others were taking their time. Daniel said, give me time. He was not talking about a month or a year. All he needed to do was pray and go to sleep for a while. You might say, I thought he had a vision. It was a dream, but it turned out to be a vision, because it says, a vision of the night. Sometimes dreams are visions. It says; that in the last days; the old men shall dream dreams, the young men shall see visions. It is the same thing when it is true. I can give you instances of that. “His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.” He was seeing all the way down to the end. The clay, as he said, does not mix with iron. “Thou sawest till a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet: that were of iron and clay.” See? He does not smite him on the head, he goes all the way down to the feet. He does not smite him on the head, because it was not time. He did not smite him on the shoulders or the breast, because it was not time. Not on the thighs either: it was not time, but it on the feet. That will happen at Armageddon, and not until that time. I was saying in this, that the spirit keeps going. It is the same old spirit from the beginning and onward. I could say something here: There are people that harbor things, that came right on down from generation to generation to generation. I know of instances of it. Here, in this hour of time; the little ones today: are fighting those spirits because they were not taken care of. I will say this, starve the devil by giving your attention to the things of God; if that is the only way you can stop his attacks. He is looking for a harbor, he is looking for a life because he has no life in himself and he is looking for a life he can fill so that he will have life. He has no chance. The denominational world of religion may think so. They may think, if he just repented, he cannot repent, he has done lost his identity. Let him lose whatever identity he has in you. Don’t let the devil pull the strings. I had to get out of that Methodist church; because I could not stay in there; after what God was showing me. God saw to that in Revelation 18. He did not speak audibly to me, but He spoke to my heart: come out of her! Why would He say that? Because of the spirit that is behind traditional religion, which goes all the way back to the Roman church. Someone was telling me this morning, that the pope has met with Abbas, and called him an angel. I thought; yes, an angel of darkness. That is what that Catholic spirit is. That is what that Methodist spirit is, and the Baptists and all the rest of them. Look at it in Revelation 17. “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” That spirit cannot live beyond Armageddon. It will not be that spirit at the end. That spirit is Gog and Magog. The spirit of that thing is cast into the lake of fire. You cannot survive that. It runs its course because it is so evil, and so deceitful. The denominational world is in it. You might think, well I know good Baptists, I know good Methodists. I am not talking about that. You have good sinners that don’t go anywhere, but they would do anything for you. A little girl got off a bus over in Louisville, her backpack got caught in the door and it was dragging her down the street. A man saw it from his car and he took off and got around the bus and stopped it, otherwise she would have been dragged to her death. That was good, not evil. Does that make him a Christian? Today many would say so. He might have been a believer, but that did not make him anything other than what he was already. Carnal minded people elevate Elvis Presley; oh he just loved gospel songs. Does that make anyone a Christian? I remember what Bro. Branham said about that: He said he was like Esau, trying to find his way back, but he had already sold out to the devil. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Oh; his part was bananas and peanut butter: that is what I have been told. “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them.” No place. Armageddon takes care of it all. Let me say this: immediately after Armageddon, then Jesus comes back with that little bunch of people that believe in Jesus Christ, that believe that God is our Father and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. Here they come back on white horses. Maybe you don’t know how to ride a horse, but this is going to be a fitting horse, you will not have to train for that one; because you cannot train for one that is riding out of the sky. You may train for the Derby, you may train for the Preakness, you may train for Belmont, but that will not get you in God’s saddle. That is because it has a leadership: Jesus Christ the righteous. The wind carried them away. “And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” From the Middle East, in the Middle East there is going to be a ruler who will be the Lord of lords and King of kings. That does not make Him God. This is what God delegated to Him because of His obedience. What God is going to delegate you to, is because of your obedience. You are going to be kings and priests, rulers. These little peons that think they are so big, and are looking for a legacy, are going to have to bow their heads and declare that He is Lord. You are going to be judges of that. I want to go to Matthew, chapter 3, this is also in Luke, chapter 3, but I will go to Matthew, starting with verse 7. “But when He saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees (The religious leaders of that day. That was that Elijah spirit, the reason I mentioned that today, is because we are still riding that eagle age, which started with Bro. Branham, we are still in it. When He saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees…) come to His baptism, He said unto them, O generation of vipers, (snakes in the grass. What He was really saying was, O you serpent seed, generation of vipers, soulish ones, which were so pious. The pope gets out on his balcony, I was thinking, it is more or less a perch: he is a bird. Religious leaders, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, those men recognize him as a saint. Kenneth Copeland spoke in tongues and interpreted it to him. Somebody with wisdom interpreted what he said to the pope, bologna sandwich, just a lot of things in that when they interpreted it. It was a lot of bologna.) Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Then He tells them a solution. “Bring forth therefore fruits meet (or something that shows) for repentance.” Do you think these preachers are going to repent today? Do you think these political leaders are going to repent today? Everybody that has any knowledge or any discernment about them, can see that America is getting ready to go into some kind of decline. The 10th of June, China is getting ready to declare themselves the world leader in finances; over the U.S. Well they have all our gold. This nation is falling fast because we have leadership that is causing it. It said there would be a falling away first. That is a national falling away, but it said also there shall be a falling away from the truth. It is all happening at the same time. It is a sickening thing, I am not rejoicing over it. When it comes, it is going to affect all of us and there is no reason for it. President Reagan said; when they nationalize the health care system, that is the beginning of socialism. He was right. “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father.” That is what they leaned on. They could, in a way, because they were Jews. But that is not going to do you any good. The denominational system will not help you. In West Virginia just lately; they found out that the national leaders have a place underground where they can go and be safe in case of an attack. Now they have to change it and they are going to build another one. Why don’t they have a national defense system here in America and bring our troops home so that we can be safe? Why don’t they fix our grid? Texas saw the United States was not going to do anything about it, so they are fixing their grid. Two hundred miles up, if they put a nuclear bomb up there, then it will knock out all electricity, your car will not run, your refrigerator will not run, your lawn mower will not run: nothing you have will run, because it is all electrical. All of this computerized stuff; now they have tried out six cars across America, running them without a driver. Two of them have wrecked. We heard about this long ago: The prophet of the age prophesied it. He said, this is one of the last things, except there would be somebody running this nation with a female spirit. Sisters: listen to what the Word of God says. Don’t be a part of this crazy mixed up thing that is ahead. Brothers: take your place as a man, not as a mouse. What do you mean by that? I mean: be the head of the house, but be gentle with it. Take your responsibility as a man. “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: (He did not say the tree, but the root of the trees. What is he looking at? Israel, that was when John the Baptist was here; somewhere around 30 A.D. Israel, you are finished, because, when you cut the root of the tree, you have taken the life out of it. In 70 A.D. the tree fell. For two thousand years it lay desolate. A few Jews sprinkled here and there. When 1948 came, there were half a million Jews there, and now; there are eight point two million. I looked at a scripture and thought: how come it is written like that in Zechariah? I will finish reading this.) therefore every tree (It gets more personal, does it not?) which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, (The dollar has been the mark of the world, the monetary system is built upon the dollar. That will soon change.) and cast into the fire.” God’s fire of wrath. This nation has been thought of as a Christian nation. Israel is God’s chosen people. America was chosen because people came here to worship God. Now, if you mention Jesus Christ, they hate you. The only name given under heaven whereby men must be saved: not Mohammad, not any one else. Just like Elijah on top of Mt. Carmel. He stood there with a message. He did not do a lot of preaching. Maybe you think I should not say what I do about denominations. Look at Elijah; he mocked them: maybe you should pray a little louder, maybe your god Baal, is asleep. They started jumping, and then they started cutting themselves. Oh Baal, hear us. He could not hear: He was just a stick of wood. One of these days, the religious systems are going to be crying; Oh God, hear us. We could say to them: You just have your name on a book somewhere, and you kept your cigarettes, you kept your booze, you kept on going like you always had before. I do not stand here to tell you what to do, and what not to do in things like that: I am just saying, if you, as believers, still do those former things, get away from them. We are not of this world, and the things of the world are not for bride saints. We do not want to look like the world. We are not going to look like the world. We are going to look like the Lord Jesus. These so called preachers, We used to see them with neck ties and suits on, but now they have their shirt tales hanging out while they are in the pulpit. They have a tie that comes down to who knows where, and a coat sometime, but their shirt hangs below their coat. People look at them and think, they are one of us. God did not call any of us to be like one of the world. He said, come out of her my people, be not partakers with her. A true revelation of God’s Word will separate us from the world of make believers. Do you love Him today? That is what makes the difference. I think I will go back to Zechariah for a little bit. Zechariah 12:4, “In that day, (This is the day. He is saying, in that day, and this is the day.) saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: (He is talking about what is going to happen when evil forces come against Israel. Netanyahu: open your eyes. He has already said, if we have to stand alone, we will.) and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” He is going to shut off the electricity. He did it before; in the Six Day War. Here they had all these Russian tanks. They had Russian trucks and all of that out there, and they were just standing, because they would not move: just like somebody had turned the key off. Israel just picked them off like flies. “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, (He is talking about Judah.) on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, (That was my question, why? The reason for it is, that Judah is looked down upon. We could have peace if it was not for Judah. God is going to save the tents of Judah first, that is why something has to come out of Judah first, for God to show His mercy toward them, so that Jerusalem does not think that Judah is wrong. So He is going to save them first, so that somebody else does not exalt themselves: the other tribes, the northern tribes. Because out of the north, that is where you have all the liberals. Let me say to this country: The fact that you are a conservative, does not make you right. I am speaking of Israel here, but it can apply elsewhere. I am speaking of Judah. I used to think that being a conservative made a person think different, but these conservatives in America do not establish anything like that, because they accept homosexuality, which God’s Word condemns. They accept gay marriage and all this other worldly stuff. They accept it, so they are no better. The conservative thing about them is, that they do not want to spend as much money as the others. George W. Bush spent his part. The nation went four trillion dollars in debt while he was in there. It was not like it is now, but it went from five trillion up to nine trillion. Now it is wasted. Save the tents of Jerusalem first, that is what it says. The Lord shall save the tents of Judah first…) that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.” Bless God, we won the war. No. It is those little people out here in Judah that have fought to build them a house and they have been held back; no you cannot build there, you cannot build in Jerusalem. They are going to build. I saw of them a few years ago. They built their house, and here came a bulldozer and flattened it to the ground. The next day they were back out there building again. They are going to build. The Palestinians said, you have to give up Judah. Three hundred and fifty thousand people out there, they are not going to remove. Well they are trying to decide that they will let them live there, but they will be under Palestinian rule. What idiotic ideas people have, and what preachers have, that would promote something like that. I will stop here for this morning. As I closed this morning I was in Zechariah 12th chapter, where Israel will triumph: they will get their land back. We are looking forward to that. All signs are pointing to that at this time. All signs are pointing to America, that there will be a collapse before it is over, a financial collapse. We want to respect God because David said I have never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread. God is going to take care of His children in this hour. He is not going to dump us in this hour of time and say, have it your way, because we have turned it over to Him. We appreciate the grace of God, that He has bestowed upon us in this hour, to let us see and know the truth of His Word. Time truly is running out. We want to be faithful, faithful to Him and the calling which we have been called to. Nothing else can fulfill that calling that He has put upon each of our lives, because with that calling;; lays a responsibility upon each of us. We are responsible for that calling: not only for the words we say, but the expression we put on them, that we honestly believe what we are talking about. With the light that was to come at the end time, there was responsibility with that light. Why should we be afraid? Why should we be afraid of truth? When Bro. Kevin accepted the responsibility of his calling as a minister, I did not say to him; preach this or preach that. I never felt that I should. I do say tonight: preach the Word, be instant in season and out of season, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering. Because the time will come, as it says, and we know we are living in that hour, according to Matthew 24; where it talks about the faithful servant. As He says, well done thou good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. The next verse talks about the unfaithful servant, having loved this world. Just as Paul looked at the men that were with him in that hour, along about 65 A.D. everything was alright. In 66 A.D. there was a change. He is now looking at some men that have left the fold. He said they have loved this present world. He knew more about that hour than, that I do, but I know about this hour, and you do too. As He said, well done thou good and faithful servant, it is the same thing as He said in the next verse where He talks about the condemnation. It is the same God, the same Lord, speaking through His Son. As I talked about Judah this morning, you see what they call the west bank: the Jews do not have all of their land: They only have a small portion of it. I see one day, it could be before the end of this year, I cannot set dates, but I am looking at a very short span of time for the Jews to get their land back; all of it. The Middle East is going to be a better place when they do, because we see Egypt comes into compliance with Israel. We see Assyria, which will include Syria, not Assad, not ISIS, not ISIL, but we see Assyria: those people there that would desire peace, after their defeat. There is going to be some people defeated in the Middle East. Right now, in the Middle East, there are nations, even as Egypt, and Saudi Arabia and those that are standing somewhat with Israel, against Iran, because they feel Israel is their only protector. The U.S. government has forsaken them all; in order to make a legacy out of Iran. In order to do that, they have to put Israel up on the chop block, saying, we have no use for you, and the sooner we can get rid of your influence in that part of the world, the better off the world is going to be. It is not going to happen; because God takes over. When He takes over, as the old saying Bro. Jackson used to quote, it will be Katy-bar-the-door. They are not going to leave that Islamic spirit there to hound them any more. The U.S. government will not tell them what to do. It is getting to about that point right now. I see, that within the next four months, the end of this Shemitah is over, in the middle of September. According to that, I believe something is going to happen in the Middle East. Are we ready for it? Are we ready to watch God work, because it says it will be seen. You see the turmoil that is in this nation, every day out west another tornado, two more tornadoes, three more tornadoes, a half dozen tornadoes. It said earthquakes would be numerous in those days. Look at them. It did not say all of them would be bad, but it said they would be numerous. There was a hundred and eighteen thousand earthquakes last year throughout the world. This earth is in convulsions, it is shaking. In the 1970’s there were only five thousand. Each year, a little over five thousand. At the beginning of this century of time, it increased to twenty thousand. Then it began to increase every year. This year so far; there has already been more than thirty six thousand earthquakes. The earth is in a continual shaking, but the signs of the time, the world is not looking at. They do every once in awhile when a major one happens, as in Nepal. It did not hit there, because they were the most wicked people in the world. If it went that way, then Hollywood would be bad. Nevertheless they now say that in that area of the world, there are seismic things going on in the earth that has not been seen. Could it be we are in that time? Could it be that we are in the time of the dream I had about the 23rd? I heard about that today, on September. It reminded me of my dream. When I had the dream: the talking I could hear was going on. I was laying on the couch, and it was over my shoulder. Then there was a voice that said, Gabriel. It shook me up. It woke me immediately. I saw all these numbers which I believe we have gone over already. I believe it has something to do with the Shemitah, because something has happened. Ever since 1917, and here we are coming up to a hundred years. Every fifty years you have an extreme Shemitah. The land goes back to Israel, it always did. 1917 was the Balfour Declaration. In 1918 Israel was declared a nation in the land of Israel by the British government. Fifty years later 1966, the Shemitah, they got Jerusalem back. The Shemitah is over September 23rd. Then you have the Jubilee year again, starting in September, and going to September the next year. Could it be that we are on the verge of something big? I ask the saints of God, because you just as well claim it; if He is coming back after saints. When are we going to be saints if we are not already? Taken out of the world, and the world taken out of us. I know I said some things this morning; about spirits, the spirits of those beasts. They still live today. I can prove that by the Word of God. I did this morning, by what I read from Daniel: until the stone that is cut out of the mountain comes and hits it on its feet, Revelation 17. That is when the ten nations destroy that papacy and the man of sin, which is from that element of belief is on the scene. The scripture says the ten horns will hate the whore. Then the end of that, is when Armageddon takes place. Then Christ and His Bride Church ride from the portals of heaven. That is where the Bride will be at that time, because the marriage supper is just over. That is one meal I do not want to miss. That is better than Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse. That is going to be a meal that is going to last seven years. As we enjoy that spiritual meal; we are going to learn something. We are not talking about natural food like we enjoy today: the bride will be feeding things of the Spirit. As far as natural food is concerned; when Bro. Jackson was asked if the bride would eat natural food he said; the Bride people can eat, but they will not have to. I will say this; In that time at the marriage supper, we are going to sup with Him, sit at His table. Don’t look at it as something that goes from here into eternity, no. His presence will be everywhere the Bride is. It will not be big me and little you. We are all just going to be glad we are there. That spirit which wound up in the antichrist, has lived on through the ages. Here comes the Reformation: Those reformers struck at that spirit and gave it a blow; right in its head,: enough that Napoleon declared it to be dead. That was like the dream Bro. Branham had; when they began to call him God. He left the field and said; I would rather be a quitter than an antichrist. He had a dream in which he saw this snake, which was something like a rattlesnake. I don’t know if it was or not. He was a hunter, so he took his gun and shot it, but then saw it wiggle off into the water. He said, I believe I struck it a deadly blow. Well it revived in the hearts of people that should have known better. What was it? It was a spirit, a spirit that wanted to make a man God. It did not deceive everyone though: There were some people that split out of that thing at that point. We became black birds to those who were deceived. That is alright though, because mortal man is not my judge. Here I am today talking about the spirit of that thing. I talked about Israel this morning. I want to get this finished up tonight, at least this part, because I have another part I want to cover. I meant to get to it tonight, but I am just too slow to cover everything that is on my mind. When Israel takes her land back, it has to be Judah first. That was the last one. Daniel was from the tribe of Judah. So was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were in that lineage. Zechariah was in the priestly line. Here they are in a foreign land. You might think we have it hard. Every day was a life and death situation for them. I fear for America tonight, for these inner cities, because the devil is going to go to the weakest link. Now they are saying ISIS is in ninety nations, in every state in America and the U.S. Mexico and Canada. We are going to see things before long that are going to bring tears to our eyes. People already are walking in houses, killing whole families with no remorse. That Boston bomber, they had his trial. It took weeks and months to convict somebody they knew was guilty. The judges and the lawyers had to fill their pockets from the American citizens money. We are paying for it. Don’t think they are cheap. Israel has got to have their land back, they cannot give up Jerusalem or even half of it. The Jews cannot give up the west bank. They have to have it all. As I said this morning; the desire in Europe is to kill the Jews, it is advertised on buses. The Muslims in New York had advertisements: kill the Jews. They say that is free speech. I would say that is a devil walking in man’s shoes. Israel will have their land. I can say more about that, but I must go on. Zechariah 13:8, “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.” That is in the time of Israel’s trouble, which is coming. They say never again, but it will happen. The 6th chapter of Revelation, when those Jews cried out, the cry had already been made, how long? It was made at the end of WW2; how long, O Lord, holy and true. That sounds like somebody that knew God in their dying days. Dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? White robes were given unto them, robes of righteousness. That is what it is: robes of righteousness. They were spirit beings, so it had to be robes of righteousness. “And I will bring the third part through the fire, (through the tribulation) and will refine them as silver is refined, (All the Jews that call themselves Jews are not going to make it. However God gets them there in order for them to take their part in the war that is to come. Bro. Jackson said it will not last forty years, it will not last forty days. Israel cannot fight a long war. They do not have enough people. They do not have enough territory either. Right now a hundred thousand missiles are on their northern border in Lebanon, furnished by Iran, pointing toward Israel, by Hezbollah. How would we like to live here in America with somebody standing at our door: pointing a gun at us. Do you know the reason why it do not happen? One reason, God. One God, one reason.) and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.” That lying, conniving pope in that hour is standing ready. He has got them to make a treaty, which he never planned to keep. They have been lied to. They have listened to lies for years. They have given up land to no avail. They have been to Camp David. They even offered to give up the temple mount to Arafat. They gave him everything he wanted, but they said we have to have Jerusalem. He said, if I do, they will kill me. Well he is dead anyway. It may sound dramatic in the way I am talking, but this is a serious hour. “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” In other words, what the Arabs want now: they are not going to get, but when the beast system comes in there, they will get it. “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” I will save the rest of that and go to Revelation 13, a chapter you have heard many times. I am showing how this spirit still lives. Sometimes the spirits of our forefathers will follow us. I can stand here and rebuke that, but it is not going to do any good, because the Bible tells us, as individuals to resist him. James 4:7, Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” If you have a spirit that troubles you, jealousy, envy, look back and see where it came from. A spirit of lust, troubles some; look back. If you are troubled with a spirit of greed, look back. I could name them over and over and over. You might say; that is just the way I am. I would rather hear you say; that is not the way I am, or I don’t want to be the way I am; if these things are bothering you. I will not go any further than that. I could, but I do not want to hurt anyone. You everyone know what I am talking about. We have got to put our foot on the head of whatever spirit we are bothered with. If you have a spirit of lust, look back. Or a spirit of desire, look back. Get rid of it. Get it out of your life. Let the Lord take over. Just say, here I am Lord; help me. It don’t hurt to raise your hands and praiseHim. God is looking for a life in us that will represent Him; because He wants to clothe us, or arm us. He has given us the necessary equipment in the 6th chapter of Ephesians. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: He gave us the necessary equipment for resisting the evil one; from head to toe. Therefore do not say; well this is just the way I am. I am not out to hurt anyone, but we have been called of God to rise above all the evil traits of our former life. I am here to help you. I am here to help myself. Brothers and sisters, you can overcome because the Bible would not say that we were overcomers by the blood of the Lamb unless He had made a way for us to fulfill it. It says:We are more than conquerors. It is time that we stand up tall, get hold of God and let Him get hold of us. There is nothing too hard for Him. “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.” Are you troubled tonight? If you are, turn it over to Him. He said come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest for your soul. Take my yoke upon you, don’t allow yourself to be yoked to this world. Don’t be yoked to greed, don’t be yoked to jealousy. Harness up with Him. “And upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” See? That is the spirit that still lives. It still lives in this day. I am just trying to give you an illustration of what is going on in this world. In this nation; we have the same spirit that was upon Nebuchadnezzar, a spirit to take away your freedom; the freedom that our forefathers have given to us, the freedom that they bled and died for, and those that survived, lived to see something happen to this nation. Abraham Lincoln, which some thought was just a prankster, just a joker. Then when he came out and gave the Gettysburg address, it gripped the hearts of man. I remember, as a young boy in school; we all had to memorize that. I wonder if any of them do that in this hour ofime? It was a true saying, four score and ten years ago. Now what are they doing? Instead of that, they are passing out needles, passing out condoms. You young girls and boys, don’t allow yourselves to get caught up in that way of life. It will choke out any spirituality you desire to have. Shun the very appearance of evil, get away from it. Get away from those that would try to pull you away from God. If you laugh at me now for saying these things, one day these words will haunt you. “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast.” The beast is the body. All those heads are still living, but we are going to see them die for good as we go on into chapter 19, starting with verse 20. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” That is the end of that spirit. It has nothing to live on. It has no souls to bother. “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, (That is immediately after Armageddon) which sword proceeded out of His mouth (it is by His word) and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” That is the ones that obeyed that spirit, the spirits of the false prophet and the spirit of the beast which is cast into the lake of fire, never to bother man again. But these are the ones that listened to him. See that spirit started way back here in Daniel. That was the beginning of it. Now the stone that was taken out of the mountain, that come to hit him on the feet, when it did, it tumbled the rest of it. If you take your feet out from under you, you are not going to stand. Revelation 20. “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” The spirit of this beast no longer exists, it is over with. When Jesus and His Bride come back to take rulership of this world, his reign is over, never to be seen again. “And cast him into the bottomless pit, (right into the heart of the earth) and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, (That is not at the end of the thousand years, this is before it begins.) and which had not worshipped the beast, (See? The beast is dead now.) neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” That is talking about when the saints of God are resurrected. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” That is the foolish virgins and that Jewish remnant. “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, (See? There comes that spirit of Russia again, that godless spirit. That is what rules Russia.) to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” There is no battle there. No Armageddon there. This is the end of sin, because there will be no sin that goes into that eternal age. The Bible says those former things are all passed away. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, (They had been there a thousand years. That is the spirits of the beast that has lived from the time of Daniel on down unto this day, and in that hour all the way to the end of this age. Brothers and sisters, we are nearing the end.) and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” You might say, well I thought we were going into eternity. Absolutely. There will be no night there, but there is going to be day and night because there is time for the devil and his angels, that shows that there is going to be a time period day and night. For the Bride of Christ, it will not be day and night, it is all going to be light. Well when are we going to sleep? You will not need to sleep. Do you think the angels are asleep? Do you think they are bored? I have a message for you, they are not bored, they are not going from planet to planet to see the different species and flowers. How foolish men can be that leave the Word of God for their own benefit, for their own joy, which will last for only a season. I want to go back to Daniel 7. The trials of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego were horrible, but God brought them through. This is talking of the beast that was to rise that represented each national leader. Let me go to verse 7. We have a picture. You cannot describe this picture; because it was so diverse from all the others. They had a description, but this one you cannot describe because it is not like any beast on the earth. You can see the bear, the lion and the leopard, you can see them, but this is a freak of nature. “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” That goes back to Revelation 20. “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. (Revelation 19) As concerning the rest of the beasts, (Now this is what I have been talking about.) they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” All the way to the end time, that is what I have been trying to say, spirits do not die: they live on. I had to break that Methodist spirit, I had to throw it off because it was something that I could not follow. That is because it was part of mama. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” You go back to Daniel 2, where he sees the rock cut out of the mountain. I will stop at this point. I hope this has meant something to you.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
I am standing here this morning in the presence of the Almighty God. I stand here responsible for the words I say and for praying that everything goes in a way that is going to help and benefit somebody. That is what the preaching of the Word is all about. When the apostle Paul spoke in the different places he preached, he placed himself in the hands of God for what he said and he let it be said without wavering, without pulling back. So today I stand before the same God. He has not changed, He has not changed His ideas, His opinions. Opinion is a soft word, because God does not change. He does not change His thoughts. He does not change His holiness. He does not change His righteousness. I am sure that I am not dealing with things that the apostle Paul dealt with, but with the same spirit that caused trouble back then; as I have tried to go over in the last few services. That same spirit lives on. It is our duty to stop what would be harmful to the body of Christ and to the work of Christ in this hour. I have some scriptures I want to read, that I want to deal with. I appreciated the message of Bro. Kevin Thursday night. I appreciate my brother for standing for truth and for what is upon his heart because I know he has no other motive in it; other than just to be true to the calling that God has placed upon him. I know he said he did not ask for this ministry: neither did I. I never said, heavenly Father, make me a preacher or anything of that nature, because I was not trained in it. My brothers were not trained in it. When I spoke to Bro. Spencer in Kentucky, he was a little hard to convince; that I wanted him to preach here. What a blessing he has been to everyone, even to those overseas. He did not change his language. He did not make his words pretty nor soft. That was because he is a kind person that has any motive, other than to preach the unadulterated Word of God. That is what we are here for. We are not out for any selfish motive. In the things that I have preached these last two weeks, I was trying to show how spirits live right on; they do not die. I am going to show you in the scripture, that the only way they are dead, or the only way to be rid of them; is to place them in the hands of God. If there is something I need to do in that: then I want to be sure I do it. I am not leaving myself out of any of this. We everyone have to be sure we are overcomers. I am now going to Exodus 20: 1-7. This is not Moses’ idea. He makes this plain in the first verse. “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” See? He brought him out of the house of bondage. They were in bondage. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, (He is jealous, but He is jealous for our benefit, because when He is speaking these things He is saying, I don’t want any other god before me.) visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Look at the difference in those two verses. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.” When I was a young teenager, my mother said the sins that people do, most of them they get some benefit from. She was not saying they were alright. But she said taking the name of the Lord in vain, cursing, things like that, you get nothing out of it. I thought about that growing up all through the years. I did not serve the Lord, but neither did I curse. That did not make me holy. Nor did it make me true to the Word of God, but it was something that was planted solid in my mind. I am glad she said that to me. I had a good dad and mom. They fed us well, they treated us good. I never got a whipping that I did not deserve. I never did get a lot of whippings, and I never did get as many as I deserved. That is absolutely against the law today. As the old saying goes, it will straighten you out. I am thankful for the way I grew up. Another thing I would like to say, I could not have had a better mother-in-law. She never interfered, not once, in our marriage. She counted me as a son, not just as a son-in-law. I never had an angry word with her, and she never had one with me. She did not agree with me leaving the Methodist church; even though she did not go to the Methodist church: She was of the Church of God. They did not think they were a denomination. They thought it was bad to join a denominational church. She had heard Bro. Branham preach down near Campbellsville, Kentucky when he was there; and it scared her. Then when she heard that I was coming to Indiana to go to his meetings, it scared her again. She did not make a big deal out of it though. The Bible says in Genesis; where it is talking about marriage: Thou shalt leave thy father and mother and cleave unto your wife, and you two shall be one flesh. At that time, you are pulled away from mama’s apron strings and from dad’s strict mind. You are to live your own life and live it right. This may seem strange this morning, but this is the same message I am on, because we are in the end time. We need to have things straight. If they are not, we need to get them straight. That is the whole purpose of my message this morning because, as I said; spirits do not die. That is the reason I read this. Even to the third and fourth generation, but that can be stopped through trusting in God; through the blood of Jesus Christ. Influences can be good or they can be bad. When a child is growing up, it is subject to the wishes or demands of its parents, but when it become an adult, is no longer under its parents; it is then expected to make up its own mind about certain things, but not against mom and dad: we have to begin to think for ourselves, and not let anyone influence our thinking toward God. The Bible is right. I can still make wrong decisions; at any age. I do not think that I have made wrong decisions concerning church, nor concerning ministry. I see out here; what has happened to the ones that have left. If that is all it is, then when you go back to Matthew 24, which talks about the good servant, then it talks about the bad one. Both of them have been servants. Judas, at one time, was a man that Jesus depended upon because He sent him out with the twelve. He was one of them. He sent him out with the seventy. I saw many wonderful things happening. You can turn on the television now and they talk about people being healed. In some places in Africa, the people have a simple mind where they do catch faith, even eyesight is restored, but that does not make what they are preaching in those places right. Tthe people do not know truth, but they know healing. If healing is the only thing we ever believe: we will never get anywhere spiritually. When we look at nation we are living in now, we can see what spirits do. Look back almost fifty years. You had Bill and Hillary Clinton. Young people, grown young people in one sense of the word, but never really grown. When it came to the draft: Bill took off to Canada. Hillary took off to a hippie camp. She was a flower child. I don’t think she ever bloomed but she was a flower. She admitted she was one of them, and now look what has happened with leadership like that. The thing is just passed on and passed on, from the hippie generation, now we have the Millennials. I saw a girl the other day on television that they were lifting up. She had things in her ear, so you could hardly see the ears. It just looked like a decoration, an ugly decoration. The whole ear was covered with holes. Then you see men with spare tires in their ears. They are not men. I saw a woman the other day. Her left arm had nothing on it but the right arm was completely covered with tattoos. I don’t know who would want to see something like that when they wake up in the morning. It looked like a snake crawling, and it is. The devil is having a heyday today in the lives of people. Because this thing is a spirit that is passed down and passed down. Here we are today; in this day and hour, even in Israel; a young woman said, Israel thought it was strange because she was speaking up for Judaea and Samaria, that is strange. Israel has a lesson to learn, and it is going to be a hard lesson by the time it is over. You have so many foolish people there. This is the same subject I was talking on, the third and fourth generation, just look at it. It started with the Elvis’s and then the Beatles, then the yippies and hippies. That is what is running the country today. When the Millennials take over, thirty years and younger, when they take over it is going to be a real mess. We have a message of truth today; that God has given us to be able to live as we should. I have scriptures written down here about Joshua, his last message to Israel, about Elijah on Mt. Carmel asking the people, who are you going to serve? As the old saying goes, who are you going to serve? That means it is just right. We have got to have our hearts right. When you go to 1st Corinthians 3rd chapter, we will go there in a minute, this certain category of saved people that I do not want to be in, because we have a chance to be better than that. We have a chance to live better than the rest. We have that opportunity. God is in the house cleaning business. A house can look very good outside. When I was working at Ford Motor during the early 1990’s, this man said he had gone to a man and woman’s house, which was a beautiful house, very impressive. However he said that when he went inside, because they had overspent what they could afford, and they were eating off of cardboard boxes. They did not even have a couch to sit on. They did not have an easy chair, but they had a beautiful house outside. That can be our lives this morning. If we are miserable this morning, we are the ones that are allowing it. This has been a scripture that I have thought about, because Paul did not really explain it. He put it out here for us to see, but the explanation must come from inside. I know there are not two answers to it. In verse 9, which is not a part of what I am thinking about, “For we are laborers together with God: (Is God accepting our labor this morning? I am trying to help you.) ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” If you stop there, then that would justify about anything. Then you could look at a television and think that is pretty good. I said, if. But it is not. We are not a television ministry; we are not one of these that are trying to make gain or trying to be popular in the world. We know that only those that will hear are those that are elected. Because predestination must come into the picture. “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, (It is individual. He is talking according to the grace of God given unto him, which would be different than what is given to each and every one as individuals. God did not make two Paul’s. He did not make two William Branham’s. He did not make two Raymond Jackson’s. I have never tried to be Bro. Branham. I have never tried to be Bro. Jackson. Then people recognize that and say, well Bro. Jackson would have handled it different. How do you know? He is not here. If I want to justify myself, then I would say somebody else handled it different.) as a wise master builder, (I do not claim to be that. I am trying to be, but he has already recognized himself to be that. As we look at the scriptures, as he deals with it, we can see that wisdom.) I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. (I hope I am that part. The foundation of the brothers before me have made that foundation, they have worked it into God’s plan and now we are building on it. I am glad to do that. I know there was one time at a certain place, communion was being observed. This one from the Tabernacle asked, how do you want to do this? Then after they got through, well this is the way we do it at the Tabernacle. They asked them their opinion, then said this is the way we do it at the Tabernacle.) But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” See? There is a warning in that. “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble.” See? There are two categories there. One category has already been through the fire and the other one cannot take it. Gold, silver, precious stones, that is what made them to be what they are. Gold tried in the fire. Precious stones have come from heat. When God made this creation, it was heat. At the beginning, this was not a dwelling place. It took millions of years of cooling, of the little critters that Bro. Jackson mentioned, the secretion of rocks and stones to make the dust. In that, there was that gold. There was silver. It was not laying on top of the ground: it had to be mined. There was work involved to get to it. The Bible does say to work out your own salvation. It does not say figure it out: work it out. It is not a one day thing. You are born again, but that is just a starting point. That is not a finished work. After you are born again, in Ephesians it talks about blemishes, wrinkles, spots. That is a Christian life. But you might say, well I love this. He is giving you a chance to get rid of it. In order to get rid of a wrinkle, you have to put heat to it. In order to get rid of a spot, you have to put soap to it, maybe a little bleach. A blemish is harder. Sometimes you have to put salve to that. “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: (If you have jealousy, get rid of it. I never did plan my sons or my daughter’s life. It was their choice when they got ready to get married, or when they were going to go with somebody. I am talking about spirits that are handed down, that turn into an ugly thing sometimes.) for the day shall declare it, (The day, the light. If we look at certain things, my parents were Methodists. There came a day when I had to make a decision. It was not their decision. It was not even my wife’s decision, or my children’s decision. It was strictly between God and me. I knew God had spoken to me. I do not want some kind of wrong spirit guiding me. I cannot plan your life, you cannot plan my life. It is an individual thing between each of us and God.) because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” I have talked about the gold, the silver, the precious stones: it comes through the fire. You do not go out and dig up a gold ring, not if you are mining. You might find one, but that has already been done. I do not say these things to make somebody mad. I say it to help them. If we are holding back on something, we give our self just a little bit, we say just enough to make it look good, but in our heart and in our mind that old thing is still rolling. If we do not get rid of a an adverse spirit; it will hound us until we give in. I know that is not popular, but I did not say it to be popular: I said it because it is the truth. “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” What is he talking about? I do not want to go to heaven with all my works burnt up. We have a lesser reward. We are not going to have that reward of ruling and reigning, because we did not do it here. It bothers me, to know that we are not taking care of things here, because that kind of spirit can go through the congregation. It can be passed down from father to son, to daughter, to grandchild, even little ones. If you have salvation you are going to make it. It did not mean that you turned around and walked away from truth: that is an entirely different thing. It simply means we have just let our testimony dry up our spiritual life; just like a spiritual vegetable. Is this true, or am I just talking? That is what this scripture is talking about. If you have given your heart to the Lord, and there are things in your life that you have done, and you have given your heart fully to the Lord: then God brings you back. However if we just allow things to linger and linger, and we never get over anything; then we are in danger. I hope you know that I am not mad: just concerned. I want all of us to make it all the way. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved by fire. The fire, in the end, is what saved us. It may be sickness, it may be death, it may be a disaster of one kind or another. The absolute fact is, if you truly have salvation, you are going to make it. God does not lose any. People begin to apply this to me; thinking that I am meaning, well I have failed here, or failed there or somewhere. No, it is a lingering thing. Failure does not put you out of the family of God. When you repent and seek God’s forgiveness, youaret rid of whatever it was. The thing about it is, if I happen to do something wrong: I take it before the Lord. I want to get that thing under the blood immediately. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, (How are we treating that temple this morning? What is being allowed to enter it? Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple, so let Him drive these unacceptable things out of us. When he says here; Know ye not. He is trying to wake our senses. He does not want this for them, that I just read about; being tried by fire. No, he does not want that. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God…) and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This is the most important thing, just knowing that The Spirit of God is dwelling in us. Stubbornness is evil, and should not be allowed in the temple of God. I was born that way; a little bit: My mom could whip me, and I would not cry. If she talked good to me, then I would cry. Would we not have to say; God good? I am not speaking these things out of hate or anykind of grudge. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God? I have said that three times now. And that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? This is a question. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? What would He do? This Spirit of God, which is given through surrendering our lift to Jesus Christ, is in us to do what? What did Jesus say He would do? He said He would guide us into all truth. What did He do? He went to an old rugged cross, there to call out to His Father, why hast thou forsaken me? He gives up the ghost. He felt forsaken, because He was a man. But when He raised again, that showed who His Father was. If I go through a trial, I do not question God, I question myself. Why am I going through this? What have I done? What do I need to do? Is this hard to be understood? Unless we have put a block up against it at the beginning, you will see that the words I am saying will help you, if you let them. “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself, If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” I was needing some work done on my house in Jeffersonville, I went to a certain brother to ask him for a reference. He gave me a reference. The reference was completely right. Everything he said was right. Thank you brother. It is not hard to tell the truth. It will free us, free us from a lot of things. I want to go to Joshua 24. Joshua was getting ready to leave, but he has one last message. If this is my last message, I want it to be a help, a benefit. “And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and they presented themselves before God. (It is all the heads together.) And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in the old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.” That is what I am talking about. Why did God, when He called Abraham, say, get away from your family, get away from your father’s house. He is saying here exactly why. Read that 2nd verse again. Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor, and they served other gods. They were not godly people. Abraham did not come from a godly family. It was passed all the way down after the flood. That old spirit, that old Canaanite spirit, it passed on down and passed on down until the time Abraham came along: they were serving women gods. God said to Abraham, get away from that stuff, get away from those spirits, I cannot speak to you here. He goes into the land of Canaan, there they are again, but the thing about it is, he is not hooked to them. I could say something here, but maybe it would be better if I do not, but I will say there are certain trends in people, right on down the line until this day. It is passed on from one generation to another. What I am saying, if it must be, get away from it. You can! If it is jealousy, starve it. You can come up here for prayer a dozen times, but if you are not changed inside; you have just come up for prayer. God works from inside you. I am not saying this to try to get a bunch of people up here for prayer: I am saying to each of you, deal with it. Not just that, but the spots, the wrinkles, the blemishes: anything in your life that God cannot approve. “And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him through all the land of Canaan and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.” As I said awhile ago, I felt like I needed to say more about it. He was in a land; in Canaan, he was in a land that the people served other things but he did not attach himself to any of it. He did not make friends with them. He was a nomad. He led them from here; to here, where there was pasture. He was friendly. He was not obstinate. However when it came time to do something, like when Lot was captured; he got his hired servants and went and cleaned house; to get Lot back. That is an old saying also. He gave him Isaac. He gave him his promise that he had kept for twenty five years. “And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.” I will move on down to the 11th verse. “And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them unto your hand.” The Methodist-ites, the Baptist-ites, Catholic-ites were all defeated. One day He said, Come out of her my people! I had to get away from that thing. There is a spirit about all of that. “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labor, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and olive yards which ye planted not, do ye eat.” God has given us everything. He gave Israel everything to make them a happy people. He has given us everything we need to walk with Him. He has given us His Son; in which all fullness dwells. We should be a happy people this morning: without any other influences. Do not bother me with other influences. I don’t want that part of some spirit hanging on to me, that does not benefit me in any way whatsoever. I am going to say something here. I certainly do not mean to hurt anyone, but if you come up here for prayer to get rid of something, leave it here! Don’t take it back to your seat to still be concerned about. You might say, well you are making it simple. No, you are making it hard, if you hang on to that spirit. The blood of Jesus Christ has covered our sins. He did not die to make us weaklings: He died to make us strong. There is that old song: take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. I thought I would get through with all of this, this morning, but I will have to finish it up tonight. I love all of you brother and sisters.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
I had been in 1st Corinthians, 3rd chapter this morning. I think I covered that the way I wanted to: which lets us know our lives are influential. We are influencing somebody else somewhere, whether it be for good or for bad. The Lord looks at all it all. He looks at our desires, our ambitions, and our affect on others . He has a right to call those things to our attention sometimes. I thought of the first two songs that were sung tonight; about forgiveness, and about the blood. Both of them were pointing to that. I appreciate things being done so everyone is able to hear what is being said and the way it is being said. I know we have influences, but most of all; our life is a testimony, and an influence. I know Bro. Branham said one time; your actions are so loud I cannot hear your words. That is a statement that that is worth paying attention to. I was thinking about the song Bro. Daniel sang tonight: Long is the road that will lead us to that home above. Is that not what we are all moving toward? Is that not what we want more that the life we are now living? The Apostle Paul said something like: I would be better off, if I could just go on to be with the Lord, but for the sake of those he ministered to; he was willing to stay. We have to get ourselves ready, right here on this earth; there is no in between. The only people that were ever given white robes were the Jewish people that were killed in the Holocaust and back from there; back, as Bro. Jackson explained it. That was the Jews, that were told to wait a little while, until their fellow brethren and all the others that would be persecuted as they were should be accomplished. Otherwise we have the opportunity today to have a new birth experience. Then when we do, we do not want to get away from that. We do not want it to be a still birth, because there is no life in a still birth. There has got to be something with growth to it. A little baby, when it is born, if the baby is six months old and still weighs ten or twelve pounds, then you get worried, because there is no growth. The Bible teaches us to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is knowledge in knowing Him; because there is understanding that goes with it. Bro. Jackson made a strange statement one time: when he was talking about Ananias and Sapphira. He did not put them in hell. That was strange to me, but I accepted it. They had no reward, he said, because there were no foolish virgins at that time. I don’t know if anyone here remembers that statement or not, but I do. We are not cast out for having no reward. It talks about the saints judging angels, those fallen angels. How would we be able to judge them? There is just one way: It is by the influence they have had on us. It is what they have done to us, those fallen angels, in order to try and get us to fall, or to get us in a snare, or to get caught up in something that is not godly. I am not even talking about immorality; there are more things than that, that are ungodly than just being immoral. This is like a dressing room. I got through preaching the message this morning; and a brother came to me and said, I had a dream about a month ago. He said, I dreamed that I was in a laundromat and you came in, (he was talking about me), and then the dream was over. It made me think of this morning’s message, being washed by the water of the word. It is our cleansing agent, it is our belief. You can put red dye in there that they use on candy and stuff like that, food coloring and drop that in water, then put two or three drops of bleach in there, andthe colors are gone. That water is clear again. Where did it go? When the blood of Jesus Christ covers us, we think we take that too literal, because it is like a bleach to get rid of the stains, to get rid of the things that we have done in the flesh in our time past. When we are cleansed like that, it gets us over all those things. We no longer harbor ill feelings towars others. We no longer have angry outbursts. The Bible does say Be ye angry and sin not (or if you get angry do not let it cause you to sin.) There are a lot of things we have to keep inside us. It also says, Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. (Get everything straightened out before darkness comes). When we harbor ill feelings through the night, that even causes ulcers. Ill feelings can harm a lot of things, especially someone else that we might pull into our feelings. I do not want to do that. Neither do I want any of you to do that. That is why I am preaching this message. I am not angry. When I say be angry and sin not; I am not angry. Brothers and Sisters, we do not know how far we are; down our road, nor do we know what is ahead. We just have to be prepared for whatever we may have to face. There has been twice in a week’s time, talking of the word “jubilee,” the 23rd of September, has been mentioned. That is when our fall meeting is scheduled. The Bible tells us to wake to righteousness. I am going back to Joshua 24. I will start with the 11th verse, “And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them unto your hand.” God delivered them unto their hands. It was not them. The bunch of twelve had already gone over there and ran back home. Only two of them came back with a good report, and only two of them went back over. In the book of Hebrews, it says they were all dead. “And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.” God’s purpose in this hour is to drive every evil force out of our lives. He wants to do it the easy way when possible. We are better off to let God do it in His easy way, than for Him to have to turn the sword upon us. The fact is, He is going to have His number. He is going to have His Church. If we are going to be a part of that, sometimes He is going to have to do some trimming. I do not say this trying to be hard, but listen to Joshua. Listen to Elijah, I have not gotten to him yet. “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labor, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and olive yards which ye planted not, do ye eat.” How many of you realize that God has been good to us? “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: (As the old saying goes, that is the whole ball of wax, in sincerity and in truth. The truth will wash away foolish ideas, foolish thoughts.) and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.” Listen to what he has to say. Still carrying those things. God did not take those things away: He is telling them to get rid of them. There are things we have to get rid of ourselves, that God is not going to take away from us. He will give us a new birth, then He gives us the equipment from head to toe, that will enable us to lie a victorious life, but it is up to us to use that sword to cut away the old fleshly ideas and opinions. “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I want to get rid of those things that hinder, get them out of my life. I am preaching to myself also: I am with you, we are together. When Daniel began to pray, in the 9th chapter of Daniel, he was praying for forgiveness for the children of Israel, forgiveness for himself. He prayed for twenty one days and the angel came and said, Daniel, a man well beloved of God. Anybody that would say they never have a fault, I would have to say, where have you been. John says that in 1st John, the 1st chapter: If any man says that he has not sinned, he makes God a liar and the truth is not in him. “And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; For the Lord our God, He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the Lord drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for He is our God. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: (They had already said, we will. Why would he say that? It is a challenge. I had more than one person tell me this morning after the service, that they appreciated it. I have had more than one person come to me, a young sister wrote a note, telling me how much she appreciated it, telling me she had laid aside these things that were hindering her. I say, God bless my young sister. Welcome to the family, welcome home brothers and sisters. We are in a family, the only family on this earth that can say we are the family of God. I am not just talking about Faith Assembly, but I am not including this denominational world of religion, nor those television preachers, nor their television audiences. Most of those preachers have gone from suits and ties to plaid shirts and blue jeans. That is not the way children of the king conducts themselves. Ye cannot serve the Lord…) for He is an holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.” What I am saying; could be discouraging to some people, but other people are going to accept it, because they are not going to take it personal. Continued next issue