The minute they saw each other they were locked in a battle. They used trick photography to make them look large like dinosaurs. Here they are, locked in battle and rolling head over heels all over the place. It makes everything look like that was exactly the way it took place a million years ago. I am explaining it that way, because as this animal kingdom began to grow and flourish, nothing was going to happen until it had become populated the world over. What if malice, cannibalism, hostility, the negative side of everything would have set in when they were all still here in Africa? You would not be getting dinosaur eggs out of China. Do you understand what I am saying? Neither would you get skeletons. Neither could you go to the Painted Desert or the Petrified Forest and find any fossilized remains. Nor would they have found those Mastodon Elephant remains down here along the river close to where we live. They just simply would not have been there. Down along the Ohio River close to the falls, they say there is one of the largest deposits of fossilized bones there is anywhere in the area of North America. My point is, everything has to move in harmony to a fixed objective designed by God, and executed by His servants the angels. Somewhere though, a billion and a half or two billion years ago, whatever that time was, it began to reach a matured, fixed development of animal life, plant life and such, and there, no doubt, is where Lucifer, the most anointed angel of them all, began to put his plan into operation. All of those angels had to be tested, so remember, they had dominion over all the planet. The planet, then, did not have all the bodies of water it has now, so Lucifer began to plot and make his plans. As he began to correspond with the other angels and such, I can imagine weeks and months, maybe a few years went on with him sowing seed of doubt and suspicion among them until finally, he has sowed the seed of betrayal to God, and this is what caused Ezekiel the prophet to say, “Thou wast perfect in all thy ways until iniquity was found in thee.” That pertains to lawlessness, taking the laws of God and turning them into a negative picture, beginning to pervert nature, and beginning to pervert the animal kingdom as a whole. Here is where cannibalism comes into the picture. Here is where disease starts. He is out to disrupt the entire plan of God. It plainly says in Isaiah, that Lucifer said, “I will be like the Most High.” Yet the end of it was, thou shall be brought down to hell, but God is going to give him a process of time to continue on with his perversion, so as this animal kingdom went on, I have no doubt in my mind, that some of those animals were never intended to be as large as they were. Bro. Jackson, why would you say that? Listen carefully. The dirty devil knows every genetic law there is, in the natural aspect. Man himself does not just devise evil: It is because evil is already out there knocking at the door, that mankind finds so many ways to be evil. How many understand my point? As Lucifer began to disrupt and plan and pervert, those animals begin to turn on one another and they lock themselves in battle. They began to kill one another. How is it, that when the devil begins to build this type of environment into something, that the inhabitants sit upon the mountainsides and laugh and jump with glee? That is the devil’s great joy, to create such an environment. Go to Spain, to old Toledo, the ancient capital, where there is a giant arena and read the history of it. In ancient times, when they had the bull fights, Spain was known for this type of thing. Here would come the matador. He might be on horse back. Then they would turn that male cow in. They would breed those male cows to give them an instinct to want to fight. I just have to say, Behind all of it, there has always been a devil. As that animal comes charging out of that tunnel, here stands that matador, teasing it with a cloth over a saber. After awhile he gets him so tired and so mad, then he starts sticking little spears in his back. That is to agitate him even more. There, you can see thousands of human beings that is supposed to be created in the image of God, sitting in the bleachers yelling and screaming, Kill him, kill him, kill him. Where do you think that attitude came from? Was that designed by God? No. Behind it, you will always find the devil. The aim and purpose is to entertain a bunch of carnal minded human beings, and they are going to see an animal die and they will come in with a team of horses and drag him off, butcher him, and they will have a big feast. It goes on in Mexico the same way. I have seen that same spirit in the Philippines during the war. Here would come those Filipino men with their bantam roosters. I have seen them take olive oil and rub their heads until they shine. They will rub those legs. They might bet so much against the other guy’s rooster. If they don’t bet to the death, then they won’t put a blade on their spur. They will let them fight using the natural spur on their legs until they decide which one won. But if one says, Let’s fight them to the death of one, I have seen them strap razor sharp blades on that spur. Those poor things will stand there, and then suddenly hit each other. All they need is one stroke and the other one is lying there, dying. I bring these things into the message to make a point: To me, that is not entertainment. The only kind of people that relish such stuff are people who think like that themselves. Out of the Orient we get the pit bull dogs. Read about them. They were bred to fight: They were not bred to be house pets. This is why they have a jaw that is able to crush the average jaw of a normal dog to pieces. Their nature is to fight. When they go into the arena, where they are put against another pit bull dog, it is very common to see them to pull flesh and tear a leg. They fight to the finish. I bring these things in to encourage you to let your mind go back and think this thing through and realize, There was something going on, on this planet, long before what we have a record of, in Genesis 1, and onward, and all of that brought time up to the point where what the scientists today call the modern man, had evolved to. Of course that modern man they speak of was the serpent, which we will study about later on in our message. That was the last stage of the evolution of that “man.” That was as far as God let it go. Within the animal kingdom by then, in many other realms of the animal kingdom you had cannibalism, and also diseases coming in, all kinds of disruptions, chaos of every description, going on all over this planet. That is why I said, If you will travel the world over and look at your geographical maps, right through here (pointing to map) is also a desert, but look at the whole of North Africa, just a giant desert. That desert crosses over and takes in a big sphere over here. In China, you have a desert. Look at southwest America, a desert. Look in South America, you have deserts. These desert spots are not so big that clouds do not pass over, but why do the clouds never come together and give a normal amount of rainfall? I just have to say, There is something standing there. I do not believe it will be that way in the Millennium. I believe God has let it be that way to tell us something, if we have perception. In many of these areas of deserts, many times, deep down is where we find traces of a giant past that goes back many millions of years. I have a book that shows, in China, a certain person on a slope of a field, where they found this big collection of dinosaur eggs. For some unknown reason they never hatched. They are archaeologically digging these eggs loose from the substance they are caked in, and now laboratories and universities all over the world will pay fabulous sums just to get a dinosaur egg. Do you think God is ignorant of all this? Not at all. I believe right now, because it is a proven fact, that professing Christianity as a whole, is as bad off as the unbelieving part of the world that has refused to acknowledge God. Christianity has tried to appear to the world to be a voice of the existence of God, but refusing to accept certain facts of scientific discoveries, and failing to acknowledge the reality of it all and move along with God, has projected them into a place spiritually speaking, where they appear totally ignorant of the true workings of the Spirit of God. It is because they reached a certain point, believing that God is, and believing that God was, but somehow they just shut the door to any further revelation and knowledge of the existence of God, or that He has any other purpose or plan, beyond what their forefathers knew about, therefore because they have shut their minds, God just cut them off. He turns around and lets a bunch of unbelieving people rise up just to antagonize them, to agitate them. God has a right to do that, because after all, that unbelieving man was created by God also. Somewhere in that prehistoric era, when God saw that Lucifer and a category of the angels had done something so terrible on the planet that they had totally marred it, polluted it, and perverted the whole picture, He called Lucifer in check. God has a right to call a halt to the activities of an angel, and He has a right to call me in check any time He wants to. He says to the angelic beings, Come here, I have a question for you. When He began to ask questions, He was interrogating them, bringing them into judgment. When Jesus said in St. John 8:44, that the devil was a murderer from the beginning, He did not mean our beginning, which started right in here. (Chart-Genesis 1) Our beginning started right there, but Lucifer had already been around a long time then. He had already polluted and perverted the entire creation of God to the point that God had to judge the whole thing, wipe the slate clean, recycle the planet, and prepare it for this present creation. Our beginning was in what is known as the Fertile Crescent. This is known as the cradle of all civilization. From right here, we all got our start. All recorded history of the human existence starts from there. With Satan, we will say his start was from here: (Pointing to chart, back in prehistoric time.) There, was his Eden. It does not refer to the day he was put there, but since he was in charge of the original beginning, then we will say this, What was really going on there, God was holding him responsible for, and it was all in the negative. Therefore God can call it to a halt and that is what He did. Keep in mind, time, as far as that is concerned, could have went on for millions of years. However long it was, the animal kingdom had reached a development of which God of necessity was going to stop it. When He began to question Lucifer and he began to lie, keep in mind, Lucifer is the architect of everything evil and wrong. He began to lie. He committed the first murder. There were bodies scattered all over the face of the earth to prove it, so God judged him and cast him down from his exalted position. He then became a judged angel, and all those with him likewise. As I said, God can bring a catastrophic judgment to the planet when it takes that, because it will not hinder God in the future as to what He is going to do. He judges in various ways. A huge earthquake could have developed that shook this planet tremendously, to the point that the water that was on it could have rushed to one side and caused the planet to act like a ball out of shape going across a ball field, and God pushed it out in space just far enough away from its perfect relationship to the sun to bring about the lasting condition. Keep in mind, Somewhere in the eons past I have to say that the earth existed when there was a perfect climate, because, in many of the Arctic regions they find palm leaves. All of that has to have an explanation. They find the remains of an animal kingdom that is still in the flesh. Bro. Strommen told us they have found palm leaves in the glacier regions of Norway. We just have to realize, God is the God of the glacier also, so He lets things start freezing up. As I said earlier, It killed life in the regions where it reached the coldest the quickest. Life had to be taken from those huge specimen instantly, in order for them to be found in the condition some of them have been found in. Such an instantaneous, cold environment, as it spread and increased around the earth, brought all life to an end.
- 1 SOME THINGS THE EARTH REVEALS
- 2 WHAT SCIENTIST ACTUALLY CREATE
- 3 THE DUTIES OF ANGELS
- 4 TO BE BLESSED OF THE LORD IS GREATLY TO BE DESIRED,
- 5 BUT TO BE A BLESSING TO GOD’S PEOPLE IS EVEN MORE TO BE DESIRED.
- 6 CREATIVE DAYS OF GENESIS, CHAPTER 1
- 7 THE ORDER OF GOD’S CREATING
- 8 THE TWO DIFFERENT TREES-IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN
- 10 A LOOK AT THE PYRAMIDS
- 11 GOD SPEAKS TO ABRAHAM
- 12 READING
SOME THINGS THE EARTH REVEALS
Let me stop here for a moment and tell a story of something I watched on the TV. It has been about five months ago since I saw this documentary. The setting was out in the state of Idaho. Have you seen the potato commercial, how the man says that so many thousands of years ago there was a volcano erupted and blew out this dust that settled over this territory? And then how, over a period of time it eventually became the type of soil that grows the beautiful Idaho potato? Right in that same state there was a rancher went out one Sunday afternoon for a walk on his property. As he came to a place where a little ravine started in, it just kept getting deeper and deeper, until after awhile it was a gully, or a large ditch. Finally he got down into the floor of this and began to walk along. The bank on each side was higher than his head. As he looked to the right he saw something white and shiny in the soil. He reached and took hold of it. It was a giant tooth. As he took that tooth, he knew it was not the tooth of an animal species in our day. He came back to the same area with hand tools and began to dig. After digging for a little while he began to unearth a fossilized skeleton of a hippo. This startled him. Then he notified some of the universities, archaeologists and scientists. They came in and brought construction equipment that they could use to excavate. They excavated eleven feet down, through a gray type earth that had come out of a volcano thousands and thousands of years ago, in the prehistoric time. They got down to a place they could see the color of this, to the color of soil under that, that there was a difference. They could see that at one time this was like a small lake where animals of that era would come to drink. Apparently, when this volcano, wherever it was in the western mountains, erupted and belched this out, it was coming into this area and has been spreading this for miles. These hippos fled and took refuge in this lake of water. That would be their natural instinct. They found them in different sizes. They found some laying on top of one another as they were trying to escape and get away from something that was after them. When they had excavated that area, they had found 150 some skeletons of the same kind of hippo that is in Africa. They had existed there. That lets you know one thing, when God gave Adam an animal kingdom, He did not make him a different kind of hippo, He just resurrected something of the same ones that had already been here, but were destroyed. He resurrected that which would serve His purpose. As I sat there that night and listened to all of that, I said, Now it is just common sense to realize how the earth has been, so that through the centuries and eons of time, in some places, the actual soil is deeper than it is in others, and that is why it has different colorations, because it depends on what that volcano has belched out there, and what kind of plant life had been allowed to live there, and used to help build up that particular soil. As we look at that, then let us begin to realize, God had a plan for all that has taken place. I am thankful to know that He does have a plan, and that our future does not just depend upon uncontrollable circumstances on His part. Like the Psalmist said, The steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord. Let us read a few verses from Psalms 37, beginning with verse 21. “The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth. 22 For such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of Him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” That is because the Creator has everything under control. Nothing is left to chance with Him. Evolution is still going on, but I am going to talk now in modern terms. Open your bible to Nahum 2:4. “The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.” When you read that, you might think you have not read anything, but you certainly have. That was not a prophecy to be fulfilled back there. That is a prophecy that applies over here, telling us what is going to be on earth one day before Gentile time comes to a close. It is for a time when mankind, you and me, have developed ourselves into an advanced stage of learning. We know that for centuries of time, in our era of time, man has guided, and has caused the animal kingdom, especially the domesticated side, to really flourish. Actually, if you can take what I said about the horse, how it has evolved, how it has reached a state of evolutionary development, you can apply that to all of God’s creation. Right here, is the picture of the American Quarter Horse. It gives his genetic origin. In this other book, is the same thing, only it breaks it all down and covers many other breeds. I will say, in respect to my brothers in other parts of the world where they have not been as closely related to the horse kingdom as we have in the new world. It is what man has done in America, that has developed the horse species into creatures that are some of the most beautiful creatures there are on earth. I say that with all due respect to every situation. Most all our blood lines and breeds today go back to the Arabian horse in the Middle East. Out of the initial Arabian horse, which was the first to be domesticated, different nationalities of people began to work with it. As they would invade the Middle East, they began to capture those horses and bring them home. Studying the law of genetics, and knowing how and what to do, has caused the Arabian horse to be the progenitor of much of what is in these books I have here, along with some of the other wild things that are crossed in. When you see what has happened to the horse in the new world, I have to say, We have some of the most beautiful breeds there is to be found anywhere. Now the Arabian and Egyptian world, which is the center of the Arabian horse culture, for a long time would not let you come into their part of the world and breed your mares to any of their Arabians. They did not want anyone fooling around with the bloodline of those horses. They were very sensitive. They did not want that bloodline of the famous ones they still had, to be spread around. But now, as the Kentucky Thoroughbred, he is known the world over. He is the fastest horse around. Go down to Lexington Kentucky, when they have a horse sale. Those fellows will be sitting on the buyer’s benches with their turbans on, waiting to bid on them. When they start leading those Thoroughbred colts in there, and those fellows look at that shiny coat of hair, they know they are looking at a twentieth century development of the very thing they had thousands of years ago. They pay thousands of dollars for them, because they want to take some of that bloodline back home. I have brought all of this in to show you the evolution of that genetic flow, how it works. In this which we have just read, when we come to the new world in time, and it was time for this prophecy to go into effect, do you think there is a school on earth today, or a college at the time this prophecy came in motion, that could have educated you on how to make a car? I said, Is there a college anywhere that could have told you how to make a car? No. Well I wonder how these things that make so much noise up and down the roadways out here, ever got here? Somewhere there was a boy that got tired of riding a horse. He complained every time he did, that his back side got sore. He began to think, because he did not like to patch a saddle or repair the harness, what can I do? He was vexed with it all. You have to have this kind of mind somewhere, in order to have advancement in technology. No, he wasn’t lazy: He just did not like the old ways. He began to hear about somebody developing a steam engine. His mind began to think. It went beyond what he was learning in school, reading, writing, and arithmetic. They thought this guy was crazy, that he was nuts, but the guy that invented the combustible engine, once he got the combustible engine figured out, another man comes along and puts it in a finished product. He put it on the back end of a buggy and made it chain driven to the right wheel. Now here is a buggy coming down the road with no horse in front of it. I have seen them. Years ago, where I was raised up, there was some people that had an old Stanley Steamer. Once each year they would get that thing out and clean it up, and fire it up. It was more than just a buggy: It was a two seated contraption. The steering wheel shaft was just a shaft that went down through the floor, with a stick on it. The motor was on the back end. You could hear it coming five miles away, pop, pop, pop. How many have heard the old fashioned one cylinder steam motors they had around feed mills? That was the early days of the automobile. My point is this, The ones that invented that stage of the automobile, only fed off into a younger generation of minds that began to think deeper. As they looked it over, well I can improve here, I can improve here: That is mechanical evolution, designed by God the Creator. Now that they have it all figured out, they put it in text books. They will charge you a fortune to go to college and learn all this, but if there are any more new inventions come into this world that you have not seen yet, they will not come out of a college. They will come from some man’s brain somewhere. I am not talking about school teachers. You go on and teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but leave the important inventions up to God. When we needed a washing machine, we got it, and we did not get it one hundred years ahead of time. How many understand what I am saying, and what I mean by that? The same way with an airplane. Do you think the Wright brothers went to college to learn to fly? They did not. They were two boys that got tired of walking here and there. They watched the birds. They glued together and tied together all kinds of sticks and paper and stuff to get their idea started. Yes the world says you are crazy until it works, then they all want to get in the game. There are some that will listen to me preaching and say, Jackson has gone crazy. Wait until it goes around the world and thousands of other people hear it, then see what they say. I am sure there are things over there, that they know, they have seen, they have unearthed, that they will add to this. The point is, You are living in a day of modern, mechanical evolution and none of it came from a college. What comes out of a college is the memory written in text books, that if you are inclined to be an engineer in mechanics, you can go and study and learn the techniques of those that have already designed it and put it in a finished state. You can learn that, but you will never improve it until you have first had your own dream. When you have had your own dream, it will be because the Creator Himself put it there. I want to say once again, Evolution is not a dirty word. Not if you keep God in it. The minute you take God out of it you are at the mercy of the devil. You are hanging on a limb, hanging by a thread, your life will be taken out of you one of these days and God alone holds your destiny in His hands. To me, there is a God behind all of this, and I am so thankful to know that God is the One that all glory and honor belongs to, because this whole creation is by His design. I just pray that we can finish this up in a way that glorifies the heavenly Father. We do not want any loose ends dangling when we finish.
WHAT SCIENTIST ACTUALLY CREATE
I have a few things written down, that I want to read later, things that I want to put in the message at just the right time, so they can fill the gap between the prehistoric era and our era of time, especially right here. (Pointing to chart) We have up here, 65 million years of time span, but I am not overly concerned with how many millions of years all of this could have taken: I am concerned more with what really took place, regardless of how long it took to reach the point where Adam came into the picture. I was reading an article a day or so ago, about some scientists and archaeologists that are talking about traces of rock layers they have measured, and they described their eras of time. If we did not look at it right we could wind up as a people hung up on, Was it 30 billion years ago or 60 million years ago, which is it? When you get carnal minded men looking at rocks, layers of rock, trying to speculate how long this thing has been here, you realize more and more that we have to look at it from the standpoint, that this planet hanging out here was at one time a part of other substance in the universe, and God has to be the scientist and Creator of every bit of it. He has to be the collector of it. At what point in space He did it, that is His business. I do not think He has to commit that information to our little finite minds. It is too much for us to digest. God might have started this thing trillions of years ago. What difference could it make to us? Whenever the whole thing was composed, as far as matter and material, that is God’s business. If He took 60 trillion years to collect it all together, I do not think the whole mass was a round thing in the first place. But when He did begin to want to put it in its place in space, we have to believe He is the originator of the explosives that created the bang. Whenever the big explosion went off, God knew exactly where this would break up and each part would go to. It took a master mind to design such a thing as that. I would have to say to scientists, that they are like first class fools, to play around with something that is absolutely too big for them and their finite minds. They actually create much confusion with all of their probing into the unknowable. They could not create an ant. All they can create is problems and troubles for other human minds to crawl around over. I do not shame them: I am thankful for the things they have discovered, but I look at their own understanding and have to say, You are not a god, you could not create one iota of anything. The only thing you can create is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding, and mislead people, that there is no God. My point in saying this is, I do not care how many layers of rock they go down through, they will not find out everything they want to know. If they go too far they will hit a hot spot. In National Geographic magazine it shows the whole interior of this planet, how it is a box of fire, burning thousands of degrees centigrade. In some places the crust between here and that point can be several thousand miles. In other places it is not that thick. Who knows how much time was involved as each and every other planet broke off and went spinning to its place? We have to believe it could have been trillions of years coming our way in time. Whenever that explosion took place, this planet was a particle flung out here, and God knew exactly where to stop it. As He stopped it here, that is why I said earlier, All of this could have involved millions of years, waiting for this planet to cool down. By whatever means God began to choose, He had already planned that and informed His angelic hosts. They are ministering spirits within the spirit world that scientists and evolutionists cannot probe. They do not have an instrument that can take a picture of a spirit. There is not an electronic gadget that can tap into the image of anything that exists, or the communication that goes on in the spirit world. When we see here, where man was driven from the beautiful garden that God planted eastward in Eden, it was not a situation where God took a stick and drove them out of a geographical territory. If you look at it right, between the Nile and the Euphrates, and those other points mentioned, that forms the Fertile Crescent. God did not drive them out of there. That is where He put the man in the first place. When He drove them out of the garden, He drove them out of that spiritual atmosphere, that environment of the spirit world, which was a little bit of heaven coming and touching a little spot on earth to begin our era of time. We have 65 million years up there on our chart, but I did not choose the 65 million years figure myself: That is the way many scientists put it out here for mankind. I believe that is long enough for us to look at and argue about what time life did begin to appear on the planet. It had to definitely cool down enough to accommodate life. As I have already said, However long that was, God had already planned with His angelic body how life, in its different microscopic forms, would begin to be introduced into the various surfaces of the soil that began to be formed back at that time, because we have to understand there has to be a beginning of life, both in plant life and then in other types of microscopic life, because it takes these two balanced together, working in harmony with the plan God has predetermined, to eventually climatize the planet for its intended inhabitants. It took all of that preparatory stage to build the surface into soil that could be functional, for the life in different forms that God was going put here. Every detail had to be just right.
THE DUTIES OF ANGELS
Now I will do my best to read these things I have written down, because this will fill us in as we look between this point, the closing of the Ice Age, and coming into our era of time.
When God placed angels in charge of the earth, He gave them power and authority to carry out His predetermined plan. I know there is no scientist that will believe that. Maybe a lot of our religionists will not believe it either: That is up to them. Do not forget, you have too many scriptures in the Bible that let us know angels were tried, they were tested, and some of them failed their test. It is obvious, that somewhere prior to our existence they had already faced their choice and some of them chose to follow Lucifer instead of their Creator. That is why in our era of time some of that angelic host that was once perfect and righteous, are now referred to as demons, or devils, though there is only one devil. They work against us in what God has put us here for. The purpose of this was preparing the earth to accept life in its many forms. I want to say this, God is that life. Whatever forms of life that were eventually introduced to the planet, they were no accident. That was not hocus pocus. God had it all planned out and the angelic hosts knew exactly the way this was all going to be introduced, because God Himself is the life of every living thing. Outside of Him, there is no life. Even angels are a product and offspring of God Himself. There was much to be done as the planet had to be climatized. The various forms of life, microscopic, microbic, or whatever you want to call it, each thing was designed to function and eventually accomplish a certain thing in preparing the earth’s surface for its intended purpose. When the earth did begin to grow vegetation in some places, it took bacterial life to break down the dead plant into food for whatever marine life was appearing in the waters. We must understand that the starting of life in any form had to be watched over with a calm objective. There was no devil hindering anything back then, because he had not yet made the choice to go up against the Creator. Everything had to work in harmony. Since everything was starting out in a very unclimatized beginning, what if there had been cannibals? What if everything was hostile against each other? We would never have reached this point in time. Hostile life and cannibalism did not start in the early years of the earth’s beginning. The angels worked in harmony with God for a long period of time until the earth began to become well populated. The history of prehistoric times and archaeological discoveries show that on practically every major area of the planet where there is dry land, there are fossils, decayed, all kinds of forms of prehistoric life. In this process the earth began to become well populated by the gradual process of evolution. I want to say at this time, If we can look at this right, the word evolution, is not an evil word. It is not a derogatory word. It is a word that describes a process that a mastermind has chosen. It keeps man from messing with it. What man is there, that can create anything? Show me that man that can be subject to God and I will show you a man that can put God’s mind into action. We read the Nahum prophecy, of things that are to be. For centuries that prophecy of Nahum lay there, seeing the lights, how they jostled one another on the broad ways and to travel like a flash of light. That is the only way the prophet could describe seeing our super highways today, in the spirit. What college or Bible school was there 150 years ago, that could train a young man or woman to the point where someone could say to them, Now look, the time has come that we need a car like such and such? Who knew what a car was, or what one would look like? Would it have one wheel, two, three wheels? As I described it, it took some young man somewhere that began to day dream. This is God taking part of His creation, and that is the man He made a little lower than the angels. He has invested in him a knowledge to fulfill His purpose. It looks crude sometimes, even very foolish. That is why most inventors, in their era, were looked upon as nuts, crazy, and everything else, but you and I are benefitting from their silly dreams, all because God is the one that gave the dream. God is the one that made them sit around thinking. What did they have their mind on? They were just thinking. If there are any other inventions that man is to benefit by, between here and the coming of Christ, rest assured, it is not yet written in a book what they will look like. It is not described as to what it will be, or its function. That day dreamer who will design them has not yet come upon the scene. With this in mind, let us continue looking at the animal kingdom. There came a time when in the animal kingdom, from one end of the planet to the other, there were all kinds of large, prehistoric life, and the entire earth was covered with giant forests with vegetation of all kinds. Go to the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest for a little look at some reminders of a prehistoric era. As you get out and walk over some of those places, you can see those giant pieces of rock that look like trees turned to rock, which at one time stood upright. Only the Lord knows how high they towered into the heavens. I read an article in The National Geographic magazine, how out in Oregon and Washington, the giant redwood trees can grow to a height of 200 feet. Then who knows what these trees grew to? Picture giant ferns, picture all kinds of vegetative life that began to show itself. Then the animals that were here. We might ask, why so large? Keep in mind, it was angels set in charge over them, to have dominion over them, to supervise the population and growth until this planet had reached the potential of God’s purpose.
TO BE BLESSED OF THE LORD IS GREATLY TO BE DESIRED,
BUT TO BE A BLESSING TO GOD’S PEOPLE IS EVEN MORE TO BE DESIRED.
There were birds that had wings like bats, but they also had teeth. I am glad we do not have those creatures around anywhere today. We do have bats in various parts of the earth that resemble those: They are just on a smaller scale. Young mothers, how would you like to turn your little three year old tot out in the yard and have one of those giant birds come down, pick up the child and carry it off into the high cliffs of a mountain somewhere, to devour it? That is what happened in the final stage of the prehistoric era, when cannibalism, murder, killings of every description became the order of the day, those things began to devour each other. All of this life process continued harmoniously right on through until it reached a point in time where the angels had done their job and the animal kingdom had reached a point where in the mind of God it was acceptable, and the planet as a whole was acceptable. Then the angels were tested and were allowed to make their choice, whether they would remain faithful to the plan of the Creator, or be turned against His plan. This testing lasted until every angel that was going to fall had made the choice to follow Lucifer. They contributed to the plot of taking over the whole thing themselves, and turning it into a kingdom of their own. This lasted long enough until God saw that it had served its purpose in the testing. That is when He called a halt by judging the whole thing. There is no need of me repeating what I have previously said about what followed that. Therefore whatever we imagine the dinosaurs to have looked like, how large they were, it is a fact that on the face of the earth today, in various continents, you have species in a small dimension that represent them. As I said earlier, In the Amazon jungles of South America, there are two species of lizards that grow to four, five, or six feet in length. They are very hostile to each other. If they come in contact, they immediately lock in battle. That is what Walt Disney used back in the early 1950’s. They captured two of these and brought them to Disney World in California. They made mock scenery where they wanted to shoot the battle scene. They turned the two lizards loose in that area to lock themselves in battle for a period of time. They used trick photography, then blew it up, and many of you have seen the results they obtained. They titled the film, The Fight of the Dinosaurs. That ought to teach us that when God gave man an animal kingdom, He did not take another bunch of mud and water, then sit down and role out legs and this and that. He resurrected a certain category of that animal kingdom. He knew exactly, before it ever happened, that man would fall. Prior to that time, Satan’s fall did not come until that era had fulfilled its purpose. On the other hand, when we come to our era, we fall before we get started. I am saying at this time, Giant lizards, all kinds of cattle and creatures that you could ever imagine, from the giant mastodon elephant, which is larger than any we have today, and right on down, all these huge creatures were in existence on the planet in that prehistoric era. Somewhere all this animal life had been affected by this perversion process. I have already explained how that came about. In fact one of these birds, I believe it is out in a mountain region in Oregon, I was reading about some years ago, they found the skeleton of one of these giant dragon type birds. It has teeth. I believe it had a twenty some foot wing span. As they dug it out of the rock, they put it all together with wire. It was then hung in a museum. I am glad we do not have that type of birds flying around us today. We have bats in South America, Africa, all over the world. There are bats of different descriptions. Let us therefore take a look at our animal kingdom, because it all falls right in line. All life became extinct, but not all at once. We will say, in major places wherein God had judged the planet and the angels, and He cast them down, to bring a close to this era of what we call the prehistoric hour, life eventually came to a halt. In some places it was instantaneous. In other places where the cold was not as prevalent, life eventually did decrease until finally it was all gone. That is why Genesis 1 says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. You scientists and evolutionists, just go ahead and play with your time. It does not matter to me: There was a Creator that created all things; and He is the God that rules the universe. He does not live in time. Time moves in Him. Satan is referred to as the prince and power of the air, but he can only do what the great Creator allows him to do. In the 2nd verse of Genesis, the earth, the planet, was without form and void, and we can certainly understand why. That is exactly the way it looked, because God had judged its inhabitants. All of these scientists who want to think time just went right out of the prehistoric era right into our era without any interruption ought to check up on themselves: They have missed the boat and do not know it. We can reconcile Creation by a sovereign Creator, and then evolution among the created species with all of their actual discoveries, without compromising in any way, but their version of evolution is nothing short of just plain ignorance. Without a Master Planner, you do not get the kind of precision we see out here in the universe. When Jeremiah saw what he did, he saw the earth was dark and void, and that man was gone and the birds had taken flight, and that darkness was upon the face of the deep. All of that is easily understood when you give the Creator His proper place in it all. As we drove up the river road this morning coming to church I said to my wife, Look at the steam coming off of the water. The air is cold, the water is a little warmer, so it gives off that effect. I said, If we would just look at the 2nd verse of Genesis concerning this planet, with that in mind, it would be a lot easier to reconcile what we read there, “That darkness was upon the face of the deep,” because God is the one that controls it all and He knew exactly how all of it would turn out. As that last Ice Age did set in, the environment around the planet was very cold, but the moisture, the water that had been here on the planet and been associated to the planet, just became a fog that the entire earth had been engulfed in. With ultraviolet rays heating this spot, the earth and atmosphere around it became darkness. Therefore when God spoke light, He did one thing to begin to cause the fog to dissipate and begin to clear the atmosphere, so that eventually, the sun that was always out there could begin to cast its ultraviolet rays of light onto the planet again, so that the rays could generate heat. Between the earth and there it is cold as can be, but it is those ultraviolet rays of light that strike the earth, that generate heat, that begins to cause life, such as planet life and other types of life, to begin to activate. I hope you understand what I have said in that particular lineup. It is not always easy to put what you see into words that can be easily understood. Our denominational religionists of today will take Genesis 1, the first day God did this, and the second day God did that, and third, the fourth, the fifth, the six, and on to the seventh where He rested, and make it sound like it was six days of twenty four hours. I believe we are going to see, as we go through this message, that it was not that way at all. That is not even the way the Bible reads, if you will think about it. That is just an assumption that far too many people hypothetically make. They project a religious tradition out here to religious people, and they expect you to fall over backwards believing it. If someone comes along that does not have their degree, or their stamp of approval, he is looked upon as a nut, or a devil, and they say, Don’t listen to him: Get him out of here! Well I just happen to be one of those they say that about, because right there with those days of creation is where I want to focus our attention for a little while.
CREATIVE DAYS OF GENESIS, CHAPTER 1
Those days of creation, were not days of just twenty four hours each. That first creative day was of necessity a very long period of time. When God spoke, and said, “Let there be light: and there was light,” that is when God began to pinpoint the planet and its environment, to begin to deal with it, because He had to slowly draw it back into relationship with the source of light and heat that would eventually climatize it and condition it once again for life to be brought forth. He did not create another sun. He did not need to: The sun had already been created in the eons past. He did not create another moon either: It was already out there. The only thing is, nothing was working in harmony, because the planet was in a judged state. Then when you come to the second day, God speaks again saying, (verse 6) “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters,” and so forth, and that again was not just a day of twenty four hours. Everything was being reconciled, preparing the planet to again be filled with inhabitants. The third creative, or restorative day, God said, (9) “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. (10) And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good. (11) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (13) And the evening and the morning were the third day.” When God said, Let the earth bring forth seed of its kind, He was talking about vegetation. When He said, Let there be lights in the heavens, the planets were already out there, One to rule the day and the other to rule the night, and they were for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: (15) “And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.” In other words, on the fourth creative day those two planets were definitely set in relationship to the earth to become our instruments of calendar time, so how could you take that, which was done on the fourth creative day, and use it to calculate how long the first day was? You could not, because it was not even in existence then. Now as God does these things, keep in mind, again He is speaking to the righteous angelic assistants. He is establishing the knowledge of certain things He wants. These spirit beings know exactly what to do, where to go, and how to begin to carry out the plan of God on the planet, to produce a finished result. After He has spoken, and the lights are in relationship to what they are to be, we come to the fifth creative day. Now is when He speaks and calls for marine life and such. When we come to the sixth creative day, then He speaks the animals back into existence. Then He concludes by saying let us make man in our image. Let us, has always been a controversial term. The Trinitarians have always argued that this terminology proves the trinity they hold on to, but I say, Regardless of how many doctors of divinity say that is proof of a trinity in the godhead, there is no such thing: GOD IS A SPIRIT, AND HE IS ONE, NOT THREE PERSONS. That is not talking about God being a trinity at all. You may know more Greek and Hebrew than I do, but you sure miss the boat when it comes to a revelation of the scriptures. Man was created in the image and likeness of God, that is true, but that likeness has nothing at all to do with physical appearance. We are spirit being that were created in the image and likeness of God, and our physical makeup came later. When God said, “Let us make man in our image,” He was speaking to His angelic helpers which are spirit being also. Man is not a trinity of persons, so why would anyone believe God is a trinity of persons, knowing that we are created in His image and likeness? That is foolish. Look at Genesis 1:27, and see if that terminology sounds like God is three persons. “So God created man in HIS own image, in the image of God created HE him; male and female created HE them.” HE, is singular. HE created man in HIS OWN image. How plain does it have to be written in order for you to see it? Just remember saints, when you come up against this old trinity spirit, that when God said, Let us, (Genesis 1:26) He was speaking in collaboration with His angelic ministers that were there to assist Him in this re-creative, regenerative period that was going to take place on earth. When He did make man, in what state was he in? He was a spirit being. The flesh had not yet come into existence. When God made man, He first spoke him into existence as a spirit being. That man had to come out of the very life from which all life comes, and that life is God Himself. He came from a cell, but that cell was God. He is so big He fills the universe. When He took of Himself and separated it from His own being, it was life. Then, when He instills in it the ability to have knowledge and wisdom and to think and make decisions, and to know right from wrong and so forth, he was then in the image of God his Creator, but he was still in the spirit world. He had not, at that time, taken one step in physical flesh upon this planet. We will notice the chronological order of time in Genesis 1 and 2, and if you will follow me carefully, these creative days bringing you right up to the sixth day when finally He has made man in His image and after His likeness, male and female made He them, they still existed in the spirit world. They were not down here walking on this earth. There were no animals down here yet, and yet He had already spoken the spirit of animals into existence. I will say at this time, He did not go forth and speak millions of each species into existence, but as He spoke the original spirit of those that were to be brought forth, the angelic hosts knew what genetic laws that pair of creatures would be guided by, in order to reproduce their kind, once they were put in the earth. As they were put in the earth to reproduce themselves, the genetic laws that had already been established in these two creatures, whatever they were in the animal kingdom, God is the supernatural, super minded architect of it all. Angels know these laws, but they did not design them. This is what angels are in charge of. It is their responsibility, to make sure those genetic laws are followed exactly. That is why I have said so many times, Who knew what color the first cow was? or what size they were? We do not know that, but in the reproductive parts of their body, the parts through which the genes from generation to generation will flow, there is a law that will keep that species separate from all other species whose life is derived from genes. God Himself, the One that established these laws, knows exactly what time He wants this gene flow to arrive. He can cause a gene to conceal certain qualities, certain attributes He wants to express in that kind, and you will have an animal born that has unusual characteristics. Once again, there becomes gene qualities established in that creature, and you cannot doubt that God is the Creator of it. He is the mastermind that works through these laws He has established. That is why, as evolution became a process back in that period, it is still alive today. Only that which the Creator created can evolve. Evolution the way the scientific world teaches it, is pure stupidity. Yet many people who profess to be Christian’s, go to Sunday school and read their lessons, sing their songs, get up and go home, turn on the TV, and then spend the afternoon watching some ball game, or some other sports affair, and they do not know beans from potatoes about how this whole thing got here. That just goes to show, that in this world, we have billions of people that are as spiritually ignorant as ignorant can be. When night comes they will know the score of every game played across the United States, but year after year they remain totally ignorant of spiritual facts and reality, and they are ready to climb a tree with rage, if you say anything to tear down that traditional idea they have committed their soul’s state of being to. I am saying all these things to try to glorify the God that is the Creator of everything that exists today. There is none like Him. There are none that have the power He has. Satan is not a creator: he just perverts that which God has already created. No matter how it looks in the Middle East, and no matter how it looks for Netanyahu, there is something coming up the road like a storm, something the word of God tells us all about, and when it hits, this world’s society is going to start reeling and rocking, and when they begin to open their eyes they will start to realize, There really is a God that controls this thing, and there really is a God that designed the whole thing. Who is the man that can say it isn’t so? I believe it is in the book of Proverbs, it says, Only a fool would say there is no God. When we see that man now has been put in the spirit world, I want us to notice the breakdown of the recording of Genesis.
THE ORDER OF GOD’S CREATING
Turn to Genesis, chapter 2. As He commissions man to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, God took a good look at everything. Did you know that at that time there was not so much as one little rose blooming yet? There was no bluegrass growing yet. There was no birds in the trees singing their songs. Look at the breakdown of the scriptures here, how the progression goes. In the 31st verse of the 1st chapter it says, “And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” We get in trouble if we make this a day of twenty four hours. I read the 31st verse to lead right on into chapter 2, which begins to give us a breakdown of what has been going on. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” This is not talking about a prehistoric finishing: It is talking about the fact, that in the mind of God it is all finished, everything that He had determined to do. God does not wait for tomorrow to get here before He decides what was going to take place. He designed everything trillions of years ago, as we mark time. That is why Paul could write in Ephesians 1, like he did, how God counseled with Himself. It simply means He meditated, He chose, He reached certain fixed thoughts. Before the foundation of the world, before there was an atom or anything, God thought, counseled with Himself, and settled in His mind everything He would ever do. In Acts 15:18, we find the apostle James saying this, “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” Therefore though it says that God labored six days and rested the seventh day, I want you to notice there are no birds chirping, and no cows mooing yet. No. We can say this, He has spoken, and the planet is slowly being drawn back in relationship to the proper light that will generate light, life, and heat and climatize the planet. The spirit world has now got every law established that is to govern the repopulating and refilling of the planet with plant life, animal life and such. Every righteous angel, again, is in position, and they know their jobs. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.” I am going to say, When God rested, that became His Sabbath. There is still not a thing crawling on earth. Why? God is waiting until the planet is slowly pulled back into proper relationship with the sun. As the planet is slowly being pulled, it is not brought back in relationship by a gigantic catastrophe taking place. It is a gradual process brought about by the angelic hosts. We will know more about it when we begin to get into our Millennium over here, and we begin to see what takes place on this earth, since we will be alive forever, then. Then, when we reach that eternal age and we see there is no more sea, that does not mean there will not be bodies of water. That goes to show us, that through that Millennium, that thousand year reign of peace, some of the redemptive process will relate to things that are going to be done on the planet for its redemption. The planet is slowly going to be brought back into relationship with the sun, because that is an era of redemption for the earth itself. Therefore it being an era of redemption for the earth, the righteous are ruling and reigning, and the divine laws of God and knowledge is going to be taught. That is why the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth. Isaiah 11:9, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” It is a process of redemption. As the earth is slowly brought back to the way it was, by the time it reaches the end of the Millennium and Satan is tested for a period, by turning him loose to gather a following, he does not affect the earth at all, in marring it again. He will not have the privilege of polluting it again in any way whatsoever. It is only an element of mortal flesh that has been born and raised during that thousand years, that he will be allowed to test. Then when time takes that on over into the eternal age, worlds, ages, eons of time without an end, again it is an earth that has a proper time balance. Time will be 360 days in a balanced year. 12 months of 30 days each. The moon regulates that. Everything will be back like it was in Adam’s beginning. Well God rested the seventh day and the question could be, How long did He rest? A day, it says. I am wording this like this, and you critics, you religionists and you scientists will have to think about it: How long was that day of rest? There is really no way to know, but if we could look at it in this light, I am convinced that the day of rest as well as the other days was approximately 1000 years each. I have a verse of scripture here, to look at. It is the 4th verse, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created,” I am going to say this to you, This was not an initial beginning of creating, but really the creating by redeeming it back, to become an inhabited planet once again, to start this process of replenishing it. Therefore we can refer to it as a recreating, to be more accurate. As this planet comes through this process, God has instilled times by what He does to the earth to set and establish certain types of what He does for mankind and how He will relate and deal with mankind upon this earth. Because, if God is justifying the earth out of a darkened, cursed state, bringing it slowly back, He is renewing it and justifying it, so once mankind was on it and became vessels with a fallen nature, we are in the same cold, dead state the planet was in. As the Bible says, and this is because of the fall, We are born in sin, shapen in iniquity, we come into this world speaking lies, so really, we are actually, in a spiritual sense, in the same cold, dead state the planet was in. Do you follow the point? Just as it took light shining to justify the planet when it was in that shape, it takes light shining on our pathway to bring us back into a justified relationship with God so He can begin to deal with us. Therefore we need to realize, that as God would justify the planet from this point to this, and it is not really creating it but redeeming it back to its initial beginning state, it is redeeming it so He can recreate on it, a likeness of atmosphere and life that He can show Himself through. When man is cold, barren, indifferent toward God, then God reaches out and justifies him and speaks life upon his soul, and his soul begins to respond, what does the scriptures (in the New Testament) say about us? It says we are a new creature in Christ. We are part of God’s new creation. That is why, in the book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as being the beginning of the creation of God. Not the initial creation, but the renewing, the recreating, which is a redemptive process. Well it says, These are the generations, so let us look at the word generations used here, in the light of our natural understanding. That is related to human existence. We are not choosing the existence of a particular animal to set the stage, we are choosing the existence of man. That is why when we say generations today, we are dealing with mankind in a short limited span, but generations back then would be different: They would be according to the life span that God had allotted to man, and we know that man back then lived more than nine hundred years. That goes to show that a generation then was referred to in the language of centuries, not decades. Therefore looking at that, then these creative days would be more like one thousand years each. I hope you understand my point in looking at this in that way. Instead of creative days, they are re-creative days, they are the gradual time that evolves while God is slowly beginning to justify the planet, beginning to bring it back, that life may eventually come forth on it. There are six stages of this, and each stage involves a period of time equal to a thousand years. In the sixth stage, which is the sixth day, the last thing He made was man, the spirit man. He is still in the spirit world: he is not walking here on the planet immediately. Think of it, (as we would say) God just sat back and rested. I have to say, when God sat back and rested, He was assessing all that He had done. Well I have done this, I have said, Let this be. He was looking at His entire plan in its full scope, and He saw that everything was good. He was pleased with what He had purposed to do. There was nothing He needed to change. Now if that was six days of twenty four hours, and He had already put Adam in the garden, then God would have been resting while Adam would have been falling. Do you see the point? No saints, while God rested there was no one doing anything. He was looking in the spirit world. Every law was in place, every righteous angel had his orders. There was nothing left to be done in that way. I know this sounds like a fantastic story to the scientists. Let it be that way. I have to say, Stick around, we are going to have the last word before God winds up his ball of yarn and wraps this thing up. Because one of these days the saints are going to judge that bunch of infidels and say, Why did you do this, why did you believe like that? With this in mind, when God’s Sabbath day was over, let us take a look at the planet. Everything was finished in verse 4. Let us read about four verses. (4) “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, (5) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. (6) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” What does it mean, in verse 5, “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew? He had already created it in the spirit. for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, (Notice the comma, that ends that phrase, the planet was still in the process of being pulled back into a proper balance while God was resting, but as God’s Sabbath was over and as He takes a look, now the planet has been brought to its proper state of conditioning and God, (if you want to use this terminology about Him who is Spirit) rises up from His throne, and now He is going to execute His plan and set everything in order,) There went up a mist from the earth, (yes, only when God said for it to) and watered the whole face of the ground. (Now here is how God, after his Sabbath was over, began to take out of the spirit world, along with his angelic assistants who are ministering and functioning in the position they have been assigned to, begins to establish all this into a productive, finished state of existence.) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” That is the first physical thing He puts on earth. Notice, in the spirit He created the animals first, and established the law that will reproduce them, but they were not down here munching on grass while God was sitting on his throne resting. There was nothing here during that time. I am saying this, Of these seven thousand years, the last one was his rest day, so all you young people that are still going to school, listen carefully how I say this. This could be why many students reading books of human technology today, try to relate to certain organisms existing, let us say, ten thousand years ago, or such like that. You take those seven thousand years and put them together with our known Biblical record of six thousand years, you have thirteen thousand years from the time God began to deal with this planet, bringing it out of that chaotic, judged state. I cannot help but believe that as the planet began to be dealt with back then, things did begin to change. That is why they try to figure, when did the last Ice Age appear? I am bringing all this in to show you, We are against a wall, if we just say six thousand years takes us back to a time when everything was not, and the planet was in that void state. Try to keep in mind that those days of regeneration were a slow process of time. When you add that on to the time when He activates what He has established by laws and such, you get a long period of time. How many understand my illustration? Let us not fuss over it. That is not the purpose. Well God now forms the man’s physical body from the dust of the earth. What does He form man for? He formed him to be a Godlike creature, to rule over the rest of His creation. The time had come for Him to put the man in his physical body and put him on earth, because it has warmed up down here. He was not putting him down here in an ice box. No, the earth was sprouting, bringing forth life in all kinds of vegetative forms. God knows when his Sabbath is over, it is time for Him to activate what He has already spoken into existence, so He just says, Now let it be so. It is man He puts here first, in the physical form.
THE TWO DIFFERENT TREES-IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN
What did God do next? It says, (Chapter 2, verse 8) “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden.” I love this word, planted. Do you know why? Because the carnal minded religionists in the world see God like some hunch backed old man with a hoe, going along dropping seed and covering them over. That is the way in ancient times we would have done it. But you have to transpose that word planted into an action altogether different than how man sets about doing things. The word Eden here, is pointing to a geographical spot. Right here it is between the Nile and the Fertile Crescent. That is where He planted the garden. I am going to read it like this, That is where God placed a little bit of heaven, which was the spirit world, over that part of the geographical earth. We look upon that as the heart of the earth. I will say, at that beginning of time, that is the part of the earth that had warmed up, where everything had become suitable for God’s purpose. That part of the earth responded first, to what had been going on through that long period of time. Now He can put man there. He did not put Adam in that physical body and then place him down in a spot that was barren and desolate, a place that looked like the Mojave Desert? I hope you know what I mean in saying that. That was not the purpose He made man for in the first place. “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground (it was already going on) made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; (That is talking about all herbal plant life in that geographical area, I can see the bananas, oranges, citrus of every description, apples, pears, peaches, and all such growing there, but notice) the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Now please notice, that not one time does it say that these two trees grew out of the ground. It establishes the fact they were in the garden. All of the other trees grew out of the ground, because of the garden being over that. There was a natural garden, and there was a spiritual garden. It was a little bit of heaven on a little spot of earth. What a beautiful beginning. It could not have been any better. Adam really had it made, but the dirty devil ruined it all. It tells the geographical description, a river went out of Eden and watered the garden, from there it parted and so on and so forth. Then it repeats it again, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” I do not want to get started on serpent seed yet, because I want to get this beautiful picture established first, as we are moving from the prehistoric era into the beginning of our era, that this was not some gigantic explosion and again a catastrophe takes place, boom, there is man. No. It is a gradual process of time, moving from a darkened, judged state back to where eventually, an environment becomes established. Adam was male and female, complete. This is going to hit the evolutionists where it hurts. Of course it means nothing to them, but there is no evolutionary man that has ever been put to sleep and a rib taken from him, to make him a wife. Let us follow this. He puts the man here first, in a beautiful garden, in the beginning. “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field.” When it reads that way I have to say, out of the ground, God resurrected the bodies of every animal that He wanted to be a part of the existing animal kingdom we have here today. Notice, God said these would be Adam’s help mates. Did you know, if we look at the animal kingdom just right, that is what they are. It is hard for us to be able to communicate it in our day and time, but it was not like that back then. When I look at the types of animals we have domesticated over the earth today, and the joy they bring to human beings, I realize we are living in a time when Satan is in charge, and there is enmity between the animal kingdom and us; therefore I have to say, Wait until the Millennium comes. Wait until you see the hour when the lion comes walking out of the forest and the child no longer runs, screaming. The bear and the cow shall feed together, and the lamb and the wolf shall lie down together. A child shall play at the hole of an asp and a child shall lead them, and so forth. Scientists, can you change the animal kingdom, and make them do that? No. It is becoming more and more important that all those animals we take for granted and look upon as nothing, they were put here to be our friends. It is just hard to conceive of that now, because the devil has changed the nature of all of them. PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS, Psalms 116:15. As we read here, Out of the ground the Lord resurrected, we will say, an element of the previously existing animal kingdom, and brought them over here and gave them a beginning with this man who now is set in charge. As God resurrected them and brought them to man, it was this man that He put there first. He is the last in the order of creating the spirit, but when it comes to putting them on the earth, he was the first that was put in the garden. Then God brought the animals to Adam and says, Adam, you name them. Every lizard, every bat, every elephant, every tiger, every hippo is in likeness to their previous ancestors. But God gave them a size that He wanted in relationship to Adam being able to rule and reign over. What helped me come to a conclusion on that was by watching that man on the documentary in Idaho, while he was walking over his range, and discovered that place where they unearthed the fossil bones of 150 some hippos, just like in Africa. God did not need to create a bunch of new hippos, he just resurrected a couple of what was here before. Why do you believe that Bro. Jackson? Because I believe that God is a resurrector. If He could not resurrect those animals and bring them from that era over to Adam, I would not have much hope of a resurrection over here, at the end of this age. If we can see God in all this, as evolution moves along, then we are going to see how resurrection plays a part in it all. We do not make it evolution all the way, because after a while we have to find redemption is portrayed in here. As He brings the man into the garden, He then brings him the animal kingdom that He resurrected. When the last one is brought before Adam and has been named, the 21st verse says, “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam.” He said, it is not good that Adam should dwell alone. I have to say at this time, We are in the initial beginning of man’s purpose on earth, and we are going to see an operation here that is not evolution. God brought a deep sleep on Adam and took one of his ribs. If God took one of his ribs I do not think He reached in there and just pulled a bone out. I believe He took a little flesh with it. In the first place, when Adam came to himself and saw her, he said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Do you see my point? He knew that God had taken an equal balance.) And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.” That is not evolution. Eve was not evolved: she was taken from the very side of Adam. This again sets up a type, that if this man that has been created in the image of God is destined to fall, not that God willed him to fall, but He knew he would choose to fall, then to give him a help mate to populate the earth, this sets a type that one day God would have to bring forth a begotten Son, and He would give him a wife by death. What a beautiful picture, redemption, and God working in harmony to establish types, so that unlearned men, knowing the reality of these events, cannot help but see God in His love and mercy, looking way ahead, wanting to plan a means to redeem His creation back to Himself. Be sure of this, We are not evolved children of God, we are redeemed children of God. Yes, when God brought the woman to him, Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” There was no reason for shame. There was nothing but pureness in the picture until the serpent seduced Eve. I will say this, Out of the ground the Lord God brought forth that animal kingdom to Adam to see what he would name them, and this fellow we see up here on the chart was among that resurrection, and Adam called him SERPENT. He was the most intelligent, the most wise. I can see the eyes, I can see the nose, Professor Fosdick as seen in the comics. You name those educated, God denying, big wigs of this world, this fellow is the daddy of them all. He is the fellow that yielded himself to Lucifer in our garden of Eden, that got you and I into the trouble we are in, needing redemption. If you talk about him and preach about him and the extent of his plot, you get our religionists today pulling their hair out, screaming, That damnable doctrine of serpent seed is of the devil. They do not understand the prehistoric world, neither do they understand this one. It is very strange, yet Hollywood capitalizes on all this stuff. If that devilish place knows it, what in the world is wrong with these religionists? I thank God that He has a few people on earth that has a mind that is willing to open up to Him for the truth. The truth will set you free.
A LOOK AT THE PYRAMIDS
I want to talk some on the great Pyramids of Egypt, and I know some will say, What is your purpose in talking about and using the pyramids as a Biblical subject? I believe we are a people scattered throughout the earth, that truly make up the Bride of Christ, but I do not believe we ought to be a people that has passed through this life and not kept our ears open to what is being said in the world at large. It is true, there are many followers of Bro. William Branham, that will take everything verbatim, just as he said it, never investigating history, and never indulging into reading for themselves. I want to say to the reader or the listener, My remarks are not to be considered derogatory, but only to show you, if you are passing through this life and are expecting somebody else to do the digging into facts and things relative to truth, and you have no sense of responsibility yourself, to indulge into what I am saying and find out if this is a fact, or am I just standing up here beating the air, you need to rethink your position. I do not believe the Bride is to be made up of ignorant people. I believe as she passes through this era of time, somewhere along the line some of them are going to be asked, Do you go along with everything the Branham movement advocates? We are going to have to be able to look them in the face and say, What are you talking about? Make them come to the point, then stress what you really know. When Bro. William Branham would say the pyramid was never capped, he believed that. I believed that too for a while, because of the book he gave me to read, until I found out later, that a lot of this is just handed down stories. Some of this is taken for granted, because on the dollar bill you see the picture of a pyramid with the cap off. Right above that you see an eye. Above that you see what was supposed to be the cap stone. People just assume, because Bro. William Branham was a prophet, that this has to be right. Indeed he was a prophet, and personal opinions have no effect on that, so we must face reality. That is why I am saying, Moses was also a prophet. As I read out of the Bible, (Acts 7) Moses was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians. Do you think he did not know what those things were? I have to believe he walked around them, and looked them over many times. I also believe he had been inside of some of them. As far as Egyptian history and science, it says he had been taught in all the ways of the Egyptians. That is what the Bible says. He was a man mighty in words and in deeds. God chose that man. Keep in mind before the hour of Moses, there was no written Bible. Everything that transcended, has more or less been oral, from patriarch to patriarch, and generation to generation. I believe, when Noah built the boat, God did not remind him, now don’t forget to take the books: There were none to take. He built a boat, and God gave him the specifications of what that boat was to be in size and so forth. It was for the saving of an element of the animal kingdom and eight people. I have to believe when the flood was over, Noah never carried out of that boat a library of ancient writings. I am fully aware we have writings in the earth today, both from Judaism and Catholicism. They call them the lost books of the Bible. It is very strange Moses never mentioned them. Think these things over. Why did God set Moses to write the account we find in Genesis, if they already had a pile of other books that had been carried over from the flood? What would have been the purpose? God knew men would be creatures that would like to write. A lot of times men write traditional things. They get carried away into the fantasy of it all. It is a strange thing, that in every major court today, when they go into session, somebody is ready to write a book. Ninety percent of what you read is just the way the listener interprets what he is hearing. He is going to express things he saw and heard for himself in a way to stimulate and encourage an audience that becomes fascinated by what he says. I have been reading from this history book, a book written by a man named Peter Tompkins. He has conferred, written, and recorded after every historian you could think of. I am using this subject, but when you indulge in it too far, it becomes Satanism. It is even scary. The history here goes into French history in the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. Every great man in his era has become fascinated with the pyramid. He had to go see for himself. Napoleon Bonaparte took men of learning with him. On one occasion it says he requested of his officers, I want to be left alone for a little while in the king’s chamber, meaning where the body was to be buried. After being in there for a period of time he came out, and it is said he had such a scared, pale look, that his commanding officer asked him, what is wrong? Napoleon said, I have nothing to say. It is believed by others who investigated this pyramid and became so engrossed in the mystery of this thing, that the thing was haunted. They were supposed to have seen spirits and just about everything else. My approach to this is, There is no spirituality about it at all. It is just a memorial to an era of time when man lived, and in whatever era it was, whether before the flood or shortly after the flood, I am convinced, regardless how historians want to put the record together, that most of those things go back before the flood. They testify of a knowledge of human learning that was as unspiritual as our scientific research in space is today. To think that our nation is spending billions of dollars to help the Russians build a space platform, which could be one of the nine wonders of the universe, is almost unthinkable. The pyramids used to be one of the wonders of the world. Just think though, man had become so intelligent he no longer has any need of God. He has left God out of his planning, out of his program and everything. He is putting a monster platform together out there in space with the idea, Somewhere in the next few decades we will be able to put plant life out there also, but I ask, Why? They want human beings to be able to go there and live, using that as a launching pad for further exploration into space, investigating the universe as to whether there is a God anywhere. Saints, if God had any purpose in it, He could open their blinded eyes and let them have a look at the spirit world. That would make them look like small fish in an ocean of whales. I believe the Bible is a record of man’s fall, but it also testifies to some of man’s foolishness and ignorance of his God.
GOD SPEAKS TO ABRAHAM
Turn with me back to the book of Genesis. I am reading from the 15th chapter. According to the chronology of the writing here in Genesis, this is some 1900 years before the advent of Christ. We are talking about Abraham. God has told him to leave the land of the Chaldeans and come down into a land that He would show him. From his departure out of the land of the Chaldeans, he has already passed through this land and gone as far as Egypt, right where those pyramids stood. However when we pick up and read in the 15th chapter, he is back in the land of Canaan, realizing he should never have gone down there in the first place. Abraham has come to a point in life, he is becoming concerned about, Why am I here? What is the purpose of my being here? I will begin reading in verse 7. “And He said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And He said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, (in other words, cut them into and lay them out) and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls (meaning the buzzards) came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; (I said earlier four hundred and thirty, it is four hundred years here the Lord is telling Abraham) And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” The reason I have chosen this setting, is because I read this morning in the 7th chapter of Acts, as the speaker there is introducing the subject to preach Christ to the Jews, he picks up how the Lord had brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egyptian bondage. There is something about the land of Egypt in its ancient Biblical times, it was somewhere a society, a nation of the embodiment of intellectual learning. But when it came to spirituality and the things of God, they were pagans. It is known in ancient times the Egyptians worshiped the god of Osiris. They worshiped the god of the planets, the god of the sun. Just like other uneducated pagans, except they were educated, they were the first modern society this side of the flood. I want to explain to you the word Egypt. It is very strange, how that name stands this side of the flood era, because the word Egypt itself, in the Hebrew, is referred to as the land of Mizraim. When you look at the genealogy of Ham, after the flood, he fathered Cush, Phut, and Mizraim. When they all got together to build the tower to Babel, and a city, God let them build to a certain point and He said, There is nothing that man cannot do, when he imagines to do it, so He said to his angelic body, Come, let us go down and confound their language. When He did that, it set in motion what followed after the effects of it. That was all in the land of Shinar. It was from that point God began to separate the people. It was necessary for him to separate them by confusing their language. He never divided husband and wife. He never divided family structures, but He did divide them from clan to clan. This was the beginning of how He separated the races and began to send them on their way. I chose to say that, and I want my listeners and viewers, wherever they are, when you study history from the secular standpoint, notice that the chronology of secular history is the opposite of the Bible. You cannot get them to correlate together. That is why they will say the last pyramid, Cheops, was built 2700 years before Christ. It is the last of the pyramids, and there are many of them. At one time, I read an article that told the number of those things. I am saying at this time, that after the flood, I have my doubts that very much of this was going on in the land where the pyramids are. For a long time, in the land of Shinar, you would have nothing there. Yet a civilization came up. It was after that, the tower of Babel, the descendants of Ham began to spread. Canaan peopled the land of Canaan, or Palestine. Cush peopled part of North Africa, like the Sudanese. Phut, Ethiopia and Libya. Mizraim is the Hebrew name for Egypt. So after the flood, all that part of Africa eventually became peopled by the descendants of Ham. I have to believe that the builders of these pyramids were long before that hour. I believe there was something that had been going on in time, but because man existed for a long time without keeping any kind of records, you have a gap there. However I am not going to stand here and argue or debate that point. My point is, Whoever these people were and whenever they lived, that time lasted long enough that it covered thousands of years. Do not forget what I am saying: There was close to a hundred pyramids built by a people who had reached an extreme level of human intelligence. That human learning, in the era it was learned, really stood out and achieved such a height that God did not like any of it. I have to say, That is what hits Genesis 6. When the Canaanite women, and the sons of God line began to cross, it does not tell us in full detail, every deed, every act, everything they thought and did, but it does tell us this, that those from the Cananite line became inventors of evil things. From the Cananite line came the world magicians, the world musicians, the world philosophers and such like. I have to believe before the flood, as time went on, there was an era of knowledge from a carnal standpoint that eventually grew to a Satanic level, and that it got to such proportion God was forced to destroy it. I bring that right back around by reading this text, because when the time came for God’s people to leave this land of Egypt, just think of how it is in our day. We are living in a time when the world as a whole, from the pagan world, from the Hindu side, the Buddhist side, and all of them, as well as the so called Christian side of the world, religiously speaking, we are a modern society that has drifted far from the concepts of the Bible. It is a tragedy to think the pope is now ready to say that it is possible that Adam and Eve evolved from a lower level of human life, and will now try to interpret the Bible, that when God took Adam and breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul, that is when He changed him from an evolved creature into that of a son of God. I have to believe there is a realm of learning in the carnal that leads you into a Satanic era and I want nothing to do with it. To me, that is exactly why the devil has incorporated himself into every world phase of human government, and into our whole intellectual system of education. I am not anti education: I am just anti what much of education produces. Learn enough to do the job, but don’t forget God while you are learning. He has a right, at any moment, to snuff our life out. This is a day we parade the professors, we parade the philosophers, we parade the mathematicians and all the rest. These are the men the world loves and worships. They adore them. They are the pinnacle of Satan’s learning, because they will not open their mouths and tell you one thing about God. Now allow me to introduce you to the natural history of this monster. I am not going to read it to the extent that it will be boring, but I do want to read certain sections, not to distort it, but to let the reader and the viewer know I am reading from the writings of things compiled by historians, as they have viewed this monster, this pyramid. The reason, I have to believe, somewhere if there was a Bible flood, and it was a flood that covered all the earth in that day, common sense would tell me from the time the flood struck some 1600 and some years after the beginning existence of Adam, it took a while for the earth to become populated again. Then when I read here, that it took thousands upon thousands of people over a period of hundreds and hundreds of years to build every one of those things, I have to draw my own conclusions. It was several years after the flood before the world became populated enough to build a canal, let alone start that kind of work over again. I hope you are listening to me. I will not argue with scientists: They can go ahead and dig all they want to: I just have to look at this in a simple way. There is not a mathematician, nor a historian, not a modern scientist that has been able to study it and come away satisfied that he has learned anything. Before this is all over, I am going to read to you, I believe it was 1985, that some scientists went to one of those pyramids to set up some scientific instruments that could put forth ray beams and such like. All this was fed through some kind of computer. While in the process of looking at this, examining this and taking these pictures, they were pleased while they were in the pyramid; but when they take all these hundreds of feet of film back to California to run all this through newer, up to date computers, everything they had photographed and analyzed, all went completely backwards, giving them the impression that there is something about this monster that is a mystery we are never supposed to learn. Embodied in that, is all the powers of mysticism and the devil is the author of that, not God. Are you listening to me? It is a fact, societies can become so Satanic infested through ignorance, that through certain types of learning the devil has them under his spell; and Catholicism is an institution and spirit just like that. I will not point the finger at any individual Catholic person, but that system is none other than the embodiment of a Satanic, religious spirit, cloaked in so called Christianity. It has ruled the people for thousands of years and kept them in utter darkness. Is it not strange, that from one standpoint the devil can give some people the gold of the world. On the other hand, from another standpoint, and especially in another continent he can lead them into nothing but poverty and ignorance? That is a devil for you. Here is what it says, and I will make it brief, but enough to let you know how great writers, great men who have traveled to see this thing, report it. There is a chapter in here about Ulysses S. Grant, our president. He took a group of tourists there. Standing on top of that thing, after they had looked it over, he had something to say. I will read it before we finish this article, I want you to hear what he has to say. It was like he was standing on the top of Cheops tomb and says, We cannot say anything good about you. Now for your learning, listen to what we read.
“Ten miles from the modern city of Cairo, at the end of an acacia (an avenue or boulevard) tamarind and eucalyptus avenue stands a rocky plateau. A mile square, it dominates the luxuriant palm groves of the Nile Valley from a height of 130 feet. On this man-leveled plateau called Giza by the Arabs, stands the great pyramid of Cheops. To the west stretch the vast wastes of the Libyan desert. The pyramid’s base covers 13 acres, or (the equivalent of) 7 midtown blocks of the city of New York. From this broad area, leveled to within a fraction of an inch, more than two and one half million blocks of limestone and granite, weighing from 2 to 70 tons apiece, rise in 201 stepped tiers to a height of a modern 40 story building, etched against the cloudless blue of the Egyptian skies. In terms of solid masonry, the structure contains more stone than all the cathedrals, churches, and chapels built in England since the time of Christ; as a feat in masonry it was not to be matched until the construction of Boulder Dam. (Yet Boulder Dam is not looked upon as one of the wonders of the world.) Near the pyramid of Cheops stand two more pyramids, one, slightly smaller, attributed to Cheops’ successor, Kephren, and another, smaller still, partly sheathed in red granite, attributed to Kephren’s successor, Mykerinos.
What the great pyramid looked like when it was completed, or even for the first one or two millennia thereafter, is not recorded in history. (Listen to this) No description of the pyramid has survived in Egyptian texts. (Then where do they get this? They have to get it from all other world historians, scientists, and leaders who have gone there to write, to study, and do research. It will tell you here, where this literature or learning went to.) The first eyewitness description from classical authors are pitifully sparse. Thales, the father of Greek geometry, who visited the pyramid some time in the 6th century B.C., is reputed to have astounded its Egyptian guardians with a correct computation of its height by measuring its shadow at the time of day when his own shadow was equal to its height. Unfortunately he left no detailed description of his visit. (Now here is the work and the writings, the men’s names.) The works of other classical authors known to have written about the pyramid, such as Euhemerus, Duris of Samoa, Aristagoris, Antisthenes, Demetrius of Phaleron, Demoteles, Artemidorus of Ephesus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Alexander Polyhistor, Butoridas, and Apion are all lost, and survive only in fragmented quotation. Herodotus, who saw the pyramid about 440 B.C., by which time it was as ancient to him as his period is to us, (here is what he says) says that each of the structures four perfectly triangular faces was still covered with a mantle of highly polished limestone, the joints so fine they could scarcely be seen.”
That tells you that when he saw this thing in the 4th century, it was a complete object. It tells in here also at what time in history it came to look like this. Modern drawings and photos of this, which is the core stone, this is with that highly polished stone. It tells in one chapter since this was covered with white limestone rock , it was known that white limestone rock, did not deteriorate with age, it only hardened and the surface became more polished. That was the reason for making it from such stone. This core stone is of a cheaper, lesser quality. That is why it is called the core stone. Naturally when you remove the sides, you have got to take the cap off. Who did that? The Arabs did it in the 8th century A.D. There was four hundred years in the Christian era, up until this time the pyramids and Egypt have become a drawing factor to all the known world, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, wherever they were, men of learning came there to learn, to study those things. Every geometrist, every mathematician came to study this thing. As for me, I am about as interested in that as I am in rabbit hunting. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? I know there is a place for math, but I want to look at something in simplicity. I hear them teaching what they call new math. Well what is the difference between new math and old math? Can you change the equivalent of numerical figures? This is one. There is only one of them. That is a standard identification, one. But when I get to the place, well why is it one? Why? Then tell me why the sun shines. Why can we not accept it as a standard, a fact, and reality, instead of having to investigate, why, why, why? When I went to school one was one, two was two. Well what makes two? Take two singular items and put them together, that makes two. They never asked why? It was just a fact, and the truth is, it still is a fact. When you take more than one, you have to deal with plurality. I just have to say this, even though you might say I am digging. I am digging, because I see where it is driving this world’s society to today, straight to hell. When a man can not take and study his human learning and keep God before him, he will wind up in the pit. To me, it all goes to show that this thing it is a memorial, along with all the rest of them, to a society, a human element of people that have reached the highest peaks of human intellectual learning. What happened to them? God did not want anyone else to pick up their life style and study their culture. He erased it from the face of the earth. Well, on another page here, we will read a little more.
Diodorus Siculus, the Greek historian who lived soon after the time of Christ, described the great pyramids 22 acres of polished casing stones, as being complete and without the least decay. (This was shortly after the advent of Christ, so at that time the pyramid was a complete item. Did I not hear Bro. William Branham say, well we know the pyramid was never completed. He was only saying that from what little access he had to read from.) The Roman naturalist Pliny gives the report of natives frolicking up the polished sides to the delight of Roman tourists. (In this drawing the ascent is too steep, because we have to put it on such a small scale. But imagine barefoot kids running up and down this, just to entertain Roman tourists, shortly after the advent of Christ.) A man who may have had a lot to say about the pyramids, in the 47 books of his history, was Strabo, the Pontine geographer, who took a trip up the Nile in 24 B.C., but his history is lost: In the geographical appendix which survives, he does little more than describe an entrance on the north face of the great pyramid made of a hinged stone which could be raised, but which was indistinguishable from the surrounding masonry when it lay flush. (There is a drawing here, high up on the side there was one of these stones. From the natural, it looked like the rest, but a certain way it could be moved, it would swing in. That was the entrance, according to the drawing they have here.) Strabo reports that this small opening gave way into a narrow and low passage, less than 4 feet by 4 feet.”
Now here is what happens. Those men that existed before Christ, and those that existed around the time of Christ and shortly after, they have been there, they wrote their books and gave their description. Time has caused some of their writings to become extinct, of course, but it tells us here, that in this era of time, Christianity comes in. As Christianity comes in, by the second century A.D. all of Egypt and North Africa had become greatly affected by the gospel. As time moved into the fourth century, I am going to read another part here, that covers that period.
“Sometime during the early centuries of the Christian era, the precise location of the movable door was lost. It was a period when information of all sorts began to grow scarce, when worldly learning came to be despised and denigrated. (In other words, by the account of the Christian world at that hour, they looked upon it as evil. Regardless of all that I have said, that sounds like I am against education, please do not make me anti education. I am not. It is a shame though, that a man of this high caliber of education today cannot walk up to you and say, Good morning brother, I love the Lord, and then sit down and talk to you. These creatures, all they have in their head is a bunch of figures and historical data that they have learned and compiled, and stored there. They like for you to listen to how smart they are, how much they know, but you just open your mouth to talk about God and they will say, Well it is hard for me to even believe there is a God. It is hard for me to believe a God of love would send poor people to hell because they don’t know this and they don’t know that. You read articles written by these types of minds today, they think the God we talk about is an evil god that sends people to hell for no good reason. God intended for everybody to have a chance. We were made free moral agents; therefore we were made to be able to make a choice. However if I fail to make the right choice, I can educate myself, and make myself into an educated idiot. If I go the intellectual route, God no longer leads me: I am on my own. The Bible portrays the spiritual people as farmers, sheep herders, a common people of a simple lifestyle. Think of it. There is a place for the smart man and his learning, but when that smartness and that intelligence can only brag and boast and deny the existence of a Creator, they are of no benefit to God. Now that type of humanity are very concerned, Is there water on Mars? What difference does it make? We can prove this rock came from there. So what? How can that help us? I am about as interested in that rock, as a crocodile that lived three hundred years, and is now petrified, lying in the bottom of a swamp somewhere, is. I say these things only to establish this one fact, The Bible is going to have the last answer to all the questions of mankind. When this thing is all said and done, the Bible will have the last answer, and all man’s worldly, intellectual achievement is going to go down with the trash. That is why I say, To have assumed that this tomb never did have a body in it, then why was there a boat that carried it? The boat brought the body down the Nile. The capital, in the days whenever this was, was in upper Egypt, and is now in lower Egypt. Whether it was before the flood or after the flood, does not make a bit of difference when you look at it. The boat was made to carry a body that was to be placed in a chamber in the top of that thing. If that body was never carried down the river, there would have been no boat buried just outside of it. Do you understand what I am saying? It tells us here, that in this Christian era, as we are coming into the 4th century, that the Catholic spirit that was settling all over the Catholic world, caused them to begin to shut down institutions of learning.) The great library of Alexandria, accidently damaged by Julius Caesar and restored by Mark Anthony, was intentionally destroyed by a Christian mob on orders of the Christian emperor Theodosius in 389 A.D. (I said earlier, that it was 397, so I am correcting it here. This was the beginning of the destruction of all Egyptian libraries and writings. This is what caused the four hundred years, from the beginning of this until the 8th century, to be lost to the world. This is what created the gap of knowledge between the time that it was seen by writers as complete, to the time when now the world sees it as incomplete, and as a deteriorating object. As they set this in motion, they became serious and intent.) All that was ancient was pagan, and therefore sinful. Those interested in mathematics and astronomy were persecuted and put to death for their inquisitiveness. Even women weren’t spared, as with the lovely Hypatia, who was seized by an angry mob, incited by the monks under the control of St. Cyril, then bishop of Alexandria, dragged into a church, stripped naked, and scraped to death with oyster shells. Her crime was to have been the daughter of the celebrated Alexandrian mathematician, Theon, to have edited her father’s works, taught mathematics, and became a leading philosopher in her own right, renown for her beauty, modesty, and learning. As the Dark Ages continued, little or nothing more was heard of the great pyramid of Cheops.”
That is what Roman Catholicism did to education in that sense. Now do I justify that? No. Anything I have said, I trust you to hear me the right way. There is a right place for mathematics and so forth, but I have to say, Look at me and tell me plainly, that you can prove by all your mathematical learning, that you can prove by figures and calculations, that there is no God, I will have to say, Take your mathematics and go somewhere else: I know better. Mathematics in all of its learning, was never meant to annul and discredit this blessed old book (the Bible). Well, after I read another little section here, we will get back on some Biblical things. I want to read where it tells about the American money, and here is the picture. If you like, get out a dollar bill and look closely at it. Notice on one side, on the left hand corner, there is a picture of a pyramid. You see what appears to be, but the capstone is not there.