We are picking up where November issue left off.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Now we get into something here. “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, (What is grieving Him? What causes us to grieve Him is hurt. As we professing Christianity, professing to be the Bride of Christ, if we are not living up to our capabilities in Him: we cannot handle our flesh, we cannot handle our spirit; our thinking, and we let these things get the best of us, we are grieving the Spirit of God.) whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” That sealing process is what keeps us secure when we are put under pressure. Years ago, we used to can beans, using a pressure cooker. You had to watch it or it would go further than it should and blow its top. When it was through, after you spent the time and cooked those beans to a certain point, you would take them off and then you would hear the pop. They were sealed until the lid was removed. When the lid was removed, even if it was a year later, you could hear that air suck out of it. That is being sealed. So he said grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. That means you are an overcomer, the world cannot get in, and thinking of the fact that the world cannot get in is to the point of us entertaining something of the world. The devil will bombard your mind with things, but you are boss by the authority of the Holy Spirit, which is that Spirit that is in you, that has sealed you. You are sealed until the day of redemption. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.” You might think, well that is just the way I am. You must get away from the way you are! “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Are you mad at me yet? I want to go to Romans 13:8. “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Hold on to that. “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” When we were young married people, things were hard. I had a good job. We lived in Cincinnati and I worked at Fisher Body, the body shop for Chevrolet. I made good money. I went from there to the Methodist Church. They called me to Burkesville, Kentucky. We had three children. I was paid 1,400 a year. The Methodist Church made up some. Things got very lean. I was going to school, driving thirty or thirty five miles. There was times when I did not even have a dollar. But I was happy, we were happy. It don’t take money to make you happy; it takes God in your life. This went on for two years. I went to Bowling Green and was there a year, then I moved here. I moved here and did not have a job: had to borrow money for an apartment and for furniture. We did not have any furniture. I think I gave one hundred and seventy five dollars for what we got. I went to work for Donaldson Bakery, making payments on a car, payments on a house, with sixty dollars a week. I really have to admire Mary Lou: because we lived on that. We did not ask anyone for anything. We did not beg. In case you are wondering: This is getting to my subject tonight: we did not beg, we did not ask anyone for anything: I moved on God’s orders. It was not something that I thought up. Revelation 18, I have mentioned it many times. That was in June. In October I got a job at Ford. We got a little behind: maybe three weeks behind during that time I was working for Donaldson. When I got on at Ford, it gave me a chance to get caught up. As time went on, things got a little better, and a little better. I started coming here to this church in 1967. I had been giving my tithes here and there, no certain place. But in 1968 I decided that my tithes belonged here. From that time on, God prospered us. It was not always easy: we had four children by then. We only had one credit card, and that was with Bacon’s. We bought the children’s clothes there, and my wife bought all her clothes there through the years. When tax time came, I had ben having enough taxes taken out of my pay; that I could pay it each year. That is what I did for several years. God prospered us. We did not take vacations. We did not eat at big restaurants. I will say one thing tonight, to my young brothers and sisters, if you want to be an example, pay your bills. Failure to do that, can cut your testimony quicker than anything, especially if you owe a brother or sister, and you do not pay that. That is really stealing. I read that. This is not something to jump up and down and rejoice about. I know this is not that type of service, but if you come up here tonight for this reason, coming up here for prayer is not going to settle it until you make it right with whoever you owe. I have some credit cards, but I am not using them to get in debt. Sixteen years ago we had a little trouble in my home. I don’t put any blame on anyone. You have not heard me talk about it. When I moved out, I was living on a thousand dollars a month, which is not a lot of money in these days. This hurts me more than you think: to have to say these things, because I love my brothers and sisters, but we are going to have to get our lives in order. If you owe a brother or sister, even if it is a family member and you don’t pay that, don’t take any vacation until you do. When some of these things come to my attention, it makes me want to cry: especially when I have to deal with it. The devil just wants to take a swipe at Faith Assembly any way he can. I am going to stand against it. You are my brothers and sisters, but sometimes some of our troubles come from something we ourselves are doing. I am sorry to have to say these things: It hurts me terribly. I give you examples of myself. We had it hard. My mom and dad had a little store. My mother-in-law and her husband had a store. We never did tell them we were having a hard time. My mother-in-law said, why did you not let us know: you could have put it on credit. No: that was not the answer. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” There was a man: some here know him. He left this place and moved to Arizona: owing a big bill to Limeberry Lumber. Limeberry said if he ever came back to this area and he found out about it, he would have him arrested. He is a cheat and a robber. That kind of life will never make it in the rapture. I am not judging him: the Word has already judged that kind. Do not think I have been snooping. I have not been snooping, but there has been some things that has come to my attention. If you owe on a credit card and are making your payments, you owe the balance, but you are not behind. I cannot really say anything about that. I am talking about getting all these things and then not paying for it. Sorry I have to say these things, it hurts me. We are at the end. We are expecting to make it in the rapture. Let us live the life. Let us start tonight. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” That is the truth. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” If you put on the armor of light, you are going to be seen. I certainly do not want to wind up with a lot of dirty spots and wrinkles, or blemishes. If you have a credit card, I am not talking about that. Make sure you keep it up according to requirements. “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” I d not want something for nothing. Is this truth? I am not here to try and hurt anyone, I am here to try to keep things straight. I love the Lord, I love you: my brothers and sisters. You are my brothers and sisters. We are at the end time, so we don’t have a lot of time left to straighten things up. The time to start keeping up with what is right, is tonight: whoever it be that I am talking to. Is that right? I am on my way to heaven and the journey gets sweeter every day, walking with Jesus, talking with Jesus, all along the way. My soul gets so happy, I sing and I shout night and day, I am on my way to heaven and the journey gets sweeter every day.
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE
I was on this subject last Sunday and want to go back to it today. I have had people come to me, that really enjoyed the direction I have taken in this, that was for the two prophets that will be on the scene soon. As I was trying to say last Sunday: I believe they will have a visitation of God before the rest of the children of Israel do, before the 144,000.I have no doubt hat we are going to see them, we are going to see their ministry before that time comes. I am looking forward to the future we have in the Lord and what He is planning for us. Because He has great plans for His Bride, not only the wedding supper, but for the time to come, because He talks about them shining, even in the book of Daniel, and then the 13th chapter of Matthew. There is going to be a process of getting things lined out to where He can shine through us into a better relationship with Him and be able to know that we have contact with Him. When we realize that we do, we are given a privilege of having contact with Him, we will be better off. We are not just saying words when we are praying. It has to be a relationship as we pray, that He is able to speak back to us when we talk. I appreciate Bro. Turner’s testimony as the service began this morning, may the Lord bless each one of His people. He is going to do something in each life, in people that were unexpected, He will do things for the ones that we would not expect to see. If it is just a testimony, it will be a testimony of good, of a blessing. So we thank the Lord for that. I was thinking about how many times the Lord spoke to His prophet in the Elijah spirit. One of the places is 2nd Kings, 3rd chapter. I want to read that first. Israel and Judah have come up against a problem. It is against Moab. You see Edom is even with them at this time. I have the scriptures on that, 2nd Kings 3:10-20. This is Elisha now. “And the king of Israel said, Alas! That the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab! But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may inquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.” Now I know; when Bro. Jackson was alive, I was considered just a water carrier by a lot of people: even preachers. I did not care, I would do it again. One of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, here is Elisha the son of Shaphat which poured water on the hands of Elijah. So he was doing a service for the Lord when he was doing that. Of course it does not say that when Elisha is chosen, but it does here. There was another man that recognized what was going on. “And Jehoshaphat said, The Word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee?” See? This is Ahab and Jezebel’s son. He had already had enough of him. Sometimes people think; if you say something about the government, I don’t want to get too much into that, but I will say this, The president is over there in Kenya, where his family came from, he has gone there to teach them about gay marriage. They said, we don’t want it, if this is what you are coming for, go home. There are twenty seven countries in Africa that do not believe in it. This one leader said: according to the Bible it is wrong. That is a whole lot closer than what our leadership is. It may be the dark of Africa, but they have some common sense, and they have their mind made up: don’t come here teaching that stuff. Of course he is going to try to. What is important about it? What is important about trying to shove somebody’s ideas off on another country that is completely contrary to what this country has been. I have a right to say these things. Because Elijah, when he faced Ahab, he told him outright: There will be no rain, there will be no dew until I call for it. Then when he met Elijah after the rain had not come for three and a half years, he said to Elijah, O thou that trouble Israel. Elijah said, it is not me that troubles them, it is you and your father’s house that trouble Israel. “And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? Get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother.” In other words, why are you coming to me? There is going to be somebody one of these days; see this thing is not working. All this gay stuff, this Muslim stuff, all these killings, all that carnality, all this demon possession, that is what it is. You just as well call it what it is because that is what it is, it is demons. The devil is having a hey day in America today. That bunch of Republicans will not stand for anything either. It is anything for a vote. “And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab. And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.” Why did the king not rebuff him? He knew he was telling the truth. That is more than the leadership in America today will do. They would not know truth if it fell in front of them. “But now bring me a minstrel. (I need a good song. Before I do what the Lord wants me to do, I need a good stirring. How many need a good stirring this morning? We all got up this morning and fixed ourselves up for the day, looked in the mirror to see if everything was straight; so we would look presentable. That is good. But how many got on your knees this morning and said, God, be with us, melt us together. We are your body in this earth. We are your representatives. Let us be that with joy and praise in our hearts. We have to look beyond our tears and see our promise. Bring me a minstrel…) And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.” Brothers and sisters, when you sing, sing to the Lord. It brings joy, it brings hope. We are not doing that to entertain someone, we are doing it to entertain the spirit of God, to welcome Him into our midst. When we walk, then He walks. When we listen, He listens. When He gets stirred, we should be stirred. “And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.” Why? Somebody had to do something in order for God’s work to be done. They had to get into the spirit of the thing. It took a song. Sing me a happy song, something that will stir my spirit. Something that will break the yoke. Here, Elisha stood before three kings and two of them he did not want to be before. It happened to be that one of them was not a reprobate. If it was not for Jehosaphat I would not see you, he said. Bring me a musical instrument, play something uplifting. We need uplifting every once in awhile. Make the valley full of ditches, he is speaking the Word of the Lord. I can see those men, I don’t know what they had, they might have just had sticks. It could not have been some of the places we went because there was nothing but rocks. They were in the valley. God can do things when we are in the valley. Just dig ditches. I can imagine this army is out there taking sticks or something and digging ditches. I got a phone call this morning: did you know the water is bad in this area? There was a big line that broke soewhere. Bro. Steve and Bro. Kevin were getting together some water for us here. Thank you brothers. Somebody is always looking out for the good of somebody else. Why did Bro. Steve and Sis Elsie not just bring one? Why did Bro. Kevin and Sis. Sandy not just bring enough for themselves? We are in this together: That is why. We are digging ditches together because we are looking for something. “For thus saith the Lord, you shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain, yet that valley shall be filled with water that ye may drink both ye and your cattle and your beasts.” What was the dream? Have we felt any water? It is gushing. It is going to gush all the way to the back, from the front to the back. Can we just wade in? Step out a little deeper. Neither shall ye see rain yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle and your beasts. That is a good message because we are going to see the hand of the Lord. I can almost see them out there digging, every one of them, getting ready for something. Not the rain, the water. There is not going to be any rain. This denominational world of religion is looking for rain. They have already had their rain. Now they are like the desert of Arizona: parched, holes in the ground, burrows in the ground. This nation is suffering because of what? Sin. Sin, one little three letter word. Some might say, you ought to be ashamed to talk like that, you ought to be ashamed to talk about the government like that. Go tell Elisha. I have heard people say; when certain leaders come on television, they just turn it off: because all you are going to hear is a bunch of lies. You should not talk like that. Tell it to Elijah, tell it to John the Baptist. That spirit is always a condemnation to a nation, a nation is condemned. Here you are; a little over a hundred years after David was king. How fast can a nation fall? I believe Ronald Reagan tried to bring the nation back toward God because he did not care to mention it. It has been down hill ever since, the Bush’s the Clinton’s and now Obama, all of them. A one world government is what they are after. A million flares of light: light and darkness does not mix. This is just a promise. This is saying something, before it comes to pass. I am saying this morning, there is something getting ready to happen in America; that they are not ready for and there is something ready to happen in Faith Assembly, let us be ready for that. We need to get on the same page. The battle is not ours, it is the Lord’s. Here they are talking about a war, and here is a prophet talking about music. But if it is God, it works. If God is in our life, it is going to work. “And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: (This is easy. If we get our heart right in the sight of the Lord, every thing else is easy. Put it on cruise control. I am not saying we will not have problems. I don’t mean that, but God has made a way to solve problems. It talks about lifting up the fallen, picking up the weak knees. Straighten your shoulders. Lift up holy hands. There were a lot of hands lifted this morning during our singing.) He will deliver the Moabites also into your hands.” There is something else going to happen before the Moabites. He said also. Here he is talking about something else, talking about digging ditches, and here is an army. We are talking about the presence of the Lord this morning and the devil is out there aggravating. Thank God for water. “And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop the wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.” When Eve committed the atrocity that she did, people will say, well I will let my conscience be my guide. Her conscience did not guide her, it told her, you are wrong. God is not going to stand out there, every decision we make, He is not just going to stand there and bother our conscience about it. He is going to make sure He equips us with enough understanding and mind enough that we will know what is right and what is wrong. Then if we are wrong, and sometimes we are, it is not some big sin or something, but it is a word or mistake, even on the highway. I have made mistakes driving. I am not going to tell you about it. You have heard as much as you are going to hear. I have almost had to say to myself, how stupid. That is the truth. But you just try to watch and not do the same thing again, even if it is in other things. There are things in our life that God is not going to warn us about before we get there. But if you need something from God, call the right One. Elisha said, why did you not call your father and mother’s gods, which would have been Baal. There was not enough of Baal’s. Four hundred and fifty was not enough for Jezebel, she had to have another four hundred of her own. She was like Oprah. Some of these men and women sit around and meditate. I have no clue as to what they are meditating on. They say they are just emptying their mind. When they wake up, they are still empty. Nothing good ever comes from it. “And it came to pass in the morning, (Now he set the date. When Bro. Jackson said 2004 ½ some had already made up their mind, oh, he should not have done that, he is predicting. That was not a prediction. I know; because they said it to me. Bro. Branham said 1977, but he said, I predict. The Bible is not a prediction. He said according to the way things are going, I predict. They said I was wrong, but then they turned around and said, we stick with Bro. Jackson, but then they say he is wrong. That is a merry-go-round.) when the meat offering was offered, (Praise the Lord. It is time that we get before our meat offering. Jesus said my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He is our meat offering. He is our drink offering. I know what they are saying when they sing, come on along and go with me, I am on my way, Praise God, I am on my way.) that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.” Filled. Just a little dab will do you, that is Methodism. That is these denominational churches this morning, filled up with people that just wanted to come to soothe their religious feelings. If you come to Faith Assembly just to get a religious feeling, I hope it gets all over you. It makes me feel better to go to church. Do you ever feel good when you are at home. Are you ever happy at home? Are you happy when you read the Word? Say Thank You Lord, you are alive, you are showing me things. What happened? The Moabites were blind. God opened some eyes of some people in Judah and Israel, because they saw the ditches, but then they saw the water in the ditches. In the morning, weeping comes for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Now I want to go to Hebrews 11. There are a lot of good people in here, good examples. But we are dealing with Moses and Elijah, that spirit. Bro. Branham said God loved that spirit so much that it shows up five times. The fifth time will be to Israel. There have been four of them, four out of five. But that fourth one was to be that spirit that would linger until the Church is gone. Because the eagle still flies. Verse 23. “By faith Moses, (What is he talking about? Could he not just stop there? No; Something else happened, but it was by faith. By faith in Rahab. Some might think, I would not put her in that book. There was a lot of good that came out of that woman. She did not find it in all the ways she was looking, but she tied a little red rope in her window that stayed there while the rest of the building was falling. Just a big mound of dirt there. Somewhere in the midst of that, there is Rahab’s place, that had a red string in it. Somewhere in our lives, there is that red blood stream that makes us have understanding of the hour we are living in, and that gives us hope, and that hope gives us victory. By faith: Moses…) when he was born, (That is not the whole story. There are many other little Israeli children born.) was hid three months of his parents, (He had a mom and dad. It was not two of the same sex. That is just dirt, filth, ornery.) because they saw he was a proper child; (I wonder what it means by that? A proper child. They saw the grace of God upon that child. If we just look at it, he was a proper child, there are a lot of proper children, but there are words in there that are not explained because God does not have to explain everything to us. He gives us the revelation. This is what you read, but I will tell you what it means.) and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” It is hard to hide a three month old child because they are going to cry. I remember Bro. Branham telling about going to a certain home for dinner. He said he went to these people’s home, and the woman had just had a baby. He said the baby started crying and it embarrassed that woman, but He told her, that is the only way that baby has of telling you anything. It cannot tell you when it is hungry, because it cannot talk. It just cries until you figure out what it needs. It cannot tell you when it is feeling bad or when it is sick. It is all the same cry. One is a little louder than the other. If you have a three day old baby and it says, I am hungry, then the mother might say, there is something wrong with this child. But it cries until it gets what it needs. So Moses had to make some noise. Being a proper child, does mean he was just laying there as still as a mouse. It simply means that they saw something special in him. I see something in these young people here right now. I am glad for what I see. They could be a great example to a lot of us older people. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” He was not out there demonstrating against her and others. He was not out there with a sign: honk if you hear what I say. There is always somebody demonstrating. Over here on Hamburg Pike during the summer, there is always somebody taking up money for something. In other words, Moses knew he was somebody else; even though he was brought up by Pharaoh’s daughter. I knew I was somebody else other than a Methodist: when I was born again. I just happened to be there like the little eagle in the chicken coop until father eagle flew over. Have you ever had an eagle fly over you and speak to you? The choice was made here, “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” This word will speak: if we let it. I would rather be married to Him than to be married to the world. There is a marriage supper coming. Some of these prophetic preachers, I just happened to hear one the other night, this one fellow was talking about the marriage supper, and said it is going to happen after the three year period of time. He asked the other man, you know that is not very long. He said, it don’t take you long to eat. They think they are going to get up there somewhere and get a big piece of cake, and see somebody shove it into somebody else’s mouth and get it all over their face. No, it is going to be a learning process, a time we learn how to rule and reign on this earth. But we are in the process of it now. That will be the final coronation. If you have been born again: you have enough of the Spirit of God: if you are living right, you have enough to take you. “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches (that is the reproach of the anointing. After all, Christ means anointing. Jesus was not born at this time. It was not Jesus the man, it was that anointing, choosing rather to be a part of that anointing more than riches and the treasures in Egypt.) than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” He had respect unto what was coming, he saw a reward coming. He had respect of that. There are better days coming; brothers and sisters. The closer we get to the end, the worse this world is going to get, but the better Christ is going to be unto us, and more to us as we trust Him. He is already precious to us, but as time goes on His presence is going to be more near because we are going to be closer to Him. “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.” That of course is God: the great Creator: our heavenly Father. God is invisible, but God still works among His sons and daughters. He will show His presence when we make room for it. God is a Sovereign Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. In truth is essential. “Through faith he kept the passover, (He took that little rig he had and went outside his door and took that lamb’s blood and put it over the door. What is that going to do? It is going to protect you just like it protected them. But we don’t have to do that anymore because the blood of Jesus Christ has taken the place of all the animals that were ever killed during the Old Testament. It took the place of that. The blood of the Righteous One. The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin. It took the blood of Jesus Christ. Through faith; he kept the passover…) and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” You could have went by every Jewish family that believed that message and you would see red on that door post. Otherwise there was somebody in there that was going to die. Without the blood we are dead, but through the blood of Jesus Christ we are alive. “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” The devil’s crowd cannot follow you there. The Red Sea is going to get them. The same Red Sea that was deliverance to the children of Israel is going to drown the enemy.
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE 7-26-2015
We have been on this subject for some time now. This part was really last Sunday and this morning. I want to continue with this part, it seems like it has helped some people. People have been touched by it, I appreciate that. That is what it is all about, for the saints of God to be helped and needs to be met. I am going to Matthew before I go to any other scriptures. People go to church all their lives and sit under a ministry that God has raised up. I am talking about something of the past. It seems like nothing has ever been shown to them. I know that when I started out at the Tabernacle, there was much talk about the prophet, the prophet, the prophet. I said one time, the prophet was mentioned nine times to Jesus Christ just one time among those people. That is the truth. After Bro. Branham died, some of them just laid up their Bibles and had no more use for them. Some even held it up and held up a Spoken Word book, if they had to lay one down it would be the Bible. The Spoken Word books, especially the seals, just covered a period of time. Of course that time is from the gospel era up until this time, but it don’t really go into details: as far as what our daily lives are concerned, because we did not know anything about it until 1963. The benefit of what we know about it, we lived through it, and especially in other ages; when they lived through it and did not know anything about it: because it was not time. The revelation of all of this came in 1963. I know, that as it is spoken in the 5th chapter of the book of Revelation, because that is where the seals are presented. John is very expressive there not knowing what it meant because we find him weeping. He said no man in heaven and earth knew what it was. That was only true until God revealed it to the Lord Jesus Christ. Other ages lived through it but they did not know it. They did not know what was before their time: they did not know what was behind them, and especially in the age we live in, when people are blind. You could wave your hand over their spiritual eye and they would never see anything. I had moved the family here the last of June and was going to the Tabernacle. Usually I went alone on Wednesday night. There was not as many there on Wednesday night as there are here tonight. I remember Bro. Branham coming in one time unannounced. There were no more there on Wednesday night than are here tonight. They would have been knocking the doors down and running over each other if they had known he was there. It happened. People were trampled in the doorway. When the door was opened, people were shoving to get in. Later he made this statement: I can measure on one hand; how many really got the message this morning. It is something to go to church, but it is an altogether a different thing to be the Church. The Church is not a building: The Church is God loving: dedicated Christians that put God first in their life. I could come in here among you this morning and say later; well I have been to church, but then I begin to realize: I am a part of the Church, and you are too. Each true Christian is part of the Church. You are part of the Church because the Church is the body of Christ. Here; in the 17th chapter of Matthew, I was so surprised: Because I had been going there maybe two or three months, and people were talking about the messenger and all, which he was, but we have to know how to apply words like that. There was a lot of talk about it. In the mind of those people, it was the man: the Messenger, that received all the attention. Do not ever get a thought like that in your mind; because God has everything in His control. Jesus said, if I be lifted up. Not to lift me up, or some man up, but it is to lift Him up. We sing the song, lift Him higher, lift Jesus higher. Let us read this 17th chapter of Matthew. “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart.” In other words, He is going to teach them something that He is not going to teach the rest of them until after His resurrection. Because this is really concerning His resurrection. “And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.” That is a transfiguration, showing what it is going to be like in the resurrection. Because this was showing Jesus beyond Calvary. This is showing Him after the resurrection of who and what He will look like. “And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.” There was no full expression of what they were saying, but it had to be concerning His death and resurrection, because that is what it says it was. “Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” See? He did not know what he was talking about. The old saying is, he was scared. I mean there was fright in his mind and I would have been too, because you cannot go into that presence without something doing something to you. I know there have been times I have been in the presence of the Lord and I can just feel His presence move up and down my spine. It is just a movement you can feel, up and down. Sometimes that is a scary feeling, because you are in the presence of the Almighty God, you are not in the presence of somebody else. I loved my wife when we got married, but I never felt anything like that, even though I had love for her. I remember old country music songs that may sound like that, but it is not there because we are in this flesh. No matter how much you love a person, it cannot do for you what the love of God can. As the song goes, the love of God, how rich, how pure, how measureless and strong. Peter did not have the Holy Ghost then: he was very much in the flesh as well as the others, but they were seeing something. “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, or in whom I am pleased to dwell in. God is saying, He has something to say, hear Him. I believe the ministry in this hour has something to say. I am not trying to scare you with it, but I am saying there is a message to be heard, and that there is a Holy Ghost ministry that is proclaiming something that is going to help us. It is going to help us in our journey. Are we ready for it? That is what we are doing: getting ready for something that God is going to bestow upon us. You might say, I already have the Holy Ghost, but there is a deeper walk. Not deeper than the Holy Ghost, but a deeper walk in the Holy Ghost. After Jesus chose His disciples, He said, follow me and I will make you fishers of men. You will catch men. That is what happened, the net caught me one day. I was out here swimming around and the net caught me, the great Holy Ghost. Not the second person of some trinity, but it is God manifest in human flesh. “And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. (Or so afraid.) And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.” That is His answer to us when we go through something. Many times He speaks to us to calm our nerves, to calm our equilibrium. A very present help in the time of trouble, and in the time of need; He is there. We are not looking for Him out here in the world some place. We don’t have to call for Him out here, He is right there. There have been times when I did not have time to call Him, but He was there all the time. All the time. What a great comfort. “And Jesus came and touched them, (He wants to touch us tonight. He wants to say, be not afraid.) and said, Arise, and be not afraid.” They were as frozen. “And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save (or except) Jesus only.” That is where the Jesus only people gets their belief. What a frail thing. “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. An His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?” Here was the revelation that came to me while I was speaking to that man there at the Tabernacle, I never heard that. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.” I saw that word, shall, that is in the future. Do you get it? Elijah truly shall come and restore all things. “But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, (That is two separate places there, two separate comings. When that man that had been there at the Tabernacle all that time, I thought everybody knows more than me, surely. I said something to him about that, he said, where did you get that? It is not being in church, it is being church.) and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.” I want to go to Revelation now. I want you to see the relation of this toward the time we are living in. We are getting ready to enter into that time. The 8th chapter. “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” The seventh seal at this time, when that happens, will be open. That space has something to do with the Bride. “And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” See the correlation between this, and when you read on down through here, you are going to see the Bride in this. “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; (Of course the Catholics have it, but this is something that Jews used and they have taken it up to shake their smoke around. But this is something that happens in heaven.) and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.” See! This is heavenly places? This is where the Bride is going to be; before she leaves here. I can see why Bro. Jackson would say, if you haven’t felt anything yet, you will. “And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, (See the connection there? It is a heavenly connection. We are going to be in the real presence of God moving in our lives. It said prayers of the saints, it did not say one. Do you feel Him tonight? His presence is here. Enter into His courts with praise, and into His presence with thanksgiving. What am I trying to do in these messages? I am trying to get us built up in Holy communion with Him. The smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints…) ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” We are getting close. I started to say, I cannot see why this group of preachers that claim to be prophets cannot see this. Yes, I can understand: No matter what their claim is, the Spirit of God is not leading them, because He is going to take His called servants; all of you into these things, and you can see right here; before it is over with, because the saints of God are going to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ; like they have never known before. It will not be just be one person standing up with a testimony: It is going to be everybody. It is not everybody standing up, but everybody has a testimony. “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, (When that fire from the altar came and touched Isaiah’s lip, it made a change in him. He was then ready to say, Here I am, send me. This is for old and young, for young children who have a desire for the Spirit of God in their life. He heals all our diseases.) and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” It did something here on earth. With those prayers going up, it did something on earth. “And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” This is all intermingled, because this is all happening at the time that the trumpets are getting ready to sound. That is why it is all intermingled there. Sure: to me it is saying we are going to be here when those two prophets appear on the scene. Not very long, because some way, somehow there is an interconnection. Listen to these trumpets. There is a message in them. This happens over a three and half year period of time, the first three and half years of that seventieth week of Daniel. This happens in the Middle East; in Israel, because this is where the two prophets’ messages are being delivered. That is what this is talking about, the first four verses. “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” These are plagues that are coming in response to the two prophets’ message. Can you see the relationship? You say: well I knew that. There are some hearing this, that did not know it already. We even have young people here that have never heard it. “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.” That is Moses’ ministry. You have Moses and Elijah there at the time; so that is from the ministry of Moses, and it is in the Middle East. It is because Israel had sold out unto the beast system. Right there: is where God is bringing judgment upon Israel; as well as that part of the world. I remember the dream Bro. Jackson had; how, as he was with the family and something happened: a big boom, and he went to the window, and then told all the children to get away from the windows. He saw two men, which were about forty years old: It was Moses and Elijah. “And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” This is not going to be all over the world: It is just going to be for Israel’s rejection of God’s dealing with them, and their accepting the beast system: that leadership. God is sending punishment. “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven; burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” See? The woes are pronounced concerning the other three that is yet to come: All in the last half of the week. It all happens the time the two prophets are killed. All three of them are in relationship to the time the two prophets are killed. Now let us go to the 11th chapter. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Of course he is measuring the temple, but he is counting the people that worship therein. He is the one told to measure it. He is no where around it. He is on the Isle of Patmos, but in spirit form he was there; looking over the city, looking over the situation, and bringing it down into the hour in which we live. “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” See? He is going beyond the three and half year period of time, the first, he is going into the last part now. We were there at the Temple Institute, and we saw the table of shew bread, which will be the one that will be used. They have the Menorah that will be used and many of the things that will be used in that temple in time. The Jews are waiting on it. You see things happening, things that are coming to pass, as they are waiting on that time: the Orthodox Jews. The outer court, they will not get finished, but the temple will be finished. This bunch of prophetic preachers, that are saying the temple will be built beside the mosque of Omar; do not know as much as they think they do. Do not believe a word of it. “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth.” They are not only going to be prophets, they are going to look like the old time prophets. Sackcloth is for a time of mourning. They are mourning over a nation that has sold out unto the devil. We are mourning tonight; over a nation that has been dragged through the dirt: trying to make George Washington and those men look like somebody stupid. You who do that are stupid; to do that. The Bible speaks about men of renown; these were men of renown. I have an article that says fifty two out of fifty five men that wrote the Constitution were Christian people, and the other three believed in God. Many of them were preachers, not like this bunch out here today. I am believing George Washington’s vision is getting ready to be fulfilled in America. When it does, it will make the Civil War look like a picnic. What I am trying to say is, let us get ready! We are going home. One day not too far in the future. “I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth.” Their message is prophecy. They are not preaching salvation. It is at that time, that Zechariah 12 and 13 comes in: when they say, where did you get the scars in your hands? I believe with all my heart; that the two prophets will already know it and they will be prophesying about it; and here comes Jesus, because they already have a crowd. They would have to, in order to have 144,000 men plus women. Where did you get those scars in your hands? I can just see Joseph, after his dad had died, his brothers came to him weeping, saying now our dad has died, it is going to be different. They came and talked to Joseph. That poor fellow that had gone through misery looked at them and said, God has done this to save life, do not blame yourselves. That is what their Joseph is going to do again, Jesus, where did you get these scars in your hands? In the house of my friends. This gospel is not a get even message. “These are the two olive trees, (going back to the 4th chapter of Zechariah) and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” It does not say God of heaven here: It says standing before the God of the earth. God’s presence is here. “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: (There, is that spirit of Elijah again, the same thing as the 8th chapter. It all has to do with Israel. ) and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.” Here they are, the two prophets standing against the whole world. You might ask, why do I say that? I thought this was all just to Israel. We will see. Don’t you think somebody would like to get a hold of them? Here, all the attention of the earth is right there in Israel, because there are two men standing there prophesying; that are ordained of God to stand there and prophesy. “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, (This is that same Moses and Elijah: (the same spirit that God sent to Egypt.) This goes back to the 8th chapter.) and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” That is not just getting out there, a plague here, a plague there: No It is when they are pressured. They have power over waters to turn them to blood and to smite the earth with plagues as often as they will; as often as necessary. “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.” Saints! God is getting ready to do a miracle in the Middle East. It is going to be a wake up call for some people. “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” That is talking of Jerusalem. Why would he call it Sodom and Egypt? Because that speaks of perversion and bondage: which is the same spirit that is on people of America. It has clung to some of those Jewish people also. That old pope, that old rascal has brought them into bondage. I mentioned this some time back: that if you said anything about Mother Theresa to some people, they would be ready to skin you alive. She admitted before she died: that she did not even know if there is a God or not. They bought her and those Franciscan nuns a big place to live in. She took all the carpet up and threw it out the window. She took all the mattresses and threw them out; because she wanted to please God with her humility. People sent money and she would not spend it, she would put it in the bank. The people and those nuns lived in poverty. When she died, she had millions in the bank. That is that Catholic system. A few years ago, they would build a big monstrous building, but they did not air condition them. Why? They wanted to be looked upon as humble. Is that humility; to get in there, sweat and stink? They wanted to appear to be humble. The pope is running around speaking against capitalism. I don’t know a lot about capitalism, but it has brought some people out of poverty. Bro. Jackson said any country that is ruled by Catholicism is a poor country; a third rate country. Look at Mexico; for an example. I have been to the Philippines, I know something about poverty. I know something about people living in card board boxes by the railroad tracks. Twenty million people live in Manila, and not even half of them have houses. If you go to Baguio, you can see people walking all day long to get where they want to be. Many, not just a few, but many people walking all day long, that do not even have a bag in their hand; like people who had brought extra clothing. Many of them had nothing to bring. We stayed in a hotel there. The only restaurant in there was a McDonald’s. There was a woman sitting there with a little child seven or eight years old. It had a cheeseburger and fries, they were both eating that. You see such a humble people come into the service. They grab your hand and bow. It makes your heart hurt. The only thing that is going to get rid of it is the coming of the Lord. It did not have to be that way. They were doing better, then they shoved America out of the picture; saying, Go home Yankee! Any Filipino that knows the time when the Americans were there, will say it was a lot better when America was here. (Back to the scripture) “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” My, they just let them lay there and bloat. See what we have done, look what we have done. Let us see what God is going to do. “And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” They heard a great voice from heaven saying come up hither. That voice is going to come one day. Jesus is going to come in the air. Those dead saints that have passed on before us, we will see them and we will be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. The trumpet shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise first. We, which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. What an amazing time. God’s amazing time, His amazing grace, how sweet the sound. A great voice from heaven saying come up hither, and they ascended up in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them. This is not the first time that cloud has been used. It is the same cloud that stood there before Moses when he crossed the Red Sea. When I worked at the Ford plant, there was a Baptist preacher that came through at times, and would say, well, the Lord is not coming today: There are no clouds out there. They don’t know when He is coming. I don’t know the day and hour, but I know we are getting close to what we are all looking for. May God bless you.
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE 8-2-2015
I am going to go back to about two weeks ago in this message, and pick up there for today. I was talking about Moses and Elijah. I know I was speaking on the first part of chapter 11 in Revelation, up to a certain place. I am not going to go back there this morning, but I have some other things I want to bring in. It is just the time we are living in. As you look around you see many things that are happening in this country and around the world. The president went to Kenya and some of the places in Africa. He made a statement, that he would not be able to run again for president, but if he did: he believed he would win. Sometimes people get eat up with themselves, they think everybody licks the ground after them. There is a spirit of that nature in the nation today: You recognize it by their actions, and things they say and by the ones they appoint to be a part of the government. They do not leave anything uncovered: that they can cover by deceit of whatever it is. This thing about Hillary Clinton and all that is going on in her career as a politician, and especially in the last four years: while she was Secretary of State, just lies and more lies. I was thinking this week; about the lion that was killed in Africa. That has been on every News program there is. I always liked lions and liked to watch them. I know they are killers, but they do not kill :only to eat. That doctor that killed the lion, is finished. People are standing outside his house protesting. Now they are estimating there have been seventy million babies aborted and nobody is standing up for them. They were telling about some of these countries, like Germany and Norway and I do not know how many more, but Norway was the last on the list that was mentioned. They cannot abort a baby after eighteen weeks. I think Germany was either thirteen or fourteen weeks. In the United States, it can go as far as thirty nine weeks, the baby is ready to be born. Then they take the baby from the mother’s womb and keep it’s brain alive so they can harvest its organs, the heart, the liver and kidneys. They can do that, then they crush the baby. They keep it alive because if the brain dies, then the other organs are no good. All of this came out in the News this week. The State department says they see nothing wrong with it. I feel that God is just about ready to express His anger and deal with such as this. The scripture says He will laugh at their calamities. The decision: Roe versus Wade happened in 1973, right at the time the towers were built there in New York, the same year. Now we see how far it has gone. The morals of this nation are completely gone. You try and watch the News, they will have a commercial, maybe a half minute of News, then another commercial. They go another half minute and then another commercial. You spend about ten minutes of commercial with one minute of News. Some of the commercials should be R-rated. Most see nothing wrong with all of that. They said about five years ago, that they were going to push the envelope as far as they could to see how much American people would take. Here came a woman down the aisle; which was not a young woman: She came down an aisle facing me, and I thought she was wearing shorts, but it was a short skirt. The morality of mankind is gone. All they do is just leave it to the imagination. The Bible says; he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already in his heart with her. She is actually as guilty as the man that looks at her. I appreciate my sisters in the Lord. If I saw you on the street, I believe I would see a Christian. You are not doing it for me, because you already had the dress on before I would see you: You are doing it for two things, one thing is you have been taught better, and the other thing is, you have some respect for yourself. The majority of this nation has no respect today for self, or others, and it is getting ready for judgment. I know there has been a lot said about Netanyahu since he came over here and spoke to Congress. It has been a problem for certain governmental leaders ever since then. We must remember though; that he was invited over here. That was because of this Iranian thing that they have shoved into the U.N. Obama said we will let the U.N. take it. He already knew the U.N. was going to accept the Iranian deal. Without going to Congress, and without going to the Senate. No doubt; that if he had gone to the Congress and Senate at the beginning, it would not have passed. They have sixty days. They are working night and day to try and get this thing passed. By the time that time comes, there will probably be some Republicans that will vote for it. You have men, and I know some of you may not like it; if you are from Kentucky, but I believe Mitch McConnell would vote for anything: Also John McCain. Some of those people have been in office too long. But a conservative person, I am talking about a conservative person with some morals, which is hard to find, I used to think conservative meant morality, but not any more. Just because they say they are conservative, it may be just one point. Then they vote for anything. We are at that time. For what I am trying to get us to see, we do not have long. This thing is getting ready to shape up. They had a gay march in Jerusalem this past week. Because of it there was a man that stabbed about six people, I believe it was. It did not kill any, but he stabbed them. So you see Revelation 11, which says the city will be called spiritually Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified, which means He identifies it as Jerusalem. That is at the end. The two prophets: when they come, they are going to have something to say, because they are going to be ordained and inspired of God. They are not going to be preachers: they are going to be prophets Continued next issue