Revelation 10 No. 2
Preached September 18-22, 2016.
We have come together to worship in spirit and in truth. A lot of people claim they have the spirit, but they have no truth. If you could put spirit and truth in human form, which you cannot, they would be walking hand in hand, because the truth is the living word. I have made Revelation 10 the hub of my thought. I want to go back to something I had started in my last message. There is more to the vision that John saw that we have not gotten into yet. John saw the endtime. He saw the Bride in the endtime. Other prophets had partially seen this picture. As time passed, the prophets saw a progression of what is going to happen here at the endtime, but they did not have the full picture, they did not see as much as John saw. Even John was taken beyond what he could understand when he was told to take the book and eat it up. When it is time to for those verses to be fulfilled, it will not be John eating the book. Whenever that book is eaten, it is eaten by two Jewish prophets, and there will have already been a period of prophecy that happened before the book was ate. There is a prophecy that has already happened before verse 11, because he is told to prophecy again. So we see there are two periods of prophecy related to verse 11, one period that came before verse 11, and one that will come after. We see that first period being fulfilled before our eyes right now, if you are getting what I mean. You are seeing that first part being fulfilled as we go in time.
The Message of Jonathan Cahn
I know different ones have prepared to go to New Jersey to visit Beth Israel, Jonathan Cahn’s church. We know Jonathan Cahn’s message is a great message we are seeing in this hour, but it is not a message that will perfect the Bride. The Bride will only be perfected by the Word of God ministered by a five-fold ministry. When this gospel returns to the Jews, then the prophets will have a complete picture, but they don’t have that complete picture yet. Those two prophets do not have a complete picture yet of what is really going to happen. Wherever these two men are, they are just doing their part in order to fulfill a ministry that God has put upon them without really knowing what their purpose is. When Bro. Steve, Sis. Elsie, and myself went to New Jersey, I wanted to talk to Jonathan Cahn. He gave me the opportunity and I told him about Revelation 10:11, but he didn’t understand it. It caught him by surprise. I did tell him he had a ministry to fulfill, I did not go into the meaning Revelation 10:11, but I did tell him he had a ministry to fulfill that is greater than what he is doing now. Some who go to Beth Israel might expect to see a crowd of people that look like the people in our congregation, but you won’t see that. You will see a mixed crowd that has worldly elements. But you see a minister that is dressed holy and preaching the truth he knows, but it is going over their heads. Bro. Branham had that type ministry. Whenever he preached everybody was looking at the miracles and not the word that was being taught. That is all they were interested in, they did not care about the message. It was proved when he preached the Seven Seals and said, “If you will receive this, this is the third pull.” They missed the message because they were only looking at the man. I want to expand on that this morning: there is more to the ministry that God has raised up in this endtime. I will get to that at a later time.
1963: The Lord Descended From Heaven With A Shout
Something happened in 1963, something that had not happened in almost two thousand years. It said the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. We have two pictures here. This first one was what was seen by the world when the scripture was fulfilled, the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. The second picture we have is of Bro Branham and the angel of the Lord that was with him. Bro Branham said that when he met the seven angels at Sabino Canyon that this angel was the main one that was speaking to him. Bro. Branham, when he prayed for the sick, he always waited for the angel of the Lord to know what to do. He knew the angel’s voice before he ever knew what the angel looked like. It was years after he had begun to hear the voice that he came to finally see what he looked like, because the angel came and met him, and the angel he met had the same voice. That meeting happened at Charlestown, Indiana. People tramped over the ground there and they tramped over the ground in Burkesville, Kentucky where he was born. They did not see anything there. They did not see anything in Charlestown. They did not see this angel at all. What they saw was a great moving of something in the spirit. But the word had to be explained to them, they did not understand what was going on. They did not get anything for themselves. They still have not got anything for themselves. It is just a picture that stopped with the man. When Bro. Branham was gone, the picture stopped for them. If that is all we have today, then we do not have what we need. We have got to go on. We have to go on. It is not about the man, it is about the spirit that motivated the man, which pushed him into a perfect setting. I can take things and prove to you that something happened in 1963. This was an indication right here (pointing to chart) of what happened. People were looking at a strange cloud. This cloud appeared as Bro. Branham was in Sabino Canyon after he was met by the seven angels and told to return to Jeffersonville to preach the seals. Bro. Branham related how this cloud was formed by the angels as they ascended to heaven after speaking with him. Many people in different states saw the cloud and it was photographed and carried in news articles and magazines. Because it received so much attention a scientific study was done using the photos taken from the different states and angles. The scientists said it was a strange cloud because it was too high for vapors to form. Clouds can only form up to about five miles high. Even Life Magazine where this picture came from said that. You don’t have any vapors at twenty six miles high to make a cloud. That is impossible. Clouds are always lower than that. Think how big this strange cloud had to be. It was twenty six miles high and thirty miles across. What I want to show you is this: at first everyone carried this picture around holding it sideways and not realizing what they were looking at, because that is the way the photo was in the magazine. But when you take this picture here and turn it on its side, you can clearly see this cloud has a certain shape. Somebody got wise enough in 1964 to turn this picture on its side. What does it look like? It looks like the face of Jesus Christ. It said the Lord himself shall descend from heaven. This was in angelic form. God did something at this time because God closed off the Gentile age as far as church history is concerned. When this happened, then the Laodicean church world was done. You see what happened right at that time. Madeline O’Hara caused there to be no more prayer in schools, an atheist woman that was inspired by Russia. She got prayer taken out of the schools. It all happened here in this time. That is what I am trying to say because things changed at this time. It was not but a few years after this that abortion was legal. It was at this time that preachers of the church world were able to see the opening of the first six seals but they rejected it. The opening of the seals was when the Lord himself shall descend with a shout happened. If the message is a shout, then you have to believe what it says, the Lord himself shall descend, not in body form. Neither is Revelation 10 in body form, but it is angelic form. So here (pointing to the chart) is what was seen and here has what happened.
In The Days Of The Voice of the Seventh Angel
There are certain people that claim to be in the Branham move that would rejoice about this message because I mentioned Bro. Branham. I was at a restaurant recently where a man recognized me. He said, “Oh, you are Bro. Allen.” He knew my name. He said, “I was there when you preached Bro. Jackson’s funeral.” He sat here in the church, about four seats back. They snuck in, him and Billy Paul and some others. They acted as though they were part of the congregation and snuck in. At the funeral, the Bro. Jackson’s family had asked that the regular congregation get seats in the church before visitors, because there were not enough seats for everyone. They snuck in the line pretending to be part of the congregation, and then some of the congregation were not able to be in the church for the funeral because they had taken their seats. I did not say anything to him about it, I just let it go. He recognized me from that. If they do not recognize your name or face as something related to Bro. Branham, then you are nothing to them. He knew me because I mentioned Bro. Branham. I do often mention him, but not to worship him. I know who he was and what his message was. God did something through him because that is Revelation 10, verse 7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel… In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, right here it is. (pointing to the strange cloud) That is when church world stopped, that is when the Bride began to be made up because she came out of denominationalism. I am not talking about the younger ones, but you younger ones are a product of what happened then. God always knows what He is doing. You do not take him by surprise. We have the same spirit today. In the days of the voice, the voice is the message, and message is still going on. We believe the message. I remember when Bro. Jackson preached his last series of messages. His topic was the seals. I remember asking him that last time he preached on that, I said, “Are you going to go any further on that?” He said, “No, I have something else.” The next Sunday he preached Darkness Is Setting In. Those were his last two messages. We have seen what happened from that time until this. Darkness has set in for a lot of people. I remember him saying that he was talking to Sis. Jackson and said, “It makes me want to cry,” he did not explain it and he did not go over it, but it was something concerning church people, that it hurt him because he knew people were going to walk away. He had a dream about it and saw the people in the dream that were going to walk away, and they did. Some walked away before he died and others right after his death. God is not working in a corner. The message can go to whosoever will, but it does not mean that whosoever will, will come. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, not me, but to Him. That is predestination. They will come. God may have to drag some. What I mean by that is that He may put something upon somebody to make them realize He is God.
All these miracles on television: maybe they happen and maybe they do not? They are raising the dead, all of this and that, so they say. I said maybe it has happened, maybe it has not. If it is happening, it is not adding anything to them spiritually. No more than the healings added anything spiritual to those following Bro. Branham. The Branham move was looking for a tent meeting. Tents were out of place at the time. In 1965 tents were out of place, those days had passed. People had began gathering in stadiums by that time, but the people were looking for a tent. They looked at the story Bro. Branham told about squirrel hunting and interpreted it to mean there would be even greater healing miracles. They saw limbs being restored to people, arms, legs, eyeballs, a little bit of everything, they saw them coming on people. This is what they thought the third pull was. I remember the message Bro Branham preached and said, “If you will receive it, this is the third pull.” The third pull was greater than healing miracles. It was closing a door to something and opening a door to something else. The Bride went through that open door. What happened? She began to sup with him. Like it says in Revelation 3:20, he stands at the door and knocks. He is outside the church world, not even allowed in. What is he knocking for? To get those who are willing to come. Revelation 18:4 says Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins. The Bride came out. In 1963 and 1964, along in that time, what happened? You have that Pentecostal move going on. Up at Notre Dame, a Catholic college to the core, what happened? They began to speak in tongues and the spirit began to fall on them. I wondered about that myself. It all started in Canada. There nuns were speaking in tongues. That is a false move. Bro. Branham said he went to India and saw some of those Indian witch doctors. He said he saw them speak in tongues and their pencils rose up and wrote on paper with no one holding them. To them it was a great miracle, but the devil has great power. He works side by side with the spirit of God. He does not work with God’s spirit, but he competes with it. It is a false move. It has always been there, ever since man was upon this earth. The devil, what did he do in the beginning? He seduced Eve. It was the serpent, but it was the devil behind the serpent. They said that Bro. Branham said the devil had relationship with Eve. He did not say that, he said the serpent was an upright being like a Neanderthal or the missing link. In 1968 they said that the serpent seed doctrine was of the devil. They better watch what they say. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, Bro. Branham was not going to carry that voice out to the end. Someone else was going to take the voice and go forward. The eagle still flies. The voice of the seventh angel goes on. This is the spirit, this is the time of the eagle, the fourth beast. Because there had to be an antidote to that fourth horse rider. The beasts and the horse riders go hand in hand in that way. Each beast is an antidote to combat the horse rider of the same period. What happened? The fourth angel introduces the fourth seal. What does all this point to? The mystery of God being finished. I am not going to get into that this morning, but we know what that is. The mystery of God is the calling of the Gentiles unto the truth. And this points to the finishing of it. I will wait until later to explain that, Lord willing.
The Day When the Son of Man is Revealed
This is an unusual verse, in Luke 17:30. Jesus has talked about the days of Noah, and about the days of Sodom. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. You brothers and sisters from other countries, you see it on the news. It is carried everywhere on CNN, Fox, BBC, and other broadcasts you are able to get. You see what is happening in America. It is ornery: a lowdown bunch of trash. Politicians push the gay agenda so that anything goes. It is devilish. You have opened the door that now young people in America are taking drugs and they are having to take them to hospitals and give them an antidote of another drug. In America this morning, city streets have become killing zones. Yesterday in New York City, there was a pipe bomb in a garbage can near where soldiers were to be marching. For some reason the march was delayed. It was set to go off at nine o’clock yesterday morning. Because of the delay, it went off before they got there. Twelve hours later, at nine o’clock last night, there was a second bomb near a dumpster. It was set out there in a tool box. It went off and twenty nine people were injured. It was so strong they heard it a long way off. They were trying to cause death. One woman was walking with her arm injured so bad it had something sticking out of it. That is what happens whenever sin reigns, whenever politicians allow this. If someone criticizes it, the politicians say we are not supposed to do that until we determine what it is. A man with a meat cleaver was slashing at people. Policemen today are paying a high price just because they have a police helmet on. Now it is going on all over America, they are kneeling down instead of honoring the flag. I am not talking about other lands, I do not know what is going on there. I know there is a lot that is going on in Europe. But I am talking about a land that was able to hear a message because it was spread throughout all the United States, Canada, and then around the world. Healings took place with important people. A queen in South Africa had fifty thousand people with her, she was healed. Those natives did not wear anything on top. The next night, without anybody telling them, they came in with blankets on. When the Holy Ghost speaks, it is time to listen. A minister should not even have to harp on these things. A beautiful female body? A gorgeous hunk of a man? That does not impress God.
Luke 17:30 said even thus shall it be. He saw the time, he saw what would be going on. Violence filled the earth in the days of Noah, but they kept eating and drinking. Homosexuality went on in Sodom and Gomorrah. They kept eating and drinking as though nothing had happened. It just became a common thing: violence and immorality. Today preachers build big monstrous buildings, they are now saying the gay lifestyle is not that bad. Any preacher that says that is a vulgar man, you should get out of the pulpit. That would be the best thing for you to do. Even thus shall it be in the day (that time period) when the Son of man is revealed. What does it mean when it says “the Son of man is revealed?” It is the message. Because through the message we come to know who Jesus Christ is. He is being revealed through the message. We know He is not God. We know He is the Son of God. Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Bro. Branham was not the Son of Man who was revealed. This is not talking about him, its talking about his message. He was not the message. He had the revelation of the message, and the revelation has not stopped. The message is still going on. I said and I will say it again: the greatest thing that has happened since the day of Pentecost, is what happened in 1963. The event in 1963 was the greatest of it all, because that opened up something. That opened up something for the Bride. Because it was the same time Revelation 18:3 happened, come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins. Something happened in 1963. That was a mark. A mark of time when God brought about a picture of where we are at in time. In 1963 I did not even know what a homosexual was. I had never heard of it. We are living in a dangerous time. People do not even know what their gender is. They know what drugs are. Girls that go to college in America, one fourth of them can expect to be raped. That is in the ivy league colleges as well as the rest of them. The American colleges originally were started as Christian schools. Look at their condition today. That is proof: if you open your doors to sin, then you are going to eat it. God will fill your plate to the top. You cannot escape it. It is here. Policemen yesterday in Charlotte North Carolina were shot to death. A man got out of a car and was told to put his gun down. He got back in the car and got out again. It was a black police chief on the news telling what happened. He said “Do not listen to what the media is saying about these events. The gunman was told to put down his gun. He would not. Another black police officer shot him. He died on the way to the hospital.” They began to pillage and burn in the streets because the news media will not tell the truth. They held back and would not tell the truth, but that police chief told it. He said he watched it from a helicopter. He said, “You are not telling the story right.” Sixteen police officers were injured in the riots. Police cars were torn up, beat up. Things burned in the streets. We are at the end. The Bride of Jesus Christ is living this thing out. Right now there are laws in effect. Our internet broadcast is not just being watched by Christian people, we are being watched by the F.B.I., Homeland Security, because they do not like us. I am not trying to incite anything, but we have to be watchful for what we say concerning truth. I will say, you can have it. I would rather close this place than to compromise. We will find our way somehow. Let me tell you right now there are people that love God and there are people that love truth, and there are people that will not compromise because we are getting ready to leave. We are living in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, and we are living in the day when the Son of Man is being revealed. It is about over. It is happening all over. There is no place you can go on this earth and find rest for your soul. The only place you can find rest is in living for Jesus Christ and living in the heavenly places of Christ Jesus. We are here at the endtime. There is nothing going to stop it. You do not have enough steam rollers, enough tanks, nothing. You cannot blow us away because there will be people alive and that will remain. Those that are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall be caught up with those that are gone on before. Are you ready? Do you want it?
The Two Prophets Receive A Message For Israel
I have some more scriptures. Let me go to Ezekiel 2 verse 9, And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; (Compare this to Revelation 10. See the progression from a hand to a whole body? Ezekiel only seen a hand, but John saw the whole body. The hand has something in it, a scroll. It is the same hand John took the scroll from. We know something is connected to the hand, but Ezekiel did not see that part. The prophets are not going to know the whole picture. It shows that the New Testament ministry will know more than what the Old Testament prophets knew. The prophets did not know the full picture of grace. Abraham found grace, Noah also found grace, but they did not know what it was. What was it? It was not perfection as we know it. When Abraham found grace it was not perfection. It was a long way different than what they had. and, lo, a roll of a book was therein. (He just seen the hand with a scroll in it.) And he spread it before me; (What is the scroll about? It concerns the Jews. After the opening of the seventh seal the picture goes right on into the Jewish people. I thought all along that Bride people were going to be the ones to eat the book. But no. It is for the Jews, because the scroll is never closed after it is opened. There is one seal still holding it closed today. We know the message of the first six seals, what is on the back side, up to the seventh seal. God has already given us insight into their understanding. When it is opened, when it is beginning to be opened, it is all to the Bride. But after it is open, it goes to the Jews. Do you see the closeness of these two events? In Revelation 8:1 the seventh seal is opened. What is the next verse, Revelation 8:2? What is that verse about? Seven trumpets: the message of the two prophets. The calling out of the Jewish people, the calling of those 144,000 Jewish men of Revelation 7, and also the calling that woman of Revelation 12. The calling out of those people begins with Revelation 8:2, with the trumpets. But before the trumpets go into full focus, what happens? Verses 3, 4, and 5 happen: the Bride is still in the picture. It is the censer with the prayers of the saints. What is the last thing that happens in those verses concerning the Bride? Thunders, voices, lightening, and an earthquake. If it is a normal earthquake, why would he put it in there? Because the prayers of the saints are now ascending. That censer from the throne of God is bringing them up with smoke of the incense. And then in verse 6 things are over for the Bride, and the picture returns fully to the Jews. So we can see here how the last days for the Bride on Earth overlap and intertwine with the first days of the Jews being called to the gospel.
He spread it before me. You see, this is not Ezekiel at all who will be in the fulfillment of this, just like John is not in the fulfillment of Revelation 10. Ezekiel is having a vision of future things. He sees the picture, but he does not get the message. In its actual fulfillment, God will spread this scroll before those two prophets as they come on the scene.) and it was written within and without: (See? The whole contents of the scroll is open when that time comes. What we have looked at now in part will become a full picture when that time comes because Jesus Christ is not keeping anything from His Bride. Before the wedding everything is open. Jesus Christ will no longer be standing at the door knocking. Why? Anybody that opens the door, I will come unto him and sup with him, and he with me. That is what we are doing now. We better be. I see a people that has been called out, that is being perfected. We are getting ready to go.) and there was written therein lamentations, (Therein, on the inside. Do you think whenever the Bride is getting ready to leave here, she is going to be lamenting? The scroll is not going to be opened and then His wife is lamenting. A child of God, when they get married will not be mourning.) mourning, and woe. (Is that a picture of the Bride this morning? This lets us see this part affects the Jews, not the bride. The contents of this scroll will not cause the Bride to lament and mourn. The contents of this scroll will make us rejoice. Next we will see this part is to Israel, not the bride. Then it goes into Chapter 3.) Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. Speak to Israel. He is not being sent to speak to the Gentiles. The Bride is leaving, the Gentile grace age is over. We see what will be spoken to Israel in Revelation 11. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. Now listen to what happens. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly (thy inner being) to eat, (What is he eating? Lamentations, mourning, and woe. This is because of the message in the scroll and because of the message of the first six seals. Jesus, on His way to the cross said “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.” He could see that little boy and that little girl and that little baby, thirty five years later, in 68 AD. He could see the child grown up and going through a miserable condition for three years of time, until finally in 70 A.D. they end up eating their own children. The slaughter was so great. Jesus had warned them saying, “When you see Jerusalem compassed about with armies, flee, get out, do not even take your stuff with you.” This is similar to the lamentation and mourning and woe that will be in this scroll.) and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. This is just like Revelation 10:10, it is the same scroll and it causes the same effect on the men who ate it. Let us now connect this to Revelation 11, because this is the same scroll that was ate by John in Revelation 10. 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. The temple is there on Mount Zion at this point. It has already been built. This angel speaking in Revelation 11 is the same angel that was speaking in Revelation 10 because it does not introduce another angel. When the Bible was written, it was not written in chapters and verses, or numbered. 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. Revelation 11:2 happens during the time of the trumpets. So let us go read Revelation 8:2. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. (Now verse 3 goes back to the bride.) And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; (Here you are, saints of God, here you are. Here is what your prayers are presenting. I see a dedication in your lives.) and there was given unto him much incense, (much incense) that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. All, not just a few. Everybody is beautiful in the eyes of the Lord. He is not looking at skin. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. Think of that, your prayers, God is interceding. This is all coming up before Him. Why? We are getting ready to receive something. Why? Revelation 19:7, it says His wife, we are not a Bride anymore. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, (Sure, voices. Maybe I could speculate a little on that, it could be the voices of seven thunders. I am speculating at that.) and thunderings, (Maybe that is right? Thunderings. Could that be seven thunderings? And what? Voices, thunderings,) lightnings, and an earthquake. One of these days there is going to be an earthquake, the graves are going to open. The saints are going to be raised. Then you will see your loved ones that are the Bride of Christ. Not in spirit form, but body form. I will have a new body, praise the Lord, I will have a new life. Glory! Glory! See? These verses match verse 6 and 7 of Revelation 10. And the next verse, Revelation 8:6, matches back with Revelation chapter 11. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. Prepared themselves to sound, not all of them at one time. They will sound one at a time. Do not tell me that we will not know who those prophets are. We see clearly the bride and the two prophets are intertwined there in that 8th chapter.
The Present Truth: A Message For Our Hour
The other apostles did not speak much about the topics which the apostle John has seen and talks about here in the Book of Revelation, because it was not known during their time. They had all been martyred and killed before John had this vision. So when we talk about the early church, they had the message of the hour that brought them to Christ. That was the beginning of the gospel. When the message of their hour was brought, they gave certain indications of what would happen at the endtime, as Paul did and Peter did. They talked about the relationship between their time and the endtime as they saw it. Peter and Paul explained as much as they understood, but more understanding had to be given for the church to have a full picture. That understanding came from Revelation, which came to John at the end of the apostles’ days. Whenever I set out to study this, I thought it would be a short message. I could not see anything beyond a couple sermons until I began to get into it. Then you see Old Testament prophets that are mentioning things as the revelation comes to them. I went over the 10th chapter of the book of Ezekiel, but then you go back to the 1st chapter of Ezekiel and he is talking about the same thing, talking about the same beasts and everything. I feel like he probably gave a little better representation in that 1st chapter of Ezekiel than he did in the 10th chapter because it was an ongoing thing. Whenever Ezekiel saw this, he was in Babylon. He was one of the prophets that was carried away just as Daniel and some of the others were. The prophets were spoken to by God while they were in Babylon. You find that as you read their writings. When you come over into the New Testament you have the book of Hebrews which explains the relationship of law to grace. It was a Hebrew book. It explains the law but it brings it into grace, and explains what the law could not do, grace did. So we live by grace today that has handed down by the spirit of God to the apostles as they were commanded to write. We are living in a different time now because we are living when the end is expected soon. This is something they talked about. Even Paul, when he talked about it, he said “we which are alive and remain,” expecting at that time that he would be alive at the rapture. Then when you come to the 4th chapter of 2nd Timothy, Paul realizes he is not going to be alive when the rapture comes. So he is really writing his obituary in 2nd Timothy, if you want to call it that. He is writing and tells about who all has deserted him and the gospel. This is not a new thing that people leave. It happened with John in 90 A.D. He talks about Diotrephes who loved popularity and led people astray. So on it goes like that. The apostles brought the word for their hour, but they expand it into the endtime. If you examine their message you find it was mostly for the time they were living in and then they jump from there to the endtime. They really only looked at their time and the endtime, not the period of nearly two thousand years that came between their time and the endtime. So we have to pick up the understanding of what came between their day and the endtime from the book of Revelation, from the very 1st chapter all the way to chapter 22. We pick up what is happening from there on. We are living in the time of the 10th chapter. We have been living in that time since 1963. You may wonder why I keep mentioning 1963. Something dynamic happened in 1963 that had not happened since the early church. This is the time when the church is getting ready for the rapture. It is going to end up in chapter 19 where it talks about His wife. In Revelation 19 the marriage ceremony has already happened. It said His wife hath made herself ready, so that is really a past tense phrase there in the 19th chapter. His wife hath made herself ready. It is talking about the time we are living in. There are requirements placed on us and something is expected of us in order to meet the criteria of making ourselves ready. We are a privileged people and we are a blessed people if we stick with the word. But to walk away from it is walking away from life. It does not make any difference what you think of me, the word is still alive.
You see that Revelation 10:7 speaks of the mystery of God. There is much I want to speak on that, but I am going to wait until later my message. I want to go more deeply into verse 7 then, not now. In Revelation 10:7 there is the introduction of the mystery. Christ explained the mystery in John 10:16. He said other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold. He is talking about Gentiles. You see in 53 to 54 A.D. and that period, that Paul is going to the Gentiles. Time goes on, by 66 A.D. then Paul is martyred and leaves the scene. That was thirty three years after the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We never talk about His death unless we talk about a resurrection. We never talk about a death unless we talk about the blood that was shed because these are all important for salvation and the hope of the resurrection. If you are just born again and die and that is it, then that is not a completion. But in the 8th chapter of Romans, you see the creature, talking about the creature being brought together, soul and body. So we know we have a soul because the first thing God did to Adam was that He made him a body. The body was the first thing that was there because he laid there, limp as a dead person. But whenever God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, then he became a living soul. That is the way we are. We are just dead people with bodies that God has never breathed on until we receive the spirit of God. That was what happened on the day of Pentecost. What was it? That fresh breeze that came in and filled the whole room. As it did, it was as a mighty rushing wind. Maybe it caused them a sensation, if you know what I mean. Because why? Because life came in. Peter and early believers had very little revelation before the upper room. They did recognize at times that Jesus was the Christ. But he had left them and they had no assurance. They had no assurance because He was not yet glorified, and therefore he could not give them the holy spirit. It took Him being glorified to be able to complete the deal that was set forth by God, and they finally received that assurance in the upper room. Are you ready? Are you ready to go? Are you ready to go home? This world is not my home. I am just passing through. I am not just passing through, I am preparing. This is wedding preparation. The process of the bride getting herself ready started in Revelation chapter 3, where he talks about coming to know Him through his fellowship with His saints. We come to know the Lord as we sup with him and we grow in grace, and go on to perfection. We find in Hebrews 6 it says, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection. The principals as he talks about are the basic truths such as water baptism and things of that nature. We are to go on unto something else that is going to be more. Those principle doctrines are the beginning for us; that is when we are babes in Christ. Because the new birth is a new birth. You start out as a baby. There is growth that goes on after you are born. I see these little babies as they are born, really they do not act as though they know much about their surroundings. But after a little while, at four or five months old, they begin to they realize they have hands and feet. The bride of Christ is realizing who she is.
The Two Prophets Take The Message To Israel
I am going to bring in two scriptures from Hosea. I know a lot has been said about Hosea, but a lot can be said about it as we look at chapter 5 and chapter 6. Chapter 5 is really an introduction to chapter 6, because what happens in chapter 5 is what brings about chapter 6. I was thinking about that 3rd verse, we have gone over the 2nd verse a lot, but I was thinking about the 3rd verse of the 6th chapter. I want to go back into the 5th chapter and verse 14. For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, Ephraim here refers to the 10 northern tribes of Israel. When you get to Revelation 7, you do not see Ephraim’s name there because it changes to Joseph. Joseph and Ephraim are the same tribe. Ephraim, which is Joseph’s son, is really taking over for Joseph. I am not speaking against what Bro. Branham said, but he said Ephraim and Dan’s names were left out of Revelation 7. He thought Ephraim and Dan were both dismissed from the blessing of God. But really only Dan was dismissed. Joseph had two sons, Manassas the elder and Ephraim the younger. Ephraim inherited Joseph’s portion. We see how Ephraim inherited Joseph’s portion in the 49th chapter of Genesis. We see God chose to treat Ephraim as the elder son. So the blessing fell upon Ephraim. We find that Joseph is sitting there and Jacob is giving his last blessing on his death bed to his family. He tells what everyone will receive as an inheritance and what everyone will suffer. When he comes down to Joseph to offer him a blessing, Joseph brings forward his first born son Manassas and Jacob said, “No, that is not what I want. I do not want Manassas. I want Ephraim.” I remember when Bro. Branham went over that. He explained how Jacob crossed his hands and that made the sign of the cross. So it was Ephraim that really took on the name of Joseph. But we find in Revelation 7 that it says Joseph rather than Ephraim. Really, Ephraim and Joseph are the same tribe, the scripture just uses two different names for the same tribe. Joseph’s other son Manassas took Dan’s place. If you go back to Kings and back to Judges, you find the reason for Dan being left out. In Judges you will find that Dan was the first one to introduce Israel to false religion. That is where they started sacrificing their firstborn children to Baal. It was there. That reaches on into 1st Kings as you search the scriptures. I am not going into all that, but you will find it there. Because of that, Dan was dismissed from the blessing of the Lord and Manassas took his place. I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, that is Joseph’s tribe. Hosea just mentions two tribes here. The two he mentions is Ephraim and Judah. I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, in other words God is going to devour something. He does not do away with it, but he really takes away the influence there. Because of what? Because of sin. The 28th chapter of Deuteronomy tells what is going to happen if they depart from serving the living God.) and as a young lion to the house of Judah: (He is talking about the two southern tribes now, which would be Judah and Simon. He is talking about them, and he is talking about Ephraim as the ten northern tribes. This is something that impacts all tribes of Israel. These verses in Hosea show their rejection and then their acceptance of their Messiah. This is connected to the Revelation 10:11, because Revelation 10:11 is the message that goes to Israel at that time when they accept their Messiah. People have criticized our teachings concerning Hosea 6:2, they have criticized that because they thought the third day would be the Millennium, which it is not. These two days have nothing to do with Gentile time, the two days relate only to the Jews. It has nothing to do with the Millennium, except it will go into the Millennium. Because it said in the third day he shall raise us up and we shall live in his sight, and it says after two days he shall revive us. The revival must happen in the third day. When you go after two days you have to go into the third day. Of course people have said, “That is not right.” They want to claim we are wrong. Why would that be? Why would they would want to say we are wrong, whenever they are wrong? I am very satisfied with what I believe and what I have taught. I have done all I can to get this thing straight, by the grace of God.) I, even I, will tear and go away; (See, He said tear, He did not say he would kill them. He is going to wound them. I will tear and go away.) I will take away, and none shall rescue him. It has been two thousand years and they have not been rescued yet. Not until the Messiah comes, that is their final rescue. I will go and return to my place, (God is saying to the Jewish nation, I am going to leave.) till they acknowledge their offence, (They have not done that yet. You see that in Zechariah 12 and 13. That is when they acknowledge their offence. What was their offence? The first offence was that they departed from God. The second offence was that they rejected their Messiah. See what that has caused? If it caused that to Israel, what will that do to us if we depart from the living God? Until they acknowledge their offence,) and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. In their affliction, those two prophets are going to bring disaster to the nation of Israel. Then some, not all, but some begin to acknowledge their offence. Let us go to Zechariah 12:10 to see that.
The Jewish People Accept Their Messiah
And I will pour upon the house of David, (Why does he mention the house of David? Because this is a part of the Judean tribe and he was a king that brought Israel together, the only one that ever brought the whole house of Israel together. It stayed together under Solomon, but Solomon began to be a rigorous king. He began to burden Israel with taxation because he began to build. Just like the government is doing now. Did you notice all the construction in the last few months? It is election time. After the election, then it will stop and the roads will be bad again. Solomon began to marry all these wives. For his Egyptian wife he built a great palace. By the time he was through, God was through.) and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, (Jerusalem is the place of David. Jerusalem has a revival coming. That is where the two prophets will be.) the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, (The land shall mourn, that means the nation.) every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart. The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart; and their wives apart; all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart. See, there is a great mourning. Why? Because of Zechariah 12:10. Jesus appears there, they seem him, and they realize the truth at that time. Today they are looking to build their temple. That is their main thought now. I saw where Glick went to the gates of the temple mount and prayed. Something is going on in Israel. There is something going on in Faith Assembly, in Norway, in South Africa, and the Philippines, and around this world were the truth is loved. This is not going to be stopped. They may shut the doors, but they will not stop the message. Let us go back to Hosea, 6th chapter, Come, and let us return unto the Lord. This is their cry as the events of Zechariah 12:10 happens. They had missed him. He had been gone so long, and they are ready to go back to him. There is something stirring within that Jewish nation today. They will never recognize their Messiah until those two prophets come. But I believe God is stirring their hearts now. The two prophets do not yet know who they are. They do not yet know their mission. As I talked to Jonathan Cahn, when I told him about Revelation 10:11, he did not recognize it. But I told him. I said “You have a far greater mission than what you are doing now.” I do not know how he received it, but he thanked me. He appreciated it. I did not aim to preach to him. I did not preach to him on the Godhead. I would not want anybody else to. You are not the one to do it. It will be God himself. It has come through the grace of God, the revelation of truth to us. This was implanted in our hearts. We survived the Methodists, we survived the Baptist, the Catholic, and the Lutheran Churches. Because God said in Revelation 18, come out of her my people. A lot of you do not know what that means because you were never in those systems. God did not have to speak to you in that way because you were never there. But God has spoken to you to bring you to a present truth that is outshining any age in time, bringing us right down to the endtime where God has pulled back the covers. “Come on and walk with me,” Jesus Christ is saying, “Let us walk the aisle together.” We are in a marriage ceremony. That is where we are at. You are getting your instructions for marriage now. Think about it. It is so precious even when we think about it, being the Bride of Christ. No other generation has had what we have. It cannot be long until the end because in Revelation 24 it says that generation from 1948 on will not pass away before the end comes. Next year will be seventy years, counting from 1948 on, you will wind up with 2018. If you count from 1948 to 2018 then you have seventy years. God will do a quick work. You can look from here on for things to pick up. It is not just time flying by, it is something happening. I enjoy seeing my brothers stand here together, arm in arm. God is doing something. He is putting a family together. They see eye to eye. I could not make that happen. We can preach truth, we can say this and that, but it has to be God. It has to be God. Why not? Why not break every barrier? Why not break every bond? What does He say in Revelation 3:20. Behold I stand at the door and knock. He, or her, that opens the door, I will come in and sup with them. Are we having that communion with our Lord? I believe this convention will bring about more change than any other we have had. I believe people are looking for it. They are looking for unity. That is what we have this morning, a unity. What does unity bring about? A unit. You cannot break a unit. That puts every joint together, every joint supplying to the other joints from head to foot. When we get to the shoulder, the neck will connect to the head which is Jesus Christ.
What did it say in Hosea 5:14? I will tear and go away. Then it says, come and let us return unto the Lord for he hath torn, that is past tense. In that 14th verse he said, I will tear. In that 1st verse of the 6th chapter, it says, I have torn. See? There is a difference. Words make a difference. He is bringing those verses together. This is the Jewish nation he is speaking to. Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. What is the binding up to be? To bring them together. They are not unified in their faith today as many Jews are atheists. We met a Jewish man at a Jewish center one time in Norway. What did he say? He still had numbers on his arm where he had been captured by the Nazis. He was eighty two or eighty three years old. What did he say? “How can a God of love let something like this happen?” The man died while he was still angry with God. He died the next year. He could not see, he could not look at scripture. He gave up on it. When we give up on believing, there is nowhere to go but down. He hath smitten and he will bind us up. In other words, the tears, the things that have happened, he is going to bind that up so now it can heal. The nation had been broken apart. The ten northern tribes were broken away from the two southern tribes. What is He going to do? He is going to heal them. You see that in Revelation 7 when he begins to call out a 144,000. He does not mention north and south. He mentions Israel as one nation. After two days will he revive us: (We are after two days now. It happened at 2004 and one half, the second day ended and the third day began.) in the third he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, (That is talking of the Jews receiving the gospel through the two prophets. Revelation 10:11) if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, (As the rain, slowly, slowly, slowly.) as the latter and former rain unto the earth. The latter and former rain all together. Back in the time of Christ, He poured that former rain on the nation of Israel. He is going to bring it down to the endtime. It is going to be both, former and latter. We will be looking from heaven on that.
Two Prophets Instruct the People to Flee
I was thinking about the message that Bro. Charles delivered concerning the 11th chapter of the book of Revelation, when he was talking about the two prophets’ message. He went into Revelation 12 where he was more or less talking about the woman of Revelation 12 being made up before the middle of the week, and she finds her place. Whenever he said that I began to think about it. The teaching has been that it is just a short period of time there for the woman to flee, just days to which she will be able to flee. But whenever I looked at that, then I had to go to Revelation 12 to see just what it really happens. I am not questioning my brother on that. I want you to go there with me. We will go to verse 5. Some people have to know everything, especially the critics, but we are not preaching to the critics. But we need to be settled in a revelation that we can be able to explain. Let us look at verse 5. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne. Now verse 6 is the one that settles it. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. See? She is already there. She got the two prophets’ message. What I am saying is this: she is not there in the wilderness for very long before the middle of the week of Daniel, but there is no way she can go on a three days’ notice. This was a planned thing. She got the message of the two prophets to flee. So as it goes on, Brother Charles keeps proving his point. I am not questioning what he preached, I am just showing you the answer, in case you had a question. Because the woman is already in the wilderness when the middle of the week begins. How did she get there? We find out in chapter 12. We find out that she got there on the message of those two prophets. See? This is still connected to Revelation 10:11. Let us read verse 7. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. This happens at the middle of the week of Daniel. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. After this he has no more influence in the heavenlies. He and his power is bound to earth. That is why you can see the saints of God, the Bride of Christ, and the rejoicing that happens in heaven. You see the four beasts. The four beasts represents the church of the living God throughout the ages. The calf, the lion, the face of the man, the flying eagle: they represent the bride saints of their age. That flying eagle represents the Bride of Christ here in the last day. We are that eagle generation. The eagle still flies. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. This is the source of our problems. This is going to linger as long as we are here on earth. But Satan is cut off from heaven in the middle of the week. That gives those Jewish people and the foolish virgins power, because Satan is no more in heaven, he is on earth. Their prayers are not hindered anymore because there is no one there to accuse them before the throne. They are willing to die. They talk about being willing to die, it is something if they are offering themselves to die. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, (That is Gentiles and Jews who have recognized who He is. This is from the middle of the week on.) and by the word of their testimony; (That is Jews) and they loved not their lives unto the death. They are not just saying, “Bless God, I am willing to die for it,” they will truly die. See? The Jewish nation’s politicians will sell them out at the start of the week of Daniel when the covenant is signed. Not all of the Jews will be able to escape to the wilderness before the anti-Christ arrives in Jerusalem. The 144,000 will be scattered around the world. The message that the two prophets had, now that 144,000 are carrying it to the ends of the earth, because people have to be saved from every color and race. Otherwise the devil has won. That is why Bro. Jackson looked at Isaiah 60:10 and said that strangers would build up the walls. That is people from China, India, and the east. At that time they are no longer believing Buddhism or Hinduism. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth (That is the middle of the week. This is all happening right here in a central part of time. Bro. Jackson taught that the three woes happened around the time of the two prophets’ death. This does not say that this is the third woe, but it is. The first two woes were in Revelation 9 and 11.) and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, (When did it say he had come down? In the middle of the week. It keeps repeating, he has come down.) having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Now he realizes, I have to do something and I only have a short time to do it. He finally reads the book, he finally reads the back of the book. It keeps repeating this. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which had brought forth the man child. (That is Israel.) And to the woman (This woman represents a portion of the Jewish people. This woman is God’s Bride. Not Christ’s Bride. God was married to Israel.) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, (It is already prepared when this time comes. We believe America is the place that she will come, because it says on down there that the earth helped her. Where do you find the earth again? The 13th chapter of Revelation, starting in the 10th verse where it talks about the lamb beast which came up out of the earth. See? To the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, which is the two prophets’ message. Two wings, two prophets. Moses and Elijah. God knows that there was a great responsibility on their hands. God knew where we would be in this hour. He knew where we would be sitting. I am not talking about the seats you are in, I am talking about time. Here we are, this is God’s time clock. We are on God’s time now. That Eternal Spirit that knows no time, dwells among us, without a doubt. That she might fly into the wilderness...) into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. She is nourished for how long? Twelve hundred and sixty days. She is already there. Why did it not say twelve hundred and fifty nine days? Or why did it not say twelve hundred and sixty one days? It said twelve hundred and sixty days, three and one half years: she is there when it begins. She is nourished for a time, times and half a time. From what? From the face of the serpent. What is the serpent? That old dragon, the devil. The scripture says the place was prepared. This lets us know something is getting ready to happen in America. You see it on the news, all the violence and riots. You wait, I predict before it is over with, this thing is going to spread to most every major city in America at one time, because there is a house cleaning coming. God is getting America ready for the coming of the woman of Revelation 12. I do not know that the Bride will still be here when this judgement finally comes on America, but it is looking favorable. So get your house in order. Clean house. I am not talking about a broom. Everything that is hidden there, that is causing you not to get close to God, get rid of it. You do not need it. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood (he is not spewing water, but he is spewing a flood of warfare, a flood of persecution. He is not interested in the rest of the world, he has already got them. But he wants that woman. That is the desire of the world today, get rid of those Jews.) after the woman. He is trying to come after the woman, this is the European system doing it. The European beast system will be led by the anti-Christ at the time it signs that agreement in Daniel 9:27, and will continue to do so throughout that seven year period of time.
The Anti-Christ Takes Over: The Two Prophets are Killed
When Israel signs that agreement, they will not know what they are doing. But once it is in effect they will find out that they gave that religious devilish system the right to come into their nation and rule other them ruthlessly. Israel will have seen those two prophets when that happens. And when the anti-Christ comes at the middle of the week of Daniel he will kill them both. The people will see those two prophets lying in the middle of the street, dead. They see the newsmen, ABC, NBC, CNN, they see them standing around, all of them, BBC, all of them rejoicing because they think they have done something wonderful, just like they thought they did something when Christ was put in the tomb. Those religious Jews thought they had got rid of Him, but all of a sudden here he came, as it were a lightning bolt and cut that veil which covered the holy of holies where the Shekinah glory was, from top to bottom. Whenever they kill these two prophets, they think they have got rid of their enemies. When those two prophets are killed they rejoice. The world rejoices. I am talking about the prophetic world. If America is the wilderness country where the woman will flee, then we will have different leadership than we have now. We will have a leadership that is not afraid to profile, that is not afraid to stand for itself. Why? They still have the button, if you know what I mean, they still have that button to the nuclear bomb. There is enough in Colorado to clean up the whole world. America will never be touched for that reason. And the earth (Revelation 13: That lamb beast is no longer on the scene. America is no longer that country that has made herself look so glorious, the strongest nation in the world and her President is the leading man in the world. We can see that is not so anymore when these things come to pass. The pope is above the President right now in popularity. If it came down to a vote, the pope would win. If you look into the news you see the pope is the most popular man on earth, he has 85% approval rating. And the earth...) helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. What does the 9th verse say? The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed. Where is that at? Back in Jerusalem and Israel. That is where the remnant of her seed are. Which keep the commandments of God, (Jews) and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. That is the foolish virgins. We can understand more about this in Zechariah. Let us go to chapter 13:8-9. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Only one third of the Jews left in Israel will survive. That is what that devilish anti-Christ is going bring about. Chapter 14. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. (In the midst of Jerusalem, Israel.) For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; (The battle of Armageddon) and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth and fight against those nations, (This is the same as Revelation 16, where the blood comes to the horse’s bridle.) as when he fought in the day of battle.
This world has its reward. She is sinking fast. This world will have no reward on the other side, they are getting their reward now. I want mine over there. They have houses that cover a whole city block. But that is nothing compared to what we are going to receive. Peter began to ask Jesus, he said we have left all, what will we have? He said in this life, you will receive a hundred fold, plus persecution, and in the next world eternal life. If it had not been for God, I would be in the grave today. All the rest of my family are dead except my sister. If it was not for God, where would you be this morning? We do not want to question that too much because it is God who brought us through. We do not have a big sign out here flashing that says, “Faith Assembly Church, everybody come in as you are.” We have a little sign that says “Faith Assembly Church.” I said, “Do not put my name on there.” I just want people to know where we are at. And I want Bride people to know where we are at so that visitors trying to find us can know they are at the right place. Where are we at? Right down here on the end of Potter’s Lane, listening to the Potter, being fashioned on that wheel as it goes around, as His hands smooth it out. The last things that happen to that clay vessel, it is baked. After it is baked, then it is painted and polished and ready to go. This is us. I am not bragging, I am just telling you the truth. That is what my ministering brothers are doing. I love my brothers and what they have to say. I love the words that come from their mouths and I am expecting great things! Are you?