I have several scriptures to read, and I want to talk about some things during these services: about the things that are happening and the things that will happen before the rapture. We see things that are going on now, and it lets us know that we are in that time that we have been looking forward to. There are scriptures being discussed and preached about; by men who might say I don’t know what I am talking about, but I have to say: They do know what they are talking about. They have the false prophet and then the beast as two different people. I think the beast is supposed to be killed, it is a politician, which there may be a lot of politicians killed before it is all over with, but it is not going to be the beast. I have to go to Revelation 13 for that. The book of Daniel is related to the book of Revelation more than any book of the Old Testament. I thought about the title of this message this morning, and I considered “Are You Ready for the Rapture?” That would have been a question. I changed it to “Getting Ready for the Rapture,” because that is what we are doing. If we were all already perfected, it would have happened already. The rapture will not take place until things like Revelation 10 have been fulfilled. That last seal found in chapter 8,has to be opened, and when that seal is opened, then that cuts off everything as far as grace for Gentiles is concerned. In Revelation 13, you find that this goes through the tribulation time, and some are even preaching we are in the tribulation now. If this is tribulation already; I would have to say; it is not too bad yet if we are. They are preaching that the tribulation will last for seven years, and we know it will not. There is going to be trouble in the Middle East for three and one half years, because that is when the two prophets prophesy. Then, that is when Revelation 11 is fulfilled, the two prophets will prophesy there, until they are killed, which is also mentioned in the book of Zechariah in the 4th chapter. So today, I want to compile this together, to make it more understandable. I am not saying this because I know everything, but what I do know, I want to stand on it, and stand for it. People who do not have any true revelation; are thinking now at this time that they have it all figured out, and they are just all over every page; with no real answers. If we were in the tribulation we would be in the last three and one half years, but we are not. We are not even there yet. We are not to the seven year period of time, and it is going to be some time before that happens. How do we know that? We know it by the scripture. That is the only way we know anything: through the true revelation of the scripture. As I look at the scripture, I see the reason why the tribulation is brought about. The tribulation is brought about because there are two prophets in the Middle East, that are causing all kinds of problems for some. They are revealing Jesus to the Jews that are destined to hear it. The first four trumpets that sound: they are under the two prophets. When that happens, you have the woes that begin immediately. As Bro. Jackson said, they all happen around the time that the two prophets are killed. When that happens, then you have the three and a half years of tribulation coming on, which will come on with the pope taking over the temple, but the bride of Christ Jesus will not be here. He is the false prophet, the pope. James Robinson; a few days ago: you may have heard of him. He has a big ministry overseas. He has a big church. He supplies water wells to a lot of people that do not have wells. He talks about his experience with the Lord. I did not see it, but it was told me, that it showed him laying on the floor: him and another man, a few years ago, because he was in bondage. So he had an experience. I am not saying it was not of the Lord, because I have seen it happen here, in this very building. I saw people walk across here that did not even know where they were. Where are they today? They do not even know where they are today. We have had these things that are going on in other places; right here in times passed, but thank God for His mercy and grace. James Robinson has sat down with the pope, and they are all lifting that up as a great thing. I guess I better not say what I was thinking, of that man, that if he is not the one, then he is occupying the position of the one that will come on later. He, the Pope said he is going to retire in two or three years. I don’t know that my self, but that is what I have been told. Let us now read from Revelation 13. “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, (The sea would be the Mediterranean, which actually represents people, as Revelation 17 mentions.) and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, 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: (All these are implications of former governments, that Daniel 7 says their dominion was taken away, but their lives were spared for a time and a season. Well this is the season. We are already at the time when these things are getting ready to speak, not yet, but they are showing themselves as we look at scripture.) and the dragon (This is another being. We have posted pictures of that before, which comes up out of the earth. It is a spirit. We read much of that in Revelation 12. The dragon…) gave him his power.” See? The dragon gave him power, the devil. John is pointing that out in Revelation 12, calling him the dragon, Satan, the devil. Anything you would think of him, there is a name for it. He did not just inherit that power. That is the beast. The beast is first before the pope takes over. Think about that. The beast is actually Europe; with all those nations that make up this conglomerate mess, which goes all the way over into Iran. A lot of fighting is going on there now, as certain ones are jockeying for a position. It is getting closer. As I read the Arutz news, I see that it is getting closer: to where Israel is going to have to take their position. That little nation sitting there, that they want to take land from them, it is always give. It is always take with nothing in return. That is the way the devil is: give me an inch, give me a little more the next time. The devil is never satisfied because he still wants to rule. He wants to rule in the hearts and minds of people if he can. There was a young man yesterday that was caught, going to try and kill a thousand people. He had joined ISIS at nineteen years old. He looked like a kid. All these plots: one of them is going to get through one of these days, because the government is not willing to do anything about it. The president named them like they were a second squad a year ago. Now look at them today. They are just expanding their tentacles into every nation. I don’t know how, but I am sure they are going to be in Norway one of these days, if they are not already. What is going to take care of them? Israel, because they are getting too close. If you don’t think Israel will take care of it, just wait, they will: If they have to. They can and will take care of Iran. Our president is not going to do anything about it, he is going to support it. We do not live in the same America ; even the way it was thirty years ago. It is like a bunch of kids playing in the mud. They don’t expect to get muddy. Here it jumps on further, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.” It did not die though, because it says; as it were wounded unto death. It looked like it, under two hundred years ago it looked like it was dead. Napoleon put the pope in prison. He died there. They thought the papacy was dead, but after WW2 it began to raise it’s dirty head again. If you are listening to me today and you are Catholic, if you are Methodist or Baptist, you are in the same boat. These famous television preachers are all siding with it. It has got to unite. Revelation 13 shows that it does. I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death, see, physical Rome as it was, then when 800 A.D. comes along, the spirit begins to go from the governmental thing into a papacy thing. You get 1000 A.D. to 1100 A.D., when you get there, then the pope appoints whoever he wants to. All ten of those countries, the ten horns, now they have decided those ten horns are ten points of contact throughout the world, instead of it being in Europe. That will always be Europe; it does not change. But they have it the United States, they got it different parts of the world, ten different points of contact, which it is not. At one time preachers that knew something, knew different than that. Now they have lost their equilibrium, because God has caused them to. Let us go to 1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit (not man, but the Spirit) speaketh expressly, (It does not just speak: it speaks expressly.) that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, (That is not departing from denominationalism. There is only one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God and Father of us all. There are not two Gods, there are not three Gods. When I preached on the subject: Jesus is not God, It was to straighten up the thinking of some that had failed to read the Word of God the right way. If Jesus is God, that would make the Catholic people right, because Mary did give birth to Him. But hear this!!! Jesus is the Son of God, not God. Therefore Mary is certainly not the mother of God! Mary was the mother of Jesus in the fact that she gave birth to Him, but she received that seed of life from the Spirit which is God. Think about it! Open your eyes; read Matthew 1:18 which says Mary was found with child of the Holy Ghost. That shows as plain as anything that God is the Father of Jesus: so get it straight in your mind, that Jesus is the Son of God; and Mary was not the mother of God; as the Catholic people believe. The Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter days some shall depart from “the” faith, not a faith,” not a denomination. We have had to take a stand: Our stand is on the WORD of God. You cannot let a strange spirit lead you. Some of those spirits are very strong, and they capture the attention of many that are not grounded in truth. Therefore you must be sure you are being led by the HOLY SPIRIT, which is God; the Creator. The Spirit of God will always agree with the Word of God.) giving heed to seducing spirits, (seduce, just like the serpent did Eve. He seduced her. He pushed her. This did not all happen in one day. Some might say, Oh Eve was out there one day and the serpent came along and said, how about an apple? Bro. Branham said, if it was an apple that caused Eve to realize she was naked, then pass the apples to everyone, because this world is naked.) and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; (That is that old demon dragon out of, (I will go ahead and say the word, hell: That is his place . Everything that has been done at Faith Assembly to keep truth here; has been with a price. We have have paid for it. I am glad we have. When I saw the number of people that were here last night, it let me know that somebody is wanting something from God. Somebody is wanting to be ready for the rapture. When we begin to realize the truth in the song: this world is not my home, and when it becomes more than just a song: but a yearning, in out heart, so it is more than just a hope, a desire, and not a fantasy but a reality, we are walking with our Lord.) having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” That is not what you use to iron your clothes with. No, it is what they used out west to stamp their name or number on cattle. When that iron is placed there, the flesh is seared; that cow will never grow anything in that place. It is seared. It is cooked. When that happens, you could say, it is cooked. You have to make it plain. You have to uncover every rock, every nook and every cranny. People in this hour have too many questions. I don’t want people leaving with questions. Let us go back to Revelation. This is talking about the happenings. I have thought about that, the happenings between now and the rapture is what I am talking about. Bro Svein last night, mentioned: I believe it is Matthew 13:44, about the shining. What is going to shine? Are we going to get out here and have a light on our head, and be a dazzling thing for people to see? No, it is the Word. I thought about that: it is the Word of God in us. We are different. We are not like all the rest around us. We do not get our food from a feed barrel. Like it has been said; a lot of these preachers know better. They know that the end is here, but they will not speak about it. They are cowards, because people don’t want to hear about it. If they get a little music going and get to moving, get stirred up a little bit, so that they are not so cold, then they have their cafeterias where they go and buy a doughnut and latte. They sit there drinking and eating, and then go home. What did you get out of the service today? I got a doughnut and latte. If the preacher even read a scripture, they would not know it because they read out of so many Bibles that do not even have the Word of truth in them. They are all listening to papa, (the pope). We live in an evil day and an evil hour. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be; in the days before Jesus comes for His bride. It says violence filled the earth. We are at that point. We do not have to wait until it comes: it is here already. Preachers have preached about the coming of the Lord for years, but they did not live in it. We are living in that time. The Supreme Court is going to vote whether there will be gay marriages or not. I believe it is already a foregone conclusion. Just to think that they would vote on something like that, lets us know that Satan has won another bout. That is crazy. Bro. Branham said: before the end came that government leaders would be crazy. What do you think: are they? They think that if they can vote on a flag, that will settle the skirmishes about that. Voting on things like that, is not going to settle anything: the trouble will still be just like it is today. After they get all the flags put away, ISIS is still going to be there. They are going to do nothing about it until it hits America in a hard way. Then it will be too late, because there are too many of them. We live in it, and cannot help but see what is going on, but we do not have to be a part of it. I am an American, not by choice; I was born here, and that makes me an America. You that are Norwegians; are that because you were born in Norway. you did not have a choice on that part, but we everyone have a choice as to how we will conduct ourselves in life, and God has brought us together and united us in a message of truth, that makes us the same, whether we are Norwegian or American. We are not depending on this old beast to get us where we are going. The one that can really change our lives is now dwelling within us. I am not against an experience in the Spirit. I am not against someone laying on the floor. Some will say, I laid on a bench, I could not help it. God just turned me around like a whirlwind and I laid on my back on a bench. What has that experience brought you to? Where did it bring James Robinson, Pat Robertson, and all the others? If that experience does not lead you on into truth, then don’t brag about the experience. It is an experience only. A birth is an experience. We cannot settle it all in one certain way. If you prayed to God and repented to God one night, and you did not feel anything the next morning: hold steady, you will. When heaven opens up to you, you will know you have experienced a new birth. It is what has happened inside that makes the difference: not what happened on the outside. That is all an experience. Bro. Branham told about a man that had tried and tried and tried for a new birth experience. Do you know what he did? He said, Lord, I have done everything I know to do, I am just going to give up. That is all God was wanting him to do, give up. Give up and let Jesus come in. You cannot do it your way. You cannot work your way into a salvation experience. Your salvation is a gift from God. It may happen to you right here in this meeting, or it may happen on down the road somewhere, but Bro. Jackson said, if you have not had an experience, hold on, you will. You did not come here to sit under the teaching of truth for nothing. Everything has a time and a purpose.“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: (See? It says as, as, as.) and the dragon gave him his power.” Gave him his power. See? It comes to a certain place in time and the dragon takes over. That old dragon came up out of hell. That is the spirit that works in this. That is the spirit that made Mary look like she was the mother of God. She was not, and we know that is absolutely of the adversary of righteousness: because Jesus is not God. He (Jesus) never did say He was. He is the Son of God. Well in Matthew 1:23 where it says Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us. Sure, it is God with us: because the SPIRIT which is God the creator; was in Jesus the anointed one, and He was anointed by the Creator, which is Spirit. (That is what Christ means;) so when we say Jesus Christ; it is the same as saying Jesus the anointed One. Christ means anointed. God was in Jesus:: making Him the anointed One: reconciling the world unto Himself (God). This was all in God’s plan at the beginning, when God made something out of nothing. Then if there was an explosion, as some insist on: that is alright with me, because I know that if it was an explosion that brought all of this universe into being, God (the Creator) caused the explosion. It did not just happen yesterday. It makes no difference, if it was forty billion years ago, because God was that creating Spirit, before there ever was anything to call Him God. God always was. He could have planned for forty billion years before He ever did any creating: then bang! Which could have been just like a puff of wind with Him. When He got His plan ready, He looked at it and said I want man here on this earth. But moreover, He said, I want you, and you, and you. (Come on and go with me. Come on and go with me, I am on my way to Canaan land. If mama don’t go, it won’t hinder me. If papa don’t go, it won’t hinder me. If brother or sister don’t go, it won’t hinder me, I am still on my way. Praise God, I am on my way.) Are you on your way today? The price has been paid, all you have to do is accept the price that was paid as being sufficient. Sometimes it is expensive after it is over with. Jesus did not promise us strawberry cheesecake every day. Just a little more of the journey, a few more miles to go, over the next hill we will be home. We cannot yet see home, but we see the hill and we know that after the hill is over, then we see the lights. I can be in Salem on a clear day and see the lights of Louisville. I see the glow of it from Salem. That is part of the shining, beginning to see the lights of home. Are you ready? I do not want my brothers or sisters. A little seven year old girl came to us the other night and told us what happened to her when she was on the trip to Israel. She said, when I went into the tomb something happened to me. Are you ready for something to happen to you? You might say, well I am already a Christian. That does not matter: just keep looking for something more. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world (That is talking about this part of the world, (map). That is not talking about China. That is not talking about Japan or India. They will still have their Buddha. They will still have their cows going down the street that they worship. All the world, that was the known world at that time.) wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon (The devil). That is what he has been looking for all along. That is what he was looking for in Jesus. If you will fall down and worship me, I will give you all the kingdoms of the world because it is in my power. He has a little while to go. He has a little room to move yet, but it is closing in. They say, if you want to take the fight out of a bear, just wound it. They worshiped the dragon…) which gave power unto the beast: (Remember that. The dragon, the devil, gave power to this. This had no power until it was inserted in it by the devil. I am seeing this more clearly myself.) and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Now you have a spokesman for the beast. “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” He has gone too far. I am sorry to say, but some have gone too far. We are at the end. I am at the end of this: this morning. It will be continued later.
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE
I was on this subject yesterday and I want to continue with it. The decision came this morning on the health care thing, they said Obama got another win. The same one that voted it in the other time, the one that was appointed by Bush, he voted it again. Conservatism is nothing anymore. I used to think it stood for morality, but it does not stand for anything any more, except just to be able to say; I am conservative. I noticed the Arutz News this morning. There was a woman that had been transformed into a man, and another woman got married by a rabbi in Israel. She was listed as a man. But after they found out she was not a man, they have annulled it. It happened two weeks ago. We are living in the last days. There is no doubt about it. That is why the messages of myself and other brothers who are preaching strong against sin, strong against error, we are not trying to make anyone feel bad: We are not trying to make any true believer feel bad, but we have to preach truth: regardless of who may be hurt by it. That is what Jesus did. He stood in the Pharisees and Sadducees faces and called them vipers. If you don’t know what a viper is; it is a snake, serpent seed. The proof in this hour, whether we are part of that or not, is if we follow truth. Truth will set you free from your past. We appreciate the blood of Jesus Christ, because that is what saves us: pays our sin debt. There are people that have experienced the blood of Jesus Christ that will have to go through the tribulation, which are foolish virgins. What makes them foolish virgins is Revelation 25, where it tells that they did not receive the Word: and we know that was because they did not have the Holy Ghost. He said, I never knew you, meaning they had not had a relationship with the Creator. So we know we must have that; because Jesus said, you must be born again in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is our entrance into that intimate relationship here on this earth. That is spoken of in Matthew over and over again. In Luke and in Mark, it is referred to as the kingdom of God, which is all the same thing. In Matthew, he speaks of it as the kingdom of heaven. That is why we can say we sit together in heavenly places in Christ. To the world, it is a mystery, and to the church world in general it is a mystery, because they are not interested in truth: in true revelation of the scriptures. Just to make it plain, the church world is not interested in truth because truth will set you free, and they do not want that freedom. They claim freedom: but they do not really want the freedom that truth will bring, because there is condemnation in it. They do not want anything preached about sin, because, if you do, that will diminish their huge crowds. They would not have all this great crowd of stuff going up and down out here every Sunday morning, when you are trying to get on the expressway. You do not see it like that Sunday night; just on Sunday morning, because mankind wants to feel religious, but does not want to feel deliverance. To be born again, is to be delivered from sin and make-believe. When Jesus came to shed His blood, that takes care of our old sin nature which we were born with. Little children; from thereon was born with that. The Bible even says that we come forth speaking lies. (Psalms 58:3) Children learn that pretty quick. A lot of times they learn, that if they cry for something, then that is what affects the parents and causes them to give in. Some of them never quit crying. Even though they are grown up: they still cry when they do not have their way. God did not give us salvation to enable us to have our way: He gave us salvation to deliver us from our own ways, to set us up for a kingdom that is to come. When Jesus prayed, He prayed Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He was praying a prayer that the kingdom would come. We are living in that age of time when some of the things we deal with, Paul did not deal with, because he did not have to at that time. As far as the rapture is concerned, Paul dealt with it. He knew that was coming, and he felt it was in that hour. He did deal with lifestyle. The first chapter in Romans will tell you so. He gives a list all down the line, of what this nation we are living in right now, is approving. Because they are approving it, that does not make it right. Today; the world is under Revelation 13. I want to go back there now, because there is something I want to bring out right now. Verse 3, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” As I said before, that is the world that is under this beast system that I showed yesterday. We had a picture of it. It incorporates all the Middle East plus the western countries in that part of the world. The United States was not in that. The United States had not been discovered by any people that really knew anything about worshipping God. The Indians had their gods. They worshipped the sun, they worshipped the wind, they worshipped whatever they could see or feel. It is just like it was when Israel went into Canaan, they were worshipping all kinds of gods. They had brought them out from where they were. Abraham was called to go to a place and get away from his father, because his father was a pagan. That is what the Bible says, get away from his father’s house. It took awhile to do that. His father followed him, so did Lot. They went all the way up into the Euphrates valley where Assyria is, which is the top of Syria. He followed him all the way there, but he died there according to the scripture. He died in that land and then God placed Abraham where He wanted him. He felt the loyalty to stay with his dad until he died. I do not know how long after that it was until he got to where God wanted him to be. Today we are looking at scriptures that are going to free us from a lot of things. Who wants to be bound this morning: when we can be free? As I went into that yesterday, it was the dragon spirit, that same old spirit that was in the beginning of this world, as it was recreated after the flood. That was the same spirit that appeared to Eve in the form of the serpent: which was supposed to do all of Adam’s hard work. We know that the serpent was more or less like a natural man before God stripped him of his arms and legs. His natural traits were of the animal kingdom. The devil found something in the animal kingdom that he could use. The devil is not a creator, but he finds things that he can change. He cannot change what God has created, but he can work with God’s creation. It is like the saying I once heard: you have probably heard it also. It goes like this; These scientists got together and said to God, you made man ,but we can also make man. God took dust and made a man. The scientist took dust also, and God said to them, wait a minute, you have to create the dust: you cannot use my dust. See? The old enemy of righteousness is not a creator: he is a manipulator. He has manipulated this world of religion. You cannot preach repentance in those so-called churches today. Joel Osteen does not preach repentance. He and all those others like him, just want to soothe their congregation, and make it easy for all, by preaching a sermon that everyone that hears it will agree with. I wonder how many would agree with our service. I do not have to wonder about that: I know they would all stand up and Walk out of here. “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: (The beast did not receive power of his own. You find in Revelation 17, that dragon, that old beast came up out of the earth. Where was it? It was in outer darkness. It brought darkness with it. That beast received it, which is the nations of Europe. Then the Middle East and all, as I mentioned yesterday, mostly the Middle East,) and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Right now if you go to Europe, you will not find that. Russia is a stand off to them. Putin is over there making his deals, his brags. Nobody is opposing him. It just goes to show, that there has to be an Ezekiel 38 and 39 event to get rid of that Russian spirit. It cannot exist with the beast. Then it goes from that to Revelation 19, where I will take you in just a minute. “And there was given unto him a mouth (Here you have to change, a mouth, which actually leads into the man of sin.) speaking great things and blasphemies; (The image of the beast is listening, because it is a religious system, or it winds up to be. Speaking great things and blasphemies, it says in another place, that he was blaspheming the God of heaven.) and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” That is the duration of tribulation. The Bride will not go that far. I am going to show you that; in this message, the Lord willing. I found scripture in Proverbs, Isaiah, and Zephaniah, which prove, as well as in Paul’s writing 1st Thessalonians, chapter 5. That will be a little later on, because I want to build this message up to that point. I am getting a little further as I go on here, but I wanted to show you something. “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God; to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” That is mighty boisterous, an individual that would go so far as to blaspheme God. “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, (That is tribulation saints, not Bride saints. We are gone before then. We are not here when that happens. Thank God! There has been given to us a way of escape. We are not on our own this morning because we do not belong to ourselves. It has been said, I will do things my way. That is not God’s way. There is a song by Frank Sinatra, I will have it my way. I wonder what he feels like today? The Catholic church preached him into heaven, or at least into purgatory: according to their belief. Notice: It was given unto him to make war with the saints…) and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” The church world out there is preaching that the Bride will go through tribulation. They did not read the rest of the book. Let us go to Matthew 24. We will see what he Word of God says about this. Starting in the 27th verse, this is where they get their message, but they do not know what they are reading. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” As it is, so shall it be. That is when the Bride is taken away. They read the scripture all together without even thinking about that. “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Are you feasting on His Word? It is not just a song and a dance. That is a part of it. I remember Bro. Branham saying, The Pentecostal people build themselves up, and by the time the preaching starts, they have worn themselves out, and they sit down and go to sleep. The scripture goes on to say, and this is where they get their message, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” That is going to be a terrible thing. What they call the ring of fire, there are forty volcanoes in the world, and thirty four of them are in that ring of fire. It takes in California, goes into the islands, all the way to Japan. This world is getting ready to blow its top. It is not all going to happen until the day the tribulation is over. When tribulation is over and man has killed himself there in the Middle East, then God is going to take over. He is going to kill every sinner, every one that does iniquity. All that is going to be left then, is righteous man and woman. When I say righteous man, I am including both men and women. The sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light. The stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” I could take you to another scripture, which shows His Bride will be with Him then; riding on white horses. Bro. Jackson preached that message, and he said it will be one revolution of the earth: which is twenty four hours: for the earth to turn. That is not Matthew 24:27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even to the west.” I got up this morning: getting ready to leave, and it began to get dark, then darker and darker. The light outside came on. It started thundering and lightening, but it did not last twenty four hours. One lightning bolt does not last twenty four hours. As the lightning shineth from the east to the west, it is going to be a quick thing. You are going to be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, not in a twenty four hour period of time.
You are going to lose your shoes. You are going to lose everything that pertains to this life: to take on something that pertains to that life. It will be so quick that no one will see you change. Heaven will not appear with a lot of nudity. That is what happens here. Men and women like to undress: to show their physique. Young people: do not fall for stuff like that. Just a little dab, there used to be a hair cream advertisement that said, just a little dab will do you. A little dab just gets bigger, and bigger. The old saying is, if you give the devil an inch, he will take a mile. We are not trying to make everybody look alike. We are not trying to make everybody be the same. We are all individuals. You need to get before a mirror and look at yourself and say, is God pleased with me? “And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, (See? He comes back with His Bride, but He sends His angels.) and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds.” See? He is not on earth. But they are here to gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. That is not Bride people. If you believe what Bro. Jackson said, he said there would be no Bride people in China. There will be saved people there, but no bride saints. That is where those young people are going to come from to build up the walls of Jerusalem. It said strangers, because they are going to see that old religious idea they have been living in, is not godliness. It does not work that way. Who has Buddha ever healed? What has Buddha ever done for anybody? If you are going to worship anything, worship someone you know. Worship the Creator. We are not a bunch of Moonies. We open up our heart and let the Son shine in. Let us go to Revelation 19. Here is the end of the beast, and here is the end of the false prophet: verse 20. “And the beast was taken, (The one that listened to that dirty devil, the spirit of that beast was taken. The people still live, but the spirit of that beast has to go, because it has done too much damage.) and with him the false prophet (That is the man that Pat Robertson, James Robinson, and all these great television characters are looking to, which he says we shall accept the gays. He is off on global warming now. The spirit that is guiding that system, I am not saying it is this man, but he is running a close race, already changing the temple of the Catholic Church. What is going to happen? The beast was taken, the spirit of that beast, and with him the false prophet, which is the spirit: the same spirit that was on the beast. The spirit of that false prophet shall be taken.) that wrought miracles before him, (War miracles, that is what it is all about. It is about taking over. It is going to look like a miraculous war when the beast goes against the kings of the east. All these people that are killed, God said, I am tired. It said He would laugh at the calamities of man. The spirit of that thing is taken.) with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, (Going back to Revelation 13. I am now talking about people that are being deceived. All these big shot preachers, Benny Hinn and all the rest of those like him, and especially in these foreign countries where they will have a half million people standing there. They do not have enough revealed truth to wad a shotgun, but they have listeners. They have watchers: because there are always those who want to see something. There are some in every crowd that want to see a miracle. The only one that ever blowed to accomplish anything was God. When the wind came into the upper room, where the disciples were waiting, as Jesus told them to do: was truly of the Spirit of God, and it accomplished what God sent it to accomplish. I want to say right now: That wind is still here to accomplish the same thing it accomplished back then. What God does, will lasts. It is not a tornado, to destroy things. A tornado comes, does its damage and goes, leaving a mess to clean up. This wind that God brings, is a wind that enters into us to bring living water to our soul. That is the kind of storm we want, something that will bring living water. As we look back at this scripture that speaks of those which had received the mark of the beast: they had been deceived by political type miracles with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast…) and them that worshipped his image. (The image, which is the last part of Revelation 13.) These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Their days of deceiving are over. Their deceiving methods are gone. We live in a day and hour when man is trying to exert himself. Woman is exerting herself. Every sister has their rights, you can read it in the Word, but this bunch of stuff we see our here in this day and hour of time is not right. Jeremiah 31:22 “How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? (Talking of today. I am adding that. No doubt he is talking of Israel here, but I am adding talking of today, because it is so fitting.) For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, (God is seeing to it that His Word is fulfilled. Look at America today: at Hillary Clinton. They took her in because of Benghazi: She shed a few tears and the men swooned, (they melted). We cannot make a woman cry. When it comes to judgment, God is not going to have mercy on anything that is not His: man or woman. You see that from the Old Testament.) A woman shall compass a man.” Bill Clinton could not hold a light to what Hillary is. I am not talking like this; bragging about Bill Clinton. That woman is conniving. She is full of enmity, she is full of herself. Some might think, do you think you should be saying that: she might be president some day? She probably could be, if there is a next president. There is much talk now: that there may not be another election. How could that be? Declare martial law and that man can stay in there. People do not want to give away their power. They want to stay in power. Look who I am. I am not talking about just one president, I am talking about any one. When I said that about Bill Clinton, that he is a dirty man, a degraded man, but his wife is conniving. You have a condition in Senate and Congress: men and women who are making laws. They should be in prison instead of where they are. I just have to say; You dirty people, trying to shove gay marriage down our throats. You are making us live in a dirty country. Men changing themselves to be women, and women changing themselves to men. They say they were born that way. You are a liar. That is a lie straight from hell, and it is going right back there. We are at the end of man mocking God. The Bride has the only answer. We have that answer from the Word. The Word of God will hold up to be true, whether it be in court or wherever. I like what Bro. Spencer said last night, that he went depending on the Lord, because it says, whenever you have to go to court, don’t even think what you are going to say. That is not much preparation. You don’t have to make much, when you have a Judge on your side. I am not talking about the judge in Kentucky. I am talking about our Great God. That court He is in charge of, is the only Supreme Court there is. Our Supreme Court down here, makes laws that are right out of hell. We are at the end: brothers and sisters. We have to stand for truth, regardless of what the secular world does. We cannot just bow down to some man’s idea or opinion, that is put forth t as something that is going to make somebody happy. I have had to make decisions that did not make me happy, but it is my duty to uphold the Word of God. When it comes to truth, it is not just my idea: it is God’s Word that must be upheld. Then I will fit into that. So will my Minister Brothers, and all who love truth. We will all fit into that. These who may find fault with us: have everything going to heaven: of those who follow them. They can preach a feel good message and send everyone on their way happy, if they just believe in Jesus. Life style, attitude and righteousness is not upheld. Many of them collect seed money and promise miracles to those who give it. God’s true children know what to do about contributing to the work of God: They do not need to have anyone begging them for money. Tithes and offerings are just a part of their Christian life. Faith Assembly has never had to preach on tithing. Out in this world of religion you can hear just about anything. You can have anything; if you can pay enough. According to them, if you can pay enough to get in, you are in limbo for a while. Then you go to another stage, then another. It is the same way in India’s religion. You do not go right to heaven when you die: it is according to your deeds: according to Hindu. You may be waiting in limbo, or whatever they call it as long as a tree has leaves on it. It may be thousands or millions of years before you ever reach that final place. On the other hand, those who are in Christ have a different outlook. If you are in Christ, you are a candidate for an excursion. You do not have to go to Cape Canaveral, nor the Arizona desert. Liftoff is right where you are when the time comes. God is going to fire His rocket one of these days and say, come up hither, and away we go.
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE
I just heard that the Supreme Court has voted gay marriage into law in all fifty states. The ones that are already married can go live in any state they want to: as whatever they are, but they are sure not husband and wife. It is just a Sodomite condition. That is all you can make of it. It is a lifestyle that is surely spoken of in the Bible. As you go into the 17th chapter of Luke, you will see what I mean. As it was in the days of Lot. It looks like, I cannot call them the Supreme Court, they are just a bunch of reprobates, at least five of them. It was a five to four decision. I would like to have heard what Scalia said. He got on Roberts the other day for the insurance thing. He was sitting right beside him and got all over him about it. Three of them that voted for it are Jews. You have three Jews in the Supreme Court, two are women, and one is a man. They all voted for it. It is kind of hard to see, but when you look at Revelation 11, you can see what the Bible says about Jerusalem in the middle of the week and on. Today we are living in a serious time but a good time. It is very serious. I had a question asked last night, I want to go into that before I go to any of the rest of the message about what Bro. Jackson had preached about Jesus being our elder brother. I will go to the scripture, which is not a part of my message, Romans 8, for the first one. This is where Bro. Jackson went to bring that out in Revelation 8. Starting with the 15th verse, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” This next verse should tell somebody something, if you believe Jesus is God. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; (This is where he got that from. So that makes us joint heirs, which Bro. Jackson said in the Eternal Age, Jesus will be our elder brother. If children, then heirs. There is no wording in the Bible where it said Jesus will be our elder brother, but this explains it. I have two other scriptures that I want to put in with it.) if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” Together with Him, so in the Eternal Age, when it comes to the Millennium, He will be King. But then let us go to 1st Corinthians 15th chapter, starting with the 20th verse. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.” See the connection there? “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, (That is in the Eternal Age, He delivers the kingdom up to God because He no longer is King. Because there is no need of kingship. Anybody that makes it into that, are eternal beings, and they are not going to be needing someone to rule over them because the knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters that cover the sea.) He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” That is the second death as in Revelation 20. “For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He (the Father) is excepted, which did put all things under Him.” Under Christ. This 28th verse tells you so. “And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” How can we just read over those things? Now I want to go to Hebrews, the 2nd chapter. There are answers in this Bible if people are willing to look for them. 2nd chapter, 9th verse. I feel this is self explanatory. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels (Why?) for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” This is the reason why He came, that He would taste death for each and every one so that He might give life to the believers. “For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them (brethren).” Let that soak in a little bit and we will go a little further. “Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (In the midst of the body of Christ, as we do.) And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, which is, the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto (His brethren), that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted.” This is an answer to a sister that asked me this question last night. Now I want to look at the message this morning and bring us up to date. We have been dealing with a new subject, getting ready for the rapture. I went beyond some of that, but I want to get to where we are today. With this recent Supreme Court decision, this puts us right in that time zone of life it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is like it was in the days of Sodom, I did not write that. We know what it is, and we know that it is wrong. It is not going to change. Whatever they do is not going to change our minds. It has no place in Faith Assembly, I want you to know that. I am sure that Bro. Spencer feels the same way about it. I am glad for my brother, and I am glad for my brothers in Norway, because we have got to make a stand. It is not always easy to make a stand. Sometimes it gets pretty close to us, but that does not matter, it is still the same. When something is wrong: it is wrong for all. I want to go to 1st Thessalonians 5. I do not know how many verses we will read. “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” He has already explained this to them: by saying what he is saying here. “For yourselves know perfectly (He had a message that let them know perfectly, and it must be in this hour. We cannot fudge on the Word of God. I am not talking about candy when I say fudge.) that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” That is for the world, that is not for you. He explains it. We can go there and hover over that, but it don’t answer it. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.” When the beast takes over the Middle East and all, they are going to say, now with Israel we have a peace treaty. That is when sudden destruction comes because those two prophets are on the scene. The Bride is still here when the two prophets start their message. They have to build the temple. I know there have been two or three dreams about that, about not the mosque being there, because some of the prophetic preachers today, so called, say that the temple will be built beside the mosque. That is what they say, but that is ridiculous. God does not share. His Word is plain. We are in a time this morning: when natural minded man compromises. The Bible is not a book of compromise. It is very plain about every subject. If you want to know what happened today, in the Supreme Court, look at the 1st chapter of Romans. Man with man, doing that which is unseemly. We cannot do anything about it, but one day soon, there is going to be someone that will go to Washington and point their finger at the Supreme Court, and tell them what is what. That will fulfill Revelation 10.That person is going to tell them what a bunch of evil men are. There is a man named Jonathan Cahn, we showed it here, he stood before Congress and told them what is what. God will open up a way just like He did for Moses. The world is going to hear a message whether they like it or not. God is going to force it on them. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Upon them, but that is not talking about us: that we will not escape: they (those who have spurned the Word of God shall not escape. We have already made our escape. God has already caught us up and taken us away by then. Preachers go ahead and preach that the Church is going to go through the tribulation. What they refer to as the Church very well may, but the Bride of Jesus Christ is not going through tribulation. We are having our trials now; and they are going to get worse, but then it will get better. Trials do not break the true saints of God. Tests do not break us: They make us stronger. Young people are going through things that I did not have to when I was young. People are trying to force things upon them, but God is well able to keep those who are His. They sit in classrooms with a bunch of reprobate children, but the Spirit in them enables them to overcome. There was something mentioned to me last night about somebody working and people always talking about the trinity or something, and I just said: let it go. It is not going to affect me, I have already been through all of that. God said, Come out of her my people. Just be true to what God had revealed to you, and do the best you can with what you have to listen to: because you know that inside you, there is something better than what the world can offer, and one day on up ahead, you will get the last laugh on those who have troubled you. I feel bad for America today. I remember when they used to say it was a Christian nation. God appointed this nation : just like He did Israel. People fled to here, to get away from oppression, to get away from that Catholic spirit. They fled from those places and came here. It was told that the Catholic Church had Abraham Lincoln assassinated because he was going to do away with it. It is the spirit of the thing. I am not talking about you, if you have been one in the past. Thank God you are not one of them now. The Methodists know better, because they are daughters, daughters of a reprobate wife. She started out as a bride of Christ, inject a little bit here, a little bit there. I see what is coming on this nation. It is coming. I wonder what is going to happen next: since this last ruling has come down? People going into the ocean and there is something in there that is causing flesh eating diseases: from the ocean in Florida. A young man died because his immune system was not strong enough to overcome that. He had been in the ocean in Florida. They are warning people: if you have a cut on you, or something like that, stay out of the water. Death is coming to America and other countries , because they have rejected the One who is the healer. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, (The thing that is coming upon the world is not coming upon the Bride. You are not in darkness. Praise God, you are not in darkness!) that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all (30, 60, and 100 fold saints. You are all secured). Because the children of light, (which are the children of the day): are not of the night, nor of darkness.” The spiritual switch is turned on, so the light has come. Like the scripture says: In the evening time it shall be light. We are in the evening time, the time when all will soon be over. The thing about it is, God is real to those that are real. The world, the nations may be falling apart, but God’s children are anchored. There is an anchor to the soul. We are not of the night nor of darkness. The light is turned on. One day in time past, the light came on in me. I was baptized in the trinity doctrine back then. Two years later, something happened in me just like that, and I knew it was a revelation, because it changed me instantly. It did not change the Methodist Church, but it sure did change the way they looked at me. I baptized one person in the trinity, then I apologized to her before I left. She did not accept it, but I apologized and said I was wrong. All I ever baptized in the Methodist Church before I left, I baptized them in the name of Jesus Christ, and I told them why. I remember preaching at the last place I pastored: one man was real friendly with me. I said some things he did not agree with. There were two doors in the back of the church building. He always shook my hand, but he went out the other door that night. He went out and talked to a man that did not even claim to be a Christian, and said, what did you think about what he said tonight? He said: if I was preaching, I would preach it the same way. I baptized that man before I left. I don’t know what good it did them, but it did me good. I preached everything I knew. It might not have been a whole lot, but I knew some things I read in the Bible were not preached in the Methodist congregations; and I thought they should be. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” Have a sober mind concerning truth. Don’t make big plans, but accept what God gives you. The future is facing us. America is almost ready to lose her status in the world. Why? Because we, or let me say America, I don’t want to say we, America has lost her status with God, her standing as a Christian nation, even her standing in the world. “For they that sleep: sleep in the night; (sleep in darkness) and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.” That refers to darkness: it does not refer to alcohol. It can be, but just because they are an alcoholic does not make them any worse than some other sins that could be mentioned. That is not talking about that kind of drunkenness. It is talking about the drunkenness of this world that does not have regard for the Great Creator: which is our heavenly Father. People stayed up all night last night just to be a part of what this world glories in. The world has more attraction to them than the gospel does. “But let us, who are of the day; be sober, (sober minded) putting on the breastplate (Protection, we know what he is talking about is the heart that God gives you after you are born again by His Holy Spirit. You have to protect that, put that breastplate on and protect that inward being.) of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” We express hope many times as a doubt. Paul expresses it as positive. He said Abraham had hope. It was not a maybe hope: it was hope that was anchored. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, (He has not appointed us to the tribulation when the wrath of God is poured out upon this world. When He pours out His wrath upon this wicked world of carnal good times: we will be gone already. I have some other scriptures that go along with this, which I will put into another message. I want to repeat that again, God hath not appointed us to wrath! Be sure you catch the meaning of that. God is not mad at us, He is mad at this world of wicked, party loving people that rebel at the mention of a righteous God . Wrath is madness. God is getting angry. He is getting ready to bare His holy arm for Israel, Isaiah 52:9. I remember young boys in school, when they would get mad at each other, they would hold up that arm with a muscle that looked about like the size of a ring on a fishing worm. They wanted that other boy to know they had a muscle. God has a muscle! I certainly do not want Him angry with me. I want to please Him and say, here I am Lord. Can you say that today? Can you offer yourself to Him? Just as I am, without one plea, because of that precious blood that was shed for me. The blood of the Lamb, which was appointed. When John the Baptist saw Him he said, behold, the Lamb of God. There was only one Lamb that God ever looked on for a complete sacrifice. He did not look to Buddha. That man just sat there and never moved. He sat there and got fat while the rest of India was dying with hunger. Those that believe in Buddha will tell you that you will all go to heaven if you wait like that tree out there, until all the leaves fall: each one is a year, then you will go. The old pope is making decisions now, that no other pope has made. The scripture says that he will not recognize the God of his fathers. They did not recognize God either: they recognized Mary as the mother of God: which is as wrong as wrong can be. None of that means anything to him: he is going to dismiss all of that, because he is going to be his own god. I saw on Arutz:: that two years ago, he made a deal with the Palestinians. He said that Judaea and Samaria belonged to them, so the push is on : for God to bear His holy arm for what is right. When He does, it will be like some used to say: (katy-bar-the-door.) but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” I don’t stand here today with any discomfort. I was driving down the road when I heard that decision as it was made by the Supreme Court. I told Bro. Phil, when I saw your face it helped me, because I was angry. I saw his big smile, and I know something is alive if you are smiling. On the other hand, if you were sitting there dead, with your eyes closed to the Word of God: just sitting there like a dunce, I know something is wrong. If everybody is rejoicing, and you are getting nothing out of it, something is wrong. Truth will set you free. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.” Be at peace among yourselves. If you say, but somebody hurt me: I will say, They hurt the Lord Jesus, but He did not sit down and cry. They had beat Him: caused pain on Him: yet as He went out of Jerusalem saying, Father forgive them, they t know not what they are doing. The world does not know what they are doing. Young people, listen to me: the world does not know what they are doing: when they are causing you problems. You everyone know better, so let their fault finding and evil slurs go in one ear and out the other: Go right on and praise the Lord because He has counted you worthy to be able to suffer shame for His name. You do not necessarily have to say it our loud, but inside just say, Hallelujah! I know you love the Lord, and I am trying to help you. I know you have things to go through out here in the world, but you have joy inside that makes it all worthwhile. “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, (that pertains to believers) support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; (Don’t try to get even: just walk away, and you will feel better. I am trying to help somebody, especially the younger ones that may not have faced what some others have. We older ones should know better.) but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore.” When you do right in the midst of evil, you feel like rejoicing, because you know you avoided a trap that was set for you. When they speak evil of you, rejoice inside, that you were counted worthy for that whipping the devil is giving you, because it is making you grow. “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks; (You might say, well there are some things I just cannot give thanks for. You can always thank Him for what you are going through, because it makes you stronger. It hurts when somebody walks away. I have experienced a lot of that in the last eight years, but there has always been someone to replace those that leave. Can you give thanks in everything? Not for everything, but in everything. Notice what this says), for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.” You might think; Well I don’t feel like it. We are not walking with God on feelings: we are going forth by faith in the scriptures that teaches us how to walk with a Holy God in this wicked world system. “Despise not prophesying. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Like Bro. Kevin was talking last night about the television. I still like some of those old westerns where they are not cursing. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; (The God of peace is always with you.) and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Preserved. Some of you sisters know what canning is. You are preserving the contents for a future time The first thing you have to do is scald, not just wash the bottles, or jars. You cannot just wash them: you have to scald them. Is that not an illustration to tell us something? We cannot just go to God and say, here I am Lord. No, we have to go with a humble heart and submit to God for a cleansing :to get all the spots, wrinkles and blemishes taken care of. so that we may be preserved It is just like canning: when you put it in the jar and put heat to it, and put that lid on. After about ten minutes you hear a pop. It is sealed. “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. (Not that homosexual kind of thing.) I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. (That is talking about today.) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” I say Amen! Praise the Lord! His Word is perfect. Continued next issue.